Authorities stick to their position on newspaper editor’s death in prison

first_img News News May 31, 2021 Find out more RSF_en May 19, 2021 Find out more CameroonAfrica Cameroonian reporter jailed since August, abandoned by justice system Help by sharing this information Organisation News Case against Amadou Vamoulké baseless, French lawyers tell Cameroon courtcenter_img News Receive email alerts CameroonAfrica September 28, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities stick to their position on newspaper editor’s death in prison Cameroonian journalist Paul Chouta sentenced and fined in defamation case Follow the news on Cameroon Reporters Without Borders is appalled that an enquiry ordered by the president into a journalist’s death in prison last April has come to exactly the same conclusions as to the cause of death as the explanation originally offered by the authorities.The findings of the investigation into the death of Cameroun Express editor Ngota Ngota Germain (aka Bibi Ngota) in Yaoundé’s Kondengui prison on 22 April were presented to a meeting of journalists on 14 September by justice minister and deputy prime minister Amadou Ali (photo).Quoting from an internal report by Norbert Francis Ndi, the chief doctor at the Kondengui prison infirmary, Al said Bibi Ngota died “as a result of opportunistic infections linked to HIV, in a context in which his immune system has completely collapsed.” No signs of torture were found on the body, he added.This is an almost exact repeat of what communication minister and government spokesman Issa Tchiroma Bakary said just four days after Ngota’s death, when he insisted that it was linked to his seropositivity and not to any mistreatment. Bakary said Ngota voluntarily underwent an HIV test when admitted to the prison but died before follow-up tests could be carried out. Cameroonian doctors and human rights organisations criticised the disclosure of his personal medical details.Reporters Without Borders deplores the position taken by the Cameroonian authorities and refuses to believe the version they are trying to impose on the public. The investigation was biased and there are no grounds for thinking that the truth has come to light. The authorities are embarrassed by Ngota’s death in connection with a story linked to the president’s chief of staff and clearly want to close the case as quickly as possible, especially as it involves serious procedural violations, including violation of the presumption of innocence. Ali’s refusal to take questions from journalists at the news conference was further evidence of this.Bibi Ngota’s widow, Georgette Ngo’o, told Reporters Without Borders: “I am traumatised by this case. I knew my husband perfectly well. We lived together for 13 years. Bibi was ill when he entered the prison. He had high blood pressure and diabetes, but he did not have the AIDS virus. I cannot accept the official version. All this has been staged in order to hide the underlying fact that my husband and his colleagues were arrested and placed in provisional detention although no complaint had been filed against them.”Bibi Ngota and two other newspaper editors, Serge Sabouang of the fortnightly La Nation and Robert Mintya of the weekly Le Devoir, were jailed on 10 March. Sabouang and Mintya are still being held on a charge of forging the signature of the president’s chief of staff.Mintya’s health is extremely worrying. He was physically attacked in his prison cell in August and had to be hospitalised for several days. More information . Reporters Without Borders reiterates its call for the provisional release of Mintya and Sabouang. After more than six months in provisional detention, they must either be brought before a judge as a matter of urgency or they must be released without delay. to go further April 23, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

The best game of Malachi Richardson’s career was painfully incomplete

first_img Published on January 6, 2016 at 12:34 am Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesse Related Stories Mike Hopkins after loss to Clemson: ‘I’m not a loser’Fast reaction: 3 takeaways from Syracuse’s 74-73 overtime loss to ClemsonSyracuse community reacts to loss against ClemsonGrade Syracuse’s performance against Clemson and vote for the player of the game The whole Carrier Dome counted down the final seconds of the shot clock. The whole Syracuse bench stood and yelled at Malachi Richardson to shoot. The whole game had, to that point, boiled into a one-possession battle in the final minutes and the freshman was trapped in the corner with no other options but to throw a prayer at the rim.So that’s what he did, and his turnaround fadeaway jumper arced toward the stadium’s ceiling before swishing through the net. He turned to the bench and yelled back at them, his celebration answering their panic. And after Clemson sunk two free throws and Richardson earned a pair of foul shots of his own, he again had the game at his fingertips with 18 seconds left in regulation.Richardson calmly made the first free throw, bumping the Orange’s lead to three. Then the Tigers called a timeout and Richardson’s game-sealing free-throw attempt rolled off the rim. Clemson raced down the court, worked the ball around and Gabe DeVoe hit a game-tying 3 to force overtime. Five minutes later, Clemson (9-6, 2-1 Atlantic Coast) escaped with a 74-73 win over SU (10-6, 0-3) in the Carrier Dome on Tuesday.One moment the freshman was the hero. The next moment, he wasn’t.“If I make the free throw, the second free throw after the timeout, we win the game,” Richardson said in a hushed voice after the game. “I gave them a chance, they nailed a 3, took it to overtime, we didn’t get enough stops, and they were able to win the game. It was a close one that we gave away out there.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFor 39 minutes — before the acrobatic 3, missed free throw at the end of regulation and eventual Tigers win — Richardson flashed his latent potential without making “freshman” mistakes. He’d made 3-of-10 shots, but was 3-of-5 from 3. He had nine rebounds, which he finished with and is a career-high, including a clutch offensive board with two minutes left that earned him two shots at the line.But he’ll mostly remember his 16th career game for what he didn’t do, even if he added a 3 in overtime and scored a career-high 21 points on his 20th birthday. The missed free throw is why his eyes stayed on the ground as he answered questions from a crowd of reporters after the game. The miss free throw will be his most important shot of his young career until he has another chance to give SU the conference win that’s eluded it so far.And with the way this season has gone, with Michael Gbinije and Trevor Cooney demanding attention at all times, Richardson may not have to wait long for that opportunity.“You learn from it. It’s tough, I mean, he hasn’t been in that situation before in his life,” Cooney said. “He’s a big-time player and he’ll be in that situation again, and I guarantee he knocks it down next time.” Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Top 10 summer European transfers

first_imgParis, France | AFP | The 10 biggest moves during the European summer transfer window, which closed on Wednesday:Paul PogbaJuventus to Manchester United, 89 million pounds (105 million euros, $116 million)The summer’s most long-running transfer saga concluded with France midfielder Pogba returning to former club United in a world-record move. Allowed to leave Old Trafford in 2012 after failing to win over legendary manager Alex Ferguson, the rangy 23-year-old midfielder with the dazzling haircuts and blistering shot returned as one of the biggest names in the game.Gonzalo HiguainNapoli to Juventus, 90 million euros ($98.8m)Italian champions Juventus dealt a huge blow to their domestic rivals when they signed the 28-year-old Argentina striker Higuain from Napoli, their closest rivals in Serie A last season. Juve paid Napoli close to the full amount of Higuain’s 94.7 million-euro buyout clause for the former Real Madrid player, who broke the long-standing Serie A scoring record with 36 goals last season. Signed on a five-year deal, Higuain came off the bench to score the winner against Fiorentina on his competitive debut.John StonesEverton to Manchester City, 47.5 million pounds ($61 million)Elegant centre-back Stones, 22, became the biggest signing of the Pep Guardiola era at City after joining from Everton in a deal that made him the second most expensive defender in history behind David Luiz. The former Barnsley player had a difficult final season at Everton, but has looked assured in his early outings for City, regularly stepping up into midfield with the ball.Joao MarioSporting Lisbon to Inter Milan, 45 million euros ($50.3 million)It has been a summer of rebuilding at Inter, who have a new coach in Frank de Boer and several big-money new signings. The biggest is Joao Mario, who arrived at the San Siro from Sporting fresh from winning Euro 2016 with Portugal. Sporting revealed the transfer fee was 45 million euros and the player, a Sporting youth product, was unveiled to Inter fans before last Sunday’s Serie A match against Palermo.Leroy SaneSchalke (GER) to Manchester City, 37 million pounds ($48 million)Winger Sane, 20, arrived in England with a burgeoning reputation, having scored eight goals in 33 Bundesliga appearances for Schalke last season and earned a place in Germany’s Euro 2016 squad. Sidelined to date by a hamstring injury, he could make his debut in the derby against Manchester United on September 10.Granit XhakaBorussia Moenchengladbach (GER) to Arsenal, 35 million pounds ($46 million)Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger moved to address longstanding concerns about the lack of bite in his team’s midfield by sanctioning a big-money move for Switzerland international Xhaka. The 23-year-old’s arrival obliged England international Jack Wilshere to seek a loan move elsewhere. David LuizParis Saint-Germain to Chelsea, 34 million pounds($44.7 million)The shaggy-haired Brazilian’s deadline-day return to Chelsea was one of the biggest surprises of the transfer window, after PSG paid £50 million to make him the world’s most expensive defender just two years earlier. However, Luiz, 29, was tipped to lose his place to compatriot Marquinhos at PSG, and has returned to Stamford Bridge for a reported fee of around £34 million.Sadio ManeSouthampton to Liverpool, 34 million pounds ($44.7 million)Following two fine seasons with Southampton, during which he scored 25 goals in all competitions, 24-year-old Senegal flier Mane left St Mary’s to join Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool revolution. He has made an impressive start to life at Anfield, netting a fine solo goal in Liverpool’s 4-3 win at Arsenal on the opening day.Michy BatshuayiMarseille (FRA) to Chelsea, 33.2 million pounds ($43.5 million)A cunning and unorthodox striker, 22-year-old Belgium international Batshuayi moved to Chelsea following a prolific season at Marseille in which he scored 23 goals. Used mainly from the bench so far, he has scored three goals in four appearances. Shkodran MustafiValencia (ESP) to Arsenal, 35 million pounds ($46 million)With Per Mertesacker and Gabriel sidelined by injury, Wenger plugged a sizeable gap in his back line with a move for Germany centre-back Mustafi on the penultimate day of the window. Mustafi, 24, previously spent three years at Everton, but made just one senior appearance.center_img Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

COMEBACKING ILLUMINANT, RECENT GRADED WINNER PRIZE EXHIBIT & CONSISTENT HILLHOUSE HIGH HEAD FRIDAY’S $75,000 WISHING WELL AT 6 ½ FURLONGS DOWN HILLSIDE TURF COURSE

first_imgTHE $75,000 WISHING WELL STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 5 of 8                                                                                                          Approximate post time 3 p.m. PT RACE ALSO MARKS RETURN OF HALL OF FAMER GARY STEVENS FOLLOWING HIP REPLACEMENT HILLHOUSE HIGH: Originally based in New York with Chad Brown, this 6-year-old Exchange Rate mare has done very well in four Southern California starts for trainer Richard Baltas.  A close third two starts back in the Grade II, one mile turf Goldikova Stakes here on Nov. 6, she was a well beaten third in the Grade III Buena Vista on Feb. 18, a race that due to heavy rains, was switched to the main track.  She’ll get back to her preferred surface in the Wishing Well as she tries the hill for the first time under new pilot Corey Nakatani.  Owned by Golden Eagle Farm, Hillhouse High is 21-3-6-6 overall with earnings of $316,487.                   ILLUMINANT:  Trained by Michael McCarthy and idle since winning the Grade I, 1 1/8 miles turf Gamely Stakes here on May 30, this 5-year-old Quality Road mare has a win and a second from three tries down the hillside turf and appears strictly the horse to beat.  With regular rider Flavien Prat engaged, look for Illuminant to be on or near the early lead.  Owned by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, she’s 11-4-2-1 overall with earnings of $367,650. ARCADIA, Calif. (March 5, 2017)–In what looms as perhaps the most highly anticipated non-graded stakes of the Winter Meet, comebacking Illuminant, recent graded winner Prize Exhibit and consistent Hillhouse High all figure prominently in Friday’s $75,000 Wishing Well Stakes for older fillies and mares at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course.  Carded as Friday’s fifth race, the Wishing Well attracted a field of seven.The race, named for the dam of 1989 Horse of the Year, Sunday Silence, holds additional appeal due to the fact it marks the return to the saddle of racing’s Bionic Man, Hall of Famer Gary Stevens, who’s been idle since undergoing hip replacement surgery on Dec. 21.  A winner of 5,083 career races, including three Kentucky Derbies and 11 Breeders’ Cup events, Stevens underwent knee replacement surgery in July, 2014 and last rode on Dec. 10, 2016 at Los Alamitos.Adding to the Wishing Well drama is the fact that Stevens, who has been named to ride Chilean-bred Paquita Coqueta for Richard Mandella, will turn 54 on Monday and be joined in the starting gate by his older brother, Scott.  Currently the leading rider at Turf Paradise in Phoenix, AZ, Scott Stevens will ride Arizona-based Kera Kera, an Iowa-bred mare who’s trained by Satchell (no relation) Stevens. PRIZE EXHIBIT: With “Big Money” Mike Smith rationing her finite late kick, this 5-year-old English-bred mare took the Grade III, one mile turf Megahertz Stakes by 1 ¼ lengths on Jan. 16.  Although she’s routed in her last 10 starts, she did win the Grade II Monrovia Stakes here 12 starts back in her only hillside turf try.  With recency in her corner and Smith at the controls, she rates a big chance to notch her second consecutive win on Friday.  Owned by Deron Pearson’s D P Racing, Prize Exhibit has earnings of $637,045 from an overall mark of 31-7-3-2. Cadet Roni–Rafael Bejarano–120Kera Kera–Scott Stevens–120Illuminant–Flavien Prat–125Miss Double d’Oro–Santiago Gonzalez–122Prize Exhibit–Mike Smith–125Paquita Coqueta–Gary Stevens–120Hillhouse High–Corey Nakatani–120First post time on Friday at Santa Anita is at 1 p.m.  Admission gates open at 11 a.m.  For scratches, changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com.last_img read more