Six radio station staff freed on completing sentences

first_img May 5, 2021 Find out more News MaliAfrica Organisation June 8, 2021 Find out more Radio Kayira’s six staff members were released yesterday on completing their one-month prison sentences.—————————29.08.06 – Six radio station staff sentenced to one month in prison with no parole for broadcasting without a licenceReporters Without Borders has condemned the disproportionate verdict carried out against six Radio Kayira staff in Niono (Centre), who were arrested on 23 and 24 August 2006, after police shut down the station because it was operating without a licence.”The six Radio Kayira staff have already spent one week in prison over an administrative dispute that is politically tainted. Even if the station was contravening the law, this situation has already gone too far by detaining these media professionals in jail. The courts must rule for their provisional release before sealing a regrettable and unusual episode in Mali,” declared Reporters Without Borders.Radio Kayira staff, including Amadou Nanco Marikon, managing director in Koutiala, southern Mali, Koutiala station hosts Mohamed Diakité and Magan Sidy, and station coordinator Boubacar Diarra, were arrested on 23 August when the police, under the order of the prefecture, closed the Kayira radio network antenna in Niono, which had been broadcasting without a licence.Radio Kayira 1 hosts from Bamako, Gaoussou Goita and Yaya Coulibaly, were arrested on 24 August.Placed in detention and charged with “opposition to the authority of the State”, they were sentenced on 29 August to one month in prison with no parole and a fine of 50,000 CFA Francs (approx. 76 euros). The applications made by the president of the Union of Free Radio and Television of Mali (Union des radios et télévisions libres du Mali, URTEL), Yaya Sangaré, to permit the Radio Kayira staff to go free, were unsuccessful. Their lawyer intends to appeal the verdict.The Radio Kayira network belongs to African Solidarity for Democracy and Independence (Solidarité africaine pour la démocratie et l’indépendance, SADI), a political party represented in government. A licence application for the Niono antenna had been made in September 2005. On 24 April, the radio station began to broadcast without having received a response from the authorities. This resulted in an “arm wrestle” with the prefecture, which began with the 17 May closure of the station. Given that he did not receive a response regarding the licence application, the director of the Kayira communication network, Oumar Mariko, who is also secretary general of SADI, believed he could begin broadcasting again. According to him, by law, the authorities should have taken no more than 15 days to respond to the application. May 17, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders rallies former hostages in Paris, following the kidnapping of journalist Olivier Dubois. Receive email alerts Follow the news on Mali to go furthercenter_img RSF_en RSF helps coordinate support for French journalist kidnapped in Mali News News MaliAfrica French reporter says he has been kidnapped in northeastern Mali September 26, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Six radio station staff freed on completing sentences News Help by sharing this information last_img read more

Another Cuban medical brigade departs for Venezuela

first_img Tweet HealthLifestyle Another Cuban medical brigade departs for Venezuela by: – June 28, 2011 Share Share 12 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Sharing is caring! HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) — The 25th 2011 Cuban cooperation brigade, made up of 210 health professionals, departed on Sunday for Venezuela.This medical brigade, made up of 60 doctors, and 91 nurses, among others, of which 143 are women, was seen off at Havana by the vice minister of public health, Marcia Cobas; the director of the Central Medical Cooperation Division, Yiliam Jimenez; and the general secretary of the Health Trade Union, Maria Isabel Martinez.During the ceremony, Cobas affirmed that there are more than 40,000 Cuban personnel working in 68 nations, of which 16,000 are doctors.This is the first international mission for Nurse Yelina Amador (32), from Cacocum, in the eastern Cuban province of Holguin.She confirmed to ACN the willingness of Cubans to continue taking health assistance to every corner of the world, as part of a medical cooperation initiative that began in Algeria in 1963, and which has spread to hundreds of countries and has contributed to increasing health rates.Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

GOA boss calls for more investment in athletes

first_img… if Guyana is to bring home medalsNOTING an improved attitude in the government’s approach to sports, President of the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA), K. A. Juman Yassin, reiterated that Guyana cannot keep expecting Olympic medals when”we will still do not sufficiently invest in our athlete.”“When you see Guyana not winning a medal at the Olympics,do not be surprised, do not throw stones, because unless you invest you will not get the returns.“I am happy and elated to say that I have seen that there is a change in the mood and approach of the government.“Minister Nicolette Henry has indicated that the government intends to invest in its athletes and coaches; I am going to put her to the test,and I am waiting to see how soon.”Yassin said.Yassin was at the time speaking at a press briefing at Olympic House,yesterday.He was reporting on Guyana’s performance at the recently concluded Rio Olympics, where Guyana was represented by a team of four athletes and two swimmers,at the end of which they again returned without ending our medal drought at the quadrennial event.Representing Guyana were athletes Troy Doris (men’s triple jump),Winston George (men’s 400), Brenessa Thompson (women’s 100m, 200), Aaliyah Abrams (women’s 400m), and swimmers Hannibal Gaskin (men’s 100m butterfly) and Jamila Sanmoogan (women’s 50m freestyle).The government,through the Minister responsible for sport, Nicollette Henry, recently congratulated and praised the Olympians at a function held in their honour; an occurrence that Yassin noted was the first in a long time, if not the first ever.Refering to Great Britain,the Rio Olympics second highest medal recipient,Yassin pointed to the kind of backing which that country confers to sports overall, and to its athletes directly, contrasting it against Guyana’s sports landscape, where many of our athletes are either ‘part time’ or merely volunteers.“The reason that Great Britain was so successful was because of the investment that they have made now and in the past.“They have allocated funds in order to get the best coaches in the world. They were able to get the best coaches from around the world, they were able to pay their athletes an allowance to work fulltime,(while) our athletes and coaches are part time, some of them are not even part time, some are just volunteers.” Yassin asserted.Also present at the meeting were Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) president, Aubrey Hudson, and President of the Guyana Amateur Swimming Association, Ivan Persaud, as well as the Olympic team’s Chef-de-Mission, Garfield Wiltshire, and coach of the swimming team, Paul Mahaica.Wiltshire pointed out that it must be kept in mind that, with the exception of George, all of the athletes on the team were first timers, and this may have been somewhat daunting for the athletes, coupled with other conditions surrounding their performances; particularly in the case of college athletes Thompson and Abrams. Nonetheless, he asserted that they showed potential as strong future contenders.“Even though some of the athletes, their times were not of their best, there’re several factors that could have contributed to that.Firstly, they were running at almost 10:40 at night and the first two nights were extremely cold;and for athletes to come appearing before 80, 000 on the big stage for the first time, some persons may say that they froze, but it was young college athletes and they could only get better for the future; this was their first time on the big stage.” He explained.Both Hudson and Persaud said that they will now be looking towards Tokyo 2020 for young Olympians, while Hutson also noted that he is also focusing on the 2017 IAAF World Championships.last_img read more