Journalist reported missing for the past month, feared dead

first_img Reports Kloueu Gonzreu, a local correspondent with the Ivorian News Agency(Agence ivoirienne de presse, AIP, a state agency), has been reported missingfrom the Toulépleu region (in western Côte d’Ivoire) since 11 January 2003. Reporters without Borders urges the authorities to launch a serious and impartial investigation. October 29, 2020 Find out more Organisation February 13, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist reported missing for the past month, feared dead Côte d’IvoireAfrica News November 27, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Côte d’Ivoire Help by sharing this information Côte d’IvoireAfrica Receive email alerts Kloueu Gonzreu, a local correspondent with the Ivorian News Agency(Agence ivoirienne de presse, AIP, a state agency), has been reported missingfrom the Toulépleu region (in western Côte d’Ivoire) since 11 January 2003.According to several sources, he was reportedly arrested by Liberian militiamenfighting with loyalist forces and may have been executed.Reporters without Borders is very concerned and urges the authorities to launch a serious and impartial investigation to find the missing journalist. The organisationparticularly urges President Laurent Gbagbo to personally intervene in the caseand see to it that all the facts surrounding the journalist’s disappearance arefully disclosed. “Violence against journalists has been steadily increasing inrecent months. Despite repeated appeals by Reporters without Borders and otherinternational organisations, the Abidjan authorities have not taken any measuresto guarantee the safety of media professionals,” deplored Robert Ménard, theorganisation’s secretary-general.Reporters without Borders also reiterated its condemnation of certain Ivorian media outlets for their role in some of the recent violence. “Certain publications, such as Le National, Notre Voie and Notre Pays, are constantly pouring oil on the fire and seriously endangering the safety of certain persons,” noted Ménard. In its30 January issue, the pro-government newspaper “Notre Pays” published a list ofpresumed rebels. Gonzreu’s name was included on the list. The paper accused theAIP correspondent of making “remarks in support of the attackers.” Notre Paysadded that “the people of Toulépleu continue to have their doubts about thisperson.”According to information collected by Reporters without Borders, Gonzreu, the AIP’s Toulépleu correspondent, has been reported missing since 11 January. The journalist’s family says he was arrested that same day by Liberian militiamen. Several people who were arrested at the same time as the journalist were later found dead, including his 19-year-old son, Thierry Gonzreu.The journalist, aged 51, has been a correspondent for the official news agencysince July 2000. He has also taught history and geography and worked for thelocal chapter of the Red Cross.In addition, René Dessonh, a journalist from the daily “Soir Info”, was releasedon 9 February. According to his newsroom, the journalist was arrested three daysearlier by Movement for Justice and Peace (Mouvement pour la justice et la paix,MJP) rebels in the Man region (in western Côte d’Ivoire). The rebels did notgive the reporter any explanation for his release. The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa RSF_en News RSF’s recommendations for protecting press freedom during Côte d’Ivoire’s elections to go further News Threats against journalists in run-up to Côte d’Ivoire’s presidential election October 16, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Police investigating shots fired in Johnson City

first_imgThe incident happened on Grand Avenue around midnight. JOHNSON CITY (WBNG)- Johnson City police say they are investigating a shots fired incident that occurred late Monday night. It is unknown if anyone was injured or if any arrests have been made.center_img Stay with 12 News for further updates.last_img

Williams could have been jailed – Ramkarran

first_img…rubbishes AG’s “transferred frustration” claimsFormer Speaker of the National Assembly, Senior Counsel Ralph Ramkarran has stated that Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams could have been fined or jailed for his recent outbursts before High Court Judge, Justice Franklin Holder.Senior Counsel Ralph RamkarranJustice Franklin HolderAttorney General Basil WilliamsFollowing an exchange between the Attorney General and the High Court Judge on March 23, Justice Holder stormed out of the courtroom without adjourning the matter before him. The AG was quoted as having said, “I could say what I want to say and however I want to say it, I have always been like that” and “…The last Magistrate who did that to me was later found dead.”However, according to Ramkarran, there are certain rules about how lawyers ought to behave in court. He cited the Legal Practitioners (Amendment) Act 2010, Rule VII (3), which states that “an Attorney-at-Law shall treat the court with courtesy and respect…”, and Rule VII (5), which states that “Attorney-at-Laws shall not engage in angry verbal exchanges in Court even if made sotto voce.” Additionally, the Senior Counsel referred to Section 34 (2), which outlines that “n Attorney-at-Law who breaches the code of conduct counts as an act of professional misconduct”.To this end, Ramkarran said in this week’s “Conversation Tree” column that “the Judge could, there and then, have cited Mr Williams for contempt in the face of the Court… (And) if Mr Williams pleads or is found guilty, he could have been fined or worse, imprisoned.”According to Ramkarran, while the Attorney General, a highly visible public figure holding one of the most important positions in Government, can avoid the sanction of the Judge by not appearing before him again, this is not an option for a person holding his offices and especially since the matter has reached the Chancellor of the Judiciary (ag) and the President.“Since a private apology is now out of the question, because the Judge’s letter demanding an apology in open court is in the public domain, Mr Williams could now be forced to consider a public apology. Failing this, the Chancellor (ag) can convene the Full Court and set in motion the process to hear a complaint of misconduct against Mr Williams. The Full Court can impose a penalty as severe as disbarment,” the Senior Counsel noted.He went on to point out that the President has no business in how the courts treat with the matter or in mediating an outcome, although, representing the Government, which is the Attorney General’s client, the President may suggest a course of conduct to Williams. Even if the matter is concluded to the satisfaction of the Judge, the President may have additional political concerns, Ramkarran asserted.“A long time ago, Mr Williams and I exchanged sharp and angry words before a judge in open court. We were both wrong, because we both participated. The next time I saw Mr Williams in the Supreme Court corridor, he approached me with outstretched hand. He can bring this matter to an end,” Ramkarran noted.Furthermore, the Senior Counsel outlined in his column that the Attorney General has accused Attorney-at-law Anil Nandlall, who was the defence lawyer in court during the incident and who publicly revealed the matter, of “iniquity” and suggested that the Judge’s reaction against him was one of “transferred frustration”.“The Judge, who seemed unaware of this highly innovative concept, denied Mr Williams’s allegation against Mr Nandlall,” the former Speaker stated, dismissing the AG’s “transferred frustration” claim.Despite the Judge saying that the Attorney General was the cause for him to walk off the Bench, Williams is holding out that he is not to be blamed for what happened. In fact, the Attorney General even defended his actions and his statements. He believed that the Judge fell prey to “transferred frustration” as a result of Nandlall’s “barracking” of nearly three hours.Moreover, Williams also insisted that his comment was not a threat and refused to apologise to the Judge saying to reporters at a subsequent press conference that “I don’t know about apology” and that “…the Judge and I will resolve the issue.”However, in a formal complaint to the acting Chancellor of the Judiciary, Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards, the day after the incident, Justice Holder said that he felt disrespected by the Attorney General, whose behaviour he called despicable and contemptuous, while calling for an apology in open court.“I am not prepared to sit and hear Mr Williams as an attorney-at-law in any matter whatsoever, unless he makes a genuine and meaningful apology to my satisfaction, in open court, both to me and to members of the Bar since they too were scandalised by his despicable conduct,” the High Court Judge outlined in his complaint, which has since been made public.Acting Chancellor Cummings-Edwards had told reporters earlier last week that she was in receipt of information about the matter and it was being “addressed”. In addition, President David Granger subsequently told reporters that he had asked AG Williams to submit a detailed explanation of what transpired, which was done. However, the Head of State said at the time, he was yet to review the document.last_img read more


first_imgA  large crowd is expected in Letterkenny tomorrow (SAT) for a vigil for Savita Halappanavar.The 31 year old Indian woman died at University College Hospital in Galway last month, after contracting septicaemia during a miscarriage.There has been international outrage in the wake of the 31 year old tragic death. It is believed that Ms Halappanavar was repeatedly refused a medical termination.Savita’s husband has called on the women of Ireland to protest about what happened to his wife.The vigil at Letterkenny’s Market Square will take place at 3pm.Meanwhile Thomas Pringle TD has today called for the immediate publication of the expert group report on abortion following the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar. The report, which Minister Reilly received this week, was established to examine the issues regarding the European Court of Justice’s judgement on A, B and C v Ireland and has made recommendations based on the judgment that the State failed to implement existing rights to lawful abortion where a mother’s life is at risk.“Sadly, we now know what the consequences for failing to implement existing rights are and I am calling on the Minister to publish this report immediately and end this risk right now. There has already been a 20 year delay, let’s not leave this issue on the shelf any longer.“It is not good enough that the Minister has given it a ‘quick glance’ and will then bring it to Cabinet after he gets a chance to look at it properly.“A life has been lost because of this legal uncertainty and there needs to be action now so that this tragedy is never repeated.”LARGE CROWD EXPECTED AT VIGIL TO REMEMBER TRAGIC INDIAN WOMAN was last modified: November 17th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:letterkennyvigillast_img read more

Minister of Sport & Recreation Ms Tokozile Xasa (MP) speaks on the matter of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Hyperandrogenism regulations

first_imgThe Deputy Minister of Sport & Recreation: Mr Gert OosthuizenThe Director General of Sport & Recreation: Alec MoemiLeaders of Federations who have joined usMembers of the MediaLadies & Gentlemen On the 18 of February 2019 the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CSA) will hear the matter between International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), Athletics South Africa and Caster Semenya. Our history as a nation was in the main based on the defence of our people against their human rights violation, a right to belong, that all humans are created equal. Therefore as South African government we have a direct interest in the proceedings and outcome of this case. This interest is informed by our historical stance as a nation towards human rights and also if the proposed regulations go unchallenged will have a negative impact to our Golden Girl, Caster Semenya. What’s at stake here is far more than the right to participate in a sport. Women’s bodies, their wellbeing, their ability to earn a livelihood, their very identity, their privacy and sense of safety and belonging in the world, are being questioned. This is a gross violation of internationally accepted standards of human rights law.The IAAF introduced rules and regulations governing eligibility for females with hyperandrogenism to compete in women competition for the first time in 2011.The purpose of these Regulations was to determine Eligibility classification of female athletes with the hyperandrogenism to participate in the female athletics categories and the conditions under which they would be allowed to compete.The adverse effects of these Regulations were seen in 2014 when Duntee Chand, a sprinter from India was suspended from participating in international competition after hormone testing reportedly revealed that her body produced excessive natural levels of testosterone.She challenged these Regulations at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CSA) arguing that they are unlawfully discriminating against some female athletes on the basis of a natural characteristic of unusual natural genetic trait, even if that trait confers an advantage over fellow female athletes who do not have a trait.Subsequently the Regulations were suspended by CSA and Ms. Chand was allowed to compete again, while the IAAF was instructed to produce a scientific evidence that will support their thesis of causality between female testosterone levels and their performance, and report back in two years, and that was 2017.Instead of bringing compelling evidence as per the directive of the Court, the IAAF instead introduced new Hyperandrogenism Regulations in 2018, which amplified the previous 2011 Regulations.In terms of this new Regulations a female with hyperandrogenism who is recognised as a female in law shall be eligible to compete in women competitions in athletics provided that she has androgen level below that of a male, specifically their natural levels of testosterone must be below 5 Nanomoles Per Litre.Moreover, the new Regulations are only applicable to 400m to mile, including 400m, hurdle races, 800m and 1500m, the categories wherein coincidentally Caster Semenya participate and generally dominates. The logic as to why Regulations were restricted to these categories is still unclear, thus compelling us, as a country, to suspect they are targeted to our very own daughter of the soil, who is the reigning world champion in the 400m and 800m track.These Regulations have drawn criticism from organizations and eminent individuals in various sectors including human rights, medical science, sport and sports law both here at home and abroad. The critics have elevated a point that the Regulations are discriminatory and violates fundamental and international human rights, including a right to physical and bodily integrity, the right to freedom from torture, and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment and harmful practices.As a South African government, we have added our voice in condemnation of these Regulations mainly as a matter of principle as a country that respect and promote human rights and also in support of an application lodged by Athletic South Africa (ASA) at CAS challenging these regulations because they appear to be specifically targeting Caster Semenya.Through our department of Sport and Recreation we have established a high-level panel consisting of the Medical and Legal work-streams respectively. This panel consists of experts in both medical and legal fraternities who constitute the respective work streams. There is a third work stream constituted by the departmental personnel and its mandate is to raise public awareness and mobilise public support on the discriminatory nature of these regulations.Work in all the streams has commenced and the high-level panel have prepared a formidable case based on legal and medical data collected, and the Legal Team will appear before CAS to present the case in support of the case lodged by both Athletic South Africa (ASA) and Ms. Caster Mokgadi Semenya. The third government stream has also started with its work, which primarily focus on mobilization of public and international support for the ASA and Caster Semenya cases, and condemnation of the Regulations, both their letter and spirit.Ladies and gentlemen – our media colleagues, sporting fraternity, international human rights platforms and human rights advocates – it is important to take a moment to reflect on what these regulations truly mean for the little girl growing up in an African village with dreams of becoming a top sports woman. These regulations have the potential to deprive the world from seeing and experiencing the natural superiority of future athletes to come from our African soils. Ms. Semenya put it so well when she said and I quote: “It’s not about me anymore. It’s about the African girls who come from the rural areas who do not believe that they can do this…”It is for this reason that we honour AND declare the GREATNESS OF CASTER SEMENYA!I must thank the sporting community who have raised their hands in support, this includes our Federations.As government we urge you media- as voice of the people to partner with us in this campaign of declaring that #NaturallySuperior. The campaign will target various sectors of local and global community and through proper channels engage Human Rights organizations and eminent persons locally and internationally in an effort to ensure that the whole world condemn these Regulations as a gross violation human right. The World once declared Apartheid as a crime against human right, we once more call people of the World to stand with us as we fight what we believe is a gross violation of human right.As a girl from Rural Limpopo Caster continue teaching us that we can overcome adversity, that role models can come in the least expected places, that through resilience you can be a beacon of hope. I want to borrow the words of another great athletes who has faced similar challenges in her career, Ms Serena Williams “Think of all the girls who could become top athletes but quit sports because they’re afraid of having too many defined muscles and being made fun of or called unattractive.” We therefore encourage every individual, organization and sector intolerant of discrimination, violation of human rights, particularly of women, and injustice to join and add their voice to this movement that condemn these discriminatory IAAF Regulations which in their nature seek to unfairly exclude other sections of society from competing in sport.To Caster, please remember Tata Mandela when he said, “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” We have no doubt that in no time Caster will be rising our flag in glory as she do what she does best, collecting medals.With this mobilisation campaign of NaturallySuperior – we honour  AND declare the GREATNESS OF WOMEN – We pronounce thatLet women have the freedom to be women IN OUR SPORTING SOCIETY,Let women have the right to participate in this society’s sporting platforms which does NOT judge their genderLet women’s sporting performance and resultant greatness not be questioned NOR doubted.last_img read more

Ateneo rips NU

first_imgMOST READ Lyceum targets finals berth BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Earlier, Adamson got back on the winning track after surviving a gritty challenge from University of the East, 66-57, to solidify its hold of third spot with a 6-3 record.The victory augurs well for the Falcons as they brace for a crucial clash with La Salle on Saturday, even as the Warriors saw their two-game winning run halted for a 2-7 record.“As you can see, it was a dogfight,” said Adamson coach Franz Pumaren. “It was really a struggle. It’s a good thing that we made some important stops in the end.”ADVERTISEMENT Ateneo didn’t look like it was in a rush to put away National U last Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img But the pacesetting Blue Eagles’ latest victory in UAAP Season 80 took on a familiar theme: A close game for three quarters, before they methodically picked apart another opponent down the stretch.Thirdy Ravena fired 12 of his 15 points in the second half and the Eagles held the Bulldogs to just seven points in the final period on the way to an 85-72 victory that assured Ateneo of at least a playoff for a Final Four berth at Mall of Asia Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMatt Nieto and Jolo Mendoza combined for 20 points, including five treys for the Eagles, who trailed at the end of the first half, 45-48, for the first time this season before making the Bulldogs bleed for their points in the last two quarters.The win lifted the Eagles to 9-0, while sending the Bulldogs to their sixth loss in nine games, putting their Final Four hopes in peril. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Media Release – Cavendish Road SHS

first_imgStudents at the school study touch football as a subject and the results are outstanding. The girls are especially successful and they are the current World All Schools Champions having first won the title in Singapore in 2006 and then successfully defending their title again in 2008. Last year the under 15 girls won the prestigious Qld All Schools title from almost three hundred competing schools.The school contributed no less than three girls to the successful Australian under18 team, which won the Trans Tasman series in Auckland last year.In July of this year the under15 girls team have accepted an invitation to travel to Bristol, UK to compete in the European Championships where they will play in the Open Women’s division against teams including England, Scotland, Wales and France. This in itself will provide a very real test for the young Cavendish Road students.The school team has a number of talented indigenous students including Qld representative and team captain Tracy Hill, who it is hoped, will one day emulate Bo Dela Cruz the Australian Women’s indigenous superstar.The girls are coached by former Australian Women’s team, triple World Cup winning coach, Peter Bell. Mr Bell, a PE teacher at the school and coordinator of the touch excellence program says, “The girls have been training and fundraising for some time. They are really focussed and looking forward to the experience. While we are reasonably confident of doing well, this is more about contributing to the development of the sport of touch in Europe and importantly in schools in the UK.” The team will tour around Britain and France in a lead up to the Euros and will conduct clinics as well as play games in British schools. The cost of the tour is around $60000 and the team would be extremely appreciative of anyone who wishes to help the team financially with their fundraising efforts or otherwise. The school phone number is 07 3394 0773.Related Filesmedia_release_cav_road_cobras__2_-doclast_img read more

Time for federal parties to take action on privacy expert says

first_imgCavoukian wants to see the issue addressed in the October election campaign, and believes Canada should adopt a privacy-by-default policy.“People shouldn’t have to search through all the legalese and the terms of service and the privacy policy to find the opt-out box for privacy. They should get privacy automatically.”The commissioners’ report finds Facebook failed to have proper safeguards in place when more than 50-million users had their data harvested in the Cambridge Analytica controversy. Facebook denies it broke the law and says it has taken steps to better protect people’s information.“If you value your freedom, then you value privacy,” Cavoukian says. “We’ve got to stand up for that.”The report finds major shortcomings in the social media giant’s practices and highlights the need for legislative reform to protect Canadians.The complaint that prompted the probe followed reports that Facebook had let an outside organization use an app to access users’ personal information, and that some of the data was then shared with others, including Cambridge Analytica. OTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – A day after the federal and B.C. privacy commissioners declared Facebook broke Canada’s privacy laws, one expert is applauding the report and hopes federal parties make privacy a campaign issue this fall.“Facebook’s privacy framework is empty,” Privacy Expert Ann Cavoukian, a Senior Fellow of the Ted Rogers Leadership Centre at Ryerson University, says. “They’re not walking the talk. They do a lot of talking, making you believe that they have strong privacy in place, but they don’t.”She tells CityNews it’s about time privacy commissioners take action against Facebook, and she hopes the Trudeau government and Opposition parties take this seriously.Watch: Canadian privacy watchdog says Facebook broke the lawlast_img read more

Young goalies battle for time on field

Of the 26 players on the Ohio State men’s soccer team, 18 are freshmen or sophomores.At perhaps the most important position on the field, a pair of young players is competing for playing time.After six non-conference games, sophomore Ryan Dalton and redshirt freshman Matt Lampson have each started three games at goalie. Each has recorded one shutout, and each has received almost identical playing time.  Goalkeeper coach Taly Goode plans to play both men equally until there is a distinction between the two.  “There isn’t much separation between the two just yet,” Goode said. “We are looking for one to establish a good rhythm and consistency.” Through six games, Dalton has played 290 minutes, while Lampson has spent 310 minutes in goal.Ideally Goode would like to see a starter emerge, but maintains that their strengths lie in the same places, and they are playing on an even field.  “It’s not a bad situation to be in with such strength on such a young team,” Goode said.  When asked which player he sees rising to the top, Goode said that they are just about dead even.“Ryan has strong communication with the team and Matt has slightly better distribution,” Goode said.  The No. 24 ranked Buckeyes recently entered the Soccer America Poll for the first time this season.  The team’s record (3-0-3) shows they are off to a good start and deserve their spot in the top 25.  There is less pressure on the young team, and they anticipate catching their opponents off guard.  Lampson, a transfer from Northern Illinois, is taking Ohio State in stride. He began training with the Buckeyes last spring.  “I wanted to be part of a better program that is more renowned and successful,” Lampson said, addressing the reason behind his transfer. “Coach Bluem was happy to have me working with the Buckeyes.”Both players recognize what a fantastic soccer program Ohio State has maintained and are proud to be a part of the fight to the top.The undefeated Buckeyes face IUPUI at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at 7 tonight. read more

Gallery Ohio State Wrestling vs NC State

#2 Joey McKenna attempts to finish a single leg takedown on North Carolina State University’s Jamal Morris in the 141-pound bout of the Ohio State vs. NCSU dual meet at St. John Arena. McKenna won the bout by major decision, 10-2. Credit: Sal Marandino | For The Lantern The Ohio State Wrestling team took on North Carolina State on Jan. 6. in St. John Arena and won 26-10. The Buckeyes improved their record to 5-0. Photos by Sal Marandino.