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Zimbabwean minister threatens reporter on live radio

first_img Follow the news on Zimbabwe ZimbabweAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Violence The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa ZimbabweAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Violence News RSF_en News Terrence Mukupe, the deputy finance minister and a ruling ZANU-PF party member of parliament, made his threats against Blessed Mhlanga, a reporter for the newspaper NewsDay, during a studio discussion broadcast live by radio SFM, cutting short the discussion.SFM had invited Mukupe to come and discuss Mhlanga’s front page story the previous day that was based on a video recorded at an internal ZANU-PF meeting earlier in the week in which Mukupe said the military would not recognize opposition candidate Nelson Chamisa as president if he won the 30 July general election.Mhlanga said Mukupe got angry within a few minutes of the start of the radio debate and began attacking him verbally. “I will beat you up, you want to belittle me,” he shouted at Mhlanga. “Such public threats against a journalist are all the more unacceptable when made by a government minister,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “We call on the Zimbabwean authorities to systematically condemn such attacks and not let them go unpunished. After years of persecution under Robert Mugabe, it is time to recognize that the media and journalists play a key role in the public debate, especially in the run-up to a general election.”In a letter released on 26 May, Mukupe accused Mhlanga of “provocative behaviour” during the discussion. “I am shocked that a minister can lie with impunity over things that happened live on radio and broadcast to the whole country,” Mhlanga told RSF. When Mhlanga went to the police to file a complaint about the threats, he found that Mukupe had already made a statement accusing him as the aggressor.MISA Zimbabwe, an NGO that defends freedom of expression, condemned Mukupe’s threats, saying such attacks “undermine the constitutional role of the media in entrenching democracy.”Despite President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s promises of a new democracy, attacks on journalists have been frequent, especially on political issues, since Mnangagwa replaced Mugabe in November 2017.In the past three months, journalists have been threatened by politicians and a photographer was roughed up by supporters of the opposition MDC-T party. In April, a journalist was arrested for taking photos at a meeting between ZANU-PF members and polling station officials during the ZANU-PF primaries.Zimbabwe is ranked 126th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. Zimbabwean court must free imprisoned journalist who is unwell Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns last week’s threats by a Zimbabwean government minister against a journalist during a radio programme and voices concern about the climate of hostility towards the media in the run-up to next month’s general election. Reports June 3, 2018 Zimbabwean minister threatens reporter on live radiocenter_img Help by sharing this information November 12, 2020 Find out more News Organisation © Blessed Mhlanga Zimbabwean journalist Hopewell Chin’ono denied bail Receive email alerts November 27, 2020 Find out more to go further September 1, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Two of the four detained journalists freed on bail

first_imgPhoto: Somali soldier patrolling, Mohamed Abdiwahab/ AFP Reporters Without Borders is relieved to learn that Abdiimalik Yusuf Mohamud, the owner of Shabelle Media Network, and Ahmed Abdi Hassan, the editor-in-chief of one of his network’s radio stations, Radio Shabelle, were released on bail today.But RWB is still very concerned about the fate of Radio Shabelle editor Mohamed Bashir Hashi and Mohamud Mohamed Dahir, the manager of Sky FM, another Shabelle Media Network radio station, who are still detained and have yet to be brought before a judge.The charges against Mohamed and Hassan have been reduced to incitement to commit a crime and incitement to disobey the law.But the other two are still also charged with public incitement, publication or dissemination of false, exaggerated or misleading information likely to disturb public order, offence against the honour and prestige of the head of state, and attacking the integrity, independence or unity of the Somali state. This last charge carries the death penalty.Reporters Without Borders urges the judicial authorities to guarantee due process for all four journalists in accordance with the international standards applicable in Somalia, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.——————————————————————————————–19.08.2014 – Three journalists tortured while in detentionAfter 19 initial arrests, three journalists still held and reportedly torturedReporters Without Borders condemns the closures of Mogadishu-based Radio Shabelle and Sky FM and arrests of 19 journalists and employees on 15 August, and the continuing detention and reported torture of the directors of the two radio stations and their owner.The two stations, both owned by Shabelle Media Network, were closed during raids on the morning of 15 August by members of the National Security Agency (NSA), who made the 19 arrests.Most of those arrested were released after two days, but the NSA is still holding Shabelle Media Network owner Abdiimalik Yusuf Mohamud, Radio Shabelle editor in chief Ahmed Abdi Hassan and Sky FM director Mohamud Mohamed Dahir, also known by the pseudonym of Mohamed Arab.They are being held at NSA headquarters in Mogadishu, which is often used in anti-terrorism operations.Several witnesses, including security officers, say the three men have been badly tortured in an attempt to extract confessions that they were deliberately trying to harm the Somali government.“The reaction of the Somali authorities is out of all proportion,” said Cléa Kahn-Sriber, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Africa desk. “Torturing journalists is disgraceful and totally unacceptable. The authorities have legal means at their disposal if they think comments by the media pose a danger to national security.“We are in the presence of arbitrary mass arrests, confirmed reports of torture and the illegal closure of two radio stations. We call on the Somali authorities to release these three journalists at once and to guarantee respect of their fundamental rights before the country’s courts.”Sources contacted by Reporters Without Borders said the raids on the two media may have been triggered by a Radio Shabelle broadcast on 14 August criticizing President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud’s interview for US TV station PBS during the Africa-USA summit, or by Sky FM’s comments on 15 August about the previous night’s fighting between government forces and warlords in Mogadishu. Several sources said comments on Sky FM went beyond the limits of reporting and constituted a call for a violent uprising.With eight journalists killed since the start of 2013 and constant harassment of the media, Somalia is ranked 176th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.For more information about Radio Shabelle SomaliaAfrica August 19, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two of the four detained journalists freed on bail News to go further News Receive email alerts RSF_en Follow the news on Somalia SomaliaAfrica RSF and NUSOJ call for release of a journalist held in Somalia’s Puntland region News February 24, 2021 Find out more March 2, 2021 Find out more Organisation Radio reporter gunned on city street in central Somalia Help by sharing this information RSF requests urgent adoption of moratorium on arrests of journalists News January 8, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Pasadena Man Charged with 2016 Death of Motorcyclist

first_imglatest #1 Pasadena Man Charged with 2016 Death of Motorcyclist Published on Monday, July 2, 2018 | 2:59 pm Community News An alleged car thief has been charged with the 2016 hit-and-run death of a motorcyclist in Pasadena, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.Donte Antoine Fox (dob 8/24/96) of Pasadena faces one felony count each of murder, vehicular manslaughter, hit-and-run driving resulting in death, grand theft of an automobile and driving or taking a vehicle without consent.Deputy District Attorney Ryan Erlich said the felony complaint includes allegations that Fox was convicted in 2016 of first-degree residential burglary.The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges today and is due back in court on Aug. 14 in Department J of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Pasadena Branch. Case GA103792 was filed on June 25.On Oct. 6, 2016, Fox allegedly stole a Tesla Model S 85D and later crashed into motorcyclist Oscar Chavez, 60, the prosecutor said. The victim died at the scene and the defendant reportedly fled and remained at large until his arrest on June 21, the prosecutor added.Fox faces more than 36 years to life in state prison if convicted as charged. Bail is set at more than $2.1 million.The case remains under investigation by the Pasadena Police Department.About the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s OfficeLos Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey leads the largest local prosecutorial office in the nation. Her staff of nearly 1,000 attorneys, 300 investigators and 800 support staff members is dedicated to protecting our community through the fair and ethical pursuit of justice and the safeguarding of crime victims’ rights. Subscribe Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  More Cool Stuff Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week 2 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenacenter_img Top of the News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Business News Make a comment faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes HerbeautyGet Rid Of Unwanted Body Fat By Eating The Right FoodsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Is What Scientists Say Will Happen When You Eat AvocadosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyEverything You Need To Know About This Two-Hour ProcedureHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Questions To Start Conversation Way Better Than ‘How U Doing?’HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeauty Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *last_img read more

Plea In SC Seeks Formulation Of Policy To Mitigate Problems Of Private Sector Employees Due To Sudden Lay-Offs

first_imgTop StoriesPlea In SC Seeks Formulation Of Policy To Mitigate Problems Of Private Sector Employees Due To Sudden Lay-Offs Sanya Talwar25 April 2020 5:00 AMShare This – xA plea has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking intervention of the court in terms of issuance of directions to both Central & State Governments to formulate a framework to counteract the problems faced by private sector employees, who have been suddenly laid off due to the lockdown.The PIL has been filed by Advocate Aditya Giri and seeks affixation of the liability & accountability…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginA plea has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking intervention of the court in terms of issuance of directions to both Central & State Governments to formulate a framework to counteract the problems faced by private sector employees, who have been suddenly laid off due to the lockdown.The PIL has been filed by Advocate Aditya Giri and seeks affixation of the liability & accountability of all stakeholders, including the Employers for “their dereliction of duty and negligent role in failing to curb laying off of the employees” during this pandemic. The petitioner elucidates that even though the Prime Minister had issued an advisory on prohibition of cutting salaries or laying off during this pandemic, the employers have continued to do so.”Despite an advisory by Hon’ble Prime Minister on prohibition from cutting any salary or laying off the employees during the Pandemic, this heinous act is still being practiced by many employers all across India. The unemployed humans are thus subjected to inhuman conditions by being exposed to a situation where they are left with no option but to sit at home being mentally harassed without any money in their pocket to feed the family” the petition reads.Additionally, the petitioner has sought the Top Court’s intervention to the tune of  directions to Government(s) for supporting those employees who are not able to maintain their families and fulfil basic needs on account of being laid off.Apropos this, the plea avers that even though the Government has taken action in terms addressing the issue of unemployment during the pandemic and compensation is provided to workers rendered jobless through the “Atal Beema Vyakti Kalyan Yojana”,  the pre-requisite of availing such a benefit is that they have to be registered with the Employee’s State Insurance (ESI) scheme. This, the plea avers, is not sufficient, especially since the scheme only “covers about two-thirds of the private organized sector and only about 2% of the 470-million workforce in India” and is thereby narrow in scope.In this backdrop, it is contended that the National Policy on Disaster Management 2009 (NPDM) has several loopholes in terms of recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction as the economy is suffering due to the pandemic and and regulations to tackle the calamitous situation are the need of the hour.The plea states that the plans and packages to resuscitate businesses and industry in its aftermath are distinctly worrying as steps taken and relaxations given have little impact on the private sector employers. The government’s piecemeal approach to safeguard economic rehabilitation does not inspire confidence for the future to the employer’s and grievances of either side are required to be taken into consideration.Calling out the need for an end to “the profit-at-all-costs mentality”, the petitioner has called for two way talks with the stakeholders involved in terms of Section 11 of Disaster Management Act, 2016 along with the National Disaster Management Plan, 2016.Furthermore, the petition avers that since the fundamental rights vis-à-vis ‘Right to Safety’ & ‘Right to Dignity’ are enshrined in the Constitution, the Government(s) is duty bound to ensure safety & security of the people of India and also provide them with a decent standard of living, especially in dire circumstances where many are at the losing end of their employment statuses.Next Storylast_img read more

Supreme Court Directs Audit Of Medical Oxygen Supplied To States/UTs To Ensure Accountability

first_imgTop StoriesSupreme Court Directs Audit Of Medical Oxygen Supplied To States/UTs To Ensure Accountability LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK8 May 2021 6:54 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court has directed an audit of the supplies of liquid medical oxygen made by the Centre to all States and Union Territories.”The purpose is to ensure that the supplies which have been allocated are reaching their destination; that they are being made available through the distribution network to the hospitals or, as the case may be, the end users efficiently and on a transparent basis; and to identify bottlenecks or issues in regard to the utilization of oxygen”, a bench comprising Justices DY Chandrachud and MR Shah observed.The bench also clarified, “The purpose of the audit is not to scrutinise the decisions made in good faith by doctors while treating their patients”.The audit will be conducted by sub-groups which are to be formed by the 12-member National Task Force constituted by the Court to formulate the methodology to allocate oxygen to states.The sub-groups/committees constituted by the National Task Force for each State/UT shall consist of:(i) An officer of the State/UT Government not below the rank of Secretary to the State Government;(ii) An officer of the Union Government not below the rank of Additional/Joint Secretary;(iii) Two medical doctors in the State/UT concerned including at least one with administrative experience of managing the medical facilities of a hospital; and(iv) A representative from the Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation (PESO).Audit sub-group for DelhiFurther for carrying out the above audit exercise specially for Delhi, the audit sub-group shall consist of:(i) Dr Randeep Guleria, Professor and Head, Department of Pulmonary Medicine and Sleep, AIIMS;(ii) Dr Sandeep Budhiraja, Clinical Director & Director – Internal Medicine, Max Healthcare; and(iii) An IAS officer, each from the Union Government and GNCTD, not below the rank of Joint Secretary.The Court also directed :”The Union Government shall continue with the present practice of making allocations of oxygen (as modified by the orders of this Court or the orders of the High Courts as the case may be) until the Task Force has submitted its recommendations in regard to proposed modalities. The Union Government shall on receipt of the recommendations of the Task Force take an appropriate decision in regard to the allocation of oxygen and on all other recommendations. The Task Force shall also submit its recommendations from time to time to this Court”.Also from the order :Supreme Court Constitutes National Task Force To Formulate Methodology For Scientific Allocation Of Medical Oxygen To States, UTs No Material Produced By Centre To Show Increasing Delhi’s Oxygen Allocation By 210 MT Will Reduce Other States’ Quota :Supreme CourtCase DetailsCase Title : Union of India vs Rakesh MalhotraCoram : Justices DY Chandrachud and MR ShahCitation : LL 2021 SC 250Click here to read/download the orderTags#Oxygen Supply #Justice DY Chandrachud Justice MR Shah Supreme Court Next Storylast_img read more

Donegal to get unique holiday home for people with disabilities

first_img By News Highland – April 6, 2018 Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Funding has been allocated to build Ireland’s first bespoke log cabin in Donegal to cater for people with severe disabilities.€115,000 in LEADER funding has been made available along with over €38,000 of private investment to to build and fit out the log cabin in Culdaff as part of the Hoist Away project.Work is due to be complete this September on the three bedroom build that will be specifically designed to cater for wheelchair users and equipped to meet the needs of people with disabilities.Una McGinley of Hoist Away, says the idea was borne out of her own personal experience while travelling with her partner who has MS:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Twitter Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleMain Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Thursday 5th AprilNext articleYoung man rescued from river after major operation News Highland DL Debate – 24/05/21 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebookcenter_img Pinterest Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 AudioHomepage BannerNews Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook Donegal to get unique holiday home for people with disabilities News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th last_img read more

NYPD accused of ‘shackling’ pregnant woman in labor, lawsuit claims

first_imgtzahiV/iStock(NEW YORK) — A pregnant woman who says she was forced to wear handcuffs on her wrists and ankles during labor is now suing the New York City Police Department.“Against the vehement protests of medical staff, the NYPD refused to remove the shackles, compelling Ms. Doe to labor in excruciating pain and forcing doctors to examine Ms. Doe with her feet and hands bound,” the lawsuit states, referencing the woman who is referred to only by a pseudonym.“Moments before Ms. Doe delivered her daughter, a growing chorus of outraged doctors convinced the NYPD to briefly remove her shackles. At 6:14 a.m., Jane Doe gave birth to her daughter. Shortly after she gave birth, NYPD officers again shackled her, ignoring the doctors’ continued pleas. Ms. Doe struggled to feed her new baby with one arm,” the lawsuit states.The woman heard doctors at the Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx “express concern” both that the baby was “in some distress” during the delivery, and that she “experienced heavy bleeding” after the delivery, the suit states.The City of New York along with the NYPD, five directly named officers and other anonymous officers are all listed as the defendants in the suit. The NYPD declined to comment to ABC News, citing ongoing litigation. The suit seeks damages for a violation of her civil rights and calls for the police force to change their policies to ensure a similar situation doesn’t happen again.Jane Doe had been arrested in connection with a family dispute with her ex-partner that happened five months before her Feb. 7, arrest, which was just two days before her due date, according to the lawsuit.“There was no urgent need to arrest Plaintiff that day by any stretch of the imagination,” the suit states.The practice of “shackling” pregnant women is roundly condemned, including by the American Medical Association, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the American Public Health Association.Correctional groups, including the Correctional Association of New York, call it a “barbaric — and illegal” practice. The state banned the use of shackles on women throughout labor, delivery and recovery in 2009.The lawsuit argues that Jane Doe “never struggled, resisted, or acted in any way that would even remotely support the use of restraints.”“Ms. Doe was terrified for herself and for her baby. She feared that she would deliver the baby alone in a cell at the 47th Precinct without medical help. She feared that after she gave birth, the NYPD would take her baby away,” the lawsuit states.“She desperately wanted her partner and her own doctor to be present for the birth, at her chosen hospital, consistent with her birth plan. But she remained compliant, urging herself to stay calm for the safety of her baby. These events are seared in Ms. Doe’s memory; she experiences nightmares and relives the trauma over and over,” the suit states.The lawsuit also notes how this was not the only case in recent years where the city was sued because a pregnant woman was shackled while in custody. That suit was settled in May 2017, less than a year before the alleged incident at the heart of this new lawsuit occurred.Donna Lieberman, the executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, said that it shows multiple failures on the part of the NYPD.“This raises the problem of not just the police department failing to respect the rights of women, but failing to have in place the systems that any well-run organization would have to learn from their mistakes. Why wouldn’t they fix the problem that they paid to resolve around the same time?” Lieberman said.“I think the fact that anybody at any level of the NYPD would think that shackling a pregnant woman as she’s about to go into labor and throughout — in 2018 — is stunning, and a sad reflection on the state of affairs in the NYPD,” Lieberman said.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Family rallies for slain 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes

first_imgChalabala/iStock(HOUSTON) — Relatives and strangers gathered in Houston on Saturday to rally for action in the search for the man who fatally shot 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes.Jazmine’s mother, LaPorsha Washington, was one of those who spoke to the crowd, calling for justice for her daughter.She said that she feels optimistic about the ongoing manhunt because there were so many people gathered and so many people involved in the effort.“I feel it in the bottom of my heart,” Washington said. “I’ve got a beautiful angel up there watching over me,” she said.Police released a composite sketch of the man they believe fired on the family’s car on Dec. 30, killing Jazmine.In addition to the aunts and great aunts of both Jazmine and Washington who spoke at the rally, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, the Democrat whose district includes most of central Houston, also spoke, telling attendees to call the Department of Justice about the case.“Do not be afraid to call this what it seems to be, a hate crime,” she said.Investigators have not officially determined the shooting to be a hate crime.When Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez released the composite sketch on Thursday, he noted that the suspect was described as having pale skin, blue eyes, and a thin build.Jazmine’s family believes the shooting was a hate crime, especially since the gunman appeared to have deliberately looked inside both sides of the car before he opened fire, their attorney Lee Merritt told reporters on Thursday.Washington thanked both the celebrities who have raised awareness about the case and those who rallied today, saying that not only were they inspiring to her but also to her children, who are grappling with the death of their sibling.“Y’all giving them so much strength,” Washington said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

BT opens learning to all

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article BT is making NETg’s Open Learning solution available to 100,000 staff viathe BT Academy, which sits within the BT intranet. The two companies are conducting roadshows up and down the country to drivethe usage of the learning among employees. Staff are encouraged to try out thecourses and view demonstrations. “We have a state-of-the-art learning system and wanted to demonstratehow to access it and find material to support particular training anddevelopment needs,” says David Slingo, head of learning at the BT Academy.”Our people now understand that e-learning can help to improve theirpersonal productivity and performance and therefore help us to maintain ourcompetitive advantage.” Marketing is vital when launching any new service to staff, and NETgcontinues to work with customers after implementation to promote learning andencourage usage. “This ensures that strong results are seen and that people have accessto high-performance skills to help them excel in the workplace and remainmotivated, happy and inspired,” says Laura Kelly, international marketingcommunications manager at Thomson NETg. “In turn, this helps to ensurebusiness goals are achieved.” www.netg.comThe BT initiative is being supported by Accenture HR Services and coursesavailable range from those on leadership and communication to the EuropeanComputer Driving Licence (ECDL). BT opens learning to allOn 1 Feb 2004 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Juab High School Seeks New Softball Coach

first_img Tags: Juab Softball FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailNEPHI, Utah-In information released by the Juab School District Monday, Juab High School is seeking a new head softball coach, effective immediately.If interested, please reach out to Juab High School athletic director Ron Marrelli at [email protected] or call (435) 623-1764. Brad James Written by January 13, 2020 /Sports News – Local Juab High School Seeks New Softball Coachlast_img