Letter to President Mutharika urging him to repeal new press law

first_img MalawiAfrica In blow to impunity, panel says investigation into blogger’s death should resume News February 4, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en October 10, 2012 Find out more Receive email alerts MalawiAfrica Help by sharing this information Social networks and TV signals down after close of polls in Malawi February 16, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Letter to President Mutharika urging him to repeal new press law News Organisation News Twitter arbitrarily blocks South African newsweekly and several reporters over Covid vaccine story Follow the news on Malawi Reporters Without Borders wrote to President Bingu Wa Mutharika today urging him to repeal an amendment to Section 46 of the Penal Code that deals a very severe blow to media freedom. The organization said it was dismayed to learn that President Mutharika had promulgated the amendment, which was recently adopted by parliament.President Bingu Wa Mutharika (AFP) “It ushers in the reign of the arbitrary by empowering a minister to determine what is in the public interest and what is not,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard said in the letter. “This is something that should be clearly defined rather that left to the personal judgment of a member of your government.“On the one hand, you claim to be champion of media freedom while on the other, you do not hesitate, as you did last August, to threaten to close newspapers which in your view ‘lie and tarnish’ the government’s image. Is the aim of this new law to allow you to crack down on newspapers that criticize your actions?”The letter adds: “We fear that the new law will encourage journalists to censor themselves or to be subservient towards the information minister, thereby depriving the press of their independence and their ability to speak out. You now have the opportunity to reassure observers about your commitment to media freedom. By repealing this law, you would send a strong signal.”Adopted without sufficient consultation with the sectors concerned, this new law states: “If the (information) minister has reasonable grounds to believe that the publication or importation of any publication would be contrary to the public interest, he may, by order published in the ‘Gazette,’ prohibit the publication or importation of such publication.”This law is both retrograde and contrary to article 36 of the 1995 constitution, which says: “The press shall have the right to report and publish freely, within Malawi and abroad, and to be accorded the fullest possible facilities for access to public information.”Germany’s economic cooperation and development minister, Dirk Niebel, has suspended disbursement of 2.5 million euros in assistance to Malawi in reaction to this law’s adoption and to the government’s refusal to discuss it, while a 12-15 February visit to Malawi by German deputy development minister Gudrun Kopp was cancelled. In a joint statement on 12 February, seven donor countries said they “share concerns voiced by many Malawians about certain negative trends.”Last August, President Mutharika said he had the power to close newspapers that criticized the government. He did not name any newspaper, but he was clearly alluding above all to The Nation, a privately-owned daily that has been deprived of state advertising. to go further May 24, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

Commemoration to take place to mark 40th anniversary of killing of Strabane man

first_img Facebook Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Facebook 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Google+ Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal WhatsApp Commemoration to take place to mark 40th anniversary of killing of Strabane man Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twittercenter_img Previous articleWife of Strabane farmer who died in farm accident encourages safetyNext articleNorthern Ireland students recieve A-Level results today News Highland WhatsApp By News Highland – August 18, 2011 Pinterest A commemoration will take place in Strabane tonight to mark the 40th anniversary of the killing of a local man by a member of the Royal Marine Commandos.24 year old Eamon Mc Devitt, who was deaf and mute, was shot by a commando at Fountain Street in August 1971, with his family continuing a campaign to clear his name following an army claim that he was brandishing a gun and about to open fire.His family say that is a lie, and he was gunned down in cold blood.At 6pm this evening, Eamon Mc Devitt will be remembered in a ceremony at the spot where he was killed on Fountain Street. A plaque erected in his memory will be re-dedicated.Sinn Fein Councillor Karina Carlin, one of the organisers of tonight’s event, says there had been some minor stone throwing in the area following an earlier town centre protest about Internment which had been introduced just the previous week.  Eamon Mc Devitt was not involved, she says.He was walking home from a friend’s house, he was killed by a single shot fired by a British soldier.It was later claimed by the British Army that he was brandishing a gun, a claim denied by 23 local eye witnesses. A priest who came to administer the Last Rights demanded to see the weapon that was alleged to have been branded by Eamon.  No such weapon was ever produced.Cllr Carlin says tonight’s commemoration will also reaffirm local support for the Mc Devitt family’s ongoing campaign to clear Eamon’s name. Twitter 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic News Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Google+last_img read more

Harvard says won’t accept virus aid money after all

first_imgHarvard added that it “remains fully committed to providing the financial support that it has promised to its students.”The university had been under fire over the funds, even before Trump’s comments.”The last time Harvard got this much money out of the blue, they had to accept Jared Kushner,” joked Comedy Central’s The Daily Show on Twitter, referring to Trump’s son-in-law, on Monday.The Department of Education was to receive $30.8 billion to support schools and universities, which are closed across the country, under the $2.2 trillion stimulus package passed last month.The Harvard Crimson reported Tuesday that the university’s endowment, the largest of any in the world, was last valued in 2019 at $40.9 billion — though it cited administrators as saying that may have declined to the “mid 30-billion range” as a result of the pandemic.  Topics : Harvard University said Wednesday it would not take millions of dollars it received from a coronavirus relief fund, following a backlash led by President Donald Trump.Harvard, the globe’s wealthiest university, was allocated $8.6 million under the federal CARES Act, a government stimulus package meant to cushion the US economy from the COVID-19 fallout.On Tuesday, Trump called on the Massachusetts-based university to pay the money back, saying it was intended “for workers” and not for “one of the richest institutions” in the world.center_img Harvard later said 100 percent of the funds would be given to students “facing urgent financial needs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”But on Wednesday, it announced that it would not take the money after all.”Harvard has decided not to seek or accept the funds allocated to it by statute,” it said in a statement.”We will inform the Department of Education of our decision and encourage the department to act swiftly to reallocate resources previously allocated to Harvard.”last_img read more

Woods and Mickelson charity match proves a ratings hit

first_imgThe coronavirus relief golf match featuring Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks Tom Brady and Peyton Manning was a TV ratings hit, WarnerMedia’s Turner Sports said on Monday.Turner Sports said sports-starved fans turned up in droves as Sunday’s telecast of the sanctioned PGA Tour event on the nation’s Memorial Day holiday weekend attracted an average of 5.8 million viewers across four of its networks.According to Turner Sports, the charity match, which raised more than $20 million for COVID-19 relief, was the most-watched golf telecast in the history of cable television. In the match, 15-times major champion Woods and twice Super Bowl champion Manning held off a late challenge to beat five-times major winner Mickelson and six-times Super Bowl winner Brady one up at Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Florida.The golfers played fourballs on the front nine and a modified alternate shot format on the back nine, where each competitor teed off and then the team played alternate shot from the selected drive.The PGA Tour, which shut down its season in mid-March because of COVID-19, is scheduled to resume action with the June 11-14 Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas, without fans present.  Topics :last_img read more

Women’s soccer: Late goal dashes Badgers’ hopes of a win at home

first_imgThe Wisconsin Badgers welcomed the No. 16 Ohio State Buckeyes at the McClimon Track/Soccer Complex Friday night to kick off Big Ten conference play. For the Badgers, it was a chance at revenge after the Buckeyes ended their season in the Big Ten Tournament first round last season.The Badgers (3-2-4) were in prime position to pull off the victory, and headed into the 80th minute with a slim 2-1 lead. Were it not for an Ohio State 84th minute goal, however, Wisconsin would’ve walked out with a much different result than the 2-2 draw that came to be.In the first ten minutes of play, Wisconsin dominated possession. The Badgers collected four corner kicks in the first 17 minutes of play compared to Ohio State’s one, but could not take advantage.Women’s soccer: Badgers gaining momentum after consecutive shutout victoriesAfter a convincing 2-0 triumph over Loyola University Chicago Monday night, the University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team has won Read…Despite the Badgers controlling the ball early in the game, the Buckeyes broke the tie in the 20th minute when Lindsay Agnew snuck a shot past Badgers’ goalkeeper Caitlyn Clem for her team-leading fifth goal of the season. Agnew diced through the Wisconsin defense and was able to beat Clem far post.The Buckeyes continued to press and amassed five corner kicks alongside three shots by the end of the half.Wisconsin responded shortly after halftime and regained momentum when they finally delivered an equalizer in the 49th minute courtesy of Micaela Powers. Powers sent a long, driving shot from the right sideline that confused Ohio State’s defenders and goalie, all seemed to think the ball was the other’s responsiblity. However before they could react, the score was notted up at 1-1.Two minutes later, the Badgers found themselves with the lead in minute 52 on a header from Rose Lavelle assisted by Powers. The goal was Lavelle’s first of the season.“It’s definitely a relief,” Lavelle said. “It’s kind of been a weight on my shoulders, but it’s nice to get it out of the way. Hopefully more will come in the rest of the season.”Wisconsin would have a chance to ice the game with fifteen minutes remaining when Steph Fabry launched a shot that sailed just over the crossbar. The missed opportunity would prove to be costly.The back to back goals by the Badgers in the second half gave strong momentum that almost brought them the victory. Powers said the offensive surge gave the team a new level of belief in themselves.“We had a lot of momentum,” Powers said. “We kept a belief that we could score and that we could win. Knowing that we were winning 2-1 is great for us to know that we can play with any Big Ten team.”Women’s soccer: Redemption on team’s mind after heartbreak of 2015Between Sept. 20 and Oct. 24, 2015, the Wisconsin women’s soccer team did not lose a game. After tying once Read…Possession in the second half heavily favored the Badgers until the final ten minutes. In the 83rd minute, Ohio State sent in a dangerous corner kick that ended in a shot back post which had to be denied by a diving Clem. Two minutes later though, the Buckeyes tied the game on a goal by Nikki Walts by beating Clem on the far post off a cross.By the end of regulation, Wisconsin outshot Ohio State 13-6 and bested the Buckeyes in shots on goal 5-4. Neither team could muster much of a scoring opportunity in overtime with each side only getting one shot and the Badgers getting a long shot on goal in a last second attempt and the end of the first overtime.Out of nine games this season, Wisconsin has played five overtime games, all of which have gone into double overtime. Wisconsin head coach Paula Wilkins said that these types of games help the team in the end.“I think it makes us mentally strong,” Wilkins said. “I think we’re learning. Hopefully we don’t have to see anymore, but if we do, I think we’re pretty confident that we can pull out a result.”The tie behind them, Wisconsin will now focus on hosting Penn St. Sunday at 1 p.m. at the McClimon Track/Soccer Complex.last_img read more

“Europe’s First” GC43 GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – January 31, 2011

first_imgNear the “Europe’s First” geocacheIn June of 2000 geocaching reached Europe in the form of a plastic container hidden along the Irish coastline. It was only one month after the first geocache in the world was placed in the U.S.“Europe’s First” (GC43) is rated as a difficulty 1, terrain 3. It’s located south of Dublin and geocachers from around the world make this cache part of their holiday plans. One of the more than 500 logs from “Europe’s First” reads, “Our trip to Ireland would have not have been complete without a small diversion to pick up this very important landmark cache. Even the sun came out to give us a lovely stroll along the cliff path before a short scramble to the cache. I’m very pleased to have ticked this one off.”Geocachers who log this cache, also cross one of the Top Ten Oldest Active Caches off their list.A look at the geocache “Europe’s First”This traditional cache has 71 Favorite Points so far. Geocaching Favorites is a new feature on Geocaching.com.Continue your exploration with some of the most engaging geocaches from around the world. Explore all the Geocaches of the Week on our blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedThe top ten geocaches added to ListsSeptember 24, 2019In “Community”Connecting the World With Geocaching — Köln-Seattle Exchange Multicaches (GC1GWEV and GC1H38J) — Geocache of the WeekDecember 25, 2013In “Community”The Director’s Travel Bug Hotel (GC3MFAD) — Geocache of the WeekOctober 15, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”last_img read more

Rice, Castro deliver as TNT survives Rain or Shine for semis berth

first_imgBSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. With the scores tied at 114-114, Castro missed a long triple against the defense of J’Nathan Bullock but Rice was there to salvage the two points underneath giving TNT a 116-114 lead with 10 seconds left.“It was a hard-fought victory, and we knew all along that going into the series facing Rain or Shine we will have a hard time,” said TNT head coach Nash Racela. “It just so happened we came out the better team.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRain or Shine had a chance to either win or tie the game but Bullock’s pass to Beau Belga went out of bounds with 1.4 seconds left on the clock.“The breaks of the game favored us in the end.” Quinto, Nambatac honor late juniors coach with impressive showing Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City There were 16 lead changes and 16 ties overall in the game but the final six minutes saw the lead change hands five times and the scores knotted up four times.One of those lead changes happened when Bullock put Rain or Shine up 114-112 at the 46-second mark after sinking two free throws.Castro then tied it at 114-114 from the stripe as well after Bullock fouled him with 41 seconds left in the game.Rice led all scorers with 34 points for TNT to go along 16 rebounds, and nine assists while Castro put up 20 points and 12 assists, with four happening in the fourth period.Bullock led the Elasto Painters with 30 points while Belga added 18 points and 10 boards.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES PBA IMAGESGlen Rice Jr. and Jayson Castro made the biggest plays down the stretch to tow TNT past Rain or Shine, 118-114, and into the semifinals in the PBA Governors’ Cup Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The second seeded KaTropa, who had a twice-to-beat edge, lost the first game to the pesky Elasto Painters, 106-102, and needed a strong finish in the do-or-die match to set up with a semis date with Ginebra.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next View commentslast_img read more

Antetokounmpo scores 41 points as Bucks torch Nets

first_imgMilwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) goes up for a dunk as Brooklyn Nets’ Jarrett Allen defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 41 points and 13 rebounds to help the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Brooklyn Nets 116-91 on Friday night.Antetokounmpo returned after sitting out two games to manage chronic pain in his right knee. He sealed it late, dribbling between his legs before hitting a jumper over Quincy Acy and drawing a foul. Antetokounmpo made the free throw, and hit a 3-pointer on the next possession.ADVERTISEMENT Khris Middleton added 21 points for the Bucks in their second game since coach Jason Kidd was fired Monday. They also beat the Nets for the ninth consecutive time.DeMarre Carroll and D’Angelo Russell had 14 points apiece for Brooklyn.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMilwaukee built a 26-point first-half lead. Brooklyn, which had just 35 points at the half, scored 37 in the third quarter and got within seven points late in the period.The Nets, coming off a one-point loss to Oklahoma City on Tuesday night, struggled offensively throughout the first half, connecting on just 26 percent of their shots, including 4 of 20 from 3-point range. Milwaukee led 58-35 at the half. The Bucks opened on a 16-2 run and led 33-15 after the quarter, led by Antetokounmpo with 11 points.TROUBLE FOR BROWNPolice officers used a stun gun on Bucks rookie guard Sterling Brown and arrested the 22-year-old Friday after a confrontation at a pharmacy parking lot. “It’s a personal issue I’m dealing with right now,” Brown said before the game. Brown had what appeared to be a bruise and scratches on the right side of his face. Officers contacted a man believed to be Brown after seeing a vehicle parked across two handicapped parking spots while doing a business check at about 2 a.m. Asked if there could be any discipline for Brown, coach Joe Prunty said: “We believe it will be resolved quickly.” Brown entered the game midway through the first quarter.TIP-INSNets: Brooklyn shot just 22 percent in the first quarter, including 2 of 13 from 3-point range. … Rondae Hollis-Jefferson limped off the court midway the second quarter with a strained right groin and didn’t return. … Brooklyn made buzzer-beating 3-pointers at the end of the first and second quarters.Bucks: G Malcolm Brogdon missed the game due to right calf soreness. … Former Milwaukee player Vin Baker has been hired as an assistant coach. Baker most recently served as a pre- and postgame analyst for Bucks telecasts and served as a volunteer coaching assistant. … Milwaukee Brewers players Josh Hader, Brett Phillips and Jacob Barnes sat courtside.UP NEXTADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LeBron’s triple-double leads Cavaliers past Pacers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Nets: At Minnesota on Saturday night.Bucks: At Chicago on Sunday. Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics PLAY LIST 02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City Read Next View comments MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoiseslast_img read more

Sardar questioned by UK police, Batra vents his ire

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 19 (PTI) Star India hockey player Sardar Singh was today called for questioning by the police reportedly in connection with a year-old sexual assault case, barely hours after his side thrashed arch-rivals Pakistan 7-1 in the Hockey World League Semi-Finals in London. The team management in London was told that Sardar should come to Leeds for questioning by the Yorkshire police. Sardar, a former captain, was last year accused by British-Indian hockey player Ashpal Bhogal, who had claimed to be his fiancee, of rape and assault both in India and UK. Understandably, the team management is upset about the fact that Sardar was called up for questioning in the middle of a big international tournament without any prior information. Former Hockey India chief and current International Hockey Federation president Narinder Batra slammed the move by the UK authorities to question Sardar in such a manner and termed it “uncalled for”. “As an FIH chief I have no comments. But as an Indian and former Hockey India president, I am saying this in my personal capacity that I condemn the move. How can you call an international athlete in the middle of a tournament without any prior information,” Batra said. Batra had earlier issued a hard-hitting statement on his Facebook page. He had stated on the social networking site: “England is a country which is a safe heaven for all fraudsters who have run away from India and agree to invest in England. “I would love to see the reaction of England and world media if in India the England players are called to police stations. Request the Indian media to get the Ministry of External Affairs and Indian High Commission in UK involved.” The post was later deleted. When asked what actually happened in London, he said, “I dont know what the matter (relating to the questioning) was. But Sardar was told to reach (Leeds) for questioning at 1200 hrs local time (4:30pm IST) today. The manner in which he was being called for questioning is uncalled for. “As far as I understand there was no prior information to the team management. The team management was told about that just before the Pakistan match. The Indian High Commission did not tell anything about it to the team management, so it (the High Commission) must not also have been told in advance. “If they (UK police) were to call Sardar, they could have called him 10 days or 15 days prior to the tournament. How can they call him during a tournament held under the aegis of an international sports federation,” Batra said. He said that a similar incident in India, involving English players, would have evoked outrage. “What would have happened had England players were called to a police station in India in a similar situation. There would have been an outrage,” he said. Asked if he would get involved in case the matter escalates, he said, “I cannot do anything in the capacity of FIH president. But, yes, as an Indian, I will do that 200 per cent.” FIH also issued a statement regarding the social media posts made by Batra. “The FIH is aware of recent comments made by FIH President Dr Narinder Dhruv Batra via his personal social media channels. The FIH would like to emphasise that these comments were the personal thoughts of Dr Batra and not representative of the views of the FIH. “The FIH would like to apologise for any offence that these comments may have caused. At the request of FIH, these comments have now been deleted and the matter will be reviewed internally in line with our governance processes.” PTI PDS AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more