Jailed editor on hunger strike, appeal hearing postponed

first_img ChadAfrica Condemning abuses ImprisonedJudicial harassment “This journalist has been given a jail sentence on a trumped-up charge and has been held for months in the most abominable conditions, and now it seems that everything is being done to prevent him from getting a fair appeal hearing, which would inevitably result in his release,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “What with a special court taking over the case, a duly mandated lawyer barred from speaking, a hearing held in the prosecutor-general’s office and Martin Inoua Doulguet harassed to the point of endangering his health to make himself heard, this situation is extremely worrying. We call on the Chadian authorities to guarantee him due process, so that he can be released without delay.” Reports to go further March 2, 2020 Jailed editor on hunger strike, appeal hearing postponed October 7, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is extremely concerned about the circumstances in which Chadian newspaper editor Martin Inoua Doulguet’s appeal hearing began today in Ndjamena. One of Doulguet’s lawyers, Emmanuel Ravanas, who travelled from Paris to attend today’s hearing, described it as “hallucinating” to RSF and said he was not allowed to express his criticism of the way the appeal is being conducted. RSF_en November 27, 2020 Find out more News The case was initially registered with the first chamber of investigation but, without any reason being given, it has been transferred to a special chamber, the fourth, which is directly under the appeal court president’s control and in which the prosecutor-general intervenes. As Doulguet did not attend today’s hearing, the case has been adjourned until 12 March. The editor of the Ndjamena-based quarterly Salam Info, Doulguet was initially sued for libel by a former health minister for reporting the claims of a member of her family, who accused her of sexual assault. But, as press offences are not punishable by imprisonment in Chad and the authorities were clearly bent on jailing him, he was tried not only for libel but also for “association for the purpose of computer crime” although no evidence was ever produced to support this charge. Concerns about his health increased in December when RSF reported that he was sleeping on the ground in an improvised cell built by detainees, that he had no access to a clean shower and toilet, and that his visiting rights had been restricted. Since then, no effort has been made to improve his conditions. Last week, RSF also learned that someone has hacked into his Facebook account and deleted messages. Newscenter_img ChadAfrica Condemning abuses ImprisonedJudicial harassment Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Chad Receive email alerts Arrested last August, sentenced a month later to three years in prison on charges of libel and “association for the purpose of computer crime,” and detained in the most appalling conditions, Doulguet did not attend the opening of the hearing, which is being held before a special court. He has instead begun a hunger strike “in protest against the various forms of manipulation” to which his case has been subjected. News Chad is ranked 122nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. Le journaliste Martin Inoua incarcéré depuis le 16 août 2019. December 1, 2020 Find out more “In view of the way things are taking place, it is clear that they want to keep our client in prison,” said Ravanas, adding that he was thinking of going on hunger strike himself in solidarity with Doulguet.  The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Many historic publications threatened with closure in Chad Organisation Chadian radio stations on strike in protest against violent raidlast_img read more

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Wilinski, Forstner, Schmidt are IMCA winners at Shawano

first_imgThe Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod feature saw Andy Klosterman sneak by Max Oreskovich for the early lead.  SHAWANO, Wis. (Aug. 8) – The 2019 Shawano Speedway track champions were honored Saturday as part of the Night of Champions. The action on the track that evening saw the 2020 points battle heat up while heading towards the season’s end.   Wilinski began to pull away as Marcus Yarie and Lance Arneson gave chase. As the top three worked themselves free of the pack, Lucas Lamberies was slicing his way through the field. Wilinski proved up to the challenge, grabbing the feature win with Yarie finishing second.  In the IMCA Modified feature, Shawn Frelich and Jesse Peebles led the field to the line. Peebles grabbed the early advantage while Konnor Wilinski began his move forward after starting eighth. Wilinski captured the top spot a few laps later. Konnor Wilinski raced from eighth starting to win the Saturday IMCA Modified feature at Shawano Speed­way. (Photo by Turn 2 Photos) Klosterman looked well on his way to an impressive victory until a caution brought perennial frontrunner Jayden Schmidt to his back bumper. Schmidt used the restart to grab the top position and drive off to yet another feature win. It only took Chucky Forstner a couple laps to take the top spot in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature. Gary Kasperek applied the pressure on Forstner for the first half of the feature which went caution free. Jeremy Christians and Trent Nolan would battle it out for the runner-up spot with Nolan grabbing the spot behind Forstner.                                                                                                                   last_img read more

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Hunt scores twice to spark Leafs past Braves; Hawks, Bruins break even in feisty contest

first_imgSawyer Hunt scored twice to spark the Nelson Leafs to a 6-2 trashing of the Spokane Braves in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Saturday night in the Lilac City.Hunt, who came to Nelson in an off-season move from the Kimberley Dynamiters, scored twice in the second period to snap a 1-1 tie.The win allowed Nelson to gain a split during a two-game road swing to open the 2016-17 KIJHL season.Nelson lost 3-1 Friday in Fruitvale to defending Murdoch Division champion Beaver Valley Nitehawks.David Lenzin, 16-year-old Ryan Piva, Dale Howell and Sam Weber also scored for Nelson, which outshot the Braves 41-36.Hunt, Lenzin and Zach Morey all finished the game with two points.Jason Sandhu registered the win in goal for the Leafs. Nelson plays its home opener Friday when the Braves pay a return visit to the NDCC Arena.Game time is 7 p.m.Tight defence on display in Boundary CityThe two teams combined for 86 shots but could only muster two goals as Grand Forks and Beaver Valley played to a 1-1 tie Saturday in KIJHL action in the Boundary City.Jaxen Gemmell scored the tying marker five minutes into the third to pull the Hawks into the draw.Chad Grambo had scored in the first period to give the Border Bruins the early lead.Anthony Galliart was a busy man in the Bruins net as Beaver Valley fired 48 shots at the Grand Forks net.The contest, the home opener for the Bruins, was a feisty affair between the two division rivals as there were no less than 127 minutes in penalties handed out by referee Ross Macdonnell.Beaver Valley now leads the Murdoch Division with three points.Castlegar is winless in two starts after dropping a pair of Kootenay Conference games in Golden (5-2) and Kimberley (4-3).last_img read more

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Campbell playing for his QPR future today

first_imgDJ Campbell has been told today’s FA Cup clash with West Brom is a great chance to secure his future at QPR.The striker scored 10 goals during a loan spell at Ipswich, whose manager Mick McCarthy wants to sign him on a permanent basis this month.Several other Championship clubs have expressed an interest in Campbell, but Rangers boss Harry Rednapp wants to see him in action before deciding whether to let him leave Loftus Road.He will feature in this afternoon’s game – his first appearance for the R’s this season – having been frozen out under Redknapp’s predecessor Mark Hughes.And Redknapp said: “I’ve only liked him when I’ve seen him before. Hopefully he can come in and do it for us.“He works hard, scores goals and you can tell he’s a good lad. We’ve got a month to make our mind up.”Click here for our QPR v West Brom quizSee also:Redknapp wants Campbell back at QPRSeveral clubs keen on DJ Campbell Striker Campbell pays tribute to ‘brilliant’ Ipswich fansCampbell will feature against West 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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CAG: Cricketers are given incorrect income deduction benefit

first_imgSachin TendulkarThe woes of Indian cricket and its stars never seem to end. After their ungainly ouster from the World Cup, now it’s Sachin Tendulkar and Sunil Gavaskar who have been bowled a bouncer by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) for being given an incorrect benefit of income deduction,Sachin TendulkarThe woes of Indian cricket and its stars never seem to end. After their ungainly ouster from the World Cup, now it’s Sachin Tendulkar and Sunil Gavaskar who have been bowled a bouncer by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) for being given an incorrect benefit of income deduction as sportsmen. The tax department feels shortchanged by Rs 4.42 crore.The CAG report, tabled in Parliament on May 14, put the blame squarely on the I-T Department for giving incorrect allowance of deduction of income to both the players for their earnings from endorsements and from cricket commentaries. Tendulkar was allowed an aggregate deduction of Rs 8.89 crore on income from endorsements and publicity activities on the grounds that this was in foreign exchange. Sudha Krishnan, principal director-audit, CAG, says, “They said he is an artist but we say he is a model.”BCCI, the richest sporting body in India, has been passing itself off as a charitable organisation to avoid paying taxes. But according to the I-T Department, Tendulkar may have to cough up about Rs 3.5 crore in tax arrears while Gavaskar may be poorer by Rs 80 lakh. Both the players may appeal to the third umpire-the Central Board for Direct Taxes- but the chances of reprieve are slim.Tendulkar’s first brush with the taxmen came in 2002 when Fiat gifted him a Ferrari-360 Modena through Formula 1 ace Michael Schumacher. The master blaster was given tax exemption for importing the car, which created a furore. Fiat finally payed the dues to end the controversy.advertisementBCCI chief Sharad Pawar has also come down strongly on endorsements by cricketers, saying, “The system needs to be strengthened. I’ve asked players to submit their copies of old contracts.” Clearly, there seem to be taxing times ahead.last_img read more

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LIKE FATHER LIKE DAUGHTER

first_imgReferees John and Louise Frost are refereeing together at the 2006 NTL for the first time, but hopefully the first time of many.After gaining her level 4 qualification in December 2005, Louise is just 23 years old and is here at the Seniors 2006 NTL for the first time, while her father John is here for the third time.“It’s certainly a challenge being at the NTL, it gets you moving to your full potential and is also great for meeting lots of other referees you have heard about but don’t know,” said Louise.“I’ve also really enjoyed running water for other referees, it’s good to know you’re helping and that you’re positive for the referees on the sideline, encouraging them and so forth,” she said.After coming back from an overseas trip and being just a little low on money, John managed to convince Louise that refereeing was the answer to her financial needs.“We’ve refereed at park level together for a while, and I did need the exercise, so dad got me going and now we’re here,” Louise said.“I think that kids and young adults need to know refereeing is an excellent way to build confidence, before I started I was really shy, now I don’t shut up!”They may have started refereeing at park level, but John can see Louise continuing right through to a World Cup event.“I may be bias, but I believe my daughter can go all the way to World Cup competition, she is only 23 but she’s very mature and is becoming a very good referee,” John said.“I’m very proud of her, she’s strong and committed and has fun at the same time.”Louise is also quick to praise her father in the way he handles the players on the field.“He’s an excellent referee, the way he always gives it his all, his words are always wise and he runs really hard,” she said.While the father and daughter combo are yet to referee together at the NTL, it’s clear the example John has set for Louise and the lead she has to follow.last_img read more

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Tennessee Wideout Marquez North Suffers Knee Sprain

first_imgMarquez North of Tennessee Injured.Marquez North Tennessee Injury RumorYou can exhale, Tennessee fans. Junior wide receiver Marquez North is not sidelined for the season, despite what rumors suggested Wednesday night. North, one of the team’s top playmakers, instead is only suffering from a knee sprain and will be out of action for around one week. Both Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports and Brett McMurphy of ESPN confirmed the news Thursday morning.SOURCE: Speculation on #Vols big WR Marquez North possibly being injured & lost for the season is all false. He may be out 1 wk or less— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) August 13, 2015Tennessee WR Marquez North’s knee injury appears to only be a sprain source told ESPN— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) August 13, 2015North caught 68 balls for 816 yards and five touchdowns in 2014, but a shoulder injury sidelined him for most of the second half of the season. At 6-foot-4, 225 pounds, he has the potential to be a serious threat for the Volunteers.last_img read more

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$1.2 Billion Injected Into National Service Corps

first_img State Minister for Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, made the disclosure in his contribution to the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (May 8). The Government will be scaling up youth training and employment under the National Service Corps Programme (NSCP) through a massive financial injection of $1.2 billion this financial year. The Government will be scaling up youth training and employment under the National Service Corps Programme (NSCP) through a massive financial injection of $1.2 billion this financial year.State Minister for Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, made the disclosure in his contribution to the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (May 8).“Last year, we put $200 million into the National Service Corps programme. Because we are seeing the results, this year, it is budgeted that we will put, from the HEART Trust/NTA, $800 million, and from the World Bank a further $390 million into the programme,” he informed.The brainchild of Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, the NSCP aims to create an avenue for young people, aged 18 to 24, to be fully empowered through education, training and certification.It falls under the Government’s Housing, Opportunity, Production and Employment (HOPE) initiative, targeting job and training opportunities for unattached young people.Minister Green said that of the 6,345 applications received, a total of 4,762 youths have been trained in core skills and work-ready behaviours required by the labour market.Approximately 1,200 persons have been placed across 23 ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs), including the HEART Trust/NTA, Office of the Prime Minister; Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation; Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, National Land Agency; National Housing Trust; National Irrigation Commission; and the Ministry of Justice.Mr. Green said that an estimated $200 million has been spent under the programme from June 2017 to February 2018 for payment of stipend, rental of venue, training costs, meals and refreshments.He said the focus now is to transition the youth from training to employment, thereby creating a pathway for continued lowering of the youth unemployment rate.The latest report from the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) shows that the youth unemployment rate has declined to 23.8 per cent from 33 per cent when the Government took office in February 2016.“That is an almost 10 per cent drop; it’s not by chance,” Mr. Green said, crediting the decline to “a targeted and purposeful approach to youth unemployment” by the Government. Story Highlights “Last year, we put $200 million into the National Service Corps programme. Because we are seeing the results, this year, it is budgeted that we will put, from the HEART Trust/NTA, $800 million, and from the World Bank a further $390 million into the programme,” he informed.last_img read more

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Grains lower Livestock higher

first_imgCHICAGO — Grain futures were lower Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.Wheat for Mar. delivery was lost 9.20 cents at $5.1340 a bushel; Mar. corn was fell 2 cents at $3.7240 a bushel; Dec. oats was off 12.20 cents at $2.74 a bushel; while Jan. soybeans declined 10 cents at 8.8520 a bushel.Beef and pork were higher on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.Dec.live cattle rose .98 cent at $1.2050 a pound; Jan. feeder cattle was up 1.13 cents at $1.4738 a pound; Dec. lean hogs gained .67 cent at .6282 a pound.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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CEOs, Hollywood actors got kids to elite US colleges though bribes, fake photos!

first_imgBOSTON: Nearly 50 people, including actors Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin were charged on Tuesday in what federal authorities say was a $25 million scam to help wealthy Americans get their children into elite universities like Yale and Stanford. The most sweeping college admissions fraud scheme ever unearthed in the United States was masterminded at a small college-preparation company based in Newport Beach, California, prosecutors said. It relied on bribes to coaches, phony test takers and even doctored photos misrepresenting non-athletic applicants as elite competitors to gain admissions for the offspring of rich parents. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping”These parents are a catalog of wealth and privilege,” Andrew Lelling, the U.S. attorney in Boston, said at a news conference. “For every student admitted through fraud, an honest, genuinely talented student was rejected.” William “Rick” Singer, 58, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to charges related to running the scheme through his Edge College & Career Network, which charged from $100,000 to as much as $2.5 million per child for the services, which were masked as contributions to a scam charity Singer runs. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in Xinjiang”I was essentially buying or bribing the coaches for a spot,” Singer said as he pleaded guilty to charges including racketeering, money laundering and obstruction of justice. “And that occurred very frequently.” Dressed in a dark sweater blazer, wearing glasses, her hair in a ponytail, Huffman, best known for her role in the TV series, “Desperate Housewives,” was among around 20 defendants who appeared in a Los Angeles court. Many were slumped in chairs and one woman tried to hide her face. Huffman’s actor husband William H. Macy, known for roles in movies such as “Fargo” and the hit TV series “Shameless”, sat in the front row of court wearing a gray sweater coat. Magistrate Judge Alexander MacKinnon ordered Huffman’s release on a $250,000 bond before a March 29 hearing in Boston. All the defendants who appeared in the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles were likely to be released on bond, Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, said in an email. Macy has not been charged in the case, but Assistant U.S. Attorney Adam Schleifer told the court he was a “subject of the investigation.” Loughlin’s husband Mossimo Giannulli, a fashion designer known for his “Mossimo” brand, sat in court wearing a hooded sweatshirt and close-cropped hair. He was released on a $1 million bond. Loughlin, best known for her role in the ABC sitcom “Full House” and the recent Netflix sequel “Fuller House,” has also been charged. Huffman, Giannulli and Loughlin have yet to enter pleas. The case was the latest in a series of scandals that have rocked the high-stakes, high-stress world of admissions to top colleges. Prosecutors in Boston in recent years have also charged Chinese nationals with cheating on entrance exams, while the College Board, which administers the SAT tests, was rocked in 2016 by a security breach that exposed hundreds of questions planned for tests. Some 300 law enforcement agents swept across the country to make arrests in what agents code-named “Operation Varsity Blues.” Prosecutors have so far named 33 parents, 13 coaches and associates of Singer’s business. Other parents charged include Manuel Henriquez, the chief executive of specialty finance lender Hercules Capital Inc; Gordon Caplan, the co-chairman of international law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher; Bill McGlashan Jr., who heads a buyout investment arm of private equity firm TPG Capital; and Douglas Hodge, the former CEO of the investment management firm Pimco. Representatives for the companies, and for Huffman and Loughlin, either declined to comment or did not respond to requests for comment. The alleged masterminds of scam and parents who paid into it could all face up to 20 years in prison if convicted. On a call with a wealthy parent, prosecutors said, Singer summed up his business: “What we do is help the wealthiest families in the U.S. get their kids into school.” No students have been charged and authorities said some of them were unaware of the scams. Prosecutors said it was up to the universities what to do with students admitted through cheating. Yale University and the University of Southern California (USC) said that they were cooperating with investigators. “The Department of Justice believes that Yale has been the victim of a crime perpetrated by its former women’s soccer coach,” Yale said in a statement. The coach, Rudolph Meredith, resigned in November after 24 years running the women’s soccer team. Meredith, who is accused of accepting a $400,000 bribe from Singer, is due to plead guilty, prosecutors said. His lawyer declined to comment.last_img read more

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