Reporter gets one year in jail on defamation and extortion charges

June 12, 2021

first_img Receive email alerts The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Côte d’IvoireAfrica News News to go further November 27, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders condemns the one-year jail sentence and fine of 5 million CFA francs that an Abidjan criminal court has imposed on Traoré Médandjé, a leading reporter for the daily L’Intelligent d’Abidjan, on charges of defaming and trying to blackmail a former health ministry official. The case was prompted by an article headlined “Vavoua’s illegal boutique clinics,” published on 4 September 2009, in which Médjandé accused then departmental director of health André Tia of getting rich by setting up many illegal private clinics in the Vavoua area that had not been authorised by the health ministry.The health ministry reacted to the story at the time by confirming the allegations and firing Dr. Tia for “activities contrary to the ethics of his profession.” This did not stop Dr. Tia from filing a complaint against Medjandé a few months later accusing him of defamation and an attempt to extort money.The court imposed the sentences on 26 July at the request of the prosecutor’s office. The prosecutor in charge of the case claimed that comments by Daha Didier, the head of the Union of Pharmacy Technicians and Managers, that were quoted in the article were defamatory. He also claimed that the fact that Medjandé interviewed Dr. Tia three times, in different places, showed that he was trying to extort money from him.“This conviction is utterly absurd,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Why must Medjandé be made to pay for an article that the government recognised as being accurate? The spurious extortion charge was cooked up in order to be able to impose a jail sentence. Meeting someone more than once does not prove intention to extort. Medjandé’s intention was simply to draw the government’s attention to a widely-known public health issue.”Reporters Without Borders added: “Côte d’Ivoire’s rules of criminal procedure were also flouted in this trial. Médandjé was the only defendant. The police did not look for the person who made the allegedly defamatory comments and that person was not questioned by the judicial authorities. Everything suggests that this trial was staged simply to punish Médjandé.”Médjandé remains free pending the outcome of the appeal filed by his lawyer. A hearing has been set for October. Threats against journalists in run-up to Côte d’Ivoire’s presidential election October 29, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information center_img Organisation Reports Côte d’IvoireAfrica August 3, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporter gets one year in jail on defamation and extortion charges RSF’s recommendations for protecting press freedom during Côte d’Ivoire’s elections October 16, 2020 Find out more RSF_en Follow the news on Côte d’Ivoire Newslast_img read more

Independent daily threatened with bomb

June 12, 2021

first_img News Reporters Without Borders is concerned by the lack of official response after journalists of the newspaper Express received blatantly threatening anonymous calls and thugs appeared in its editorial offices two days ago. “These intolerable incidents are indicative of the pressure to which investigative journalists are subjected in Kosovo,” the press freedom organization said.“We call on the authorities to ensure the safety of the Express staff, and to identify and prosecute those responsible for the threats. More generally, the public authorities must do all they can to protect independent and investigative media.“The country’s progress towards memership of the European Union requiries that highly sensitive subjects, such as organized crime and corruption, can be investigated.” KosovoEurope – Central Asia June 14, 2018 Find out more Kosovar investigative journalist assaulted in Pristina The pressures began after the paper published an article on 27 March which raised questions about the quality of fuel distributed by some oil companies, and referred to sanctions imposed on them by the ministry of trade and industry as a result. In response, a number of intruders entered the newspaper’s offices and threatened the editorial staff. One of the journalists told Reporters Without Borders that an anonymous caller threatened to put a bomb in the building.An investigation has been launched and the police have interviewed members of staff. Yet so far no safety precautions have been taken and the government has issued no official response.A day earlier, a feasibility study was officially launched into Kosovo’s possible candidacy for membership of the EU. Kosovo is ranked 87th in the latest world press freedom index compiled by Reporters Without Borders and journalists there regularly come under pressure, often resulting in self-censorship. In light of this, Express’s publication of its article on 27 March was a significant act.“If Kosovo aspires to join the European Union, it must apply itself to promoting genuine indepedence for its journalists and ensuring freedom of information,” Reporters Without Borders added. “In a democracy, the state has to be responsible for the safety of journalists and other sources of news and information.” June 29, 2020 Find out more March 30, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Independent daily threatened with bomb RSF_en Follow the news on Kosovo to go further Receive email alerts News Nearly half of UN member countries have obstructed coronavirus coverage News KosovoEurope – Central Asia Concern about investigative reporter’s disappearance in Serbia Organisation Help by sharing this information News August 18, 2017 Find out morelast_img read more

Funding for esVolta projects shows institutional investors warming up to energy storage

December 31, 2020

first_imgFunding for esVolta projects shows institutional investors warming up to energy storage FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:esVolta, a developer of utility-scale battery energy storage projects, recently closed a $140 million senior secured credit facility to finance a 136 MW/480 MWh portfolio of eight storage projects in California.It’s this type of institutional investing that’s going to drive the massive growth expected from the energy storage industry. It’s not the next lithium-ion battery breakthrough that’s going to accelerate the energy storage industry. It’s not the next inflated promise from a flow battery startup, compressed-air scheme, solid-state battery research project or energy storage dream funded by Bill Gates.It’s energy storage projects as investment-grade finance tools for institutional investors that will grow the energy storage market to $546 billion in annual revenue by 2035, as predicted by Lux Research or grow the business tenfold from 2018 to 2023, rising to $5 billion annually, according to Wood Mackenzie.CIT’s power and energy business led the financing round, along with Siemens Financial Services (SFS), CoBank, ACB, and KeyBanc Capital Markets. These investor names can typically be found financing natural gas power plants and wind projects — so this entry into energy storage is a bit of a watershed moment.Randolph Mann, president of esVolta was interviewed by pv magazine and noted, “We do think this is the largest and most significant funding for front-of-the-meter stand-alone energy storage.” Mann notes that these projects are “all stand-alone front-of -the-meter — not solar-plus-storage projects.” esVolta has long-term revenue contracts on all of the projects and has partnered with Southern Power Company on four of them. The capital will be used to help fund construction and operations of the projects.Mann said, “Institutional investors are waking up and ready to invest in storage. These projects are conducive to traditional project financing.”[Eric Wesoff]More: Energy storage projects reach ‘investment-grade’ with esVolta’s $140 million debt facilitylast_img read more

‘Bookies’ sends 2 persons to jail

September 25, 2020

first_imgILOILO City – Two bet collectors for theillegal numbers game “bookies” were caught on Isnart Street, City Proper. Gloria Villanueva, 47, of Barangay DelaRama, City Proper and Jenelyn Deceda, 50, of Barangay Tanza Esperanza, CityProper were arrested around 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 8, a police report showed. Recovered from their possession wereP150.51 bet money and gambling paraphernalia.center_img Detained in the custodial facility of PoliceStation 1, the suspects facecharges for violation of Presidential Decree 1602, which prescribes stiffer penalties on illegalgambling./PNlast_img read more

Dodgers rookie Gavin Lux staying busy in video game tournament while waiting for return to field

August 26, 2020

first_imgAs for baseball workouts, the weather hasn’t cooperated much for him to get outside, but when he can he hits on the field at his high school.Lux said once players get the green light to begin formal workouts in preparation for a season, it won’t take him long.“At this point, give me 15-20 at-bats and I’ll be ready to go,” he said, conceding that pitchers would probably need more time.While he’s waiting, Lux has had the opportunity to build his brand and interact with fans through his YouTube channel, in addition to playing the video game tournament with one representative from each MLB team.“I’d be playing video games at night anyways, so it wouldn’t really change my daily routine,” Lux said. “It’s actually worked out pretty good.”Lux won nine of his first 12 games, with eight more games scheduled for Monday and Tuesday nights. The top eight players will advance to the playoffs.Lux said he’s been most impressed with Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Bo Bichette (9-3), Texas Rangers outfielder Joey Gallo (11-1) and Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Blake Snell (13-3).“Bo smoked me,” Lux said. “I didn’t know he was that good at The Show. And Joey and Blake are obviously really good too. I think it’s going to be fun between us four.”Related Articles How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire For as much as Gavin Lux is enjoying his time playing video games in the MLB The Show tournament, he’s ready to get back to the real thing, even if that means playing in empty stadiums in scorching heat in Arizona and being quarantined when away from the ballpark.“At this point,” the Dodgers rookie said, “you gotta do what you gotta do, so I wouldn’t complain about it.”Lux, who had played in 100-degree temperatures as a teenager in the Arizona Rookie League, was referring to the prospect of playing through the heat, but he also said that he wouldn’t mind the quarantine.“I don’t have any kids or wife and I’d be away from my family anyways, so for me it’s not a big deal,” Lux said. “I would definitely do it.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Lux, however, conceded that it might not be so easy for older players.“I would completely understand if you wouldn’t want to do that and be away from your kids and wife for possibly four or five months,” he said. “Both ways, I would understand. You can’t really argue.”The Arizona plan, in which Major League Baseball would emerge from the COVID-19 shutdown by having all 30 teams playing games in Arizona while essentially quarantining the players, is one of the ideas that has been broached.Lux said he’s heard no “top secret information” about what other scenarios are most likely to get the sport going this season. He has been at home in Wisconsin, hearing the same rumors as fans while trying to squeeze his workouts around the spring snow.He said he spends about two hours a day working out, either with the dumbbells he has at home or by using a friend’s vacated gym about 40 minutes away. Lux said his friend gives him the keys and he has the place to himself. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies last_img read more

Wellington girls take control of league title; boys almost pull off huge comeback

August 14, 2020

first_imgCircle Wellington 12 75 15 18 19 Circle Circle boys 82 Wellington 75 Shayland French helps Wellington achieve huge league Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It’s hard to believe, with all the success that the Wellington girls athletic teams have had lately, there has never been a league title won by a school team sport  – meaning multiple players on an athletic field/court at one time.The 2015-16 Wellington girls basketball team made a huge move toward that feat Friday night with a stunning 51-47 victory over Circle at the new lights-out (take that literally) Thunderbird gymnasium. ‘The boys played an exciting game as well losing 82-75 despite trailing by 22 points early in third quarter.In the girls game, the Crusaders were as far down as 10 points early in the third quarter and were behind six points going into the fourth with two starters in foul trouble. But Grace Mitchell went on a seven-point barrage of points and Wellington grabbed a 41-40 lead with 6:28 to play. It had been the first time Wellington led since the first quarter.That resulted in a very exciting final sequence.Wellington would miss four consecutive free throws in one-and-one situations down the stretch and that subsequently kept Circle in the game and holding a precarious lead. And then when it appeared as if Wellington was going to seize control of the game with a Lauryn Snipes driving in-the-lane layup, the official called her for a charge. It fouled her out and gave Circle the ball maintaining a 1 to 5 point lead.“I disagreed with the call, but I’m not going to comment on officiating,” said Eric Adams, Wellington head girls basketball coach. “(Lauryn) Snipes was doing a good job of slicing through the 3-2 zone at that point and I think that was coached to rotation to take that charge.”Wellington sophomore Avery Rusk then stole the ball on the next possession and hit the game’s first fourth-quarter free throws to give the Dukes the lead. She would go to the free throw line two more times to sink three more and seal the victory. In the last minute, Circle never took a shot, turning the ball over on their final three possessions.The win was monstrous as both teams came into the game 3-0 in the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League and vying for first place. Wellington, now 4-0 and 7-0 overall, can go undefeated in the first rotation of the AV-CTL DIV with a win at home against Clearwater Tuesday. The Crusaders will get Circle at home in February.Wellington got 21 points from Mitchell. Rusk followed with 12. Snipes, who sat the bench for much of the game, had 8.The Crusaders rarely led in this one. Circle built a 17-12 first quarter lead, shutting out Mitchell in the first quarter. She would eventually find her rhythm in the second and subsequently Wellington came back to tie the game. Circle hit a trey at the buzzer to lead 26-23.The start of the third quarter was almost disastrous for the Dukes, as Circle opened with a trey and would eventually hold a 34-24 advantage. Crusaders was down 38-32 going into the fourth. Wellington 9 51 9 Wellington: T. French 6, Snipes 8, S. French 4, Rusk 12, Mitchell 21. Total: 13 (4) 12-23 51. Circle: Jeffries 2, Wilson 4, Beck 3, Perry 4, Kifer 11, Martin 9, Rushing 9, Dennison 5. Total: 14 (5) 4-6 47. 17center_img 10 12 19 Wellington girls 51 Circle 47 Wellington: Gilmore 7, Ca. Phelps 9, Co. Phelps 20, Frame 2, Snipes 20, King 15, Ybarra 1, Burnett 1. Total: 19 (8) 13-23 75. 28 47 11 29 82 24 14 The lights went out in Circle twice Friday and the scoreboard once during games with Wellington.In the boys game, the Crusaders almost pulled off a miraculous comeback when almost everyone wasn’t watching.Circle came out firing on all cylinders, as the Thunderbirds built a 29-18 first quarter lead and scoring five three-pointers in the first eight minutes. The Thunderbirds would bury 11 of them for the game.Circle expanded its lead to 57-37 at the half and was on pace to reach 100.After upping the lead to 22, Wellington started an unlikely comeback that started late in the third quarter. Wellington was down 67-61. But the Crusaders slowly started inching closer and pulled was within single digits 73-64 at the 3:11 mark. The Crusaders were down 79-71 with a minute to play.Then the Crusaders made it interesting. After a Circle free throw, Gilmore would knock down a trey with 37.4 seconds left to make it 80-74. On the inbounds pass, Circle was called with an illegal screen and soon after Ian King was sent to the line sinking 1 of 2 to make it 80-75.Circle hit a free throw on the other end to put it up by six, but Wellington couldn’t get anything to fall in the final 15 seconds, as the Thunderbirds won much more uncomfortably than what they expected.The Crusader boys are now 2-5 and will now see a less daunting part of their schedule with Clearwater at home Tuesday night.For the game, both Connor Phelps and A.J. Snipes scored 20. Ian King had 15. Circle was led by Eastridge, who had 22 and Horyna 20. 9 Circle: Walthers 1, Hartley 21, Eastridge 22, Parr 11, Horyna 20, Straw 7. Total: 15 (11) 19-27 82.last_img read more

Nelson Minor Hockey salutes award winners at year-end banquet

August 3, 2020

first_imgNelson Minor Hockey wrapped up the 2015-16 season on the ice with its annual Award’s Banquet at the Selkirk College Tenth Street Campus.Players, coaches and managers had a wonderful meal before the ceremonies saluted the award winners for the past season. Other honours went to Noah Quinn for Jackson Hole AAA Award Peewee, Tyson Hutt John Reichardt Atom Memorial Award; and Ellis Junker Midget Rep Brian Naka Award. The award winners include, Cody St. Thomas, winning junior referee Sarge Sammartino Award; Mike Zarikoff selected as the Jackson AAA for bantam house; Todd Hutt, winner of the Ted Hargreaves, excellence in Coaching Award; Charles Curiston, Marc Severyn Memorial Trophy for Bantam Rep; Tony Maida as Robert Jeffs volunteer of the year award; Ava Young, Female player Baker Street Esso Award; Amit Bhabra, Mike Laughton Sr Midget Rep Memorial Award; Anthony Maxinuk, winner of Jackson AAA for midget and Iain Love for the Midget House RC Wright Award.Josh Marsden won the Barry Geist Memorial Goalie Trophy; Dylan Watts Scotiabank Achievement Award for Peewee Rep; Jamie Popoff-Hnatiuk Walter Clarkson Award in Peewee House; Leo Jewitt, Barry Pearce Atom Memorial Award; Branwen Hainsworth Sarge Sammartino Senior Official Award; and Nathan Bernhardt Todd Matheson Peewee House Memorial Award.last_img read more


December 25, 2019

first_imgPeter CaseyA DONEGAL-based businessman says the county is falling behind because of its dreadful internet connections.Dragon’s Den star Peter Casey says he couldn’t do international video interviews from his Inishowen recruitment company base – because they couldn’t guarantee the connection.He said it was 2010 before we got anything consistently better than dial-up – and today, while a major provider offers a fibre optic system capable of 50 Mbps (megabits per second), “by the time it gets to our copper-wire “last mile”, it’s reduced to 6.5 Mbps down and just .5 up – far behind just about any internet-intensive businesses elsewhere on the planet.” Said Casey: “We have recently invested in cutting-edge technology that will allow us to conduct live interviews with anyone on the planet.“However, we won’t be able to use it in our Irish HQ (in Lisfannon) with its current connectivity unless we want to create a very bad impression with people that we want to hire for our clients.“This also reflects badly on our reputation as a high quality provider.“I grew up in Derry and came to know and love Donegal from a very young age. “I’ve invested my money, mind, heart and sweat here. My business is here. Although it’s a business that depends more than many on digital connectivity, it is still here.“But the digital infrastructure the Government has promised us for a long time now is not. And that, for me, is a major problem.”He said Dubliners on cable can get internet connections 50 times faster, complaining: “The democratic proposition that the internet gives everyone an equal opportunity to access information, education, and commercial opportunity is a myth.“Internet access depends as much on physical space as it does on cyberspace. The best speeds are delivered by fibre or cable. Live at any distance from urban Ireland, and you won’t get anything approaching the fastest service.“Rural Ireland is on the wrong side of a vast digital divide. On the right side is well-connected continental Europe as well as urban Ireland. Those of us in the country? We’re a world away from both places. A third world away, in fact. “Take a look at the amount of empty business premises in the typical village or town these days.“We cannot let this go on. A recent World Bank study found that for every 10-percentage-point increase in the penetration of broadband there is an increase of 1.3 percentage points in economic growth.“Broadband is essential to business and very good for any country. If only the cities have it, the countryside suffers economically, culturally, and politically. Disconnected, lovely towns and quaint villages become places to leave.“We are always boasting about our highly educated work force, but there is not much point in training people if they cannot communicate with each other and the rest of the world. “This digital inequality between urban and rural communities is making the economic inequality between these regions even greater.”In a weekend article Casey warned: “Quality, high-speed broadband is a necessity rather than a privilege in today’s society, and should be available in all areas, not just the largest.“Otherwise, we are in danger of creating fast Ireland and slow Ireland, the latter seeing areas such as Donegal continuing to slide to the bottom of the economic table.”DONEGAL SLIDING TO BOTTOM OF ECONOMIC PILE BECAUSE OF TERRIBLE INTERNET, WARNS DRAGON’S DEN STAR was last modified: August 25th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:buncranaDragon’s DeninternetLisfannonPeter Caseylast_img read more

State-of-art port control centre opens in Cape Town

December 18, 2019

first_img2 May 2014South Africa’s first maritime port of entry control centre represents a milestone in the country’s journey to secure, modernise and control its borders, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said at the opening of the centre at Cowrie Port in Cape Town harbour on Friday.The centre puts all the government departments and agencies involved in immigration and border control under one roof. These include the departments of home affairs, health, agriculture and fisheries, the SA Police Service (border police and crime intelligence), and the SA Revenue Service (customs).The state-of-the-art centre would not only improve security and immigration issues, but would also serve to enhance trade and South Africa’s status as a logistical gateway to Africa, Gordhan said.TradeThe rationale behind the centre was in line with the National Development Plan, the minister said. Among other things, the NDP aims to stimulate growth by lowering the cost of doing business in South Africa, improving the country’s competitiveness and exports, and linking local products with other emerging markets.Gordhan said the fast-growing markets of Africa represented important new markets, and the NDP was committed to increasing South Africa’s trade with its regional neighbours from 15% to 30%.‘Complex borders’Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor, also speaking at Friday’s opening, said the centre had been designed “to accommodate in one spot not only customs, excise and immigration, but also health, safety and intelligence.“Ports are complex borders to manage. Cowrie Place will provide the space and facilities to manage passengers and cargoes more efficiently than before.”Pandor said the government hoped to establish a border management agency by the end of 2016, taking advantage of the lessons learnt from Cowrie Place.A flagship feature of Cowrie Place is the co-ordination monitoring centre, where the data and information will be fed, assimilated and made available to all government department and agencies involved in the maritime border management.“For the bona fide tourist or member of the trade community, this will mean better service,” Gordhan said. “For those who intend to challenge the laws of our country, be warned, as we intend to raise the bar of compliance by an order of magnitude.”Important portCape Town’s port is oldest in South Africa, but despite changes to its maritime culture brought by air travel and containerisation, it is still an important point of entry.The port processes more than 870 000 containers as well as nearly 730 000 tons of dry bulk per annum, Pandor said.A total of 6 173 commercial vessels and 55 passenger vessels entered and/or left the port in 2013, while more than 62 000 people entered and/or departed from Cape Town harbour.Pandor said E-berth at the harbour would be developed into a fully fledged passenger liner terminal to complement Cowrie Place.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Curation Startup Says It Captures 10,000 Links a Day

December 16, 2019

first_imgmarshall kirkpatrick Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market French startup Pearltrees offers a very unique interface for organizing and sharing collections of links from around the web. Tomorrow the company will release a new, faster version of its application and announce that it has passed 2 million links curated in 7 months since going live. That means an average of 10,000 links have been bookmarked in Pearltrees every day since launch, and presumably many more now that the site has grown.Last month the company announced that it raised $1.6 million in venture funding. I love what Pearltrees is trying to do, most people I talk to love the idea, and it’s good to hear the service is getting so much traction. I’m waiting until the promised iPad version comes out before getting too excited about it.It’s hard to know what percentage of those thousands of links are pulled in automatically from synced Twitter accounts. Either way, traffic services report that thousands of people each day are visiting the Pearltrees site, probably between two and six thousand people in fact. That’s not a lot, but it’s better than a poke in the eye.What do you think about Pearltrees? The unique interlocking trees-of-pearls interface sure is seductive. It’s part brand-new and part old feeling – it harkens back to many geeks’ fantasies of spinning links and sparkling orbs in their hands, like a contact-juggling, web-nerd, feed-reading version of the David Bowie character in Labyrinth. That’s a pretty high bar to reach!Have you found yourself using the service regularly, though? The people we see who have stuck with it have curated some awesome collections of reading material – see deep-thinking journalist and company advisor Tom Foremski’s collections, for example.The interface still just isn’t quite there for me yet, though. I want to touch it, spin it and use it like a mindmap on my iPad. Related Posts center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Product Reviews#web last_img read more