Radio station director freed on bail after a month in prison

first_img BurundiAfrica RSF_en to go further Reporters Without Borders condemns leading radio journalist Bob Rugurika’s arbitrary detention for the past week and the charges brought against him, which include complicity in the murder of three Italian nuns last September.Rugurika is the director of Bujumbura-based Radio Publique Africaine (RPA), which is renowned for its investigative reporting and is Burundi’s most popular privately-owned radio station.He was arrested on the orders of a prosecutor and taken to Bujumbura’s main prison, Mpimba, on 20 January after initially receiving a summons to present himself to judicial officials for the stated purpose of providing “clarification” on his reporting.Rugurika is accused of complicity in the murder of the nuns, violating the confidentiality of a judicial investigation and “failing to show solidarity” – all in connection with RPA’s coverage of the triple murder. The charges carry a possible 20-year jail sentence.The station’s reporting implicated intelligence officials and included an interview with a person who confessed to being one of the perpetrators and who is still on the run. The confession embarrassed the police because they had claimed to have already arrested the perpetrators.“We strongly condemn Rugurika’s unjustified detention, which has the sole aim of pressuring him into revealing the identity of his contacts,” said Cléa Kahn-Sriber, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Africa desk.“These actions clearly reveal the Burundian justice system’s lack of independence from the government. Instead of actively investigating the triple murder, it has preferred to target a journalist who was just doing his job. Such behaviour is worrying for freedom of expression and information. This type of intimidation is likely to worsen in the electoral run-up. We call for Rugurika’s immediate release.”Two days after his arrest, Rugurika was transferred to Muramvya prison, 30 km outside the capital, where he spent the first day in solitary confinement. Since then, he has been allowed to receive visits from his lawyer and his family.His lawyer, Jean Bosco Ngendakuvwayo, told Reporters Without Borders: “ If he was summoned as a journalist for questioning about his news coverage, he should be charged as a journalist under the press law, not under the criminal code as is the case at the moment.”Ngendakuvwayo added that he is calling for his client’s “immediate and unconditional release” on the grounds that he is being held arbitrarily.Under Burundian law, Rugurika must be brought before a judge by 4 February to determine whether he will remain in detention.Burundi adopted a media law in 2013 that criminalizes certain kinds of reporting, including reporting involving national security, and makes it possible to force journalists to name their sources.Burundi is ranked 142nd out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. February 19, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Radio station director freed on bail after a month in prison Follow the news on Burundi Organisation October 21, 2020 Find out more November 27, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information Four Burundian journalists complete 12 months in arbitrary detention Newscenter_img After being held for four weeks, Radio Publique Africaine director Bob Rugurika was released on bail today from Muramvya prison and was greeted by a large crowd on his arrival in the capital. A Bujumbura appeal court had ordered his conditional release yesterday.“We are delighted that Bob Rugurika has been reunited with his loved-ones. Still, we we call on the Burundian authorities to drop all the absurd charges against him and stop it attempts to gag the media,” said Cléa Kahn-Sriber, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Africa desk.Freed on 15 million Burundian francs (8,400 euros) in bail, Rugurika will have to report to an investigating judge on the first Monday of each month and is forbidden to leave the country without permission. He is still facing the same four original charges. His lawyer said he is allowed to resume running his popular radio station.**********************************************************************A Bujumbura court today confirmed criminal charges against Radio Publique Africaine director Bob Rugurik a in connection with his coverage of the murder of three Italian nuns, and refused to hear a request by his lawyers for his provisional release.Detained since 22 January, Rugurika is facing a possible 20-year jail sentence on charges of complicity in the triple murder, harbouring criminals, violating the confidentiality of a judicial investigation and “failing to show solidarity.” “These charges have been maintained with the aim of gagging Burundi’s most popular news outlet,” said Cléa Kahn-Sriber, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Africa desk. “The decision sends a threatening message to all of Burundi’s journalists and constitutes a grave attack on freedom of information. We reiterate our call for Rugurika’s immediate release.”Journalists and civil society representatives staged a second demonstration yesterday in Bujumbura to show support for Rugurika and demand his release.At today’s hearing, the deputy prosecutor said Rugurika could not be granted a provisional release because he might contact people linked to the triple murder. Burundian appeal court upholds prison sentences for four journalists Receive email alerts News The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa ********************************************************************** Reports News BurundiAfrica June 5, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Funeral service for Sir Everton Weekes set  for Kensington Oval July 31

first_imgTHE funeral service for the late West Indies great Sir Everton Weekes will be held at the Kensington Oval in Barbados on July 31, according to media reports in Barbados. He is to be buried alongside greats Clyde Walcott and Frank Worrell on the University of the West Indies Cave Hill campus.Weekes, who made his debut for the West Indies in January 1948 and played 59 Tests in an illustrious career, died on July 1, 2020. Weekes, who was 95, had been ailing for some time after suffering a heart attack in early 2019.Dean at the St Michael’s Cathedral Reverend Jeffrey Gibson will do the sermon while Professor Hilary Beckles will read the eulogy. Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley is to read a lesson during the proceedings. Tributes to the great man will come from Cricket West Indies (CWI), the Barbados Cricket Association, The Legends of Barbados, The Empire Cricket Club, the Barbados Bridge Club as well as family members.It is hoped that members of the current West Indies squad will also be in attendance. The West Indies are expected to arrive back in the Caribbean on July 30.During the 1950s, Weekes, Walcott and Worrell formed a troika that helped provide the Caribbean side with the most intimidating batting line up in world cricket. However, Weekes the shortest of the three was the best of them averaging 58.61 during a career that lasted a decade before persistent injury forced his retirement in 1958.He scored 4455 Test runs that included 19 centuries and 19 fifties.In January 1949, Weekes set a record when he scored his fifth century in consecutive innings, a record that still stands today.(Sportsmax).last_img read more

Clonmel Celtic advance to last four of the FAI Junior Cup

first_imgClonmel Celtic have reached the last four of the FAI Junior Cup. They ran out comfortable winners in their game against City United of Sligo this afternoon. The full time score was Clonmel Celtic 2 City United 0, with goals from David Joyce and Sean O’Hara. Ronan Quirke was at the match for Tipp FM Sport, with the Tipp club going in at half time a goal ahead.  Clonmel Celtic’s joint manager Karl Condon praised his side’s defensive effort.last_img

Angels’ Kole Calhoun working to pull out of early-season slump

first_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter HOUSTON — Any hitter will tell you that slumps end one hit at a time.Kole Calhoun is hoping that his RBI single, which snapped a career-worst 0-for-20 rut, is the beginning of getting him out of an early-season hole.“It relieves some pressure for sure,” Calhoun said Tuesday, a day after his hit got the Angels on the board in a victory over the Houston Astros. “I made changes and adjustments. Sometimes it pays off right away and sometimes it doesn’t. You’ve just got to trust it. Once you get a little bit of success, it definitely helps.”It didn’t help much on Tuesday, though. Despite the big hit on Monday, he went hitless in four at-bats on Tuesday, with three strikeouts. He’s now hitting .180 with 25 strikeouts and three walks. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Upon reflection a day later, Scioscia said he was impressed with Anderson’s poise.“It speaks volumes to his concentration,” Scioscia said. “There are so many things that could have been a distraction to him last night. The game situation, the caliber of hitters he was facing, coming to Houston, a ballpark he grew up watching games in, and now he’s on the mound. He responded very well.“If he can filter out distractions like he did last night, there should be nothing that distracts him moving forward. If he keeps that focus, it’s going to go a long way toward helping him in his career.”ALSOMike Trout, who had been in center field for all but six of the innings the Angels had played this year, got a half-day off with a start at designated hitter on Tuesday night. …Matt Shoemaker (forearm strain) continued his throwing program on Tuesday, but Scioscia said it’s still too early to project when he might be able to progress to a mound. …Nick Tropeano will be pitching on Wednesday for the third time against the team that originally drafted him. Tropeano, who was traded to the Angels in the Hank Conger deal in 2014, has allowed four earned runs in 9-1/3 innings against the Astros. He last faced them in 2016, before undergoing Tommy John surgery.UP NEXTAngels (Nick Tropeano, 1-1, 3.75) at Astros (Justin Verlander, 3-0, 1.10), 11 a.m., Fox Sports West, KLAA (830 AM)Related Articles “It’s been tough lately,” he said. “This game sometimes doesn’t reward you for hard work. You’ve just got to keep going.”Manager Mike Scioscia said even before Calhoun’s big hit on Monday, he saw encouraging signs, like the line drive he hit to right field in the ninth inning of Sunday’s game. Although the ball was caught, it left Calhoun’s bat at 103 mph.“That was a great swing he put on it,” Scioscia said. “In batting practice, you are starting to see him get more comfortable in the things he’s doing. Hopefully, he’s getting more comfortable in the box.”IMPRESSIVE DEBUTScioscia said Justin Anderson’s major league debut on Monday night could be a positive sign for the 25-year-old’s future.Anderson, a Houston native, entered in the eighth inning of a game the Angels led 2-0. He had to face Josh Reddick, George Springer, José Altuve and Carlos Correa. Although Anderson gave up hits to Springer and Altuve, he struck out Correa to finish with a scoreless inning.last_img read more

Anthony Rendon is still sore, leaving him questionable for Angels’ opener

first_img Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Rendon felt tightness in his oblique during Wednesday’s intrasquad game. The Angels everyday players had the day off on Thursday, and Rendon didn’t play in any of the three intrasquad games over the weekend. Most of the other regulars were in the lineup for Monday’s game against the Padres in San Diego.If Rendon is unable to play this weekend, the Angels would likely go with David Fletcher at third, Maddon said.There are other possibilities, including Matt Thaiss at third. Maddon also said that there’s a chance that Luis Rengifo could be available, which could affect the lineup. Rengifo missed the start of camp and has also been dealing with a hamstring issue.Asked if Rendon could miss just a few days of the season, or if the injured list was a possibility, Maddon said he wasn’t sure. If a player starts the season on the 10-day injured list, it can only be retroactive three days, so the minimum he would miss would be seven days.“All I know is that he’s a little bit sore today,” he said. “It’s one of those things. Those types of injuries are so unpredictable. And I really don’t like to give finish lines for injuries.” Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Anthony Rendon’s availability for the Angels opener isn’t looking quite as promising as it was just a day earlier.Joe Maddon said on Monday afternoon that Rendon’s oblique was “a little bit sore today” and they had to “back off his work.”The Angels are set to open the season on Friday in Oakland, and Maddon was noncommittal about his readiness.“Knowing him, he’s going to want to play that first game,” Maddon said. “I can’t tell you for sure he’s out of it yet or how long he’s going to be out of it. He’s very motivated. It’s just that we’ve got to get past the soreness.” Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone TROUT’S MINDSETMike Trout said at the start of camp that he was uncertain about playing amid the coronavirus, but since then he has not expressed any concern about the matter to Maddon.Maddon said he and Trout had a heart-to-heart at the start of the camp, and “ever since that, frankly, he’s kind of like been better about things and he hasn’t asked me a whole lot of questions.”Maddon said Trout participated in some group conversations in which the coronavirus was addressed, but otherwise his talks with Trout have centered on baseball.Trout’s wife is due to deliver the couple’s first child early next month, leading to his reluctance to play. Even if Trout remains an active player the whole season, he is likely to miss at least a couple games at the time of the birth.LA STELLA AT FIRSTTommy La Stella got the start at first base on Monday night, as the Angels have continued to use him more often at that position in preparation for the season.The Angels’ other options to fill in at first when Albert Pujols is the DH or on the bench are Thaiss and Jared Walsh. La Stella is obviously the most accomplished hitter of that group, but he’s still inexperienced at first, so Maddon said it’s still not something they’d do regularly.“It’s just a matter of getting him comfortable,” Maddon said. “It’s not his favorite spot on the field. He’ll be the first to tell you that. But he’s such a team guy he’ll do it. At this point I don’t see as a regular thing but you’ll see it sporadically.”ALSOFelix Peña will start on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. The Angels had planned on Griffin Canning pitching Tuesday, but Canning and Dylan Bundy were each moved up a day to give the Angels options for Friday and Saturday in Oakland, in case Opening Day starter Andrew Heaney couldn’t pitch. Heaney felt back stiffness on Saturday, but said on Sunday he’s fine and  he expects to pitch on Friday…A day after Shohei Ohtani’s final intrasquad outing, Maddon said he was encouraged by his performance over five innings. “I though he pitched well,” Maddon said. “Definitely better command. It was obvious he wanted to work on his breaking pitches yesterday… I thought I looked really good and I was pleased with that and I thought he was too.”Related Articleslast_img read more

WNBA playoff field set, LA-Minnesota meet in first round

first_imgLindsay Whalen, center, smiles with her teammates during a ceremony honoring her last regular season game for the Minnesota Lynx Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018, in Minneapolis. Whalen scored 10 points in the final regular-season home game of her career. The Lynx closed the WNBA basketball season with a 88-83 victory over the Washington Mystics. (Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune via AP)NEW YORK (AP) — The WNBA playoffs are set after a wild, unpredictable regular season came to an end Sunday.As expected, Los Angeles and Minnesota will meet in the postseason for a third straight year. Unexpectedly, it’s in the first round.The two-time WNBA finalists finished a surprising sixth and seventh in the regular season and will face off in Los Angeles on Tuesday night.“Minnesota is a good team. You can throw records out the window right now,” Sparks coach Brian Agler said. “They have two of the elite offensive players in the league, one inside and one outside, they have veteran savviness, tough minded championship pedigree and we have played them enough, over 20 times in three years, so we know each other pretty well.”Phoenix will host Dallas, which earned the final playoff spot Friday, in the other first-round elimination game.“I mean, you obviously want to finish as high up as you can. There was a point there when we thought we were going to be in that top two, top four, but you have to win regardless. I think we’re playing well,” Phoenix guard Diana Taurasi said. “I think we found our groove a little bit on the things that we want to do. Getting a home game, but we still have to go out there and play hard and play really well to win.”Seattle and Atlanta earned byes to the semifinals by finishing first and second. The Dream clinched the No. 2 spot on the final day of the regular season. Washington and Connecticut earned first-round byes.“We are thrilled. There is a whole lot of parity in the league,” WNBA President Lisa Borders told the AP on Sunday night. “Clearly anyone can beat anyone on any given day. We are thrilled with the unpredictability.”Here are a few things to watch for in the opening round of the playoffs:ONE LAST RIDE: Minnesota Lynx point guard Lindsay Whalen announced she would retire after the season ended. She’s won four titles with the Lynx and hopes to have one more shot at a championship.The Lynx would have to beat Los Angeles and either Washington or Connecticut to get a chance to play at home again.“It was Lindsay Whalen’s last time at Target Center as a competitor in the WNBA during the regular season. I think we would all like to give her another chance to come back here but we’ll just take it one day at a time,” Minnesota coach Cheryl Reeve said.NEW LIFE: Dallas backed its way into the postseason, losing nine straight games before beating Las Vegas to reach the playoffs Friday.last_img read more

Plan Launched to Rename Richmond’s Boulevard for Tennis Great Arthur Ashe Jr.

first_img( – A new effort is underway to rename Richmond, Virginia’s Boulevard in honor of Richmond-born humanitarian and tennis great Arthur Ashe Jr.Richmond City Councilwoman Kim B. Gray says she plans to introduce legislation in September to change the street’s name to Arthur Ashe Boulevard.“I think it would be very appropriate to honor Arthur Ashe this way,” the 2nd District councilwoman said. “This could a first step in renaming streets in honor of other Richmond greats like civil rights icon [Dr.] Dorothy Height and [Black newspaper giant] John Mitchell whom the city has yet to recognize.”Gray said she is submitting the name change proposal at the request of the Ashe family. David Harris, nephew of the late Mr. Ashe, broached the idea at a recent civic group meeting in Scott’s Addition. The idea already has received significant attention. This would be the second time such a proposal has been before City Council.In 2003, 6th District Councilman Walter T. Kenney Sr.’s proposal to rename the Boulevard in honor of Mr. Ashe was rejected on a 7-2 vote. Ms. Gray is taking on the issue because a major portion of the Boulevard is in the 2nd District. She believes the proposal has a greater chance of success this time.She said she has heard from businesses and museums along the Boulevard that support the renaming. Gray also said she hopes Councilman Andreas Addison, whose 1st District borders a portion of the Boulevard, will join her in supporting the proposal. “I am open to exploring any and every opportunity to celebrate and remember Richmond’s historic leaders,” Mr. Addison stated Wednesday in a response to a Free Press query.“I support the public process to explore this renaming of Boulevard. I have not received any formal information or inquiry about this name change as of yet.” Fifth District Councilman Parker C. Agelasto did not respond to a request for comment by Free Press deadline. A small section of the Boulevard around Byrd Park falls into that district.Mr. Ashe, who is buried in a Henrico County cemetery, is honored with a statue on Monument Avenue, the first non-Confederate to have a monument on the street.He is the only Black man to win the singles title at the U.S. Open, Wimbledon and the Australian Open. Outside the sport, Mr. Ashe was an activist and humanitarian, winning recognition for his opposition to apartheid in South Africa and for opposing a U.S. crackdown against refugees from Haiti. He helped launch Virginia Heroes, a mentoring program for Richmond area youths, and started the Arthur Ashe Foundation for the Defeat of AIDS and the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health before his death on Feb. 6, 1993.Special to the Trice Edney News Wire from the Richmond Free Press Arthur Ashe Jr. last_img read more

Tokyo 2020 Olympics Deputy Head tests positive for Coronavirus

first_imgAdvertisement xj3NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsatr91Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E1( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 7zsg003Would you ever consider trying this?😱9xoi7nuCan your students do this? 🌚3ziRoller skating! Powered by Firework Kozo Tashima, the deputy chief of Japan’s Olympic Committee on Tuesday confirmed that he had contracted coronavirus. The news comes amidst the growing doubts over whether the Tokyo 2020 Games can go ahead according to its schedule because of the ongoing pandemic. However, the Japanese officials still insist that the event will take place in July-August despite the speculation that the quadrennial tournament might get postponed or even cancelled due to the outbreak of Covid-19.Advertisement “Today, my test result showed positive for the new coronavirus. I have a mild fever. Examinations showed a symptom of pneumonia, but I’m fine. I will concentrate on treatment following doctors’ advice,” said Tashima in a statement released by the Japan Football Association.Advertisement The 62-year-old said that he had been on a business trip since the last week of February, attending the annual general meeting of the International Football Association Board (IFAB) in Ireland, followed by a trip to Amsterdam on March 2nd for a UEFA meeting.“In Amsterdam and in Europe in early March, the level of nervousness against the novel coronavirus was not the same as now. Everyone was still doing hugs, handshakes and bises (cheek kissing)” he said in the statement.Advertisement Tashima then departed for the United States to watch the Japanese women’s football team participate in the SheBelieves Cup and also to lobby for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023, before returning home on March 8.“In the United States, too, the sense of crisis about the novel coronavirus was not as serious as now,” he said.While the Japanese FA staffs have been working from home since the outbreak, Tashima said that he visited the association premises several times last week and attended meetings. On Sunday, the former footballer experienced a mild fever along with chills and reported to a local public health centre on Monday where he told them about his travel history. His positive result came out on Tuesday.“I have chosen to face the illness as so many people are doing in Japan and around the world,” he added.The announcement of his illness came as a big blow to the organising committee who declared that the Olympic torch relay and the subsequent celebrations will be toned down to prevent further spread of the virus.Meanwhile, the flame has already been lit in Greece, and is expected to arrive in northern Japan on Friday.You may also like:Read why the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games could be postponed to the end of the year!Rumour killer: Cristiano Ronaldo HAS NOT turned his hotels into free for all hospitals in light of Coronavirus! Advertisementlast_img read more

Soccer Saturday marks official opening for Nelson Youth Soccer

first_imgNelson Youth Soccer runs from April to June before taking the summer off.The association returns to the pitch in September before concluding the year with playoffs in early October.Rep teams are busy attending tournaments before gearing up for the Kootenay Provincial B Cup playoffs in June.The BC Soccer Provincial B Cup Boy’s tournament is July 4-7 in Prince George.The girl’s event is the same time in North Vancouver. Nelson Youth Soccer officiall kicked off its 2013 outdoor season with Soccer Saturday at the Lakeside Pitch.House teams from the younger divisions took over the fields for opening week games.last_img read more

Lack of investment in aging U.S waterways threatens $72 billion in GDP growth

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest U.S. farmers have enjoyed a competitive advantage in accessing the global export market with their products, but continued underinvestment in the aging inland waterways system will limit U.S. agricultural exports, and during the next 25 years, could put more than $72 billion in additional GDP and 77,000 new jobs at risk, a new report from Agribusiness Intelligence found.That independent report, Importance of Inland Waterways to U.S. Agriculture, was commissioned by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service earlier in the year from Agribusiness Intelligence.“The U.S. is in direct competition with Brazil for its agricultural export business, particularly for corn and soybeans — two of our largest exports, therefore, infrastructure investments can have a tremendous impact upon a farmer’s profitability,” said Ken Eriksen, senior vice president of Agribusiness Intelligence’s consulting business and lead author of the study. “Multinational corporations, including Chinese companies, are making significant investments in the Brazilian grain and soybean transportation and handling systems. While U.S. farmers currently have a cost advantage, if not addressed, U.S. infrastructure problems will erode that advantage, making U.S. grain and soybeans less competitive in global markets.”The U.S. inland waterways system, much of which was built during the 1920s and 1930s, comprises the navigable areas of the upper and lower Mississippi River, the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River, the Missouri River, the Illinois and Ohio River systems, the Tennessee River, and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. These waterways feed the Center Gulf, Mississippi River export grain complex of elevators that extend from Baton Rouge, La., through New Orleans to Myrtle Grove, La. This region handles 57% of U.S. corn export volumes valued at $4.8 billion, and 59% of U.S. soybean exports valued at $12.4 billion.“U.S. agriculture has long been the envy of the world, not only for its yields, but also due to its ability to move grains, soybeans and other products to the global marketplace in a competitive, efficient and reliable manner thanks to a robust and expansive inland waterways transportation infrastructure,” Eriksen said. “However, that infrastructure is quite old — many of the locks are 80 years of age and far exceed their 50-year designed lifespans. The U.S. inland waterways infrastructure needs major rehabilitation and construction to restore it to its full capability, to forestall major disruptions, and provide opportunities for growth,” Eriksen said.The Agribusiness Intelligence study examined three scenarios that included potential impacts of reduced investment for U.S. waterways, maintaining the status quo of less than 2% growth, or increased investment of $6.3 billion during the next 10 years to help facilitate future export potential.Currently, appropriated funds, which are considered maintaining the status quo, do not enable the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to keep pace with barge-volume traffic, let alone growth or infrastructure maintenance and improvements needs, the study found. As a result, the percentage of vessels delayed on all waterways has increased from 35% in 2010 to 49% in 2017, which, in turn, adds to the total shipping cost.Relative to the status quo scenario, the report estimates that by 2045, if inland waterway infrastructure is fully funded to meet the volume, maintenance and upgraded needs, employment will increase 20% to 472,000 jobs and the contribution to U.S. GDP would expand 39% to nearly $258 billion.last_img read more