Open letter urges President Biya to render justice to journalist who died in prison

first_img RSF_en News CameroonAfrica Organisation Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information News May 7, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Open letter urges President Biya to render justice to journalist who died in prison to go further May 31, 2021 Find out more News News Case against Amadou Vamoulké baseless, French lawyers tell Cameroon court Cameroonian journalist Paul Chouta sentenced and fined in defamation case Reporters Without Borders wrote today to President Paul Biya calling for exceptional measures and bold, deep-seated reforms to improve press freedom in Cameroon. The Cameroonian authorities cannot continue to take no action in response to the death two weeks ago of journalist Ngota Ngota Germain, also known as Bibi Ngota, in Yaoundé’s Kondengui prison, the letter said.Here is the letter:HE Paul BiyaPresident of the RepublicPalais de la PrésidencePlace de l’UnitéYaoundé, CameroonParis, 7 May 2010Dear President Biya,You must be aware that the death of journalist Ngota Ngota Germain, also known as Bibi Ngota, in Yaoundé’s Kondengui prison on 22 April sent shockwaves not only through the journalist community in Cameroon but also society in general and the international community.Hundreds of Cameroonian journalists gathered outside the prime minister’s office in Yaoundé on 3 May, World Press Freedom Day, to pay tribute to their deceased colleague. Several of them were roughed up by the police. When Polycarpe Essomba, a reporter for Equinoxe TV and Radio France Internationale (RFI), was manhandled and beaten, his shirt was torn and he lost his jacket, passport and money. We deplore the fact that the Cameroonian police often use force against journalists and that this peaceful sit-in was broken up in this manner.After our correspondent visited Bibi Ngota and two fellow journalists in the main Yaoundé prison, we alerted your government on 20 April to the deterioration in their state of health. We condemned their detention in collective cells and their lack of access to medicine and treatment. Nothing was done and Bibi Ngota died in detention two days later.The circumstances of his death are now a matter of dispute. Quoting from an internal report by the prison doctor, communication minister Issa Tchiroma Bakary said Bibi Ngota’s death was the result of his alleged HIV seropositivity, in particular, “from the consequences of opportunistic infections in a context in which his immune system had completely collapsed.” This is disputed by the deceased’s family and colleagues, who say they are outraged. They insist he was suffering from hypertension, asthma and a hernia for which he needed an operation, and they condemn the fact they he did not receive appropriate care.This case must obviously be treated with the utmost seriousness. It is vital that the exact causes of this journalist’s death are determined with precision. If it appears that the prison authorities were at least partly responsible for Bibi Ngota’s death, because they failed to give him the necessary treatment, we think that exemplary sanctions must be imposed. We ask you to guarantee the independence of the investigation.We also reiterate our request that Bibi Ngota’s two colleagues, Serge Sabouang, the editor of the fortnightly La Nation, and Robert Mintya, the editor of the weekly Le Devoir, who are still held in Yaoundé’s main prison, be granted a provisional release pending trial.The case of another journalist, Lewis Medjo, the editor of the weekly La Détente Libre, currently imprisoned in Douala, must also have been brought to your attention. Held since 22 September 2008 and convicted on a charge of disseminating false information, he is serving a three-year sentence. We have already had occasion to express our view that the sentence is unjust and out of all proportion to the alleged offence. This case should have been dealt with by other means than imprisonment. We therefore call on you to grant him a pardon so that he can be freed.We have for years been urging the Cameroonian authorities to follow the example of other African countries and decriminalize press offences. We ask you, through your communication minister, to support the holding of a national conference on the media in 2010. The media law must finally be modified to make it less repressive and to introduce penalties for press offences that are more appropriate and just than imprisonment. We reaffirm our desire to accompany you in this initiative by offering our expertise and our recommendations.Reporters Without Borders believes that a journalist cannot die in such circumstances in Cameroon without a strong reaction from the authorities. This tragic event must at least serve to arouse concern and foster a favourable evolution in the environment for Cameroonian journalists. We therefore urge you to undertake the exceptional measures and bold, deep-seated reforms we have outlined in order to improve press freedom in your country.As president, you have on several occasions said you would like to leave democracy as your legacy in Cameroon. In our view, today more than ever, you have an opportunity to demonstrate the firmness of your commitment to rights and freedoms.We look forward to a positive response from you to all our requests.Respectfully, CameroonAfrica Follow the news on Cameroon May 19, 2021 Find out more April 23, 2021 Find out more Jean-François JulliardSecretary-General Cameroonian reporter jailed since August, abandoned by justice systemlast_img read more

PECO counters data on city pole fires

first_img“Now, consumers are asking. Is thissabotage to mask the reality that the new power distribution franchise holderis not capable of serving Iloilo because they have no distributioninfrastructure in place at all,” Cacho added. Other concerns originated from forcemajeure and bad weather conditions, flash overs, and the presence ofvegetation, he stressed. The PECO report, which covered theyears 2017 to 2019, stated there were 709 post fires recorded by the Bureau ofFire Protection (BFP) and of these, only 138 involved PECO’s own poles. PECO’s franchiseexpired on Jan. 19 this year and it failed to secure one from Congress overmounting consumer complaints such as poor service quality and safety,unfriendly customer relations and frequent power outages, among others. PECO is the current power distributorin Iloilo City and the company’s rival is More Electric and Power Corp. (MOREPower) which is aiming to expropriate PECO’s distribution assets. PECO is currentlyoperating under a provisional Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessityfrom ERC to prevent disruption in power distribution until MORE Power securesthe city’s power distribution system or sets up its own./PN Regarding the recent two-day poweroutages, Cacho said, “The blackout in the entire Panay Island, and simultaneouselectric pole fires in the city, were beyond the control of PECO yet it wasused to show us in a bad light by overlooking the facts and stating mereassumptions.”center_img The ERC started an investigation lastweek after receiving a complaint about poorly maintained distribution lines,power outages, and hazardous electric posts. Cacho added that there have beensecondary lines/drop wires, transformer leakage, defective transformers, bustedfuse cut-outs that were brought about by pilferage or illegal connections. MORE Power has secured a 25-year powerdistribution franchise in Iloilo City from Congress. ILOILO City – In its “Post FireComprehensive Report” submitted to the Energy Regulation Commission (ERC),Panay Electric Co. (PECO) insisted that four out of five pole fire incidentshere were poles owned by telecommunications companies (telcos). It beliedearlier reports that the company was involved in over 700 pole fires in thissouthern city. “Regarding the 138 items attributableto PECO poles and equipment from 2017-2019, short circuits on service lines arethe most common issues reported to customers which are caused by additionalloads, customers allowing relatives or neighbors to attach on single serviceconnection,” stressed PECO head of Public Engagement and Government AffairsMarcelo Cacho.last_img read more

How did Jon Scheve average over $4 2018 corn?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jon Scheve, Superior Feed Ingredients, LLCOn 4/23/19, when the corn board was in free-fall, I priced my remaining 2018 crop on futures. I didn’t set a cash price, and instead I was waiting for a higher basis. I received $3.61 against July futures on the remaining 54% of my ’18 crop I still had unpriced.Why sell futures now?There were several reasons.I was concerned with how much corn prices had fallen already.It was apparent to the market there was too much U.S. and global corn supply.I’m only 10% sold for my 2019 corn and have no 2020 sales.The risk of African swine fever appearing in the U.S. is always present.There is unknown trade risk with China or even if NAFTA 2.0 gets signed.On 4/23/19 forecasts indicated that most of the Corn Belt would have a 15-day window of good weather to plant.So, in order to minimize my risk if the market doesn’t go higher, I sold. I hope this sale was the wrong decision, because that means I’ll have higher prices to sell my ’19 and ’20 corn. Currently, ’19 and ’20 prices aren’t at profitable levels.What’s your final ’18 futures price?When I combine my previous futures sales on the 46% of my crop that I have rolled to the July contract to collect market carry, and the options premium I’ve been collecting to this point, my final 2018 futures average price is $4.01 against July futures.What about basis?These trades did not have basis set on them. Since farmers weren’t selling when price levels dropped and because many were going to go to the field to plant, I thought there was a good chance for better basis. Today’s basis levels in my area are better than on 4/23, so I’m pleased with this decision so far.Hindsight is always 20/20I sold my remaining 2017 crop last August at $3.60. In hindsight, had I sold all of my remaining 2018 crop on the same day, I could have rolled those sales to this July and collected 40 cents of market carry. In hindsight, that would have been the better decision than waiting for a rally that ultimately never came. Still, while less ideal than collecting market carry, I did manage to pick up some extra premium selling calls and straddles on my unpriced corn over the past few months, which has been a consolation prize to help with my over all average price.It’s hard to know yet if selling futures at these levels was the right decision. But, with what I know today, including having 90% of my ’19 crop unpriced, I’m comfortable with my risk management decision. It was time to move on and focus on next year.Please email [email protected] with any questions or to learn more. Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction. The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC is merely providing this information for your general information and the information does not take into account any particular individual’s investment objectives, financial situation, or needs. All investors should obtain advice based on their unique situation before making any investment decision. The contents of this communication and any attachments are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should they be construed as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation to buy or sell any future, option, swap or other derivative. The sources for the information and any opinions in this communication are believed to be reliable, but Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information or opinions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC and its principals and employees may take positions different from any positions described in this communication. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results.last_img read more

How To Sell Green Upgrades: Better Insulation

first_imgR-30 is good and R-38 is “gooder.” That’s kind of how we sell insulation, right?At the end of the day, when we talk about green upgrades, this is probably the one item that most consumers understand better than any other. The maxim “more is better” is, with few exceptions, pretty safe territory when it comes to insulation. Oh, if it were on that simple!I like to tell consumers today that it is the proper installation of insulation, more than anything, which will ensure they get the realized R-value they have purchased. After all, if you compare the R-values per inch for fiberglass, cotton, open-cell spray foam, and cellulose, you just don’t see a huge difference. The value of a third-party inspectionOne of the key tenets of selling insulation upgrades, then, is to first focus your presentation on your installation processes — processes which will ensure a high-quality job regardless of insulation type. And that must include third-party inspection of the installation.If you are already building LEED, Energy Star, or NGBS projects, this will not be a problem, as the insulation inspection will be required. But if you are new to green and want to start taking smaller steps to becoming a better builder/remodeler, this is a very good inexpensive first step to take.Any rater/verifier/inspector with nationally recognized credentials could perform this inspection and give you a report when finished. And you can find those inspectors at your local homebuilders’ association. A minimum trip charge is all that is required, and assuming you pass and a follow-up inspection is not required, it will only cost you about $300. HOW TO SELL GREEN UPGRADESPart One: Radiant Barrier PaintsPart Two: Tankless Water HeatersPart Three: Energy AuditsPart Four: Exhaust FansPart Five: Electrical ImprovementsPart Seven: A Few Small Things Using insulation to reduce air leakageNow that you have successfully demonstrated to your client that they will get the R-value advertised on the insulation package by virtue of your proper installation processes, you can talk about the unseen benefits of different non-traditional insulation upgrades. That means talking about reducing the air leakage rate, which can be achieved by installing spray foam (or in some cases blown-in-place insulation). Because if you have air leaking through your parka on a cold winter day, your body is intently focused on where that air is coming in, and you could care less about the places where you are warm. Your attention is devoted to stopping that air leakage, right? Well, your house operates the same way. If cold air is leaking around, over, under or through the insulation, the insulation value of the complete home is compromised severely. Unless, of course you install an insulation that will eliminate air leakage in the first place.Hence the exploding market in spray foams, blown insulation, and countless hybirds. Do they insulate as well as typical batts? Sure they do — in some cases even better. But not so much better they are worth the price difference. But the price difference that is worth paying for is their air-sealing capabilities.You get to buy a parka that has no air leaks. That’s what blown-in insulation and spray foams do so well: they get into the nooks and crannies, holes and crevices, and plug them up or cover them to stop that dastardly air from leaking into or out of the house! The homeowner benefits, and so do youSo the next time you meet with your client, talk insulation. Talk first about proper installation, and then talk about the superior air leakage elimination benefits of upgraded insulation.That is what will make insulation upgrades such an easy sell — it has tangible benefits to the homeowner, and then, of course, to your bottom line! One tip on the inspection: make sure your project manager and insulation contractor are on site so that they could learn what the inspector is looking for.last_img read more

SIPT Opening Statement brings anticipation for evidence Proceedings resume today

first_img Delancy challenged on leadership style, calls Floyd Hall, ‘man of integrity’ Related Items:andrew mitchell, Chal Misick, clayton greene, Earlson Robinson, Jeffrey Hall, lilian boyce, Melbourne Wilson, michael misick, quinten hall, ralph thorne, sipt trial BOYCE FIRES HER ATTORNEY, as SIPT Trial continues Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 15 Feb 2016 – Evidence will today begin being presented against the men and women accused of abusing their government power and connections to defraud the public purse of the Turks and Caicos of tens of millions of dollars. When the Special Prosecution proceedings wrapped up on the Friday February 5, 2016, Andrew Mitchell laid out that in six years Michael Misick, the former premier managed to spend over $28 million dollars on a lavish lifestyle; and that it was ill gotten monies which he allegedly siphoned from the people of the TCI. The special prosecutor says Misick used his government credit card for personal purchases, and allegedly tried to force TCIG to pay for it…. That he paid school fees for ex-wife LisaRaye’s daughter… that he chartered planes and yachts, allegedly at the expense of the people of the TCI and that he had many companies set up to allegedly launder money. Misick had told media before the holidays in 2015 that he would not take a plea deal in this case because he is completely innocent of all charges.Still, Mitchell painted a very different and compelling picture of Michael Eugene Misick and his colleagues in an opening statement which lasted three weeks. When it came to the ex deputy premier, Mitchell summed up that Floyd and Lisa Hall went from having no declarations once he became a member of parliament to having a whole lot. The former PNP deputy leader is charged with funneling money on deals made while in office through the PNP account to his own; that he got, allegedly, some $1.13 million from government and as Mitchell put it, his spending was inconsistent with his government salary… $700,000 was said to have been his credit card bill alone. When it came to McCallister Hanchell, the former Minister of Lands it was also about drawing the contrast between Hanchell’s beginnings in government and his declarations as a House of Assembly member over time. There were hardly any declaration of assets in the beginning, but that mushroomed as did Hanchell’s personal account and assets over the years. A one million dollar wedding, $1.2 million in credit card spending, a near million dollar house in Chalk Sound and payments from the PNP of $113,000 were all linked to Hanchell by the Special Prosecutor. When it came to Lillian Boyce, the former Health and Education Minister it was about the $1 million cheque her brother, Earlson Robinson received from a North West Point land deal and money she told the SIPT was loaned to her by him and money loaned to Michael Misick by them both. This is the one charge against Boyce, who is alleged to have gained $1.3 million from TCIG and who also never received any payment from the PNP party account. Andrew Mitchell, QC also said Jeffrey Hall benefited from what he called the spoils power as his declarations showed amassing properties and showed hundreds of thousands of dollars in benefits to the former Minister of Housing. This allegedly included a payment from the PNP party, often through the bank account of his wife and an individual named as Charles Hall. Jeffrey Hall, unlike Lillian Boyce did not cooperate with an interview with the SIPT. The Crown charges Chal Misick, attorney brother of Michael Misick with assisting the laundering of money from corrupt and dishonest activities for his brother and others. The SIPT charges that Chal Misick played a leading role, but he too declined to answer any SIPT questions. Still the Crown said Chalmers must have known what he was doing and demonstrated various payments made on behalf of the former premier. Even a chart was created to show the rise of income for Mike Misick.Another attorney, Clayton Greene, who is also former Speaker of the House of Assembly is caught up in a one million dollar transaction linked to the Juniper Hold land deal. Reportedly, Greene, who is Floyd Hall’s first cousin deposited the million dollars to TCI Bank in an account, owed by Quinten Hall, Floyd Hall’s brother. The SIPT charges Greene with money laundering for this action. The final presentation on that final opening statement day related to Melbourne Wilson, also an attorney who did cooperate with an interview but for the most part told the SIPT that he could not remember the finer details of a transaction related to the North West Point Land deal. Wilson described himself as the close friend of Jeffrey Hall; he is answering for allegedly laundering $200,000. When court resumes today, in all that Andrew Mitchell, QC has already laid out – he now says he will provide the evidence to support the allegations against the nine defendants.Ralph Thorne, QC for Michael Misick is due to first give his response to the Opening Statement by Mitchell. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Karen Delancy, former Cabinet Minister in Michael Misick regime takes the witness stand in SIPT trialslast_img read more

January 25 2008 We complete our report of the ten

first_imgJanuary 25, 2008 We complete our report of the tent removal in the amphitheater of the Colly Soleri Music Center, segments posted on 1/18, 1/21 and 1/23. The huge tarp has been lowered to the amphitheater stage. We complete our report of the tent removal in the amphitheater of the Colly Soleri Music Center, segments posted on 1/18, 1/21 and 1/23. The huge tarp has been lowered to the amphitheater stage. [Photo & text: sa] The crew folded the material into a managable packet and lots of people are needed to carry the wrapped tarp out of the amphitheater. The East Crescent space has taken on a whole new look. When the tarp was first installed in 1989, only the first Unit had been built. [Photo & text: sa] For the first time we can appreciate an un-interrupted view of the size and beauty of this amphitheater, surrounded by ten Units of appartments, common spaces like the communtity room, recreation room and library, and Soleri Archives on the groundfloor of Unit 3,4 and 5. Planning department and Graphics are working on a new design for coverage of the stage and seating area. [Photo & text: sa]last_img read more