Bangui judicial authorities lose French journalist’s murder file

first_img May 13, 2020 Find out more Central African RepublicAfrica April 6, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts CAR policeman who shot reporter must be punished, RSF says December 13, 2019 Find out more Four years after the young French photojournalist Camille Lepage was shot dead in an ambush in the Central African Republic’s western Bouar region on 12 May 2014, judicial problems in Bangui continue to hold up the investigation into her murder. Organisation Central African RepublicAfrica News Six years on, same unanswered questions about French journalist’s death in CAR Newscenter_img Help by sharing this information “Closing this case is out the question until we are satisfied that everything that could be done has been done,” said Vincent Fillola, the Lepage family’s legal adviser, who has just returned from a visit to Bangui. Aged 26, Lepage was murdered while travelling with one of the “anti-balaka” militias that fought the Séléka rebels during the 2012-2014 civil war in the CAR. Her killers have still not been identified and much remains to be done to advance the investigation.According to the information obtained by RSF, Fillola encountered an unexpected problem in Bangui: the Lepage murder case file has disappeared. Continuing political instability in the CAR, which has resulted in many judges being moved from one position to another, could be to blame. The judicial authorities insist they are doing everything possible to find the file, but its disappearance forced the judges to postpone the trial that was initially scheduled for January 2018.Several hypotheses have been developed about the circumstances of the ambush and possible suspects have been named, but no investigation has been carried out at the scene of the murder and no crime reenactment has been conducted, although this is obligatory in murder cases. Carrying out an investigation at the place where the murder took place would have been very difficult four years ago because of the security situation prevailing at the time, but it would be possible now, Fillola said in an interview for Reporters Without Borders (RSF). “Police investigators and investigating judges say that current conditions would allow a visit to the location, with the support of MINUSCA [the UN peacekeeping mission in the CAR] and the French judicial services,” he said. “Everyone is calling for a field investigation.”“We count on the judicial authorities to do every possible to locate the Camille Lepage murder file,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “And since the security situation now allows it, it is incomprehensible that the investigators have not yet been able to carry out their investigation in the field, including a reenactment of the crime using forensic methods, which is essential. It is high time to complete this investigation, which has dragged on for too long. The responsibility and credibility of the CAR authorities is at stake. Everything must be done to ensure that this murder is not left unpunished.”Despite the problems in Bangui, Camille Lepage’s mother, Maryvonne Lepage, is determined to press on to the end. “Even if we cannot put a name to the person whose finger was on the trigger, it is essential that we at least identify the group that carried out the attack.” As well as establishing the truth about her daughter’s death, she is also aware of the need to press on for the sake of all the other reporters and photojournalists killed or missing in the field. “If we pursue this to the end, it can help all the other families to press on with their own investigations, or it can help to put other forgotten cases back on the agenda.”The Lepage murder is far from being the only one of a French journalist that is still unresolved after years. The investigation into the murders of Radio France Internationale journalists Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon in northeastern Mali in 2013 has yet to be concluded. And the disappearance of Guy-André Kieffer, a journalist with French and Canadian dual nationality who disappeared in Côte d’Ivoire in 2004 while investigating shady practices in the cocoa trade, is unsolved after 14 years. According to the latest RSF tally, 1,035 journalists have been killed in connection with their work in the past 15 years, 65 of them in 2017. RSF decries arbitrary blocking of two CAR news websites News Follow the news on Central African Republic RSF_en May 11, 2018 Bangui judicial authorities lose French journalist’s murder file to go further French journalist Camille Lepage, 26, has been killed while on a reporting assignment in Central African Republic ©Fred Dufour / AFP Newslast_img read more

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No decision on community hospitals – HSE

first_img Facebook WhatsApp By News Highland – May 26, 2010 Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Twitter Google+ Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th No decision on community hospitals – HSE Previous articleDonegal v Down Preview Part 2Next articleSaville report to be published on June 15th News Highland 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Meanwhile, the HSE says that no decisions have been taken on the future of Community Hospitals in Donegal, with fears that the Ropck and Shiel Hospitals in Ballyshannon are at risk of closure.The issue was raised by Donegal representitives at a meeting of the HSE’s regional health forum in Galway this week.One of them, Cllr Frank Mc Brearty says he was told that the situation was still under review. It’s an answer he says is totally unacceptable, particularly in light of the rally which took place in Lifford at the weekend…..[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/000frank3pm.mp3[/podcast] Pinterestcenter_img Twitter Pinterest News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry WhatsApp 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Google+ Facebook Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

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Jessica works her magic to win Magician of the Year 2019

first_imgA young magician from Donegal has scooped the spellbinding title of Irish Magician of the Year at the IRARA Awards 2019.It’s not often that a magician is stunned, but Jessica Harkin was amazed to claim the prize alongside Burtonport’s Dylan Murray in the International Runway Achievers and Recognition Awards on Saturday last.“It was fantastic,” Jessica told Donegal Daily. The 22-year-old from Convoy has been doing magic for the past 11 years and has her sights firmly set on breaking America.“I’ve been trying to move to America and having an award under my belt is a great help,” she said.Jessica Harkin at the 2019 IRARA AwardsJessica was first enticed into the magnificent world of magic in 2009, when she saw psychological illusionist Derren Brown stick TV viewers to their sofas.“I was hooked after that. I started looking up tricks the next day and I realised this would be a great way to make friends.” Now, Jessica wows her audiences with comedy magic and prop tricks. She performs at parties across the county while astounding customers with clever tricks during her day job in Tesco. ‘Watch the little blue tokens’, is all she’ll say about that.The ultimate dream is to conquer the US, where the magic scene is so vast and the magic shops are plentiful.“Everything I’m doing is to work towards America, I’ve been three times since May, visiting Los Angeles and Vega. There are so many magicians and so many shows in places like the Magic Castle. To have my own show would be cool,” she said.Jessica HarkinJessica has been building up her contacts in the industry in the only way a magician can – through a deck of cards.“I’ve known Keith Barry since I was 14 and he sent me a deck of cards and some books. I kept those cards and anytime I ever meet any magicians I get their signature. “I’ve just filled a whole pack with names such as Derren Brown, Penn & Teller, Paul Daniels and David Copperfield,” she said.For now, Jessica is enjoying comedy and open mic nights to showcase her captivating and entertaining skills.“Performing is so much, I just love making people smile.”For a sample of her magic, check out Jessica’s Showreel here:  Jessica works her magic to win Magician of the Year 2019 was last modified: March 30th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:jessica harkinMagicianlast_img read more

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New Ediacaran Fossils: Do They Ignite the Cambrian Explosion?

first_imgWell-preserved fossils of seaweed-like colonies have been reported from China.  They are dated by the scientists at 600 million years old, from the Ediacaran period.  Can these be missing links, lighting the fuse of biodiversity that culminated in the Cambrian explosion?    PhysOrg summarized the findings published in Nature.1  “In addition to perhaps ancient versions of algae and worms, the Lantian biota – named for its location – included macrofossils with complex and puzzling structures,” the article said.  “In all, scientists identified about 15 different species at the site.”  Pictures of the seaweed-like fossils show fronds with a distinctive holdfast, like modern seaweed use to cling to the seafloor.    The paper in Nature shows pictures of frond-like and tube-like organisms “with uncertain phylogenetic affinities,” but no clear Cambrian-like body plans.  A couple of them, Guy Narbonne speculated in the same issue of Nature,2 are “probable ancestors of radial and bilaterian animals.”  The discoverers mentioned a hopeful case: “The axial structure in Types D and E is puzzling and it could represent the digestive structure of worm-like animals,” they hinted; “In an animal model, the holdfast and stalk of Type D would be alternatively interpreted as the proboscis of an early worm-like organism.”  The photos are not compelling.    Both papers spent much of their space discussing what effects varying levels of oxygen in the oceans might have had on the evolution of life.  For instance, “To reconcile the conflicting geochemical and palaeontological indicators of palaeoredox conditions, we propose that the Lantian basin was largely anoxic but punctuated by brief oxic episodes,” the original paper said, harking back to the jargon of punctuated equilibrium, if that somehow helps evolution.  “These oxic episodes were opportunistically capitalized on by benthic macroeukaryotes that were subsequently killed and preserved by frequent switch-backs to anoxic conditions.”  Evolution did not seem to be going in any particular direction toward complex animal life.    The paper claims the Lantian biota is “probably older than and taxonomically distinct from the Avalon biota,” the previous record setter for “earliest-known fossil assemblage with macroscopic and morphologically complex life forms” at 579-560 million years old.  That suggestion, however, does not create any evolutionary linkage between the two independent groups.  Even so, neither fossil beds show any of the complex organs seen in Cambrian phyla.  The paper calls them multicellular eukaryotes.  The focus of the research was not so much on evolution upward and onward from these seaweed-like impressions, but “suggests that morphological diversification of macroscopic eukaryotes may have occurred in the early Ediacaran Period, perhaps shortly after the Marinoan glaciation, and that the redox history of Ediacaran oceans was more complex than previously thought.”1.  Yuan et al, “An early Ediacaran assemblage of macroscopic and morphologically differentiated eukaryotes,” Nature 470 (17 February 2011), pp. 390�393, doi:10.1038/nature09810.2.  Guy Narbonne, “Evolutionary biology: When life got big,” Nature 470 (17 February 2011), pp. 339�340, doi:10.1038/470339a.Even with the most generous concessions to Mr. Darwin, these fossils do not help explain the Cambrian Explosion.  They are simple frond-like colonies of eukaryotic algae, with no clear differentiation or body plans typical of Cambrian animals.  No amount of acquiescence to the evolution-incestuous dating methods can link these imprints with trilobites and vertebrates by an evolutionary sequence.    That’s why they changed the subject to talking about rising and falling oxygen levels in the oceans.  It’s a distraction and a red herring, intended to give a false impression that they are making some kind of progress solving this super-falsification of evolutionary predictions (01/07/2011). (Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Britons rate Cape Town tops

first_img19 October 2004Cape Town has added to its growing collection of international tourism accolades, being voted the best foreign city in the UK’s 2004 Telegraph Travel Awards, and the best city in the world for eating out in – and the second best destination overall – in a recent poll of British Airways staff.The Daily Telegraph, Britain’s best-selling daily newspaper, has conducted a travel poll amongst its readers for the past seven years. According to travel editor Graham Boynton, the awards are based on “the genuine opinions and experiences of the UK’s most affluent travellers and holidaymakers.”In the Telegraph’s top city spot, Cape Town relegated Sydney and Venice to second and third place respectively.South Africa placed third in the favourite holiday destination category, where the popularity of the film “Lord of the Rings” saw New Zealand knocking Italy off the perch it has sat on for four years.And in a poll of British Airways staff – among the “most well-travelled employees on the planet” – published in the September edition of the airline’s onboard magazine Highlife, Cape Town was rated the best city for eating out, pipping New York, Sydney, London and Paris to the post.Cape Town also scored highly in the best view category, with Table Mountain coming second after Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro and ahead of the Great Wall of China.South Africa was the only country to feature in the top five best overall destinations, placing fifth after Sydney, Cape Town, New York and Dubai.Speaking ahead of the unveiling of Cape Town and the Western Cape’s new destination brand identity this week, Destination Marketing Organisation chief Noki Dube said that winning international awards was “proof that our city has what it takes to compete with the best and win”.Dube added, however, that to be a real winner on the global tourism stage, a city had to “pay homage to the tourism troika – physical attraction, people and value.“Obviously, Cape Town’s physical beauty is a huge drawcard, and we need to preserve our natural heritage, working closely with environmental organisations and other interested stakeholders”, Dube said.“But this involves more than simply keeping our city and beaches clean. We need to ensure that all areas of this city are able to put their best face forward by giving disadvantaged areas the makeovers they need to attract tourists too.“Capetonians have always been singled out by foreign tourists for their friendliness”, Dube said. “We must capitalise on this natural friendliness by reinforcing tourism awareness and civic pride.“We must also continue to offer value propositions to our visitors. By doing this we will remain unbeatable.”SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

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Three Ways Tech Is Fueling Growth in the Sports Industry

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry Related Posts In many ways, the sports industry has remained untouched by time. The first international Olympics of modern history may have taken place in 1896, but the event was based on the Olympic Games held in ancient Greece beginning in 776 B.C. People have watched sporting events for centuries.Still, there are major differences between the sports industry and others. For one, although live events can only cater to a limited number of customers in person, they can be viewed by a virtually unlimited number of fans. Viewers attach themselves devotedly to certain franchises and are often fans for life, perhaps even passing down a particularly revered tradition to their offspring.While this passion for sports may seem timeless, the introduction of new technology in the industry is changing how sports are played, viewed, and monetized. The following uses of tech are having the biggest impact on the sports industry today.1. Esports is showing how tech can ‘buff’ the sports industry.Competitive gaming is expected to blossom into a $1.65 billion industry by 2021, and there’s no sign that its popularity will slow. Large companies are spending money on sponsorships and marketing efforts in esports, and crowdfunded prizes are beginning to reach into the millions.As esports becomes increasingly legitimized by businesses and fans, its traction with various other audiences is likewise growing. Colleges, including Robert Morris University in Chicago, now offer esports scholarships, and even ESPN is covering the new competitive domain. Summer camps and programs are also getting involved. Julian Krinsky Camps & Programs, which has provided preprofessional programs for 40 years, has created a new esports program that allows students to train with professional gamers to identify their personal strengths in gaming.Steve Robertson, CEO of JKCP, believes it’s important for the organization’s programs to encourage collaboration among the members of Generation Z, a group that’s helping to legitimize the esports industry. Robertson observes, “Gen Z collaborate in a way that helps bridge that isolation gap.” Like many traditional sports, esports includes teams that collaborate or work together to win.2. AI is making training sessions and conversations with fans ‘smart.’Unheard of even half a decade ago, AI and machine learning are being applied to the sports industry in a number of new and exciting ways. Sports teams can use chatbots to converse with fans and share relevant game information, and some media outlets are utilizing AI to generate automated sports coverage at a reduced cost.In some sports, such as auto racing, engineers are relying on computers to more accurately identify cars moving at fast speeds. AI can also improve human capabilities, and wearables are allowing coaches to gather data that helps them make training sessions more productive.Patrick Lucey, STATS LLC’s director of artificial intelligence, points out that “We have the ability now to … kind of simulate what players will do in a certain situation, so that’s really exciting.” As AI continues to become more sophisticated, it will no doubt make even bigger waves in the sports industry.3. Tech is fueling fanbase growth and engagement.Everyone has data these days, and the sports industry is no exception. From measuring the sales figures of specific channels to monitoring fan engagement, engineers are gaining valuable insights from the sea of data. For example, FanThreeSixty, founded in 2011 by former executives and owners of Sporting Kansas City, has developed technologies that help organizations around the world use data to strategically grow their fanbase.By gathering customer intelligence data during a live event, companies like FanThreeSixty are helping paint a picture of prospective customers in the most relevant context. Other technologies help measure fan followings on social media because customers are no longer limited to consuming content via traditional broadcast television networks.The next generation of fans are live-streaming their favorite teams from their mobile devices. Numerous social media platforms, including Facebook and Twitter, feature broadcast-quality streams. The former broadcast 15 live college football games in 2017 via its Stadium page, while the latter signed a $10 million deal in 2016 to stream 10 Thursday night NFL games. Why social networks? For teams, they represent a way to easily reach a global audience through the channels that audience has demonstrated a preference for.When you think of the sports industry, engineers, gamers, and tech-heads in Silicon Valley aren’t usually the first things to come to mind. Yet technology is proving to have a significant impact on the industry and those who operate in it, from players and coaches to corporate backers and broadcasting networks. As technological advancements continue to be introduced and refined, the industry will only continue to grow and evolve, just like the abilities of the athletes themselves. Tags:#sports industry center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Follow the Puck Peter Daisymelast_img read more

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Casino will check hotel rooms even with Do Not Disturb

first_imgATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – One of the world’s largest casino companies will check its guests’ hotel rooms every 24 hours, even if they have a “Do Not Disturb” sign hanging on the doorknob.Caesars Entertainment told The Associated Press Friday it also is considering giving panic buttons to its employees to enable them to quickly summon help if they are in danger or feel threatened. The company will implement the new policy soon at all its properties worldwide, spokeswoman Noel Stevenson said.The company, which owns 47 casinos in five countries, becomes the latest hospitality firm to adopt new room check policies after a gunman broke windows in his Las Vegas hotel room and rained bullets down on an outdoor concert in October, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds before killing himself.“In light of recent tragic events and to further strengthen security, we intend to check rooms with ‘Do Not Disturb’ signs on the door every 24 hours,” Stevenson said.The room checks will be conducted by security guards. The company had proposed having housekeepers do the checks, but changed its mind after opposition from a casino workers’ union.Caesars joins other gambling and hospitality companies who have adopted similar policies requiring guest rooms to be checked periodically, even if a “Do Not Disturb” sign is in use, including Disney, Hilton, MGM Resorts International, Wynn Resorts and Boyd Gaming. The frequency of checks ranges from 12 hours to two days.MGM, which owns the Mandalay Bay casino in Las Vegas where the mass shooting took place, says it requires a room check after two days if a guest has not interacted in person or over the phone with housekeeping or other hotel staff. The company says it also “reserves the right to enter the room if it is deemed appropriate to conduct a welfare check.”Local 54 of the Unite-HERE union had planned to hold a news conference Friday morning on the Atlantic City Boardwalk to oppose Caesars Entertainment’s proposed use of housekeepers to carry out the room checks, but called it off after the company told them it was changing the proposal.“After pressure from workers, Caesars Entertainment has agreed to rescind the room check policy that would have required housekeepers to enter rooms with ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign on them,” the union said in a statement distributed Thursday night. “Additionally, Caesars has informed us that the company is testing safety buttons with the intention of providing them to all housekeepers in the near future. Caesars will also be increasing the security presence on the guest floors.”Union officials declined to comment Friday, and Caesars officials did not address the union’s contention that worker opposition led to a change in the proposal.The union had been concerned not only about the Mandalay Bay shootings in Las Vegas, but also assaults and injuries among Atlantic City casino workers. Those cases include the sexual assault of a hotel worker at Bally’s who was pushed into a room and attacked earlier this month, and a fire at the Tropicana that started when a guest set up an illegal methamphetamine lab in the room. A hotel worker who entered the room after the fire broke out had to be hospitalized.___Follow Wayne Parry at http://twitter.com/WayneParryAClast_img read more

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Phase 3 polls in UP to decide fate of four members of

first_imgLucknow: The third phase of polling for ten Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh will decide the electoral fate of four members of the SP patron Mulayam Singh Yadav’s clan besides those of senior party leader Azam Khan and film actor and BJP candidate Jaya Prada.The polling for the third phase is to be held on April 23 for ten Lok Sabha seats in the Rohilkhand region of the state along with 105 other seats across 13 other states. The BJP, which had won seven out of the ten seats in this region in 2014, has a huge stake in this phase in Uttar Pradesh as the area is considered a SP stronghold as three of the total five members of the Yadav family had won from this region despite a Modi wave in the last elections. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The three Yadav family members who are seeking re-election respectively from Mainpuri, Badaun and Firozabad in this phase are Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav and his two nephews, Dharmendra Yadav and Akshay Yadav. Pitted against Akshay Yadav, son of Mulayam Singh Yadav’s cousin Ram Gopal Yadav, is another brother of the party patriarch, Shivpal Yadav, who has fallen out with SP president Aklhilesh Yadav, and fighting from Fiorozabad after floating a new political outfit, Pragateesheel Samajwadi Party (Lohia). In 2014, Mulayam Singh had won both the Mainpuri and Azamgarh seats, but had vacated the first one, which was won by his another family member Tej Pratap Singh in the subsequent bye-election. The electoral fortunes of senior SP leader Azam Khan will also be decided in this phase from Rampur which witnessed a new low in campaigning this time. Known for his controversial statements, Azam Khan made an “indecent” remark, targeting his BJP opponent Jaya Prada in Rampur by allegedly speculating on the colour of her underwear and attracting the saffron party wrath, besides that of the NCW.last_img read more

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Bengal provides Ayush training at blocklevel

first_imgKolkata: The Bengal government has started Ayush (Ayurveda, Naturopathy, Yoga, Unani, Sidhha and Homeopathy) training at the block-level across the state to enhance health infrastructure in the rural areas.The state government has completed the training programme for some of its medical officers, who would in turn train the other health workers at the district-level. After being trained, the district-level medical officers would train the Asha workers in the block level. The Asha workers will visit door-to-door to create awareness about fitness by using the traditional methods of treatment. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaVarious camps have been organised by the state government to train the medical officers. The Asha workers will visit the houses and train the people on how to combat diabetes, hypertension and others diseases by adopting some simple methods. The villagers in the block-level will be trained to identify the plants with medicinal value that are abundantly found in their vicinity. The block-based training progarmme was started in Malda on May 16 and would continue till May 17. Similar programmes will be conducted in other districts in various phases. The programme was a part of National Ayush Mission, a campaign initiated by the Centre. The programme is run by Centre and the state government. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayDr Sumit Sur from National Ayurveda Students and Youth Association said: “We welcome the move taken by the Centre to provide assistance to the state government in order to flourish Ayush treatment at the block-level.” Dr Biswajit Ghosh, Ayurvedic Medical Officer, Uttar Chandipur Sadar Upaswasthya Kendra, in Malda said: “It is a unique initiative by the state government and it will help to promote the traditional methods of treatment in the villages.”last_img read more

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