Alert – Radio talk show host shot and killed in Trinidad and Tobago

first_imgThe well-known radio personality was pulling out of his driveway in Santa Cruz when a gunman approached the car and shot him at least three times in the chest, according to the Trinidad Express. The gunman was accompanied by two other men. Welch lost control of his vehicle, ran off the road and crashed into a wall upon being shot. May 9, 2017 Find out more RSF_en Follow the news on Trinidad and Tobago Organisation Photojournalists physically assaulted while reporting in Trinidad and Tobago News News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is disturbed to learn Ricardo “The Gladiator” Welch, a former radio show host in Trinidad and Tobago, was shot and killed outside his home on October 19. September 22, 2017 Find out more to go further Welch’s death is not the only instance of violence against journalists in Trinidad and Tobago in recent years. In September 2017, multiple photojournalists were physically assaulted while on a reporting assignment involving a local oil company.   Trinidad and Tobago – Parliament considers restrictive amendments to the Freedom of Information Act News Receive email alerts “We urge the authorities to complete a thorough investigation into his killing in order to determine if he was killed in connection with his reporting,” said Margaux Ewen, Director of RSF’s North America bureau. News RSF concerned by certain provisions of Trinidad and Tobago’s Cybercrime Bill June 13, 2019 Find out more Trinidad and TobagoAmericas October 26, 2018 – Updated on November 14, 2018 Alert – Radio talk show host shot and killed in Trinidad and Tobago Welch had worked for a number of radio stations throughout his career, including Pow­er102 FM, and specialized in national current affairs on the island. According to one of RSF’s sources, his reporting was known to make politicians feel uncomfortable, and he had a reputation for seeking recourse in court against his opponents. He emboldened his listeners and colleagues to do the same. Welch made head­lines in April 2017 after suc­cess­ful­ly winning a defama­tion lawsuit against his colleagues at More 104.7 FM, who had accused him of being a homosexual among other claims. Trinidad and Tobago ranks 39th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index, after dropping five places last year.EDITORS NOTE: We have updated this press release as we continue to follow this story. Trinidad and TobagoAmericas Help by sharing this information last_img read more

Winter Wonderland helps students destress, invites in South Bend community

first_imgEvery year leading up to winter break and finals week, the Student Activities Board (SAB) at Saint Mary’s hosts an event for children in the community and students to destress. Club president and senior Emma Freund helped make this year’s event possible.“Winter Wonderland is one of SAB’s longest-standing events,” Freund said. “I’ve helped plan it during all four years of my time on SAB, and I’m sure it will go on for many years after I graduate.”The event took place Saturday in the Reignbeaux Lounge. From 10 a.m. until 12 p.m., children from the community gathered for crafts, snacks and a visit from Santa. The second half of the event, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m., was intended for the Saint Mary’s students, and included crafts, giveaways and a gingerbread house-building contest.“This event was created to help students celebrate the holidays during the stressful end of the semester,” Freund said. “It’s always been SAB’s goal to create events where students can take a break to come enjoy some good food and quality time with friends. This is also the only event involving the South Bend community, so it is especially important for us to put in the work necessary to make it a wonderful event for the children.”This year, around 150 children and over 300 Saint Mary’s students attended the event. Organizers had 300 hats to give away — and there were no left overs.Setting up an event of this scale is not easy, Freund said.“Winter Wonderland is such a significant event for SAB, and it wouldn’t be possible without the dedication and hard work of every single one of our board members,” Freund said.One of the board members, co-executive and junior Grace Nolan, helped with selecting the snacks and organizing the giveaways.“We have been planning this event since Oktoberfest was over,” Nolan said. “So, we have been planning it for about the past seven weeks. However, it really only took us a week or two to get the food and giveaways ordered.”Sophomore Lindsey Herdsman attended the event for her first time with her roommate and friends.“The main reason I originally wanted to go was for the free hat and the food, which was Chick-fil-A,” Herdsman said.Given all the activities available, Herdsman and her friends found that they stayed for much longer than they planned.“Once I was there, I made decorated ornaments and ate some candy canes,” Herdsman said. “It was such a fun event, and really got me in the Christmas spirit. I would definitely want to go again next year.”Tags: christmas, Student Activities Board, Winter Wonderlandlast_img read more

Osaka in no mood to back down on support for Black Lives Matter

first_img“I’m vocal because I believe in the movement and want to try to use my platform to facilitate change,” Osaka told Reuters via email.”George Floyd’s murder and the situation generally in America has had a big impact on me.”Being silent is never the answer. Everyone should have a voice in the matter and use it.”The death of Floyd while he was in the custody of the Minneapolis police has sparked worldwide protests against racism and calls for reforms of US law enforcement. Naomi Osaka, the world’s highest paid sportswoman, says the voices of prominent athletes can be more influential than those of politicians and is determined that hers will be heard on the subject of racial injustice.The two-times Grand Slam champion has faced a backlash on social media after throwing her support behind the Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests in the wake of the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died in police custody on May 25.The 22-year-old Osaka, who has Japanese and Haitian parents but grew up and lives mostly in the United States, says she has no intention of backing down and hopes to help drive real and permanent social change. Topics :center_img Osaka said she had marched in Minneapolis and attended other Black Lives Matters protests in Los Angeles, where she lives.She says the climate has changed considerably since quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the national anthem before a 2016 NFL game and paid for his protest by being ostracized by the league.”Colin has been putting this message out since 2016. It took a pandemic, an economic crisis and a torturous murder on camera, all at the same time, for people to really hear him,” she said.”It shouldn’t have been that way. If the NFL wants to show that they really care the first thing they should so is take a knee together and give Colin his job back.”That some people have said we as athletes should stick to sports is really insulting.”National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell said last week the league had made mistakes in not listening to players and encouraged them “to speak out and peacefully protest”.”Hateful and sad”In response to her comments on social media, Osaka has been told to “stay in her lane” and focus on tennis but has chosen to respond to her critics with argument and a few amusing GIFs.”I probably shouldn’t read all the trolling but it’s hard to avoid,” said Osaka, who has over a million followers on Instagram.“Using humor is definitely one mechanism to expose these people … Calling them out for their ignorance and racism is also worthwhile sometimes.”I’m more sad for them than myself – to be so hateful and ignorant can’t be an easy way to live life.”Osaka said racism needed to be challenged all around the world and was delighted to see Black Live Matters protests in Japan, the country she represents on the international stage.On Tuesday, Japanese public broadcaster NHK had to apologize for an animated video aimed at explaining the US protests which sparked outrage for its depiction of black Americans.Osaka retweeted the video with a GIF expressing bewilderment.”We have been trying for hundreds of years and a change is long overdue,” she said.”I do think this time there is a different feel and energy, and the protests are so far reaching. There have even been BLM marches in Japan! That makes me so happy.”So I’m hopeful for change, I’ll keep campaigning for change, and I demand a better future for the next generation.” last_img read more