“We won’t go to Malabo”

first_img Not even coronavirus escapes Equatorial Guinea’s extreme censorship Equatorial GuineaAfrica The African Union’s 17th summit is about to take place in Equatorial Guinea, one of Africa’s most closed countries for journalists and one of the most hostile ones as regards media freedom. Reporters Without Borders has just written an opinion piece on the summit for the Africa Slate website. It is entitled “We won’t go to Malabo.”Here is the text of the article:“We won’t go to Malabo”28 June 2011The African Union’s 17th summit begins on 30 June in Equatorial Guinea, a country where the NGO Reporters Without Borders would like to conduct a fact-finding visit, only we are not welcome there.Fifty-two heads of state and government are gathering for the two-day summit in Sipopo, a resort described as a paradise just a few miles outside the capital, Malabo. Their meeting has been preceded by a week of consultations among other AU officials in Sipopo. Equatorial Guinea’s President Teodoro Obiang Nguema, who is hosting the event as the African Union’s current chairman, had this luxurious resort built specially for the occasion. The total cost was 830 million dollars (587 million euros).It does not seem to matter that three quarters of the country’s inhabitants live below the poverty line, despite its enormous income from oil, of which it is one of the world’s leading producers. The president is pulling out all the stops. Equatorial Guinea must appear in the best possible light in order to enhance its fame and attract foreign investors. Civil society is not attending the summit. Journalists who might criticize are not invited either. They are being kept away or they are being closely monitored.Human rights violations and lack of media freedomAlready known as a country that shows little respect for human rights, Equatorial Guinea recently staged a pre-summit clean-up, prompting criticism from NGOs and the international community. Alarmed by the revolutions in the Arab counties and determined to prevent any domestic unrest ahead of the summit, the government began an intensified crackdown several months ago.Amnesty International reported an increase in arbitrary arrests, police raids in neighbourhoods where foreigners and illegal immigrants live, and the arrest of around 100 students at the end of May without any reason being given. Human Rights Watch has also voiced concern about a deterioration in the human rights situation in the run-up to the summit, while United Nations experts have accused the authorities of systematic torture.The state TV and radio broadcaster, RTVGE, has meanwhile been running publicity spots lavishing praise on President Obiang and the country’s “development.”Privately-owned media are virtually non-existent in Equatorial Guinea. They are limited to a few newspapers. State media journalists have to relay official propaganda. They are government employees who can be fired from one day to the next, with any warning or explanation. The country has no journalists’ union or any other organization that defends journalists. The information ministry, staffed entirely members of the ruling Democratic Party for Equatorial Guinea (PDGE), is in charge of regulating the media.Equatorial Guinea is ranked 167th out of 178 countries in the 2010 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. This is the fourth worst ranking for an Africa country. Only Eritrea, Sudan, Rwanda and Somalia are below it. German TV crew deportedIn one of the latest incidents involving the media, three journalists working for the German TV station ZDF were escorted to Malabo airport and deported on 11 June, after being held for several hours. The three journalists – reporter Jorg Brase, cameraman Michael Berger and assistant cameraman Stanley Oriaro – and their local fixer were arrested by plainclothes security agents on the apparent orders of national television chief Teobaldo Nchaso Matomba while filming a concert at the French Cultural Centre in Malabo.The crew had previously shot some footage in a poor neighbourhood where a member of the Equatorial Guinean women’s football team is from. The team is participating in the Women’s Football World Cup that began in Germany on 26 June. The German TV crew had also interviewed opposition leader Placido Mico Abogo and human rights lawyers. The video they had filmed was deleted and their memory cards were confiscated.A diplomatic spat ensued. The German foreign ministry summoned the Equatorial Guinean ambassador in Berlin a few days later, while the German news magazine Der Spiegel ran two articles that were very critical of Equatorial Guinea, taking offence at the way the ZDF crew was treated. In response, Equatorial Guinean Prime Minister Ignacio Milam Tang expressed his disapproval to a German diplomat in Malabo.“Offensive references”President Obiang has been on the Reporters Without Borders list of Predators of Press Freedom for years. Our secretary-general met with Equatorial Guinea’s ambassador in Paris, Federico Edjo Ovono, in September 2009 to discuss the case of Rodrigo Angue Nguema, the correspondent of Agence France-Presse and Radio France Internationale, then held in Malabo’s Black Beach prison. Flanked by French lawyers who represent President Obiang and the Equatorial Guinean government, the ambassador accused Reporters Without Borders of “knowing nothing” about the country’s reality and invited it to “reconsider the status of predator that you have attached to our president.”Planning to visit Equatorial Guinea in April of this year in order to assess the situation of the media and press freedom in the country, Reporters Without Borders wrote to the ambassador in Paris informing him of its intention to request a visa. In a reply dated 11 March, the ambassador told Reporters Without Borders it would not be welcome in Malabo.The letter said: “You will understand that we are unable to grant your request for a meeting with His Excellency the President of the Republic or the Government spokesman, and still less to issue you with a private invitation, as long as the offensive references to our President continue to appear on your website.”Continuing his attempts to modify the editorial content of the Reporters Without Borders site, the ambassador added: “In our view, you cannot use such terms to refer to the President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea and still less to refer to the Chairman of the African Union, who has been elected and recognised as such by his peers.”The Predator of Press Freedom can be reassured. He will be able to receive his peers without being disturbed. But his regime, which has made Malabo inaccessible to journalists who might criticize or just describe his country’s reality, should keep a very close eye on the media attending the summit. Help by sharing this information RSF_en June 29, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 “We won’t go to Malabo” The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Organisation News November 27, 2020 Find out more June 15, 2020 Find out morecenter_img Follow the news on Equatorial Guinea Equatorial GuineaAfrica Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives Receive email alerts News Reports to go further News May 18, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Renewable Energy Brings Cost Savings, Rapid Payback to Australian Businesses

first_imgRenewable Energy Brings Cost Savings, Rapid Payback to Australian Businesses FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Guardian:Almost half of Australia’s large businesses are actively transitioning to cheaper renewable energy, including many going off the grid by building their own generators and battery storage, as power bills threaten their bottom line.A new report by the Climate Council details the increased speed of a business-led transition to renewables as power bills have increased. Many businesses–including 46% of large operations–have responded by seeking green alternatives. The Climate Council report, released on Tuesday, said the capacity of Australian businesses to generate their own solar power had doubled in less than two years.Business owners report making their investment back through cost savings in less than five years.The general manager of AustChilli at Bundaberg, Ian Gaffel, said the decision to invest in solar panels was a “no-brainer”. AustChilli employs more than 100 people in the agriculture and food manufacturing process. The business initially built a 100 kW solar system and about 18 months ago added an additional 200 kW. Solar now accounts for about a quarter of the business’s power usage.The story is being repeated across the country, particularly in the manufacturing industry, where increased power bills have squeezed profits.More: Almost Half Of Australian Big Business Moving To Renewableslast_img read more

9 reasons to love credit unions (and not big banks)

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Allison MartinWhile out and about, you may have passed by the local credit union without looking twice. You have no need for their services, right? Well, at least that’s what you thought.Are you aware of how credit unions operate and what they entail? If so, you may be inclined to open an account at one close to you or even switch from your bank.What exactly is a credit union and why is it better?MyCreditUnion.gov defines credit unions as “not-for-profit organizations that exist to serve their members rather than to maximize corporate profits.” They operate similarly to banks, as they make loans to members and accept deposits.So, why should I choose the local credit union over big boy banks?1. MotivesThe sole purpose for a credit union’s existence means that it should have your best interests at heart and not the bottom line of the institution. Big banks, on the other hand, are there to turn a profit and will seemingly do whatever it takes to meet their numbers. continue reading »last_img read more

NAFCU: NCUA’s TCCUSF closure proposal not in best interest of CUs

first_img continue reading » 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NAFCU reiterated its opposition to the NCUA’s proposed raising of the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund’s normal operating level and the merging of the stabilization fund into the NCUSIF in its official comment letter sent to the agency Monday.“Although there could conceivably be short-term benefits to merging the Stabilization Fund with the SIF, NAFCU strongly believes such a move at this time would not be in the best interest of credit unions,” wrote NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger. “Therefore, NAFCU and our members: (1) stand in opposition to NCUA’s proposal to merge the funds at this time; (2) strongly oppose any increase to the NOL; and (3) advocate that the agency is not required to charge a premium in 2017.”The NCUA proposal, issued in July, would raise the NCUSIF’s normal operating level from 1.3 percent to 1.39 percent. The NAFCU Board of Directors along with two member-filled committees – the Regulatory and NCUSIF Committees – unanimously oppose this proposal.last_img read more

Ladies lunch, men golf

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Australia’s COVID-19 hotspot cases inch up, but officials optimistic

first_imgNew daily coronavirus infections in Australia’s hotspot of Victoria climbed back to double digits on Sunday with 12 cases recorded but authorities said the state is on track to be able to ease its social distancing restrictions in coming weeks.The dozen new coronavirus cases follow eight infections reported on Saturday and single-digit numbers for most of the past week.Melbourne, Victoria’s capital, has been under a strict lockdown for nearly three months. Retail and restaurants operate only on take away or delivery orders only, while people can exercise or socialise outdoors for a maximum of two hours a day and must wear masks in public places. Most restrictions will be eased when the average number of new daily cases over a two-week window falls below five. The 14-day rolling case average for Melbourne has been going steadily down and it is now at 11.9.”We are so, so close,” Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews told a televised briefing.”If we continue these numbers, continue this trend, we are ready to take that step. All things being equal, that will be just a couple of weeks.”With temperatures reaching 28 Celsius (82.4 Fahrenheit) over the weekend, the highest in months, police said they were stepping up patrolling as hundreds of Melbourne residents flocked to beaches..Victoria, Australia’s second-most populous state, accounts for 90% of national COVID-19 deaths. Australia, with 894 fatalities, has fared far better than many other developed countries.Australia has had just over 27,000 infections, according to health ministry data.Topics :last_img read more

DNCW places focus on girls for International Women’s Day 2012

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Share 5 Views   no discussions LocalNews DNCW places focus on girls for International Women’s Day 2012 by: – March 5, 2012center_img Share Tweet The Dominica National Council on Women (DNCW) will be placing emphasis on girls for this year’s International Women’s Day which will be celebrated globally on March 8th under the theme “Connecting Girls Engaging Families, Inspiring Future”.Josephine Dublin-Prince.President of the Council Josephine Dublin Prince has announced that one of the major activities will be a girl’s symposium which will target secondary schools students in 3rd and 4th forms as well as students of the Social Center and Business Training Center.“The symposium will focus on girl children out of secondary schools too. These places have teenage mothers who did not make it to the secondary school. We see that as important knowing what’s happening to our young girls.”According to Dublin Prince there has been a shift in the family structure resulting from the fact that there are several young mothers and the symposium will provide an opportunity to provide support to these young ladies.Some of the girls are agitators and involved in fights on the street. We are seeing a change in the family structure and who we perceive as the ones in violence,” she said. The other major activity will be a night of creative expression scheduled to take place at the Arawak House of Culture. “We believe that we need to connect the young girls to family because they are very important and essential the whole development of family. Through their journey to womanhood they face a lot of challenges. We have been hearing about abuse. We are saying we need to reflect on the process on the girl child to womanhood,” she said.The DNCW President noted that several women are expected to address the event.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Allardyce angry after Spurs draw

first_img Tottenham counterpart Mauricio Pochettino argued that his side did enough to win the game and praised the spirit his players showed to keep chasing a result. “We are always confident because we trust our players, and we never give up,” he said. “This is important, we showed big character and big personality today, and good energy. Then in the last 20 minutes it was important for us, it was a big point. It was difficult to play today, it is good to show character. For that we are proud. “I think we deserved more than point. We had 21 or 22 shots. We created many chances. We had possession of ball. But after they scored they created chances on counter-attack, they have very fast players up front. But in general, if we analyse, we are better than them.” The visitors, looking for a third straight win at Tottenham but just a second Premier League victory since Christmas, were deservedly leading 2-0 with just 10 minutes remaining thanks to goals from Cheikhou Kouyate and Diafra Sakho. But Danny Rose struck to reduce the arrears before Kane was brought down in the box by Alex Song in the last moments of five minutes of stoppage time. The England Under-21 international dusted himself down to take the resulting penalty, only to see it saved by Adrian. Kane, though, was on hand to sweep home the rebound. That proved to be the last meaningful kick of the game but Allardyce was left fuming at referee Moss, as well as the Spurs players, who he accused of going to ground too easily. Asked if Moss should have blown for full-time immediately after Adrian had saved the penalty, Allardyce replied: “The answer to that is yes, but he wouldn’t be brave enough to do that at home would he? “He’ll say there was still two seconds to go. He will say when the penalty was taken, there were five seconds left, when the rebound came off there were three second left. So we’re doing NFL now aren’t we? I’d like a time-keeper to be perfectly honest with you. “From our point of view, Alex has to keep his hands off him because he’s going to feel that contact and take to the floor. He’s got to. N o-one is in doubt that when you’re losing at that stage of the game and you know you’re not going to score because he’s kicked it too far. “You’re going to take the chance (by going to ground) and the referee gives him the opportunity to take the penalty – he wasn’t good enough to score that but lucky enough to get the rebound.” Allardyce had previously berated Tottenham on BT Sport, saying: “You can argue whether it’s enough contact from Alex’s arm or whether it’s not, but when you’re desperate like Tottenham are and you get touched, a player’s going to fall over and ask the referee to make a decision. “Whether it’s the right decision or not, it’s the way football is today. If we’re to learn anything by it, we have to do the same as what Tottenham do more often, because we stay on our feet and don’t get fouls and they get touched and go down and they do get fouls. In the end it’s make a difference.” West Ham boss Sam Allardyce hit out at both the Tottenham players and referee Jon Moss after a late Harry Kane equaliser cost the Hammers another win at White Hart Lane. Press Associationlast_img read more

Trojans host Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors

first_imgThe Trojans dominated the Arizona Wildcats at Dedeaux Field last weekend, coming away with a 3-0 sweep, including a shutout on Thursday and Saturday as well as a 12-inning victory on Friday.Catch a break · Junior catcher Garrett Stubbs is the only Trojan to have started every game for USC this season. Through 37 contests, the Del Mar, Calif. native is batting .291 and has stolen four bases. – Joseph Chen | Daily TrojanUSC ended the Wildcats’ winning streak with many impressive defensive plays and strong starts from each of the series’ pitchers. The starting pitchers in particular led the Trojans to victory by only giving up a total of four runs for the series. Junior Wyatt Strahan guided the team through nine innings to a 1-0 shutout on Thursday and senior Bob Wheatley pitched a 2-0 shutout through seven on Saturday.USC head coach Dan Hubbs said the Trojans’ pitching during the Arizona series was a defining moment in the season.“Our pitching in general was fantastic this weekend,” Hubbs said. “Strahan, Wheatley and [sophomore Kyle] Twomey really got us where we needed to be in terms of pitching smart. I thought they were fantastic and that the team in general played well-rounded games.”Tonight, the Trojans will try to extend their five-game winning streak against the Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors at Dedeaux Field. The Big West team currently holds a 15-21 overall record as well as a 4-6 record on the road. The Rainbow Warriors have a total team batting average of .236 and a team ERA of 3.47.The Trojans will surely bring some momentum into tonight’s matchup after right-hander Strahan was named the Pac-12 pitcher of the week. Strahan threw a complete-game shutout in USC’s 1-0 win over Arizona last Thursday.Though the Trojans are expected to enter tonight’s game confident and prepared after last weekend’s series sweep, Hubbs believes that his team must remain focused on playing its  best all-around baseball to come out with a win over the Rainbow Warriors.“The series against Arizona has given the guys lots of optimism, especially now that our starting pitching is back on track, but all that means nothing if we come out flat against Hawai’i,” Hubbs said. “Playing on a Tuesday is a different atmosphere than playing on a weekend during a broadcasted game with a good crowd. It’s easy to get up for those games. We need to keep up our intensity tonight to beat Hawai’i.”Despite the Trojans’ major improvements in pitching and defense, the team still needs to concentrate on coming up with more hits at the plate as well as advancing runners into scoring position. Last weekend, the Trojans only produced eight runs throughout the series.Coach Hubbs feels that USC will best be able to beat the Rainbow Warriors tonight by running up the opponent’s pitch count and playing smart at the plate.“Sometimes I think we get too greedy and try to drive the ball over the outfielders’ heads, but that’s not our game and that’s not who we are,” Hubbs said. “We just need to stay low and hard at the plate. We’ll get our doubles and our homers now and then, but we really need to consistently stay within ourselves and not try to out-hit the outfielders.”Like the Trojans, Hawai’i has struggled to come up with big hits lately, as evidenced by the fact that the team has lost eight of its nine most recent games.Despite their recent struggles, Hubbs emphasized the importance in taking Hawai’i seriously as an opponent.“Hawai’i is a quality team who’s been struggling with the bat a bit but pitching pretty well, which sounds similar to our situation,” Hubbs said. “We know that when we don’t play well we lose, but when we do play well we’ll win. We can’t look past Hawai’i because if we do, they’re going to shock us and beat us. For us to be a good team that can make a serious run in the post-season, tonight is a game we have to go out there and win.”Sophomore right-hander Brooks Kriske,  who has a 1-0 record as a starter this season, will lead the Trojans on the mound tonight against the Rainbow Warriors at 6 p.m. at Dedeaux Field.Following Tuesday’s match, the Trojans will head to Westwood to take on crosstown rival UCLA in a three-game series starting Thursday.last_img read more

England name five new caps for Home Internationals

first_img6 Aug 2013 England name five new caps for Home Internationals Ryan Evans (Wellingborough, Northamptonshire), winner of two key titles this season, and Jimmy Mullen, Royal North Devon), who played all four rounds of the Open Championship, are among five new caps in the England team for the Home Internationals, supported by Fairstone Financial Management, at Ganton, north Yorkshire, on 14th – 16th August. The other newcomers are Paul Howard (Southport & Ainsdale, Lancashire), Nick Marsh (Huddersfield, Yorkshire) and Michael Saunders (Dartford, Kent). The rest of the squad is Harry Casey (Enfield, Middlesex), Craig Hinton (The Oxfordshire, BB&O), Jamie Rutherford (Knebworth, Hertfordshire), Callum Shinkwin (Moor Park, Hertfordshire), Ben Stow (Rushmore, Wiltshire) and Toby Tree (Worthing, Sussex). A number of England regulars such as Amateur champion Garrick Porteous, are unavailable as they are competing in the US Amateur Championship the same week. Evans, 26 (image copyright Leaderboard Photography), has won the Berkshire Trophy and the Biarritz Cup in France this year as well as collecting the Scrutton Jug for the best aggregate from the Berkshire and Brabazon Trophies, while Mullen, 19, lost a playoff for the Bernard Darwin Salver this year but finished equal third in the Brabazon Trophy after holing-in-one during the final round at Formby. Howard, 22, has been a regular in the Lancashire county team for some time and this year finished fifth in the Welsh Open Stroke Play and joint ninth in the St Andrews Links Trophy. Marsh, 18, was unbeaten in his six outings in last year’s Boys Home Internationals and also reached the quarter finals of the British Boys. He was also a quarter finalist in this year’s Amateur Championship and reached the last 16 of last week’s English Amateur, while Saunders, 22, a former winner of the Lagonda Trophy, finished fifth in this year’s event, was runner-up in the recent Chiberta Grand Prix in France and seventh in the Brabazon Trophy. Casey, 20, England boy champion in 2011 and a former boy cap, made his full England debut in this year’s international with Spain and won the Selborne Salver, while Hinton, 24, played in the 2011 Home Internationals, won the Welsh Open Stroke Play the following year and was a member of England’s Eisenhower Trophy team. Rutherford, 21, is a former winner of the County Champions tournament who made his international debut in last year’s Home Internationals. He also finished third in the Brabazon Trophy and fourth in the South of England Open Amateur and this year he has been a quarter finalist in the Spanish Amateur. Shinkwin, 20, is the new English champion following his victory at Frilford Heath last weekend having been a semi-finalist in 2011. He made his England debut against France last year, winning all four of his games, and was a member of England’s victorious team in this year’s European Men’s Team Championships. He is currently second on the Titleist/FootJoy England Golf Order of Merit. Stow, 21, has been an England regular since making his debut in the 2011 Home Internationals. Currently at college in America, he was a member of Wiltshire’s winning County Championship team that year and runner-up in the County Champions tournament, also in 2011. Last year, he won the individual competition at the European Men’s Challenge Trophy in Iceland. Tree, 19, a former under 16 and boy international, made his full England debut against France last year when he was a quarter finalist in the Amateur Championship. He has won the Gauteng North Open in South Africa over the past two winters and was a member of England’s winning Euro Nations Championship and European Team Championship squads this year. England will be looking to regain the Raymond Trophy after Scotland ended its run of three successive wins last year.last_img read more