Although injured, Congolese reporter denied release and medical care pending appeal

first_img February 24, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica Protecting journalists ImprisonedViolence Congolese reporter wounded by gunshot while covering protest in Goma News Steeve Mwanyo Iwewe was badly beaten by the governor’s bodyguards when they arrested him on the governor’s orders as he was covering a protest by disgruntled government employees in Mbandaka, the provincial capital, on 27 February.The governor accused Iwewe of calling him a “thief” during his coverage of the protest for Radio Télé Sarah (RTS), a local TV station owned by a former governor who is the current governor’s leading challenger in today’s gubernatorial elections in the DRC.According to a medical report seen by RSF, Iwewe is suffering from contusions to the head, chest and genitals that need further examination and treatment “in an appropriate medical centre.”Although he has appealed against the one-year prison sentence that he received two days after his arrest on a charge of insulting the governor, the authorities have neither released him provisionally nor authorized his transfer to a hospital for the treatment he needs.“It is unacceptable that this journalist, who was arrested, beaten and summarily sentenced to a long jail term, continues to be deprived of both his freedom and appropriate medical attention while his assailants go unpunished,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “With a decision on his appeal due by the end of the week, we urge the authorities to end this persecution, so that he can be freed from prison and seek medical attention.”The DRC’s new president, Félix Tshisekedi, gave an encouraging signal in his inaugural address on 24 January when he said he wanted the media to become a “real fourth estate.” A complete break is needed with the practices that prevailed under his predecessor, Joseph Kabila, regarded by RSF as one of Africa’s worst press freedom predators.However, the past few weeks have seen attacks on media outlets and journalists, especially by the new president’s supporters. Iwewe is the first journalist to arbitrarily receive a prison sentence under the new presidentThe DRC is ranked 154th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the immediate release of a TV journalist who needs medical attention for the injuries he received when arrested a month ago by the bodyguards of the governor of Equateur province, in the northwest of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Reporter jailed in DRC for allegedly defaming parliamentarian Crédit : Steeve Iwewe News News Help by sharing this information center_img to go further RSF_en Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica Protecting journalists ImprisonedViolence February 16, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Democratic Republic of Congo February 18, 2021 Find out more Organisation March 26, 2019 Although injured, Congolese reporter denied release and medical care pending appeal Journalist arrested on provincial governor’s orders Newslast_img read more

Funeral mass for Civic Trust founder

first_imgLinkedin The funeral mass of the late heritage chief Denis Leonard (62), will take place today. Tributes from political, arts and business sectors continue to be paid to the Limerick Civic Trust founding director.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A book of condolences was opened at Limerick City Hall yesterday in memory of Mr Leonard, who managed some of the city’s largest restoration projects.Mayor of Limerick Cllr Kevin Kiely said the city is indebted to the man who in 1983 established the first Civic Trust in the country. “He was a true gentleman who devoted his whole life to preserving Limerick’s architectural environment and heritage. He was one hundred per cent dedicated to improving Limerick’s environment and he always had the city’s best interests at the heart “.Mr Leonard is survived by his wife, Deirdre his three daughters Rachel, Sarah and Kate and his brothers Richard and Brian. Mr Leonard will be buried this Wednesday morning following the removal of his remains last night from The Georgian House, Pery Square to St Paul’s, Dooradoyle. The funeral will follow 12noon Mass at St Paul’s to Castlemungret Cemetery. Twitter NewsLocal NewsFuneral mass for Civic Trust founderBy admin – December 2, 2009 503 Facebook Printcenter_img Advertisement WhatsApp Email Previous articleBoil notice issued in lower Shannon regionNext articleSean set for Atlantic row adminlast_img read more

Garden City Man Sentenced to 8 Years for $25M Aéropostale Scam

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Garden City man who is the ex-chief marketing officer of clothing retailer Aéropostale was sentenced Wednesday to eight years in federal prison for his role in a decade-long, $25-million bribery scheme.Christopher Finazzo, who was also the executive vice president of the company, was convicted last year at Brooklyn federal court of 16 counts of fraud and bribery.Prosecutors said the 57-year-old man directed more than $350 million in t-shirt and fleece business to South Bay Apparel Inc., a company owned by Hollywood movie producer Douglas Dey, in exchange for more than $25 million in kickbacks.“Finazzo lied on numerous disclosure forms and caused Aéropostale to make false filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission,” said Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. “These lies and false representations compromised the financial well-being of a publicly-traded retail company.”Dey had pleaded guilty in September 2012 to conspiracy to violate the Travel Act through commercial bribery for his role in the scheme and was sentenced earlier this month to 3 ½ years in prison.Finazzo and Dey hatched the scheme after Finazzo was hired by Aéropostale in 1996, authorities said. Over the following decade, Finazzo had Aéropostale buy more than $350 million in t-shirt and fleece merchandise from South Bay, often for significantly higher prices and lower quality than was available from other suppliers.Finazzo ignored his boss’ direction to use other t-shirt suppliers and threatened employees who made similar suggestions.The kickbacks were paid through C&D Retail Consultants, a shell company set up by Finazzo, and through companies jointly-owned by the two schemers.Judge Roslynn Mauskopf also sentenced Finazzo to 3 years supervised release, ordered him to forfeit more than $25 million to the government, and pay $13,690,822.94 in restitution to Aéropostale.last_img read more

Ladies European Tour: Free live YouTube stream from inaugural Saudi Ladies Team International | Golf News

first_imgEach captain picked their first player before being randomly allocated a third professional team-mate and a competing amateur, largely made up of event sponsors and partners, with the two lowest scores per team on each hole being recorded during all three rounds.The team with the lowest total score after all three days will be declared champions and will see its three professionals take home a winning share of the $300,000 prize fund. The lowest scoring professional across the three days – who may well come from a losing team – will themselves be rewarded with a share of the $200,000 individual prize fund. New Sky Sports Golf YouTube channel offers live coverage from the Ladies European Tour’s new Saudi Ladies Team International; Georgia Hall and Charley Hull among those in action, with the event also live on Sky Sports Golf and Sky Sports Mix. By Sky Sports GolfLast Updated: 17/11/20 11:19am – Advertisement – – Advertisement – The Ladies European Tour launches a new tournament this week with the Saudi Ladies Team International and you can watch every round for free via Sky Sports Golf’s live YouTube stream.Charley Hull, Georgia Hall, Anne van Dam and Dame Laura Davies are among the stars in action for the 54-hole event, where an NFL-style draft system was used to select the 36 teams competing against each other. Sky Sports Scores Faster goal updates. Hundreds of teams and leagues. Free Premier League, EFL and Scottish highlights. Download the app now. center_img Live Ladies European Tour Golf – Advertisement – The stream will offer three hours of live coverage from each round of the event at Royal Greens Golf & Country Club, with coverage getting underway from midday on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.Sky Sports subscribers are able to sign in here to watch all the action on Sky Sports Golf or Sky Sports Mix, with the tournament part of a quadruple-header of live golf on Sky Sports this week.Click on the video above to watch our free live stream from the Saudi Ladies Team International! Georgia Hall lost in a play-off to Emily Pedersen in the Saudi Ladies International on Sunday Georgia Hall lost in a play-off to Emily Pedersen in the Saudi Ladies International on Sunday

Grimey…Ladbrokes places Stormzy as early Mercury Prize favourite

first_imgShare FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Following yesterday’s announcement by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) of the twelve UK contemporary music albums making the finals of this year’s Mercury Music Prize, Ladbrokes has placed UK Grime artist Stormzy as 7/2 favourite to win the coveted award.Should the BPI Mercury jury award Stormzy’s ‘Gang Signs & Prayer’, the South London rapper will become the second UK Grime act to win a ‘Mercury’, following last year’s surprise victory by Skepta for ‘Konnichiwa’ beating the heavily backed ‘Blackstar’ by David Bowie.Jessica Bridge Head of PR for Ladbrokes detailed “It should come as little surprise to see Stormzy storm to the top of the betting. He’s the hottest act in the entire music scene at the moment, not just grime, and at this stage we reckon he’ll be walking away with the main prize.”However, the Mercury Prize is no stranger to upsets and controversy. Since its inception in 1992, the award which features a ‘closed judging panel’ that selects its winner during the ceremony, has had little respect for those deemed ‘favourites’.As such, Ladbrokes has placed London and Sierra Leon ‘experimental soul’ singer ‘Sampha’ Sisay as 4/1 second Mercury favourite for his album ‘Process’, which has received international recognition from Kanye West and Drake.However, in a politically driven year for UK culture and music, could Brockley’s poet/rapper/playwright Kate Tempest grab the judging panel’s attention on the night and take home the Mercury. Ladbrokes has placed Tempest’s ‘Let Them Eat Chaos’ as 6/1 third favourite.Of all twelve finalists, Ed Sheeran’s ‘Divided’ is by far the highest selling album which has surpassed 1 million sales in the UK alone. However, the Mercury jury is unlikely to be swayed by record sales alone, at present Ladbrokes places the Sheeran as a 14/1 market outsider.Ladbrokes Mercury Prize 2017 Market Submit Related Articles StumbleUpon Share Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020last_img read more