US filmmaker and reporter released after ten days of questioning

first_img RSF_en to go further Follow the news on Nigeria News Berends boarded a flight to Germany on September 9 in the evening after receiving a deportation order.Today Senators Schumer, Clinton, Murray, Durbin, Cantwell, Leahy, Feingold, Casey, Brown and Kerry joined together to seek Andrew Berends’ immediate release in a letter to the Nigerian President, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua. NigeriaAfrica June 10, 2021 Find out more Organisation January 28, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News Reporters Without Borders is relieved today by the news that US filmmaker and reporter Andrew Berends has been released from Nigerian government custody. Berends was interrogated for ten consecutive days after he and his translator, Samuel George, as well as a Nigerian businessman, were arrested in Port Harcourt in the south of Nigeria on August 31. The translator and the businessman have been temporarily released yesterday but are still scheduled to report back to the security services tomorrow. Receive email alertscenter_img September 9, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 US filmmaker and reporter released after ten days of questioning News “We are celebrating this great news with Andrew’s relatives and friends who demonstrated impressive and exceptional mobilization to achieve this outcome,” said the international press freedom organization. “Their collective efforts brought about the direct and determinative use of American diplomacy to secure Andrew’s release. Now that Andrew’s case is settled, we expect his translator and the businessman who was arrested at the same time to be freed unconditionally as soon as possible. We hope the Nigerian authorities have learned from this episode that it is absurd to arrest reporters in the Delta region and accuse them of spying when they are simply reporting, with permission, on economic and political situations in that country.” News Reporters Without Borders is relieved today by the news that US filmmaker and reporter Andrew Berends has been released from Nigerian government custody. February 8, 2021 Find out more Nigerian news site deliberately blocked, expert report confirms Nigerian investigative journalist forced to flee after massacre disclosures NigeriaAfrica Twitter blocked, journalism threatened in Nigeria After a last day at the headquarters of the State Security Service (SSS, domestic intelligence services) in the capital city of Abuja, Berends was handed over to representatives of the US embassy on Tuesday, September 9. On Monday, Samuel George and the Nigerian businessman were set free from the SSS offices in Port-Harcourt but were scheduled to report back to security officials again tomorrow, Wednesday September 10. They were told they would not be cleared before Andrew Berends’ case is settled.last_img read more

Mc Conalogue urges government to facilitate fuel smuggling bill

first_img Google+ Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Previous article“Ruaille Buaille” catchup – 17/03/15Next articleUUP and DUP agree electoral strategy for four Westminister constituencies News Highland WhatsApp 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Homepage BannerNews Facebookcenter_img Pinterest Pinterest Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal WhatsApp A Donegal TD is urging the government to facilitate the passage of a Fianna Fail bill calling for the establishment of a cross-border, multi-agency taskforce to tackle illegal fuel.Deputy Charlie Mc Conalogue says the bill, which has been moved by former minister Brendan Smith, has the potential to seriously curtail fuel smuggling north and south of the border.He says this criminal activity results in losses of around €260m every year to the Irish exchequer, impacts on the environment, damages cars and strengthens dissident gangs.Deputy Mc Conalogue says the government should facilitate the swift passage of this bill………..Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. By News Highland – March 18, 2015 Facebook Mc Conalogue urges government to facilitate fuel smuggling bill Twitter Twitterlast_img read more

Family, friends of convicted killer question his link to murdered NYC jogger

first_imgkarinavetrano/Instagram(NEW YORK) — Family and supporters of the man convicted of killing of a female runner in New York City say they are still waiting for justice to be served.Chanel Lewis was convicted in March for the murder of Karina Vetrano in August 2016. His first trial, in November 2018, ended in a hung jury.Vetrano, 30, returned to her Howard Beach home from work and decided to go for a run on Aug. 2, 2016. Three miles away in Brooklyn, New York, Chanel Lewis left his mother’s home to blow off some steam because his neighbors were playing music too loudly, according to trial testimony.Surveillance video showed Vetrano, an avid runner, going into Spring Creek Park in the early evening. She never returned home.Chanel Lewis frequently visited the Howard Beach area. In May 2016, however, two residents called the police on him for loitering near their homes, according to trial testimony.“Right now, he’s sitting on the curb. He doesn’t belong there,” said Gurino on the 911 call played in Queens Supreme Court during Chanel Lewis’ trial in March.Howard Beach, a tiny neighborhood that’s situated along the outskirts of one of the most diverse communities in the country, has a history of race-related violence. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2018 estimates, 2.4 million people live in the community.“Chanel said Howard Beach is a peaceful place to go to. He went there to go to Subway and KFC. I love the pizza from there, he brings it home to me,” Veta Lewis, Chanel’s mother, told ABC News’ Nightline in an exclusive interview.Chanel Lewis is a first-generation American and the only son of Richard and Veta Lewis, who came to the U.S. from Jamaica in 1992. “My son is respectable, considerate…he was raised to respect others,” said Veta Lewis about her son, who is facing life without the possibility of parole.Surveillance video from Spring Creek Park did not show anyone entering or leaving after Vetrano. Investigators believe that her killer may have hailed from the neighboring community of East New York, said Robert Boyce, the former New York Police Department chief of detectives who is now an ABC News contributor.Phil Vetrano, whose back injury caused him to sit out from his daily run with his daughter, testified at two separate trials in Queens Supreme Court that he had a bad feeling when Karina did not return home in a timely fashion.Instead of calling 911, Phil Vetrano, a retired firefighter, contacted neighbors with law enforcement contacts and began an immediate search that night.Phil Vetrano testified during the first trial in November 2018 that he found his daughter “on her stomach…her left arm next to her. Her legs were in a running position. Her head tilted back to the side.” The heartbroken father testified that he lifted Vetrano’s lifeless body and hugged her before the crime scene was established.The Vetrano family declined to be interviewed by ABC News.DNA was recovered from Vetrano’s cellphone, the back of her neck and under her fingernails.Forensic experts determined that the DNA mixture found on Vetrano did not match any DNA already collected in the NYPD’s Forensic Investigation Division databases.“She was a lioness. She fought back hard,” said Boyce, who concluded that Chanel Lewis attempted to sexually assault Vetrano but “was not able to complete” the task.Boyce told Nightline that police received hundreds of tips early on in the investigation. But investigators concluded that the killer or killers came from the East New York area through an adjacent highway bike path.Six months after Vetrano’s death, on Feb. 2, 2017, Detective Michael Greenidge and another officer went to Chanel Lewis’ home on Essex Street in East New York. With Veta Lewis nearby, a DNA swab was conducted.Two days later, Chanel Lewis’ DNA matched with the suspect’s DNA found under Vetrano’s fingernails and on her cellphone and he was placed under arrest.Chanel Lewis, then 20, told detectives he punched Vetrano five times and when she started to fight back he got “mad at her” and dragged her into the tall weeds where he “finished her off,” according to a videotaped statement he made during 11 hours in police custody. Four of those hours were not recorded, according to trial testimony. Chanel Lewis repeatedly denied sexually violating Vetrano.Veta Lewis said her son’s confession was coerced.“People have to watch the video and see what the officers did and telling him what to say,” she said. “He’s not a monster as they as they want the world to know. He’s a God-fearing, loving kind person.”Brad Garrett, a former FBI agent and ABC News contributor, said Chanel Lewis’ confession was credible because of the “level of detail” that only the suspect would know. A spokeswoman from the Queens District Attorney’s Office said the jury made the correct decision about Chanel Lewis.“We can understand why a mother can’t or won’t accept the reality of the horrific crime committed by her son, but that doesn’t change the facts,” she said. “Chanel Lewis was justly found to be guilty and another mother received the justice she deserves.”Sonny Hostin, ABC News’ senior legal correspondent, had a different take on the trial. “Historically there have been many, many cases where innocent people are convicted based on coerced confessions,” she said. “And many jurors have heard of these stories and so they do have suspicions about confessions and they are warranted.”A spokesman for the Legal Aid Society, which represents Chanel Lewis, declined to be interviewed by ABC News before the sentencing.Community activist Christopher Banks said the NYPD got the wrong man and were “pressured” to make an arrest in the case.Rev. Kevin McCall, the Lewis family’s spiritual supporter, pointed out that reward posters for Vetrano’s killer are still displayed in the neighborhood. “But if you got the person then why [are] the signs still up in numerous areas in East New York?” he said. “They got the wrong person…and that’s why we’ve continued to fight for Chanel. He has a voice. He has a family. He has a community that is behind him and we are not going to stop until the process is vindicated.”“Nothing is impossible for my God and I’m just still trusting my God because I know that one day the truth must come out,” said Veta Lewis, who prays for her son with McCall.The city’s medical examiner testified at both trials, saying that the injuries sustained by Vetrano could have been accomplished by multiple assailants.The NYPD’s investigation was scrutinized in an eleventh-hour anonymous letter sent by an alleged law enforcement officer involved with the murder investigation. The letter revealed that in the first 12 days of the investigation, police were looking for “a pair of jacked up white guys from Howard Beach,” according to the typed letter that also suggested exculpatory evidence was withheld from the defense.On April 1, the trial judge denied the defense attorney’s motion to declare a mistrial. Five hours after the jurors heard closing arguments, they convicted Chanel Lewis.A juror, who asked not to be named, spoke to reporters after the trial saying that he felt pressured to convict Chanel Lewis. The jury foreman exclusively told ABC News affiliate WABC-TV that the case was a “slam dunk.”The NYPD said that they “painstakingly investigated the murder of Karina Vetrano, and as the Queen’s district attorney’s prosecution demonstrates, the evidence clearly shows that Chanel Lewis is responsible for her death.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

What the Government needs to do

first_imgOn 24 March, the Government will launch an initiative encouraging employersto address the work-life balance of its employees. But while it may wheel outexamples of organisations which have experienced increased productivity andhappier workforces through flexible working, what practical steps can it taketo persuade employers that this is the way ahead?The first step is, of course, to demonstrate the approach rather than simplytalking about it. As Joanna Foster, chair of the National Work-Life Forumnotes, it is all very well for the Government to promote these concepts butthey will be challenged to demonstrate that they are following this way ofworking in their own day-to-day operations. “Where is flexibility in thepublic sector?” asks Foster. “What flexibility do civil servantsreceive and what kind of flexible work is available for the leaders ofgovernment? Can they be flexible while operating in this traditionallylong-hours culture?”Foster wants to see the Government encouraging dialogue between employersand staff in the creation of flexible working agreements. The feeling existsthat, so far, it is the employers which have gained all the benefits of aflexible workforce while employees have continued to work without security orrecognition. An effective dialogue would mean benefits are shared by bothsides.Technology is often key to flexible working – the most obvious example beingthe use of PCs and high-speed communications to support home working – but itis imperative that the emphasis on IT does not make flexible workingunattainable for those who cannot afford the technology or whose work does notnaturally offer itself to these techniques. The Government must work to ensurethe necessary resources are accessible to as many organisations as possible.”Flexibility of mind is extremely important,” states Foster.”Many middle managers find it difficult to get their thinking around thechanges needed to manage flexibility. The Government needs to place these kindof skills on the learning agenda. What are the skills required for managingflexibly and where can they be learned?” One opportunity for meeting this challenge may lie in the new Learning andSkills Councils as they emerge from the Training and Enterprise Councils. TheGovernment needs to ensure such skills sets are visible on national andregional levels.Flexible working impinges on many areas of legislation, from the WorkingTime directive through to the employment rights of part-timers, and it isimportant that the Government studies all relevant areas to ensure theyencourage this way of working rather than posing obstacles to implementation. But perhaps most important, the Government needs to focus on reversing thenegative image which often surrounds flexible work. Part-timers and flexibleworkers are entitled to the same respect as full-timers and consequently shouldbe given the same benefits, rights and recognition. “The world is full of part-timers and people working differentpatterns, and yet our attitude remains anchored in the idea that part-timestaff are not as committed or hard-working as full-timers,” says Foster.With that increased recognition, the psychological contract between employerand employee can start to change. The employment relationship will not simplybe about paying someone for their time but about valuing their contribution inthe workplace and supporting their lives outside it.”If people are happy with their personal lives, their communityresponsibilities and themselves, they will be able to concentrate fully ontheir work,” Foster says. “At the end of the day, flexibility isabout creating the right mindset – it is not just an employment tool.” What the Government needs to doOn 14 Mar 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Interhemispheric survey of polar cap aurora

first_imgThis study investigates the interhemispheric nature of polar cap auroras via ultraviolet imaging, combined with particle data, to determine whether they occur on open or closed field lines. Data from the SSUSI (Special Sensor Ultraviolet Spectrographic Imager) instrument on board the DMSP (Defence Meteorological Satellite Program) spacecraft are examined. The DMSP spacecraft are in 90-min orbits; hence, images of each hemisphere are separated by 45min providing a good opportunity for interhemispheric study. 21 polar cap arc (PCA) events are recorded in December 2015 which have particle data from the SSJ/4 particle spectrometer associated with an arc in at least one hemisphere. Nine events are found to contain “arcs” consistent with a closed field line mechanism, that is, arcs associated with an ion signature present in both hemispheres. Six events contained arcs that were consistent with an “open field line” mechanism, that is, they were associated with electron-only precipitation. Events containing arcs that were not consistent with either of these expectations are also explored, including an example of a “non-conjugate” theta aurora and an interesting example of auroral morphology similar to a PCA which is associated with a geomagnetic storm. Seasonal effects are also investigated through a statistical analysis of PCAs over 4 months in 2015. It is found that PCAs are visible in the SSUSI data at least 20% of the time and that it is likely some are missed due to the spacecraft field of view and poor sensitivity in the summer hemisphere due to increased solar illumination.last_img read more

Kinder Morgan secures US FERC approval to start Acadiana project

first_imgThe Acadiana natural gas pipeline project is planned to be commissioned in the second quarter of 2022 The Sabine Pass LNG export terminal is being expanded to add the sixth liquefaction train (Credit: Michal Jarmoluk from Pixabay) Kinder Morgan has secured permission from the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to start construction of the proposed $145m Acadiana natural gas pipeline project in Louisiana.The project, which is planned to be commissioned in the second quarter of 2022, is expected to boost gas capacity by around 0.95 billion cubic feet per day (bcfd), reported Reuters.Last year, Kinder Morgan Louisiana Pipeline Company (KMLP) filed an application with the FERC seeking approval to build and operate three new natural gas-fired compressor units at its existing Compressor Station 760 (CS 760) in Acadia Parish, Louisiana, and miscellaneous auxiliary facilities.The project also includes piping modifications and new control valves at the existing Columbia Gulf Meter Station (CGT Meter Station), in Evangeline Parish, Louisiana.The Acadiana project is expected to increase north-to-south gas transportation capacity on KMLP’s pipeline system by approximately 894 million cubic feet of natural gas per day.Acadiana project to deliver gas to Sabine Pass LNG export plantKinder said most of that gas from the project will be supplied to Cheniere Energy’s Sabine Pass liquefied natural gas (LNG) export plant in Louisiana while the remaining will be made available for sale.Located in Cameron Parish, Louisiana, the Sabine Pass LNG export terminal is being expanded to add the sixth liquefaction train. The new unit will increase the facility’s total LNG export capacity to 27 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa).In addition to a 4.5Mtpa capacity sixth train, the Sabine Pass LNG export terminal expansion project includes the development of a third LNG berth along with supporting infrastructure at the facility.Earlier this year, Kinder Morgan and EIG Global Energy Partners have achieved full commercial operations at the nearly $2bn Elba Liquefaction project in the US.last_img read more

HNLMS Johan De Witt Hosts Chinese Rear Admiral

first_img View post tag: Admiral Share this article View post tag: HNLMS Johan de Witt On Tuesday 16 February, EU Naval Force Commander, Rear Admiral Jonas Haggren, hosted the Commander of the Chinese Escort Task Group 547, Rear Admiral Jiang Gouping, on board EU Naval Force Flagship, HNLMS Johan de Witt.EU Naval Force and Chinese naval commanders have met several times previously and conducted joint exercises.One of the secondary tasks of Operation Atalanta is to support other EU missions and international organisations working to strengthen maritime security and capacity in the region. As specially requested from a previous visit, Rear Admiral Gouping and the Chinese delegation were briefed by the Force Headquarters Chief of Staff, Italian Captain Luca Ceccobelli, on the Local Maritime Training efforts conducted by the EU Naval Force. This training is carried out in close cooperation with EUCAP Nestor, the European Union civilian mission which assists Somalia and other regional states to strengthen their own maritime security and capacities.Rear Admiral Gouping emphasised his willingness to enhance cooperation and exchange information with EU Naval Force to further improve engagement in the Area of Operations. The Chinese delegation gave a presentation on Escort Task Group 547’s planned route, tasks and assets in the Horn of Africa.Escort Task Group 547 left their home port of Qingdao at the beginning of December and is staying in the Horn of Africa region until mid-April.[mappress mapid=”15157″]Image: EUNAVFOR Authorities View post tag: Chinese View post tag: Navy View post tag: Rearcenter_img View post tag: hosts View post tag: Naval February 18, 2015 View post tag: News by topic HNLMS Johan De Witt Hosts Chinese Rear Admiral Back to overview,Home naval-today HNLMS Johan De Witt Hosts Chinese Rear Admiral last_img read more

Demolition Clears Way for New Hotel Project

first_imgA giant demolition excavator tears down the remains of the Impala Island Inn annex on 10th Street. By Donald WittkowskiDemolition has begun on two old buildings to create room for a proposed boutique hotel that its developer believes will be the first new hotel project in Ocean City in at least 20 years when it opens in 2020.Dubbed the North Island Inn, the hotel’s large, all-suite accommodations will allow the property to market itself to families that are taking extended summer vacations in Ocean City.“It’s going to usher in a new era of hotel rooms – modern hotel rooms catering to the families who come to Ocean City,” developer Christopher Glancey said in an interview Tuesday.Glancey predicted the project will take full advantage of its prime location on 10th Street, just a block from the Boardwalk’s family-friendly attractions.“We are within walking distance of the rides, the Boardwalk, the waterpark, shops and pizzerias – everything Ocean City is known for,” he said.An architectural rendering depicts the proposed North Island Inn all-suite boutique hotel.To create space for the hotel project, Glancey and his development partner, Bob Morris, are demolishing a small annex of their Impala Island Inn motel on 10th Street as well as an old brown-brick building next door that doubles as a garage and storage site.Demolition crews were in the final stages Tuesday of tearing down the old Impala annex, which had included the Blooming Tulip restaurant.The brown-brick building, overlooking Ocean Avenue at 10th Street, is expected to come down next week. Decades ago, the building served as the garage for the historic Flanders Hotel. The old garage was included in Glancey and Morris’ purchase of the Impala last year.The Impala, meanwhile, will continue to operate as a mid-level motel, Glancey said. The motel advertises itself as budget lodging, but its location at 10th Street and Ocean Avenue provides guests with a prime spot just a block away from the beach and Boardwalk.Encouraged by Ocean City’s strong economy, Glancey and Morris plan to open the 15-suite North Island Inn in the summer of 2020. Construction is expected to start this winter.The hotel project was granted Ocean City Planning Board approval in 2017 when it was being proposed then by Anthony J. Frank and his family, the Impala’s former owners. Glancey and Morris inherited the hotel project when they bought the Impala for an undisclosed price.“I think this is a great project for Ocean City,” Glancey said. “It’s going to be the first new hotel in Ocean City in 20 to 25 years.”Plans call for three stories of hotel space built over a ground-level parking garage. Glancey said the project will run in the millions, but declined to divulge the exact cost.The North Island Inn hotel represents the first project in Ocean City for Glancey and Morris, two Sea Isle City developers who have been transforming that town with a new wave of retail, restaurant and residential construction.The old brown-brick building at the corner of 10th Street and Ocean Avenue will also be demolished.The Impala deal last year closely followed their $7.3 million purchase of the LaCosta Lounge, a popular Sea Isle bar that has been a centerpiece of the beach town’s entertainment scene since the 1960s.LaCosta is scheduled to remain open until the expiration of its operating lease through Sept. 30, 2019. However, Glancey and Morris plan to demolish the nightclub sometime after that date to redevelop the property. They are still discussing their plans, but have mentioned the possibility of building new bars, restaurants, retail shops or a hotel on the site.In the past three years, Glancey and Morris have spent millions of dollars to orchestrate a retail, restaurant and residential revival in Sea Isle’s sleepy Townsends Inlet section.They began in 2016 with their trendy Dunes development, a restaurant, banquet and condominium complex on Landis Avenue between 86th and 87th streets. The Dunes site is anchored by the upscale Doc Magrogan’s Oyster House restaurant.Glancey and Morris have followed up on the Dunes with two more mixed-use projects in Townsends Inlet called the Cove and the Cape. The three-story buildings, which blend retail, commercial and condo space, are located a block from each other on Landis Avenue between 85th and 87th streets.Developers Christopher Glancey and Bob Morris acquired the Impala Island Inn last year and now plan to build the all-suite North Island Inn across the street.last_img read more

HBS faculty win McKinsey Awards

first_imgThree Harvard Business School professors, Gary P. Pisano, the Harry E. Figgie Jr. Professor of Business Administration; Willy C. Shih, professor of management practice; and Clayton M. Christensen, the Robert and Jane Cizik Professor of Business Administration, were recently honored with 2009 McKinsey Awards, presented by the Harvard Business Review and the management consulting firm McKinsey & Company.Pisano and Shih took first-place honors for their July-August 2009 article “Restoring American Competitiveness.” Second place went to Christensen and his co-authors, Jeffrey H. Dyer of Brigham Young University and Hal B. Gregersen of INSEAD (European Institute of Business Administration), for “The Innovator’s DNA,” which appeared in the December 2009 issue.Established in 1959, the annual awards recognize the best articles published each year in the magazine.To read the full story, visit the Harvard Business School Web site.last_img read more

Crimson contenders

first_imgIn the world of Crimson sports, the most dominant teams aren’t always the ones making headlines. Rather, the teams that slip under the radar are often the most determined competitors in the Ivy League — and this upcoming season the women’s volleyball and field hockey teams and the men’s water polo team will be the Crimson contenders to watch.Last season, these squads beat some of the top Ivy League schools and broke decade-old records. The women’s field hockey team brought home a win against Yale for the first time since 2008, while the women’s volleyball team not only finished second at season’s end but also broke Yale’s 23-match Ivy winning streak. And the men’s water polo team exceeded all expectations by not only ranking in the top 20 for the first time in eight years, but breaking St. Francis’ 10-year-plus streak at home and securing Harvard’s first regular season Northern Division Championship since 2002.Off-season, the athletes remained active. This season’s men’s water polo players tested international waters on a 10-day training trip to Italy, where they competed against skilled Italian teams.“This team has worked extremely hard,” said Ted Minnis, head coach of men’s water polo, who commended his men for their perseverance and effort off-season. “We’re no longer a young team. Our players have played in big games and gained experience that will help us attain our team and individual goals.”The teams are returning hungry for new victories.“We will build a championship team,” said women’s volleyball head coach Jennifer Weiss, confident in her senior athletes’ leadership and the “healthy challenge” of the incoming freshmen.While winning is always a goal, Tjerk van Herwaarden, head field hockey coach, wants his team to play an “attractive, fun-to-watch style with lots of exciting moments,” making women’s field hockey a more dynamic spectator sport.While basketball and football snare most of the spotlight, these teams are ready to take off. And with their combination of continued victories, fierce competition, and lively action, keeping your eyes off them will be a challenge.For a full schedule of Harvard athletic events throughout the year, visit its website.last_img read more