Reporters Without Borders demonstrates against President Kagame’s visit to Paris

first_img February 13, 2020 Find out more RwandaAfrica RwandaAfrica to go further Organisation A score of Reporters Without Borders activists demonstrated outside the Hotel Ritz in Paris at 8 a.m. today in protest against Rwandan President Paul Kagame’s visit to France. Kagame was due to have breakfast with a delegation of French businessmen in the hotel this morning.Wearing red gags to symbolize violations of freedom of expression in Rwanda, the demonstrators brandished umbrellas with the words “Kagame predator” and placards saying “Kagame predator in Paris!” and “France – Rwanda, no freedom, no contract.” The police took their names and moved them away from the hotel.“France seems to take pleasure in inviting predators of press freedom,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard said. “It rolled out the red carpet for former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2007. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was invited on the French national holiday, 14 July, in 2008. Paris was host to Chinese President Hu Jintao last November. Today Paul Kagame is being welcomed and we are supposed to say nothing?“The climate for the media in Rwanda is so oppressive that the country is gradually losing its journalists. Those that do not flee abroad either censor themselves or are arrested. Two women journalists are currently serving sentences of 7 and 17 years in prison. A journalist was gunned down outside his home in Kigali in 2010. The remaining critical media are harassed or have gone into exile.”Rwanda is ranked 169th out of 178 countries in the latest Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. This is Africa’s third worst ranking. Only Eritrea and Sudan are below it in the index. President Kagame has been on the Reporters Without Borders list of “Predators of Press Freedom” for years.More information on media freedom in Rwanda.Photo : AFP) BBC Africa’s “disproportionate and dangerous” dismissal of a journalist Help by sharing this information Reports News April 6, 2020 Find out morecenter_img November 27, 2020 Find out more The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Receive email alerts Follow the news on Rwanda RSF_en News News Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent September 13, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders demonstrates against President Kagame’s visit to Parislast_img read more

Bid out Puerto Rico work to get it done

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionNow that an obscure Montana contractor with suspicious political connections has been dismissed as the developer for a new power system in devastated Puerto Rico, I think it’s time for Congress to seek bids for the contract. This would legitimize the entire project and give GE, among others, the opportunity to do what they do best and the reconstruction would be done right. At what cost? Well, at least at the cheapest available. And it would save our neglected territory, as well as our reputation.How this will fare, as well as that of needed national infrastructure spending, in the face of the proposed corporate tax cuts remains to be seen.David ChildsJohnstownMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFeds: Painting stolen by Nazis and found at Arkell Museum returned to familyTroopers: Colonie man dies in Montgomery County Thruway crashEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

Gayle makes shock move to St Kitts Patriots

first_imgBASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC) – St Kitts Patriots announced yesterday their stunning acquisition of Twenty20 batting sensation Chris Gayle from the Jamaica Tallawahs for the next season of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL).The transfer means that the talismanic left-handed opener has cut ties with the Tallawahs, the CPL franchise based in his native Jamaica, which he has twice led to the title, including last year.It is a move that is likely to shift the balance of power in the fledgling T20 league and gives the Patriots the competitive edge they have lacked since they replaced the Antigua Hawksbills in the league two years ago.There was no hint that such a seismic shift was about to happen, as Gayle was essentially billed as the heart and soul of the Tallawahs over the previous four seasons and he expressed his gratitude to the franchise for the support it had given over the last four years.“I am a proud Jamaican and I loved representing the Tallawahs,” said Gayle. “I would like to thank the owners and management who have been brilliant to work with, my teammates who always gave me 100 per cent support, and of course, the Jamaican fans who made Sabina Park such a special home ground for me.”Gayle is the biggest box office draw in the shortest version of the game, with his 9 777 runs for West Indies, Tallawahs, Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League and other teams around the world, the most of any player in the format.“Moving to St Kitts is a move which hugely excites me at this time,” he said. “As with all franchise leagues, there is always the opportunity to move from one team to another and I am looking forward to joining the Patriots for the upcoming season.”No doubt his move to the self-titled ‘Sugar City’ of Basseterre, the capital of the island federation of St Kitts & Nevis, has the owners of the Patriots cock-a-hoop.“We are overjoyed to have Gayle join the franchise,” said Uday Nayak, part owner and team principal of the Patriots. “I would like to welcome one of the world’s greatest batsmen to the Patriots squad for the forthcoming CPL season. This is a transfer I am certain will capture the imagination of our many fans in St Kitts, the Caribbean and beyond.“Chris’ record is phenomenal, not just in the West Indies, but across the cricketing world. He has a reputation that is revered everywhere and is the kind of player who will drive our team forward.“This is one of the biggest transfers in CPL history and I know from speaking with Chris that he is motivated to do well for his new franchise. Success has followed Chris throughout his career and we as owners will give him and the team our full support to achieve similar success for the Patriots in 2017.”The next CPL season is scheduled for between June and August next year.last_img read more

Sarri relief as Chelsea book Europa final clash with Arsenal

first_imgChelsea took the lead in the semi-final second leg thanks to Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s first half strike at Stamford Bridge.But Luka Jovic equalised soon after the interval as a tense clash finished 1-1 after extra time and 2-2 on aggregate.Cesar Azpilicueta’s penalty was saved by Kevin Trapp in the shoot-out, but Kepa kept out Martin Hinteregger’s effort and then turned away Goncalo Paciencia before Eden Hazard slotted home the decisive kick to spark wild celebrations.It was a sweet moment of redemption for Kepa after he was widely criticised for his astonishing mutiny in the League Cup final against Manchester City when he refused to be substituted before the Blues lost on penalties.A relieved Sarri conceded Chelsea found it hard to control the game and needed some good fortune to avoid a shock exit.“We played a very good first half. Then in the first part of the second half, we went in trouble. We were passive in the defensive phase, so we conceded the goal, 10 minutes of panic,” he said.“In extra-time we were really tired. After 60 matches to play 120 minutes it’s really very difficult.“There is no preparation for penalties because you can kick very well in the training ground but then the pressure is different.“We have to recover energy because we are really very tired.”Hazard also relished his crucial contribution in what could be his last kick at the Bridge amid rumours of a close-season move to Real Madrid.“I am only thinking to win something for this club,” said Hazard when asked if the final will be his last game for the club.“If it is my last game I will try to do everything. In my mind I don’t know yet.”Having already qualified for next season’s Champions League when they guaranteed a top-four finish in the Premier League last weekend, Chelsea can bring an uplifting end to Sarri’s troubled first season by winning the Europa League.Former Napoli boss Sarri this week claimed Chelsea “deserve” to win a trophy this season and the Italian is now one victory away from the first major prize of his managerial career.However, Sarri is not happy that Chelsea will play a friendly in the United States against New England Revolution next week.“Now we need to rest. Unfortunately we have to go play in the United States because I think in this moment we need to rest then we have 10 days to prepare the final,” Sarri said.– Frankfurt flummoxed –Inevitably, Hazard was the catalyst for Chelsea’s 28th minute opener as he twisted and turned to find just enough space for a perfectly-weighted pass to Loftus-Cheek.Hazard’s vision and execution completely flummoxed the Frankfurt defence, leaving Loftus-Cheek with plenty of time to guide a cool low finish into the far corner for his 10th goal of the season.But Chelsea couldn’t turn their first half superiority into further goals and a fatal loss of concentration allowed Frankfurt to equalise in the 49th minute.Jovic had scored Frankfurt’s goal in the first leg and the 21-year-old Serb showed why he is being linked to Real Madrid with another predatory finish.Chesting the ball down to Mijat Gacinovic, Jovic easily eluded the dozing Luiz as he ran onto the return pass and calmly steered in his 10th Europa League goal this season.Still lacking any rhythm in extra-time, Chelsea needed an agile goalline clearance from Luiz to stop Sebastien Haller’s shot before the Frankfurt forward was denied again by Davide Zappacosta’s header off the line.Azpilicueta thought he’d won it for Chelsea in the closing minutes when he bundled home after Trapp dropped Hazard’s cross, but the goal was controversially disallowed for the Spaniard’s challenge on the keeper, setting the stage for Kepa and Hazard to see the Blues through to Baku.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Chelsea are through to the Europa League final thanks to Kepa Arrizabalaga’s penalty heroics. © AFP / Ben STANSALLLONDON, United Kingdom, May 10 – Maurizio Sarri admitted Chelsea rode their luck to reach the Europa League final as Kepa Arrizabalaga’s penalty heroics clinched a dramatic 4-3 shoot-out win against Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday.Sarri’s side will face London rivals Arsenal in an all-Premier League final in Baku on May 29 as for the first time all four finalists in the Champions and Europa League come from England.last_img read more

Oakland Athletics edge Texas Rangers in chippy game

first_img What A’s winter ball performances can tell us about the second base race Homer Bailey allowed nine earned runs to a strong Houston Astros team in his previous start for the A’s. Two games later, the A’s began a relatively treacherous three-game homer-less streak (they’d just broken a 21-game streak with at least one home run).Related Articles Player to be …center_img Former Oakland A’s lefty Brett Anderson finds new home with Brewers last_img

OPP has arrived in Attawapiskat Chief Spence

first_img(Attawapiskat ice road diamond mine blockade. Photo courtesy of Jonathan Nakogee)By Jorge Barrera APTN National News ATTAWAPISKAT–Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence says the OPP have arrived in the community and the people blockading an ice road leading to a De Beers diamond mine would likely be served with an injunction ordering them off the site on Saturday evening.Spence said the band received a call from De Beers saying a sheriff would be flying into the community and then escorted to the ice road blockade to serve the people at the site with the injunction notice.“We had a call from De Beers saying the sheriff is coming in town,” said Spence. “Two OPP are in town and they are the ones who are going to escort the sheriff to hand over the notice to the blockaders.”Spence said she was trying to confirm a rumour that the OPP would also be escorting De Beers-bound trucks toward the Victor mine site later Saturday.“I have to go find out,” said Spence.The blockade outside Attawapiskat on the ice road leading to the mine has been in place since last Sunday.De Beers obtained an injunction against the blockaders on [email protected]@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

US delays announcing second round of punishing duties on Bombardier CSeries

first_imgMONTREAL – The U.S. Department of Commerce says it is delaying its announcement on preliminary anti-dumping duties against Bombardier Inc. until Friday. The company is expected to face additional export duties on its CSeries commercial jet.The decision follows last week’s move to impose nearly 220 per cent preliminary countervailing tariffs once deliveries to Delta Air Lines begin next year.The Montreal-based transportation manufacturer (TSX:BBD.B) has said it wouldn’t be shocked if the U.S. piles on by announcing another “absurd” duty.Colin Bole, Bombardier’s sales chief for commercial aircraft, said the company expects the second duty to be a “significant number” but one that also makes no sense.Boeing revised its request for anti-dumping duties to 143 per cent from around 80 per cent because of Bombardier’s refusal to provide certain information to the Commerce Department.The U.S. aerospace giant petitioned to the government in April after its smaller rival secured a deal for up to 125 of its CS100s with Delta in 2016.The department’s preliminary countervailing duty findings agreed with Boeing that Bombardier benefited from improper government subsidies, giving it an unfair advantage when selling its CSeries jets south of the border.Bombardier has repeatedly stressed that Americans will be hurt by the tariffs because more than half the content on the CSeries is sourced by U.S. suppliers, including Pratt & Whitney engines. The program is expected to generate more than US$30 billion in business over its life and support more than 22,700 American jobs in 19 states.The company has said the exorbitant duties are unfounded and the company is confident they will be reversed in final decisions in coming months. Bombardier says Boeing can’t justify its claim of being harmed since it doesn’t make a plane the size of the CS100.Bombardier is hoping the high duties won’t stand when the Department of Commerce announces its final ruling in December. The key decision likely won’t come, however, until the U.S. International Trade Commissions decides whether the Bombardier-Delta deal actually hurt Boeing’s business, a decision that’s not expected until early February.A protracted battle could then ensue if either side appeals the case to the U.S. Court of International Trade, brings it before NAFTA dispute bodies, or even take the matter to the World Trade Organization.Boeing’s complaint has prompted a heavy political reaction from the Canadian government and British Prime Minister Theresa May, who fears job losses at Bombardier’s wing assembly facility in Northern Ireland.Canada has threatened to cancel the planned purchase of 18 Super Hornets to temporarily augment Canada’s aging fleet of CF-18s.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and May are appealing directly to U.S. President Donald Trump.last_img read more

Elon Musk proposes Los Angeles tunnel to Dodger Stadium

first_imgLOS ANGELES, Calif. – Traffic-weary baseball fans could someday travel to and from Dodger Stadium on a public transportation system underneath Los Angeles — if Elon Musk’s latest bold plan comes to fruition.The billionaire’s Boring Company tweeted a proposal Wednesday for autonomous, zero-emissions electric sleds that would run through a tunnel between the stadium and a location in the city’s Hollywood area.The company says the so-called Dugout Loop system would be privately funded and not require tax money.Mayor Eric Garcetti tweeted that it’s exciting to see innovative ideas aimed at reducing traffic on LA roads.A proposal to build a gondola from Union Station to Dodger Stadium was announced in April.Musk is currently building a test tunnel from his SpaceX rocket plant to a point near Los Angeles International Airport.last_img read more

Australia targets social media cos in new extremist footage laws

first_imgSydney: Social media executives could be jailed if they fail to remove extremist material from their platforms quickly, under controversial Australian laws adopted Thursday, in the wake of the live-streamed mosque shootings in Christchurch. Lawmakers voted overwhelmingly in favour of the laws, which make it illegal not to remove footage of “a terrorist act,” murder, torture, rape and kidnapping, and spell out that internet service, content and hosting providers will be held culpable. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USPlatforms like Facebook and YouTube could face fines approaching billions of dollars — or 10 percent of global annual turnover — for failing to allow the “expeditious removal” of the offending material, while executives could face 3 years in jail. Technology companies, policy experts and lawyers pilloried the legislation — which was jammed through parliament in two days and faces an uncertain future beyond elections expected in May. Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who is facing a difficult reelection battle, said: “Big social media companies have a responsibility to take every possible action to ensure their technology products are not exploited by murderous terrorists.” The opposition Labor party expressed serious misgivings but voted in favour of the legislation. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsAustralia’s Law Council described the legislation as “knee-jerk” and warned it could have “serious unintended consequences.” President Arthur Moses warned the laws could be used to curb whistleblowers, and “could also lead to censorship of the media, which would be unacceptable.” Attorney-General Christian Porter said the legislation could be used to target platforms used by the far-right like 4Chan and 8Chan. It will be up to a jury to decide whether the platforms acted with good speed to take down offending content, raising questions about how the law will be implemented. The Institute of Public Affairs described the legislation as a “blatant attack on the freedom of the media.” “Throwing media executives in jail will increase costs to taxpayers without improving community safety or addressing concerns about violent content being shared on social media platforms,” said researcher Andrew Bushnell. “Companies and executives may respond to the threat of criminal penalties by erring on the side of censorship.” The laws are expected to be followed by steps toward treating social media giants more like publishers, which would make them legally responsible for the content on their platforms.last_img read more