RFI correspondent still held on terrorism charges after ten months

first_img CameroonAfrica Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expressionJihadism June 8, 2016 – Updated on October 21, 2016 RFI correspondent still held on terrorism charges after ten months May 19, 2021 Find out more Ahmed Abba News Cameroonian journalist Paul Chouta sentenced and fined in defamation case May 31, 2021 Find out more Cameroonian reporter jailed since August, abandoned by justice system Case against Amadou Vamoulké baseless, French lawyers tell Cameroon court Receive email alerts News Newscenter_img April 23, 2021 Find out more Held provisionally for more than ten months, Abba is due to appear before a military court in Yaoundé today for the latest in a series of hearings that keep on being adjourned. He is charged with complicity in acts of terrorism and failure to report acts of terrorism to the authorities.Arrested during a routine police check in the northern city Maroua on 30 July, Abba spent 15 days in police custody in Maroua before being handed over to the national intelligence service in Yaoundé, the capital, where he was held incommunicado for three months.He was denied access to a lawyer throughout this period. He was also denied access to a doctor for treatment to injuries resulting from the beatings he allegedly received. He was finally taken to the national gendarmerie for questioning for the first time on 13 November.According to his lawyer, he is charged in connection with interviews he conducted in the course of preparing a report on Boko Haram, the Jihadi terrorist group that is active in northern Cameroon as well as northeastern Nigeria and other nearby countries. The authorities say he should have shared his information with them.“The Cameroonian authorities do not seem to understand the vital importance of the principle of the protection of sources, which allows journalists to get access to sensitive information with greater ease,” RSF said.“It is unacceptable that a journalist who just did his job has been detained for such a long time and in such appalling conditions. We call on the authorities to free Ahmed Abba without further delay and to abandon all proceedings against him.”His trial began on 29 February but the military court has repeatedly adjourned its hearings and sent him back to prison. At the hearing on 25 April, the court rejected a motion by his lawyer, Charles Tchoungang, to abandon the prosecution on the grounds of the grave violations of Abba’s rights ever since his arrest.Abba is not the only Cameroonian journalist being prosecuted on this kind of charge. In January, RSF issued a press release condemning the trial of three journalists, Baba Wame, Rodrigue Ndeutchoua Tongue and Félix Cyriaque Ebolé Bola, on charges of failing to report a matter affecting state security. The next hearing is scheduled for 17 June.Cameroonian journalists are often the victims of abuses by the authorities and the police. The National Council for Communication, which is closely allied with the government, has closed five media outlets and suspended 11 journalists since the start of the year.Cameroon is ranked 126th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. RSF_en Organisation Follow the news on Cameroon to go further CameroonAfrica Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expressionJihadism News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled by the continuing judicial persecution of Ahmed Abba, Radio France Internationale’s Hausa-language correspondent in northern Cameroon, and urges the authorities to drop all charges and release him at once. Help by sharing this information last_img read more

Gold Coast property’s stunning transformation hits the mark

first_img20 Park Ave, Broadbeach Waters is fresh to the market. Picture: realestate.com.auFROM rundown brick shack to floating masterpiece, this Gold Coast house looks like something from the future.Chris and Sandy Hawes are the masterminds behind the striking home at Broadbeach Waters that’s fresh to the market at $2.295 million. One of Sandy Hawes’ favourite features is the pool area. Picture: realestate.com.au“It’s designed for a family and to have the kids’ friends come around and hang out,” she said.“I really like the pool area and the ‘wow factor’ when you first walk in and open the door.”Nick Jamieson of Belle Maison Realty Mermaid Beach is marketing the property. The bedroom has views of the water. Picture: realestate.com.au The kitchen is a sight to behold. Picture: realestate.com.auAccoya wood was used to create the timber screening on the second level that contributes to the floating look. “It’s from New Zealand and shipped to Holland where it’s treated and brought back to Australia,” Mrs Hawes said. “It’s an expensive timber that you don’t have to keep maintaining — it will just last.”The mother-of-four said the house was ultimately designed for easy living. No detail was spared in the build. Picture: realestate.com.auThe pair, who runs Hawes Construction, have a knack of thinking outside the box and their latest build is no different. “We don’t stick to the traditional Gold Coast home as such — we like to build what we want but we do have in mind that we may resell and so we like to think about what the majority of people would want,” Mrs Hawes said.center_img The floating masterpiece at 20 Park Ave, Broadbeach Waters. Picture: realestate.com.au Looking over the pool and back inside. Picture: realestate.com.au“We’re always going through housing magazines, when we travel we see houses and hotels and often pick out different things like certain bathrooms.“My husband likes contemporary designs, straight lines and symmetrical designs whereas I’m a bit more flexible. “This house was more what he wanted but we are good at compromising.”More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North2 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa22 hours agoThe existing house at 20 Park Ave, Broadbeach Waters in 2013. Picture: CoreLogic.The couple bought the 771sq m block at 20 Park Ave for $675,000 in 2013 with a grand plan to knock down the existing house.“We enjoy knocking down and starting from scratch as you’ve got a clean slate and can have whatever you want,” she said. The centrepiece pool separates the living areas. Picture: realestate.com.auThey enlisted Jayson Pate of Jayson Pate Design and got to work — they spent 10 months designing and building the four-bedroom residence.A media room, study, butler’s pantry, alfresco terrace with integrated barbecue kitchen, deck with arbour roof and centrepiece pool are among the luxury features.last_img read more

Document long on promises, short on specifics – Jagdeo

first_imgGreen State Development Strategy…falls short of setting out practical strategiesWith nationwide consultations on the Green State Development Strategy (GSDS) scheduled to have started from April, eyebrows are being raised over the shortened time frame and the general lack of specificity of the frameworkFormer President Bharrat Jagdeodocument.The framework document states that the elements of the Strategy will be examined and consulted upon between April and December of 2017. Two months into this period, consultations are yet to begin.Within the framework, seven “central themes” are provided. They include promises to diversify the economy, “creating decent jobs for all”, transitioning to renewable energy and “human development and well-being”. But questions are being raised about exactly how many of these strategies will be achieved.According to Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, the vagueness of the document at such an advanced stage of the consultative process is cause for concern. He noted that the document is devoid of a practical strategy for achieving many of its goals.“It’s big on promises, but it does not have a practical outline (on how) to achieveAn aerial view of a small section of Guyana’s interiorthose outcomes. And, therefore, it’s useless from that perspective. You can pull together a document based on best practices around the world, but it has to be relevant to Guyana.”“It has to be achievable,” the former President stressed. “And the document needs to set out how we are going to get to those goals. And this one falls short on all counts.”ConsultationsThe former President noted that when the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Government had developed and started consultations on its Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS), it was from a standpoint of clearly outlined project proposals. In addition, information on how these proposals would be implemented had been provided.“When we developed the Low Carbon Development Strategy, we had about 300 meetings, we sent out text messages to over 500,000 cell phones for people to read the strategy,” Jagdeo said. “It was out of those consultations that we came up with a list of projects to implement that would see Guyana move forward, both in terms of having a greener outcome and more prosperity.”“That’s why we said our LCDS was not an environmental strategy, it was a development strategy. It set out to achieve the same prosperity for Guyanese, but using a greener path way. We did some work on ethanol. We set some money aside for the centre for bio-diversity studies…,” he pointed out.According to Jagdeo, there were plans to set money aside for adaptation measures against climate change; such as money to do research into the types of crops that would be drought and flood resistant to ensure that farmers would be less vulnerable.“Some resources were set aside to transform the Amerindian village economy, for land titling. Some were set aside for a grant programme for Guyanese. If they had green projects, they could have applied for and gotten a grant to do some of those projects. So we had the projects already there.”It is understood that the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is providing the Government of Guyana with technical support to develop the Green State Development Strategy.At the inaugural Green Business Forum held at the Marriott Hotel in Kingston, Georgetown on June 9,  Director of the Department of Environment, Ndibi Schwiers, noted that the Strategy sought to fully maximise the “potential and promise” of Guyana becoming a green economy.Schwiers had said that the green growth pathway “will positively transform our economy” by helping to maximise Guyana’s potential and develop adequate infrastructure to utilise energy resources.“It is also an advocate for green businesses…with consideration for sustainability and conservation,” Schwiers added.Adriana Zacarias, Regional Coordinator, Resource Efficiency of UN Environment, said the next step for the GSDS is another round of consultations. Zacarias said this was the third phase.“There will be a series of consultations in the country, not only in Georgetown but around the country, in getting the input from the business sector,” Zacarias had said.The framework of the GSDS and financing mechanisms’ document was completed in March with financial and technical support from UN Environment. Initial consultations with regard to the development of the framework document began last December between the Government and other key stakeholders.last_img read more

Could ex-49ers QB coach take Garoppolo backup to Broncos?

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSANTA CLARA — Jimmy Garoppolo, Nick Mullens and C.J. Beathard will have a new quarterbacks coach when they report back for the 49ers offseason program in April.That assumes one of them – particularly Mullens, then Beathard — doesn’t first get dealt to the Denver Broncos, who hired Rich Scangarello on Wednesday as a first-time offensive coordinator.Scangarello spent the past two years as the 49ers quarterbacks coach. …last_img

Framed Walls and Air Barrier Membranes for a Pretty Good House

first_imgStephen Sheehy is the author of a construction blog documenting the process of building a Pretty Good House in rural Maine. GBA has been publishing a serialized and slightly condensed version of Sheehy’s reports. The first installment was published June 15. Establishing and protecting the air barriersNovember and December have been rainy, snowy, cold, and wet. Still, things have progressed. The house will have two distinct air barriers. This is essential, since a great deal of heat can get wasted if air flows through the building envelope. Modern houses are as airtight as possible. Ventilation is provided by mechanical means. (More on that later.)[In this double stud wall design, there is a 5-in. space between inner and outer framed walls. The 2×4 studs in both walls are 24 in. on center. The cavities in the outer wall, and the space between the two stud walls, are insulated with dense-pack cellulose. Cavities in the inner wall are insulated with fiberglass batts.]On the outside, the sheathing seams are taped so that the sheathing layer acts as an air barrier. The house was covered in housewrap, carefully taped as well. We left off the bottom two feet or so of sheathing so the crew could tape the interior membrane to the top of the foundation.While it was open, Jeremy, our electrician, ran wiring for exterior lights and receptacles from the outside. This minimizes the need to penetrate the air barrier created by the taped sheathing. In Image #3 (below) you can see the exterior stud wall and the green tape that attaches the white interior membrane to the concrete slab.The membrane is the second air barrier. It is designed to block air flow, but will permit water vapor to pass through. If any moisture gets inside the framing, it can dry by passing through the membrane to the interior or it can pass through the sheathing.Here’s a photo of the membrane from the inside (see Image #4, below). Note that we will be able to run wires for interior lights, receptacles, and pipes for sinks, showers, etc. without penetrating the air barrier. The fewer penetrations, the better, since every penetration needs to be carefully taped.Still, some penetrations are unavoidable. We’ll need to run vents to the outside for the ventilation system, wires and pipes for the heat pumps we’ll be using for heat, and so on. We also will need to carefully cut lots of holes so the insulating subcontractor can blow cellulose insulation into the cavity between the outside frame and the inside frame. Those holes will all be taped after the insulation is blown in.Once all of the rough wiring and plumbing are installed, more insulation will fill the space between the membrane and the interior finish drywall. Here is a link to Part 5 of this blog series: Windows and Floors at a Pretty Good House in Maine. BY STEPHEN SHEEHY Pretty Good, Not So Big Maine HouseSite Work Begins for a Pretty Good House in MaineAt a Pretty Good House in Maine, Siding and Septic Now that we have some walls, we can get an idea of what the house will look like from the inside. Adding the roof trusses, and a descent into winterThe trusses went in on Halloween. The following Sunday we had eight inches of snow accompanied by 50 mph wind gusts. I guess the guys did a good job bracing the structure, because it didn’t budge.The next step was to sheathe the building, and that’s almost done.Tom’s crew will also frame and sheathe the room for the hot tub and the porch on the south side. Both rooms are outside the conditioned space, but will be insulated and have pretty good (double-glazed) windows.center_img RELATED ARTICLES Construction blog: The Potwine Passivhaus in AmherstConstruction blog: Kicking the Tires on a Passivhaus ProjectThe Pretty Good HouseThe Pretty Good House, Part 2Martin’s Pretty Good House ManifestoGreen Building for Beginners Not much going on while we waited for the roof trusses to be fabricated. Once the trusses were on schedule to arrive, Tom’s crew started framing. Then, just as the framing started, we had a week of heavy rain that pushed everything back. The delay was more than just a week, since the crane that was scheduled to lift the trusses had to be rescheduled.While it rained, the Intus windows arrived from Lithuania. Tom and crew unloaded them and we’ll store them in the barn until we’re ready for them to be installed. They are extremely heavy and were very well packed for the trip across the Atlantic.This week, with the rain finally over, we’re back in action. The exterior house walls are all framed. There are four different truss designs for the roof: one for the garage, one for the steep roof sections (8/12 pitch) and two for the section over the living/dining areas (3/12 pitch.)The walls need to be perfectly straight and perfectly plumb (vertical) so the trusses fit, along with everything else.Typically, braces are attached by nailing wood to the subfloor and then attaching bracing to the walls. Since the floor is 4,000 psi concrete, it is difficult to attach bracing to it. The guys used their imagination and considerable experience to figure out how to brace the walls without putting any holes in the concrete. Framing the porch, and on goes the roofWhile we waited for the roofing sub to install the standing-seam roof, Tom’s crew framed the porch that runs almost the entire length of the front (north) of the house. Originally, we had planned a simple framed roof, but we discussed it and decided to do a post-and-beam style porch roof, with exposed pine boards as the sheathing under the roof.We used hemlock beams milled locally. As I’ve pointed out, a Pretty Good House should use local materials if possible. We specified 7×7 beams, planed smooth. The 2×6 decking was also obtained locally. The ceiling in the tub roof is the same 2×6 decking. Even though the room isn’t heated, we’ll insulate the walls and Tom’s crew placed 2 inches of foam insulation on top of the 2×6 decking.After the porch was done, the roofer arrived to install the standing-seam steel roof. The steel comes on a big roll and each piece is individually cut to fit. The roofer brought a big crew, so it took less than three days to finish. Fortunately, the bit of snow that fell during the installation could be swept off easily. Each seam is folded over to make a tight seal, using a special tool that runs along the seam, folding as it goes.Next up is window installation and concrete floor polishing. Let’s hope the weather cooperates. This is Part 4 of a blog series describing the construction of Stephen Sheehy’s house in Maine. The first installment was titled Pretty Good, Not So Big Maine House.last_img read more

Taj Mahal, jewellery top Games athletes’ India plans

first_imgWhen not practising, almost every foreign athlete staying at the Commonwealth Games Village here is like any other tourist visiting India they have heard about and are itching to see the Taj Mahal, bazaars in Delhi, pick up souvenirs and sample the street life of the country.Visiting the Taj, of course, tops the wish list of a majority of the athletes with some making plans to venture into Rajasthan’s cities and others looking forward to visit local monuments and temples in and around the national capital.”I was hoping to go see the markets of Delhi. Also, the Taj Mahal is a must visit for me,” says Neoline of the Cook Islands netball team.”We have received maximum requests to see the Taj Mahal in Agra. If we have had 100 enquires, 90 are for the Taj Mahal”, says an official manning the Games Travel Office.”Others have also expressed interest in visiting palaces and lakes in Jaipur and some are inquiring about the Akshardham Temple in Delhi,” he added.Food is another major attraction at the village with its 2,300 seat dining area serving 150 dishes including Asian, African, Indian and Western cuisine. Large refrigerators stored with water, juice, soft drinks and coffee machines make moving around the sprawling 63.5 hectares village a convenience for visitors and residents.English shooter Michele Smith, who participated in the world shooting championships in Munich this August and who landed in Delhi on Thursday, dismisses all the negative reports about the Village.”This is the first time I am staying in a Village like this. In Munich this August, we were all staying at different hotels. This is a different experience for us,” she says, adding she wants to savour the cuisines on offer and also shop for her two young nephews.advertisement”Perhaps a T shirt with the emblem of the mascot will make my nephews happy,” she says.Meanwhile, at the shop set up by the Handicraft and Handlooms Exports Corporation of India Ltd. puppets and string dolls set amidst a variety of goods created by national artisans from all over India are on display.”We have more than 50 items in our store and have already sold goods worth Rs 10,000 in the past three days and are expecting more sales in the coming days,” says an official of the HHEC.Among the most in demanded are traditional stick on tattoos and bangles. “We have received so much demand for bangles that we have sent word for the items to be brought in.Many young women athletes from countries like Australia, New Zealand, Cook Islands, West Indies and Scotland seem to like the bangles, necklaces and other beaded jewellery. “We have requests from men asking for recommendations for gift items for their wives, sisters or girlfriends,” says the official.Others like Cath Shearer and Joy Binger, medical personnel accompanying the Wales team also look forward to some shopping. “We have so much work to do, we have not been getting the time, but since I am going to be married in November, I hope to take back some Pashmina shawls from here for all my bridesmaids,” says Joy.Athletes from South Africa say they are here for the Games and their aim is to bag as many medals as they can. “We love challenges and are up for anything,” says Girden Vermellion who was spotted at the merchandise store.”People here are nice and the entire atmosphere is quite good with good training facilities but I need to return home soon after. It is a pity that I can’t stay back longer to shop because I have a wife who is working back home in Durban as well as a 22-month-old baby,” he says.last_img read more

Unmukt Chand debarred by St Stephen’s College from appearing in exams

first_imgOn Sunday India under-19 cricket captain Unmukt Chand, scored a brilliant knock in the final of the U-19 World Cup in Townsville against hosts Australia. The knock helped India to an emphatic six wicket victory.No sooner had the team won the U-19 World Cup, that congratulatory messages started pouring in along came cash awards – it was a dream come true for skipper Unmukt Chand.All that would seem cake walk for Unmukt, who is busy fighting another battle. The St Stephen’s College student had been debarred from giving his exams as he was short of the required attendance.The BA first year student was barred from taking the second semester exam because of low attendance, following which Unmukt approached the Delhi High Court.Though the court has allowed him to write the exams, he would only be able to appear in two out of the prescribed four in the semester as he got late in approaching the court.Unmukt apparently had just eight per cent attendance in college. The next hearing for the case is on September 14.last_img read more

Sports Ministry clears Indian football teams for Asian Games

first_imgThe All India Football Federation (AIFF) heaved a sigh of relief as the sports ministry on Tuesday cleared India’s men and women’s football teams for the Incheon Asian Games from September 19 to October 4.The teams, which are currently in China, have been cleared at all-cost-to-the-government basis. The men’s squad will comprise 20 members and women’s 18.Meanwhile, the final list of players who would be boarding the flight to Incheon have also been named by the men’s and women’s coaches Wim Koevermans and Tarun Roy, respectively.Dempo’s Alwyn George, Pune FC duo Salam Ranjan Singh and Dhanpal Ganesh and Sporting Clube De Goa’s Rowlin Borges failed to make the cut for the Asian Games for the U-23 India Men’s side.On the other hand, Supriya Routray, Indumathi, Jyoti Ann Burrett and Rinaroy Devi won’t be travelling to Incheon along with the Indian Women’s squad.Clubbed in Group A alongside hosts South Korea, the Maldives and Thailand, the Indian women play their first group league match against Maldives September 14. The other matches are against South Korea (September 17) and Thailand (September 19).The U-23 men, on the other hand, have to take on the might of last Games’ silver medallists United Arab Emirates (UAE) in their first group league match slated for September 15 while their last match in the Group is against Jordan on September 22.Squads:Men:Goalkeepers: Amrinder Singh, Ravi Kumar, Kamaljit Singh.Defenders: Pritam Kotal, Keenan Almeida, Joyner Lourenco, Shankar Sampingiraj, Sandesh Jhingan, Narayan Das.Midfielders: Pronoy Halder, Clifton Dias, Siam Hangal, Lalrindika Ralte, Milan Singh.Forwards: Francis Fernandes (senior Player), Seiminlen Doungel, Sunil Chhetri (senior player), Robin Singh (senior player), Haokip Thongkoshim, Mandar Rao Desai.advertisementWomen:Goalkeeper: Okram Roshni Devi, Aditi Chauhan, Pushpa TirkeyDefenders: Ashem Romi Devi, Ashalata Devi, Tuli Goon, Radharani Devi, Suprava Samal, Upamati DeviMidfielders: Premi Devi, Amoolya Kamal, Mandakini Devi, Oinam Bembem Devi, Kamala Devi.Forwards: Sasmita Malik, Prameshwori Devi, Dangmei Grace, Bala Devi.last_img read more