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first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Address Regions: Asia China Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Legal & compliance The Chinese government has confirmed that it cancelled the passports of its citizens working for online gambling businesses in the Philippines, as part of its ongoing effort to clamp down on illegal offshore activity.The government cancelled passports for a number of China-based individuals suspected of committing telecommunication cyberfraud criminal activities abroad by working with Philippines-based operators, after public security authorities obtained a list of the companies’ Chinese employees. These individuals, as a result of their suspected involvement in crime, will now be unable to leave the country.“The Chinese government has always required Chinese citizens abroad to abide by local laws and regulations and not allow illegal employment abroad,” the government explained. “The Chinese Embassy in the Philippines has issued consular reminders on this occasion.“China and the Philippines have maintained close communication on relevant issues, and departments of the two countries have also launched a series of law enforcement and security cooperation.“China is willing to work closely with the Philippines to jointly combat criminal activities such as telecommunications network fraud, illegal online gambling, money laundering, illegal employment, abduction, extortion, injury and murder, and effectively protect the legitimate rights and interests of the two peoples, and jointly safeguard China-Philippine friendship cooperation.”Last month, the Chinese government announced plans to expand and widen its efforts to combat illegal, cross-border online gambling in the country. State Councillor and Minister of Public Security Zhao Kezhi will lead the project, as per plans set out by Sun Lijun, deputy minister within the Ministry of Public Security.Sun said the Ministry would promote inter-departmental cooperation to organise and plan initiatives to tackle illegal activities, including efforts to promote the country’s Sports and Welfare Lotteries as the only legal form of gambling in the country.This declaration came after China last year ramped up pressure on neighbouring countries to target on online operators, which contributed to Cambodia shutting down its igaming industry.However, while the Philippines’ offshore gaming industry was also targeted, the country’s President Rodrigo Duterte has so far proved resistant to China’s calls. Tags: Online Gambling Topics: Legal & compliance China cancels citizens’ passports in illegal gambling crackdown 24th February 2020 | By contenteditor The Chinese government has confirmed that it cancelled the passports of its citizens working for online gambling businesses in the Philippines, as part of its ongoing effort to clamp down on illegal offshore activity.last_img read more

first_imgRDC Properties Limited ( listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Property sector has released it’s 2012 presentation For more information about RDC Properties Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the RDC Properties Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: RDC Properties Limited (  2012 presentation Company ProfileRDC Properties Limited is a property management, development and rental company in Botswana. It also has interests in Madagascar through a Mauritian-based subsidiary. The company develops and manages commercial, industrial and residential developments which are based in prime locations in major towns and cities of Botswana. RDC Properties Limited offers long-term value to its shareholders through construction income, rental income, hospitality income, capital appreciation and the sale of premium properties. Landmark properties in its portfolio include Masa Centre, Standard Chartered House, Chobe Marina Lodge and Isalo Rock Lodge. RDC Properties is investigating investment opportunities to expand its footprint in South Africa, Mozambique and Namibia.last_img read more

first_imgSwala Oil and Gas (Tanzania) Plc ( listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange under the Energy sector has released it’s 2018 abridged results.For more information about Swala Oil and Gas (Tanzania) Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Swala Oil and Gas (Tanzania) Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Swala Oil and Gas (Tanzania) Plc (  2018 abridged results.Company ProfileSwala Oil and Gas (Tanzania) Plc is an oil and gas company with extensive interests in Tanzania and Burundi. Its current exploration operations include the Kilosa-Kilombero license in Tanzania with a 75% participating interest, and Block D in Burundi with a 100% participating interest. Swala Oil is a shareholder of PAE PanAfrican Energy Corporation (“PAEM”); a Mauritius-based company which owns PanAfrican Energy Tanzania Limited (“PAET”). PAET holds the rights granted by the government of Tanzania to explore, develop, market, produce and sell natural gas from the Songo gas fields in Tanzania. This includes rights to managing the associated infrastructure and distribution and marketing agreements with the private sector and state enterprises. Swala Oil and Gas (Tanzania) Plc is listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchangelast_img read more


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first_img Projects Year:  photographs:  Mischa ErbenPhotographs:  Mischa ErbenSave this picture!© Mischa ErbenText description provided by the architects. The single family house is located in Klosterneuburg, a small town north west of Vienna, framed by the Vienna Woods and vineyards and the Danube river. The client who has been living as a tenant in the building for 6 years experienced all advantages and disadvantages of the 1902 build house. When he came to us he had quite clear objectives: more light, a contemporary living area and reduction of the high energy-costs. Due to the small plot and building regulations it was not possible to enlarge the footprint of the building. Therefore the living area got reorganized and generously opened towards the garden so the exterior space can be experienced as a continuation of the living area. Save this picture!© Mischa ErbenThe remaining structure of the building got rehabilitated and kept in its original appearance. In contrast to that a new roof-landscape got introduced. The steel structure got its shape by transforming the spacial requirements and building regulations as well as by reacting to the surrounding. The folding form generates a continuation of interior and exterior spaces and contains the master bedroom, a living area and a bathroom with an outdoor space. It presents a closed façade towards the street but provides panoramic views to the neighbouring vineyards and the Vienna Woods and opens to the garden.Save this picture!First Floor PlanProject gallerySee allShow lessSTUDIOKCA’s ‘Head in the Clouds’ Pavilion Opens in NYCArchitecture NewsCAN MANA / Atelier d’Architecture Bruno Erpicum & PartnersSelected Projects Share House W / LOSTINARCHITECTURE CopyAbout this officeLOSTINARCHITECTUREOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesKlosterneuburgHousesAustriaPublished on August 13, 2013Cite: “House W / LOSTINARCHITECTURE” 13 Aug 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogShowershansgroheShower MixersVinyl Walls3MExterior Vinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ Abstract EarthPartitionsSkyfoldMarkerboard Finish for Folding WallsPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesKingspan Insulated PanelsInsulated Wall Panels – Designwall R-seriesWoodBruagRoom Acoustics – Interior Cladding PanelsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsConcreteKrytonCrystalline Waterproofing – KIMBricksNelissenSpecial Bricks – Slips and HalvesCeramicsTerrealTerracotta cladding in Le TrèfleEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEASideboardsUSMLow Shelving – HallerTable LampsLeds-C4Lighting – ElampMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream “COPY” House W / LOSTINARCHITECTURESave this projectSaveHouse W / LOSTINARCHITECTURE “COPY” 2013 Austria Area:  305 m² Area:  305 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2013 CopyHouses•Klosterneuburg, Austria Save this picture!© Mischa Erben+ 21 Share Houses Architects: LOSTINARCHITECTURE Area Area of this architecture project Photographs ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard ArchDailylast_img read more

House B / SODA Arhitekti

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first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Save this picture!© Ivan Dorotić+ 37 Share CopyAbout this officeSODA ArhitektiOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesZagrebCroatiaPublished on August 17, 2017Cite: “House B / SODA Arhitekti” 17 Aug 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogWoodTechnowoodPergola SystemsWindowsMitrexSolar WindowMetal PanelsAurubisPatinated Copper: Nordic Green/Blue/Turquoise/SpecialCommunications2NIntercom – 2N® IP BaseSkylightsLAMILUXGlass Skylight FE Pyramid/HippedConcreteKrytonCrystalline Waterproofing – KIMWood Boards / HPL PanelsBruagWall Cladding – MDF Perforated PanelsStonesMikado QuartzQuartz Slab – ClassiqueFloorsFranken-SchotterFlooring Panels – Dietfurt LimestoneWindowspanoramah!®ah! CornerFittingsSaliceStorage Accessories – Excessories, Pull- outArmchairs / Couches / Futons / PoufsEmuSeating System – TamiMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Croatia Year:  Projects House B / SODA Arhitekti Photographs:  Ivan Dorotić Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project CopyHouses•Zagreb, Croatia House B / SODA ArhitektiSave this projectSaveHouse B / SODA Arhitekti ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboardcenter_img Architects: SODA Arhitekti Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” 2016 Photographs Area:  320 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” ArchDaily Houses Manufacturers: Alumil, Caparol, ScheucherProject Team:Vedran Jukić, Nikica Kronja, Maša Medoš, Maja ŠnajdarStructural Engineers:Nikola Miletić, Antonio Šafranko, Jurica LipovacPlumbing:Dragutin Vukovojac, Josip LončarMechanical Installations:Dario HrastovićElectrical Installations:Renata Gajšak, Darko ŽarjevBuilding Physics:Mateo BilušArchitect In Charge:Vedran JukićCity:ZagrebCountry:CroatiaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Ivan DorotićRecommended ProductsDoorsStudcoAccess Panels – AccessDorDoorsLonghiDoor – HeadlineEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornDoorsC.R. LaurenceCRL-U.S. Aluminum Entice Series Entrance SystemText description provided by the architects. The plot for the construction of a family house is situated on the slopes of Medvednica, in the northwestern part of the city. The terrain is an ideal south-facing slope.Save this picture!© Ivan DorotićThe house is located in the longitudinal west-east direction, in order to maximize the benefits od of the south orientation and to allow a view of the city from the entire house. It is designed with a simple gesture of pulling the upper floor volume in a relation to the ground floor volume. This formed two valuable outer spaces as a functional extension of interior of the house – the entrance to the parking lots, which covers the console to the west, and a terrace with a roof garden for parents in the east.Save this picture!© Ivan DorotićSave this picture!Ground Floor PlanSave this picture!© Ivan DorotićCantelevered space can be used as a covered dining terrace. The ground floor has a living room, dining room and kitchen, the upper floor consists of sleeping spaces, and the basement is the utilitarian floor. The organization of the house is done around the centrally placed two-storey living room, which is vertically connected with the upper floor gallery, with dining area and the kitchen on the same level and with the exterior through the large glass walls.Save this picture!© Ivan DorotićSave this picture!SectionSave this picture!© Ivan DorotićGallery serves as a horizontal connection between parental bedroom and children’s rooms and as a playroom. Large windows oriented to the south allow the decline of winter sun rays deep into the house and make passive heating possible. Duplex living room accumulates heat and distributes it to other areas of the house. In the summer, the house is protected from the sun with a pergola and movable blinds.Save this picture!© Ivan DorotićProject gallerySee allShow lessHouse Moser / Madritsch + PfurtschellerSelected ProjectsElephant-Parade Office / CUN DesignSelected Projects Sharelast_img read more

first_img Photographs Nakajima Tatsuoki Lighting Design Laboratory Inc. Houses “COPY” Kentaro Nagasaka Engineering Network Co.Ltd. House in Otai / Mizuishi Architect AtelierSave this projectSaveHouse in Otai / Mizuishi Architect AtelierSave this picture!© Hiroshi Tanigawa+ 32Curated by Hana Abdel Share Architects: Mizuishi Architect Atelier Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard “COPY” Area:  108 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project City:KiyosuCountry:JapanMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Hiroshi TanigawaText description provided by the architects. Even though there is Nagoya city near by, there is tranquil area of farm land of that has been in the family for generations. On the northern end of the large site sits the home of the owner’s parents, and a separated structure was built on the south side. This is a plan to rebuild the south side structure as a home for the owner, his wife, and his young daughter.Save this picture!© Hiroshi TanigawaSave this picture!Ground Floor PlanSave this picture!© Hiroshi TanigawaThe goal of this project is to make a natural relationship between the two homes maintaining the reasonable distance, not too close, and not too far. It is not to live with parents, or not also to make a sharing place with parents. My design is an attempt to maintain the garden view between the two homes and to connect the inside living area to its natural surrounding outside.Save this picture!© Hiroshi TanigawaThe new home built leaving the north and south garden as well as the southern home used to be. It is a composition that permeable wooden roof and wall gently cover the main volume. The gaps between the main volume and permeable wood make “Tori-michi” that can pass through the parents house to outside , and create triangular gable openings that connect the whole house inside.Save this picture!© Hiroshi TanigawaSave this picture!First Floor PlanThe “Tori-michi” connection is a passage on the east side of the site where the parents can visit the southern house when they so choose. It is a two-layer open ceiling space, and the gable roof of the main volume overhang continuously there. The eaves are extended to the north and south garden and are connected to the west side. Because the roof is made of clear material, and the wall that supports it is made of wooden louver, it is a place that take in light and wind while being protected.Save this picture!© Hiroshi TanigawaThe inner triangular gable openings show the rafters of the slope ceiling and opening the top of the beam, so that each room is united from above. The rafters that overhang the eaves become more impressive by eliminating the ridge and the strut supporting it, and connect inside and outside by extending to the “Tori-michi”.Save this picture!Exploded Isometric ViewIn this area, many situations where multiple homes are built on a large land where family members live. It is an important theme to protect the cityscape from piecemeal redevelopment and to create relationships between old and new households. In this house, the trees in the northern garden take the distance to the parents house and the main entrance is on the south side, however the garden view is connection between the homes. This natural space provides a way for the families to stay connected but also to maintain their own privacy. “Tori-michi”on the east side is the tie that binds the families together.Save this picture!© Hiroshi TanigawaProject gallerySee allShow lessFlemish Aesthetic Adds Calm Minimalism to CTO Lighting’s CollectionArticlesShenzhen Sungang Centre Lobby and Showroom / AIM ArchitectureSelected Projects Share Structural Engineer: Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard House in Otai / Mizuishi Architect Ateliercenter_img 2017 Lighting Design: Kota Mizuishi Lead Architect: Year:  Contractor: Manufacturers: Daiko, Koizumi, Maxray, Panasonic, hibinokagaku-kogyo Photographs:  Hiroshi Tanigawa Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Japan Seiwa-kensetu CopyAbout this officeMizuishi Architect AtelierOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesKiyosuOn FacebookJapanPublished on May 19, 2021Cite: “House in Otai / Mizuishi Architect Atelier” 19 May 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodGRP Siding Façade SystemGlassMitrexSolar GreenhouseMetal PanelsAurubisMill Finished Copper: Nordic StandardMetallicsHAVER & BOECKERArchitectural Wire Mesh – MULTI-BARRETTE 8130Enclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsSealantsEffisusGutter Repair – TiteGutter3Aluminium CompositesSculptformAluminium Click-on BattensTiles / Mosaic / GresiteMargresPorcelain Tiles – Linea PrestigeMetallicsRHEINZINKZinc Roof Systems – Click Roll CapsTiles / Mosaic / GresiteTerrealTerracotta Cladding TileDoorsECLISSESliding Pocket Door – ECLISSE UnilateralWindowsJoskoWindows and Sliding Doors – ONE SeriesMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?小田井通透屋顶之家 / Mizuishi Architect Atelier是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! 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Whizz-Kidz’ Kidz Board assembled in Hull Kingston Communications Stadium today, Friday 17 April, to put the spotlight on Secretary of State for Health, Alan Johnson MP on issues affecting young disabled people.Nine young wheelchair-users put their questions to Mr Johnson, including Whizz-Kidz Ambassador Summer Almond who asked:“Does the 18 week waiting limit for hospital treatment apply to wheelchair services as I have had to wait many months for an assessment?”Alan confirmed that wheelchair services do not come within the government’s 18 week target for treatment, but suggested that the Board should keep campaigning on the issue as it will help it become an increased priority with local Primary Care Trusts, and the NHS framework generally.During an in-depth question and answer session, Alan highlighted the work the Government has already achieved through programmes such as Aiming High for Disabled Children and the recently published Child Health Strategy. He then went on to say that because of decentralisation of Government, money for local health services like wheelchair provision cannot be ring-fenced.Alan assured the whizz-kidz Board that he was working closely with Ed Balls, Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, to ensure all primary care trusts in England understood that the recently announced additional funds need to reach disabled children’s services.Chair of Kidz Board, Jamie Green, added:“It was great to meet Alan today and he seemed really keen to hear our views and about our experiences of using local wheelchair services. Hopefully he will take on board what the young people said today and that this will go a long way to improving the situation in ways that mean real change for young disabled people everywhere.”The Kidz Board also leads the charity’s Ambassador Network, which gives young wheelchair-users up to the age of 25 the opportunity to campaign locally and nationally on issues they feel strongly about, and promotes peer-to-peer learning and development. It also offers bespoke training and work-placements to empower disabled young people with the confidence and independence to prepare for further education and employment.Whizz-Kidz has recently been awarded £2.8 million in lottery funding to help support and develop its young Ambassador Network across England over the next five years. 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 Researching massive growth in giving. Tagged with: Big Lottery Fund Law / policy Secretary of State for Health, Alan Johnson MP attends Kidz Board, as Big Lottery Grant pushes Network forward Howard Lake | 17 April 2009 | News  28 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis read more

RNLI to accept donations in Bitcoin

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first_img Howard Lake | 31 July 2014 | News The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is to test accepting donations by Bitcoin, the digital currency. It claims to be “the first major charity in the UK or Ireland to accept Bitcoin”.The test involves creating a dedicated Bitcoin online donation page. If it proves successful, then the charity might integrate it into its standard donation pages. There is, however, no budgeted target income.Leesa Harwood, RNLI Deputy Director of Fundraising and Communications, explained that she believed that “accepting Bitcoin will result in donations we may not otherwise receive, as well as connecting us with new types of supporters.”  230 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 RNLI to accept donations in Bitcoin Tagged with: Bitcoin blockchain cryptocurrency Digital Individual giving RNLI “We want to lead the way in accepting and benefiting from all forms of digital currency, so we’re running this scheme to allow our supporters to donate Bitcoins through a secure online system. We’ve chosen Bitcoin as it is an established and widely recognised digital currency”.She put this in the context of the RNLI’s history of innovation in fundraising, claiming that the charity held the first street collection in 1891.The trial is on the RNLI’s main website only. There are no plans at present to accept Bitcoin in any RNLI shops, museums, online at or at the RNLI college.Wikimedia Foundation accepts BitcoinsRNLI’s announcement came the day afterThe Wikimedia Foundation announced that it was accepting donations in Bitcoin. It is using the Bitcoin exchange Coinbase to accept Bitcoin. It will then convert the currency into dollars, rather than hold it in Bitcoin format.Bitcoin and donationsBitcoin is a software-based online payment system, introduced in 2009. It uses peer-to-peer technology to operate with no central authority or banks. It is described as a ‘crytocurrency’.Many different organisations already accept Bitcoin for payment, including Expedia, Dell, and Cumbria University.center_img  229 total views,  1 views today Leesa Harwood, RNLI Deputy Director of Fundraising and Communications Photo: Bitcoin logo by Mom91 on She added:“From our research into future trends, it looked likely that we would receive digital currency as a donation or as part of a legacy at some point and we wanted to be prepared for that eventuality. So a project team was founded to look at the feasibility of accepting Bitcoin, which has led to the pilot scheme we are launching today”.Bitcoin has certainly had some difficulties in being accepted, notably the collapse of the Tokyo-based exchange Mt Gox. However, RNLI conducted considerable research into the currency, looking at providers, price volatility, technical integration and security risks.Harwood said: Advertisement 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 Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

first_img Help by sharing this information Two months before Assange’s extradition hearing, RSF calls for his release on humanitarian grounds and for US Espionage Act charges to be dropped Organisation Receive email alerts to go further EcuadorAmericas December 24, 2019 Find out more April 10, 2020 Find out more December 5, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist serving six-month sentence for slandering ex-mayor now being sued for a million dollars News Newscenter_img News Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives June 15, 2020 Find out more News Coronavirus: State measures must not allow surveillance of journalists and their sources EcuadorAmericas RSF_en Follow the news on Ecuador Reporters Without Borders condemns the judicial harassment of Freddy Aponte Aponte, a journalist based in the southern city of Loja who works for a local privately-owned radio station, Luz y Vida. After being given a six-month jail sentence on 25 September for allegedly slandering a former mayor of Loja, he has just learned in prison that the ex-mayor is now suing him for a million dollars in damages.“Aponte is known for his impetuosity and loose tongue, but the imposition of a six-month prison sentence on a slander charge had already posed a serious problem, especially as he was convicted despite a lack of evidence and despite having first been acquitted,” Reporters Without Borders said.“The fact that he is now being prosecuted a second time for the same alleged offence violates a basic principle of law,” the press freedom organisation added. “Failing a revision of his existing conviction, we call for his prison sentence to be suspended and for this new damages suit to be abandoned.”Former Loja major José Bolivar Castillo Vivanco filed a complaint against Aponte after Aponte interviewed former legislator Oswaldo Burneo on the “Primer plano” programme on 18 June 2007. Aponte reportedly called Castillo a “thief” during the interview but, for technical reasons, that part of the interview could not be broadcast. A Loja criminal court therefore dismissed the case in January of this year on the grounds of a lack of evidence.Castillo appealed to the provincial criminal court, which quashed the lower court’s decision on 9 April and sentenced Aponte to six months in prison. Aponte appealed to the national court of justice (Ecuador’s highest court), which finally upheld the sentence on 25 September. Aponte turned himself in to the authorities on 29 October after a judge issued a warrant for his arrest. He is currently serving the sentence in the Loja Social Rehabilitation Centre.Aponte challenged his conviction on the grounds of a series of irregularities. He pointed out the existence of family ties between Castillo and one of the provincial criminal court’s judges. He pointed out that no evidence of the slander was ever produced. And he voiced surprise that Burneo, the legislator he interviewed, was never called to testify.Aponte also claimed that, on the day of the guilty verdict, he received a threatening telephone text message from Castillo saying: “Wretch, if you do not leave this city, this province, I won’t stop until you are dead.” This incident and the judicial irregularities were confirmed by the programme’s producer, Sor Violeta Jaramillo, who attributed Aponte’s conviction to the “former mayor’s influence and power.” Castillo’s million-dollar suit against Aponte was filed on 25 November.last_img read more

first_img NepalAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders welcomes last week’s announcement by the police that they have arrested the suspected mastermind of the murder of journalist and women’s rights activist Uma Singh in the southeastern city of Janakpur in January 2009.“We hail this determination to bring the person responsible for Singh’s murder to justice and we hope that five years of impunity in this case will soon be over,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We also urge the police to keep investigating the murders of two other journalists, Arun Singhaniya and Jamin Shah, in 2010.“As the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) has said, last week’s arrest in the Singh murder has helped to make the police more credible and, we hope, will help to deter other attacks against journalists.”A reporter for Radio Today and Janakpur Today Daily, Singh was fatally stabbed in her Janakpur apartment on 11 January 2009 by around 15 intruders armed with knives. The police thought the murder motive was of a personal nature but the Federation of Nepali Journalists pointed out that Singh was an outspoken critic of the region’s Maoists and blamed them for the deaths of her father and brother in 2005.The police announced on 19 September that the suspected mastermind of Singh’s murder, Umesh Yadav (also known as Swamiji), was arrested as he was about to cross the border into India. He was being actively sought by the police and is suspected of involvement in other similar cases. Prosecutors intend to request a sentence of life imprisonment and confiscation of all his property for Singh’s murder.The police have also announced that they are pursuing a lead in the murder Arun Singhaniya, the owner Janakpur Today and Radio Today, and hope to make an arrest soon. When Singhaniya was gunned down by two men on a motorcycle in Janakpur on 1 March 2010, three armed groups claimed responsibility. They were Teri Janatanrik Party-Madesh (TJPM), Terai Army (TA) and Janatanrik Terai Mukti Morcha (JTMM).Nepal is ranked 118th out of 179 countries in the 2013 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. News September 23, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Police arrest alleged mastermind of journalist’s 2009 murder Nepalese journalists threatened, attacked and censored over Covid-19 coverage NepalAsia – Pacific RSF_en May 29, 2019 Find out more News Follow the news on Nepalcenter_img News Organisation to go further News Under Chinese pressure, Nepal sanctions three journalists over Dalai Lama story Nepal: RSF’s recommendations to amend controversial Media Council Bill Receive email alerts June 8, 2020 Find out more May 17, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more