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Two private newspapers suspended for three months

first_img On 6 September 2002, the weeklies Misamu and Gabaon were suspended for three months by order of the National Communication Council (Conseil national de la Communication, CNC). The regulatory body has accused the two newspapers of publishing news “that undermines confidence in the state and the dignity of those responsible for the republic’s institutions”.”Once more, the CNC and the Gabonese authorities are attacking the private press. In Gabon, as soon as a newspaper denounces the misappropriation of funds or criticises the state’s highest-level officials, it risks being censured or suspended,” stated Reporters Without Borders Secretary-General Robert Ménard in a letter to Prime Minister Jean-François Ntoutoume Emane. The organisation asked the prime minister to intervene to ensure that the CNC measure is cancelled and do everything possible to expand press freedom in Gabon.The weekly Misamu was suspended for reporting on the “disappearance of 3 billion CFA francs (approx. 4.5 million euros) from the public treasury.” The newspaper also announced the possibility of “non-payment of civil servants’ wages during the month of September 2002.” Meanwhile, the newspaper Gabaon was punished for “violently” criticising Senate President Georges Rawiri in its 9 August edition, according to a CNC communiqué. Finally, two other publications, Le Nganga and La Lowé, were “given notice” for articles undermining the prime minister’s dignity, according to the authority responsible for regulating the media.Reporters Without Borders notes that in 2001, the newspaper La Griffe and its international version Le Gri Gri International were also suspended by the CNC. The regulating authority also prohibited the publication director and editor-in-chief from practising their profession as journalists. September 6, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two private newspapers suspended for three months News Reports RSF_en Follow the news on Gabon Help by sharing this information The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Receive email alerts November 27, 2020 Find out more Organisation center_img Weekly seized from Gabon’s newsstands News January 24, 2020 Find out more to go further News GabonAfrica Gabonese journalist could spend New Year’s Eve in prison GabonAfrica December 31, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

Valuable prize drives up figures for Great Limerick Run

first_imgNewsLocal NewsValuable prize drives up figures for Great Limerick RunBy admin – February 16, 2011 577 Linkedin WhatsApp Advertisement Facebook Twittercenter_img Email THERE has been a surge in numbers signing up for the Great Limerick Run, with hopes that over 10,000 participants will hit the city and county streets for this year’s event.The Run, in its second year, will be held on the May Bank Holiday weekend as part of the Riverfest festivities and central to Limerick’s year as European City of Sport.It is estimated that the event will generate €10 million for the local economy.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up At the launch, it was revealed that a 2011 five door Volkswagen Polo will be up for grabs for a lucky participant who completes the Run.“One of the great aspects is that if you come first or last, you’re still in with a chance to win a car,” said Mayor Maria Byrne.“A lot more entries are expected between now and the closing date, and there are many events left in the 11 remaining months as European City of Sport”.Organiser, John Cleary, said the aim was “to present something Limerick would be proud of and that would grow year by year.“I’d like to thank the people for their participation. It demonstrates that Limerick is a true sporting capital”.The Great Limerick Run consists of a full marathon, a half marathon and a six mile run, with a prize of over €24,000 for the first across the line. Print Previous articleTrial begins of man accused of armed robberyNext articleUltimate Transformation WEEK ONE adminlast_img read more

Take notes on March

first_imgWell, spring break is over. That means it?s time to hit thebooks again, head back to the classrooms and libraries, and spend hoursstudying something other than your bracket. But while classes may not have metover the past week, that doesn?t mean nothing was to be learned, as the firsttwo rounds of the NCAA tournament unfolded.After 48 games, many lessons have been demonstrated thatcan?t be found in any textbook or taught by any professor:?Friends will help you get places in life ? or in thetournament.USC?s O.J. Mayo and Kansas State?s Michael Beasley foundthat out the hard way. The two freshmen phenoms found themselves head-to-headin the first round, with Beasley and K-State prevailing. Mayo lead the Trojanswith 20 points, but the rest of the team couldn?t pull its weight in an 80-67loss.And despite putting up 23 points for the Wildcats againstthe Badgers in the second round, Beasley ? a one-man wonder ? found himselfheading back to Kansas while the more balanced Wisconsin team moved on to theSweet 16.?All you need is love ? Kevin Love.Another freshman sensation that has flown slightly under theradar with the emergence of Mayo and Beasley was simply unstoppable in thefirst two rounds. A 20-point effort against Mississippi Valley State and a19-point, 11-rebound showing in a close win over Texas A&M showed that thiskid is for real.It must have been him that the Beatles were singing about.??Torero? is Spanish for bullfighter.Bet you didn?t learn that in Spanish 101. But after the No.13 seed University of San Diego stunned No. 4 UConn in the first round, theentire country was shouting ?Ole!? for the Toreros.?Tampa is German for Upset City.OK, so that may not be a direct translation. But the fourlower seeds ? No. 12s Villanova and Western Kentucky and No. 13s USD and Siena? all advanced to the second round in that region.(The Badger football team must not speak Deutsch, since theyfailed to upset Tennessee in Tampa?s Outback Bowl.)?Never trust experts. They don?t know what they?re talkingabout.Well, this might not always be true. But when it comes topicking a bracket, forget what all the so-called ?bracketologists? try to sellyou. Don?t let the title fool you ? they didn?t actually major in selectingbasketball games. (Although how cool would that be if you could?)Take a gander at Sports Illustrated?s predictions, forexample, in their most recent issue. They had some very questionable picks ?Oral Roberts over Pitt, for example ? that illustrate this point exactly. Onthe flip side of the coin, nobody ? not even ?experts? ? can predict upsets.While SI did have Siena over Vanderbilt correct, there?s no way anyone wasgoing to pick all of the aforementioned upsets (San Diego and friends)correctly.But that?s the beauty behind the Madness.?Watch out when the clock strikes midnight.Every year, Gonzaga is the trendy pick as the tournament?s?Cinderella,? even if they?re a No. 7 seed, as they were this year. Forwhatever reason, people like them. But those days have come and passed, as wasevident by their first-round defeat at the hands of Wisconsin?s next opponent:Davidson, this year?s Cinderella after topping second-seeded Georgetown onSunday.?Don?t stay up past your bedtime.I?m looking at you, Purdue Baby Boilers. Robbie Hummell andCo. might have been a great story in the regular season ? they?re the only teamto beat the Badgers in conference play, and they did it twice ? but cometournament season, there are times when experience trumps youth. Case in point:Xavier. There?s a reason the No. 1 seeds were top seeds. They rely on abalanced attack from veteran players (with the exception of the freshman Loveat UCLA).?Cheaters never win.Isn?t that right, Indiana?Now before you attack me, I know the players and currentcoaches are not to blame for the whole Kelvin Sampson debacle. But sinceSampson resigned, the Hoosiers fell off the face of the planet, buried in aheap of controversy. They were upset by Minnesota in the Big Ten Tournament (onone of the most miraculous shots in recent memory) and were then upended byninth-seeded Arkansas in the opening round.For a team that once looked to be a contender for a titlebehind Eric Gordon and D.J. White, the Hoosiers panned out to be one of the biggestflops of the year.?So there you have it. If you keep these lessons in mindthroughout the rest of the month of March and into April, you?re golden. Skipyour lectures, sleep in until game time, and take notes from the greatestpostseason tournament of any sport.But when it comes time to explain to your parents thatyou?re failing economics, you?re on your own. Bo Ryan and Tyler Hansbroughcan?t help you there.?Tyler is a junior majoring in journalism (with anintended certificate in bracketology). Talk college hoops with him at [email protected]last_img read more

Virtual Reality Amid Stay-at-home Orders, Lockdowns, School Closures

first_imgMIAMI, Florida –For the first time in almost…well…forever, New York, the city that never sleeps, is in a coma—save for the ubiquitous sounds of ambulances transporting COVID-19 patients. Time Square is a veritable ghost town and the subway is empty…and clean. New York’s Javits Center, usually bustling with thousands of people attending trade shows and conventions, is now a 1200-bed emergency field hospital. Nothing’s the same.There are no sunbathers on Florida’s South Beach, or cruise ships sailing into its ports—except for the Holland America’s Zaandam and Rotterdam hovering in its waters with hundreds of sick passengers waiting to be rescued. To boot, Gov. Ron DeSantis has issued a stay-at-home order in the state.The Caribbean, the heartbeat of the region, is rendered quiet without events like Jamaica carnival, and in most countries there, only essential services are permitted. Coronavirus cases are rising and the economic fallout is taking its toll.Meanwhile, Italy—the center of Catholicism—is on total lockdown and Pope Francis’ Holy Week and Easter services, which used to attract tens of thousands of people, will happen without public participation.Airports and seaports are bare, hotels are empty and cruise ships are docked, while trains, buses and other modes of transportation are mostly halted.Colleges, schools, government offices, restaurants, and other businesses are closed or barely operating and people are being encouraged or ordered to stay at home.This coronavirus pandemic has forced the proverbial wheels of production to a halt, and—like it or not—we’re all living in a virtual reality.With people working from home and parents homeschooling their children, the internet has become more of a lifesaver than we’ve ever imagined. College students are continuing their courses online, with professors conducting classes virtually. There are eLearning programs for high schools, middle schools, and even kindergarten. Children, especially those with autism, cerebral palsy and other disabilities, who depend on various therapies are unable to go to therapy clinics and many have opted out of in-home therapies as a safety measure. Teletherapy is now how a large number of these children are receiving well-needed services, using platforms such as Doxy, Facetime, and Google Hangouts.Medical patients with non-life-threatening conditions are getting diagnoses and treatments from their doctors through virtual programs like Teladoc…because getting up close and personal can bad for your health.In the traditional media space, hosts on set adhere to social distancing guidelines and are sitting farther apart from each other…others are working from home studios. In fact, we’ve seen more journalists and pundits’ living rooms on TV than on a Property Brothers marathon. Yes, we continue working, having virtual meetings, having church services online or through conference calls. Families living oceans apart or a few blocks away are updating and checking in on each other on social media, through video chats and other communication apps.We are coping…and surviving…by virtue of our online capabilities, using laptops, tablets or cellphones. At a time when “Don’t Stand So Close To Me” seems to be the new anthem, we are closer than ever, through this virtual world.last_img read more

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY until Midnight Tonight for Cerro Gordo, Hancock, Worth, Winnebago and Kossuth counties.

first_img…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO MIDNIGHT CST TONIGHT FOR CERRO GORDO, HANCOCK, WORTH, WINNEBAGO AND KOSSUTH COUNTIES…* WHAT…Mixed precipitation expected. Total snow accumulations of up to one inch and ice accumulations of up to one tenth of an inch.* WHERE…North Central Iowa.* WHEN…From 6 PM this evening to midnight CST tonight.* IMPACTS…Plan on slippery road conditions. The hazardous conditions could impact the evening commute.PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… Slow down and use caution while traveling. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.last_img

Iowa group: transgender community to benefit from last week’s Supreme Court ruling

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa — Advocates for equal rights last week were handed a major victory by the U.S. Supreme Court which said federal law protects LGBTQ individuals from workplace discrimination.An Iowa group said it hopes the ruling will give an immediate boost to the transgender community. Courtney Reyes, executive director of One Iowa, said the state has its own laws to protect against workplace discrimination. But, she said, transgender individuals still face challenges.“We know that most people feel pretty comfortable around gay and lesbian folks, but we come into a lot of pushback from individuals not accepting transgender individuals,” Reyes said.She said even though Iowa has been a national leader in adopting policies that support the LGBTQ community, there are still examples of workplace discrimination. In 2019, a former state official won a lawsuit arguing he had received a pay cut because he is gay.Reyes said in states such as Iowa, where policies already exist to prevent an employer from outright discrimination based on an employee’s sexual orientation, the more subtle forms of discrimination still exist.“It’s those microaggressions that push people out, and so that’s why we focus on how do we make that environment safe and secure and inclusive,” she said.She said that’s why it’s important to have corporate leaders set a tone that says any discrimination – regardless of the form it takes – will not be tolerated.Legal experts say the court ruling is significant because unlike Iowa, nearly half the states have no legal protection for LGBTQ employees. They say the court ruling now makes it clear that federal law does protect them.last_img read more