The last journalist imprisoned in the country is released

first_img February 10, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Reporters Sans Frontières (Reporters Without Borders – RSF) is very pleased with the news of the release of Tamrat Zuma, director of publication of the weekly newspaper Atkurot, who has been detained for nearly ten months in Kerchiele prison in Addis-Ababa. “It is the first time since 1993 that a journalist is not in prison in Ethiopia. It is very good news but one must not forget that over thirty professionals working in the press are currently being taken to court and risk being imprisoned at any moment” explained Robert Ménard, general secretary of RSF. In most cases the authorities are at the origin of these legal proceedings.The organisation has called for the Ethiopian authorities to modify the press law of 1992 which is particularly strict and to do everything in their power so that Ethiopian journalists may work in complete freedom and security. “The government should also quickly take measures to allow the creation of private radio stations and television channels. The state monopoly over radio and television broadcasting prevents the institution of a real pluralism of news items”, added M. Ménard.Tamrat Zuma was released on the 4th of March 2002 after having paid a bail of 16 000 Birrs (about 2 180 Euros). The conditions under which he was held in detention were particularly trying and the journalist has lost over 10 kilos. He also suffers from diabetes.On the 15th of January 2001, Tamrat Zuma, director of publication of the weekly newspaper Atkurot, was taken in for questioning at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Addis-Ababa. He was released three days later after having paid a bail of 10 000 Birrs (1 350 Euros). He was accused of having cited, in an article, comments from members of the opposition party from a radio station based abroad. On the 20 May he was again arrested and accused of slander and of “inciting violence”. He was also criticized for publishing an article about the mismanagement of a state-owned tannery and for an interview held with a former general who announced the “imminent overthrowing of the government”.Ethiopia has for several years been the largest prison in the world for journalists. In 1995 up to twenty-six journalists were imprisoned at the same time. Since 1991 and the arrival to power of the EPRDF (Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front), almost one hundred and eighty journalists have found themselves, at one time or another, behind bars. Many others have fled from the country through fear of reprisals. Prime minister Meles Zenawi is on the list of predators against freedom of the press established by RSF. March 7, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 The last journalist imprisoned in the country is released EthiopiaAfrica Ethiopia arbitrarily suspends New York Times reporter’s accreditation Receive email alerts RSF condemns NYT reporter’s unprecedented expulsion from Ethiopia EthiopiaAfrica Follow the news on Ethiopia Organisation May 21, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News News Journalist attacked, threatened in her Addis Ababa home It is the first time since 1993 that a journalist is not in prison in Ethiopia. But RSF notes that one must not forget that over thirty professionals working in the press are currently being taken to court and risk being imprisoned at any moment. to go further News News May 18, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Mourinho explains Dele Alli’s bench role

first_img Promoted Content8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True6 Stunning Bridges You’ll Want To See With Your Own EyesThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThe 18 Most Visited Cities In The World5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks Mourinho explained his decision to keep Alli, who has been a key player under the Portuguese so far, on the bench until the 78th minute. “We knew that tactically it was very important for us to play in a certain way,” he said. “It was also very important for us to try with fast people when they were fresh. “Well, fresh so-so, because thanks to the TV broadcasters’ choices it’s difficult to speak about freshness when we play Aston Villa two days before Leipzig and Chelsea at 12.30 two days after Leipzig. “So we started the game thinking that okay Lucas (Moura) and (Steven) Bergwijn they are still more or less fresh, so let’s try. “We tried, we didn’t score. (Willy) Caballero made a great save, we know we cannot create lots of chances. “So in the last part of the game what’s the plan late in the game? We bring on Lamela if he can. “We bring Dele. We didn’t have a presence in the box, the opposition is going to try with the low block so let’s try to have one with Dele. Read Also:Mourinho claims he knows Chelsea plans ahead of London derby “We are trying to do things so very difficult for us. I’m always going to be a bit repetitive. Nothing, nothing at all to criticise my players. Nothing at all. Exactly the opposite.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Lamela is currently unable to train due to an ongoing groin injury, but is playing through the pain barrier to help Spurs in a difficult time. He came on in the second half at Stamford Bridge and helped his side get back into the game, being heavily involved in the move that saw Antonio Rudiger put through his own net in the 89th minute. Mourinho, who after the game said he was very proud of his players and claimed they were in ‘complete control’ at Stamford Bridge , revealed that even as Lamela was warming up he was unsure whether he could play. “We have strange game-plans but we need to have them because there’s not another way,” Mourinho said. “For example, while Lamela played so well but only for 20 minutes, you must think I’m an idiot. “But even in the warm-up, he was in communication with me about his feelings, ‘Can I go or not?’. “That guy who played so well for 20 minutes, in the warm-up, he was in communication with me because he was not sure he could go. “That’s Lamela. Amazing guy, fantastic player and trying to help the team.” Jose Mourinho went out of his way to praise the spirit of Erik Lamela for his cameo during Tottenham’s 2-1 loss to Chelsea – and has explained why he didn’t call upon Dele Alli until late in the game.last_img read more

United win on emotional night

first_imgRyan Giggs made a cameo appearance off the bench and Nemanja Vidic said goodbye to Old Trafford, but it was Manchester United debutant James Wilson who stole the show as he scored twice to sink Hull. Vidic was not in the starting XI, but he took centre stage just before kick-off. The Serbian received a gift, wrapped in United-coloured paper, from Sir Bobby Charlton on the touch line. Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra – who could also leave this summer – were not in the squad. Wilson threatened to steal the limelight in the second minute when he shaped to shoot inside the box, but Alex Bruce came to the rescue with a diving interception. Unlike in their first two matches under Giggs, United were flying early on. Januzaj slipped into the box after latching on to Antonio Valencia’s chip, but he was hacked down by Figueroa. Referee Craig Pawson waved play on despite the protests of the home side. United’s early dominance started to fizzle out. The hosts were then forced into an early change when Jones and Figueroa clashed shoulder to shoulder while in mid-flight. Jones came off worse. He was immediately substituted, wincing with pain as he walked down the tunnel. Vidic came on to huge applause and a standing ovation. The crowd were on their feet again on the half hour as Wilson scored the opener. The youngster volleyed home from close range after Marouane Fellaini knocked down Januzaj’s free-kick at the back post. A huge smile stretched across the striker’s face as “There’s only one James Wilson” rang out on the Stretford End. Steve Bruce brought on Fryatt and Yannick Sagbo on at the break. United remained on top though. Januzaj drew a top-class save from Premier League debutant Jakupovic. Vidic was desperate to go out with a bang. The big centre-half was a constant menace in the box when he came up for set-pieces and he thought he should have had a penalty when Stephen Quinn handled the ball in the box following his header. The night belonged to Wilson though. The striker was in the right place at the right time to fire United 2-0 up on the hour. The ball dropped to Wilson after Jakupovic spilled Fellaini’s shot and he tucked the ball home. The crowd sang “Wilson for England” as the smiling teenager celebrated. Those celebrations were cut short a minute later when Fryatt knocked the ball past Carrick and blasted a 26-yard shot past David de Gea. Wilson then received a standing ovation and a pat on his back from his manager as he was replaced by Van Persie. Giggs caused the biggest cheer of the night when he started warming up. Such was the excitement about Giggs’ introduction that stewards had to restrain the United fans in the front row of the stand. After a brief wait, Giggs entered the field in place of Lawrence. The Welshman did not look his age as he raced at the Hull defence. Giggs thought he should have had a penalty when his low shot struck Alex Bruce’s arm. The 40-year-old then rolled back the years to embarrass the Hull manager’s son with a burst of pace. Meyler threatened to spoil the party with a swirling 25-yard drive, but De Gea saved well. Every time Giggs touched the ball he was urged to shoot, but he resisted the temptation with three minutes to go, playing the ball forward to Van Persie who fired past Jakupovic at the second attempt after seeing his initial attempt blocked. Meyler drew the ire of United fans by sinking his studs into Januzaj’s shin, but the foul went unpunished. Giggs had the chance to end night in the perfect fashion, but Jakupovic pulled off a fantastic save to stop his curling free-kick from 25-yards. Giggs and Vidic then both gave emotional speeches to the crowd before disappearing down the tunnel. Wilson, 18, scored from close range either side of half-time, and Robin van Persie also found the net as United beat Hull 3-1 in the final home game of the season. This year may have been the worst in recent memory, but at least United ended on a high thanks to impressive performances from Wilson, fellow debutant Tom Lawrence and 18-year-old Adnan Januzaj, who was superb throughout. Press Association But for all the energy shown by the three youngsters, it was Giggs who drew the biggest cheer of the night when he came off the bench with 20 minutes to go. Giggs will not be manager here next year. He may not even play a game for the club again. Giggs, who is expected to be replaced by Louis van Gaal, wrote in his programme notes that he had not made up his mind about his future, but he added that it had been “an honour and privilege” to manage the club’s final three home games of the season. The midfielder, who gave an emotional message of thanks to the fans after the final whistle, also said in his notes that he was in two minds as to whether he should continue playing under Van Gaal next. Giggs showed signs that he is still up to the job though as his 40-year-old legs sprinted past Alex Bruce late on. The interim player-manager almost made it a perfect night when he curled a brilliant 25-yard free-kick over the wall towards goal, but Eldin Jakupovic saved superbly. Vidic had little to do in his farewell match. Hull were rather abject throughout. Matty Fryatt’s long-range strike was the only positive for the FA Cup finalists. The only downside for United was that Phil Jones was taken to hospital after he suffered a shoulder injury jumping for the ball with Maynor Figueroa in the first half. last_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, April 29, 2014

first_imgWellington Police notes for Tuesday, April 29, 2014:•1:47 a.m. Nancy D. Yakshaw, 57, Wellington was arrested, charged and confined with domestic battery.•On April 15, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. Officers investigated possession of a substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and no drug tax stamp by a known suspect in the 500 block E. Lincoln, Wellington.•3:10 a.m. non-injury, private property accident in the 1700 block E. 16, Wellington involving vehicles operated by a juvenile female,16, Wellington and juvenile female, 16, Wellington.•4:10 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity by a known subject in the 200 block N. A, Wellington.•6:14 p.m. Troy A. Ferguson, 18, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with speeding 48 mph in a 35 mph speed zone.•9:07 p.m. Officers took a report of a suicidal subject in the 400 block S. G, Wellington.•10:04 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 1100 block E. 16th, Wellington.last_img read more

This Week’s Favorite Features – Olympia Holiday Kick-Off

first_imgFacebook11Tweet0Pin0 The first draft of this weekend’s summary centered around the Apple Cup and the miserable failure of my beloved Huskies to pull out a win.  Despite the fact that I lost two bets (no money, just pride), I just can’t fill two paragraphs with my laments over Friday’s game.  Plus, besides being a central game for college football fans, there really is no “tie-in” to ThurstonTalk.So, let’s talk about shopping instead.  Because, in all reality, half the population was likely shopping on Friday afternoon instead of being glued to their television set.Shop Downtown Olympia Merchants On Small Business SaturdaySmall Business Saturday, a national movement to support small businesses during Thanksgiving weekend, has passed, but there are still many shopping days remaining.  Turn to this article for some great gift ideas as well as planning a shopping day in downtown Olympia, supporting your favorite local merchants.  Watch for another article, coming soon, about non-material gifts you can give.The Salvation Army’s Iconic Slogan “Soup, Soap, and Salvation” Continues To Instill Hope In Thurston CountyWhile you were out this weekend, you likely came into contact with one of the Salvation Army’s bell ringers.  Read about how the organization serves our community and understand more about the bell ringers role in making a difference.  Then, drop a few coins into the pot.Providence St. Peter Foundation Celebrates Its 25th Christmas ForestAnd, now that you are truly ready for the holiday spirit, make plans to visit the Providence Christmas Forest next week.  Preparations are being completed in advance of the opening event on Wednesday.  All funds raised support vital healthcare resources in our community.Finally, a quick reminder that there are loads of activities happening in downtown Olympia today (Sunday).  Here is the event schedule for the Downtown for the Holidays celebration.I saw Coug fans around downtown yesterday and I promise that I did not trip them or berate their win.  I will let our sports writer, Tom Rohrer, have a few minutes next week to gloat about the win.  But, then I will remind him of the Apple Cup series history (there is a lot more purple on that chart) and make a casual mention that Dawg fans will be back next year for revenge.ThurstonTalk aims to be your source for positive information and events happening in Olympia.  If you have a suggestion for a story, send us a note at [email protected]  For more events and to learn what’s happening in Olympia and the surrounding area, click here.last_img read more

Thurston County Realtors Speak up for Home and Property Owners

first_imgFacebook57Tweet0Pin1Submitted by Thurston County Realtors AssociationNearly 50 Realtor and affiliate members of the Thurston County Realtors Association (TCRA) joined about 500 Realtors from throughout the state of Washington on January 18, 2018 for Washington Realtors’ annual Legislative Day.Thurston Realtors joined 500 Realtors from throughout the state to discuss issues with legislators in Olympia. Photo courtesy: Thurston County Realtors AssociationThe Realtors met personally with their respective state legislators in the afternoon to discuss the Realtors’ legislative priorities for the 2018 Legislative Session.The discussions with the state legislators who serve Thurston County centered around the residential and commercial real estate markets and how decisions made in Olympia impact home and property owners in their communities. Of chief concern for Thurston County Realtors is the county’s low housing inventory and the need for affordable housing choices to meet a growing demand.The group also discussed regulations that directly affect both urban and rural housing supply, including the need for a remedy to the “Hirst decision”, a fix that the Legislature passed on the day of the Realtor visits. Realtors also brought attention to the impact of student loan debt on consumer purchase patterns and homebuying and they encouraged promotion of this year’s 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act that protects equal housing opportunities.“In our profession, we are out serving people in our communities daily,” said Tonia DeBeaux of John L. Scott in Lacey, the current president of TCRA. “Realtors are one of the key groups that speak up for home and property owners and those who desire to be.”Washington State Rep. Andrew Barkis, (District 2) expressed his appreciation for his meeting with the local group.“It was great to see local Realtors engaged today here in Olympia,” said Rep. Barkis about the visit. “Realtors are at the forefront of working on Affordable Housing solutions!”Thurston County Realtors have participated in the annual state Legislative Day for more than 25 years.last_img read more

DD Gardening: The vegetable garden

first_imgIn this weekend’s gardening column, Conor Gallinagh discusses some key tasks that should be carried out in the vegetable garden.At this stage of the season, the vegetable and fruit garden should be in full swing with crops ripening quickly.Here are five tasks for your weekend in the garden Advertisement Harvesting: This should be carried out on a regular basis. This help prevents any problems with pest and diseases.It will also ensure that other crops on the plant get to ripen quicker. They are so many uses and techniques for storing various vegetables (this will be covered in the next column.Weed and Pest Monitoring: As you can imagine with the weather conditions been so variable recently this optimum conditions for weeds to grow and pest populations to expand.Ensuring the problem is dealt with before it gets out of hand is key. Weeds will add competition to your crops and can cause problems with ripening and growth. Pests can wipe out an entire crop.Watering: Again, with the weather been so variable of late there have been days of dry weather and very hot. So even though we have had a lot of rain of late be careful. Succession Planting: We still have time to grow and sow more plants before the season has finished. Depending on your growing environments will greatly depend on what you can grow. We can still get crops of salads such as lettuce, Pak choi and others.  Advertisement Feeding – Giving your vegetable plants a boost at this stage will help strengthen their immune system against diseases and also help quicken the ripening process. A liquid feed is most suitable at this stage. Either a comfrey drench or seaweed would work best.Happy Gardening!Conor GallinaghBAgrSc Horticulture, Landscape, Sportsturf [email protected]gmail.comDD Gardening: The vegetable garden was last modified: August 10th, 2019 by Conor GallinaghShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Fulham boss ‘makes move for forgotten Spurs winger’

first_imgFulham boss Martin Jol wants to sign forgotten winger David Bentley from Tottenham, according to the Daily Mirror.Bentley, who was loaned to West Ham last season, is planning a return to action following a knee problem.It is claimed that Jol wants the 27-year-old either on loan or a cut-price permanent deal.The Daily Mail say Fulham are interested in Scott Sinclair and are monitoring his contract talks at Swansea.Meanwhile, The Sun say Liverpool could rival Chelsea for the signing of Wigan star Victor Moses.It is suggested that the Anfield club will target Moses if they miss out on Gylfi Sigurdsson, who is a target for Tottenham.And the Daily Telegraph report that Chelsea remain keen on Tottenham playmaker Luka Modric. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

49ers report card: How did field-goal unit mar rout of Browns?

first_imgMyles Garrett jumped on Jimmy Garoppolo’s back just once for a sack, and it didn’t matter. Protection held up, Garoppolo got sacked only one other time. Left tackle Justin Skule, through both his own play and the scheme, is not a liability as Joe Staley’s temp for at least … SANTA CLARA — Here is how the 49ers (4-0) graded in their 31-3 win over the Cleveland Browns (2-3) on Monday night:PASS OFFENSE: A-CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the videos on a mobile devicelast_img read more

Closing South Africa’s democratic deficit

first_imgTim CohenSouth Africa of the new era is often considered to be the victim of an odd and rather bizarrely undefined ailment: a democratic deficit.Technically, a democratic deficit is thought to be a situation where an entity considers itself to be democratic or somehow understands itself as at least aspiring to the notion of democracy but, for some reason or another, actually falls short.The classic example is the European Union. The EU is a body with substantial but rather ill-defined and vacillating responsibilities. It purports to be a democratic institution yet its powers are exercised mainly through representatives of constituent governments.The EU does have a rather poorly supported parliament, although its powers are less than authoritative. And of course the representatives of constituent governments are themselves democratically elected.However, in theory this circumscribed process has created a kind of distance between the institution and its nominal electorate, and it’s in the EU context that the term “democratic deficit” seems to get used the most.The argument that South Africa has a democratic deficit is based on the same notion but with a different set of causes. The theory is that the horrors of the country’s apartheid history have created such powerful reaction that many voters seem to be voting their past rather than their future.This powerful groundswell of political affiliation takes its concrete form in the huge and almost devotional support for the ruling African National Congress (ANC), which won just on 80% of the vote in the most recent election.To put this into context, bear in mind that white, Indian and mixed-race South Africa constitute about 15% of the total electorate. Consequently, the outcome suggest that almost the entire black population of South Africa voted practically unanimously for the ANC in 2004. This also suggest that voters who are not black practically unanimously voted against the ANC.This racial barrier is also, in a way, evidence of the democratic deficit. It surely doesn’t stand to reason that voters should so overwhelmingly vote for political parties in alignment with their skin colour.Further evidence, if you are looking for it, of the democratic deficit in South Africa can be seen in the very broadness of the ANC’s support base. The party is supported by everyone from teachers to industrial workers, to rural subsistence farmers, to intellectuals, to billionaire business people. The same sort of span of support is rare in the democratic world. It suggests that individuals are voting according to notions of affiliation rather exercising a considered choice.The problem with the notion of the democratic deficit is that it’s a bit slippery. In a sense, most democracies have a democratic deficit, since not all citizens choose to vote.  Often we don’t know whether these voters are not voting because they simply acquiesce with the current system, or because they think their vote won’t make a difference, or because they just don’t care. In a sense, the notion of a democratic deficit suggests that everybody should care; that they almost have a duty to care and if they don’t something is wrong. But is that true?In South Africa, the same sort of question applies, but in a different way. What if the ANC’s policies are just so attractive in one way or another to all its different constituencies that voters are in fact exercising a considered choice? Actually they are not voting their history; instead they are voting for the only party with sufficiently competent leaders and sufficiently balanced policies which together are capable of holding together such a fractious country.  In other words, the ANC majority at the polls is earned, not granted as a matter of course.The point is that South Africa is about to learn whether it has a democratic deficit or not. The break-away grouping founded this last weekend, on 1 and 2 November, by former defence minister Mosiuoa Lekota and former Gauteng premier Mbhazima Shilowa  is the first real credible threat to the ANC dominance at the polls. Lekota described his decision to leave the ANC “a divorce” and, officially, the papers were served at the weekend.For neutral observers of South Africa’s relatively new and unfolding democracy, the likely creation of a new party is excellent news. It creates the prospect of a more strongly contested election and potentially a break-up the ice-flows that have characterised the South African political scene since democracy in 1994.There is no certainty that the new party will amount to much. In fact, the ANC’s hugely supported rally on Sunday 2 November, was a defiant show of force aimed to take the wind out of the sails of the new grouping.But yet, the omens suggest that the new party will put in a solid showing during the elections due to take place after April next year. The analytical consensus seems to be that they will win at least enough support to ensure the ANC does not have the two-thirds majority required to change the constitution on its own. The new grouping’s leadership is well known and generally well liked. They appear to be resolved, and are drawing support from a broad range of different areas across the country.The 2009 election is shaping up to be perhaps the most significant since the first democratic election in 2004. If nothing else it will demonstrate whether there is a democratic deficit in South Africa or not.Go to the MediaClub weekly columns home pageTim Cohen is a freelance journalist writing for a variety of South African publications. He is currently contracted as a columnist to Business Day and the Weekender, where he worked for most of his career, and financial website Moneyweb where he writes on business and corporate activity for an associate site called Dealweb. He was the 2004 Sanlam Financial Journalist of the Year.last_img read more