Open letter addressed to Affoussiata Bamba Lamine

first_imgNews Help by sharing this information October 16, 2020 Find out more Organisation Côte d’IvoireAfrica RSF_en Affoussiata Bamba Lamine Minister of Communication PO Box V 138 ABIDJAN 01 IVORY COAST Paris, 3 June 2014 Dear Minister,Reporters Without Borders, an international organization that defends freedom of information, would like to express its astonishment at reading the letter you wrote to your counterpart in Benin on 14 May asking him to “put a stop” to the programmes Devoir de Vérité and Devoir de Vérité Actu.The two programmes were subsequently suspended on 30 May at the behest of the High Authority on Broadcasting and Communication of Benin.We are fully aware of the partisan nature and one-sided presentation of these two programmes, but we do not think that this justified such interference in the activities of privately-owned broadcasters in a neighbouring country.At my meeting with President Alassane Ouattara in Abidjan on 12 May, he said he wanted to open up broadcasting in Ivory Coast even if, in his view, the political climate was not yet “favourable.” Given your president’s clear preference for pluralism and openness, how can you justify this complaint?When the Ivorian broadcasting sector is opened up after the 2015 elections, as President Ouattara has pledged, the government will almost certainly hear very critical opinions being expressed. What will the Ministry of Communication’s response then be? To silence these dissident voices without going through legal channels?We urge you to reaffirm you commitment to broadcast media pluralism without delay, and to refrain from any further interventionist measures.I thank you in advance for the attention you will give to our requests.Sincerely, Related documents open_letter_addressed_to_affoussiata_bamba_lamine.pdfPDF – 246.56 KB RSF’s recommendations for protecting press freedom during Côte d’Ivoire’s elections June 3, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Open letter addressed to Affoussiata Bamba Lamine November 27, 2020 Find out more Reportscenter_img Christophe Deloire Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Subject: Violation of media pluralism News CC/ Komi Koutché, Minister of Communication, Republic of Benin Charles Providence Gomis, Ivory Coast Ambassador to France Amadou Coulibaly, Communication Advisor for Broadcasting and Information Technologies, Presidency of the Republic, Ivory Coast Théophile Nata, President of the High Authority for Broadcasting and Communication, Republic of Benin Follow the news on Côte d’Ivoire Côte d’IvoireAfrica October 29, 2020 Find out more The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa to go further News Threats against journalists in run-up to Côte d’Ivoire’s presidential election Receive email alertslast_img read more

In Conakry, Reporters Without Borders urges authorities to implement 2010 press laws

first_img News May 27, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 In Conakry, Reporters Without Borders urges authorities to implement 2010 press laws to go further GuineaAfrica Follow the news on Guinea RSF_en GuineaAfrica Help by sharing this information April 9, 2021 Find out more Organisation May 19, 2021 Find out morecenter_img News Guinean journalist finally freed after being held for nearly three months Reporters Without Borders is ending a five-day visit to Conakry today by giving a news conference at the Conakry Press Club to present its initial findings on the media situation in Guinea and to announce its recommendations to the country’s authorities.The visiting Reporters Without Borders team consisted of the information director, Gilles Lordet, and the head of the Africa Desk, Ambroise Pierre. They met with representatives of the National Communication Council (CNC), the supreme court president, the head of the National Transitional Council (CNT), the justice minister, communication ministry officials, representatives of the ministry of territorial administration and decentralization, the government general secretary, leading media figures and several journalists’ associations. Reporters Without Borders was pleased to find an atmosphere of calm that allows reporters to work unhindered, and a renewed vitality in the media following the 2010 presidential election, although journalism is still clearly a precarious form of employment. The media often voice opinions with much more freedom than in some other African countries.The organization nonetheless found that no progress has been made on certain issues, which raises questions about the intention of President Alpha Condé’s government to consolidate press freedom. As the authorities begin a long and fragile transition that will hopefully lead to democracy, we hope to convince them of the importance of free speech as a democratic value.Two laws affecting media, one creating the High Communication Authority (HAC) and one on access to information, were promulgated by Gen. Sékouba Konaté in June and December 2010. However, they have not yet been published in the official gazette and have not yet been implemented.Reporters Without Borders has learned that three journalists were fired as news presenters on state-owned Radio Télévision Guinéenne (RTG) at the start of May. The organization wonders why, and calls for an explanation. The journalists themselves were not given any reason in writing.With a view to the parliamentary elections that are to be held before the end of the year, Reporters Without Borders will provide Guinea’s journalists with copies of the Handbook for Journalists during Elections, which it produced in cooperation with the International Organization of the Francophonie.During a meeting at the ministry of territorial administration and decentralization, Reporters Without Borders said it was important the security forces should respect the work of journalists who cover the election campaign and the polling.In July, Reporters Without Borders will issue a report containing its analysis of media freedom in Guinea and all of its recommendations to the authorities and the media, in detail.In the meantime, before leaving at the end of this trip, Reporters Without Borders:- Invites President Condé to reaffirm his intention to guarantee press freedom and respect for media diversity.- Asks the government general secretary to immediately send the 2010 laws to the supreme court so that it can confirm their constitutionality and thereby open the way for their publication in the official gazette.- Urges the new authorities to ensure that RTG, which was praised for its even-handed coverage of the presidential election campaign, continues to be a public service media that is accessible to all political forces and is representative of Guinean society in its entirety.- Urges the ministry of territorial administration and decentralization to take a clear position on respect for the freedom and safety of journalists and to make the security forces aware of the need to respect their work, especially during their coverage of elections.- Asks the authorities to embark on a process of debate and discussion about the status of journalists in Guinea.- Encourages journalists’ associations to collectively press for improvements in work conditions (including contracts and minimum pay). Receive email alerts Guinea : RSF and AIPS call for release of two imprisoned journalists News Guinean journalist’s continuing detention is “incomprehensible,” RSF says News April 15, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

New ODC board member appointed

first_imgHome Local News Business New ODC board member appointed By admin – January 12, 2018 Previous articleHigher education commissioner praises OCNext articleFive things you need to know today, Jan. 12 admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Facebook Hawaiian Roll Ham SlidersUpside Down Blueberry Pie CheesecakeSlap Your Mama It’s So Delicious Southern Squash CasserolePowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay Local NewsBusiness New ODC board member appointed WhatsApp Pinterest Twittercenter_img Twitter WhatsApp The Odessa Development Corporation began 2018 with District 4 Councilman Mike Gardner appointing industrial warehouse-owner Ted Tuminowski to replace the board’s President Charles Carlson, whose term expired.Gardner made his appointment on Tuesday, when District 3 Councilwoman Barbara Graff reappointed rancher Betsy Triplett-Hurt. The full council unanimously approved both appointments to the ODC, which oversees tens of millions of dollars in sales tax revenue intended for economic development.Tuminowski, a former teacher, owns Diversified Warehouse in the 600 block of Industrial Avenue. The company’s warehouses store materials used in the oilfield including equipment such as motors and various substances used in hydraulic fracturing jobs or at the petrochemical plant. The business also manages document storage for local companies.It’s the sort of business that the ODC, which began meeting in 1998, was created to help develop in Odessa after voters approved the creation of a 4A sales tax.Gardner said Tuminowski’s background building a small logistics business would prove valuable on a board he wants to help other small businesses grow.“The biggest reason I chose him is because he is a small businessman and a successful one,” Gardner said. “He’s been a school teacher in Odessa, he’s got deep roots here and he understands how business works.”Tuminowski said he was honored to serve on the board and support growth of small businesses in Odessa.“The board itself needs to be good stewards of this money it was entrusted with by the taxpayers,” Tuminowski said. “This is public money. And we need to make sure the projects we select and fund are going to be beneficial to the community to help increase jobs and the tax base.” Octopus Energy U.S. to Discount Customers’ Bills by as Much as 90% Facebook Rattler Midstream: 4Q Earnings Snapshot Snap Inc. to Participate in the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference 2021 Ted Tuminowski, owner of Diversified Warehouse, gives a tour Dec. 4, 2013, of one of the warehouses that is used to store a variety of materials for businesses from all around the world.last_img read more

Pelican Products Announces Jeffrey Goldberg as Vice President of Worldwide Supply Chain

first_img Previous articleRussia rejects European rights court’s order to free NavalnyNext articleNew Year, New Policy: Insurance Considerations for the Road Ahead Digital AIM Web Support WhatsApp By Digital AIM Web Support – February 17, 2021 Twitter Twitter TAGS  Local NewsBusiness Jeffrey Goldberg, VP of Worldwide Supply Chain for Pelican Products, Inc.center_img Pinterest Facebook Facebook Pinterest Pelican Products Announces Jeffrey Goldberg as Vice President of Worldwide Supply Chain WhatsApplast_img read more

Survey: Delinquencies, Foreclosure Inventory Fall Below Pre-Recession Levels

first_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Previous: Housing Market Continues Gradual Move Toward Recovery Next: Single-Family Rental Transactions See Low Delinquencies, Improved Vacancies Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. May 6, 2015 933 Views Tagged with: Foreclosure Inventory Foreclosure Starts Mortgage Delinquencies National Delinquency Survey  Print This Post The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, News Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Survey: Delinquencies, Foreclosure Inventory Fall Below Pre-Recession Levels The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img Sign up for DS News Daily Foreclosure Inventory Foreclosure Starts Mortgage Delinquencies National Delinquency Survey 2015-05-06 Brian Honea Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The residential mortgage delinquency rate dropped to 5.54 percent for Q1 2015, its lowest level since Q2 2007 just prior to the recession, according to the quarterly National Delinquency Survey released by the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) on Wednesday.The Q1 decline in delinquency rate (which includes loans that are 30 days or more overdue but not in foreclosure) represented a drop of 14 basis points quarter-over-quarter and 57 basis points year-over-year, according to MBA.Foreclosure inventory – the percentage of loans in some stage of foreclosure – declined by five basis points from Q4 to Q1 down to 2.22 percent. This number represented a decline of 43 basis point year-over-year, and it was also the lowest rate for foreclosure inventory since Q4 2007.”Delinquency rates and the percentage of loans in foreclosure continued to fall in the first quarter and are now at their lowest levels since 2007,” said Joel Kan, MBA’s Associate Vice President of Industry Surveys and Forecasting.  “The job market continues to grow, and this is the most important fundamental improving mortgage performance. Additionally, home prices continued to rise, as did the pace of sales, thus increasing equity levels and enabling struggling borrowers to sell if needed.”According to Kan, foreclosure inventory has declined for 12 consecutive quarters and at 2.22 percent is approximately half of its peak levels in 2010.The serious delinquency rate, which is the percentage of loans 90 days or more overdue or in foreclosure declined substantially in Q1 down to 4.24 percent – a drop of 28 basis points from Q4 2014 and 80 basis points from the same quarter a year earlier.The only delinquency category that did not see a substantial decline in Q1 was foreclosure starts (0.45 percent), which fell by one basis point quarter-over-quarter and remained unchanged year-over-year.”With a declining 90+ day delinquency rate and the improving credit quality of new loans, we expect that the foreclosure inventory rate will continue to decline in coming quarters,” Kan said. “Foreclosure starts decreased one basis point from the previous quarter, and continue to fluctuate from quarter to quarter mainly due to state-level differences in the speed of the foreclosure process. At 0.45 percent, the level of foreclosure starts is at its long run average.”Kan said that while overall delinquencies for FHA-backed loans declined by 47 basis points year-over-year, foreclosure inventory and foreclosure starts increased by 12 basis points and nine basis points, respectively. Loans with vintages of 2008 through 2010 – at the height of the crisis – comprised a large portion of the weakness in FHA loans, according to Kan.Also according to the survey, the percentage of mortgage loans in foreclosure in judicial states for Q1 (3.64 percent) was approximately three times the foreclosure inventory in non-judicial states (1.22 percent). For states that utilize both judicial and non-judicial processes for foreclosure, the inventory was 1.43 percent. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Survey: Delinquencies, Foreclosure Inventory Fall Below Pre-Recession Levels Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Subscribe About Author: Brian Honealast_img read more

Newtowncunningham Primary Care Centre to open in New Year

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ By News Highland – February 24, 2021 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Previous articleIIMRO recognised as Seafood Producer OrganisationNext articleBusiness Matters Ep.32 Siobhan Grant & Michael Tunney News Highland WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ Pinterest A new Primary Care Centre in Newtowncunningham is set to be complete by years end. The centre will house GP services augmented by other facilities, which will mean fewer people having to travel to the likes of Letterkenny or Derry.The aim is to have the facility fully functional at the beginning of next year.Local Cllr Paul Canning says the contractor has worked hard to keep the project on target:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. AudioHomepage BannerNews Harps come back to win in Waterford center_img Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Twitter Facebook FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 DL Debate – 24/05/21 Newtowncunningham Primary Care Centre to open in New Yearlast_img read more

County welcomes pipe company

first_img Jones, laughingly said Pike County is like Mayberry, a place to call home.“Pike County has been good to me and I want to do business here in Pike County,” he said, adding that he has contracted with Whaley’s in Troy and S.A. Graham in Brundidge to get his business off the ground.Jones said the state’s statuary incentives include a percentage return on employees’ salaries and capital credit on income taxes after five years.Marsha Gaylard, president and CEO of the Pike County Economic Development Corp., said Gov. Kaye Ivey, the State Commerce Department, State Sen. Jimmy Holley and State Rep. Wes Allen were instrumental in bringing Alabama Pipe and Supply Company, Inc. to Pike County. Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration You Might Like Local programs receive grants from state arts agency The Alabama State Council on the Arts (ASCA) awarded 146 grants totaling $621,450 at its Council meeting in Montgomery on… read more She thanked Jones for making the $12 to $15 million investment in Pike County.Troy Fire Chief Buford Stephens addressed the commission with an update on the Pike County Fire and Rescue truck that was wrecked. Stephens said initially the damage estimate was to the front end but the truck was later determined a total loss. He said the cost of replacing the truck will be divided equally between the city and the Pike County Commission.The Commission accepted the recommendation of Haynes Ambulance Service at no substances and approved an Active Network Backup System approval.Pike County Probate Judge Michael Bunn’s request for permission to advertise for a personnel replacement was approved.Open House for the Meeksville Shelter has been set for Jan. 25. Published 8:49 pm Monday, December 9, 2019 Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits The Pike County Commission welcomed David Jones, owner of Alabama Pipe and Supply Company, Inc., to its Monday meeting and expressed appreciation to him for selecting Pike County as the location for his company which manufactures concrete pipes.Jones said that his company, which will locate six miles north of Troy and across from Pioneer Village, will be one of the largest, if not the largest, manufacturer of concrete pipes in the state.Alabama Pipe and Supply Company will operate out of a 78,000 square-foot facility with plans to be operational by June 1, 2020. Latest Stories Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Book Nook to reopen Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are…center_img Next UpJones said the company will initially employ about 20 and will have 80 employees within five years.Jones said he was considering locations in Louisiana and north Alabama but chose Pike County.“I’m from Mobile and Alabama was my first choice but the deciding factor for me was the hospitality of the Pike County Commission and the Pike County Economic Development Corporation. They were the difference.” By The Penny Hoarder County welcomes pipe company Sponsored Content Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Patriot Health ZoneHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential Health32-second Stretch Ends Back Pain & Sciatica (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Print Article By Jaine Treadwell Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Email the authorlast_img read more

Police will not face charges in Colorado man’s death

first_imgSecurity footage shows the moment De’Von Bailey was shot by police officers. (ABC News)(COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.) — A pair of Colorado Springs police officers will not face charges in connection with the fatal shooting of a black man in August.The decision was announced by Fourth Judicial District Attorney Dan May, who said that body camera footage of the incident provided “the best view of an officer-involved shooting” he had ever seen, Colorado Springs ABC affiliate KRDO reported.De’Von Bailey, 19, was shot Aug. 3 by officers investigating a report of an armed robbery. Body camera footage of the incident was reviewed by a grand jury, who found that the officers’ use of lethal force was justified because they had evidence leading them to believe Bailey was armed while he was fleeing, KRDO reported.The footage shows Bailey and another man with their hands up, as officers tell them they have a report of people matching their description with a gun. Officers inform the men that they are going to check them for weapons. Bailey then flees and appears to reach for his waistband, before officers fire on him.Bailey was shot three times in the back and was taken to the hospital, where he later died. The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office said a weapon was recovered at the scene of the shooting.Bailey’s death prompted peaceful protests Colorado Springs, and his family called for an independent investigation into his death.A family representative said the family was disappointed by the district attorney’s decision not to charge the officers.“It is certainly not a surprise when a tainted investigation is presented by a biased prosecutor,” Bailey family attorney Mari Newman said after the announcement. “This is the exact reason why we have called for an independent investigation and an independent prosecution.”It is not clear if the Bailey family will file a civil lawsuit or pursue any additional legal action in relation to the shooting.“We fully acknowledge that there has been confusion and frustration surrounding this incident,” Colorado Springs Police Chief Vince Niski said in a statement released after the announcement.He added that the shooting was investigated by an outside law enforcement agency — the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office — and that the results of their investigation led to the grand jury’s decision.The officers involved in Bailey’s shooting have not been identified.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

USS Carney Leaves Bodrum, Turkey

first_img Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Carney Leaves Bodrum, Turkey View post tag: Navy April 30, 2014 View post tag: Leaves View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Bodrum View post tag: Turkey USS Carney Leaves Bodrum, Turkey View post tag: Naval Training & Education USS CARNEYThe Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) departed Bodrum, Turkey after completing a scheduled port visit, April 29. View post tag: USS The visit highlights the U.S. Navy’s commitment to promoting peace and stability in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.“Our visit to Bodrum only strengthens our partnership with Turkey, as the Sailors are able to see firsthand the rich Turkish culture and history.While in port, the crew had the opportunity to participate in several Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) tours, including a scuba diving trip, a tour of the classical city of Ephesus and a tour to Pamukkale. The hospitality of the people of Turkey helped Sailors gain an appreciation for the rich history, thus strengthening the bonds between the U.S. and Turkey.“Bodrum is a beautiful city, and well deserved port visit for the crew after a long time at sea,” said Crossman. “We truly enjoyed our visit and I know we will try to come back soon. The food, the sights, and the people are worth coming back for.”Carney is on a scheduled deployment supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts a full range of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation missions in concert with coalition, joint, interagency, and other partners in order to advance security and stability in Europe and Africa. [mappress]Press Release, April 30, 2014; Image: US Navy View post tag: Carneylast_img read more

UK doubles support for NATO’s maritime missions in 2016

first_img Authorities View post tag: NATO UK doubles support for NATO’s maritime missions in 2016 Back to overview,Home naval-today UK doubles support for NATO’s maritime missions in 2016 View post tag: Royal Navycenter_img Speaking at the NATO Defence Ministerial meeting in Brussels, Belgium, UK’s Defence Secretary Michael Fallon announced that UK would almost double its deployments to NATO at sea in 2016.For the first time since 2010 the UK will contribute to NATO’s Standing Maritime Group 1 (SNMG1), an enduring commitment to having NATO warships at sea, which will include two deployments planned this year.In the first deployment, Royal Navy’s Type 23 frigate HMS Iron Duke will be operating in the Baltic sea from January to July.Thereafter, a Type 45 Destroyer will be working with SNMG1 from October to November.The deployments, involving around 400 Royal Navy personnel, reflect the emphasis placed on NATO in last year’s Strategic Defence and Security Review.Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said:“Increasing our NATO deployments sends a strong message to our enemies that we are ready to respond to any threat, and defend our allies.”“2016 will see a particular focus on the Baltic region with our ships sent there as part of the Maritime Group, the Mine Counter Measure Group and the Baltops exercise.”The maritime package UK has proposed also includes deployment of three Mine Sweepers, with about 130 Navy personel in total, to NATO’s Standing Naval Mine Counter Measure Group, each for four months. This programme will include covering the Baltic Sea, North Atlantic, North Sea and the Mediterranean Sea.Additionally, NATO will use the UK’s national exercise Joint Warrior in North Scotland and the North Atlantic in October of this year to train and certify the NATO Response Force maritime and air component commanders for their NRF commitments in 2017, involving upwards of 550 naval personnel.As expected, the Baltic region, with Russia in the neighbourhood will have a special focus. NATO’s warfare exercise, Exercise Baltops, will see the Royal Navy participate with its largest warship in the fleet, the amphibious assault ship HMS Ocean. Also, two Royal Navy frigates will participate in the major anti-submarine warfare exercise Dynamic Mongoose.The Defence Secretary spoke about NATO’s deterrence stance in the face of Russian aggression and called on Allies to commit, ahead of the NATO Warsaw Summit in July, to meeting the NATO target to spend 2% of GDP on Defence within a decade.Announcements made by NATO states and the United States during the last month could all be said to have a goal of sending a strong message to Russia, whose increased, and improved, maritime activity has NATO generals worried.The United States budget proposal for 2017 includes $4.3 billion for, among other things, military support to “build resilience and reduce vulnerabilities to Russian aggression among NATO allies and partner states in Europe, Eurasia, and Central Asia”, as a White House release said.As part of that effort the budget includes $3.4 billion for the Department of Defense’s European Reassurance Initiative (ERI) which entails rotational presence of U.S. forces in Poland in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. February 11, 2016 Share this articlelast_img read more