La Guerra Asimétrica del Dictador Hugo Chávez: Contra Comunicadores Sociales y Medios en el 2007
Eladio Rodulfo Gonzalez, Periodista Venezolano, publica una Investigación contentiva de varios tomos, donde recopila las Agresiones, Violaciones de Derechos Humanos y Asesinato de Comunicadores Sociales en el Ejercicio de su Profesión, por parte de los Gobiernos Dictatoriales de Hugo Chávez y Nicolás Maduro, aqui comparto el Cuarto Tomo: Año 2007
El año 2007 fue fatal para la libertad para la libertad de expresión pues el 27 de mayo, en contra de la opinión nacional e internacional cerró definitivamente a la estación televisiva más antigua del país, Radio Caracas Televisión, apropiándose de los equipos de la estación. Lo propio haría después con Radio Caracas Televisión Internacional por negarse a transmitir las kilométricas y arbitrarias cadenas del dictador.Las amenazas del Tribunal Inquisitorial del régimen, la Comisión Nacional de Telecomunicaciones, dieron luz a la autocensura en los medios audiovisuales para evitar sanciones.El entonces director de Telesur, Andrés Izarra, sugirió el establecimiento de la hegemonía comunicacional.Continuó el impedimento a los medios privados de hacerle cobertura a los eventos de la dictadura.Venezuela se situó entre los tres países latinoamericanos con mayores dificultades para el ejercicio del periodismo.Continuaron las agresiones verbales y físicas contra comunicadores y medios por parte de las fuerzas de seguridad, especialmente la Guardia Nacional y la Policía Nacional.
Tesla has reversed its move to close stores, the company announced in a blog post. To keep those stores open, the company says it will raise the prices of Tesla vehicles by 3 percent worldwide on March 18, except for the $35,000 Model 3, which will remain the same price.
The more expensive Model 3s, the Model S, and Model X will all increase in price. The choice to keep more stores open came after a two-week-long evaluation of “every single Tesla retail location,” according to the blog post. About 10 percent of Tesla stores have been closed recently, the blog post says. “These are stores that we would have closed anyway,” according to the post.
The company had previously announced on February 28th that it would be closing its stores and moving to online-only sales. Moving all sales online would allow Tesla to lower the price of its cars by 6 percent, which was how the company would finally be able to sell the $35,000 Model 3, Tesla said at the time. The blog post did not say specifically why the company was reversing course on closing the physical locations. However, it did say that all sales will still be done online, even at the stores — with salespeople showing customers how to order Teslas on their phones. There will be “a small number of cars” available for those who want to buy a Tesla immediately.
“Over the past two weeks we have been closely evaluating every single Tesla retail location, and we have decided to keep significantly more stores open than previously announced as we continue to evaluate them over the course of several months,” the blog post reads. A few previously-closed stores will be reopened, but with fewer workers. And another 20 percent of Tesla locations are under review. “Depending on their effectiveness over the next few months, some will be closed and some will remain open.”
A Tesla spokeswoman said the company had no comment beyond the blog post.
WELLINGTON, Utah — Wellington Police are investigating a vandalism spree in which at least 30 cars were hit with eggs.
According to a post on the department’s Facebook page, the eggings took place late Saturday night and early Sunday morning.
The post says that while this might seem like a harmless prank, some of the the car owners might have to replace some paint.
The original post said 15 cars had been hit, but Sgt. Kelly Maynes with the Wellington Police Department said that number had grown to 30 by Sunday evening.
Sgt. Maynes said calls started coming in early Sunday morning, and he drove around town for three hours looking for cars that had been egged.
When he found one, he notified its owner so they could clean them off as soon as possible.
Sgt. Maynes is following some leads in an effort to find the suspect or suspects who carried out the vandalism.
If you have any information on this case, you’re asked to call the public dispatch center at 435-637-0890.
LAMAR, S.C. — An incident report from Lamar, S.C. police said a substance found recently on two cars belonging to Lamar Mayor Darnell Byrd-McPherson was pollen.
Byrd-McPherson said someone came onto her property back on Feb. 7 and vandalized her cars. She initially said the incident may be that of a hate crime.
Byrd-McPherson said recently the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) was unable to make a determination of the substance because no sample was taken by the Lamar Police Department.
“We found it to be pollen,” Darlington County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Robby Kilgo explained in an interview with Newsweek. “There was no reason for us to collect a sample.”
“We reviewed the incident report, but we did not open a formal investigation,” a SLED spokesperson said. “Because we did not believe a crime occurred.”
Byrd-McPherson released the following statement back on Feb. 7 about the incident:
The incident happened last night. Even though I drove my car today, I thought it was pollen. My husband and our neighbor noticed the cars looked like someone had spray painted on both our vehicles, which were parked in our front yard.
As an aside, during the 70s, crosses were burned in the yard of our home when my Mother was involved with the civil rights movement. On this very same corner in this very same front yard!
Again, we are grateful the person or persons did not try to take our lives but the culprits will be identified and prosecuted.
Love conquers hate and my husband and I refuse to be intimidated by those who perpetrated this act of vandalism which I classify as an act of hatred.
Atlanta police are trying to track down a group of people who broke into a valet key box and made off with multiple sets of keys and two cars.
Police were sent to the Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel Saturday after someone reported a car stolen.
When officers arrived, valets told them multiple sets of keys from their valet box were missing.
Authorities said a group of people pulled up to the hotel in a black Jeep Cherokee at about 4:30 a.m., Channel 2 Action News reported. They broke into the valet key box and stole at least eight sets of keys.
Then, they headed into the parking garage and stole a Ford Expedition and a Chrysler 300.
The owner of the Ford was able to use tracking equipment to locate the car. It was found at 3200 Stone Rd., SW with no damage and was returned to its owner.
Channel 2 reported the valet service shares a parking garage with a car rental agency. The car thieves targeted the rental cars as well, an employee told Channel 2.
An investigation is ongoing.
Dina Wilson, general manager and finance director of Timbrook Kia in Cumberland, Md., said the prevalence of parent-and-child customers at her store has increased.
“I’ve seen a lot more of those than what there ever used to be,” Wilson said. “As finance managers, we all need to be more aware of who our customer is in front of us.”
Vehicle purchases and student loans — whether for themselves or their children — are two of the biggest contributors to increasing debt for older Americans. People 60 and up had total debt of $615 billion in 2017, according to TransUnion, which is less than millennials owe on student loans alone.
Americans 60 and older held 21 percent of total automotive balances in 2017, vs. 12 percent in 2010, TransUnion said. Auto loans now account for $246 billion, or 40 percent, of their total debt.
For all Americans, fast-rising student loan debt is sapping income they could have used for other purposes, including a vehicle. More than a quarter of millennials with student loan debt have delayed buying a car because of it, according to a survey by Bankrate.com released in February, with the Midwest as the region most likely to cite loans holding back a vehicle purchase.
Mark Hamrick, Bankrate’s senior economic analyst, told Automotive News that many Americans are struggling with their finances even in a strong economy.
“It’s not unusual for many small towns in this country to have essentially not participated in the economic expansion in the past 10 years,” Hamrick said. “It doesn’t surprise me that the Midwest would be having some warning lights going off there.”
Student loan debt, which totaled $1.46 trillion in the fourth quarter for all ages, also is preventing younger Americans from purchasing homes, getting married and saving for retirement and emergencies, the Bankrate study found.
Lacking a financial safety net for an unexpected expense also can compel a young car owner to turn to parents for help.
Though he considers his children financially responsible, DeLozier said they have made some costly mistakes with their vehicles.
A few years after he bought his daughter-in-law a used Toyota Camry, she called him from the road.
“We call that DadStar ’cause they would call me and say, ‘Dad, I’m on the freeway, and something’s making a funny noise,’ ” DeLozier said. “She’s a young professional, a biostatistician, but she’s no car mechanic.”
His daughter-in-law had never gotten an oil change, he said, and the Camry’s engine had thrown a rod.
He knew she and her husband, his 28-year-old son, didn’t have the money to replace it. A few years before, he had co-signed on a Kia Soul with his son after he had hit a deer, DeLozier said. Before the accident, his son was overpaying for his vehicle, a used Nissan Murano.
“He paid like 50 percent more than what the Murano was worth, and at a ridiculously high interest rate. It was like $28,000 at 18 or 19 percent interest,” he said. “The only way he could get reasonable rates was to have me co-sign. This is about access to credit for him.”
DeLozier had an idea for his daughter-in-law. He passed down his vehicle, a Honda Fit, to his 19-year-old daughter and replaced it through CarMax. Her car, another Camry, went to his daughter-in-law.
“She’s got a car now because I was able to afford a new car,” he said. “That trickle-down effect gave two other people better rides.”
But not every parent can afford to help their children in the same way.
Affordability and growing debt are increasingly driving young people and their parents to the used-vehicle market.
“Whether fresh out of college or becoming a first-time homebuyer, many young adults are just starting to plan their future and often look to their parents for financial assistance on big purchases,” a spokeswoman for CarMax wrote in an email to Automotive News. “While young adults might be tempted to look at new cars, buying new isn’t always the best choice.”
Average monthly payments for a new vehicle have risen to $533 in the last five years, according to transaction data from Cox Automotive company Dealertrack, up roughly $40 a month for a loan and $70 a month for a lease.
Part of the reason is that vehicle transaction prices are rising as larger models loaded with more technology fill the marketplace. But smaller, more affordable alternatives also are vanishing in the new-vehicle market.
The number of new vehicles sold for less than $20,000 dropped nearly 20 percent last year, according to J.D. Power data, while sales of vehicles over $40,000 rose 7.4 percent. Meanwhile, the average income of car buyers in Generation Z — defined as those born from 1995 to 2004 — hovered around $20,000 a year in 2017, according to J.D. Power. The company cited census data for 2017 that shows the median income ranged from $17,700 for 18-year-olds to $24,000 for 22-year-olds.
Though not all of them are old enough to drive, Generation Z makes up 14 percent of the U.S. population and bought used vehicles 63 percent of the time, J.D. Power says. Millennials — born 1977 to 1994 — also make up 14 percent of the population and purchased used vehicles 51 percent of the time. Their median salaries in 2017 ranged from $26,100 for the youngest to $50,000 for the oldest, J.D. Power said, citing the census figures.
Parents and children alike are seeking attractively priced vehicles with a history of dependability, J.D. Power’s Banks said.
“They seem to have that same mentality,” Banks said. “Regardless of how you look at it, pragmatic parents or pragmatic young adults, they’re opting for the value alternative.”
Of 2,100 consumers surveyed for Cox’s “Evolution of Mobility Study,” Generation Z and millennial participants said owning or leasing a vehicle was too expensive much more than older respondents. The number who agreed with that statement has risen 9 percent since 2015 for Generation Z and 10 percent for millennials.
“They are far more likely to tell us that owning a vehicle has just become too expensive,” said Isabelle Helms, vice president of research and market intelligence at Cox Automotive. “We know their financial situations. We know they are plagued with debt.”
Many adults don’t want to have to co-sign with their parents, according to Jenn Reid, vice president of automotive marketing and strategy at Equifax. If the dealership offers those customers a different scenario, especially for someone who hasn’t had a vehicle before, it can dramatically change the outcome.
Reid says in a market saturated with certified pre-owned and first-time buyer programs, consumer education and underwriting standards enhanced with technology can go a long way in helping these customers become financially independent with their vehicles.
“I’m a firm believer that there is literally a lending program for everybody,” Reid said. “It’s about putting the consumer in the right vehicle, with the right terms, and setting them up for success.”
Still, parents such as DeLozier who have paid for countless repairs, replacements and vehicles outright don’t feel the options are as efficient as stepping in themselves.
“No one has a gun to our heads,” he said. “I can tell my daughter, ‘You have to make a two-hour bus commute into Cleveland every day to go work at the hospital.’ I suppose I could tell her that.
“You want your children to succeed, so you basically say, what am I capable of doing for them?”