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Foreign journalists harassed during and after presidential poll

first_img Congo-BrazzavilleAfrica Help by sharing this information RSF_en May 4, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders condemns police harassment and violence against journalists during and after the 12 June elections in which, as expected, President Denis Sassou N’Guesso won another term. A French journalist told the press freedom organisation: “We were just going about our work when anti-riot police attacked us and seized our equipment.”“The use of such violent methods is liable to sow doubt about the regularity of these elections,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Journalists have been physically attacked, threatened and harassed at the whim of police and soldiers. We urge the authorities to punish all the abuse of authority towards media personnel that took place during the polls.”Visiting journalists Arnaud Zajtman and Marlène Rabaud of the French satellite TV station France 24 and BBC World Service correspondent Thomas Fessy were physically attacked by police while covering an opposition demonstration held in Brazzaville when the results were announced on 15 July. Their equipment was confiscated and they were forced to leave the scene of the protest.Reached by telephone, Fessy said he was shocked by the way the police behaved. “They grabbed me around the waist and pulled me by the hair to make me let go of my tape recorder, which was immediately taken by a plain-clothes policemen,” he said. “Another policeman snatched my bag.”On returning to their hotel, the three journalists realised they were being kept under surveillance. As a result, they moved out and went to a location that offered more security.A few hours after the polls opened on 12 July, a dozen security agents led by Col. Thomas Bakala Mayinda of the Congolese intelligence agency arrived at the Hotel Saphir and asked to see visiting Radio France Internationale reporter Catherine Ninin, claiming they had an interview with her. The hotel refused to let them in. That evening, Ninin received a threatening phone call from a presidential aide while two additional groups of security agents went to the hotel and remained outside all night. to go further Follow the news on Congo-Brazzaville News Ailing magazine editor held illegally in Brazzaville for more than a monthcenter_img July 20, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Foreign journalists harassed during and after presidential poll News Congo celebrates World Press Freedom Day by sentencing a journalist to six months in prison News Joint call for Brazzaville journalist’s release March 31, 2021 Find out more Organisation Congo-BrazzavilleAfrica March 5, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

AMDC Announces New Leadership from BofA

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / AMDC Announces New Leadership from BofA Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago AMDC Announces New Leadership from BofA Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago August 28, 2017 1,988 Views The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago American Mortgage Diversity Council 2017-08-28 Brianna Gilpin in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago  Print This Post Previous: Arch MI Announces Enhanced Integration with Mortgage Cadence LFC Next: SecureView to Donate $100,000 to Red Cross Harvey Relief Efforts Tagged with: American Mortgage Diversity Councilcenter_img The American Mortgage Diversity Council (AMDC) has taken another step to promote inclusion with the recent addition of Kathy Cummings, SVP, Homeownership Solutions and Affordable Housing Programs at Bank of America, to its council as co-chair. Cummings joins co-chair Michael Ruiz, Director of Supplier Diversity at Fannie Mae, in their mission to create a diverse and inclusive mortgage industry for all.Cummings joined Bank of America in 2003 as the Technology Service Delivery Manager and then as the National Pricing Manager. She has been in her current position, where she manages non-profit strategic relationships and the bank’s Connect to Own fee-for-service program, since 2008.“It’s an honor to have the opportunity to impact the mortgage industry in a way that goes beyond everyday operations,” Cummings said. “The American Mortgage Diversity Council’s focus is one that is in line with my own core values, and I am eager to further their, and now our, mission.”Cummings, University of Missouri-St. Louis alumna, brings over 25 years of experience to AMDC, with previous positions at National Production LOS, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, and Prudential Home Mortgage. Beyond her career at Bank of America, she volunteers in underserved communities, is a member of the Community Link Board of Directors, NCHEC Advisory Council, and the National Industry Standards Advisory Council.“Having someone of Kathy’s accomplishment join AMDC as co-chair is further evidence of how this organization brings leadership to the forefront,” Ed Delgado, President and CEO of The Five Star Institute said.For more information on AMDC, you can visit their website here. The AMDC will be meeting at the 14th annual Five Star Conference and Expo at the Hyatt Regency in Dallas, Texas, September 18-20. For more information on the conference, including how to register, click here. Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share Save About Author: Brianna Gilpin Brianna Gilpin, Online Editor for MReport and DS News, is a graduate of Texas A&M University where she received her B.A. in Telecommunication Media Studies. Gilpin previously worked at Hearst Media, one of the nation’s leading diversified media and information services companies. To contact Gilpin, email [email protected] Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

Nelson shows off power at Sprints Regatta

first_imgPreney won gold mixed quad with Elizabeth Lund, Joanne Segur and Chris Smith along with the top prize in the Men’s singles.Meanwhile, Segur, combining with Preney in mixed quad, won gold in mixed doubles, gold in women’s doubles and gold in women’s quad.Lund won gold in mixed quad, women’s doubles and women’s quad.Steve Knight of Nelson won a gold medal in men’s doubles and silver in men’s singles while Petra Kromer took gold in women’s quad.Pat Desjardins, a native of Nelson who now lives in Victoria, won gold in mixed doubles, gold in men’s singles and gold in men’s doubles.The Nelson Sprints regatta hosted 65 rowers from Coeur d’Alene Rowing Club in Idaho, Kelowna Rowing Club, Shuswap Association of Rowing and Paddling, South Cariboo Rowing Club and Vernon Rowing Club. Races were held in both Masters and Junior Events; Singles, men’s doubles, Ladies doubles, mixed doubles, and the same configuration for quad races. There were 22 races in the 1000-meter distance course that started on the opposite side of the Kootenay Lake near the Prestige Inn, ending at Lakeside Park. Local rowers won a host of medals at the 2014 Nelson Sprints Regatta held Saturday on the waters of Kootenay Lake.The trio of Dominique Preney, Elizabeth Lund and Joanne Segur, pulled in nine medals combined to lead Nelson.last_img read more

Brand South Africa AND IQbusiness partner to inspire patriotism

first_imgThe nationwide movement that is inspiring and empowering all South Africans into active citizenship, received another boost today.        Brand South Africa, under the #PlayYourPart programme, in partnership with IQbusiness, launched the #FlyYourFlag initiative at the IQbusiness annual Growth Conference on Tuesday, 9 October 2018 which was attended by 300 business, government and civil leaders.“We are extremely proud to be part of the #FlyYourFlag initiative that IQbusiness has proposed. The inspiring display of patriotism leading up to and during the 2010 World Cup, where everyone identified with the flag and wanted to be seen displaying the flag, infused a level of social cohesion that the country had not seen before. As proud South Africans, we need to recapture the spirit and pride of our rainbow nation and #FlyYourFlag” says Thembi Kunene-Msimang, CEO of Brand South Africa.The IQbusiness Growth Conference features exceptional thought leaders who provide practical advice on how to drive collective responsibility and participation in our country’s future.In his closing address, Adam Craker – the IQbusiness CEO – challenged all companies to reignite their South African pride by committing to flying a South African flag outside of all their branches, offices and other premises.        “We are challenging business, government and civil society to show their commitment to the future of this country by proudly flying a South African flag. If we are serious about changing the direction of the country, we must look as much at ourselves as our new leadership,” says IQbusiness CEO, Adam Craker.Brand South Africa and IQbusiness will be the driving force behind #FlyYourFlag to address some of the challenges the country is facing:1. Job creation: The South African flags, flag poles and installation will be manufactured locally as part of the IQbusiness Enterprise Supplier Development (ESD) Programme.2. Flag ambassador: Flag ambassadors will be nominated, in each organisation, to be responsible for the flag; they will educate the community on its significance and how flags should be treated.3. Youth Empowerment: Roadshows will be conducted at all flag sites, on the importance of the South African flag and the etiquette accompanying it.last_img read more

Connected trees will be scrubbing the air in a city near you soon

first_imgFor Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… An improvement on nature?Each planter is called a CityTree and has the environmental performance of up to 275 conventionally planted urban trees – but only needs 5% of the cost and 99% less space. The health of each tree is monitored through embedded sensors that minimize the maintenance in their upkeep.  Each of the vertical plant filters can be the local reduce air pollution by up to 30% within a radius of up to 50 meters.In order to ensure the profitability of vertical greening, the system includes digital screens with technologies such as QR code, iBeacon and NFC.  This allows the CityTrees to be used for out-of-home advertising and mobile commerce purposes. Integrated benches and the offer of additional services such as Wi-Fi hotspot or e-bike charging stations extend the functionality of the biofilters.CityTrees have already graced many European cities, with current installations are taking place in Hong Kong, Oslo, Paris, Skopje and Dresden and Hannover. A new pilot is about to launch in Modena, Italy designed to measure the long-term metrics of the installations on the city landscape. With increases in urbanization, space at a premium in many modern cities and increases in fines for regulatory breaches, it’s foreseeable that we’ll see a growth in biotech that aims to alleviate the impacts of modern living. Related Posts Cate Lawrence How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… Tags:#air pollution#air quality#Dresden#featured#Hannover#Smart Cities#smart city#top Air pollution is a significant problem in many parts of the world. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) 6.5 million deaths per year can be attributed to air pollution, much greater than the number who die from HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and road injuries combined.A number of enduring serious health conditions can also be attributed to poor air quality including respiratory conditions, lung cancer, heart disease, and even damage to the brain, nerves, liver, or kidneys. What compounds these health conditions is the phenomenon of urban heat islands (UHI). This is where man-made urban surfaces  — such as concrete and asphalt — lead to an increased heating of the surrounding area.One startup out of Germany is endeavoring to address these issues through a novel solution.See also: 5 ways the  new connected agriculture changed in 2016Green City Solutions creates huge vertical planter boxes for public spaces utilizing plants adept at removing dust, nitrogen dioxide and ozone gasses from low-lying smog. The company was established in Dresden, Germany in 2014 and employs a team of experts in architecture, mechanical engineering, computer science and horticulture to create intelligent solutions in the fields of environmental services, cleantech and sustainable urban development, to provide residents with a healthier life in green and livable cities. Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Citieslast_img read more

NYC Origin Final in the Girls / All Queensland Affair in the Boys

first_imgBy @JulianTFA at Sunshine Coast Stadium, QueenslandIt was a light, bright Sunshine Coast Stadium that set the stage and tone for the business end of the 2016 Harvey Norman NYC tournament; with titles on the line and tight finishes the order of the day. A flat fast track on field one through seven set up a Super Saturday of freestyling Touch Football and finals hopes and dreams delivered and dashed.In the first semi-final of the day in front a packed stadium, it was the NSW Development girls’ team that opened their account early against the South-Queensland Sharks booking their place in the final with an emphatic 4-1 win. In the other match a dominant QSST rolled on and over the Brisbane Cobras 11-3 setting up an Origin finale, youth style. Ahead of the mid-afternoon ‘NSW Dev’ v QSST grand final, coach in the blue corner, Barry Gibson was calm and quietly confident of his girls’ prospects going into the decider.“Look, they (QSST) will be a massive hurdle, but we are going to give everything we’ve got,” he said in a relaxed frame, post team recovery. “We’ve got a good game plan and structures and the girls are all buying into that.  “There are a few niggles in the group but we have 15 girls who desperately want to win. They are very excited and are all enjoying themselves which is what it’s all about.  From the moment Maddison Higgins-Ashby crossed early for NSW Development, they looked assured and ready to go another step further into this competition. The Origin like finale promises to be a beauty with both teams primed for a stellar finish. Over on field two, Gibson’s fellow national Under 17’s coach (boys), Jason Boyd too was quietly confident but expecting a tough grand final rematch from last year. His QSST lads primed too for the big one against Central Queensland Bulls (A). “Very pleased actually just the way they finished off the game (against the South Queensland Sharks),” Boyd said following the 12-6 win over the Sharks.“We layed down some good structure in our defence and pushed on with our attack which was good,” he added.“They run the play book really well and can elaborate on that when need be.”With just a few hours till the finals (3.20pm girls/4.20pm boys), Boyd wasn’t getting himself or his team ahead of themsleves on the cusp of a repeat victory and national youth honours. “You can never be too confident. It will be a classic rematch and another great final. They have some great youth coming through and are building form strength-to-strength.”In the other semi-final encounter CQ Bulls (A) overcame a spirited NSWCHS 11-5 to cement their spot in the grand final replay.Watch out for the sibling rivalry as the brothers’ Moore go at it in the final: Blake of the QSST variety and Aaron for the CQ Bulls. There will be no love lost nor quarter gained as the respecitive number sixes see just who is the best of breed and claims bragging rights in the Moore household of Rockhampton. Tune in for all the action to the TFA livestreaming channel, visit us online and join the conversation – follow us on facebook, twitter, instagram nd snapchatlast_img read more

20 days agoBrighton boss Potter delighted with Alzate deal

first_imgBrighton boss Potter delighted with Alzate dealby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton boss Graham Potter is delighted with Steven Alzate’s new deal.Alzate signed a new four-year deal with the Seagulls yesterday.Potter said, “He’s been with us from the start and has done very well since he came into the group.“He’s not looked out of place at all; sometimes youngsters can come into the group and have a session or two where you might notice a difference in levels, but that hasn’t happened with Steven.“The others can see his quality every day he’s with us, that naturally grows his confidence. It’s never straightforward, but he performed well against Newcastle and I think he can continue to develop and improve.“Against Chelsea he showed his adaptability in terms of starting in one role and then ending the game in midfield, so I’ve been really pleased with him. We have to make sure he’s playing to his strengths as often as we can – he can take the ball in tight situations and is good physically too, as well as being dynamic in his movement.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

18 days agoLiverpool defender Van Dijk: Thank-you Wolves – but I’ll say no more!

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool defender Van Dijk: Thank-you Wolves – but I’ll say no more!by Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has paid tribute to Wolves after their shock win at Manchester City.Van Dijk was surprised that City were unable to score against Wolves on Sunday.The defending Premier League champions lost 2-0 at home to Nuno Santo’s side while Liverpool won 2-1 against Leicester City to extend the gap at the top of the table to eight points.Reds centre-back Van Dijk said he thought it would be a “difficult game” for City but not as tough as it eventually proved.“I didn’t expect that, of course,” he told Sky Sports.“Everyone expected a difficult game for City, but City at home but it doesn’t happen much that they don’t even score one goal at home.“A great performance from Wolves, you have to give credit to them but you know the situation, you can’t really say much about it.“They will try to bounce back from it and until then we’ve just got to focus on our international football of course.” last_img read more

Article 370 is antiwomen antiDalit antidevelopment says Amit Shah

first_imgNew Delhi: Parliament Kashmir issue LIVE updates: Home Minister Amit Shah also put forth a statement informing that Ladakh will now be given the status of Union Territory, while Jammu and Kashmir will be a separate Union Territory.Amid the confusion over the deployment of security forces and the imposition of Section 144 in Jammu and Kashmir, Home Minister Amit Shah scrapped Article 370 on the floor of Rajya Sabha Monday. “Not all provisions of Article 370 will be applicable in Kashmir,” he said. The proposal evoked massive protest from the Opposition which asked the Union government to roll back the order. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsAlong with this proposal, the Home Minister also put forth a statement informing that Ladakh will now be given the status of Union Territory, while Jammu and Kashmir will be a separate Union Territory.Late Sunday night, mainstream party leaders – NC leaders Omar and Farooq Abdullah, and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti, among others – were placed under house arrest and mobile, broadband internet and cable TV services were entirely shut down.(Inputs from The Indian Express)last_img read more