October 28, 2021

Writers get two-year jail terms for contempt of court

first_img News EswatiniAfrica EswatiniAfrica Help by sharing this information to go further News July 25, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Writers get two-year jail terms for contempt of court Reporters Without Borders deplores the two-year jail sentences that writers Bheki Makhubu and Thulani Maseko finally received today for contempt of court.The judge in charge of the case, Mpendulo Simelane, said the sentences were intended as “a deterrent not only to the appellants to abstain from similar behaviours in the future but also to others who may have a like-minded scheme in contemplation.”He also deplored the growing tendency of the two journalists to write “scurrilous articles that have the propensity of tarnishing the reputation, authority and dignity of the courts.”“This sentence is unfortunately not a big surprise as it was passed by a court that acted as plaintiff and judge at the same time,” Reporters Without Borders said.“We condemn both the sentence and the position that the judge took as regards the journalists. All news providers are threatened by this decision, which Judge Simelane openly declared to be a warning to the media.”The more than 100 days that Makhubu and Maseko have already spent in detention will be deducted from the time they have to serve.The Nation, which has announced its intention to appeal against the contempt of court ruling to the Supreme Court in November, is in financial straits as a result of the legal costs it has incurred and the 10,000-dollar fine it has been ordered to pay, so it has created a “Friends of The Nation Fund” to receive donations.If you would like to help The Nation, deposits can be made to First National Bank of Swaziland, Account Number: 62024928155. Branch Code: 280164. Swift Code: FIRNSZMX. ——————————————————————————————-18.07.2014 – Judge criticized in articles finds two writers guilty of contemptEditor and writer still held after more than 100 days in detentionBheki Makhubu, the editor of the political monthly The Nation, and Thulani Maseko, a human rights lawyer who writes for the magazine, were found guilty of contempt of court yesterday for articles critical of the judge who issued yesterday’s verdict.Reporters Without Borders condemns this shockingly unfair decision in Africa’s last monarchy by a judicial system that claims to be independent but is not.No sentence has so far been passed on Makhubu and Maseko and it is unclear what it might be. The two men have already spent more than 100 days in detention since their second arrest in April. According to some legal experts, the maximum sentence for this offense is between 30 and 90 days. According to a human rights lawyer interviewed by the South African paper Mail & Guardian, there are suspicions that a verdict of three years had been fixed from the beginning. Some witnesses say they have seen the Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs leave judge Simelane’s chambers right before the verdict. But, as one local media activist said, “application of the law is far from fully guaranteed here.”“This conviction is completely absurd,” said Cléa Kahn-Sriber, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Africa desk. “Makhubu and Maseko have been convicted of criticizing irregularities in the judicial system by a man who is plaintiff and judge at the same time.“The way these proceedings have been conducted is proof of the accuracy of the articles for which they have been convicted. This is clearly a political verdict designed to gag Swaziland’s only independent publication. It will also send a chilling message to all other Swazi journalists. We call on the authorities to end this judicial farce and to drop the charges against Makhubu and Maseko.”Makhubu and Maseko were first arrested on 8 March on the orders of Chief Justice Michael Ramodibedi, who was named in one of the critical articles, published in February and March.Another judge, Mumcy Dlamini, released them on 7 April on the grounds that their arrest warrant was illegal. But Mpendulo Simelane, a judge who had also been named in the articles, returned them to jail the next day.In his ruling, Judge Simelane said freedom of expression was not an absolute right in Swaziland, which is ranked 156th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Organisation Receive email alerts June 15, 2020 Find out morecenter_img June 29, 2020 Find out more The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Reports November 27, 2020 Find out more RSF_en News Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives Nearly half of UN member countries have obstructed coronavirus coverage Follow the news on Eswatinilast_img read more

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Estafa suspect falls

first_imgILOILO City – Charged with estafa, a manwas arrested in Barangay Aglibacao, Calinog, Iloilo. The court recommended an P18,000 bailbond for the suspect’s temporary liberty./PN The 26-year-old Niniel Bolivar wascaught on the strength of an arrest warrant around 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 11, apolice report showed. center_img He was detained in the lockup cell ofthe Calinog police station. last_img

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Taking 2021 Cup of Nations from Ivory Coast ‘stupid’, says Aurier

first_img“I’m shocked, I don’t understand this decision,” Tottenham full-back Aurier told French television channel Canal+.“For me, it’s a shambles, a matter for politicians. It’s a pity, it’s a stupid decision. As a player, we want this CAN in 2021 in our country.”CAF president Ahmad Ahmad told AFP on Monday that the body is “expecting” a response from the Ivory Coast after it was offered the hosting rights for 2023 instead.Share on: WhatsApp Abidjan, Ivory Coast | AFP | Ivory Coast defender Serge Aurier on Monday slammed the “stupid” decision of CAF to strip his country of the right to host the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.The Confederation of African Football (CAF) finally announced their long-anticipated decision to take the 2019 finals away from Cameroon due to delays in the building of infrastructure and a fragile security situation.But instead of just replacing Cameroon as hosts, African football’s governing body opted to offer the country the 2021 edition, which had originally been awarded to the Ivory Coast.last_img read more

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Teenage internationals in England training squads

first_img Teenage internationals are among the players selected for the England Golf girls’ and boys’ squads for 2015/16. Sammy Fuller and Hollie Muse have helped England to win the women’s Home Internationals and, with Annabel Bailey (image © Leaderboard Photography), were in the successful girls’ team at their Home Internationals. Meanwhile, Toby Briggs and Rhys Nevin-Wharton were in the England team for the boys’ Home Internationals. Briggs, with Jake Benson and Harry Goddard, helped England to a clean sweep of U16 Home Internationals.  The full squads are: England Girls Annabel Bailey (Kirby Muxloe), Louisa Brunt (Royal Birkdale), Sharna Dutrieux (Wrotham Heath), Sammy Fuller (Roehampton), Martha Lewis (St George’s Hill), Hollie Muse (West Lancashire), Emily Price (Cleobury Mortimer), Bel Wardle (Prestbury), Amelia Williamson (Royal Cromer). Bailey, Fuller and Muse were all members of the squad last year. Five players have previously been members of regional squads: Brunt, the Lancashire girls’ champion; Dutrieux, who has had top ten finishes at the English girls’ championship, the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters and the Liphook scratch cup; Lewis, who had top tens in the English U16 and North of England U16 championships; Wardle, who was 10th in the British women’s stroke play, and Williamson, who won the West of England U16 championship and the English Schools’ national, U16 and South-East titles. Price was third in both the English and Scottish U16 championships and won the English U15 title last year. England Boys Jake Benson (Beeston Fields), Toby Briggs (Dunston Hall), Oliver Clarke (Hillside), Harry Goddard (Hanbury Manor), Rhys Nevin-Wharton (Sandiway) and Arrun Singh-Brar (Foxhills). Three of the boys were in last year’s squad: Briggs, who tied for the English U16 title, only to lose in a play-off; Clarke, who was third in the Canadian International Junior Challenge and the Irish boys’ championship; and Nevin-Wharton, who was third in the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters. Benson tied for the U16 title at the Carris Trophy and was third in the Scottish U16 championship.  Goddard won the North of England U16 and was third in the German Junior Masters; Singh-Brar had top tens in the Peter McEvoy Trophy, the German Junior Masters and in qualifying for the British boys’ championship. 11 Nov 2015 Teenage internationals in England training squads last_img read more

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‘The Queen of New York’

first_imgby Eddie PellsAssociated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP)—Serena Williams wrapped up her remarkable summer with the latest rendition of a scene that has become familiar the past few months. •Williams jumping up and down on the tennis court with a mile-wide smile across her face.•Williams picking up a big-time prize—this time, the U.S. Open trophy, which will look good somewhere near the gold medals she won at the Olympics and the silver plate she took home from Wimbledon.If there was anything unexpected about her latest triumph, it was the challenge she faced from Victoria Azarenka, especially considering the way Williams dominated everyone she faced on the way to Sunday’s final, to say nothing of the way the final started.Come the third set, with the sun going down and the stadium completely blanketed in shadows, Williams stood only two points away from a loss. She rediscovered her form in time, took the last four games of the match and won her fourth title at Flushing Meadows and 15th Grand Slam title overall with a 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 victory. It was the first women’s U.S. Open final to go three sets since 1995.“If it was anybody other than Serena on the other side of the court, I’m not sure we’d be talking now,” said Patrick Mouratoglou, a coach who has been working with Williams recently. “But it was Serena. She was there. She’s a winner and she’s a champion.”Mouratoglou helped Williams engineer a restoration that began shortly after she lost in the first round of the French Open in May, the only opening-round exit of her 49 career Grand Slam appearances.“She said, ‘I want to win Wimbledon, I want to start now,’” Mouratoglou said. “That’s simple. That’s how it started.”Since then, Williams won both singles and doubles at Wimbledon, then matched that feat a month later at the London Olympics.The U.S. Open was the clincher—a two-week clinic during which she lost only 19 games over her first six matches, then put on a display in how to play pressure tennis when the stakes were the highest. Trailing 5-3 and serving at 30-all against Azarenka, the Australian Open champion seeded first in this tournament, Williams wrested back control of the match by winning 10 of the next 12 points.“Obviously, I never give up,” Williams said. “I never, never quit. I’ve come back so many times in so many matches. I wasn’t too nervous.”Indeed, for a woman who has had her share of flare-ups here in recent years, Williams barely showed a trace of emotion when this match was at its diciest. There was the smallest of hesitations for a second look after a serve was called out at 3-5, 30-15. And, when she closed out that game three points later, she did the quickest of skips—a nearly imperceptible celebration before a calm walk to the chair to get ready for the service break she had to have.She got it, then held serve, and then twice held off Azarenka when she was one point from forcing a third-set tiebreaker. The first save came on a backhand winner, one of 44 winners Williams hit to only 13 for her counterpunching, but less powerful, opponent.“Feels like there is no room for a mistake,” Azarenka said in describing what it’s like dealing with Williams’ game. “There is no room for a wrong decision.”Williams hasn’t always played the role of cool customer in the crucible of Arthur Ashe Stadium.In the 2009 semifinals, she was angered by a foot-fault call that resulted in a double-fault, setting up match point for her opponent, Kim Clijsters. Williams brandished her racket at the line judge and got docked match point. Then, two years later, while losing to Sam Stosur in the 2011 final, Williams berated the chair umpire after losing a point for screaming before it had ended.There was a foot-fault call in this match, too, while Williams was serving at 40-0 while trailing 2-0 in the second set. She didn’t react immediately, but when the game was over, she stared down the lineman while walking to her chair for the changeover. The linesman chuckled a bit. No biggie.“I’m just happy that she got through this one without any incident and was able to try to forget all that in the past,” said her mom, Oracene Price. “Because I think that was a lot in her mind.”Also on Williams’ mind this summer has been her long journey back.Shortly after winning Wimbledon in 2010, she cut her feet on broken glass while on her way out of a restaurant in Germany. That led to two operations on her right foot. Later, she got clots in her lungs and needed to inject herself with a blood thinner. Those shots led to a pool of blood gathering under her stomach’s skin, requiring another procedure in the hospital.By the time all that was over, she had been off tour for about 10 months. She returned in 2011.“She was so disgusted at home. She felt like she was useless. That’s the way it is with athletes, I guess. She couldn’t sit still,” Price said. “She was getting depressed. A lot to overcome.”She did overcome it, and now she adds another championship to the best resume currently in the game.She is the first woman to win Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in the same season since 2002, which is when she last did it.She moved three Grand Slam titles away from a tie for fourth on the all-time list with Martina Navrati­lova and Chris Evert.Navratilova was the last 30-something to win the U.S. Open. Williams, who turns 31 on Sept. 26, joins her on that list.But Williams does not play, act or talk like a woman nearing the end of her career.There are a few tournaments to be played this fall on hard court. The next Grand Slam season starts in January in Australia. Williams said “my motivation is up there,” and those who know her feel it, too.“She’s very, very motivated and feels she can win every tournament,” Mouratoglou said. “If one day she doesn’t feel the same, we’ll see, but for the moment, she feels she can win every tournament she plays, which is true, she can. So, she’s prepared to do everything to do it.” ‘I NEVER QUIT’—Serena Williams reacts after beating Victoria Azarenka, of Belarus, in the championship match at the 2012 US Open tennis tournament, Sept. 9, in New York. (AP Photo/Mike Groll) last_img read more

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Single emergency number by 2009

first_img19 March 2008Plans to introduce a single emergency number which South Africans can use to call for help from anywhere in the country are at an advanced stage, the Department of Communications says.Currently, there are more than 350 emergency centres handling various emergency services, set up by different organisations and operating using a variety of numbers.According to the department, the result is that there are numerous numbers of emergency service providers and in an event of a specific emergency one could get confused.The new 112 Emergency Centre will integrate all the services into one number, thereby making is easier for South Africans to get help in any type of emergency, and the department is on track to completing national implementation by the last quarter of 2009.Public private partnershipThe department has since opened a public private partnership tender process to appoint a private partner for the financing, design, management, maintenance and operating of the 112 Emergency Centre on behalf of government.The tender process is on track and the department hopes to appoint the successful bidder in the third quarter of this year.The department will closely work with the various fixed and mobile operators, the SA Police and emergency medical services on the technical specifications and inputs into the process.Once the 112 Emergency Centre tender has been awarded and the system is operational, the 112 centre agents will be able to direct calls to the relevant emergency services – irrespective of where they are in the country.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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PM to address 4 rallies in poll-bound Haryana

first_imgThe campaigning in Haryana will gain momentum with Prime Minister Narendra Modi scheduled to address four rallies across the State, starting from Ballabhgarh on October 14, Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said on Tuesday. Mr. Tomar, who is also the party’s election in-charge for the State, said the BJP will win 75 seats and return to power for a second consecutive term. The State will go to polls on October 21 and results will be declared on October 24.Star campaigner The campaigning will gain momentum in the coming days as Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is BJP’s star campaigner, will address four rallies across the state. Mr. Modi will address his first rally at Ballabhgarh in Faridabad district on October 14, Mr. Tomar said. “We will win 75 seats in Haryana. Have faith in our target. During general elections, we had said we will cross 300 seats and we did so,” he said. The mood in the State is in favour of the BJP because of several reasons including transparent administration, a strong central government and better implementation of the schemes, he said. Noting that Haryana was known for corruption, he said after many years, there is a transparent BJP government in the State with Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar taking several measures for the same.Curb on corruption “Mr. Khattar has taken several steps to curb corruption. The filling up of teachers’ post in a transparent manner and without taking any bribes has created a massive impact on the peoples mind,” Mr. Tomar said. The Union Minister also mentioned that farmers are benefiting from various central schemes including ₹6,000 annual income support under the central scheme PM-KISAN. Since Haryana contributes significantly to the armed forces, people have welcomed the Centre’s decision to abrogate the Article 370, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, he added. In the last Assembly polls, the BJP had won 47 seats with 33.2% vote share.last_img read more

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7 days agoEx-Liverpool No1 James a fan of Man Utd keeper Romero

first_imgEx-Liverpool No1 James a fan of Man Utd keeper Romeroby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Liverpool goalkeeper David James admits he’s a fan of Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero.Romero is expected to replace United No 1 David de Gea in goal for Sunday’s clash against rivals Liverpool after the Spaniard picked up an injury while on international duty.”I’ve analysed him and there are a few keepers who are highly-rated who just put the ball out there in a general area. But he’s as good as Ederson and Alisson using his left foot and right foot,” James told Goal.”David de Gea is, of course, the No 1, but I looked at Romero when Manchester United bought him and I was amazed at how good the guy is with his feet – then I saw an improvement in De Gea.”What you tend to find is when you’ve got two keepers or two players training with each other day in, day out, you start picking up positive habits from the other player.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Capital Product Partners Secures USD 460 Mn Loan

first_imgzoom Greek shipping company Capital Product Partners has entered into a firm offer letter for a new senior secured term loan facility worth USD 460 million.The term load was signed with a syndicate of lenders led by HSH Nordbank and ING Bank as mandated lead arrangers and bookrunners and BNP Paribas and National Bank of Greece as arrangers.Capital Product Partners informed that it has now formally entered into the loan agreement documenting the new facility.The company said t would use the net proceeds of the loan, together with available cash, to refinance its indebtedness under its 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2013 credit facilities during the fourth quarter of 2017.The partnership currently owns 36 vessels, including 21 MR product tankers, four Suezmax crude oil tankers, 10 Neo Panamax container vessels and one Capesize bulk carrier.last_img read more

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Algoma Tankers Buys Its Youngest Vessel

first_imgAlgoma Tankers Limited (ATL), an operating unit of Canadian shipping company Algoma Central Corporation, has purchased a 2010-built product tanker.The 16,512 dwt tanker, to be renamed the Algoterra, will become the eighth ship in Algoma’s Great Lakes-based product tanker fleet, according to the company.Apart from Algoterra, the company’s tanker fleet comprises seven small clean tankers, built between 1998 and 2008.“We expect to take ownership of the Algoterra in mid-March in Europe and she will join our fleet in early April. The ship will be the youngest tanker we operate and as our newest ship, she will be the workhorse of the ATL fleet for many years to come,” Gregg Ruhl, President and CEO of Algoma, commented.We are pleased to announce the purchase of an additional product tanker! The Algoterra is expected to begin operations in April, becoming the eighth vessel in the Algoma Tankers Limited fleet! For more details please go to https://t.co/uAVfdcIEZi#excitingtimesatalgoma pic.twitter.com/MV9sPmZytt— Algoma Central (@AlgomaCentral) February 21, 2019The acquisition comes just over three months after the purchase of the 2008-built tanker Ramira. As explained, these investments are part of Algoma’s efforts to meet the growing needs of its customers for marine-based transportation of petroleum products.“With a long-term contract in place with a strong counterparty, we expect this acquisition to be accretive to earnings upon the ship’s arrival in Canada,” Peter Winkley, Algoma’s Chief Financial Officer, said.Algoma continues to invest in fleet renewal for its domestic fleet. The company also recently announced the delivery of the Algoma Conveyor, a 740’ self-unloading dry-bulk carrier that is currently en route from China and which will join the 18 vessels of Algoma’s dry-bulk fleet early in the 2019 navigation season.Algoma operates a fleet of dry and liquid bulk carriers on the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Waterway, including self-unloading dry-bulk carriers, gearless dry-bulk carriers and product tankers. The company also owns ocean self-unloading dry-bulk vessels operating in international markets and a 50% interest in NovaAlgoma.last_img read more

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