Two suspects in Radio Popular arson attack still on the run

first_img The investigation into the 29 October arson attack on Radio Popular in Yacuiba (in the southern department of Tarija) has made little progress since the arrest of four suspects shortly after the attack, in which station manager Fernando Vidal and a technician were badly injured.Vidal’s son-in-law, fellow journalist Esteban Farfán, told Reporters Without Borders there has been “no significant progress.” Two individuals suspected of involvement – one identified only by the nickname of “Chaqueño Cuenca” and the other identified as José Alberto Villena aka “El Cuñao” – are being sought in nearby Argentine border towns, Farfán said.“Chaqueño Cuenca” has been named as the mastermind by Jairo Félix Sejas Chavarría, 21, aka “El Jairo,” one of the four suspected perpetrators who were arrested shortly after the attack. The other three are Edward Vargas Arias, 26, a taxi driver known as “El Sapo,” Juan José Antonio Camacho, 25, a mechanic known as “El Negro,” and José Omar Portal Paredes, aka “Chino.”“Chaqueño Cuenca” allegedly hired a total of five people to “burn down” the radio station – but not kill its manager – offering each of them 2,000 bolivianos (230 euros). The arson attack was reportedly planned at his home in the presence of leaders of the Tarija-based National Autonomous Party (PAN).“We are aware that a police and judicial investigation takes time and that the prosecutor’s office has six months to reach its conclusions, but we hope there will be more progress before then, given the evidence already available,” Reporters Without Borders said. “There should be no rush to rule out the possibly of a political motive either.” Reporters Without Borders, which is concerned about the situation of journalists in Tarija, is also waiting for the police to solve the shooting attack on freelance reporter and columnist Humberto Vacaflor’s home in the city of Tarija on 11 October.In Yacuiba, relations are extremely tense between mayor Carlos Eduardo Bru Cavero and some of the local media. The mayor recent brought two criminal prosecutions against José Manuel Ramos Peláez, a correspondent of the magazine Larga Vista and head of the Agencia Chaqueña de Información (ACHI), for alleging that he was involved in corruption.——————31.10.12 – Political motive suspected in arson attack on border town radio stationReporters Without Borders takes note of the progress apparently being made in the investigation into a shocking arson attack two days ago on a local radio station near Bolivia’s southern border with Argentina, in which station manager, Fernando Vidal, 70, and one of his technicians, Karen Arce, 25, were almost killed.Yesterday the police said they have arrested three men on suspicion of carrying out the attack on Radio Popular FM in the border city of Yacuiba (in Tarija department). The three – Eduardo Vargas, Juan José Camacho and Jairo Sejas Chavarría – all have police records.“The police must use these three arrests to identify who was behind this particularly barbaric attack, which has traumatized journalists in Bolivia and neighbouring countries,” Reporters Without Borders said, offering Vidal and Arce its wishes for a speedy recovery. “When criminals no longer hesitate to attack a radio station and its personnel while they are on the air, it is time the authorities dealt a blow to impunity. And the investigators must not hold back if it is confirmed that the attack was politically motivated. We like to think the case will be solved quickly.”The attack took place on the morning of 29 October as Vidal was presenting a programme and Arce was acting as studio technician. Four intruders burst in with gasoline cans, poured gasoline not only over desks and equipment but also on Vidal Arce, and then set it alight. Vidal has been hospitalized in Santa Cruz with second and third-degree burns to the head, chest, back and arms while Arce – who was also badly burned but less seriously than Vidal – is in an intensive care unit in La Paz. The radio station managed to resume broadcasting yesterday.Radio Popular journalist Esteban Farfán Romero, who is Vidal’s son-in-law, told Reporters Without Borders that Vidal believes that two Tarija department government officials were behind the attack. Interior minister Carlos Romero supports the theory. The attack was clearly designed to halt Vidal’s programme, which he was dedicating that day to discussing local contraband cases.A former Yacuiba mayor and municipal councillor, Vidal has never hesitated to speak out about corruption in Tarija department and has always criticized the way public funds are managed at both national and regional level, where they have increased significantly now that the Chaco region is earning more than 100 million dollars a year from the sale of its natural gas.This was far from being the first attack on radio station this year. The many cases of violence against journalists and news media that have gone unpunished in recent years include radio journalist Carlos Quispe Quispe’s murder in Pucarani in 2008. 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USS Bonhomme Richard Prepares for Deployment

first_img View post tag: Navy View post tag: USS Bonhomme Richard View post tag: Deployment Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Bonhomme Richard Prepares for Deployment View post tag: News by topic View post tag: prepares USS Bonhomme Richard Prepares for Deployment View post tag: asiacenter_img View post tag: Naval Authorities The US Navy’s forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) is getting ready to take to the seas.One of the first steps of that process is completed by a group of Sailors with a knowledge of the seas and all the accompanying obstacles that they present. The Sailors of the Navigation Department stand willing and ready to ensure Bonhomme Richard stays on course and navigates safely.The Navigation Department consists of 15 Sailors that all work countless hours to ensure they do their part to get the ship underway. In the months and weeks leading up to a deployment, they are responsible for a variety of tasks including charting the ship’s course, ensuring that the Voyage Management System (VMS), Bonhomme Richard’s primary navigation radar, is up-to-date with the latest charts and a variety of tasks leading to Bonhomme Richard getting underway swiftly and safely.Charting the course and inputting information into VMS are only two of the tasks needed to be completed by Navigation to get Bonhomme Richard away from the pier. They are also responsible for ensuring all of the current publications, guidelines, charts and knowledge sources are on board and up to date. Adding in their equipment maintenance and upkeep responsibilities, and their inport watches, this crew of dedicated Sailors work more than 50 hours per week.Navigation Departments Sailors all echoed the sentiment that they are 100 percent ready to get the ship on the right course and she could leave tomorrow without missing a beat. The course is charted, the equipment is ready and Navigation’s Sailors are prepared to continue to steer the course.[mappress mapid=”14683″]Press release, Image: US Navy View post tag: americas December 11, 2014 Share this articlelast_img read more

Outgoing board members get in their last words

first_imgOutgoing board members get in their last words Outgoing board members get in their last words Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Three ethnic and gender-based bar associations should have permanent voting seats on the Bar Board of Governors; board members should never lose their propensity to speak out and question even when they are in the minority; and the Bar will need to step up efforts to protect judicial independence.Those were some of the recommendations from retiring Board of Governors members at the board’s June 3 meeting, the last of the 2004-05 Bar year. The end of the meeting is traditionally reserved for outgoing members to make “comments for the good of the order.”Board member Dude Phelan recalled a legendary school teacher in Ocala who was renowned for tackling issues and straight talk, a practice he commended to the board.“Problems don’t get solved by being ignored. Disputes do not get resolved by pretending they don’t exist,” he said. “Another lesson I learned from [the teacher]. . . is she taught us to think critically, that statements made by someone should be treated as a hypothesis to be proven or disproven, not as dogma to be followed.”He also said it is crucial for board members not to be afraid to voice unpopular opinions and challenge the majority’s position.“As I leave the board, I hope someone will take up the position that I might define as the loyal opposition. You all might define it as a pain in the butt,” Phelan said. “There are such great minds on this board, and you know who you are. It is important for all of us to use those minds and think independently. Don’t be afraid to ask questions; don’t be afraid to think for yourself; don’t be afraid to say things that might not be comfortable to say.”Deborah Magid, who as president of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, is an ex-officio member of the board, took Phelan’s advice. She called on the board to give voting board seats to representatives from FAWL, the Cuban-American Bar Association, and the Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter of the National Bar Association. (The latter two groups also have ex-officio seats on the board.)She noted that the board had rejected a similar proposal about 10 years ago during the tenure of former Bar President Bill Blews, but said it was time to reconsider the proposal with a renewed emphasis on diversity in the profession and in the Bar.At the April diversity symposium, “the gist from the audience is they do want to see a change in the face of The Florida Bar,” Magid said.She noted that while a third of the Bar is female and female law students now outnumber male students, only seven of the board’s 52 members are female. “I think the time is ripe again to bring this discussion to the floor,” Magid added. “You can do something that will immediately bring a change to the face of this board.”Outgoing Young Lawyers Division President Michael Faehner thanked the board for allowing him to be heard and for taking the YLD seriously.“The young lawyers are here to help the senior board in what they want the Bar to be, because they have the best interests for the future,” Faehner said.Board member Jack Rudy praised the board for tackling tough issues and encouraged it to continue.“The Florida Bar has been led by a group of highly dedicated lawyers who work at doing the right thing,” he said. “They have done to a ‘T’ outstanding work.. . . “I wish you all well in your continued experience and your never-ending pursuit of justice for Florida citizens.”Eight-year board member Jim Lupino made three points, starting with that most Bar members, like him when he joined the board, don’t understand what the Bar does.“So I encourage you all to take what the board does at this meeting and in committees and take it out to the community,” he said.“The second point is that this is an honorable profession and it is filled with wonderful people, but a few bad apples get all of the publicity. I know all of the arguments, but I believe that this board and the Bar should continue a course of action to promote the good things that the lawyers of this state do. Let the people understand that this is an honorable profession.”Finally, Lupino said the Bar needs to continue focusing on its diversity efforts.“We’ve made great steps and taken great action to promote diversity in this Bar, but we’ve got a long way to go,” he said. “It’s going to take constant movement to keep that going.”Having the law as a profession take precedence over the law as a business was advocated by board member Robert Rush. He noted a major Bar victory during his tenure was the opposition to the multi-disciplinary practices advocated by some that would have allowed lawyers, accountants, and other professionals to share businesses and fees.“That was an attempt for the accounting practice to take over the legal profession so only the bottom line mattered,” he said. “That was a big fight that we won, not only for the lawyers of Florida and the people of Florida, but for the entire country.”Lawyers must always remember their professional obligations first, Rush added, saying, “When the pursuit of profit overcomes the pursuit of justice, we’re in trouble. There is a danger of that happening.”He argued the Bar needs to use its resources again to promote lawyers and their high standards to the public. “There’s a phrase, ‘As sober as a judge.’ Wouldn’t it be great if there were a phrase, ‘As honest as a lawyer?’ That’s the expectation,” Rush said.Outgoing Budget Committee Chair Jerald Beer said the passionate yet respectful debates at the board should be a lesson for the profession. “I’m always amazed at the civility in this room,” he said. “I wish we could make a tape and broadcast it to the state to show lawyers how they’re supposed to act.”He also injected some humor in commenting on the Bar’s new leadership, saying, “[Incoming President] Alan Bookman has shown me that good guys do finish first. [Incoming President-elect] Hank [Coxe] has shown us that no matter how busy you are, there’s always time for a smoke.”Board member Mike Glazer said the Bar faces a multitude of challenges, including meeting the varying needs of its members. It’s important for the Bar to develop programs and outlets for those who want to actively be involved, but also recognize that others are content with their practices and family lives.“A lot of our folks just want to be left alone,” he said. “And I think it’s important as we go about our business when we are looking at new regulations, sometimes the best thing to do is not regulate.”Glazer praised the Bar’s diversity efforts but warned it would take time, including diversifying the board itself. He noted the traditional route to board service involves extensive experience with local bars or other Bar activities, and it might not be wise to abandon that entirely in the name of diversity.“Board members have earned their way,” Glazer said. “While it may take a lot longer for this table to get diverse, I’m optimistic if we keep trying we will get there.”He also urged the board to pick its positions carefully when dealing with the Florida Legislature.“Many issues come up, but not all are Bar fights. If the institution [of the Bar] does not survive, then all of that means nothing,” Glazer said. “When it’s important, we have to take a stand; we have to be heard; we have to go out and fight. But that’s not every fight that comes along.”Outgoing Bar President Kelly Overstreet Johnson spoke last and summed up the past year. That included a revamping of advertising rules, creating the Member Outreach Committee to bring the Bar closer to its members, denial of the Family Law Section’s request to lobby for a change in the state law banning gay adoptions, launching the Kids Deserve Justice license plate to raise money for The Florida Bar Foundation, and a ticklish negotiation with sections over Bar support for their operations.Johnson noted that immediate past President Miles McGrane started the review of section fiscal matters and that at the suggestion of board member Ben Kuehne a liaison to the Council of Sections has been appointed.“It’s sort of like a settlement in a lawsuit. No one feels like they got all they wanted to get, but they are reasonably satisfied,” she said.A major challenge will continue to be protecting the legal system and judicial independence in the legislature, Johnson said. That’s something she intends to continue pushing by joining the Bar’s Judicial Independence Committee.“We have had the constant attacks on the judiciary, but it has reached a level I have never seen before and I can only see it getting worse,” Johnson warned.She said she plans to work with Bar legislative counsel Steve Metz to promote the Lawyers Action political action committee, which offers bipartisan support to candidates who support the court system and judicial independence. July 15, 2005 Senior Editor Regular Newslast_img read more