Follow the news on Africa Reporters Without Borders rallies former hostages in Paris, following the kidnapping of journalist Olivier Dubois. News to go further Africa News Related documents affiche_sommet1-2.pdfPDF – 485.03 KB June 8, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts Twitter blocked, journalism threatened in Nigeria Organisation May 28, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Africa – France summit against backdrop of two-speed press freedom Africa News June 10, 2021 Find out more News Africa A total of 52 African states have been invited to the two-day Africa – France summit that is due to begin on 31 May in the French city of Nice. Representatives of the European Union, International Organisation of the Francophonie, Food and Agriculture Organisation, African Union Commission and World Bank are also due to attend the summit, the 25th of its kind.French President Nicolas Sarkozy will have three closed-door meetings with all the heads of state about what are being billed as the leading issues of the 21st century: Africa’s place in world governance, reinforcing peace and security, and climate and development.Working meetings will also be held among government ministers responsible for economic affairs, and for the first time entrepreneurs – 80 French and 150 African – have been asked to participate. With the topics of these meetings including the private sector’s role in development and employment in Africa, this summit is resolutely focused on the economy and business world.The priority being given to economic and development issues should not however eclipse the importance of reinforcing media freedom and free expression. They are essential for democratic governance and the creation of social cohesion, without which fair and socially effective economic development is impossible. These issues are crucial for Africa, long the victim of its image of corruption and underdevelopment.“There is as two-speed Africa now – an Africa of virtuous countries, which show the most respect for press freedom and the work of journalists, and an Africa of countries such as Gambia and Rwanda that regard journalists as the enemy,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The media diversity in Mali has nothing in common with Eritrea’s complete absence of independent media,” the organisation continued. “The ability of journalists in Ghana to express their views and be outspoken is infinitely greater than that of their colleagues in Equatorial Guinea. As for host country France, it could learn a lot from some African countries that have for years been displaying calm and tolerance towards their journalists.”Fundamental rights, a condition for developmentThe press freedom situation in Africa is very mixed, like the political situation. One third of Africa’s countries are ruled by a president who was put there by an army or by a rebellion, while internal crises sap Sudan, Somalia, Democratic Republic of Congo and Central African Republic. Several countries such as Liberia and Sierra Leone are having difficulty in exorcising old demons.One African leader is the subject of an international arrest warrant on seven charges including genocide and crimes against humanity – Sudan’s newly-elected President Omar al-Bashir. Several demented dictators such as Teodoro Obiang Nguema, Equatorial Guinea’s “God,” and Eritrea’s Issaias Afeworki, a sort of King Lear defending his people against an imaginary war, hold on to power thanks in part to a lack of political will on the part regional organisations and the international community’s indifference. The situation in both Côte d’Ivoire and Zimbabwe is volatile.All these regimes unfortunately divert attention from the achievements of some governments and the efforts being made by others. Africa has countries with a real democratic tradition such as South Africa, Mali, Benin and, to a lesser degree, Senegal. Other countries embody permanent contradictions. In Tunisia, for example, there is an astonishing contrast between a level of economic development approaching European standards and a political regime of the most authoritarian and disreputable kind.The political, cultural and linguistic differences, the different levels of economic development and integration into world trade, and the wide variation in respect for fundamental freedoms mean that one should be talking about several Africas rather than just one AfricaHope in AfricaCape Verde, Ghana, Mali, South Arica, Namibia, Burkina Faso, Botswana, Liberia, Mauritius, Tanzania, Central African Republic, Comoros, Mozambique and a few other African countries usually get a fairly good ranking in the annual Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. In the latest index, issued last October, four of them were ahead of France, which was ranked 43rd.Reporters Without Borders is closely following promising developments in certain countries, such as Mauritania, where censorship has been lifted since the fall of Maaouya Ould Taya’s dictatorship in 2005 and journalists are much freer to work. We also hail the holding of a national conference on the media in Niger from 29 to 31 March, the reopening of the press club in the capital, Niamey, and the examination of a bill that would decriminalise press offences.Proposed legislation has also raised hopes of change in the situation of the media in Zimbabwe. Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said at the end of March that his government’s priorities included the presentation of a Freedom of Information Bill and a Media Practitioners Bill to parliament.Although the situation is not entirely rosy even in the countries praised by Reporters Without Borders for their progress or their efforts, and although achievements are still fragile, Africa is on the move.Africa is facing great challenges: media polarisation in such countries as Madagascar, where the press still have not succeeded in overcoming their political divisions; ethnic divisions in some regions; the lack of training for journalists that seems to be a permanent problem all over the continent; censorship, recently reintroduced in Ethiopia, Sudan and Rwanda; the high level of violence in Somalia, Nigeria and Democratic Republic of Congo; the lack of a democratic culture among political party supporters, as Mozambican journalist Salomao Moyana, the editor of the Magazine Independente weekly was recently reminded when he was threatened by supporters of the RENAMO party; and the decriminalisation of press offences, the importance of which was recently highlighted by the tragic death of journalist Germain Germain Ngota, also known as Bibi Ngota, in a Cameroonian prison after a month in preventive detention.There are still too many African countries where journalists have to steer clear of subjects that are off limits. There are still too many regimes that equate freedom of expression with political instability.Independence does not mean freedomThis summit is taking place in special atmosphere as 17 of Africa’s countries are celebrating the 50th anniversary of their independence this year. In chronological order of their date of independence, they are Cameroon, Senegal, Togo, Madagascar, Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, Benin, Niger, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Chad, Central African Republic, Congo, Gabon, Mali, Nigeria and Mauritania.Such an anniversary is a special moment for a nation, a time for looking back at its past, its successes and failures, and a time for formulating a vision for the future, for making political and social decisions. Reporters Without Borders urges the countries of Africa to put press freedom at the heart of their project for the future as it is one of the pillars of democracy and an essential condition for all human progress.The countries that have made the most progress in this respect, Ghana, Mali and Namibia, have a vital role to play with their neighbours. They should share their experiences with the other countries of Africa and France, explain how their media emerged and developed, how journalism evolved in their countries and what press freedom has contributed to social cohesion, political stability and the strengthening of institutions.Reporters Without Borders also calls for stronger regional political integration and urges organisations such as the African Union to commit fully to media freedom, to embrace it as an engine of change in practices and values and as mechanism for taking the entire continent forward. Africa has a lot to learn from itself. 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By John Burton|RED BANK – It wasn’t just women who came to a rally at Riverside Gardens Park last Saturday.“More than 50 percent of our population is women,” said Errol Logan, a Bound Brook resident who traveled to Red Bank last Saturday to participate in the gathering. “So, it’s important to show our support for women and their issues. “Women’s rights are human rights,” Logan said.Logan was one of what organizers estimated were roughly 500 people – men and women from a wide range of ages, many with young children in tow – who gathered at the borough’s Riverside Gardens Park on the afternoon of Jan. 21.The intent of the rally, organized by the recently formed Greater Red Bank Women’s Initiative, was to show solidarity with the worldwide series of marches and rallies taking place that day. Those marches, initially in support of women’s issues, also came to include concerns over the environment, civil liberties and immigrant rights in light of comments made by President Donald J. Trump leading up to the election and since taking the oath of office on Jan. 20. Many of the participants were wearing the same pink hats visible at the events in New York City, Washington, D.C., and elsewhere. They held signs expressing their views and concerns.The Red Bank event, according to one of the organizers, Ellen Herman, was intended as a nonpartisan expression in the spirit of Red Bank’s tradition of fostering diversity and inclusion. But, as fellow organizer Suellen Sims said in her remarks to the crowd later that afternoon, “That diversity is always an ephemeral quality that can be extinguished too early.” Naulty has “major concerns about this administration’s changes to environmental regulations” and stressed how important it is to “protect this world and all who live in it.”Rubina Tareen, a Muslim who traveled from Pennsylvania to participate in the rally, told the gathering she came to combat fear-mongering. “We gather here today to meet ignorance with understanding,” she said.Red Bank resident Barbara Boas said she attended Saturday’s rally because she was concerned about the direction the nation could be taking with the new administration, especially concerning public education. “It’s not a protest,” she maintained about the day’s activities, “but an announcement that we are here and we’re not going anywhere.”“I felt strongly enough and wanted to be a part of something,” said Nicole Korman, Howell, who came with her 2-year-old son, Logan. “Clearly, something has to be done to keep our ideals.”“The real question,” asked Herman, “is where do we go from here?”“I truly believe the antidote is to get involved,” Sims said.Tim McLoone, the local restaurateur and musician who is active on many community fronts, served as the event’s M.C. and said he believed there is always something to be done. “If you can’t change the wind,” he reminded the crowd, “you can at least adjust your sails.”Lynn Cremona, Neptune, vowed to stay active and offered a warning. “If they thought we were uppity feminists before,” she said, “watch the next four years.” Sims said the day after Trump’s election it was important to reaffirm the shared beliefs of many in attendance. Of the treatment of the immigrant population everywhere, she asked, “Should they be tarnished as ‘the other’?”Several hundred people gathered at Red Bank’s Riverside Gardens Park on Saturday afternoon in a show of unity. Photo courtesy of Anthony V. Cosentino“The values we share,” said the Rev. Jessica Brendler Naulty, senior pastor for the United Methodist Church, 247 Broad St., “is basic human decency.”
The Bombers, playing at the AA level, returns to action Friday in Vernon at the Fulton Maroons Tournament. First game is against Rutland Voodoos.Next home game for LVR is Tuesday at the Hangar when the Bombers host the Mount Baker Wild of [email protected] By The Nelson Daily Sports For the fourth straight game the L.V. Rogers Bombers took it on the chin. Jamie Adams poured in a game-high 18 points to lead the Selkirk Rangers to a convincing 74-39 victory over the Bombers in High School Senior Girl’s Exhibition Basketball action Tuesday in Metaline, Washington. The Rangers, 8-2 on the season in the State B league, put the game away early, outscoring LVR 23-9 in the opening period. “The Americans play a very intense defensive game and that’s what did us in . . . their tenacious defence,” said coach Bruce Fuhr, adding the Rangers match-up zone defence frustrated the Bombers throughout the contest.”(However) I still saw some good things from our players — like the play of Kyndle (Doolan) and Jess (Carmichael) that will help us as the season progresses,” Fuhr added. The Bombers lost three consecutive games prior to the Christmas break during a tournament in Cranbrook. Co-captains Courtney Holter and Anne Marie Cain each scored 10 points while Haley Adams added 12. Senior guards Sarah Fuhr and Kyndle Doolan led the Bombers with 15 and 12 points, respectively. Jessica Carmichael had a good game for LVR coming off the bench to score four points. LVR was missing senior center Rachael Moulson, who did not make the trip south the boarder due to sickness.
Rafael Benitez has shrugged off reports suggesting he is on the verge of being axed by Chelsea.There has been speculation that the interim manager may not last until the end of the season following poor recent results and continued anger among Blues fans.It was reported that club officials have doubts about whether Benitez is capable of delivering a top-four finish.But the Spaniard insisted he spoke to technical director Michael Emenalo on Tuesday morning and that it is business as usual at Stamford Bridge.Benitez said: “The position is exactly the same – concentrate on games. I was talking with Michael and it was a normal conversation, talking about football.“I will try to do my job as well as I can and try to do my best every game. That’s it. I cannot lose my focus.“My focus is to improve the team and keep the players believing that we can win.”Chelsea have indicated that Benitez’s immediate future is not under review.Today’s Paper Talk: Chelsea close to axing Benitez – reportClick here for today’s Chelsea quiz 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Fiji oneworld connect membership A devastating cyclone and increased competition didn’t stop Fiji Airways Group from boosting passenger numbers and recording a record pre-tax profit of $F84.5 ($US41m) million in 2016.The South Pacific Airline group — which includes Fiji Airways, regional subsidiary Fiji Link and a stake in the Sofitel Fiji resort — saw profit before tax come in 20.5 percent higher than 2015. Revenue rose from $F815.3m to $F825.3m. Passenger numbers rose 4.9 per cent to 1.4 million as the airline launched new routes from Fijian city Nadi to Singapore, Vava’u (Tonga) and San Francisco. It also increased flights to Hong Kong and boosted a range of seasonal services to a range of destinations.“Last year was full of milestones achieved, culminating in the largest profit the airline has ever recorded,’’ chief executive Andre Viljoen said. “To achieve these results is nothing short of outstanding – in a year when we had the most devastating cyclone in our nation’s history slow down tourism and the launch of three new international routes.’’The airline said yields were under pressure throughout the year from increased capacity from competitors and discounted airfares. Fiji Airways had led actions to re-invigorate travel demand after Cyclone Winston by discounting airfares, which cost it more than $F40m in lost revenue.However, it noted these actions by Fiji Airways were largely responsible for Fiji’s tourism growth of 5 per cent in 2016.Among these celebrating the result are Fiji Airways staff who will each receive a profit share payout of $F4000, up 20 per cent on 2015. This is in addition to bonuses of up to $F1200 per year for achieving key objectives. Managers will get a bonus of $F9000, also up 20 per cent.Officials said achievements during the year included a package deal for five new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft arriving in 2018-19, operations using the new A330-300 aircraft on long-haul routes, a major onboard refresh and the design of new world class lounge due to open in Nadi in 2017.The airline had also hired an additional 27 pilots and 82 cabin crew to cater for increased operations and launched a state-of-the-art aviation academy in Nadi.Viljoen said 2017 would be another big year in which the airline had set bigger, more ambitious goals.“We are increasing our focus on Singapore with a dedicated new sales team in place and a codeshare partnership with Jet Airways to target more Indian travellers,’’ he said.“We will fly directly between Nadi and Adelaide from June, further extending Fiji’s reach into its biggest tourism source market. “San Francisco will be extended to a year-round service, providing increased tourism growth opportunities from mainland USA.’’
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On Monday, November 2, 2015, the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) raised more than 3.3 million at its 14th annual An Enduring Vision benefit gala to support HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, and awareness programs across the United States, the Americas, and the Caribbean.American Airlines, Robert K. Kraft, The Lauder Foundation- Leonard & Judy Lauder Fund, Mylan, Pablo and Nathalie Salame, Sands Bethlehem, and Wells Fargo served as the Presenting Sponsors of the benefit. The star-studded evening was held at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.As part of the evening’s program, EJAF Founder Elton John and Chairman David Furnish presented Enduring Vision awards to three outstanding Foundation supporters – M. Michele Burns, Robert J. Coury, and Tracey Emin.M. Michele Burns is an internationally recognized corporate and philanthropic leader, played an integral part in EJAF’s inception, and has served as an Executive Board Member from the very beginning. Robert J. Coury, Executive Chairman of Mylan, continues to be a visionary in leading the company into areas where it can make a difference, such as improving global health and helping to end the AIDS epidemic. Tracey Emin is one of the most renowned and respected living artists today and is also a fierce humanitarian and tireless advocate for human rights causes.CNN anchor Anderson Cooper emceed the gala dinner for an eighth time. Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation, spoke eloquently about the Foundation’s achievements and the role of philanthropy in ending the AIDS epidemic. KC and the Sunshine Band took the stage for a rollicking performance of disco classics. And guest auctioneer Alexander Gilkes of Paddle 8 conducted a live auction featuring such one-of-a-kind items as a neon work of art by honoree, Tracey Emin, a 1999 print of Elton John by photographer David LaChapelle, the opportunity to create bespoke champagne with HATT et SÖNER, a group of unique archival pigment prints by Joel Meyerowitz and fine jewelry by Lily Gabriella.“I cannot begin to express how incredibly grateful I am to all of the amazing donors and friends who support and attend An Enduring Vision year after year,” said Elton. “Their generosity helps to make our lifesaving work possible and brings us closer to achieving our vision of a world without AIDS.”Through the impeccable credibility and reputation attained based on more than two decades of extensive work, EJAF has emerged as a significant leader in the field of AIDS. The Foundation advances public dialogue on critical and controversial issues related to the epidemic and challenges misguided policies and attitudes that block progress in HIV prevention. Proceeds from An Enduring Vision will help support these efforts, as well as EJAF’s grant-making initiatives across the U.S., the Caribbean, and the Americas.
Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,179.89, down 51.36 points)Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Health care. Up $3.58, or 9.69 per cent, to $40.51 on 10.9 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Up 45 cents, or 5.02 per cent, to $9.41 on 9.6 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Up three cents, or 0.59 per cent, to $5.09 on 8.8 million shares.Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB). Oil and gas. Up $1.56, or 3.68 per cent, to $43.90 on 5.6 million shares.First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (TSX:FM). Miner. Down 88 cents, or 4.61 per cent, to $18.20 on 5.1 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Health care. Up 54 cents, or 4.60 per cent, to $12.29 on 4.8 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Magna International (TSX:MG). Auto parts. Down $2.61, or 3.24 per cent, to $78.00 on 1.2 million shares. The Canadian auto parts company has signed a deal to buy Italian company OLSA S.p.A., a maker of automotive lighting products, for about $354 million.Maple Leaf Foods (TSX:MFI). Consumer packaged goods. Up $1.08, or 3.36 per cent, to $33.24 on 517,872 shares. Maple Leaf has signed an agreement to buy two poultry plants and associated supply from Cericola Farms, a privately held company. The plants are in Bradford, Ont., and Drummondville, Que., and together process a total of about 32 million kilograms of chicken per year.