Police seize opposition newspaper in “unchanging hell” for journalists

first_img RSF_en Help by sharing this information News Organisation News June 15, 2020 Find out more Equatorial Guinea’s authorities allow no space for any non-government news media, Reporters Without Borders said today, reacting to the seizure on 9 June in the mainland city of Bata of 200 copies of La Verdad, a small political party newspaper that is the country’s sole opposition publication.”It is not just this case, it is the overall situation for independent news media that is absolutely scandalous,” the organisation said. “Under the rule of President Teodoro Obiang Nguema, a notorious press freedom predator, the least hint of any opposition results in confiscation, arrest or imprisonment.”Equatorial Guinea is often called Africa’s Kuwait because of its oil deposits, “but it is one of the continent’s forbidden zones for free expression and an unchanging hell for journalists,” Reporters Without Borders added.The copies of La Verdad, which had been sent for distribution on the mainland part of Equatorial Guinea, were seized by airport police on 9 June in Bata, the second largest city of the country. Published irregularly by the Convergence for Social Democracy (CPDS), it is the only opposition news media. The government controls all the mass media, radio and television. Journalists working for the state media have absolutely no freedom, and just relay official propaganda.In a weekly programme about matters of national interest in July 2003, for example, the state radio said President Obiang was “the god of Equatorial Guinea” and could “decide to kill without having to render account to anyone and without going to hell.”The day before La Verdad’s seizure, airport police confiscated documents in the possession of CPDS leader Placido Miko as he returned to the capital, Malabo, from a trip abroad. The police told him they were acting on orders from a superior.Pablo Gracia Sáez, the editor of the Spanish-language service of the pan-African news agency afrol News, received a threatening phone call from presidential spokesman Miguel Oyono on 11 April. Oyono accused the Norway-based news agency of “waging a campaign against Equatorial Guinea” and warned Gracia of the “consequences” of what he reported. “We are keeping an eye on you,” he added.In July 2004, the government announced its intention of bringing civil and criminal prosecutions against the international press for its “tendentious comments” about Obiang’s relations with the US bank Riggs. The Spanish press was particularly targeted after it published a US senate sub-committee report accusing Riggs of turning a blind eye to corruption in its handling of more than 60 bank accounts for the Obiang administration.Rodrigo Angue Nguema, the Malabo correspondent of Agence France-Presse (AFP) and Radio France Internationale (RFI), was forcefully pushed by the president’s press director on 9 March 2004 and barred from attending a presidential press conference at which only the state media was allowed in.A few months before that incident, on 3 November 2003, Angue Nguema had been arrested at his home on the orders of the public prosecutor and interrogated about a coup rumour he had mentioned in a dispatch five days earlier. As he was the only journalists to have referred to the rumour, the police argued that he must have information of interest to the authorities. He was held for eight days. News Receive email alerts Follow the news on Equatorial Guinea June 14, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Police seize opposition newspaper in “unchanging hell” for journalists Equatorial Guinea’s authorities allow no space for any non-government news media, Reporters Without Borders said today, reacting to the seizure on 9 June of 200 copies of La Verdad, a small political party newspaper that is the country’s sole opposition publication. President Teodoro Obiang Nguema’s (photo) country is often called Africa’s Kuwait because of its oil deposits, “but it is one of the continent’s forbidden zones for free expression and an unchanging hell for journalists,” the organisation added. Reports to go further November 27, 2020 Find out more The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Equatorial GuineaAfrica Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives Equatorial GuineaAfrica Not even coronavirus escapes Equatorial Guinea’s extreme censorship May 18, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Vaccine skepticism lurks in town famous for syphilis study

first_img Vaccine skepticism lurks in town famous for syphilis study Twitter By Digital AIM Web Support – February 1, 2021 TAGS  Local NewsUS News Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleDave Ramsey Named 2020 Radio Executive of the Year by Radio Ink MagazineNext article4 fun car-related activities to do with kids Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

Burton’s Biscuit Company sold

first_imgBurton’s Biscuit Company has been sold to a Canadian pension scheme for a sum believed to be in the region of £350m.Burton’s said that “the sale process attracted interest from multiple high-quality bidders, including from a number of private equity houses and trade companies”. However, it finally opted for Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP), which has $129.5bn in net assets.Other bidders for the company are understood to include private equity firms Apax, Warburg Pincus and Clayton Dubilier & Rice – which also owns a substantial stake in Liverpool retailer B&M Bargains.The sale is expected to be completed this month.Under the terms of the agreement, OTPP will acquire the business as a whole, including all of Burton’s brands, all of the rights under Burton’s Cadbury licence and Burton’s manufacturing sites in Blackpool, Edinburgh and Llantarnam, along with its chocolate refinery in Moreton.Burton’s will also continue to be led by its existing management team, under chief executive Ben Clarke, and operate under its existing name from its current head office in St Albans.Credit Suisse were lead financial advisers to Burton’s, with Linklaters acting as legal advisor.Clarke said: “We are delighted that OTPP will shortly acquire Burton’s Biscuit Company. During this process we have met with over 30 different potential buyers and, as significant co-investors going forward, it was critical for the management team to find the right partner.“With their combination of extraordinary financial firepower, true partnership approach and global expertise, it is clear to me that OTPP are the ideal partner for us. We are very excited about working with Jo Taylor and his team as we pursue our ambitious plans for growth both in the UK and internationally.”Jo Taylor, head of OTPP’s London office, added: “We look forward to supporting Burton’s outstanding management team to grow the business in the UK and further into overseas markets. There are also many strategic acquisitions to consider in those territories that can enhance these ambitious growth plans. “With its portfolio of iconic brands, Burton’s is set to lead the premium biscuit market for some time to come and use product innovation to appeal to consumers looking for delicious treats and snacks inside and outside the home.”OTPP’s other investments include Camelot, owner of the National Lottery, which was bought in 2010.Burton’s employs 2,200 people across the UK, with manufacturing sites in Edinburgh, Blackpool and South Wales.last_img read more

Benteke closing in on return

first_img Press Association The 23-year-old ruptured his Achilles in April, forcing him to miss Belgium’s World Cup campaign. However, he tweeted on Sunday he is looking forward to “the big day” as he gears up for a Villa comeback. Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke has hinted he is ready to return to training and bring an end to his five month injury nightmare.center_img Benteke wrote: “5months today! The road was long but tomorrow it’s the big day! Doing what I love the most. Thank you for all the support you’re the best.” The forward was expected to return in September, with boss Paul Lambert confirming his recovery was going well. He has been working with private physio Lieven Maesschalk, who revealed Benteke is closing in on playing again. Maesschalk told Sporza: “Over the past five months Christian worked very hard. His rehabilitation was done in phases. “Alternately he worked at the club and in my practice. The hard work has paid off because Christian is now finally back to his club. “Initially he worked off running sessions but now he is training with the group. Again, everything is going as desired. I expect him to return by the end of the month.” Villa are second in the Barclays Premier League after their 1-0 win at Liverpool on Saturday. last_img read more

MLB playoff predictions 2019: Sporting News experts make pennant, World Series picks

first_imgThe field is set, October is here. Let’s have some fun.The 2019 MLB postseason not only features several teams that could legitimately emerge as the last team standing when the World Series concludes, but also a few others that could ride a surprise hot streak to playoff glory. But that’s the beauty of postseason baseball: Despite projections and stats and gut feelings, we just never know what’s going to happen. MORE: 2019 MLB playoff odds, favoritesThat makes postseason predictions a bit of a fool’s errand, but we’re here to offer our thoughts anyway. Here are the 2019 playoff predictions from SN’s panel of baseball experts, as well as from the hosts of DAZN’s “ChangeUp.” For simplicity sake, we’ll bypass the division series and start with expected LCS matchups.Ryan Fagan, senior baseball writerNLCS: Dodgers over CardinalsALCS: Astros over TwinsWorld Series: Astros over DodgersBreakout star: Tommy Edman, CardinalsThoughts: It’s not risky to pick the 107-win team beat the 106-win team in the World Series, I realize. But those teams are just so solid, it’s hard to go against the Astros and Dodgers. The Astros have the stiffest league competition, with two other 100-plus win teams in the Yankees and Twins, but of my two World Series picks, the Dodgers are probably the more vulnerable team. Closer Kenley Jansen has been far from the dominant ninth-inning guy we knew for so many years, and that’s at least a little bit concerning for Dodgers fans. Jason Foster, senior baseball editorNLCS: Braves over DodgersALCS: Astros over YankeesWorld Series: Astros over BravesBreakout star: Ozzie Albies, BravesThoughts:  The Braves have surprised a lot of people the past two seasons, and they’re going to keep that going in October. This year’s Braves are much deeper and much improved over the group that the Dodgers dispatched easily in last year’s division series, so Los Angeles will have to wait at least another year for its coveted World Series championship. Meanwhile, the Yankees will wear out the Astros in a losing cause — and the whole thing will be a heck of a lot of fun to watch. But look for Houston to hoist another World Series trophy when the dust settles. But also, look for the Braves’ Ozzie Albies to put up an MVP-like performance in the Fall Classic. Dan Bernstein, baseball writerNLCS: Cardinals over NationalsALCS: Astros over YankeesWorld Series: Astros over CardinalsBreakout star: Juan Soto, NationalsThoughts: The AL will go mostly according to plan, the superior talent of the Yankees and Astros winning out. Houston’s Big 3 starting rotation delivers on its promise of being an all-time great postseason staff. In the NL, the favored Dodgers and Braves are stung by an excellent Nationals rotation and balanced Cardinals squad, respectively. Paul Goldschmidt lives up to his big contract for the Cardinals following an underwhelming regular season, and despite an NLCS defeat, Nationals 20-year-old Juan Soto shows the baseball world why he could be the best pure hitter of his generation, finally getting Washington through the first round with an epic power display.Tom Gatto, night editorNLCS: Nationals over BravesALCS: Astros over YankeesWorld Series: Astros over NationalsBreakout star: Yordan Alvarez, AstrosThoughts: The Nats taking out the top-seeded Dodgers in the NLDS should not shock anyone. Washington can slug with LA; Nats hitters finished second to the Dodgers in the NL with a .796 OPS. They can do the same against Atlanta’s pitching in the NLCS. The AL is much chalkier, and the Astros are by far the most complete team in the field. Their one liability might be No. 4 starter, either Wade Miley or rookie Jose Urquidy. Of course, that’s a minor deficiency given that three aces lead the rotation. Let’s hope Houston strikes a blow for old-school (or at least last-decade) pitching usage.Alyssa Sconzo, baseball social producerNLCS: Dodgers over BravesALCS: Astros over TwinsWorld Series: Astros over DodgersBreakout star: Michael Brantley, AstrosThoughts: The Twins shock the baseball world and knock off the Yankees with a high-powered offensive explosion, but their bats go silent against the trio of Gerrit Cole, Justin Verlander and Zack Greinke. The Dodgers cruise through the National League with big-time pitching from Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler and Hyun-jin Ryu and a high-powered offensive led by Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy. For the second time in three years, the Astros will be too much for the Dodgers and Michael Brantley will be the surprise MVP of the World Series.Adnan Virk, host, “ChangeUp” on DAZNNLCS: Braves over DodgersALCS: Astros over Yankees World Series: Astros over Braves Breakout star: Yordan Alvarez, AstrosThoughts:  The favorites don’t always happen in baseball, which is why I don’t anticipate an Astros-Dodgers World Series, as tantalizing as it looks. Thus, I’ll roll with the Baby Braves to pull off the upset in the NL (and look for Mike Soroka to become a household name).Scott Rogowsky, host, “ChangeUp” on DAZNNLCS: Braves over DodgersALCS: Astros over TwinsWorld Series: Astros over BravesBreakout star: Abraham Toro/Kyle Tucker (depending on who makes roster), AstrosThoughts: While many are predicting Astros-Dodgers or Yankees-Dodgers, I see the Braves surprising here. Between Ronald Acuña Jr., Freddie Freeman and Josh Donaldson smashing they way they have, Mike Soroka having one helluva Rookie of the Year campaign, Max Fried’s nasty curve, and Dallas Keuchel and Mike Foltynewicz pitching lights-out since joining/rejoining the team, they have the pieces to beat LA. But ultimately, it’s the Ace-tros and their best-in-baseball offense that takes the Fall Classic cake. Tony Luftman, host, “ChangeUp” on DAZNNLCS: Dodgers over Braves ALCS: Astros over YankeesWorld Series: Dodgers over AstrosBreakout star: Walker Buehler, Dodgers Thoughts: The third time is the charm! At last LA wears the crown. (Full disclosure: I grew up in Los Angeles.)Lauren Gardner, host, “ChangeUp” on DAZNNLCS: Braves over NationalsALCS: Astros over Yankees  World Series: Astros over BravesBreakout star: Yordan Alvarez, AstrosThoughts: As much as the world would love to see a Yankees vs. Dodgers World Series, this one will be just as exciting. Both teams can go blow for blow at the dish while flexing pitching depth. As long as the Astros get adequate help from the bullpen, they will be raising the Commissioner’s Trophy for the second time in three years.last_img read more

Falcao penalties lift Monaco out of relegation zone

first_imgButelle’s sending-off forced midfielder Baptiste Santamaria to take over the gloves in injury time with Angers having used all three of their substitutions.Paris Saint-Germain, 13 points clear at the top, will be without Neymar as they look to continue their undefeated record in Ligue 1 this season on Wednesday’s trip to Strasbourg.The world’s most expensive player came off early in the second half in Sunday’s 2-2 draw at Bordeaux after hurting the same groin he injured playing for Brazil against Cameroon last month. Share on: WhatsApp Paris, France | AFP | Radamel Falcao scored a pair of penalties as Thierry Henry’s Monaco won 2-0 at fellow strugglers Amiens to climb out of the bottom three in Ligue 1 on Tuesday.The Colombian had missed twice from the spot this season but calmly converted on 43 minutes at the Stade de la Licorne after Emil Krafth upended Benoit Badiashile.Amiens defender Bakaye Dibassy was sent off for catching the Monaco captain with a raised boot in the 90th minute, and Falcao wrapped up a second victory in three games with another penalty deep into stoppage time.Henry said he wasn’t getting too carried away with his team’s victory.“From our side of things in terms of how we played it wasn’t extraordinary but we held on. Fortunately Falcao was there when we needed him,” Henry said.“We must not overreact, we need to continue to work and use the positive aspects of each match to inspire us,” he added.The result provisionally bumped Henry’s side up to 17th place above Dijon and Amiens on goal difference, confirming their recent upturn under the former France star in recent weeks.Nicolas Pepe hit his 10th goal of the season to send Lille back up to second following a 1-0 win over Montpellier, who dropped a spot to third.The Ivory Coast international swept home from a Jonathan Ikone cross with just six minutes gone as Lille snapped a four-match winless run.Nice extended their unbeaten run under Patrick Vieira to six games with a 0-0 draw at home to Angers, who saw goalkeeper Ludovic Butelle dismissed in the closing stages.last_img read more

Nelson Ultimate thrilled after amazing season on the frisbee pitch

first_imgThere is much to celebrate this year for the Nelson Ultimate Frisbee Association. The club was happy to host over 150 people from 10 teams July 21-22nd at Disc Break 2012, the revival of the Nelson Ultimate tournament and received rave reviews from all teams that participated and look forward to organizing the tournament next year, and for many years to come.Nelson Ultimate hopes to expand the tournament to include 16 teams to keep up with interest and align Disc Break 2013 with Nelson’s July Marketfest to show off Nelson in all its summer splendor.Nelson’s competitive touring team, Nelson Homegrown, made some major gains this year doing very well on the summer tournament circuit.  Homegrown played five tournaments including Nanaimo, Kelowna, Kamloops and Vernon and reaching the finals in two tournaments only narrowly missing top prize in both cases. The Canadian Ultimate Championships was held in Victoria, BC this August 16-19th and  Homegrown represented Nelson in the Open (men’s) division finishing 15th with one point losses to Vancouver and Toronto teams and were the Spirit Champions for their division.One final note of pride for Nelson Ultimate was the representation of three Nelson players on the Masters (over 33) winning team at the World Ultimate Frisbee Championships held this July in Sakai, Japan.Congratulations to Adam Chouchinoff, Greg Jewitt, and Anthony Maley for winning a gold medal for Canada. Currently, the Nelson Ultimate Frisbee Association is gearing up for our winter season.  We play indoor Ultimate Monday evenings at 8 p.m. at Soccer Quest.Nelson Ultimate is looking for players to commit to the full season so that we can boost our time slot and get a full two hours of play.  Anyone interested in joining, please email nelsonultimatefrisbee.ca or go to soccerquest.ca to sign up.  No experience necessary. Co-ed Ultimate Frisbee is a great way to stay fit, meet new friends and have fun!  See you on the field.last_img read more

O’NEILL’S GUNS LOADED HEADS FIELD OF NINE OLDER HORSES IN SATURDAY’S GRADE III, $100,000 SAN SIMEON STAKES AT 6 ½ FURLONGS DOWN SANTA ANITA’S HILLSIDE TURF COURSE

first_imgIl FORNAIO: A Group I winner at age three in his native Argentina, Il Fornaio, a 5-year-old horse by the Lure stallion, Orpen, has been idle since July 11, 2015 and will make his U.S. debut for trainer Ron McAnally on Saturday. Second, beaten a neck, in a one mile turf Group I on June 27, 2015, Il Fornaio was a two-time allowance winner sprinting seven furlongs on turf at age three, showing ample early foot on both occasions. Owned by Edward Goldstone, Il Fornaio has four wins from nine Argentine starts. ARCADIA, Calif. (March 30, 2016)–Course specialist Guns Loaded heads a field of nine older horses in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 San Simeon Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s unique hillside turf course. GUNS LOADED: Trained by Doug O’Neill, this 5-year-old Florida-bred gelding by D’wildcat comes off an emphatic 2 ¼ length win over the course in the Joe Hernandez Stakes on Feb. 28, and he seeks his third consecutive win on Saturday. Claimed five starts back, he’s won three out of his five starts for O’Neill and has two wins and a second from five tries down the hillside turf. Owned by Westside Rentals.com, Neil Haymes, Leove Rodriguez or Steve Rothblum, Guns Loaded has an effective stalking style and will be ridden by Rafael Bejarano, who replaces the recently injured Santiago Gonzalez. Guns Loaded is 25-7-3-4 overall with earnings of $346,570. HAY DUDE: Trained by Phil D’Amato, this 6-year-old English-bred gelding was a close second in his only hillside try, the restricted Clockers’ Corner Stakes, five starts back in January, 2015. Owned by Anthony Fanticola and Joseph Scardino, he tried runaway tactics in the Grade II San Marcos Stakes here on Feb. 6, and cuts way back in distance from a mile and a quarter on turf. A sharp gate to wire allowance winner going one mile on turf two starts back on Jan. 14, Hay Dude will likely be mid-pack early in the San Simeon. THE GRADE III SAN SIMEON STAKES IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS AND WEIGHTSRace 7 (of 11)                                                                     Approximate post time, 3:35 p.m. PDT Cape Wolfe–Flavien Prat–120Sexy–Agapito Delgadillo–120Producer–Drayden Van Dyke–120No Silent–Gary Stevens–124Hay Dude–Tyler Baze–120Il Fornaio–Joe Talamo–120Guns Loaded–Rafael Bejarano–120Outside Nashville–Martin Garcia–120Aotearoa–Brice Blanc–120First post time for an 11-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 p.m. PRODUCER: A Group III winner going seven furlongs on turf in his native England at age two, 7-year-old Producer has been idle for 55 weeks and will make his U.S. debut for trainer Neil Drysdale and Calumet Farm in the San Simeon. Winless since venturing to Turkey for a Group II triumph at one mile on turf 10 starts back in September, 2013, Producer has his measure of back class but would appear to be in need of a recent race in order to show his best. His overall mark stands at 29-8-4-1 and he has earnings of $694,419.last_img read more