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Cameroon’s bogus account of journalist’s death is “obscene,” RSF says

first_img Help by sharing this information Cameroon is ranked 134th out of 180 countries and territories in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index, three places lower than in 2019. News CameroonAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImpunityViolence According to this official version, Wazizi died in a military hospital in Cameroon’s capital, Yaoundé, on 17 August 2019, four days after being transferred there from Buea, and his death was the “result of a severe sepsis” not of “any act of torture.” The statement also claimed that his family was “in close contact” with him while he was in the hospital and was “informed” of this death. RSF_en A presenter on Buea-based Chillen Media Television (CMTV), Wazizi was arrested in Buea on 2 August 2019 and was held at the police station in Muea, a suburb of Buea, until 7 August, when soldiers came and took him to the headquarters of the 21st Motorized Infantry Battalion in Buea.            Follow the news on Cameroon This was categorically denied by one of Wazizi’s brothers, when reached by RSF. He said neither Wazizi’s lawyers nor any member of the family had any contact with him after soldiers removed him from Muea police station in Buea on 7 August 2019 and no member of the family was ever informed about his death. He also insisted that Wazizi was “in perfect health” at the moment of his arrest by the police on 2 August 2019. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the bogus account of regional TV presenter Samuel Wazizi’s death that the Cameroonian authorities have provided after finally admitting he died while in military custody ten months ago, and calls for an impartial and independent investigation into the circumstances leading to his death. “The explanations provided by the Cameroonian authorities are obscene and unacceptable,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “Samuel Wazizi’s family was never notified of his death. His brother’s emotion was unmistakable when RSF reached him by phone and he realized the information was now official. The circumstances of this journalist’s death deserve an impartial and independent inquiry that includes an autopsy. He was well at the time of his arrest. Given the many grey areas and the scant credibility of the belated explanations so far provided, only an additional and transparent investigation will establish the facts.” RSF has established that Wazizi’s lawyer, was one of the last persons to see him alive. Wazizi told him his arrest was linked to comments he had made on the air criticizing the government’s handling of the unrest in Cameroon’s English-speaking regions. None of his lawyers and no member of his family was able to contact Wazizi after that meeting between him and Nkea in Muea police station. News Cameroonian reporter jailed since August, abandoned by justice system June 6, 2020 Cameroon’s bogus account of journalist’s death is “obscene,” RSF says News RSF has seen several photos of Wazizi that were reportedly taken in Yaoundé on 13 August 2019. They show injuries to a foot, hand and shoulder suggesting that he had been tortured while in custody during the preceding days. Ever since his arrest, Wazizi’s lawyers had constantly been requesting access to him and asking what charges were being brought against him. They were never told that he had died. CameroonAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImpunityViolence Receive email alerts News Case against Amadou Vamoulké baseless, French lawyers tell Cameroon court May 19, 2021 Find out more Cameroonian journalist Paul Chouta sentenced and fined in defamation case Organisation May 31, 2021 Find out more The statement signed by the defence ministry’s press spokesman that was read out on the state radio and TV broadcaster CRTV yesterday fell far short of providing a credible explanation of how Wazizi came to die two weeks after his arrest in Buea, the capital of the English-speaking South-West Region, in August 2019. to go further April 23, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Road users urged to take care during wintry spell

first_imgPrint Linkedin Previous articleNeil Delamere on Today FM and onstage in LimerickNext articleHorse Racing Ireland weekly news Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie NewsRoad users urged to take care during wintry spellBy Staff Reporter – January 13, 2015 571 Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img WITH two weather warnings in place for Limerick, Clare and counties along the western corridor, the Road Safety Authority has issued advice to road users over the next two day period.Road users are advised to take extra care on the roads, as Met Eireann forecast a drop in temperature between 2 and -2 degrees overnight. Outbreaks of rain and sleet will spread further east tonight, turning to snow in places, but tending to die out.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up However, frequent wintry showers will develop across the western half of the country as the night goes on, giving a covering of snow in places before morning.Sharp ground frost and icy stretches will develop, despite southwesterly winds being fresh or strong overnight.Tomorrow will be bitterly cold, with strong and gusty southwesterly winds. Wintry showers will become widespread and many will fall as snow. Highest temperatures will be between 1 and 4 degrees.The RSA has issued the following advice:Check local and National weather forecasts before setting out on a journey. Clear your windows and mirrors before you set out, carry a screen scraper and de-icer.  Do not use hot water on the windscreen as it can crack the glass.Use your dipped headlights so that others will see you. Make sure your headlights and taillights are all in working order, replace broken bulbs.Watch out for “black ice.” If the road looks polished or glossy it could be, black ice” one of winter’s worst hazards: Black Ice is difficult to see! It is nearly transparent ice that often looks like a harmless puddle or is overlooked entirely. It can occur especially in sheltered / shaded areas on roads, under trees and adjacent to high walls.Check tyres, including spare wheel, replace them if the tread depth falls below 3mm and make sure they are inflated to the correct tyre pressure. Lack of grip can occur even on treated roads so drive slowly in the highest gear possible, manoeuvre gently and avoid harsh braking.In icy conditions manoeuvre gently, slow down and leave extra distance between you and the vehicle in front. Too much steering is bad and avoid harsh braking and acceleration. Use the highest gear possible to avoid wheel spin. Select a low gear when travelling downhill especially if through bends.Watch out for vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists and allow extra space.In patches of fog, switch on fog lamps where visibility is reduced. As you enter fog, check your mirrors and slow down. Use your foot brake lightly so that your lights warn following drivers.Do not drive on the tail-lights of the vehicle in front (Target Fixing). This can give a false sense of security and you will be too close to be able to brake safely.In heavy fog, turn off your radio and let down your driver’s window a fraction, so as you can hear the presence of other traffic.Remember to switch off your fog lights once the foggy conditions improve.Pedestrians and cyclists are advised to;Be seen. Wear bright clothing with reflective armbands or a reflective belt.While walking on footpaths and in public places, or entering and exiting your vehicle, DO NOT underestimate the danger of ice.Many slips and falls happen in places people regard as safe and secure, typically outside their front door, on the door step, on the path or while getting out of the car. It is very possible that a thin sheet of transparent ice or “Black Ice” is covering your pathway putting you at risk. When you approach a footpath or roadway that appears to be covered with ice, always use extreme caution.Avoid going out unless it is a necessity. If walking or cycling in fog, make sure you are clearly visible by carrying a torch and wearing reflective clothing. Stay well in off the road where there is no footpath when vehicles are approaching.Visit the RSA’s website for more information on Severe Weather Advice for road users. Visit your local authority website to view the road gritting plan for each county and the roads being treated in your area. Facebook Email Advertisementlast_img read more

Peanut Achievement Club

first_imgDistrict 4 winners100-299 acres: Bucky Tyler; Irwin County; 162 acres; 5,976 lbs/acre 300-699 acres: Robert Davison; Brooks County; 442 acres; 5,605 lbs/acre 300-699 acres: Chip Dorminy; Irwin County; 637 acres;  5,633 lbs/acre 700-plus acres: Nellwood Farms/Hal Cromley; Bulloch County; 1,111 acres; 5,813 lbs/acre Fifteen of Georgia’s top peanut producers were honored this past weekend at the annual Georgia Peanut Achievement Club meeting on Jekyll Island, Georgia. The meeting recognizes Georgia’s highest-yielding peanut growers every year.“When you’re talking about yields from 5,800 pounds to 6,800 pounds, that’s still almost 2,000 pounds more than the state average. You can’t argue with that,” said Scott Monfort, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension peanut agronomist.UGA’s peanut research and Extension programs were key components for many of the farmers’ successful 2017 peanut seasons.“When you’re talking about Extension, we’ve got one of the best,” said Bucky Tyler, a winner in District 4. Tyler produced 5,976 pounds of peanuts per acre on 162 acres in Irwin County, Georgia.Tyler also thanked Irwin County Extension Coordinator Phillip Edwards for always “going to bat” for farmers.“It’s a big honor. We appreciate (UGA) holding the event. We thank the good Lord for sending us rain and making a crop,” he said.Eddie Miller of 4 Miller Farms in Seminole County, Georgia, was also a state winner. He produced 6,674 pounds of peanuts per acre on 931 acres. He credited UGA Extension specialists and county agents for helping him successfully grow this abundant yield.  “Without the (specialists and county agents), we wouldn’t be where we are today,” Miller said.Monfort said that 90 percent of peanuts grown this year are Georgia-06G peanuts. UGA peanut breeder Bill Branch released Georgia-06G, the variety grown the most in Georgia fields, in 2006.During the meeting, the University of Georgia Peanut Team also held an open forum meeting with peanut producers and industry leaders Saturday in hopes of improving an industry that surpassed $624 million in farm gate value in 2016, according to the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development. Seed quality, potential loss of insecticides, fungicide programs and water requirements were some of the main points of emphasis during the morning discussion.Monfort said that the peanut achievement program would not be successful without the continued support of the peanut industry. BASF, Bayer Crop Science, AMVAC, the American Peanut Shellers Association, the Georgia Peanut Commission and the National Peanut Buying Points Association, along with the UGA Peanut Team, support the Georgia Peanut Achievement Program each year.This year’s Georgia Peanut Achievement Club winners are:State winners100-299 acres: Matt Bryan; Baker County; 228 acres; 6,892 lbs/acre                             300-699 acres: Chloe Rentz; Baker County; 324 acres; 6,865 lbs/acre700-plus acres: 4 Miller Farms; Seminole County; 931 acres; 6,674 lbs/acre District 2 winners100-299 acres: John Gaines Jr.; Baker County; 168 acres; 6,839 lbs/acre 700-plus acres: Jerry Jr. and Jeff Heard Farms; Baker County; 1,078 acres; 5,859 lbs/acre  District 3 winners100-299 acres: Daniel Newberry; Jefferson County; 331 acres; 6,473 lbs/acre 300-699 acres: C&S Farms, Scott Moore; Dooly County; 388 acres; 6,473 lbs/acre 700-plus acres: Kerry and Lisa Hodges; Screven County; 735 acres; 5,893 lbs/acre  District 1 winners100-299 acres: Hillside Farms/Mike Newberry; Early County; 255 acres; 6,718 lbs/acre                     300-699 acres: Chase Farms Inc.;  Macon County; 524 acres; 6,432 lbs/acre 700-plus acres: Jimmy Webb; Calhoun County; 903 acres; 5,821 lbs/acre last_img read more

Citizens Financial Group assists non-profit agencies energy costs

first_imgCitizens Bank,The Citizens Bank Foundation announced today a $15,000 grant to Vermont s Community Action Agencies as part of its Energy$ense program.The Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity Inc., (CVOEO) will serve as the conduit to distribute the funds among the four other Community Action Agencies, which include BROC-Community Action in southwestern Vermont, Central Vermont Community Action Council, Inc, North East Kingdom Community Action, Inc and Southeastern Vermont Community Action, Inc. CVOEO is a nonprofit agency whose mission is to address fundamental issues of economic, social and racial justice and to work with low-income people to achieve economic independence.The grant is part of Citizens Energy$ense program, a multi-faceted initiative to help homeless shelters, local nonprofits and consumers address heat, utility and other energy costs. The $15,000 grant from Citizens Bank Foundation will help with programs such as weatherization to reduce energy costs, at a time when our Community Action Agencies resources are stretched thin and demands for services are rising.  While everyone s feeling the sting of high energy prices in a struggling economy, nonprofits, which run on exceedingly tight budgets, have really struggled this winter, said Cathleen Schmidt, Citizens Bank President for Vermont. By assisting worthy organizations such as our Community Action Agencies, we enable these groups to focus on their core programs such as weatherization to help low-income households coping with fuel costs. We re extremely grateful for the encouragement and financial support of the Citizens Bank Foundation, said CVOEO Executive Director Tim Searles. Our services are required more than ever now and every dollar helps. This generous contribution goes a long way toward helping us accomplish our mission.The Energy$ense program also includes two below-market interest-rate, unsecured loans for qualified borrowers to make energy-efficient upgrades or improvements to their homes. Customers who take advantage of the discount borrowing opportunity by March 31, 2009, will have the option to defer their first payment for 90 days. The two loans offered as part of the Energy$ense program are:The Citizens Bank Energy Efficiency Loan designed to help income-eligible borrowers and/or those who live in targeted geographies, finance weatherization projects to help make their homes more energy-efficient. The $1,000, 3% APR fixed-rate loan has a three-year term with a low monthly payment of $29.08 per month. There are no fees or closing costs associated with the loan. Under the same guidelines and for larger home-improvement projects, Citizens Bank also is offering a 5% APR on loans up to $10,000 at terms payable up to seven years.The EZ Home Improvement Loan a $1,000, 3% APR fixed-rate loan, is available to income-eligible borrowers, and/or those living in targeted geographies, who want to update their homes. Citizens is offering a 6% APR on loans for larger home-improvement projects, up to $10,000, payable up to seven years.To apply for an EZ Home Improvement Loan or Citizens Bank Energy Efficiency Loan, homeowners should visit a Citizens Bank branch or call 1-877-TOP-RATE. To be eligible, borrowers must live in a low or moderate-income neighborhood, or have income that is less than 80% of the median income.Through Energy$ense, Citizens is providing consumers information about ways they can stay warm and safe during the winter. Helpful tips include choosing electric heaters and extension cords that are UL rated, insulating pipes and water heaters, and installing carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms.About the Citizens Bank FoundationCitizens Bank Foundation is a subsidiary of the Citizens Charitable Foundation, which is a charitable contributions vehicle of Citizens Financial Group, Inc., RBS Citizens, N.A. and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania. The foundation s support is focused on housing, community development and basic human needs. CFG s Web site is citizensbank.com.last_img read more