Mixed feelings about court’s decision to cut jail time for two women journalists

first_img News Follow the news on Rwanda April 6, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Mixed feelings about court’s decision to cut jail time for two women journalists News RwandaAfrica November 27, 2020 Find out more Organisation April 6, 2020 Find out more Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent Reporters Without Borders has “mixed feelings” about yesterday’s supreme court decision to significantly reduce the long jail sentences being served by Agnes Uwimana Nkusi, the editor of the privately-owned bimonthly Umurabyo, and Saidat Mukakibibi, one her reporters, who have been held since July 2010 on charges of inciting civil disobedience, causing divisions and denying the 1994 genocide of the Tutsis. “The reduction in the length of the jail terms is obviously to be welcomed as they were very harsh, but this is not the good news we wanted,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Ever since the day of their arrest, we have been saying these two women should be freed and the charges dropped. We are particularly worried about Nkusi, whose health is incompatible with a long stay in prison.“The modest reforms announced by the Rwandan government – a new media freedom law that is currently before parliament and the planned overhaul of the Rwandan Information Office – will not make a big difference to freedom of information as long as journalists continue to be kept in prison because of their opinions.”The supreme court cut Nkusi’s combined 17-year sentence to three years on a charge of “attacking state security” and one year on a charge of defaming President Paul Kagame, for a total of four years, and cut Mukakibibi’s seven-year sentence to three years for “attacking state security.” Their convictions on the other two charges – minimizing the genocide and inciting divisions – were quashed. Supreme court president Sam Rugege said the prosecution had failed to produce evidence to support the genocide minimization charge. The defence’s request for the jail sentences to be suspended was rejected.More information about Nkusi and MukakibibiRwanda is ranked 156th out of 179 countries in the 2011-2012 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index while President Kagame has been on the Reporters Without Borders list of “Predators of Press Freedom” for years. BBC Africa’s “disproportionate and dangerous” dismissal of a journalist center_img RwandaAfrica Receive email alerts February 13, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information Reports News RSF_en to go further The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africalast_img read more

President Chirac asked to raise press freedom during visit

first_img December 17, 2019 Find out more to go further LibyaMiddle East – North Africa February 23, 2021 Find out more LibyaMiddle East – North Africa News November 20, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 President Chirac asked to raise press freedom during visit Receive email alerts News Six imprisoned journalists to finally appear in court in Istanbul Reporters Without Borders wrote to French President Jacques Chirac today reminding him of the extremely grave press freedom violations in Libya and asking him to raise them with Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi during an official visit to Tripoli on 24 November.”Press freedom is still virtually non-existent in Libya despite the regime’s efforts to acquire a new, improved image as regards human rights,” the letter said. “The print and broadcast media have been under the regime’s tutelage for years, no criticism of the president is tolerated and all journalists practice self-censorship. If foreign reporters manage to get one of the few press visas to go there, they are closely monitored.”The letter added: “Press freedom is an essential condition for political modernization and democratization in Libya. You conditioned your visit to Libya on the payment of compensation to the families of the French victims of the bombing of a UTA DC-10 and the German victims of the bombing of a bar in Berlin, but Libya’s international rehabilitation should also be linked to respect for free expression and human rights.”Reporters Without Borders said the Libyan regime holds the record for the longest imprisonment of a journalist – Abdullah Ali al-Sanussi al-Darrat, who has been detained without trial since 1973. His place of detention and state of health are unknown.The organization urged President Chirac to ask what has happened to Al-Darrat as well as raise all the other press freedom issues. center_img Well-known Libyan journalist missing since his arrest On Libyan revolution’s 10th anniversary, authorities urged to guarantee press freedom Follow the news on Libya News Organisation News June 24, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information RSF_en last_img read more

Truong Duy Nhat

first_img After starting out as a reporter for regional police publications, Truong Duy Nhat worked for the daily Dai Doan Ket (Great Solidarity). But he resigned as a state media journalist in 2010 to become a prolific and outspoken blogger, calling his blog – originally truongduynhat.vn and then, a year later, truongduynhat.org – “Another point of view.” He posted more than 1,000 articles, most of them his own, in the space of three years. After four orders to close his blogs, he was finally arrested in May 2013 and sentenced to two years in prison in connection with 12 of his most vitriolic articles. Seven months before his arrest, he wrote: ““I am neither a criminal nor a reactionary. The handcuff and gun should not be used against bloggers who sacrifice their interests to keep outspoken blogs that are helping to change the party and the people.” VietnamAsia – Pacific Oudom Tat Cambodia Find out more Follow the news on Vietnam Receive email alerts See more Danish Karokhel Afghanistan Find out more to go furthercenter_img Information hero Truong Duy Nhat Julian Assange Australia Find out more Li Jianjun China Find out more Chiranuch Premchaiporn Thailand Find out more Help by sharing this information VietnamAsia – Pacific last_img read more

Two disused properties to be refurbed and occupied

first_imgPredictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Previous articleGAA intends to have crowds at games when the intercounty season resumesNext articleShannon Group reports a ‘positive’ first meeting with the newly formed Shannon Airport Oireachtas Group Meghann Scully The four-floor 21,000 sq ft ‘Barrow House’, which formerly housed Instore, on Michael Street and all three units at the 10,000 sq ft ’The Carlton’ on Henry Street – former home to the Elverys store – are set to have new life breathed into them by works to facilitate the relocation of the Limerick City Library and HAP, respectively, into the properties.The ‘Fitout Works Tender’ for the refurbs that will enable the move has now been posted on eTenders.  Work, which will support employment locally,  is due to be completed by year end.The investment by Limerick Twenty Thirty, which is developing the Opera Site over a five-year period at a cost of €180m, will not alone ensure that the existing tenants get a turn-key property to operate out of on completion of the works but both premises will be future-proofed as attractive rental locations in Limerick beyond that.The lower ground floor, first and second floor of Barrow House has been unoccupied for all of ten years since Instore ceased trading there, while previous occupants of the third floor moved to another nearby premises in 2018.Limerick Twenty Thirty works will enable it accommodate the Limerick City Library and its Finance Team for up to five years while the new €20m library is being built in the Old Town Hall Building on Rutland Street.Meanwhile, units 2,3 & 4 of The Carlton on Henry Street will be refurbed to enable the relocation of HAP’s social housing support team of 85 people in the city centre from the existing Opera Site.Unit 4 has not been occupied since it was constructed while units 2&3 were formerly occupied by Elverys until they moved location five years ago.Said David Conway, CEO of Limerick Twenty Thirty: “The refurb we are undertaking at both premises is really positive in the medium-term as it ensures two city centre properties that were unoccupied for some time are now going to have new life breathed into them.“This is a real positive for the buildings and the areas around them but it also means that the employees moving will continue to be based in the city centre.“The refurb will also have lasting benefits beyond that as it will significantly enhance the long-term attractiveness of the properties from a rental perspective.” he said. WhatsApp Linkedin Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Email Advertisement He added: “While our ultimate objective, which we have delivered on with Gardens International already and are about to deliver on with the Opera Site, is to transform iconic disused properties in Limerick in our portfolio into long-term growth catalysts for the city and region, this is a secondary positive impact from our activity.“There will also be the short-term benefit from the works required to refurb these buildings, supporting employment and delivering spend into the city as we continue the comeback from COVID-19.” TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick PostLimerick Twenty Thirty Printcenter_img Twitter LimerickNewsTwo disused properties to be refurbed and occupiedBy Meghann Scully – June 8, 2020 2365 WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Facebook TWO well-known disused properties are to get a major bounce from the Opera Site development, with a significant refurb programme to commence on each to enable them house tenants that require relocation for the duration of Limerick Twenty Thirty’s build on the 3.7acre iconic site. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League openerlast_img read more

ELAM: The tariff nightmare begins

first_imgLocal NewsBusiness Facebook West Texas Food Bank Logo “This past week brought more early warnings of Trump’s simplistic “us versus them” view of trade.Last year the president set this potential disaster in motion by instructing the Commerce Department to investigate if steel and aluminum imports threaten national security under Section 232 of the Trade expansion Act of 1962. As instructed, Commerce concluded they do.The stock market remains the same. The previous high of DJIA 26,600 still stands. Unless the Feb. 16 high of 25,432 is taken out, the more likely direction for stocks is down. Leadership is ever more narrow with just three stocks moving the NASD.”>> This column, Feb. 23, 2018Readers can’t say I did not warn them. Columns in this space on Jan. 26 and as noted above, and Feb. 23, warned of the danger of impending tariffs. Now the immediate results are clear to see.Far more industries which use steel and aluminum will suffer from higher prices than an offset in jobs created in U.S. steel and aluminum industries.President Barack Obama was informed that lowering corporate tax rates would bring in more tax revenue, and bring back more investment dollars from overseas. He stubbornly ignored that advice and left the corporate tax rate at 35 percent. The result of course was that no companies chose to pay the tax. Obama’s emphasis on what he called fairness brought neither tax revenue nor investment.In similar fashion, President Trump believes a tax on 25 percent steel and a 10 percent aluminum import tax will stimulate demand for American steel. Politicians cannot force market behavior. Faced with higher domestic steel prices, American companies will likely import completed goods built from foreign untaxed and therefore less expensive steel and aluminum. Today’s Wall Street Journal reports that steel using industries (like our Permian Basin oilfield) employ some 6.5 million workers. Steel makers employ about 140,000. Clearly the larger group will be disadvantaged.Immediate results are apparent. The Dow Industrials dropped more than 700 points intra-day. Boeing, Caterpillar, and the auto stock prices all tumbled. Ford was down 3 percent. Halliburton HAL is down 1.63 percent pre-market this Friday and dropped .84 percent yesterday. Every company from HVAC makers to autos to appliances to pipelines is affected.China supplies but 2.2 percent and Russia 8.7 percent of the steel we use. Ironically Canada imports 50 percent of U.S. steel exports. But whacking Canada with various tariffs and continuing to snit about NAFTA will surely result in far fewer U.S. steel exports. Frankly I would not be surprised to see a 50 percent tariff from Canada on U.S. steel. This is precisely what we warned about in recent columns. Other countries are not going to sit idly by and be shut out of this market. They will ink their own Trans Pacific deals with China as the deal maker.Last week we allowed that if the Dow Industrials took out the previous 25,432 high, a shot at the all time January high of 26,600 was possible. It was not to be. The index reached 25,759 and then began falling. All the 2018 gains have now been wiped out.After Thursday’s official 400 point loss, the Industrials are already down another 277 points at 24,343 in Friday pre-market trading. Yes steel and aluminum shares rose but, I mean, does anyone you know own any of those shares?There was a clear winner-gold. The gold price fell right into the predicted low time frame of early March to $1,305. This morning it has rebounded $18 to $1,323. Just two days ago it fell $18 in one day. There is yet another example of how social mood toward an investment can turn on the proverbial dime.I thought both Trump and the Saudis would be losers. Falling world markets will make it more difficult to sell 5 percent of ARAMCO. Trump will lose much of what Republican support he has, gain no more support, and will have to defend a now falling stock market. His personality will not allow him to regret taking credit for the stock market advance. Instead he will no doubt blame that on those who do not “understand the wisdom of his policies.”Higher prices on steel and aluminum will no doubt eventually raise oil prices. Gasoline prices are also rising. Stop and think about the impact of higher steel prices on oil refiners! There will be no choice but to pass along the higher steel prices via higher gasoline prices.It is said the hallmark of a bad movie is one written, directed and produced by the same person. That warning is being played out with Trump’s disastrous tariff plan.Follow Dennis at themarketperspective.com By admin – March 4, 2018 WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp ELAM: The tariff nightmare begins Pinterest Twitter Facebook Previous articleA SHARP LIFE: The cost of raising kids, batteries not includedNext articleMATTER OF RECORD: Feb. 23 through Feb. 28 adminlast_img read more

Woman who climbed Statue of Liberty sentenced to probation, community service

first_imgABC(NEW YORK) — A Staten Island woman was sentenced Tuesday to five years of probation and 200 hours of community service for climbing the Statue of Liberty on July 4.Therese Okoumou, 45, was convicted in December of trespassing. She had scaled the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty and refused to come down in protest of President Donald Trump’s zero-tolerance immigration policy that divided families at the southern border.Okoumou arrived for sentencing at Manhattan federal court on Tuesday with tape over her mouth to protest what she said were limits on her freedom of expression.Magistrate Judge Gabriel Gorenstein ordered her to take the tape off before sentencing could begin.Federal prosecutors had asked for 30 days in prison but Okoumou told the judge, “I do not need probation and I do not belong in prison. I am not a criminal.” Okoumou’s lawyers had argued her protests created no danger, that jail time for a Statue of Liberty protest would be unprecedented and that jail would prevent her from getting a job, which the judge had encouraged her to do.U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman, who was in the courtroom for Tuesday’s sentencing, said in a statement in July that Okoumou “staged a dangerous stunt that alarmed the public and endangered her own life and the lives of the NYPD officers who responded to the scene.”“While we must and do respect the rights of the people to peaceable protest, that right does not extend to breaking the law in ways that put others at risk,” Berman said. The judge had previously asked for a field trip to the statue in order to view the spot where Okoumou perched for three hours, causing the evacuation of 4,300 people from Liberty Island during the holiday.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

What can be done to end rise in tribunals?

first_img Previous Article Next Article Attempts to reduce the rising number of employment disputes going totribunal have failed hopelessly so far. The latest evidence, from employmentlawyers Peninsula, shows applications to tribunals leaping 8.5 per cent lastyear. An Acas scheme launched last May was meant to divert thousands of cases fromtribunals but only took up eight cases in its first eight months. Compare thatto the 128,000-plus applications to employment tribunals. It seems tribunalsare just too popular, with employees hell bent on winning compensation andrevenge on their employers. Will the latest Employment Bill’s provisions make a jot of difference? Thenew Act will usher in compulsory grievance procedures, a period of conciliationand statutory terms and conditions. Helpfully, the Act will stop staff fromtrying to win cases by pointing to minor problems in an employer’s procedures.But few are expecting the Bill to stop the rise in tribunals, especially with awhole new raft of equality legislation reaching the statute books in the nextfew years. Worse still, many believe the Government’s proposals are too complexto work in practice. Ultimately it seems the answer is more likely to lie with beefing up Acas’resources. The first priority is to raise awareness among staff that itsarbitration scheme actually exists. Firms are behind the times in talent war A survey published this week by Personnel Today and talent search specialistKenexa shows that while companies are aware of the need to recruit and retainhigh-potential staff, unfortunately many of them are fighting the talent warwithout a clear strategy and using outdated weapons. So people are our greatestasset, are they? You could have fooled me. What can be done to end rise in tribunals?On 19 Feb 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img read more

Characterization of the Antarctic Polar Frontal Zone to the north of South Georgia in summer 1994

first_imgThe Polar Front (PF) forms the southern boundary to the Polar Frontal Zone (PFZ) along the northern edge of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current (ACC). In a number of areas the position of the PF (and thus the PFZ) is known to be influenced by topographic steering, while local bathymetry has also been implicated in the movement and retention of various associated mesoscale features. In this paper we examine the structure and position of the PF as it passes over the rugged bathymetry to the north of the Scotia Sea. Results are presented from an oceanographic transect crossing the PF to the northwest of South Georgia and from a pair of shorter transects south of the PF but north and east of the first. Associated with the PF was a narrow, high-speed flow embedded in broader, slower moving regions. This high-speed flow was found to have a geostrophic component of velocity that was slower than estimates for other regions of the PF. Comparisons with output from recent oceanographic models were found to be consistent with the physical observations. A second examination of the region after a period of 30 days suggested that the surface expression of the PF had shifted southward by approximately 35 km but that the PF was essentially in the same position over the southern edge of the Maurice Ewing Bank. An advanced very high resolution radiometer image taken during the cruise provided additional information about the position of the surface expression of the PF and the extent of mesoscale features that were present to the north of the study area. Immediately to the north of South Georgia, water in the eastward flow of the ACC meets colder, more saline water flowing west along the north coast of the island. The area where these two flows meet was found to be variable over the 30-day timescale of the cruise. This area is known to be of major biological significance, and variability in the local oceanography is possibly of crucial importance to many predator species breeding at the northern end of South Georgia.last_img read more

Bedform signature of a West Antarctic palaeo-ice stream reveals a multi-temporal record of flow and substrate control

first_imgThe presence of a complex bedform arrangement on the sea floor of the continental shelf in the western Amundsen Sea Embayment, West Antarctica, indicates a multi-temporal record of flow related to the activity of one or more ice streams in the past. Mapping and division of the bedforms into distinct landform assemblages reveals their time-transgressive history, which implies that bedforms can neither be considered part of a single downflow continuum nor a direct proxy for palaeo-ice velocity, as suggested previously. A main control on the bedform imprint is the geology of the shelf, which is divided broadly between rough bedrock on the inner shelf, and smooth, dipping sedimentary strata on the middle to outer shelf. Inner shelf bedform variability is well preserved, revealing information about local, complex basal ice conditions, meltwater flow, and ice dynamics over time. These details, which are not apparent at the scale of regional morphological studies, indicate that past ice streams flowed across the entire shelf at times, and often had onset zones that lay within the interior of the Antarctic Ice Sheet today. In contrast, highly elongated subglacial bedforms on sedimentary strata of the middle to outer shelf represent a timeslice snapshot of the last activity of ice stream flow, and may be a truer representation of fast palaeo-ice flow in these locations. A revised model for ice streams on the shelf captures complicated multi-temporal bedform patterns associated with an Antarctic palaeo-ice stream for the first time, and confirms a strong substrate control on a major ice stream system that drained the West Antarctic Ice Sheet during the Late Quaternary. (C) 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. read more

Need business mentoring? Then Kenny Bruce could be on the line

first_imgEstate agents who sign up to use the ‘speedy mentoring’ business programme being offered by new foundation Agents Together may get a surprise when they lift up the phone for a session this week.Purplebricks co-founder and football club owner Kenny Bruce, who is also a co-founder of the foundation, is to be some of its first mentoring gurus to offer estate agents business advice.Two other business figures are joining him. These are property consultant Stephen Brown and Will Whitehorn, who until recently was a senior marketing figure within the Virgin group of companies.Agents Together says it will releasing a full list of business figures from within and outside the property industry who agents will be able to tap up for a ‘speedy mentoring’ session.“Individuals will be matched from the applications we have had so far,” says a spokesperson.Kenny Bruce said on Twitter that he “can’t wait to start supporting people within our industry” and is “excited to meet estate agents in the coming weeks that I hope will benefit from my 25 years’ experience within our industry”.The two Bruce brothers are brave – not all agents have forgiven them for launching Purplebricks in the first place, never mind some of the company’s controversial consumer advertising campaigns.For agents who don’t fancy a speedy mentoring session, Stephen Brown is hosting a ‘Lunchtime Learnings’ live Facebook webinar today at 12.30pm.Brown is one of five of the foundations’ founders, including the two Bruce brothers, Chris Watkin, Mike Day and Sam Jones from Moneypenny.Read more about Kenny Bruce.Stephen Brown Agents Together Purplebricks Kenny Bruce Mike Day Chris Watkin June 16, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Need business mentoring? Then Kenny Bruce could be on the line previous nextAgencies & PeopleNeed business mentoring? Then Kenny Bruce could be on the lineThe Bruce brother is one of the first four business mentors being offered up to agents who need some advice on how to run their firms by new foundation Agents Together.Nigel Lewis16th June 202001,784 Viewslast_img read more