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Democratic Republic Of Congo: Attempt to kidnap press freedom defender in Kinshasa

first_imgNews to go further Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence PredatorsFreedom of expression February 18, 2021 Find out more Reporter jailed in DRC for allegedly defaming parliamentarian February 16, 2021 Find out more Journalist arrested on provincial governor’s orders Help by sharing this information Organisation Follow the news on Democratic Republic of Congo RSF_en center_img News News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns last week’s attack by gunmen on the Kinshasa home of Tshivis Tshivuadi, the secretary-general of the Congolese media freedom NGO Journalist in Danger (JED), and calls on the authorities to investigate this serious incident without delay.Six armed men claiming to be members of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s National Intelligence Agency (ANR) tried to enter Tshivuadi’s home three times on the night of 29 December. According to JED, which is RSF’s partner in the DRC, the gunmen gave one of the guards a bad beating and threatened to shoot him if he did not give them the current location of Tshivuadi, who was not at home at the time.JED said it regarded the incident as an attempt to kidnap Tshivuadi and urged the Congolese authorities in charge of security to conduct an investigation. JED said it also planned to file a complaint with the relevant judicial authorities.“This attempt to abduct the head of a leading Congolese civil society organization is unacceptable,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “A swift investigation is needed in order to shed all possible light on this serious incident. Instead of encouraging a climate of mistrust towards the media and making accusations against those who defend them, the authorities have a duty to protect journalists and combat impunity for crimes against them.”In an end-of-year TV programme entitled “Grand Oral 2017,” Tshivuadi had just accused the authorities of being behind 90% of the cases of violence against journalists, mentioning the deputy prime minister’s recent decision to order police to “ransack” the premises of RadioTélévision Kindu Maniema (RTKM), a local TV station in the eastern city of Kindu, on the night of 6 December in response to a programme he disliked. The programme’s host, Mila Dipenge, has been missing since the raid.JED thinks it has been in the government’s sights even since the release in early November of its annual report on the state of freedom of the press and expression in the DRC. The report named several “enemies of the press” including communication and media minister Lambert Mendé. The next day, Mendé threatened JED, questioned its credibility and accused it of “political activism.”Media freedom has been declining steadily in the DRC, which is ranked 154th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. Congolese reporter wounded by gunshot while covering protest in Goma Receive email alerts February 24, 2021 Find out more News Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence PredatorsFreedom of expression January 3, 2018 Democratic Republic Of Congo: Attempt to kidnap press freedom defender in Kinshasalast_img read more

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EDF Renewables buys 4.5GW pipeline of solar projects located in the U.S.’ PJM market

first_imgEDF Renewables buys 4.5GW pipeline of solar projects located in the U.S.’ PJM market FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Tech:EDF Renewables North America has acquired a pipeline of more than 20 US solar assets from project developer Geenex Solar, totaling more than 4.5GW of capacity.The transaction consists of a portfolio of up to 4.5GWac of projects located in PJM, a regional transmission organisation for 13 US states and the District of Columbia, with the first parks expected to begin commercial operation in 2023.EDF said the deal will accelerate its growth in PJM to meet the growing demands of corporate and utility customers seeking cost-effective renewable energy.EDF Renewables and Geenex previously collaborated on the development and construction of the Pecan and Gutenberg solar projects, which are located in North Carolina and were sold to Dominion Energy.Hanson Wood, vice president, strategic development initiatives, EDF Renewables (EDFR), hailed Geenex Solar’s regional approach and strategy of entering markets early. “Geenex, as the largest holder of development assets in PJM market, enables EDF Renewables to expand into over five key states where solar is poised to be a market-leading technology,” he said.EDF Renewables’ North American portfolio consists of 16GW of developed projects and 11GW under service contracts. The company earlier this year sold a 50% stake in 689MW of US solar assets to Abu Dhabi-based Masdar.[Jules Scully]More: EDF acquires 4.5GW U.S. solar pipeline, targets further growth in PJM marketlast_img read more

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Japan’s economy to shrink 4.7% in 2020/21: Central bank

first_img“Overall, there is no doubt that the economy is bottoming out and is on a recovery phase,” Kuroda said.”But after this, the speed [of recovery] will slow and I expect that we will see a gradual recovery.”Officials also see Japan’s core consumer prices falling 0.5 percent for the year to March, well below the government’s target of stable 2.0 percent inflation to foster sustainable growth.The central bank said it would maintain its massive monetary easing program, leaving short-term rates at minus 0.1 percent while keeping long-term rates around zero percent.”We will take additional easing measures with no hesitation if necessary,” Kuroda pledged. “Japan’s economy is likely to improve gradually from the second half of this year with economic activity resuming, but the pace is expected to be only moderate while the impact of the novel coronavirus remains worldwide,” the BoJ said in a statement.The bank said it expected the global economy to recover steadily, projecting Japanese GDP would expand 3.3 percent in the year to March 2022, before logging 1.5 percent growth in the following fiscal year.But it also stressed that “the outlook… is extremely unclear” with its assumptions involving “high uncertainties”.Capital investment is relatively solid, but consumption remains low particularly in the services sector that requires face-to-face interactions, BoJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda told reporters. Topics :center_img Japan’s economy will contract 4.7 percent in the year to March 2021, the central bank said Wednesday, projecting a recovery the following year but warning that deep uncertainty remains.The fresh outlook, with policymakers giving a range of contraction from 5.7 to 4.5 percent, is a downgrade from an April range of between 5.0 percent and 3.0 percent.The Bank of Japan was hopeful of a future recovery but said the outlook was shrouded by possible future waves of the virus, which made calculations difficult.last_img read more

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Jamie Redknapp on why Mikel Arteta picks Eddie Nketiah up front over Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

first_img Metro Sport ReporterThursday 25 Jun 2020 7:19 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.6kShares Jamie Redknapp on why Mikel Arteta picks Eddie Nketiah up front over Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Advertisement Nketiah started through the middle on Thursday night (Picture: Getty)Jamie Redknapp believes Mikel Arteta is picking Eddie Nketiah ahead of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang up front for Arsenal because of his impressive workrate and compared the more experienced striker’s struggles to make the centre-forward spot his own to Sergio Aguero under Pep Guardiola. Guardiola, the Manchester City manager, often used to give Gabriel Jesus game time ahead of Aguero in his early days at the Etihad, but while there is still an element of rotation now, it’s clear that Aguero has become the main man once more. Redknapp believes it took Aguero time to ‘buy into’ Guardiola’s hard-working philosophy, where strikers chase down lost causes. AdvertisementAdvertisementArteta, who used to work under Guardiola at City, is in a similar predicament. ADVERTISEMENTWith Aubameyang’s future unclear, he has favoured Nketiah through the middle – using the Gabon international in a wide left role. And Redknapp thinks that Nketiah’s ability to press from the front – which led to his opener against Southampton following an error from goalkeeper Alex McCarthy – has seen him get the nod ahead of Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette – who was left on the bench. Aubameyang has been forced out wide (Picture: Getty)Redknppp told Sky Sports: ‘Work from the front, chase things down… It took a little while for Aguero to buy into it and I don’t know if Aubameyang at this age will be that striker still, especially if he doesn’t want to be at the club and he wants to go. ‘He thinks with Nketiah – he works hard for the team. It’s a midfielder’s dream, it’s a defender’s dream, when someone is just pickpocketing balls around the pitch and winning balls back. It’s fantastic. More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘And he gets his reward. It’s not good goalkeeping, it’s not good from the defender as well. ‘But a lot of strikers would just leave it, they wouldn’t bother chasing lost causes, he did it and deserved that goal for that reason.’MORE: Kieran Tierney reveals how Arsenal players reacted to their dismal defeat at BrightonMORE: Claudio Bravo speaks out on his future amid Arsenal transfer interestFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

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Aguero overtakes Henry as Premier League’s top overseas scorer

first_imgRelatedPosts Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says David Silva recovers from COVID-19 Man City top players test positive for coronavirus Manchester City striker, Sergio Aguero, became the most prolific overseas goalscorer in the English Premier League era when he netted his second goal against Aston Villa on Sunday. The Argentine began the game one behind Frenchman Thierry Henry who scored 175 times for Arsenal. Aguero thumped home in the first half to equal the record and then slotted in again in the 57th minute to put Manchester City 5-0 ahead at Villa Park. His next target will be overhauling Frank Lampard’s 177 Premier League goals to move into third place overall.Tags: Manchester CitySergio AgueroThierry Henrylast_img read more

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New Everton deal for Osman

first_img He added: “I have been here since I left school, I am a player and a fan, I love coming to work every day and I am delighted that’s going to continue.” The midfielder explained that uncertainty over Everton’s next manager had not affected his desire to remain a Blue. “We are not quite sure what’s going to happen with a manager but I am still delighted to have secured my future here at the Club,” he said. “It’s time to take the family on holiday now, enjoy it and recharge the batteries for next season.” The 32-year-old England midfielder has been a mainstay in the Toffees midfield, helping them to a sixth-placed finish in the Barclays Premier League. Osman has been at the club since he was an apprentice, making 284 league appearances. Osman’s previous deal was set to expire at the end of next season and he was delighted to extend his stay at Goodison Park, and he told evertontv: “I am delighted to have put my signature on another contract and secured another year at the club.” Press Associationcenter_img Leon Osman has signed a contract extension which will keep him at Everton until 2015.last_img read more

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Shohei Ohtani activated as Angels’ DH, batting 3rd tonight

first_img“Having him behind Mike, if Mike’s getting on base at the clip he gets on base, they’re going to have to hold a runner on first, and that will open up a lane over there as well,” said General Manager Billy Eppler, who made the trip to Detroit. “You’re adding a middle-of-the-order bat, and when you can do that, it can help everybody throughout the lineup.”Trout said it is “huge” to have Ohtani back in the lineup.“He’s super talented,” Trout said. “It’s special. We’re excited to have him back. He’s ready.”Ausmus said that Ohtani will play essentially every day, against righties and lefties. The Angels have no plan to limit Ohtani’s workload because of his rehab. He will play as often as he and the medical staff deem he can.When Ohtani hits, he’ll continue to wear the protective elbow guard he wore last year, and when he’s on base, he will have a different elbow guard that protects his arm from anything that could happen sliding. Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Although Ohtani will not pitch this season, he will continue his throwing progression. At some point, Ohtani will be throwing with a level of intensity that could possibly require him to be unavailable as a hitter, but if that happens it wouldn’t be until he’s deep into his routine of throwing off a mound, sometime in September, Eppler said.Ohtani returned to action seven months and one week after undergoing Tommy John surgery, reaching a significant milestone in a rehab process that Eppler said has so far gone without any hitches.Now, the Angels have regained a hitter who last year batted .285 with 22 homers and a .925 OPS in 367 plate appearances, winning the Americana League Rookie of the Year.“I just want him to be the best version of himself,” Eppler said. “I think he’ll bring the tools we’ve all seen, the speed, the power, the plate discipline. He’s basically finishing spring training and it can take guys a little time to get into the flow and comfort of their routines.”Ohtani’s return created a ripple throughout the roster.It means that now Albert Pujols and Justin Bour will mostly need to split time at first base in order to see any action.The Angels also designated slumping veteran Peter Bourjos for assignment, which leaves the team with a somewhat inflexible roster. The Angels have an eight-man bullpen and a three-man bench, which is one more pitcher than typical. Their position player roster also includes a player, Ohtani, who doesn’t play a position. Two other players, Pujols and Bour, play only first base. Two others are catchers.It places even more value on the versatility of David Fletcher, Tommy La Stella and Zack Cozart, who was activated from the injured list on Tuesday. Luís Rengifo was optioned to clear room for Cozart.La Stella plays all four infield spots and Fletcher and Cozart play all but first. Fletcher is also now the fourth outfielder.“Fletcher becomes even more valuable,” Eppler said. “He’s doing a good job in the outfield. The Swiss army knife nature of David Fletcher is very valuable and allows us to have this roster construction.”ALLEN RETURNSCody Allen spent the minimum time on the injured list with a sore back before returning on Tuesday.Related Articlescenter_img PreviousLos Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani smiles with manager Brad Ausmus, left, before a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit, Tuesday, May 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)Los Angeles Angels Shohei Ohtani prepares before a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit, Tuesday, May 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)Los Angeles Angels Shohei Ohtani prepares before a game against the Detroit Tigers before a baseball game in Detroit, Tuesday, May 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsDETROIT, MICHIGAN – MAY 07: Shohei Ohtani #17 Los Angeles Angels prepares to bat in the third inning while playing the Detroit Tigers on May 07, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)DETROIT, MICHIGAN – MAY 07: Shohei Ohtani #17 Los Angeles Angels prepares to bat in the first inning while playing the Detroit Tigers on May 07, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)DETROIT, MICHIGAN – MAY 07: Shohei Ohtani #17 Los Angeles Angels prepares to bat in the first inning while playing the Detroit Tigers on May 07, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)DETROIT, MICHIGAN – MAY 07: Shohei Ohtani #17 Los Angeles Angels prepares to bat in the third inning while playing the Detroit Tigers on May 07, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels Shohei Ohtani prepares before a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit, Tuesday, May 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)Los Angeles Angels Shohei Ohtani prepares before a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit, Tuesday, May 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)Los Angeles Angels Shohei Ohtani prepares before a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit, Tuesday, May 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani prepares for the team’s baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit, Tuesday, May 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani waves before the team’s baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit, Tuesday, May 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani is welcomed to the dugout by teammates before a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit, Tuesday, May 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani smiles with manager Brad Ausmus, left, before a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit, Tuesday, May 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)Los Angeles Angels Shohei Ohtani prepares before a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit, Tuesday, May 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)NextShow Caption1 of 13Los Angeles Angels Shohei Ohtani prepares before a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit, Tuesday, May 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)ExpandDETROIT — The Angels did not ease Shohei Ohtani back into the lineup.On Tuesday the Angels activated Ohtani and stuck him in the No. 3 spot, right behind Mike Trout.Manager Brad Ausmus said he first planned on putting Ohtani in that spot “when I got hired.” He added that “there was no thought to using him lower in the batting order.”The fact that Ohtani went right into that spot in his first game, and against a left-handed pitcher, illustrates how highly the Angels value his status in the lineup. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Allen had lost his closer job just before going on the IL, but he said the back issue was not why he was pitching poorly.“I wasn’t throwing strikes,” Allen said. “I was in bad counts and guys were hitting homers. (The injury) is by no means an excuse for poor performance. That was just a bad stretch of baseball right there.”Allen nonetheless said he’s optimistic that feeling better can lead to pitching better. Ausmus said they’d like to keep in Allen in low-leverage spots for now.In order to create a roster spot for Allen, the Angels designated Chris Stratton for assignment. Stratton had an 8.59 ERA in seven games.UP NEXTAngels (LHP Tyler Skaggs, 3-2, 3.12) vs. Tigers (LHP Matthew Boyd, 3-2, 3.05), Wednesday, 4 p.m., Fox Sports Westlast_img read more

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Lawmaker Files Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana

first_imgA Florida lawmaker has filed a new bill, HB 101, to decriminalize marijuana.The legislation, which was filed Monday by Democratic State Representative Shervin Jones of Broward County, would decriminalize the possession of certain amounts of marijuana. If passed, the new law would reduce criminal penalties for people who are in possession of 20 grams or less of cannabis, as well as products that contain 600 milligrams or less of THC.The proposal adds that if a juvenile is arrested for possession of certain amounts of cannabis, that person would be eligible to enroll in civil citation or pre-arrest diversion programs on their first offense.Under existing Florida law, possession of less than 20 grams of cannabis is a first-degree misdemeanor, with penalties of up to one year in jail, or one-year probation as well as a $1,000 dollar fine.Read the complete proposal below:last_img read more

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Standing on Water

first_imgBy Lisa GirardPaddleboarding growing in popularity with area sports enthusiastsNews 12 meteorologist James Gregorio of Marlboro, left, practices for a race on his paddleboard on the Navesink River with John Kutner of Middletown.On any given afternoon in the milder months, you can look out into Barnegat Bay or the Navesink River and see people of all ages paddling around in the water. They’re participating in a growing sport called stand up paddleboarding, an emerging global craze with a Hawaiian heritage that can be traced back to the 1930s.“It’s a hugely popular and growing sport,” said James Gregorio, the regional director for the World Paddle Association, who can often be seen paddling through the waters of Monmouth and Ocean counties. “You don’t have to be on the ocean to do it. A guy in Omaha, Neb., can just as easily go to a lake and do it as someone on the East Coast. Unlike surfing, it basically opens up the whole United States to the stand up paddle market.”Paddleboarding involves standing on a board and using your legs and core to stay balanced, and then using a long paddle to row across the water. It can be done on a surfboard, but there are fiberglass boards made specifically for the sport that measure anywhere between 12 and 19 feet and cost $1,500 to $3,000. And, one of the best parts is anyone with access to an ocean, lake, bay or river can join the fun.“If you’re athletic and you like to be on the water, you should enjoy this sport,” said Gregorio, 40, who is a meteorologist with News 12 in New Jersey. “Initially, people who did paddleboarding were surfers or skiers looking for a new outlet, but now the sport is attracting everyone from kayakers, to triathletes, to ‘average Joes.’ ”After taking up the sport five years ago, Gregorio began racing in 2011 in the 14-foot men’s elite stand up category. He has participated in events in North Carolina, Long Island and Turks and Caicos, among other places. He calls paddleboard racing the “great equalizer.”John Kutner, left, and James Gregorio paddleboard on the Navesink River.“In the racing scene, on any given day, a 16-year-old kid can beat a 45-year-old, or vise-versa,” he said.  For example, in the last race Gregorio entered, three of the top four finishers in the “over 40” category were in their early 50s. “It’s a sport you can do long-term because it’s low-impact, very therapeutic and doesn’t put pressure on your joints. It’s a great core workout, a great whole body workout, and renowned physician Dr. Bob Arnot recently called it the best all-around workout of any sport.”In addition, Gregorio says, recent studies have shown that stand up paddleboarding is the fastest-growing water sport for women. That doesn’t surprise Christine Burke, a public relations/event planning specialist with Full Circle Communications, who tried the sport for the first time in September on the Navesink River and then again in Puerto Rico in April. Burke, who also rows, loves to be on the water and says she plans to do a lot more paddleboarding this summer.“I have read that stand up paddleboarding is a tremendously fast growing sport, and that women tend to be better at it than men, in part because our center of gravity is lower, giving us better balance on the board,” she said.Whether we’re talking about male or female participants, Gregorio is just glad to see the sport catching on in a big way in the Two River area. “I began training five years ago on Barnegat Bay, and to see the sport take off and grow so much since then has been really gratifying,” he said.See additional summer stories and listings in the Summer at the Jersey Shore section, beginning on page 23.last_img read more

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Thunder shooters struggle at Penticton Regional Tournament

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsThe Kootenay Thunder managed a win in three games during a pre-season 15-17-year Regional Boy’s Soccer Tournament held earlier this month in Penticton.The Thunder, run out of the Soccer Quest facility, sandwiched a win between two losses against teams from the host city and Shuswap of Salmon Arm.The highlight of the weekend came when Erik Norberg sidestepped through a pair of defenders for the only goal in a 1-0 win over the Penticton.Kootenay could have scored more goals but failed to convert around the net.“The Kootenays (came out) firing on all cylinders hitting the post several times and the Penticton keeper standing on his head making saves,” said the Thunder coaching staff.Kootenay opened the tourney against Shuswap playing in miserable conditions. And similar to the Penticton game missed opportunities came back to haunt the Thunder.Shuswap opened the scoring in the game. Thunder’s Neil Jacobson tied the game before the North Okanagan squad scored the winner with five minutes remaining in the game.“Good stops from Adam Delman (Creston) in net and solid back play from Archie McKinnon (Roseland) and Kevin Lewis (Nelson) kept the game close while the Kootenay forwards could not buy a goal.”In the final game 15-year-old Mitch Popadanytz scored from the penalty spot after Luke Mori was fouled in the box as Kootenay lost 2-1.Tournament MVP went to Chris Rushworth of Cranbrook with Graeme Bekker of Nakusp and Nelson’s Kevin Lewis also playing three solid games. Next for the Regional team a trip to Seattle in June for a College Showcase [email protected]last_img read more