first_img Organisation April 6, 2021 RSF decries arbitrary blocking of two CAR news websites News May 13, 2020 Find out more RSF_en As the Central African Republic continues to grapple with a surge in violence that began lastDecember, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the authorities to restore access to twonews websites that they have been blocking since mid-February, a few weeks after PresidentFaustin-Archange Touadéra’s disputed reelection. News CAR policeman who shot reporter must be punished, RSF says to go further Follow the news on Central African Republic Help by sharing this information Central African RepublicAfrica Condemning abusesOnline freedomsMedia independence Armed conflictsConflicts of interestInternetFreedom of expression News June 17, 2019 Find out more Six years on, same unanswered questions about French journalist’s death in CAR Two French reporters attacked by police, then arrested in CAR News December 13, 2019 Find out more The Corbeau News and Le Tsunami were given no warning when the ministry of posts and telecommunications instructed Internet operators on 16 February to cut access to their websites “until further notice” on the grounds that they had spread “hate speech” and fake news amid a “security crisis.” The ministry mentioned no specific article or post.The website’s editors were not consulted or informed about the decision and RSF was unable to reach the minister. The president of the High Council for Communication (HCC) – which is supposed to be responsible for regulating the media, including online media, and is the only government agency empowered to take this kind of decision – told RSF that he “learned about it on the street like everyone else in the CAR.” At no point was the HCC consulted.Corbeau News publisher Alain Nzilo told RSF he thought the blocking was designed to prevent his site from revealing sensitive information, especially about the presence in the CAR of Russian mercenaries working for Wagner, a privately-owned security company with Kremlin links. The CAR authorities insist that there is no Wagner presence in the country.Nzilo said that Russian paramilitaries have repeatedly contacted him with the aim of getting him to change his editorial policies. Le Tsunami publisher Edouard Yamalet told RSF that it was Russian officials in the CAR who were responsible for getting his website blocked after it published several articles referring to “war crimes” by Wagner’s mercenaries.“This decision was completely arbitrary,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “It was not based on anything specific and the way it was taken violated all elementary principles and procedures in place, including those concerning the media regulator. Blocking these sites just further undermines media coverage, which is already very difficult because of the very unstable security situation in this country at war and because the media are often the hostages of interests and forces on the grounds. We call on the authorities to restore access to these two sites at once and to allow media and journalists to operate freely.”In an interview for Radio Bangui FM last month, Russian ambassador Vladimir Titorenko denied the presence of Russian mercenaries in the CAR and accused media funded by the armed opposition of spreading false information on the subject. But on 31 March, a group of UN- appointed independent experts voiced concern about “reports of grave human rights abuses” by Russian paramilitaries in the CAR.These press freedom violations come against a political backdrop marked by controversial parliamentary and presidential elections and a surge in attacks on the CAR authorities by a rebel coalition – an environment that makes it very difficult for the media to function. In January, the authorities urged journalists to “participate in the war effort” through their reporting. At the same time, it is very hard for them to travel outside the capital, Bangui, and sometimes the authorities prevent them from leaving Bangui altogether. Reporters are often forced to rely on NGOs to try to investigate the situation in areas controlled by armed groups.The CAR is currently ranked 132nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s World Press Freedom Index. Central African RepublicAfrica Condemning abusesOnline freedomsMedia independence Armed conflictsConflicts of interestInternetFreedom of expression Receive email alertslast_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An 82-year-old Rosedale woman was killed in a car crash in East Farmingdale early Sunday morning.Suffolk County police said Vera Quashie was driving a Hyundai Accent westbound on Route 109 when she lost control of the car and hit a utility pole at the corner of Albany Avenue at 12:15 a.m.Quashie, who was driving home alone from work at the Berkshire Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in West Babylon, was taken to Nassau University Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.First Squad detectives impounded the vehicle for a safety check, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on this crash to call them at 631-854-8152.last_img read more

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Somewhere in the United States, a phone rings at a credit union. A compliance officer answers it. The voice on the other end says: “This is agent Doe with the U.S. Secret Service – can you send us everything you have on John Smith?”The compliance officer is uncertain – sure, she knows about TRID, Regulation CC and model bylaws. But can she refuse a request from a federal agent?The NAFCU compliance team has received this question more than once in recent weeks. If a purported government agent calls the credit union and makes an oral request for a member’s account information, what is required of the credit union? NAFCU has even heard of one instance in which, when the credit union declined to send the information, a purported secret service agent became angry and said that the credit union was in violation of federal law. No compliance professional wants to be on the wrong side of the law, so what does the law actually say on this topic?First, credit unions should be cautious. As detailed in a previous post in the Compliance Blog, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) recently issued an advisory on “imposter scams.” While imposter scams can take on a few different forms, one type of imposter scam involves the criminal impersonating an organization, such as a government agency, in an attempt to coerce or convince the target to provide valuable information. Given that, receiving a call from someone claiming to be a federal agent, and who makes an oral request for the credit union to send account information, should at least put the credit union on alert that an imposter scam could be afoot. A credit union may want to conduct additional investigation to determine if they are dealing with a real federal agent, such as calling the agency at a phone number listed on its government website.last_img read more

first_imgGeorgia voters can follow the instructions included on their ballots to return them by mail. The U.S. Postal Service recommends allowing seven days for ballots to be received by elections officials, so voters should return theirs as quickly as possible to make sure they arrive by Jan. 5.Will drop boxes be available?Yes. Just as in the November general election, Georgia election officials will place secure drop boxes at locations in their counties where voters can return completed ballots. The deadline for submitting ballots is 7 p.m. on Jan. 5. – Advertisement – With control of the Senate at stake, the Jan. 5 runoff for Georgia’s two Senate seats has become the political focal point of the nation. Two Republican incumbents, Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, are facing runoffs against well-funded Democratic opponents.If the victory goes to those two Democrats — Jon Ossoff facing Mr. Perdue, and the Rev. Raphael Warnock facing Ms. Loeffler — control of the Senate will become evenly split, 50-50, with Vice President Kamala Harris holding the tiebreaking vote.- Advertisement – National interest in the election is so high that Brad Raffensperger, the Georgia secretary of state, has warned out-of-staters that it is a felony to relocate temporarily to Georgia for the sole purpose of voting in the runoff, punishable by up to 10 years in prison.For those who are eligible to vote, here are the rules:When is the voter registration deadline?The deadline for registering to vote in the Georgia runoff is Dec. 7. Georgia’s voter registration portal asks for a driver’s license number or the last four digits of a voter’s Social Security number. Interested residents may register by clicking here. Can I vote early in person?Yes. In-person voting in Georgia begins Dec. 14. Voters can check the early-voting locations in their counties on this site. A record number of Georgians — nearly 2.7 million — cast early, in-person votes for the Nov. 3 general election.Can I vote on Election Day?As always, polls will be open on Election Day, Jan. 5. Voters can check the location of their precincts at this site. Absentee ballots will not be automatically mailed to voters, but it’s not hard to request one. Residents can request one from their county registrar’s office by clicking here and locating their county or by following this link. So far, 687,528 absentee ballots have been requested statewide.In Georgia’s general election this month, a record number of people — more than 1.3 million — voted by absentee ballot, a number attributed to the coronavirus, which election officials expect will drive up absentee voting during the runoff as well.When will absentee ballots arrive?Absentee ballots will be mailed beginning Nov. 18. Voters may track the status of their absentee ballot request by clicking here.How do Georgians vote by mail?- Advertisement – How can voters obtain an absentee ballot?- Advertisement –last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Arsenal and Manchester United contested a fierce rivalry which culminated in the Pizza-gate controversy in 2004 (Picture: Getty)‘He said he didn’t see players getting around them or tackling them. He said the opposition were too busy planning how to swap shirts with them. That would psychologically get into our heads.‘He’d say things like ‘I don’t want Vieira refereeing this game today, or Adams, or Keown’ – he’d say little things like that without ever encouraging us to intimidate the referee. People thought that happened but it didn’t.‘But those little things were the difference in matches. Sir Alex always said ‘find a way to win’ – there was an element of madness to us in the final 10 minutes of matches but that’s the risks he took to win matches.‘Not just in title run-ins, Sir Alex would identify weaknesses in the opposition, work out what kind of records we’d have under certain referees, at certain grounds – he would really pinpoint the areas of weakness in the opposition.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors‘If there was one player you could get at. When we played against Arsenal during their ‘Invincible’ era, we played completely different than how we would ordinarily play. He adapted us to certain situations.‘There were certain points he’d identify mentality issues with certain people within the game that would contribute to the game. He was very much into the detail of the battle on matchdays – the mental battle.’MORE: Rivaldo explains why Willian should snub Arsenal interest and join Tottenham insteadMORE: Philippe Senderos explains how Arsene Wenger persuaded him to join Arsenal over Man Utd Manchester United and Arsenal were the Premier League’s dominant forces between 1997 and 2004 (Picture: Getty)Sir Alex Ferguson used to motivate his Manchester United players for battles against Arsenal by taking subtle digs at the main men in Arsene Wenger’s iconic side. Between 1997 and 2004, the two Premier League giants dominated the domestic scene and contested one of the fiercest rivals in the history of English football. Arsenal won the title three times in that period under Arsene Wenger and famously went unbeaten through the 2003/04 campaign, but it was United who tended to have the upper hand, particularly in battles at Old Trafford. Ferguson’s mastery of the psychological mind games undoubtedly played a part in his side’s success and Neville revealed his old manager knew exactly how to push his buttons by pointing out flaws or traits in the players he was likely to be in direct competition with.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Sir Alex always felt that players like Thierry Henry and Robert Pires had an air about them that they couldn’t be tackled,’ he said. Metro Sport ReporterFriday 1 May 2020 4:45 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.5kShares Comment Advertisement Gary Neville reveals why Robert Pires and Thierry Henry wound up Sir Alex Fergusonlast_img read more

first_imgMASON CITY — The Cerro Gordo County Board of Supervisors today approved pay raises for the next fiscal year for all of the county’s elected officials except for themselves.The county’s Compensation Board back on December 10th recommended two-and-three-quarter percent increases in the salaries of the county’s attorney, auditor, recorder, sheriff and treasurer, as well as the three county supervisors for the county’s fiscal year that starts on July 1st. The supervisors approved those recommendations today, but decided to freeze their pay at $52,460.Second district supervisor Casey Callanan says the board’s current members have made that same decision since 2017. “Just as a side note, I know this is the third consecutive year with no wage adjustment for the Board of Supervisors.”First district supervisor Tim Latham says his vote is based on a campaign promise when he ran for office in 2016. “Based on what I told voters when I ran for election that I would not be asking for any pay raises during that time in office.”Third district supervisor Chris Watts was in agreement with his colleagues. “It’s not about politics, it’s about promises we made to our constituents on holding our salaries for this term, and we have.”By law, the supervisors are not allowed to approve anything higher than the board’s recommendation, but they can freeze or cut their own pay.== Sheriff Kevin Pals will see his salary increase to $106,113== County Attorney Carlyle Dalen’s pay goes up to $126,767== County Treasurer Patricia Wright, County Recorder Colleen Pearce, and County Auditor Adam Wedmore will each see their salary increase to $78, 115.last_img read more

first_imgFacebook154Tweet0Pin0The Washington Center for the Performing Arts is thrilled to announce a night no Los Lobos fan will want to miss! The band’s wordsmith Louie Perez once called their powerhouse mix of rock, Tex-Mex, country, folk, R&B, blues, and traditional Spanish and Mexican music “the soundtrack of the barrio.” After four decades, three Grammys, the global success of “La Bamba,” and thousands of rollicking performances across the globe, Los Lobos is still jamming with the same raw intensity as they had when they began in a garage in 1973.When they get in the studio, the results are every bit as culturally rich, musically rocking and lyrically provocative as they were back in the day. The band’s new album, Gates of Gold, is their first full length studio album since 2010’s Tin Can Trust (a Grammy nominee for Best Americana Album) and second with Savoy/429 Records. The dynamic songwriting, deeply poetic lyrics, thoughtful romantic and spiritual themes and eclectic blend of styles on the 11 track collection has resulted in an American saga in the rich literary tradition of legendary authors John Steinbeck and William Faulkner.Executive Director Jill Barnes commented, “I jumped at the idea of booking this legendary group and bringing decades of loved jams to the heart of downtown Olympia and our community of music lovers”.Exclusive FRIENDS of the Center presale begins Tuesday, May 14 at noon.General tickets on sale Tuesday, May 21 at noon.Become a FRIEND of the Center with your donation today. Read more on the Washington Center for the Performing Arts website. Purchase tickets in person, by phone at 360-753-8586, or online at the Washington Center for the Performing Art’s website.DATE: Tuesday, October 1 2019TIME: 7:30 pmVENUE: Washington Center Main Stage, 512 Washington St. SECOST: Tickets: $35 $53 $79 $99For more information about upcoming events please visit the Washington Center for the Performing Arts website or call the Box Office at 360-753-8586.last_img read more

first_imgBy John BurtonLITTLE SILVER — It’s sort of a two-for-one for the borough as Monmouth County officials have agreed to repave Seven Bridges Road as it undergoes work to replace a bridge.Mayor Robert Neff Jr. said he raised the issue of doing the additional roadwork during a recent conversation with Joseph Ettore, the county’s head engineer. Officials acknowledged it has been about 19 years since the street was last paved. County roads are usually repaved every 12 to 20 years.Freeholder Director John Curley agreed with Neff and Ettore’s assessment, and Curley offered the freeholders’ support by sending a letter to borough officials to that affect, Neff said.The county’s plan is to resurface Seven Bridges Road, CR-33, from the area of Gooseneck Bridge on the Oceanport border to Rumson Road, about a 1.7-mile stretch, according to William Heine, a county spokesman.The roadway’s condition has “been kind of spotty,” Neff said, noting the potholes, cracks and faded striping running along it. Toward the Oceanport end, the road has had a tendency to flood during rainstorms, which has taken its toll. Compounding the situation, recent utility work done prior to the bridge replacement on the northern end in Little Silver has had an impact on Seven Bridges Road. “Parts of it are in pretty rough shape,” Neff said.Given the current project under way, the time that has lapsed since it was last repaved, and Little Silver’s request, county officials agreed it would be an opportune time to do the work, Heine said. “It was a good call by both parties.”The county began its $2.7 million bridge replacement project earlier this month and a portion of the road is expected to be closed for roughly six months. Contractors are replacing an aging timber bridge over Little Silver Creek Road, in the area of Point Road School.The resurfacing is expected to dovetail with the bridge replacement project and the work will be done while traffic is detoured, Heine said.The repaving is budgeted at $320,000 and is part of the county’s annual $5 million road resurfacing work that paves about 20 to 25 miles of county road, based upon current condition and age, Heine said.“It’s nice to get it all done while the bridge replacement is going forward, while the road is closed for a bit,” Neff said. “I’m happy it’s not on the dime of the Little Silver taxpayers.”last_img read more

first_imgHip-Co King Takun J is headlining a new track hitting the airwaves this week that is pushing the envelope and tapping the consciousness of Liberian youth with the anti-corruption message. The song “Gbagba Is Corruption” is based on the children’s book Gbagba written by Robtel Neajai Pailey, illustrated by Chase Walker, and published by One Moore Book (OMB). The track forms part of a grant Pailey secured from the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) to pilot Gbagba in schools across Liberia with an initial donation of 1,500 books. Takun J was commissioned under the grant to write and record the song.  Grant implementer One Moore Book (OMB), which publishes culturally sensitive children’s books for countries with low literacy rates, plans to disseminate copies of Gbagba to 10 rural schools this year, as well as monitor the implementation of a teacher’s guide developed in consultation with Liberia’s Ministry of Education.“Gbagba Is Corruption” joins the canon of anti-corruption songs popularised by politically conscious musicians such as Takun J, who blends Liberian colloquialisms with Hip-hop beats. He was an obvious ally in bringing the children’s book Gbagba to a wider audience. Now played on radio stations in Liberia, with a strong online presence across the globe, “Gbagba Is Corruption” is also available for free download at the OMB website,, which focuses on governance and transparency issues in West Africa, has funded the Gbagba pilot because it “believes the fight against corruption needs to start with teaching children the values of accountability and integrity, which opens the space for an honest discussion of how corruption adversely affects them in their homes, schools, local communities, and within the national landscape on a broader scale.”Gbagba, meaning ‘trickery’ in the Bassa language, was published to critical acclaim in 2013 as part of OMB’s Liberia Signature Series. It was subsequently launched in Monrovia, Liberia in February 2013 at the University of Liberia; Washington, DC (USA) in November 2013 at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS); and London, England in December 2013 at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).A Liberian writer and researcher, Pailey said: “I wrote Gbagba because I wanted to start a ‘revolution from below’ by giving children the verbal tools to question the confusing ethical codes of the adults around them.” Since its publication, the anti-corruption children’s primer has been adopted by the Liberian Ministry of Education as a supplemental reader for 3rd to 5th graders.Gbagba has been featured in the New York Times/International Herald Tribune, The Washington Informer Newspaper, Voice of America, Pacifica Radio’s ‘Africa Now!’, Vox Africa’s ‘Shoot the Messenger’, Transparency International’s UK blog, and the Royal African Society’s blog.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img…rob 6 familiesBandits went on a rampage at the Glasgow New Housing Scheme on the East Bank of Berbice (Region 6, East Berbice-Corentyne) over the weekend, creating havoc for residents as they attempted to enter, or were successful in entering, six homes.Four homes in the scheme were broken into on Sunday morning. In the previous week, two other homes were broken into, and victims had harrowing encounters with the bandits.In the wee hours of Monday, bandits invaded Lot 1724 Cracks Ville, Glasgow New Housing Scheme, EBB. Owner of the home, Clement John, explained that all of the rooms in the house are sealed, so no one heard when bandits prised open the back door with a crowbar. He gave no details of what was taken.At Sohan Ramdeen’s Lot 890 Glasgow New Housing Scheme home, louvre panes were removed but the bandits were unable to gain entry into the home. One occupant explained that he had heard the dogs barking and had thought that another animal was in the yard. According to reports, a can of sardines had been punctured and placed in the yard to distract the dogs. Ramdeen explained that it was not until sunrise that he discovered the louvre panes missing from his home.At about 00:30h on that same Monday, bandits attempted to hammer their way into another Cracks Ville home, despite screams from the occupants.  “I jump up from my sleep when I hear. So I listened to hear if (there was) any other sound; but the next noise wasn’t so hard.Then I wake up my son and tell him that (bandits attacking) this house, and he say, ‘No, is cat.’… He decided to go and check the cameras, and then he see that three of the cameras turn in different directions, and so he go to the bedroom window and start screaming,” the homeowner said.Despite hearing the occupants of that home raising an alarm, the bandits continued to force their way into the building, which houses a shop. Fortunately, they could not penetrate the grill door that prohibits entry into the building, although they had wrenched open a door leading to the lower flat of the building. And the intruders fled after several residents responded to the cries of the besieged home occupants.The shop owner said the family had received information in December that persons were planning to burgle their home, and on the night they had received that information a vehicle was observed passing the home ten times, but vanished when police arrived in the area.The bandits could not gain entry into this homeThe early Monday morning bandit rampage also included an attack on teacher Debra Ward’s home. She said she was aware that at least one person was in her home at about 2:30h on Monday. She said the intruder pushed open her bedroom door, but she sprang out of bed and armed herself with a cutlass, causing the male intruder to escape through the front door.She later discovered that one Government laptop, a cellular phone and approximately $6000, most of which belongs to the school, had been taken from her home. She also discovered that a crowbar had been used to prise open the back door and grill of her home.Two other homes in the East Bank Berbice community had last Wednesday been broken into. Businessman Chris Hicks said the bandits had managed to make their way only into the lower flat of his home, from whence they removed almost $2M worth of equipment.He explained that during that attack, the bandits’ efforts to gain access to the upper flat of his home were thwarted because of the way the building is constructed. However, a masked man had climbed onto a part of the roof and had come face-to-face with him; and there was only a glass window separating the two men. According to Hicks, the man and his accomplices immediately fled the scene.And even as police responded to the Hicks report, three masked men burgled an unlicensed liquor restaurant that is situated in the same street where Hicks lives. Reports are that the bandits confiscated close to $200,000 in cash and a similar amount in jewelry from the shop owner and her school-age daughter before fleeing the scene.Having broken into that residence, the bandits allegedly woke up the sleeping occupant, Nadira, and told her not to sleep so soundly in the future, even as they demanded more cash and valuables.Police are investigating all these reports.  Several persons have already been arrested.last_img read more