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Freedom of expression increasingly stifled

By on June 12, 2021

first_img Receive email alerts November 27, 2020 Find out more News Organisation Follow the news on Equatorial Guinea Not even coronavirus escapes Equatorial Guinea’s extreme censorship The independent press practically does not exist, the only journalists’ association is constantly threatened, access to the Internet is increasingly limited and foreign journalists are now subject to new, particularly restrictive regulations : freedom of expression increasingly stifled in Equatorial Guinea. Equatorial GuineaAfrica Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives June 15, 2020 Find out more News Help by sharing this information Equatorial GuineaAfrica RSF_en Reporters Without Borders has expressed its serious concern following a clear deterioration in press freedom and freedom of expression in Equatorial Guinea. “Your country is one of the most repressive in Africa with regard to press freedom,” stated Robert Ménard, the organisation’s secretary-general, in a letter to President Teodoro Obiang Nguema. “The independent press practically does not exist, the only journalists’ association is constantly threatened, access to the Internet is increasingly limited and foreign journalists are now subject to new, particularly restrictive regulations”, Ménard underlined. The organisation asked the head of state to publicly declare himself in support of greater freedom of expression in his country and to see to it that all journalists in Equatorial Guinea can work without obstruction and in a climate of full security.Nguema is included on Reporters Without Borders’s list of 38 international press freedom predators.According to information collected by the organisation, the press freedom situation in Equatorial Guinea is in steady decline. On 22 May 2002, the vice-minister for information announced his intention to force foreign press correspondents to acquire official accreditation from the ministry. This temporary accreditation will be mandatory and renewable “on a case-by-case basis.”Moreover, at the beginning of May, the authorities barred the Equatorial Guinea Press Association (ASOPGE) from organising the activities (exhibitions, conferences, etc.) it had scheduled to mark World Press Freedom Day. A few days later, Information Vice-Minister Alfonso Nsue Mokuy asked the government to ban the ASOPGE. The vice-minister accused the association of operating as a “parallel government” and not organising all of its activities in conjunction with the ministry.Finally, several journalists, political leaders and association heads have complained of increasing difficulties in accessing the Internet. According to them, illegal phone tapping has increased and the country’s sole Internet service provider allegedly monitors e-mail traffic very closely. It has become increasingly difficult to access the Internet and occasionally all electronic communications are impossible.This situation has arisen just as the trial of several opposition leaders is set to get underway in Malabo. They are accused of plotting a coup to overthrow the president. The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa May 23, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Freedom of expression increasingly stifled Reports to go further News May 18, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Press release: Boaters warned to register your vessel or face court action

By on April 20, 2021

first_imgAs well as not contributing to the upkeep of waterways, unregistered boats can be unsafe, hazardous to other river users, and a pollution risk to the local environment and its wildlife.The Environment Agency looks after 353 miles of navigable waterways in the Anglian network, which includes the Ancholme, Black Sluice, Glen, Welland, Nene, Great Ouse and Stour, as well as associated locks and navigation facilities like moorings, showers and toilets.More information about boating and waterways, including registering vessels, is available from the Environment Agency. If you suspect a boat is illegal, please contact them on 03708 506 506 or email [email protected] Boat owners are being urged to make sure their vessels are properly registered – or face paying thousands of pounds in penalties.The call comes after 6 boaters were ordered to forfeit more than £7,200 between them – all for failing to register their craft for use on the River Nene.It is a legal requirement for boat owners to register any vessel they keep, use or let for hire on Environment Agency waterways, and to clearly display a valid registration plate. None of the guilty 6 had done so.Mark Bennett of Meadow View in Great Addington, Jim Brown of Station Road in Ringstead, David Campion of Oxford Street in Finedon, Andrew James MacGilliuray of Kestrel Lane in Wellingborough, Stewart Richardson of Ringstead Road in Ringstead, and Robert William Whiteside of Beloe Crescent in King’s Lynn have each been given 14 days to pay up.Their cases were heard at Northampton Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 1 May 2018. Mr Bennett was ordered to pay a total of £944.99, Mr Brown £1,393.29, Mr Campion £944.99, Mr MacGilliuray – who owned 3 of the unregistered vessels – had to pay £2655.95, Mr Richardson £503.98, and Mr Whiteside £843.98.It brings the total amount of avoided registration charges that have been recovered by the Environment Agency this year to almost £120,000. The cash is reinvested into maintaining, improving and protecting waterways.Nathan Arnold, Waterways Partnerships and Development Team Leader, said: Our historic and precious waterways are an important part of our nation’s heritage and are enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of people every year, Those who don’t contribute as they should are threatening the future of our waterways – and we won’t hesitate to take action against them.last_img read more

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Chapman sprints to Battle at Belleville IMCA RaceSaver win

By on September 23, 2020

first_imgToby Chapman led start to finish in Saturday’s Battle at Belleville IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car event at the Belleville High Banks. (Photo by Action Racing Photography)BELLEVILLE, Kan. (July 3) – Toby Chapman used the pole starting position to his advantage as he led every lap of the Battle at Belleville Saturday at the Belleville High Banks.The $1,000 checkers came on opening night of the Summer Sizzler Tour and were the United Rebel Sprint Series career first for Chapman. The IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car event was co-sanctioned by the Sprint Series of Nebraska.Chapman jumped out to the early lead over Blain Peterson. Tenth starting Jason Martin made a bold move on an early restart to take over second and began waging a race-long battle with Chapman.Darren Berry was pressuring Martin by lap nine. Hard-charging Ty Williams rocketed through the field and was up to fourth before contact with another car sent him pitside and brought out the final caution on lap 13.Chapman held off Martin the rest of the way. Jed Werner was third, ‘B’ feature winner Steven Richardson fourth and 18th starting Matt Richards fifth.The Rebels next head to Thomas County Speedway in Colby, Kan., on Friday, July 7, then to Lincoln County Raceway in North Platte, Neb., on Saturday, July 8 and then complete Summer Sizzler Week at Lexington, Neb., Raceway on Sunday, July 9.Feature results – 1. Toby Chapman
; 2. Jason Martin; 
3. Jed Werner; 
4. Steven Richardson
; 5. Matt Richards
; 6. Jason Danley
; 7. Stuart Snyder; 
8. Chase Weiler
; 9. Adam Gullion
; 10. Zach Blurton; 
11. Terry Richards; 
12. J.D. Johnson
; 13. Ty Williams
; 14. Nathan Weiler
; 15. Tim Fricke; 
16. John Webster; 
17. Blain Petersen
; 18. Tim Hilfiker
; 19. Darren Berry; 20. Tyler Drueke.last_img read more

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Rookie Le’Veon Bell joins crowded Steelers backfield

By on August 12, 2020

first_imgPittsburgh Steelers rookie running back Le’Veon Bell (26) runs a play past strong safety Troy Polamalu (43) at practice during NFL football training camp at the team training facility in Latrobe, Pa. on Monday, July 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)LATROBE, Pa. (AP) — Mike Tomlin tried to sound resolute. The look on his face however, suggested otherwise.Asked if he was sending a message by having rookie running back Le’Veon Bell take snaps with the first team at the end of his third practice as a professional football player earlier this week, the Pittsburgh Steelers coach failed to fight back a smile as he answered.“None,” Tomlin said before quickly adding “but I’m sure you guys will run with it so go ahead.”Hey, why not?The battle for the right to replace the departed Rashard Mendenhall has been simmering since the moment the Steelers selected Bell with the 48th overall pick in the NFL draft. Even though the team signed restricted free agents Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman to one-year tenders, there’s little doubt the 21-year-old Bell has a future lining up behind quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.Redman and Dwyer are simply hoping to hold off that future for as long as they can. The duo combined for 1,033 yards while splitting carries with Mendenhall in 2012 but couldn’t stay healthy, leaving their ability to become a true feature back in question.Each worked aggressively in the offseason to shed weight, hoping slimmer waistlines would lead to a heavier workload. Dwyer estimates he dropped 25-30 pounds while Redman cut 15 pounds off his 6-foot frame.“This is definitely the best shape I have ever been in since I have been in the league,” Dwyer said. “I just want to continue to be like this the rest of my career.”A career that will likely continue elsewhere next season if he fails to gain any traction this fall. The same goes for Redman, who rushed for a 121 yards in a loss to Denver in the playoffs two years ago and has shown flashes of brilliance but can’t seem to stay out of the training room.The issue isn’t necessarily production, but persistence. Every step forward for both players has been met by a step back. Dwyer posted consecutive 100-yard games last October only to go down with a hamstring injury. Redman responded by piling up a career-high 147 yards in a victory over the Giants but was ineffective a week later against the Chiefs and collected just 26 carries total over the final seven games.Dwyer wasn’t the same after his hamstring healed. A pair of ill-timed fumbles didn’t help matters. While the Steelers hardly batted an eye when the enigmatic Mendenhall opted to sign with Arizona in free agency, they also left little doubt Redman and Dwyer little wiggle room when they picked up Bell in the second round in April.Bell is younger, taller (6-2) and more versatile than either of the two players he’s competing again. In addition to leading the nation with 383 carries last fall at Michigan State, he also caught 32 passes. After spending most of the last four years sending Mendenhall on the field on first and second down and bringing him out in true passing situations, Bell gives the Steelers a well-rounded option.One that is humble but well aware of the expectations.“I’m just going to compete,” Bell said. “I’ve been competing from day one. Just make those other guys better, make the other running backs better, and at the same time they’re going to make me better. I’m going to help this team the best that I can and get a Super Bowl.”Bell played at around 245 pounds during his final year at Michigan State but arrived at Saint Vincent College more than a dozen pounds lighter. His height has him resemble something more akin to a safety than a feature back and there’s more than a little bit of tenacity beneath his shoulder pads.Each year, in full gear includes a “back on backers” drill that pits a running back and a linebacker against each other designed to simulate what happens when a back is required to pick up a blitz. On Monday Bell found himself lined up against first-round pick Jarvis Jones. Four times Jones hurtled his 245-pound frame at Bell. The fact they fought to a draw didn’t go unnoticed.“I’m sure they’ll continue to see more of each other,” Tomlin said.At least in camp. Things could change in the regular season if Bell and Jones both work their way into starting roles since the guys at the top of the depth chart typically practice against the backups.While Tomlin appears to be impressed by Bell’s quick grasp of the offense, he is serious when he says he’ll wait to see how things play out before anointing a starter for Week 1 against Tennessee.Then again, if Tomlin has his way, he won’t have to name one. It’ll become self-evident.“You would like a known feature guy,” he said. “I think everybody is of that mentality, but it’s got to be something that’s taken by someone. “ Pittsburgh Steelers running back coach Kirby Wilson moves a blocking sled at practice during NFL football training camp at the team training facility in Latrobe, Pa. on Monday, July 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)Online: http://pro32.ap.org/poll and http://twitter.com/AP_NFL___Follow WillGraves on Twitter at https://twitter.com/WillGravesAPlast_img read more

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Mega Commercial Component For Route 35 Before Planners

By on August 4, 2020

first_imgBy Joseph SapiaMIDDLETOWN – On June 1, the township Planning Board is scheduled to  begin hearing the commercial component – almost 340,000 square feet of movie theater, retail and restaurant space – for the proposed Route 35 “Village” project.The Shoppes at Middletown are proposed for about 52 acres of Route 35 North, between Kings Highway, Kanes Lane and Carriage Drive — or diagonally across the highway from the municipal complex.The property is famous for its “Calico the Clown” sign, various businesses, a few residences and open space, including woods.Plans on file at the township Planning Department show 338,455 square feet of commercial space, broken down into:— Retail space of 285,622 square feet, individually ranging from 5,000 to 199,572 square feet.— Restaurant space of 27,033 square feet, individually ranging from 4,000 to 9,500 square feet.— Movie theater space of 25,800 square feet.Plans show a combination of connected and disconnected buildings, along with parking areas, an internal road system, storm water basins and wetlands. The plans call for the removal of most of the existing structures.The 52 acres are part of the 118 acres owned by Mountain Hill LLC. No application – expected to be residential – has been made for the remaining 66 acres, said Amy H. Sarrinikolaou, director of the community development in the township Planning Department.The commercial developer – Village 35 LP, Purchase, New York – is to present the plans at the Wednesday, June 1, township Planning Board meeting. The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in the municipal complex courtroom.Village 35 seeks preliminary and final major subdivision and site plan approval. The subdivision is necessary to divide the 52-acre commercial aspect from the property’s remaining 66 acres, Sarrinikolaou said.The proposed use of the property complies with the site’s “Planned Development” (PD) zoning.“The property has been the subject of many applications to the township’s Planning and Zoning Boards over the past two decades,” according to paperwork filed with the Planning Department in September.The other projects did not come to fruition.last_img read more

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UNIQUE GRAVE CEREMONY TO REMEMBER CELTIC FC GREAT

By on December 25, 2019

first_imgA remarkable ceremony to mark the grave of one of Celtic FC’s founding members is to be held in Co Donegal on Saturday week.In conjunction with the Celtic Graves Society there will be a family ceremony in Frosses graveyard to mark the grave of Joseph Francis McGroary who 125 years ago was part of the committee responsible for founding Glasgow Celtic.Those who will attend the ceremony will include a member of Celtic FC, members of the McGroary family and members of the Association of Donegal Celtic Supporters club. All Celtic supporters are welcome to attend the event and flowers/tributes can be laid at the graveside.Born in Glasgow in 1865 his father Bernard was from Inver, Donegal and Joseph maintained connections with Donegal throughout his life, spending his last days in the town of Mountcharles.He was married in August 1888 in Mountcharles to his sweetheart Catherine Cannon from Drumkeelan. He was one of the first post-Reformation Catholic solicitors in Glasgow and active in the city’s Irish political scene.A pupil of St. Aloysius College along with other early Celtic figures such as John H McLaughlin and Joseph Shaughnessy he later represented it in elections for the city’s Catholic Union and was a member of the Irish National League along with other key figures in the foundation of Celtic FC. After meetings were held to establish a new Irish Catholic football club in the East End of Glasgow in late 1887, Joseph McGroary was one the club members elected to be part of, in Willie Maley’s words, ‘the Committee formed to carry through the great work’.Joseph was a Celtic committee member at various times throughout the club’s tumultuous first decade and played a significant role in the stormy debate over the direction the club would take in becoming a limited liability company in 1897.A colourful character, Joseph left Glasgow for Brooklyn, USA 1898 before returning to Mountcharles some four decades later, where he passed away in 1937. He provides a direct connection between the County Donegal and Celtic FC from the club’s earliest days.This commemoration has been organised in association with the Donegal Gathering and is one of a series of events designed to invite the Donegal Diaspora home in this year-long celebration of all things Irish. UNIQUE GRAVE CEREMONY TO REMEMBER CELTIC FC GREAT was last modified: August 28th, 2013 by StephenShare 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) Tags:celtic fcFrancis McGroaryFROSSESgravelast_img read more

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Raiders talking with Tottenham about playing in London

By on December 20, 2019

first_imgThe Raiders, who take on the Chiefs in … Click HERE if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.The Raiders, seemingly serious about not spending another season in Oakland, are reportedly considering sharing a stadium with a Premier League soccer team in London in 2019.The Daily Mail reported Sunday talks are ongoing between the Raiders and the Tottenham Hotspur to allow the Raiders to play their entire 8-game home schedule at the soccer club’s new stadium in North London.last_img read more

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Register to vote on 9 and 10 April

By on December 18, 2019

first_imgThe final voter registration drive before this year’s local government elections will be held on the weekend of Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 April 2016. All adult South Africans are urged to get their names on the voters’ roll, so they can use their democratic right to choose the municipal leaders they want.You can register to vote if you:are a South African citizenare at least 16 years old (you can only vote from the age of 18, though)have a green bar-coded ID book, a smartcard ID, or a temporary ID certificateYou can register at the voting station in your community. Dial *120*432# to find your voting station or use the voting station finder on the Electoral Commission website. All voting stations will be open from 8am to 5pm on 9 and 10 April.If you can’t register on that weekend, make an appointment at your local Electoral Commission office to register there.If you don’t have an ID, you can apply for one at your local Home Affairs branch.Not sure if you’re registered? Check your voter registration details.Follow the Electoral Commission on Twitter – @IECSouthAfrica – and like them on Facebook – IECSouthAfrica – to get updates and more information.More about the 2016 municipal electionsLocal government elections are held every five years, nationwide, to elect councillors to govern municipalities for the next five years.Municipal councils’ current term of office ends on 18 May 2016.Councillors serve on town, city, metropolitan or district councils. It is their job to deliver services to citizens living in their areas – including water, electricity and sanitation.The exact date of the 2016 Municipal Elections will only be known when the election is proclaimed by the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.In terms of the Constitution the election must be held between 18 May and 16 August 2016.So get ready to have your say in the 2016 municipal elections. Your vote is your voice. Use it!last_img read more

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Paul McCartney And The Urgency Network Team Up To Save The Arctic

By on October 16, 2019

first_imgPaul McCartney has joined The Urgency Network to offer an ultimate Outside Lands Festival fan experience to help Save The Arctic‏.As the fight to save the Arctic from climate change, oil drilling and other exploitation grows around the globe, a new online activism project – the Urgency Network – and some of the world’s biggest recording artists are joining with Greenpeace to spread the word and challenge the companies hoping to get rich quick while devastating the region.“The Arctic is one of the last untouched regions on our planet, but now it’s under threat,” Sir Paul McCartney said. “Some countries and companies want to open it up to oil drilling and industrial fishing and do to the Arctic what they’ve done to rest of our fragile planet. It seems madness that we are willing to go to the ends of the earth to find the last drops of oil when our best scientific minds are telling us we need to get off fossil fuels to give our children a future. At some time, in some place, we need to take a stand. I believe that time is now, and that place is the Arctic.”Sir Paul is lending his voice and an exclusive prize package to help add an additional 50,000 names to the more than 3,000,000 signatures already collected for the Save The Arctic petition. Campaign participants are urged to sign the petition and spread the word via their social media networks in order to earn entries towards the prize package.“As climate change irreversibly alters the Arctic allowing massive international companies to charge in after the last drops of oil, this fragile region is under grave threat,” said Greenpeace Deputy Campaign Director Dan Howells.“Millions of people from around the world have signed on to Save the Arctic. Using the global reach of celebrities like Sir Paul McCartney, many more people will join us to take a stand,” Mr Howells said.How It WorksParticipants simply log on to www.urgencynetwork.com to take action online and share the campaign with their friends across social media platforms. Each completed “action” results in additional entries towards the grand prize.About The Grand PrizeOne person will win two VIP passes to this year’s Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco to watch the former Beatle perform and to meet him personally.Package Includes:- Roundtrip airfare for the winner and a friend to San Francisco- VIP passes to the 2013 Outside Lands Festival- 4 nights accommodations at an interesting Airbnb property in the Mission District- Transportation to/from Outside Lands provided by Lyft, plus $100 credit to use during the trip- Attend Sir Paul’s soundcheck- Meet and greet experience with Paul McCartney- Dinner in the hospitality area- Signed copy of the re-master of ‘Wings Over America’Urgency network is leveraging the collective reach of the most influential people and organizations on the planet in an effort to help create massive global change. The innovative online platform connects nonprofits, musicians, celebrities, fans, and brands in a single online community to create positive impact on a global scale. Fans can win larger-than-life experiences by completing both online and offline actions.last_img read more

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Alessia Cara unveils sophomore album details The Pains of Growing

By on October 15, 2019

first_img Facebook Advertisement Cara released her debut album, Know-It-All, in 2015. She has made the Canadian and U.S. Billboard charts several times now and is a four-time Grammy nominee. In 2018 the Brampton, Ont., native won her first award — a Grammy biggie — for Best New Artist.In an interview with Billboard, she gave insight on the process of writing her 15-track album.“In terms of lyrics, this is a lot more introspective for me, conceptually. [It’s] a lot more personal than anything I’ve put out before.” She added, “I wanted to make the album title feel like it’s a story, like you’re about to read a book about someone. It feels more like a full album, it’s more impactful.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter Up-and-coming Canadian pop sensation Alessia Cara revealed details of her highly-anticipated second album on Wednesday night.She unveiled the album art, tracklisting and release date for The Pains of Growingvia Twitter. The 22-year old has been teasing her sophomore effort since its first single, Growing Pains, dropped back in June. Since then she released two further singles, A Little More and Trust My Lonely.WATCH BELOW: The latest single from the upcoming Alessia Cara album, Trust My Lonely Advertisementlast_img read more

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