The Raúl Rivero support committee hands out books to tourists leaving for Cuba

first_img RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago October 12, 2018 Find out more CubaAmericas Organisation News One year after the arrest of 75 dissidents in Cuba, around a dozen activists from the Raúl Rivero support committee handed out books to French tourists leaving for Havana to raise their awareness of the lack of free expression on the island. Follow the news on Cuba CubaAmericas Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information RSF_en News News This morning around a dozen members of the support committee of journalist and poet Raúl Rivero handed out postcards and books, some of which are banned in Cuba, to French tourists leaving for Havana from Charles de Gaulle airport at Roissy, north of Paris.One year after a wave of repression in Cuba during which 75 dissidents were arrested, the Raúl Rivero support committee decided to try to make French tourists aware of human rights abuses on the island.Activists handed the books to the tourists so that they can give them to Cubans in the street or to the “independent libraries”. The campaign, launched by the human rights organisation Pax Christi-Hollande (, was due to be replicated simultaneously in several European countries. Around 800,000 Europeans, 120,000 of them French take their holidays in Cuba each year.Among the books handed out were Animal Farm by George Orwell, The Feast of the Goat by Mario Vargas Llosa, Justice by Francisco de Vitoria and Reflections on Truth and Reflections on non-violence by Gandhi.Post cards designed by Reporters Wihout Borders were also handed out to travellers. The cards picture a young woman on a beach wearing a T-shirt with the slogan “Cuba Si, Castro No” and with the following caption:”Are you tempted by Cuba for your holidays, by its dreamy beaches and itsfrenetic rhythms?Watch out! Except in picture postcards, the Cuban sundoesn’t shine for everyone. The Castro regime arrested some 80journalists, dissidents and human rights activists in March 2003 and gavethem long prison sentences. For daring to talk about democracy in theircountry, some of them are going to spend up to 28 years in prison…Wise up to where you’re going”The Raúl Rivero support committee was launched on 29 September 2003 by Reporters Without Borders and the organisation Sin Visa. It is chaired by writer Jorge Semprun and has more than 150 members including celebrities such as french actresses Catherine Deneuve and Sophie Marceau and spanish film director Pedro Almodovar.More than 300 political prisonersThe government of Fidel Castro on 18 March 2003 launched a roundup of dissidents throughout the country. Seventy-five dissidents, accused of subversive activities, were tried and sentenced to prison terms of up to 28 years. Among them were 27 independent journalists of whom the most prominent was journalist and poet Raúl Rivero. Their crime: to think differently to the government. In total there are more than 300 political prisoners in Cuba.One year on, Havana is showing no sign of softening its line. On the contrary, shortly after they were sentenced all the dissidents were transferred to remote prisons, often several hundred kilometres from their homes. Most of them have spoken out against particularly appalling prison conditions. Despite international protest, Raúl Rivero is still behind bars.In Cuba, the Constitution allows only the official press to operate. It also lays down that none of its citizens recognised freedoms “can be used contrary to the existence and the objectives of the socialist state, nor against the decision of the Cuban people to build socialism and communism.”Raúl Rivero: journalist and poetA former journalist with the official press, born in November 1945, Rivero broke with the regime in 1991. In 1995, he set up the independent press agency Cuba Press. He was arrested on 20 March 2003 at his home in Peñalver Street, Havana. Key figure of the independent press, he was tried on 4 April with his friend Ricardo González Alfonso, correspondent for Reporters Without Borders. The two men were sentenced to 20 years in prison for “actions against the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the state”. “I do not plot, I write,” the journalist said in his defence. Since 28 April 2003, he has been held in Canaleta, Prison near Ciego de Avila, more than 400 kilometres from his home. In a country where transport is expensive and time-consuming, the transfer seems like a second sentence to his wife, Blanca Reyes, who is fighting for his release. Rivero is also an internationally-known poet. October 15, 2020 Find out more to go further Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet News New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council May 6, 2020 Find out more March 27, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 The Raúl Rivero support committee hands out books to tourists leaving for Cubalast_img read more

World’s largest collection of model aircraft goes on permanent display in…

first_img TAGScollectionhobbymodel aircraft displayShannonShannon airport Previous articleNew jobs to come from expansion at Rigid ContainersNext articleESB partnership to transform Shannon into low carbon airport Cian Reinhardthttp://www.limerickpost.ieJournalist & Digital Media Coordinator. Covering human interest and social issues as well as creating digital content to accompany news stories. [email protected] WhatsApp NewsCommunityVideoWorld’s largest collection of model aircraft goes on permanent display in ShannonBy Cian Reinhardt – July 3, 2018 5896 Facebook Twitter Aer Lingus needs to clarify Shannon plans – Crowe Linkedin Sad day for Limerick and Mid-West following Aer Lingus announcement – Mayor Michael Collins One of the world’s most unusual aircraft arrives at Shannon Airport center_img Advertisement RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email Shannon Group Focused on Recovery and Rebuilding The world’s largest collection of model aircraft has gone on permanent show in the most appropriate home possible for it – the very airport where the obsession began for a collector to purchase 1,500 plus specialist diecast models.Farranshone, Limerick man Michael Kelly (67) has put his incredible aircraft collection on view in Shannon over six decades after his preoccupation with aircraft as a young boy began there.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The collection, which the retired fitter/plumber began assembling from his mid-teens and spent €25,000 each year on at its peak, outgrew his old farmhouse home just 400m from the River Shannon but has found a new one at Shannon Airport. It will be officially opened in the autumn but is already on display and getting huge attention from passengers as they marvel at the vastness and uniqueness of the permanent exhibition.The collection, which is housed in display units in a dedicated gallery area just off the departures lounge, includes every popular aircraft to have flown as well as many lesser well known, right up to modern day versions.All aircraft are 1:200 in scale and among the better known ones are a range of Concordes that perfected take-off ability at Shannon; the Sunderland aircraft owned by Al Capone from the 1930s; the world’s largest aircraft to fly commercially, the Antonov, which has also transited Shannon; the largest aircraft never to fly, the Spruce Goose of the Hughes Aircraft Company owned by ‘the Aviator’, Howard Hughes; the first Ryanair Boeing 737 aircraft; the full Aer Lingus collection from its beginnings and much, much more.For aviation enthusiasts there’s also the likes of Michael’s own favourite, the VC 10, an aircraft that captivated imaginations when it came out in the 1960s; the Russian Ilyushin 62, which hubbed in Shannon, and Yaks;  the Hercules, Lockheed Electra and TriStar; and the British royal’s ‘Queen’s Flight’ BAE 146.Explaining the long journey that led to the collection, Michael recalled:  “It started back when I was a little boy. My Dad, God rest him, used to bring me to Shannon Airport. When I saw aircraft I just fell in love with them. Whatever was between the airplanes and I, it was just magic.“I’d be always talking about airplanes. I never stopped babbling on at home about them. I’d be at home playing with my ball and I might be lucky enough to hear a Viscount in the sky and, of course, that would blow my mind. And I do everything, I’d nearly try pull back the clouds to see them.”The young boy’s early infatuation with aviation never abated and, with no model aircraft shop available in Ireland, he made his first trip to the UK when he was 16.“Dad gave me the money to go to this lovely man in Wales. That was the beginning of my real journey. He (model aircraft dealer) had so many beautiful planes and I was amazed. He said to me, ‘you’re very brave little boy to come here, I’ll send the planes onto Ireland and your dad can pay me when he has the money’. That was the beginning.”However, it was when Michael was put in touch with a world-wide, exclusive dealer of model aircraft based out of a hotel at Heathrow Airport that his pursuit really took off.  “I was told, if you get in with this guy, he will get you anything.  So, I headed over to this man, Nigel Milton Tompkins, with £10,000 Irish punts at the time in my pocket in ‘84.  It was huge money that I had saved, mad money.  But I was working hard and I was making money.“I took 17 planes on the day.  That’s how I kind of broke the mould. I was taken under the wing completely within a few visits. I was able to hit Heathrow then, at least once every six weeks every time. I had this airport (Shannon) wore out. Over the period of time when I look back on my accounts I would have spent about €25,000 a year, over 20 years. I spent a luxury house on it.  I live in an old restored farmhouse in Limerick city and we built a room then off the house, 65ft long, to put all my models out there on a display.”More and more people heard about what he had assembled and, ultimately, the reality dawned that it was far too important a collection not to be public.  A quick meeting with Niall Maloney, Shannon Airport’s Director of Operations and an agreement was reached to relocate it to a designated gallery area airside, just off the departures lounge.Said Niall:  “I’d heard from colleagues about this collection in a house in Limerick and, of course, about Michael and was advised to go see it.  When you walked in through the front door, there was planes left of me, there was planes right of me, there was planes in front of me. They were everywhere. It was an aviation-enthusiast’s heaven.“Over a number of engagements with Michael we discussed what could be done.  It’s a wonderful collection and deserves to be seen by the public. We were only happy that we could bring it here to Shannon with his goodwill.”The Shannon Operations Director said Michael’s passion for his aircraft is infectious.  “Once you meet Michael his enthusiasm, his knowledge of all these planes comes across instantly. He knows every aircraft type, has all the history behind where these aircraft were, where they were flown, who they’ve flown.  This is the world’s largest diecast model collection in the world.  We’re just delighted, with Michael’s goodwill, that it’s based here now in Shannon.”The gallery is, he explained, the latest manifestation of the extra mile Shannon goes to in order to make the airport customer friendly.  “Shannon is more than an airport and one thing we are quite strong in Shannon is what you do with your time when you’re here with us. We are working all the time on become as stress-free as possible. We’re the first European airport to have a sensory room in place, we have a unique historical picture collection here of the famous people who came through this airport.  We want Shannon to be a place where people can spend time effortlessly.”Looking back on his journey, Michael said: “I don’t regret a bit of it. It was a very hard journey that I absolutely adored. No regrets. I’m chuffed that they’re in Shannon now. It’s a job well done as far as I’m concerned now. I feel now personally that it’s a great achievement.” Print Urgent action needed to ensure Regional Air Connectivity Shannon Airport “has been abandoned” last_img read more

IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National Point Standings Through July 20

first_imgIMCA Modifieds ­– 1. William Gould, Calera, Okla., 1,158; 2. Jason Wolla, Ray, N.D., 1,154; 3. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa, 1,152; 4. Matt Guillaume, Haslet, Texas, 1,124; 5. Clinton Luellen, Min­burn, Iowa, 1,107; 6. Cory Sample, Winnemucca, Nev., 1,101; 7. Ricky Stephan, South Sioux City, Neb., 1,089; 8. Bryce Garnhart, Shannon, Ill., 1,075; 9. Anthony Roth, Columbus, Neb., 1,068; 10. Dean Abbey, Roanoke, Texas, 1,062; 11. Scott R. Smith, Davenport, Neb., 1,039; 12. Jesse Rogotzke, Sanborn, Minn., 1,037; 13. Brandon Hood, McGregor, Texas, 1,026; 14. Brian Schultz, Casa Grande, Ariz., 1,014; 15. Steven Bowers Jr., Topeka, Kan., 1,003; 16. Hunter Mar­riott, Brookfield, Mo., and Tom Berry Jr., Medford, Ore., both 1,000; 18. Ethan Dotson, Bakers­field, Calif., 988; 19. Tim Ward, Harcourt, Iowa, 981; 20. Joel Rust, Grundy Center, Iowa, 980.IMCA Late Models – 1. Todd Cooney, Des Moines, Iowa, 789; 2. Matt Ryan, Davenport, Iowa, 778; 3. Jeremiah Hurst, Dubuque, Iowa, 775; 4. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown, Iowa, 763; 5. Justin Kay, Wheatland, Iowa, 758; 6. Rob Toland, Colona, Ill., 756; 7. Joe Zrostlik, Long Grove, Iowa, 733; 8. Chad Holladay, Muscatine, Iowa, 717; 9. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo, Iowa, 701; 10. Joel Callahan, Dubuque, Iowa, 699; 11. Paul Nagle, Nevada, Iowa, 682; 12. Ryan Dolan, Lisbon, Iowa, 665; 13. Gary Webb, Blue Grass, Iowa, 636; 14. Curt Schroeder, Newton, Iowa, 631; 15. Chuck Hanna, Port Byron, Ill., 617; 16. Kirby Schultz, Albia, Iowa, 616; 17. Curtis Glover, Run­nells, Iowa, 602; 18. John Emerson, Waterloo, Iowa, 598; 19. Bryce Carey, Nashua, Iowa, 576; 20. Bobby Toland, Cordova, Ill., 562.IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars – 1. Marcus Thomas, Corsicana, Texas, 773; 2. Justin Fifield, Mes­quite, Texas, 740; 3. Kyle Ganoe, Thompsontown, Pa., and John Ricketts, Burleson, Texas, both 736; 5. Kaleb Johnson, Sioux Falls, S.D., 711; 6. Zach Newlin, Millerstown, Pa., 704; 7. Rob­ert Vetter, Wolfe City, Texas, 700; 8. Trevor Serbus, Olivia, Minn., 689; 9. Tyler Russell, Abbott, Texas, 682; 10. Drew Ritchey, Everett, Pa., and Adam Gullion, Lincoln, Neb., both 656; 12. Zach Blurton, Quinter, Kan., 647; 13. Colin Smith, Sheldon, Iowa, 646; 14. Michael Stien, Ceylon, Minn., 642; 15. Cale Reigle, Newport, Pa., 635; 16. Tyler Reeser, Orwigsburg, Pa., 631; 17. Toby Chapman, Panama, Neb., 627; 18. Tyler Drueke, Eagle, Neb., and Blake Baccus, Crandall, Texas, both 619; 20. Dale Wester, Ovilla, Texas, 615.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars – 1. Mike Nichols, Harlan, Iowa, 1,171; 2. Kirk Martin, Weatherford, Texas, 1,159; 3. Nathan Wood, Sigourney, Iowa, 1,158; 4. John Oliver Jr., Danville, Iowa, 1,151; 5. Damon Hammond, Burleson, Texas, 1,141; 6. Dan Mackenthun, Hamburg, Minn., 1,122; 7. Jason Wilkinson, Neligh, Neb., 1,112; 8. Chad Bruns, Wakefield, Neb., 1,091; 9. Damon Murty, Chelsea, Iowa, 1,089; 10. Kyle Wilkinson, Neligh, Neb., 1,078; 11. Donavon Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 1,076; 12. Justin Nehring, Storm Lake, Iowa, 1,058; 13. Kevin Opheim, Mason City, Iowa, 1,045; 14. Devin Snellenberger, Pulaski, Wis., 1,044; 15. Tommy Fose, Delphos, Kan., 1,030; 16. Jay Schmidt, Tama, Iowa, 1,027; 17. Ronnie Warren, Oglesby, Texas, 1,004; 18. Andy Roller, Waco, Texas, and Jerrett Bransom, Burleson, Texas, both 1,000; 20. Joren Boyce, Minot, N.D., 997.IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks – 1. Shannon Anderson, Des Moines, Iowa, 1,199; 2. Cory Probst, Brewster, Minn., 1,173; 3. Brandon Nielsen, Spencer, Iowa, 1,157; 4. Jeff Ware, Columbus, Neb., 1,150; 5. Chanse Hollatz, Clear Lake, Iowa, 1,142; 6. Zach Olmstead, Overton, Neb., 1,115; 7. Cody Williams, Minneapolis, Kan., 1,102; 8. Cameron Wilkinson, Neligh, Neb., 1,100; 9. Andrew Borchardt, Mason City, Iowa, 1,093; 10. Eric Cross, Salina, Kan., 1,083; 11. Justin Luinenburg, Reading, Minn., 1,081; 12. Justin Wacha, Vinton, Iowa, 1,048; 13. Lance Mielke, Norfolk, Neb., 1,043; 14. Terry Tritt, York, Neb., 1,040; 15. Leah Wroten, Independence, Iowa, 1,035; 16. Austin Brauner, Platte Center, Neb., 1,031; 17. Tathan Burkhart, Hays, Kan., 1,017; 18. Brady Bencken, Oakley, Kan., 1,011; 19. Daniel Wauters, Iowa City, Iowa, 1,007; 20. Ryan Wells, Runnells, Iowa, 993.Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods – 1. Jeffrey Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 1,125; 2. Cory Williams, Slaton, Texas, 1,098; 3. James Skinner, Burleson, Texas, 1,096; 4. Ron­nie Bell, Lorena, Texas, 1,072; 5. James Hanusch, Belton, Texas, 1,062; 6. James Guyton, Moody, Texas, 1,052; 7. Taylor Florio, Copperas Cove, Texas, 1,040; 8. Casey Brunson, Lott, Texas, 891; 9. Jake Upchurch, Grand Prairie, Texas, 882; 10. Sid Kiphen, Gatesville, Texas, 858; 11. Kamera McDonald, Keller, Texas, 795; 12. Allen Montgomery, White Settlement, Texas, 782; 13. Dustin Robinson, Post, Texas, 716; 14. Frank Groves, Shallowater, Texas, 685; 15. Tyler Bragg, Springtown, Texas, 683; 16. Justin Long, Haslet, Texas, 678; 17. Chris Cogburn, Robin­son, Texas, 674; 18. Gabe Tucker, Carbon, Texas, 672; 19. Steve Gray, Vernal, Utah, 664; 20. Brian J. Carey, Aztec, N.M., 651.Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods – 1. Tyler Soppe, Sherrill, Iowa, 1,167; 2. Tony Olson, Ce­dar Rapids, Iowa, 1,154; 3. Matthew Looft, Swea City, Iowa, 1,141; 4. Trent Roth, Columbus, Neb., 1,136; 5. Erik Laudenschlager, Minot, N.D., 1,131; 6. Johnathon D. Logue, Boone, Iowa, 1,126; 7. Jake McBirnie, Boone, Iowa, 1,114; 8. Jason George, Laveen, Ariz., 1,095; 9. Colby Fett, Algona, Iowa, 1,090; 10. Doug Smith, Lanesboro, Iowa, 1,072; 11. Shane DeVolder, Pacifica, Calif., 1,047; 12. Kyle Olson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 1,046; 13. Colby Langenberg, Norfolk, Neb., 1,036; 14. Jesse Skalicky, Fargo, N.D., 1,007; 15. Austen Becerra, Bowen, Ill., 993; 16. Nick Meyer, Whittemore, Iowa, 985; 17. Lane Cornwell, Newman Grove, Neb., 970; 18. Hunter Parsons, Green Bay, Wis., 967; 19. Kolton Vogel, Phillipsburg, Kan., 952; 20. Austin Svoboda, David City, Neb., 945.Mach-1 Sport Compacts – 1. Nate Coopman, Mankato, Minn., 1,185; 2. Dillon Richards, Be­atrice, Neb., 1,169; 3. Jake Newsom, Sioux City, Iowa, 1,118; 4. Alex Dostal, Glencoe, Minn., 1,107; 5. Jay DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 1,092; 6. Darwin Brown Jr., Jackson, Minn., 1,078; 7. Levi Heath, Wilton, Iowa, 1,063; 8. Brooke Fluckiger, Columbus, Neb., 1,055; 9. Tanner Uehling, Nor­folk, Neb., 1,045; 10. Shannon Pospisil, Norfolk, Neb., 1,043; 11. Shawn Hein, Beatrice, Neb., 1,032; 12. Kaitlin DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 1,013; 13. Ashlee Kelly, Fairmont, Minn., 954; 14. Mitch Meier, Chilton, Wis., 897; 15. Barry Taft, Argyle, Iowa, 867; 16. Michael Meier, Chilton, Wis., 858; 17. Dustin Jackson, Oneill, Neb., 857; 18. Hunter Benson, Forest City, Iowa, 832; 19. Austin Friedrich, St. James, Minn., 820; 20. Julia Childs, Weatherford, Texas, 803.last_img read more