Letter to presidential candidates Laurent Gbagbo and Alassane Ouattara

first_img November 17, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Letter to presidential candidates Laurent Gbagbo and Alassane Ouattara Threats against journalists in run-up to Côte d’Ivoire’s presidential election Three days before the official start of the campaign for the second round of Côte d’Ivoire’s presidential election, Reporters Without Borders wrote today to the two candidates in the run-off, incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo and Alassane Ouattara of the Houphouëtiste Rally for Democracy and Peace (RHDP).The letter asked them to ensure that their media supporters respect journalistic ethics and refrain from insults, defamation and hate messages. It also urged each candidate to undertake to guarantee media freedom and diversity and, in particular, to open up broadcasting to the private sector if elected.Here is the text of the letter:Reporters Without Borders, an international press freedom organization, would like to draw your attention to the role that the privately-owned press should play during the days to come and the reforms that the next president should carry out in the media sector.The campaign for the second round of the presidential election is likely to be the occasion of lively exchanges, especially in the privately-owned print media. As I pointed out during my visit to the Ivorian capital last week, it is normal that some newspapers should support a candidate, but they should also respect the rules of media conduct and journalistic ethics and refrain from smear campaigns.While we appeal above all to the newspaper editors themselves to prevent any excesses, we would also like to draw your attention to the positive role that you, as political leader, can play by defusing tension. We therefore urge you to act as guarantor of a press that is not only free but also respects diversity of views.By visiting Côte d’Ivoire many times over the years, by devoting several of its reports to the Ivorian media and by monitoring media coverage during the current election campaign, Reporters Without Borders has demonstrated its readiness to both monitor and assist your country’s media. We would now like to express our desire to continue this work after the election and to work with the winner.The next president must guarantee strict respect for media freedom. He must also promote media diversity by opening up broadcasting, especially television, to the private sector. Once the necessary reforms have been adopted, TV channels and radio frequencies should be allocated for fees that will allow the most modest radio and TV stations, including community ones, to emerge.Reporters Without Borders will continue to be fully available to the future authorities and ready to provide all sorts of technical cooperation regarding the reforms that are undertaken in the media sector.Respectfully, Jean-François Julliard Secretary-GeneralPhoto : copyright T. GOUEGNON / REUTERS Receive email alerts to go further Côte d’IvoireAfrica October 29, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information RSF_en News News Follow the news on Côte d’Ivoire The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Organisation November 27, 2020 Find out more Reports News RSF’s recommendations for protecting press freedom during Côte d’Ivoire’s elections Côte d’IvoireAfrica October 16, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Lukaku keen to push on at Chelsea

first_imgStriker Romelu Lukaku wants to prove himself at Chelsea under Jose Mourinho this season after a successful loan spell at West Brom. “My mind is in Chelsea now and I have come back to do well in pre-season and if I do a good pre-season, I think I will have a place in the squad and hopefully in the starting XI. “Last year I had a great season at West Brom and I think have the qualities to do it here, but it is up to me. “If I don’t do well here, then loan again.” Press Associationcenter_img The 20-year-old Belgium international hopes a good pre-season, including this week’s match with Singha All-Stars in Bangkok, will ensure he is part of Mourinho’s thoughts for the forthcoming campaign, rather than spend another term out on loan. Lukaku told Sky Sports News. “We had a good talk and now it’s up to me. last_img read more

List of countries qualified for the 2018 World Cup

first_imgEUROPERussia (Qualified as hosts)FrancePortugalGermanySerbiaPolandEnglandSpainBelgiumIceland Reuters PhotoSOUTH AMERICABrazilUruguayArgentinaColombia AFRICANigeriaEgypt CENTRAL, NORTH AMERICA AND CARIBBEANMexicoCosta RicaPanama ASIAIranJapanSouth KoreaSaudi Arabia Reuters PhotoPLAYOFFS:EUROPESwitzerlandItalyDenmarkCroatiaSwedenNorthern IrelandGreeceIrelandlast_img

Video: Georgia Releases “A Call To Action” Video Ahead Of Spring Game

first_imgUniversity of Georgia stands during a football game.Georgia’s first-year head coach Kirby Smart is set to show off his team for the the first time in front of the home crowd Saturday afternoon at the spring game. With so much excitement surrounding the program, it’s worth taking a moment to appreciate how UGA got here. So, to make sure fans are all caught up, Georgia posted this awesome “A Call To Action” video to its official Vimeo page to highlight the Bulldogs’ short journey under Smart.Georgia’s spring game is scheduled to kick off Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m.last_img

Tim Hortons franchisee sues parent company for 4M over licence renewal

first_imgA Tim Hortons franchisee filed a $4-million lawsuit against the coffee-and-doughnut chain’s parent company after he says it refused to renew a licence for one of his stores in bad faith.“The actions of the defendant were callous, wanton and in total disregard of the rights of the plaintiff,” reads a lawsuit Mark Kuziora filed in the Ontario Superior Court against TDL Group Corp., a subsidiary of parent company Restaurant Brands International.Kuziora, an outspoken member of a dissident Tim Hortons’ franchisee group, owns two locations in Toronto. The lease for his store at 200 Bay Street expires Aug. 31.He says he was told in early April that he would be denied the renewal after months of negotiations.Kuziora belongs to the Great White North Franchisee Association, a group that claims to represent about half of Canada’s Tim Hortons franchisees and formed to voice the franchisees’ concerns.He is also the lead plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit filed by the GWNFA alleging RBI improperly used money from a national advertising fund, funnelling nearly $700 million earmarked for advertising, marketing and sales promotions to itself and TDL. RBI has denied the allegations, which have not been proven in court.The GWNFA and Tims have also recently sparred over a $700-million renovation plan to bring a more natural look and open-concept seating to Tim Hortons locations. GWNFA said the plans — which asked franchisees to kick in $450,000 each for renovations — were “ill-conceived.”Last spring, RBI started discussing future renovations of the Bay Street store with Kuziora, according to the lawsuit, and confirmed its established practice of “granting 100 per cent of term renewals for franchisees prepared to undertake renovations would be followed.”Kuziora committed to the renovations with the understanding the company would renew his lease, according to the suit filed last month.On March 27, Greg Hiltz, the area franchise lead for central Canada, informed Kuziora it would not happen, despite previously confirming the company had no plans to deviate from its standard practice.Tim Hortons Canada president Sami Siddiqui wrote in an email that the company stands by its decision.“The process of entering into a new franchisee licence is never automatic,” he said, adding it’s subject to a detailed business review, which was done and led to the decision.The lawsuit claims RBI decided to reject the renewal in bad faith based on Kuziora’s tense relationship with management.RBI and the GWNFA have been embroiled in a public battle since the group formed more than a year ago, with the parent company largely choosing to ignore the association aside from specific remarks and filing legal action against them.Tim Hortons president Alex Macedo recently admitted the company could have handled things better and said he’s spoken to GWNFA members on a cross-country tour of visits with franchisees aimed at repairing the relationship.Siddiqui said that Kuziora’s second location remains open and the company “will continue to help him be a successful operator.”The company declined to answer whether it had filed a statement of defence. None of the allegations have been proven in court.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX: QSR)last_img read more

Resolute Forest Products thirdquarter profit up paying special dividend

first_imgMONTREAL – Resolute Forest Products Inc. announced it would pay a special dividend as it reported a third-quarter profit of US$117 million, up from $24 million a year ago.The company, which keeps its books in U.S. dollars, says it will make a special payment of $1.50 per share to shareholders of record on Dec. 6.Resolute’s third-quarter profit amounted to $1.25 per diluted share, up from 26 cents per diluted share a year ago.Sales totalled $974 million in the quarter, up from $885 million in the third quarter of 2017.Excluding special items, Resolute says it earned $96 million or $1.03 per share for the quarter, up from $31 million or 34 cents per share a year ago.Analysts on average had expected a profit of 71 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Companies in this story: (TSX:RFP)last_img read more

Markets Right Now Stocks open lower on Wall Street

first_imgNEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.Stocks are opening lower on Wall Street a day after the market took a big plunge.Health care companies and consumer products makers had some of the biggest losses in early trading Thursday.UnitedHealth Group, the largest health insurer in the country, fell 1.8 per cent. Procter & Gamble lost 1.3 per cent.Walgreens fell 2.8 per cent and Conagra, a giant food maker, fell 7.4 per cent. Both companies reported weaker sales than analysts were expecting.The S&P 500 index lost 14 points, or 0.6 per cent, to 2,491.The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 118 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 23,191. The tech-heavy Nasdaq composite slipped 27 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 6,611.Bond prices rose, sending yields lower.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Man injured in early morning shooting in Grande Prairie

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Mounties in Grande Prairie were called out to a shooting early Tuesday morning at Evergreen Park.Upon arrival, police located a man inside a trailer suffering from a single gunshot wound.The 62-year-old man was transported to a local hospital where he remains in stable condition. Police believe this was not a random act and that there is no additional risk to public safety.The RCMP say they are continuing to investigate the incident.Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Grande Prairie RCMP Detachment at 780-830-5700 or call your local police detachment. Should you wish to remain anonymous you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or by internet at www.tipsubmit.com.last_img

Block O tattoo signified early commitment from Buckeyes new quarterback Braxton Miller

Discussing when in the recruiting process he gets a sense a recruit will be joining Ohio State, co-defensive coordinator Luke Fickell said he’s not usually comfortable until he sees that player’s signed letter of intent. That wasn’t the case with Braxton Miller. When Miller, who is ranked as the No. 2 quarterback in his class according to multiple recruiting services, announced in June that he’d be joining OSU’s 2011 recruiting class, he left little doubt in his future coaches’ minds about his level of commitment, as he showcased an OSU Block “O” tattooed on his left shoulder. Though he announced his intentions months ago and has been taking classes for weeks as an early enrollee at OSU, Miller was officially introduced as a Buckeye on Wednesday at a ceremony introducing OSU’s 23-member recruiting class. Wearing his new No. 5 OSU jersey, along with a retro-style Buckeye hat, Miller said he’s still getting the hang of college life. “The first week was hard to adjust to,” he said, “but I’m cool now.” With OSU quarterback Terrelle Pryor suspended for the first five games of the upcoming season, OSU coaches say they are hopeful that Miller’s ability to adjust carries over to the football field. With the 15 extra practice sessions Miller has received from enrolling during Winter Quarter, he likely will compete with Joe Bauserman, Ken Guiton and Taylor Graham to fill the temporary void Pryor will leave. Miller said he’s excited for the opportunity to compete right away but that it’s too early to get caught up in the competition. “It’s just an opportunity,” he said. “Just got to get the job done, do the work and see who wins it out.” OSU quarterbacks coach Nick Siciliano agreed that it’s too early to see when, or if, Miller will contribute in the upcoming season, but he acknowledged that Miller’s decision to enroll early only improved his chances. “That’s all going be determined to how fast he adapts to what we do on an offensive standpoint — our play-calling, our formation setups and all those things,” Siciliano said. “Any time you’re here from any position, it gives you an advantage to play football a little bit more. I think that really is an advantage for a quarterback, to be able to get 15 extra days of snaps.” Like Pryor, Miller has displayed an ability both to throw and run the ball. In his senior season at Wayne High School in Huber Heights, Ohio, Miller passed for 2,167 yards and 17 touchdowns and ran for 658 yards and 17 touchdowns. Miller led his team to the Division I state title game. As a three-year starter at Wayne, Miller compiled a 31-7 record. Enrolling early gave Miller the opportunity not only to practice early with his new team but also to bond with Pryor, whom he’ll attempt to replace either this season or the next. “He’s a cool dude to hang out with,” Miller said of Pryor. “I figured I’d learn from the best.” read more

The Freshman Connection

Ohio State football’s current freshman class might hold a go-to offensive duo that Buckeye Nation could enjoy for years to come in quarterback Braxton Miller and wide receiver Devin Smith.Miller and Smith have combined for three touchdowns through the Buckeyes’ first four games, and at least one OSU coach expects the first-year duo’s productivity to continue.In both players’ first game in Scarlet and Gray on Sept. 3 against Akron, Miller found Smith in the end zone late in the contest for his first career touchdown pass. Smith’s catch, which went for 14 yards, was his first career touchdown as well.The two freshmen didn’t stop there.On Saturday against Colorado, Miller linked with Smith on a 32-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter.Smith described that play as “too easy” for he and Miller.“(Colorado) played a little outside on me,” Smith said. “And I ran a post on that play and I was wide open.”The next time the players connected for a touchdown — a fade by Miller in the third quarter, which required Smith to catch the ball and drag his feet in the end zone — was evidence enough to suggest that the two players might be developing an on-field relationship, which players and fans alike can rely on.“(Smith and I are) comfortable in practice in the things we do,” Miller said. “We take time out to throw the ball.”Offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Jim Bollman said he hadn’t initially considered the burgeoning relationship between Smith and Miller.Bollman said it makes sense that the two players would be helping each other succeed.“Well, it’s interesting because I hadn’t thought about that at all,” Bollman said. “Naturally, both players coming in together at the same time, you can see that situation evolving between receivers and quarterbacks who are getting some opportunities to play early.”Of the five passes Miller completed against the Buffaloes, Smith caught three for a total of 64 yards.Smith said the relationship fans see between he and Miller on the field extends far beyond Ohio Stadium and the practice fields.“(Miller) is sort of quiet, funny a little bit,” Smith said. “We walk to class. Everybody’s asking him questions and stuff like that, he’s real cool about it. I think that’s what makes him a great kid.”After Smith’s three catches for 64 yards on Saturday, he is now tied for the team lead in receptions with eight and leads in team in receiving yards with 183.And how’s this for a relationship — the night before the Colorado game, Smith even said he dreamt about catching touchdown passes from Miller.“That’s what I was thinking about the whole time,” Smith said.Other freshmen, including receiver Evan Spencer and linebacker Ryan Shazier, have seen playing time for the Buckeyes, but Miller and Smith have set themselves apart from their classmates.Bollman is optimistic the Miller-Smith partnership will evolve as the team moves into conference play.“It’s good to see, no question about it,” Bollman said. “We hope (they) continue to improve.”Miller agreed.“We (Smith and Miller) are getting a connection on the field,” he said. “(We’ll) just keep working for the next game.”Miller and Smith will attempt to continue their shared success on Saturday when OSU hosts Michigan State in its Big Ten opener. Kickoff at the ‘Shoe is set for 3:30 p.m. read more