Gabonese regulator bans RFI reporter from working for two months

first_imgNews Receive email alerts August 23, 2019 Gabonese regulator bans RFI reporter from working for two months GabonAfrica Condemning abuses Freedom of expression Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled to learn that Gabon’s High Authority for Communication (HAC) has banned Radio France Internationale correspondent Yves-Laurent Goma from practicing journalism for two months for violating a taboo about referring to President Ali Bongo’s health. RSF_en Help by sharing this information Crédit : Yves-Laurent Goma (Facebook) News News Gabonese journalist could spend New Year’s Eve in prison The country’s media regulator, the HAC has repeatedly imposed summary sanctions on journalists for broaching the subject of the president’s health, which has been off limits ever since he suffered a stroke ten months ago.Goma, who is also the editor of the news website Gabon Actu, is banned from working for two months from yesterday because of his coverage of an Independence Day military parade on 17 August, at which President Bongo made his first public appearance in front of Gabonese people since his stroke.In an article headlined “Gabon’s Independence Day’s parade dominated by Ali Bongo’s presence,” Goma noted that “at no point did the president stand up, as he formerly did, in order to greet the passage of his army’s units in front of the tribune.”The article was “inaccurate and malicious, questioning the president’s physical health,” the HAC said, imposing its ban – which cannot be appealed – without giving Goma any chance to defend himself.“The HAC has once again used its prerogatives in a completely disproportionate manner with the same aim of protecting the president,” RSF’s Africa desk said. “We call for this sanction to be lifted at once, because it constitutes yet another unwarranted restriction on press freedom by an authority that is supposed to defend it.”In November 2018, the HAC suspended the newspaper L’Aube for three months and banned its editor, Orca Boudiandza Mouelé, from working for six months because of an article about President Bongo’s lengthy hospitalization after the stroke. In June of this year, the newspaper Fraternité was banned for a month over article questioning Bongo’s ability to govern since the stroke.In a press release in June, RSF described the HAC as the Gabonese media’s “executioner” because of the arbitrary sanctions it has repeatedly imposed since its creation by government decree in February 2018. The HAC needs a complete overhaul so that journalists are allowed to serve the public interest by addressing all subjects, even the most politically sensitive ones, RSF said.Gabon is ranked 115th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. center_img January 24, 2020 Find out more November 27, 2020 Find out more to go further Follow the news on Gabon GabonAfrica Condemning abuses Freedom of expression Weekly seized from Gabon’s newsstands Organisation Reports The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa December 31, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

NATO submarine exercise Dynamic Manta concludes

first_img View post tag: Dynamic Manta Share this article Ships and submarines participating in the NATO Submarine Command-led exercise Dynamic Manta have their drills on March 4.Spanish F-80 frigate Santa María arrived at her homeport in Rota Naval Base on March 10 after participating in the multinational exercise along with the French replenishment ship FS Var and the frigate FS Montcalm and other anti-submarine warfare (ASW) escorts from Italy and France.DYMA 16 took place in the Ionian Sea from February 22 to March 4. It has been NATO’s main ASW exercise in the Mediterranean this year.The submarine force was made up of eight submarines from seven different nations: USA, France, Greece, Italy, UK, Turkey and Spain. Participating units belonged to three different types: nuclear, conventional diesel-electric and air-independent propulsion system (AIP) submarines.There were also a number of ASW aircraft, both fixed-wing MPAs and helicopters equipped with low-frequency sonars. In the course of this exercise, the Mistral spent a total of 122 hours hunting and being hunted under heavy air threat. NATO submarine exercise Dynamic Manta concludes Authoritiescenter_img View post tag: NATO March 14, 2016 Back to overview,Home naval-today NATO submarine exercise Dynamic Manta concludes last_img read more

Group debates decorating tunnel

first_imgSaint Mary’s Student Government Association (SGA) discussed during its meeting  Tuesday the possibility of decorating the Le Mans Hall Tunnel, which currently has plain walls. The Le Mans Hall Tunnel connects the dormitory to the Student Center and allows for easier transportation between buildings during the winter months. The current tunnel was renovated a few years ago. Members of SGA suggested in last week’s meeting there be an opportunity for students to create murals for the interior of the tunnel. Emma Brink, student body secretary, said the plan is still in the works. “We have not officially decided anything yet, but we all did come up with a lot of different ideas last week,” she said. Nicole Gans, student body president, said any kind of decoration would be an improvement from the current stark walls.   “Anything is better than creepy walls,” she said.   Student Service Commissioner Laura Glaub said SGA has considered the option of having multiple murals in the tunnel to allow many different students to leave their marks. Brink said the length of the tunnel would allow for multiple different murals.  “We should have multiple murals because the tunnel is so large,” Brink said. During Tuesday’s meeting, members drafted an email that will be sent out to Saint Mary’s students as early as this week. SGA members said they wanted the email to be able to capture students’ attention, and wanted to avoid having a lengthy description about the project that would deter students from becoming involved. Following Tuesday’s meeting, SGA will move forward with approving the email and sending it out to students. The email could be sent out by this week, giving students the time to work on their ideas over fall break if they choose. Jackie Zupancic, student body vice president, suggested last week that the student body should be allowed to vote on the submissions. If SGA chooses to move forward with the submission deadline, members agreed it would be Nov. 22, right before Thanksgiving Break.last_img read more

Inside DeMarcus Cousins’ dominant performance against Denver

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!OAKLAND – Just as DeMarcus Cousins walked off the floor, the Warriors’ center stared down toward the Nuggets’ bench.He placed his right hand above his eyes. He squinted. He shook his head dismissively.Cousins had just spent an entire evening devouring the Nuggets in every way possible. So minutes before the Warriors’ officially cemented a 116-102 victory over …last_img read more

R13m boost for HIV clinic in SA

first_imgThe French government has donatedR13-million to upgrade the Grabouw Community Health Centre. (Image: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Faiza Steyn Western Cape Department of Health +27 21 483 3235 +27 082 801 [email protected] RELATED ARTICLES • Bold new HIV/Aids plan for SA • Loving life, fighting Aids • Garden of Hope for HIV/Aids • Hunger strike against HIVNosimilo RamelaThe French government has made a multimillion-rand donation to the Grabouw Community Health Centre in the Western Cape to upgrade its HIV/Aids clinic over the next two years.The Western Cape health department said the R13-million (US$1.8-million) grant will be used to expand and improve the clinic’s facilities.The centre, located in the agriculturally rich Overberg district, provides services for an estimated 50 000 residents annually, most of whom are farmers and farmworkers.An increasing number of people have moved into the area over the years to seek work on farms and this has put pressure on the clinic’s capacity. As a result staff often have to take on extra duties they have not received training in, such as administering antiretroviral (ARV) and tuberculosis (TB) treatment.The grant will help uplift ARV services at the clinic and enable a greater number of people to enrol for the treatment programme. Additional procedure rooms, four consulting rooms, four counselling rooms, a new waiting area, data-capturing room and more toilets will be built to accommodate extra patients.The funds will also be used to improve the hospital’s pharmacy and drug-dispensing area.Focus on high-risk communitiesFaiza Steyn, the department’s spokesperson, said French President Nicholas Sarkozy made a pledge to boost ARV infrastructure in the Western Cape after visiting it in September 2008.“The two major constraints for the inclusion of more patients in the antiretroviral therapy programme are the shortage of human resources and the lack of health infrastructure,” she said.Steyn added that the funds will also help achieve the National Strategic Plan goals, which include reducing new HIV infections by 50% and improving access to treatment services by 80%, by 2011.“Health services dedicated to HIV/Aids and TB patients need to be increased, and implemented closer to the communities, especially in the most affected high-risk areas,” she said.Provincial minister of health Theuns Botha welcomed the grant, saying the Western Cape government did not have the necessary financial resources to meet all the needs of public healthcare.“We cannot do this alone. We are so grateful to the French government for their continued support to this province.”Botha said the department is currently working on extending and renovating all community health centres in the province so they all offer services to treat and manage HIV/Aids, TB and other chronic conditions.French ambassador to South Africa Jacques Lapouge said the Grabouw clinic was one of the many projects his government was funding in Africa through the French Development Agency.The organisation falls under France’s Ministry of Economic Affairs, Finance and Industry, and is tasked with implementing social and economic upliftment projects in developing countries.African states are the agency’s main focus, receiving about half of the funding. Other countries it assists are in the Mediterranean Basin, Middle East and Asia.last_img read more

Brandon Weeden Talks Deion Sanders

first_imgPhoto Attribution: Icon SMIWe all know Weeden is a great quote, right? Among the variables and ups and downs of college athletics that’s one thing we can pretty much bank on.And he didn’t disappoint in an interview with Gina Mizell over the weekend. Here are some of the gems, things that might not be as funny if Weeden wasn’t the one saying them but are hilarious because he did.On the cone drills and broad jumps he has to do at the combine:It’s the final time we’ll probably ever have to do it, but it’s kind of part of the process.Basically: “I throw a football harder and tighter than anyone in the world that doesn’t currently get paid to do it and you guys are worried about how quickly I can touch a bunch of orange cones??”On throwing at the combine:I’m actually going to decide (Monday) exactly what I’m going to do. It may change, but I think as of right now, I’m leaning toward throwing. But my agent’s coming in, a couple other people (to help me decide). A lot of guys aren’t throwing, for whatever reason. I don’t know why that is. They always use the Deion Sanders comparison — he came in, ran a 4.2 (in the 40-yard dash), jumped back in his car and left. That was his strength. I think my strength is throwing the football. I’d love to throw. I’ve just got to do what’s best for me.First of all, I got a hundy saying he’s going to throw. Second, one of my favorite things about Weeden is that it’s as if he doesn’t understand this game that players and agents and the people paying both of them play. And that’s all the next two months are really, a game. He’s old school though, he’ll throw in the cold (Bedlam), in the wind (Tech), in the heat (Texas)…wherever. Just give him a football and let it ride.Also, I’ve heard that Deion story elsewhere before. I’m pretty sure it’s true and it’s definitely all-time.On where he’ll get drafted:You look back at my track record at Oklahoma State, we won some big games against some really good football teams. You can throw the other quarterbacks that are in there, we were able to beat their teams, respectively.Translation: “screw Griffin.”On what he’s going to do after the draft:I’ll probably work out at Oklahoma State if they’ll let me.Haha…yeah. If they’ll let DMase shoot Js in Gallagher-Iba too.On last year:To say it was amazing is not doing it justice. It was a special time. It was one of those things that hopefully it put Oklahoma State on the map and hopefully the fans and everybody had fun with it. I actually just watched the second half of the Fiesta Bowl for the first time. I can’t really put it into words. It really was unbelievable.I think we’ll look back in 10 years and be even more adamant about how special that ride was.There will be other Big 12 titles and maybe other shots to play for it all, but last year was special in the same way having your first child or falling in love for the first time are special. The blissful innocence is the best part.Source: OklahomanIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

State League Wrap

first_imgThe Melbourne City Lions have won their second Women’s VT League title after defeating the Bayside Vipers by one touchdown. The win continues the two team’s strong rivalry over the past three years, and is revenge for the Lions’ loss to the Vipers in the 2008 grand final. Despite their loss in the Women’s division, the Vipers took home two of the three major awards on finals day of the 2009 VT League at Port Melbourne, winning the Men’s division and also winning the Licence Minor Premiership. The Lions went into the Women’s finals series as the form team of the season, with the Vipers not far behind. The Lions went through the first 14 rounds without losing a game, before being beaten by the Vipers in round 15. In the elimination finals, the Western Dodgers upset the Northern Falcons by two touchdowns, while the Uni Blues were two touchdown winners over the Casey Cougars. The Dodgers then progressed to the semi finals to play the Lions, with the Lions winning 7-3. In the other semi, the Vipers were too good for the Blues, winning 4-2.In wet conditions in the final, the Lions led by two touchdowns at half-time, and further extended their lead early in the second half to lead three nil. Two quick touchdowns to the Vipers got them into the game, but it was too little too late, with the Lions taking the game 3-2. After 15 rounds of the Men’s division, the Vipers finished on top of the VT League ladder with 13 wins and two losses. Last year’s premiers, the Western Dodgers, finished in second place, with nine wins and six losses. In the elimination finals, the Lions were 10-7 winners over the Cougars, as were the Blues over the Falcons. The Lions then pushed the Vipers all the way in the first semi, with the eventual premiers winning by one touchdown to progress through to the final. In the other semi, the Dodgers were three touchdown winners over the Blues.In the final, the Dodgers got out to a strong start, leading by two touchdowns at the break, 4-2. The Dodgers were reduced to four players at one stage in the second half, with the Vipers making the most of the opportunity, hitting back to score three touchdowns to give them the lead. After another Dodgers player was sent to the sin bin, the Vipers kept the scoreboard ticking over to claim the Men’s VT League title 8-5. The following awards were presented following the finals:Licence Minor Premiership  –  Bayside VipersFair Play team award – Northern Falcons Women’s teamMost Influential Male – Wylie McQueen (Casey Cougars)                                  Jamie Tang (Uni Blues)Most Influential Female  – Leah Percy (Melbourne City Lions)Best and Fairest Female – Brooke James (Bayside Vipers)Best and Fairest Male – Troy Booth (Northern Falcons)Best on ground – Women’s grand final – Leah Percy (Melbourne City Lions)Best on ground – Men’s grand final – Thomas Zwart (Western Dodgers)Players referee of the tournament – Julie DavineEmerging referee of the tournament – Johnny KatalACT Super LeagueAll four ACT Super League clubs will take part in the Men’s and Women’s grand finals on Thursday, 10 December 2009. In the Women’s division, Woden Eagles will play the Canberra City Bears after the Eagles defeated the Tuggeranong Valley Vikings by two touchdowns in the qualifying final, 4-2. In the Men’s grand final, the Vikings will play the UC Otters after the Vikings defeated the Eagles 7-6 in a drop off in the qualifying final. In the Women’s division, the Bears finished the six round competition on top of the ladder, with five wins from their six games. They have been undefeated since their round one loss to the Vikings. The Eagles finished in third place on the ladder, with two wins, three losses and one draw from their six games. Their best result prior to the finals was their four-all draw against the Vikings in round six. The Eagles then upset the Vikings in the qualifying final to progress through to the final. The Eagles and the Bears met twice this season, with the Bears winning both games – by four touchdowns in round two and five touchdowns in round five.  The final between the Bears and the Eagles will be played at 7.40pm on Thursday, 10 December 2009.In the Men’s division, the Otters were the first team to progress through to the grand final after finishing the season on top of the ACT Super League Men’s ladder. The Otters went through the season undefeated with four wins and two draws from their six games, with draws against the Eagles and the Vikings. The Vikings finished the season in third position, with two wins, three losses and one draw from their six games.The Otters and the Vikings met twice this season, with the Otters defeating the Vikings by three touchdowns in round three, while the teams drew seven-all in round five. They will meet again in the final on Thursday, 10 December at 6.50pm.         For more information, please visit the following website:www.acttouch.com.au VT LEAGUERESULTSMEN’S – ELIMINATION FINALSFirst Elimination Final:Melbourne City Lions 10 def Casey Cougars 7Second Elimination Final:Uni Blues 10 def Northern Falcons 7MEN’S – SEMI FINALSFirst Semi Final:Bayside Vipers 10 def Melbourne City Lions 9Second Semi Final:Western Dodgers 7 def Uni Blues 4 MEN’S – GRAND FINALBayside Vipers 8 def Western Dodgers 5WOMEN’S- ELIMINATION FINALFirst Elimination Final:Northern Falcons 1 def by Western Dodgers 3 Second Elimination Final:Uni Blues 3 def Casey Cougars 1WOMEN’S – SEMI FINALSFirst Semi Final:Melbourne City Lions 7 def Western Dodgers 3Second Semi Final:Bayside Vipers 4 def Uni Blues 2WOMEN’S – GRAND FINALMelbourne City Lions 3 def Bayside Vipers 2ACT SUPER LEAGUERESULTSWOMEN’S – QUALIFYING FINALTuggeranong Valley Vikings 2 def by Woden Eagles 4WOMEN’S – GRAND FINALCanberra City Bears v Woden EaglesMEN’S – QUALIFYING FINALTuggeranong Valley Vikings 7 def Woden Eagles 6MEN’S – GRAND FINALUC Otters v Tuggeranong Valley Vikingslast_img read more

18 days agoProdl admits Watford desperate for points boost

first_imgProdl admits Watford desperate for points boostby Freddie Taylor18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford defender Sebastian Prodl admits the club needs points soon or they risk relegation.The Hornets have two points from eight games heading into the international break.Prodl said: “We need to step forward, we need to get positive results in and we can’t waste any more time.”We want to maintain our status as a Premier League club and the sooner we face reality, the better it is to get out and the easier it will become to get out [of the relegation zone]. We face another tough opponent away next (Tottenham) — that’s the Premier League. It doesn’t matter if it is Sheffield or Tottenham, we need points.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Royal Bank of Canada rolls out roboadviser platform across country

first_imgCompanies in this story: (TSX:RY, TSX:TD, TSX:BMO)Armina Ligaya, The Canadian Press TORONTO — Royal Bank of Canada has rolled out its robo-adviser platform across the country as demand grows for lower-cost, digital investing options.After launching RBC InvestEase late last year on a trial basis, the Toronto-based lender has now officially opened up the service to new and existing customers across Canada.The platform was developed in response to the “growing middle” segment of clients who want investment advice but do it all online, said Rebecca Peacock, senior director of strategy for RBC InvestEase.“With all of these digital channels invading our lives, more and more people want to do their investing online,” she said. “Up until a few years ago, the only option to do everything online is to do it yourself. And not everyone is comfortable doing that.”The national rollout comes as competition in the robo-adviser space between both incumbent banks and fintechs heats up.Toronto-Dominion Bank recently partnered with U.S. firm Hydrogen to launch its own “robo-guidance” product, and the Bank of Montreal was the first of its peers to launch its digital investing platform, dubbed SmartFolio, in 2016.Meanwhile, robo-adviser Wealthsimple now has roughly 100,000 clients in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K., and manages more than $2.5 billion in assets.Prior to the national launch, RBC’s InvestEase was limited on a pilot basis to residents in Ontario, Alberta and Saskatchewan.Customers who use the digitally automated investment adviser will pay 0.5 per cent per year in management fees on investment balances, on top of any management expense ratios (MER) embedded in particular funds.The required minimum balance is $1,000, and RBC says it is waiving its management fee until next October for new clients who sign on within a certain timeframe.last_img read more

Stocks slip but remain on track for another winning week

first_imgNEW YORK — Stocks slipped in Friday morning trading, as falling oil prices dragged down energy companies, but the S&P 500 remained on track to close out its third straight winning week following a brutal December.KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 was down 14 points, or 0.6 per cent, at 2,582, as of 10 a.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 155, or 0.6 per cent, to 23,846, and the Nasdaq composite lost 44, or 0.6 per cent, to 6,942.CRUDE CALL: Energy stocks in the S&P 500 fell 1 per cent for the largest loss among the 11 sectors that make up the index. Exxon Mobil, Chevron and ConocoPhillips all dropped more than 1 per cent.Benchmark U.S. crude oil fell 81 cents, or 1.5 per cent, to $51.75 per barrel and on pace to break a long winning streak. Oil has climbed for nine straight days, as it recovered a portion of sharp losses from prior months when worries flared about weakening demand and too much supply.Brent crude, the international standard, sank $1.07 to $60.61. If it remains down, it would be the first drop for oil in two weeks.2019 RELIEF: The S&P 500 has been clawing back gains since running to the edge of what traders call a “bear market,” when it dropped 19.8 per cent between setting a record in September and a low on Christmas Eve. Stocks have climbed on soothing words from the Federal Reserve about the future path of interest rates, plus hopes that the U.S.-China trade dispute may ease. That’s helped to at least paper over worries about slowing growth for corporate earnings and the possibility of a looming recession.Even with Friday’s weak opening, the S&P 500 is on pace for a 1.9 per cent gain this week. It would be the third consecutive winning week for the index, its longest since August. Not only that, the last three weeks of gains have all been of at least 1.8 per cent. If that holds, it would be the longest such streak since 2001.US-CHINA TALKS: Talks between American and Chinese negotiators may have ended without significant breakthroughs, but traders are choosing to focus on the positives. The fact that talks lasted a day longer than planned, conciliatory statements from both sides and the possibility of higher-level talks in the near future are driving gains in Europe and Asia. In December, U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping agreed to a 90-day tariffs cease-fire, for negotiators to soothe tensions that have unsettled trade.MARKETS ABROAD: In Asia, Japan’s Nikkei 225 index jumped 1 per cent, the Kospi in South Korea rose 0.6 per cent and the Hang Seng in Hong Kong gained 0.5 per cent. In Europe, France’s CAC 40 dropped 0.6 per cent, and Germany’s DAX lost 0.6 per cent. The FTSE 100 in London fell 0.4 per cent.INTEREST RATES: The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.68 per cent from 2.73 per cent late Thursday.The Associated Presslast_img read more