Journalist killed in troubling circumstances

first_img In blow to impunity, panel says investigation into blogger’s death should resume February 4, 2021 Find out more MalawiAfrica Organisation Social networks and TV signals down after close of polls in Malawi Reporters Without Borders today expressed its concern about the death of freelance journalist Don Kulapani on 8 August during the hold-up of a bar in the capital, and called on the authorities to conduct a full investigation into this killing, which has coincided with attacks on journalists by the ruling party.”We ask you to fully clarify the circumstances of the journalist’s death and to establish that it was not linked to the exercise of his profession”, Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said in a letter to Interior Minister Monjeza Maluza. “The fact that it coincides with recent attacks on journalists by the UDF’s youth league is troubling, to say the least”, Ménard said in the letter, which requested that Reporters Without Borders be kept informed about the investigation’s progress.A freelancer who used to work for The Chronicle newspaper, Kulapani was in a bar in the capital, Lilongwe, on 8 August when four armed men entered and opened fire, hitting the journalist. They then stabbed him many times. The assailants took cases of beer, musical equipment and cash from the till before making off. Kulapani died as a result of these injuries.The journalist’s death comes soon after the release of a statement by theruling UDF denying news media claims that it had a unit tasked with silencing investigative journalists who “embarrass” the government. In early August, the National Media Institute of South Africa claimed to have discovered a UDF plot to attack journalists of the Daily Times, Weekly Chronicle, Pride and BBC for having accused the UDF of intending to change the constitution to allow President Bakili Muluzi to run for a third term in 2004.Young activists have been implicated in beatings of journalists who support the opposition party, especially journalists working for the Chronicle, Kulapani’s former employer. The Daily Times had already alleged in November 2001 that the UDF had complied a list of journalists who “discredit the party” and that it intended to use its youth wing to attack them. Help by sharing this information News News Receive email alerts to go furthercenter_img August 12, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist killed in troubling circumstances News Twitter arbitrarily blocks South African newsweekly and several reporters over Covid vaccine story October 10, 2012 Find out more News May 24, 2019 Find out more RSF_en MalawiAfrica Follow the news on Malawilast_img read more

Noonan fears further pain for taxpayers’

first_img Previous articleThreat to future of St Paul’s Nursing HomeNext articleWillie in Wonderland admin House prices could lose half their value, says Goodbody’s THE Government has forced NAMA to use out-of-date, inaccurate information to  overvalue bank loans, according to Fine Gael’s Michael Noonan. Goodbody’s prediction that house prices will end up falling by 50% before levelling  out, he said, spells yet more  trouble  for  NAMA and further pain for taxpayers,  “The  prediction that house prices will lose half their value is desperate news for struggling homeowners.  This  outcome would send thousands more tumbling into negative equity.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “The  consequences for  NAMA and the taxpayer are equally worrying. NAMA’s so-called  ‘business  plan’ is based on the assumption that property prices will  rise  from  the  levels  of  last November – the reference period for determining  the  current market values of the banks’ toxic developer loans that  NAMA  is  buying.“ But  according  to  Goodbody’s,  house prices have continued to plummet since then and are set to fall by a further 16% in the immediate future”.It was bad enough, continued deputy Noonan, that the taxpayer was being forced to pay far more than current  market  values  for  toxic  developer loans in a tumbling property market on the basis of their ‘long-term economic value.“But making matters even worse is the fact that NAMA is forced by the Government legislation to estimate  this  long-term value using outdated and inaccurate information.“Only last week  the  ESRI  predicted  that  the  Irish  labour force and population would  shrink  in the coming years because of recession-related emigration. This will mean lower demand for property. But in estimating the long-term value  of the property-related assets that it is buying, NAMA is prevented from using economic and demographic projections from beyond last January.  At  that  time, the CSO was still predicting a growing population for Ireland in the coming years”.There were, he continued, certain accountancy rules which require banks to  state  their  asset  value  on the date of audit, and prevent them from predicting a declining market, but that no such constraints applied to NAMA. “The  chances  of NAMA recovering taxpayers’ money, he concluded, seemed slimmer by the day. Advertisement WhatsApp Linkedin Emailcenter_img Twitter NewsLocal NewsNoonan fears further pain for taxpayers’By admin – July 22, 2010 507 Print Facebooklast_img read more

Top coach suspended nearly two decades after US Figure Skating dismissed abuse allegations

first_imgMarch 9, 2018 /Sports News – National Top coach suspended nearly two decades after US Figure Skating dismissed abuse allegations FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The U.S. Center for SafeSport, the U.S. Olympic Committee’s misconduct watchdog, and U.S. Figure Skating, the sport’s national governing body, have suspended renowned figure skating coach Richard Callaghan, pending a new investigation of earlier allegations, nearly two decades after several male skaters made allegations of sexual misconduct against him.His name was added to U.S. Figure Skating’s roster of banned or suspended members late Wednesday night — listed alongside more than a dozen others publicly shamed for various alleged misdeeds — though no further public announcement of his suspension was made.Callaghan, who once coached Tara Lipinski to an Olympic gold medal, had been permitted to continue coaching under the auspices of U.S. Figure Skating despite troubling allegations stemming from alleged incidents of misconduct from 1977 to 1995.The suspension was announced as U.S. Figure Skating was made aware of new interest in those earlier allegations. Documents obtained by ABC News, amid an ongoing investigation of sexual misconduct claims in figure skating, indicate that the association took no disciplinary action following detailed allegations of abuse against Callaghan levied by several of his former students, citing skating bylaws stipulating that alleged violations be reported within 60 days.For Craig Maurizi, who accused Callaghan of sexual misconduct in 1999, Callaghan’s suspension is “a great step in the right direction.” He would not comment further, however, until he reached an agreement with an attorney.“At this time, I’m not going to discuss whether I have or have not filed a new claim through SafeSport,” Maurizi told ABC News. “I’m in the process of securing legal representation on my behalf.”A spokesperson for the U.S. Center for SafeSport said the organization does not comment on active matters, but said in cases involving abuse of minors, the organization always reports the matter to law enforcement.U.S. Figure Skating did not immediately respond to a request for comment.When reached for comment, Callaghan told ABC News he had not been notified of his suspension.“I have not been given any information about this, so I really can’t make a comment,” Callaghan told ABC News. “No one’s notified me. I just saw a note on a website somewhere.”Callaghan, who said he has retired to Florida but still coaches a few times per week, is listed as the CEO of Champions of America, a skating clinic owned by his former student Todd Eldredge, a three-time Olympian and former world champion.Callaghan would not confirm his employment, but the company’s website still advertises private skating lessons — $57 for one half-hour — with Callaghan, alongside his phone number and email address.At the time of Maurizi’s first complaint to U.S. Figure Skating in 1999, Callaghan told The New York Times he never had sex with Maurizi and dismissed any suggestion that he had engaged in any improper behavior.When asked about the history of allegations against him by ABC News, however, Callaghan said he had no further comment.“That’s 19 or 20 years ago,” he said. “I have nothing to say.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Beau Lundcenter_img Written bylast_img read more