Authorities urged to drop libel prosecution against opposition weekly

first_img Another Voix de Djibouti reporter arrested in Djibouti City February 13, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities urged to drop libel prosecution against opposition weekly Organisation RSF_en Follow the news on Djibouti DjiboutiAfrica News December 9, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts “This is an operation aimed at silencing the only small newspaper that still resists,” Daher Ahmed Farah told Reporters Without Borders. “With Le Renouveau reduced to silence, the gagging of press freedom and free speech is complete, after 30 years of absolute rule, suppression of the opposition, poverty and social tension – all this under the eyes of western democracies such as France and the United States, which have a military presence in Djibouti.” DjiboutiAfrica Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders today called on the authorities to abandon a libel prosecution against the opposition weekly Le Renouveau after a court ruled on 11 February that the prosecution case was incomplete.Journalist Houssein Ahmed Farah, the brother of Le Renouveau managing editor Daher Ahmed Farah, was released provisionally on 10 February after three days in detention and appeared in court the next day on the charge of libelling the national bank governor, President Ismaël Omar Guelleh’s brother-in-law, in an editorial.The judge ordered an adjournment until 18 February after discovering that the prosecution case file contained no copy of the issue with the offending editorial.It is unclear on what legal grounds Houssein Ahmed Farah is being prosecuted instead of his brother, who is currently out of the country. Daher Ahmed Farah, who also heads the opposition Movement for Democratic Renewal (MRD), told Reporters Without Borders his brother did not write the editorial. “It was an article without a byline, and in such a case it is the managing editor, myself, who assumes responsibility.”The printing material which the police took from the newspaper has not yet been returned. As a result, the newspaper is still unable to appear.———–08.02.2007 – Weekly editor’s brother kept in custody, but three others releasedAfter spending 24 hours in police custody, journalist Houssein Ahmed Farah was taken today before the state prosecutor, who ordered that he remain in detention. He is the brother of Daher Ahmed Farah, the managing editor of the privately-owned weekly Le Renouveau, which did not appear today as the police have seized its printing material.Hared Abdallah Barreh, who is in charge of distributing the newspaper and who is a member of Daher Ahmed Farah’s opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Renewal (MRD), and Farah Abadid Hildid, the president of one of the party’s federations, were released during the day yesterday, while Daoud Farah Iyeh, one of Daher Ahmed Farah’s cousins, was freed last night.————–07.02.2007 – Police arrest brother and cousin of opposition weekly’s managing editorAfter being sought by police for five days, Houssein Ahmed Farah was arrested today and taken to the criminal investigation department, Reporters Without Borders has learned from his brother, Daher Ahmed Farah, managing editor of the privately-owned weekly Le Renouveau and head of the Movement for Democratic Renewal (MRD), an opposition party. July 17, 2020 Find out more to go further News August 4, 2020 Find out more La Voix de Djibouti is not run by “opposition illiterates,” RSF says Djibouti: Detained reporter’s home searched, Facebook account hacked The newspaper has been formally accused of libel in an article published on 1 February about a businessman who reportedly paid an indemnity to the national bank governor, who happens to be President Ismaël Omar Guelleh’s brother-in-law.———-05.02.2007 – Authorities again harass opposition weekly Le RenouveauReporters Without Borders today condemned the government’s renewed harassment of the staff of the privately-owned weekly Le Renouveau, including its managing editor, Daher Ahmed Farah. The newspaper is the mouthpiece of one of Djibouti’s main opposition parties, the Movement for Democratic Renewal (MRD).“After three years of relative peace, Le Renouveau is again the target of government hostility,” the press freedom organisation said. “Rather than setting the police and judicial authorities on one of Djibouti’s few dissident publications, the authorities should realise that it is archaic to try to control news and information.”Reporters Without Borders added: “Those who work for Le Renouveau and Farah’s family and associates must be left in peace as they are being hounded over an article of which the sole shortcoming was to have irked the regime.”The police raided Farah’s home without a warrant on 2 February claiming they were looking for Farah’s brother. Farah is currently out of the country. The next day, the police arrested Hared Abdallah Barreh, an MRD member who is in charge of distributing the newspaper, and Farah Abadid Hildid, who heads one of the party’s federations.The two men are currently being held at the headquarters of the police criminal investigation department. MRD vice-president Souleiman Farah Lodon and MRD secretary-general Souleiman Hassan Fadal were meanwhile interrogated successively by the state prosecutor and the police, and then released. The police raided Farah’s home again on 4 February and seized a computer.The police raids and arrests have been carried out as part of a judicial investigation into an article published by Le Renouveau on 1 February. Headlined “Omar Aïdid incurs the wrath of the authorities,” it was about the arrest of a businessman involved in a dispute with the national bank president, who is President Ismaël Omar Guelleh’s brother-in-law.The Guelleh regime has had Farah in its sights for more than a decade. He was arrested four times in 2003, spending a total of 90 days in prison. His brother Houssein spent nine days in prison in June 2004 for allegedly endangering the First Lady’s life when he braked sharply in his car to avoid her passing motorcade. He was covering a street demonstration at the time. News One of his cousins, Daoud Farah Iyeh, was arrested yesterday for unknown reasons, the same source said. As the police have seized its printing material, the newspaper can no longer be produced. Newslast_img read more

Gorge-ous: Exploring the New River Gorge

first_imgThe New River Gorge in southern West Virginia is, in a word, deep. The second oldest waterway in the world cuts a gash that dives into the very heart of the Appalachian Mountains, exposing veins rich with minerals and the pockmarks of the settlers who came to extract them. The New River Gorge comprises 53 miles of the New River running south to north and includes over 70,000 acres of outdoor nirvana.The main attraction is the New River itself, a force so powerful it literally moved the Appalachian Mountains as they grew up around it. Today, the river is no less of a force, but that does not stop thousands from flocking to its Class III-V rapids every summer. The same river that exposed the vast seams of coal also exposed the Nuttall sandstone, renowned by climbers as some of the finest rock in the U.S.hikingThe gorge holds over 80 miles of trails ranging from steep mountain scrambles to leisurely boardwalk strolls. One of the longest and most diverse trails in the Gorge is the Kaymoor Trail, a forested trail with spurs to the abandoned Kaymoor Mine site as well as the popular Craig Branch Trail. This system can also be accessed from downtown Fayetteville. Cross over to the other side of the New to access the Endless Wall Trail, which parallels the top of one of the most popular climbing spots in the Gorge. Beautiful views compete with the scenes of climbers scaling the 150 foot walls of Endless. Time it right to finish strong at one the town’s quirky dining options like Pies & Pints or Secret Sandwich Society.Follow the river south through historic Hinton on the way to Big Branch Trail, an intense wooded loop that climbs several hundred feet providing scenic views of the river gorge. Randall Sanger, co-author of West Virginia Waterfalls: The New River Gorge likes this hike for its several creek crossings, abundant wildflowers and tumbling waterfalls. The stunning vistas and an abandoned farmstead on the high ridge make this burner worth it.bikingIn 2011, a group effort between the National Park Service, International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA), and the Boy Scouts produced the new Arrowhead Trail system. With IMBA providing the expertise and over 1,000 Scouts providing the labor, the effort resulted in over 14 miles of buttery singletrack in just over a month. The stacked looped system is geared toward beginner to intermediate riders, but with flowy terrain and no huge climbs, even the most advanced rider will have a ball. Stop into Marathon Bikes in Fayetteville where Arrowhead ambassador Adam Stephens will provide you with detailed maps and additional beta.The Arrowhead Trail system is a crown jewel for the National Park Service, and an effort to duplicate the process on public land in the future is underway.fishingThe New River is one of the Southeast’s great warm water fisheries, holding largemouth and smallmouth bass that can be taken on the fly with poppers, gurglers and Clouser minnows. The New also provides prime habitat for the “Fish of 1,000 Casts,” the camera-shy musky; look for them in the deepest pools. There are several outfitters in the area that provide day and float trips on numerous parts of the river.Several tributaries of the New run cold and clear and are stocked each spring with brook, rainbow, brown and the somewhat surreal looking golden rainbow trout. Meadow, Dunloup and Mill creeks all hold fish, but Glade Creek in the middle portion of the park is the best option. The easy-walking Glade Creek Trail runs upstream three miles, paralleling the beautiful, free-flowing waters of the Glade. Huge boulders, deep pools and waterfalls make for a heavenly setting for wetting a line. Bring a 3 or 4 weight and pitch your tent at the Glade Creek campground to hit the water early in the day.Events11th Annual New River Gorge-ous Trail RunOctober 27This trail race put on by ACE Adventure Resort features a 13.2- or 7.5-mile run or a 4.5-mile walk through the gorge and historic Fest September 14-16Held on the third weekend in September since 1983, this is the largest paddling festival in the world, on one of the South’s gnarliest rivers.americanwhitewater.orgBridge Day October 20Thrill seekers flock from all over the U.S. to celebrate the only day when they can legally bungee, BASE, or otherwise hurl themselves from the New River Gorge Bridge.NO NEW RIVER RENDEZVOUS IN 2012!Bridge DayBASE jumpers began poaching the New River Gorge Bridge in 1979, just two years after its completion. In 1980, local council members decided to host an event celebrating the bridge and bringing attention to the area’s outdoor recreation industry: Bridge Day was born and drew over 40,000 people to the area that first year. Today, the event attracts BASE jumpers from all over the world and hundreds of thousands of spectators.Over the years, Bridge Day has evolved into the largest gathering of BASE jumpers in the world and includes vending tents, accuracy contests, and is carried on live TV. Spectators are permitted to walk the length of the bridge and watch as jumpers leap from the edge, creating a carnival-like atmosphere, only at the top of the Ferris wheel, not on the ground. Festivalgoers can even sign up for a tandem BASE jump with a seasoned professional.In 2007, 377 jumpers made a record 876 BASE jumps from the bridge.For more information, go to read a great article about local paddling events from our May issue? Then click here!last_img read more

CFO Focus: Three ways to overcome declining deposit growth

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Credit unions in the U.S. have been witnessing a steady increase in membership since 2010. Average annual membership growth has been approximately 4 percent in the last four years. On the contrary, the deposit growth has shown a decline since Q3 of 2016. The deposit growth rate was recorded at 4.87 percent in Q3 of 2018 compared to 8.44 percent in Q3 of 2016.Around 40 percent of U.S. credit unions have reported a decline in deposits in 2018, which amounted to approximately $3 billion on a year-over-year basis. (To find more about declining deposits, read “Are Credit Unions Over-Extended Again? Impressive loan growth, alarming deposit growth.”)Focusing on increasing deposits is essential for sustainable and profitable growth strategies. With increases in the federal funds rate in recent years, achieving adequate deposit growth is the best way to manage the rising cost of funds. This allows credit unions to offer cheaper loans to their members using their own funds.last_img read more

‘Science is Magic!’ Summer Program

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisA magical program is set to take place this summer. Science is Magic, and the Alpena Public Library is going to show you how!Through the NASA @ My Library initiative, the library will host a program this summer called Science is Magic! It’s a five series program that will focus on science and space.The program will consist of learning about the chemistry in stars, the vacuum of space, NASA, the viewing of a space movie, and finally a showing of the eclipse. To add to the magic, after each session guests will receive a free ticket for the planetarium show at Besser Museum.The science is magic program is for children ages 12–18.The program will begin on June 20th and conclude august 21st with an all ages eclipse viewing party. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Advise MI Program Helps Local StudentsNext ‘Outstanding Older Citizen of the Year’ Goes to Mr. Jim Mottlast_img read more

Argentina coach wants Messi fresh for World Cup

first_imgMessi scored four goals as Argentina reached the final in Brazil, but he cut a peripheral figure in the latter stages as his side finished runners-up to Germany following a 1-0 defeat after extra time.Argentina last won the World Cup in 1986 with Diego Maradona inspiring the country to a second title. In Russia, they will face Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria in Group D.Share on: WhatsApp Buenos Aires, Argentina | AFP | Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli said Tuesday he expects captain and star striker Lionel Messi to arrive at the World Cup in peak form after he battled fatigue at the 2014 tournament.“We’ve spoken with Leo about what’s happening and that he doesn’t find himself in the same situation four years ago when he arrived exhausted at the World Cup (in Brazil),” Sampaoli said at a news conference.The former Chile and Sevilla coach added the goal was to ensure that Messi “makes the most of his rest periods to arrive (in Russia) at the top of his physical and mental form”.last_img read more

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week

first_imgFacebook8Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-Pet of SheltonSunshine is a sweet young mixed breed dog with a gorgeous brown and white coat. She has been spayed, weighs 48 pounds, and is up to date on her vaccinations and rabies shot. Sunshine is an incredible dog who enjoys people of all types. She is loving, very smart, and ready to learn obedience and tricks. Sunshine knows sit, shake, and loves to walk on the trails with the volunteers. She is vocal and will be happy to tell you her life story. She was great on her ride in the car, and did well in her crate. Sunshine is truly a ray of bright sunshine for all the volunteers here at the Adopt-A-Pet kennels. Adopt-A-Pet has many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit, Facebook at “Adopt-A-Pet of Shelton Washington” or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. For more information, email us at [email protected]  or call 360-432-3091.last_img read more