Ken Best among 66 ‘World Press Freedom Heroes’ in Cape Town This Weekend

first_img“A Celebration of 20 Years of Freedom,” exclaims a banner in bold, electric print on the website of the International Press Institute’s 2014 World Congress opening up this weekend in Cape Town, South Africa. The message couldn’t be any clearer, a then-to-now perspective of the press freedom campaigner’s historic 43rd World Congress held in that same city 20 years ago, on the eve of South Africa’s first-ever multi-racial, democratic elections. Two decades later, with another general election scheduled for May 7, much has evolved in South Africa, the media, and the world at large.  “We recognize the significance of this 20th anniversary of the end of Apartheid, and also acknowledge [two] other significant anniversaries,” says IPI Executive Director Alison Bethel McKenzie, “the 20th commemoration of the Rwanda genocide and the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web.“Although the Congress and 63rd Annual General Assembly are being held in Cape Town, you can see that we have issues to discuss that impact us globally,” she added. According to her, the Congress will explore a number of key topics, including: “the Chinese government’s role in the developing world; a look at the ‘new’ South Africa and its media 20 years after apartheid; anti-terror and other national security laws and their impact on press freedom; and many other important and relevant topics. We’ll also have some of the most important and influential media practitioners from Africa and abroad.”Some of these influential media practitioners have been honored by IPI and named World Press Freedom Heroes in recognition of their courage and resilience in fighting for press freedom.  There are currently 66 in all worldwide, the first 50 of whom were named and honored in 2000.  Twelve of them are from Africa including Raymond Louw, South Africa (2011); Pap Saine, Gambia (2010); as well as Laurence Gandar, South Africa (2010).  Others are from IPI’s first 50 World Press Freedom Heroes, including Liberia’s Kenneth Y. Best; Omar Belhouchet, Algeria; Gremah Boukar Koura, Niger; Gwen Lister, Namibia; Fred M’membe, Zambia; Freedom Neruda, Cote d’Ivoire; Pius Njawe, Cameroon; Percy Qoboza, South Africa; and Andre Sibomana, Rwanda. Mr. Best, publisher and managing director of the Liberian Daily Observer, will attend the Congress in Cape Town.One of the major events at this year’s IPI Congress is the launching of a book which has been produced in honor of the 66 World Press Freedom Heroes of the past 60 years.  It is a coffee table publication that will be circulated worldwide.  The biography of each World Press Freedom Hero and his or her reflections on their experiences in Journalism will be featured in the book.In January 2014, IPI named, as its 66th World Press Freedom Hero, Iranian journalist Mashallah Shamsolvaezin, who has been jailed numerous times for his criticism of government policies. He is scheduled to receive the prize at IPI’s World Congress in Cape Town on April 14, 2014.Shamsolvaezin is the former editor, and in some cases founder, of four reformist dailies, Kayhan, Jame’eh (laterTous), Neshat, and Asr-e Azadegan, which were all successively shut down by Iran’s authorities.He was jailed numerous times for his criticism of government policies, the longest detention period being the 17 months he spent in Iran’s notorious Evin Prison in 2000-2001 in connection with an article criticizing capital punishment, which was deemed insulting to Islamic principles.A former recipient of CPJ’s 2000 International Press Freedom award for courage and independence in reporting the news, he is the third Iranian journalist to receive the IPI World Press Freedom Hero award, the others being Akbar Ganji and Faraj Sarkohi.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

O.J. Simpson again in court, declares innocence in odd Vegas case

first_imgLAS VEGAS – O.J. Simpson stood before a judge Wednesday and firmly spoke a phrase he has uttered in other courtrooms in the past: “Not guilty.” This time the former football star was being arraigned along with two other men for the alleged kidnapping and armed robbery of sports memorabilia dealers in a strange case that has ballooned to 12 charges with the potential to send Simpson and the others to prison for life. Simpson’s notoriety gained from past trials for murder and road rage looms in the background of the Las Vegas episode. His lawyer said jury selection would be an “onerous” task that would probably last longer than the trial itself. “I am very concerned that we get 12 people on the jury that can listen to the evidence that occurs in the courtroom,” attorney Yale Galanter said on the courthouse steps. “People are going to have opinions.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings Simpson’s co-defendants, Charles “Charlie” Ehrlich, 53, and Clarence “C.J.” Stewart, 53, also entered not guilty pleas, and Clark County District Court Judge Jackie Glass set trial for all three men on April 7. Ehrlich’s lawyer, John Moran Jr., said he would challenge the most recent charging document as vague and a list of potential witnesses as violating his client’s Fifth Amendment rights. District Attorney David Roger listed 78 potential witnesses, including Ehrlich and Stewart, an odd choice since prosecutors may not compel defendants to testify. Moran said it would be impermissible for the prosecutor to call them “if this tortured process does proceed to trial.” Glass appeared impatient with Moran’s argument and said she would consider written motions when they are filed. She moved quickly through the arraignments, requiring Simpson and the others to state their ages, education and that they could understand English. Simpson appeared relaxed and cheerful before court convened, chatting with his lawyers and a few friends in the courtroom. He did not comment about the case and confined his remarks to small talk. “Mr. Simpson is glad that the arraignment is over with. He’s glad that he doesn’t have to come back to Vegas until April,” Galanter said. While the lawyer said he would be pleased to have the case resolved without a trial, he said that seemed unlikely unless prosecutors dismiss all charges. A plea bargain, he suggested, was not on the table. “I don’t know what my client did wrong,” Galanter said. “And that’s why it would be difficult for us to enter into any kind of a plea agreement. It wasn’t a trespass because he was invited into the room. It wasn’t a robbery because it wasn’t the unlawful taking of someone else’s property.” The prosecutor declined comment outside court. Simpson landed in court after leading an odd raiding party in a Sept. 13 hotel room confrontation with two sports memorabilia dealers to take collectibles and family heirlooms he claimed were his. Simpson, 60, of Miami, has maintained that he intended only to retrieve items that had been stolen from him by a former agent, including photographs, football awards and the suit he wore the day he was acquitted of murdering his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman. Prosecutors allege the heist netted tens of thousands of dollars of sports collectibles that didn’t belong to Simpson. At a colorful preliminary hearing two weeks ago, there were accounts of an angry scene inside the Palace Station casino hotel room during which a cursing Simpson loudly demanded his possessions. Threats were made and guns allegedly were drawn by two men originally charged in the case. Those men and another cohort were given plea bargains with the possibility of probation in return for their testimony against Simpson, Ehrlich and Stewart. Simpson maintains he never saw any guns at the scene and had not asked anyone to bring guns. The preliminary hearing offered the first view of a cast of witnesses described by Galanter as “a defense attorney’s dream” because of their credibility problems. One of them admitted he would have changed his testimony to favor Simpson if he had been paid enough. Simpson has faced juries before. After his murder acquittal in 1995 in a sensational Los Angeles case dubbed “The trial of the century,” he was later found liable for the deaths in a civil case and ordered to pay $33.5 million. In 2001, Simpson, who had moved to Florida, was cleared of all charges in a case involving an alleged road rage incident. Galanter represented him in that case. Simpson and the others won’t have to return to the Las Vegas courtroom until the trial begins, the judge ruled. Afterward, Simpson was whisked away from the courthouse in a black SUV, rolling down a window to smile at the crowd of reporters and cameras. — Associated Press Writer Ken Ritter contributed to this report.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Sweet sixteen as Kee’s Hotel earn excellence award

first_imgKee’s Hotel Stranorlar have been awarded a CIE Award of Excellence at the prestigious CIE Tour Awards for the 16th year in a row.It was another glittering evening for senior figures from the Irish hospitality industry who attended the CIE Tours International 27th Annual Awards of Excellence at a Gala Reception in Dublin City Hall.These national awards, chosen exclusively on customer feedback, acknowledge hotels and other tourism providers who consistently exceed clients’ expectations. For the 16th consecutive year, Kee’s Hotel was recognized for its outstanding contribution with Vicky Kee presented by Elizabeth Crabill, CEO, and Vivienne Jupp, Chairman of CIE Tours International.2016 was another excellent year for CIE Tours with the main group business coming from USA, Canada and Australia. Elizabeth Crabill reported that revenues were up to €100million, with more than 320,000 bednights booked across Ireland last year.In recent times, Donegal has been voted the coolest place on the planet by National Geographic Traveller,  so it was great to enjoy more local success as Slieve League Cliffs was awarded the prestigious National Heritage Award. For further information contact Vicky Kee at info@keeshotel.ie or phone 0353 7491 31018Sweet sixteen as Kee’s Hotel earn excellence award was last modified: March 2nd, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:awardsCIE ToursKee’s HotelStranorlarlast_img read more

180 hours community service for Donegal man following assault charge

first_imgA Donegal man has been ordered to pay €4,000 to the victim of an assault and given a total of 180 hours of community service.Wesley McKnight (24), with addresses in Milford and Muff, was sentenced for incidents in June, 2014 and October 2016. McKnight punched a Honda Civic belonging to Raymond Murray in June 2014, causing €250 worth of damage. McKnight, Letterkenny District Court heard, had a previous conviction from October 2015 of assault causing harm to the same injured party.McKnight said he did not have the €250 in court as he was not presently working.“It’ll be August or September,” he told the Court.Judge Paul Kelly, noting that the injured party had been out the money for ‘a considerable length of time’, fined McKnight €200, giving him four months to pay and also imposted a compensation order of €250, giving him eight months to pay.For an incident in October 2016, McKnight wads charged with criminal damage and assault.On the criminal damage charge, McKnight was handed 40 hours of community service and a compensation order of €293 imposed, in lieu of two months imprisonment.McKnight was also given 60 hours of community service, in lieu of three months imprisonment for a section two assault charge.For an assault on Rebecca Ward on the same day, McKnight was given 80 hours of community service, in lieu of four months in prison while Judge Kelly made a compensation order of €4,000, giving McKnight 12 months to pay.180 hours community service for Donegal man following assault charge was last modified: June 22nd, 2018 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Judge Paul KellyLetterkenny District CourtMilfordmuffWesley McKnightlast_img read more

COLEMAN STRIKES AGAIN TO GIVE EVERTON VICTORY

first_imgSEAMUS COLEMAN scored for the second time in a week to give Everton a deserved win over Spurs at Goodison tonight.The Donegal man’s late header gave his side victory to maintain their impressive record against the sides near the top of the table.Louis Saha fired Everton into the lead inside three minutes with his first league goal for 11 months, only for Rafael van der Vaart’s close range header to restore parity eight minutes later. In an enthralling game, both sides created and wasted opportunities to take a stranglehold before Coleman headed past Spurs keeper Heurelho Gomes when he could only palm out Saha’s shot after 75 minutes.COLEMAN STRIKES AGAIN TO GIVE EVERTON VICTORY was last modified: January 5th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Man United star spotted with no poppy on his shirt against Bournemouth

first_imgAll of Matic’s Man United team-mates had a poppy emblazoned on their pink away strips between the adidas logo and the club crest.And eagle-eyed viewers were quick to spot the absence of the Serbian’s emblem.Matic, though, did wear a poppy against Chelsea on November 5 last season, so it currently appears likely it was just an error. huge blow RANKED No poppy on the shirt of Matic!!🤔🤔 @markfowler81— Daniel Fowler (@DannyDooley) November 3, 2018 No Poppy on Matic today, But nothing will be said as its not McClean!!! Football players should not have to wear it simple as that!!!— Jason O’Connor (@Jayoconnor8) November 3, 2018 Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic was spotted without a poppy on his shirt in his side’s 2-1 win over Bournemouth.It is so far unknown whether it was through personal choice or because of a mistake by the player, or the club’s kit department. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Matic’s poppy is not on his shirtWhats going on?— •🔰 (@Twenty20Times) November 3, 2018 REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 2 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? no dice Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Nemanja Matic attempts to block a free-kick against Bournemouth. Even so, supporters on Twitter were quick to give their views. Latest Football Storiescenter_img ADVICE BEST OF 2 REVEALED Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Love how the newspapers won’t write anything about Matic & Callum Wilson not wear a poppy on they’re jerseys but the because his name is James McClean there’s a big fuss over it, The AGENDA Is Real— Adam Daly-Bailey (@Yung_MaGiKzz) November 3, 2018 The a poppy is a symbol of remembrance used since 1921 to commemorate military personnel who have died in all conflicts.Stoke City star James McClean does not wear a poppy for personal reasons and has again released a statement about his decision. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card MONEY shining Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REPLY No poppy on the shirt for Nemanja Matic. Awaiting the same amount of furore as McClean has been getting— Peter Sweeney (@_Hairdo_) November 3, 2018 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Matic is seen wearing a poppy on his kit against Chelsea last season. last_img read more

THEY’RE ALREADY BUSSING THEM IN TO SEE ‘DANIEL-LAND’

first_imgThe new Daniel O’Donnell Visitor’s Centre may be far from complete but the interest is already huge.Ulster Bus Tours has already contacted organiser Pat Nora Gallagher looking to schedule a number of visits to the centre after it opens next month.Workmen are busy getting the building ready for the opening which will be performed by the man himself. The building in Dungloe, which will cover every aspect of Daniel’s life, is beginning to take shape.The centre will include a video tribute to the singer as well as housing dozens of pieces of personal artifacts from Daniel.It is hoped that more than 10,000 Daniel fans will visit the centre each year during the summer months when it will stay open.    THEY’RE ALREADY BUSSING THEM IN TO SEE ‘DANIEL-LAND’ was last modified: April 7th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DANIEL O’DONNELL VIISTER’S MUSEUMlast_img read more

HAVE YOU WON A FREE BOTTLE OF WINE AND A CHEESEBOARD? HOUSE WINE BAR AND TAP ROOM – PIC SPECIAL

first_imgPICTURE SPECIAL: HOUSE WINE BAR AND TAP ROOM is one of the classiest establishments for a night out in Donegal. HOUSE is ideal for those of you who want to kick back and relax after a tough week at work in a more chilled out environment than that of your normal bar or club.With a selection of sensational wines to choose from HOUSE is the perfect location to unwind, converse and socialise with your friends.Donegal Daily in conjunction with the management staff at HOUSE are teaming up to give away ONE lucky person pictured at HOUSE over the weekend the chance to win FREE wine and a CHEESEBOARD.If you’re circled in one of the pictures above then contact HOUSE WINE BAR AND TAP ROOM via Facebook NOW and claim you prize!! HAVE YOU WON A FREE BOTTLE OF WINE AND A CHEESEBOARD? HOUSE WINE BAR AND TAP ROOM – PIC SPECIAL was last modified: August 11th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:EntertainmentFeaturesnewslast_img read more

NFL power rankings: Saints move up to No. 1

first_imgLast week: 3 Next: Bye3. Kansas City (9-2)Probably should still … 1. New Orleans (9-1)The Drew Brees for MVP train is pulling even with Patrick Mahomes. Was darn near perfect in blowing out the Eagles. Gave Rams their lone defeat, hence the top spot.Last week: 2 Next: Atlanta2. L.A. Rams (10-1)The clock management police were all over Sean McVay for that 38 second possession leading up to the last Mahomes interception. Forget it. It’s only bad clock management when you lose.last_img

SA Fashion Week Summer Spring 2012 Thrills!

first_imgSouth African designers took centre stage at the South African Fashion Week Spring Summer 2012 event which recently took place at the Rosebank Crowne Plaza in Johannesburg. The event was attended by international fashionistas including Ursula Stephens who is well know for her Motions Hair line and work with international stars such as Rihanna. In this video SA fashion Week’s Dion Chang, Miss SA Melinda Bam and South African style icon Somizi Mhlongo share their thoughts on how fashion week affects our economy. Click arrow to play video.last_img