Burkina FasoAfrica December 13, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Population urged to wear mourning on eighth anniversary of journalist’s murder Help by sharing this information Organisation RSF_en News Receive email alerts Follow the news on Burkina Faso News to go further May 5, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders today called on the citizens of Burkina Faso to dress in mourning tomorrow, the eighth anniversary of the murder of journalist Norbert Zongo, in protest against the denial of justice in this case resulting from eight years of judicial and political neglect and misconduct.“Eight years after this journalist and three companions were murdered at Sapouy, an outrageous decision to dismiss all charges finally capped the shame of years of judicial inaction,” the press freedom organisation said. “By wearing an armband or dressing in black, the people of Burkina Faso can display their repudiation of those who murdered Norbert Zongo, Ernest Zongo, Ablassé Nikiema and Blaise Ilboudo.”Reporters Without Borders added: “They can also show that the July decision to drop the charges against Sgt. Marcel Kafando will not satisfy their thirst for justice. Together with Norbert’s family and friends, we assert that the judicial investigation now closed by the prosecutor and judge was never conducted with the aim of solving these murders. The reasons why the Sapouy killers are not in prison are political.”Zongo was an investigative journalist and editor of the weekly L’Indépendant, whose charred body was found along with the charred bodies of his three companions in their car in the southern town of Sapouy on 13 December 1998. At the time of his death he had been investigating the circumstances in which David Ouédraogo, the chauffeur of President Blaise Compaoré’s brother François, died at the hands of presidential guard members after being arrested on suspicion of stealing from his employer.Following street protests, President Compaoré created an Independent Commission of Enquiry (CEI) to look into the multiple murder of Zongo and his companions. A few months later, the commission named “six leading suspects.”Sgt. Kafando and two other presidential guard members were convicted in August 2000 of kidnapping Ouédraogo and torturing him to death. In February 2001, the public prosecutor went on to charge him with murder and arson in connection Zongo’s death. But despite the gravity of the charges, Kafando was allowed to continue living at his home in Ouagadougou all these years.Investigating judge Wenceslas Ilboudo finally ruled on 19 July of this year that the investigation against “Marcel Kafando and any other unidentified person” for the murder of Zongo should be abandoned on the grounds that a prosecution witness had withdrawn a statement he had made eight years before. The ruling was confirmed on appeal, meaning that no further attempt would be made to find out who murdered Zongo.At that stage, the investigation could only be reopened if “new evidence” was produced. This is what Reporters Without Borders did on 20 October, when it gave the Burkina Faso state prosecutor a copy of the original draft of the CEI’s report, before it was toned down on the insistence of two of the commission’s members, who represented the government.Passages about the contradictions in François Compaoré’s statement and the attempts by businessman Oumarou Kanazoé to silence Zongo prior to his murder were completely eliminated from the final version of the report. The conclusions of the original report were also much more positive and detailed, and much more specific when identifying the “six leading suspects,” all members of the presidential guard. Reporters Without Borders today called on the citizens of Burkina Faso to dress in mourning tomorrow, the eighth anniversary of the murder of journalist Norbert Zongo, in protest against the denial of justice in this case resulting from eight years of judicial and political neglect and misconduct. Time is pressing, 20 years after Burkinabe journalist’s murder June 7, 2021 Find out more News French reporter says he has been kidnapped in northeastern Mali April 27, 2021 Find out more Burkina FasoAfrica Two Spanish journalists killed in eastern Burkina Faso News
News June 18, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Malaysia Help by sharing this information February 22, 2021 Find out more Like all the big countries of Southeast Asia, Malaysia has enthusiastically embraced new information technology and the Internet. To counter the decline of the traditional economy, prime minister Mahathir Mohamad (in power since 1981) announced plans in 1996 for a Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) as the core of a technology-based industrial revolution. He promised to protect the rights of users of the Internet and not censor it. Malaysia has invested enormously in the Internet and new technology to boost its economy, but the government harasses the independent online media and exerts heavy pressure on opposition websites. MalaysiaAsia – Pacific New Malaysian ordinance threatens very concept of truth MalaysiaAsia – Pacific Ministry of energy, communications and multimedia Links:The online daily MalaysiakiniThe opposition Democratic Action PartyThe Communications and Multimedia Commission Follow the news on Malaysia News Receive email alerts News Organisation to go further News The MSC is a 50 km corridor 15 kms wide that will surround the new Kuala Lumpur international airport and new national capital of Putra Jaya. The government wants to attract major offices and research labs of large transnational computer and multimedia companies.Harassment of the online daily malaysiakini.comThe government may believe in the economic benefits of the Internet, but it is afraid the new media will destroy its tight control of the country’s media. After promising not to censor the Internet, the government targeted the only independent and critical online daily newspaper, Malaysiakini. Its journalists cannot get official press cards and the government regularly challenges the stories on the paper’s website and accuses it of wanting to damage the regime’s credibility. Such verbal intimidation has proved ineffective and reporters have been individually harassed.Malaysiakini journalists were allowed by parliamentary security officials on 3 April 2002 to attend sessions of parliament provided they did not ask questions at press conferences or approach MPs of the ruling UMNO party. A security officer said the professional status of the Malaysiakini journalists was unclear. The information ministry had refused to accredit them for two years. Two other news websites, Radiqradio and Agendadaily,In October 2002, Malaysiakini, which says it gets 100,000 visitors a day, was forced to introduce paying access for want of advertising revenue, according to editor Stephen Gan. The many verbal attacks by the authorities, especially the prime minister, have discouraged many local and foreign investors from advertising on the independent sites. Police seized about 20 computers and a number of files in a raid on Malaysiakini’s offices on 20 January 2003 in response to a complaint filed by UMNO’s youth wing for “sedition” and “incitement to racial hatred.” Gan said it was an attempt to close the site down. The authorities demanded to know who had posted an anonymous article on the site on 9 January criticising the government’s granting of special rights to the country’s ethnic Malay majority and comparing the UMNO to the racist American Ku Klux Klan. Gan refused as a matter of journalistic principle to say who had written it.The site was ordered on 22 January to leave its offices before the end of February by its landlord, the firm PC Suria, which is owned by the government-controlled body NASCOM. Gan denounced this as a new bid to close down the site by government pressure on PC Suria. Malaysiakini’s chief executive, Premesh Chandran, said finding new offices cost about 100,000 ringgits (26,000 euros) and disrupt its activities for at least two weeks. “It will also mean a loss in subscription revenue and a loss of confidence among our readers and subscribers,” he said.The staff said on 5 February they would defy the eviction order, noting that the lease did not expire until December 2004. Gan wrote to PC Suria’s lawyer saying they would not leave because they had not violated any terms of the lease. As a result of local and foreign protests, pressure on Malaysiakini then subsided.The opposition, which uses the Internet as a public platform, is also regularly harassed. In March 2001, the computers of the opposition National Justice Party’s website were seized. Police searched the home of the site’s editor, Raja Petra Kamaruddin, saying the site contained “seditious” material. The party has since transferred it to a host outside the country.Cyber-journalist in prisonOne of Malaysiakini’s journalists, Hishamuddin Rais (also a documentary filmmaker), and five other dissidents, all of them arrested in April 2001 and jailed without trial for two years for “attempting to overthrow the government,” began a hunger strike on 10 April 2002 to protest against their imprisonment under the Internal Security Act in Kamunting prison, at Taiping, in the northern state of Perak. Rais and one of the other five, Badrulamin Bahron were taken on 16 April to the prison hospital, where they still refused to eat and were put on a drip. After eight days without food, they had won support from human rights activists, regime opponents and jailed former vice-premier Anwar Ibrahim, who also went on hunger strike for several days in solidarity. The state-run or pro-government media did not report their protest, which they halted after 11 days.Rules for website content being drawn upThe energy, communications and multimedia ministry announced on 30 May 2001 that a National Internet Advisory Committee would be set up to coordinate and supervise Internet use and draw up laws to regulate it.The same day, the ministry’s parliamentary secretary, Chia Kwang Chye, said that in the absence of laws applying specifically to the Internet, its users must obey the Communication and Multimedia Act, which allows anyone who puts false or defamatory information on the Internet to be jailed for up to a year and heavily fined.After strong pressure from online publications and the political opposition, the government announced in March 2002 it was dropping plans to regulate the Internet. However, a month earlier, Malaysiakini editor Gan said the government was keen to introduce rules about what could be put online and that the ministry was drafting a reform of the government’s licensing system. Gan said the aim was clearly to weed out any opposition material or criticism of the government. Record fine for Malaysian news site over readers’ comments RSF_en March 17, 2021 Find out more Malaysian cartoonist Zunar facing possible sedition charge again January 29, 2021 Find out more
Make your ownpea pups “Most Southerners are accustomed to eating black-eyed peas, whichare a member of the cowpea family,” said Kay McWatters, a foodscientist with the UGA College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences.Fried black-eyed peas?”The varieties we grow in the Southeast are typically used as a fresh or frozen vegetable for boiling,” she said. “So eating black-eyed peas in the form of a fried food would be a new experience.” Akara’s major drawback has been its high fat content, she said. But UGA’s newest formulations have solved that problem.Sarah Page Patterson, a recent UGA food science graduate, has developed an akara formulation that has reduced its fat content significantly. “Our early akara formulations contained 31.8 percent crude fat (dry weight basis) compared to 25.6 percent of crude fat for the fried cornmeal hush puppies from a fast food restaurant,” McWatters said. “Now, we’ve reduced the fat by adding corn starch. And our akara pea pups are in line with the fat content of hush puppies and french fries (21 percent crude fat).”The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that fried foods have been unaffected by the nutrition revolution, and the french fry is still the most consumed fast-food item, McWatters said. Packed with protein Although they will never be considered a low-fat food, akara pea pups are much better nutritionally than their Southern hush puppy counterparts.”Akara’s protein content (22 percent) is twice that of hush puppies (10 percent) and almost three times that of french fries (8 percent),” McWatters said. “It’s a good source of proteins and B vitamins and minerals.”A federal program, the Bean-Cowpea Collaborative Research Support Program, funds UGA’s akara project. The goal of this project is to broaden the way Americans view and eat beans and cowpeas.Akara is a staple in many people’s diets in West African countries. But it’s relatively unknown in the United States.Beany flavor”It resembles a hush puppy as it has a crisp crust and a bready interior,” she said. “But akara has a much higher protein content than a cornmeal hush puppy because of its legume base.”It has a pleasing, beany flavor, McWatters said. It’s typically seasoned with salt, minced onion and either bell or hot peppers. By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaUniversity of Georgia food scientists are working to introduce akara, a popular West African food, to U.S. consumers through the frozen food and fast food markets.Similar to hush puppies, akara is made from deep-fried cowpea (black-eyed pea) paste. Past consumer tests conducted by UGA food scientists have found that Americans like akara because of its ethnic appeal. These surveys also show Americans would best accept akara as a fast food or a fully cooked, frozen, reheatable item.UGA researchers have found that several cowpea varieties can be used to make akara that closely resembles the traditional black-eyed pea product in texture and flavor.”We’ve used black-eyed, crowder, pink-eye purple hull, white eye (California cream) and white acre,” McWatters said.UGA researchers are working with Inland Empire Foods of Riverside, Calif., to introduce akara through frozen-food and convenience-food markets. “Inland is particularly interested in the all-white cowpeabecause it doesn’t have any black-eyes — therefore, thedehulling step can be eliminated,” she said. “They currently usepeas, beans and other legumes in convenience-type foods and makea whole line of dry soup mixes that need only hot water torehydrate.”McWatters and her colleagues have worked on the fat reduction aspects of this project for the past two years. They’re eager to see akara hit the market.”Most of our efforts have been toward tailoring this production for the food service industry, particularly restaurants and institutions,” she said. “We’d love to see it hit the fast food market, too.”
By AFP February 10, 2020 Colombian and Venezuelan armed groups exercise “abusive social control” on both sides of the border, in Colombia’s Arauca department and Venezuela’s Apure state, in collusion with Venezuelan authorities, said nongovernmental organization Human Rights Watch (HRW) on January 22.José Miguel Vivanco, HRW director for the Americas, denounced operations carried out by guerrillas of the National Liberation Army (ELN, in Spanish), dissidents of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC, in Spanish), and the Patriotic Forces of National Liberation (FPLN, in Spanish), a Venezuelan Chavista group, during a presentation of the report “The Guerrillas Are the Police.”All of them “have the strength and abilities to impose their rules” and subdue the population with killings, torture, extortion, kidnapping, child recruitment, sexual abuse, and forced labor, Vivanco said.The investigation revealed that both ELN rebels and dissidents of what was once the most powerful guerilla in the Americas “operate with near-to-absolute impunity on both sides of the border, keeping camps in Apure and using Venezuela as their rearguard.”According to the NGO director, the FPLN armed group is concentrated in Apure.Although the organization’s size and firepower are unknown, HRW says that some of its members were part of the so-called “illegally armed colectivos” — groups that the opposition considers a Chavista armed wing — and that these groups “act in collusion with Venezuelan security forces and local authorities.”The NGO, which didn’t address an alliance among the three forces, reported forced labor as punishment.The victims are taken to Venezuelan camps and are forced to carry out farming tasks or cook for combatants.Around 44,000 Venezuelans live in Arauca, most of whom fled the worst crisis in the country’s modern history, aggravated by hyperinflation and lack of supplies.These migrants escape “a violent dictatorship” and end up in “an extremely risky situation” in Colombia, Vivanco said.A porous, 261-mile border separates Arauca department from Apure state.With 240,000 inhabitants on the Colombian side and 460,000 on the Venezuelan side, the population suffers high poverty rates, despite living in an oil-producing area, with narcotrafficking and smuggling operations into Venezuela.According to HRW, “the Arauca authorities are not capable of administering justice,” and the Colombian military in the region are “mainly focused” on “protecting” the infrastructure of state-run oil company Ecopetrol.
Betgenius expands virtual sports range with Kiron August 20, 2020 Betgenius: Spare change… how will the increase to five subs affect football trading? June 4, 2020 Related Articles Share Submit Betgenius: The sound of silence… What impact does an empty stadium have on trading? May 26, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Sam Hill – BetgeniusSam Hill Head of Business Development at Betgenius, introduces 3×3 basketball, the latest addition to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games sport roster. An action-packed sport, Hill details what makes 3×3 a great game for betting stakeholders. ____________________________3×3 is Played on a half-court, with just one hoop and games that last for 10 minutes, or until one team scores 21 points, 3×3 games are fast, closely contested and momentum can swing in matter of seconds. Games during tournaments come thick and fast – one game every 20 minutes – and half of all games finish with just one or two points difference.For bookmakers, this new sporting format – much like T20 cricket has done over the past decade – creates an exciting to drive in-play turnover and, crucially, appeal to a younger demographic.Targeting millennialsAll sportsbook operators are faced with the pressing question on what content will attract and entertain a new generation of customers. More than anyone else, millennials expect to bet on fast-paced, exciting action on their mobile with rapid results.In the past couple of years, eSports has been identified as a solution to this question and now 3×3 is perfectly placed to further bridge this crucial gap between bookmaker and customer. After all, the International Olympic Committee chose to give 3×3 Olympic status largely on the basis that it would make the Games more appealing to a younger demographic.The sport has a young, mobile and rapidly expanding global fan base, creating hugely exciting opportunities for bookmakers around the world.“3×3 is widely considered the number one urban team sport, perfect for digital and social media engagement with youngsters and is simple enough to be played anywhere by anybody,” Alex Sanchez, FIBA 3×3 Managing Director said. “With 3×3 basketball’s recent addition to the Olympic track, we are at a hugely exciting stage in the sport’s growth”.Building on basketball’s strengthDeciphering the level of risk is a key priority for all operators when offering new sports. However, in the case of 3×3, the sport is simply building on basketball’s global popularity.With its huge number of games, global fan-base, high-profile players and frequent scoring, traditional basketball is already a must-have for bookmakers wanting to engage their customers. And with the high-quality and rich level of data available through official courtside collection, bookmakers are already cashing in on a successful in-play product.The emergence of 3×3 as a mainstream sport will offer all of this and more. As an abridged form of the game, with less players on the court, closer score lines and a greater emphasis on attacking play, 3×3 offers a myriad of new and exciting markets, such as Race to Five, 10 or 15 Points and Next Team to Score Two Points.Fast and furiousThe rise in popularity of 3×3 basketball is symptomatic of a wider trend in sport, with cricket, golf and tennis also seeing the launch of new, innovative formats of the traditional games. With T20 now a worldwide phenomenon and a significant product for bookies, the likes of FAST4 and Tie Break Tens – both new quick-fire tennis formats – are also worth keeping an eye on alongside GolfSixes.This shift, while unlikely to replace traditional formats any time soon, is primarily designed to appease spectators and broadcasters, but they are also changing viewing habits and geographies.Sports betting will ultimately see a knock-on effect and it’s up to suppliers and operators to stay ahead of the curve.On paper, these events provide the perfect opportunity to combine the in-play product and second-screen experience for a younger demographic. And after becoming the latest Olympic sport, the time is now for operators to engage with the basketball’s latest betting success story with 3×3. FIBA -3×3 Video ___________________New Sports development and betting partnerships will be discussed at the upcoming ‘Betting on Sports – #BOSCON2017’ conference (13-15 September – Olympia London). Click on the below banner for more information…
The Committee of Administrators (CoA) has suggested the names of former India captain Kapil Dev, former Test opener Anshuman Gaekwad and wicket-keeper Bharath Reddy and former Home Secretary G.K. Pillai for the four-member steering committee that will help in the formation of Players’ Association as per the reforms recommended by the Justice R.M. Lodha Committee.”The Committee of Administrators is of the considered opinion that a separate committee of three persons headed by a former judge of this Hon’ble Court, a retired Deputy Comptroller and Auditor General and such other person with appropriate experience in investigating such matters be appointed to examine the due diligence reports in detail with the assistance of the audit firms that have prepared the same.”Commission a forensic audit in respect of those state/ member associations where the due diligence reports indicate instances of misfeasance and/or malfeasance and initiate appropriate action against the individuals identified as responsible for the same. The said committee may be assisted by a retired Accountant General from the relevant states identified by the Committee,” the CoA said in its report to the Supreme Court on Wednesday.”It is respectfully submitted that this honourable court may consider the appointment of the following persons as members of the re-constituted Steering Committee, along with G.K. Pillai — Anshuman Gaikwad, Kapil Dev; and Bharat Reddy.”The CoA also urged the apex court to fill the vacancy which arose after one its members Ramachandra Guha resigned from the body.”One of the members of the Committee of Administrators, Ramachandra Guha, has communicated his decision to resign for reasons publicly disclosed by him. Another member, Mr. Vikram Limaye, has filed an application seeking discharge for the reasons stated therein. Accordingly, there is a need to fill the said vacancies on the Committee of Administrators,” the report said.advertisementThe Supreme Court-appointed panel also urged that the new constitution of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI ) should come into force before September, when the annual general meeting and elections of the country’s top cricket body are due to be held.”Under the existing BCCI constitution, election for the office bearers of BCCI are held during the AGM after every three years. The Committee of Administrators has been informed that the AGM of BCCI is normally held every year in the month of September and that elections for the office bearers of the BCCI are due to be conducted in the forthcoming AGM to be held in September 2017. In the circumstances, there is a need to ensure that the new BCCI constitution is formally adopted well prior to September 2017 so that the upcoming elections can be held in accordance with the New BCCI Constitution in the AGM to be held on or before September 30, 2017,” the CoA said.”The Committee of Administrators requests the Hon’ble Court to: Issue appropriate directions (including article 142 of the Constitution of India) to empower the CoA to finalise the text of the new BCCI constitution, direct the appointment of an Ombudsman for BCCI forthwith and direct that such Ombudsman be re-appointed at the AGM to be held in September 2017 and issue appropriate directions re-constituting the steering committee for establishing the Cricket Players’ Association,” the report added.
By BEN HARRIS You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League in the following ways:Websiteswww.ntl.mytouchfooty.comwww.austouch.com.auSocial MediaFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2014)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksNRL Touch Football logo It’s smart, it’s classy and it’s Australian. It’s the NRL Touch Football logo.On day one of the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League, Touch Football Australia CEO Colm Maguire and NRL CEO David Smith unveiled the logo of NRL Touch Football.NRL Touch Football is the brand born out of the strategic alliance between Touch Football Australia and the NRL.The new NRL Touch Football brand was displayed on the NTL main field and features the logos of both sports.The brand will be used to back the combined recruitment strategies through playnrl.com which also includes a touch football section and will feature in a targeted television commercial to be launched later this year.Maguire said it was an important day for touch football and the partnership between the two sports.“The NRL Touch Football brand is meant to signify the joining together of two very, very strong sports and how we will take these sports together over the future,” Maguire said.“It is exciting for us and it also coincides with some branding within the NRL website, the playnrl website and very soon to be through social media and an advertising campaign done specifically for touch football by the NRL featuring [Australian open men’s captain] Steve Roberts.“It is a significant investment by the NRL and a show of faith in the system and the opportunities that we offer.”Smith said the logo signifies the partnership between the two codes and the goal of making it the largest sporting community in Australia.“We have over 1.1 million player participants from this point forward who are playing under the NRL Touch Football and NRL brands. It is about growth,” Smith said.
Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli delighted with victory at Tranmereby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham midfielder Dele Alli was delighted to lead them to FA Cup success at Tranmere Rovers.Spurs left Merseyside with a 7-0 win last night, Fernando Llorente hitting hat-trick.”We all enjoy playing together, we all want to play the same way and we know the philosophy we have here,” he said. “We all want to get the ball up high, move it quickly, interchange and make it difficult for the other team. We did that today.”We’re all happy for Fernando (Llorent) because he works so hard, he came in, took his chance and scored a hat-trick – he couldn’t do more.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle boss Bruce confident Joelinton will be regular goalscorerby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Steve Bruce is confident Joelinton will be a regular goalscorer.Joelinton got off the mark at Tottenham last month and Bruce feels the build-up to that goal – 17 passes in 46 seconds – proves Newcastle’s ‘big, physical animal’ will get benefit from better service.”I think when he played for Hoffenheim, he played towards the left a lot. I saw him play against Manchester City and he played to the left, which a lot of the teams do,” he told the Evening Chronicle.“They’re not actual wide players or wingers as such – they play on the left-hand side – and I think he got used to that role.“Certainly he’s aware – and we’ve made it clear to him – that we have to score more so all the spotlight, of course, is on him and Almiron. But, as a team, we have to create more and that’s got to be the aim going forward.”
ESPN’s Jon Gruden is apparently not a fan of Oregon’s brightly-colored uniforms. On Monday, ESPN aired Gruden’s QB Camp with former Ducks’ quarterback Marcus Mariota, who is expected to be a top-10 pick in the NFL Draft. During Mariota’s session with Gruden, the NFL analyst expressed some distaste for Oregon’s fluorescent yellow uniforms, saying he rooted against the Ducks when they wore them. Jon Gruden trashes @Univ_Of_Oregon fluorescent yellow unis to Marcus Mariota while wearing a fluorescent yellow polo pic.twitter.com/Ul6Ya9uSg6— Chris Law (@ChrisLaw) March 17, 2015Gruden, of course, said all of this while wearing a neon-yellow polo. We’re guessing a man of his intelligence realizes the irony in his comments.