Journalist flees in fear of his life

first_img LiberiaAfrica Reports News June 18, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist flees in fear of his life November 27, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders said today it was “very worried” about the plight of reporter Stanley McGill, of the independent paper The News, who fled his home near Monrovia on 10 June for fear of being attacked by members of President Charles Taylor’s Anti-Terrorist Unit (ATU) personal security guard who have already targeted him several times. “McGill has been repeatedly harassed by the ATU probably because he is a journalist,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard. “The repressive policy of President Taylor and the ATU puts journalists in an unacceptable dilemma: either they continue working at the risk of injury or even death or else they are forced to flee, as a growing number have already.” He noted that violence and sometimes torture was increasingly common in Liberia.Armed men thought to be ATU members attacked McGill and seized his radio and mobile phone in April last year. This year, on 27 May, three men in ATU uniforms followed him, threatened him with their guns, stole his personal belongings and warned they would return. ATU soldiers visited him again on 6 June, attacked him and seized his laptop computer and important papers. Neighbours told him the ATU men had said they would “get him at all cost.” He is now in hiding.Six FM amateur radio stations have been shut down by the government because, according Emmanuel Todo, head of the National Communication Bureau at the Ministry of Information, “the motives and scopes of operations of these stations were not clear.” The Association of Amateur Radio Stations said the stations had been authorised to operate by the government. Follow the news on Liberia Receive email alerts Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom News to go furthercenter_img RSF urges Liberian authorities to investigate threats against journalists Help by sharing this information The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Organisation RSF_en LiberiaAfrica News December 16, 2020 Find out more June 12, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Judge agrees to ‘play ball’ with two soccer stars

first_imgNewsLocal NewsJudge agrees to ‘play ball’ with two soccer starsBy admin – February 4, 2011 817 Print TWO young men who strayed off the straight and narrow had their ‘love of soccer’ to thank for Judge Tom O’Donnell having recognised their positive approach, and agreeing for a probation report for each to be submitted to court. It was their connection to the city’s most popular sport, and affidavits from their respective clubs, that may be the thing to keep them out of prison yard football teams. A 20-year-old man who, as his solicitor said, “featured on the back pages of the newspapers for his prowess in soccer and nothing more,” was charged with breaches of the Public Order act and a barring order that was in place over him from going to his parents home since last Summer.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Limerick District Court heard that Edward Madigan of Hillcroft, St Patrick’s Road, was diagnosed with chronic ADHD as a young boy and undertook an intensive course of daily medication.However, in a bid to better himself, the court heard that Madigan stopped taking his medication in his late teenage years.His love of sport and soccer never waned, and was much sought after by clubs and teams across the county, having played at the highest levels.Garda evidence was given that the accused was drunk and disorderly, and as a barring order was in place, he had breached that on several occasions by calling to his parents home. He was duly arrested and charged, and hence before Judge O’Donnell answering the allegations.John Herbert, solicitor, said that the man’s parents were forced to put the order in place as their son was having difficulties with alcohol. He also advised the court that the man had since been invited back to his parent’s home over the Christmas period.Similarly, a 31-year-old man found himself charged with the possession of small quantity of zanax tablets and a flick knife kept in his sock.Anthony Lynch, with an address at Maryfield House, New Road, Thomondgate, was charged with the offences.On helping friends set up their market stall one Saturday last November, the court heard that Anthony Lynch found the knife and kept it as he felt it would be useful in his interest as a fisherman.Having struggled with alcohol in the past, he went for a drink on the way home, and as his solicitor said, “one drink lead to another and another and another”. He was stopped near King John’s Castle and searched, and it was then that the tablets and knife were found in his possession.A qualified welder and originally from West Limerick, Anthony Lynch was described as a lad “doing his best despite difficult circumstances”.He lost his job during tough economic times and was trying to support and maintain contact with his young child. But it was his love and connection with the soccer community that was heralded as one of his strongest assets.In hearing the cases separately, Judge O’Donnell recognised the circumstances of both, but credited their association with the positive aspect of soccer in the city.Letters were handed in from the soccer clubs of both Madigan and Lynch, and the Judge canvassed a probation report for each to be presented in court on March 24 next. He added and encouraged their involvement in soccer, and credited Madigan in his pursuit of coaching badges, and both men for their “keen interest in soccer”. Email Facebook WhatsAppcenter_img Linkedin Advertisement Previous articlePublic’s train of thought welcomed by Irish RailNext articleRTE turn down free Willie admin Twitterlast_img read more

Danielle Delgado earns 9th-place finish at 2018 Pepsi Florida Relays on Thursday night

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse track returned to action on Thursday night for the 2018 Pepsi Florida Relays, where Danielle Delgado’s ninth-place 1:01.39 run in the women’s 400-meter hurdles was the best finish among Orange runners.In the women’s 200-meter dash, Dasia Pressley was the top finisher for SU at 24th with a time of 24.03 seconds, followed by Imani Clark in 27th place and Justice Richardson in the 52nd spot. Also on the women’s side, Cheyenne Trigg placed 16th with a time of 56.15 seconds in the 400-meter dash, just ahead of Alexis Harper, who finished 18th.On the men’s side, in the 200-meter dash, Kashif Miller led the way in 38th with a time of 21.55 seconds, followed by Winston Lee in 45th. In the 400-meter hurdles, Chevis Armstead II placed 26th with a time of 55.53 seconds.While the relays continue on Friday, the Orange won’t be back in action until Saturday. Kelvin Almonte, Richard Floyd, Armstead and Jamil Adams will run as a team in the men’s 4×110 meter shuttle hurdles. Richardson, Clark, Kadejhia Sellers and Eunice Boateng will run in the women’s 4×100 meter relays. To finish it off for the Orange, Angelo Goss, Miller, Chris Tucker and Lee will run in the men’s 4×100 meter relays. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Published on March 30, 2018 at 12:26 am Contact Eric: [email protected]last_img read more

Talented girls selected for U16 international

first_img Six talented girl golfers have been selected for the mixed U16 international against Ireland at Limerick Golf Club this weekend, 13-14 October.They are Jess Baker of Northumberland, Rafiah Banday of Surrey, Rosie Belsham of Northumberland, France-based Ellie Gower, Daisy Kennedy of Buckinghamshire and Caitlin Whitehead of Cumbria.The players:Jess Baker, 16, (Gosforth Park Ladies’) was joint runner-up in the English U16 girls’ championship, reached the match play stages of the British girls’ championship and was 13th in the Scottish women’s amateur open.Rafiah Banday, 15, (Royal Mid-Surrey) was also joint runner-up in the English U16s and was fourth at the North of England U16s. She won the Midland U16 title at the beginning of the season.Rosie Belsham, 16, (Whitley Bay) has had a string of top tens, including second place in the Scottish girls’ championship, third in the North of England U16s and 6th in the English U16s.Ellie Gower, 16, (Chateaux des Vigier) won the North of England U16s and was joint runner-up in the English U16s. She was seventh in the inaugural British U16 girls’ championship.Daisy Kennedy, 16, (Stoke Park) has also had top tens in the English and North of England U16s. She was 16th in the English women’s amateur and reached the knockout stages of the English women’s match play.Caitlin Whitehead, 16, (Carus Green) won the girls’ title at the European Young Masters and followed up with victory for Europe in the Asia Pacific Junior Championship in Hong Kong. She was in England’s winning team at the Girls’ Home Internationals.Baker, Banday, Belsham and Gower were all in the England team which beat Switzerland 4-2 in this summer’s U16 girls’ international.The girls will complete the team alongside the six boys already announced: Conor Gough, 16, (Stoke Park, BB&O), Josh Hill, 14, (Jumeirah, Dubai), Max Hopkins, 15, (Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire), George Leigh, 16, (Trevose, Cornwall), Ben Pierleoni, 16, (Berkhamsted, Hertfordrshire), Ben Schmidt, 16, (Rotherham, Yorkshire). Click here for more informationCaption: Rosie Belsham (Image copyright Leaderboard Photography) Tags: England teams, girls’ golf, performance, Squads, U16 international 8 Oct 2018 Talented girls selected for U16 international last_img read more


first_imgRICHARD MANDELLA, GAS TOTAL, SECOND: “She made a nice run, got black type for a Grade I.” MARTY JONES, MY SWEET ADDICTION, WINNER: “Mike (Smith) rode a great race. Finally, things fell into place. It was a long journey getting her here. She had some problems where she was getting out real bad, and we’ve always wanted to run her long, but she kept having trouble with the turns.“She finally got to handling the turns well and we got her to run long, and that’s what she wanted to do. It took a lot longer to get to this point than I thought it would, but we got there. Everything worked out well . . . Everything just fell into place for this race. Sometimes things go that way, you know. My mare had a great trip. The pace wasn’t too hot, Mike had her right where he wanted to be; everything just fell into place today. Sometimes things happen like that.” MIKE SMITH, MY SWEET ADDICTION, WINNER: “With her and especially in this race, we let her decide what strategy she wanted to use. We’ve found that if you just get along with her she runs better, whether that be on the lead or just off of it. When you try to make her do something she seems to want to do the opposite; I just go with her and it works. After the scratch of Beholder it certainly played out the way I thought it would. We controlled the speed and it was just a matter of if she was going to bring her ‘A’ game and she brought her A+ game today and we needed that.” TRAINER QUOTES NOTES: Winning owner/breeder Pamela C. Ziebarth is from San Juan Capistrano. JOCKEY QUOTES TYLER BAZE, WARREN’S VENEDA, THIRD: “They went way too slow. I had a good trip, we got to save all the ground and my mare really ran good, but the winner just had a lot left.”last_img read more

A’s pitchers Sean Manaea, Jharel Cotton make progress toward return to roster

first_imgSEATTLE — The Oakland A’s rotation has taken blow after blow through the first half of 2019. But with the All-Star break on the horizon, there was finally a bit of good news.On Monday, Oakland ace Sean Manaea will make his first rehab start since undergoing offseason shoulder surgery.Manager Bob Melvin said Manaea is slated to pitch three innings for Class A Stockton and progress from there.“Obviously it’ll be incremental each time,” Melvin said. “We have to get him to a point where he’s …last_img read more

SA goes for software freedom

first_img22 August 2005South Africa is committed to using open-source software in government departments, with officials and software specialists meeting this week to thrash out a formal plan for its adoption.Open source software (OSS) is computer code developed by a global community of volunteers and freely available for use, modification and distribution – unlike more widely known “closed source” proprietary software.The Open Source Task Force Conference, being held in Johannesburg on Monday and Tuesday, aims to develop a framework for OSS adoption. Task team conveners Go Open Source say the plans devised at the conference will be presented to President Thabo Mbeki later this year during his international advisory commission.According to Mark Shuttleworth, South African internet billionaire, afronaut and OSS champion, open source will allow South Africa to develop its own technology skills – instead of relying on expensive imports.“Companies and countries that embrace open source can improve their efficiency and competitiveness,” Shuttleworth told Business Day. “It drives skills creation, which is a fundamental challenge facing every country.”In developed countries, the private sector drives the use of OSS to replace more expensive and less flexible branded software, Shuttleworth said. But in less developed countries the government must lead by using open source to educate young people and deliver services more efficiently.Government use of OSSMany government departments already use open source to some degree for data processing and information management, according to Business Day.This includes the new anticorruption information management system for the Department of Public Services and Administration. In a rural healthcare project, clinics book appointments with specialists at regional hospitals using cellphone messaging.The South African government is the country’s biggest spender on information technology, reports Business Day. It spend millions every year on software for almost 400 000 PCs.The State Information Technology Agency’s policy is to use open source wherever it proves more cost-effective or more adaptable than proprietary packages. It introduced the policy in 2003 after receiving a R485-million bill from Microsoft for three-year licences for 100 000 operating systems, desktop suites and internet technologies.Officials attending the Go Open Source conference will be urged to draw up plans to turn talk into action.“I hope we will emerge with an action plan for each government department,” Shuttleworth told Business Day.The conference will also be attended by firms able to offer technical support. Hewlett-Packard project director for emerging markets Clive Smith says only free-to-adapt OSS will allow the creation of lower cost, local language and customised systems.Software Freedom DayMeanwhile, the worldwide Software Freedom Day is to be celebrated on 10 September 2005, with the Go Open Source campaign coordinating a number of events across South Africa.There will be “installfests”, where members of the public can bring their computers and get help installing and using Linux and open source software. Each event is to be hosted by local Linux User Groups, with Go Open Source providing additional support.“We have around 200 registered teams this year from all over the world,” says Henrik Nilsen Omma, president of the non-profit Software Freedom International, official organisers of the event.The biggest change from last year, says Omma, is the sponsorship of Canonical, who are shipping about 15 000 CDs to teams worldwide. The custom-made CD will include a Live Linux image and Windows open source software.“In 2004 the pioneering teams put in a great effort in burning all their own CDs, which was great, but this year we look forward to a more uniform and professional CD to give to the public.”“We are pleased to have a wide distribution of teams,” Omma says. “The interest from the African continent has also been impressive this year.”African countries taking part include Benin, Cameroon, Egypt, Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa and Zimbabwe.EventsIn Johannesburg, LinuxChix Africa will celebrate Software Freedom Day at Wits University with presentations by guest speakers, an installfest and OSS handouts. There will also be quizzes and games, a poetry session, a dance performance, and even a play performed by students titled “Imagine a Future Without Linux”.In Pretoria, the Innovation Hub will offer guest speakers, an installfest and free CD handouts.In Potchefstroom, the Open Cafe will offer free internet access, Linux installs, OSS and a bring-and-braai. The cafe will also screen RevolutionOS, the award-winning documentary about the open source movement, and launch a new Creative Commons multimedia room.In Durban, Free Culture South Africa is hosting a public lecture and FOSS exhibition at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. The lecture will be given by South Africa founder Craig Adams and the exhibition will include posters, flyers and software reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Vanished plane not without precedent

first_imgFifty-four years before Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing another airliner vanished over the ocean. It just evaporated. To this day, just what happened to it is unknown, but speculation is rife – speculation fueled by the eyewitness report of those aboard a tanker who witnessed the craft’s destruction.March 15, 1962 a Flying Tiger Line L1049H Super Constellation, bound from Agana Naval Air Station in Guam to Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines simply ceased to exist. N 6921C, Flying Tiger Flight 739/14, disappeared at 13º13’ North Latitude, 140º00’ East Longitude – over an all but bottomless patch of the Pacific, an abyss called the Mariana Trench. This deepest of all depressions in the Earth’s crust is an astonishing 6.78 miles deep – this compared to the relatively shallow 300-feet or so along MH370’s original projected flight path.In all probability it’s the virtually bottomless depths of the Pacific that entomb the remains of “21 Charlie,” the call sign of the Flying Tiger Connie.21 Charlie, operating as a charter flight for the Military Air Transport Service, was ferrying American Army personnel from Travis Air Force Base, California to Saigon, to a country we once called South Vietnam. There were 107 people on board that airplane. One of them was my stepfather. He was the co-pilot.Bob Gazzaway was a pugnacious, plucky sort of guy who’d survived all that life could dish out – and that included being a Naval aviator during World War 11. In command of the Connie (the nickname of the Super Constellation), was Captain Gregory P. Thomas, one of Flying Tigers’ most experienced pilots.21 Charlie’s path across the Pacific was placid. An Aircraft Accident Report obtained by this reporter from the U.S. Civil Aeronautics Board (the predecessor of the National Transportation Safety Board) says the weather that night was good – broken cumulus clouds, no turbulence, and moonlit visibility of 15 miles – the kind of night airmen relish.At 22 minutes after midnight, 21 Charlie radioed its position. It was the last the outside world would hear from the crew. About an hour later the crew of the S/S T L Lenzen, a Standard Oil tanker, spotted an explosion in the sky. According to the CAB report, the crew spotted “a vapor trail, or some phenomenon resembling a vapor trail overhead…As this vapor trail passed behind a cloud, there occurred an explosion which was described by the witnesses as intensely luminous, with a white nucleus surrounded by a reddish-orange periphery with radial lines of identically colored lights.”What happened? The CAB couldn’t determine a probable cause.In the absence of hard physical evidence, rumors ran rampant, just as they have with Malaysia Flight 370. At the time people speculated about engine problems, sabotage, even the accidental shoot down of the Connie by an American missile, an inadvertent act that scuttlebutt said was covered up by an embarrassed Pentagon at the beginning of what would mutate into the most unpopular war in American history.Lending at least anecdotal credence to the shootdown and sabotage theories is a statement by Captain Duilio Bona. The late award-winning investigative reporter David Morrissey and I obtained a copy of his declaration after filing a Freedom of Information request with the United States government. In his declaration, Captain Bona said some fascinating things. Among the more intriguing: the witnesses aboard the Lenzen were “convinced [that the craft they saw explode was “a U.S. Airplane…on [military] exercise flights.”One of Bona’s crewmembers, a lookout named Scarfi said, “he saw a jet vapor track,” according to the captain. 21Charlie was a piston-engine airliner. Shortly after the vapor trial, Bona said Scarfi recalled, “a bright light illuminated, as a lightning, the bridge [of the ship].”Lenzen’s radio operator said there were no distress signals from the aircraft, a statement that led the CAB to conclude in its Accident Report “It can be reasonably assumed” that whatever befell 21 Charlie “happened suddenly and without warning.”Captain Bona said the radio operator of Lenzen tried “repeatedly” to contact Naval radio stations in Guam, Manila, Okinawa, and Iwo Jima – all to no avail. And that led to Bona’s conclusion “that what we saw was a troubled secret operation.”Troubled by what, or by whom, Bona never said. A missile? Sabotage perhaps? Remember, this was the Cold War, and Vietnam was just beginning to heat up. In its report, the CAB said when 21 Charlie was parked at Honolulu, Wake Island, and Guam just about anyone could access the aircraft “without challenge…the aircraft was left unattended in a dimly lighted area for a period of time while at Guam.”In a letter on the disaster the Federal Bureau of Investigation concluded the Bureau “did not anticipate [launching an investigation] unless substantial evidence of willful destruction is developed.”Then there’s a more mundane theory: engine problems. Three days before it disappeared, 21 Charlie had to return to Honolulu when number four engine developed “a significant power loss.”Shootdown, sabotage or something else? The odds are we’ll never know. 21 Charlie carried no flight data recorder, no cockpit voice recorder. The United States government says evidence of “willful destruction” was never recovered – this despite one of the most massive sea searches in history, a quest covering 144,000 square miles of ocean that employed 1,300 people, 48 aircraft, and 8 surface vessels. “Despite the thoroughness of the search,” concluded the Civil Aeronautics Board, “nothing was found which could conceivably be linked to the missing aircraft or its occupants.”And so it is, 54 years after the fact, that the fate of the Flying Tiger Connie and 107 souls on board remains a mystery – a mystery the answers to which are shrouded by seven miles of water.Now, we have a new mystery on our hands. Odds are it will be solved far before the passing of a half-century.last_img read more

Indian cricketer Vangipurappu Venkata Sai Laxman set to retire

first_imgThe sun may soon set on one of the most joyous visuals in world cricket the wristy elegance of Vangipurappu Venkata Sai Laxman.The stylish Hyderabadi cricketer is all set to call it a day after the two-Test series against New Zealand, commencing on August 23, in his home town.Laxman is expected to make the announcement on his retirement in a day or two.The man who has earned the moniker ‘Very Very Special’ for his masterful strokeplay has been out of form for the last two seasons, and reportedly told his close friends and a few sports correspondents on Friday that he had decided to retire from international cricket. He also said he would like to make an announcement to this effect before the commencement of the India-New Zealand Test series, for which he has been picked.”I would take a final call after discussing with my parents, wife, well-wishers, coaches and other friends,” he is learnt to have said.Laxman did not respond to calls and text messages when Mail Today tried to contact him to get confirmation about the reports on his retirement. Sources close to him, however, confirmed that he had made up his mind.Laxman made his Test debut in 1996 against South Africa and has so far played 134 Tests, scoring 8,781 runs including 17 centuries and 56 fifties, at an average of 45.97. He also played 86 ODIs, scoring 2,338 runs with six hundreds.The most disappointing aspect of his glorious career would be his failure of not playing in any of the four World Cup editions during his career span.advertisementSources said Laxman had, in fact, decided to announce his retirement much before the selection of team.”The retirement of Rahul Dravid brought a lot of pressure on him to follow suit, as he had not performed well in both the Test series in England and Australia. Since then, he was toying with the idea of quitting the international cricket,” sources said.In fact, Laxman’s average during the four-Test series against Australia was 19.38 and before that, he had just averaged 22.75 in the series against England.In between these two series, however, he had put up a good show against the West Indies in a three-Test home series by scoring 298 runs with a stupendous average of 99.33.Following the pathetic performance in Australia, Laxman was under pressure to quit, as there was criticism against him that he was blocking the way for youngsters. He was apprehensive that he might not be picked for the series against New Zealand, but the selectors have thought otherwise.They picked him in the squad as they apparently thought a senior cricketer like him would form the backbone of the team in the absence of Dravid. Thus, Laxman decided to play for the last time for the country. “Obviously, he wants to retire with grace by putting up a decent performance in the home series,” sources said.last_img read more