News February 21, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two journalists still held after “Black Spring” journalist Iván Hernández’s release May 6, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts October 12, 2018 Find out more New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago Iván Hernández Carrillo, a correspondent for the small independent news agency Pátria, returned to his family home in Matanzas province on 19 February after eight years in jail. Sentenced to 25 years in prison during the March 2003 “Black Spring” crackdown on dissidents, he is the second of the “Black Spring” journalists to be allowed the stay in Cuba following their release. The first was Héctor Maseda Gutiérrez, who was freed nine days ago. All the others had to agree to go into exile in return for their release. Hernández has said he plans to resume working as an independent journalist.Pedro Argüelles Morán is now the only “Black Spring” journalist still awaiting release. We hope he will be freed soon, like Albert Santiago Du Bouchet, an independent journalist who has been jailed since 2009. We are also still waiting to know the exact reasons for former Spanish producer and journalist Sebastián Martínez Ferrate’s detention in Havana since 11 July 2010.We welcome the fact that the government is finally turning the page on the “Black Spring,” a harrowing chapter in Cuba’s recent history, and we urge it to take this further by respecting the rights of all its citizens, bloggers and human rights activities, who are demanding more freedom of expression.The repression must stop and the authorities must accept the principle of pluralism. Recent encouraging signs of an opening, including the unblocking of certain blogs and websites, will hopefully pave the way for a real debate between government and civil society. CubaAmericas October 15, 2020 Find out more News Pedro Argüelles Morán________________14.02.11 – Journalist’s release and unblocking of dissident blogs – signs of real opening?The 12 February release of Héctor Maseda Gutiérrez, the co-founder of a small independent news agency called the Grupo de Trabajo Decoro, may mean that the page is finally about to be turned on the “Black Spring” crackdown on journalists and dissidents of March 2003. He was not forced to go into exile in return for his release.Reporters Without Borders hopes it will be soon be followed by the release of the last two journalists still held since Black Spring, Pedro Argüelles Morán and Iván Hernández Carrillo, who like Maseda are refusing to leave the country . If the authorities then also release Albert Santiago Du Bouchet, who has been held since 2009, there will be no more Cuban journalists in prison.The Cuban government had promised the Spanish government and the Cuban Catholic church last July to release the 52 remaining “Black Spring” prisoners within four months but Maseda, 68, was one of the 11 who refused to go into exile. Since 12 February, six of them have been due to be freed without having to submit to exile.Their release does not overturn the sentences imposed on them in 2003, as Maseda himself protested after being escorted to his Havana home.Although good news, Maseda’s release raises many lingering questions about the “Black Spring.” It continues to be a mystery why Cubans were sentenced to such long sentences (ranging from 14 to 27 years in prison) on such outrageous sentences as spying and treason just for claiming the right to freely inform others.It is also unclear why most of them were forced to go into exile upon release but now some of them are being allowed to stay. These questions will have an impact on the debate about the country’s future. We hope that the journalists who were sent into exile will be allowed to return.In another positive development, access to about 40 dissident blogs and Internet pages – including Yoani Sánchez’s Generación Y – has been unblocked since 9 February. Foreign press reports quoted Sánchez as saying this easing in online censorship was perhaps due to the fact that an information technology trade fair was held in Havana from 7 to 11 February.Reporters Without Borders hopes this will continue and will be extended when Cuba’s new fibre-optic Internet cable connection with Venezuela becomes operational in July. Laying of the undersea cable, known as ALBA-1, was completed on 8 February.If the Cuban government agrees to unblock the Internet and give the country a better connection, will it also agree to legalize online independent media? And privately-owned media? The answers to these questions will determine whether or not the signs of an opening of recent days are real. to go further Organisation Follow the news on Cuba RSF_en Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet News CubaAmericas News Help by sharing this information Albert Santiago Du Bouchet
Many of the glaciers in the Nepalese Himalaya are partially covered in a layer of loose rock known as debris cover. In the Dudh Koshi River Basin, Nepal, approximately 25% of glaciers are debris‐covered. Debris‐covered glaciers have been shown to have a substantial impact on near‐surface meteorological variables and the surface energy balance, in comparison to clean‐ice glaciers. The Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model is often used for high‐resolution weather and climate modelling, however representation of debris‐covered glaciers is not included in the standard land cover and soil categories. Here we include a simple representation of thick debris‐covered glaciers in the WRF model, and investigate the impact on the near‐surface atmosphere over the Dudh Koshi River Basin for July 2013. Inclusion of this new category is found to improve the model representation of near‐surface temperature and relative humidity, in comparison with a simulation using the default category of clean‐ice glaciers, when compared to observations. The addition of the new debris‐cover category in the model warms the near‐surface air over the debris‐covered portion of the glacier, and the wind continues further up the valley, compared to the simulation using clean‐ice. This has consequent effects on water vapour and column‐integrated total water path, over both the portions of the glacier with and without debris cover. Correctly simulating meteorological variables such as these is vital for accurate precipitation forecasts over glacierized regions, and therefore estimating future glacier melt and river runoff in the Himalaya. These results highlight the need for debris cover to be included in high‐resolution regional climate models over debris‐covered glaciers.
What Has Happened To Us?by Andrew Horning, Libertarian for 8th District US House of RepresentativesDuring my first major political campaign in 1999, I participated in 46 debates; most of which were well-covered by establishment media. We had up to five candidates in a good number of them. Since that time, the number of debates, and of course dissemination of important information, has dramatically decreased. Concomitantly, voter interest, hope and participation has also plummeted.Now, in Indiana’s 8th US House District, there are apparently NO debates for the USA congressional race. There has been NO major media coverage of ANY issues or options, and many voters have already made up their minds on what they’ll do on Election Day.This is both a criminal shame, and weird; partly because the “Two Party System” is based on division and inequality, opposition and discord, corruption and violence.But more importantly, there are better options!We all know that Democratic and Republican parties sell Special Deals for Special People. We’re fools to keep thinking that government will steal from the rich and give to the poor when the opposite is obviously happening.But I’m offering peace, prosperity, unification and freedom; while at long last addressing the issue at the heart of all others: corruption.Would that be so bad?Can’t we at least talk about it?…Hello?…Anybody home?Andrew HorningLibertarian for 8th District US House of RepresentativesFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
The new student body leadership took their oaths of office during student senate Wednesday night.Student body president and junior Gates McGavick, student body vice president and junior Corey Gayheart and the student senate recited their oaths of office in front of Judicial Council president and sophomore Shady Girgis.The senators then approved 20 positions in the new administration’s cabinet, including freshman Halena Hadi as parliamentarian, junior Briana Tucker as chief of staff, freshman Isabel Edgar as secretary and junior Dylan Jaskowski as Executive Controller. The positions were approved unanimously.When Gayheart presented the nomination for Tucker, he said her experience as a commissioner in Flaherty Hall and as a former member of the department of diversity and inclusion made her a good fit for the role.“Briana also is extremely level-headed and fair in her application of rules, accountability and the Student Union Constitution,” Gayheart said.The senators discussed the nominations very little, which drew a comment from, Alyssa Ngo, a junior and the president of Diversity Council.“I do find a bit of concern that you guys are motioning to end discussion so earlier,” Ngo said. “These positions are important. They are not just nobodies who are being nominated to these positions.”The other 16 approvals were for cabinet positions including the director of academic affairs and the director of university policy, among others.The only nomination that incited controversy among the group was the nomination for the director of social concerns, junior James Deitsch.Sophomore and Duncan senator John Cresson said one of his constituents had raised concerns regarding Deitsch’s nomination for the position.Deitsch, a former Fisher Hall senator, had allegedly been present during election allegation and appeal hearings, Cresson said.“Because of this, there was some concern that he might have been promised a position before the election had concluded, and [the constituent] wanted that addressed in [student] senate,” Cresson said.However, the attendance and proceedings of the election hearings could not be discussed with the student senate, Girgis said.“That whole space, whoever was in there, whatever was discussed, is confidential,” Girgis said.Gayheart said the rumors circulating during the election that he and McGavick had promised cabinet positions to students were false.“The generic question of if we promised positions, we did not and we are being 100 percent honest,” McGavick said.The senators went on to approve Deitsch’s nomination with two oppositions and two abstentions, with Cresson among those abstaining.The nominations were the result of a lengthy interview process to assure the best people for each position, Gayheart said.“We had literally a marathon of interviews from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. one Sunday, and 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on a Saturday. And they were 15-minute interview slots, so that’s a lot of people that we interviewed,” Gayheart said.The director of creative strategy and design in the department of development Matt Gelchion also presented to student senate regarding the upcoming Notre Dame Day. Gelchion, a Notre Dame alumnus, has been working for the University for about five years and began working for the annual giving department last year.“When I saw it close, first-hand last year, I actually came to the conclusion that [Notre Dame Day] is a pretty awesome thing,” Gelchion said.Notre Dame Day is a one-day event that encourages supporters of the University to donate to their favorite clubs or groups on campus.The University has a stake in the number of donors on Notre Dame Day because a large number will help their ranking on websites like U.S. News, Gelchion said.“The percentage of undergraduate alumni who make a gift back to their alma mater is one of the seven criteria that goes into college rankings,” he said.Gelchion said Notre Dame Day stands out from other college and university donation days because of the voting aspect, the hundreds of groups a voter can choose from, the 23-hour live broadcast and the events for students throughout the day.“There’s some really cool stuff that’s been put on the calendar, actually specifically for this year,” Gelchion said. “Notre Dame Day is a pretty big, involved thing.”Tags: cabinet positions, Corey Gayheart, Gates McGavick, Notre Dame Student Senate, student senate