Brazzaville editor freed after 18 months in prison

first_imgNews Ailing magazine editor held illegally in Brazzaville for more than a month News RSF and the Committee to Protect Journalists wrote a joint letter to President Denis Sassou Nguesso last September calling for Bemba’s immediate release. Both he and his newspaper have previously been the target of judicial proceedings for publishing criticism of the government. The editor of the independent newspaper Talassa, Bemba was freed in response to yesterday’s decision by a Brazzaville criminal court of appeal granting a request for his release. He continues to be charged with “complicity in a threat to state security.” RSF_en March 31, 2021 Find out more May 4, 2021 Find out more He was arrested on 11 January 2017 and his newspaper was shut down the next day because he reprinted an opinion piece by Frédéric Bintsamou, a former rebel leader also known as Pastor Ntumi, whose fighters had clashed with the regular army in Pool, a department adjoining Brazzaville, from April to December 2016. An agreement ended the conflict and, last week, 80 associates of Bintsamou were freed. to go further March 5, 2021 Find out more RSF issued a press release in March of this year deploring that fact that he had been returned to prison four weeks after being rushed to a hospital intensive care unit in January, and holding the authorities responsible for his state of health. Congo-BrazzavilleAfrica Joint call for Brazzaville journalist’s release News Congo celebrates World Press Freedom Day by sentencing a journalist to six months in prison Organisation “We are relieved by Ghys Fortuné Bemba’s provisional release, not least because he has several ailments that have been exacerbated by his imprisonment,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “This journalist has already lost a year and a half of his life just for publishing an opinion piece by a government opponent. The charges against him must now be dropped as a matter of urgency.” July 3, 2018 Brazzaville editor freed after 18 months in prison Receive email alerts The Republic of Congo (also known as Congo-Brazzaville) is ranked 114th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. News Follow the news on Congo-Brazzaville Help by sharing this information Congo-BrazzavilleAfrica Le journaliste Ghys Fortuné Bemba. Source: Agence d’Information d’Afrique Centrale Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is relieved to learn that newspaper editor Ghys Fortuné Bemba was released conditionally today after 18 months in pre-trial detention in Congo-Brazzaville and calls on the authorities to drop all charges against him.last_img read more

Hopes of breakthrough in Aer Lingus dispute

first_imgFacebook WhatsApp HOPES are rising this week of a breakthrough in the dispute which is threatening air travel over the Christmas period.The Labour Relations Commission (LRC) has intervened in a final attempt to have the IMPACT trade union and Aer Lingus management re-enter talks to avoid the imminent closure of the airline’s cabin crew base at Shannon Airport with the loss of 88 permanent jobs.However, it is understood the talks will not address issues over work rosters and crewing.This week Aer Lingus cabin crew overwhelmingly voted in favour of industrial action up to and including strike action in a row over rosters and the threatened closure of the Shannon cabin crew base.It is understood that the invitation to attend the talks came from LRC Director of Conciliation, Kevin Foley.Last month Aer Lingus announced it was outsourcing recruitment for new transatlantic routes from Shannon to an independent company, ASL Aviation.It blamed the decision on a refusal by cabin crew to fly new transatlantic flights from Shannon using smaller planes with fewer crew members.IMPACT insists that they have not refused to crew the flights and that the airline prematurely closed the door on talks about numbers.The Shannon-based staff now face the prospect of redeployment to Dublin or Cork, voluntary severance, leave of absence to work for ASL Aviation or redundancy.Meanwhile, Limerick Fianna Fáil TD Willie O’Dea has called on Transport Minister Leo Varadkar to intervene in the dispute.“We have to do everything possible to save the jobs at Shannon and furthermore, we cannot have a protracted stand-off that could lead to strike action in the run-up to Christmas. It is obvious that management and cabin crew members at Aer Lingus are deeply divided and intervention is required.“It is vital that Aer Lingus retains a cabin crew base in Shannon, which would give a great impetus for development and growth of Aer Lingus in the region,” he said. Linkedin NewsLocal NewsHopes of breakthrough in Aer Lingus disputeBy Guest Writer – November 6, 2013 903 Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Previous articleJoint bid for National Diaspora CentreNext articleHardy men gearing up for Ethopia trip Guest Writer Email Printcenter_img Advertisement No vaccines in Limerick yet Twitter Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow TAGSair lingusfeaturedfull-imageShannon RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR New high-end jobs for Shannonlast_img read more

Modern coastal home built for entertaining

first_imgThe home at 1 Landsborough Ave, Scarborough. Picture: supplied.THIS modern home was built for family living and poolside entertaining. Owners Suzanne and Andrew Parker bought the property at 1 Landsborough Ave, Scarborough in 2009. “It had a little cottage, which we lived in for three years, and seven years ago we knocked it down and rebuilt,” Mrs Parker said. When it came to the new home the Parkers wanted to take advantage of the sea breezes and waterfront views while creating a private entertainer’s home built around a huge swimming pool. The kitchen has a servery to the poolside entertaining area. Picture: supplied. MORE NEWS: This is what a $1.5M renovation looks like Would you swim in a skip bin? Sky high penthouse with sea viewscenter_img “For us it was all about entertaining family and friends and having that open-plan, indoor-outdoor living,” Mrs Parker said.“We wanted a parent’s retreat with double sized everything – the ensuite, the shower, the spa bath.“We also needed a theatre room and a garage that could house our 22ft Bowrider with trailer.” Set across two levels, the home has a lounge with cocktail bar and an open-plan kitchen and dining space opening to the poolside patio. The kitchen has a walk-in pantry and servery to the outdoor space. The master ensuite has a double spa, double shower and double basins. Picture: supplied.“I love that the kitchen is quite big and open so when you’re entertaining you’re still engaging with people around the pool area,” Mrs Parker said. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoA triple garage, laundry and powder room complete the downstairs area, while outside the patio wraps around the huge magnesium swimming pool.“The alfresco area is probably my favourite part of the home. You feel like you’re in a resort when you’re out there,” Mrs Parker said. The living area has a built-in cocktail bar. Picture: supplied.Upstairs the spacious master suite includes a walk-in wardrobe, a balcony and an ensuite with double spa bath, separate toilet and double shower.There is also a family bathroom, a living room and three bedrooms with a balcony to one on this level.The home is on a fenced 400sq m block a short walk to the foreshore, restaurants and shops. The property is on the market through Clinton Viertel of Belle Property Redcliffe.last_img read more

T-Time: G-League could be alternative to NCAA

first_imgTrevor Denton | Daily TrojanLast Tuesday, Andre Ingram played in his first-ever NBA game after spending 10 years in the G-League. The 32-year-old “rookie” forward didn’t waste his opportunity debuting for the Los Angeles Lakers. He dazzled the Staples Center crowd, scoring 19 points on a hot 4/5 3-point shooting. Ingram went undrafted out of American University in 2007 and has spent the last decade toiling to make his NBA dreams a reality. In order to supplement a roughly $25,000/year G-League salary, Ingram took on a side job tutoring kids in math. On Tuesday, his years of hard work finally paid off, with Lakers head coach Luke Walton presenting Ingram with a game ball. Lakers legend (and Oscar winner) Kobe Bryant even toyed with the idea of making a movie about his life. “Dude, (the story is) ridiculous. Like, are you kidding me?” Bryant told USA Today. “I mean to have the courage and resolve to stick with that dream, and to now get your shot and to come through in that way? I mean, that’s impressive, man.”Ingram’s debut represented one of the best feel-good moments of the 2018 NBA season. It also illustrated what the NBA’s developmental league players are capable of. In addition to Ingram, another un-drafted G-League player has made waves in recent weeks. Golden State Warriors guard Quinn Cook stepped up to replace an injured Stephen Curry in March and has performed up to the lofty task. Over the final 20 games of the regular season, Cook averaged 13.8 points and four assists per game, eventually earning a two-year contract to stay with the team. Cook is now playing significant minutes in the NBA Playoffs, the same season he received first-team All-G League honors. Ingram and Cook have proven that G-League players can make an impact on the highest stage. Now, it’s time for more to get a shot in the NBA. Instead of functioning as a distant, alternative league for basketball’s journeymen, the league should operate more as a feeder for big-league teams, similarly to baseball’s minor league system. Two-way contracts are a huge step toward this reality. Introduced last season, two-way deals allow NBA teams to sign two extra players (roster sizes increased from 15 to 17), who can play in both the G-League and the NBA — the latter for a maximum of 45 days. Before signing his new NBA-exclusive contract, Cook played on one of these contracts, which allowed him to move back and forth between Golden State and their G-League affiliate, the Santa Cruz Warriors. The two-way deal has been successful at creating more ties between NBA teams and their G-League counterparts, allowing for closer development of raw prospects, like Cook.They also give undrafted players incentive to choose the G-League over more lucrative leagues overseas. Players can earn up to $300,000 a year on two-way deals. Still, the G-League has a lot of work to do. Two-way deals have their limitations — they allow players little freedom of movement during seasons, and the 45-day cap on time spent in the NBA is far too low in giving prospects a taste of the big leagues. But it continues to make strides in the right direction. The D-League’s rebranding as the G-League in 2017, under a new long-term partnership with Gatorade, was a wise marketing decision for an organization with little existing brand value. It’s already paid dividends, with the league announcing on Tuesday a 35 percent salary increase for players.Personally, I’d like to see the G-League compete with NCAA programs for high-profile recruits on a more frequent basis. Pay-for-play scandals dominated headlines for most of the 2017-18 college hoops season, slowly breaking down the facade of amateurism in collegiate sports. By playing in the G-League, prospects can develop their skills against decent competition and get paid for it, without having to go under the table. The G-League may not compare to playing for college basketball heavyweights like Duke or Kentucky in terms of competition, but for athletes who would rather jump straight to the pros, the G-League allows them to do so without going overseas. One high-profile prospect has already made this decision, potentially creating a blueprint for many to come. A few weeks ago, five-star recruit Darius Bazley decided to join the G-League instead of Syracuse, where he originally committed. He’s not the first to choose the G-League over college, but he might be the most high-profile recruit to do so thus far. “In the G-League, which I’m about to go into, you’re preparing for the NBA,” Bazley told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “When you’re in college, they prepare you a little bit, but for the most part, you’re preparing for your opponent, preparing for that game.”This season, Ingram and Cook have proven G-League players can shine when given the chance to play on NBA rosters. They may just be the tip of the iceberg. Here are a couple of things I enjoyed in sports this week:USC baseball shines on SaturdayJunior second baseman Chase Bushor is currently riding a five-game hitting streak. Wanting He | Daily TrojanFor most of this season, USC baseball has been incredibly inconsistent. Defensively, they’ve held their own, but the batting order has struggled mightily against upper-tier Pac-12 competition. Last year’s standouts juniors left fielder Lars Nootbaar and third baseman Brandon Perez were supposed to take the Trojans to another level. Unfortunately, both have regressed dramatically in 2018. For all of their faults, USC is still capable of the occasional high-scoring performance. On Saturday, they destroyed 21-12 Arizona 12-2 on 14 hits. Nootbar, who’s currently batting .232, went 2-4 with an RBI single. While USC is far from being a contender in the Pac-12, games like these offer reminders of their potential. Hopefully, they can put it together more often during the final stretch of the season. NBA PlayoffsI always find myself enjoying the NBA Playoffs, with its more physical style of play and heightened stakes compared to the regular season. But this year’s Playoffs has a chance to really stand out — there’s a sense of uncertainty unseen since the Warriors dynasty began in 2015. In the Western Conference, the No. 1 seed Houston Rockets offer a direct threat to the Warriors, especially with Curry still out due to injury. The Eastern Conference is even more wide open with the Toronto Raptors, Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers looking like legitimate threats to keep LeBron’s James’ Cavaliers from a fourthstraight NBA Finals appearance. Sit back and enjoy the ride, because this could be the most unpredictable NBA post-season in recent memory. If the Warriors and Cavs still end up facing each other in the Finals, well then I give up. Trevor Denton is a sophomore majoring in journalism. He is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “T-Time,” ran Wednesdays.last_img read more