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Cameroon: Glimmer of hope in RFI correspondent’s trial

first_img CameroonAfrica Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expression Case against Amadou Vamoulké baseless, French lawyers tell Cameroon court Organisation Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reiterates its call for the acquittal of Radio France Internationale’s Hausa-language correspondent, Ahmed Abba, after a hearing in his case before a Yaoundé military court two days ago that saw encouraging developments although a request for his release was rejected. RSF_en April 23, 2021 Find out more May 31, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reiterates its call for the acquittal of Radio France Internationale’s Hausa-language correspondent, Ahmed Abba, after a hearing in his case before a Yaoundé military court two days ago that saw encouraging developments although a request for his release was rejected. Prior to this hearing, RSF had said it would be crucial inasmuch as the court would either begin to hear the substance of the case against Abba, who has been detained since 30 July 2015, or would dismiss the case for lack of evidence and release him. In the event, it was not quite as clear-cut. The court rejected the request for the withdrawal of all the charges against Abba, but it agreed to most of the other requests presented by his lawyers, Charles Tchoungang and Clément Nakong. An expert report written on the basis of evidence that was never placed under seal was ruled inadmissible. The court declined to accept that Ben Bidjocka, the report’s author and main prosecution witness, was a “cyber-crime expert.” And after effectively acknowledging other procedural irregularities as well, the court finally requested that two new experts draft a new report. “The fact that the military court agreed to most of the defence’s requests is an encouraging sign of progress in Ahmed Abba’s trial,” RSF editor-in-chief Virginie Dangles said. “The court has thereby accepted that the trial has been tainted by many procedural errors. Abba should therefore not be in prison and we call again for the withdrawal of all the charges against him.” Abba is facing a possible death sentence on charges of “complicity in terrorist acts” and “failure to report terrorist acts” because he allegedly contacted members of the Islamist rebel group Boko Haram in the course of his reporting. The next hearing is scheduled for 7 December. Cameroon is ranked 126th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. Help by sharing this information October 21, 2016 Cameroon: Glimmer of hope in RFI correspondent’s trial Cameroonian journalist Paul Chouta sentenced and fined in defamation case May 19, 2021 Find out more News News CameroonAfrica Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expression News News Follow the news on Cameroon to go further Receive email alerts Cameroonian reporter jailed since August, abandoned by justice systemlast_img read more


Woodie’s Heroes in Limerick raise much needed funds for 4 charities…

first_imgLimerickNewsWoodie’s Heroes in Limerick raise much needed funds for 4 charities during Covid timesBy Meghann Scully – September 16, 2020 244 Linkedin Facebook WhatsApp Woodie’s Limerick (Ennis Retail centre) store Manager Winnie Coffey ,with Staff Eoin Fox,Shannon Mc Carthy,Noel Mulqueen ,Elaine Long,Cian Moore,Stephen Ryan,Chris Healy and Bridie Nolan .AN impressive €7,004.00  was raised by Woodie’s Limerick during the sixth annual Woodie’s Heroes campaign thanks to the generous donations of the customers, colleagues and suppliers of the DIY, Home and Garden store this summer.It was all in aid of four Irish charities: Down Syndrome Ireland, Cystic Fibrosis Ireland, Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland, and ISPCC Childline.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up This year, the campaign asked the public to help Woodie’s cover 384,400km by counting their steps – the distance from the Earth to the Moon – and it is safe to say they went to infinity and beyond, raising an impressive €340,000 so far nationwide.Woodie’s Limerick (Ennis Retail centre) store Manager Winnie Coffey ,with Staff Eoin Fox,Shannon Mc Carthy,Noel Mulqueen ,Elaine Long,Cian Moore,Stephen Ryan,Chris Healy and Bridie Nolan .This means a whopping €1.84 million has been raised by Woodie’s in the last six years. Donations will continue to roll in up to the end of September.Covid-19 has presented many challenges for everyone especially charities as so many fundraising events were curtailed or cancelled.With the goal of making a real and enduring difference to four children’s charities at this difficult time, Woodie’s colleagues and their customers didn’t let the pandemic disrupt their aim to raise €250,000, generously donating at the till in store and online while upping their step count at home to virtually walk to the moon.With your help Woodie’s have been able to surpass their fundraising targets and make a difference to those most in need.Woodie’s Limerick are so proud of their achievement and efforts to raise €7004.00 which will help change the lives of so many. Woodie’s would also like to offer a huge heartfelt thank you to everyone who has supported the Woodie’s Heroes campaign this year and to the plucky little heroes, their parents and the volunteers from the four charities who represented themselves so well on radio stations across Ireland and in the country’s leading newspapers and magazines.CEO of Woodie’s Declan Ronayne said: “While things are a little different this year for everyone, Woodie’s are so appreciative of the generosity and spirit shown by our colleagues, our loyal customers, and our dedicated suppliers this year for our sixth annual Woodie’s Heroes campaign.“Together we have raised €340,000 for four incredible children’s charities, who routinely do things that are out of this world for those most in need. Thank you to everyone who has helped us ‘walk to the moon’ and raise such vital funds.” he added. Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Email Printcenter_img Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Previous articleFAI Junior Cup Champions Fairview add Russell QuirkeNext articlePREVIEW: Ballybrown look to defend Minor title against neighbours Mungret in final Meghann Scully Twitter WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limericklast_img read more


New Transport Minister urged to tackle Letterkenny gridlock woes

first_img WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook Twitter By News Highland – July 16, 2020 Google+ Google+ FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Facebook Twitter New Transport Minister urged to tackle Letterkenny gridlock woescenter_img Pinterest Pinterest Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic AudioHomepage BannerNews The Transport Minister is set to be invited to Letterkenny to witness what’s been described as the urgent need for investment in the local roads network.There are on-going calls for a number of outer relief routes around the town with the need of a long awaited Bonagee Link road said to be proven further last weekend due to ‘gridlock’ along the main thoroughfare into Letterkenny.Cllr Michael McBride believes a new Government presents an opportune time to highlight the infrastructure deficiencies in the town and surrounding area.To that effect, Cllr McBride says Minister Eamon Ryan should pay a visit:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/mcbridsfsfsdfderoads.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Previous articleLatest measures to impact local sportNext articleDonegal Owner and Jockey team up for Killarney win News Highland Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population growslast_img read more


The fears of American Muslims

first_imgAmerican Muslims and others concerned about intolerance face a daunting challenge countering the growing negative sentiments toward Islam in the country, according to a roundtable at Harvard on Monday.With attitudes toward Islam a focus of contention in the highly charged national political season, speakers highlighted how hostility toward the religion has spread and what effects it is having on young Muslims trying to find their way in American society. The rising anti-Muslim sentiment reflects a “deep polarization” between some Muslims and non-Muslims, one that is rooted in religious illiteracy, said Ali Asani, who moderated the discussion and is professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic religion and cultures, as well as director of Harvard’s Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program.“This religious illiteracy has created a breeding ground for fear, prejudice, and hatred that have been exploited for political gain by unscrupulous politicians and terrorist organizations both in Western and Muslim countries,” Asani said. “It threatens not only democratic processes within countries but also relationships between nations and people.”Asani said afterward that hostility to Islam “is not just about religion — it’s another manifestation of racism, because racism and religion become conflated.”The discussion at the Barker Center was presented by the Alwaleed Program, the Harvard Foundation, the Harvard College Office of Student Life, and the Harvard Islamic Society.Christopher Bail, Ph.D. ’11, an assistant professor of sociology at Duke University who studies how groups shape public discourse, discussed the findings of his recent book on how anti-Muslim sentiment became widespread in American society after the September 2001 terrorist attacks.“This was the result of a very well-coordinated effort by a small network of anti-Muslim organizations that have succeeded not only in captivating the mass media but also increasingly influencing our counterterrorism policy,” he said.Using data to track references to Islam in newspapers, television broadcasts, and social media, Bail documented how the groups obtained extensive media attention for their narrative that “Muslims are secretly a fifth column that is trying to subvert the U.S. Constitution under the guise of political correctness.”“This is a pretty straightforward story about the media playing on people’s fears, gravitating towards the most emotional voices in the aftermath of … a major tragedy,” he said, adding that that “emotional energy creates a really interesting ripple effect within the public sphere.”,Arshad Ali, assistant professor of educational research at George Washington University, discussed research he conducted over five years with Muslim youth in New York and California.In particular, he focused on how young Muslims were affected by the New York City Police Department’s surveillance of Muslim students and faculty on college campuses in the Northeast. The surveillance was part of a larger program the city has since publicly disbanded, but Asani later said students remain fearful that it continues today.Ali said that for the Muslim students with whom he worked, the surveillance fostered a sense of “hypervisibility, of always being watched,” causing them to constrain their academic and extracurricular activities.“What we heard from students is that they are self-censoring” their political participation to avoid suspicion, he said. “They have been told by campus chaplains, parents, and community leaders not to engage politically.”Similarly, he said, “So many of the students I work with think hard about taking Middle Eastern studies classes, or classes that deal with Islamic theology.”Lana Idris ’16, a former president of the Harvard Islamic Society, said that what is “scary about anti-Muslim sentiment is that it’s not something that’s new.”“It’s existed for a very long time,” she said, “and like anti-blackness, it’s just becoming very highly visible now because we have social media and we have politicians banking on that right now. … I think it’s just important to know how we should engage when it isn’t at such a hypervisible level.”Omar Khoshafa ’16, who has worked as a Muslim youth organizer in greater Boston, said that the pressures Muslims face today are prompting many “to see the struggles of others who came before us, like our fellow African-American brothers and sisters, and … to work at the grassroots together.”He noted that he helped to organize and took part in a Martin Luther King Jr. Day march against police brutality and that an end to Islamophobia was included in the demands of the march.“People saw it as an intertwined cause in the struggle,” he said.last_img read more


‘Brain-dead’ US boy regains consciousness one day before doctors set to pull plug

first_img“Five kids needed organs that matched him,” said Reindl.“It was unfair to keep bringing him back, because it was just damaging his organs even more.”A day before doctors were set to pull the plug, Trenton started showing signs of cognition. He believes he was in heaven while he was gone.READ MORE: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/world/brain-dead-us-boy-regains-consciousness-one-day-before-doctors-set-pull-plug He says he quickly threw his friend’s 4-year-old niece off into the grass, but in the process, got caught in the trailer as it flipped. Trenton says his friend pressed on the brakes suddenly, causing the trailer to flip. TVNZ One News 8 May 2018Family First Comment: Still want that euthanasia? We can live without it.www.protect.org.nzAn Alabama boy is being called a miracle after suffering severe brain trauma from a dune buggy accident. He came back to life after his parents signed the paperwork to donate his organs.Thirteen-year-old Trenton McKinley of Mobile was playing at a friend’s house two months ago.He was riding in a small utility trailer being pulled by a dune buggy for kids.center_img “I hit the concrete and the trailer landed on top of my head. After that, I don’t remember anything,” said Trenton. He was rushed to USA Medical Center for emergency surgery. He had seven skull fractures.“When he came back, they said he would never be normal again. They told me the oxidation problems would be so bad to his brain, that he would be a vegetable if he even made it.”For the next several days, Trenton was brain-dead and barely breathing. His parents were faced with a difficult decision. They signed the papers to donate his organs.last_img read more


Champions line up for England in Euro Nations Cup

first_img England Golf will field a team of champions in a bid to regain the European Nations Cup at La Reserva in Spain on 18th – 25th February. Double European Amateur champion Ashley Chesters (Hawkstone Park, Shropshire & Herefordshire), last year’s South American Amateur champion Paul Howard (Southport & Ainsdale, Lancashire), English champion Nick Marsh (Huddersfield, Yorkshire), and English Stroke Play champion Ben Stow (Rushmore, Wiltshire), will form the side aiming to complete a sixth victory in the early-season event. Chesters, 25, not only became the first English player to win the European Amateur title since 2004 when he triumphed at El Prat in Spain in 2013 but became the first player from any nation to win it twice when he successfully defended the title in St Andrews last summer. That success helped steer the England international to top spot in the Titleist/FootJoy England Golf 2014 Order of Merit following his joint second place in the Brabazon Trophy, third in the Hampshire Salver and fifth in the Welsh Open Stroke Play. He also won all four of his matches against France having made his England debut in 2012. Howard, 24, (image © Leaderboard Photography) won the South American title in Colombia last January and, like Chesters, enjoyed a successful 2014 on the fairways. He tied second in the Hampshire Salver, joint third in the St Andrews Links Trophy, equal seventh in the Lytham Trophy and the Welsh Open Stroke Play and reached the Amateur Championship quarter finals. It saw him finish third behind Chesters on the Order of Merit. Marsh, 20, won the 2014 English title at Saunton in August and it put the icing on a successful season in which he finished second on the Order of Merit. His other successes included runner-up in the Portuguese Amateur and the Scottish Open Stroke Play while he was a regular in the England team after making his debut in the 2013 Home Internationals. Stow, 23, currently at college in Kentucky, won the Brabazon Trophy at sunny Seaton Carew last June having also tasted victory on the US college circuit as well as sixth place in the Jones Cup. A full international for the past four years, he won the individual prize in the European Men’s Challenge Trophy in Iceland in 2012 and helped England to third place in last year’s European Men’s Team Championships in Finland. The European Nations Championship is contested over 72 holes of stroke play, with the best three cards each day counting towards the team event. An individual competition runs simultaneously with the Nations Championship. 8 Jan 2015 Champions line up for England in Euro Nations Cup last_img read more


Saints’ sniper earns player of week honour

first_imgThe Nelson Daily SportsSelkirk College forward Travis Herlein continues to be a force on the Saints, and for his scoring attributes, has now been recognized by the B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League as Player of the Week.The former Golden Rocket sniper led the Saints offensive four goals during a recent road trip through the Thompson/Okanagan.
Herlein, 21, scored twice during Selkirk’s 8-5 loss to Thompson Rivers University WolfPack.The next night Herlein netted another pair, including goal number three that brought the Saints to within a goal in a 4-3 loss to the Okanagan Coyotes.Herlein now leads the Saints in scoring with six goals for eight points in 10 games.Herlein finished the 2009-10 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season with 23 goals and 20 assists.The Saints are idle until November 27th when the team travels to the Lower Mainland to face Trinity Western and the University of the Fraser Valley.  [email protected]last_img read more


Beijing Debate: Men’s 400m Hurdles

first_imgKC: Can the 32-year-old ‘Batman’ Bershawn Jackson fly in the men’s 400m hurdles? Andre: He really needs to get rid of that stupid nickname, but besides that, he’s been the form athlete in what is usually a strong 400m hurdles field. Edwin Moses did win as a 32-year-old in 1987, and I think Bershawn Jackson can match that in Beijing. KC: He has been having a great season and with only one defeat, and with a season best of 48.09 seconds, he looks well set to go sub-48 seconds here as well. Andre: A gold medal for him would be a great story, too, after he came close to quitting the sport last season after he wasn’t able to get into any races due to a string of poor seasons, but still, he isn’t the only one doing well in this event. Johnny Dutch has also been impressive, and at 48.13, can also go sub-48 seconds here and pose a real threat. Also, he’s the last man to have beaten Jackson this year. KC: True, but among all the others who are doing well, the only one I think has an outside chance against Jackson is Michael Tinsley. After some personal problems, he seems to be getting things right, and I will not be surprised if he upstaged Jackson. Andre: I’m not sure Tinsley will finish in the top four! Problems or not, he simply isn’t running fast enough right now and will need to find a huge season best to be a factor for gold. His last and only really good race this year came in early June. That’s a long time ago. KC: Tinsley has done well over the years when it matters most. After being edged out by Jehue Gordon for the gold medal at the last Worlds, he will be even hungrier this time. He has the beating of this field and all respect to people like Javier Culson and Johnny Dutch, but I don’t see any of them ahead of Tinsley for second place. Andre: I’m going with form. I respect Tinsley’s experience, but Dutch is a top-three machine. I think we both agree Bershawn Jackson will win, but I’m picking Dutch to take second and The Bahamas’ Jeffery Gibson taking bronze. KC: Yes, Jackson will go 47 seconds and win his second title in 10 years, but he must be wary of Tinsley, who I pick for second place, with Javier Culson closing out the Trifecta.last_img read more


Now, Pak cricketers face tax scrutiny

first_imgThere is more trouble brewing for Pakistan’s national cricket team as the country’s Federal Bureau of Revenue has asked regional tax offices to submit details of the source of income of each player. Tax sleuths will be taking stock of the players’ income. Their earnings, bank accounts and ownership of vehicles, plots and properties will be under scrutiny. Players who do not file their tax returns regularly are likely to face the heat. Also under the scanner will be the team’s managers, selectors and other office-bearers.  The Federal Bureau of Revenue has decided to conduct a tax audit of the players and officials for the last five years. A bureau official said details have also been sought from the Pakistan Cricket Board regarding the money paid to the players.last_img read more