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Protesters rename Ouagadougou avenue after slain journalist on 10th anniversary of murder

first_img to go further Reporters Without Borders marked the 10th anniversary of journalist Norbert Zongo’s murder today by organising a protest in which stickers were used to rename one of the capital’s avenues after Zongo. The editor of the weekly L’Indépendant, Zongo and three companions were murdered in the southern town of Sapouy on 13 December 1998.In the course of a march through the streets of Ouagadougou organised by the Collective againt Impunity in Burkina Faso, Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard and head of information Léonard Vincent put up large stickers with the words “Avenue Norbert Zongo” in the form a Ouagadougou street-name sign.They distributed stickers to demonstrators and urged them to affix them everywhere in the capital as a tribute to the slain journalist and his three fellow victims.“Ten years after the multiple murder in Sapouy, the people of Burkina Faso are still in the dark although suspicion and evidence have pointed to the president’s brother and the presidential guard,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Not only have the authorities done everything to prevent justice being done in this case but – compounding scandal with contempt – they have done nothing to ensure that Burkina Faso honours one of its finest sons,” the press freedom organisation add. “At least that injustice has been partially redressed today.” Zongo (picture) was an investigative journalist and editor of the weekly L’Indépendant. His 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 looking into how 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. Marcel 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 Kafando 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 2006 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 2006, 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. Burkina FasoAfrica Two Spanish journalists killed in eastern Burkina Faso Organisation Burkina FasoAfrica News In the course of a march through the streets of Ouagadougou organised by the Collective againt Impunity in Burkina Faso, Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard and head of information Léonard Vincent put up large stickers with the words “Avenue Norbert Zongo” in the form a Ouagadougou street-name sign. They also distributed stickers to demonstrators and urged them to affix them as a tribute to the slain journalist. December 13, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Protesters rename Ouagadougou avenue after slain journalist on 10th anniversary of murder Receive email alerts News News May 5, 2021 Find out more Time is pressing, 20 years after Burkinabe journalist’s murder April 27, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Burkina Faso French reporter says he has been kidnapped in northeastern Mali June 7, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Help by sharing this information Newslast_img read more

Donegal beaches score high in latest EPA report

first_imgAudioHomepage BannerNews Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Pinterest Previous articleDonegal TD calls for change in SUSI grants processNext articleFunding granted for long-awaited slipway in north Inishowen News Highland Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA WhatsApp WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Twittercenter_img Beaches across Donegal have scored well in the latest EPA report with most of the bathing waters in the county either ranked as excellent or good.Lisfannon beach has been upgraded from sufficient to good in the latest report while Portarthur in Derrybeg has seen a slight decline in water quality, going from good to sufficient.In total 147 water bodies were assessed in the report, with 140 meeting the minimum required standard.Mary Gurrie from the EPA says a number of beaches were found to be in poor shape across the country:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/wategfhgfhgfhgfrclip-2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. By News Highland – May 26, 2020 Twitter Google+ Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterest Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Donegal beaches score high in latest EPA report RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Panel discusses implications of a federal Dream Act

first_imgA panel of experts discussed the state of the California Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act and the feasibility of the nationwide Dream Act on Monday at an event titled Undocumented Students, Unauthorized Immigrants, and the Future of America in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center, hosted by the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics.The California Dream Act, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in October, aims to make financial aid available to undocumented college students.Debate · Jonathan Wilcox (left), speechwriter for former Calif. Gov. Peter Wilson, argued against a federal Dream Act at a panel hosted by the Jesse M. Unruh Institute in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center on Tuesday. – Matthew Wunderlich | Daily TrojanThe panel, moderated by Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute, discussed the financial and moral implications of providing financial aid to undocumented individuals hoping to pursue higher education.“The Dream Act is about citizenship and equalization of funding opportunities to higher education,” said panelist Jonathan Wilcox, a speechwriter for former Calif. Gov. Pete Wilson.The panel focused on the financial restraints the Dream Act could place on the government, the legality of the Dream Act and immigration reform.Wilcox said the California Dream Act diverts funding away from other government-funded programs, which should be a higher priority.“Every dollar that a state spends on one thing is one dollar less that it has to spend on something else,” Wilcox said.  “Are you harming [undocumented students] by denying them other opportunities?”Luis Alvarado, former senior advisor for Meg Whitman’s California gubernatorial campaign, said the Dream Act raises more than just financial issues.“These are morality issues,” Alvarado said. “Should there be government help in which the government is an accumulation of all of the resources of a community?”Undocumented immigrants are presently contributing to the American economy through taxes but are still being denied access to financial aid opportunities funded by taxes, said William Perez, associate professor of education at Claremont Graduate University and author of We ARE Americans: Undocumented Students Pursuing the American Dream.“When we talk about whether we can afford it, we have to understand that undocumented workers are already contributing,” Perez said.Perez said that with a high school diploma being a less valuable degree than it was 30 years ago, a college degree is a necessity for financial success in the United States today and that by denying students opportunities to pursue scholarships and funding, the government would be limiting the chances of success for undocumented college students.“If we don’t give kids access, we give them a literal disability, because they can’t function in society,” Perez said.Michael Varela, chairperson for Improving Dreams, Education, Access and Success Movement at USC, said with the growing number of minorities in the United States, it is only a matter of time before a federal Dream Act is passed.“This [Dream Act] is a vibrant, political, economic and moral issue that all USC students should discuss and ask questions about,” Suro said.Schnur said if students want to make an impact on the passage of a federal Dream Act, they need to get involved in the government.“Protesting is noble, rallying is moving, but if you want to get something done for a cause like this, the way to do it is to get inside the gate. All ralliers are making their voice heard, but if you’re making change, you have to be inside the doors and make something happen,” Schnur said.last_img read more

Lampard ‘to be offered £1m a month to leave Chelsea’

first_imgFrank Lampard will be offered £1m a month after tax to leave Chelsea and move to China, according to The Sun.It is claimed Lampard is wanted by former Blues team-mate Didier Drogba’s club Shanghai Shenhua, as well as their Chinese Super League rivals Beijing Guoan.The midfielder’s contract expires next summer, meaning he will be free to talk to other clubs in January unless he agrees a new deal at Stamford Bridge.Lampard has repeatedly stated that he is keen to stay at Chelsea, while manager Roberto Di Matteo has said that he expects him to be offered a new contract.The Sun also say QPR chiefs will decide this week whether to replace manager Mark Hughes with Harry Redknapp.It is suggested that the club could opt to make the change during the international break.The Daily Express say Hughes has been given two months to turn things around or he will be sacked.It is claimed that there is major disquiet among senior club officials at Loftus Road, some of whom supposedly want Hughes out now.Chairman Tony Fernandes has pledged his support for the Welshman but is said to be planning to wield the axe if results have not improved by December.This page is regularly updated.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Rivals Microsoft And Oracle Join Forces To Ward Off Cloud Upstarts

first_imgreadwrite Tags:#Azure#cloud#Microsoft#now#Oracle How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Longtime rivals Microsoft and Oracle are combining cloud efforts to stave off competition from a slew of smaller companies with cheaper offerings that are slowly eclipsing the corporate giants, Reuters reports.Under an agreement announced Monday, Microsoft will offer Oracle’s Database, Java, and WebLogic Server to Azure customers. In return, Oracle has offered up Linux to the same user base, despite the obvious competitive forces at play between the software giants. This public partnership marks a rare move for both companies, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer noted, adding, “In the world of cloud computing, I think behind-the-scenes collaboration is not enough.” Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… Related Posts last_img read more

Vijay Kumar wins bronze in 10m air pistol

first_imgShooting fetched yet another medal for India as Vijay Kumar won the bronze in the 10m air pistol individual event of the Asian Games, even as Gurpreet Kumar and Omkar Singh failed to qualify for the finals here today.Vijay just about made the cut for the finals by finishing eighth in the qualification round but shot the highest score of 101.4 in the medal round for a total of 680.4 to take India’s medal tally to three.He shot a series of 97, 98, 98, 96, 97, 93 after managing 579 in the qualifying.Lee Daem-Yung of South Korea won the gold with a total of 685.8 while Chinese veteran Tang Zongliang totalled 684.5 for silver.Earlier in the qualification round, Gurpreet Singh totalled 573 to finish 20th while Omkar scored 568 to settle for the 28th position.Yesterday, Gagang Narang combined with Abhinav Bindra and Sanjeev Rajput to win silver in the 10m air rifle team event before also clinching the individual silver.- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Eduard Folayang, Shinya Aoki meet again in stacked ONE Championship card in Japan

first_imgIs Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Alvarez will face top lightweight contender Timofey Nastyukhin of Russia while Johnson, widely considered one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in history, will take on hometown bet Yuya Wakamatsu in the card.In the other blockbuster title bouts, Xiong Jing Nan faces challenger Angela Lee, who is looking for to become ONE’s first two-division champion, in the ONE women’s strawweight bout while Myanmar hero Aung La N Sang defends his middleweight strap against Ken Hasegawa out of JapanThe ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix will also kick off at ONE: A New Era with initial bouts yet to be announced.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ONE Championship is pulling out all the stops for its debut card in Japan.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Hotshots rulecenter_img PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ The premier mixed martial arts organization have put together a slambang ONE: A New Era fight night on March 31 that will see three world title defenses and the first appearance of ONE Championship’s two prized recruits.Team Lakay bet Eduard Folayang is set to defend his ONE lightweight world title against the same person he stopped to get the crown in 2016.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefFolayang will face Japanese icon Shinya Aoki in a long-awaited rematch for the belt four months after the Bagui0-native recaptured the lightweight throne with a unanimous decision win over Amir Khan.Demetrious Johnson and Eddie Alvarez, the promotion’s biggest signings last year, are also scheduled to make their much-awaited debut in the ONE Championship cage. Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Under-pressure Zlatan Ibrahimovic ready for Irish challenge

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic said he was under pressure to perform well in Sweden’s opening Euro 2016 game against Ireland at the Stade de France on Monday but that the greatest pressure came from himself.Flanked by Sweden coach Erik Hamren, the 34-year-old captain fielded the lion’s share of the questions at Sunday’s media conference and said he was looking forward to getting involved in the tournament.”I have the greatest share of the pressure, and it comes from myself,” he told reporters. “The others can sit back, they can go on to the field and do their best. I am going to take the pressure off them.”Drawn with Belgium and Italy in Group E, the Swedes will be looking for a win in their opening game against the Irish which would give them a good chance of qualifying for the knockout stages.”We are not here to see others play football; we are going to do all we can to qualify,” he told reporters.Hamren said that his side had no injury worries ahead of the clash and that the full squad had taken part in all the training sessions since arriving in France last Wednesday.Set to leave Paris on a free transfer this summer after four trophy-laden years at Paris Saint Germain, Ibrahimovic arrived in the French capital on Sunday hoping to help the Swedes do better than they did at Euro 2012, when they went home after the group stage.”We want a good start and a good result tomorrow,” Ibrahimovic said. “My goal is to enjoy it and do as well as I can.advertisement”I feel strong, I have a good season behind me and hopefully I can take that with me (into the tournament).”last_img read more

Former NDP MP and civil rights activist Howard McCurdy dead at 85

first_imgWINDSOR, Ont. – Former New Democrat MP and civil rights activist Howard McCurdy has died at the age of 85.Leslie McCurdy says her father died peacefully on Tuesday after suffering from cancer.McCurdy — who was Canada’s second black MP after the late Lincoln Alexander — was elected as a New Democrat MP from Windsor, Ont., in 1984 and 1988 but was defeated in the 1993 federal election.Prior to his career in federal politics, McCurdy served as an alderman in Windsor, and in 1962, founded the Guardian Club, a civil rights organization dedicated to fighting racial discrimination in the city.In 1969, he was a founder and the first president of the National Black Coalition of Canada.NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh posted a message on Twitter saying he was saddened to hear about the passing of McCurdy.“He was a trailblazer — a powerful civil rights activist, our party’s first Black MP, and a role model from my hometown of Windsor,” said Singh.Leslie McCurdy told Windsor radio station CKLW that she compared her dad to an American civil rights icon.“He was the first black tenured professor in Canada, the first black head of the department head in Canada, and all these things that he accomplished, I remember looking like him like Canada’s Martin Luther King,” she said.McCurdy, who was born in London, Ont., was a member of the Order of Canada and Order of Ontario.last_img read more