Court defers decision on fate of imprisoned journalist Moussa Kaka

first_img to go further News NigerAfrica RSF_en May 11, 2021 Find out more September 16, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Court defers decision on fate of imprisoned journalist Moussa Kaka Niger: Two journalists arrested in disturbing setback for press freedom Follow the news on Niger Help by sharing this information News Receive email alerts July 16, 2020 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders called on Niger’s judicial authorities to uphold an investigating judge’s decision to drop all charges against imprisoned journalist Moussa Kaka after a Niamey court began today to hear the department of public prosecution’s appeal against the decision, and then adjourned until 7 October for further consultation.“We now place all our trust in the appeal court judges, who clearly acted with prudence today,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Anything that tends to keep Kaka in prison seems to be dubious, as the senior investigating judge concluded his investigation by ruling that Kaka should not be prosecuted. We think that was an authoritative decision, one that should not be challenged unless the aim is to keep Kaka in prison by any means possible.”In today’s hearing, the prosecutor-general requested that the charge against Kaka be changed to a lesser one of “actions liable to harm the national defence,” which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a heavy fine, and that the case be sent before a criminal court. Requesting confirmation of the investigating judge’s 23 July decision to drop all charges, Kaka’s lawyers opposed the proposed new charge on the grounds that, under the law cited by the prosecutor, it can only be used in “time of war.” The government insists that Niger is not at war and that the rebels operating in the north of the country are just “armed bandits.”The director of privately-owned Radio Saraounia and Niger correspondent of Radio France Internationale and Reporters Without Borders, Kaka was arrested in Niamey on 20 September 2007 on a charge “complicity in a conspiracy against state authority,” which carries a possible life sentence.The public prosecutor claimed that the phone calls Kaka made in the course of his reporting with one of the leaders of the Niger Movement for Justice (MNJ), a Tuareg rebel group, were evidence of “conniving” with the rebels. Reporters Without Borders called on Niger’s judicial authorities to uphold an investigating judge’s decision to drop all charges against imprisoned journalist Moussa Kaka after a Niamey court began today to hear the department of public prosecution’s appeal against the decision, and then adjourned until 7 October for further consultation. November 27, 2020 Find out more The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Organisation Reports NigerAfrica The conviction of Niger newspaper editor Moussa Aksar is an attack on investigative journalismlast_img read more

Ailing Tory Reform Group to merge with OUCA

first_imgOXFORD’S Tory Reform Group looks set to disband and merge with OUCA after the President-Elect resigned last week.President-Elect Thomas Hardman said that the Conservative Party’s move towards the political centre under David Cameron had removed the need for a Tory Reform Group.In an email to members, the group’s current President Luke Connoley wrote, “Next Sunday there will be an Extraordinary General Meeting of the OUTRG. It has been called to discuss and take a vote on the potential dissolution of the OUTRG as a society.“The discussion will be centred around the idea, not of simple dissolution of the TRG, but of a merger with OUCA in the name of unity of Conservatism at Oxford.”Connoley said that membership of the Tory Reform Group has substantially declined in recent years. He said, “When I first got involved two years ago, attendance at meetings was 20-25 people. Now we’re lucky to get five. There was a lack of interest at this year and last year’s Fresher Fair and we only had one person turn up to the Freshers’ drinks party. We thought if the interest wasn’t there, we should do something about it.“My decision to resign was largely influenced by change within the Conservative movement in general… To have two Conservative groups proclaiming similar messages in the University is simply not a sustainable situation, and this was reflected in a steady decline in membership over the last two years. After private discussions with other committee members who felt the same, I took the decision to resign in order to force change.“We feel OUTRG members will feel at home in OUCA, especially as it has become more liberal and less reactionary than in the past,” he added.Connoley is, however, disappointed that the society has to close.  “I think it’s a great shame, though,” he said. “OUTRG has been around for over 40 years and led the discussion on liberal Tory values. If either the national Conservative party or OUCA go towards the right, we could always consider reforming.”OUCA President Alex Stafford welcomed the merger, saying, “Personally, I’ve always believed that it’s silly having two societies trying to achieve the same thing. We’re happy that they’re coming to join us as we can pool our resources to achieve greater things.”last_img read more

Around Whittier

first_img Community altar headed to center PICO RIVERA — Starting Monday, residents can begin bringing photographs and mementos to include in a community altar for the Dia De Los Muertos Iconic Mexico exhibit at the Pico Rivera Centre for the Arts, 9200 Mines Ave. The exhibit will be open from Oct. 29 to Nov. 23. It will feature the community altar and other altars by artists Sandra Gonzalez, Victor Hoare and Abel Sanchez. The arts center is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 1 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call (562) 801-4300. Bridge to remain closed for inspection PICO RIVERA — The Rosemead Boulevard bridge between Gallatin Road and San Gabriel Boulevard remained closed Wednesday and Caltrans officials said it will stay closed indefinitely. Officials need to pump out water, released from the San Gabriel River during Monday’s rainstorm, from under the bridge before they can assess damage to the footings that support the structure, officials said. Motorists were advised to use the north-south San Gabriel River (605) Freeway as an alternate route. Author Jeanne Lazo featured speaker MONTEBELLO — Jeanne Lazo, author of several books and resource guides, will speak at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Montebello Library, 1550 W. Beverly Blvd. Lazo of La Mirada is the author of “If Looks Could Kill,” written for intermediate school-age readers, and is a workshop leader for the fiction/nonfiction section of the Writers’ Club in Whittier. Her Saturday lecture will reveal the nitty gritty of how to create villains, victims and vile plots. For more information, call (562) 696-5102. Costco store holds opening in La Habra LA HABRA — The grand opening of the new Costco Warehouse store, 101 N. Beach Blvd., will be held at 8 a.m. Oct. 26. A brief ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 7:30 a.m., with comments from store manager Penny Chaussee and La Habra Mayor Steve Anderson. The new Costco will offer specialty services such as a gas station and an on-site optometrist and pharmacist. The store has also hired more than 400 employees. For more information, call (562) 905-9700. — From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week WHITTIER — The Whittier Public Library, 7344 S. Washington Ave., will hold a program explaining the Mexican tradition Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) at 7 p.m. Nov. 1. Martin Espino will discuss this unique holiday, including its ancient origins, special food, traditions and language, and how it relates to people today. High school students will make traditional gourd rattles and will recreate the sounds of ancient Mexico. An alter will be available for offerings during the day. Refreshments will be served after the program. Sign language interpreters are available for library guests with 72 hours of advance notice. For more information, call the library at (562) 464-3450. NORWALK — The annual “Ghosts, Goblins & Goodies” Halloween festival will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 31 on the Civic Center Lawn at Norwalk City Hall, 12700 Norwalk Blvd. Halloween Festival 2005 is the City’s alternative to door-to-door Halloween trick-or-treating. Activities will include free game booths, a Teen Frightmare area, music and crafts. Food will be sold also. For more information, call (562) 929-5702. Martin Espino to talk on Mexican traditionlast_img read more

ChompStack Aims to Bring Restaurant Owners to the Mobile Web

first_img9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… If you carry a Web-enabled phone and you like to eat, chances are it’s happened to you. You’re out. You’re hungry. You want to check out a new restaurant nearby, or perhaps you’re visiting another city. You pull out your phone to search for a restaurant. Even if you use a fancy, location-based app like Yelp or UrbanSpoon, you still want to see what’s on the menu. So you click through to the restaurant’s site, and… nothing. Turns out, the restaurant owner paid some kid who knew Flash to built a slick website for them five years ago that has no chance of loading on the BlackBerrys and iPhones of today.EnterChompStack. Like other tools we’ve covered, ChompStack is a Web-based, WYSIWYG tool for building mobile websites, but one that was designed for restaurant owners specifically. Much like the desktop Web before it, the mobile Web continues to explode, but not every restaurateur has the resources to hire a developer to build them a mobile-friendly site.Recognizing these realities, ChompStack CEO Steven Wei set out to build a product he could market to restaurant owners and take the heavy lifting out of building mobile Websites for an industry that can’t afford to miss out on mobile opportunities. From one simple back-end interface, ChompStack customers can manage menus, pricing information, promotional deals, locations and other business details. Adding static pages, Google Maps directions and a click-to-call phone number is matter of a few clicks. The control panel also enables customization of branding and color scheme, as well as a site preview tool for those who may not have brand new iPhone 4, Droid X and BlackBerry Bold handsets laying around the kitchen. Crucially, CompStack integrates with social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook, Yelp and OpenTable. The service starts at $15 per month for single-location restaurants, $30 for those with multiple locations or $45 for larger chains. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Tags:#biz#Reviews center_img john paul titlow Related Posts 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnoutlast_img read more

Antetokounmpo Scores Career-High 44, Says “This is for Daddy”

first_imgMILWAUKEE (AP) — After scoring a career-high 44 points, Giannis Antetokounmpo wrote a note on the game ball.“This is for daddy. We got a win tonight,” the 22-year-old Milwaukee Bucks player said, remembering his father, Charles, who died last month at age 54.Antetokounmpo scored 17 points in the fourth quarter, including a dunk that put Milwaukee ahead 111-110 with 11 seconds to go.After a timeout, Damian Lillard found Jusuf Nurkic running open down the lane, but Antetokounmpo blocked his shot at the basket, sending the 7-foot center crashing to the floor.The FULL highlights as Giannis goes for a career high 44 points against the Blazers!! #FearTheDeer— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) October 22, 2017Antetokounmpo, starting his fifth NBA season, made 17 of 23 shots with eight rebounds and four assists as Milwaukee kept pace with a Portland team that had dominated its first two opponents. The Bucks star is averaging 38.3 points through three games, up from 22.9 last year, 16.9 in 2015-16 and 12.7 in 2014-15.“Seventy-nine more. This is just the beginning,” he said, thinking about how many regular-season games remain.After Nurkic was rejected at the basket, Khris Middleton was fouled and made both free throws.“They committed two guys to Dame, so somebody was going to be open,” Portland coach Terry Stotts said, referring to Lillard. “Turned out to be Nurk but they made a really good defensive play.”Lillard scored 26 points, including 16 in the fourth quarter. CJ McCollum also scored 26, and Nurkic had 17 points and 11 rebounds. Tony Snell scored 17 points and Middleton added 16 for Milwaukee.Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo reacts after making the go-ahead basket against Portland Trail Blazers during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)Portland trailed 108-101 when Nurkic sparked a 9-1 run with a pair of baskets. Lillard made a 3-pointer and then a pair of free throws to put the Blazers ahead 110-109 with 57 seconds left.“I wish I could replay it, but it’s tough when you lose,” Nurkic said.Milwaukee used an 11-4 run midway through the fourth quarter to open a 106-99 lead on Malcolm Brogdon’s fast-break layup off a bounce pass from Antetokounmpo.FRUSTRATING EVENINGPortland’s Evan Turner spent much of his 32 minutes on the court attempting to guard Antetokounmpo. “I was comfortable with everything,” Turner said. “If I made him take 10 dribbles in the post, made him spin two or three times and he makes the shot, there’s nothing you can ask for. He got on a roll, hit some jumpers, had a great night. I guarded him the same way every time.”BACK AND FORTHThe game had 10 lead changes and was tied 15 times.DIFFERENT APPROACHESPortland made 11 of 27 3-point attempts. Milwaukee had 54 points in the paint to the Blazers’ 26.TIP-INSTrail Blazers: Stotts was the Bucks’ coach from 2005-07 and was an assistant from 1998-02.Bucks: C Greg Monroe’s foul on Cleveland G Derrick Rose on Friday night was upgraded by the league to a flagrant 1 from a common foul.UP NEXTTrail Blazers: Portland plays its home opener Tuesday against New Orleans.Bucks: Milwaukee is home against Charlotte on Monday.JOE DiGIOVANNI, Associated PressTweetPinShare33 Shareslast_img read more

Position Vacant: Sport Operations Manager

first_imgIf you are looking for a thrilling career in one of the biggest participation sports in the nation, we have the role for you!We are seeking a Sport Operations Manager in our Australian Capital Territory Office.The successful applicant will be responsible for leading participation growth at all levels of the game, developing a representative pathway as well as the provision of education and training for coaches and referees throughout the Touch Football ACT community.If you would like to be considered for this position, candidates are requested to provide a Curriculum Vitae and a two page letter of introduction addressing the role’s selection criteria. Please note that a strong desire to work in the sporting industry and any supporting comments aligned to the position description, will be highly regarded.For further information and to lodge your application for this career opportunity, please email [email protected] close Tuesday 7th February 2017 at 9am AEDT. For any questions call 02 6212 2800.last_img read more

10 months agoSao Paulo defender Rodrigo Caio missed Barcelona move over medical concerns

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Sao Paulo defender Rodrigo Caio missed Barcelona move over medical concernsby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSao Paulo defender Rodrigo Caio underwent a Barcelona medical – though missed out on a move this week.Globoesporte says Caio underwent a medical with a Barcelona club doctor who was sent to Brazil, following concerns which previously saw Atletico Madrid and Valencia having pulled out of deals for the 25-year-old.The physical condition of the defender eventually led Barcelona to instead opt for Jeison Murillo, who joined the club on loan from Valencia on Thursday.The deal for Caio would have been a free loan move with an obligatory purchase option worth €15m. last_img read more

Star Jones Appointed President Of National Association Of Professional Women

first_imgThe National Association of Professional Women has announced the appointment of Star Jones as President of the largest professional women’s networking organization in the country effective June, 2014.Star Jones Appointed As President of National Association of Professional Women Ms. Jones, who is best known as an Emmy Award-nominated TV host, attorney, best-selling author and former New York City homicide prosecutor, has served as Chief Development Officer and National Spokesperson for NAPW representing the organizations over 600,000 memberships.“Through her many achievements, outstanding accomplishments and excellent leadership, I am very pleased and honored to announce the promotion of Star Jones, Chief Development Officer and National Spokesperson to President and National Spokesperson of NAPW,” said Matthew Proman, founder and CEO.As a representative for over 600,000 members and nearly 300 Local Chapters, Ms. Jones is responsible for the overall expansion, integration and implementation of NAPW’s development and programming strategy. Within the span of one year, Ms. Jones helped Mr. Proman lead a team that successfully increased the professional women’s membership over 50% (from 400,000 members to over 600,000). She also boosted Local Chapter involvement while touring Local Chapters around the country and advocating for professional networking and supporting women’s success in business, career and life. Additionally, Ms. Jones hosted the 2014 NAPW National Networking Conference and created the NAPW Foundation – a 501c3 federally recognized philanthropic initiative that benefits several nonprofit organizations, including Dress For Success, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Girls Inc. and the American Heart Association, for which she serves as their nonprofit National Volunteer.“NAPW defines success as ‘owning your own power,’” said Ms. Jones. “I am proud and honored to be the President of such a diverse, all-encompassing professional women’s networking organization. The development team and I have worked diligently to create and strengthen our already successful professional platform. As President of NAPW, I hope to further develop effective, efficient and high-quality benefits and access to our expert networking systems for our members as well as to expand the organization’s future success. 2014 is our Year of Action!”The National Association of Professional Women provides an exclusive, highly advanced networking forum to successful women executives, professionals and entrepreneurs where they can aspire, connect and achieve. Through innovative resources, unique tools and progressive benefits, professional women interact, exchange ideas, advance their knowledge and empower each other.For additional information regarding NAPW, click here.last_img read more

Hudsons Bay Co says Saks Fifth Avenue stores affected by data breach

first_imgTORONTO – Hudson’s Bay Co. is the latest Canadian company to be hit with a data breach, saying that customer payment card information may have been stolen from shoppers at certain Saks Fifth Avenue, Saks Off Fifth and Lord & Taylor stores in North America.A spokesperson for retailer would not comment on whether any specific Canadian locations were affected, but did say there is no indication the breach affects any of HBC’s other digital platforms, Hudson’s Bay stores or Home Outfitters locations.HBC released little information on the breach itself on Sunday, but a New York-based cybersecurity firm said it had analyzed the available data and found that information from five-million credit cards had been compromised.Gemini Advisory LLC said in a report that the information was stolen from 83 Saks Fifth Avenue or Saks Off Fifth stores, and from all Lord & Taylor locations.The firm found that three Canadian Saks locations were exposed to the breach: Sherway Gardens in Toronto, Bramalea City Centre in Brampton, Ont. and Pickering Town Centre in Pickering, Ont.Dmitry Chorine, the co-founder of Gemini Advisory, said his firm works to improve response to data breaches by analyzing stolen data that appears on the so-called dark web.Chorine said the firm started looking into the breach when they noticed an influx of stolen credit and debit card information being offered for sale on the dark web last week.Upon analyzing the data, Chorine said they were able to determine that shoppers at all Lord & Taylor and at certain Saks Fifth Avenue locations were at risk of having their information stolen.“On March 28, we saw a significant spike of stolen credit cards offered for sale on one of the marketplaces,” said Chorine.“When we checked, we saw there was an advertisement stating that more than five-million credit and debit cards will be offered for sale, and that’s when we decided to research this particular breach.”The data that Chorine and his team found was being offered on a dark web marketplace operated by a hacking group called JokerStash, which Chorine says has been active in hacking retail and hospitality companies for the past three years.Gemini Advisory said Sunday that it had found data that had been stolen from as early as March 2017, and as late as March 2018.He said that only certain Saks Fifth Avenue locations were affected because the outlet was in the process of switching from card-swipe technology to EMV chip technology, which is already commonly used in Canada.Stores that had already implemented chip machines would likely not be exposed to the data breach, Chorine said.Chorine urged any consumers who had shopped at Saks Fifth Avenue or Lord & Taylor stores in the past year to take preventative measures against fraud.“They should probably call their banks and replace their cards,” said Chorine. “That would probably be the best preventative action they could take, instead of just waiting.”For now, HBC is asking clients to review their account statements for activity or transactions they don’t recognize.The company said it’s investigating and taking steps to contain the attack, and clients will not be responsible for any fraudulent charges as a result of the breach.It said it will offer free identity protection services to those affected once they learn more about the breach.last_img read more

Pension fund executive returns to politics to run for Coalition Avenir Quebec

first_imgDRUMMONDVILLE, Que. – A high profile Quebec businessman is leaving his post with Quebec’s pension fund manager to run for the Coalition Avenir Quebec.The party has confirmed Christian Dube will run in the Montreal-area riding of La Prairie.Dube, 61, will be replacing former party president Stephane Le Bouyonnec, who unexpectedly quit both the race and his position with the party last week.Dube previously represented the Levis riding in the legislature between 2012 and 2014, before resigning to become executive vice-president of the Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec.He is known as a strong advocate for reducing the size of government and its place in the economy.last_img read more