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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Pasadena City College Honored as “Champion for Higher Education”

first_img Subscribe For the fifth year in a row, Pasadena City College has been recognized as a “Champion for Higher Education” by the Campaign for College Opportunity.As it has been every year since 2016, PCC was honored by the advocacy group for the college’s success in granting Associate Degrees for Transfer (ADTs), a specialized series of credentials that streamline students’ transfer to four-year universities.According to data collected by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, PCC awarded 2,410 ADTs in the 2019-2020 academic year, more than any other community college – and nearly 900 more than in 2018-19.This is the third consecutive year that PCC has led the state.When ADTs were created through SB 1440 in 2010, they connected California’s community colleges to the California State University system. Since then, the transfer pathway has widened to include some University of California institutions, historically Black colleges and universities, and other private colleges and universities.“We are so thrilled to join our colleagues across the state and celebrate this achievement,” said Erika Endrijonas, PCC’s superintendent/president. “Transfer is at the heart of what we do for our community, and these ADTs are a key part of our service in that area. California has 10 years of service through the ADT, and we’re only getting started.”PCC currently offers more than 30 ADTs in a broad range of subjects, and the college has issued nearly 8,500 of the credentials since they were first granted in 2011.The most recent honors were delivered at a virtual event hosted by the Campaign for College Opportunity Thursday, Nov. 19. Among the speakers were Secretary of State Alex Padilla and Asm. Marc Berman, as well as Elizabeth Moreno, a PCC alumna and current Cal Poly student in psychology. In her remarks Ms. Moreno paid tribute to her PCC counselors for her success.In other recent news, PCC was highlighted by the magazine Diverse Issues in Higher Education in its annual summary of colleges that advance diversity. PCC is now No. 3 in the nation in granting degrees to students of minority backgrounds, up from No. 5. In addition, Diverse’s data show that the college is No. 6 nationally (and No. 1 in California) for granting degrees to Latinx students and No. 2 nationally and in the state in degrees to Asian American students (behind Golden West College).Since 1924, Pasadena City College has provided the San Gabriel Valley with a diverse, equity-driven learning community that inspires student success. Our academic programs encompass a variety of degrees, transfer programs, certificates of achievement, and occupational skills certificates that challenge students and support progress toward their goals. Widely recognized as a transfer leader, PCC is consistently one of California¹s top schools for transfers to local universities, including the CSU and UC system, APU, USC, Art Center College of Design, Caltech, and more. STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week 56 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Top of the News CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday More Cool Stuff Make a comment Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenacenter_img Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News Business News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Education Pasadena City College Honored as “Champion for Higher Education” College leads the state in Associate Degrees for Transfer for third year running STAFF REPORT Published on Thursday, November 19, 2020 | 6:41 pm Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS HerbeautyThe Real Truth About The Pain Caused By MicrobladingHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTips From A Professional Stylist On How To Look Stunning In 2020HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat’s Your Zodiac Flower Sign?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Sea Salt Scrubs You Can Make YourselfHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Brutally Honest Reasons Why You’re Still SingleHerbeautyHerbeautylast_img read more

Romania: GSP Offshore bags Midia gas project work

first_imgRomanian operator Black Sea Oil & Gas (BSOG) has awarded an engineering, procurement, construction, installation, and commissioning (EPCIC) contract for all offshore and onshore facilities for the Midia gas development project off Romania to GSP Offshore.GSP Offshore has also been awarded a development drilling contract for the Midia development.Announcing the contract awards last Friday, November 23 BSOG said the contracts had been awarded in cooperation with its co-venture partners Petro Ventures Resources and Gas Plus International.The company added that the execution of the contract, subject to final investment decision (FID), covered the procurement, construction, installation, and commissioning of the complete subsea gas production system over the Doina field.A part of the deal also entails construction, installation, and commissioning of a new unmanned production platform located over the Ana field which will be built at GSP’s fabrication yard in Constanta as well as a subsea pipeline system that will link the platform to shore, the onshore pipeline, and the new gas treatment plant that will be built in Vadu village.BSOG also said that a contract was signed for development drilling of the five production wells, one of which is a subsea well at the Doina field while the remaining four are platform wells at the Ana field. The wells will be drilled using the GSP Uranus jack-up rig.According to the company, building the entire project infrastructure is estimated to take two years with 70% of the costs in relation to these contracting activities, which makes up the majority of the total installed project cost of $400 million, is estimated to be of Romanian content.Mark Beacom, CEO of BSOG stated: “In line with our objective to bring this project to FID we have recently announced the signing of our transportation agreement with Transgaz and a gas sales agreement with Engie.“We are now very pleased to announce that we have concluded this EPCIC contract and Development Drilling Contract with the largest Romanian offshore contractor for our pioneering MGD project that could provide 10% of Romania’s gas needs […].”Gabriel Comanescu, CEO of GSP, added: “GSP entered the offshore construction business in 2009 and had gained valuable experience in similar projects in other countries. Our local and global expertise in both drilling and offshore construction, together with our assets and capabilities in Romania enables us to successfully deliver the MGD project.”The Midia Gas Development Project comprises the Ana and Doina gas fields (320 Bcf P50 contingent resources) which were discovered in 2007 and 1995 respectively. Both are of latest Miocene to Dacian age, shallow marine sandstone reservoirs, some 120 kilometers offshore Romania, in the XV Midia Shallow area where the water depths are around 70 meters.last_img read more

Bacolod hires home-based sewers to make face masks

first_imgThen, the finished products will bebrought to the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) forcentralized disinfection and packing and will eventually be distributed to thefrontliners all around the city as identified by the CHO and the CDRRMO. To augment the supply of facemasks here,the city government, with the cooperation of the City Cooperative andLivelihood Development Office (CCLDO), has tapped the services of home-basedsewers. This city aims to come up with 50,000pieces of masks, but the volume might increase to 100,000 if more sewers willparticipate. Among them are from the barangays of Singcang-Airport,Handumanan, Bata, Banago, Estefania, Granada, Vista Alegre, and Cabug. On Tuesday, Leonardia issued ExecutiveOrder No. 27, series of 2020, requiring the mandatory use of face masks in allpublic places here.(With a report fromPNA/PN) Home-based sewers in Bacolod City will be provided by the City Cooperative and Livelihood Development Office (CCLDO) with materials in order to make face masks approved by the Department of Health. According to the CCLDO, the city government plans to produce around 50,000 pieces facemasks, but it might increase to 100,000 if more sewers would participate. BACOLOD City PIO “We expect each sewer to produce atleast 50 masks. Once they are done, we will go to their homes and we will pickup the finished products,” Burdeos said.center_img Mayor Evelio Leonardia, for his part,ordered the CCLDO to implement a livelihood program that will allow accreditedhome-based sewers to make washable/reusable facial masks. Although the said face masks above willnot be medical-grade ones, the production will increase the supply of thecommercially-sold face masks, which is now running out since replacement stockscannot be quickly sourced from the usual suppliers. The CCLDO will provide the materials forthe sewers, including the pre-cut fabric based on the Department ofHealth-approved face mask design. The sewers will get P10 for each face maskthey finish. CCLDO chief Brenda Burdeos on April 1said that around 100 to 150 sewers here have already applied for accreditation. The City Health Office (CHO) will deploysanitation inspectors to check the home workplace sites of the sewers allowedto participate in the program.last_img read more

Galaxy Battles management release statement regarding upcoming tournament

first_imgLate last week Valve, the developer of Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, announced that Galaxy Battles II would no longer have its support nor an official major status.  In response, Esports Insider was sent the following statement from Galaxy Battles management: “We at the Galaxy Battles Management respect the decision made by the Valve Corporation to withdraw the Major status of the upcoming Galaxy Battles II, at the Philippine Arena on January 19th – 21st, 2018. Rest assured, the event will go on as scheduled. The decision was made on Friday morning, January 5th, 2018, by the Valve Corporation, the parent company and developer of DotA 2 (Defense of the Ancients) in light of the recent events that has happened between the Galaxy Battles Management and the Games and Amusement Board of the Philippines.We had secured the requirements set by the Games and Amusement Board of the Philippines and we continue to comply with its rules and regulations. In line with this, we encourage teams and its individual members to abide by the laws of every country they are competing at.Our company feels that this regulation is a step towards the right direction to legitimize esports. We are currently working hard to promote a stronger and healthier gaming community.In compliance with the Philippine government, the Galaxy Battles Management believes that following regulations will help shape the future of esports. We feel that regulations would lead towards the right direction to legitimise esports.We firmly believe that there is a way to develop a healthy esports community in Southeast Asia. This can be accomplished through a head start at Galaxy Battles II in order to usher a new beginning for esports.We thank you for your continuous support.”As it stands, the tournament, although set to take place, will only see eight teams compete. 8 out of 16 teams have already announced their withdrawal, and it could be the case that more are set to follow. With no Dota Pro Circuit points on the line and concerns around the event in general, it would be unsurprising to see the tournament whittled down to even fewer. Esports Insider says: The statement is as expected from Galaxy Battles, to be fair. There are several worries for teams surrounding the tournament hence the withdrawals and it’ll be intriguing to see just who is left come next week.last_img read more

David Duncan aims at ref Agbovi for ‘gifting Edubiase equalizer’

first_imgKotoko were on course to get three points on Sunday against Edubiase if it wasn’t for some dodgy officiating from the center referee.That’s according to David Duncan.”William Agbovi, to a very large extent, gifted Edubiase their equaliser” because he failed to give Kotoko a foul in the lead up to the goal.Duncan insists his left-back “was being pulled all over the place” and dispossessed before Edubiase’s Haminu Dramani’s stunning strike. That aside, the coach was quick to praise his opposition.”Edubiase played very well. Coming up against Kotoko, we should not expect that a team will underperform. Any team coming up against Kotoko plays above themselves and Edubiase were not different so 2-2 it ended,” said Duncan.”We didn’t get off the blocks on a bright note. We were a bit jaded getting off the blocks. The coordination between the backline was not as efficient as we would have liked it to be,” Duncan said The Reds will host Heart of Lions on Wednesday at the Baba Yara Stadium.–Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmithlast_img read more