RSF_en Reporters Without Borders today voiced concern about the recent closure of two privately-owned TV channels, RTA and Canal 2, which has threatened the development of diverse, independent broadcast media in Cameroon.Although the country’s laws provide for privately-owned broadcast media, the government has ignored all requests from TV broadcasters for authorisation, forcing them to operate illegally. Reporters Without Borders urged the authorities to take the necessary steps to regularize the status of all the broadcast media and, in particular, to allow RTA and Canal 2 to resume operating.Provincial governors suspended the terrestrial broadcasting of RTA and Canal 2 on 19 February at the behest of communication minister Jacques Fame Ndongo on grounds of illegality. The two companies were authorised to carry the programming of foreign media but not to broadcast their own programmes, because the companies that own them, AEA and TV+ respectively, do not have permits to set up and run privately-owned broadcast companies.The minister’s decision came after the broadcast of a number of political debates in which the government was criticised. Aside from RTA and Canal 2, there is only one other privately-owned channel, which mainly broadcasts films.The communication minister has publicly attacked the media, accusing them of “repeatedly and intentionally disregarding the profession’s universal and sacrosanct principles by interfering in an untimely manner in the privately life of citizens and government bodies.” He also threatened broadcast media entrepreneurs with more rigorous tax collection. CameroonAfrica Organisation March 14, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Broadcast media under threat News to go further Cameroonian reporter jailed since August, abandoned by justice system Cameroonian journalist Paul Chouta sentenced and fined in defamation case Receive email alerts Case against Amadou Vamoulké baseless, French lawyers tell Cameroon court Follow the news on Cameroon Help by sharing this information News May 19, 2021 Find out more News CameroonAfrica News April 23, 2021 Find out more May 31, 2021 Find out more
Staff On September 6, 2010, then-Brazilian Defense Minister Nelson Jobim appointed General José Carlos de Nardi as the first chief of the Joint Staff of the Armed Forces. The position was aligned with the new National Defense Strategy and was created after the Ministry of Defense’s reorganization. The new position is hierarchically equivalent to the commanders of the Army, Navy and Air Force, but has oversight for joint activities. This means that Gen. De Nardi is responsible for deploying the Armed Forces on joint exercises, while it is the commanders’ responsibility to train each of their respective forces. In March 2011, during his first visit to the U.S. Southern Command since he took on his new role, Gen. De Nardi spoke with Diálogo. Diálogo: How do you see the participation of the Brazilian Armed Forces in actions such as the retaking of some of the shantytowns in Rio de Janeiro? By Dialogo October 01, 2011 General José Carlos de Nardi: The Armed Forces’ participation in retaking slums in Rio de Janeiro is provided for in the Federal Constitution, in Article 142: to secure law and order. In keeping with recommendations, their use in activities of this kind should occur episodically and in a restricted and predetermined area. This is precisely the context in which federal troops are acting in underprivileged communities in Rio de Janeiro. Diálogo: What is a key factor for the success of the Armed Forces’ support for the police? Gen. De Nardi: In Brazil there is a constitutional mandate to secure law and order, within predetermined parameters of time and space, without the Armed Forces taking on police functions. In other words, keeping their focus chiefly on homeland defense, the fundamental role of any armed force. In Brazil, police activity is limited to the country’s public-safety agencies. Along the border, the Armed Forces assume police powers only to support actions that may have to be carried out in fulfillment of their constitutional mission, and not in order to replace other public-safety actors operating in the same area. Diálogo: How can Brazil help other countries in the region to coordinate military and police operations, in regard to partnership in the fight against drug trafficking? Gen. De Nardi: There is no concept of cooperation among the Armed Forces of South America on matters of a police nature. What is in place is the possibility for the Armed Forces to act along the border, in constitutional situations and without trying to replace other public safety agencies. The approach to issues linked to drug trafficking is directly linked to the Ministry of Justice. Integration of the South American nations via an international cooperation plan that aggregates police technology and intensifies intelligence actions is the model that will be sought for the fight against drug trafficking and organized crime between Brazil and neighboring countries. Diálogo: What is the situation in the countries where Brazil has a peacekeeping presence, such as Haiti and now Lebanon? Gen. De Nardi: Initially, it is important to emphasize that Brazil only acts with peacekeeping forces and not with peace-imposing forces, in observance of the provisions of the Federal Constitution and always under the aegis of international organizations, such as the United Nations and the Organization of American States. The situation in these countries, according to the U.N., requires stronger support from the international community, which is being provided through the presence of peace forces, including Brazilian forces. Diálogo: Why is it important for Brazil to participate in contingents like the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH)? What is Brazil’s role as a regional and international power, and how do the Armed Forces contribute to this? Gen. De Nardi: Participating in contingents like MINUSTAH plays an important role in increasing troop training and participation of the Armed Forces in peace operations, thus joining U.N. peace forces or those of regional multilateral organizations. Fulfilling international commitments is a valuable instrument of foreign policy, which positively projects Brazil’s image on the international scene. Aside from these aspects, it can also be considered a demonstration of dedication and responsibility in contributing to preserving world peace and security, reinforcing the principles of multilateralism and the peaceful resolution of disputes. I would also emphasize the important aspect of relating and integrating with Armed Forces of other countries. Brazil understands that because of its role as a regional power, its participation as a member in the joint and regional efforts of all the South American countries is much more important. In this way, it is seeking to establish itself in a higher regional position in several aspects, among which is its relationship to the defense of the subcontinent. Diálogo: What is going to be the participation of the Brazilian Armed Forces in events such as the World Cup and the Olympic Games, in terms of VIP security in the streets, stadiums, etc.? Gen. De Nardi: The Brazilian Armed Forces will participate as an integral element in a larger context in which various other actors will be equally involved. Their use in security activities will be strictly within the anticipated constitutional and legal limits, seeking to collaborate in the success of all the events mentioned. The experience already acquired through participation in large events like the 2007 Pan-American Games will serve as an important base for the activities carried out. The participation of the Armed Forces in both events, however, will still be a subject to be decided by the Brazilian government in future agreements on the matter. A very good interview. General De Nardi presented the constitutional principles that guide the Brazilian Armed Forces (BrAF) acting on Law and Order Enforcement Operations domestically in Brazil, as well as the principles that guide the BrAF deployed abroad.
That’s the view of Aidan Harte, who was speaking in the wake of the Tribesmen’s victory over Dublin in the Fenway Hurling Classic in Boston.Harte says their actions, which forced Cunningham’s resignation, doesn’t add any extra pressure on them to perform next year. Last week former Tipperary manager Eamon O’Shea firmly ruled out any link with the Galway hurling set up.
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 Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Bour, 30, hit .227 with 20 homers and a .341 on-base percentage in 2018, with the Miami Marlins and Philadelphia Phillies, who declined to offer him arbitration. Over the past three years, Bour has hit 60 homers with an .820 OPS. Over the same span, Eric Hosmer has a .788 OPS. Bour’s offensive line is almost identical to Brandon Belt’s over the past three years, although Bour is not as good defensively.Bour certainly gives the Angels an option when either Pujols or Ohtani is unavailable. When all three are available, though, is when the situation will get interesting.While Pujols is one of the greatest hitters in the history of the sport, he’s going to be 39 years old and is coming off a three-year span in which he’s produced a .719 OPS. He’s also had three separate surgeries in the past 36 months.Earlier this week at the Winter Meetings, when discussing Pujols’ role in 2019, new manager Brad Ausmus suggested that Pujols’ history won’t carry as much weight as his current circumstances.Related Articles “This guy is a phenomenal talent,” Ausmus said. “But going forward, it’s just going to be his health and performance. It’s a performance-based game.”Ausmus made those comments before Bour’s deal was public. After Bour was signed Saturday, Eppler said it was too early to project what will happen with the three players.“We’re going to do what we feel is best to give our team a chance to win,” he said. “Those will be discussions that Brad and myself and our staffs have, but we’re not presented with that at this moment in time. We can’t answer that question.” On the day the Angels officially added a third name into the mix for two spots in their everyday lineup, Billy Eppler said it’s too early to predict how exactly the mix will work.The Angels on Saturday officially announced a one-year deal for first baseman Justin Bour, whose agreement became public Wednesday. Bour will make $2.5 million, with a possible extra $500,000 in incentives if he reaches 500 plate appearances.How the plate appearances will be divided among Bour, Albert Pujols and Shohei Ohtani remains to be seen. Bour and Pujols can only play first, and Ohtani will only be a DH in 2019.“We’re in a situation that’s pretty difficult to forecast,” said Eppler, who couldn’t comment on Bour until the deal was finalized Saturday. “Both Ohtani and Albert had end-of-season procedures. It’s difficult to forecast and we can’t accurately forecast plate appearances for either of those guys. What’s important is to approach those organically and see what the medical team says as we enter spring training, and see what we can do.” Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Pujols had knee surgery in August and elbow surgery in September. Although he’s expected to be ready by opening day, the quantity of time he can play first is unknown.Ohtani had Tommy John surgery in early October. He is expected to play the majority of the season at DH, but won’t likely be ready by Opening Day. It will be late January before the Angels can get a more specific idea of how much time into the season he may be out.With all that in mind, they signed Bour.Although Bour signed a one-year deal, he’ll remain under control to the Angels in 2020, if they deem he’s worth whatever salary he’d earn via arbitration.“He gives us a power bat to add to our lineup,” Eppler said. “He brings selectivity and he can impact the baseball. … He steps into the batter’s box with bad intentions, which is something we gravitate toward.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
TFA are pleased to announce that people can now purchase copies of the 2006 NTL Open Finals package that was shown on Fox Sports, including the commentary and skills sections.With commentary from Australian Mens Open Coach Tony Trad and also Fox Sports commentator Steve Hart and then 3 fantastic finals, the DVD is a must-have!Credit must be given to each of the players involved in the matches, who all displayed excellent skill, agility, speed, teamwork and sportsmanship to help produce an extremely successful package.This DVD is available for just $20 (inc GST), with postage another $5.In addition, TFA are selling a DVD which contains the raw footage of each of the 3 Open Finals in full. This DVD does not contain any replays, close-ups, interviews or commentary…it is simply the raw footage taken from the tower camera during each of the 3 Open Finals, with the referees microphone in the background.While this DVD may not be professionally packaged, it will no doubt be an extremely useful resource for coaches, referees and players involved with the sport. It is also extremely good value, with all 3 finals on the one DVD!This DVD is available for $30 (inc GST), with postage another $5. To purchase either the package that appeared on Fox Sports or the raw footage package, contact Rachel at TFA on (02) 6285 2703 or [email protected]
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid coach Zidane hails Benzema leadershipby Carlos Volcano2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has hailed the leadership Karim Benzema is showing this season.The French striker shone in victory at Champions League opponents Galatasaray last night.On Benzema’s performance, Zidane said: “The leadership role of Benzema? It comes naturally to him. “He knows he’s a captain and he takes it naturally. We are all in the same boat and everyone has to contribute in their own way. “Karim does it in his way of playing and giving instructions.”
TORONTO – Gildan Activewear Inc. said Hurricane Florence and retailers shifting towards carrying their own private label hosiery and underwear hampered the company’s performance, but it still managed to post a profit.The Montreal-based clothing manufacturer that keeps its books in U.S. dollars saw its third-quarter profit edge lower compared with a year ago as its sales grew 5.3 per cent.The company said it earned $114.3 million or 55 cents per diluted share for the quarter, down from $116.1 million or 52 cents per share a year ago and that its sales totalled $754.4 million, up from $716.4 million in the same quarter last year.However, the brand said about $30 million of its sales were impacted by U.S. weather that disrupted its distribution operations in the Carolinas.“We estimate that we could have shipped another $30 million in the quarter had it not been for the disruption we faced with Hurricane Florence,” said Rhodri Harries, Gildan’s executive vice president and chief financial and administrative officer.“We lost shipping days in our larger distribution facilities in Eden, N.C. and Charleston, S.C. as both in-bound and out-bound shipments were effected due to port and rail closures and the need to temporarily shut down to evacuate employees.”He estimated that half of the sales lost because of the incident would be recuperated next quarter.The company, he said, also continues to face struggle in its hosiery and underwear categories because mass retailers are shifting towards private labels, resulting in Gildan’s lower unit sales of products including socks.Harries expressed optimism about the forthcoming quarter, saying Gildan has secured a private label underwear manufacturing deal for 2019 with its “largest mass retail customer,” which he did not name.He said the deal will mean more shelf space will be allocated to the company’s men’s underwear offerings.“We are well-positioned because the size of the program is quite large,” he said. “There are not a lot of businesses out there that can pull that off…Activewear, T-shirts, sweatshirts and underwear really is our sweet spot.”Harries also revealed that on an adjusted basis, Gildan earned 57 cents per share for the quarter, up from 53 cents per share in the third quarter last year.Analysts on average had expected a profit of 58 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.“With three quarters now behind us, we feel good about delivering on our financial targets for 2018, despite the various headwinds we have faced this year,” said the company’s president and chief executive officer Glenn Chamandy. “We continue to feel good about our long-term growth prospects and the way our strategy is unfolding.”Companies in this story: (TSX:GIL)
BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota Republican legislative leaders have introduced a bill that aims to end a longstanding disagreement over shared revenues on the oil-rich Fort Berthold Indian reservation.The bill unveiled Thursday reworks a tax-sharing agreement that favours the Three Affiliated Tribes on the reservation that accounts for about a fifth of the state’s oil production.The legislation is the result of nearly two years of negotiations between tribal leaders, Republican Gov. Doug Burgum, legislative leaders, the state tax department and industry officials.Three Affiliated Tribes Chairman Mark Fox and Burgum say they support the legislation.The state Tax Department estimates the tribes will gain an additional $33 million in revenue over the next two-year budget cycle under the legislation.James MacPherson, The Associated Press
“Alerts can provide valuable information and notice, but individuals also have to do their part,” said Jennifer Rice, Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Preparedness. “As you ensure your devices have up-to-date software and are compatible for the alerts, also take the time to prepare your emergency kit and create a plan for hazards.”The emergency alerts will be issued, alongside routine television and radio tests, to compatible wireless devices, such as smartphones. The test message will read: “This is a TEST of the British Columbia Emergency Alerting System, issued by Emergency Management British Columbia. This is ONLY a TEST. If this had been an actual emergency or threat, you would now hear instructions that would assist you to protect you and your family. For further information go to www.emergencyinfobc.gov.bc.ca. This is ONLY a TEST, no action is required.” VICTORIA, B.C. – At 1:55 p.m. on Nov. 28, 2018, a test of the new wireless alerting system will be conducted for a second time as part of the national Alert Ready system to improve public safety in the event of an emergency.“The key to emergency alerting is to reach as many people on as many communication platforms as possible,” said Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General. “The addition of emergency alerts on wireless devices is another valuable way to reach out to the public in an emergency. These alerts will be issued alongside routine television and radio tests as an added complement to these and other emergency alerting mediums already in use.”The expansion of the existing radio and television alerting system to include cellular devices was launched in B.C. on April 6, 2018, and an initial test was conducted on May 9, 2018. Emergency Management BC is responsible for issuing emergency notifications on the Alert Ready system in the province and will initially use wireless alerting for tsunami threats only, with plans to expand to other emergencies and hazards in the future.
GRANDE CACHE, A.B. – The Grande Cache RCMP are looking for the public’s help in location Tommy Harrington after his pick-up was found 70km north of Grande Cache.Tommy Lanc Harrington was last believed to have been with his pickup on the Cinch Road, 70km north of Grande Cache on the evening of Jan. 5, 2019, at approximately 9:00 p.m., Tommy’s truck has been located stuck at that location within sight of Hwy 40.It is not known if Tommy was picked up in the area. Tommy has not been in contact since that time. Tommy is described as:Indigenous5’8″145lbsBrown hairBrown eyesWearing jeansBlue hoodieThere is a general concern for Tommy’s safety and well-being. If you have seen Tommy or have any information on his whereabouts, please contact the Grande Cache RCMP at 780-827-3344.If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.