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

Technological University status granted to Limerick and Athlone Institutes of Technology

first_imgNewsEducationLimerickTechnological University status granted to Limerick and Athlone Institutes of TechnologyBy Meghann Scully – May 5, 2021 559 Advertisement Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Limerick Institute of Technology’s Moylish campusMINISTER of State for Further Education and Skills Niall Collins TD and Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD have today (5 May 2021) granted Technological University (TU) status to Limerick Institute of Technology and Athlone Institute of Technology.This is the third TU to be created since 2019 and is a milestone for the Mid-West and the Midlands.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Minister of State for Further Education and Skills and TD for Limerick County, Niall Collins, commented: “This is a transformational event for the people of the Mid-West and the Midlands.“We know the many faceted benefits of TUs and we are seeing how they can transform regions elsewhere. I am very much looking forward to this new TU bringing those benefits from Clare and Limerick, through Tipperary and up the mighty Shannon across the Midlands to Athlone and beyond.“This will allow people across the Mid-West and the Midlands and beyond to obtain a university degree in their home places. As a former LIT lecturer and a proud Limerick man I am delighted to see this milestone being reached and I want to congratulate all involved.” he said.The process to designate a new TU is enshrined in the Technological Universities Act 2018. The next steps in the legislative process require the Minister to bring forward a draft order establishing the appointed day on which the new technological university will be legally established and Limerick and Athlone ITs consequentially dissolved for approval by the Houses of the Oireachtas.A date for this requirement is currently being considered but subject to the order being approved in due course all students graduating in the 2021-2022 academic year will do so with university qualifications.Minister Harris added: “I would like to warmly congratulate and sincerely thank the very many people from the two Institutions including their management, governing bodies, staff, students and the wider regional and community stakeholders who have enabled today’s announcement and who can now look forward to an exciting future for this new university and the regions it will serve.” Linkedin Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Institue of TechnologyLimerick Post Previous articleSt Nessan’s chosen as Limerick winner for SPAR FAI School Zone competitionNext articleLimerick language company heads for Russia Meghann Scully Printcenter_img WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Facebook Email Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Twitterlast_img read more

Second-Half Rally Comes Up Short In Men’s Basketball’s 79-69 Loss To Indiana State

first_imgStory Links at UNI 1/9/2016 – 7:00 PM Box Score (PDF) Live Stats ESPN 1350 The Valley On ESPN3 Listen Live Watch Live Full Schedule Roster DES MOINES, Iowa — A second-half rally and a career-high 13 points from C.J. Rivers (Cahokia, Ill.) wasn’t enough to overcome a 22-point deficit as the Indiana State men’s basketball defeated Drake, 79-69, Wednesday evening at the Knapp Center. Drake (5-10, 0-3 MVC) was led offensively by Rivers and Jacob Enevold (Lunderskov, Denmark) , who recorded his second double-double of the season with a team-high 14 points and 11 rebounds. Reed Timmer (New Berlin, Wis.) scored 13 points, followed by Graham Woodward (Edina, Minn.) and Kale Abrahamson (West Des Moines, Iowa) with 11 each. Freshmen Nick McGlynn (Stoughton, Wis.) also recorded a career-high seven rebounds to help the Bulldogs outrebound the Sycamores, 42-36. Indiana State (8-7, 2-1 MVC) was led by DeVonte Brown’s career-high 27 points on 9-of-16 shooting. Brown, who recorded 19 first-half points, also tallied eight rebounds and was followed by Brenton Scott with 14 points and Everett Clemons’ seven rebounds.Minutes into the game, Indiana State went on a 6-0 run later followed by a 9-0 run to put the Sycamores up, 21-9. Drake later forced an Indiana State scoring drought that lasted 3:02 to pull within seven points, but ISU added seven-points and later extended its lead to 37-19 lead over the Bulldogs. A three-pointer from Brown going into halftime put the Sycamores up 46-26 as the team shot 53.1 percent from the field and 57.1 percent from the arc in the opening half.  The Bulldogs converted on just 33.3 percent of their first-half attempts and an uncharacteristically low 25 percent from the arc.”You can’t spot a team 20 points and expect to be able to come back from that,” said Drake head coach Ray Giacoletti. “We made a good effort in the second half but it’s how you start games and halves. They [Indiana State] scored on their first six possessions and you just can’t do those kind of things. We’ve got to be able to get stops and trust each other.” Drake rebounded in the second half and assembled an 11-0 run capped by a 3-pointer from Abrahamson that began with strong shooting by Rivers and four rebounds by McGlynn to pull within four points, 56-52, with 10 minutes left in the game. “We definitely felt the momentum changing,” Rivers said. “When we cut it to four, the conversation was pretty excited and positive. It felt like we had momentum and it was just a couple stops we’ve got to get down the stretch.” Drake continued to put pressure on the second half by shooting 53.8 percent in the half but could not generate enough stops as ISU extended its lead back to 11 points, 68-57, with 5:28 left. Enevold answered with six-straight points to preserve Drake’s comeback hopes until a pair of ISU free throws in the final minute extended their lead to the final 79-69 tally.The Bulldogs travel next to face UNI in Cedar Falls, Iowa on Jan. 9. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. CST with the game broadcast on The Valley on ESPN3 and Panthers Sports Network affiliates. Print Friendly Version Next Game: Box Score (HTML) Previewlast_img read more

Best Buy To Offer Online Video Rentals & Purchases

first_imgBest Buy is getting into the Internet video rental and sales game, joining the likes of Netflix, YouTube and, at some point in the near future, Hulu. The company will also be competing against other traditionally offline retailers, such as Walmart and Blockbuster. The move, it said Tuesday, will come by the end of the month and will involve selling and renting newly-released movies over high speed Internet connections.According to the company’s press release, the service will be available through a number of select connected Blu-ray Disc players and HDTVs, as well as on PCs by way of CinemaNow. Best Buy purchased CinemaNow from Sonic Solutions, the company that will provide the technology for piping video to buyers.Immediate availability of new releases is a primary feature of Best Buy’s new Internet video service. Rentals will be available for around $4 with title purchases varying from $10 to $20. The one hesitation we have with this is, why should a DVD purchase, minus the physical DVD, cost the same?According to the Associated Press, Ryan Pirozzi, Best Buy’s director of digital video, said that the technology will take time to gain traction and it will be 2012, at the earliest, before Best Buy will begin phasing out DVDs in its stores. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Tags:#news#Video Services#web mike melansoncenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Video: Notre Dame’s Sheldon Day Had An Amazing Moment With His Mother On The Field For Senior Day

first_imgSheldon Day and his mother on Notre Dame senior day.Twitter/@timringTVNotre Dame hosts its senior day today in South Bend, and when it was Sheldon Day’s turn to greet his mother on the field, things got pretty emotional. Day’s mom couldn’t quite wait for him to hit midfield, so she jogs up to meet him, the two do a special handshake, and then emotionally embraced. It was a fantastic moment:Sheldon Day’s mom doesn’t wait for her son at midfield. Great Senior Day moment at Notre Dame Stadium— Tim Ring (@timringTV) November 14, 2015Notre Dame leads Wake Forest 21-0 early in the second quarter.last_img

Hemp on the other hand has almost no THC Its n

first_imgHemp, on the other hand, has almost no THC. It’s next to impossible to get high from smoking it. But it’s high in CBD, which has medicinal properties and no intoxicating effects.CBD has been proven to help epileptics control and reduce the number of seizures they have. That’s according to two peer-reviewed studies published in The New England Journal of Medicine and The Lancet.In December, I showed you the remarkable story of Charlotte Figi. After only one day of treatment using CBD oils, Charlotte went from having 40 seizures every day to going a week without one.Charlotte is 12 now. She still takes daily CBD treatments. She still has some seizures. But they aren’t nearly as frequent or as severe as they were before she started her CBD treatments. Today, she can eat, walk, talk, and live a mostly normal life.However, even with all of these incredible benefits, the feds don’t see the big picture…Why the Feds Have It All WrongEven though hemp has next to no THC, it’s a strain of the cannabis plant.That’s why the feds used to classify it – along with regular cannabis, heroin, LSD, ecstasy, and peyote – as a Schedule I substance, its most severe category.Hemp’s former classification was patently ridiculous.Even if you buy the argument that high-THC cannabis should be illegal – which I don’t – it made no sense to outlaw hemp as well. Nobody was getting high on hemp. But the CBD it contains is helping people like Charlotte Figi escape the hell of severe epilepsy.Now, hemp wasn’t always illegal. Presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson both cultivated it. And it used to be one of the main cash crops that American farmers grew for more than a century.Congress treated hemp like any other agricultural commodity until it passed the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937. Cannabis prohibitionist Harry Anslinger, the first commissioner of the U.S. Treasury Department’s Federal Bureau of Narcotics, drafted it. His bill put punitive taxes on hemp and cannabis production… and made it illegal to be in possession of either without a license.The feds temporarily lifted these restrictions in 1942. At the time, the industrial fibers used to produce rope, cords, and cloth were in short supply. The feds wanted farmers to grow as much hemp as possible, in order to produce more of these materials and support the U.S. military in World War II.The U.S. Department of Agriculture even produced a movie called Hemp for Victory explaining the benefits of hemp cultivation to farmers. It also highlighted the history of hemp and hemp products as well as the best hemp-growing practices.Obviously, the government was aware of hemp’s industrial uses. But it reinstituted the effective prohibition of hemp after the war ended – despite its medical and non-medical applications. It was one of the most boneheaded things the government has ever done. Click here for more details Casey Research Readers: Expiring In Less than 12 Hours [Last Chance] Gone Forever At Midnight…At midnight, your best chance to join Jason Bodner’s Palm Beach Trader research service disappears… forever. And with it, your chance to claim access to Jason’s #1 recommendation and to see gains of up to $9,385 (starting at tomorrow’s opening bell). Recommended Link — — Tech Investors Take Note: Trump Makes 5G a Matter of National ImportancePresident Trump’s message makes it clear: 5G is becoming a matter of national importance. Jeff Brown, former executive and Silicon Valley insider, has been saying this privately to his followers for the better part of a year now. “The completion of the 5G wireless network is essential if America is to maintain its economic dominance over countries like China. That’s why the president and companies are pulling out all the stops to get the network built. As 5G revolutionizes our communications networks, it will also send a handful of companies soaring.” While the early-bird 5G investor window may soon be closing, there’s one company expected to be far ahead of the rest. And you can still get a piece of it for $6 a share… Growing hemp remained illegal for the next 70 or so years… until recently.That’s because President Trump signed the Farm Bill into law this past December, which legalized hemp at the federal level. Now, hemp is treated as an agricultural commodity, not a Schedule I substance.Today, there are an estimated 25,000 non-medical products that can be created from hemp. It can be used in food and beverages, cosmetics, nutritional supplements, clothing, textiles, paper, and insulation materials… to name just a few.In fact, before legalization, nearly $700 million worth of hemp-based goods were already sold in the U.S. every year. These products were made with hemp imported from China and Canada… the latter of which legalized growing hemp in 1998.It was one of those odd legal loopholes. You couldn’t grow hemp in the U.S., but you could import certain parts of the hemp plant that weren’t illegal. In other words, the U.S. was needlessly subsidizing foreigners… not exactly an “America First” deal, which is one reason why I suspect Trump legalized hemp and will eventually legalize cannabis outright.How Big the Market for Legal Hemp Is in the U.S.Americans already spend more than $700 million on products that contain hemp every year… See the graph below for the breakdown:But that’s just a snapshot of where the market is right now. Now that hemp is legal, the market will truly explode.It’s worth noting that the oracles at Whole Foods say hemp will be a “Top 10” product this year.Drugmakers will be able to openly research other uses of CBD derived from hemp.There’s no telling what medical treatments they’ll develop. What we can be sure of is that all of this will increase demand for CBD and the plant it’s extracted from – hemp.How You Can Gain Exposure to Legal Hemp StocksNow that President Trump has legalized hemp at the federal level, the floodgates have opened for hemp production – as well as CBD oil extraction – on a massive industrial scale in the U.S.I expect the CBD oil market to explode (recall that industrial hemp is used for its rich CBD content.)Market research suggests that the U.S. CBD market was worth around $500 million last year.But it could easily skyrocket to over $10 billion within the next three years. That’s 20 times its current size.As impressive as that sounds, I think it’s probably conservative. Sales of Epidiolex, the CBD drug the FDA approved to treat epilepsy, are expected to reach $1.3 billion over a similar time frame. And that’s just one CBD product.I think the U.S. CBD market could easily grow 20 times larger in the years ahead.Shares of select publicly traded companies in the CBD industry could surge even higher.This is presenting investors with another new, huge opportunity to profit from the legal cannabis megatrend. The time to position yourself is now.You must remember to be cautious when investing in legal hemp and cannabis stocks. Some of them are quality companies. But there are also plenty of bad actors out there trying to ride a wave of the mania.Regards,Nick Giambruno Chief Analyst, Crisis InvestingP.S. Only one CBD oil stock is uniquely positioned to ride the crest of this wealth wave. This is the most lucrative opportunity I have seen in a long time. That’s why watching my new video presentation is imperative. Go here to view now.Reader MailbagDo you think legal hemp is a good thing or a bad thing? Will you be investing in the sector, or sitting on the sidelines? Let us know at [email protected] at Casey Research…Would like to cordially invite you to join Doug Casey, Nick Giambruno, and all of your favorite Casey Research gurus at the second annual Legacy Investment Summit.It’ll be in southern California from September 23-25… and it’s bound to be one of the most exciting investing conferences this year.For a limited time, you can get your tickets for hundreds less than everyone else will pay. Go here for your special offer. This is urgent – click here now before the deadline Recommended Link Justin’s note: President Trump has been an ally of the legal cannabis markets… He’s rolled back a bunch of restrictions and signed the 2018 Farm Bill into law. If you’ve been following the Dispatch – or any of Crisis Investing chief analyst Nick Giambruno’s work – you know this is a huge deal. Industrial hemp is legal at the federal level – for the first time in over 70 years.But people still don’t grasp how big of a deal legal hemp is… or why it’s going to send a niche market soaring. Early investors have a huge opportunity in this space.Read on for details on this money-making sector… and how you can profit.By Nick Giambruno, chief analyst, Crisis InvestingIn today’s essay, I’m going to show you another major milestone on the road to full cannabis legalization in the U.S.It centers on one of America’s forgotten cash crops…The applications for this crop greatly exceed those of regular cannabis. And the potential upside is almost impossible to calculate.I’m talking about hemp, which is now legal for the first time in over 70 years after the government legalized it last year.I’ll explain all the details about this big opportunity in a moment. But first, let me back up and explain what hemp is.What Is Hemp?Hemp and marijuana are from the same plant species, Cannabis sativa. They look similar, which leads to some confusion. But hemp and the type of cannabis that people smoke have different chemical compositions.Source: Naturescbdoil.comThe cannabis plant contains over 100 different cannabinoids. These are chemical compounds that react with cannabinoid receptors in the nervous and immune systems.The two most common cannabinoids are THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol). Regular cannabis contains a lot of THC. That’s the chemical that gets you “high” when you ingest it.last_img read more

Reporting by WVUA23s Jabaree Prewitt A number of

first_imgReporting by WVUA23’s Jabaree PrewittA number of issues were brought up at the state of the state address in Tuscaloosa Wednesday, but few were as heavily discussed as the Rebuild Alabama plan.Rep. Rodney Sullivan says that the Rebuild Alabama Act was the most important bill to pass during the latest legislative session. He believes it will have a major impact on Tuscaloosa.In March, Gov. Kay Ivey signed a bill into law that will result in Alabama drivers seeing a 10 cent per gallon increase in the state gas tax over the next three years. The first wave of the tax will be a 6 cent increase that will go into effect in September, followed by 2 cent increases in October 2020 and October 2021.The tax is expected to generate around $320 million annually, which will go toward road and bridge construction across the state.“We’re already seeing issues in our rural areas where they just don’t have the funds to do any type of road improvements so I think once this gets implemented I think we’re going to start seeing a good deal of benefit,” Sullivan said.Lawmakers believe the plan will dramatically improve the safety of travelers on Alabama’s roads and bridges.A 2017 study by the U.S. Department of Transportation showed that Alabama has the 13th highest rate of traffic fatalities in the country. Alabama senate majority leader Greg Reed has said one in six Alabamians drive over a structurally deficient bridge on a daily basis and that includes 300,000 students who are on school buses.“Traffic has been an issue and I think taking these steps is going to greatly improve when it’s done I know it’s aggravating but, I think in the end it’s going to be beneficial,” Sullivan said.The state has several roads in Tuscaloosa on its long-term plans, especially Highway 82 and McFarland Boulevard, according to Tera Tubbs, Tuscaloosa’s Executive Director for Infrastructure and Public Services.“Tuscaloosa has grown a lot over the last several years and so our infrastructure has also got to expand with that so it’s going to give the city of Tuscaloosa the ability to add the turning lanes the access that they need to be able to better serve citizens and those that drive on our roads,” Tubbs said.Sullivan says counties should start seeing funds in January or February of 2020.last_img read more