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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

30 million hits so far for virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel

first_imgTwitter Print TAGStommy emmanuel Email Advertisement Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleLimerick Judge to consider sentence for knifepoint robberyNext articleEight year sentences for Limerick Collopy brothers Eric Fitzgeraldhttp://www.limerickpost.ieEric writes for the Entertainment Pages of Limerick Post Newspaper and edits the music blog www.musiclimerick.com where you can watch and listen to music happening in the city and beyond. News30 million hits so far for virtuoso Tommy EmmanuelBy Eric Fitzgerald – July 20, 2016 718 Guitarist Tommy Emmanuel plays Lime Tree Theatre this Sunday July 24Tommy Emmanuel, Australia’s legendary guitarist, has a professional career that spans almost five decades. His virtuoso playing has earned him two Grammy award nominations. Tommy plays more than 300 concerts a year, gathering hundreds of thousands of fans worldwide, bringing him from international jazz festivals to shows with the Sydney Philharmonic, Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry to performances for the Masai people in remote areas of Kenya.Emmanuel has been voted Favorite Acoustic Guitarist in both Guitar Player Magazine and Acoustic Guitar Magazine’s reader polls.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The YouTube sensation has more than 30,000,000 views and you can witness the master in person in full flight at the Lime Tree Theatre this Sunday July 24.Tommy answered  Limerick Post’s questions this week.After 30 million views … Has YouTube and your videos had a positive impact and revolutionised the amount of fans worldwide that are now aware of your music?Youtube and the Internet have had an amazing effect on many artists’ careers. Personally, I have been amazed by the coverage that I get from social media. My career in Europe really took off because of Youtube and then China, Russia and other Asian countries followed.I’ve enjoyed working with creative people making videos and capturing live performances in the hope of reaching into people’s lives and surprising them.Since the ’50s the guitar has been at the forefront of mainstream music evolution. A look at the singles charts today revealed no guitar sounds in the top 10. Will the guitar sound lead the way again in mainstream popular music culture?I think the guitar is still the coolest instrument on the planet. I also think there are more players than ever out there. Perhaps pop music is not as riff-driven as it used to be but there is still a lot of great players taking their music all over the world. We are all thankful that people still love to come and see live music being performed by passionate artists.Lookin’ forward to at the Lime Tree Theatre this Sunday July 24?I haven’t played in Limerick for quite a few years and I’m looking forward to the concert on Sunday. I have a lot of fond memories of playing my first shows in Ireland to really enthusiastic music lovers. Ireland is one of the birth-places of great music.Tommy Emmanuel performs at Lime Tree Theatre this Sunday July 24. Linkedinlast_img read more

Buju Banton first show set for March 16 in Kingston, Jamaica

first_imgNot hearing from the entertainers for several days after his return he delighted fans worldwide with an Instagram post last week. To the delight of thousands of Buju Banton fans in Jamaica, and elsewhere, the entertainers much awaited first show since his release from a US correctional center earlier this montn will be held in Kingston, Jamaica on March 16, next year.Upon his return to Jamaica, the Grammy Award entertainer  albums began to soar in sales. Within 24 hours after of his return home he had 10 albums on the top 30 U.S, reggae itunes charts, held the #1 spot on the Reggae album itunes chart in U.S, U.K and various European countries as well as reached over half a million Instagram fans. To say the momentum for his return was ‘big’ may be an understatement, with many saying it was historic. National Stadium, KingstonThe enthusiasm for Buju’s release and return fueled the anticipation for his first concert.  On Wednesday Gargamel Music & Boom Energy in collaboration with Solid Agency and Rockers Island Entertainment announced they’ll present the concert billed as the ‘Long Walk to Freedom’ on Saturday, March 16 at the National Stadium in Kingston.The concert will mark Buju’s first performance on his “Long Walk to Freedom Tour.” This will also mark the return of the Buju’s ‘Shiloh’ band, who for the past month have begun their rehearsals for the Jamaican concert and subsequent tour dates. All Buju music being rehearsedIn a recent interview with Billboard Magazine’s Pat Meschino, Buju Banton’s keyboardist and musical director Stephen “Lenky” Marsden, who began working with Buju in 1995 said Buju told him to make sure he knows all his songs. “He told us to rehearse all of his albums, so we are working out the arrangements for every song he ever recorded. I know his sound from way back, so it’s really up to me to make sure the sound is right, mainly, that the grooves that the (new) drummer is playing are up to par,” Lenky said.The Buju Banton FoundationAnother key component for Buju Banton on the “Long Walk to Freedom Tour” is to tie in each show with a local charity in each country he performs. Most recently, he has established his own charity in Jamaica, called Buju Banton Foundation, with a focus on helping at-risk youths in the country. Part proceeds from the March 16th show in Jamaica will go to aide the efforts of his foundation and continue his contribution to assisting a younger generation. Tickets for the Jamaican concert will go on sale January 16th  via Buju Banton’s official website www.bujubanton.com. Over the next few weeks, the website, will begin to share all the “Long Walk to Freedom Tour” dates allowing fans to know how to purchase the tickets to their destination of choice.last_img read more

Valve orders OPSkins to cease and desist CS:GO skin trading

first_imgSteam developer, Valve has released a statement that it has issued a cease and desist order to popular CS:GO skin buy, sell, trade platform – OPSkins.In 2011 Steam added a feature for all games supported by the platform to allow trade of in-game items. While Steam does not have a system for turning those items into actual money third-party websites have begun to pop up to do just that which open opportunities open for skin and lootbox gambling. Despite the lack of regulation, skin gambling is projected to generate $50b (£35.3b) by 2022. These websites use the OpenID API for Steam as a way for users to prove ownership of their Steam accounts and items. Using that API to run a gambling business is not allowed by Steam’s API or user agreement. To further combat fraud and the misuse of Steam accounts, Valve also applied a seven-day hold of CS:GO trades back in March of this year.On June 6th OPSkins launched ExpressTrade, a trading service for users to quickly trade items back and forth for free. This instant service violates Valve’s Subscriber Agreement terms and use of Valve’s intellectual property. While the service isn’t directly gambling, users can essentially use its service to trade skins after gambling, then turn those items into real-world money. In Valve’s statement, the company has notified OPSkins of the violation and ordered the website to “cease use of all intellectual property including trademarks, gun models and images from the game CS:GO in OPSkins ExpressTrade and any promotions for OPSkins in any media.” Valve will also be disabling any Steam accounts associated with trade by June 21st. In a response, OPSkins informed it’s users of the notice along with advising them to withdraw their Steam-based items from OPSkins to avoid issues with their account. The statement also argues that the reasoning for the shutdown from Valve is to drive skin sales to the Steam Community Market instead of third-party platforms. The Steam Market Community is virtually unregulated, while Steam makes money from transaction fees after every use. The statement assures users their money is safe on OPSkins while it will begin integrating 19 blockchain-based games and services such as token games that will mimic the trading experience of popular games while avoiding trading restrictions. Esports Insider says: In-game skin trading has been an attractive feature for CS:GO, players, since it’s introduction but as it opens up the market for unregulated trading and gambling Valve has to enforce strict rules along with cease and desist orders just like this. Some may think this is actually harmful to the CS:GO and Steam communities but as the environment is heavily unregulated Valve has no choice.Sign up to our newsletter!last_img read more