Chimbote-based journalist flees Peru after repeated threats

first_img Receive email alerts News PeruAmericas February 10, 2017 Find out more Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders condemns an attack on Marilú Gambini Lostanau, a freelance journalist who writes about drug trafficking. Intruders entered her home in the northern city of Chimbote on 28 March, held her down and stole documents. Reporters Without Borders voiced anger and regret today that Marilú Gambini Lostanau, a freelance journalist based in the western city of Chimbote, has had to flee the country with her two children following repeated death threats.“The rule of law has failed when journalists are forced to flee the region or country where they live and work because of the risks to which are exposed,” the press freedom organisation said. “We are furious that Gambini has had to flee, as the authorities have been aware of her situation for years.”“Reporters Without Borders added: “The fact that she had police protection does not exempt the local authorities from the obligation to investigate the threats she received, which almost certainly had their origin in the stories she has worked on. Without going so far as to talk of complicity, we think there are grounds for suspecting the authorities of negligence in their handling of her case.”Gambini was assigned a police bodyguard by the civil governor’s office in Chimbote in 2000 after repeatedly receiving threats as a result of her coverage of sensitive issues, especially drug trafficking.In a 2004 report, Gambini alleged that a Mexican drug cartel consignment was shipped through the naval base at Chimbote. On 28 March 2005, two men posed as bricklayers in order to get into her home, attacked her and robbed documents. Intruders broke into her home again in her absence on 21 May 2005, taking videotapes. She thought the second burglary was not related to her work._____________________________________________________________25.05.05 – Burglars strike against Marilú Gambini Lostanau for a second timeTwo men broke into freelance journalist Marilú Gambini Lostanau’s home for a second time on 21 May 2005 and stole several videotapes. The journalist, who was not at home at the time, said she considered it “commonplace” and reported it to the police station in Chimbote, western Peru. She said the stolen videotapes did not contain any information about her journalistic work.Two men used the same means of getting in on 28 March, to steal papers from her. One of them held the journalist, while the other one searched the apartment, evidently looking for particular documents which they then took away.Gambini Lostanau exposed the fact that a consignment of drugs belonging to a Mexican drug cartel transited through Chimbote naval base in an article that she published in April 2004.She is under personal protection ordered in 2000 by Chimbote police after she had received repeated threats.____________________________________4.04.05 – Intruders restrain journalist in her home, steal documentsReporters Without Borders today condemned an attack on freelance journalist Marilú Gambini Lostanau by intruders who were able to enter her home in the northern city of Chimbote on 28 March, restrain her and steal documents although she has had government protection since 2000.”We are very worried by the idea that a journalist who is supposed to have had a bodyguard for nearly five years can be attacked in this manner in her home,” the press freedom organization said. “Theft of documents is a serious press freedom violation and we therefore urge the authorities to conduct a proper investigation and punish those responsible as quickly as possible,” Reporters Without Borders said, adding that it also called for improved protection for Gambini.The two intruders posed as bricklayers to enter Gambini’s home, where some construction work was being done. One held her by the neck while the other searched the premises for very specific documents, which he found and took with him.”This journalist was working on drug trafficking matters,” Chimbote police chief Col. Roberto Lanatta Corcuera told Reporters Without Borders, adding, “a link with the attack obviously cannot be ruled out.”In a report published in April 2004, Gambini alleged that a Mexican drug cartel consignment was shipped through a naval base at Chimbote. Gambini told the Instituto Prensa y Sociedad (IPYS), a Peruvian press freedom organization, that she does not rule out the possibility that her aggressors were members of the armed forces.She was assigned a bodyguard by the civil governor’s office in Chimbote in 2000 after repeated threats. She has been in hiding since the 28 March intrusion. 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Wegmans Tops List Of Best Companies To Work For

first_imgROCHESTER – Wegmans was named one of the best companies to work for in the United States.The research and consulting firm Great Place to Work and Fortune released the news this week that the Rochester based grocer ranked third in the ‘2020 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For’ list.The research group says this year’s list came from surveying more than 650,000 employees and asking them to rate their workplace culture.The employees were asked to rate: respectfairnesscamaraderie“We are so grateful for our dedicated employees who have made us a part of this list for the past 23 years,” President and CEO Colleen Wegman said in a statement. “Our people make shopping and working at Wegmans a truly special experience every day. We celebrate and thank them for all they do to earn this incredible honor.”Customers and employees plan to celebrate the honor on Saturday at 11 a.m. with cake at every Wegmans store. For customers who prefer a healthy option instead of cake, Clementine tangerines will be available.This year marked Wegmans’ 23rd anniversary on the list. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Gold Coast defies nationwide slowdown of property prices

first_imgREIQ Gold Coast zone chair Andrew Henderson. Picture: Jerad WilliamsAccording to CoreLogic’s current market trends report, buyers are leaning towards unit sales with Helensvale, Coolangatta, Benowa and Hope Island recording the biggest change in median unit price, markedly higher than any shift in median house prices across all suburbs.“Apartments in those suburbs are new product and they are not high-rises, they are lower to medium-rise developments which are more popular with owner occupiers,” Mr Henderson said.“It comes down to getting to the stage where people are very happy to reside in apartments where they don’t have to worry about maintenance and what goes with it.“And there’s the affordability price point, the median price is less than houses and there’s a lot of apartments being constructed too.” Dwelling sales are slightly down. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt) CoreLogic head of research Cameron Kusher. Pic by David ClarkMore from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa19 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“Sydney and Melbourne are slowing and evidence is suggesting Brisbane is slowing so it might cause markets like the Gold Coast to record a slower pace,” Mr Kusher said. “If you want to sell, now is a good time to think about selling,” said Mr Kusher.“If you want to buy, if the expectation is values will continue to climb then it is generally better to get in earlier.”But according to CoreLogic data, most homeowners are holding on to their properties, with dwelling sales activity down 11.4 per cent over the past year to November 2017 — the biggest fall in regional sales activity. Nearly 18,750 homes changed hands, compared to 21,155 at the same time the year before. An aerial view of residential apartments and housing on the Gold Coast , Wednesday, May 17, 2017. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt) NO ARCHIVINGHOMEOWNERS are sitting on real estate gold mines as the Gold Coast defies a nationwide slowdown of property prices.The Gold Coast was one of just two regional cities in Queensland to post an increase in both house and unit values over the past year.CoreLogic’s regional market update to December 2017 revealed house values rose by 7.6 per cent to $634,423, while the median unit value increased by 5.8 per cent to $411, 229.It was second only to the Sunshine Coast.center_img However infrastructure like this Mermaid Beach construction site is helping to strengthen the property market.REIQ Gold Coast zone chair Andrew Henderson said the lack of supply had led to a “seller’s market”.“There are more people staying in their homes, refurbishing, renovating, improving or extending to make the dwelling best suit their needs versus selling and moving,” Mr Henderson said.“It’s definitely a seller’s market because there’s more buyers than sellers and a distinct lack of stock on the market for sale.”Properties that did sell on the Coast were snapped up quicker than the year before, with the average days on market for a house reduced by one, while units were selling eight days faster. The rental market was also positive, with rates improving up to 3.9 per cent for houses and 2.5 per cent for units, although indicative rental yields remained at a similar level for both types of properties. The Gold Coast has posted an increase in both house and unit sales. Picture: Destination Gold CoastBrisbane house prices rose only 2.8 per cent in the 12 months to November 2017, and Sydney was up 7.7 per cent. However, latest figures show a slight drop in the market down south.“It’s a good sign for the Gold Coast market,” said CoreLogic head of research Cameron Kusher. “We are finding a lot of migration to southeast Queensland from New South Wales and it seems more people are choosing the Coast than capital cities like Brisbane.“The city is growing, there’s infrastructure investment, flights are better and it’s more reasonable to be able to base yourself here and work interstate.”However, buyers and sellers be warned — a capital city slump could have a ripple effect on the region’s market.last_img read more