Zongo’s death: Two years after this murder the persons responsible are still free

first_img News On the occasion of the second anniversary of the murder of journalist Norbert Zongo on 13 December 1998, Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF) once again denounces the fact that the culprits have not been punished. After two years, none of the six suspects identified by an independent commission of inquiry in May 1999 has been charged, and François Compaoré, the president’s brother, implicated in the affair, has not even been heard by the judge responsible for investigating this case.On 27 November 2000, the Burkina Faso embassy in Paris refused to grant visas to two RSF representatives who wished to attend the press freedom festival in Ouagadougou. The organisation is outraged at this refusal and pointed out to the Burkina Faso ambassador that “this decision shows, once again, that the Burkina Faso authorities do not wish to get to the bottom of this affair. It is unacceptable that a non-governmental human rights organisation may not freely visit your country.”RSF is taking advantage of this commemorative day to run a press campaign in seven Burkina Faso newspapers and two pan-African weeklies. The organisation also wanted like to buy space to put up 4×3 m posters in the streets of Ouagadougou, but the municipality refused “due to the specific nature of the posters”. The picture used in this campaign is of a birthday cake with two candles, with the caption: “Norbert Zongo’s murderers are celebrating their second year of impunity”.Norbert Zongo was director of the weekly L’Indépendant. His charred body was found with those of three companions in his car on 13 December 1998 – the date of the beginning of a wave of protest throughout the country. Scores of demonstrations were held in 1999 in Ouagadougou and the country’s main towns. On 7 May 1999, after hearing over two hundred people, an independent commission of inquiry responsible for “determining the causes of the death” of journalist Norbert Zongo, concluded that “the motives for this quadruple murder lie in the investigations carried out by this journalist for years, and especially his recent inquiry into the death of David Ouedraogo, the driver of François Compaoré, a presidential adviser” who also happens to be the president’s brother. The report also names six “serious suspects” in this affair. All are members of the special presidential guard (RSP).In May 1999 Robert Ménard, RSF general secretary, was expelled from the country by order of the deputy minister for security, Djibril Bassolé. Two representatives of the organisation were prohibited from entering the country on their arrival at Ouagadougou airport in September of the same year. In both cases, the members of RSF had valid visas granted by the Burkina Faso embassy in France. News Receive email alerts Organisation June 11, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Burkina FasoAfrica Follow the news on Burkina Faso June 7, 2021 Find out more Time is pressing, 20 years after Burkinabe journalist’s murdercenter_img RSF_en Burkina FasoAfrica News June 11, 2021 Find out more to go further Burkinabe legislative threat to press freedom must be declared unconstitutional Burkina Faso’s media group’s five-day suspension is too harsh, RSF says News December 7, 2000 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Zongo’s death: Two years after this murder the persons responsible are still freelast_img read more

Cephalopods in the diet of nonbreeding black-browed and grey-headed albatrosses from South Georgia

first_imgThe food and feeding ecology of albatrosses during the nonbreeding season is still poorly known, particularly with regard to the cephalopod component. This was studied in black-browed Thalassarche melanophris and grey-headed T. chrysostoma albatrosses by analysing boluses collected shortly after adults returned to colonies at Bird Island, South Georgia (54°S, 38°W), in 2009. Based on stable isotopic analyses of the lower beaks, we determined the habitat and trophic level (from δ13C and δ15N, respectively) of the most important cephalopods and assessed the relative importance of scavenging in terms of the albatrosses’ feeding regimes. Based on lower rostral lengths (LRLs), the main cephalopod species in the diets of both albatrosses was Kondakovia longimana, by frequency of occurrence (F > 90 %), number (N > 40 %) and mass (M > 80 %). The large estimated mass of many squid, including K. longimana, suggests that a high proportion (>80 % by mass) was scavenged, and that scavenging is much more important during the nonbreeding season than would be expected from breeding-season diets. The diversity of cephalopods consumed by nonbreeding birds in our study was similar to that recorded during previous breeding seasons, but included two new species [Moroteuthis sp. B (Imber) and ?Mastigoteuthis A (Clarke)]. Based on similarities in LRL, δ13C and δ15N, the squid consumed may have been from the same oceanic populations or region, with the exception of Taonius sp. B (Voss) and K. longimana, which, based on significant differences in δ15N values, suggest that they may have originated from different stocks, indicating differences in the albatrosses’ feeding regimes.last_img read more

How simple is your vision? Great! Now make it simpler!

first_img 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Bill Stainton Bill Stainton works with extraordinary leaders who want to produce breakthrough results with their teams. A 29-time Emmy® Award-winning producer, writer, and performer, Bill speaks frequently to Credit Unions and … Web: www.billstainton.com Details The credit union leader is frustrated. “I don’t know why I’m having such trouble getting the team to buy-in to the credit union vision! It couldn’t be simpler!”Then she shows me the credit union vision. It’s five paragraphs long. It contains sentences like, “To enhance the long-term value of the investment dollars entrusted to us by our members,” and “To consistently strive to improve efficiency and productivity through learning, sharing, and implementing best practices.” It reeks of having been written by a committee—a committee that probably included at least three lawyers.She wonders why she’s not getting buy-in to the vision? It’s because, contrary to her assertion, it could be simpler. It should be simpler. In fact, it must be simpler. Much, much, much simpler.I’m going to take you into the deep, dark past. I’m going to take you to the 1960s, and then to the 1980s.In the 60s, there was a musical group known as the Beatles. You can look them up—they’re on Wikipedia. When they were first starting out, one of the things that drove them was a shared vision, and it was this:They were going to be bigger than Elvis. (As in Elvis Presley. He’s also on Wikipedia.)Bigger than Elvis! That’s not five paragraphs—it’s three words. It wasn’t written by lawyers. In fact, it wasn’t written at all. It didn’t have to be. The four Beatles didn’t have to read their vision—they lived it. It fired up their emotions, it excited them, it drove them. There was no “buy-in” problem with the Beatles.In the 80s there was a software company known as Microsoft. When they were first starting out, one of the things that drove them was a shared vision, and it was this:A computer on every desk.Not five paragraphs; five words. And everyone at Microsoft knew it. Not because it was written on a document hanging in the break room. Because they lived it. It fired up their emotions, it excited them, it drove them. There was no “buy-in” problem with Microsoft.If you’re having trouble getting your team to “buy in” to your vision, I’d like to suggest that you haven’t made it simple enough. You’re mired in the forest, in the “how to.” Take a step back. A big step back. What’s the big picture? The one that gets you excited? The one that’ll get them excited?And here’s a tip: If it doesn’t fit on a bumper sticker, it’s too long.How simple is your vision? Great! Now make it simpler!last_img read more

Riau Islands Police arrest Chinese national in connection with death of Indonesian sailor

first_imgA joint task force arrested the vessels Lu Huang Yuan Yu 117 and Lu Huang Yuan Yu 118 off the coast of Riau Islands last week, following a report of the death of an Indonesian crew member aboard one of the ships.Read also: Indonesia reiterates concern about alleged mistreatment of crewmen on Chinese vesselsHasan’s body was found in the freezer of the Lu Huang Yuan Yu 117. He is believed to have been a victim of human trafficking.Tanjung Pinang Naval Base commander Cdre. Indarto Budiaro said there were strong signs that both vessels were involved in human trafficking, money laundering and physical abuse. In May, a video on Facebook appeared to show a group of sailors on another Chinese vessel, the Lu Qing Yuan Yu 623, throwing the body of an Indonesian sailor into the sea. Prior to that, there was public outrage at the death of four Indonesian sailors registered to another Chinese fishing ship.The NGO Destructive Fishing Watch has alleged that 30 Indonesian crewmen have been subject of exploitation aboard Chinese fishing vessels between November 2019 and June this year, including seven who have died and three who are missing. (kmt)Topics : Riau Islands Police have arrested a supervisor of a Chinese fishing vessel in connection with the death of an Indonesian crew member.Riau Islands Police general crimes director Sr. Comr. Arie Darmanto said that the supervisor, a 50-year-old Chinese national named Song Chuan Yun, was suspected of physically abusing Indonesian crew member Hasan Apriadi, who was found dead aboard the Chinese fishing vessel Lu Huang Yuan Yu 117 last week.“The suspect and the evidence have been secured at the Riau Islands Police general crimes division headquarters for further investigation,” Arie told The Jakarta Post on Monday.last_img read more