Newspaper editor held for reporting army unrest

first_img Newspaper editor Samory Ngaradoumbé was released pending trial on a charge of “inciting a revolt” after appearing before the public prosecutor 16 October.Ngaradoumbé agreed that the prefect of the northern town of Bardai and the army general staff would be given the right to reply to the incriminated article in the next issue of his paper. His trial is due to start on 29 October. ——–14.10.2013 – Journalist detainedReporters Without Borders is very concerned about the arrest on 14 October of Samory Ngaradoumbé, the editor of the weekly L’Observateur, over a report about the armed forces.Ngaradoumbé is being held for publishing an article reporting disturbances in the military garrison in the far north town on Bardai, near the border with Libya, and for comparing it to last month’s unrest in the Chadian army camps at Amachach, near Tessalit, inside Mali.“We strongly condemn this arrest of a journalist,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Arrest and detention in police custody are completely disproportionate and unnecessary in cases involving the media. We call for Ngaradoumbé’s immediate release. There are no grounds for holding him.”Ngaradoumbé was already questioned last weekend by security police, who wanted to know his sources for the report. According to the government, there has been no unrest in the Bardai garrison and the article was intended to disturb public order.It is not yet known which government institution filed a complaint against Ngaradoumbé, who could be brought before the prosecutor’s office tomorrow.Ngaradoumbé was sentenced to three months in prison and a heavy fine in July 2005 for writing an open letter to President Idriss Deby criticizing the arrest of members of the Kreda community.Three journalists were already given jail sentences and heavy fines in August in Chad, which is ranked 121st out of 179 countries in the 2013 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.More information about media freedom in Chad. Photo : Tchadonline RSF_en ChadAfrica Organisation The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa December 1, 2020 Find out more Many historic publications threatened with closure in Chad Receive email alerts to go further Newscenter_img Follow the news on Chad October 7, 2020 Find out more Chadian radio stations on strike in protest against violent raid October 18, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Newspaper editor held for reporting army unrest Help by sharing this information Reports November 27, 2020 Find out more News ChadAfrica Newslast_img read more

Summit in Trinidad And Tobago Makes Good Impression In Latin America

first_imgBy Dialogo April 20, 2009 The Summit of the Americas, held this weekend in Trinidad and Tobago, made a good impression among participating Latin American leaders, particularly regarding the prospects for change in the relations with the U.S. that have been opened. However, reactions to the meeting were very diverse: Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva felt that this was the beginning of a new chapter in the history in the relation between both countries, while Peruvian President Alan García was skeptical, and former Cuban president Fidel Castro, whose country was the most notable absentee in the event, criticized it openly. Lula revealed today in his weekly radio program that he felt that a new relationship between the United States and the rest of the Americas began in Trinidad and Tobago, and attributed this opportunity to the election of Barack Obama as President of that country. “If the United States wishes so, they have the ability to open a new chapter in history, not by interfering, but by establishing a partnership and building positive things with the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean,” he said. He also said that the summit demonstrated that differences are resolved through dialogue, not violence. “The whole world expected a fight between Obama and (Hugo) Chávez, between Obama and Evo Morales, between Obama and Rafael Correa, between Obama and Daniel Ortega… What happened? People are acting in a civilized way, and have learned to discuss matters democratically and live with their differences,” he said. The President of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, agreed today that the summit “was held in an atmosphere of great harmony, great cordiality,” which he attributed to Obama’s role, and said that it “has taken significant steps toward building confidence in a new era in international relations between the United States, Latin America, and the Caribbean. ” In addition, he was pleased that the presidential speeches during the meeting were based on clear, direct, profound, and functional dialogue. The Ecuadorian President’s only objection was the lack of strength he felt in the final statement, since “the summit went far beyond that document.” The Dominican President, Leonel Fernández, also expressed satisfaction with the outcome of the Summit and the meeting he held with the presidents of Central America and Obama, a meeting he described as “positive, cordial, and friendly.” In Central America, today’s newspaper editorials praised Obama’s new approach toward the region, among them “La Prensa Gráfica” in El Salvador, which announced “renewed relations between the United States and other countries in the hemisphere, especially with Latin America.” Just as “La Prensa Gráfica,” in Central America today, newspaper editorials also praised the new style introduced by Obama, for whom they predict “renewed relations between the United States and other countries of the hemisphere, especially with Latin American.” In Guatemala, the newspaper “Prensa Libre” said that Obama seems “to have started in the right direction in his debut before his colleagues on the continent” and stressed promises he made, such as “establishing a new era of cooperation with Latin America.” However, the Peruvian Alan García felt less optimistic about by the summit regarding relations with United States because, although he also praised Obama’s personality and his willingness to listen, “the basic interests (of the U.S.) are still a priority,” in reference to his views on democracy and free trade. “I do not think we can either promise or believe that the conflicting relation has been pushed aside, but at least we have a few months of a more fluid relationship,” said the President in an interview published today in the newspaper El Comercio. Another of the skeptics was the President of Costa Rica, Óscar Arias, who said that, unlike in the G20 Summit, “where we achieved important, concrete things,” in Trinidad and Tobago, other matters, “which were not very important,” were discussed. “To be more specific, we all engaged in discussing the (final) statement, which was not very relevant and on which consensus was not achieved,” he lamented. The Colombian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jaime Bermúdez, was also cautious about the new era in continental relations announced in the meeting, because, he said, “summits, like wedding parties, are the first celebration, but what is important is what follows day-to-day.” Yesterday, other leaders expressed their satisfaction with the meeting, including Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, who stated that what happened “was unthinkable a few years ago: that the U.S. government” would make a shift and would sit face to face with Latin America and the Caribbean as equals. Chavez stressed that they discussed “matters that, in other summits, it would be unthinkable to discuss,” and attributed the success of the meeting as a personal triumph. “It seems that the changes that began in Venezuela in the last decade of the twentieth century have begun to reach North America,” he said. Additionally, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega called the Summit of the Americas “a positive step” toward a new stage of relations between the U.S. and Latin America and the Caribbean. Meanwhile, his Honduran counterpart, Manuel Zelaya, noted that “although confrontation was expected, analysis took place,” and that both Latin America and United States left the meeting “with their heads held high.” The biggest criticism of the meeting in Trinidad and Tobago came from former Cuban President Fidel Castro, although in the summit the end of the of the United States embargo on the island and its exclusion from the Organization of American States (OAS) were major themes. The Cuban leader complained that the summit was “secret,” since neither the representatives nor those who had been “excommunicated” could see what was dealt with. “We were told that the meeting would not be secret, but the show’s owners deprived us of that interesting intellectual exercise,” he added in a report to official Cuban media. In addition, he found that Obama “was harsh and evasive in relation to the blockade (of Cuba by the U.S.) in his interview with the press.”last_img read more

CFO Focus: Second half of 2016 economic update

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The job of a CFO to optimize a credit union’s return on assets while controlling expenses and risk got a lot harder with the United Kingdom’s referendum to leave the European Union (Brexit).The shock of Brexit should put the Federal Reserve on hold for the rest of 2016, keeping funding rates at record lows. Meanwhile, longer-term rates will decline, flattening the yield curve and compressing already low net interest margins. Declining NIMs will increase the already considerable weight on credit unions to generate non-interest income. The ability to control the operating expenses, credit risk and compliance risk that come with expanding NII-generation platforms will be vital in maintaining financial stability.The global demand for positive-yielding interest rate duration continues to climb as the total amount of global bonds with negative yields continues to increase. The shock and subsequent economic turmoil that will be caused by Brexit will most probably see the European Central Bank and the Bank of Japan expand their programs of negative interest rate policy, as well as press on with their programs of quantitative easing—an unconventional monetary policy in which a central bank purchases securities from the market to lower interest rates and increase the money supply so financial institutions have higher liquidity and better ability to lend. continue reading »last_img read more

State Senator Seward to not seek reelection

first_img“There will be plenty of time to reminisce about the accomplishments, but there is still work ahead.  As I wrap up my senate career, I will continue to focus on the issues and concerns people express to me every day and I look forward to a few additional success stories.” “Throughout my time in the state senate I have focused on improving the lives of those I represent – advancing legislation, securing state grants for key community needs, and working directly with constituents in need of help.  I have been blessed to work with many great individuals both at the Capitol and at home and will cherish those strong partnerships.  The full statement can be read below: “My family and I also want to offer our sincere thanks to the great many well-wishers for the cards, prayers, and positive messages we have received over the past few months during my cancer treatment.  The encouraging sentiments mean a great deal. “I have decided not to seek reelection in 2020 and will retire from the senate when my current term, my 17th, expires at the end of the year.  While I have responded well to cancer treatments, my physicians have advised me that treatments will continue for the foreseeable future limiting my ability to maintain the rigorous schedule needed to campaign for re-election.  This is the right decision for my health, my family, and the people of the 51st Senate District. “My commitment to our region will continue and I look forward to further service in the future.” “I want to stress that this decision is in no way related to majority or minority standing in the senate.  I have effectively served under both scenarios and have always fought for the best interests of my constituents no matter the party in power – which is exactly what I will continue to do for the remainder of my term. (WBNG) — State Senator James L. Seward announced Monday morning that he will be retiring at the end of 2020. He will not seek reelection. “I am grateful for the opportunity to serve in the state senate and sincerely thank the voters for their support and confidence.  The sacred trust bestowed in me by those I have had the privilege to represent has always been foremost on my mind.  In a statement sent to 12 News, Seward says the decision is the right move for his “health, family and the people of the 51st Senate District.” Senator Seward was elected to state senate in 1986. He is serving his 17th term.last_img read more

Planning: impact of car parking restrictions and residential demand

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Allsop to cash in on bank enthusiasm

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DNO lifts takeover offer for Faroe Petroleum to 160p a share

first_imgNorway’s DNO has increased its takeover offer for Faroe Petroleum. The company which in November launched a hostile takeover bid of 152 pence a share, on Tuesday said the new and final offer was 160 pence in cash for each Faroe Share it didn’t already own.According to DNO, the final offer values Faroe’s existing issued and to be issued share capital at approximately £641.7 million.Since DNO owns some 30 percent in Faroe Petroleum, this means that DNO would pay around £454 million ($580 million).“The Final Offer price represents a premium of 52.4 percent to Faroe’s share price of 105 pence at the close of business on 3 April 2018, the last Business Day before DNO announced its first acquisition of shares in Faroe, and a premium of 27.2 percent to Faroe’s share price of 125.8 pence at the close of business on 23 November 2018, the last Business Day before the announcement of the Offer,” DNO said.The Norwegian oil company said the final offer for Faroe, a North Sea region-focused exploration and production company, would remain open for acceptance until 1.00 p.m. (London time) on January 23, 2019.Providing background and rationale behind the decision to increase the offer, DNO on Tuesday said:” The justification for acquiring Faroe remains unchanged and is as set out in paragraph 3 of the letter from DNO in Part I of the First Offer Document.Since its 26 November 2018 announcement, DNO has maintained that its original 152 pence per share Offer price was full and fair, even generous, especially in the light of weaknesses in the equity and commodity markets and recent newsflow from Faroe itself. DNO has studied the various defence documents published by the Faroe Board and found nothing to change this opinion.“Even Faroe’s hastily revised and released report “Independent Expert’s Report on the Oil and Gas Assets of Faroe Petroleum plc” left important questions unanswered, as DNO highlighted in its 2 January 2019 announcement, such as, still bullish oil price assumptions, exclusion of the much heralded Equinor swap, no accounting for corporate costs when converting the asset valuation to a company valuation, and optimistic interpretation of value from the highly uncertain categories of contingent resources and “near term prospects”, among others. Related: DNO slams Faroe’s ‘glossy’ report amid Oda field reserves downgrade Related: DNO extends 152p bid deadline for Faroe. We’re worth more, Faroe board says Offshore Energy Today Staff DNO added: “We remain concerned about Faroe’s ability to deliver its longed for “transformational growth” in light of continuing risks surrounding the Brasse development, recent exploration disappointments in the Brasse East and Rungne wells in the Brasse area and also the Cassidy prospect, and note with disappointment the disclosure by the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (“NPD”) on 7 January 2019 of a substantial downgrade of the reserves in the Oda field.“Having thought long and hard about the situation, DNO has decided to increase its Offer price and close out the Offer, and focus now on putting Faroe on a firm operations and commercial footing. We are pleased that starting with our first acquisition of shares, shareholders holding 43.8 percent of Faroe’s shares have voted with their feet by selling shares to DNO or with their hands by accepting our Offer.”“Although DNO would prefer to achieve its 50 percent acceptance level and acquire additional shares, DNO is nonetheless comfortable with the possibility of its Offer lapsing, leaving DNO with less than a majority shareholding in Faroe. In the latter case, DNO has already stated that it will intensify its efforts to ensure that Faroe is managed for the benefit of all shareholders.” While Faroe Petroleum has yet to release a reaction on the latest offer, one can say almost certainly that the company’s board will not be pleased with 160 pence a share. Namely, the company has earlier this month cited a GCA report which concluded that “the value of Faroe’s oil and gas assets more reflective of current (late December 2018) market oil pricing is in the range of US$879 million – US$1,076 million.”“The Board believes that GCA’s independent valuation further reinforces its view that the Offer is opportunistic and substantially undervalues Faroe,” Faroe said at the time. What is more, John Bentley, Non-Executive Chairman of Faroe said that the GCA report implied a value per share for Faroe in the range of 186p to 225p per share representing a 22%-48% premium respectively to DNO’s Offer price of 152p. Related: Faroe tells shareholders to wait for better offerlast_img read more

CSL Turn To Foreign Referees For Weekend’s Games

first_imgChinese Super League (CSL) officials have turned to foreign referees to take charge of league matches this weekend in response to recent controversies.Jonas Eriksson of Sweden will officiate the league match between Tianjin Quanjian and Shandong Luneng while French referee Tony Chapron will be in charge of the game between Shanghai Shenhua and Tianjin Teda.Video referees are also set to be introduced soon in the CSL on a trial basis.The introduction of foreign referees was conveyed in a statement from the Chinese Football Association (CFA). It read: “To improve the abilities of referees is a main part of the Chinese FA’s job.“Inviting high-level foreign referees will help further improve referee accuracy in key matches and provide domestic referees with opportunities for learning and exchange.”CFA vice president Zhang Jian had earlier admitted in August that “there were rather big controversies with the referees’ decisions in some games”.RelatedMarcelo Lippi Returns as China Coach Four Months after QuittingMay 24, 2019In “Competition”VAR: English Premier League Referees To Make More Use Of Pitchside MonitorsNovember 10, 2019In “England”Four Soccer Referees Banned In Malawi For ThisSeptember 27, 2017In “Africa”last_img read more

What channel is Cowboys vs. 49ers on today? Time, TV schedule for 2019 NFL preseason

first_imgWe know Ezekiel Elliott won’t be playing as his holdout from Dallas’ training camp continues. And we know Week 1 of the NFL preseason schedule is hardly grounds for legitimate intrigue and/or entertainment value in terms of a TV product for the league. But this is Cowboys vs. 49ers.Even if it’s based solely on nostalgia, this matchup will garner at least some level of national attention every time. That’s why NFL Network is the TV channel on which Cowboys vs. 49ers can be watched. This is one of the few games on the NFL preseason schedule that warrants a national TV presentation. MORE: Watch Cowboys vs. 49ers live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)Even though it’s just the preseason opener for both teams, Sporting News is curious to see how the Cowboys look in their new offense under first-year coordinator Kellen Moore. His impact is one of the reasons SN predicted a Dallas Super Bowl championship at the end of the 2019 season.As for the 49ers, the 2019 season figures to be an effort in redemption after a year lost to injuries. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and running back Jerick McKinnon are back as centerpieces of San Francisco’s offense, and the reset button on the expectations that were tied to this team a year ago has been pressed.Below is all the info you need to watch Cowboys vs. 49ers on Saturday, including the TV channels nationally, in Dallas and in San Francisco.What channel is Cowboys vs. 49ers on today?TV channel (National): NFL NetworkTV channel (San Francisco): KPIXTV channel (Dallas): KTVTLive stream: fuboTVFitting for a matchup between two of the NFL’s most storied franchises, Cowboys vs. 49ers will be the exclamation point at the end of the first full week of preseason action. Not counting last week’s Hall of Fame Game, Cowboys vs. 49ers will be the fourth preseason game to be shown on national TV this season.Locally, the TV channel for Cowboys vs. 49ers in Dallas will be KTVT. In San Francisco, the game can be seen on KPIX. Both TV stations are CBS affiliates. As for a live-stream presentation, Cowboys vs. 49ers can be seen on fuboTV. New fubo TV users can sign up with a seven-day free trial. All nationally televised NFL preseason games will be available on fuboTV.Cowboys vs. 49ers: What time is kickoff?Date: Saturday, Aug. 10Start time: 9 p.m. ETThe 9 p.m. ET kickoff time for Cowboys vs. 49ers on Saturday night is not the latest kickoff time of the week — there are a couple 10 p.m. ET kickoffs on Thursday night — but it’s close.Cowboys and 49ers fans who live on the east coast (and there are plenty) will have a late night. Such is life for the NFL fan dedicated enough to consume preseason football in early- to mid-August.Cowboys preseason schedule 2019DateOpponentTimeAug. 10at 49ers9 p.m. ETAug. 17at Rams (Hawaii)10 p.m. ETAug. 24vs. Texans7 p.m. ETAug. 29vs. Buccaneers8 p.m. ET49ers preseason schedule 2019DateOpponentTimeAug. 10vs. Cowboys9 p.m. ETAug. 19at Broncos8 p.m. ETAug. 24at Chiefs8 p.m. ETAug. 29vs. Chargers10 p.m. ETlast_img read more

Imprisoned Mason City man facing more sexual abuse charges

first_imgMASON CITY — A Mason City man already serving a prison term for sexual abuse has now pleaded not guilty to additional sexual abuse charges.34-year-old Brent Champney was sentenced in 2016 to ten years in prison after being convicted of third-degree sexual abuse where he admitted to having sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl in October 2015.Champney is now charged with one count of second-degree sexual abuse, one count of third-degree sexual abuse, and one count of lascivious acts with a child. A criminal complaint accuses Champney of sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl starting in 2007 and continued until a few months before he was sent to prison. Champney filed a written plea of not guilty to the charges on Wednesday. District Judge James Drew set Champney’s trial for August 27th. If convicted of all three charges, Champney would face up to 45 years in prison.last_img read more