RSF calls for Tanzanian investigative reporter’s immediate release

first_img At a press conference yesterday in Dar es Salaam, the head of the police confirmed Kabendera’s arrest and said he was being questioned on suspicion of having obtained his Tanzanian citizenship fraudulently.A freelancer for respected media outlets such as The Guardian and The East African, Kabendera is known for his investigative coverage of Tanzania’s politics and economy. He co-authored a story on 20 July about tension within Tanzania’s ruling party and an alleged plot to prevent President John Magufuli from running for a second term.“Using a team of six people and two days of questioning – so far – just to verify identity papers clearly suggests an attempt to intimidate a journalist who is critical of the government,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “This journalist must be released without delay. His arrest is the latest manifestation of the steady decline in press freedom since John Magufuli became president in 2015.”RSF has learned that Kabendera’s family and lawyers were finally allowed to see him today. An application has been filed for his release on bail. It will be heard tomorrow morning.What with arrests of journalists, media closures, legislation designed to restrict free speech and the freedom to inform, and impunity for crimes of violence against journalists, the press freedom situation has deteriorated dramatically in Tanzania in recent years.In an interview three weeks ago, the foreign minister referred to Azory Gwanda, a journalist who has been missing for more than a year and a half, as having “died” but he later retracted. Two press freedom defenders who were investigating Gwanda’s disappearance were deported at the end of last year. The leading independent daily The Citizen was suspended for a week in February for a supposed exchange rate mistake.Tanzania is ranked 118th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index after falling 47 places since 2016, more than any other country in the world during the same period. Reports TanzaniaAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Crédit : Jamii Forums Organisation News Reporters Without Borders condemns the arbitrary detention of Erick Kabendera, a respected investigative reporter who was taken from his home in Tanzania’s commercial capital, Dar es Salaam, on 29 July by six men in civilian dress claiming to be police officers carrying out an arrest. News TanzaniaAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Help by sharing this information February 4, 2021 Find out more RSF_en center_img Receive email alerts News Twitter arbitrarily blocks South African newsweekly and several reporters over Covid vaccine story July 31, 2019 RSF calls for Tanzanian investigative reporter’s immediate release Follow the news on Tanzania The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Tanzanian media unable to cover Covid-19 epidemic to go further November 27, 2020 Find out more November 5, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Three Indicted In Alleged Jamestown Cocaine Ring

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) JAMESTOWN – Two City of Jamestown residents and a Buffalo man were indicted Tuesday in connection with an alleged cocaine ring in Jamestown.The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Buffalo says a federal grand jury indicted Kori Robinson, 22, Islandah Mitchell, 20, both of Jamestown, and Bruce Page, 25, of Buffalo, with conspiring to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, cocaine.Prosecutors say the trio was arrested last week following a traffic stop on North Main Street.WNY News Now Image.While searching the vehicle, police allegedly found brown purse with narcotics packaging baggies sticking out of it. Inside the purse, officers say they recovered a clear plastic baggie that contained two separate clear baggies containing suspected crack cocaine and powder cocaine. Officers also allegedly recovered a quantity of suspected marijuana; empty packaging materials; a metal spoon with suspected drug residue; and several cell phones.In total, during the stop police allegedly found 3.5 ounces of powder cocaine and 4.7 ounces of crack cocaine.Image by Jamestown Police.In January, prosecutors say the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at Mitchell’s Lafayette Street Apartment in Jamestown. Investigators say they recovered quantities of suspected cocaine and crack cocaine; $2,000 in cash; two digital scales; credit cards; an iPhone; and a box of ammunition.The three were arraigned in a Buffalo courtroom. Page was held in federal custody while Mitchell and Robinson were released.The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, and a $1,000,000 fine.The indictment is the result of an investigation by the Jamestown Police Department, the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.last_img read more

Mikel Arteta hopeful of making two signings in January to kick-start Arsenal revival

first_imgMikel Arteta wants to add to his squad in January (Picture: Getty)Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta admits he’s keen on making ‘one or two’ signings to bolster his squad in January.The Spaniard signed a three and a half year deal with the Gunners shortly before Christmas and was assured that there would be money to spend in the January transfer window.Unai Emery signed the likes of Nicolas Pepe, David Luiz and Kieran Tierney last summer but those arrivals were offset by the departures of Aaron Ramsey, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi.Arteta drew his first game in charge away at Bournemouth on Boxing Day but he will manage at the Emirates for the first time this afternoon against Chelsea.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Granit Xhaka could be sold next month (Picture: Getty)And, speaking ahead of that game, the Spaniard admits he’s hopeful of up to two signings next month.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘We need players back from injuries, first of all, to be more solid, more compact,’ Arteta told SkySports.‘And then we might need to do one or two things if the right players become available, to help us.‘But at the moment I am more concerned with getting the maximum out of the players available to us.’Granit Xhaka has been heavily linked with an exit from the club and reports in Germany claim he’s agreed a deal to join Hertha Berlin.Arteta praised the Switzerland midfielder last week but he will seek a replacement for the former Borussia Monchengladbach man should he decide to leave.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalHector Bellerin and Gabriele Maetinelli are hopeful of playing some part against the Blues after the pair resumed full training over the Christmas period.Calum Chambers could come back into the side after missing the draw against the Cherries through suspension.MORE: Sir Alex Ferguson dumbfounded by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s decision to substitute Anthony Martial in Burnley win Mikel Arteta hopeful of making two signings in January to kick-start Arsenal revival Metro Sport ReporterSunday 29 Dec 2019 9:02 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.2kShares Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Travelers Championship 2019: Tee times for Round 3, TV schedule, how to watch live

first_imgWith three of golf’s four major championships already in the books after Gary Woodland claimed his first-ever major title Sunday in the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, the PGA Tour now swings across the country as the Travelers Championship tees off in Connecticut.While Woodland won’t be back to immediately build off winning his major, U.S. Open runner-up Brooks Koepka, who has finished second in three tournaments this year, headlines a strong field despite the quick turnaround from a major. Tee time (ET)Grouping7:45 a.m.Bubba Watson, Brooks Koepka, Tony Finau1:00 p.m.Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, Marc Leishman12:50 p.m.Paul Casey, Jason Day, Bryson DeChambeau7:35 a.m.Patrick Cantlay, Francesco Molinari, Justin ThomasTravelers Championship purse, winningsThis year’s purse at the Travelers Championship is $7.2 million, up $200,000 from 2018. The winner of the event receives $1.296 million. Last year Bubba Watson won $1.26 million.Travelers Championship betting oddsHere are the top betting favorites and their odds. A more comprehensive list can be found at Vegas Insider.GolferOddsBrooks Koepka7-1Patrick Cantlay11-1Jordan Spieth14-1Francesco Molinari18-1Jason Day20-1Justin Thomas20-1Paul Casey20-1Bryson DeChambeau25-1Marc Leishman28-1Tommy Fleetwood38-1Travelers Championship past championsThe champion has been determined by a playoff in three of the past six years. Bubba Watson won last year’s event by three strokes.YearGolferScore2019TBD–2018Bubba Watson−172017Jordan Spieth−122016Russell Knox−142015Bubba Watson−162014Kevin Streelman−152013Ken Duke−122012Marc Leishman−142011Freddie Jacobson−202010Bubba Watson−142009Kenny Perry−22 Bubba Watson is the defending Travelers Championship winner and will be looking to claim his fourth career title at the event, a feat that would tie him with Billy Casper’s record of four. MORE: Watch the Travelers Championship live with fuboTV (7-day trial)Despite carding his best round of the U.S. Open on Sunday, Tiger Woods will not be playing at TPC River Highlands for the tournament as he opts to rest in advance of the Open Championship at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland next month.On Monday, Woods stated that he’s “going to take a little bit of time off and enjoy some family time” before the final major of the year.Below is everything to know about the 2019 Travelers Championship, including a full TV schedule with live stream, tee times and updated betting odds.Travelers Championship 2019 TV schedule, live streamRounds 1 and 2 on Thursday and Friday will be broadcast exclusively on Golf Channel. The final two rounds will begin with early coverage on Golf Channel before moving to CBS later in the afternoon. The Travelers Championship can also be streamed on fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.DateTimeTV ChannelThursday, June 203-6 p.m. ETGolf Channel/fuboTVFriday, June 213-6 p.m. ETGolf Channel/fuboTVSaturday, June 221-2:45 p.m. ETGolf Channel/fuboTVSaturday, June 223-6 p.m. ETCBS/fuboTVSunday, June 231-2:45 p.m. ETGolf Channel/fuboTVSunday, June 233-6 p.m. ETCBS/fuboTVWho is in the Travelers Championship field? Plenty of familiar names will be teeing off in a crowded field of 156 golfers just a week after the U.S. Open. Defending champion Bubba Watson is back and looking for his fourth title at the event. Brooks Koepka will try to improve his third-place status in the FedEx Cup standings.Jordan Spieth hasn’t recorded a win on the PGA Tour since the 2017 Travelers Championship and is in need of rebounding from a disappointing 65th-place finish at the U.S. Open. Tony Finau, Phil Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau are also among others teeing off at the event.Tee times for Round 1, featured groupsHere are the featured groups for the 2019 Travelers Championship and their tee times for Rounds 1-2. A full list of tee times can be found here.last_img read more

China runners brave gawps, pollution and deadly driving

first_imgShe explained: “It makes me feel so proud of myself because I can do what they can’t.”– Lifestyle choice –At the Running Cat gym in Shanghai, coach Xu Yun is helping people improve their technique.The 31-year-old agrees the sport has become “cool”, but also says growing numbers of young professionals want to sprint off the stresses of a hard day at the office.China’s communist government supports the craze because it encourages healthier lifestyles, said Thomas Loeffler, chief financial officer for greater China of Messe Muenchen Shanghai.Loeffler, whose German company organises sports trade shows, said it was more about lifestyle than health and not merely a fad.“China’s middle class is becoming bigger and bigger and people can afford certain hobbies,” he said.“Running is something that at the beginning was seen as a sport that can be done by everyone, but from studies we can see that people spend a lot of money on running shoes, clothes, bottles and wearable technology.”Sales in China of sports apparel are booming and Nielsen, the trend tracker, said last year that the average expenditure of Chinese runners is 3,601 yuan (more than $500).In China “a marathon is more like a fashion show”, Nielsen said, adding that 86 percent of marathon runners in the country are men, but women are increasingly participating.Runners in China tend to be well educated and often hold senior positions in the workplace, said Loeffler.And if they don’t, running might help: “Competition for jobs and universities is so high that people want to stand out of the crowd.“Being a runner you have a chance to be different, to standout and achieve something that not everybody can achieve.”RELATED VIDEO:Share on: WhatsApp A group of elderly Chinese joggers along a deserted motorway.Shanghai, China | AFP | A group of elderly Chinese joggers are pounding along a deserted motorway when suddenly a taxi ploughs into the back of them, knocking them over like skittles.At least one person was killed and the footage from the eastern province of Shandong went viral on Chinese social media.Thousands die in road accidents every year in China, making the often congested streets a far from ideal place for running.Add to that pollution and punishingly high temperatures at this time of year in many places, and even fanatics might be tempted to hang up their running shoes.But a growing number of young, educated, urban Chinese are shrugging off the hazards to keep fit this way and the number of marathons and running events is mushrooming.Shao Yanna is among a dozen men and women who as a group negotiate the busy streets of downtown Shanghai several evenings a week.“If I don’t run for a long time I don’t feel so good and I will feel down, my emotions will go down and I won’t feel so efficient in my work,” the 29-year-old said, hopping from one foot to the other as her adrenaline surged.Shao, a copywriter, shrugged off a recent Shanghai heatwave that saw temperatures reach a record 40.9 degrees Celsius (105 F).“It’s hot and I will sweat a lot, but it’s fun and not a bad thing. It makes me feel alive and so powerful,” she said, her face glistening with sweat.The air pollution that regularly chokes Chinese cities is another matter, and Shao consults a mobile phone app for a pollution reading before venturing out, training indoors if the measure surges too high.– Odd looks –In 2011 there was just 22 marathons, half-marathons or other running events held in China, according to the state Xinhua news agency.But there will be more than 400 this year, according to the Chinese Athletics Association, and projections are for 800 by 2020.Shao, who began running four years ago and has done more than 10 marathons in China and abroad, says she has witnessed a surge in the number of runners in China: “Running is kind of a fashion thing. If you run, you are fashionable.”Yet for many Chinese, particularly the older generation or those from cities less cosmopolitan than Shanghai, running remains a baffling hobby.Then there are the crowded streets and drivers unaccustomed to runners — as the elderly joggers in Shandong learned to their fate when they were mowed down last month by a preoccupied taxi driver.Shao, who says she gets curious looks when she is running on the streets, is defiant.last_img read more

Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho suspended for 30 days

first_imgLiverpool defender Mamadou Sakho has been suspended for 30 days by UEFA following his failed drugs test.The ban is a provisional one, with UEFA opening disciplinary proceedings against the Frenchman and lauching an investigation into his doping violation. Hamann: ‘I have no sympathy for Sakho.. he couldn’t argue with TWO-YEAR ban’Sakho failed a drugs test earlier in April after testing positive for a banned type of a fat-burning substance.The 26-year-old had the chance to contest the charge, but instead opted against a further sample being tested.Sakho has not played since scoring a goal against Everton in Liverpool’s 4-0 Merseyside derby win on April 20.UEFA said in a statement on its website: “Disciplinary proceedings have been instigated against Liverpool FC player Mamadou Sakho, following the UEFA Europa League round of 16 second-leg match between Manchester United FC and Liverpool FC (1-1), played on March 17.“The proceedings relate to a violation of the UEFA anti-doping regulations, after the player failed a doping test at the above-mentioned match.“The player did not request the analysis of the B sample. UEFA has now suspended the player provisionally for 30 days until a final decision is taken by the UEFA control, ethics and disciplinary body.“The date of the disciplinary hearing will be announced at a later stage.”Liverpool play the first leg of their Europa League semi-final at Villarreal on Thursday evening.Sakho was not on the team’s flight on Wednesday lunchtime as it is understood the club and the player have jointly agreed he will remain unavailable for selection during this process.Sakho had also been left out of Saturday’s draw with Newcastle after the anti-doping violation emerged last week. 1 Mamadou Sakho could be facing a lengthy ban for a doping violation last_img read more