TV presenter publicly insulted and threatened by parliamentarian

first_img Coronavirus: State measures must not allow surveillance of journalists and their sources Follow the news on Ecuador November 14, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 TV presenter publicly insulted and threatened by parliamentarian News News Reporters Without Borders voiced concern today about insults made by Alfonso Harb, a parliamentary representative of the Social Christian Party, against Paco Velasco, the producer and presenter of the programme “La Clave” for Quito-based Radio La Luna.“We call on Harb to retract his offensive comments about Velasco and we urge the government to support the journalist and give him protection,” the press freedom organisation said.Harb reportedly made slanderous remarks about Velasco on several occasions. The comments referred to his personal life and to Radio La Luna’s business dealings. Harb said he was personally conducting an investigation into these matters.He also publicly accused Velasco of being “under the heel” of the government and of “instigating chaos and anarchy” by his comments on the air.Ecuador’s Permanent Assembly for Human Rights (APDH) claimed that Harb had threatened Velasco in an even more direct way, saying he was looking for him in order “to punish him man to man.”These public comments have come amid a campaign by several parliamentarians to discredit opinion-makers who support President Alfredo Palacio’s call for a referendum on a proposed constituent assembly.Velasco and Radio La Luna were already targeted earlier this year after playing a key role in President Lucio Gutiérrez’s ouster on 20 April. The radio station was the target of two attacks and Velasco fled the country with his family on 2 May, prompting then interior minister Mauricio Gándara to personally intervene on his behalf.Velasco is currently getting special protection from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, an offshoot of the Organisation of American States. Two months before Assange’s extradition hearing, RSF calls for his release on humanitarian grounds and for US Espionage Act charges to be dropped Receive email alerts EcuadorAmericas News Newscenter_img Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives June 15, 2020 Find out more RSF_en December 24, 2019 Find out more to go further Help by sharing this information April 10, 2020 Find out more Organisation EcuadorAmericas last_img read more

City Council Reinstates Late Fees Waived During COVID-19 Pandemic

first_img 15 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it More Cool Stuff Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Make a comment Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Top of the News On the heels of an announcement by the Pasadena Water and Power Department (PWP) about resuming shut-offs for nonpayment by its customers, the City Council on Monday voted to resume the collection of parking and transit-related fees and fines, as well as late fees and payments for other city services, including refuse collection, sewer maintenance, and the Utility Underground Surtax and utility user’s tax.The Department of Finance proposal rescinds the suspension of late fees or penalties for all services or fees not previously approved by the City Council on April 12, 2021. These will include fees for business licenses, health permits, emergency medical services, permits, rents, and miscellaneous receivables.The fees were suspended by two separate actions by the City Council on March 17, 2020 and April 6, 2020, to provide financial relief to members of the community impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. PWP customers were the beneficiaries of these actions, which also included the suspension of utility service shut-offs as a consequence for nonpayment of power and water bills.The city was hoping to receive some federal or state assistance to directly reimburse water or power utilities, but no proposal to this effect has been included in COVID-19 stimulus funding.At the same time, while the suspension of late fees and utility shut-offs provided a temporary measure of relief, it does not relieve customers of their obligation to pay utility bills, PWP said last month.“Since the end of March 2020, the amount of unpaid utility bills has increased from about $1.3 million to over $8.4 million as of March 31, 2021,” PWP said. “These arrears are over five times higher than that was experienced in pre-pandemic times and are still increasing considerably.”The Finance Department said approval of the recommendation to reinstate late fees and penalties would maintain a balanced operating budget for fiscal year 2022 without the need to draw upon reserves. faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimescenter_img Community News CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News City Council Reinstates Late Fees Waived During COVID-19 Pandemic STAFF REPORT Published on Monday, May 10, 2021 | 5:28 pm HerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTop Important Things You Never Knew About MicrobladingHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Reasons Why The Lost Kilos Are Regained AgainHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeauty Business News Subscribe STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more