7 July 2001 – 7 July 2003 : Second anniversary of the death of Parmenio Medina

first_img Costa RicaAmericas to go further News Reporters Without Borders called on Costa Rican authorities today to speed up their investigation of the two-year-old murder of radio journalist Parmenio Medina and to produce results.”Last year, on the first anniversary of his killing on 7 July 2001, we welcomed the official efforts made to find out the truth,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard in a letter to President Abel Pacheco. “But now, a year later, we are concerned about the lack of clear progress in the case. We especially fear that a raid on 3 July at the home of Minor Calvo, a priest and suspect in the case, was just a show for the media. We call on you to do everything you can to ensure this crime is punished.”Such a cowardly deed must remain an exception in the history of the Costa Rican media,” he said, noting that the journalist’s death was seen as a warning to the country’s investigative journalists.The murder enquiry Medina (photo), the well-known presenter of a satirical radio programme, “La Patada” (“The Kick”), on Radio Monumental, was shot near his home, a dozen miles from the capital, San José. A gunman fired three shots at him before fleeing with his accomplices. The investigation was handed to the prosecutor in Heredia. Medina was reportedly killed by four petty criminals and the local media has reported two of them are in prison in connection with the case. They are Luis Alberto Jaime Aguirre, a Nicaraguan suspected of being directly involved, and Andrés Chaves Matarrita, an accomplice believed to have helped one of the killers get away. Aguirre is said to have been identified by at least five witnesses.Another of the presumed murderers, César Dionisio (“Nicho”) Murillo, was killed in a bank robbery in May last year. The killers were reportedly paid 10 million colones (27,000 euros) to shoot Medina, who had damaging information about a businessman.A Colombian refugee living in Costa Rica, John Gilberto Gutiérrez Ramírez, was arrested in San José on 23 December last year on suspicion of being a link between the mastermind and the killers. He was reportedly fingered by Murillo’s girlfriend, who said he had taken part in several meetings to plan the murder at Murillo’s home at Campo Cinco, in the eastern town of Cariari de Pococí.Gutiérrez Ramírez was freed on 26 March this year after his lawyer produced a document showing that Murillo only began renting the house three months after the murder. But on 22 May, the head of the police criminal investigation department, Jorge Rojas Vargas, told the media he doubted the document was genuine.Medina and Radio Maria de Guadalupe In his radio programme, Medina regularly denounced corruption using a team of mimics and so won himself plenty of potential enemies. In the months before his death, he had spoken several times of irregularities in the running of the Catholic station Radio Maria de Guadalupe, questioning the source of the station’s funding and the precise role of businessman Omar Cháves in the station. He also reported seeing Minor Calvo, the priest who founded the station, with a young man in a park frequented by homosexuals.In May last year, after new revelations on his programme about Calvo, Medina received threats and on 9 May shots were fired at his house. He obtained police protection but this ended a month later at his own request. Threats of legal action by Calvo and pressure on the station’s advertisers led Radio Monumental to stop broadcasting controversial parts of the programme. But Medina got a court to order the station to broadcast them. The Colombian-born Medina had lived in Costa Rica since 1969 and presented “La Patada” for 28 years.On 3 July, police detectives raided Calvo’s home in Cártago (east of San José) and that of his mother in Oreamuno (Cártago province), seizing computer material and accounting records of the Catholic station Radio María de Guadalupe. They took a blood sample from Calvo to compare his DNA with that of the person who wrote threatening letters to the journalist and who left traces of saliva on the envelopes. The raid was carried out after a former employee of the radio station, whose name was not revealed, said he had heard the priest say he wanted to silence Medina. Reporters Without Borders called on Costa Rican authorities today to speed up their investigation of the two-year-old murder of radio journalist Parmenio Medina and to produce results. “We call on you to do everything you can to ensure this crime is punished,” said the organisation in a letter to President Abel Pacheco. Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disorder Organisation RSF_en News September 26, 2019 Find out more Help by sharing this information News News Follow the news on Costa Rica November 11, 2020 Find out more July 7, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 7 July 2001 – 7 July 2003 : Second anniversary of the death of Parmenio Medina 30 countries sign up to “information and democracy” partnership started by RSF November 12, 2019 Find out more Receive email alerts Costa RicaAmericas Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics”last_img read more

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Tammy Powell inducted into Ala. 4-H Wall of Fame

first_img Sponsored Content Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Tammy Powell inducted into Ala. 4-H Wall of Fame Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits By The Penny Hoarder Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthRemember Them? I’m Sure Their New Net Worth Will Leave You SpeechlessbradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel By Jaine Treadwell Latest Stories “Tammy began her Extension career in Jackson County were she worked for seven years before transferring to Pike County,” Langcuster said. “She retired as county Extension coordinator with 34 years of experience.“She has received many awards including Outstanding Business Woman of Pike County. She is active in community organizations including Pike County Cattlewomen, Pike County United Way and Brundidge United Methodist Church.”When Powell started work in Pike County, there were 16 4-H clubs with 618 members. When she retired, there were more than 55 4-H clubs with more than 1,700 members. “There is no way to tell the impact that Tammy has had on the lives of the young people of Pike County,” said Mary Adams, who was one of many who attended the presentation. “All of the parents knew that our children were safe and comfortable when they were with Tammy. She was an outstanding 4-H leader and is an outstanding role model for young people.”Sammy Adams said that 4-H was a life-changing experience for him.“I speak for many of us who were 4-H’ers under Mrs. Powell’s leadership,” he said. “The relationships that we had with her were the basis for our involvement in 4-H.”Powell’s leadership extended far beyond 4-H and does to this day, said Nellie Sue Helms. Tammy Powell, retired Pike County Extension coordinator, was inducted into the Alabama 4-H Wall of Fame at the Alabama 4-H Center in Columbiana Tuesday afternoon.Powell was one of 19 inductees in the Class of 2013 and joined 132 others who have been so honored.In making the presentation to Powell, James Langcuster, communications and marketing specialists, Alabama Cooperative Extension System, said Powell’s love of 4-H began as a 10-year-old Houston County 4-H’er. Email the author The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… “Any time that Tammy is involved in a project or program, my son, Glen, gives value to it because he knows it’s worthwhile or Tammy would not be involved,” she said.Jimmy Roling, local radio personality and owner of WTBF Radio, said Powell’s weekly 4-H report on The Morning Show introduced the Troy and Pike County communities to many of her 4-H club members from the different schools in the county.“The leadership qualities instilled in these young people by Tammy and the 4-H program are present as community leaders today,” Roling said.Debra Davis said Powell has influenced so many lives, not only in Pike County but the entire state.“Both my children, Kellie Davis Henderson and Jim Davis, spent thousands of hours with her,” Powell said. “They are better people for having had her in their lives.“Tammy is an ‘encourager.’ She is the epitome of the 4-H motto: To Make the Best Better. Also she is a great example of Christian faith and civic responsibility. She is dedicated to her family, church and community. Pike County truly is a better place because of Tammy Powell.”Powell said that she was humbled and honored by the recognition.“The years that I spent with the young people and the volunteers in Jackson and Pike counties enriched my life,” she said. “Any accomplishments that I made I shared with them. Being involved in 4-H is one of the greatest joys of my life. I am deeply honored to be a member of the Alabama 4-H Wall of Fame and was deeply moved by those who came to share this time with me. Being a member of the 4-H Wall of Fame is an honor that I share with my family and all of those who have been a part of my life for the past 34 years.” Skip Published 11:00 pm Tuesday, March 19, 2013 Book Nook to reopen You Might Like SEAGD names Wiley Lott director of economic development The Southeast Alabama Gas District has named Wiley Lott director of economic development and governmental affairs. Lott assumed his new… read more Print Article Plans underway for historic Pike County celebrationlast_img read more

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Scottish bakery moves and expands

first_imgOne of Scotland’s oldest bakeries is expanding after relocating to more modern premises last weekend.Oliphant’s Bakery, which dates back to 1856, left its old premises at Whitecross, Falkirk on Saturday 7 June and had production up and running at the new site in Bankside, in Falkirk by the Sunday night shift.Owner Alice Gibson explained the bakery was moved to make way for a multi-million-pound redevelopment. All of the bakery’s 40-strong staff were happy to make the change.Gibson told British Baker: “We’re delighted. Where we were was like a ghost town as all the businesses moved out. We had two or three break-ins. Now we can see people around us, this is a nice area.”The wholesale and retail business has added a fifth shop, alongside the new bakery.last_img

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Now is the perfect time to Hike the Hill … virtually

first_imgIf credit unions aren’t at the table, then we are on it. This knowledge drives credit union leagues nationwide to participate in events like Hike the Hill, where league staff, credit union employees and – arguably most importantly – credit union members, visit lawmakers in Washington, DC. It is a direct and effective approach that delivers the credit union message loud and clear to our elected officials on Capitol Hill.Due to the pandemic, much of those visits are now virtual – but they are just as critical and an important opportunity for the credit union voice to be heard by elected officials. Did you know that most lawmakers’ offices in DC are often so small, only a few credit union staff can comfortably fit for a meeting? Video conferences make it possible for more voices to be heard, including voices of those who are normally unable to travel to Washington, DC.  Meeting virtually also enables credit unions to involve a much broader range of employees, which is a great way for credit unions to engage team members who are interested in advocacy. Plus, few can articulate the credit union difference like staff who are on the front lines helping members every day. In an election year, it’s especially important for lawmakers to see a large number as well as a wide range of people – voters! – passionate about credit union issues. Whether heard virtually or in-person, our voice and our movement are powerful, but today’s legislative environment is increasingly cluttered by special interests and the big dollars that support them.  At the Maine Credit Union League, we coordinate with CUNA and other credit union leagues across the country to ensure credit union policy priorities do not become background noise. Being present (even if it’s on a computer screen) matters. After all, no one can communicate the credit union difference and our People Helping People philosophy better than we can. This is one of the reasons why Maine makes it a priority to be very active in engaging our congressional delegation. The ability of Hike the Hills to bring credit unions and credit union members together with their elected officials is critical – and has newfound potential with virtual Hikes. With elections just weeks away, I urge you to get in touch with your league and get involved, especially now that you can “visit DC” from your (home) office! Virtually or in person, your voice on Capitol Hill matters tremendously and is instrumental for the credit union movement’s continued success. 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Todd Mason Todd Mason is President/CEO of the Maine Credit Union League and Synergent. Prior to this position, Mason served as Chief Strategy Officer for RouteOne, an indirect automotive lending technology … Detailslast_img read more

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