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first_img Organisation May 31, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two newspapers reopen after negotiating with government Help by sharing this information Uganda urged to free two journalist held since last week on libel charges News News News Follow the news on Uganda to go further Receive email alerts March 12, 2021 Find out morecenter_img Uganda blocks social media and messaging apps, isolating election Ugandan president threatens to “bankrupt” leading daily June 4, 2021 Find out more News UgandaAfrica January 13, 2021 Find out more Two Kampala-based dailies, the Daily Monitor and Red Pepper, and two radio stations – KFM Radio and Ddembe FM – that broadcast from the headquarters of the company that owns the Daily Monitor, Monitor Publications Limited (MPL), resumed operating yesterday after being closed and occupied by the police for 11 days.The resumption of operations was the result of negotiations between MPL representatives and government officials that began on 26 May. The police will nonetheless continue to have a presence at the Daily Monitor’s offices in order to “pursue their investigation” into the source of an article it published on 7 May.MPL was allowed to reopen its media in return for accepting limits and restrictions on the Daily Monitor’s editorial operations. Under the agreement, it must ensure that its articles are “properly sourced, verified and factual” and that they do not create “tension,” incite “ethnic hatred,” “cause insecurity” or “disturb law and order.”“We are relieved that these media have been able to go back to work but we have deep reservations about what has been given in return,” Reporters Without Borders said. “After a forced 11-day closure and the very serious financial losses that ensued, MPL seems to have had no choice but to accept the government’s demands. However, these demands will just encourage the Daily Monitor’s journalists and all their colleagues with other Ugandan media to censor themselves. “At a time of political tension and with three years to go to a presidential election in 2016, the occupation of one of Uganda’s leading publications, the intimidations and the government’s manifest desire to control news and information are all very disturbing.”——29.05.2013 – Two Kampala newspapers unable to publish for past ten daysReporters Without Borders is very worried by the fact that two Kampala-based newspapers have been forcibly occupied by the police and prevented from publishing since 20 May. Declaring them to be “crime scenes,” the police continue to block access to the offices of Pepper Publications, owner of the Red Pepper newspaper, and Monitor Publication Limited (MPL), owner of the Daily Monitor. Two radio stations – KFM Radio and Ddembe FM – that are housed on the same block as MPL’s headquarters, also remain closed.“The blocking for the past ten days of media that are important sources of news and information for the Ugandan public is a grave violation of freedom of expression,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We urge President Yoweri Museveni to guarantee respect for the rights of the Ugandan media, which are protected by the country’s Constitution, and to order the immediate withdrawal of the police from the headquarters of MPL and Pepper Publications.”When journalists and activists responded to a call from Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-U) for a peaceful protest outside MPL headquarters, on Tuesday, May 28, the police used tear gas and water canon to break up the demonstration. In the course of dispersing the peaceful demonstrators, police armed with batons beat Wavah Broadcasting Services cameraman Williams Ntege and confiscated his camera. HRNJ-U national coordinator Geoffrey Wokulira Ssebaggala was briefly detained and then released on the orders of police chief Michael Mugabe. Three other journalists were also taken into custody, but released on bail shortly after.The protest was organized after police inspector general Kale Kayihura said the newspapers would not reopen in the near future.MPL managing director Alex Asiimwe told Reporters Without Borders: “We are not happy with the government’s reaction. It is outside of the law. We hope that the authorities will respect the law in engaging with us to end this soon, and that reason will prevail.”The police closed the offices of the MPL and Pepper Publications on 20 May after the Daily Monitor published a leaked letter about the so-called “Muhoozi Project,” triggering a wave of panic within the government. Red Pepper also defied a prohibition on covering the affair.More information about media freedom in Uganda. UgandaAfrica RSF_en last_img read more

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Reconstruction of Chinese Aircraft Carrier Nears Completion View post tag: Chinese View post tag: Navy View post tag: completion Industry news View post tag: Naval View post tag: Nears View post tag: Carrier China is set to launch its first aircraft carrier on its maiden voyage soon, according to Beijing media reports…By Huang Chi-kuang & Bear Lee (focustaiwan)[mappress]Source: focustaiwan,April 7, 2011; Share this article April 7, 2011 Reconstruction of Chinese Aircraft Carrier Nears Completion View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Reconstruction View post tag: Aircraftlast_img

first_imgIreland’s new coalition government has agreed to postpone the planned increase in state pension age from 66 to 67 years – to have taken effect next January – pending a decision by a new Commission on Pensions.After last February’s general election gave an inconclusive result, a new government was finally formed when the Green Party agreed to join a coalition government with the country’s Fine Gael (FG) and Fianna Fáil (FF) parties.The new Taoiseach (prime minister) is Micheál Martin (FF leader) until December 2022, when the post will be resumed by Leo Varadkar, the FG leader and outgoing prime minister, for the second half of the five-year parliamentary term.The minister for social protection is now Heather Humphreys, replacing Regina Doherty, who lost her parliamentary seat in February but stayed on in a caretaker role. The government proposals also include:Setting up a Commission on Pensions to examine sustainability issues with state pensions and the social insurance fund. The Commission will report by June 2021, government action being taken within six months.Paying an early retirement allowance or pension to 65-year-olds who retire early, at the same rate as jobseekers’ benefit, without the requirement to sign on.Enabling people to defer receipt of their state contributory pension on an annual basis.Examining options for a pension solution for carers.The government has also backed its predecessor’s commitment to introducing auto-enrolment: there had been fears this might be sidelined because of the economic impact of COVID-19.The framework includes:Matching contributions from both workers and employers, with a state top-up;Phased roll-out of workers’ contributions over a decade;The ability for workers to opt out;A range of retirement savings products available for workers;A charges cap on pension providers.Jerry Moriarty, chief executive officer of the Irish Association of Pension Funds, told IPE: “We welcome the continuing commitment to auto-enrolment. There is a strong need to have more people saving more for retirement, and auto-enrolment is a proven way of achieving this. As a country, we need to get on with the planning and implementation of this.”He added: “We also welcome the establishment of a Commission to look at issues relating to the state pension. This was a big issue during the election, and while demographics point to the need for people to work longer, we also need solutions for those for whom that isn’t possible.”Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here.last_img read more

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsThe red-hot streak by Kootenay Ice standards came to a crashing end after the Cariboo Cougars swept a pair of B.C. Major Midget Hockey League games during the weekend in the Thompson region.Harjas Grewal had three points, including two goals, to lead the Cougars to a 7-4 victory Sunday at McArthur Island Sports Centre in Kamloops.Saturday, Cariboo scored three unanswered goals in the third period to rally past the Ice 5-3. Kootenay entered the series against the Cougars with a 4-1-3 record in the past eight games.Sunday, the Ice watched as the Cougars exploded for three second period goals to open a 5-2 advantage.Cariboo increased the margin to 7-2 before the Ice rallied for a pair of goals to make the score respectable.Dryden Hunt of Nelson led the Ice with a pair of goals while Derek Georgopoulus of Cranbrook had two points. Nelson’s Carsen Willans, with his eight goals and 21st point of the season, had the final marker.Saturday, Kootenay was clinging to a 3-2 lead after 40 minutes before the northern squad found its offence.Justin Duncan tied the game with seven minutes remaining in the period. Less than a minute later Brett Harris gave Cariboo the lead for good before Grewal added an insurance marker.Georgopoulus, with a pair, and Hunt replied for Kootenay. Georgopoulus and Hunt finished the game with three and two points, respectively.Jesse Knowler of Castlegar, who won the fastest skater competition during the skills part of the BCMMHL All Star Game in Chase, had two assists.Kootenay, 6-16-6, remains in 10th spot in the 11-team league, 28 points out of top spot.The Ice host South Island Thunderbirds this weekend at the Civic Centre and NDCC Arenas.Saturday’s game is at 3:30 p.m. in the Civic Arena while the teams meet Sunday at 10:30 a.m. in the NDCC [email protected]last_img read more

first_imgGame five is Thursday in Armstrong.Rebels edge Rockets to take command of Kootenay Conference FinalThe Castlegar Rebels took complete control of the Kootenay Conference Final by skating to a hard-fought 3-1 road victory against the Rockets Monday night in Golden.The Rebels now lead the best-of-seven Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoff series 3-0 with Game four Tuesday in Golden.Matt Reed, Travis Wellman and Jamie Vlanich, into an empty net, scored for Castlegar, which led 1-0 after two periods.The first period was scoreless.Golden out shot the Rebels 35-30 but could only get one goal, that by Shane Rutherford, past Connor Beauchamp in the Castlegar nets.Castlegar opened the series with two lopsided wins at home on the weekend — 4-0 and 7-1. The Castlegar Rebels are off to the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Final after making quick work of the Golden Rockets in the Kootenay Conference Championship.The Rebels completed the sweep Tuesday in Golden by edging the Rockets 3-2.Castlegar wins the best-of-seven series 4-0.Castlegar built a 3-0 lead on goals by Kody Disher, Bryan Lubin and Brendan Heinrich.Blake Roney and Brad Orr scored  in the third but the Rockets could not close any closer despite out shooting Castlegar 26-19.The Rebels now await the winner of the Osoyoos/North Okanagan series with the Knights leading 3-1 after pounding the Coyotes 5-1 Tuesday in the South Okanagan.last_img read more

first_imgTo see Xpressbet’s new wagering interfaces and Pro Shop, simply visit www.xpressbet.com/newfeatures. If you don’t have an Xpressbet account, you can sign up and receive a $125 Welcome Bonus. Xpressbet customers can now choose to use one of three different wagering interfaces when playing the races. Each is tailored to different types of horseplayers: Half-Price DRF Classic PP’s & TrackMaster Platinum Plus Programs Offered through February 28 About XpressbetXpressbet provides legal and secure online wagering services to horseplayers in the United States.  It is the industry’s most comprehensive and user-friendly wagering site, allowing customers to wager on more than 300 of the world’s best racetracks from their computer, phone or mobile device.  Xpressbet operates XB SELECT, the industry’s premier destination for high-volume wagering, and XB Net, which connects bet shops and wagering sites from around the world to North American racing.  Xpressbet is a Stronach Group company, which also owns and operates Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park & Casino, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, home of the world-famous Preakness. The company owns and operates the Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida, the award-winning Adena Springs operation, AmTote, a global leader in wagering technology, and Monarch Content Management. The Stronach Group is also a major producer of televised horseracing programming through its HRTV cable and satellite network. According to Xpressbet President, Ron Luniewski, “At Xpressbet, we are constantly striving to regularly enhance our products and services in order to provide our customers the superior service and experience they’ve come to expect from us. Our new Pro Shop and wagering interfaces allow customers to spend more time doing what they came to Xpressbet to do – play the races.”center_img In addition, the new Xpressbet Pro Shop makes it easier than ever for customers to redeem Rewards Points and purchase past performances, expert picks and handicapping tools they use when playing the races. Products are now sorted by Breed, Track and Product, so customers can quickly browse and identify the items they would like to purchase. Additionally, it is now quicker for Xpressbet customers to redeem their XB Rewards Points for wagering credits, racetrack experiences and other items in the XB Rewards Shop. February 25, 2015 (Washington, PA) – Leading online wagering provider, Xpressbet, is excited to announce it has made several enhancements to its website, including the unveiling of several new personalized wagering interfaces and a fully-revamped Pro Shop. To celebrate the launch of its redesigned Pro Shop, Xpressbet will offer Daily Racing Form Classic Past Performances and TrackMaster Platinum Plus Programs at a 50% discount between February 25 and February 28. Wagerpad Classic: Clean and simple, Wagerpad Classic allows players to quickly and easily assemble wagers using the same step-by-step process they use at the racetrack.Wagerpad Pro: Wagerpad Pro makes it easier for customers to place exotic and multi-race bets. Players can build their tickets without toggling between finish positions or race legs, making it the fastest and easiest way to place complex wagers.Wagerpage: Wagerpage combines the step-by-step process of Wagerpad Classic with the exotic ticket-building convenience of Wagerpad Pro. Wagerpage also includes a full tracklist view, oddsboard, results and the day’s wagering history.last_img read more

first_img“We had a great night and everyone is happy” gushed Wray and Nephew  Welterweight Contender 2016 promoter Mark Kenny,  to The Sunday Gleaner last Wednesday night, after  American boxer DeMarcus Corley gave an excellent performance,  that not only pleased the large crowd that turned up at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium, but also gave him a unanimous decision over, Guyanese boxer Iwan Azore. This was the second night of competition in the series which will run until July. The first week’s  edition  was one of the worst in many years, as  the main bout between Jamaican Richard “Frog” Holmes and Xzaviar Ford from New Orleans, USA,  ended in 55 seconds. Ford, a plucky 19 -year- old boxer, suffered a torn  tendon in his right shoulder only 55 seconds after the fight started,  and was declared the loser by technical knockout. Everyone, including the two boxers,  left the auditorium disappointed. Last Wednesday saw the opposite. The fight,  which was  scheduled for five rounds, went the distance, and Corley was declared the winner by unanimous decision. All three judges, Joseph Cooper, Eion Jardine and Laurence Neufville scored the  fight 50-44 in his favour. It was a classic matching of boxing skills, between two very experienced men, and there was just enough of all facets of the “Sweet Science” to please the fans. Corley showed the boxing and defensive skills that he has garnered over 70 fights. He had a 43- 26 -1 record going into the fight and it showed. Boxing from a southpaw stance, he outjabbed Azore, the Guyanese welterweight champion, who had a 16-5-3 record, and when the game Guyanese fighter tried to  score points with attacks to the body and head, Corley deftly manoeuvred himself out of trouble.   The pattern was set from the first round with Corley repeatedly scoring points with his jabs. He also showed  great defensive skills,  as he repeatedly slipped counter punches from Azore,  with deft movements  of head and feet.  In the second round, combination hooks to the body and head  were the punches of choice for Corley, while Azore kept himself in the hunt with his jabs. In the two amateur bouts on the card, middleweight Carlton Reid from the St. Thomas Boxing Club scored a unanimous decision over Oshane Williams from Sugar Olympic gym, while light welterweight Collel Hogg from the Stanley Couch gym,  scored a first round technical knockout victory over Nashan Rose from Sugar Olympic gym.last_img read more

first_img22 April 2014 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is leading a group of South African companies to the 2014 Zimbabwe International Trade Fair starting in Bulawayo on Tuesday. Deputy Trade and Industry Minister Elizabeth Thabethe said on the weekend that export sales flowing from South Africa’s participation in the fair over the last three years, as reported by the companies involved, had amounted to R6.6-million in 2011, R7.1-million in 2012 and R55.6-million in 2013. “Last year, South Africa was voted the best foreign exhibitor stand due to its quality and design,” Thabethe said in a statement. “South African firms took up the largest single exhibition space of 800 square metres, followed by China with 600 square metres, clinching export deals valued at R55.6-million, up from R6.6-million recorded at ZITF 2011.” Participating companies have been assisted by the DTI through its Export Marketing and Investment Assistance Scheme (EMIA). Thabethe said she expected the companies to return to South Africa with increased market knowledge about the Zimbabwean market, regional and international business contacts and new export orders. She said the week-long fair was an important platform for promoting intra-Africa trade as well as to strengthening relations between South Africa, its regional counterparts and the rest of the world. Countries represented in the fair include China, Brazil, Congo Brazzaville, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Poland, Bangladesh, India and Nigeria. The United States will also participate in this year’s fair after a long absence from the annual trade showcase. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On June 27, 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) announced their plan to repeal the Obama Administration’s Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rule. The EPA and the Corps’ proposal involves two steps. First, the agencies propose to “rescind” Obama’s WOTUS rule and “re-codify,” or re-enter, the definition of WOTUS “that existed prior to 2015” into the federal regulations. The pre-2015 rule would serve as a placeholder until the agencies are able to carry out the second part of their plan. The second part of the plan involves developing and proposing a new definition of WOTUS. This announcement comes several months after President Trump called for either a repeal or revision of the WOTUS Rule in his February 28, 2017 Executive Order (EO). The EO was quickly followed by the EPA and other agencies filing a Notice of Intention to Review and Rescind or Revise the Clean Water Rule (Notice).The WOTUS Rule went into effect on August 28, 2015. The Rule expanded the meaning of “waters of the United States,” or those waters protected under the Clean Water Act (CWA), to include “tributaries to interstate waters, waters adjacent to interstate waters, waters adjacent to tributaries of interstate waters, and other waters that have a significant nexus to interstate waters.” Furthermore, the Rule stated that tributaries are WOTUS when they flow into navigable waters, even if their flow was not constant. The rule also elaborated on the meaning of “adjacent waters.”In the short term, step one of the EPA and the Corps’ plan calls for a repeal of the Obama Administration’s definition of WOTUS, and a reimplementation of the WOTUS rule that existed prior to 2015. In order to do this, the agencies are proposing a rule. The proposed rule calls for the Code of Federal Regulations—in particular, 33 C.F.R. §328.3, to be amended to reflect the previous definition of WOTUS. Notably, this definition does not include the Obama Administration’s expanded descriptions of “tributaries” or “adjacent waters.” Furthermore, there is no mention of “significant nexus.”In the long term, the second step of the EPA and the Corps’ plan calls for the agencies to perform a “substantive re-evaluation” of the definition of WOTUS. Any re-evaluation of the definition will likely take Trump’s EO into account, which called for the EPA and other agencies to, in any “[f]uture [r]ulemaking,” “consider interpreting the term ‘navigable waters’” as Justice Scalia did in Rapanos v. U.S. The CWA defines “navigable waters” as “waters of the United States, including territorial seas.” Thus, “navigable waters” and “WOTUS” are one in the same. Scalia’s interpretation rejected the idea that navigable waters and WOTUS could come from channels where water flow was only occasional. Justice Scalia asserted that navigable waters/WOTUS must be, for the most part, permanent bodies of water. Given the language in Trump’s EO, it is likely that the second step of the plan will involve a proposed rule that includes a definition of WOTUS that closely resembles Scalia’s interpretation.It is important to keep in mind that even if the EPA and the Corps successfully repeal and replace the previous administration’s definition of WOTUS, it is still very likely that opponents will challenge any new definition. Furthermore, both the short term and long term parts of the plan have to go through the rulemaking process, including a comment and review period, before they can become effective. As a result, the debate over the meaning of WOTUS is likely far from finished.last_img read more

first_imgWest Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said some people in constitutional posts were acting like mouthpieces of the BJP and trying to run a parallel administration.“I usually do not comment on constitutional posts. But there are some people who are behaving like BJP mouthpiece. In my State you are seeing what is going. They like to run a parallel administration,” Ms. Banerjee said to a question on the role of the Governor in government formation in Maharashtra.“The Central and the State governments are elected by the people and the federal structure must work as per Constitution…But some nominated persons’ behaviour is too much. I think the Centre should act,” she said.The remarks assume significance as they come when the relations between the Raj Bhavan , Kolkata and the Trinamool Congress government remain strained. Only a few days ago Governor Jadgeep Dhankar visited Singur in Hooghly district which irked the State government. The Governor said he would like to spend a long time in Singur and Nandigram and gather “full knowledge” about the two places.Governor seeks helicopter to visit MaldaEarlier in the day, Governor Dhankar said he would visit Malda on Friday and had requisitioned a helicopter which for some reason had not been made available to him. “As per the direction, the issue of helicopter has been flagged to the State Chief Secretary for his response which is awaited. Keeping in view of the delay involved, a communication in the matter has already been sent by him to the Hon’ble CM and response to that is also awaited,” a press statement by the Raj Bhavan said. Mr. Dhankar had expressed his displeasure on not being invited to the inaugural event at the 25th Kolkata International Film Festival.Ever since assuming charge in July, Mr. Dhankar has not shied away from criticising the policies of the State government, including law and order and educational system. While Mr. Dhankar’s visit to Ms. Banerjee’s residence during the Kali Puja brought some thaw in the relations, comments and counter comments had continued almost on a daily basis.last_img read more