News magazine’s appeal hearing delayed, ban remains in place

first_img News News TogoAfrica RSF_en Receive email alerts Convicting “petrolgate” journalist of defamation would be disastrous, RSF says “If Mey Gnassingbé believes he has been defamed, then he has right to sue Tribune d’Afrique for damages,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard said. “But we are shocked that the prosecutor’s office also requested a permanent ban on the magazine. This is going too far. We suspect it was an act of revenge aimed solely at eliminating a publication that upsets the authorities.”François Cantier of Avocats Sans Frontières France added: “Togo’s communication and press law provides for a maximum fine of 1 million CFA francs for defamation but the authorities fined the magazine 6 million CFA francs. It was also wrong to convict David Cudjoe Amekudzi as he neither wrote the offending article nor is he the magazine’s editor or publisher. He is just its representative in Lomé and, as such, should not have been concerned by this libel case.” Tribune d’Afrique’s publisher, Aurel Kedote, and its editor, Max Savi Carmel, are to attend tomorrow’s hearing along with Amekudzi, who holds the position of publications manager as well as Togo representative. The lawyer representing the magazine will be Jil-Benoît Kossi Afangbedji.The article that prompted the huge damages award and fine on charges of libel and dissemination of false information was headlined “Drug-trafficking at the top. Togo involved. Mey Gnassingbé named.”After Tribune d’Afrique filed its appeal, the authorities allowed it to continue to be distributed in Togo. But after two more issues that continued to upset the Togolese authorities, the magazine was notified in mid-September that implementation of the distribution ban would no longer be suspended pending the outcome of the appeal. It has not been distributed in Togo since then.The sanctions were imposed on Tribune d’Afrique at a time when many print media were being prosecuted in Togo, prompting Reporters Without Borders to write to President Faure Gnassingbé in September protesting again “the abusive use of legal actions against the media.” Thereafter, all the other prosecutions were dropped, leaving Tribune d’Afrique as the only one subject to sanctions.Regarded as a critic of the government, Tribune d’Afrique has often been targeted by the Togolese authorities in recent years. After it published an exclusive report about the president’s weekend palace in Agou, 100 km outside Lomé, in August 2009, the High Authority for Broadcasting and Communication (HAAC) ordered it to “stop hounding Togo.” Thereafter, the magazine received around 20 summonses from the HAAC without sanctions ever being imposed.Tribune d’Afrique is distributed in seven of the eight countries that make up the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU): Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Niger, Togo and (intermittently) Senegal. The regional bimonthly Tribune d’Afrique’s appeal hearing opened today in Lomé but was immediately adjourned at the request of the lawyers representing Mey Gnassingbé, the president’s half-brother and a member of the president’s office, who brought a successful libel suit against the publication last year.Accepting the claims of Mey Gnassingbé’s lawyers that they had not had enough time to prepare their case, the court ordered an adjournment until 14 April.“Mey Gnassingbé’s lawyers are just stalling in order to win more time and meanwhile the magazine continues to be banned in Togo,” said Reporters Without Borders and Avocats Sans Frontières, which are providing Tribune d’Afrique with moral and legal support.The two NGOs call on the Togolese authorities to lift the ban provisionally pending the next hearing in two months’ time.______________________________________09-02-2011- Appeal court urged to lift distribution ban on regional news magazineA Lomé court will begin tomorrow to hear an appeal by the Benin-based regional bimonthly Tribune d’Afrique against a 25 August ruling under which it was permanently banned from being distributed in Togo and was ordered to pay a fine of 6 millions CFA francs (9,000 euros) and damages of 60 millions CFA francs (90,000 euros) for linking Mey Gnassingbé, the president’s brother and member of the president’s office, to drug-trafficking.Reporters Without Borders and Avocats Sans Frontières, which are providing Tribune d’Afrique with both moral support and legal assistance, call on the Togolese judicial system to quash the sanctions imposed by last August’s ruling. 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Group explores students’ off-campus movement

first_imgAt its Friday meeting, Campus Life Council (CLC) focused on residence life and factors contributing to an increasing number of students moving off campus. Student government chief of staff Katie Baker said some reasons students move off campus are to obtain freedom, privacy and more space for less money. Currently, 17 percent of undergraduate students do not live on campus, and this is a linear trend over the past five years according to student body president Brett Rocheleau. He said the current senior class is an outlier with fewer students living off-campus than in past years. Even though the majority of students off-campus are male, a sizable percentage of female students live off-campus. Baker said the lower percentage for the latter category is in part due to safety concerns with some housing locations in the South Bend area. CLC addressed the issue of increasing numbers of juniors and even sophomores leaving the residence halls.  One strong driving factor is cost. According to its online admissions website, the University charges $11, 934 for room and board. This does include a meal plan.  In recent years, real estate agents have targeted sophomores to sign housing contracts for their senior year. This can be difficult since relationships between students change over time, and they may not want the same living arrangements two years down the road, Howard Hall rector Margaret Morgan said. Cindy Broderick, rector of Pasquerilla East, said students do not believe they can find adequate housing if they wait until their senior year. She said she tries to tell the girls to wait, but oftentimes they feel the pressure to sign contracts early on. CLC also discussed dorm rules and a lack of a feeling of community as additional causes of the off-campus movement of an increasing number of students. Even with the number of students leaving the dorms, the University is still dealing with the issue of overcrowding. In a number of residence halls, the study rooms have been converted into living spaces, Walsh Hall senator Veronica Guerrero said. Furthermore, when students return from studying abroad, they often cannot return to their original residence hall. “There should be a downgrading of the number of students,” Guerrero said. She said it is easier to bond in the dorms when there are a smaller number of girls in an incoming class. This way, everyone gets to know each other better, she said. A point stressed at the meeting was the strength of the residence halls and their spirit of community. Oftentimes, when seniors move off campus they return to their original dorms in order to partake in the activities from dorm dances to movie nights. The halls do not want to lose that connection with their students. “[Dorm life] is a part of the intangible Notre Dame experience,” Walsh Hall rector Annie  Selak said. Contact Carolyn Hutyra at [email protected]last_img read more

Updated: Chelsea Easterly appears to be fine from horse fall in Wheat Festival parade

first_img(Updated 7-12-14, 10:55 a.m.) by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Chelsea Easterly, the young woman who fell off her horse in the Kansas Wheat Festival parade Friday evening on Washington Street, south of Harvey by the Wynne Wellness business, appears to be fine.In a statement released on Facebook by Shawn Easterly, her father, Chelsea was released from Sumner Regional Medical Center Friday evening. She has a huge goose egg on the back of her head and her shoulder, hip and ankle are sore, but the cat scan came back negative.“For some reason, Chelsea’s horse got spooked and started crow-hopping,” Shawn Easterly said. “She and her 4-year-old passenger both came off hard onto the blacktop.“Chelsea had enough instict to pull the little one up against her and shielded him from the impact. In doing so, she didn’t really have any hands to stop her fall so she took most of it on her head, shoulder and hip.“Chelsea’s sore tonight and will probably be sore over the next couple of days, but she’s OK. Thank God.“To all the Wellington Police Department, Sumner County Sheriff’s Office, Wellington/Sumenr County EMS, and all of the bystanders who helped, I send out my heartfelt thanks.” Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (26) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Guest · 317 weeks ago Hoping since they just took to SRMC that means bumped and bruised. Hope she is ok. Great parade. Report Reply 1 reply · active 317 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down up a creek · 317 weeks ago The horse was spooked before the parade ever started. As was a few other horses. Report Reply 0 replies · active 317 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down notlla · 317 weeks ago The new Parade route was a joke ,Who ever came up with that idea, needs there head examined. Report Reply 0 replies · active 317 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 317 weeks ago It was interesting about the parade route and how it played in the accident from my perspective. I was sitting at the end of the parade route in front of Lonnie Cooper’s office on Jefferson and Harvey. I never once heard the commotion of the girl falling off the horse and the ambulance. Someone said something to me later downtown but didn’t realize until I got home what really happened. Obviously my media brethren was located closer to the horse fall because they were all over it. The point I’m making is had the route gone straight I would have probably seen the activity. Not sure if that is good or bad. Just an observation. As far as the new route. I liked it. I got to see a parade from a new perspective. Report Reply 0 replies · active 317 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Retired teacher! · 317 weeks ago The parade route was perfect, however the people moving out onto the parade route was ridiculous! We were in front of Wynne and across the street, the kids/parents were past the parking places toward the middle of the street. The police did nothing to make them move back. The kids and parents kept running out in the street to get candy. Perhaps it would improve if there was a restriction against throwing candy. Report Reply 2 replies · active 317 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down country cowgirl · 317 weeks ago she didn’t fall off… she was bucked off. BIG DIFFERENCE. thank god she and the child are ok. Horse Girls Unite!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 317 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Steve · 317 weeks ago Chelsea did a helluva job protecting the little boy,very glad both are okay Report Reply 0 replies · active 317 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down sunshine · 317 weeks ago So glad she is ok . Maybe there should be road blocks put up to keep kids from running in the streets,that was a mess. Or no candy !!!!! Is a piece of candy worth getting ran over. Or have the candy at the very last of the parade. Report Reply 0 replies · active 317 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Guest · 317 weeks ago I felt the new parade route forced people to squeeze into the main street blocks as opposed to being stretched out. I know it is not that much of a difference but it definitely seemed more crowded this year. I agree the children and adults going into the middle of the street was terrible. My kids were told to stay behind the white parking lines. They were of the few who did. The entire parade had a completely different feel this year, even before the accident. That being said, I am so glad everyone involved is going to recover. It was very scary for my children and I. Report Reply 0 replies · active 317 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Voodoo Child · 317 weeks ago Question: If a parade participant like the girl on the horse, and she is injured by lets say a child runs out to pickup candy from the street and scares the horse, rider falls off horse is hurt who is liable in a civil lawsuit? The city or who? Just curious. Oh yes, I enjoyed the parade and the change was not a problem to me. Thank You. Report Reply 0 replies · active 317 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. 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BREEDERS’ CUP AND NBC SPORTS GROUP ANNOUNCE 2015 “BREEDERS’ CUP CHALLENGE SeRies: Win and you’re in” SCHEDULE

first_imgLongines Test S. Fleur De Lis Saturday , July 4NBCBelmont OaksBelmont ParkF/M Turf Saturday, Aug. 8NBCWhitney H.Saratoga RacecourseClassic Putting the spotlight on premier racetracks across the country, the 2015 television series begins with qualifying races on Belmont Stakes Day, June 6 from Belmont Park, in the Metropolitan Handicap and the Ogden Phipps. 2:30-5 p.m. Distaff Turf In the summer, the series jumps from coast to coast with Classic qualifiers at Santa Anita for the Gold Cup and then back east to Monmouth Park for the William Hill Haskell Invitational, won by last year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Bayern. In August, there will be three programs from historic Saratoga, including the Whitney, Travers Stakes and The Woodward.  The series travels back to Belmont Park in the fall for The Jockey Club Gold, and concludes at this year’s Breeders’ Cup host site, Keeneland, for the Shadwell Turf Mile and Juddmonte Spinster Stakes, among others. TBD Stakes “We are excited to present our second series of Breeders’ Cup Challenge telecasts, which will help to build interest as we move from the Triple Crown races through the summer and on to the eagerly-anticipated Breeders’ Cup World Championships in the fall,” said Jon Miller, President of Programming for NBC and NBCSN. “Our 2015 season with NBC Sports Group continues a very successful expanded network partnership with the Challenge series designed to showcase the highest quality races from some of the nation’s premier racetracks” said Craig Fravel, Breeders’ Cup President and CEO.  “The broad exposure of the “Win and You’re In” series combined with our digital marketing initiatives give us a great opportunity to provide fans with a clear path to the Championships and enhance the Breeders’ Cup brand.” NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the Breeders’ Cup will be streamed on NBCSports.com and on the NBC Sports Live Extra app on mobile and tablet devices. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play and Windows Store. Suburban The complete 2015 Breeders’ Cup Challenge schedule will be released later this week. Shadwell Mile NEW YORK (April 9, 2015) – The Breeders’ Cup and NBC Sports Group today announced the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series: Win and You’re In”™ television schedule featuring 18 of the best Challenge races leading to the World Championships from top racetracks across the United States. All races will be broadcast by NBC Sports Group and will be supported by an integrated marketing campaign. Spinaway S. 8-9 p.m. 5-6 p.m. 5-6 p.m. Saturday, June 6NBCSNMetropolitan Handicap Belmont ParkDirt Mile Sunday, Oct. 4NBCDixiana Bourbon S.Keeneland Race CourseJuvenile Turf 10 LIVE PROGRAMS FEATURING TOP QUALIFYING RACES FOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS TO BE ENHANCED BY MULTI-MEDIA MARKETING PLATFORM To support the new Challenge Series, the Breeders’ Cup will be launching a multi-channel marketing effort that will aim to attract new fans to the telecasts and sport.Other Challenge platform assets include:A dedicated Challenge Series website with unique content and a team of writers, producers and experts, including NBC Sports Group personality Randy Moss, focusing on racing, lifestyle and human interest features from some of the country’s most iconic racetracks. http://challenge.breederscup.com/The Breeders’ Cup Million Dollar Finish fantasy game, a national consumer promotion that will allow fans to play along at home during each show to win great prizes.Below is the “Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series: Win And You’re In” schedule on NBC and NBCSN. Breeders’ Cup Challenge races are listed in bold. Distaff The series continues the following Saturday evening, June 13, on NBCSN with the live telecast of the newest race to the televised series, the Stephen Foster Handicap from Churchill Downs. The 1 1/8 mile Foster will be the first of five televised  automatic qualifiers for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, North America’s richest race, shown on the “Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series” this year. 5-6 p.m. In addition, several NBC Sports Regional Networks will present replays of select races after their initial airings on NBC and NBCSN. Juddmonte Spinster S. TBD 8:30-10 p.m. Ogden Phipps H.Belmont ParkDistaff Jockey Club Gold CupBelmont ParkClassic Six of the 10 series telecasts will be broadcast on NBC and four will be televised on NBCSN. 5-6 p.m. Summer at Saratoga Saturday, Aug. 29NBCTravers S.Saratoga RacecourseClassic Division TBD 5-6 p.m. TBD Stakes 4-6 p.m. Summer at Saratoga F/M Sprint Division Sunday, Aug. 2NBCWilliam Hill Haskell InvitationalMonmouth ParkClassic Summer at Saratoga Saturday, Oct. 3NBCClaiborne Breeders’ FuturityKeeneland RacecourseJuvenile Saturday, June 27NBCSNThe Gold Cup at Santa AnitaSanta Anita ParkClassic The expanded NBC Sports partnership includes multiplatform rights to the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series races, which will also be featured on NBC’s digital and mobile applications. Juvenile Fillies Classic Breeders’ Cup Challenge at Churchill Downs Sword Dancer Date/Time (ET)NetworkEventTrackChallenge/Division Mile The “Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series: Win and You’re In”™, now in its second year, consists of 10 telecasts on NBC and NBCSN and features 18 “Win And You’re In” races. Winners of these highly prestigious races, which offer more than $13 million in purses and awards, automatically qualify for a spot in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky. (Oct. 30-31). Saturday, June 13NBCSNStephen FosterChurchill DownsClassic 5-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5NBCSNWoodward S.Saratoga RacecourseClassic Division TBD Challenge Stakes Last November, Breeders’ Cup and NBC Sports Group announced a 10-year agreement in which the World Championships will be televised by NBC and NBCSN through 2025. About Breeders’ CupThe Breeders’ Cup administers the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred racing’s year-end Championships.  The Breeders’ Cup also administers the Breeders’ Cup Challenge qualifying series, which provides automatic starting positions into the Championships races. The 2015 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 13 grade 1 races and purses and awards totaling $26 million  will be held October 30-31 at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky., and will be televised live by the NBC Sports Group. Breeders’ Cup press releases appear on the Breeders’ Cup Web site, www.breederscup.com. You can also follow the Breeders’ Cup on social media platforms Facebook, Twitter and YouTube About NBC Sports GroupWhen the Comcast-NBCUniversal transaction was completed in January 2011, the sports assets of the two companies combined to form NBC Sports Group, which serves sports fans 24/7 with premier live events, insightful studio shows, and compelling original programming. The sports media company consists of a unique array of sports assets, including NBC Sports, NBC Olympics, NBCSN (NBC Sports Network), Golf Channel, 10 NBC Sports Regional Networks, NBC Sports Radio and NBC Sports Digital. NBC Sports Group possesses an unparalleled collection of television rights agreements, partnering with some of the most prestigious sports properties in the world: the International Olympic Committee and United States Olympic Committee, the NFL, NHL, NASCAR, PGA TOUR, PGA of America, Churchill Downs, Premier League, Tour de France, French Open, Formula One, IndyCar and many more. NBCUniversal Media, LLC is not a sponsor of the Million Dollar Finish promotion.last_img read more