Burundian regime launches new media clampdown

first_img An order issued on 24 October by Pascal Barangadyie, the Minister of Interior and Patriotic Training, announced the provisional closure of five civil society and human rights groups for “being liable to disturb order and state security.” They include the Burundian Union of Journalists (UBJ), which has repeatedly condemned media freedom violations since the political crisis began in May 2015. Other human rights organisations had ben suspended the day before. A communiqué issued the same day by Karenga Ramhadani, the head of the National Communication Council (CNC), announced an additional series of measures violating freedom of information. It announced firstly that “Karadiridimba” (They Who Progress), a programme on Radio Isanganiro in which the Burundian diaspora express their views, was being suspended for a month for broadcasting “a song that does not conform to media professionalism and democratic and ethical values.” The song’s Kirundi-language title means “human rights for journalists.” Senate speaker Révérien Ndikuriyo has meanwhile just launched a new community radio station that is also an outlet for the views of members of the Burundian diaspora, albeit pro-government ones. It was Ndikuriyo who caused a controversy a year ago when he recommended “smashing” the capital’s opposition neighbourhoods after a meeting at the Bujumbura city hall was recorded without his knowledge. The CNC communiqué also announced that Buja FM, which used to be called Radio 10, was being suspended for a month and was banned from henceforth using its new name. The offshoot of a Rwandan radio station, Buja FM had adopted its new name in an attempt to escape persecution by the authorities. It is already currently subject to a broadcasting ban. Finally, the communiqué reiterated that it is prohibited for any media outlet to employ a Burundian or foreign journalist whose name is not on the national media register. By giving the government complete control over who can be a journalist in Burundi, this ban constitutes a grave violation of pluralism of opinion. “These new curbs on freedom of expression and information confirm that the government has opted for even more authoritarianism, that it is cutting itself off from any views different from its own and that it is increasing the isolation of the Burundian population, which was already denied access to almost any objective reporting,” said Cléa Kahn-Sriber, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “The criminalization of journalists and groups that are the lifeblood of any society shows that Burundi’s leaders are much more interested in holding on to power than in the fate of their fellow citizens. We urge the authorities to remember their political and democratic obligations and to reopen the space for civil society.” The announcements came just a day after soldiers arrested US journalist Julia Steers and Burundian journalist Gildas Yihundimpudu, who was working as her fixer, as Steers was doing a report in Mutakura, the Bujumbura district that was the epicentre of a wave of protests against President Nkurunziza in the spring of 2015. Steers was handed over to the US embassy after the CNC had verified her accreditation, but Yihundimpudu and their Burundian driver, who was also arrested, were held overnight at the headquarters of the National Intelligence Service (SNR). Police chief Pierre Nkurukiye told Radio France Internationale that Nkurukiye is still facing charges despite having been released. The authorities accuse Nkurukiye, who also works for the BBC, of not being registered with the CNC. He is also charged with “attempting to destroy evidence of crimes committed by insurgents” in connection with a mass grave near the spot where he and Steers were arrested. The mass grave was discovered a few months ago. Police arrested Voice of America journalist Fidélité Ishatse as she was doing a report on microfinance in the southeastern town of Bukemba on 7 October and held her for several hours on the grounds that she had not notified the local authorities of her presence. Other journalists also continue to be arrested and subjected to intimidation. And there is still no news about the fate of Jean Bigirimana, a journalist who has been missing since 22 July. RSF is calling for an investigation into his disappearance. Burundi is ranked 156th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index, after falling 11 places as a result of crackdown on the media and civil society that began in 2015. BurundiAfrica Condemning abuses Armed conflictsFreedom of expression to go further The Burundian authorities have unleashed a major new assault on free speech in the past few days, arresting journalists and censoring media outlets that might criticize President Pierre Nkurunziza’s authoritarian regime. Organisation Receive email alerts Credit : Julia Steers et Gildas Yihundimpudu / Iwacu October 26, 2016 Burundian regime launches new media clampdown Follow the news on Burundi November 27, 2020 Find out more BurundiAfrica Condemning abuses Armed conflictsFreedom of expression Newscenter_img Help by sharing this information RSF_en The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Four Burundian journalists complete 12 months in arbitrary detention Burundian appeal court upholds prison sentences for four journalists October 21, 2020 Find out more News News Reports June 5, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Skato With Kato Raises Money for The Ocean City Humane Society

first_imgDominic Morrill,12, in blue, followed by Travis Bickley, 10, in white, followed by Owen Dunn, 10, in black. Just a couple of boys having fun before the competition By Andrew DecredicoCape May County’s newest skate park opened up just a few short years ago. Located on West and 5th Avenue the park has been used by many locals, those from just a few miles outside of town, and many tourists throughout the summer months. In addition to the general fun of the skaters, the park opens up its gates to fundraising events.Skato with Kato is a fundraising event held to raise money for the Ocean City Humane Society. Originally, the event was held to raise money for a dog named Kato to have an expensive surgery on his ACL. By the time the event was held and the money was gathered, Kato had healed his ACL with proper exercise and careful treatment. In lieu of Kato’s surgery, the money raised from the event went toward the Ocean City Humane Society. The event’s name was changed to Skato With Kato, to reflect the change in financial destination.This dog Kato is the reason for the event!This year many showed up to participate in the skate competition. The “Groms” were the biggest group of contestants, and consisted of any boys under the age of 12. Other brackets were girls consisting of kids up to 16 years old, boys which were generally kids in their teenage years, men, and women.10 year old Cody Schweim of Ocean City grinding his way around the bowl.The groms were up first, and started to compete at around 5:30 pm. Many of the kids did very well but in the end there can only be one winner. Chaz Moreno an 11 year old from Upper Township took home first place. Second place was Dominic Morrill of Ocean City and third place went to Cruz Dinofa of Linwood.In the boys bracket Kai DeMarco, a 16 year old from Ocean City, skated away with the gold. Anthony Mabry of Northfield won the silver medal, and Jake Palmer of Somers Point took home the bronze.Marcelo Duarte is here all the way from Brazil. He has been skating for almost 3/4 of his life, a whopping 31 years of time on a board!The girls were just as competitive as the boys. Sophie Whelan, a 10 year old from Ocean City, was very happy to have won her bracket. Zoe Herishen took home second place, and came all the way from Wood-Ridge to compete. Cove Chew the youngest competitor at the age of 5 years old, took home third place in the girls bracket.Ryan Halbe of Brigantine is getting some huge air when he attempts his 540’sThe men’s division saw some its most daredevil tricks, and some of the hardest falls. When all was finished, Ryan Halbe, a 23 year old from Brigantine, won first place. Bryan Cottrell of Ocean City took home the silver medal, and Christian Cotto of Egg Harbor Township took home third place.The Women’s Division was small, and due to the limited number of competitors only first place was announced. Dana Martino took home the prize for the ladies but the limited number of contestants did not make it any less of a battle to the podium. All of the ladies gave it their all, and had fun while competing.Dana Martino of Cape May is getting a nice slash on the top of the bowl!Even though the competition was for the best run overall, prizes were given for a few other things as well. Best fall out of the groms, boys, and men’s categories went to Kai Demarco. Just because he had a great run and took home first place, doesn’t mean he didn’t fall. As for the girls and women’s best fall, Kaia Chew claimed the prize. She gave it 100% and everyone watching could tell she was having a blast. In addition to those, a prize was given to the person who had the best trick out of all of the competitors. This went to Chaz Moreno. This little guy gave everything he had today, and threw out some tricks that the judges didn’t even have names for. All of that earned him the prize for best trick.All of the participants look happy with their performances and the fun they had today!At the end of the day, everyone had fun and a lot of money was raised for the Ocean City Humane Society. The event has turned into a very helpful fundraiser for the Humane Society, and will be held every year in for foreseeable future.last_img read more

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Gold Coast unit block’s $2m auction sale settled, fetching $300,000 more than the reserve price

first_imgThe Main Beach unit block at 26 Woodroffe Ave sold for $1.955 million.THE sale of a Main Beach unit block for almost $2 million is set in stone.The five apartments at 26 Woodroffe Ave sold under the hammer on February 26 but officially settled last week.The block fetched $1.955 million — more than $300,000 above the reserve price.Marketing agent Jamie Harrison, of Ray White Broadbeach Mermaid Waters, said it got such a high price because there were multiple buyers interested in it.He said its central location and development potential was attractive to prospective buyers.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa17 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoIt is in the perfect spot – close to the beach and in the heart of the city.“We had six registered bidders but it was a dogfight between two parties,” Mr Harrison said.“It just highlights what can happen under the power of competition.“If we had a price on that, we could have sold it in the first week.”He said a local buyer bought the unit block, which had a combined seven bedrooms, five bathrooms and five car parking spaces.“Right now they’re just going to hold onto it, I’d say something will be done down the track,” Mr Harrison said.He said the 561sq m block was previously owned by four separate parties and was zoned RD8 for High Residential Zoning.last_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-NEWSPeralta finalizes $15.5M deal with BrewersUNDATED (AP) — Milwaukee pitcher Freddy Peralta has chosen financial security over the potential for far more money down the road, finalizing a $15.5 million, five-year contract with the Milwaukee Brewers. Associated Press The deal for the 23-year-old right-hander covers two years of club salary control and his three years of arbitration eligibility. There are a pair of team options that if exercised would raise the value to $30 million over seven seasons.If he turns into a star, the Brewers will have him at far under market value. But for now, he is guaranteed nearly 30 times the $533,258 he earned last year.In other MLB news:— New York Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton is upset over his latest injury, a strained right calf that could sideline him for opening day. Stanton was hurt Tuesday during outfield drills, and an MRI revealed a Grade 1 strain, the least serious on the scale. Stanton said his chance to play in the March 26 opener at Baltimore all depends on his progress by the end of next week.— Johnny Antonelli, a five-time All-Star who was a key pitcher on the World Series-winning New York Giants in 1954, has died. He was 89. The San Francisco Giants released a statement saying Antonelli died Friday in Rochester, New York. The left-hander won 126 games over 12 seasons, including his memorable 1954, when he had a 21-7 record and National League-leading 2.30 ERA. In the 1954 World Series, Antonelli won Game 2 and earned the save in Game 4 to clinch the series sweep over the Cleveland Indians. The committee met Friday in Indianapolis and recommended requiring game officials to be on the field 90 minutes before a contest begins — instead of 60 minutes. It also recommended a coach be on the field for team pregame warmups. The committee said it was concerned about “negative interactions” between teams before officials are required to be on the field.KOBE BRYANT-CRASH PHOTOSReport: Los Angeles deputies shared Kobe Bryant crash photosLOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities are investigating whether deputies shared graphic photos of the helicopter crash scene where Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter and seven others were killed, according to a newspaper report.The Los Angeles Times reported that a public safety source with knowledge of the events had seen one of the photos on the phone of another official in a setting that was not related to the investigation of the crash. He said the photos showed the scene and victims’ remains. Men who have since spoken publicly about Anderson include former athletes who encountered him as a physician for the school’s athletic teams and former students who said the doctor molested them during medical exams.Police records released to The Associated Press show school officials were warned more than four decades ago that Anderson was fondling patients during medical exams.NCAA-RULESNCAA committee proposes 2-minute limit on replay reviewsUNDATED (AP) — The NCAA football rules committee is proposing two-minute limits on replay reviews and allowing players ejected from a game for targeting to remain in the bench area. UNIVERSITY-OF-MICHIGAN-DOCTORMichigan gets more than 100 complaints against former doctorANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan says its hotline has received more than 100 “unique complaints” about a late physician accused of sexual abuse by former patients, including athletes who encountered him as a team doctor.In a statement released Friday with the updated total, a spokesman urged others to contact the university.The university’s president apologized last week to “anyone who was harmed” by Dr. Robert E. Anderson. His comment came a day after the school announced it was investigating abuse allegations against Anderson by five former patients. February 28, 2020center_img PGA-HONDA CLASSIC-KOEPKAKoepka misses the cutPALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Brooks Koepka’s (KEHP’-kuhz) stay at the Honda Classic is over before the weekend began.The highest-ranked player in field missed six putts inside of 10 feet Friday on his way to a second consecutive round of 4-over 74. That left him at 8 over par and well outside the cut line at what essentially is his home tournament in Florida.In other tour news: A spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff says “the matter is being looked into.”STADIUM CRANE COLLAPSENo injuries reported when crane collapses at LA stadium siteINGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — A large construction crane collapsed Friday outside SoFi Stadium, the new home of the NFL’s Los Angeles Chargers and Rams. No injuries were reported.A Fire Department spokesman Franklin Lopez said a crane that was being moved struck a stationary crane, causing the stationary crane to collapse. There was no structural damage to the stadium. The 70,000-seat stadium is expected to open in July with a Taylor Swift concert and a few weeks later the Rams and Chargers will play their first preseason games there. Update on the latest sports — Tiger Woods has decided not to enter the Arnold Palmer Invitational next week at Bay Hill, where he is an eight-time winner. Because of back surgeries, he has played Bay Hill only once since his most recent victory there in 2018. Woods hasn’t played since Feb. 16 at Riviera. He says his back was a little stiff that week. The field includes three of the top 10 players in the world, Rory McIlroy, Brooks Koepka and Patrick Reed, who won the Mexico Championship last week. FIFA-CONCUSSIONConcussion substitutes could be trialed in Olympics soccerHOLYWOOD, Northern Ireland (AP) — Concussion substitutes could be implemented in soccer at the Tokyo Olympics.The International Football Association Board has been assessing studies into the prevalence of former footballers suffering from dementia and how the sport can address concerns about the long-term impact of head injuries. CAS-SUN YANG APPEALOlympic champion Sun Yang banned for 8 years in doping caseGENEVA (AP) — China’s greatest swimmer has been banned for eight years for breaking anti-doping rules and will miss the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.The Court of Arbitration for Sport found three-time Olympic champion Sun Yang guilty Friday of refusing to cooperate with sample collectors during a visit to his home in September 2018, when a blood sample container was smashed with a hammer. The 6-foot, 7-inch Sun, the first Chinese swimmer to win Olympic gold, has long been a polarizing figure in the pool. Rivals branded him a drug cheat at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, and two competitors refused to stand with him on medal podiums at the 2019 world championships.last_img read more

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Warriors’ Eric Paschall out vs. Kings, will return Wednesday in Portland

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Warriors rookie forward Eric Paschall (hip) will sit out Sunday’s game against the Sacramento Kings but will return for Wednesday’s game in Portland, head coach Steve Kerr said.Paschall, 23, will miss his second-straight game with left hip soreness. The Warriors are being careful with their standout rookie, deciding it best to give him another game off as to not risk long-term injury.In 25 games (19 starts), Paschall has averaged 16.1 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.7 assists in …last_img read more

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State of the Nation Address 2015

first_imgWith the theme “Together We Move South Africa Forward”, President Jacob Zuma’s 2015 State of the Nation Address, delivered to Parliament on 12 February, was a celebration of the progress South Africa has made over the past year, and a blueprint of priorities for the next. South Africa’s democracy remains strong25 February 2015 – In a country as diverse as South Africa, it is natural for there to be differing views and vigorous contestation, writes Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe. So it would be a mistake to assume the fracas in parliament during the State of the Nation Address on 12 February meant our democracy was on the edge of an abyss. MORE > State of the Nation Address 2015: full speech13 February 2015 – Read the full text of President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation Address to a joint sitting of Parliament on 12 February, 2015. MORE > President welcomes special guests to South Africa’s Sona13 February 2015 – A number of special guests attended the State of the Nation at the invitation of President Jacob Zuma. Among them were three schoolgirls who represented the country at the G20 summit in Australia. Other guests were sports stars and entrepreneurs. MORE > State of the Nation Address 2015: an overview12 February 2015 – President Jacob Zuma will deliver his sixth State of the Nation Address during a joint sitting of Parliament in Cape Town this evening. More than just a speech, Sona sets the agenda for how the country will be governed over the year ahead, making commitments to the nation that Parliament is obliged to ensure the government keeps. MORE > Infographic: The State of the Nation, in numbers11 February 2015 – With the theme “Together We Move South Africa Forward”, the 2015 State of the Nation Address will be an opportunity to celebrate progress South Africa has made over the past year, and an opportunity to highlight priorities for the next. Let’s look at the numbers that make upthe event. MORE > Be active citizens, Radebe urges South Africans3 February 2015 – Next week, the President of the Republic of South Africa Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma will deliver the State of the Nation address to the joint sitting of the two houses of Parliament. Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe reflects on the importance of the address, and what it means to the people of South Africa. MORE >last_img read more

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Sexy Beautiful Layered wavy Blonde mix Long Ladies Wigs Skin Top Wig UK 27H613 : Good value for money

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Google Docs Code Shows Potential Media Preview, Audio Player and Music Collection Features

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Google Operating System theorizes that the code will be used in the new Google Docs interface: The Google Doc code shows how services such as Dropbox are influencing the market for online media storage services. As one commenter pointed out: “…looks like Google Docs is being pushed. Better media management, some of Dropbox’s best features, and it will be much more tempting to move everything into the cloud.” It looks like Google Docs may become a place for people to store their media collections, preview items and even play audio files.According to the Google Operating System blog, which is not affiliated with Google, the code shows a number of ways people may preview media items: Tags:#cloud#news center_img And the ability to create playlists: The code shows a player for audio files: Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… alex williams 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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