Unrelenting court gives journalist three-year jail term on appeal

first_img Organisation Reporters Without Borders is deeply disappointed to learn that an appeal court in the central city of Gitega today imposed a three-year jail sentence on the journalist Hassan Ruvakuki instead of overturning his conviction.The court changed the charge on which Ruvakuki is convicted to “participation in an association formed with the aim of attacking persons and property.” In June, a lower court sentenced him to life imprisonment on a charge of terrorism.Reporters Without Borders regards today’s decision as a sign that certain Burundian officials were determined to punish Ruvakuki at all costs. Several sources in Gitega reported that the appeal court had been under heavy pressure from the state security apparatus not to acquit him.In response to this incomprehensible verdict, Reporters Without Borders is launching a petition for the release of Ruvakuki, who was working for Bonesha FM, a local radio station, and the Swahili service of Radio France Internationale at the time of his arrest in November 2011. Sign the petition.Ruvakuki was accused of complicity with a rebel group when all he did was his duty as a journalist to anticipate the news. Shortly before his arrest, he went to neighbouring Tanzania to cover a Burundian rebel group that was being formed there.Full information about the Ruvakuki case.Read Radio France Internationale’s reaction (in French) to Ruvakuki’s conviction.Find out more about media freedom in BurundiPicture: Hassan Ruvakuki (Alexandre Niyungeko) January 8, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Unrelenting court gives journalist three-year jail term on appeal Burundian appeal court upholds prison sentences for four journalists November 27, 2020 Find out more BurundiAfrica RSF_en BurundiAfrica Reports to go further Newscenter_img News Help by sharing this information The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Four Burundian journalists complete 12 months in arbitrary detention Receive email alerts October 21, 2020 Find out more June 5, 2020 Find out more News Follow the news on Burundilast_img read more

Bookmakers to deliver 325,000-strong petition of support

first_img Submit StumbleUpon Share William Hill pursues HMRC FOBTs rebate  May 20, 2020 GVC submits claim for HMRC FOBTs rebate May 21, 2020 Share BGC appoints Joff Cooke as first COO June 2, 2020 Related Articles A petition signed by more than 325,000 betting shop staff and customers from across the country will be presented to 10 Downing Street at 11am this morning as the beleaguered betting industry fights back against its portrayal in the media.The petition, collected as part of the recent ‘Back Your Local Bookie’ campaign, calls on the Government to support an industry that employs 43,000 people, serves six million customers and which has been trading on the high street for 55 years.More than 300 betting shops have been forced to shut in the past two years as a result of more regulation and higher taxes.  Customers and staff now fear there could be hundreds more closures if more unnecessary regulation is introduced by the Government.The huge petition will be presented to Number Ten Downing Street by shop staff and industry representatives, ranging from major operators to family-run independent businesses. The instigation of the petition was triggered by the growing scrutiny of regulations around betting, specifically the extension of the Triennial Review into assessing the impact of FOBTs.Vicky Knight, who works for independent bookie JenningsBet and has signed the petition, commented: “The support we’ve had from our customers over the past few weeks for our campaign has been fantastic. They enjoy their local bookie and would be devastated, as would staff, if the Government took draconian action against bookies.“We care about our customers and we are there to help the very small number of customers who get into problems with their gambling.  Bookies cater for millions of people who enjoy over-the-counter betting and gaming machines (FOBTs), if we lose either of these, we are finished. And, without bookies, there will be even more empty shops and fewer reasons for people to come into town.”Malcolm George, Chief Executive of the Association of British Bookmakers, said: “Britain’s betting shops have been open for business on our high streets and in local communities since before The Beatles.“They have a long record of ensuring customers can bet safely and responsibly and it is vital that the work of staff and the voice of our six million customers are not ignored. We hope politicians and the public will visit their local betting shop to see for themselves what a great community they are and talk to the staff and locals who enjoy their flutter at the bookies.”The petition says: “More than 6 million people use betting shops every year. These shops have been part of our community for over 55 years and need support. Hundreds of betting shops have already been forced to close and many more risk closure. I should be able to spend my money as I choose and I choose to support my local bookie. I urge the government not to undermine that freedom or put thousands of jobs at risk through further regulation or tax hikes.”last_img read more

A painful lesson for Bayern’s league rivals

first_imgLOSERSLooking for the season’s biggest loser, one might end up with Schalke 04. An unparalleled fall, after 16 games without a win, seemed to increase doubts about the future of coach David Wagner. Financial turbulence and in-house scandals makes it difficult to see the Royal Blues’ turning things around for next season.Borussia Dortmund might have ended up second, but couldn’t reach its goal of outpacing Bayern. The Black and Yellows gave evidence that they couldn’t shake off their significant mentality problems, throwing away points against underdog Mainz (2-0) and Hoffenheim (4-0).“We need to talk about the winner mentality Bayern has, and we haven’t,” said Borussia goalkeeper Roman Burki.Relegated Dusseldorf proved turmoil in a club’s leadership can spoil an entire season. As much as Bayern deserves to be called a haven of stability, Fortuna deserves to be part of the second-tier next season.Werder Bremen seems on its way to getting their heads out of a tight spot. If coach Florian Kohfeldt can survive the two relegation games against the third-placed side of the second division, Werder will be one of the season winners. Enditem****XINHUAShare on: WhatsApp Bayern Munich celebratingKampala, Uganda | XINHUA |   Bayern Munich’s eighth consecutive national title is well deserved. The hidden message behind it, nevertheless, is a painful reminder for the Bavarians’ domestic rivals; it takes more than ambitious announcements to end the 2013 treble winners’ dominance.Christian Seifert praised the German league’s efforts as football’s pioneers during the challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic, having set up a suitable hygiene concept other European leagues followed.Although some of the 18 German first-tier sides have a reason to complain about their failures, the 57th season has produced several losers and winners aside from record-setting Bayern.WINNERSBayern’s achievements are clear for all to see. They not only scored 100 season goals, but Robert Lewandowski won the golden boot with 34 goals. Thomas Mueller finished with 22 assists, tying the season record. Coach Hansi Flick won his first title and managed to create a successful turnaround for a team struggling in the season’s first half.Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann established the East-German side among the top 3, outmaneuvering established rivals, Moenchengladbach and Leverkusen. Timo Werner scored remarkable 28 goals before leaving for Premier League side Chelsea.League newcomer Union Berlin secured its place in the first division with an encouraging attitude. Having kicked Dusseldorf down to the second division on matchday 34, tells the story of impeccable sportsmanship considering the East-Berlin side was safe already.Champions League qualifier Moenchengladbach proved the team development is progressing steadily, allowing them to take the next step under new coach Marco Rose.SC Paderborn might have ended the season with relegation, but coach Steffen Baumgart and his squad proved one can still enjoy football when not competing for trophies. The league newcomer earned deep respect as they never gave up.Bruno Labbadia gave Hertha new hope to possibly turn into a big city club without the help of a prominent name such as Jurgen Klinsmann.last_img read more

Ind vs SA 2nd Test Day 2: India decimate the Proteas to assert dominance…

first_imgAdvertisement Virat Kohli brought up his seventh double hundred while Ravindra Jadeja got agonizingly close to a ton on a day that saw the South African bowling attack get battered. India capped off the day by tattering the visitors’ top order. Advertisement Image Courtesy: Live HindustanThe Men In Blue cranked up the heat on the bowlers after haplessly scoring runs. Virat Kohli, who was unbeaten on 63 after the end of Day 1 scored runs freely to get to his highest test score, bettering his previous score of 243 against England in Mumbai.The Indian skipper was accompanied by Ravindra Jadeja after vice-captain Rahane was dismissed for 59. The all-rounder scored at a brisk pace en route to his 91 off just 104 balls.Advertisement Virat Kohli was handed a second life after scoring his double hundred after it was observed that Muthuswamy had overstepped. The partnership for the fifth wicket accounted for 225 runs.Declaring the innings at 601-5 with the skipper unbeaten at 254, the Proteas had to see through the final 15 overs of the day.Advertisement The returning Umesh Yadav struck straight away with the new ball by dismissing Aiden Markram. The pacer from Vidharba also managed to send Dean Elgar back to the pavilion as well. Mohammad Shami notched the wicket of Temba Bavuma to cap off a stellar day for India.Read Also:Ashwin trolls Ramiz Raja for his translator faux pas in Pakistan vs Sri Lanka post match presentationPakistani fan issues heartfelt appeal to Virat Kohli to come and play cricket in the country Advertisementlast_img read more

Srabani Nanda becomes first Indian sprinter to compete amidst COVID-19 pandemic!

first_imgImage Courtesy: Athletics Federation of IndiaAdvertisement drunNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsqpg2Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E89f( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) o2Would you ever consider trying this?😱2o4u4Can your students do this? 🌚ugkxRoller skating! Powered by Firework Since March, the novel Coronavirus pandemic disrupted all sporting activities for almost four months. Now, as plans to resume sports in the country is gaining pace, sprinter Srabani Nanda is making headlines. Nanda has emerged as the first track and field athlete athlete from the country to take part in a competition amidst the virus crisis.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Athletics Federation of IndiaSrabani Nanda represented India at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, finishing sixth in her category. She took part at the Velocity Fest meeting at Jamaica College in Kingston on Sunday, the country’s first track and field event since March.The 29 year old, representing MVP Track club, took part in the event alongside some of the biggest names in sprinting, such as Olympic gold medallists Elaine Thompson and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.Advertisement Competing in the 100m race, Nanda was the winner of heat two, clocking a time of 11.78 seconds, and finished in third place overall with a personal best of 11.45 seconds, and 23.07 seconds in 200m.Check out the second heat, where Nanda beat Kasheika Cameron and Dominique Clarke in the video below, courtesy of Clean Click Media – Sports on Facebook.Advertisement Thompson, Nanda’s MVP Track club teammate and winner of both 100m and 200m events at Rio 2016, won the 100m race with a time of 11.19 seconds. Representing Nike, 2008 and 2012 Olympic gold medallist Fraser-Pryce won the 200m event, clocking 22.74 seconds.Yohan Blake, two time Olympic gold medallist and former world champion won the men’s 200m event, clocking a time of 20.62 seconds.Hailing from Phulbani in Odisha, Nanda’s first international gold medal came at the 2016 South Asian Games in Guwahati, winning the 200m event with a time of 23.91 seconds. She also won a silver in the 100m event, coming short of just 0.01 seconds behind Sri Lanka’s Rumeshika Rathnayake.Nanda was a part of the team that won bronze in women’s 4 × 100 metres relay at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, along with Sathi Geetha, H M Jyothi and P K Priya. Her second bronze of women’s 4 × 100 metres relay came at the 2017 Asian Athletics Championships in Bhubaneshwar, where she teamed up with Dutee Chand, Himashree Roy and Merlin Joseph.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Meet Neerav Tomar, India’s own Jerry MaguireEnough is enough: Jofra Archer spills beans on online racial abuse Advertisementlast_img read more