Authorities free two journalists detained after TV debate

first_imgNews Organisation News Receive email alerts The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa RSF_en ——————————————————– Niger: Two journalists arrested in disturbing setback for press freedom Reporters Without Borders takes note of the fact that the two journalists who were arrested on 27 January – Zakari Adamou, the host of a show on privately-owned Canal 3 TV, and Ousmane Dan Badji, the editor of the newspaper L’Union – were released yesterday.The state prosecutor is not taking any further proceedings against Adamou but Badji, who refused to identify a source, has been told to “remain available to the judicial authorities.” Nayoussa Djimraou, the secretary-general of the People’s Movement for Responsible Citizenship (MPCR), who was arrested at the same time as the two journalists, was also released.“While welcoming the release of two journalists, who were unjustly detained, we still deplore the fact that the authorities violated article 67 of the law on media freedom, which prohibits the preventive detention of journalists,” said Cléa Kahn-Sriber, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Africa desk.“We call on the authorities to drop all the charges, which violate the freedom of these journalists to inform the public.” Follow the news on Niger to go further Newscenter_img Help by sharing this information January 31, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities free two journalists detained after TV debate The conviction of Niger newspaper editor Moussa Aksar is an attack on investigative journalism Reports May 11, 2021 Find out more 28.01.2014 – Four journalists arrested in past five daysReporters Without Borders is concerned about the tough line that Niger’s authorities have begun taking with journalists, arresting four in Niamey in the past five days.Zakari Adamou, the host of a talk show on privately-owned Canal 3 TV, and Ousmane Dan Badji, the editor of the newspaper L’Union, who was a guest on Adamou’s show, were summoned for questioning by the police yesterday afternoon and were still in police custody as this press release was being drafted today.They were due to be taken before a prosecutor on charges of “media offences” and “defamatory statements” during a televised discussion on 14 January. A civil society representative who took part in the same discussion is also being held.Their arrests follow those of two other journalists. One is Soumana Idrissa Maïga, the editor of the privately-owned daily L’Enquêteur, who was arrested on 23 January on charges of “plotting against state security” and “abetting wrongdoers” in connection with an article in his newspaper’s 17 January issue.The other is Abdoulaye Maman, the host of a Hausa-language talk show, Gaskya, on Bonferey TV, who was arrested on 25 January on a “media offences” charge in connection with comments he made on the air.The prosecutor’s office authorized their release yesterday, but their lawyers have yet to receive any notification that the charges against them have been fully dropped.Reporters Without Borders calls on the authorities to drop all charges against the four journalists and to release the two still being held.Niamey Press Club president Boubacar Diallo gave Reporters Without Borders his analysis in the following short interview:What is your reaction to all the arrests of journalists in the past few days?Boubacar Diallo : We are surprised and very shocked by these arrests. This is a mess. The good image that Niger had acquired internationally in the past three years has been ruined in two days by the government’s actions.Why do you think the authorities have taken a tougher line with the media in the past few days?The government has its back to the wall because of various crises and so it is turning on journalists who express views and organize debates it doesn’t like. Also, some journalists don’t know how to consolidate our democratic gains, and that upsets government leaders. This sudden change of behaviour is a problem because the penal code is being used with these journalists, not the press law.As president of the Niamey Press Club, what are you calling for?We want the authorities to respect the laws that govern the media in Niger. A journalist can be called to account for his actions, but this should be in accordance with the press law (which means they should not be taken into police custody). And we want the president to respect the undertakings he gave in 2001 as regards respect for media freedom.We also appeal to journalists to make an effort to adhere to the professional codes of conduct. To avoid talking about things they don’t know about and to avoid being used by either the government or the opposition.Niger is ranked 43rd out of 179 countries in the 2013 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.Photo : President Issoufou signing the Declaration of Table Mountain NigerAfrica November 27, 2020 Find out more NigerAfrica July 16, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Air pollution may trigger anxiety symptoms

first_img Read Full Story Recent exposure to air pollution raises the risk for anxiety symptoms, according to a new study by researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and colleagues. The study of 71,271 women participating in the long-running Nurses’ Health Study found that higher exposure to PM2.5 (particulate matter <2.5 μm in diameter), especially higher recent exposure, is associated with an increased risk of  symptoms of anxiety, including fearfulness, desire for avoidance, and tendency to worry.The study was published March 24, 2015 in BMJ.The researchers theorize that exposure to particulate matter could increase oxidative stress and inflammation, which have previously been found to exacerbate anxiety.They write, “If confirmed, our findings may have policy and clinical implications, as it is possible that reductions in exposure to PM2.5, through changes to regulations or individual behavior, may help reduce anxiety symptoms.”last_img read more

New Vermont rental housing Web site and Washington County lead law settlements announced

first_imgLandlords, tenants and municipalities now have a place to find Vermont’s law on the legal health and safety requirements of rental housing: is external). The website features checklists of the rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants, including links to relevant codes and contacts. The website was developed by the Attorney General’s Office working in conjunction with the Vermont Housing Finance Agency and other state agencies and stakeholders as a part of a safe rental housing study committee.‘We know from enforcing Vermont’s lead laws that landlords often have difficulty locating the various laws they need to comply with,’ said Attorney General William H. Sorrell. ‘While ignorance of the law is no excuse, we understood the difficulty and worked on is external) to make it easier to know the law. We hope the website will help everyone involved in rental housing in Vermont understand exactly what is required of them, as well as what rights they have in the rental process.’The website provides a central location for rental housing rules, regulations, and guidelines, with viewers able to access information based on who they are or an area of interest.For more information on the new website, go to is external) and click on the links for “About Us” and “About This Site.”Attorney General Sorrell also announced today that his office has settled claims against a pair of central Vermont landlords for violations of the state’s lead law. Landlords Mary Fernandez of Northfield and Jane Osgatharp of Montpelier have each entered into settlements with the Attorney General with the combined civil penalties and lead hazard reduction work totaling $16,500. Actions were brought against both landlords for failure to bring rented properties into compliance with Vermont’s lead in housing law, which requires Essential Maintenance Practices (“EMPs”) to be performed every year on all rental properties built before 1978.”Lead poisoning is a serious issue in Vermont, and we take compliance with the lead law just as seriously,” said Attorney General Sorrell. “While we try to work with landlords as much as possible, we have a duty to protect tenants from unnecessary exposure to lead paint, especially children.”In addition to completing the required EMPs, both landlords have agreed to perform substantial lead hazard reduction work to further decrease the likelihood of lead exposure for their tenants. Fernandez will put $5,000 into improvements on five Northfield properties and Osgatharp will put $7,000 into improvements on five properties in Montpelier and Waterbury.Prior to legal action, both landlords were sent letters of notification regarding the violations and requesting that all rental properties be brought into compliance within 90 days. The letters are part of an ongoing campaign by the Attorney General’s Office to target lead paint violations in rental housing across the state. For more information on Vermont’s lead law, or for copies of the court documents in these and other lead enforcement actions, see the Attorney General’s website at is external) and click on the “Lead in Housing” link. Attorney General August 23, 2011last_img read more

Eden Hazard admits Chelsea spoke about Arsenal’s draw with Tottenham before Fulham win

first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterMonday 4 Mar 2019 7:33 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.3kShares Comment Eden Hazard says Chelsea must target a top four finish (Picture: Getty)Chelsea star Eden Hazard admits his side used Arsenal’s draw with Tottenham as Saturday as fuel for their 2-1 win against Fulham.Spurs’ draw with Arsenal at Wembley meant the gap between Tottenham in third and Chelsea in sixth could be reduced to five with a win for the Blues at Craven Cottage.Jorginho and Gonzalo Higuain scored against Fulham and Chelsea survived numerous late scares to hold onto the win.And Hazard admits the squad spoke about their rivals’ draw and used it as inspiration against Fulham.ADVERTISEMENT Chelsea moved to within five points of Spurs (Picture: Getty)‘We talked together in the dressing room about Arsenal-Tottenham. Both lost two points,’ said Hazard.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Top four is a hard war, because we’re not only four teams, we’re six teams.‘Now we have 11 games to play till the end of the season. We’ll try to take the maximum points.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalBack-to-back wins in London derbies have eased the pressure on Maurizio Sarri.The Italian has shown he’s willing to adapt his tactics and he suggested earlier this week that he’s set to stay at Stamford Bridge by revealing he’s discussing plans with the club for next season.‘I feel the same as before, but happier because the results are positive,’ Sarri told Sky Italia.‘When everyone talked about my dismissal, I was talking with the club to plan the team for next season, so I was always relaxed.MORE: Chelsea drop major hint over Maurizio Sarri’s future at Stamford Bridge Eden Hazard admits Chelsea spoke about Arsenal’s draw with Tottenham before Fulham win Advertisementlast_img read more

Dez Bryant says he has ‘no interest in playing football right now’

first_imgI’m not retiring bro… I’m just taking care of myself… that’s a promise— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) July 30, 2019Bryant spent his first eight NFL seasons with Dallas before being released in 2018.He totaled 531 receptions for 7,459 yards and 73 touchdowns with the team. A.J. Green injury update: Bengals receiver (ankle) has ‘minor procedure’ Rams’ Clay Matthews says he needs to prove himself to new team, new fans It appears like Dez Bryant isn’t actively pursuing a new NFL contract.Bryant tweeted Tuesday he is not currently searching for a new deal.center_img Although Bryant said he isn’t looking for a team now, he made it clear that he is not planning to retire just yet.”I’m just taking care of myself… that’s a promise,” Bryant wrote. “This exactly why I don’t have no interest in playing football right now,” Bryant wrote. “I have not reached out to no organization trying to play … people forget real quick we are still human.”This exactly why I don’t have no interest in playing football right now… I have not reached out to no organization trying to play … people forget real quick we are still human.. my anxiety and depression came from this type of stuff… what I realized nobody care but me— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) July 30, 2019Bryant, 30, was a free agent for most of 2018. The former Dallas wideout was a constant in the NFL free-agency rumor mill throughout the season, until he inked a one-year deal with the Saints in November. But the three-time Pro Bowl player tore his Achilles shortly after signing and never played in a game for New Orleans. Related Newslast_img read more

Cath Rawthore snatches dramatic victory

first_img Cheshire’s Cath Rawthore snatched a dramatic victory in the English senior women’s championship, capturing the title on the 21st hole of the final at Ross-on-Wye Golf Club.It was the only time she was ahead in the match against Yorkshire’s Karen Jobling – and she had fought back from being two down after 16 holes.“I never say die,” she remarked afterwards. “I always go for it, never give in and scramble, scramble, scramble. Sometimes it’s not pretty but it’s what I do.”Rawthore, an England senior international from Sale Golf Club, holed good putts on both 17 and 18th to get back to all square and head down the 19th, which both players birdied.On the 20th Rawthore had a chance to win, but took three puts from above the hole. The match ended on the 21st when Jobling’s ball went through the green into a near impossible lie, while Rawthore had a birdie opportunity.“It was a sad way to finish the match,” said Rawthore. “Karen had played tremendous golf, every time I thought I played a good shot she put it inside me. It was such hard work mentally, but very exciting and I am absolutely thrilled.”The high-quality match was played before a good crowd of spectators and Rawthore added: “I’m so glad we gave them a good final to watch.”She adds this win to her previous successes in the English senior stroke play and the British senior championship. She has also helped England seniors to European and Home International victories.In the semi-finals Rawthore beat Jo Shorrocks (Bigbury) 2/1; Jobling (Richmond) beat Jackie Foster (Bishop’s Stortford) 3/2.The Flight Two stroke play was won by Joanna Galway of Pycombe Golf Club, Sussex.Click here for full scoresImage © Leaderboard Photography 13 May 2016 Cath Rawthore snatches dramatic victory last_img read more

Gateway Rotary Club Installs New Board

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Gateway Rotary ClubThe Rotary Club of Gateway-Thurston County installed its new Board of Directors on June 29, 2016. They are: President: Eric Rowe; President-Elect: Jeff Ott; Vice President- Kimberley Bauman; Treasurer: Jerry Wilkins; Secretary: Janet Knoblach; Sergeant-at Arms: Patrick Davidson; Director of Youth Service: Mike Babauta; and Past President: Jerry Farmer. Chairpersons for the upcoming year are: Administration: Christine Forrey; Service Projects: Corinn Wohl; Membership: Kathleen Thomas; Public Relations: Dan Nicholson; Literacy: Laurie Carroll, and Foundation: Janine Ezzell. During the installation dinner the following awards and special recognition were presented: Rotarian of the Year: Janine Ezzell, President’s Award: Jonathan Sprouffske, and the Service Above Self Award: Mike Bell.To learn more about the Gateway Rotary Club visit us online and join us for our summer events including the Tour de Lacey and Brats, Brews and Bands Festival.last_img read more

Vintage Baseball At Sickles Field Supports Parker Homestead

first_imgBy Chris Rotolo |LITTLE SILVER – The crack of the bat and familiar snap of a high-velocity leather ball meeting the cushion of a mitt were noticeably absent from Sickles Field Saturday afternoon, when baseball fans were transported back in time to 1864.More than 100 local baseball enthusiasts attended a matchup between the Monmouth Furnace Base Ball Club and the Hoboken Nine. The franchises are members of the Mid-Atlantic Vintage Base Ball League, an organization that pays homage to organized baseball in its earliest format.These vintage games are governed by the same rules adopted by the National Association of Base Ball Players in December 1863, before the use of gloves and mitts when players instead utilized their callused bare hands to catch and throw a spongier “lemon peel ball,” which earned its nickname from the four distinct lines of stitching holding its leather shell and wrapped twine insides together.Donning Civil War-era caps, flannel shirts with sleeves rolled up to the elbow and long wool pants tucked into socks that rose to just below the knee, these time-traveling ball players took the field in support of the nearby Parker Homestead, a pre-Colonial America household that predates the teams’ style of play by more than 140 years.Parker Homestead. Courtesy George Mazzeo“The common link between the Parker family and their home and our team is baseball. A member or possibly members of this family were fans of the game, which we know based upon what has been discovered in their personal belongings,” said Russ McIver, the manager of Monmouth Furnace and a local historian who sits on the board of the Parker Homestead.What was uncovered in June 2015 was a collection of baseball cards circa 1909 from the Philadelphia Caramel Company. The cards were uncovered by homestead archivist Liz Hanson, who located the partial set in a bent and dented cookie tin, one which she almost tossed out with the trash before opening the lid and discovering a century-old treasure trove.The collection of cards, which includes Baseball Hall of Famers like Ty Cobb and Christy Mathewson, has not yet been appraised; despite not being a complete set it is still estimated to be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.Courtesy George MazzeoHanson found 27 cards in total, with some doubles. The complete set consists of 25 cards, including 10 Hall of Fame inductees and the infamous Ed Cicotte who in 1919 would be implicated in the Black Sox Scandal.“The child of the family, Stan Parker, who was 12 years old in 1909, had collected these cards,” Hanson said Saturday, after setting up the collection in a display case within the historical home. “We’ve also found a baseball glove that’s not quite as old as the cards, but looks to be from the 20s or 30s.”“It’s pretty easy to assume that with five 20th-century boys growing up in this home, the thread between baseball, which was America’s game and the entertainment of the time, is easy to establish,” Hanson added.Courtesy George MazzeoLocal baseball fan Janet Wiley said her “jaw dropped” when she laid eyes on the collection. “It’s an incredible piece of history. I had heard about the cards of that era and have only ever seen photos on the internet but never actually up close and personal. It was a thrill,” the Tinton Falls resident said. “It’s historic sites like this and events like this game that remind me why I live in this area. We embrace our history. And it’s a lot of fun.”Though it may be fun for spectators of the vintage game to be caught up in the time warp, for the modern player adhering to historically accurate rules, the game itself takes some getting used to. From the underhand pitching to fly balls caught on one hop still registering as an out, the regulations can be challenging.Courtesy George Mazzeo“It’s definitely a little bit of an adjustment. Catching the ball on a hop and trying to catch the ball at all without it bouncing off your hands, it can be a little frustrating at times,” Monmouth Furnace outfielder Rich Stepnosky said with a grin. “But it’s about preserving and honoring the history of the game and sharing it with the fans who come out. We try to be as accurate as possible with our play, our uniforms, the way we speak, even our mannerisms. We really take over the time period.”Monmouth Furnace is back at it July 14 in New Brunswick.This article first appeared in the July 12 – 19, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Praise for Sterling after Man City win

first_imgRaheem Sterling received fulsome praise from Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola after starring in the team’s 5-0 Champions League win away to Steaua Bucharest.The 21-year-old from Harlesden set up two of the goals and was also fouled for a penalty, missed by Sergio Aguero.Although he scored 11 goals in 46 appearances in his first season at City, following a £47m move from Liverpool, Sterling had found himself out of the team towards the end of the campaign and put in subdued performances for England during Euro 2016.But he answered his critics with a masterful performance in Romania – and Guardiola was very impressed.Speaking to BT Sport, the ex-Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss said: “He’s a fantastic player. That’s why Manchester City were so clever to buy him last season.“He has a lot of quality – he’s fast, has a good work ethic, can play right or left, go out to the line or go in the middle. But he’s young and has to learn a lot.”Sterling, who began his career in QPR’s academy, added: “It’s been a good start to the season so far for me, but most importantly it’s two games and two wins.“I’ve come back with a good mentality. I just want to play football.”See also:Transfer gossip: Sterling fears for his City future, Mirror saySterling named player of the monthFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Boost for JSE as springboard to Africa

first_img26 October 2011The National Treasury has announced that local investors will now be able to trade in foreign-domiciled companies listed on the JSE, boosting the status of South Africa’s bourse as a springboard for foreign companies to expand into Africa.Delivering his Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement in Parliament on Tuesday, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announced a relaxing of local listing rules, in terms of which inward-listed companies would be treated as domestic assets rather than as foreign holdings for local investors.The move will improve South Africa’s position as a financial gateway into Africa.‘Further boost for reputation of SA’s markets’Previously, the JSE could not include foreign companies in the exchange’s indices, as local investors weren’t able to buy shares in these companies without restriction.By limiting the amount of local activity in foreign companies, the old rules limited the JSE’s ability to position itself as an investment destination.JSE CEO Russell Loubser welcomed Gordhan’s announcement, saying it would provide “a further boost for the reputation of the country’s markets, by enabling the JSE to more aggressively pursue a wider range of investment possibilities.”The Medium Term Budget Statement said that, while details would be provided by the JSE, prudential institutions would still be required to report their foreign exposures to the regulatory authorities, subject to regulatory criteria.“This proposal is intended to enhance the ability of the JSE to attract new listings and boost investments into Africa,” the statement said, adding that more work was in progress to modernise South Africa’s foreign direct investment framework.Facilitating cross-border transactionsGordhan also announced that steps would also be taken “to simplify procedures and reduce the cost of cross-border money remittances, particularly to neighbouring countries and the rest of Africa.”The proposals include improving access and competition in cross-border money remittances by removing ownership restrictions on international participation in foreign exchange bureaux.They also include doing away with the requirement for money remitters to partner with authorised dealers. “Remitters will be regulated as standalone entities, subject to reporting and regulatory requirements,” the Medium Term Budget Statement says.Added to this, the National Treasury also proposes to amend the cross-border thresholds to reduce red tape, simplify payments mechanisms and eliminate bias between residents and non-residents.The Reserve Bank is expected to publish details on these proposals as well as those of other administrative reforms.SAinfo reporter and BuaNewslast_img read more