Two journalists get prison sentences over criticism of president

first_img December 1, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Chad News Chadian radio stations on strike in protest against violent raid to go further July 19, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two journalists get prison sentences over criticism of president November 27, 2020 Find out more The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Help by sharing this information Organisation Reporters Without Borders voiced shock today at the “disproportionate” sentences of three years in prison for Garondé Djarma and three months in prison for Samory Ngaradoumbé handed down yesterday by a court in N’Djamena for “libel” and “incitement to hate” in reports about presidential policies. They were also ordered to pay heavy fines.”It is absolutely unacceptable that journalists should get prison sentences just for writing articles criticising President Idriss Déby’s policies,” the organisation said, adding that it also deplored the fact that the two men were initially imprisoned, then released on 5 July, and finally convicted and re-imprisoned all on the same charges. October 7, 2020 Find out more News Reports Receive email alerts RSF_en ChadAfrica Many historic publications threatened with closure in Chad Reporters Without Borders voiced shock today at the “disproportionate” sentences of three years in prison for Garondé Djarma and three months in prison for Samory Ngaradoumbé handed down yesterday by a court in N’Djamena for “libel” and “incitement to hate” in reports about presidential policies. They were also ordered to pay heavy fines.”It is absolutely unacceptable that journalists should get prison sentences just for writing articles criticising President Idriss Déby’s policies,” the organisation said, adding that it also deplored the fact that the two men were initially imprisoned, then released on 5 July, and finally convicted and re-imprisoned all on the same charges.Michael Didama of the newspaper Le Temps also appeared yesterday in court where the state prosecutor requested an 18-month prison sentence against him. Didama was arrested on 22 June and then released on 12 July.A freelance journalist, Djarma was convicted for an article he wrote for L’Observateur criticising a 6 June referendum on a constitutional amendment that allows the president to seek a third term. Ngaradoumbé, who is editorial coordinator at L’Observateur, was convicted for publishing an open letter to the president criticising the arrests of members of the Kreda community. Their lawyer, Bernard Padaré, said he will appeal.A number of Chadian human rights and press freedom groups have voiced concern about “pressure put by the government on the judges in charge of the case with the aim of obtaining prison sentences.” ChadAfrica Newslast_img read more

Lone school resource officer who engaged gunman may have saved lives: Governor

first_imgSt. Mary’s County Sheriffs Office Recruiting/Facebook, FILE(GREAT MILLS, Md.) — When shots were fired inside the halls of a Maryland high school Tuesday morning, a school resource officer jumped into action to confront the gunman, and his quick response may have saved lives, according to the governor.Austin Rollins, 17, allegedly shot and injured two other teenagers at Great Mills High School in Great Mills this morning, authorities said.The school’s sole resource officer, Deputy Blaine Gaskill, responded immediately, engaging the suspect and firing a round, authorities said.The shooter fired a round, too, nearly simultaneously, authorities said. The suspect was injured and has since died at a hospital, police said.Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said it appears the shooting was handled “exactly the way it should have been handled.”Hogan said Gaskill, 34, is a “very capable school resource officer” who is also a SWAT team member.“This is a tough guy who apparently closed in very quickly and took the right kind of action,” Hogan said at a news conference. “And I think while it’s still tragic, he may have saved other people’s lives.”The shooting left a 16-year-old girl in critical condition and a 14-year-old boy and in stable condition, authorities said.The officer was not injured and was taken to be interviewed, police said.Officials have not elaborated about Gaskill’s service; however in 2016, an armed man was arrested for allegedly assaulting Gaskill when the deputy responded to a disturbance call, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office said.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

The effects of pornography on children and young people

first_imgYoung males are more likely than females to deliberately seek out pornography and to do so frequently Australian Institute of Family Studies December 2017SummaryThere is a lot of discussion about the possible effects of online pornography on children and young people and the messages pornography generates about gender, equality and sexuality. In 2016, the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) was engaged by the Department of Social Services to review what the available research evidence tells us about the issue.Key messagesPornography exists within a broader sociocultural context in which stereotypes about gender, sexism, sexual objectification and violence-supportive attitudes are also at playNearly half of children between the ages of 9-16 experience regular exposure to sexual images Parents and caregivers are less likely to be intimidated by online risks if they are informed and take an active role in their children’s digital lives.READ MORE: Executive Summary: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox. Pornography use can shape sexual practices and is associated with unsafe sexual health practices such as not using condoms and unsafe anal and vaginal sexcenter_img The best approach for parents, caregivers and teachers responding to children’s exposure to pornography is to encourage open communication, discussion and critical thinking on the part of children, while educating themselves about the internet and social media Pornography may strengthen attitudes supportive of sexual violence and violence against womenlast_img read more

CARICOM leaders call for ‘new beginning’

first_img Share PARAMARIBO, Suriname — Heads of government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) started their pivotal 23rd inter-sessional meeting in Paramaribo on Thursday with a call for renewed vigour and optimism to address the current challenges and further the integration agenda. President of Suriname and CARICOM chair, Desire Bouterse, argued that not only a “better and more empowered” Secretariat is necessary to do so, but also the political will of the leaders as elected officials. CARICOM heads at a 2011 summit. “We should welcome our people’s conviction that their lives can be made better within the region, and not force our talent to migrate beyond,” said the Surinamese president at the opening ceremony of the two-day meeting. According to Bouterse, the frequently heard claim of shortage of finances, which results in not implementing decisions of CARICOM, is invalid. Suriname believes, he said, that if the region harnesses its technological resources, enables its human capital, engages the private sector and rewards innovation and creativity and eventually combines its natural and financial resources, the true potential of CARICOM can be realized. “We have no reason to be poor,” Bouterse said, noting the wealth in among other things oil, gas, gold, diamonds, bauxite, forests, sea and much more. The regional economy could be enhanced by supporting local businesses through the creation of multinational Caribbean companies with public shareholding. Bouterse urged the simplification of the rules of engagement at all levels. “Then we can do much, much more than survive. We can flourish,” he told his fellow leaders.Bouterse therefore urged the member states to provide the Secretariat with the financial resources, which means that member states must pay their dues as a matter of priority. “We must provide the funding for the institutions we have created in our name, and we must open ourselves to wider input as to how these commitments can be honoured,” the CARICOM chair noted. He also stated that the governments must not only commit to paper but be bold enough to find new ways to work together, rationalizing production. The region should nurture its interdependency and cut the ties of dependency, he said. Outgoing chairman Dr Denzil Douglas of St Kitts and Nevis underscored “the need for optimism” in the ongoing efforts to inject new vigour in the advancement of the process to set the region on a path of renewed focus. He noted that if the region is to realize its goals towards deeper integration and greater development “this requires all hands on deck if the ship of this Community is to sail safely through the turbulent waters”. Geo-political, socio-economic, and other global stresses have caused CARICOM’s operational landscape to be ever-changing, and its problem-solving challenges ever more complex. “CARICOM, therefore, must continue to adapt and re-invent itself – never in terms of our undergirding values, purpose, and principles, of course — but certainly in terms of how we function, how we operate, the extent to which we are, or are not, efficient, effective, relevant with a sharper focus on being more results oriented,” the outgoing chair argued. It remains CARICOM’s essential responsibility, to provide greater clarity and form regarding the ideals of integration so that the leaders inspire hope and confidence for the people of the region who, according to Douglas, are questioning the heads’ resolve to truly transform their lives.He warned, however, that “these are not easy times”, taking into account the global uncertainties, which still pose significant challenges to the Caribbean. He reiterated that in order for the leaders to address the challenges “the time for action is now”, which requires a demonstration of political will to engender real and sustainable transformation. CARICOM, according to Douglas, needs to be strategic, and must position itself to become more meaningfully engaged into other regional groupings. The Community must continue to forge strategic alliances recognizing that their respective strengths and resources can assist the Community in propelling itself towards a platform for strengthened functional cooperation. Expanded intra-regional economic activity is a priority, with intra-regional sea and air-links as crucial assets to both expanded economic activity on the one hand, and the undergirding of a truly “Caribbean” frame of mind on the other, he said. According to CARICOM’s secretary-general Irwin LaRocque, this inter-sessional meeting “should be remembered as the initiator of this era of change, as the heads of government receive the report on the review of the CARICOM Secretariat”. He noted that this review is the first in a series of initiatives towards improving governance arrangements within the Community and will be followed by a review of all organizations and institutions established within the Community. The changes, LaRocque said, will be taking place within an environment of reform within the Community, its organs, bodies and institutions. “It must take into account the way we conduct and govern our affairs. An important part of this process is the need for further prioritization,” said the secretary-general.LaRocque is confident that changes will flow from the recommendations of that report, while the region must be prepared to welcome those changes. “Change will have to be managed; it will not be easy; it will definitely require a new mindset; a new way of doing things,” he warned adding that a new culture must be injected into the organization. Given the magnitude of the task, according to LaRocque, “a change facilitator is necessary to assist in giving the focussed attention it deserves”. He urged that this is among the most immediate and pressing priorities as the integration movement go forward. The Secretariat must become more strategic in its approach to its tasks and its advice to the organs and bodies of the Community. While these steps are necessary, according to the region’s chief diplomat, “the change must start and be led from the top”. During the two-day meeting the heads will, among other issues, address the report regarding the restructuring of the CARICOM secretariat, the grouping’s main administrative body.By Ivan CairoCaribbean News Now contributor Share Sharing is caring! 11 Views   one commentcenter_img LocalNews CARICOM leaders call for ‘new beginning’ by: – March 9, 2012 Share Tweetlast_img read more

Presbyterian looks to end streak vs UNC-Asheville

first_img February 21, 2020 Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditPresbyterian (9-19, 6-9) vs. UNC-Asheville (12-14, 6-9)Kimmel Arena, Asheville, North Carolina; Saturday, 4:30 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: UNC-Asheville looks to extend Presbyterian’s conference losing streak to five games. Presbyterian’s last Big South win came against the Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs 65-61 on Feb. 6. UNC-Asheville lost 79-64 to Radford in its most recent game. For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comcenter_img FEARLESS FRESHMEN: Presbyterian’s Cory Hightower, Michael Isler and Zeb Graham have collectively scored 38 percent of the team’s points this season, including 38 percent of all Blue Hose scoring over the last five games.CLUTCH CORY: Hightower has connected on 26.7 percent of the 86 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 5 of 19 over the last five games. He’s also converted 68.1 percent of his free throws this season.WINLESS WHEN: The Bulldogs are 0-8 when they score 70 points or fewer and 12-6 when they exceed 70 points. The Blue Hose are 0-12 when they fail to score more than 64 points and 9-7 on the season, otherwise.TWO STREAKS: Presbyterian has dropped its last six road games, scoring 67.8 points and allowing 79.2 points during those contests. UNC-Asheville has won its last three home games, scoring an average of 78.7 points while giving up 72.3.DID YOU KNOW: The UNC-Asheville defense has forced opponents into turnovers on an impressive 23.9 percent of all possessions, which is the 18th-highest rate in the country. Presbyterian has turned the ball over on 21.7 percent of its possessions (ranked 316th among Division I teams).___ Presbyterian looks to end streak vs UNC-Ashevillelast_img read more

Ex-GFA Boss authors first coaching manual

first_imgFormer Black Stars Coach and GFA President Ben Kuofie has launched his much awaited manual “The Principles of Modern Soccer Coaching” at a colourful ceremony at the Alisa Hotel in Accra.The event brought together the crème de la crème of Ghana Football administrators and Coaches as well as the National team coach James Akwasi Appiah and his deputy Maxwell Konadu who have in one way or the other benefited from the tutelage of the 80 year old football administrator and coach.CAN 2008 LOC Chairperson Dr Kofi Amoah who chaired the function was full of praise for the veteran coach and used the opportunity to encourage coaches of today to do more to build their capacities and to avail themselves of the opportunity to attract more lucrative offers.FA boss Kwasi Nyantekyi, who oversaw the funding of the manual was delighted to see the final part of the project and used the opportunity given him to eulogize the virtues of his predecessor.He commended the author for the rich content at this time of Ghana’s football history but expressed his regret at the lack of such materials from other Ghanaian coaches.Celebrant Ben Kuofie used the occasion to encourage the present generation of coaches to do more to enrich the coaching capabilities and encouraged them to aspire to the very top of the coaching ladder. “I urge you my colleagues especially the young ones to endeavour to push yourselves a lot harder and ascribe to get to the very top.Modern football has changed a lot and you need to meet these new standards to get there.”He also used the occasion to back the appointment of new Black Stars coach Akwasi Appiah and his deputy Maxwell Konadu and wished them the very best on the job.The first copy of the manual was snapped up Dr Amoah for GHC 10,000 with other notable dignitaries like former FA boss Nana Brew Butler and current president Kwesi Nyantekyi also buying a copy for GHC 5,000.The book will be made available at some selected supermarkets and bookshops for the general public in the very near future for anyone who wants to grab a copy.last_img read more

How can digital technology boost growth in Africa?

first_imgThe digitalisation of the economy offers a huge leapfrogging opportunity to Africa, as the continent bypasses older technology to immediately embrace the new. This was the starting point of a World Economic Forum on Africa discussion on the economic potential of digital technology, held on 11 May 2016.From left, Siyabonga Cwele, Tobias Becker, Elizabeth Migwalla, Pascal Lamy and Charles Muritu discuss technology and economic growth in Africa at the World Economic Forum on Africa in Kigali, Rwanda, on 11 May 2016. (Image: WEF Flickr)How, the panellists were asked, can this economic potential be unleashed?The session was moderated by Pascal Lamy, political consultant, businessman and former director-general of the World Trade Organisation.The other speakers were South African Minister of Telecommunications Siyabonga Cwele; Charles Muritu, the head of African telecoms and strategic partnerships at Google; Elizabeth Migwalla, senior director of government affairs at Qualcomm; Tobias Becker, senior vice president and director for Africa at ABB Ltd; and Cote d’Ivoire government spokesperson Bruno Nabagne Kone.In discussing how technology can transform Africa’s digital marketplace, the panel examined the fostering of online entrepreneurs, enabling cross-border data exchange, and overcoming traditional barriers to trade.Watch the full session:last_img read more

Five Travel Hacks To Save Time, Money, And Sanity On Your Next Flight

first_imgI know this will sound terrible, but never get in the security line with kids or people over the age of 70. Invariably, they slow things down. The TSA Pre program, for a time, made this point a non-issue, as only savvy business travelers were allowed to use the TSA Pre lines. No longer, as The Wall Street Journal reports: In an attempt to goose demand for TSA Pre, the TSA has started letting crowds of people into TSA Pre lines. As such, aim for the line with no kids and people wearing suits or other business attire.The Middle Seat Gets The Armrest—Always 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout If your flight gets delayed or canceled for mechanical or other reasons, immediately call your airline to change your flight. Don’t get in the line at the departure gate, and don’t expect that a “two-hour delay” will be anything less than three hours. Airlines often post the best-case revised departure time. Over the years I’ve come to expect the worst case, only to find my fears confirmed more often than not. That’s why you need to immediately contact someone who can rebook you on another flight. In these situations—particularly if you’re a frequent flier—airlines will tend to bend all sorts of rules and allow you to change your departure day, arrival city and almost anything else. But it’s easier to get this treatment over the phone than at the ticket counter where the ticketing agent is dealing with a horde of angry travelers. Save more time by putting the special toll-free number for your frequent-flier program in your address book—you can find it on the back of your card.Choose Your Security Line Wisely 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Related Posts It’s surprising how few people knowthis unwritten rule, but it’s a rule all the same. If you’re in the middle seat, claim the armrests and defend them to the death!There are, of course, countless other tips. But these are some of the tips that keep me sane and keep my employer flush with cash. ReadWriteTrip is a series that chronicles the modern challenges of tech-savvy business travelers.There is both science and strategy to consider when booking air travel, and the more you know the better you can control your travel experience—as well as how much it costs you.I used to think I had little influence over the cost of my flights or my fate once I arrived at the airport, but nearly two decades of traveling more than 125,000 miles each year has taught me some tricks for making travel pleasant—or, at least, less terrible.Here are the most important air travel tips to know.Put Competition To Work For You Tags:#airline hacks#airline tips#cheap flights#Life Hacks#travel hacks#travel tips#traveling tips#Trip Each of the major airlines has its designated “co-terminals.”  (Here are American’s.) These are distinct airports that the airline considers to be the same for routing purposes Delta, for example, treats Oakland, San Jose and San Francisco as co-terminals. The fares to these airports may be different when you book your flights, but when you head to the airport, they might as well be the same.I regularly book travel to and from Oakland, only to change my flight to San Jose or San Francisco. Delta allows frequent fliers to do what’s called a “same-day confirmed” and change a flight within three hours of take-off for no charge, provided that I’m changing it to a co-terminal. While airline rules may vary, this is a tactic worth checking out. It has saved me and my companies a great deal of money and it’s super easy to do.When Delayed, Don’t Wait In Line—Get On The Phone I’ve never loved flying Southwest Airlines, but I love to fly anywhere Southwest flies. The reason? My preferred airline—Delta—is forced to match fares on routes where it competes with Southwest. There are other routes where Delta competes with United (e.g., SLC to SFO), but it can seem like the two carriers compete to see who can charge the most on those routes, not the least. I’m sure there are routes (JFK to SFO, maybe?) where there’s enough competition between the major airliners to lower fares, but for many of us, the key is to find a route where United, American or Delta compete with Southwest, Frontier or another discount carrier. There are two ways to play this. First, I can book a ticket on my preferred airline on a route where it competes with a discount carrier. For example, I can generally fly from Salt Lake City to San Jose or San Francisco for roughly $1,000. Or I can fly into Oakland, a route on which Delta competes with Southwest, for $500 or less. This may not seem smart if the alternative airport is inconvenient for your trip agenda. But if you’re a frequent flyer, booking your flight to Oakland doesn’t mean you’re going to Oakland. Here’s why.Get To Know Your Co-Terminals 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Matt Asay 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

Tabal delivers first gold medal for PH, rules women’s marathon

first_imgTrump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters “I went through a lot of hardships. In training. In everything. But the I know in my heart that I really have to deliver,” said Tabal in Filipino. “I can’t let disappoint my country.READ: Tabal pleads with Patafa to reconsider: I did nothing wrong FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“To my fellow athletes, if we really do our best, we can do it,” added Tabal who clocked two hours, 48 minutes and 26 seconds, almost seven minutes clear of silver winner Hoang Thi Thanh.Tabal said she was feeling cramps on her tibialis or shin muscle during the first loop around the Putrajaya government complex that lined with gleaming office skyscrapers. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ GOLD! Mary Joy Tabal rules women’s marathon in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games. MARIANNE BERMUDEZ/INQUIRERPUTRAJAYA, Malaysia Rising up through emotional ups and down, Mary Joy Tabal just crowned herself the queen of the 29th Southeast Asian Games marathon.The 28-year-old Tabal broke down in tears right after crossing the finish line, literally beating the Vietnam contestant by a mile, to deliver that gold medal she hoped would open the flood gates for Team Philippines.ADVERTISEMENT At least, there’s the promise of a dogfight “That’s why on the first loop I tried to warm up, then in the second loop I saw the other runners being left behind,” added the Rio Olympian and silver medals in the 2015 SEAG.READ: Patafa cuts Tabal, runner says ‘I just want to run for PH’ The race was held on well paved city streets with four and half loops on the main street on a cloudy day and weather cooled down by the previous night’s heavy downpour.“I felt that God was gifting me with this victory and all I needed to do was take it,” said Tabal.Her compatriot in the men’s side, Jeson Agravante didn’t finish the race.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaulcenter_img READ: Patafa reinstates TabalTabal, who trained for three months in Italy, hugged Athletics chief Philip Ella Juico and Philippine Sports Commissioner Ramon Fernandez right after draping herself with the Philippine flag at the finish line.“Thank you to all people who believed in me and for all your support,” said Tabal who has had strained relationship with the national athletics body for the past two years.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

December 13 2013The annual Arcosanti Christmas pa

first_imgDecember 13, 2013The annual Arcosanti Christmas party took place on Wednesday evening, December 10. 2014.Staff, volunteers, workshop participants and friends and family got together for a pot-luck dinner in the Arcosanti cafe.[photos by Colleen Connery, text by Sue Kirsch]The Christmas tree is filled with good wishes for everyone.1978 Alumna Ann Whitehill visited during the Christmas celebration and is getting a hug from Jeff Stein.last_img