Letter to provincial governor about journalist forced to go into hiding

first_img Nigerian investigative journalist forced to flee after massacre disclosures Organisation Help by sharing this information to go further June 4, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Letter to provincial governor about journalist forced to go into hiding Receive email alerts NigeriaAfrica News June 10, 2021 Find out more January 28, 2021 Find out more Twitter blocked, journalism threatened in Nigeriacenter_img Nigerian news site deliberately blocked, expert report confirms News Reporters Without Borders wrote today to Chief Timipre Sylva, the governor of the southern state of Bayelsa, asking him to guarantee the safety of a journalist who went into hiding a week ago after being threatened. This is the text of the letter:Chief Timipre Sylva, Bayelsa State Governor, Yenagoa, NigeriaParis, 4 June 2009Dear Governor Sylva,Reporters Without Borders, an organisation that defends press freedom worldwide, would like to share with you its concern about the safety of Segun James, the national newspaper Thisday’s correspondent in the state you govern. He has had to flee Yenagoa, the state capital, and go into hiding after learning that certain individuals are after him.Several individuals who did not identify themselves made several visits to Thisday’s bureau in Yenagoa on 27 May asking where Segun James was. These repeated visits came the day after the publication of an article by James about the arrest of Ken Niweigha, the alleged mastermind of the 1999 murders of 12 policemen. It is reported that Niweigha is the elder brother of your current aide-de-camp. You reportedly denied this in an interview for Bayelsa Radio.It is not entirely clear why these individuals are currently looking for James. We urge you to take this matter very seriously and do everything possible to identify the people who are threatening him.As you know, journalists are often the victims of intimidation and physical attacks in Nigeria. By publicly undertaking to guarantee James’s security you would demonstrate your commitment to press freedom and would sent a strong signal to all those who might be tempted to target journalists in Bayelsa State.We trust you will give our request your careful consideration.Respectfully,Jean-François JulliardSecretary General RSF_en NigeriaAfrica February 8, 2021 Find out more News News Follow the news on Nigerialast_img read more

Women, Peace, and Security Course Held in Uruguayan Peacekeeping School

first_imgBy Nastasia Barceló/Diálogo August 25, 2017 The international Women, Peace, and Security course was held July 26th to 28th at the National Peace Operations Training Institute of Uruguay (ENOPU, per its Spanish acronym), with students from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Uruguay. All of the activities were based on the application of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325, on the same topic. Uruguay ranks 11th worldwide for female participation in UN peacekeeping contingents and is in first place at the regional level. In all, 122 nations participate in these missions. Women in peacekeeping missions “The first time in history that a woman from the Uruguayan Armed Forces participated in a peacekeeping mission was in 1987, on the Sinai Peninsula. This fact represented the start of a permanent practice, and Uruguayan women have also been in the Congo and Haiti,” Uruguayan Army Captain Carina de los Santos, who served as the course coordinator, said. “However, they still continue to be a minority within the contingents – from six to nine percent, approximately.” Twenty-eight students from the four South American nations attended the course. Members of the Uruguayan Army and Foreign Ministry were also in attendance. The closing ceremony was attended by Uruguayan General of the Army Marcelo Montaner, the director of the National Support System for Peacekeeping Operations, and Uruguayan Army Colonel Niver Pereira, the director of ENOPU. Seminar activities Capt. De los Santos said the seminar included various activities, such as a lecture by Angelina Vunge, author of the book “Angelina: Las huellas que dejó Angola” (Angelina: Impressions of Angola). “Angelina Vunge is originally from a rural town in Angola. She was a victim of abuse, including indecent acts and psychological abuse, and she suffered physical and sexual violence. Vunge currently resides in Uruguay, and in her book, she recounts how she came to the country by chance. As happens in most cases, her final destination could have been Portugal or Brazil, given their cultural and linguistic closeness, but a female Uruguayan member of the Blue Helmets reached out to her and thus changed the course of her life,” Capt. De los Santos explained. “The Women, Peace, and Security course was held for the fourth consecutive time in Uruguay, based on the premise that there needs to be more female participation in peacekeeping missions,” Capt. De los Santos added. The course is held yearly from July to September. The classes are taught in English and Spanish with simultaneous translation. Resolution 1325 Gender inclusion in peacekeeping missions and the sexual violence committed against people in the regions hosting the missions as well as the difference between sex and gender were among the notable topics addressed at the seminar. All of these issues were addressed according to the implementation of Resolution 1325, which the Security Council was adopted unanimously in 2000, after the Security Council acknowledged the disproportionate and unique impact of armed conflict on women and girls. The resolution is one of the first resolutions to legally enshrine the requirements the parties to a conflict have for women’s rights during repatriation and resettlement, and also during the process of post-conflict rehabilitation and adaptation. It also emphasizes the role that women play in conflict prevention and resolution as well as in peace building. Col. Pereira stressed the importance of women’s participation in these missions, noting their sensitivity in taking on and dealing with different risky situations that come up on the ground. “Women perform various roles in these missions, ranging from captains in charge to doctors, cooks, nurses, dentists, translators, vehicle drivers, and radio operators in message centers,” he explained. “Over the years, we’ve taken on our share of international training on gender issues, which is so important to the Uruguayan Armed Forces. For example, we’ve trained with the Naval Postgraduate School in the United States, as well as with students from the American Association of Training Centers for Peace Operations. That’s why it’s essential for us to hold this course,” Col. Pereira noted.last_img read more

Don’t miss NAFCU’s 3Q Advocacy Update call-in

first_imgNAFCU’s next member call-in, the “3Q Advocacy Update,” is slated for Sept. 28. NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger and other senior staff will offer a comprehensive overview of the latest legislative, regulatory and economic developments affecting the industry.The member-only call (login required) will begin at 4 p.m. Eastern.The discussion will focus on rulemakings from CFPB and NCUA, progress on regulatory relief legislation, data security issues, economic developments, interest rates and more.Joining the call will be NAFCU Executive Vice President of Government Affairs and General Counsel Carrie Hunt, Vice President of Legislative Affairs Brad Thaler, Director of Regulatory Affairs Alexander Monterrubio, Director of Regulatory Compliance Brandy Bruyere, Director of Political Affairs Dan O’Brien and Chief Economist and Director of Research Curt Long. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Brusches Classic basketball: Ravens eliminate Guardians, Jets stop Bulls to reach semi-final playoffs

first_imgBY Joe ChapmanFORMER champions Ravens secured a semi-final berth with a 74-65 victory over Plaisance Guardians, while Amelia’s Ward Jets inflicted a 80-54 whipping of Half Mile Bulls, to also qualify for the final four showdown after day two of the 6th Brusches Classic Invitational basketball championships on Sunday night at the Mackenzie Sports Club hardcourt.Playing in the first game, Ravens returned to competitive basketball with an impressive display as they held a 18-17 first quarter edge, and while they shared a 14-14 second quarter exchange, they remained slightly ahead 32-31 at half time.Ryan Stephney stepped up his game in the second half and engineered his team’s somewhat surprise win after Guardians had reached the recent Open final in Georgetown.In the third quarter, the Ravens took away the game from their opponents with a 28-9 run and they were able to stave off the final surge by the Guardians who rebounded with a 25-9 run but were unable to catch their opponents who now face Colts in the first semifinals on Friday night.Raven’s captain Ryan Stephney had a game high 26 points, while good support was received from Jermain Slater who netted 13 points while Tyrone Hamid and Ryan Gullen each contributed nine for the winners.Nikkoli Smith was the best player for Guardians with 25 points as N. Yisrael added 11 and T. Woolford 10.In the other game, Jets made light work of Half Mile Bulls with a flying start as they ended the first quarter leading 24-8 and while Bulls were able to outscore the Jets 16-15, the first half ended with Jets in the lead 39-24.They then made a move to take the game out of the Bulls sight with a 25-16 run to head into the last quarter ahead 64-40 which proved too much for the Bulls and when the final whistle came, it was smooth sailing 80-54.Akeem Kanhai was the floor leader for the Jets as Adrian Webster played well inside to top score with 14 points with Kanhai notching up 13 while Joel Webster and Donnel Benjamin added 10 apiece.For the Bulls, who missed the inside presence of Travin Dryden, Michael Turner led them with 15 points with Terron Welch getting 13 and Vibert Benjamin 12 points.Semi-finals are set for Friday when Ravens face Colts and Royals take on Jets.last_img read more

Barcelona Under Pressure after Draw with Slavia Prague, Valverde Admits

first_img“The other day we lost against Levante and we know this was not one of our best games either,” Valverde said. “We haven’t been convincing either on Saturday or today and we know there is a lot of pressure now on the team. We have to respond.”Barcelona play Dortmund at home next and will hope progress is secured before their final game against Inter Milan at the San Siro.The likelihood is they have already done enough to make the last 16 but Valverde will face scrutiny, this blunt performance coming only three days after his side were beaten 3-1 by Levante in La Liga.If that loss was defined by three goals conceded in seven mad minutes, this one was far less dramatic, a story of stodgy possession in front of their own fans, whose displeasure made for an increasingly sour atmosphere at Camp Nou.As a dejected Messi stood with his hands on his hips in the centre circle at the final whistle, not even the blast of the stadium music could drown out the whistles.“In football today and with teams like ours, it is all about winning and winning emphatically,” Valverde said. “It is never enough. The season begins and there isn’t talk of winning a title, there is talk of winning three or four. So the frustration when you don’t win a game is high.”Slavia’s players saluted their own supporters like they had pulled off a remarkable upset.After all, this was only the third time in 29 Champions League matches that Barcelona have failed to win at home, the other two against Juventus and Tottenham last season, when the Catalans had already qualified.Their night was made worse by Jordi Alba being forced off at half-time with a hamstring injury while Gerard Pique’s yellow card means he will be suspended for the game against Dortmund.“I would ask for a little patience,” added Pique. “We are not playing at the level we expect. We have to improve.”Slavia’s pace in attack caused Barcelona problems in the first 45 minutes, which for the home side was illuminated only by the occasional moment from Messi.Clement Lenglet almost conceded an early penalty when Marc-Andre ter Stegen pushed a pull-back into the defender’s chest while Pique accepted his booking after being robbed of the ball by Peter Olayinka.Olayinka, Slavia’s gangly forward, was particularly lively as he teed up Lukas Masopust for a shot inside the area before skipping away from Nelson Semedo, who also had to take a yellow card.Barcelona were sloppy in possession and lacklustre out of it. Ousmane Dembele was erratic and Antoine Griezmann, still playing on the left despite Luis Suarez’s injury, was quiet.It was up to Messi to lift the mood and he almost scored with a brilliant run from the halfway line that began with a drop of the shoulder and ended with a bending shot against the crossbar.Both sides had goals ruled out for offside either of half-time, which was greeted by whistles from the home fans, who grew increasingly restless as Barca failed to improve.They whistled again at Dembele when he was replaced by Ansu Fati and there were groans at mistakes too, like when Semedo headed out for a corner or Lenglet miscontrolled for a throw.Messi went close but his finish at the near post hit the goalkeeper before Ivan Rakitic, on for Sergio Busquets, curled over late on. When Arturo Vidal stretched but fell short at the far post, the game was up.EUROPA FIXTURES(Thursday)Man Utd v Partizan BeogradAPOEL v Qarabag FKDudelange v SevillaCoppenhagen v Dy’ KievLugano v Malmo FFBasel v GetafeKrasnodar v TrabzonsporLASK v PSVRosenborg v Sporting CPCFR Cluj v RennesLazio v CelticStan’ Liege v Ein’ FrankfurtFeyenoord v Young BoysRangers v FC PortoEspanyol v LudogoretsFerencvaros v CSKA MoscowWolfsburg v GentMo’gladbach v RomaSC Braga v BesiktasWolves v Slovan BrastislavaShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUEErnesto Valverde admitted Barcelona are in a rut after they followed up their La Liga defeat by Levante with a goalless draw at home to Slavia Prague on Tuesday in the Champions League.Lionel Messi hit the crossbar in the first half but that was as close as Barca came during a disjointed display that risks dragging Valverde’s team back into the fight for qualification from Group F. Lionel Messi was frustrated in the draw with Slavia Prague at Camp Nou on Tuesday nightlast_img read more