Court lifts sanctions against weekly La Voix

first_img Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Chadian radio stations on strike in protest against violent raid Organisation RSF_en November 27, 2020 Find out more ChadAfrica News Many historic publications threatened with closure in Chad October 7, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Chadcenter_img News to go further December 1, 2020 Find out more Reports News January 7, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Court lifts sanctions against weekly La Voix ChadAfrica A court in the capital N’Djamena yesterday found the privately owned weekly La Voix “not guilty” of charges against it and lifted a provisional order for automatic seizure of all copies of the paper made on 3 December 2009. An appeal will be heard on 13 January“We are already preparing our next issue and we think we should be able to publish again from 12 January”, the editor, Eloi Miandadji, told Reporters Without Borders. “We also have high hopes for a decision in our favour on appeal”.The lower court yesterday discharged the case “for reasons of ineligibility”. The newspaper’s lawyer, Jean-Bernard Padaré, told Agence France-Presse (AFP), “It is a victory for the law and the proof that La Voix is legally constituted”“The hounding of La Voix had, with the seizure of copies of the paper but above all the abduction of its editor (Innocent Ebodé) and its accountant, taken on unacceptable and disturbing proportions” the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “We welcome with great relief a ruling that finally puts right an injustice”, it added.See Open letter to interior minister about newspaper’s editor’s abduction ——————————————————————————-03.12.09 – Judge orders automatic seizure of all of newspaper’s issuesA court in N’Djamena today ordered the automatic seizure of all issues published by the privately-owned weekly La Voix. “We condemn this baseless decision, which reflects a desire to close the newspaper,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The interior ministry’s threats have unfortunately been carried out.”“This is a political decision, one that is marred by irregularities,” said one of the newpaper’s lawyers, Jean-Bernard Padaré. La Voix hopes to continue publishing.The court could not legally order the newspaper’s closure so it issued the automatic seizure order because the effect would be the same. The grounds given by the judge was the absence of an editor. In fact, La Voix does have an editor. It is Innocent Ebodé, a Cameroonian citizen who was deported on 14 October although there were no grounds for his deportation. Reporters Without Borders has been told that Ebodé is now on his way back to Chad with the aim of challenging this decision.———————————————————————————30.11.2009 Authorities continue to hound new weekly, seek its closureReporters Without Borders is extremely concerned about the government’s harassment of the new, privately-owned weekly La Voix. On 28 November, one of its reporters was verbally abused by the interior minister and then detained for several hours while, on 3 December, a court is due to rule on a government complaint challenging its legality. “After deporting La Voix’s editor, a Cameroonian national, and putting strong pressure on its shareholders and members for more than six weeks, the Chadian authorities are now trying to obtain the newspaper’s closure,” Reporters Without Borders said.“We vigorously condemn these appalling manoeuvres against a publication that has done nothing wrong except enjoy a degree of success since its launch last May and remain outside the government’s control,” the press freedom organisation added. “We urge the authorities to abandon these proceedings and allow the newspaper to operate freely.”While covering the installation of a new police director general on 28 November, La Voix reporter Eloi Miandadji introduced himself to interior and public security minister Ahmat Mahamat Bachir and requested an interview. Bachir reacted by shouting abuse at him and, in the presence of witnesses, said La Voix “will soon be closed.” Miandadji was briefly detained and was forced to sign an undertaking not to publish anything about the ceremony, while the memory card of his camera was confiscated.Meanwhile, after hearing the government’s complaint against La Voix on 26 November, a court in N’Djamena is due to issue a ruling on 3 December. Speaking on condition of anonymity, a journalist based in N’Djamena told Reporters Without Borders: “We all know that this newspaper has everything in order, both administratively and financially. The government accuses it of receiving funding from abroad, especially France. That is ridiculous.”La Voix’s shareholders were summoned for questioning at the headquarters of the security police on 18 November. A month before that, on 14 October, the newspaper’s Cameroonian editor, Innocent Ebodé, was deported although his papers were in order. For more information.Chad was ranked 132nd out of 175 countries in the 2009 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africalast_img read more

Panorama Expands “THE LAB” With An All-New Collection Of Immersive Art And Dynamic Technology

first_imgThis July, Panorama will return to New York City for a second year with performances from Nine Inch Nails, Frank Ocean, Tame Impala, A Tribe Called Quest, alt-J, Solange, Justice, Nick Murphy, MGMT and more. Part of what makes the music festival so engaging is its massive dedication to art installations.Panorama returns this summer with an all-new lineup of artistry and even more innovation at THE LAB, powered by HP. Building on the success of last year’s debut, THE LAB’s museum-quality exhibition space has been expanded to include additional interactive, experiential digital art installations, fusing technology, art, performance and design at the center of Panorama. Curated exclusively by New York City-based artists, THE LAB puts the city’s unparalleled creativity and innovation on display for a sensory adventure culminating in a massive 360 degree dome theater.HP is once again on board as the official technology sponsor for Panorama and will be setting up in THE LAB, working with digital artists and HP Z Workstations to build out the full scale experience for festival goers.At the heart of THE LAB is The Exhibition, a showcase of New York City’s local talent and innovation with a series of dynamic and immersive art installations driven by technology. Artists designing installations include Prism, SOFTlab, FutureWife, Ekene Ijeoma, Emilie Baltz, and The Windmill Factory. THE LAB is curated by META.IS.Artist Installations included at The Exhibition at THE LAB Future Portrait created by PrismFuture Portrait transforms motion into an amazing dynamic film. Your performance drives uniquely beautiful animation that can be remixed and shared on the fly. Discover a new you defined by movement.Volume created by SOFTlabAn interactive cube of responsive mirrors that redirect light and sound as a volume that reflects the excitement of surrounding festival goers. Volume uses mirrors, light, and sound as fundamental building elements to remix the character of the festival goers and gaze back at them with empathy and exuberance.Boolean Planet created by Future WifeA monolithic sphere beckons nearby entities to form gravity wells with the weight of their bodies, slicing through celestial veils to reveal the unseen worlds beneath the surface.Heartfelt created by Ekene IjeomaHeartfelt is a participatory interactive installation which engages participants in holding hands and letting electricity flow through them to turn on lights and play sounds. It uses participants’ bodies as conductors to close the circuit of socio-political polarization, creating a shared experience of solitary and interconnectivity.Dream Machine created by Unicorns ExistThe Dream Machine is a multi-player, olfactory organ performance that combines smell with sound, touch and light in a single interactive experience.Right Passage created by The Windmill FactoryRight Passage is a room scale sound and light performance installation.  You begin in a massive hazed void.  A reflective labyrinth emerges, guiding you towards warmth.  A rite of passage, a journey from darkness to light, a disorientation of the senses.The Dome – a standout at last year’s festival – is set to return with all-new, original content and 30% bigger this year. Visually produced by Dirt Empire with original music, sound design, and spherical audio spatialization by Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans, the 90-foot dome allows more than 250 festivalgoers at a time to experience the 360 degree immersive theater and provides its viewers with an unparalleled collective sensory experience. Proclaimed by the Observer as “the selling point of THE LAB,” The Dome is where Panorama’s synthesis of art, technology, music and design is given its ultimate expression. [photo via Panorama Facebook]last_img read more

​Norwegian oil fund plans gradual shift to reference portfolio

first_imgThe chief executive said it would come as no surprise that indices excluded certain countries as segments, but that it was potentially more surprising they did not reflect the listed market as a whole, citing free-floats.“The global indices are designed to cater for the needs of an investor requiring daily liquidity,” Slyngstad said. “The fund has no such needs.”He added that the obvious question was whether the sovereign fund should increase its exposure to less liquid assets, moving away from restrictions that require it to invest purely in public markets – with the exception of its 5% strategic investment to private real estate.The chief executive explained that the framework proposed in the report would allow NBIM to boost private holdings, while analysing all investment opportunities the same way, based around the opportunity-cost model.“A new framework for the management of the fund may also facilitate a development where we as manager of the fund take a greater responsibility by defining a tailor-made reference portfolio,” he added.A planned switch away from its current strategic benchmark to one consisting of 60% listed equities and 40% fixed income is meant to express the fund’s risk tolerances rather than act as a limitation on the investable universe, Slyngstad said.“This change would clarify the role of the strategic index in the management of the fund,” he said. Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) is to replace its current strategic index with a new benchmark meant to offer greater flexibility.The new approach, which Yngve Slyngstad, chief executive of Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM), said stemmed from a recent review of the fund’s approach to active management, would also encourage “gradual” growth of private investments while allowing for a consistent benchmark approach across all holdings.Speaking at a seminar at the Norwegian Ministry of Finance, Slyngstad said the review by Andrew Ang of Columbia Business School, Michael Brandt of Duke University and the former president and chief executive of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), David Denison, had shown how the GPFG could exploit investment opportunities currently outside the index.He said the opportunity-cost model proposed was “worth exploring in more detail”, especially in light of the fund’s strategic benchmark – the FTSE Global All Cap index – excluding a number of countries with developed capital markets, such as Qatar and Kuwait.last_img read more

Bullish Beaton, classy Savory help Essequibo dismantle Georgetown by 122 runs

first_imgBy Clifton RossA venomous spell of fast-bowling by Ronsford Beaton, coupled with Kemol Savory’s fifty, took defending champions Essequibo to a whopping 122-run win over Georgetown as the 2019 SBF/CGI Jaguars One- Day League bowled off yesterday at the GCC ground, Bourda.Savory led Essequibo’s charge with a stylish 81 from 112 balls that included six crisp fours and two big maximums. But it was a returning Beaton, seemingly faster and more confident, who dismantled the Georgetown side with returns of 5-18 from 6 overs of hostility.Quinton Sampson smacked 3 sixes and a four in his 28 with Beaton chipping in with a useful 26 as Essequibo posted 221-9 from their 50 overs.Youth pacer Qumar Torrington snared 3-64 with support from veteran seamer, Paul Wintz, who grabbed 2-42 as Windies U-19 spinner, Ashmead Nedd and Steven Jacobs, grabbed two scalps apiece.Georgetown, in reply, made a mess of the chase and found themselves blown away for just 99 in 26 overs. Apart from wicket-keeper Joshua Persaud (26), Jacobs (24) and skipper Leon Johnson (23), it was a woeful batting performance as the champs ran roughshod over the home team in their backyard.The spin twins, brothers Akinie and Captain Anthony Adams, spun webs around the batters as they snatched 2-28 and 2-26 respectively, duly supporting Beaton. Georgetown suffered a great setback after the former Windies speedster removed Raymond Perez (6), Robin Bacchus (0) and Winston Forrester (4).Johnson looked good during his stay before Akinie Adams had him caught by his brother to end the stay of the Georgetown skipper. Beaton had earlier removed Chris Barnwell for a duck after deliberations between the umpires while the Adams boys cleaned up the tail.Beaton then bagged his fifth victim when Jacobs edged one to the wicketkeeper Savory; bringing the home team’s innings to a screeching halt.Earlier, opener Kevon Boodie was removed for zero by Jacobs who also trapped Ricardo Adams for 1 to leave the champs in a spot of bother, batting first.Parmesh Parsotam stroked two good-looking fours in his 23 but had his stumps uprooted by a fiery delivery from the stampeding Torrington, who also removed Marvin Williams for a duck as the Champs struggled to 50-4 in the 15th over as the home team were all over their batsmen following the collapse of the top order.Savory remained firm and anchored down as he took his score to 50 with a thumping drive for four which inevitably brought up the Champs hard-earned 100 in the 28th over.Skipper Adams succumbed for 8 runs to the skills of the veteran Wintz; he was brilliantly caught by the diving Johnson in slips. Savory and Beaton steadied the ship with the former West Indies pacer showing his class with the bat as he found the ropes on a few occasions.Savory cut loose on spinner Steven Sankar, who was hammered for two fours and a six, which took the left-hander into the 70’s.Nedd got into the action at a good time, removing a dangerous looking Beaton, LBW ,to keep the hosts in the game. The Windies U-19 spinner then bagged the big wicket of Savory, who slicked one to Barnwell at backward point.Sampson walked out like a man possessed, smashing a few sixes, but Georgetown continued to take wickets and Wintz struck again as he easily took a catch off his own bowling to remove Neil Cadogan cheaply.last_img read more

Heisler: After 8 years of being nobody, the Lakers are the Lakers again

first_img Jubilation, anguish as race for NBA’s Western 8th seed gets as close as ever AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersEven if the Lakers land center DeMarcus Cousins, too, they won’t be favored in a Western Conference that figures to be dominated by Golden State, winner of three of the past four titles, and Houston, which lost to the Warriors in a seven-game conference finals after Chris Paul in the final minutes of Game 5.On the other hand, who in Lakerdom is worried about that stuff?All involved just spent eight hellish seasons of seeing everything go wrong that could go wrong: Commissioner David Stern spiking the trade for CP3, who then went to the Clippers … trading for Steve Nash, who was always hurt, and Dwight Howard, who left after one season … re-signing Kobe Bryant for his last two seasons at $55 million, only to learn his Achilles injury had already ended his days of being Kobe … the coaching hires of Mike D’Antoni, an outsider whom fans yearning for Phil Jackson booed upon arrival, and Byron Scott, a member of the Laker family whom fans quickly deserted, anyway.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.All that’s over. However problematic the LeBron Era turns out to be, these days any new era is a good era in Lakerdom.The credit goes to a lot of people, including some, such as GM Mitch Kupchak who drafted Brandon Ingram, Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance – in other words, all of the young Lakers who local fans loved best except Kyle Kuzma – but was fired for being too close to Jim Buss, as if he had a choice. VIDEO: Watch Kyle Kuzma’s game winner and what he said about it Imagine that, it happened.Eight years after winning their last title, five years since their last playoff game, the Lakers climbed out of the obscurity that had come to blight their very existence, landing LeBron James, still the best player in the game at the advanced age of 33.How long James remains the best remains to be seen.Also remaining to be seen is how much he can do for him. Morning Wrap: Full coverage from Lakers-Clippers thriller; Angels, Dodgers going in different directions; Whicker pays tribute to legendary Mike Gillespie Magic hadn’t secured George last summer, refusing to send Ingram or the No. 2 overall pick that would become Lonzo Ball to Indiana, instead counting on PG’s stated desire to join the Lakers in a year.Magic took Ball ahead of Jayson Tatum, who had a monster breakout after going to Boston at No. 3.It was all true but Magic got more right than he got wrong. The proof just arrived, standing 6-foot-8, 260 pounds, ready to don a No. 23 purple-and-gold jersey.Magic did it the Laker Way, just as Jerry Buss would have, clearing the decks for a superstar, gambling everything that he would come.In the best news of all for the Lakers, they’re once again the Lakers, they learned Sunday.center_img Nevertheless, the single-minded pursuit of James over the past 18 months was a Magic Johnson show.Johnson created the two maximum slots that put the Lakers in the driver’s seat at the cost of dumping Clarkson and Nance at midseason, putting at risk the team’s rise after its 11-27 start.If Magic did it his way, loudly, with his “wink wink” joke to Jimmy Kimmel about running into Paul George on the street drawing a $500,000 tampering fine – he let James know that he was their first priority.We don’t know what Magic’s presence meant to James and might never know. Out of good manners, LeBron is sure to say it was hugely important.On the other hand, it couldn’t have hurt.One could tire reading about Magic, but to know him is to love him. No one I ever covered dealt with so many people and left them feeling so good.Nevertheless, I don’t think Magic is why James came.He’s more cold-blooded than that, or, if that sounds harsh, more rational than that.When LeBron’s goal was to win titles and it was no longer possible in Cleveland, he left for Miami.When he had won titles and wanted to go home – which he had never stopped loving even as his old fans built bonfires with his stuff – he went back.James is here because of the possibilities of the Lakers that Magic helped build, and the opportunity to bring superstar help that Magic created … which could even include the ability to sign Kawhi Leonard as a free agent in 2019.It’s also a safe bet that James, a genuine man, meant it when he said his family would help make the decision.The family has been spending summers out here for years and has two homes here.Cleveland was home but the team was going south. Philadelphia is fine – I lived there 10 years and loved it – but what’s not to love about this place, aside from traffic someone else can drive him through and prices he can afford?The world is now chanting Magic’s name … a 180-degree turnaround from the hours before the news broke when he was being second-guessed and basted for scapegoating.If insiders had noted George’s warming to the idea of returning to OKC, that decision was still a stunner.With Paul re-signing in Houston, the Lakers seemingly scrambling to talk to Cousins and James’ agent taking a meeting with the 76ers, it began to look like James had been the Lakers’ to lose, and they had lost him.“Lakers got fined $500K for tampering with Paul George,” tweeted Yahoo’s Michael Lee, “… (and) he didn’t even give Magic Johnson a meeting. The wink wasn’t even worth it.”Then came the litany of Johnson’s mistakes:Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error VIDEO: LeBron James and Doc Rivers respond to Donald Trump calling NBA kneeling protests “disgraceful” Lakers on verge of sealing home court advantage, what does it mean in the NBA bubble? last_img read more