RSF urges Cameroonian court to acquit RFI correspondent

first_imgNews News Follow the news on Cameroon Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the acquittal of Radio France Internationale’s Hausa-language correspondent, Ahmed Abba, after the latest hearing in his case before a military court in Yaoundé on 5 October. April 23, 2021 Find out more October 7, 2016 RSF urges Cameroonian court to acquit RFI correspondent CameroonAfrica Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentImprisonedJihadism The trial is being followed closely because Abba, held since 30 July 2015, is facing a possible death sentence on terrorism charges. Representatives of the European Commission, the French embassy and the Cameroonian Federation of Press Publishers attended the hearing.Abba’s lawyers, Charles Tchoungang and Clément Nakong, raised many procedural objections at the hearing. They also objected to the belated inclusion of “computer expert” Ben Bidjocka as witness for the prosecution and to the fact their computer material seized at the time of Abba’s arrest was not placed under seal.The military court adjourned the trial until 19 October when it will rule on the defence’s objections. This will be decisive. If the objections are rejected, the court will begin to hear the substance of the case against Abba. Alternatively, the case against him will be dismissed for lack of evidence.“We are following this trial closely,” said Cléa Kahn-Sriber, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “The next hearing will be crucial for Ahmed Abba’s acquittal. In the absence of any hard evidence, we call on the Cameroonian judicial authorities to drop all the charges against this journalist and release him without delay.”Charged in November 2015 with “complicity in terrorist acts” and “failure to report terrorist acts” in connection with the radical Islamist rebel group Boko Haram, Abba has always insisted on his innocence. He is facing the possibility of a death sentence under the 2014 terrorism law.Cameroon is ranked 126th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. Case against Amadou Vamoulké baseless, French lawyers tell Cameroon court News Cameroonian reporter jailed since August, abandoned by justice system to go further Help by sharing this information May 31, 2021 Find out more Organisation RSF_en CameroonAfrica Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentImprisonedJihadism Receive email alerts News May 19, 2021 Find out more Cameroonian journalist Paul Chouta sentenced and fined in defamation caselast_img read more

Maryland woman angry with ex-boyfriend sparked massive apartment fire

first_imgPrince George’s County Fire Department(NEW CARROLLTON, Md.) — A woman who allegedly started a massive fire in a Maryland apartment building because she was upset with her ex-boyfriend has been arrested and charged with arson, authorities said.Natasha Ciara Joyner, 32, allegedly sparked the huge blaze in the three-story building at 5334 85th Ave. in New Carrollton on Sept. 17 around 3:30 p.m., according to a release to Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department.Firefighters spent two hours that day working to get the three-alarm blaze under control.In a video posted to the department’s Twitter account, flames can be seen shooting out high above the roof of the apartment complex with thick smoke billowing into the sky.There were no injuries to any of the residents or the firefighters who worked to extinguish the fire, the department said.The fire displaced 132 residents and caused $2.2 million in damages, the fire department said.The National Capital Region of the American Red Cross provided water, bedding and toiletries to residents who were affected by the fire.Joyner was arrested and charged with arson, malicious burning, malicious destruction of property and reckless endangerment for allegedly sparking the huge blaze, the department announced Friday.Additional charges are pending, according to a release by the department.It was not immediately clear if Joyner had legal representation.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Questions and concerns about America’s future

first_imgWhere are we as a nation headed? And what role can the millennial generation play in moving America forward? These were some of the questions posed during “A Town Hall on Politics and Public Service,” a discussion at the Institute of Politics (IOP) at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum on Wednesday evening.Following an introduction by IOP polling director John Della Volpe, President Drew Faust took the podium to discuss the challenges facing our country today. In all of these, she stressed, Harvard has a role to play.“Throughout this history, our University has embraced education and learning,” she said, and that commitment is “essential for democracy.” As well, she emphasized the need for civil discourse, saying, “We need to discuss and to defend the values and the principles that define us.”Visiting IOP fellows and MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski then came forward to facilitate the discussion, which covered topics from racism to health care, the administration’s uneven response to natural disasters, and gerrymandering.They were aided, at first, by visual prompts. An IOP survey had asked the registered student participants to share images that reflect America today. The pictures projected overhead ranged from the topical (NFL players “taking the knee”) to the humorous (a climber clinging to a ledge with his fingertips).Scarborough began by talking about the split in the country, citing his shock at hearing how many of his own family members did not share his political views. The lesson he learned from that, he said, was that more discussion is necessary.“We need to discuss and to defend the values and the principles that define us,” said President Faust before Scarborough and Brzezinski took the stage. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer.“That doesn’t mean we don’t call out racist comments,” he said. “It means we sit back and try to listen. This didn’t start with Donald Trump.”Brzezinski then took over, citing “depression, fog, division, and anxiety” as catchwords describing our present situation.Students, who introduced themselves by first name and, at times, their origins, took turns responding to the hosts’ prompts.One young man who introduced himself as a first-generation American, with parents from Mexico, talked about how difficult it is to hear the administration “bashing” the country of his family’s origins.A young woman, who recently moved from Wisconsin to Canada, brought up fears that President Trump’s bellicose rhetoric will become policy.Scarborough deflected her concern, slightly: “When you have a president who attacks Mexicans and gets elected, who says he wants to ban 1.5 million Muslims, my concern is not that this will be implemented in policy, because I don’t think it will. I’m worried about the attitudes that sink into people’s minds.”That comment opened the dialogue wider, as another student, who described herself as politically active, stood up. “This is not about attitudes anymore. This is about actions,” said the student, who was wearing a shawl. “Members of my family cannot come into this country.”As audience members talked about fears, frustration, and fatigue, Brzezinski nodded. “I’m really scared that we’re so desensitized, that things that are so abnormal are becoming normalized,” she said.Scarborough took the opposite tack, calling this a time of great awakening. “A lot of people who took American democracy for granted, who took the U.S. Constitution for granted, who took checks and balances for granted, will never take it for granted again,” he said.Advising the students not to be fazed by “a few nasty tweets and Russian Facebook posts,” he urged them to run for office.“The quality of public servants across the country has declined,” he said; Della Volpe said interest in serving has declined as well, citing a poll that found a drop-off in the last five years.“Politics has become a blood sport,” Scarborough concluded. “You have to know what you’re getting into, but you have to get in there. You have to get involved.”last_img read more

Governor Wolf Signs Seven Bills Into Law

first_imgGovernor Wolf Signs Seven Bills Into Law July 07, 2016 Bill Signing,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, the governor signed the following bills into law:Act 66 – HB 2003, sponsored by Rep. Cutler, authorizes the DGS, with the approval of PHMC & the Governor, to grant & convent to the Southern Lancaster County Historical Society certain lands situate in Fulton Township; & a certain tract of land in Lower Oxford Township.Act 67 – HB 2034, sponsored by Rep. Harris, authorizes DGS, with the approval of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and the Governor, to grant and convey to the Juniata County Historical Society certain lands situate in Beale Township, Juniata County.Act 68 – HB 2035 sponsored by Rep. Harris, authorizes DGS, with the approval of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and the Governor, to grant and convey to the Mifflin County Historical Society certain lands situate in the Borough of Lewistown.Act 69 – SB 1154 sponsored by Sen. Vulakovich, amends the Civil Service Act, in selection of employees for entrance to or promotion in classified service, for ratings of competitors; &, in appointment & promotion, for certification & for selection & appointment of eligibles.Act 70 – SB 1192, sponsored by Sen. Wozniak, authorizes DGS, with approval of Governor, to dedicate to Cresson Township a right-of-way from lands of the commonwealth at SCI-Cresson, situate in Cresson Township, Cambria County, for the purpose of a public roadway.Act 71 – SB 1225, sponsored by Sen Browne, authorizes the Department of General Services, with the approval of the Governor, to partially release a reversionary interest and use restriction affecting certain real property situate in the Township of Weisenberg, Lehigh County.Act 72 – SB 1270, sponsored by Sen. Killion, amends the Real Estate Appraisers Certification Act, for powers & duties of the State Board of Certified Real Estate Appraisers, for application & qualifications, reciprocity, & certification renewal, licensure renewal & records.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

European research confirms abortion increases risk of future preterm births

first_imgWorldMag 22 June 2015Studies leading up to a 2009 meta-analysis indicate the medical community has been aware for years of a link between abortions (induced and spontaneous) and subsequent preterm births. New research from Europe pinpoints surgical dilation and curettage (D&C) procedures as the culprit.A D&C is one of the most common methods of first trimester surgical abortion. A doctor may also perform a D&C after a miscarriage (also known as a spontaneous abortion) to remove the lifeless baby’s body.Last week in Lisbon, at the annual meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology, Dr. Pim Ankum of the Academic Medical Centre of the University of Amsterdam presented his analysis of 21 cohort studies involving nearly 2 million women. He found women who had undergone a D&C after an abortion or miscarriage faced in a subsequent pregnancy a 29 percent higher chance of a preterm birth (defined as between 32 and 37 weeks) and a 69 percent greater chance of a very preterm birth (before 32 weeks).During natural labor, the cervix dilates and thins over the course of several hours. But in some D&C procedures, an abortionist expands the cervix with metal rods. The abortionist then uses a spoon-shaped instrument called a curette to kill and scrape out the preborn baby. Ankum suggested the traumatic dilation during a D&C may injure a woman’s cervix, made mostly of muscle, increasing the possibility it will open prematurely in a future pregnancy. The invasive procedure may also introduce certain genital tract infections known to cause premature birth.Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show 1 out of every 9 babies born in the United States is preterm. Many of them experience breathing or feeding difficulties, cerebral palsy, developmental delays, and hearing or visual impairments. In 2010, more than one-third of all infant deaths in the United States could be traced to preterm-related causes.http://www.worldmag.com/2015/06/european_research_confirms_abortion_increases_risk_of_future_preterm_birthslast_img read more

Boca Pet Store Owner Leaves Jail After Arrest for Dead and Neglected Dogs

first_imgThat’s when Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control ended up removing dozens of puppies from the business, while the investigation continued.According to Dianne Sauve, who serves as director of Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control, “Had we not gotten there with Boca PD, most likely the death toll would have much higher.”Courtesy: Palm Beach County Sheriff’s OfficeRecords reveal that investigators found a dead three-month-old puppy and six severely ill french bulldogs among 58 dogs that called the shop “home.”Additionally, two of the animals required intensive care.Officials shut down the business indefinitely when they arrested Rosenbluth.The arrest report goes on to state that the store was negligent in prevention of injury and lack of regular care.Meanwhile, Rosenbluth bonded out of the Palm Beach County Jail on Wednesday, and faces multiple charges of animal cruelty. He was supposed to be helping puppies find their forever homes.Instead, authorities say a local pet store owner neglected the animals, and left them to die.Boca Raton Police arrested 37-year-old Marc Rosenbluth on Tuesday, after they came across the sad scene.The police report states that he and his wife sold sick dogs out of their store, “Poochie Couture,” last November.last_img read more