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Posted by: | Posted on: June 12, 2021

Editor freed after getting presidential pardon

first_img Reporters Without Borders hails Faustin Bambou’s release on 23 February following an announcement on the national radio station that he had been pardoned by President François Bozizé. The editor of the privately-owned weekly Les Collines de l’Oubangui, Bambou spent six weeks in prison.He was sentenced to six months in prison on 28 January on charges of libel, insult and “incitement to revolt” over a 21 December article claiming that two government ministers received seven billion CFA francs (10 million euros) in commissions from the French nuclear energy company Areva. “Bambou’s release is a relief but we remind the authorities that he should never have been imprisoned,” Reporters Without Borders said. “He was the victim of bad faith and legal manoeuvring to circumvent the fact that, under the country’s laws, journalists are not supposed to be jailed for press offences.”The 23 February presidential decree granted Bambou “a complete remission of sentence.” He told Reporters Without Borders he was freed at about 2 p.m. the same day. His lawyers have withdrawn his appeal.———–28.01.08 – Newspaper editor sentenced to six months in prisonReporters Without Borders condemns the six-month prison sentence passed today on Faustin Bambou, the editor of the privately-owned weekly Les Collines de l’Oubangui, on charges of libel, insult and “incitement to revolt” because of an article accusing two ministers of taking kickbacks.“Bambou is the victim of judicial manoeuvring designed to put him in prison regardless,” the press freedom organisation said. “Circumventing the law to achieve this aim is very worrying for the rule of law and dangerous for the country. This distressing abuse of power by a government that undertook to respect the democratic rules will require an active response on our part.”Arrested on 11 January, Bambou was sentenced to six months in prison and symbolic damages of one CFA franc for claiming that two government ministers took several billion CFA francs in illegal commissions from the French company Areva. The court ordered Bambou’s newspaper to published its verdict. Bambou’s lawyers are to appeal.When the trial opened on 21 January, the state prosecutor requested a two-year sentence and a fine of 3 million CFA francs (4,500 euros). An attempt by Reporters Without Borders to mediate with the state prosecutor was unsuccessful. A promise to modify the charges was not kept.Bambou is the second journalist to be imprisoned since the law providing for imprisonment for press offences was repealed by the transitional parliament on 25 November 2004. The first was Michel Alkhaly-Ngady, the head of a print media union and editor of the Temps Nouveaux newspaper, who was imprisoned for two months in early 2007. CAR policeman who shot reporter must be punished, RSF says May 13, 2020 Find out more News February 25, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Editor freed after getting presidential pardon to go further Central African RepublicAfrica News News Follow the news on Central African Republic Receive email alertscenter_img Help by sharing this information RSF decries arbitrary blocking of two CAR news websites April 6, 2021 Find out more News Six years on, same unanswered questions about French journalist’s death in CAR Central African RepublicAfrica Organisation RSF_en December 13, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: June 4, 2021

Saoirse brings freedom from addiction in Limerick

first_imgPredictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival TAGSAlan GalvinAlan JacquesfeaturedLiam RyanlimerickSaoirse Addiction Treatment Center RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Twitter Print NewsCommunitySaoirse brings freedom from addiction in LimerickBy Alan Jacques – July 4, 2014 1935 Alan Galvin (left) and Liam Ryan (right) at Saoirse Addiction Treatment CentreThe Limerick Saoirse Addiction Treatment Centre is a specialist provider of addiction counselling and programmes for alcohol, drugs and gambling. Alan Jacques visited the Davis Street centre to witness the life-changing difference the charity’s work makes to its clients.BEFORE they even had a premises to operate from, two Limerick men on a mission drove up the country and filled a van with over 60 chairs they had bought at an auction.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Like a scene from that corny Kevin Costner movie ‘Field of Dreams’, Alan Galvin and Liam Ryan, who had worked together at the Aljeff Treatment Centre, appeared to have taken the film’s core mantra of “if you build it, they will come” to heart.From their extensive experience working with Aljeff, Alan and Liam had a strong insight into the great need for an addiction treatment centre in Limerick. They also had the vision and “professional passion” to make it happen, and now, lots of chairs too.With initial funding of €30,000 from the HSE Mid-West’s Regional Drug Co-ordination Unit, their perseverance paid off, and those chairs were put to good use when Saoirse Addiction Treatment Centre was finally established on October 1, 2012.When it finally opened its doors at 18B Davis Street, 48 people attended in the first month seeking help for their addictions. Validation if ever it was needed that Saoirse, a free service, is an answer to the prayers of many Limerick people.Aristotle said, “he who overcomes his fears will be truly free” and after having the privilege of meeting some of Saoirse’s clients and hearing their harrowing stories, there’s no doubting that they have been emancipated from the shackles of addiction and gifted with a new beginning. The joy they exuded was infectious, and their openness to retell their own tales as a mark of simple gratitude to Saoirse for walking with them through dark places out into the light, simply overpowering.I was deeply impressed by the bravery of the clients that I met, but more so by their sober intoxication and appreciation for being alive and free from the suffocating grasp of their destructive dependencies. What a feeling that must be!Saoirse is the Irish word for freedom and there could hardly be a more appropriate name for the city-based addiction centre. And it is certainly a very fitting moniker for the service the city-based centre delivers.Through harm reduction and abstinence they work to free people from the slavery of their addictions. The ultimate goal for any of the many clients who walk through their doors is to become substance free and maintain an abstinent lifestyle.General manager Alan Galvin and clinical director Liam Ryan are backed up by a team of 12 qualified addiction counsellors to provide a unique, free non-residential day treatment centre — the only one of its kind in the Mid-West and, probably, the greater Munster area.The Saoirse team might not wear high-vis vests, but having worked with over 500 clients in the past two years, they are on the frontline of saving lives and then changing them for the better. A more dedicated and caring bunch of seasoned professionals you are unlikely to meet.“We are on the frontline and many of the people who come here are on the final frontier between life and death. For some, we are their only hope,” Mr Galvin commented.Committed to providing the highest quality of service and improving evidential outcomes in a structured environment, Saoirse is a specialist provider of addiction counselling and programmes for alcohol, drugs and gambling. After a walk-in screening process, the centre offers a range of supports and treatment options for people and families affected by addiction.From the moment I walked up Saoirse’s stairs, I could sense that this was a safe, inclusive and accepting sanctuary for those in dire straits to come and share their deepest woes in confidence.Eighty five per cent of the treatment centre’s clients are from Limerick City and the surrounding surburbs with people also travelling from Clare, Tipperary, Cork, Galway and Kerry for help.Fifty per cent of Saoirse’s clients are currently in treatment for difficulties with alcohol; 45 per cent for drug dependency and the remaining five for gambling. Clients range in age from 18 to 73 with the average age, 34.Surprisingly, 60 per cent of those in treatment at the city addiction centre are female, an “unusually high figure” in comparison for the greater Dublin area where only an estimated 35 per cent of those in treatment are women. Saoirse put the large numbers of women in treatment in Limerick down to socio-economic factors and the availability of cheap alcohol.According to Mr Galvin, footfall is also increasing with more than 25 new clients a month availing of Saoirse’s free service. He states that addiction “knows no boundaries” and tells me that they see people from all backgrounds and circumstances coming for help.“We believe there is no such thing as a hopeless case. We treat everyone with respect and empathy and have an open, revolving door policy and there is no barriers to entry here!” Mr Galvin insists.“I’ve heard stories of people who’ve walked up and down the path outside, going: ‘will I, won’t I’. People can come to us and, if they don’t succeed at first, they are welcome to come back. People come here as a result of choices they have made, but they are free to change; free to make new healthier choices,” he concludes.As Napoleon Bonaparte put it, “Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.”‘John’ (38)“I WOULD probably be dead or in jail now if it wasn’t for Saoirse. I was drinking myself to death before I came here. I wasn’t doing it deliberately, I wasn’t conscious of it, but I was killing myself. I would wake up in hospital, I would wake up in Garda stations, I would wake up in lanes, I would wake up in people’s gardens on trampolines. I would wake up and ask myself where am I?But then one day I looked in the mirror and asked who am I? I didn’t recognise myself. That really frightened me, I didn’t know who I was anymore. Drinking affected my physical and mental health and I needed help.I wasn’t too happy about being here when I came first. I couldn’t get my head around what I was discovering about my addiction, but it was a safe environment for me to open up without being judged. I had to unravel and educate myself and find out about the triggers that made me want to drink. I was an alcoholic for over 20 years. I would drink if I was happy and I would drink if I was sad. I went from drinking at weekends to drinking seven days a week and then first thing in the morning. I just couldn’t get enough of it and I couldn’t stop. I didn’t understand why, but I’m aware of the triggers now and haven’t drank in a year.When I drank I would be aggressive and start arguments with people and I didn’t even know I was doing it. I thought it was always other’s peoples’ fault. I would upset my family and friends, end up isolating myself, and would just get more and more depressed. Now I’m happy and have started to do things for me that I never would have done before. I’ve gotten into writing songs and art and I’m looking at going to college and I’m just more focused on living.”‘Anne’ (60)“I WOULD probably be dead if it wasn’t for Saoirse. I drank for 30 years. I drank hard. I couldn’t face the world or go out without having a drink. I would be nervous and scared without it. I thought drinking made me the life and soul of the party and I couldn’t function without it. I felt nobody understood me and drink was my answer to everything.I haven’t drank in two years now. I feel liberated and free. I can go out and go to parties and drink a glass of lemonade now, it doesn’t bother me if other people are drinking around me. I thought I wouldn’t ever be able to exist without a drink; that very thought frightened me for years. I was afraid of being without it and I didn’t know who to turn to for help. Now I want to sing Saoirse’s praises from the very top of the O’Connell Monument. They are wonderful, and they are just here to help people and they’ve helped me build a new life. I couldn’t have faced my problems without their support and the fellowship I get from all the people here. They saved me.”‘Mary’ (55)“I had gone to rehab but it didn’t work. I tried to turn my life around but I found it very difficult. It was a constant struggle. I didn’t drink for most of my life and then I went through a bad time and I started and things spiraled out of all control very quickly.I was in a very dark place and I just couldn’t see any light or hope. Drink was my answer to everything and I was frightened to open up about it. Saoirse gives people hope, that’s what they do. They’ve been a huge support. I haven’t drank in two years. Being without it has freed me up to appreciate life for what it is. I can see the brightness again. It was hard work but it’s been worth it.”Saoirse, based at 18B Davis Street, is a charity supported by a variety of organisations, including statutory and non-statutory. It continually relies on donations and the generosity of the public to support their ongoing work to provide its service. For more details visit Saoirse on facebook, telephone 085-8184590 or email [email protected] WhatsAppcenter_img Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Advertisement Facebook Previous articleMore Gardaí needed to combat anti-social behaviour in LimerickNext articleHundreds of jobs expected from Viagogo expansion in Limerick Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Email WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Linkedin Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 25, 2020

Drilon: Looming POGO exit in PH ‘good news’

first_img“Kanselahin na ang lisensiya kung hindi pa rin maka-comply sa pagbabayad ng buwis. PAGCOR should exercise its regulatory powers and come down hard on tax-evading POGOs. Dahil kung wala namang parusa, wala namang multa, bakit pa nga ba sila magbabayad?” Hontiveros said. The BIR previously said “legal issues” are hampering the collection of franchise taxes from POGOs as these firms assert that they should not be subjected to such because they are non-resident corporations. “It should abandon any effort to [woo] them back. Our tax laws are clear: POGOs should pay franchise and withholding taxes,” the Ilonggo senator added. “That’s good news. Let them go. Hindi po natin kawalan ang POGOs. Huwag po natin silang habulin. PAGCOR should stop playing a lover to POGOs,” Drilon said in a statement. Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon said yesterday that POGOs should settle their P50 billion unpaid taxes and that the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) should immediately issue closure orders to delinquent firms in the said industry. DRILON. GMAcenter_img On Sunday, PAGCOR assistant vice president for offshore gaming licensing Jose Tria confirmed that two POGO firms left the Philippines and more are seen to exit amid tax issues with the government. MANILA – The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation’s (PAGCOR) projection that more Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO) will be leaving the country amid tax issues is a “good news.” Opposition senator Risa Hontiveros, for her part, has also urged the cancellation of POGO licenses as she said that they shall be subject to 5% franchise tax on Gross Gaming Receipts or a pre-determined minimum monthly revenue, whichever is higher, apart from income tax and withholding tax. “There are other jurisdictions that have opened up offering better tax rates and friendlier environment,” Tria said. “Some [POGOs] also can no longer take the criticisms they get each day that make them feel unwelcome in our country.”/PNlast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 16, 2020

Syracuse to rely on depth at guard to maintain fast-paced style of play

first_imgThe six guards Syracuse rotated in its season-opening win against Rhode Island wasn’t a mirage. It wasn’t an experiment by head coach Quentin Hillsman to give every player time on the court early in the season. It wasn’t an accident.It’s an indication of what’s to come this season for the Orange.A style of play predicated on quickness and aggressive pressing lends itself to fatigue, and SU rolled out guards Brittney Sykes, Brianna Butler, Alexis Peterson, Abby Grant, Cornelia Fondren and Jade Philips to compensate.“I remember when I was playing,” Hillsman recalled, “the thing was, ‘I can’t get into a rhythm. I can’t get into a flow.’“Well you have to get into a flow quickly (now). We’re going to get you in and out of the game.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse made 17 more substitutions than URI, and 11 times subbed in two or more players at once.The surplus of talent at the guard position allows Hillsman flexibility, running players on and off his bench similar to a lacrosse or hockey team with position lines. The frequent substitutions at the position are likely to be a common occurrence throughout the season for the No. 25 Orange (1-0).Sykes is recovering from her second ACL injury and is gradually building back up her stamina. She laid out the hypothetical situation in which she, Peterson and Butler were running the top of SU’s press for four or five plays.It “lights up (Sykes’) eyes” knowing that once fatigue sets in, she can confidently hand over the keys to reserve players just as capable as the starters, she said. Hillsman swapped three players at once off the bench three times on Friday.“You can send in platoons if you wanted to,” Sykes said. “It feels pretty good to know that on the bench you can bring in three other guards on and bring three other guards off give them a rest.“That way we can keep the pace of a run-and-gun team to get up in your face and pressure.”It was the veteran trio of Sykes, Peterson and Butler SU rolled out against the Rams. But not even halfway through the first quarter it was Grant, a freshman, planting herself on the sideline to replace Sykes, a redshirt junior. Phillips also made her collegiate debut, and dropped a 3 in her first two minutes on the court in the second quarter.The ripple effects of guard depth have reached the practice court too, Sykes said, with starters in intrasquad scrimmages able to acknowledge, “OK, I have a sub,” as they look to the sideline.It’s fostered a competitive culture among the team, with a budding few freshman learning from the veterans as much as they’re gunning for their spot.“At the same time it’s more of a, ‘if I’m on the floor and playing hard, I expect you to do the same exact thing,’” Sykes said of the competition at guard. “It’s not more of a ‘I’m trying to take your spot;’ it’s more a ‘we’re all in this spot together.’”Syracuse should be outpacing opponents on the floor and taking advantage of its perimeter shooters in Butler and Grant. The Orange finished right in the middle of the ACC in both scoring offense and defense last season, marks that stand to improve if SU’s depth is as deep as it thinks it is.With the revolving door of talent, the ability of SU’s reserve guards will be just as paramount to the team’s success at the starters.“If you want to contribute, you’ve got to contribute in your 2-2.5 minutes on the floor,” Hillsman said. “(Then) come back in your next 2.5 minutes and contribute.” Comments Published on November 17, 2015 at 8:11 pm Contact Connor: [email protected] | @connorgrossman Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more