Local journalist, AFP correspondent, sidelined from military operation against illegal gold-washing

first_imgNews October 7, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Local journalist, AFP correspondent, sidelined from military operation against illegal gold-washing News May 10, 2021 Find out more Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU News June 2, 2021 Find out more News “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Receive email alerts to go furthercenter_img FranceEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on France June 4, 2021 Find out more Organisation RSF_en FranceEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information RSF denounces Total’s retaliation against Le Monde for Myanmar story Reporters Without Borders has called for an explanation from the French Guiana prefecture and French Guiana’s regional military authorities over sidelining journalist, Frédéric Farine, of local weekly La Semaine Guyanaise and regional correspondent for Agence France-Presse (AFP), from a military operation against a secret gold-washing site. The reporter, who also works for Radio France International and French daily La Croix, appears to have been deliberately excluded from the operation in the centre of the country, carried out by the prefecture and the Armed Forces of French Guiana (FAG). The prefecture on 2 October 2008, invited several media on board a military helicopter to cover a FAG demolition of a secret gold-washing site in the Saul region. Among those invited were the correspondents for Reuters and representatives of three local media: privately-owned television ACG, Radio France Outremer (RFO, radio and television) and the daily France-Guyane. “We protest first of all against the principle of selection of journalists by the authorities, which is even more surprising since they are behind the initiative of making it a media event,” the worldwide press freedom organisation. “How can it be that military personnel should exclude the correspondent in French Guiana of one of the major national media, AFP? Worse Frédéric Farine has already been treated in the same way during a visit to the region in 2004 of then minister for overseas territories, Brigitte Girardin (see release of 24 September 2004). The journalist however enjoyed “good relations” with the prefecture since then. We hope to rapidly have an explanation on what appears to be at best a blunder, and at worst an exclusion”.Surprised at being sidelined, Farine told Reporters Without Borders that he had tried on the day itself to get an explanation from the authorities. A senior military officer told him that the army did not like the “editorial line” of La Semaine Guyanaise. For such a media operation, the officer said he needed “guarantees”, including “a prior reading” of articles in the weekly. When questioned by France-Guyane, another local media which reported the incident, the authorities said there had been a “weight problem” with the helicopter. But unofficially the officer confirmed that the journalist’s articles did not “play up enough” operations carried out by the FAG.Farine said he was “dumbfounded” by this surprising treatment. The journalist has done a number of reports on gold-washing sites and goes there often of his own accord.last_img read more

Europa Oil & Gas buys Edge licence offshore Ireland

first_imgSimon Oddie, interim CEO and executive chairman of Europa, said: “We are confident that by adding FEL 3/19 to our portfolio we have not only increased the quantum of gross prospective gas resources to 2.7 tcf but have also increased the attractiveness of what was already a compelling investment proposition in the Slyne Basin. “With gas set to play a key role in Ireland’s energy mix and our licences located near Corrib and its processing infrastructure, our position benefits from having a highly attractive risk/reward profile. With this in mind, we look forward to showcasing our new position to prospective partners, a number of whom we have been talking to for some time. Exploration and production company Europa Oil & Gas has acquired a 100 per cent interest in Frontier Exploration Licence (FEL) 3/19 offshore Ireland from Norwegian oil company DNO. It is worthnoting that all work commitments on FEL 3/19 have been fulfilled and, subjectto regulatory approval, Europa’s forward plan will be to include FEL 3/19 in arelaunch of the farm-out of its strategic position in the Slyne Basin. “Together with ongoing work on the ground to bring the Wressle field in Lincolnshire into production in H2 2020 at an initial gross rate of 500bopd […] we are well placed to advance our portfolio of licences up the development curve and in the process generate value for our shareholders”. Europa isacquiring a 100 per cent interest in the licence from DNO for a nominal upfrontfee and the granting of a 5 per cent net profits Interest over futureproduction of gas and liquids from any accumulation on the licence. “Both Edge and Inishkea are viewed as being drill-ready and our aim will be to secure a partner or partners to fund drilling activity on one or both licences at the earliest opportunity. The companyadded that the inventory included the nearby 1.5 tcf Inishkea prospect onEuropa’s 100 per cent-owned FEL 4/19. center_img To remind, the acquisition of this license comes several months after Europa relinquished its interest in another Irish offshore licence – Licensing Option (LO) 16/19. According toEuropa, the acquisition will provide the company with a proven gas play which isin line with the refocusing of the Irish portfolio towards gas. FEL 3/19, which lies 18 kilometres east of the producing Corrib field, was formerly the LO 16/23 block which DNO acquired following the Faroe Petroleum buy. The newlicence lies close to Europa’s FEL 4/19, and since both are near Corrib andassociated gas processing infrastructure, the company classifies the twolicences as lower risk “infrastructure-led” exploration. Europa saidon Thursday that acquiring FEL 3/19, which is located close to the 1tcfproducing Corrib gas field in the Slyne basin, would add the 1.2 tcf Edgeprospect to Europa’s inventory in Ireland. A few weeks before this, Europa took a blow regarding its farm-out hopes. Namely, an unnamed oil major gave up on farming into its licenses off Ireland. In doing so, the company was forced to continue its search for a partner to drill its Inishkea prospect.last_img read more

Readle continues remarkable journey

first_imgThere are bigger names at Glasgow 2014 and there are surer medal prospects, but few can match Northern Ireland tandem rider Dave Readle for overcoming adversity on the way to the Commonwealth Games. Press Association Readle will pilot visually impaired team-mate James Brown in the para-cycling disciplines starting on Friday, marking the culmination of a remarkable journey. He has suffered devastating injuries, long periods out of competitive sport during which he retrained as a psychologist and even now is battling a form of skin cancer, but will line up at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome having achieved an ambition that so often looked impossible. “I began working for British Cycling as a performance psychologist in 2008 and I just started riding, almost at random. I just had a go. “I was that bad they were laughing at me at the track. They actually told me I needed to go away and learn to ride a bike. “But I got back on. It was an unusual start, but I ended up making the 2009 world championships and I won a silver medal (in the tandem 1,000m time-trial).” Despite that success, constraints on time and finances forced Readle to prioritise his psychology career and, at London 2012, he was among the Olympic and Paralympic support staff rather than among the competitors. It was Readle, memorably, who tried in vain to calm Jody Cundy during his infamous meltdown in the velodrome. Then, at the start of this year, he received the call from Brown and invited to make a comeback as his tandem pilot. It was a chance he could not turn down, even if it meant putting back his latest treatment for ongoing skin cancer. “I’ve been undergoing treatment but I decided to defer the latest lot,” he added. “They’ll be coming to cut some more out of me after the Games. “But this was the opportunity of a lifetime. It’s an honour and a privilege to be involved. “Over a lifetime of being told you can’t do things, I’ve learned anything is possible. It’s perseverance, the ability to take knocks and dust yourself down – it’s never giving up. “If the outcome for me is a medal, great. If not, then that’s fine as well because I get the bigger picture. “For me it is more about being able to share and enjoy the Commonwealth Games with all the people who’ve helped and supported me and all the other athletes I’ve worked with over the years.” Liverpool-born Readle was first close to qualifying as a shot-putter for the 2002 Commonwealths in Manchester when he was forced out of contention in brutal fashion. “I ripped my pectoral muscle clean off my chest while bench-pressing before the 2002 Games. At the time, I was well on course to earn a place,” he told Press Association Sport. “It killed, really bad. It’s a really rare injury – only a small percentage of people have done it, but you certainly know about it when it happens. “After that I took a year out, completed my studies in the United States and started working to become a teacher.” A simple life in the classroom was never on the cards for Readle, though, and he soon found an opportunity to put himself to use at a newly expansive British Cycling. Feted sports psychiatrist Dr Steve Peters was already consulting with the organisation and soon found a willing protege. “I went to Steve and said, verbatim, ‘how do I do what you do?’. I basically said ‘give me a job’,” Readle explained. “If it wasn’t for Steve and his advice, I could never have had the chance to pursue the career I did. He was very supportive. last_img read more

National : Ivy League race jam-packed as season enters stretch run

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 12, 2011 at 12:00 pm A year ago, Yale’s chance to qualify for the NCAA tournament all came down to a single game. After a regular season in which the Bulldogs faced just one ranked opponent outside of the Ivy League, Yale head coach Andy Shay thought his team’s only chance to qualify came in a matchup with Princeton in the semifinals of the Ivy League tournament.‘We feel like if we won our first Ivy League tournament game,’ Shay said, ‘that would have augmented our RPI and our strength of schedule, but we didn’t win that game.’The same scenario could be the case for nearly all of the Ivy League teams this season. The league has been thrown into a frenzy with a variety of upsets and close games. Yale alone has played four games decided by two goals, and had two games that were decided in at least overtime.With six of the league’s seven teams sitting tied in second or fourth place behind Cornell, the Ivy League is jam-packed with teams looking to separate themselves and make the NCAA tournament.‘The competition is very stiff,’ Cornell head coach Ben DeLuca said. ‘I feel like every team brings a wealth of talent to the table.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFor Pennsylvania head coach Mike Murphy, there’s one simple motto his team follows as it enters its quest for its first NCAA tournament bid since 2006.Murphy keeps it simple. Murphy’s motto is to make sure to take care of the little things, and the little things will take care of the big things. He said little things have come from playing in close games — five of the Quakers’ games have been decided by a single goal.‘If we’re going to be considered for the NCAA tournament, we have two chances,’ Murphy said. ‘One is to win the Ivy League tournament, where coming out on top in those one-goal games will help us with that.‘In regards to the strength of the league overall relative to other teams, I think our success outside the league — Harvard beats Georgetown — those are the things that can help our league get a second or maybe a third team into the NCAA tournament.’No. 17 Penn’s strength of schedule may work wonders in enabling the team to secure a bid to the tournament. The Quakers have defeated strong opponents in then-No. 10 Duke and then-No. 17 Bucknell. Penn also played a strong game against Villanova, falling 9-8 in overtime.But Penn is relatively different from other Ivy League schools. For certain schools, the inability to schedule games against quality scholarship teams looms largely due to a difficult geographic location or prestige.Three Ivy League teams are currently ranked inside the top 20, with Harvard receiving votes.The challenge for teams in the Ivy League is often an inability to face quality scholarship school opponents. DeLuca said a lot of the challenge has to do with a lack of interest from major conference schools.‘I don’t think there’s a lot of interest by some of those top-tier programs,’ DeLuca said. ‘Especially working around our Ivy League schedule, which is set toward the end of the season. You’re really confined to your out-of-conference scheduling happening toward the early part of the season. And a lot of those teams, especially from down south, are not interested in coming up north in March or April.’Behind the Big Red, Yale and Penn hold a half-game lead over the rest of the field with a 2-2 mark in league play. The Bulldogs and Quakers are followed closely by Harvard, Brown, Dartmouth and Princeton, each with 1-2 records in conference play.The Ivy League tournament began a year ago with the champion receiving the automatic bid for the NCAA tournament. Since only four teams can qualify for the Ivy League tournament and a chance to vie for the league’s automatic bid, the home stretch is more crucial than ever for many teams to punch their tickets to the NCAA tournament for the first time in years.But the parity is advantageous for many of the schools within the league. Princeton, which hasn’t missed the NCAA tournament since 2008, is on the brink of not even qualifying for the Ivy League tournament. The Tigers are off to their worst start since 2005 after stumbling to a 2-6 record and winning just one conference game thus far.Even with Cornell, only one of the Big Red’s conference games was decided by more than two goals. DeLuca is well aware of the threat that teams pose this year more than every other season.‘Almost any game you can throw out the rankings and the numbers surrounding each program,’ DeLuca said, ‘there’s going to be battles between two pretty strong programs — for the most part — throughout the year.’For Penn head coach Murphy, it all comes back to the little things. At this juncture of the season, he said that’s what could define each team’s chance at a league title.‘At this point we’ve got a pretty good idea of who we are,’ Murphy said. ‘I think the challenge at this point is to stay healthy and keep things fresh and consistent. We’ve done an OK job at that stuff thus far, and we’re — knock on wood — pretty healthy right now. We’re still pretty excited about where we’re going with things.’[email protected]center_img Commentslast_img read more

West Palm Beach Mayor urges residents to celebrate Fourth of July safely

first_imgMayor Keith James spoke Thursday morning about how Independence Day is a time to celebrate, but it’s also a time to stay safe with the spike in COVID-19 cases in Florida.Because of the coronavirus pandemic, Fourth of July celebrations will look a little different this year.West Palm Beach won’t be hosting its traditional “4th on Flagler” event. Instead, Mayor James said he’s launching a new initiative for this weekend called “DIY 4th of July,” which encourages people to enjoy and host their own celebrations this weekend in a safe manner.For those living in West Palm Beach, the the city plans to celebrate by setting off fireworks at two undisclosed locations starting at 9 p.m. on Saturday.West Palm Beach has posted several videos online which include fun, creative tutorials on how to have a safe holiday weekend at home. To watch those videos, click here.last_img read more

Three Big Things: Warriors suddenly can’t shoot against the Rockets

first_imgIn the first game post-apocalypse, the sharp-shooting Warriors suddenly forgot how to shoot, which led to their worst game of the season – a 107-86 thrashing at the hands of the Rockets.Currently, the team everyone is chasing is down a road leading to its own demise. On Thursday night, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant combined to go 11-of-31 from the field as the Rockets built a 32 point lead. Golden State didn’t hit its first 3-pointer until 2:33 in the second quarter when rookie guard Jacob …last_img

Elderly take up Aids challenge

first_img2 May 2006Not long ago, Florence Z. thought she could do nothing about her HIV status.“I am 70 years old,” she said. “I felt it was something that could happen to my grandchildren, not to me.”But then she saw the challenge facing her: “I had to help my grandchildren, but I didn’t know how.”Florence Z. has since joined a group of concerned grandmothers in Amathole in the Eastern Cape, and is now learning to use words like “sex” and “condom” in a way she has never done before.She is also learning about what young people say about sexual violence and HIV/Aids.“It is the first time that someone has a workshop of this nature for elders only,” she said. “We are very happy about this, because it is not easy to express ourselves when there are young people around.”Bridging the gap between old and youngSeveral of these groups are taking off in Amathole, where the district municipality and the Community Information, Empowerment and Transparency (CIET) Trust have launched a project to bridge the distance between elders and young people in the fight against the pandemic.The CIET Trust, a national research NGO with a local branch in Amathole, will measure the impact of the project on both the elderly and the youth. The Conflict and Governance Facility (CAGE), a partnership between the South African Treasury and the European Union, is sponsoring the initiative.“Elders are often left out of HIV/Aids programmes because they are seen as sexually inactive and at low risk, and yet they can be a moral yardstick for younger people, and so an essential part of the solutions we seek,” said councillor Helen Neal-May of Amathole, who spearheaded the initiative.“We have to narrow the gap between elders and youth if we want to tackle HIV/Aids,” said CIET Trust executive director Neil Andersson, who led a nationwide study of sexual violence and HIV/Aids in 2003 that was the largest to date in South Africa, covering 283 000 young people, 42 000 of them in the Eastern Cape.Someone to talk toAccording to Andersson, around a third of youngsters in the Eastern Cape feel they do not have anyone to talk to about their sexual lives, with the situation being worst for girls.“This can have very negative consequences, if we consider that six out of 10 children and teenagers think it is not rape to force sex with someone you know,” Andersson said. “And, in spite of all the publicity out there, four out of 10 do not know that condoms can protect them from HIV/Aids.”Elders could play a crucial role in prevention “because they have strong values and powerful life lessons to share,” Andersson said.“But we also know from our studies that they need specific knowledge about sexual violence and the HIV/Aids epidemic, and more self-confidence to reach out to younger people.”According to CAGE programme co-ordinator Charmaine Estment, the “creative and divergent angle” of the awareness project, focusing on the marginalised group of the aged, is what won the funding.Boosting confidenceIn CIET’s workshops, elders discuss the evidence from studies on sexual violence and HIV/Aids and explore ways of talking with their children and grandchildren about these issues.The groups also identify HIV/Aids services in local communities and make sure they know how to get access to these services and how and where to speak out in case they see the need for improvement.“Our workshops with gogos boost their self-confidence a lot,” explained Ncumisa Ngxowa, CIET’s coordinator in the Eastern Cape.“The first few sessions are very quiet, but then they get used to all the new words and they start asking us all the questions that may have been bottled inside them for years.”CIET’s facilitators are particularly sensitive to gender issues.“We keep the male and female elders separate, because they are shy even to talk in front of members of the opposite sex of their own age group,” Ngxowa said.CIET encourages individuals and organisations working on HIV/Aids and sexual violence in the Amathole district to contact Ms Ngxowa at (043) 722-0655, mobile 083 597 1631, or by e-mail at [email protected], to find out how they can get involved in the project.Source: BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Mets prospect Tim Tebow makes Triple-A debut for Syracuse

first_imgThe battles for seeding still going strong in NBA races “Trying to get those movements for this game where it’s just that natural, I don’t think I’ve fully done that yet, but I think I’ve made a lot of strides,” he said.Syracuse Mets manager Tony DeFrancesco, a veteran of Triple-A baseball, has watched the 6-foot-3, 245-pound Tebow, with his thick arms and imposing frame, from both sides of the diamond.“He’s come a long way,” DeFrancesco said. “I was on the other side in his first major league spring training game, and for me at that point he looked like a football player trying to play baseball. He was big and thick. He was slow.“Last year was the first time I got to watch Tim on the same side and you see the major adjustments and the time and energy this man has put in to be the best baseball player he can be,” DeFrancesco added. “Repetition-wise, it takes a long time that Tim’s lost out on, but I believe he’s a quick learner. It does take a lot of reps for him to really understand how to hit major league pitching, and I think this will be a great adjustment for him here.”That Tebow is a former client of new Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen, who took the job last October after serving as an agent, has helped.“I think I’m trying to convince people. I think there were times I had to convince myself, too,” Tebow said. “I had to convince him (Van Wagenen) a little bit, but he’s been in my corner and that means a lot.”The forecast for the opener calls for temperatures in the low 40s with a slight wind and a very slight chance of rain.There is anticipation in the air, just as there was an hour down the road in Binghamton a year ago.“It’s his time to shine now,” DeFrancesco said “I’m hoping he has a great season. It would be a great story and you always root for an underdog. Tim is going to fight all the way through. It’s not that easy.“I hope one day this year I get to say, ‘Tim Tebow, you gotta go to Citi Field and play for the New York Mets.’ “ View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FILE – In this March 7, 2019, file photo, New York Mets’ Tim Tebow loosens up before batting in an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Washington Nationals in West Palm Beach, Fla. Tebow is set to begin his third full season of minor league baseball. He was assigned to the Triple-A Syracuse Mets just over two weeks ago and opening day is Thursday, April 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Tim Tebow is one step away from the Big Show. He’s still in no rush.“I enjoy the process every day, enjoy every opportunity I get,” Tebow said as he prepared for Thursday’s International League opener with the Syracuse Mets. “That’s one thing I take a lot of pride in — having fun and not just the destination but truly enjoying the journey.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Tebow faced his sternest test yet in 2018, playing last season for Binghamton of the Double-A Eastern League, a level of ball that tends to separate prospects destined for bigger things. He turned in a respectable second full season of minor league ball, batting .273 with six home runs, 14 doubles and 36 RBIs in 84 games and punctuated his arrival on New York’s Southern Tier by slamming the first pitch he saw over the fence in right field for a three-run homer on a frigid night.Tebow, who made only one error in 83 chances in the outfield, hit .301 in June and .340 in 15 games in July and made the Eastern League All-Star Game. A broken bone in his right hand ended his season prematurely.“Last year was huge for my development. It’s going to take a lot more work,” Tebow said. “There’s moments when it (frustration) creeps in, but that’s where you have to have mental toughness and stop that thought right in its tracks. If not, this game is too hard.“You’re going to have highs and lows, but you have to be able to stay on the course and when you need to, speak life into it.”Tebow was re-assigned to minor league camp just over two weeks ago after hitting .267 with one RBI in eight spring training games. He has at least demonstrated he belongs in professional baseball.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Tebow, the 2007 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback for the Florida Gators, a team he led to a pair of national championships, bounced around the NFL for three years (2010-12), playing 35 games with the Denver Broncos and New York Jets and also delving into broadcasting before deciding to turn his main focus to baseball.“One of the hardest decisions I ever made was choosing to go football over baseball,” he said. “It’s an itch I’ve always had and a passion I’ve always had, and it didn’t go away after years. I had a lot of other opportunities, but this is something I wanted to pursue.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I also did it without a lot of support. It’s not about proving people wrong or pleasing people, it’s about living a dream, pursuing your passion and trying to do it with as much purpose as you can. That’s how I’ve always lived.”Since making the switch, Tebow, now 31, has come a long way in a short time on the diamond. He signed with Mets late in 2016, played in the Arizona Fall League and in 2017 hit .226 with eight homers and 52 RBIs in 126 games at two levels of Class A. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more