Syrian conflict leads to PDK reprisals against pro-PKK media

first_img June 4, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Syrian conflict leads to PDK reprisals against pro-PKK media Journalists, news media and freedom of information in Iraqi Kurdistan have been hit by a recent increase in the traditional tension between the Kurdistan Democratic Party (PDK), whose leader, Masoud Barzani, is Iraqi Kurdistan’s president, and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), the Turkish armed separatist group that has many fighters based in Iraqi Kurdistan.The friction between the rival groups has been exacerbated by the war in neighbouring Syria, where the PKK’s Syrian wing, the Democratic Union Party (PYD), is the leading political force in the mainly Kurdish areas in the north and has been harassing pro-PDK institutions and expelling pro-Barzani politicians.The PDK retaliated in Iraqi Kurdistan on 19 May against eight pro-PKK entities in three of the cities it controls, Erbil, Dohuk and Zakho. The targeted entities included two media outlets: DIHA, a Turkish news agency, and the monthly Rojava Welat. Their offices were closed and their journalists were detained for several hours.Various groups, including the Organization of Free Women in Kurdistan (RJAK), one of the entities targeted by the 19 May operation, held a demonstration yesterday outside the parliament in Erbil.Wahbi Damir, DIHA’s senior representative in Iraqi Kurdistan, said there was no legal basis for the closure of DIHA’s offices. “We were not shown any warrant,” he told Reporters Without Borders, despite being warned not to talk to the media. “The security forces have closed our offices with all our journalistic material inside.”Najiba Umlar of the Party for a Democratic Solution in Kurdistan (PÇDK), whose offices were also attacked and closed, told Reporters Without Borders that the PDK is preventing her party and the pro-PKK media from working freely in PDK-controlled areas. “The PDK does not tolerate our views on the Kurdish nationalist movement in Turkey and Syria,” she said.For their part, pro-PDK media are finding it hard to operate freely in PYD-controlled areas in northern Syria.Reporters Without Borders urges the various political parties to respect the work of journalists. At the same time, media and journalists must be seen to work in an independent and professional manner, fulfilling their watchdog role, instead of fuelling traditional political tension and rivalry. News December 16, 2020 Find out more Organisation February 15, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts IraqMiddle East – North Africa Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security”center_img Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan to go further IraqMiddle East – North Africa News Follow the news on Iraq RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” December 28, 2020 Find out more News RSF_en last_img read more

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Coronavirus live updates: 100% of New York workforce must stay home

first_img9:48 a.m.: Longtime NBC News employee dies from coronavirusA longtime NBC News employee has died from coronavirus, leaving behind his wife and two sons, NBC News Chairman Andy Lack said.Larry Edgeworth most recently worked in an equipment room at NBC News’ New York headquarters. He previously spent 25 years as an NBC News audio technician and he traveled around the world with producers and correspondents, Lack said. The man on the left is Larry Edgeworth. I met him as the sound tech on our team that covered the Romney campaign in 2012. He called me “slim,” and helped me put together my first resume tape. He was SO proud of his kids. He was hilarious. Yesterday he lost his fight with COVID-19 pic.twitter.com/73D93utgPX— Garrett Haake (@GarrettHaake) March 20, 2020Edgeworth suffered from health issues, his wife said.7:35 a.m. ‘None of us have the adequate infrastructure for this,’ Los Angeles mayor warnsA day after ordering all residents to stay inside their homes unless absolutely necessary in a bid to control the spread of the novel coronavirus, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti told ABC News that he took the measure with both “a very heavy heart” and “a very clear mind.”“None of us have the adequate infrastructure for this, and our best shot is to push this out” Garcetti said in an interview Friday on Good Morning America.“These are acts of love for the people and the precious lives that we want to protect,” he added. “The longer that you wait, the worse it’s going to be by the time you react.”Garcetti noted there were lessons learned from the Spanish flu, a deadly influenza pandemic that infected about a quarter of the world’s population from the start of 1918 through the end of 1920.“These things we saw in 1918,” he said. “The cities that acted quickly were able to protect more people, and those that didn’t were devastated.”Meanwhile, California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday night extended the stay-at-home order statewide to nearly 40 million residents. The governor warned that the state projects 56% of California’s population could contract the virus over the next eight weeks.7:15 a.m. Andrew Yang’s nonprofit to distribute over $1 million to families impacted by virusAndrew Yang’s new nonprofit announced Friday that it will spend more than $1 million helping working families impacted by the novel coronavirus outbreak in the New York area and across the country.Humanity Forward, which Yang founded after ending his 2020 Democratic bid for president, will start by sending $1,000 to 500 working poor households in New York City’s Bronx neighborhood within the next two weeks.“The coronavirus outbreak has absolutely devastated local economic activity, and working families are feeling it most,” Yang said in a statement announcing the initiative. “Many feel like they don’t have money for groceries or rent, even as their child’s school shuts down. Our goal is to get money into their hands as quickly as possible so they can focus on keeping themselves and their families healthy. This is exactly what our government should do, and we are doing it now so that families can get relief as quickly as possible.”6:21 a.m. Cases rise in AfricaSouth Africa’s health minister announced Friday that the country had recorded 52 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing the national total to 202.Africa’s most industrialized economy has the highest number of confirmed cases of the virus in sub-Saharan Africa. Egypt has the highest total on the larger African continent, with 256 diagnosed cases.The region has seen a significant increase in COVID-19 infections recently, although there are still fewer diagnosed cases there than in other parts of the world.More than 800 cases have been diagnosed in at least 34 nations on the African continent as of Friday morning, compared with 147 cases just a week ago. At least 12 of those countries are now experiencing local transmission of the virus.“The rapid evolution of COVID-19 in Africa is deeply worrisome and a clear signal for action,” Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, the World Health Organization’s regional director for Africa, said in a statement Thursday. “But we can still change the course of this pandemic. Governments must draw on all of their resources and capabilities and strengthen their response.”5:30 a.m. Hong Kong reports spike in new casesHong Kong recorded 48 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus on Friday, according to the government’s website.It’s the largest daily tally since COVID-19 testing began in the semi-autonomous Chinese city, according to local media.The news comes after the Chinese mainland reported no new domestic transmissions of the virus for two straight days — a major milestone in the country’s fight against the epidemic.4:18 a.m. Quarantined cruise ship passengers reportedly refuse testsA majority of passengers from the Grand Princess cruise ship who are quarantined at a U.S. Air Force base in California are refusing to be tested for the novel coronavirus, according to a report from San Francisco ABC station KGO-TV.The cruise ship was granted permission to dock in California’s port of Oakland on March 9, after 21 people on board tested positive for COVID-19. All those infected were first transported to local hospitals, then all remaining passengers gradually disembarked over several days. Foreigners were repatriated on charter flights, while U.S. citizens were taken to designated sites for a 14-day quarantine. Crew members who weren’t sick stayed on board to complete their 14-day quarantine.That quarantine period ends next week and passengers are eager to go home, which is apparently why many of them are refusing to be tested.Only 300 passengers quarantined at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California, have agreed to be tested, while the remaining 545 have declined, according to KGO. They were reportedly told that they are not required to be tested.“We didn’t know for sure when we would get the results,” Carmen Kilcullen, 86, of Northern California, told KGO by telephone Thursday. “In case results came in later, we’d have to stay.”3:00 a.m. China exonerates whistleblower doctor who warned of virusIn a highly unusual move, Chinese authorities have exonerated a doctor who was officially reprimanded for warning his colleagues about the novel coronavirus and later died from the disease.The city of Wuhan’s public security bureau said in a statement late Thursday that it would revoke the reprimand issued to Dr. Li Wenliang, accusing him of spreading rumors, according to Chinese state television. Wuhan’s police department also made an official apology to Li’s family, citing “inappropriate handling on the matter,” state TV reported.Li, a 34-year-old ophthalmologist at Wuhan Central Hospital, was detained by police in early January after trying to warn fellow doctors and medical students about the virus in a social media group. Li became infected and died from COVID-19 on Feb. 7.Li’s death sparked outrage in China where citizens took to social media to vent their frustrations over the government’s handling of the epidemic and portraying the doctor as a martyr of the crisis.An investigation team from the state supervision authority determined that police had “issued improper instructions” and followed “improper law enforcement procedure,” according to a report released Thursday evening by the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, the ruling Communist Party’s top disciplinary body.Li’s family has also received compensation in the wake of his death, according to the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection’s report.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. At @realDonaldTrump’s direction, we are moving Tax Day from April 15 to July 15. All taxpayers and businesses will have this additional time to file and make payments without interest or penalties.— Steven Mnuchin (@stevenmnuchin1) March 20, 2020center_img mrtom-uk/iStock(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of novel coronavirus has claimed the lives of more than 10,000 people worldwide, mostly in Italy and China.The new respiratory virus, known officially as COVID-19, has reached every continent except Antarctica as well as every European country since emerging in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December.There are nearly 245,000 diagnosed cases globally, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. While China still compromises the bulk of the world’s cases, Italy now has the highest death toll.There are 14,250 diagnosed cases in the United States, spanning all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. At least 210 people have died in the U.S., according to ABC News’ count.Here’s how the news is unfolding Friday. All times Eastern:11:25 a.m.: 100% of New York workforce must stay homeNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has ordered that 100% of the state’s workforce stay home except for essential service.“Only essential businesses can have workers commuting to the job or on the job,” Cuomo said, stressing that this rule “will be enforced.”Everyone else must “remain indoors to the greatest extent” possible, he said.“This is the most drastic action we can take,” Cuomo said.Thirty-five people have died in New York from COVID-19, the governor said.There are 7,102 people diagnosed with coronavirus in New York state, nearly 6,000 more cases than in Washington and California. Cuomo said that’s because New York is doing more tests per capita, including 10,000 tests Thursday night.The governor urged citizens to not take public transit except if urgent and absolutely necessary.10:15 a.m.: Tax Day pushed back to July 15Tax Day will be pushed back from April 15 to July 15, giving more Americans time to file and make payments without interest or penalties, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin tweeted.last_img read more

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Weekend Readers Forum

first_imgWEEKEND OFF TOPIC “READERS FORUM”TELL US WHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY?FOOTNOTE: Our next “IS IT TRUE” will be posted on this coming Monday?If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] “Readers Poll” question is: : Has Mayor Lloyd Winnecke and City Council been a “Good Steward of the Public Trust” ?Copyright 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributedFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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News round up 2007

first_imgJanuaryl With 1,327 shops, bakery giant Greggs dwarfs its rivals on the high street, both in the takeaway and fast food sectors, topping British Baker’s first Top 50 Bakery Retailers league table.l Private equity firm Vision Capital’s purchase of the assets of Northern Foods’ bakery businesses is approved by shareholders.l Pies and malt loaf baker Oakdale Bakeries, with sites in Doncaster and Wigan, calls in administrators. It is sold to Bakesense in March.l Supermarket bread on sale in London is cheaper than bread on sale in Cairo, Bangkok, Beijing and Manchester, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit. A standard loaf cost 61p/kg in London, ranking 114th out of the 130 cities in the survey.—-=== December ===l Sainsbury’s strikes a unique deal to supply its 360 in-store bakeries with traceable British flour, as part of an initiative to become what it calls “the best baker in town”.l Convenience foods specialist Greencore Group becomes the latest bakery supplier to complain that the unseasonal summer weather and raw material cost inflation have hit its profits in 2007.—-=== November ===l French-based yeast group Lesaffre acquires yeast company GB Ingredients and sister business BFP Wholesale for an undisclosed sum.l Maple Leaf Bakery UK buys Bernard Matthew’s bakery in Dunstable, Bedfordshire.European Bakeries (UK) goes into liquidation as the landlord of its London bakery calls in the bailiffs over unpaid rent.l Speculation mounts that Allied Bakeries is to be sold by parent Associated British Foods, after ABF says it has underperformed over the year.l Celebrity gardener Diarmuid Gavin stars in the latest Morrisons advert, promoting the retailer’s bread and in-store bakeries.—-=== October ===Finsbury Food Group acquires Weight Watchers low-fat cake manufacturer Anthony Alan Foods.l Supermarket Morrisons acquires the whole of the Rathbone Kear plant bakery business, buying out bakery entrepreneur Harry Kear’s 20% stake.l Chester-based P&A Davies scoops the Richemont Club 2007 Trophy at the Club’s annual competition, held at Bakers’ Fair North West. Pictured are judges Steve Gibbons and Kevin Rusden from Milling & Baking, looking at savouries—-=== August ===l Millers and bakers are reported to be going through “hair-tearing” times as wheat and commodity prices soar, including dairy and fats.l The Dutch group CSM, owner of BakeMark UK, acquires Kate’s Cakes for £20.5m plus £12m debt.l Maple Leaf Bakery UK adds to its growing UK empire with the £18.75m acquisition of premium breads supplier La Fornaia.l Sandwich chain Subway hits the 1,000 outlet milestone in the UK and Ireland, moving towards a target of having 2,010 outlets by 2010.Tesco launches its first range of breads with no artificial additives, using long fermentation.—-=== June ===l Cake giant Inter Link suspends trading of its shares on the AIM, following an initial decision by McCambridge to withdraw an offer to buy the company. With £63m debts, shares, once traded at 770p each, were worthless.l European Bakeries, which supplies Aldi and Compass, goes into administration.l Cooplands of Scarborough buys Skeltons from administration in a deal that almost doubles its estate from 43 to 77 shops.Skoda creates a tasty motor, a full-sized replica of its Fabia, made out of cake and confectionery.l Druckers Vienna Patisserie joins forces with Patisserie Valerie after Luke Johnson buys the 42-strong Druckers chain for about £20m.—-=== May ===l Allied Bakeries restructures its UK mainland business into eight regional business units to improve service levels and efficiency.l The Food Standards Agency (FSA) decides to recommend mandatory fortification of baked goods with folic acid, either at the flour or bread stage to ministers, in a bid to reduce birth defects caused by its deficiency in expectant mothers. The FSA is reviewing the situation.l Bread sales go up in value across the board over the last year, apart from the white in-store bakery sector, TNS Worldpanel data reveals. It announces that total bread sales were worth £1.43bn in the year to 25 February 2007, a growth in value of 9% on the previous year.—-=== March ===l Ainsleys of Leeds wins its long-running legal battle over VAT payments on its ciabatta melts and other fresh-baked products, after a High Court appeal is dropped by HM Revenue & Customs.l Hull-based Skeltons, which has 43 shops, calls in administrators on March 27, blaming supermarket competition and a recent significant increase in energy costs.l The bread and bakery products market sees its best year of sales growth in four years in 2006, according to the KeyNote 2007 report. The bread and bakery products market is worth £3.27bn at retail selling prices in 2006, up by 3.1% on 2005.—-=== February ===l Finsbury Food Group buys Lightbody Celebration Cakes, making it the leading player in the premium cakes sector.Premier Foods’ £1.2 billion purchase of RHM is cleared, creating Britain’s biggest food producer and bringing together brands such as Branston Pickle, Hovis bread and Mr Kipling cakes.l Allied Bakeries reveals plans for the “UK’s biggest-ever bakery relaunch” as a £40m turnaround plan gets under way.l A corporate recovery firm makes an asset purchase of Welsh firm Ferrari’s Bakery.—-=== September ===l Premier Foods reveals that profits have halved in its bakery division in the six months to June 30.John Waterfield scoops the prestigious Baker of the Year at the Baking Industry Awards and John Gillespie (pictured with Joanna Lumley) takes the British Baker Special Award.l Country Style Foods buys the former RHM frozen desserts factory in Flint, Wales, from Premier Foods.l Plant bakers report wastage levels between 5% and 20%, due to a poor UK harvest.l New data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveals a 2.3% decline in the number of bakery manufacturers over the last year, while the number of bakery retailers grew slightly.—-=== July ===l Irish bakery group McCambridge buys cake company Inter Link.l Bakesense Bakeries, formerly Oakdale Bakeries, goes into administration for the second time in the year. Administrators fail to find a buyer and 200 jobs are lost.l Flooding hits Gloucestershire businesses badly, amid scenes of panic-buying.—-=== April ===l Asda says its fresh bakery sales are up, following a high-profile advertising campaign, featuring actress and comedienne Victoria Wood (pictured).l MPs start a campaign in Westminster to exclude the UK from EU moves to abolish standard-size British bread loaves.l Sandwich supplier Brambles Foods is sold to Adelie Food Holdings for £22m.last_img read more

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Shelter Island Pilot Injured in Plane Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An 80-year-old pilot was critically wounded when the single-engine plane was flying crash landed shortly after takeoff at a small airstrip in his hometown of Shelter Island on Monday evening.Shelter Island Town Police said Michael Russo was flying his Cessna 162 out of Klenawicus Airfield, when the plane went down at about 6:30 p.m.The pilot was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he is listed in critical but stable condition.The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident.last_img read more

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AquaTrojans Split Battle With Sea Dragons

first_imgSunman-Dearborn AquaTrojans closed out their regular season hosting the South Dearborn Squires on Monday.  SDMS boys won 102-26, SDMS girls lost in a heartbreaker 92-84.Individual Winners include:    Nick Weber-200 Freestyle, 500 Freestyle; Abigail Cowden-200IM; Alexis Brennen-50 Freestyle, 100 Freestyle; Ray Krider-50 Freestyle; Emily Hafertepen-1 meter diving; Tyler Ketcham-100 Butterfly; Jacob Nixon-100 Freestyle; Cole Benegas-100 Backstroke.SDMS finishes their 2017 campaign with the Connersville Invitational on Saturday.  GO AQUATROJANS!!!Courtesy of AquaTrojans Coach Brandon Loveless.last_img read more

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Students talk basketball news on weekly podcast

first_imgJulio Martinez, created “Hoop & Holler” with two other Annenberg students after their experience at a USC sports media summer program. (Vincent Leo | Daily Trojan) “With the resources we have, it’s pretty simple to start it up,” Sun said. “If it’s something that people are interested in, there’s not a lot of hurdles to jump through. It’s just more about commitment than anything else.”  “They are having the time of their life,” Turner said. “This can go beyond their USC years … I think they have something that could become quite iconic.” Sun poked fun at Griffin Jr. for his excessive note-taking in preparation for recording shows, as the pair explained each host has their own personal routine for show preparation.  Sun said he believes fellow students should be proactive and get involved at USC, especially in Annenberg, which offers tools to create podcasts and live broadcasts.  The podcast is just one component of a sports media outlet — or “pseudo-blog,” as Griffin Jr. calls it — known as “SquareOne Media,” which the group uses to freely publish their own sports-related content. “You’ve got a Black guy, a Latino and an Asian talking about sports,” Turner said. “Where else in America do you have that?”  “I’m just mad they’ve never had me on,” Turner said. “They’re very diligent in their research and they know what they’re talking about.” “The idea was in our archives for a good year,” said Sun, a freshman  majoring in journalism. “When we both got in and got to campus, it was like, let’s get started.”  “We’re all friends — good friends,” Griffin Jr. said. “It’s pretty lax, but at the same time we like to put out good thoughts, ideas and things that people can actually take away and learn from.”  Turner said she believes the show’s ability to toe the line between professionalism and friendly banter makes the podcast  unique and capable of reaching a much larger audience.  Miki Turner, an assistant professor at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, has worked with each of the show’s three hosts during the summer camp. In their time as students at USC, she said she saw their passion and knowledge on the topic during the summer camp successfully transition into their podcast.   “I think a lot of NBA content now is kind of clip-driven or drama-driven, and it’s not super substantive,” Sun said. “I think there can be a happy medium between hard-hitting analysis and entertainment commentary and I think [that’s] what we try to strive for.”  Not to be lost in the show’s light hearted nature is the diverse makeup of the production team, which, according to Turner, keeps conversations interesting and perspectives fresh.  As for the hosts themselves, they try to keep things as natural as possible.  A continuation of informal basketball debates that began at a USC sports media summer program where the trio met as high school students, the “Hoop & Holler” group has held shows ranging from their “All-Decade” NBA lineups, debating the concept of “load management” — where healthy players sit out games to rest their bodies  — and most recently more serious discussions on the tragedy involving NBA star Kobe Bryant.  “They give well-balanced, thoughtful, insightful commentary on what’s going on in the world of sports and I love to just see that continuing to grow,” Turner said.  “It’s just … something that we do on Fridays — it’s something that we enjoy doing,” Griffin Jr. said. “Something I like to say all the time is that we have these [basketball] conversations all the time.”  The podcast itself consists of three co-hosts: Martinez, a sophomore majoring in communication, Griffin Jr. and Sun. Each episode, the trio takes on the hottest storylines in sports entertainment with discussion and analysis while attempting to maintain a healthy balance between the two. “I’m a little more tedious with my notes and stuff,” Griffin Jr. said. “Eddie … already has his thoughts lined up already. And Julio is kind of somewhere in the middle.”  Shortly after arriving on campus in August, Reagan Griffin Jr. and Eddie Sun partnered with Julio Martinez to kick off “Hoop & Holler,” a weekly student-run podcast bridging the gap between sports, pop culture and social issues. Annenberg students (left to right) Reagan Griffin Jr., Eddie Sun and Julio Martinez research and prepare before the weekly discussions they hold about basketball for their podcast, “Hoop & Holler.” (Vincent Leo | Daily Trojan) She said the trio was able to maintain the quality of conversation throughout each subject they discussed.  The friendship that has developed between Griffin Jr., Sun and Martinez makes conversation flow smoothly while allowing room for thoughtful, more serious commentary when appropriate.  “We have these conversations all the time. The only difference is we’re putting a microphone in our faces now,” said Griffin Jr., a freshman majoring in journalism.last_img read more

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CAF Elections Tear NFF, CAF Committee Members Apart

first_imgBy Duro IkhazuagbeDespite Nigeria not fielding a candidate for the office of the President of Confederation of African Football (CAF) in the elections scheduled to hold on March 16 in     Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, gladiators in the country’s football administration are up in arms against one another.Last Week’s endorsement of Madagascar’s FA President, Ahmad Ahmad, by NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, is at the centre of the furore tearing apart the hitherto bond existing among the football stakeholders here.Yesterday, all Nigerians in CAF’s committees including Dr Amos Adamu, Brig-General Dominic Oneya (rtd), Alh. Sani Lulu, Alh. Aminu Maigari, Mr Amanze Uchegbulam, Dr. Bolaji Ojo-Oba, Mr Paul Bassey, Mr Chris Green and the only female in their midst, Aisha Falode, issued a statement insisting that Pinnick’s decision to dump incumbent Issa Hayatou who is seeking eighth term as CAF president for Ahmad was purely a personal matter.They insisted that no Nigerian in CAF or the supervising Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports was consulted before the NFF chief decided to announce the country’s support for the candidate from the Southern African football sub-region (COSAFA).“Mr Pinnick as an individual has a right to declare support for whoever he pleases but when such support is made in the name of Nigeria then there is need for extreme caution given the political colouration of CAF elections of which we are well grounded and versed in.“CAF Elections are not about individuals. Countries support their candidates, finance such elections, set up various committees led by ministers, diplomats and football people to lobby and canvass across the continent in  high level diplomatic sojourns armed with manifesto publications and letters of introduction etc.  Regrettably, we cannot claim to have done any of the above, yet the election is less than a month away,” observed the statement released yesterday by these eminent Nigerians in various CAF committees.They insisted that while Hayatou remains a friend of the country having previously supported most of the football fiestas hosted by the country as well as helping Nigerians into various CAF positions, Ahmad has not been here to canvass support.“The CAF President, Issa Hayatou, who is a FIFA Senior Vice President, overtime has been a pillar of support and true friend of Nigerian football. His service to the round leather game cannot be disputed given the giant strides that football in the continent has taken especially in the areas of sponsorship and partnership, and the spread of the game to all nooks and corners of the continent.“The hosting of the FIFA Under-17 Competition in 2009, the election of Nigerians into the CAF and FIFA Executive Committees, (Etubom Oyo Orok Oyo and Dr. Amos Adamu) as well as   the resolution of sensitive issues involving our country at FIFA level in 2010 are some of the benefits accruing to us from his (Hayatou) reign.“We, Nigerian members of CAF hereby declare our unalloyed support for President Hayatou and his leadership of CAF, one that has brought great development to the game in Africa, including the hosting of the FIFA World Cup on Africa soil for the first time,” stressed the nine CAF committee members.But in a swift move, Chairman of Chairmen of the current NFF board, Ibrahim Gusau, countered those insisting Pinnick acted without the support of his board. He revealed that Pinnick was given the go-ahead to act in whatever possible way to advance the interest of Nigeria in the CAF elections. “In a nutshell, we all agreed unanimously at the board meeting of NFF to support NFF President, Amaju Pinnick to contest for a CAF Executive seat in the forthcoming CAF elections in Addis Ababa.“We also gave him a mandate to use his discretion to vote for any presidential candidate that has genuine vision that will benefit Nigeria.  We believe Amaju as the President of NFF is not going to CAF as an individual but he is going there to represent the interest of Nigeria and we believe as a leader he understand the politics in CAF. “We have unanimously endorsed him to contest for the CAF Executive seat and also vote for any candidate of his choice whom he believes will benefit Nigeria,” Gusau insisted last night.The Chairman of Chairmen accused those Nigerians in CAF committees drumming support for Hayatou as selfish people. “Some of those criticizing Amaju (Pinnick) for supporting another candidate apart from Issa Hayatou are selfish because some of them have been in that system for decades and they believe that without Hayatou they cannot retain their seats.“They don’t have the interest of Nigeria and besides, what has the country benefited from them since they have been there? So it is wrong for anybody to start criticizing Amaju for not supporting Hayatou,” Gusau fired back.He insisted that it was the same Hayatou that stood vehemently that Africa was not going to support Infantino Presidency during the FIFA election.  “Infantino is the same President that appointed the first African as Secretary General of FIFA.So I believe Amaju being Nigeria’s representative knows what is best for Nigeria and we have given him the mandate to contest a seat in CAF Executive and also vote for any presidential candidate that will benefit Nigeria.“As NFF President, he is not going to the CAF position as an individual but as the country’s mouthpiece in the continental body,” he noted.Meanwhile, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, has called for an emergency meeting with the executive board members of the NFF in Abuja tomorrow.SA Media to the minister, Nneka Ikem Anibeze, said in a statement yesterday that the meeting would hold in the Minister’s conference room, National Stadium, Abuja at 11am.The statement emphasised that attendance of all board members to the emergency meeting was mandatory.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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DONEGAL NEWSPAPER GROUP SOLD

first_imgTHE Donegal Democrat newspaper group has been sold, it has been announced.“Staff have been informed that on Friday, February 14th, a newly formed company, Formpress Publishing Limited will take ownership of all Johnston Press newspaper titles in the Republic of Ireland,” said a statement from the newspaper.“It’s not expected that any job losses will result from the takeover. “Within the new structure the Donegal Democrat Group of Newspapers will become part of a Republic of Ireland media organisation that includes titles such as the Leitrim Observer, Kilkenny People, Limerick Leader and the Longford Leader.”The papers here in Donegal have been owned by Johnston Press, a British-based newspaper company.The new company was founded six days ago and is registered at 7 Fields Terrace, Ranelagh, Dublin 6.   DONEGAL NEWSPAPER GROUP SOLD was last modified: February 5th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal Democratformpresssoldlast_img read more

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RS passes Bill to remove anomalies in HC judges pension

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 2 (PTI) Rajya Sabha today passed a bill seeks to remove anomalies in the pensionary benefits of High Court judges elevated from the bar. The High Court and the Supreme Court Judges (Salaries and Conditions of Service) Amendment Bill, 2015 will also simplify some of the provisions relating to determination of leave allowances of judges of High Courts and the apex court. Introduced in Lok Sabha on the last day of the Monsoon session last year, the bill was passed in the Lower House during the Winter session in December 2015. The bill says that the practice of 10 years as advocate will be added as qualifying service for High Court judges elevated from the bar, as ordered by the Supreme Court in a judgment in March 2014. The measure seeks to give effect to this judgment. In the judgement, the apex court had said in order to remove arbitrariness in the matter of pension of High Court judges elevated from the bar, the relief should be reckoned from April one, 2004. It sought to amend the High Court Judges (Salaries and Conditions of Service) Act, 1954 and the Supreme Court Judges (Salaries and Conditions of Service) Act, 1958. “With the passage of time, certain provisions in the aforesaid acts have become spent and outdated. A review has been undertaken and it has been decided to remove the same for clarity and provide for the added years of service in view of the judgment given by the Supreme Court,” the Bill said. PTI RNK AKKadvertisementlast_img read more

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