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Newspaper editor threatened over corruption coverage

first_img CameroonAfrica October 2, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Newspaper editor threatened over corruption coverage News Help by sharing this information News May 31, 2021 Find out more May 19, 2021 Find out more News to go further Receive email alerts Follow the news on Camerooncenter_img April 23, 2021 Find out more Cameroonian journalist Paul Chouta sentenced and fined in defamation case Case against Amadou Vamoulké baseless, French lawyers tell Cameroon court Organisation RSF_en Cameroonian reporter jailed since August, abandoned by justice system Reporters Without Borders calls on President Paul Biya to publicly condemn a series of attempts to intimidate its Cameroon correspondent, Jules Koum Koum, who edits Le Jeune Observateur, a weekly based in the southwestern city of Douala.“In recent weeks, this respected journalist has published several detailed and well-researched reports on corruption implicating a number of prominent people,” Reporters Without Borders said. “In so doing, he has helped Operation Sparrowhawk, an anti-corruption drive that is being promoted by President Biya himself.”The press freedom organisation added: “We urge all of Cameroon’s partners, through the European Commission delegation and through their embassies, to support Jules Koum Koum, both in order to protect him and to encourage journalists who are helping to combat corruption.”In the most recent incident, several individuals tried to enter Koum’s home at around 2 a.m. on 26 September. Aroused by a noise, Koum alerted neighbours and thereby managed to scare the intruders away. Three weeks before that, on the night of 1 September, several gunmen broke into his home and took a briefcase containing work documents and personal items. Following this incident, Reporters Without Borders wrote to national security chief Emmanuel Edou asking him to ensure that the safety of Koum and his family was guaranteed.Someone meanwhile hacked into Koum’s email account and that of his newspaper ([email protected]) on 27 September. “My password was changed without my knowledge, with the result that I can no longer access my email,” he said. A spam message in English has been sent several times to all his contacts. His two telephones are also being tapped, Reporters Without Borders has been told by several different local sources.Listen to Koum describing (in French) what happened on 1st September: News CameroonAfrica last_img read more

Reservation or No Reservation

first_imgColumnsReservation or No Reservation Himanshoo Atri16 July 2020 10:57 PMShare This – xCaste system, where or how did it start and how does it end? I don’t have a precise answer to this question but what I vaguely remember is one childhood memory from my school days. I think I was in class 3rd/4th when Hindi teacher was teaching us about our first President Dr. Rajinder Prasad, could be his biography by some reporter who visited his residency and while asking him…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginCaste system, where or how did it start and how does it end? I don’t have a precise answer to this question but what I vaguely remember is one childhood memory from my school days. I think I was in class 3rd/4th when Hindi teacher was teaching us about our first President Dr. Rajinder Prasad, could be his biography by some reporter who visited his residency and while asking him personal life questions she enquired about his wife. The President of India stated that she is a nice woman but didn’t want anyone else except Brahmin to be a cook in her kitchen. At that time, I had recently done the formalities of being a SC student in my school and was introduced with caste system. Till date, the way teacher delivered this particular incident in the class strikes me; the teacher explained it in a very casual but indifferent way. I still think about it but now I know the caste philosophy behind it. I wonder what if the teacher had criticised it? What if she had said, that it was history and no one believes in it now? I know many will say it was just dictation of true fact about President’s wife but the way it was delivered to students like us, who have developing minds that matters. I do not say it shouldn’t have been narrated in the class but how it should’ve been approached, whether in a reformative way or with conservative approach, that matters. Things have many perspectives but how they are being portrayed, that matters. I don’t know about other classmates, as to how they took it but I think even a single mind matters, especially at that stage of development. I will discuss the significance of this incident in the concluding section of this article, hoping that I can justify why it matters. It’s been 70 years since the commencement of our Indian Constitution, which guarantees us the Right of Equality, Non-Discrimination rights, Equal Opportunity and Abolition of Untouchability. Along with these it provides for ‘Reasonable Classification’ in favour of socially and economically backward castes, known as ‘Reservation’ in jobs and education. Providing reservation is an affirmative action by the State in favour of the historically discriminated communities of the society, as long as it cannot totally transform the pre-existing structure into a new structure. A more equal structure where such concepts, which are the reason for prolonged discrimination of particular communities, do not exist. The affirmative action means, those actions which can prove as enabling provisions for deprived section to bring it on an equal footing with the historically dominant communities. It can be summed up by what John Rawls called- as creating ‘Just Institutions’ which are of maximum benefit to the most deprived section of society in his second principle of Theory of Justice. However, a question pops up in my mind, if this institution or affirmative actions are enough to achieve this purpose of social justice? Indian jurisprudence contains many dimensions of the reservation policies and its aftermath; starting right from Champakam Dorairajan (1951) case, M.R. Balaji (1963) case, Indira Sawhney (1993) also known as Mandal Commission case, Ashok Kumar Thakur (1995), Akhil Bharatiya Soshit Karamchari Sangh (1981), Varpal Singh (1996), M. Nagraj (2007), Jarnail Singh (2018), B.K. Pavitra 1&2 (2019) and many others, continuing even at present. The rule of consequential seniority** and catch up rule ** are included in the service jurisprudence (For better idea read Article 16 (4A) & 16 (4B) of Indian Constitution) **. The constitution of India also legitimizes reservation in admission into educational institutions. From all these provisions one can infer that reservation was never an economic policy or merely employment generating scheme, like MGNREGA and alike. The rationale behind it was the social upliftment vis-à-vis economic opportunity for historically deprived communities to bring them on same scale, where the other communities are already present, which is a symbol of cultural or religious hegemony. Through all these assertions I want to bring your focus on the most debated issues, i.e., If the Reservation policy initially introduced for 10 years should be abolished, since it has done enough upliftment and, If the Present reservation policy, being the only affirmative action of the state for historically deprived communities, is enough for the upliftment? I’ll try to address these issues one by one. We know when reservation policy was introduced, it was mandated only for 10-year period the main idea was to give an opportunity to reserved section (earlier only Schedule Castes & Schedule Tribes but after Mandal Commission to OBCs) for having representation in the state’s administration which will lead to upliftment of socio-economic status an ultimately resulting into a structure of society that will be non-discriminatory. But did it happen? As per NCRB (National Crime Record Bureau) 2016 analysis 2006-16 crime rate against Dalits or SCs and Adivasi has increased eighty and twelve times respectively. About 422,799 crimes against Dalits or SCs have been reported and 81,322 crime against Adivasi have been reported between 2006 and 2016. Even the famously alleged institutional murder case of Rohit Vemula (2016), Payal Tadvi (2019) and recent AIIMS doctor’s suicide attempt case pointing out at caste discrimination, clearly show the true picture of present societal structure (which is violently casteist). Through reservation policy, the reserved has availed jobs but the social stigma or the traditional authority of caste discrimination still remains dominant within our unequal social structure. The advertisements in matrimonial sites or matrimonial columns in newspapers with clear cut mentioning of Caste as necessary requirement again pose a question mark to the narrative that casteism does not exist. With all such routinely practices of casteism how come one can say that reservation has achieved its purpose of upliftment? How come it is possible that there will be no biasness in administrative representation without reservation? What about the idea of democratic social structure where all have equal status? Another question raised against reservation policy is that it only benefits the creamy layer within the reserved sections. My question to them, isn’t it same within the open category too? That how come the creamy layer of open category isn’t being benefitted when they’re capable of practicing nepotism, corruption, recommendations, favouritism, financial donations, under the table agreements, etc. Creamy layer includes those who have already been uplifted. I didn’t understand this concept. Till date our social structure is being controlled and regulated by traditional authority of caste system, then how does a person get uplifted merely by having job or better economic condition. A system where the Manu’s Statute is still glorified in High court with the specifics about castes in the petitions and FIRs. Now, it can be postulated that they will forever remain depressed. My answer to them is that our constitution does not follow the transformative theory of totally setting up a new structure. Our constitution delegitimizes ‘untouchability’ but it does not delegitimize the practicing of caste system. So, until it is not corrected there can be no scope of all communities coming to an equal footing. This is what Dr. Ambedkar referred to- as break down of basic structure from where the roots of caste system and other discrimination arises. Now, coming to second issue that is reservation policy is enough for upliftment of a historically depressed community. I would say that until we do not follow transformative approach, reservation will remain necessary for the representation of every community in the administration. But justice cannot be served only with this policy, because Justice is when everyone not only has equal opportunity but also the capability to avail the opportunities. This is what Amartya Sen referred to ‘equality of capabilities. It simply implies that the policy should focus on increasing the capability of each individual. So, that creamy layer or having advantage over others doesn’t affect the distribution of resources even down to the root level. By increasing capability, I mean to include provisions of free education not only at primary level but in higher studies too, the redistribution of economic resources, and special procedure for special categories whether they are physically or culturally or symbolically or religiously deprived. Only then there can be justice with every section of the society. Everything is outcome of relations which exist between humans at individual or community or organisational level and until these are not on equal footing there can be no harmonious construction within society. The reason behind narrating the personal life incident was that all this movement of historically oppressed communities is about Recognition. Recognition is consciousness of individuals identifying each other equal and opposite while being in relation of interdependency upon each other. What kind of consciousness allows one to be indifferent towards others? If relations are built in a way which are questioning or undermining the dignity of one community then how can we think of making a just society inclusive of every community?Views are personal only.(Author is Pursuing LLM from Faculty of Law, Delhi University) Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Level 5 will only work on an All-Island basis – Pringle

first_img Level 5 will only work on an All-Island basis – Pringle A group of Independent Oireachtas members has said it’s vital that if there is to be a Level 5 lockdown, it must be on an All-Island bases.Deputies Thomas Pringle, Joan Collins and Catherine Connolly, along with Donegal Senator Eileen Flynn argue such a measure is necessary to prevent recurring lockdowns in the future.They also say any Level 5 restrictions must be accompanied by the restoration of Covid pay, and other social protections brought in at the start of crisis.With 11 Covid-19 patients at Letterkenny University Hospital this morning compared to two a week ago, Deputy Pringle says if we if we wait for the hospitals to be overrun, it will take another four or five weeks for the hospitals to get back to normal…………..Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/montpring5pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+ FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Facebook Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction AudioHomepage BannerNews WhatsApp WhatsApp DL Debate – 24/05/21 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+center_img By News Highland – October 5, 2020 Facebook Previous articleCounty Final postponed as GAA suspends all club gamesNext articleGardai renew call help in finding Cian Langelaan News Highland Twitter Pinterest Pinterest Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population growslast_img read more

Scoreboard roundup — 9/21/18

first_img Written by Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Friday’s sports events:INTERLEAGUEChicago White Sox 10, Chicago Cubs 4AMERICAN LEAGUEN.Y. Yankees 10, Baltimore 8Tampa Bay 11, Toronto 3Boston 7, Cleveland 5Kansas City 4, Detroit 3Texas 8 Seattle 3, 7 InningsHouston 11, L.A. Angels 3Oakland 7, Minnesota 6, 10 InningsNATIONAL LEAGUEN.Y. Mets 4, Washington 2Milwaukee 8, Pittsburgh 3Miami 1, Cincinnati 0, 10 InningsAtlanta 6, Philadelphia 5St. Louis 5, San Francisco 3Colorado 6, Arizona 2San Diego 5, L.A. Dodgers 3NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PRESEASONN.Y. Islanders 3, Philadelphia 2Carolina 5, Washington 1Chicago 5, Ottawa 2Toronto 5, Buffalo 3Tampa Bay 5, Nashville 1St. Louis 3, Columbus 0Winnipeg 4, Calgary 3TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL(11) Penn St. 63, Illinois 24(16) UCF 56, FAU 36Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.center_img September 22, 2018 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 9/21/18last_img read more


first_imgOn the Final day of last week’s X Blades National 18 Years and Under Championships, volunteers who had contributed to the tournament were publicly acknowledged by Touch Football Australia centrefield at the BCU Coffs Harbour International Stadium.Touch Football Australia National Media Coordinator Karley Banks provides this special insight into one the vital cogs in our Technical Volunteer army, with an inside look at the work performed by the Director of Elite Programs Cathy Gray, and respected National Selectors Les Wellbourne, and Karen Larose within the High Performance Youth Program.Please click on the below attachment to read the full story.Related Filesselectors_story_-_18s_2007-pdflast_img read more

10 months ago​Man City hesitate on making January acquisitions

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Man City hesitate on making January acquisitionsby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City are hesitating on transfers this winter.The Citizens are facing some issues in the team, especially with Fernandinho injured.They have lost three of the last four league games to Chelsea, Crystal Palace and Leicester City.But The Times claims that City are not going to invest in the team this winter.The board and coaching staff believes that City can catch up to the Reds with the squad they have.It is known that manager Pep Guardiola wants a central midfielder to compete with Fernandinho.But it appears he will have to wait until the summer to get that player last_img read more

Texas Rangers Twitter Account Tweets Out “Fire Charlie” During Longhorns Blowout Loss

first_imgTexas Rangers tweet Fire Charlie.Twitter/@Charlie_BurrisThe Texas Longhorns are in full meltdown mode. Following back-to-back awful losses due to special teams gaffes, the Longhorns are losing to TCU 50-7 late in the fourth quarter. During halftime, freshman cornerback Kris Boyd retweeted a message about transferring to Texas A&M, and now the Texas Rangers are jumping on the “Fire Charlie Strong” bandwagon. Or, at least one rogue social media manager is upset about the game, and was on the wrong Twitter account.Hey, what did I ever do to you @Rangers? pic.twitter.com/5OgWkUOVMi— Charlie Burris (@Charlie_Burris) October 3, 2015The tweet was deleted very quickly, but not before the internet captured it for all of eternity. There have been better college football Saturdays in Austin, that’s for sure.last_img read more

Government Awaits Discussions among IMF, World Bank and IDB

first_imghe Government is awaiting the outcome of discussions involving the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), which will determine funding support that will be provided to complement an IMF’s extended fund facility for Jamaica. This is deemed vital to the administration securing the IMF’s support for the country’s economic reform programme over the next four years.Speaking at the media briefing at the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) on Wednesday, March 27, Finance and Planning Minister, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, said the matter was discussed extensively during the Cabinet retreat earlier this week, and pointed out that the discussions among the representatives have been in progress since Monday.He said based on the information he received, the talks had not concluded up to early Wednesday afternoon.Against this background, the Minister said the administration has been “urging each institution to accelerate their internal processes that can lead to a decision”.“We continue to press for an early consideration of the (economic reform) programme by the International Monetary Fund Board, given the obvious negative effect of any delay and given the fact that the Government of Jamaica has fulfilled all the (prior) obligations required of it,” he said.The obligations include: settling a wage restraint agreement with unions representing over 80 per cent of the public sector workforce for the 2013 to 2015 period; introduction and approval, through Cabinet, of a new policy governing discretionary waivers; passage of legislation governing the management of public debt, which was effected in November 2012; and execution of a national debt exchange programme to provide at least 8.5 per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP), which was successfully completed on March 22.These proposals formed the basis of a staff level agreement reached between the government and IMF representatives in Kingston on February 15, which, subject to their implementation, would have facilitated the economic reform programme’s submission to the IMF’s Executive Board by the end of March.“This agreement signified that, subject to the completion of (these) actions, the policies and programmes proposed by the government were deemed to be consistent with the key objectives of growth, fiscal consolidation and debt reduction that the (administration) was setting out to achieve, which were endorsed by the Fund’s staff,” he explained.The Minister also advised that all the issues relating to Jamaica’s Letter of Intent have been agreed with the IMF. These, he informed, are contained in the Memorandum of Economic and Financial Policies that the government intends to pursue over the four- year period.In light of the current discussions between the IMF, IDB and World Bank, Dr. Phillips said conclusion of the extended funding for Jamaica is unlikely to occur by the end of March.In this regard, the Finance Minister said the administration is urging the IMF Board to give consideration to concluding Jamaica’s application as quickly as possible, “given the obvious negative effect of any delay”.“Also, we need an early date in order to avoid any extensive modification of the documentation already submitted to the IMF,” he added.Dr. Phillips advised that Jamaica’s interest, in this regard, is being monitored by the country’s Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Professor Stephen Vasciannie, adding that “all diplomatic channels at our disposal are being called into service, to ensure a speedy resolution of this matter.”“At the same time…we will continue to implement the programme as we agreed. The budget is consistent with the programme and we will continue with all elements of the programme because, as I have said many times before, it is incumbent on Jamaica to correct the imbalances in our economic infrastructure. We will continue to maintain the quantitative targets and structural benchmarks set out in the programme,” Dr. Phillips assured.By Douglas McIntosh, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Open banking holds promise but cybersecurity fears loom for Canadian banks

first_imgTORONTO – As banks work to fortify their cybersecurity defences amidst a growing number of data breaches, they are also exploring the promise of so-called “open banking,” a concept that could finally disrupt the staid financial services industry.Customers have increasingly moved away from physical branches towards online and mobile apps, but banking has yet to reach its “Uberization” moment, one that breaks down traditional models to usher in new innovations, as Uber has done for the taxi industry.Open banking — granting third-parties like financial technology startups access to bank data to develop innovative apps — could be such a “game changer,” according to Toronto Dominion Bank’s chief information officer, Jeff Henderson.All but one of 100 payment executives at major banks globally said they were planning major investments in open banking by 2020, according to an online survey by consulting firm Accenture released last month.But even as Canadian financial institutions toy with the idea, they’re concerned about the looming risk to consumers’ personal information amid the growing threat of cyberattacks.The Accenture survey also showed that 50 per cent of respondents said that implementing the emerging concept increases risk.“There’s no question this is a trend,” TD’s Henderson said.“(But) I want to make sure that any time we exchange information externally, that is done so in a very controlled and understood manner.”In these early days, the exact nature of the innovation in the open banking landscape is unclear, said Bob Vokes, managing director of financial services at Accenture in Canada.“What we’re trying to do in open banking is to create new sets of services off of the banking data, or alternatively, allow you to manipulate your banking information in a different way,” he said.Open banking allows consumers to share their banking data, which proponents say will spur the creation of new apps and platforms that will make financial transactions easier or develop new use cases.For example, a consumer could log into one app and see all their financial accounts, from various banks, to get a full picture of their net worth and move funds in real time. Or, geolocation data could be layered over payment data, allowing a consumer to analyze exactly where their money is being spent, while also allowing merchants to offer them location-based rewards.The buzz around open banking is building just as concerns about cybersecurity mount.Most recently, Uber announced earlier this month that hackers compromised some 57 million user accounts and Equifax Inc. disclosed in September a cyberattack that compromised the personal information of half of Americans and some 19,000 Canadians.It also comes as the Bank of Canada once again listed cyber threats as a key vulnerability for the Canadian financial system in its semi-annual review released Tuesday.“The high degree of financial and operational interconnectedness among financial institutions means that a successful cyber attack against a single institution or a key service provider could spread more widely within the financial system.”Meanwhile, various jurisdictions are pushing ahead with legislation that would see financial institutions become even more interconnected.By January 2018, banks in Europe will be required to share proprietary data, in a regulated and secure way, under the U.K.’s Open Banking Standard and Europe’s PSD2 legislations.Canadian institutions are also jumping on board.The Competition Bureau said in a report on fintech earlier this month that it is early days “but the potential impact on competition and innovation is promising.”The Ministry of Finance said in August it is “examining the merits of open banking.”“Open banking holds the potential to make it easier for consumers to interact with financial service providers and increase competition,” the ministry said in a consultation paper as part of a review of the federal Bank Act.The Canadian Bankers Association responded to the ministry that while its members are proponents of innovation, they are also concerned about the potential impacts on safety, soundness and stability in Canada’s financial system.“Canadian banks have devoted very significant resources to creating well-established information security and data warehouses that meet the highest standards worldwide, the CBA said.“Any initiative that could undermine this trust would be very problematic for Canadian consumers, financial market participants and the broader economy.”Vokes says these concerns — as well as questions about whether the bank or the third party is liable if something goes awry — will need to be addressed in legislation.If additional layers of security protection are put in place, open banking should not raise the level of cybersecurity risk, he said, adding however, that cyberattackers are becoming more sophisticated as well.“Innovation isn’t just the purview of fintechs,” he said.“As we continue to innovate, fraud and criminal enterprises are also innovating.”last_img read more

World Bank cuts forecast for world economic growth in 2019

first_imgWASHINGTON — The World Bank is downgrading its outlook for the global economy this year, citing rising trade tension, weakening manufacturing activity and growing financial stress in emerging-market countries.The anti-poverty agency expects the world economy to grow 2.9 per cent in 2019, down from the 3 per cent it forecast back in June. It would be the second straight year of slowing growth: The global economy expanded 3 per cent last year and 3.1 per cent in 2017.The bank left its forecast for the U.S. economy unchanged at 2.5 per cent this year, down from 2.9 per cent in 2018. It predicts 1.6 per cent growth for the 19 countries that use the euro currency, down from 1.9 per cent last year. For China, the world’s second-biggest economy, it expects 6.2 per cent growth versus 6.5 per cent in 2018.Paul Wiseman, The Associated Presslast_img read more