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Last chance for BAA and Unite to prevent bank holiday strikes

first_img KCS-content More From Our Partners Florida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.org whatsapp BOSSES from airport operator BAA and the Unite union are meeting today in a last-ditch attempt to prevent the closure of six airports over the August bank holiday weekend.The meeting, at conciliation service Acas, is likely to be the last chance the two sides will have to come to an agreement over pay and prevent the proposed industrial action, which could affect more than a million passengers next weekend.Unite, which represents more than 6,000 BAA staff, wants an improvement on the one per cent pay increase offer for 2010, which it describes as an effective pay cut given the current rate of inflation. Three quarters of BAA members have agreed to industrial action, according to Unite.Unite chief Tony Woodley said yesterday the union’s demands were not unreasonable and he had no doubt an improved offer could be made by the airline.He added that the union will do its best to avoid strike action.Airports owned by BAA, which include Heathrow, Stansted, Glasgow and Edinburgh, have not been closed by strike action before, although a walkout was narrowly avoided in 2002 by an improved offer to workers. Share Last chance for BAA and Unite to prevent bank holiday strikes center_img Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoNoteabley25 Funny Notes Written By StrangersNoteableyUndoZen HeraldThe Truth About Why ’40s Actor John Wayne Didn’t Serve In WWII Has Come To LightZen HeraldUndoCrowdy FanShe Didn’t Know Why Everyone Was Staring At Her Hilarious T-ShirtCrowdy FanUndoReporter center[Photos] Meet The Man Katie Couric Is Romantically Involved With In 2021Reporter centerUndoBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeUndoautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comUndoAtlantic MirrorA Kilimanjaro Discovery Has Proved This About The BibleAtlantic MirrorUndoBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItUndo whatsapp Sunday 15 August 2010 10:54 pm Show Comments ▼ Tags: NULLlast_img read more

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IGT customers gain access to NBA IP through new deal

first_img Regions: US The deal covers the use official NBA data, as well as team and league logos and marks. The agreement makes IGT the first B2B sports betting platform provider in US to bring the league’s intellectual property to regional casinos and sportsbooks. Topics: Sports betting International Game Technology (IGT) has entered into a multi-year partnership with the National Basketball Association (NBA). Under the agreement, IGT customers in the US using its PlaySports sports betting solution will be permitted to use NBA intellectual property in their sportsbooks through an agreement with IGT. 15th October 2020 | By Robert Fletcher Tags: betting Basketball NBA IGT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter IGT customers gain access to NBA IP through new deal Sports betting “With the rise in popularity of in-play, prop and parlay bets, having access to official, real-time NBA data feeds and league marks and logos positions IGT to collaborate with our PlaySports customers in creating highly compelling betting menus for sports fans across the country,” senior vice president of PlayDigital at IGT Enrico Drago said. Read the full story on iGB North America. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Addresslast_img read more

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Computer Warehouse Group Plc (CWG.ng) HY2018 Interim Report

first_imgComputer Warehouse Group Plc (CWG.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Technology sector has released it’s 2018 interim results for the half year.For more information about Computer Warehouse Group Plc (CWG.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Computer Warehouse Group Plc (CWG.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Computer Warehouse Group Plc (CWG.ng)  2018 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileComputer Warehouse Group Plc is an information and communication technology company in Nigeria offering integrated ICT solutions to commercial enterprises in sub-Saharan Africa. The company operates through three divisions: CWL Systems, DCC Networks and Expert Edge Software. Cloud Services include OpenMall, a platform that aggregates all the stores hosted on an e-commerce platform; and SMERP, an Enterprise Resource Planning platform built to enable small and medium enterprises to manage their business operations efficiently. Software services includes software development and deployment, systems integration, software implementation, software support services and software enhancement and customization. Managed services simplify the management of a customer’s computing environment and optimises operations, reduces IT pressure and helps control costs while improving service levels. IT Infrastructure services is the flagship division of Computer Warehouse Group Plc, providing infrastructure and expertise in the supply, installation, integration and support of IT hardware for middleware systems, ATMs and servers and storage platforms. CWG Training offers training support for hardware and software installations. Computer Warehouse Group Plc has partnered with global IT companies the likes of Oracle, Infosys, Wincor, IBM and VMWare. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Computer Warehouse Group Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Bravura Holdings Limited (CMBI.mu) 2020 Annual Report

first_imgBravura Holdings Limited (CMBI.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Financial sector has released it’s 2020 annual report.For more information about Bravura Holdings Limited (CMBI.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Bravura Holdings Limited (CMBI.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Bravura Holdings Limited (CMBI.mu)  2020 annual report.Company ProfileBravura Holdings Limited (formerly CMB International) is an investment holding bank situated in Ebene, Mauritius, and invests in Sub-Saharan African markets, with particular attention on Mozambique and Zambia. Whilst the company is a subsidiary of Capital Markets Brokers, the latter is a leading shareholder of the Stock Exchange of Mauritius since its establishment in 1989. The company disseminates its services through its subsidiaries offering financial services, financial advisory, investment banking for businesses and for entities that have focused their investments in financial instruments, including derivatives and equity. Bravura Holdings Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

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Why I sold Royal Dutch Shell shares

first_img I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Royal Dutch Shell (LSE: RDSB) shares were one of my first investments. The stock has been a feature of my portfolio for more than a decade-and-a-half. However, although I’ve recommended buying the shares many times over the past few years,  I recently decided to sell all of my holdings in the company. 5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Selling Royal Dutch Shell sharesI decided to divest my holdings of the oil major for a couple of reasons. First of all, I think the group has lost its way over the past few years.Since 2014, when the oil price plunged from around $100 a barrel to around $40, the company has been on the back foot. It’s tried to remain relevant by cutting costs and refocusing its business model, but these efforts have fallen short.Even after acquiring peer BG, Shell hasn’t regained its former glory. Revenues fell by $80bn between 2014 and 2019. Analysts expect this trend to continue. Revenues could slump by a further $80bn between 2019 and 2021, according to the City. These numbers suggest to me the company is shrinking. That means it makes sense that Shell shares should be worth much less today than in 2014. The second reason I decided to sell is the energy transition. While I’m confident oil & gas will remain two of the world’s dominant energy sources for at least the next few years, the green energy revolution is gaining speed. Shell is trying to keep up, but it seems to be struggling.Last year, the company wrote down the value of its hydrocarbon assets by $22bn. That seemed to me to be an admission from management that some parts of the group may not have much of a future. In total, fossil fuels still make up around 90% of Shell’s capital spending. That tells me the business has a lot of work to do to remain relevant as the world transitions to clean energy. Shrinking business Put simply, the corporation has been shrinking over the past five years, and it’s going to need to spend billions in the medium term to stop revenues falling further. I think this means the group will continue to shrink. And Shell shares will continue to languish over the next few years. Based on those factors, I decided to sell the stock. While the company’s current dividend yield of around 3.5% is attractive in the current interest rate environment, I don’t think it’s going to be enough to make up for the uphill struggle the group could face in the years ahead. I’d much rather own a business with a better growth outlook, which could support a growing dividend yield. A good option to Shell shares may be BP, which has spent more time in the past few years investing in renewables. I reckon that could make the business a better proposition for the long term.  Enter Your Email Address Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Rupert Hargreaves | Monday, 18th January, 2021 | More on: RDSB Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this.center_img Why I sold Royal Dutch Shell shares Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Image source: Getty Images Rupert Hargreaves has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. See all posts by Rupert Hargreaveslast_img read more

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Bryan Habana’s massive hit on Lions winger Tommy Bowe in 2009

first_imgTuesday Feb 23, 2016 Bryan Habana’s massive hit on Lions winger Tommy Bowe in 2009 Bryan Habana was in the news yesterday as he has been called up to join the Springbok 7s team as they prepare for the next two rounds of the World Sevens Series. Here is a clip of him in action against the British & Irish Lions in 2009, with one of the hits of the series.Habana is another in a line of high profile fifteens stars to have switched over to 7s ahead of the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Sonny Bill Williams has made the change, and Quade Cooper will also be taking part in the next round in Las Vegas, in two weeks time.World Cup winner Habana scored a try for French club Toulon on the weekend, but they have agreed to release him to join the Springbok Sevens squad in Stellenbosch.Do you think Habana will do well in Sevens?Above is that hit from 2009, and on the next page (or below) you can see an interview with coach Neil Powell, as well as read some of Habana’s achievements in rugby.“Bryan is an unbelievable rugby player and his outstanding playing record and achievements in the Springbok jersey speaks for itself,” said Powell. “I am really excited by the prospects of him joining our training squad.“Bryan is one of those players that always has a lot of energy. Apart from that, he brings with him a lot of experience of playing rugby at the very top level, so in that sense his presence in the squad will also be a great motivational factor for our guys.“I can tell you Bryan is very eager to learn. He realises that it’s been a very long time since he last played Sevens, but he is excited by this challenge and really looking forward to be part of our system.”Habana’s rugby achievements:Holds Springbok record for tries in Tests for South Africa (64) and for most tries overall as a wing (64). Most capped Springbok wing (116). Record-holder for most tries in a career in the Castle Lager Rugby Championship (19). Honours: SA Rugby Player of the Year (2012, 2007 & 2005); Young Player of the Year (2004); IRB Rugby Player of the Year (2007); Vodacom Rugby Super 12 Player of the Tournament (2005); SuperSport Try of the Year (2005, Vodacom Bulls vs Blues in Pretoria; 2007, Vodacom Bulls vs Sharks in the Super 14 Final in Durban; and 2012, South Africa vs New Zealand in Dunedin). Scored a record equalling eight tries during RWC 2007.Equalled Jonah Lomu’s record of 15 tries in all RWC games in 2015 in England.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Big Hits & Dirty Play Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO Suspensions handed down after testicle grabbing… 26 WEEKS AGO The ‘double ruffle’ splits opinion with fans… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: The nastiest and most brutal moments… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingDoctors Stunned: This Removes Wrinkles Like Crazy! (Try Tonight)Smart Life Reports30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

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Parks Residence / The Raleigh Architecture Co.

first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/912764/parks-residence-the-raleigh-architecture-co Clipboard Parks Residence / The Raleigh Architecture Co. Year:  2017 Manufacturers: Andersen Windows & Doors, Cosmos, Tamlyn, ALLURA, SikkensSave this picture!© Keith IsaacsRecommended ProductsDoorsSky-FrameInsulated Sliding Doors – Sky-Frame ArcDoorsLonghiDoor – HeadlineWoodEGGERLaminatesDoorsSolarluxBi-Folding Doors – EcolineText description provided by the architects. On a heavily wooded site, down a gravel road in the heart of a suburban neighborhood, lies the Parks Residence. The house blends into the surrounding forest through the use of subdued materials and reflection, hiding away light-filled volumes inside. Beginning with a simple box, the outer form was manipulated to orient views towards the trees to the east and creek to the west. Envisioned as a Wunderkammer, or “cabinet of wonder”, the interior spaces strive to be a backdrop for the numerous weird and wonderful objects collected by the client over several decades. Save this picture!© Keith IsaacsThe program for the house is a relatively simple one. A retiring boutique owner needed a place to be surrounded by nature, walls to hang her art, and views to the creek so she could watch her grandchildren play. Careful siting of the footprint preserved as many of the existing trees as possible and worked with the topography to minimize earth moving.Save this picture!© Keith IsaacsSave this picture!Floor PlansSave this picture!© Keith IsaacsThe metal clad first floor houses the main living and sleeping areas with deep overhangs to protect the exterior decks and windows from sun and rain. Large bands of glass to the east and west bring the surrounding forest visually into the house and blur the lines between inside and outside. A double-height central space allows light into the interior and views to the tree canopy beyond. The second-floor box is home to a library loft for reflection and study, an outdoor terrace facing the creek, and two bedrooms for visiting family members.Save this picture!© Keith IsaacsThe Parks residence is located on a steeply sloping site, so a cast in place concrete foundation serves both as retaining wall and crawl space/storage below. Engineered wood floor and roof trusses are used to create the long spans required by the large open living areas and exterior overhangs, reinforced by steel beams. Locally sourced cypress siding used on the exterior creates a physical and visual connection to the forest surrounding the house and dark metal wall panels further make the house visually disappear. Save this picture!© Keith IsaacsA sloping TPO roof is easily accessible for maintenance from the second-floor balcony. The metal staircase leading to the library loft is tube steel with self-tapping connections used for the floating steel stair tread supports. A repurposed steel mesh welding curtain gets a new life as a privacy screen for the large bank of double paned windows at the front elevation.Save this picture!© Keith IsaacsProject gallerySee allShow lessWanderwall / MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANYSelected ProjectsM House / ariasrecalde taller de arquitecturaSelected Projects Share “COPY” Save this picture!© Keith Isaacs+ 16Curated by Paula Pintos Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/912764/parks-residence-the-raleigh-architecture-co Clipboard United States “COPY” Housescenter_img CopyHouses•Raleigh, United States CopyAbout this officeThe Raleigh Architecture Co.OfficeFollowProductsWoodSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRaleighUnited StatesPublished on March 08, 2019Cite: “Parks Residence / The Raleigh Architecture Co.” 08 Mar 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Parks Residence / The Raleigh Architecture Co.Save this projectSaveParks Residence / The Raleigh Architecture Co. Photographs Architects: The Raleigh Architecture Co. Area Area of this architecture project Projects Area:  2320 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project ArchDaily Photographs:  Keith Isaacs Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project last_img read more

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Mobile phone recycling service hands out £450,000 over two years

first_imgMobile phone recycling service hands out £450,000 over two years  16 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Research / statistics Trading In addition Fones4Schools gives participants access to key stage National Curriculum environmental worksheets, and information on recycling and the environment. Eazyfone Group, which offers mobile phone recycling and reuse services, also offer fundraising services to other non-profit organisations and charities. Howard Lake | 20 January 2005 | Newscenter_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Since its 2003 launch by the Eazyfone Group, Fones4Schools’ cash and prize mobile phone recycling scheme has handed out over £450,000 to schools and pupil participants.The Fones4Schools campaign claims to be “the only one of its kind that gives prizes to every participant as well as cash donations to schools.” Fones4Schools asks schools and their pupils to collect as many redundant mobile telephones, of any condition, as they can. In return the school receives a £300 cash donation for every 200 phones collected, and individual participants receive a prize, from DVD’s and video games to widescreen TV’s. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

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Despite projected results, key days still ahead in post-election process

first_imgNoah Parker TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Noah Parkerhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/noah-parker/ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution TCU News Now 2/10/2021 printThe process of electing the next president did not end when President-elect Joe Biden won 270 electoral votes. What comes next is a string of key dates in the bureaucratic process that follows every presidential election.Dec. 8 is the deadline for states to resolve election disputes such as recounts and post-election audits. Georgia’s Secretary of State said in a press conference earlier this week that there will be a recount by hand in the state, and officials in Arizona said Thursday their state election audit found no evidence of voter fraud. President Trump’s campaign has also filed lawsuits in several states he is trailing in, including Pennsylvania and Nevada, which would have to be resolved by this deadline.On Dec. 14, electors from individual states will cast their ballots on behalf of the state’s population. These ballots must be delivered to the proper officials by Dec. 23.Congress will then hold a joint session of the Senate and the House of Representatives to officially count the votes and elect the president. According to the AP, these processes are not expected to change the outcome of the presidential election.All these processes traditionally culminate on Inauguration Day, which is scheduled for Jan. 20, when the president-elect will be sworn in as president of the U.S.President-elect Joe Biden, meanwhile, has been holding daily transition press conferences, and assembled his “COVID-19 Advisory Council.” Biden stressed in his conferences the importance of following the science and working with officials at each level of government and health.The AP projected on Saturday that Biden has gained the necessary 270 electoral votes to win the election.Read more: Biden defeats Trump, becomes president-elect + posts Welcome TCU Class of 2025 TCU News Now 4/1/2021 Noah Parkerhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/noah-parker/ Noah Parkerhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/noah-parker/ PolitiFrog2020 ElectionsNewsDespite projected results, key days still ahead in post-election processBy Noah Parker – November 13, 2020 1532 ReddIt Previous articleCOVID-19 cases increase as semester comes to an endNext articleHoroscope: November 14, 2020 Noah Parker Big 12 football kicks off season Linkedin Linkedin ReddIt Noah Parkerhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/noah-parker/ Facebook TCU News Now 3/17/2021 Twitter Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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After visiting Cameroon, Reporters Without Borders urges government to take action

first_img May 19, 2021 Find out more Organisation Receive email alerts May 31, 2021 Find out more RSF_en News Cameroonian journalist Paul Chouta sentenced and fined in defamation case Case against Amadou Vamoulké baseless, French lawyers tell Cameroon court to go further CameroonAfrica Follow the news on Camerooncenter_img CameroonAfrica October 5, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 After visiting Cameroon, Reporters Without Borders urges government to take action News April 23, 2021 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders visited Cameroon from 26 September to 2 October to assess the degree of media freedom during the campaign for the 9 October presidential election and to promote a series of reforms that are needed to improve media freedom, including a new media law and the decriminalization of press offences.Communication minister and government spokesman Issa Tchiroma Bakary said a national conference on media and communication will be held in 2012.“The media’s coverage of the campaign is trying to be balanced but the campaign itself is not,” Reporters Without Borders said. “President Paul Biya, who is running for reelection, and the ruling Cameroon People’s Democratic Rally (RDPC) are everywhere. Biya is the only candidate to be seen on campaign posters. The opposition is hardly managing to make its voice heard. Everyone agrees that there is little political debate and this is reflected in the media.“It is clear from the diversity of the media and the outspoken reporting style that press freedom is a reality in Cameroon. But much needs to be done to improve the media, protect journalists and enable them to work effectively. We stand ready to help the Cameroonian authorities carry out these reforms. They showed a readiness to listen. We are now waiting for them to act. The statements of good intention must be followed by action.”Reporters Without Borders has written to the 23 presidential candidates asking them to give an undertaking to defend and promote media freedom if elected.The press freedom organization also handed in a formal note to the government urging it to organize a national conference on media and communication in the very near future, to reform the legal and institutional system affecting the media, and to decriminalize press offences.The decriminalization of media offences would protect journalists from being jailed in connection with their work. Cameroon’s image was badly damaged by the death of Germain Ngota Ngota, a newspaper editor also known as Bibi Ngota, in Yaoundé’s Kondengui prison in April 2010. It highlighted the fact that journalists can still be sent to prison in Cameroon and do not receive adequate medical care while there. Cameroon had risen 20 places (to 109th) in the 2009 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index but it fell by a similar number in 2010 as a result of this tragedy.Decriminalization does not put journalists beyond the law and does not mean they are free to do as they like. A press offence can still be punished, but only by measures that are fair, appropriate and proportionate, not by prison sentences.“There is still some reticence in Cameroon on this issue,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Some senior officials think that the threat of imprisonment is still a necessary safeguard. But in practice it is ineffective, repressive and counter-productive for the country’s image. For these reasons, Cameroon must decriminalize press offences.”The legislation affecting the media, mainly to be found in the 1996 Social Communication Law and in the criminal code, sits poorly with the vitality of the country’s press. It makes no provision for online media, it confuses media offences with common crimes, gives too much power to political and administrative officials and does not provide enough protection for access to information and the confidentiality of sources. The media’s entire legislative and institutional framework needs modernizing.“In Cameroon, an offence committed by means of the media is not a media offence, and this is not right,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The law should recognize the special nature of a journalist’s work, just as it should recognize that a media offence is a specific kind of offence.”These two important reforms – the adoption of a new media law and the decriminalization of media offences – should be discussed when the national conference on media and communication is held. This event would enable a redefinition of the rules and pave the way for an overhaul of the media sector. Who is a journalist and who isn’t? What is the significance of a press card? Who issues it? Who has the right to one? What are the conditions for creating a media? And what about journalism training, media regulation and self-regulation?Reporters Without Borders raised two important issues with the authorities. One was the economic environment in which the media operate. The communication minister acknowledged that the media receive very little assistance from the state. The other was official recognition of the privately-owned media, which are not accredited with the president’s and prime minister’s offices and are never invited to accompany the president on official trips.Abusive practices within the media were also discussed. The authorities complained of the existence of a “gutter press” and of media that do a great deal of harm. Rather than passively lament this state of affairs, the authorities were urged to do something about it. Many observers think Cameroon’s politicians just reap what they sow when they exploit the weaknesses of the media to settle scores with each other.“The gutter press is fuelled by the hidden corridors of power, which provide it with much of its funding,” a newspaper editor told Reporters Without Borders. “Disreputable journalists who do not respect professional ethics or codes of conduct feed from the breast of these political predators.”“The media are varied in Cameroon, but they are not independent and they let themselves be used,” a Yaoundé-based journalist said. Lots of politicians fight their battles through the media. At the same time, some journalists use information or rumours to blackmail leading figures. They are denounced as “hold-up journalists” or “blackmail journalists” by some of their colleagues.All these terms reflect the sad reality of the Cameroonian press, its relations with politicians and businessmen, and how it is bought and exploited by them for their offensives and counter-offensives.*During this visit, Ambroise Pierre, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Africa Desk, accompanied by Jules Koum Koum, the Reporters Without Borders Cameroon correspondent, met with communication minister and government spokesman Issa Tchiroma Bakary, presidential private secretary and chief of staff Martin Belinga Eboutou, and Msgr. Joseph Befe Ateba, the head of the National Communication Council (CNC), a media regulatory body.They also met with lawyers, European diplomats and many journalists, and visited most of the newspapers in Douala and Yaoundé.Picture : President Paul Biya’s campaign (STR/AFP) News Cameroonian reporter jailed since August, abandoned by justice system Help by sharing this information last_img read more

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