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Campaign of threats against leading political journalist

first_img News Follow the news on Lesotho Receive email alerts LesothoAfrica RSF_en Organisation News Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent April 6, 2020 Find out more Weekly’s survival threatened by state advertising boycott ordered by government Newscenter_img Radio station back on the air after three-month suspension News October 24, 2008 Find out more November 21, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Campaign of threats against leading political journalist to go further Reporters Without Borders voiced concern today about attempts to intimidate leading political journalist Thabo Thakalekoala, who was recently elected president of the regional press freedom organisation, the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA). Since he covered a split in the ruling party for several international media, he and his family have received daily death threats and he says he has been banned from speaking on the public broadcast media. “It is cowardly and perverse to try to gag a recognised journalist like this, and intolerable in a country that claims to be a democracy,” Reporters Without Borders said. “A journalist cannot work freely in such a climate. We urge the authorities to take the threats seriously by publicly supporting Thakalekoala and condemning the hate campaign against him.”Lesotho correspondent of the BBC and the South African public broadcaster SABC, as well as Agence France-Presse, the Associated Press and the South African Press Association (Sapa), Thakalekoala has been getting daily threatening calls from public telephones for more than two weeks. The calls refer to his family or his own safety, and tell him his “days are numbered” or that he had “better leave the country.”After interviewing Thakalekoala, privately-owned radio Harvest FM presenter Adam Lekhoaba received a threatening SMS message on his mobile phone from a listener on 6 November. “Be careful not to be the next,” it said.Thakalekoala provided the international news media with coverage of the split in the ruling Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD), in which former communication minister Tom Thabane left the LCD on 9 October to create his own party, the All Basotho Convention (ABC), thereby changing the face of Lesotho’s politics just a few months before general elections.Thakalekoala suspects that the threats against him have been coming from LCD supporters who accuse him of biased reporting because they think he is a friend of Thabane. Thakalekoala insists that his relationship with Thabane is “strictly professional.”“The situation is not comfortable but I am a stubborn person and I will continue to do my work without letting it affect me,” Thakalekoala told Reporters Without Borders. He said he has reported the threats to the intelligence services.He also said that after he spoke on state-owned Radio Lesotho, the minister of communication, science and technology issued verbal instructions that the public broadcast media should not interview him again. MISA-Lesotho director Tom Mapesela is also reportedly included in the ban. Both Thakalekoala and Mapesela have been campaigning for Lesotho’s public media to be free of the close government control to which they are subjected. LesothoAfrica Help by sharing this information July 9, 2007 Find out morelast_img read more

Communication minister censors privately-owned

first_img News Cameroonian reporter jailed since August, abandoned by justice system Reporters Without Borders today called on the Cameroonian government to rescind its decision announced on 14 March by communication minister Jacques Fame Ndongo to close Magic FM, a privately-owned radio station based in Yaoundé. The radio station’s closure came less than a month after the authorities shut down two privately-owned TV channels, RTA and Canal 2, on 19 February.”These decisions are unacceptable, especially as they prevent the population from forming an objective assessment of the performance of President Paul Biya’s government at time when the country is heading toward elections,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said. A presidential election is due to be held in the first quarter of 2004.Magic FM is accused of “affront” to the president and state institutions, calls for “sedition”, “dissemination of false news” and generally “disturbing the peace and moral standards.” One of its programmes, “Magic Attitude,” often criticised President Biya. It accused Biya of financing sects led by former Rosicrucian Raymond Bernard, founder of the “Renewed Order of the Temple” and “Circes.” It drew attention to the embezzlement of funds assigned to a road project and the fact that several Biya associates held more one government post at the same time. It also criticised the banning of the weekly Tribune de l’Est by the minister for local government and decentralisation. March 18, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Communication minister censors privately-owned RSF_en CameroonAfrica CameroonAfrica Follow the news on Cameroon News May 19, 2021 Find out more Newscenter_img Organisation Case against Amadou Vamoulké baseless, French lawyers tell Cameroon court Receive email alerts News April 23, 2021 Find out more to go further Cameroonian journalist Paul Chouta sentenced and fined in defamation case Help by sharing this information May 31, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

State Road 156 single-lane restrictions scheduled to begin Thursday

first_imgSwitzerland County, In. — Single-lane traffic restrictions on State Road 156 will begin on Thursday, July 12 at the 3-span bridge over Fisk Creek at its confluence with the Ohio River near Wade Hill Road south of Patriot.The Indiana Department of Transportation is rehabilitating the 143-foot-long S.R. 156 bridge located a mile south of S.R. 250.  Force Construction is the contractor for this $976,250 Switzerland County bridge project.  The Columbus contractor will pour new concrete end sections of the bridge deck—then overlay the entire deck with a thin polymeric epoxy.  Bridge repairs and new approach slabs are included in the project.S.R. 156’s traffic count is 1,400 vehicles per day.last_img read more

Public schools in Florida must reopen in August

first_imgPublic schools in Florida will be required to reopen in August according to an executive order issued Monday by Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran.Under the order, “all school boards and charter school governing boards must open brick and mortar schools at least five days per week for all students, subject to advice and orders of the Florida Department of Health” and local health departments.School districts must also provide “the full array of services that are required by law so that families who wish to educate their children in a brick and mortar school have the opportunity to do so.”Under the order, school districts must submit their reopening plans to the Florida Department of Education.last_img read more

Majority of Martin County Students Start in-classroom Learning Today

first_imgSchool starts today, in the classroom, for nearly 70% of Martin County students whose parents opted for in-person learning.Students will wear masks as they ride the bus and must stay 6 feet apart while in the classroom, in order to take their mask off.Martin County Schools says about 38% of district students will be attending class remotely from home. Schools will have one-way hallways to limit congestion. Students and staff will wear masks when social distancing is not possible. Martin County is the first district on the Treasure Coast returning to school this year.School districts in Indian River and St. Lucie counties delayed the start of school by two weeks to Aug. 24 because of the coronavirus pandemic.last_img read more

Middlesex Golf win County of the Year Award

first_imgMiddlesex Golf, which speaks with one voice for all its members, has won England Golf’s County of the Year Award, sponsored by SPORTS MARKETING SURVEYS INC.The organisation, which was created last year by a merger of the men’s union and the women’s association, was hailed at last night’s England Golf Awards, sponsored by Bridgestone.Almost 500 guests gathered at the Royal Lancaster London to celebrate all that’s great about golf in England and applauded Middlesex Golf for its modernising move to grow the game.The judges commented: “Middlesex has adopted a modern and effective Board and led the way for other counties which are merging. They have worked hard to modernise the county structure and taken the opportunity to implement new initiatives to help grow the game in their county.”Middlesex Golf represents 33 golf clubs and its creation offers them a more efficient, streamlined and professional service. Now, they’re sharing the experience with other counties which are considering merger.County secretary Jason Mitchell said: “The merger was a huge amount of work but it was 100% worth it. It is fantastic to gain recognition for what we have achieved in the last year and we are very proud to win this award.“During 2017, we demonstrated innovation, determination, a willingness to learn, and commitment to the cause. We understand our limitations, but strive to punch above our weight.”The merger was unanimously approved by both the men’s and women’s organisations and took place last April, after 18 months of preparation.“The men and women had worked together in lots of ways,” said Jason. “We had mixed officials at competitions and mixed coaching sessions at grass roots, so it was an ideal time to move forward. The feedback from the clubs has been superb.”Middlesex Golf’s aims include working to improve communications with members with an updated website and a new database of club contacts. It want to grow the number of juniors, increase entry in competitions and forge improved relationships with golf ranges, which are pathways to club membership.The county has also just held its first Awards night – following the example from England Golf. The event proved hugely successful and was a sellout with 275 people attending – far exceeding the numbers which previously supported the men’s county dinner. “We were so pleased with that great representation from our clubs,” said Jason.The runner-up for the County of the Year award was Cheshire.Representatives of Middlesex Golf were presented with their award by Richard Payne of SPORTS MARKETING SURVEYS INC. 22 Feb 2018 Middlesex Golf win County of the Year Award Tags: Award, County of the Year, Middlesexlast_img read more

Pirates stay hot, beat Giants 13-2

first_imgPITTSBURGH (AP)—A day before he took part in the home run derby as part of the All-Star festivities in Kansas City, Andrew McCutchen put on a show for the home fans. McCutchen hit two home runs, Neil Walker homered among his five hits and the Pittsburgh Pirates entered the All-Star break in sole possession of first place following a 13-2 win over the San Francisco Giants on Sunday. ON FIRE—Andrew McCutchen, right, is greeted by Neil Walker, second from left, and Garrett Jones after hitting a two-run home run off San Francisco Giants pitcher George Kontos during the seventh inning in Pittsburgh, Sunday, July 8. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) McCutchen hit a pair of two-run homers that immediately followed hits by Walker—one to open the scoring in the first and another to make it 12-2 in the seventh.“I am not going up to bat to hit home runs,” McCutchen said. “I am just trying to put good swings on balls and when I do that, depending on where the pitch is and how my swing is, some balls go out.”If they don’t go out, they at least drop in for a hit of some sort lately for the red-hot McCutchen, who enters the break on a 21-for-38 (.552) tear. He has multiple hits in six of his past nine games and 23 RBIs in his past 19 games.All of his team-high 18 home runs have come in the past two months—an NL-high 12 have come with runners on base.The long-woeful Pirates have won six of seven and 10 of 12, and no team in the majors has a better record since May 12 than Pittsburgh’s 34-19.“We worked hard to get to where we are, and we’ve earned our way so far,” Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said.A.J. Burnett pitched effectively into the seventh to win his ninth consecutive decision, and Casey McGehee went 3 for 4 with two RBIs for Pittsburgh.The Pirates (48-37) are 11 games over .500 for the first time since 1992 and are in first place at the break for the first time since 1997. The franchise has endured a North American professional sports record 19 consecutive losing seasons.The Pirates have gone 11-1-1 in their past 13 series and have won seven consecutive series at PNC Park.“Seeing what’s going on here, it’s fun to be a part of it,” said Burnett, acquired in an offseason trade from the New York Yankees.The Giants’ Tim Lincecum failed to get out of the fourth inning for the second consecutive start, getting charged with six runs on seven hits. The two-time Cy Young Award winner enters the break with a 6.42 ERA that is worst in the majors among qualifying starters.Pablo Sandoval hit a two-run homer for San Francisco, which has lost five of six and seven of nine.Burnett (10-2) retired 13 consecutive Giants batters from the first until the sixth. He was lifted after Sandoval hit his eighth homer with Buster Posey aboard in the seventh. Burnett was charged with two runs on four hits and two walks with five strikeouts in 6 1-3 innings.Burnett improved to 6-0 at home and became the second Pirates pitcher since 1993 to win 10 games prior to the All-star break. Pittsburgh has won each of his past 12 outings. Burnett’s winning streak is a career-best.Walker extended his hitting streak to 12 games—tying a team season high—with a homer, double and three singles. It was the first five-hit game for a Pirates player since Walker did it July 20, 2010.Walker is hitting .489 (23-for-47) during his streak.“Days like today can happen,” said Walker, “but certainly five hits is something that comes around very rarely.”Walker hit his sixth home run with nobody on in the third, and the Pirates chased Lincecum (3-10) with a three-run fourth.Burnett’s soft liner through the middle with the bases loaded scored McGehee. It was the pitcher’s 10th career RBI and first since Aug. 9, 2005, while with Florida.Pittsburgh entered the day a game up on the Cincinnati Reds in the NL Central. Only Washington has a better record among NL teams.last_img read more

Rumson St. Pat’s Parade This Sunday

first_imgThe Bloody Callan Band entertained Rumson St. Patrick’s Day Parade supporters on Feb. 27. Photo by John BurtonRUMSON – It was a little pre-St. Patrick’s Day fun, food, music and a chance to raise a little additional money for the Rumson St. Patrick’s Day Parade coming up this Sunday.Organizers for the borough’s third annual parade, scheduled for 1 p.m. from Victory Park, held a fundraiser last Friday at Molly Maguire’s Black Point Inn, 132 East River Road, where those who donated $10 or more for the parade effort were treated to a buffet and the entire bar was entertained by the Pipes and Drums of the Atlantic Watch and the music of Bloody Callan Band, and its renditions of classic American rock and Celtic-influenced folk and rock numbers.The parade’s board of trustees conducts a number of fundraisers over the year to cover the costs of the parade and to offer an annual donation to area charities.This year’s recipients are Jason’s Dreams for Kids and Special People United to Ride (S.P.U.R.).The parade costs about $25,000 to put on, to cover the cost of security, insurance and for the approximately 16 pipe and drum bands that march, said Karen Taylor-Burke, a board member who serves as the board’s treasurer.“We try to keep the costs down,” Taylor-Burke explained. “That way there’s more for the charities.”A fundraiser like last Friday’s is usually one of the smaller efforts; the board’s annual golf outing and the ad journal are the larger ones the board relies on, said Joseph Burke, Karen’s husband, who assists in the organizing efforts.But, “It’s getting the word out, making people aware” of the parade, said Karen, about Friday’s fundraising event.March 8’s parade is just one of nearly 20 annual parades in which the Atlantic Watch participates; everything from St. Patrick’s parades, to those for Fourth of July, Memorial Day and Columbus Day, said Linda Cooper, whose family has been involved for years and who used to perform with the group. The Atlantic Watch has been there for the last two. “This will be our third year,” she said, “and we love doing this parade.”This parade route begins at the borough’s Victory Park, East River Road and Lafayette Street, and travels about a mile east on River Road to Molly Maguire’s.Last year about 900 members of assorted scouting, public service and other groups joined step dancers and the bands as they marched. Borough police estimated about 7,000 spectators lined the route to watch.– By John Burtonlast_img read more

Leafs offensive leader Jamie Vlanich joins BCHL’s Langley Rivermen

first_imgThe Nelson Leafs were dealt a major blow to its Kootenay International Junior Hockey League title chances when the team’s best player, Jamie Vlanich, agreed to join the Langley Rivermen Junior “A” hockey club this week.The 20-year old sniper has been burning up the KIJHL offensively this season, totaling 12 goals and 25 assists for 37 points and a tie for top spot in league scoring.Vlanich, coming to Nelson in the off-season from Castlegar along with Travis Wellman, has also been one of the main reasons why Nelson is leading the league with a 13-0-1-1 record. “Obviously the (Rivermen) have been doing great and I’m looking forward to adding to the progress that they have made already in what is going to be a successful season and hopefully a long playoff run,” Vlanich said on the Langley website.The loss of Vlanich puts a huge hole in a Leaf lineup that has relied on the one-two punch of Vlanich and Wellman to lead the team offensively.“I’m not really shocked,” said Leaf coach Frank Maida following practice Wednesday.“Jamie has played extremely well for us and I believe he deserves the opportunity to play Junior A.”Maida said Rivermen scouts were in the Okanagan watching a few KIJHL games. Ironically, the scouts were not even watching Vlanich.But after the Trail native racked up eight points in three Leaf wins, the Rivermen personal made the call Monday to offer Vlanich a spot on the roster.“It’s the philosophy of the franchise that we want to move players along up to the next level,” Maida explained. “We believe in that and we’re very happy for Jamie.”This is the third consecutive year Maida has dealt with the loss of a key player.Two seasons ago Patrick Martens was burning up the league offensively, and was summoned, ironically, by the same Langley franchise.Last year 16-year-old Colton McCarthy, again the Leafs best player, decided to leave the team when Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League came calling.“The loss of Jamie is a good challenge for the rest of the players on the team to step up and fill his offence,” Maida explained.The departure of Vlanich gives Nelson 11 forwards on the roster.Maida is expected to either make a deal for another forward or call up an affiliated player for the two weekend games, Friday in Spokane against the Braves and Saturday at home versus the Osoyoos Coyotes.Meanwhile, Vlanich didn’t wait very long to make an impact with the Rivermen.The shifty centerman had an assist in Langley’s 4-3 win over Chilliwack Wednesday in BCHL action.last_img read more

Jose in Rashford row with FA over this summer’s U21s European Championship

first_img Rashford is expected to be called-up for the U21 European Championship this summer 1 Marcus Rashford will be called up for England Under 21s this summer, putting the FA on a collision course with Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho.The Young Lions head to Poland for the U21s tournament next month, with their opening fixture against Sweden on June 16.Mourinho wants to give Rashford a break as he fears he risks burnout, according to today’s Sun.The United striker, 19, was involved with England at last summer’s Euro’s and has played 52 games in all competitions since.The Portuguese fears that playing friendlies in June ahead of at least three group games will have a detrimental effect on Rashford.FA chiefs want clubs to accept their right to select whoever they want, Mourinho believes players shouldn’t drop down a level after playing for the senior side.last_img read more