Journalist jailed for publicly criticising the government

first_img Follow the news on Burundi Burundian appeal court upholds prison sentences for four journalists The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa News to go further Four Burundian journalists complete 12 months in arbitrary detention BurundiAfrica News RSF_en Receive email alerts Newscenter_img June 1, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist jailed for publicly criticising the government BurundiAfrica Reports October 21, 2020 Find out more June 5, 2020 Find out more November 27, 2020 Find out more Organisation Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders has requested that Burundi’s intelligence service drop its legal proceedings against Burundi Press Agency (Agence burundaise de presse, ABP) journalist Aloys Kabura. Kabura has been detained in the central prison of Ngozi (northern Burundi) since 31 May 2006. The journalist, who recently wrote an article implicating the police in sugar smuggling, was apprehended for comments he made in a bar in Kayanza (northern Burundi), publicly criticising the government.Kabura was arrested late on 31 May in Kayanza by the Burundi Police, who had an arrest warrant from the city prosecutor, Jean-Paul Manwagari. His arrest arose from a charge of “rebellion” filed by the national documentation service (an intelligence agency), who accused the journalist of having made “defamatory statements about the government in the presence of witnesses on 21 April.” Kabura is accused of having criticised the government’s attitude and the brutality shown by the police when 20 journalists were confined illegally in the home of a deputy in Bujumbura for half a day on 17 April. According to the penal code, the journalist is subject to a sentence of two months in prison and/or a fine of 5,000 Burundi francs (approx. 4 euros).The ABP journalist, who claims to have been under surveillance and threatened by police, had written a news report in January on the smuggling of sugar to neighbouring Rwanda, which was allegedly covered up by the police.MORE IN last_img read more

An Alpena County Commissioner has passed

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich.– Alpena County Commissioner Ronald McDonald passed away Thursday, August 20. On Friday, his family and fellow commissioners mourned his death.McDonald joined the Board of Commissioners in 2015 and was planning to run for the position again this fall. He served on a number of committees during his time with the board, including the airport and others.Chairman Robert Adrian described him as a very kind man.“He was a very nice man. He was very committed to the board. He was very passionate about the employees. One of the things he did frequently was… he would make arrangements with the different departments and he would bring donuts.”McDonald’s cause of death has not been released. He was 77-years-old.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Meth lab taken down in Alcona CountyNext Alpena City Clerk clarifies ballot confusionlast_img read more

Trophy hunter Guardiola happy to miss out on winter getaway

first_imgManchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Pep Guardiola insisted on Friday he will be happy if Manchester City have no time for a mid-season break, because it will mean they are still competing for every trophy.City’s rivals Manchester United took the opportunity this week for a warm-weather training trip to Dubai, allowing boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer time to work on his squad’s fitness.Guardiola did take his players to Abu Dhabi last March, after their surprise FA Cup fifth round defeat at Wigan left them with a free week.The City boss will consider a similar trip this time round if an early FA Cup exit leaves a gap in their match schedule.But he acknowledges that it may be difficult to fit in such a break if City remain in the hunt for all four major prizes.“Hopefully not, because that means we continue in the FA Cup and especially in the Champions League. We will see. If not, then we will have this time in summer time,” Guardiola told a press conference.“Last season, it was quite similar. But then after Wigan beat us in the FA Cup, we went there.”City are still in contention for a quadruple of Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup titles, something that has never been achieved in the English game.They took a significant step towards winning one of those trophies on Wednesday, thrashing third tier Burton Albion 9-0 in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final.It means that, barring something extraordinary in the second leg on January 23, City will feature in the final at Wembley on February 24.That creates another barrier to a potential winter vacation as their league fixture at Everton, scheduled for the previous day, would have to be rearranged.“Did you see the schedule this morning? I saw the schedule, and the Everton game will be fixed for another week, so we don’t have many (spaces in the schedule for a warm-weather break), so we’ll see,” Guardiola said. – Title race –City, having taken a step towards a cup final, resume their attempt to catch leaders Liverpool in the Premier League title race on Monday, when they host Wolves.Guardiola’s side, in second place, are four points behind Liverpool after beating them 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium on January 3.It was Liverpool’s first league defeat of the season, and may have increased the pressure on a team trying to become champions of England for the first time since 1990.But Guardiola rejected the suggestion that he is happier chasing than leading.“I prefer to be in Liverpool’s position,” he said.Guardiola hopes to have Sergio Aguero back for the Wolves match, with the striker having missed City’s past two matches because of illness, while Vincent Kompany is close to recovering from a muscle problem.City have found it tough keeping pace with Liverpool, despite collecting 50 points from 21 games, a better average this season than Barcelona, who are top of La Liga.Barcelona have collected 40 points from 18 games, an average of 2.22 per match, while City’s average of 2.38 is currently only good enough for second place.“The Premier League is incredibly tough,” he said. You don’t realise how tough it is until you are here for the amount of games, the weather, the time needed for players to recover.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Check the Status of Your Stimulus Check Here

first_imgMillions of Americans should see their coronavirus stimulus money arrive today in the form of a direct deposit to your bank account. The Treasury Department says the $1200 payments will hit the accounts of more than 80-million people. The payments are part of the federal government’s $2-trillion aid package as the pandemic roils the economy. If you have not received your payment…don’t worry.The IRS has launched a website that allows Americans to track the status of their stimulus checks. By the way, your check will contain President Donald Trump’s signature.The IRS “Get My Payment” website tells users when they can expect their $1,200 coronavirus stimulus check, and whether the agency needs more information before they send the check along.The website also tells users if their check has been delivered, and to which bank account it was sent.In order to use the website, users may need their 2019 tax return, if filed, and their 2018 tax return. Users will also need to enter a Social Security Numbers, their date of birth, their address and ZIP code to use the website.The federal government began sending stimulus funds to citizens who have filed direct deposit information with the government earlier this week. Officials who do not have banking information on file may need to wait a few months before a paper check arrives in the mail.Anyone who has not set up direct deposit banking information with the federal government can click here to do so.The following people are eligible for stimulus cash from the federal government.$2,400 – Couples earning less than $150,000 a year (couples earning $150,000 – $198,000 will receive a prorated check).$1,200 – Individuals earning less than $75,000 a year (individuals earning $75,000 – $99,000 will receive a prorated check).$500 – Each dependent child age 16 or under as of Dec. 31, 2019 (for qualifying individuals and couples).For more answers for frequently asked questions about the stimulus program, click here.last_img read more

Parents urged not to gift dangerous quads or scramblers this Christmas

first_imgGardaí are calling on families not to gift children and teens with quad bikes and scramblers this Christmas.In the last few years, there have been a number of people killed or injured in collisions involving a quad bike or a scrambler on public roads. Most of these incidents involved children under 18 years of age.Sixty-two people were killed in accidents involving off-road vehicles in 2017. With such vehicles being unsuitable for children and young teenagers, Gardaí are warning that injuries sustained in crashes can be life-changing.Chief Superintendent Paul Cleary of the Garda National Roads Policing Bureau stated, “Members of An Garda Síochána do not want to be delivering devastating news to another family this Christmas so our message is clear; children and young teenagers should not be driving these vehicles in public, or without the necessary licence, insurance, safety equipment and supervision.”Gardaí are also highlighting the fact that some youths on scramblers have been linked to anti-social behaviour in our parks and public areas. This illegal and anti-social use of scramblers and quads poses a serious safety hazard, and a potential to cause fear and intimidation in our communities. Gardaí say they will have a visible presence in highlighted locations and will be enforcing the Public Order Act and the Road Traffic Act.Parents urged not to gift dangerous quads or scramblers this Christmas was last modified: December 12th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ex-Giant Hunter Strickland finds a new home, could close again

first_imgNearly two months after his Giants career came to a close, Hunter Strickland may have found a job as a closer again.Strickland, who was non-tendered after a disappointing, self-destructive season in San Francisco, on Thursday signed a one-year contract with the Seattle Mariners.The hard-throwing right-hander lost his closer job last year with the Giants, but he immediately becomes one of the favorites to replace Edwin Diaz, the All-Star closer Seattle traded to the New York Mets. Strickland’s …last_img read more

Africa investment bucks global trend

first_img28 June 2013Foreign direct investment (FDI) flows to African countries increased by 5 percent to US$50-billion in 2012 even as global FDI fell by 18 percent, according to the latest annual survey of investment trends by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad).Unctad’s World Investment Report 2013 was released in Geneva, Switzerland on Wednesday.The report found that, while investment in extractive industries remained the most important driver of FDI to Africa in 2012, there was increased investment in consumer-oriented manufacturing and services, reflecting the growing purchasing power of the continent’s emerging middle class.“Between 2008 and 2012, the share of consumer-related industries in the value of greenfield investment projects in Africa grew from 7 percent of the total to 23 percent,” Unctad said in a statement. Greenfield investment is investment in businesses or economic sectors that are new to a recipient country.SA the continent’s biggest investorThe report found that companies from emerging markets were increasingly active in Africa, with the biggest investors in 2012 being Malaysia, South Africa, China and India in that order.South African companies were active in acquiring operations in industries such as mining, wholesale and healthcare during 2012, pushing FDI outflows from South Africa up to $4.4-billion and elevating the country to the position of largest source country of FDI in Africa.By contrast, however, FDI inflows to South Africa dropped by 24 percent to $4.6-billion in 2012.This mirrored a sharp drop in investment in the southern African region, from $8.7-billion in 2011 to $5.4-billion in 2012 – even as some countries in the region saw substantial increases. Inflows to Mozambique, for example, doubled to $5.2-billion, attracted by the country’s huge offshore gas deposits.East, central, north Africa gainFDI flows to West Africa also declined, slipping by 5 percent to $16.8-billion, the report show. Of investment channelled to the two major oil-producing countries in the region, FDI to Ghana remained stable at $3.3-billion, but inflows to Nigeria declined by 21 percent to $7-billion, accounting for much of the diminished flows to the region.Energy resources such as recently discovered gas reserves in Tanzania and oil fields in Uganda saw FDI inflows to East Africa expand from $4.5-billion in 2011 to $6.3-billion in 2012.Central Africa, meanwhile, saw its inflows rise to $10-billion, a record high, maintaining a trend of increasing FDI since 2010. The region’s natural resources continued to attract investment from mining companies, with significant FDI, for example, targeting the expansion of the copper-cobalt Tenke Fungurume mine in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.North Africa, the report found, was beginning to see a revival in cross-border investment following the political turmoil of 2011, with FDI flows increasing by 35 percent to $11.5-billion in 2012.Much of this increase was accounted for by a turnaround in Egypt, where inflows climbed from a net divestment of $0.5-billion in 2011 to a positive $2.8-billion in 2012 – though still much lower than the levels reached in Egypt before 2011.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Hout Bay’s scrapyard sculptors

first_imgChenjerai Mutasa and Isaac Mukonde are Zimbabwean artists who bring to life the junk we toss out. Using old car parts, wire, driftwood, metal and stone – mostly claimed from the scrapyard – they build beautiful and imaginative sculptures. Chenjerai Mutasa (left) and Isaac Mukonde in front of their workshop next to the harbour in Hout Bay, near Cape Town. (Photo by Masixole Feni) • A tribute to South Africa’s neighbours • South African artists draw international interest • 21 monuments for 21 years of freedom • South African cartoonists respond to Charlie Hebdo attack • Watch: Salif Keita and Black Mambazo call for harmony in AfricaElias Kuhn von Burgsdorff and Masixole FeniThe two artists knew each other as children at the same primary school in Harare, but their paths separated when they left Zimbabwe in the late 1990s. For 10 years Mutasa lived in New York, while Mukonde moved to South Africa.In 2012 Mutasa and Mukonde were reunited in Cape Town. Together with Mutasa’s elder brother, Mambakwedza, they opened a workshop next to the harbour in Hout Bay, a town south of the city on the Atlantic seaboard of the Cape peninsula.“An artist is always on the move,” Mutasa says. His art has taken him to Europe several times, and he now travels regularly between Zimbabwe and South Africa. He says travel both exposes the artist’s work to a wider audience, and helps “expand your mind and perspective, your influences and the materials you work with”.A scrap-metal violinist plays to the backdrop of the Hangberg community in Hout Bay. (Photo by Masixole Feni)Unlike Mutasa, Mukonde was not professionally trained as an artist. “I learned it running,” he says. He came to South Africa in 1998 looking for a better life, arriving in Nelspruit by train from Harare. In 2000 he moved to Johannesburg, where he lived for several years with craftsmen who taught him how to work with wire. He then spent some time in Durban before moving to Cape Town in 2003.“It was all an adventure when I first arrived,” Mukonde says, laughing. But his face becomes more serious as he continues his story. “I’ve been deported from this country three times. Twice I had to jump off a train bringing me back to Zimbabwe.”Mutasa with his sculpture Regiscale, the figure of an angel balancing human theology on her left arm and Jehovah’s fire on her right. (Photo by Masixole Feni)In 2008, when Mukonde was living in Dunoon near Milnerton, xenophobic violence swept South Africa. He fled and says he was lucky to find a room in Rondebosch. Mukonde now lives legally in South Africa. In 2010 he managed to get a business permit, which he has since renewed.“This is now our base, our springboard,” Mukonde says of their Hout Bay workshop. Mutasa nods, agreeing.Metalwork head, part of the sculpture Contorted Person. (Photo by Elias Kuhn von Burgsdorff)In South Africa, Mukonde says, “you must live with your hands”. He and Mutasa working together on an order from a restaurant for wine bottle holders. (Photo by Elias Kuhn von Burgsdorff)Antelope sculpture made of scrap metal and wire. (Photo by Masixole Feni)This article was first published by community news and journalism training website GroundUp. Read the original here.last_img read more

Hologram announces world’s largest cellular IoT network

first_imgHologram announced on Tuesday the world’s largest global cellular network dedicated to Internet of Things (IoT) devices, capable of working on 600 cellular networks in 200 countries.Hologram has not revealed all of the supported networks, but said all U.S. carriers will work.See Also:BrickerBot malware will brick unsecure Internet of Things devices As part of the network upgrade, Hologram has added more price transparency, allowing customers to choose from a multitude of options, down to the kilobyte. In a press release, the company also said the new network is ‘ultra-scalable’ and offers enterprise-grade connection and diagnostics.“Historically, cellular infrastructure has been expensive, rigid, and difficult to maintain making it challenging to adapt the needs of IoT,” said Ben Forgan, CEO of Hologram. “By applying modern software technologies to cellular, Hologram’s software-defined network changes this paradigm.“It allows us to greatly improve performance, cost, coverage and ease of use on a continuous basis, which in turn greatly expands the number of IoT applications that can take advantage of the ubiquity and security of a cellular connection.”Hologram offers a free megabyte per month to new customers that want to test the platform, before becoming fully invested. Alongside the SIM card, customers can also use the company’s cloud services, and customizable hardware solutions, also built for the Internet of Things.The Hologram approach, of using existing cellular networks to power IoT, is one of the more simple solutions, although some worry that IoT needs its own spectrum. Sigfox created its own proprietary technology that uses the ISM radio band, which cordless phones, Bluetooth devices, and wireless computer networks sometimes use. Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Related Posts Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Follow the Puckcenter_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces David Curry Tags:#4G#cellular#Connected Devices#hologram#Internet of Things#IoT#lte last_img read more


first_imgLe Mars Police continue to investigate Sunday morning’s attempted robbery and the shooting of two store clerks at the Le Mars Hy Vee gas station.The suspect was found dead in South Sioux City two hours later from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.Le Mars Police Chief Kevin Vande Vegte said Sunday the names of the injured clerks and the suspect are not being revealed yet:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….day or so. :24The two female victims are reported to be in serious but stable condition at Mercy One hospital in Sioux City.last_img read more