First suspect convicted of journalist Orel Sambrano’s murder

first_img May 21, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 First suspect convicted of journalist Orel Sambrano’s murder June 15, 2020 Find out more to go further News VenezuelaAmericas Organisation ——————————02.03.2010 – Breakthrough arrests of suspected instigators in two murders of journalists RSF_en Two journalists murdered just days apart in Venezuela News Follow the news on Venezuela Help by sharing this information center_img The fight against impunity for violence against journalists saw significant progress on two fronts in late February in the form of the arrests of the alleged instigators of the 2009 murder of newspaper editor Orel Sambrano (photo) and the 2004 murder of radio presenter Mauro Marcano. A common feature of these two murders was that the victims had covered drug trafficking cases.Drug traffickers now figure among the western hemisphere’s worst predators of press freedom. Reporters Without Borders hopes that these suspects will be tried and convicted quickly as this will help to show that it is possible to stand up to organised crime.One of the suspects is former policeman David Antonio Yánez. He was arrested in an anti-drug operation on 21 February but he is to face trial on a charge of masterminding the 16 January 2009 murder of Sambrano. and the murder of Francisco Larrazábal, a key witness in a drug trafficking and money-laundering case against the Makleds, an influential business family in the central state of Carabobo.The editor of the regional weekly ABC, vice-president of privately-owned Radio América 890 AM and a columnist for the regional daily Notitarde, Sambrano had dared to criticise the Makled family’s activities. Yánez is the third person to be arrested for Sambrano’s murder. José Manuel Luque Daboín and another former police officer, Rafael Segundo Pérez, are being held on suspicion of being the hit men. The authorities are now investigating the possibility that Walid Makled was the mastermind.The other suspect is José Ceferino García, the reputed head of the Cartel del Sol in the northeastern state of Monagas, who was arrested for Marcano’s murder on the orders of an appeal court on 23 February.Arrested in Trinidad and Tobago and extradited in 2006, García was released two years later after being acquitted of the murder by a Monagas court. Suspecting that pressure had been put on the court, the public prosecutor’s office appealed against his acquittal. Accepting the petition, the appeal court has ruled that García should be retried before a different court.The host of a programme on Radio Maturín 1080 AM and a columnist for the regional daily El Oriental, Marcano had accused local police and military officials of collaborating with the Cartel del Sol shortly before his murder.Photo : Receive email alerts New wave of censorship targeting critical media outlets News January 13, 2021 Find out more Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives August 25, 2020 Find out more News VenezuelaAmericas The leading suspect in the murder of journalist Orel Sambrano, former police officer Rafael Segundo Pérez, was sentenced on 19 May to 25 years in prison. He is the first person to be convicted for Sambrano’s murder. José Luque Daboín and another former police officer, David Antonio Yánez, are also to be tried for their role in the killing on 21 June. The editor of the political weekly ABC, vice-president of privately-owned Radio América 890 AM and a columnist for the regional daily Notitarde, Sambrano was gunned down in the central state of Carabobo on 16 January 2009, after covering several drug trafficking cases including one involving the Makleds, an influential business family in the region.Pérez has also admitted to having a hand in the murder of Francisco Larrazábal, a key witness in a drug trafficking and money-laundering case in which the Makled family was allegedly involved.Pérez’s conviction has raised hopes that justice will be fully rendered in the Sambrano case. This would be a major judicial advance.last_img read more

Work has begun on the new Valamar Collection Marea Suites, which receives 5 * level facilities

first_imgValamar has started work on the new Valamar Collection Marea Suites 5 * hotel in the Borik area of ​​Poreč, which will welcome the 2019 season with 5 * level facilities. Valamar thus continues to develop the Borik zone through accommodation and the offer of more added value, and with this investment it plans to create 100 new jobs. The future Valamar Collection Marea Suites 5 * is designed for families with children and this investment will expand the offer of family vacations in Porec where guests will be able to enjoy V level services, luxury suites with sea views, more than 200 m2 attractive swimming pools, beaches, restaurants, sports facilities and Maro offer for children of all ages.Construction works have begun with the preparation of the construction site and the demolition of existing buildings, and part of the promenade along the beach will be fenced off from November 1, followed by construction and additional arrangement of the beach. Valamar points out that special care will be paid to arranging horticulture and planting new trees, plants and ornamental plants that are indigenous to the Istrian climate.The works have started according to plan, Valamar points out and emphasizes that they once again thank their fellow citizens for their understanding due to the limited access to this part of the promenade during the works during this autumn and winter. “Since 2017, HRK 4,6 million has already been invested in the beach in front of Valamar Pinia, in the arrangement of a sandy beach for families with small children, additional stairs to the sea, reconstruction of the protective embankment along the breakwater (schoolchildren), public lighting and showers, locker rooms , umbrellas, deck chairs and other equipment. Almost one million kuna was invested in Trattoria La Pentol in Borik, while 2,4 million kuna was invested in arranging the beach in front of the Pical hotel”They pointed out from Valamar. In 2019, Valamar Riviera continues with a strong investment cycle In 2019, Valamar Riviera continues with a strong investment cycle in the amount of HRK 752 million, which is a continuation of the company’s investment strategy in repositioning its portfolio towards high value-added offers and services.One of the major investments this year is certainly the repositioning of the current Istra Sunny Camping 2 * in Funtana in Poreč. This camp is entering the second phase of the investment to become a 5 * camping resort next season called Istra Premium Camping Resort and with the ambition to become one of the better camps in Europe.last_img read more

Tammy Abraham Reflects on His Flying Chelsea Start

first_img​Super Eagles’ new attraction, Tammy Abraham, has declared that he hopes ‘this can be my season’ after racing to the top of the Premier League scoring charts following his superb hat-trick in Chelsea’s 5-2 win over Wolves on Saturday.After being handed the number nine shirt at the start of the season, Abraham, whom is strongly been considered for Super Eagles role, has firmly cemented his place as the Blues’ number one striker after seven goals in his opening five league matches.He opened his account at Molineux with a smart a turn and shot in the box, before adding another before half-time with a well-guided header. It would have been three successive braces for the 21-year-old, but unwilling to finish without the match-ball he burst past Conor Coady to wrap up his performance in style. Speaking on Chelsea’s official website, Abraham said his aspirations for the season, crossing his fingers that this could be his breakthrough season:  “I’ve been working hard and hopefully this can be my season.  It’s up to me to keep showing the gaffer (Frank Lampard) in every game and training session that I’m hungry and I want success.“He told me at half-time to stay on and get the hat-trick so I believed and stayed focused. I’ve just got to be ready to take every chance that comes my way with both hands. I’m working hard and I’m just delighted to see that pay off with my goals (on Saturday) as well as the three points.”After a nervy opening to the game, the deadlock was broken in the black country via a stunning strike from Chelsea  ​defender Fikayo Tomori, who scored a stunning long-range goal with his first shot in Premier League in ​football.Abraham joked afterwards when the ball fell to the 21-year-old, he was desperate for his teammate not to pull the trigger, before being taken aback by the quality of the strike.“I was thinking ‘don’t shoot, Fikayo’ but everyone is delighted for him. In training, he’s been trying it every day and smashing windows but (against Wolves) it paid off – it was a great strike,” he added.“We (he, Tomori and Mount) were the last people off the pitch because we were discussing how we’ve all scored in the same game for Chelsea. We’ve dreamt of that since we were little boys and we made it happen.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Nigeria: Finidi Gets Mallorca Appointment

first_imgFormer Nigerian international, Finidi George, has been appointed the Youth Team coach of Spanish La Liga side, Mallorca. The former Sharks winger, who made his Super Eagles debut in the 7-1 whitewash of Burkina Faso at the main bowl of the national stadium in Lagos in a Nations Cup qualifier, had played for Real Betis in Spain.Finidi also played for Ajax Amsterdam, where he won the UEFA Champions League alongside Nwankwo Kanu. He also played in England with Ipswich Town.Finidi also achieved a bit of world wide fame with his celebration at the 1994 FIFA World Cup, when he went an all fours like a dog urinating after scoring against Greece.Finidi had taken time out to serve as an intern coach at Dutch side, FC Zwolle on the way to earning a coaching badge.last_img

Top two sailors re-crowned in National Championships

first_imgAfter a weekend of high performance racing at the Royal Varuna Yacht Club in Pattaya, Keerati Bualong and Kamolwan Chanyim retained their titles as national champions in their respective Olympic class sailboats. In the Laser Standard, Keerati, 21, almost effortlessly reclaimed the title of National Champion for the fifth time over the weekend of February 22-23.  His talented Sattahip training partner and friendly rival Supakon Pongwichean lifted only one bullet point off the Olympian, finishing a respectable second.  Former Dart world champion Gareth Owen took third place ten points behind.Keerati Bualong (left) and Kamolwan Chanyim (right) with the RVYC’s Malee Whitcraft.The leading lady of the fleet, Koravic Bhanubandh, finished an impressive 7th overall, and Charlie Zbinden was named top Laser Great Grand Master (a title reserved for those aged 65 and up), age being no limit in the light conditions. In the Laser Radial fleet, which uses the same hull but a slightly smaller sail for sailors of lighter weight, the Kingdom Property sponsored Kamolwan Chanyim, 18, finished second behind visiting Singaporean Jevyn Ong after overcoming the first day’s challenge by current European Grand Master Champion Max Hunt of the UK and taking first place from Jevyn in two of the final day’s races.  She had secured her title for the third time on the first day however as the top Thai national in the fleet, finishing the first four races well ahead of Sattahip’s sailing sisters Kanapan and Yanakamin Pachatikapanya.Top Laser Radial sailors (from L to R): Neil Dunkley, Kamolwan Chanyim, Jevyn Ong and Max Hunt.The event welcomed sailors from the UK, Myanmar, Singapore, Japan, and Sweden, setting the bar high for those after a podium finish.Wind proved initially elusive on the first day of racing, only just filling in enough to race by the noon start.  Sattahip’s Keerati quickly showed he was in top form with his first win of the weekend.  The RVYC’s Gareth did his best to keep him in sight and finished second.The second race saw the race committee resort to a black flag start as the tide was pushing the boats over the line.  Two boats still fell afoul of being over the line and were duly penalized, as Supakon followed Keerati home.At the start of the third race it was fun and games at the pin end of the start line with one incident resulting in the only protest of the weekend.  Supakon managed to take a win in the third race, but Keerati was close behind.  The final race of the day reverted to form with Keerati followed by Supakon, but this time chased home by Don Whitcraft.In the Radial, Singapore’s Jevyn showed off his masterful boat speed skills to take three firsts and a second on the first day.  Just behind, there was a tight battle for second place between Max and Kamolwan.  Max starred in the third race, taking a race win.  Kamolwan fought back to finish in front of Max in the last race of the day, but both allowed Kanapan to get through to second to follow Jevyn across the line.Royal Varuna Yacht Club a hive of activity on race weekend.The tide was a bit stronger for Sunday’s early start, but there was enough wind to get the racing underway.  In the Standard, the domination of the top two continued.  They were obviously enjoying the light to medium wind and catching shifts up the first beat, getting across to the right side where a little extra wind and a lift paid off.  Behind them, the RVYC’s Chris Dando and Don Whitcraft took third places in the first three races of the day.For the final race of the championship, both Keerati and Supakon decided they had secured the top spots and went home for an early shower.  Again the right of the beat paid and it was Japanese Shin Suenaga who led round the first mark.  He was chased by the UK’s Peter Young with the rest of the pack bunched together behind.  Eventually Peter managed to run Shin down and take the lead downwind to win the final race of the Championship.Also on Sunday, the top of the Radial fleet saw a great battle between Jevyn and Kamolwan, the young sailors showing the more experienced mariners chasing them just how to do it.  Four races were sailed and both took two wins and two seconds.last_img read more

Princess leads 10th Inspire Run and Ride

first_imgHRH Princess Bajrakitiyabha led more than 500 people in jogging and cycling to aid those suffering mental illnesses at the 10th annual Inspire Run and Ride.Cyclists cross the start line at Khao Chee Chan during the 10th annual Inspire Run and Ride, Saturday, Jan 7.The Jan. 7-8 event near Silver Lake Vineyard and Khao Chee Chan raised funds for the princess’ Funds for Health Promotion foundation, which aids those with depression or other problems, specifically women who no longer have the will to live.  The program hopes to help them bounce back and live a normal happy life.A competitor enters the finishing area after completing the testing but scenic cycle ride.On the first day, 500 men and women cycled 50 and 90-kilometers, in separate age and gender categories.  The second day saw marathons and walking event in which HRH Princess Bajrakitiyabha participated.last_img read more

Pattaya Sport Club Golf Schedule – Friday August 2, 2019 –…

first_imgPhoenix PattaviaPattayaC.C. Valley View HackersGreen Valley Siam Old CouresSiam Old Coures TBA Laem Chabang The Golf ClubParichat Lewiinski’sSiam Old Coures Greenwood Eastern Star Harry’s Golf Green Valley Apple’s IrishTBA Cafe Kronborg Pattana Treasure Hill Billabong GolfBurapha TBA Outback Golf Bar TBA Tropical GolfKhaoKheow Colin’s GolfBangpakongGreen Valley Bangpra The LinksPattana Retox Game OnPattaviacenter_img DATE: Fri2Set 3Sun4Mon5Tue6Wed7Thu8Fri9 I Rovers Le KataiPleasant Valley Green ValleyPattaviaGreenwoodParichat Green ValleyGreen Valley Pleasant ValleyKhaoKheow Growling Swan The Players Lounge PSCThe next PSC monthly golf tournamentwill be a 4-person Texas-Scramble at Parichat G.C. on August 15 Siam Country Green ValleyBurapha TBATBA GreenwoodGreenValleyKhaoKheowEasternStarPleasant Valley Eastem StarCrystal Bay Sugar ShackCrystal Bay Bunker BoysTreasure Hill GreenwoodPattayaC.C. Pattana Treasure HillKhaoKheow Greenwood Crystal Bay PattaviaThe Emerald The Bunker Boys meet at Woody’s Bar on Soi Skaw Beach for golf outings every Monday, Wednesday and Friday ( or call 094368 3580, 081 788 2338 or 087 693 7803. Transportation leaves from Cafe Kronborg on Soi Diana Inn at 8:15 a.m. on Mondays and Thursdays, (contact Dave on tel. 038 602 2117). Colin’s Bar plays golf Sun/Mon/Wed & Fri ( The Growling Swan plays golf on Monday & Thursday ( Lewinski’s in Soi Pattayaland 1 (Soi 13/3), play Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Transport is available, call Marcus on 089 503 9179 for further information and booking. The Pattaya Links Hotel Golf Society departs from Soi Buakhao on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Call Phil on 0625 933 380 or visit The Golf Club is located on Soij LK Metro. Call Phil on 090 769 3778.  Tropical Golf meets at BJ’s Holiday Lodge at 8am on Tuesday’ & Friday. Call Derek on 089 034 0629. Retox Golf – Tel. (Paul) 0923744276, Email [email protected]last_img read more

An Olympic First: Cardboard beds for Tokyo Athletes Village

first_img“Those beds can stand up to 200 kilograms,” explained Takashi Kitajima, the general manager of the Athletes Village, speaking through an interpreter. Loading…Sponsored Content7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone Two sets of bedroom furniture, including cardboard beds, for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Villages are shown in a display room Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Tokyo (AP) — Tokyo Olympic athletes beware — particularly larger ones. The bed frames in the Athletes Village at this year’s Olympics will be made of cardboard. Sturdy cardboard.center_img That’s about 440 pounds, and surely no Olympic athlete weighs that much.“They are stronger than wooden beds,” Kitajima added.He also took into account the possibility of a wild room celebration after, say, a gold-medal victory.“Of course, wood and cardboard would each break if you jumped on them,” he said.The single bed frames will be recycled into paper products after the games. The mattress components — the mattresses are not made of cardboard — will be recycled into plastic products.The mattress is broken up into three distinct sections, and the firmness of each can be adjusted.The idea was to use materials that could be remade after the Olympics and Paralympics. But the cardboard frames and supports should give the rooms a spartan look.Organizers showed off the beds and a few other furnishings on Thursday at their headquarters. The entire Athletes Village complex will be completed in June. The Olympics open on July 24 followed by the Paralympics on Aug. 25.“The organizing committee was thinking about recyclable items, and the bed was one of the ideas,” Kitajima explained, crediting local Olympic sponsor Airweave Inc. for the execution.Organizers say this is the first time that the beds and bedding in the Athletes Village have been made of renewable materials.The Athletes Village being built alongside Tokyo Bay will comprise 18,000 beds for the Olympics and be composed to 21 apartment towers. Even more building construction is being planned in the next several years.Real estate ads say the units will be sold off afterward, or rented, with sale prices starting from about 54 million yen — or about $500,000 — and soaring to three or four times that much. Some fear the apartments will flood the market, possibly impacting property values.The units will be sold off by various real estate companies. Ads suggest many of the units will be slightly larger than a typical apartment in Tokyo, which is about 60-70 square meters — or 650-750 square feet.last_img read more

MGH&FC CEO Eric Moll Honored as Chamber Health Care Champion

first_imgFacebook167Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Mason General Hospital & Family of ClinicsThe Thurston County Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Thurston-Mason County Medical Society, has named Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics’ CEO Eric Moll as one of its 2019 Health Care Champions. Moll will be presented with the Innovation in Rural Medicine Award at the chamber’s 13th annual Health Care Champions awards ceremony at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 25, at the Olympia Country & Golf Club in Olympia.Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics’ CEO Eric Moll was named a 2019 Health Care Champion. Photo courtesy: Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics“Even though this is an individual award, I want to honor the special people and team that makes this recognition possible through the amazing care and work being done every day by our Mason team,” Moll said. “I deeply respect the legacy of past Health Care Champions. They continually inspire me to grow and improve to help our patients, employees and community.”The Health Care Champion awards were established to recognize heroic acts, steadfast dedication, extraordinary service and professionalism that are seen every day in our community’s medical offices, clinics, hospitals, emergency services and related organizations, according to the Thurston chamber.Past award winners from Mason County include the Karen Hilburn Cancer Fund, which was awarded the Community Impact Award at last year’s Health Care Champions ceremony, and longtime Mason County Public Hospital District No. 1 Commissioner Nancy Trucksess, who was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017 after she retired from the board.The awards committee honored Dr. Mark Schlauderaff of Mason General Hospital’s Olympic Physicians Clinic with the Innovation in Rural Medicine award in 2015.“Mason is innovative in that we are not afraid to fail in pursuing the improvement care delivery for our patients,” Moll said. “We value learning and improving. This has allowed us continuously to improve our approach to integrated, team-based care.”Moll joins other 2019 honorees Dr. Lucinda Grande of Pioneer Family Practice in Lacey (Innovative Community Service Award), Dr. Chelsea Unruh of Olympia (Health Care Pioneer Award), and Eileen McKenzie Sullivan with Senior Services of South Sound (Safety Net Award).Doors open at 5:30 p.m. at the Olympia Country & Golf Club and will include honoree recognition, videos, hors d’oeuvres and a no-host bar. Tickets are $40 per person and can be purchased at is certified by Det Norske Veritas (DNV) and is a licensed and accredited acute care hospital with a level four emergency trauma designation. There are more than 100 physicians on staff in 19 specialties. MGH&FC now offers 3D Mammography Services and Virtual Care 24/7.  For more information on 3D mammograms, Virtual Care or to find a health care provider, visit read more