Another nail in the coffin of independent information in Burundi

first_img Four Burundian journalists complete 12 months in arbitrary detention Receive email alerts June 5, 2020 Find out more Reports Organisation News Extending the battle groundIn addition to shutting down the privately-owned media, the government is tightening its grip on Radio Nationale, the state-owned national radio station, which until recently had maintained a degree of objectivity, sometimes interviewing government opponents and acknowledging demonstrations were taking place.Radio Nationale chief Freddy Nzeyimana was fired on 4 June and replaced by Jouma Leonard Dwayio, a primary school teacher.A purge is also being carried out throughout the Radio Nationale services. Several journalists have been transferred from news reporting to the internal control or training departments while pressure has been put on news editor Jacques Bukuru, who has a reputation for being respectful of professional journalistic ethics.Télévision Nationale, the state-owned TV broadcaster, has so far been spared because it continues to tamely echo “its master’s voice,” as one Bujumbura-based foreign diplomat put it.Some journalists working for international news media have told Reporters Without Borders that they have been harassed or physically threatened by the security forces, which is making hard for them to work. Most of them are not reporting outside of Bujumbura.On 4 June, the National Council for Communication (CNC), which regulates the media, withdrew accreditation from a France 24 reporter, who left the country the same day. The CNC accused him of violating the conditions of his accreditation, which was to cover the elections. A properly accredited BBC reporter was reportedly turned backed on arrival at Bujumbura airport ten days before that.Around 50 Burundian journalists have fled the country for security reasons and say it is still too dangerous to go back. The state prosecutor’s decisions would seem to support their fears.Burundi is ranked 145th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. News The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Burundi’s leading privately-owned radio and TV stations are not only still forcibly closed but now they are also being banned from using the collective radio studio located in Bujumbura’s “House of the Press,” which is being allowed to resume operating. RSF_en November 27, 2020 Find out more BurundiAfrica center_img Crédit Photo:Valentin Bagorikunda, Agence Bujumbura News Façade de la RPA, Jennifer Huxta / AFP to go further Related documents Lettre du procureur de la République du Burundi 10 juin 2015VND.OPENXMLFORMATS-OFFICEDOCUMENT.WORDPROCESSINGML.DOCUMENT – 278.84 KB June 10, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Another nail in the coffin of independent information in Burundi Help by sharing this information News Follow the news on Burundi October 21, 2020 Find out more The main privately-owned broadcasters continue to be the subject of a judicial investigation with the result that their journalists cannot return to work because police are still stationed outside.In a letter to the head of the House of the Press, state prosecutor Valentin Bagorikunda has given permission for the reopening of its radio studio, which the “media synergy” coalition of broadcasters had been using until its closure on 27 April.But there is one big snag. Bagorikunda’s letter said that “because of a judicial investigation (…) any employee of Radio Bonesha FM, Radio Télévision Renaissance, Radio RPA (Bujumbura and Ngozi), Radio Isanganiro and Radio Humuriza FM” is forbidden to use the studio.In practice, this excludes any journalist working for a privately-owned radio or TV station except Radio Rema, which is also under judicial investigation but supports the government.“This decision is discriminatory and unacceptable,” said Cléa Kahn-Sriber, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Africa desk. “It not only violates freedom of information but also insults the intelligence of the Burundian public and international community.“While pretending to ease restrictions, this measure is designed to maintain the ban on pluralistic media coverage in Burundi. Human right groups have reported the abuses committed by the security forces and government militias, the arbitrary arrests and violence against civilians. But these abuses are not getting any media coverage. No media are able to cover them for the local and international public.”Kahn-Sriber added: “Under these circumstances, what can be the legitimacy of ethe elections scheduled for late June and mid-July under the new electoral calendar? The international community must insist on the reopening of privately-owned media as a condition for supporting the electoral process.”The state prosecutor’s letter is all the more shocking because the privately-owned media wrote to him two weeks ago requesting permission to recover access to their premises in order to resume operating. BurundiAfrica Burundian appeal court upholds prison sentences for four journalistslast_img read more

Cassini Plasma Spectrometer electron spectrometer measurements during the Earth swing-by on August 18, 1999

first_imgOn August 18, 1999, Cassini flew by the Earth on its way to Saturn. The Cassini Earth swing-by was the fastest traversal of the Earth’s magnetosphere to date. The spacecraft was traveling at 9.1 R-E hr(-1) (16.1 km s(-1)) and made rapid traversals of several regions of the terrestrial magnetosphere. During the Cassini Earth swing-by the Electron Spectrometer (ELS) collected almost 9 hours of data in the Earth’s magnetosphere and almost 10 hours of solar wind data upstream of the Earth. During the pass, Cassini ELS sampled electrons in the solar wind, bow shock, magnetosheath, magnetopause, radiation belts, plasmasphere, plasma sheet, lobes, and crossings of the tail magnetopause. The purpose of this paper is (1) to give a summary of electron observations including the locations of magnetosphere boundary crossings and (2) to assess how the ELS is functioning as it takes measurements in the greatly differing plasma regimes encountered. Results are shown to be mainly consistent with previous observations with a few exceptions. In addition to anticipated results we present evidence of a low-energy field-aligned beam in the plasma sheet and evidence of asymmetry on the dayside and nightside plasmapause position. Preliminary calculations of density and temperature for the solar wind, magnetosheath, and plasma sheet are also presented.last_img read more

Netherlands roundup: SC Johnson pension fund to liquidate

first_imgThe €114m Dutch pension scheme for household cleaning products manufacturer SC Johnson is to liquidate.The pension fund closed at the start of this year. Since then, new pensions accrual for its 280 workers has been through the low-cost defined contribution vehicle (PPI) of Zwitserleven.SC Johnson outsourced its defined contribution (DC) plan to Zwitserleven in 2006. Zwitserleven guaranteed an annual return of 3%. The pension fund’s existing DC assets will also be placed with Zwitserleven against the guaranteed return.Participants have been offered the option of also transferring their existing pension rights to the PPI, if they expect that the vehicle’s lifecycle investments will generate better returns than 3%. SC Johnson has also renewed an insurance contract with Aegon, which covers the guaranteed pensions of a number of pensioners and deferred members.A new pensions committee – with representatives of the employer, its works council, deferred members, and pensioners – is to monitor the new pension arrangements as well as the existing pension rights at Zwitserleven and Aegon.Dentist fund switches to PFZWTandtechniek, the €762m pension fund for dental technicians, confirmed that it would place its existing pension rights and future pensions accrual with the €187bn healthcare scheme PFZW as of 1 January.It said that, because of the difference in funding between both schemes, rights cuts would be likely. At May-end, PFZW’s coverage ratio was 93.4%, whereas the funding of Tandtechniek stood at 86.9%.However, Tandtechniek also said contributions would fall from 30% to 24% under the new arrangement. In 2015, it had to increase premiums by 5.5 percentage points to 32.5%.Tandtechniek has already had to apply rights cuts of 9% in total in the past few years.Its board said that, before it took the decision to join PFZW, it had had discussions with other pension funds about co-operation. It had also looked into the option of joining a new general pension fund (APF) in an individual compartment.SNS Reaal gains from interest rate hedgeThe €3.3bn company scheme for SNS Reaal posted a result of 12.5% for 2016. In its annual report, the scheme attributed almost half of its profit to the effect of declining interest rates on its 77% interest hedge. It subsequently reduced this hedge to 71% at the start of 2017.The Dutch bank’s pension fund said that it had incurred 0.35% of combined costs for asset management and transactions, citing its large fixed income portfolio and its passive equity investments with Actiam.It further explained that it shunned expensive asset classes, such as commodities, hedge funds, and private equity.According to the Pensioenfonds SNS Reaal, employers and unions were negotiating a new pensions contract. The employers already indicated a desire to continue the current collective DC plan.The pension fund also implements pension arrangements for insurer Vivat and Volksbank in a contract that is to expire at the end of the year.Last May, the scheme’s funding stood at 114.1%.last_img read more

Volleyball runs in the family for Ciarellis

first_imgTony Ciarelli loves his coach.He hangs out with him on the weekends. He eats dinner and sleeps at his house. He even obeys his coach’s orders to take out the trash.Not too many players have this intimate of a relationship with their coach. Then again, not too many players have their father as their college coach.USC standout sophomore outside hitter Tony Ciarelli has been coached by his father, Rocky Ciarelli, for most of his life. Throughout Tony’s high school club and now collegiate career, Rocky has been on the sideline, usually pushing his son harder than his teammates.“I’m not sure I’d be the same player without him as a coach,” Tony said. “I expect my dad to be harder on me than everybody else. That’s how his dad was to him, and that’s how I want him to be with me.”There was little doubt about what sport Tony would end up playing as he grew up. While he played everything from football to basketball to baseball (the only sport he didn’t play was soccer, as he said his parents didn’t want to sit out in the cold and watch him play) none of those sports resonated in the Ciarelli family as much as volleyball.Much like football has the Mannings and baseball has the Boones, volleyball has the Ciarellis.Tony’s cousin, Allison Ciarelli, was an All-State volleyball player at Golden West College. His mom, Cammy Ciarelli, played four years at UCLA and won 14 pro beach tournaments in the early ’90s ­— most of them with three-time Olympian Holly McPeak. Rocky played at Long Beach State for three years and then in several professional indoor events before coaching for 24 years at Huntington Beach High School and, for the past two years, at USC as a volunteer assistant coach.Considering that Tony is the youngest out of all his cousins, he was immersed in volleyball almost from birth. As a toddler, he could be found at the beach playing “pepper,” a game involving digging and setting the ball, with his dad. Cammy was still on the professional tour when Tony was young, so while she was playing, Rocky and Tony would be on another part of the beach, chiseling another name into the lineage of Ciarelli volleyball players.“He did that everyday from the time he was 3 to 7,” Rocky said. “That was his entertainment. We’d go in the water and come out and he’d want to play pepper. That was his thing.”As he got older, Tony would hang around his father’s friends while they played, often playing the role of setter, and at the middle school camps Rocky ran. As a third-grader, he lined up across from kids twice his age.Family ties · Sophomore outside hitter Tony Ciarelli is the product of a volleyball-obsessed family. Father Rocky and mother Cammy both had successful professional careers; now, Ciarelli is second on the team in kills. – Photo courtesy of USC Sports Information “I want to be the best at everything I do, and the only way to do that is by playing people better than you,” Tony said.This trend continued at Huntington Beach High School, where Tony made the varsity team as a sophomore. Both Rocky and Tony said that was the most difficult time in their father/coach relationship. As the youngest player on the squad, Rocky was pretty hard on young Tony.Tony said Rocky only kicked him out of practice once during his high school career, but there were times when Tony and Rocky would come home from practice and Tony wouldn’t talk to Rocky until the next day.“A couple of times I probably went a bit over the top,” Rocky said. “But the next day we would usually talk about it and figure it out. It was tough for him because, when he would come home and want to vent about the coach being an idiot, he would have to tell his mom. That’s kinda how it worked.”The Ciarellis have done a good job separating volleyball and family life, but this isn’t easy considering that, at the Ciarelli home, volleyball is family.Just take a stroll down to Huntington Beach on a Sunday afternoon, and you can usually find the extended family gathered together for dinner and volleyball.But this isn’t a fun, festive game. This is a my-team-is-going-to-beat-your-team-30-to-zero, cutthroat, no-mercy game.“You will never meet a more competitive family than mine,” Tony said. “Everyone gets mad when they lose, especially me. I’m not allowed to jump because I’m the only one still playing volleyball, but I still only get beaten every once in a while. It’s not fun and games. At the Ciarellis’ beach volleyball games, everybody wants to win.”This competitive spirit has bonded Tony and Rocky on and off the court.“We have arguments, but we both have handled it well because, whether it’s at home or on the court, both of us know we want to win more than anything,” Tony said.The Ciarellis have won — a lot. Rocky was the coach of Tony’s U-18 club team that won four major tournaments, including a gold medal at the Junior Olympics. He calls coaching his son, “the greatest thing in the world.”Now, there’s another championship that the father/son duo have set sights on. With Rocky on the sidelines and Tony providing the kills, the Ciarellis hope they can celebrate an NCAA national championship on the court in California this year, together.And Tony wouldn’t have it any other way.“I love my dad. I’d miss him if he wasn’t here.”“Spittin’ Sports” runs Wednesdays. To comment on this article visit or e-mail Kenny at [email protected].last_img read more

Alexis Peterson drafted by the Seattle Storm with the 15th pick in the 2017 WNBA Draft

first_img Published on April 13, 2017 at 8:34 pm Contact Tomer: [email protected] | @tomer_langer Facebook Twitter Google+ Alexis Peterson was selected by the Seattle Storm in the second round (15th overall pick) on Thursday night.The former Syracuse guard was the second Syracuse player drafted, joining Brittney Sykes. It’s the first time in SU program history that more than one player has been selected in the same draft.Peterson averaged 14.8 points and 4.4 assists over her career. This past year she averaged 23.4 points and seven assists on her way to being named the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year, leading the conference in points and finishing second in assists. She finished her career first in assists and second in scoring in the SU record books.During her junior year, Peterson was the leader in Syracuse’s best team in program history, culminating in an appearance in the national championship game.“That’s problem number one,” Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma said about Peterson, “when somebody has the ball in her hands all the time and you know they’re gonna take a lot of shots. Because that means somebody’s really hard to guard.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Peterson’s come a long way,” Notre Dame Hall of Fame coach Muffet McGraw said after UND’s 85-80 win in February. “She might be the most improved player in the league.” Commentslast_img read more