Photo : Agnès Uwimana Nkusi Reporters Without Borders is appalled by the pigheadedness and cruelty of the Rwandan judicial system, which has just passed extremely long jail sentences on two women journalists, Agnes Uwimana Nkusi, the editor of the privately-owned bimonthly Umurabyo, and Saidath Mukakibibi, one of her reporters.A Kigali high court today imposed a 17-year sentence on Nkusi and a seven-year one on Mukakibibi on charges of inciting civil disobedience, causing divisions and denying the 1994 genocide. Nkusi’s lawyer told Reporters Without Borders he was very disappointed by the verdict and intended to appeal to the supreme court.“The high court went too far,” he said. “It took no account of our requests. Our view is that the court has no tangible evidence of their criminal guilt. This case should be tried as a disciplinary matter by the Media High Council. These two journalists should be released. Furthermore, the sentences they have been given are very severe.”The two women have been detained since 8 July 2010. Last month, prosecutors requested a 33-year sentence for Nkusi and a 12-year one for Mukakibibi.—————————————————————————————-06.01.2011 – Prosecutor requests 33 and 12 years in jail for two women journalists Reporters Without Borders is extremely shocked by the long jail sentences that a prosecutor requested yesterday for two newspaper journalists who, after six months in pre-trial detention, are being tried before a Kigali high court on a range of charges including genocide denial and inciting public disorder.The prosecution requested 33 years in prison and a fine of 800,000 Rwandan francs (1028 euros) for Agnès Uwimana Nkusi (photo), the editor of the privately-owned bimonthly Umurabyo, and 12 years in prison and fine of 200,000 Rwandan francs (257 euros) for one of her reporters, Saidath Mukakibibi. A verdict is expected on 4 February. RSF_en Receive email alerts RwandaAfrica News News Follow the news on Rwanda BBC Africa’s “disproportionate and dangerous” dismissal of a journalist News Help by sharing this information Reports RwandaAfrica Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa November 27, 2020 Find out more “After a 2010 election year that was very trying for independent news media, these proposed sentences show that the government is not being guided by any desire for change,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Anyone who freely expresses an opinion or is critical of the authorities risks not only arrest but also a severe sentence.”The press freedom organization added: “We urge the Rwandan judicial authorities not to convict these two journalists, and we call on the government to stop using legislation such as the ‘genocide ideology’ law to suppress the free expression of opinions. Charges such as defamation or insulting the president are too often inflated to ‘genocide denial’ or inciting public disorder.”When requesting the harsh sentences, prosecutor Augustin Nkusi said: “Their articles, for example in their issue 29, clearly show the intent and motive of the two, which was to incite the people against an elected government. It is deliberate from the language they use, and the fact that they never bothered to speak to both sides in the story, clearly demonstrates their intentions.”The prosecutor added: “Article 12 of the Media Law indicates that while journalists have exclusive rights and freedoms of speech and expression, there are laws that they cannot break.”Agnès Nkusi’s lawyer pointed out that her client was seropositive and that her state of health was incompatible with a long stay in prison.Nkusi and Mukakibibi have been held in supposedly “provisional” pre-trial detention since their arrest on 8 July 2010 on charges of inciting civil disobedience, insulting the president, spreading false rumours and denying the genocide of the Tutsis. More information Nkusi has had run-ins with the authorities before. She was sentenced to two years in prison on similar charges in 2007, but went back to work as a journalist after serving the sentence. The Media High Council, a government body that oversees the press, gave her two warnings last year before her arrest in July. Although pleading not guilty, Uwimana acknowledged mistakes in her articles and breaches of professional conduct.Rwanda was ranked 169th out of 178 countries in the 2010 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. This was Africa’s third worst ranking. Only Eritrea and Sudan were below it in the index. President Paul Kagame has been on the Reporters Without Borders list of “Predators of Press Freedom” for several years . February 4, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 17 years in jail for one woman journalist, seven years for another February 13, 2020 Find out more April 6, 2020 Find out more to go further Organisation
Kelechi Nwakali’s Huesca sensationally pipped rivals Cadiz to the Segunda Division title on the final day of the 2019-20 campaign marred by controversy. However, both sides had already secured automatic promotion to the Spanish top-flight, but Cadiz’s 1-0 defeat at home to Albacete saw Huesca emerge champions.Advertisement Interestingly, despite being top of of the pile since early January, Huesca knew a win at Sporting Gijon would see them claim the title, if Cadiz slipped. Read Also: Solskjaer takes blame for team selection in Chelsea defeatThe Galician club will push for legal action following an unfair end to their season, with Fuenlabrada likely to miss out on any potential play-off place.With Racing Santander and Extremadura UD already relegated, Deportivo and Numancia will now join them in the third tier after a dramatic end to the campaign.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Cristo Gonzalez was the late hero for Michel Sanchez Munoz’s side, as Cadiz were unable to respond, as Alabcete held on to keep their place in the Segunda Division.The trio of Real Zaragoza, Almeria and Girona all secured play-off spots, alongside a controversial late 6th place finish for Elche.With Fuenlabrada’s tie at Deportivo la Coruna suspended due to positive Covid-19 tests in Fernando Vazquez’s squad, Elche overhauled their rivals.That postponement sealed Deportivo’s relegation, with Ponferradina and Albacete surviving. Promoted Content8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise YouThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your PhoneA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day15 Most Astonishing Staircases In The World5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks10 Largest Cities In The World12 Iconic Actors Whose Careers Were Stunted By A Single Movie6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way Loading…
Royal Varuna Yacht Club in Pattaya held a fun team racing event during the weekend Oct. 1-2 for young talented club members to learn and improve their spirit of team racing. About 40 young sailors took part in both Optimist and Laser 4.7 classes.Laser 4.7 winners – Win Thanatayaudom (left) and Sophia Montgomery (right) with Varuna Commodore Tom Whitcraft.The event was organized by Jordan Rumsby, Sailing Director and RVYC coach with support from parents. Special thanks also go to Albert Nazarov, Tom Vernon, David Gavin, and Wikki Bhanubandh who were positioned on and off shore to make sure everything went smoothly.Each sailor was required to employ their own tactics and strategies to ensure their team secured good positions and points, all without the aid of coaching support.The next event at Varuna will be the 2016 JVK Eastern Seaboard Regatta from 22 – 24 October. It is open to any Optimist sailor of any nationality. Contact Jordan Rumbsy at [email protected] for entry enquiry or visit www.varuna.org.Optimist class winners – Jade Gavin, ML Weka Bhanubandh and Krit Romanyk.Celebrating success back on shore.
A two-car crash collision has occurred near the main Ballyshannon and Donegal Town road.The crash happened around 2:45pm at the turn of for Cashelard.The road is currently blocked at the scene of the accident. It is not understood if anybody has been seriously hurt in the collision.Emergency services are currently on route to the scene.Road blocked after crash near Ballyshannon was last modified: June 12th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)
BaliPure celebrates after scoring a point against Pocari Sweat in Game 2 of their best-of-three finals series in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference, Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Water Defenders won in four sets to capture their first PVL title. Mark Giongco/INQUIRER.netBaliPure knocked off Pocari Sweat, 25-20, 19-25, 25-23, 26-24, to win its maiden Premier Volleyball League title Wednesday night at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Water Defenders found redemption in the Open Conference, just two months after losing to the Lady Warriors in a do-or-die Game 3 in the Reinforced Conference Finals.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Soltones, who was named Finals MVP, ended the third set with an off-speed spike while Nabor tapped the ball out and into a gaping hole for the title-clinching point.Soltones fired 21 points after scoring 14 in Game 1 while Aiko Urdas and Risa Sato added 16 and 15 points, respectively.Nabor had eight points and 40 excellent sets after missing Game 1 due to a stiff neck.Pablo played through an illness for the second straight game and still came away with 21 points.ADVERTISEMENT “We went through a lot. When we started the conference, we almost didn’t make it to the semis. When we entered the semis, we lost the first game and we almost didn’t make the finals but again the girls persevered,” said BaliPure head coach Roger Gorayeb.It was the same narrative for BaliPure in Game 2.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Water Defenders nearly dropped the third and fourth sets before showing great resolve to fight off the steely Lady Warriors, who rode on MVP Myla Pablo in the crucial stages.BaliPure blew leads late in the last two sets and needed endgame heroics from Grethcel Soltones and skipper Jasmin Nabor to push through. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago LATEST STORIES Japan, Thailand to dispute AVC title View comments Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Next UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Monday took some crucial decisions, including the revision of the Ranji Trophy format, in its working committee meeting wherein resuming cricketing ties with Pakistan hogged the limelight.The working committee ratified the technical committee’s recommendations for overhauling domestic cricket by introducing major changes to the Ranji Trophy championship. The 27 participating teams would now be divided into three groups. The top three teams from Group A and B and the best two teams from Group C would qualify for the knockout stage.Another crucial decision was to change the team composition for Challenger Trophy. Instead of three teams, the national selectors would now pick two teams and the winners of the Vizay Hazare Trophy would be included as the third team.The BCCI also granted amnesty to former Indian wicketkeeper and banned member of erstwhile Indian Cricket League (ICL), Kiran More. A similar decision could be taken for former World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev, who might also apply for amnesty in days to come.The BCCI also decided that the India ‘A’ team would tour New Zealand in September-October this year.
The 37-year-old Casillas fell ill during a practice last Wednesday, was rushed to hospital, and underwent a catheterization.“I can only smile after everything that happened,” he said. “It was a very difficult situation but thankfully I’m doing well.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSpeaking to reporters outside of the hospital, without taking questions, an emotional Casillas said he doesn’t know “what the future holds,” and that the most important thing was to be standing there talking about himself.“I’m feeling much better,” he said. “I’ll rest for a couple of weeks, or a couple of months, I’m not sure yet. The most important thing is to be here.” View comments Casillas recently had his contract with Porto extended until the end of the 2019-20 season, with an option for another year.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas smiles while talking to journalists outside a hospital in Porto, Portugal, Monday, May 6, 2019. Veteran goalkeeper Iker Casillas had a heart attack during a training session with his Portuguese club FC Porto and was hospitalized May 1. (AP Photo/Luis Vieira)PORTO, Portugal — A cheerful Iker Casillas was released from the hospital on Monday, five days after having a heart attack.The veteran Porto goalkeeper said he was thrilled with his recovery but didn’t give any hints about whether he would keep playing professionally.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Cavs to interview Spurs assistant Ettore Messina for coaching post Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Porto doctor Nelson Puga said last week the playing future of Casillas would depend on several factors, including the goalkeeper’s will to keep competing.Casillas said on Monday he feels “very lucky” the incident didn’t have more serious consequences, and thanked the outpouring of support from players and clubs from across the world.“I want to thank the thousands of messages of support that I’ve received,” he said.Casillas joined Porto in 2015 after helping Real Madrid win five league titles and three Champions League trophies.He also helped Spain win one World Cup and two European Championships.ADVERTISEMENT
Liverpool boss Klopp: We’re now at same level as Man Cityby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp believes they’re now at the same level as Manchester City.Despite defeat at City last week, Klopp was delighted with what he saw.”From my point of view we were never on a level with City since I came in,” said the German.”We won games against them, especially since Pep, but in these games City were better.”We only scored more goals, but the possession was at least 60:40 for them in all the games but we won them. Now it was 50:50.”We had our moments (on Thursday) and caused them completely different problems to the games before.”Last year the Champions League (quarter-final) game at home when we won 3-0 it was a brilliant game but we were under pressure in a lot of moments.”I don’t know if we had more than four shots on target but we were quite clinical that day.”That’s how you have to play against City, in the moment when you get the ball you have to make the best of it.”This game was different and that is an important step for us. It is very important we see it.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola: No disaster if I don’t win Champions League hereby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola insists it’ll be no “disaster” if he fails to bring the Champions League trophy to the club.Guardiola has so far failed to deliver the trophy at City, despite winning two Premier League titles, two League Cups and one FA Cup. Asked if European success was the next step for City, having dominated English football for the past two seasons, Guardiola said: “Yeah, definitely, but sometimes it cannot be possible.”Sometimes you take a few years and sometimes you take one year. Barcelona is my club in my heart and 1992 was the first one [European Cup] and Barcelona was born a long time ago.”The important games, the decisions, many games, the influence. But I’m sorry, I’m not going to live the next 10 months thinking if I don’t win the Champions League it would be a disaster, because my life is quite good.”
TORONTO – Shares of licensed medical marijuana producer Aphria Inc. surged Monday on better than expected quarterly results and after news of a changing political tone on cannabis south of the border.Aphria reported a $12.9-million profit in its fiscal third quarter, boosted by the sale of some of its shares in U.S. company Liberty Health Sciences, and reduced production costs per gram of cannabis.The Leamington, Ont.-based producer’s stock rose as much as 8.95 per cent the Toronto Stock Exchange on Monday, before closing at $12.24, up 7.37 per cent.Aphria’s chief executive Vic Neufeld said Monday the company is “very excited” about political developments south of the border, where cannabis is an illegal Schedule 1 drug under U.S. federal law, including President Donald Trump’s commitment last week to support congressional efforts to protect states that have legalized cannabis.Neufeld said Liberty, which has interests in states where pot is legal and in which Aphria has a 28 per cent stake, has been “given a stamp of validation by key political leaders.”“We are very excited that this has happened,” he told analysts discussing its latest quarterly results. “We were very confident it would…. Liberty was just ahead of the curve.”Liberty shares slipped by roughly six per cent on Monday, to $0.93 on the Canadian Securities Exchange, after seeing a more than 19 per cent bump on Friday.Aphria moved to reduce its stake in Liberty earlier this year after Canada’s biggest exchange operator warned in October that U.S. federal law takes precedence over state laws, and cannabis firms with cross-border activities may face delisting. In January, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded an Obama-era memo that suggested that the federal government would not intervene in states where cannabis is legal, and said he was leaving it to federal prosecutors in those states to decide how aggressively to enforce federal law.Aphria sold 26.7 million Liberty shares at a price of $1.25 per share, representing all its shares in the company that are not subject to Canadian Securities Exchange escrow requirements and maintained a 28.1 per cent after the transaction.But on Friday, Colorado Senator Cory Gardner said he received a commitment from Trump that the memo’s recission would not impact Colorado’s legal marijuana industry.While Neufeld viewed this as positive, he told analysts Monday he did not expect the TMX Group, which operates the Toronto Stock Exchange and the Venture exchange, to change its stance soon.Aphria does not anticipate “enough advancement” between now and late July, when the licensed producer is due to reduce its stake in Liberty further to 20 per cent, said Neufeld.“This is just another advancement of eventually getting to the position of where medical cannabis moves to Schedule 2,” he told analysts. “That journey is still a long way off.”TMX spokesman Shane Quinn said Monday it is “aware that legislation applicable to the marijuana sector continues to evolve.“While we continue to monitor legal developments affecting this sector, marijuana remains a Schedule 1 drug under the U.S. federal Controlled Substances Act,” he said in an emailed statement. “From our perspective, United States federal law has jurisdiction over state law in this matter.”Meanwhile, Aphria reported quarterly revenues that more than doubled to $10.3 million, compared with a year ago, and an improvement in its all-in costs of sales of dried cannabis per gram to $1.56, down from $2.13 from the previous quarter. It also reduced its cash costs per gram to $0.96, compared to $1.45 in the second quarter of 2018.The company said its latest quarterly profit amounted to eight cents per share for the quarter ended Feb. 28 compared with a profit of nearly $5 million or four cents per share a year ago when it had fewer shares outstanding.Companies in this story: (TSX:APH)Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version stated that Aphria’s all-in costs of dried cannabis per gram was $2.13 in the third quarter of 2017.