Jean Bigirimana © Iwacu BurundiAfrica Condemning abuses ImpunityPredatorsViolenceFreedom of expressionDisappearances On the eve of the first anniversary of reporter Jean Bigirimana’s disappearance, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Burundian authorities to release the findings of the investigation they promised last August and to do everything possible to establish what happened to this journalist. Burundian appeal court upholds prison sentences for four journalists Organisation Reports BurundiAfrica Condemning abuses ImpunityPredatorsViolenceFreedom of expressionDisappearances News News Help by sharing this information RSF_en to go further Follow the news on Burundi November 27, 2020 Find out more The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa News July 21, 2017 Complete silence from Burundi a year after journalist’s disappearance Four Burundian journalists complete 12 months in arbitrary detention A reporter for the independent news website Iwacu, Bigirimana left his home in Bujumbura on the morning of 22 July 2016 to meet a contact in Bugarama, a small locality about 45 km to the east in Muramvya province. He told his wife he would be back for lunch. She never saw him again. Bigirimana arrived in Muramvya, where several witnesses say they saw him being arrested by members of the National Intelligence Service (SNR). Policemen in Muramvya told friends of Bigirimana that they saw him being thrown, bound, into the back of a vehicle containing the chief of the SNR’s Muramvya office. The SNR initially acknowledging holding Bigirimana but later retracted. Suppressing the truth After seeing no sign of any police search for Bigirimana, his Iwacu colleagues decided to conduct their own investigation. Despite police attempts to intimidate them, they found two bodies in a ravine a few days later. The bodies were bloated by exposure to water and one was headless. When summoned for identification, Bigirimana’s wife found herself alone in room, surrounded by policemen, being asked to say whether a naked, headless body that had been immersed in water for several days was her husband. She tried to identify the body by its feet but failed. The two bodies were then quickly buried, without any DNA test or any other forensic examination. Iwacu registered as an interested civil party in the case and filed a formal complaint against persons unknown in August 2016. Trial International, an NGO that combats impunity, referred the case to the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances. Public pressure finally forced the authorities to react. In August 2016, police spokesman Pierre Nkurikiye announced on Twitter that the Muramvya prosecutor’s office had opened an investigation into Bigirimana’s disappearance. But, after that terse announcement, there was no sign of any real investigation. According to the information gathered by RSF, the police never questioned either Bigirimana’s colleagues or the people who witnessed his arrest. When reached by RSF, the police spokesmen said all questions should be addressed to the judicial authorities. But neither Muramvya’s prosecutor nor the spokesman of the Muramvya prosecutor’s office responded to RSF’s queries. “It is high time for this investigation to be completed so that we can finally find out what happened to Jean Bigirimana, said Clea Kahn-Sriber, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. Regardless of who was responsible, all possible light must be shed on this case in order to end the impunity that just reinforces the climate of terror, not only for journalists but for all Burundians. It seems that the Burundian authorities have not yet turned their words into actions. This high-profile case offers the Burundian government – which often complains of being the victim of international meddling – the opportunity to carry out an investigation in a completely sovereign manner.” The case continues to be a sensitive issue in Burundi. Bigirimana’s wife, who has never stopped demanding to know the truth, has been the target of repeated threats. On 23 June, she found a printed message outside her door threatening her and telling her to retract everything she has said about her husband’s disappearance. She took the message to the local police station but the police have taken no steps to protect her or investigate the threats. A few days later, the national police spokesman claimed that he had not been told about the threats. RSF launched a petition last year calling for an investigation into Bigirimana’s disappearance. It was signed by more than 11,000 people. Burundi has fallen 15 places in RSF’s World Press Freedom Index since the start of the ongoing political crisis in 2015 and is now ranked 156th out of 180 countries. The media freedom situation there is now categorized as “very bad.” Receive email alerts June 5, 2020 Find out more October 21, 2020 Find out more
Facebook38Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Olympic National ForestTo align with the order from Washington State’s Governor Inslee to “stay home, stay healthy” and align with state and local partners, the decision was made to begin closing public facilities on the Forest. “We want to keep the public and our employees as safe as we can, and closing facilities is necessary,” states Acting Forest Supervisory, Leisa Cook. These closures have been deemed necessary to address social distancing guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and the State of Washington to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. To get the latest information about closures on the Forest, go to https://www.fs.usda.gov/olympic. Trails are currently open, but please practice social distancing. It is also a good time to use good public lands etiquette and please, for the safety of everyone, do not leave waste or trash for others to remove. For further updates and news about the Forest, please go to the Olympic National Forest Facebook page and the Olympic National Forest official web page https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/olympic/home.
“I would assume because of mandatory minimum Canadian players, and the fact that two of my teammates have contracts in the CFL (most notably Ontario native Chris Rwabakumba of the Tiger Cats),” Pearkes said when asked why a player with limited college experience would garner interest in professional ball.“Further, CFL teams have huge turnover and regularly invite many players to work out; not surprising to see them cast a wide net.”Pearkes, 22, isn’t planning to hit the weight room right away to prepare for a shot at the pros.Instead the son of Tim and Eileen Pearkes plans on taking his skills learned at Duke to the boardroom where a full time job offer with Bank of America Merrill Lynch awaits.Pearkes, graduating with a degree in Public Policy, a minor in Economics along with a Markets and Management Studies Certificate, will join the Global Markets Analyst program after receiving his diploma from Duke in May.“I never even considered professional football,” confessed Pearkes, who played a handful of years in the now-defunct West Kootenay Minor Football League for the Nelson Wildcats before attending Duke after graduating from LVR in 2008.“This was a really fun thing to have happen, but my career with Duke Football was pursued for entirely different reasons — the off field skill set, the camaraderie of the team, and the stability and family offered by the program over the four years I was there.”So George. What was your best memory at Duke? Football. Attending the Blue Devil basketball games?“I can’t sum up my Duke experience in one moment,” Pearkes answered.“Football was amazing. Tenting as a freshman and getting to see one of the greatest rivalries in sports inside Cameron Indoor Stadium was amazing.“The classes and professors I’ve been exposed to hear have been amazing. And last but certainly not least the people I’ve gotten to share life here with have been incredible and life changing.”And athletes say playing time is [email protected] By Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson DailyGeorge Pearkes never caught a game-winning touchdown during his collegiate football career at Duke University.The L.V. Rogers grad never started during his four-year career or played a full game.However, in the Canadian Football League, Canadian born players are about as hard to unearth as gold in Canada.So finding 20 non-imports, or Canadians, is not that easy for CFL scouts.Which is why despite not setting the world on fire at Duke University, the CFL still wanted to know what the future held for a tight end named George Pearkes.“I was asked informally by TSN’s CFL analyst Duane Ford what my plans for next year were,” Pearkes told The Nelson Daily from Duke.“He did not mention a specific combine or camp (although he did ask if I was interested in one), but reached out by Facebook and email informally to see what I was thinking.”For those keeping score at home Pearkes did not see any time during his first three seasons with the Blue Devils.And during his senior year the 6’2”, 240-pound tight end played only a handful of minutes.“My definitively non-illustrious Duke career (on the field) was limited to three snaps running out the clock against Tulane this year,” Pearkes explained.“I was never a real depth chart player, but contributed through show-team offense, defense and special teams all four years.”Still the CFL came calling.
The road to the BC High School AA Boy’s Soccer tournament begins Friday in Creston for the L.V. Rogers Bombers.The Bombers join five other teams — J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks of Trail, Golden Eagles, David Thompson Lakers of Invermere, Selkirk Storm of Kimberley and host Prince Charles Comets — in the Kootenay High School AA Boy’s Soccer Zone Championships.LVR, the defending champs, open play Friday againsat the Selkirk Storm at 10 a.m. before facing the host Comets at 12:30 p.m. Golden, David Thompson and J. Lloyd Crowe play in A-pool round robin.The two pool winners meet for the Kootenay title at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.LVR enters the zones having won its own tournament last week.The Bombers have lost just once this season, a 2-1 decision to triple-A Mount Baker Wild at a tournament earlier this season in Cranbrook.The winner advances to represent the Kootenay Zone at the BC High School AA Boy’s Soccer Championships November 17-19 in Burnaby.
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 8, 2016)–Separated by a length and a half when last they met, Uruguayan-bred Generosidade and Chilean-bred Quick Casablanca head a field of 10 older marathoners in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 San Juan Capistrano Stakes at a mile and three quarters on turf, Santa Anita’s traditional closing day feature. TRADITIONAL CLOSING DAY FEATURE ATTRACTS FIELD OF 10 OLDER HORSES GENEROSIDADE: Trained by Paulo Lobo and ridden by fellow Brazilian, Tiago Pereira, this 7-year-old mare blew out the tote board when defeating Quick Casablanca and other males in the Grade II, 1 ½ miles turf San Luis Rey Stakes at 71-1 on March 13. Although unplaced, she had been close in three stateside stakes assigments prior to annexing her first North American win in the San Luis Rey. Lightly raced, Generosidade has five wins from 17 lifetime starts. Owned by her breeder, Haras Phillipson, Generosidade surged from far back to win the San Luis Rey as she held a troubled Quick Casablanca at bay. QUICK CASABLANCA: Conditioned by Hall of Famer, Ron McAnally, who seeks his third lifetime win in the San Juan Capistrano, this 8-year-old full horse, who has been winless since taking his Southern California debut for McAnally 11 starts back on April 25, 2014, appears to be back on his game as he makes his fourth start of the current Winter Meet. “The added distance should be a benefit,” said McAnally. “In the San Luis Rey he kept coming even after he got in trouble turning for home. He was still closing and wasn’t beaten that far.” Best suited when allowed to settle and make a run from well off the pace, Quick Casablanca has an overall mark of 27-4-8-6 and he has earnings of $689,160.THE GRADE III SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO STAKES IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS, WEIGHTS & MORNING LINERace 8 (of 11) A Red Tie Day–Mario Gutierrez–120–(6-1)Cardiac–Fernando Perez–120–(20-1)Energia Fribby–Rafael Bejarano–115–(4-1)Kenjisstorm–Edwin Maldonado–120–(8-1)Bourbon Soul–Flavien Prat–120–(6-1)Generosidade–Tiago Pereira–119–(4-1)Blingo–Alex Solis–120–(6-1)Quick Casablanca–Tyler Baze–120–(7-2)Life’s Journey–Kent Desormeaux–120–(20-1)Generoso–Martin Pedroza–120–(20-1)First post time for an 11-race card on Sunday, closing day of Santa Anita’s current Winter Meet, is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.
1 Zlatan Ibrahimovi? won’t be short of options when his contract expires in the summer.The Sweden international will become a free agent at the end of the season having confirmed, after Paris Saint-Germain wrapped up the Ligue 1 title with eight games to spare, that he won’t be extending his stay in the French capital.And, the latest reports claim the striker is eyeing a move to London, with it stated that Arsenal have been offered his signature.Arsene Wenger has since spoken of his surprise at the speculation, but that hasn’t stopped supporters from getting a little excited… Zlatan Ibrahimovic will become a free agent in the summer
SAN JOSE — Erik Karlsson issued a guarantee on Friday: He “definitely” will be ready for the playoffs.At this point, the Sharks aren’t setting a timetable for Karlsson’s return from groin issues that have sidelined him for 13 games over the last three months. Karlsson says he won’t be back “any time soon,” but the hope is to get him on the ice for a “few games” before the Stanley Cup playoffs begin April 10.The chances of Karlsson being ready then?“One-hundred percent,” he said Friday. “It’s …
What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … sarah perez Tags:#mobile#Product Reviews#web If you’re placing a call directly, it doesn’t immediately ring the recipient’s phone. Instead, they’re alerted via a message in Gtalk or Facebook chat, if available, or via the OrganIP website. They can then choose to answer the call, send the call to voicemail, or have the voicemail transcribed into text and sent to them. If you’re worried about all of a sudden getting a deluge of call requests from online buddies, don’t be. The options available for each contact are a direct reflection of how you’ve configured your profile and privacy settings on the social networks in question. For example, if you don’t list your phone number in your Gmail profile, no one can call you directly, it will always go to voicemail. For Facebook and Gtalk, only those friends who are allowed to chat with you can send a URL via the chat interface to invite you to a phone call. Unfortunately for the company, the actual demo of their technology didn’t go so well on stage. The first attempt at placing a call didn’t go through so it appears they may have some kinks to work out before they officially launch. However, they did give it a shot a second time and the call went through as promised. It’s hard to say whether it was network issues causing the problems or the OrganIP software itself.Partnership with OpenDNSThrough a partnership with the free DNS resource OpenDNS, any users typing in a telephone number in the address bar will be connected to OrganIP service and provided with shortcuts allowing them to make a call or send a voicemail. For a small startup, that’s really hitting the ground running, as OpenDNS currently boasts about 15 million+ users.Mobile Application and Future Plans In addition to the web interface which works on Windows, Mac, and Linux, OrganIP is also launching an Android application which delivers the same functionality to smartphones running Google’s mobile OS. The company is working on versions for iPhone, Palm Pre, Blackberry, Symbian, and Windows Mobile, too, which will be made available in the coming months. For now, OrganIP is a free application, but starting next year, the company plans to charge via a subscription service plan for a reasonable monthly fee which will hover somewhere around $5 per month. The service will be a “freemium” offering, keeping some aspects free while other features will only be available to paying customers. However, all calls made over Wi-Fi networks will remain free always.OrganIP will be launched into an open beta on October 19, 2009. You can sign up to join at www.organip.com. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Today at the DEMOfall 09 conference, Digitrad announced a new consumer voice service called OrganIP. Although the odd name conjures up ideas of a medical or musical application, we think that perhaps it’s supposed to be a play on the word “organize.” (Well…maybe.) Names aside, what this new application does is intriguing. It connects you with your social networking friends via your mobile phone or web browser, allowing you to place calls even if you don’t know your friend’s phone number. In addition, you can use the app to send voicemails or even voice-to-text messages and all you need to know is a person’s name. For now, the application only works with your Facebook friends, Gmail contacts/Gtalk, and the .tel domains, but they’re working on adding additional networks including LinkedIn, Windows Live Hotmail, and Twitter, all of which should become available in about a month or so. Using OrganIPWhen you launch the application on the web, you’re presented with a search box where you can type in the contact’s name who you want to reach. Assuming you’re connected to them on one of the supported networks, you’ll then be presented with their profile name next to an icon representing which social network they were found on. To place a call, you just click on one of the three options provided: you can either call directly, send them a voicemail, or send a voice-to-text message. Related Posts
A month after back-to-back death of elephants in the Nandankanan Zoological Park (NZP), a white tiger died on Tuesday.The tiger Subhranshu was suffering from blood protozoan disease and under intensive care and treatment of the zoo veterinarians for the last one month.“Preliminary postmortem findings reveal that it is due to haemorrhagic enteritis, hepatitis, jaundice and ascitis suspected for tick-borne protozoan disease. Samples (necropsy) were collected from the body parts for molecular confirmation and histopathological examination,” said NZP authorities.“Samples of some body parts collected from the tiger will be sent to the Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Bareily and Chennai for molecular confirmation of disease. Simultaneously, it will be processed at the Centre for wildlife health, OUAT Bhubaneswar,” said the NZP.Authorities said they were exploring the possibility of vaccinating canines and felines against blood protozoan diseases, using vaccines available in India or abroad.To eliminate ticks, cleaning of surroundings of carnivore enclosures up to 10 ft from the boundary wall and spray of acaricide in the surrounding would be taken up and the ongoing anti-tick measures would be intensified. Parasitologists will be consulted for exploring alternative measures for tick elimination. The number of big cats has come down to 25.
LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Onwubere bids EAC goodbye on a winning note But no matter how superstitious he is, Dela Cruz, of course, washes his clothes first.It looked like Dela Cruz’ lucked rubbed off the Chiefs as they strung four straight wins in their late Final Four run to go up to an even 9-9 slate with the pint-sized playmaker leading the way.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDela Cruz has stepped up to the plate for Arellano, filling the shoes left by Kent Salado in the last two games, with the lead guard out for the season due to a slight MCL tear on his right knee.Interestingly, dela Cruz is wearing jersey number 16, the same number Salado wore until he changed to 3 this year. But he argued that it’s just pure coincidence, explaining that he devoted his number to his parents’ anniversary. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSuperstitions have always been a huge part of Levi dela Cruz’ game that he continues to wear the same uniform he played well in for his next games.“Whatever I wore when I felt lucky, I won’t stop wearing it. Whatever I used when I was named the best player or whenever I play well, I would continue using it,” said dela Cruz, pointing to his gray jersey after pouring 20 points, five assists, three rebounds, and two steals in Arellano’s 81-64 win over Mapua on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ View comments Manila police chief: Cops tolerating illegal street vendors to get ax PLAY LIST 01:22Manila police chief: Cops tolerating illegal street vendors to get ax00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Coach Jerry Codiñera, however, says that dela Cruz isn’t so much of a Salado, but more of a Jio Jalalon, going as far as giving him a moniker of his own.“He’s like a mini version of Jalalon. The Mini Bus Driver, or the Coaster Driver,” the PBA great said, triggering smiles from the press.Turning serious, Codiñera sees big things ahead for his 22-year-old guard.“For a rookie, he’s outstanding. I think he’s our third best player and I hope he’ll continue. He has a bright future, but he has to mature, his shot selection has to keep improving, and we continue on improving. He has to shoot well, defend well, and he has to direct and lead the team,” he said.Humbled with the comparison, dela Cruz knows that he’s still far from the level of the former Arellano playmaker.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients “It’s still far. I’m challenged whenever coach Jerry gives me advice, especially when I commit mistakes. I always listen to him and I try my best to achieve what we’re trying to reach, to correct my miscues so that next game, I can correct those. It’s still a learning process for me and I know that I still have a lot to learn,” he said. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president