La Voix de Djibouti is not run by “opposition illiterates,” RSF says

first_img Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled by Djiboutian President Ismaïl Omar Guelleh’s defamatory comments in a magazine interview about the only independent media outlet operated by Djiboutian journalists. The sole aim of Guelleh’s lies was to deflect attention from the complete lack of press freedom in his country, RSF says. Guelleh, who might run for a fifth term as president next April, made his defamatory comments about La Voix de Djibouti (LVD), a radio station and Web TV, when asked about press freedom in Djibouti in an interview for the French monthly Jeune Afrique. He called it “an opposition website based in Brussels” and described its journalists as “sometimes barely literate fellows.” He also claimed that he had “imprisoned no one.” It is hard to utter so many falsehoods in just two sentences.But the Djiboutian regime’s propaganda doesn’t bear examination. LVD’s headquarter are in Paris, not Brussels, and its reporters in Djibouti have to work clandestinely to escape the regime’s persecution. They have been arrested at least six times in the past year or so, as RSF has documented and reported at the time.Far from being illiterate, most of LVD’s journalists have university degrees and some have taken journalism courses abroad. And most of them speak several languages.While LVD’s fans may include members of the opposition, it is independently funded and its editorial policy is to allow all viewpoints to be expressed. RSF has seen its financial records for 2018 and 2019 and confirms that it received no funding from the Djiboutian opposition.Its programming and content provide space for independent opinions, debates and reporting that are not tolerated in Djibouti, where only the state media are allowed to operate and are forced to relay the regime’s propaganda.LVD often invites members of the government. For example, Abdourahman Mohamed Allaleh, the ruling coalition’s vice-president, was recently invited to debate the latest developments with a member of the main opposition party. Government supporters and members are repeatedly asked to express their views, but rarely accept, as RSF has been able to confirm by looking at messages received by LVD’s director.Without LVD’s vital reporting, many matters of public interest, such as the impact of recent flooding, police violence and examples of corruption and nepotism would have gone uncovered. It was in recognition of the important work it carries out in extremely difficult conditions that LVD was included in the list of nominees for this year’s RSF Press Freedom Prize, which was awarded yesterday.“No, LVD’s journalists are not opposition illiterates,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “The president’s comments about the only independent media outlet run by Djiboutian journalists are slanderous and are designed solely to deflect attention from the complete absence of press freedom in his country. No matter how serious, these completely mendacious accusations deceive no one. This media outlet produces quality work with few resources and a great deal of courage. Its provision of a space for expression, information and debate is absolutely essential and prevents Djiboutians having to rely on the regime’s propaganda as their only source of information.”When asked by Jeune Afrique why Djibouti has no privately-owned media, Guelleh simply said, “They’re expensive” and “the market is limited.” This is totally duplicitous. No mention of financial problems were raised when LVD requested a licence in 2015. The laconic response from the authorities, which RSF has seen, simply said: “The national communication commission in charge of issuing licences is not yet operational.”Despite repeated subsequent requests, LVD is still waiting for a licence. As for the national communication commission, its creation was envisaged in a law on freedom of communication that dates back to 1992.Djibouti is ranked 176th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index, three places lower than in 2019. Follow the news on Djibouti Djibouti: Detained reporter’s home searched, Facebook account hacked August 4, 2020 Find out more Organisation News December 9, 2020 La Voix de Djibouti is not run by “opposition illiterates,” RSF says July 17, 2020 Find out more News Receive email alertscenter_img DjiboutiAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence ImprisonedFreedom of expression News RSF_en News DjiboutiAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence ImprisonedFreedom of expression Another Voix de Djibouti reporter arrested in Djibouti City Djibouti releases two journalists Djibouti’s President Ismail Omar Guelleh attends ceremonies marking the 41st anniversary of Djibouti’s independence in Djibouti on June 27, 2018. Houssein HERSI / AFP to go further June 11, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Outdoor Updates: The Quadrantid Meteor Shower Peaks Friday Night

first_imgHiker lost in Florida wilderness uses cell phone light to flag down helicopter A major meteor shower will grace the night sky this Friday night. The Quadrantid meteor shower peaks on Friday night and into the early hours of Saturday morning. Under clear skies, viewers can spot over 100 meteors per hour shooting through the sky. The meteors will originate from near the constellation Ursa Major, aka the Big Dipper, but shooting stars will be visible throughout the sky. An experienced hiker exploring the Flatwoods Wilderness Park in Thonotosassa, Florida became lost after dark on Sunday. Libia Marsack says that she’d been hiking for a few hours when she set out on a new trail she discovered just before dusk, thinking she could finish it quickly. “I figured it was just a small loop they had there, so I decided to explore that last little trail before I leave and that’s when things started getting bad for me because the trail ended up being much longer than I expected,” Marsack told WTSP News. Unfortunately for those of us in the eastern U.S., a storm system could prevent a clear view of the sky. Rain is expected from New England down into the Appalachians, but if the clouds begin to part, it will be well worth braving the cold to take in Mother Nature’s lightshow. Bushfires continue to burn across Australia, fueled by severe drought and extreme temperatures As the sun set, Marsack began hiking towards what she thought was the trailhead, but ended up on a dirt access road deep within the park. As the battery drained from her cell phone, Marsack called 911. A rescue chopper was dispatched and the hiker flagged it down with the flashlight on her cell phone. Once Marsack’s exact location had been determined, a park ranger on at ATV arrived to collect her.  Look up! The Quadrantid meteor shower peaks Friday night Massive bushfires are burning across Australia. In the most impacted state, New South Wales, fires have burned more than 9.9 million acres and destroyed over 900 homes. Twelve people have died in the fires, including three volunteer firefighters. In New South Wales alone, 100 fires are burning, half of them uncontained. Flames of 230 feet, higher than the height of the Sydney Opera House, have been recorded. The fires are fueled by high winds and record-breaking high temperatures. In December, Australia twice broke its record for all-time highest temperature. For years, scientists have warned that hotter and drier temperatures will contribute to more intense and frequent wildfires.last_img read more

More than 180 patients attend LUH Emergency Department in 48 hours

first_img186 have attended the Emergency Department at Letterkenny University Hospital this week, it has emerged. The HSE said this is significantly higher than the average number which ranges between 105 and 115 patients per day.Following the high attendances, the hospital has admitted a significant number of ill patients, many of whom remain in the ED awaiting a bed. In a statement issued earlier, Saolta said actions were underway in the hospital to alleviate the waiting times for patients requiring hospital admission include additional reviews and early discharges.“We regret the delays experienced by our patients,” Saolta said. “We would like to remind the public that we encourage them to attend the Emergency Department only in the case of real emergencies and they should contact their GP or GP Out-of-Hours service in the first instance.“We also wish to thank our staff who are working extremely hard during this busy and difficult time.” More than 180 patients attend LUH Emergency Department in 48 hours was last modified: September 25th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)last_img read more

Kentridge: master of his craft

first_img7 July 2003William Kentridge is not only South Africa’s best-known artist, he is also regarded as an artist of great importance internationally, with galleries around the world queuing up to exhibit his works.With one exhibition, theatrical production or multi-media collaboration after another, his creativity seems unstoppable. Though he tends to use one specific technique, his trademark charcoal drawings, Kentridge continues to explore diverse media – from etchings, lithographs and silk screens to animated film, theatre with puppetry, opera and video – as vehicles for expression.He is best known for his animated films in charcoal drawings and his multi-media theatrical productions, like Faustus in Africa and Ubu and the Truth Commission, which he created in collaboration with the Handspring Puppet Company, using puppets, live actors and animation.His works have a breathtaking power and boldness, compelling the viewer to take notice and interact with them. Kenneth Baker from the San Franscisco Chronicle had the following to say: “People tend never to forget where and when they first encountered the art of South African William Kentridge, such is its power.” And Guardian art critic Adrian Searle described his work as “so arresting, so unexpected and so unplaceable that it is truly refreshing”.Johannesburg is still homeThough a global player in the art world, Kentridge’s inspiration remains Johannesburg, where he lives with his wife and three children. His works are profoundly political, but Kentridge steers away from the label of “political commentator”. Neither, he says, are his works expressions of “white guilt”, as some critics have argued.“I have never tried to make illustrations of apartheid, but the drawings and films are certainly spawned by and feed off the brutalised society left in its wake”, he said in an interview. “I am interested in a political art, that is to say an art of ambiguity, contradiction, uncompleted gestures, and certain endings; an art (and a politics) in which optimism is kept in check and nihilism at bay.”Kentridge, who was born in 1955 in Johannesburg, is the son of Felicia Geffen and respected QC, Sir Sydney Kentridge, who was involved in several historically and politically important law cases in South Africa. He is one of four children.Kentridge studied a BA in Politics and African Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand from 1973 – 76. For the next two years he studied art at the Johannesburg Art Foundation. From 1981 – 82 he studied mime and theatre at the Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris. He was a founder member of the Free Filmmakers Cooperative, and served as a member of the Junction Avenue Theatre Company from 1975 – 1991.Exhibitions around the worldKentridge has exhibited his works – both in solo and group exhibitions – at many prestigious galleries and museums around the world, including the Museums of Modern Art in Oxford and New York, Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego and Documenta X1 in Kassel, Germany.Several of his exhibitions have toured major cities around the world, including Barcelona, Brussels, Munich, Marseille, Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington DC and Sydney. He has also participated in several biennales.In 1998 Kentridge was a finalist for the Solomon Guggenheim Museum’s second Hugo Boss prize, and was awarded the Carnegie Medal at the 1999/2000 Carnegie International in Pittsburgh. He was awarded an honorary doctorate in fine art from the Maryland Institute of Contemporary Art in Baltimore.More recently, the Kentridge Retrospective has been on show at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and the SA National Gallery in Cape Town.His latest collaboration with the Handspring Puppet Company, Confessions of Zeno, a multi-media production, was performed at the National Arts Festival and in Belgium and Germany last year. Zeno Writing, his exhibition of drawings, was on show at Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg in March 2003.To order books or a CD Rom on William Kentridge’s works, click here. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Gordimer gets Google doodle on 92nd birthday

first_img20 November 2015Nadine Gordimer was “a powerful voice for change in South African politics, (who) moved untold thousands with the pathos of her sparse, penetrating narratives”, Google wrote in its tribute to the writer on its corporate website. Gordimer is the focus of one of its popular doodles to mark her 92nd birthday on 20 November 2015.Gordimer, who died in July 2014, was one of South Africa’s iconic anti-apartheid crusaders. She won the Booker Prize and the Nobel Prize for Literature for her epic but thoughtful works that dealt with the moral and racial complexities of South Africa in the 20th century.The doodle features Gordimer labouring in her study, where she typically worked from early morning into the late afternoon, as imagined by artist Lydia Nichols. In a style befitting Gordimer’s prose, Nichols exercised restraint by using only three colours, layered to create texture and subtle variation.Gordimer, who attended just one year of university, was once asked how she had developed such a sophisticated command of the language in the absence of any formal training. “From reading,” she said. “And living, of course.”Source: Googlelast_img read more

Big crowds cheer kick off of Alaska’s famed Iditarod race

first_imgHalana Hiatt of Denver was among the scores of fans who packed downtown to watch the action before she is set to return back home on Sunday. She is visiting the state with her Colorado-based mother, brother and grandmother after inviting them to experience the Iditarod, an item on her bucket list.“It seemed like a big deal,” Hiatt said. “I wanted to come check it out.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Rookie Victoria Hardwick’s team leads the way through cheering fans during the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, Saturday, March 2, 2019 in Anchorage, Alaska. (AP Photo/Michael Dinneen)ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Big crowds converged on Alaska’s largest city Saturday as hundreds of dogs and their humans kicked off the 47th running of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race with a ceremonial sprint along snow-heaped streets.The fan-friendly event in Anchorage brought spectators up close to the 52 musher-dog teams gearing up for the famed 1,000-mile (1,609-kilometer) race. Mushers are generally more relaxed here than they will be for the real thing. But the dogs barked furiously before setting off, jumping and straining against their sled lines in apparent excitement to get going on the 11-mile (18-km) dash.ADVERTISEMENT He said he was ecstatic to be back in the race.“I have no expectations,” he said. “My goal this year is to start with a smile, finish with the same smile and 14 happy, healthy dogs.”People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, a longtime race critic, protested at Saturday’s event with harnesses dangling from a representation of the burled arch that marks the finish line in Nome. The harnesses symbolized dogs that have died over the Iditarod’s history. By PETA’s count, more than 150 dogs have died in the race, including one last year. Five dogs connected with the 2017 race also died.“Dogs will continue to drop dead as long as they’re forced to run 1,000 miles at breakneck speed just so their owners can win prize money,” PETA spokeswoman Tricia Lebkuecher said.Race officials dispute the total number of deaths, saying no records of dog deaths were kept in the Iditarod’s early years. They have not provided their count of dog deaths to The Associated Press despite numerous requests over the past few years, the latest on Friday. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe serious, competitive portion of the wilderness trek starts Sunday in the small community of Willow, north of Anchorage. From there, the 14-dog teams will cross two mountain ranges, the frozen Yukon River and dangerous sea ice along the Bering Sea Coast. Village checkpoints are staged across the trail before the teams reach the finish line in the old Gold Rush town of Nome on the state’s western coast.The winner is expected in Nome in about nine days. The expected top prize is $50,000, the same amount as last year but more than $20,000 below the 2017 prize. The total purse is again $500,000 — about $250,000 below the 2017 purse. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandemcenter_img Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy The race comes after two difficult years for organizers marked by a dog-doping scandal, the loss of big-name sponsors and escalating pressure from animal activists over multiple dog deaths.But on Saturday, participants were focusing on the race ahead.“I’ve been working for this, building for this, for a long, long time,” Iditarod rookie Richie Beattie, from Two Rivers in Alaska’s interior, said as he waited with his dogs for Saturday’s event to get started. He might be a rookie in the Iditarod, but he’s a veteran musher, having competed twice in the 1,000-mile (1,609-km) Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race. So he was looking forward to getting on the trail “for real.”Other participants include defending champion Joar Ulsom of Norway, three four-time winners and a three-time champion.Four-time Iditarod winner Lance Mackey was greeted by multiple fans in his first Iditarod since he scratched in the 2016 race. Mackey, who also won the Yukon Quest four times, is a throat cancer survivor who has an outsize personality popular with fans. He continues to have multiple health problems, including hands that are unusually susceptible to cold and having to drink water constantly because radiation from treatments killed his salivary glands.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed LATEST STORIES Joel Embiid hopes to return from knee injury next week for 76erslast_img read more

10 months agoJablonec star Michal Travnik watched by Newcastle, Fulham

first_imgJablonec star Michal Travnik watched by Newcastle, Fulhamby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCzech Republic midfielder Michal Travnik is attracting Premier League interest.The 24-year-old has been starring for Jablonec this season and has caught the eye with his performances, notably in the Europa League.The Daily Mail says Newcastle and Fulham are both looking to strengthen in January but they will face competition for Travnik.Bundesliga side Augsburg and CSKA Moscow have also been impressed this season.He has five caps for his country and is valued at around £4million by his club who are third in the league. TagsTransfersAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your saylast_img

10 months agoBayern Munich striker Lewandowski: We can beat Liverpool

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bayern Munich striker Lewandowski: We can beat Liverpoolby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski has welcomed their Champions League draw with Liverpool.It will mean Lewandowski facing Jurgen Klopp, his former Borussia Dortmund coach.”It’s going to be a fantastic battle. Let’s go Bavaria, we can do it!” declared the Pole on social media.Also Klopp is – like everyone connected to football in Germany – full of anticipation: “It will be difficult, they have a top team, but for me it is nice to return to Germany. “I look forward to it.” last_img

13 days agoMan Utd legend Bryan Robson: Wrong to sell without replacements

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd legend Bryan Robson: Wrong to sell without replacementsby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Bryan Robson says Ole Gunnar ­Solskjaer’s squad lack leading stars.Robson insists the club made “a mistake” by clearing out big names, including Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez, without replacing them.He told the Mirror: “I think Man U’s only mistake so far is allowing too many experienced players to go.“Because we have had quite a lot of injuries at this stage of the season, they have left themselves a little bit short. That is why they are where they are.“Lukaku (to Inter), Sanchez (Inter – loan), Ander Herrera (PSG – loan), Chris Smalling (Roma – loan). These are very experienced players. In this situation, rather than kids, you need those types of ­experienced players to steady it.“People talk about ­leaders and every club needs them. Whether it is a ­centre-midfielder or a dominant centre-half, you need a leader to ­organise on the pitch. Man U are looking for that type of player.” last_img read more

Newfoundland premier tipped police to killer newly released documents reveal

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Less than two months before the election that would make him premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, Dwight Ball tipped police that the prime suspect wanted for murder in a botched bar robbery could be his daughter’s ex-boyfriend.Ball was then leader of the Official Opposition and preparing for the biggest political moment of his life.According to court documents released Tuesday, he told police on Oct. 8, 2015 — five days after the bar killing — that his tires had recently been slashed and his credit cards fraudulently charged for tens of thousands of dollars.Ball’s daughter, Jade, had also gone to police on Oct. 5, 2015, to report she was being harassed by a drug dealer for about $40,000 allegedly owed by her on-again, off-again boyfriend Brandon Phillips.“Ms. Ball states since the harassment has started, the persons responsible have now been harassing her father for the money, and at one point, bought a car using her father’s stolen credit card number,” according to the documents.Dwight Ball tipped investigators that Phillips could be the masked man shown on TV during a week-long manhunt. A jarring detail had caught his eye: the suspect on security images at the Captain’s Quarters bar in St. John’s was wearing a black windbreaker matching one stolen from Ball.Phillips also lived close to the crime scene where former firefighter Larry Wellman, 63, was killed Oct. 3, 2015, as he tried to stop the robbery. Wellman died of massive blood loss from a single gunshot to the groin.A jury found Phillips, 29, guilty of second-degree murder earlier this month. He is due back in court Feb. 22 for a sentencing hearing.Details leading to Phillips’ arrest, which did not come out during his trial, are part of information related to a search warrant that Ball went to court to keep secret. He has said through his lawyers the documents should be kept private to protect his daughter, who was charged with no crime.Ball argues in his application for a publication ban that his daughter’s “privacy and personal health interests outweigh in importance any right of access to the information” sought by media.Ball was granted an interim publication ban on Dec. 4 until the matter could be heard in provincial Supreme Court. Lawyers for Ball, the CBC and other media agreed Tuesday to a partial lifting of that secrecy.Arguments for keeping remaining details under wraps will be heard when the case is back in court Feb. 12.Ball said Tuesday he and his daughter co-operated with police and only want to protect their most private conversations.“My daughter is an innocent person in all of this,” he said in an interview. “When I made the decision … to go forward with this information it’s because I felt it was the right thing to do as a citizen, as a resident in this province. I would do the same thing again.”Phillips was charged with first-degree murder the day after an apartment located a short walk from the Captain’s Quarters hotel was searched Oct. 10, 2015.Neither Jade Ball nor the premier were called as witnesses at the trial held earlier this fall.Dwight Ball told investigators on Oct. 8, 2015, that his daughter, then 29, had known Phillips for four or five years, and that they moved in together soon after meeting.“Mr. Ball said at that point Jade and Brandon had a very serious drug problem” — particularly opiates, says the document, an Information to Obtain a search warrant. “Mr. Ball paid all outstanding bills they (Jade and Brandon) had. Mr. Ball’s concern was to make them safe.”Ball said Tuesday his family has endured the same drug issues that grip so many others.“Many families face similar challenges around substance abuse in their own lives, and I’ve always supported my daughter.”Ball said she has moved on with her life.“She’s a much different person right now than she was over two years ago. She’s now a new mother — and a good mother, I would say.”Ball said he wasn’t thinking of potential political consequences when he went to investigators.“I took this as my civic responsibility as a resident of this province, thinking about the family of Larry Wellman, a father, a husband. He was the real victim in all of this.”Wellman’s widow, Linda McBay, watched from the back of the courtroom Tuesday as the publication ban arguments played out.“It’s important to me,” she said. “It’s just important.”Less than two months after reporting Phillips to police, Ball led the Liberals to a majority win on Nov. 30, 2015.He was characteristically even-keeled in victory.“I don’t overreact too much in my life,” he told reporters that night. “I try and remain steady as things go.”Follow @suebailey on Twitter.last_img read more