Lawsuit by Kabila lawyer threatens two Congolese journalists

first_img News Bukavu, province du Sud-Kivu, RDC. © Photo MONUSCO / Abel Kavanagh Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica Condemning abuses ImprisonedJudicial harassment Reporter jailed in DRC for allegedly defaming parliamentarian In response to a request by RSF, Sud-Kivu governor Théo Kasi said he would look into the arrests. News “There is absolutely no justification for arresting these journalists or, even less, placing them in pre-trial detention, for reporting sourced and easily verifiable facts in an article,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “Covering human rights violations should not lead to imprisonment. These journalists were just doing their job and we call for their unconditional release.” News Joseph Kabila ceased to be president more than 18 months ago, but Congolese media are still being persecuted as they were during his 19 years in power and Kabila continues to pose a threat to them. The two journalists are being sued for defamation by Kabila family lawyer Jean Claude Zihalirwa over an article posted on the website on 24 August. It quoted sources as saying that Zihalirwa, accompanied by soldiers, visited people to dissuade them from testifying about their eviction from land claimed by Kabila in a locality known as Mbobero. Justin Murhu, a reporter for, a popular news website that covers human rights-related stories in the eastern DRC, is among the latest victims. He was arrested yesterday after being summoned by a court in Sud-Kivu’s capital, Bukavu. Patrick Babwine, the site’s editor, was summoned to appear before the same court today. to go further News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the arrest of a journalist yesterday in Sud-Kivu province, in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, who is accused of defaming former President Joseph Kabila’s lawyer. His editor was due to be questioned today. RSF has contacted the province’s governor and calls for the journalists’ unconditional release. Congolese reporter wounded by gunshot while covering protest in Goma The DRC is ranked 150th out of 180 countries and territories in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index.center_img Organisation February 16, 2021 Find out more September 3, 2020 Lawsuit by Kabila lawyer threatens two Congolese journalists “The facts reported by the website are accurate,” a person familiar with the case told RSF. “This is part of a strategy to try to intimidate the victims of the evictions. The journalists who dare to talk about this case are as rare as they are courageous.” This is not the first time journalists have been harassed for covering the plight of those evicted from this vast area of land claimed by Kabila, who is now a senator. As RSF reported at the time, Gaël Mpoyo, the director of documentary entitled “Mbobero: might is always right,” and Franck Zongwe Lukawa, the film’s editor, had to flee their Bukavu homes after the film was released in 2018. Hundreds of homes were demolished from 2016 to 2018 in Mbobero, leaving thousands homeless, according to New Civil Society Dynamic in DRC (NDSCI), a local human rights NGO. Two complaints were filed against Kabila in July in connection with the evictions. February 18, 2021 Find out more February 24, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica Condemning abuses ImprisonedJudicial harassment Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Journalist arrested on provincial governor’s orders Follow the news on Democratic Republic of Congolast_img read more

U-Haul offers help to SUNY students that could be displaced due to coronavirus

first_imgVESTAL (WBNG) — U-Haul locations in the Southern Tier will be offering one month of free storage to any SUNY students displaced after classes were moved online. U-Haul of Vestal: 3732 Vestal Pkwy E.U-Haul Moving & Storage of Johnson City: 631 Field St.U-Haul Moving & Storage of Binghamton: 113 Chenango St. U-Haul Moving & Storage of Front Street: 262 Front St. “We do expect college kids to be going home during this time, so hopefully it’ll get a little busy so we can help them out as much as possible,” said Barlow. Students can keep their stuff in storage for only one month, or they can choose to store items longer. While students are not required to move out of their dorms at Binghamton University or SUNY Broome, for those living far away and may have to return home, U-Haul wants to help. center_img Below is a list of participating locations in our area: For more help on moving, visit this website. “Anytime there’s a natural disaster, U-Haul steps up to the plate, we try to support the community as much as we can,” said Robert Barlow, general manager of U-Haul of Vestal. last_img read more

Indonesia’s Q1 current account deficit narrows as imports fall

first_imgIndonesia’s current account deficit narrowed in the first quarter of this year as imports fell and the deficit in services dwindled amid the coronavirus pandemic, Bank Indonesia (BI) announced on Wednesday.Southeast Asia’s biggest economy recorded a current account deficit (CAD) of US$3.9 billion, or 1.4 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) in this year’s first three months, down from 2.8 percent of GDP in the previous quarter.Meanwhile, the balance of payments (BoP) was on the deficit side of $8.5 billion in the first quarter, following a $4.3 billion surplus in the fourth quarter. “The improved trade balance was due to falling imports as domestic demand slowed. This reduced the impact of falling exports because of global economic contraction,” the central bank said in a statement.Read also: Bank Indonesia to provide liquidity for banks involved in loan restructuring“Meanwhile, the deficit in services improved following a lower deficit in transportation services due to falling imports despite a decreased surplus in travel services.”Indonesia’s import value dropped 3.69 percent in the first quarter to $39.17 billion, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) data showed, resulting in a trade surplus of $2.62 billion as exports grew 2.91 percent to $41.79 billion. At the same time, financial and capital accounts recorded a $2.9 billion deficit in the January-March period, compared with the previous quarter’s $12.6 billion surplus, following a jump in capital outflows as global investors dumped risky assets over fears of the pandemic.BI recorded net outflows of $5.7 billion in the first quarter but capital started flowing in during April to May 14, resulting in $4.1 billion of net inflows.“Going forward, we see that imports tend to keep decelerating more than exports due to a halt in some investment and production activities amid the COVID-19 pandemic,” Bank Mandiri chief economist Andry Asmoro wrote in a research note.Read also: Indonesia posts trade deficit in April as exports, imports plunge“In consequence, this may continue to improve Indonesia’s trade balance, thus shrinking the CAD this year,” he added. Mandiri estimated the full year CAD would be around 1.81 percent of GDP versus 2.72 percent last year.BI on Tuesday projected that the CAD would hover at below 2 percent of GDP throughout this year from between 2.5 and 3 percent previously expected.The central bank on Tuesday also decided to hold its benchmark interest rate at 4.5 percent as it worked to support the financial system stability, defying market expectation of a 25 basis point cut.“We find it difficult to comprehend that BI decided to hold rates as economic growth proxies pointed to severe deterioration, while stability indicators such as current account balance signal improvement in rupiah fundamentals,” Bahana Sekuritas economists wrote in a research note on Wednesday.“Our sense here is that BI sees the future interest-rate direction in Indonesia as a moving target depending on COVID-19 developments,” they added.Read also: Bank Indonesia holds rate to safeguard financial market stabilityThe narrowed current account deficit and agenda to bolster the domestic economy will support the central bank’s agenda to have an accommodative monetary policy stance going forward, Andry said.“Factors limiting a further policy rate cut are potential risk on BoP in 2020, specifically from the financial account that may affect rupiah exchange rate stability and a surge in budget deficit to 6.27 percent of GDP,” Andry said. “We see that to ensure adequate liquidity in order to support domestic economic recovery, BI will look to quantitative easing measures.”Topics :last_img read more

Los Angeles Dodgers give Clayton Kershaw the support he needs in 5-2 win

first_imgMonday night, Clayton Kershaw was asked to reflect on an inning in which everything went right. Ten Dodgers came to the plate in the sixth inning against the Chicago White Sox, starting with a Kershaw single and ending with a Kershaw groundout. Five runs scored, and all were unearned because the White Sox were charged with two errors. That made all the difference in a 5-2 Dodgers win.The first person Kershaw mentioned was his opponent, White Sox starter Jose Quintana.“I thought Quintana pitched really well tonight,” he said. “I hit a ground ball that found a hole. (Matt) Kemp hit that ball pretty hard and that was good for us. A couple errors, then J.T. (Justin Turner) found the right spot. Bootie (Drew Butera) too. Bootie found that hole. That’s going to happen. That’s part of baseball.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Kershaw’s sympathy was strong.No Dodgers starter received less run support last year than Kershaw, who was credited with 16 wins despite posting the best ERA in baseball. This season, he’s been stuck with three no-decisions despite allowing three runs or fewer in each game.In Quintana (3-5), Kershaw (4-2) found the rare pitcher with worse luck than his own.“It was a good win tonight,” Kershaw said. “We needed this, to put something together there in the sixth. Sometimes with us it takes a couple times to get through the lineup. I knew if I just kind of kept us in the game, gave us a chance, we were going to break out.”Kershaw pitched eight innings, limiting the White Sox to two runs on four hits. He walked none and struck out nine in an efficient 97-pitch effort.center_img After a single by Gordon Beckham in the fourth inning, Jose Abreu planted a slider from Kershaw into the left-field bleachers for his 16th home run of the season. It was an abrupt jolt in the midst of a 0-0 game, especially after Kershaw threw 21 pitches the first time through the Chicago lineup.“The one to Abreu you like to be a double or single or something, not over the fence,” Kershaw said. “I guess that’s why he’s got 15 or 16 homers. he’s pretty good.”The Dodgers looked incapable of providing any run support against Quintana early. Through five innings, they didn’t get a runner past first base.The tide turned after Kershaw singled to lead off the sixth inning. With one out, Kemp rolled a hard grounder to second base. Both he and Kershaw were safe at first and second, respectively, when Beckham missed the ball.After Yasiel Puig struck out, Hanley Ramirez hit a ground ball to third baseman Conor Gillaspie. His throw to first base was wide, allowing Kershaw to score and putting Ramirez and Kemp on second and third, respectively.A walk by Scott Van Slyke, a two-run single by Justin Turner and an RBI single by Drew Butera followed. Just like that, the Dodgers led 5-2. They needed only six hits, all singles.An error by Beckham in the seventh inning allowed Puig to reach base for the 34th consecutive game, the longest active streak in the major leagues. Former Dodgers pitcher Javy Guerra pitched a scoreless eighth inning for the White Sox.Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was content to let Kershaw pitch the ninth inning, but Kenley Jansen needed it more after going six games between appearances. Jansen pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his 17th save.“It’s got to start going our way sometime soon,” Jansen said. “Today was one of those days. The White Sox made a mistake and these guys made them pay.”The Dodgers are 4-4 on their 10-game homestand with a pair of games left against the White Sox, today and Wednesday. With the San Francisco Giants (37-20) idle, the Dodgers (31-28) pulled within seven games of first place in the National League West.last_img read more

Legal Action Puts Proposed Crematorium on Ice, For Now

first_imgOn Monday, Middletown Township Planning Board attorney James Gorman told The Two River Times an injunction had been secured that prevented the Fair View Cemetery Association application from proceeding until prior litigation is fully resolved. Gorman said the application has not been completely pulled, but shelved until the township zoning board’s 2017 litigation against the cemetery has been settled. MIDDLETOWN – A proposal for the construction of a crematorium at Fair View Cemetery has been buried, for now. The association first delivered its project description to the zoning board in September 2016. The plan called for a 1,128-square-foot human crematorium with two chambers. Though crematoriums chambers are considered to be low emitters of hazardous materials, Clark said mercury emissions are something that could have a severely negative impact on the health of children and pregnant mothers. Rather than returning to the original proposed site situated behind the cemetery’s mausoleums, the developers have eyed a vacant, forested 19.5- acre plot on the other side of the NJ Transit railway, which would place the facility across from the Oak Hill Road-entrance to the Poricy Park Nature Center and a residential development accessible via Ivy Hill Road. It would be also be located adjacent to Fairview Fields, a group of soccer fields and green space used by township athletes. “Our focus from the beginning has been about building awareness and educating our neighbors and community,” Clark said. “This a project that is dangerous in all aspects and has no benefit to the community in any way.” Fair View Cemetery is a 90-acre parcel bordering Route 35 South, Oak Hill Road and the NJ Transit North Jersey Coast Line railway. “This is not a total victory, but it’s definitely a step in the right direction,” said Andrew Clark, who is a leading member of a resident group that opposes the proposal. The application was granted conditional approval by the planning board in April 2017, but hit a snag approximately three months later when the applicant sought a setback variance to build the facility just 50 feet from nearby Route 35. The application was unanimously denied by zoning board. After two years the application was scheduled to return to the planning board Wednesday evening, March 20, but the injunction has removed it from the agenda until further notice. Though the scope of the work was expected to remain the same, and a crematorium is a permitted use at the cemetery, what drew the ire of Clark and the opposition group was the proposed change of location. Clark, who was an active member of the Residents Against Giant Electric (RAGE) group, which was instrumental in defeating a $111 million power line proposal by JCP&L, said the injunction will provide him and the growing group of concerned citizens time to expand their educational efforts and grow attention to the project in case the application returns. According to the injunction, the application for conditional use and site plan approval will remain on the planning board calendar, but will not be scheduled for public hearing. When the litigation is settled, and if Fair View Cemetery chooses to proceed with the project, the developer will need to reissue notices to all impacted homeowners within 200 feet of the project site. Hajna said that permit is due to expire June 19. He also noted that the permit does not extend to an alternate site and if the applicant changes the location of the project, the DEP application process must be restarted. According to New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) press officer Lawrence Hajna, the DEP granted the developer an air pollution control pre-construction permit three years before the application was submitted to the township in 2017.last_img read more

Christmas comes early for Maida; big Murdoch weekend for Leafs

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson DailyLeaf coach Frank Maida woke up this week realizing Christmas had arrived early.The Nelson skipper found out via the junior hockey grapevine that former Leaf netminder Marcus Beasley was on the market once again having been released from the Prince George Spruce Kings of the B.C. Hockey League.Nelson held the Kootenay International Junior B Hockey League rights to Beasley after he was release from Prince George.Already satisfied with the goaltending duo of Andrew Walton and Patrick Defoe, Maida did the next best things — traded the junior B rights of Beasley for cash or future considerations to the Kamloops Storm.“We were really quite happy with our goalie situation,” Maida told The Nelson Daily on the eve of a heavy-dose of Murdoch Division competition.“It’s late in the season and we wanted to find Marcus a place to play. We made a call and Kamloops needed a goalie.”The deal is for cash or a player, should the Leafs want anyone the Storm is interested in moving to the Heritage City.“We’re always looking for another player heading down the stretch and into the playoffs,” Maida said.Maida may be more eager to deal should the Leafs falter this weekend.Nelson hosts league-leading Beaver Valley Nitehawks in the first of a home-and-home weekend series Friday at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.Sandwiched in between the two Hawk games — game two is Sunday at 1 p.m. in Fruitvale — is a tilt Saturday in Castlegar against the Rebels.“I don’t feel this is a make a break weekend, but it is a big weekend to position ourselves where I feel we belong at the top of the division with Beaver Valley and Castlegar,” Maida explained.After suffering through the past six weeks of the season plagued by injuries, the Leafs have only two players on the self heading into the weekend — defencemen Tyler Parfeniuk and Blake Arcuri.Maida said Parfeniuk, the Leaf captain, would be held out of the lineup until the New Year’s Eve game against Spokane Braves.The word on Arcuri is less than promising as the Nelson native continues to rehab a hand injury.Nelson enters the three-game set trailing Beaver Valley by 10 points and Castlegar by five. The Hawks have played on less game than the Leaf while Nelson has a game in hand on the Rebels.The Leafs hold the lead in the season series against the Rebels 2-1 but trail the Hawks 3-1.Two of the games Nelson lost to Beaver Valley the Leafs held a lead only to see the Hawks charge back and take the [email protected]last_img read more

Selkirk College Saints Continue With On-Ice Lessons

first_imgThe Spartans tied the score before the intermission when Fontaine beat Selkirk College starter Russell Sanderson. After a scoreless second period, Dane Feeney gave the Saints a 2-1 lead seven minutes into the third. Matt Martin made it 3-1 for Selkirk College and despite a TWU goal with six minutes left, Sanderson shut the door.“He [Sanderson] has a calming influence in the net, he is good with his rebound control and doesn’t tend to panic,” Heaven said of Sanderson, who was named the game’s first star.“He did exactly what we needed, he stabilized the back end and gave the team the opportunity to win.”With a five-point weekend, Calvin has built on his rookie-of-the-year campaign last season to become a force for the Saints.“Dallas is a special player who is gifted offensively,” Heaven said of the Trail-raised forward who is tied for BCIHL scoring lead.“This year he has started to play with a little more of edge and he has found ways to get himself involved a little more physically. He has the skills to put the puck in the net, but it’s not always that type of game that wins it for us.”With Fall Semester mid-terms now over for the players, their on-ice learning continues and the final hockey test awaits in a few months. “We’re on the right on the path,” said Heaven when asked to grade his team at this point of the season.“My expectations are always A-plus, but if I had to give it a letter grade where we are playing right now would be in the B-plus area. We still have work to be done and there is plenty of time to do it. There is progress to be made… maybe we’re not completely satisfied, but we’re happy where we are at this point of the season.”The Saints have a weekend off and get back into action on November 19 when they host the Eastern Washington University Eagles at the Castlegar & District Recreation Complex. Puck drops at 7:05 p.m. The student athletes on the Selkirk College Saints have shown great promise in the opening third of the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) season, but there is plenty to learn before the final playoff test arrives in March.The Saints split their home weekend set with the Trinity Western University Spartans to remain atop the league standings as they build towards taking a shot at a fifth straight BCIHL championship. The Spartans took the Friday night game 4-3 and the Saints rebounded on Saturday to claim a 3-2 victory.“It was a tough start for us on Friday, we put ourselves in a fairly sizable hole,” said Saints head coach Brent Heaven. “It’s obviously a good learning experience for the guys that you need to be prepared to start at the very beginning of the game and not ten minutes in. The overall result was really good, we played some really solid hockey in the last 50 minutes. We need to learn from this and be ready every shift if we want to win in this league.”Trinity Western built a surprising cushion less than 15 minutes into the opening game with three quick goals. Saints sophomore forward Dallas Calvin got one back before the first intermission, but it was an unfamiliar spot to be in for the explosive Selkirk College offence.Trinity Western notched the only goal of the middle frame when Jarrett Fontaine beat Selkirk College starter Brett Huber. The Saints pushed hard with goals by Calvin and captain Tyler Kerner to cut the deficit to 4-3 five minutes into the final period. A wild finish that included a six-on-four advantage for the Saints to close game did not result in the tying goal as Spartan star goaltender Silas Matthys preserved the win.“We have the potential to get ourselves out of any sort of deficit, it’s just a case of having the perseverance and positivity to push through,” Heaven said.In the rematch Saturday night at the Castlegar & District Recreation Complex, the Saints were first on the board when Calvin scored his third goal of the weekend.last_img read more

He was our No.1 – heartfelt poem honours rally legend Manus ‘Mandy’ Kelly

first_imgDonegal will say goodbye to a local hero on Thursday when Manus ‘Mandy’ Kelly is laid to rest. Shock and sadness permeated through the county following the tragic accident which took the life of driver Manus Kelly at the Donegal International Rally on Sunday.As a father of five, a rally champion, a businessman and a county councillor, he has touched many lives. Kind-hearted tributes poured in for the Glenswilly man in recent days to remember his best qualities, his sportsmanship and his kindness. Thousands more have expressed their deepest sympathies with his family and friends and all those affected. One friend, Pete Rose from Letterkenny, has put his grief into writing. In this poem written for the Kelly family, he shares how Manus will always be in the hearts of his family, friends and fans:The lights are Red, the flags are yellowThe sky is dark, the Clouds they billow.The hay bales are gone, and banners are down,A whole county shocked as we gather around.There are no words, no gesture can heal,The wounds that we have or the way that we feelThe loss is too much to ever be measuredThe memories are all we have to be treasured.Nobody could know you were going away,People feel Robbed and had much more to say,Taken too soon, is a phase that they use,Emphasis placed on the best that they choose. A Husband, a Son, a Brother, a Gent,Respected by all everywhere that he went,Soft spoken and kind as long as the Day,Always made time, for all things that you’d Say.The sense of Loss is enormously Deep,A County, a Town joins together to Weep,A Rally Champion to many, Husband & Father to 5A Brother to 8, Keep his memory alive.He’s the dew on the Grass at the first Rally StageHe’s the spirit of the co-driver as they turn over that page.He’s the breeze at Knockalla as they head around that turn, The sound of the tires as the diff spins & burns.The lift of the car as they dive over the bridge,The heart of the Rally Fan, looking over the hedge.How can we help remember Manus this way,We can tell all the stories and things that he’d say,The way that he’d smile and things that he’s done,Tell all that ask you, He was our No.1Words: Pete Rose He was our No.1 – heartfelt poem honours rally legend Manus ‘Mandy’ Kelly was last modified: June 28th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Manus ‘mandy’ kellypoemRIPtributelast_img read more

Chelsea fans on Twitter hail Chalobah and Loftus-Cheek

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesChelsea fans on Twitter were full of praise for youngsters Nathaniel Chalobah and Ruben Loftus-Cheek after the FA Cup game against Peterborough.Chalobah in particular was lauded for his performance at Stamford Bridge, where Chelsea won 4-1 to book their place in the fourth round.Many supporters are convinced that the duo have what it takes to establish themselves as first-team players for the Blues.Lofty and Chalobah were so good today 👏 #CFC— dan’olt (@DanielHolt95) January 8, 2017Very impressed with Chalobah and Loftus-Cheek performances today #CFC #FACup— Matt (@2GoalIvanovic) January 8, 2017Great day at the bridge. @chalobah was class and great to see @KurtZouma back. Unflattering scoreline for @theposhofficial #CFC #FACup— Sam Mason (@SamMason391) January 8, 2017Chalobah looked the real deal today #CFC #FACup— Daia CFC (@52Daia) January 8, [email protected] and @rubey_lcheek were unbelievable today, literally ran the midfield #CFC— Michyholic (@Michyholic23) January 8, [email protected] @chalobah deserves man of the match for me #sensational #BrightFuture #CFC #KTBFFH 💙— fiazhussain (@Mrfiazhussain) January 8, 2017Good win today. Chalobah was brilliant in midfield, MOTM in my opinion. Ruben was unlucky to not get a full game. #CFC #KTBFFH— ⚽George⚽ (@georgew016) January 8, [email protected] @rubey_lcheek were outstanding today 👐👐👐👐 #chevspet #CFC— maxon vd (@maxonvd) January 8, 2017Chalobah is wonderful to watch on the ball. Loftus-Cheek had a decent game. Batshuayi got on the scoresheet so happy for him. Solid. #CFC— Tom Andrews (@CarefreeTom_182) January 8, 2017Av seen the future stars of #Chelsea Loftus-Cheek, Chalobah and Aina.Loftus-Cheek was great and he deserves to be the man of the match. #CFC— David Luiz Geezer (@CaptainErickoh) January 8, 2017Chalobah bossed the midfield very well. #CFC— Afolayan Ayodeji (@AyodejiAfolayan) January 8, 2017Watched Chalobah closely today and he’s got so much going for him to become a top player for us. Conte managing him well, too. #CFC— Scott Hayter (@ScottyHayter) January 8, 2017Loved seeing Chalobah, Loftus-Cheek and Aina on at the same time. So good to see. Needs to happen more. We have so much promising youth #CFC— Conor Ruth (@ConorRuth) January 8, 2017   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more