May 6, 2020 Find out more José Manuel Echandi wrote on 19 September 2007 to the UN Commissioner for Human Rights, Louise Arbour, urging her to act to speed up the release of Cuban journalist Normando Hernández González and his transfer to Costa Rica on humanitarian grounds. The request to the UN follows the refusal of the Cuban authorities to grant an exit visa to the seriously ill journalist, who has been in jail since 2003. In his letter, José Manuel Echandi points out that Cuba is a signatory to the UN protocol against torture, and could not therefore keep in jail a man whose state of health was incompatible with detention.Hernández González began a hunger strike in March this year to protest against maltreatment he has suffered in Kilo 7 prison in Camagüey, central Cuba. He was admitted to the Carlos J. Finlay in Havana on 14 September suffering from tuberculosis. The same day the Costa Rican immigration service sent an entry visa for the journalist issued on humanitarian grounds to the Costa Rican consul in Havana. Two days later the consul sent an official request for Hernández González to leave the country to the Cuban foreign minister, Felipe Pérez Roque. No reply has been received to this request.—————-18.09.07 – Support for Costa Rica’s offer of humanitarian asylum to imprisoned journalist Normando HernándezReporters Without Borders today said it supports Costa Rica’s request for imprisoned journalist Normando Hernández González to be allowed to leave Cuba for humanitarian reasons. His health has deteriorated steadily since his arrest in the “Black Spring” crackdown of March 2003. Costa Rica’s consul in Havana, José Maria Penabad, formally submitted the request to Cuban foreign minister Felipe Pérez Roque on 16 September.“Humanitarian concerns are clearly paramount as regards all prisoners of conscience, especially the 20 journalists held since March 2003 in very harsh conditions,” the press freedom organisation said. “We hail the Costa Rican government’s efforts to have Hernández moved to Costa Rica so that he can received appropriate treatment for his condition, which is now alarming.”Reporters Without Borders added: “We strongly hope the Cuban foreign ministry will accede to this request from Costa Rica, which as already issued a visa for Hernández. We also hope other governments will support this initiative and will take similar initiatives on behalf of other imprisoned journalists.”Costa Rica’s directorate of migration notified the consul on 14 September that it has issued a humanitarian visa for Hernández at the request of a parliamentarian, José Manuel Echandi, who has been trying for several months to have the seriously ill Hernández flow to Costa Rica. Two days later, Penabad formally asked the Cuban foreign minister to allow Hernández to take advantage of this offer of humanitarian asylum.The director of the Colegio de Periodistas Independientes de Camagüey, an independent news agency, Hernández was arrested on 24 March 2003 along with 26 other journalists during the last major crackdown on Cuban dissidents. Arbitrarily accused of spying and threatening state security, he was given a 25-year prison sentence.Held since 10 September 2006 in Camagüey’s Kilo 7 top-security prison and suffering from tuberculosis, Hernández went on hunger strike in March of this year in protest against mistreatment, denial of the right to visits and prison leave, poor food and other unacceptable conditions. He was transferred four days ago to Carlos J. Finlay hospital in Havana.Two other independent journalists who have been held since March 2003 were taken to hospital the same day. They are Ricardo González Alfonso, Reporters Without Borders correspondent and editor of the magazine De Cuba, who is serving a 20-year sentence, and Julio César Gálvez Rodríguez, serving a 15-year sentence. They were taken to the military hospital in Havana’s Combinado del Este prison, where they are being held. González, who has been hospitalised before, has high blood pressure. Gálvez has developed serious respiratory problems while in detention.With a total of 24 journalists currently held, Cuba is the world’s second biggest prison for the press, after China. Three of those currently in prison were arrested after Raúl Castro took over as acting president on 31 July 2006. The 20 still held since March 2003 are serving prison sentences ranging from 14 to 27 years. New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council CubaAmericas Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet News CubaAmericas to go further News Receive email alerts Follow the news on Cuba News September 25, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 A Costa Rican deputy pleads the case of Normando Hernández González before the United Nations Organisation News RSF_en October 12, 2018 Find out more Help by sharing this information RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago October 15, 2020 Find out more
NewsBreaking newsSunshine could light up ShannonBy Bernie English – May 28, 2016 904 Email Twitter Linkedin Advertisement Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Print WhatsApp A €30 million commercial power plant, which could create dozens of jobs and provide enough energy to power more than one thousand homes has reached the planning stage.Plans for the project, along with an environmental impact statement, have been lodged with the local authority concerning the proposed project at Ballymorris, just off the Ennis-Limerick road.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The 12.4 hectare farm will be connected to the national grid and will generate enough electricity to power 1,200 homes over a 25-year period.Following a number of pre-planning meetings with the local planning authority, Terra Solar will lodge its first planning application to develop a solar farm at its Ballymorris site in Cratloe in the coming weeks.The company has has applied for this and five other sites in the county for grid connection to ESB Networks.Requiring an investment of €5 million each, the six sites in the Shannon area will provide enough electricity to power 6,000 homes.The company says that jobs will be created in the construction phase of the plan although other than security monitoring, it is unlikely that any full time jobs will be involved in the resulting construction.The overall investment will also make the Shannon region more attractive for new industry as the overall energy created by the local solar farms would almost be the equivalent of decarbonising Shannon.“It will create a good platform to attract multinationals such as the likes of Google and Apple, who want to source renewable energy. It should lead to a springboard for other jobs.” said Terra Solar director Andre Fernon. Shannon Chamber Webinar to help people cope with the stresses of COVID-19 Previous articleGAA – Clare favourites for SFC openerNext articleLimerick Classic Car Show hosts stuntman and vintage marques Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Only re-integration will solve Shannon Airport crisis TAGSenergyESBShannonSolar panels New high-end jobs for Shannon
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Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has finally got his man after clinching a move for Brighton midfielder Liam Bridcutt. Press Association Poyet had targeted Bridcutt and team-mate Will Buckley since the beginning of the month, with the club’s interest in the pair perhaps signalling that director of football Roberto De Fanti’s reign was drawing to a close. The Italian, who was relieved of his duties shortly after the bids were tabled, oversaw the acquisition of 14 players during the summer, 13 of them from overseas. Poyet worked with the pair during his spell in charge at the Amex Stadium and his admiration for Reading-born Bridcutt in particular is well-known. The former Chelsea trainee had loan spells with Yeovil, Watford and Stockport before joining the Seagulls, where he made more than 150 senior appearances in 2010. He was handed a senior debut for his country against Serbia in March last year. Bridcutt becomes the Black Cats’ fifth signing this month, with Spaniard Marcos Alonso and Argentinians Oscar Ustari, Santiago Vergini and Ignacio Scocco having already been drafted in despite De Fanti’s departure. Meanwhile, Sunderland have confirmed central defender Modibo Diakite has joined Fiorentina on loan for the remainder of the season. The 26-year-old has made eight appearances for the club after a summer move from Lazio but has now headed back to Italy. In addition, young striker Duncan Watmore has been allowed to join Scottish Premiership side Hibernian for the rest of the campaign. The 19-year-old former Altrincham frontman made his senior debut for the Black Cats as a substitute in the 3-1 FA Cup third-round victory over Carlisle earlier this month. The 24-year-old Scotland international has signed for an undisclosed fee, understood to be in the region of £2.5million. Bridcutt, who will wear the number 23 shirt, had not played for the south-coast club since submitting a transfer request earlier this month after the Black Cats formalised their interest in him.