TV station director is the target of murder attempt

first_img On the night of 29 September, some 10 shots were fired at the car of Euri Cabral, the head of the TV station Canal 23 and presenter of the programme “El gobierno de la Mañana” on radio Z-101. Reporters Without Borders said the attack was clearly planned with great care. Reporters Without Borders has expressed concern over the attempted assassination of Euri Cabral, director of Channel 23 television and host of Radio Z-101’s “El gobierno de la Mañana” programme.”We ask you to do everything possible to ensure that the attackers and those behind the attack are identified and punished as soon as possible. This assassination attempt was obviously carefully planned. It is important to prevent the emergence of a climate of impunity in the Dominican Republic,” said Reporters Without Borders in a letter to Interior Minister Franklin Almeyda Rancier.”We are particularly worried given that this is the second serious attackagainst the press following the death of a journalist in Azua, east of Santo Domingo, on 14 September 2004. Reporters in this city say they are still receiving threats. Their aggressors, who are notorious criminals, must be brought under control quickly,” said Reporters Without Borders.”However, we welcome the reaction of President Leonel Fernández, who immediately condemned the attack on Cabral, as well as the authorities’ initiative to grant protection to all the journalists who work on the programme,” the organisation added.On the night of 29 September, after hosting the programme “Temas del día” on Channel 23, Cabral was the target of an assassination attempt in Santo Domingo. He was in his vehicle when a car tried to block his path. Two individuals on motorcycle fired several shots at the car, including three shots at head-level.Police have arrested a suspect, but his identity has not yet been revealed. Cabral said members of the former government and the police may have been responsible for the attack, which he believed was designed to spread fear among the media.The journalist has been very critical of former president Hipolito Mejía and is reputed to have close ties to the governing Dominican Liberation Party (Partido de la Liberación Dominicana, PLD). He has spoken out frequently in favour of putting officials from the Mejía government on trial for corruption.Before the 16 August presidential election, he received threats, which he did not consider serious. He is now under police protection.Meanwhile, in the city of Azua, where journalist Juan Andújar was killed by gang members on 14 September, journalists are still being threatened. Several journalists, as well as those close to them, have received further death threats. Hostile climate for Dominican media since start of 2015 February 15, 2017 Find out more Help by sharing this information October 1, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 TV station director is the target of murder attempt September 22, 2014 Find out more June 25, 2015 Find out more Dominican RepublicAmericas Receive email alerts Follow the news on Dominican Republic Dominican Republic: News presenter and producer gunned down in mid-broadcast Organisation News News News RSF_en Dominican RepublicAmericas News Journalists wounded while covering street clashes in Santo Domingo to go furtherlast_img read more

Lakers’ Byron Scott praises Carlos Boozer’s professionalism amid reduced role

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “We haven’t had any problems,” Scott said. “We haven’t even talked about it.”Boozer also politely declined to talk about his season or his pending free agency until this week’s exit meetings. Boozer’s numbers in 43 games off the bench (11.7 points on 50.4-percent shooting and 6.8 rebounds) became slightly lower than his contributions in 26 games as a starter (14.2 points on 55.7-percent shooting and 8.8 rebounds). But Scott still believed the move “gave us a shot in the arm when he came off the bench.”“It took him a few days to say, ‘All right. I guess this is how it’s going to be and I have to deal with it,” Scott said. “Carlos hasn’t rocked the boat. Carlos has never been known as that type of guy.”Yet, it seems unlikely Boozer would return amid the Lakers’ quest to develop rookie Julius Randle and Boozer’s possible hope for a bigger role.“That’s another one of those questions we can’t answer right now,” Scott said. “A lot of it depends on the draft and free-agent market.” The two-time All-Star and Olympic gold medalist lost his starting job less than two months into the season. He experienced a string of bench sittings so the Lakers could develop younger talent. His pending free agency seems murky. Yet, Carlos Boozer still oozes infectious enthusiasm, cheering from the bench and high-fiving teammates on the court.“Even sometimes I can hear him,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said, laughing. “He is pretty animated when guys do some good things out there. Teammates enjoy that when they know their teammates are rooting for them.” The Lakers certainly had higher expectations for Boozer after acquiring him last summer through an amnesty bid worth $3.2 million. Boozer’s 11.9 points and 6.8 rebounds per-game average represented his lowest marks since his rookie year in the 2002-03 season. But Scott has appreciated Boozer’s professionalism despite initially disagreeing with his demotion amid concerns about his defense. Boozer also has sat in 10 of the past 12 games in favor of younger players.center_img Workout planUncertainty lingers if the Lakers will exercise Jordan Hill’s team option worth $9 million. But if Hill returns, Scott argued the forward needs to improve his offseason preparation.“I don’t know what he does in the summer time to get ready for the season,” Scott said. “He’s got to up it. Then you have to look at what he’s eating and change eating habits as well.” Hill still posted career highs this season in points (11.9), rebounds (8) and minutes played (26.8) in his sixth NBA season. But Hill’s numbers steadily decreased in February (10.8 points on 38.6-percent shooting and 6.4 rebounds) and April (4 points on 29.4-percent shooting and 3.7 rebounds). Though Hill reported abstaining from alcohol in the past year, he conceded he has struggled embracing the team’s encouragement to eat grass-fed food.“He’s got to train like he’s going to play for 48 minutes every single night,” Scott said. “If you train that way in the summer time, that energy can stay up for a longer period of time.”last_img read more