Media targeted in political violence and tension following disputed election results

first_img The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa GabonAfrica News News September 3, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Media targeted in political violence and tension following disputed election results Follow the news on Gabon November 27, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders is extremely worried about the impact on the media of a wave of violence and unrest in Gabon that began when the authorities announced earlier today that Ali Bongo, the late president’s son, was the winner of last Sunday’s presidential election. Journalists have been threatened or beaten and the signals of some TV stations have been cut.“Journalists seemed to be able to work fairly freely on voting day but that changed between the vote count and the announcement of the results,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The media are there to cover the election and its outcome, not to be hostages of the rivalry between the various candidates. As soon as the media are prevented from working properly, there ceases to be any guarantee that the election has been free or fair.”A Radio-Télévision Nazareth crew was physically attacked outside the entrance to the national electoral commission in Libreville today by opposition supporters reacting to the announcement of Ali Bongo’s victory. Accusing the RTN journalists of being “pro-Ali,” the opposition supporters roughed them up and broke their camera. An Agence France-Presse crew meanwhile narrowly escaped being attacked in the Libreville district of Plein Ciel and a France 3 crew was stoned.Reporter Patrick Bibang of Radio Africa No.1 was roughed at around 11 p.m. last night by participants of a large opposition demonstration as he was trying to make his way through the crowd in order to talk Mba Obame, Pierre Mamboundou and other opposition leaders who were there.Five masked gunmen sprayed the transmitter of satellite TV station Go Africa with automatic gunfire on the night of 1 September as it was trying to fill the gap left when the signal of TV+, a station owned by opposition candidate André Mba Obame, was cut by the authorities on election day on the grounds that it “misused archive images” in a programme about the late President Omar Bongo Ondimba.Telephone texting was suspended yesterday by the Telecommunications Regulation Agency (ARTEL) after well-known figures (and journalists) reported receiving SMS messages containing death threats. An AFP journalist told Reporters Without Borders he had received dozens of death threats by telephone. SMS messages can also be used to send election results and calls for protests.The Paris-based Africa 24 TV station broadcast a report on 1 September that its crew had been forced to leave the country by the Gabonese authorities. The authorities have denied this.Reporters Without Borders issued a press release two days before the election voicing concern that the authorities would use “all available means to keep news and information under tight control.” Read the release According to the results released today by the interior ministry, Ali Bongo was elected president with 141,952 votes (41.7 per cent). The runners-up were André Mba Obame with 88,028 votes (25.9 per cent) and Pierre Mamboundou with 85,797 votes (25.2 per cent). Receive email alerts to go furthercenter_img Reports News December 31, 2019 Find out more Gabonese journalist could spend New Year’s Eve in prison Weekly seized from Gabon’s newsstands RSF_en GabonAfrica January 24, 2020 Find out more Organisation last_img read more

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Parson’s Chairman and CEO to Deliver Remarks at UCLA’s 2015 Executive MBA Commencement

first_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * 17 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News Top of the News Subscribe Make a comment Charles L. ‘Chuck’ HarringtonParsons announced that its Chairman and CEO, Charles L. “Chuck” Harrington, will speak at the UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) Anderson School of Management’s 2015 Executive Master’s in Business Administration (EMBA) commencement tomorrow. The ceremony, which will be attended by about 70 graduates and their families, will take place in Royce Hall at 2:30 p.m.“I’m honored to have been selected to address the Executive MBA graduates at my alma mater,” stated Harrington. “I look forward to sharing with them what I’ve learned over the past three decades as well as to celebrating with them and their families.”The Anderson EMBA program is designed to produce emotionally intelligent leaders with a global perspective. Participants are C-level executives, directors, consultants, and entrepreneurs from every major industry. EMBA students receive instruction from world-class faculty, opportunities to immerse themselves in international experiences, a worldwide network of successful alumni, and practical training.An Anderson graduate, Mr. Harrington holds an EMBA with concentrations in finance and marketing. He has more than 30 years of experience in the engineering and construction industry. Mr. Harrington became CEO and then Chairman of Parsons in 2008, and he was named President of the corporation in 2009.In addition to his responsibilities at Parsons, Mr. Harrington serves on the boards of numerous organizations and he was honored by the New York Building Congress with a 2015 Industry Recognition Award in late 2014.Parsons, celebrating more than 70 years of growth in the engineering, construction, technical, and professional services industries, is a leader in many diversified markets with a focus on defense/security, industrial, and infrastructure. Parsons delivers design/design-build, program/construction management, and other professional services packaged in innovative alternative delivery methods to federal, regional, and local government agencies, as well as to private industrial customers worldwide. For more about Parsons, please visit www.parsons.com. Community News More Cool Stuff First Heatwave Expected Next Week faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimescenter_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Business News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS HerbeautyWhat Is It That Actually Makes French Women So Admirable?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Lipsticks Are Designed To Make Your Teeth Appear Whiter!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyKeep Your Skin Flawless With These Indian Beauty RemediesHerbeautyHerbeauty center column 4 Parson’s Chairman and CEO to Deliver Remarks at UCLA’s 2015 Executive MBA Commencement From STAFF REPORTS Published on Friday, July 24, 2015 | 12:00 pm Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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United closing in on Real revenue

first_img Only the European champions stand ahead in terms of income while Barcelona by contrast are struggling to keep pace financially with their Spanish rivals, United and Bayern Munich. The money league compiled by Deloitte sees Real established as the world’s richest club for the 10th year in succession with revenues of £459.5million, while United are on £433.2million, Bayern £407.7million and Barcelona £405.2million. In the first season since Sir Alex Ferguson stood down as manager, United trailed in seventh in the Premier League and duly failed to qualify for the Champions League, disappointments which saw David Moyes sacked after under a year in charge. Dan Jones, partner in the sports business group at Deloitte, said: “A season that saw Manchester United finish in their lowest league position since the start of the Premier League era actually saw the Red Devils reclaim second spot in the money league. “Their commercial growth… continues to yield record-breaking deals. If the club can regain their Champions League status for the 2015/16 season, there is a strong possibility they will also regain top spot in our money league for that season.” United’s hopes of overtaking Real have also been boosted by the strength of the pound against the euro. The money league sees Manchester City remain in sixth position behind Paris St Germain, with Chelsea and Arsenal sustaining their seventh and eighth places and Liverpool up to ninth from 12th place. Indeed, almost half of the top 30 richest clubs are now made up of Premier League sides and that figure is likely to increase. Jones added: “It is with great anticipation that we wait to see what the new round of Premier League broadcast deals, expected to be agreed in 2015, will yield. With the market expectation that another significant increase will occur, it is likely that the money league will have a strongly English appearance in the coming years.” The Deloitte report highlights the decline of Italian clubs in terms of finances. In 2001 Italy had five clubs in the top 10 and only Juventus, who significantly have built a new stadium, remain there now in 10th position. It also shows the continuing value to the Spanish clubs to be able to negotiate their own broadcast rights – Real earned more than twice the sum of Atletico Madrid in broadcast income despite their city rivals winning the Spanish league and reaching the final of the Champions League. Deloitte money league standings (2013/14 revenue – figure in brackets represents 2012/13 position): 1 (1) Real Madrid – £459.5million 2 (4) Manchester United – £433.2million 3 (3) Bayern Munich – £407.7million 4 (2) Barcelona – £405.2million 5 (5) Paris St Germain – £396.5million 6 (6) Manchester City – £346.5million 7 (7) Chelsea – £324.4million 8 (8) Arsenal – £300.5million 9 (12) Liverpool – £255.8million 10 (9) Juventus – £233.6million Manchester United may have had their worst season on the pitch for two decades last year but they have reclaimed second spot in the list of the football’s richest clubs and now have Real Madrid in their sights. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Marrin and Saubert Selected to Preseason All-PFL Team

first_imgSenior Mack Marrin and fifth-year senior Eric Saubert received their first preseason All-PFL honor and are both coming off first-team campaigns. Marrin posted a league-best 8.5 sacks among 12.5 tackles for loss last year. In addition to being named first team All-PFL, Saubert received All-American honors from three different organizations after leading all PFL tight ends and also Drake’s receiving corps with 55 receptions for 580 yards and seven touchdowns.Returning players who were selected to the league’s 2015 All-PFL teams were placed automatically on the 2016 preseason All-PFL team in order of voting. Fourteen preseason selections were first-team honorees last season, seven earned second-team honors and nine honorable mention recipients.The upcoming 2016 season marks the 24th year for the Pioneer Football League – the nation’s only non-scholarship, football-only NCAA Football Championship Subdivision conference. The league will feature 11 teams each playing an eight-game schedule to determine the league champion and recipient of the automatic bid to the 2015 NCAA FCS Championship.For tickets to catch the Bulldogs at Drake Stadium this season, visit www.DrakeTix.com, or call (515) 271-DOGS. ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The Drake University football team earned two spots on the preseason All-Pioneer Football League team, the league announced Tuesday, July 26.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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The One Thing You Can Do to Triple Your Productivity

first_imgThe word “secret” suggests that there is knowledge available to others that is somehow unavailable to you. There are no secrets when it comes to productivity. Instead, there are principles and disciplines not widely taught or consistently followed. The principles are available to those who would choose to study them, and the disciplines are kept by those who are willing to change their behavior. If you want to triple your productivity, here’s one principle and discipline that will make an immediate difference: Plan your work.Eliminating TimeIf you want to improve your productivity, an excellent place to start is planning the work you are going to do and when you are going to do it. I routinely have hundreds of tasks and dozens of projects in my task manager. I spend a good part of Sunday reviewing them to determine what I am going to do during the week, blocking it on my calendar (Not really on my calendar, but on my task manager. I transfer my work to my physical planner to separate it from what I am intentionally ignoring). Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now If you start each day by reviewing the projects and potential tasks you might attempt to complete during that day, it might take you 30 to 45 minutes to decide what to do. That is time that might have been invested in some project, some task, or some critical outcome.When you don’t know what you need to do, you spend time reviewing all your tasks, identifying your priorities, and deciding what you need to do that day. Because you have not done the work to plan your week and your days, you will give up hours that could have been spent completing those tasks. If you know what you need to do each day, you can eliminate the time spent identifying what jobs you need to complete. You can get straight to work.When you don’t plan your work ahead of time, you live in reactive mode, doing what is now urgent and important because you didn’t do something when it was only important. A task becomes urgent when you postpone completing it and shorten your timeline.Planning your work eliminates the time it takes to start working. Not planning your work reduces the time you need to complete what is important because you are running from one deadline to the next. You get to choose which of these two ways you eliminate time.Eliminating DistractionsWhen you don’t know what you need to do and when you need to do it, you can easily fall prey to the infinite distractions vying for your time and attention.Email: If you are like most people, you will start your day by opening your email inbox to look for things you need to do. Opening the inbox first is putting other people’s priorities above your own and abdicating your responsibility to your real priorities (which are also something you do to benefit others, often with a more significant and more important commitment). There will never be a shortage of emails from your company, your peers, your clients, and people you don’t know who want your time, your attention, and your money.Social: The social channels provide another source of distractions. A quick catchup on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter or any of the other popular platforms is a way to avoid having to decide what you need to do, and it also feels like a respite from doing what is essential. These channels have been optimized to steal your attention and keep you on the platform as long as possible. You will find none of your priorities on the social channels.Time Waits for No OneIf your inbox steals 30 minutes, and social steals 38 minutes, and it takes you 20 minutes to decide what to do, you will have given up roughly 90 minutes, or something close to twenty percent of your day. That is twenty percent that would easily be put to better use doing almost anything on your task list, but most certainly should have been used on your highest priority.If you waste ninety minutes a day, you will have given up 330 hours in the course of a year. The root cause of your complaints about not having enough time is not a lack of time, but rather the absence of priorities, poor habits, and a lack of planning to put your priorities first.If You Want Control and ResultsA sense of control starts and ends with self-control.When you have control of your projects and your tasks, you gain a sense of certainty, that you know where things are and when they are due. When you have control over the decisions you make, the plan you make provides a sense of control—even when you are surprised by urgencies and emergencies. It’s easier to adjust a plan to deal with surprises than it is to work without a plan at all, going from one thing to the next and getting yourself caught up in “the drift.”The best practice is to plan your week before it starts. By planning your work and blocking time on your calendar, you eliminate the time it takes to figure out what you need to do each day. It also eliminates the possibility of getting mired down in other people’s priorities and the limitless distractions available to you on the small screen. Instead of opening your inbox or your browser, you get straight to work on what’s important.When you start work, knowing how you are going to spend the first ninety minutes and on what priority will ensure that you get more done in a day than most. Planning three ninety-minute blocks per day (roughly half the day), will make you one of the most productive people you know. If you want to triple your output, start by planning your weeks and days.last_img read more

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Rape victim consumes poison, dies

first_imgUpset over the alleged inaction by the police on her rape complaint, a 22-year-old woman in the Yamunanagar district of Haryana has allegedly committed suicide. Police said the woman had consumed a poisonous substance outside the Jathlana Police Station on Monday evening. “The woman was taken to a local hospital, where she died later,” Yamunanagar Deputy Superintendent of Police Subhash Chand told The Hindu. Mr. Chand said that the woman and her family members had filed a complaint of rape against Manoj Kumar and five others a few days ago and the police had been investigating the matter. Mr. Chand said the woman, along with her family members, had on September 2 visited the Jathlana Police Station to enquire about the status of her complaint, where the suicide incident occurred. “We are probing the cause of the incident,” he said. Family members of the victim alleged that local police officials were not taking any action over the rape complaint, even though it had been over 12 days since the complaint had been filed with the police.Case registeredMr. Chand added that the police has registered a case under Section 306 (abetment to suicide). Suicide prevention helpline: Sanjivini, Society for Mental Health, Telephone: 011-4076 9002, Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. -7.30 p.m.last_img read more

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a month agoBrighton attacker Peter Gwargis delighted with senior breakthrough

first_imgBrighton attacker Peter Gwargis delighted with senior breakthroughby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton attacker Peter Gwargis was thrilled with his debut this week.The young Swede featured in the Carabao Cup defeat to Aston Villa.”It was really fun, a day that I put in a lot of hard work and time for. It was really nice to finally be able to make my a-team debut and have it confirmed. It’s just up to me to keep working even harder,” Gwargis told Fotbollskanalen.On Seagulls boss Graham Potter, he added: “I have followed his journey and what he has done. I see how he builds the team and it looks really good. He gave me a lot of advice yesterday on the plan and advised me on what to do.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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4 days ago​Arsenal boss Emery: We needs youngsters for success

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Arsenal boss Emery: We needs youngsters for successby Freddie Taylor4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal manager Unai Emery believes the club’s youngsters have a vital role to play as they strive for success this season.The Gunners are competing on several fronts, including the Premier League and Europa League.Squad rotation is essential if they are to maintain form and fitness over a lengthy and gruelling season.It is why Emery believes the younger players emerging in the squad have vital roles to play.”We can play better each match. It’s one process. Little by little we’re using the young players to achieve the performance, giving them confidence and experience in the matches,” Emery told reporters.”For example, Bukayo Saka is improving, helping us and taking a good performance. I know he needs to break more steps ahead in his improvement. Other players are the same.”This is the way he can give us the best performance and best way to do our way, playing maybe better sometimes. I think this is one process.”For us it’s very important to be competitive each match. We are being competitive at the moment. Being competitive we can then achieve a better way for how we can play.”If we are competitive we can use different players in different moments, some with more skill, some with more capacity to do pressing and transition. We can use them if we, like a team, can feel strong in our mentality and being competitive and consistent each match.” last_img read more

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Medical student panicked and incoherent after shooting Halifax trial told

first_imgHALIFAX – Medical student William Sandeson was panicked and incoherent as he tried to clean up around a man’s blood-covered body in his apartment, a Halifax jury heard Thursday.Justin Blades said he was a track-and-field teammate of Sandeson’s who was visiting a mutual friend across the hall when he heard a gunshot on Aug. 15, 2015.He and Sandeson’s neighbour, Pookiel McCabe, were having drinks and smoking marijuana in McCabe’s apartment.Sandeson had been with them but left the apartment shortly before they heard a loud noise, Blades said.“We heard a loud bang, real loud,” said Blades.“(I) froze for a second, jumped up, ran to the door, locked it,” Blades said.Sandeson came over about a minute later and knocked on the door but said nothing to the two men, said Blades.“He just turned around and went back into his apartment,” he said.He told the Nova Scotia Supreme Court jury that he looked into Sandeson’s apartment and saw a pool of blood, bloody cash, drugs, and a slumped-over body in a chair, bleeding from the head.“Pints and pints of blood all over the floor,” Blades said, his voice trembling.Blades said he left and returned to McCabe’s apartment.He looked in again minutes later and saw the body had been moved, and streaks of blood going toward the bathroom.“(Sandeson) asked me to bring the car around and I said no (expletive) way,” Blades said.Sandeson, 24, is accused of murdering Taylor Samson, 22, a fellow Dalhousie University student, during a deal to buy 20 pounds of marijuana.Blades told jurors Sandeson was running around the apartment “in panic mode … picking up bloody money.”Besides asking him to get the car, all Sandeson was saying was, “I gotta clean up,” but was mostly incoherent, said Blades.Blades said blood covered half the floor in Sandeson’s kitchen.“It’s an abundance of blood. All over the floor,” he said.“I didn’t even know what to say to Will,” said Blades, who said he didn’t call police right away because he was “in shock.”“You don’t expect the nicest, most educated, one of the better people out of the group to do something like that,” he said.That night he didn’t sleep, and said his life was never the same again.Because of the high profile nature of the killing, coworkers and others gossiped about the case and “I had to leave my career,” he said.He said he carried the memory of that night like “the plague,” and “didn’t know what to do after so long.”He was scared Sandeson was involved with organized crime because of stories he had told Blades in the past, he said.“I went off the map, no one knew where I was,” he said.Blades gave two statements to police in August, 2015, but didn’t reveal what he had seen until October the following year.He said Thursday he was too scared: “I felt like my life was in danger.”Defence lawyer Eugene Tan questioned Blades about the Oct. 20, 2016, statement, in which he told police he didn’t believe Sandeson was the shooter.“I don’t know what you want me to say,” Blades told Tan Thursday. “I don’t know what happened.”He told Tan he remembered everything from the night in question.“When you see a horrific scene like that, it’s burned into your head,” he said.last_img read more

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Twitter says it doesnt shadow ban after Trump tweet

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Twitter shares fell Thursday after President Donald Trump said in a tweet the company was limiting visibility of prominent Republicans and said he was going to look into the matter.The tweet came after a story in Vice magazine said prominent Republicans such as Republican Party chair Ronna McDaniel were not showing up in one aspect of Twitter’s search function.While the accounts did show up during a general search, they didn’t automatically populate in a drop-down bar when typing in the name.In his tweet Trump accused Twitter of “shadow banning,” or limiting visibility, of some Republicans and said it was “discriminatory and illegal.”Twitter said it does not “shadow ban.” The company said it was aware that some accounts were not automatically populating but that was due to a bug they are working to fix. The social media site said in a statement it does not make judgments based on political views or substance of tweets.Social media sites like Facebook and Twitter have been accused of having a bias against conservatives before. Diamond and Silk, the Trump-supporting video personalities, had their page removed by Facebook earlier this year, leading to outcries of censorship, including from several congressmen. During his Congressional hearing in April, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said this was an “enforcement error” and the page would be reinstated.Twitter shares fell 4 per cent in afternoon trading.last_img read more

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