Zimbabwe : well-known journalist arrested at his Harare home

first_img Zimbabwean court must free imprisoned journalist who is unwell “The police arrested this journalist by smashing their way into his home in large numbers as if he was a dangerous criminal,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “The use of brutal methods and arrests designed solely to silence dissident journalists recalls the persecution of media and journalists during the Mugabe dictatorship. Holding this leading Zimbabwean media figure is the latest and clearly most disturbing sign of a resurgence in attacks on the freedom to inform. Hopewell Chin’ono must be released.” November 27, 2020 Find out more News Organisation The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa to go further Hopewell Chin’ono, an investigative reporter who won CNN’s African Journalist of the Year prize in 2008, was arrestedyesterday morning at his home in the capital, Harare, by “eight or so security agents,” his lawyer reported in a video posted on social media showing the sliding glass door they smashed in order to force their way in. The police says he is charged with “incitement to commit public violence” and “incitement to participate in a gathering with intent to promote public violence” although, according to his lawyer, no warrant was presented at the time of his arrest. The charges are reportedly linked to his tweets about an anti-corruption protest being planned by an opposition politician who was also arrested yesterday. November 12, 2020 Find out more July 21, 2020 Zimbabwe : well-known journalist arrested at his Harare home Since the start of the Covid-19 epidemic, Zimbabwe has restricted press freedom more than any other country in sub-Saharan Africa, according Tracker-19, an RSF tool that tracks disinformation, censorship and other press freedom violations linked to coverage of the coronavirus crisis. At least ten journalists have been arrested arbitrarily in Zimbabwe and four have been attacked by the security forces, sometimes on the sole grounds of not having an up-to-date press card. Receive email alerts Reports September 1, 2020 Find out more Zimbabwe is ranked 126th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index, only two places higher than in 2017, when Mugabe – regarded by RSF as one of Africa’s worst press freedom and media predators – was finally removed after nearly four decades in power. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the release of one of Zimbabwe’s best known journalists, whose arrest is the latest in a series of disturbing press freedom violations that recall the Robert Mugabe years. News Follow the news on Zimbabwe RSF_en Help by sharing this information Zimbabwean journalist Hopewell Chin’ono denied bail ZimbabweAfrica Condemning abuses Covid19Imprisoned News Hopewell Chin’ono, journaliste d’investigation zimbabwéen (Facebook). ZimbabweAfrica Condemning abuses Covid19Imprisoned An outspoken critic of President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his government, Chin’ono recently helped to expose overbilling by a company that was awarded a 50-million euro contract to supply medical equipment to combat Covid-19. The revelations resulted in the health minister’s arrest.last_img read more

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BT finds success with grey brigade scheme

first_imgBT has increased the proportion of its staff aged over 50 and reducedrecruitment costs since the introduction of flexible retirement policies lastyear. In February 2001 the company introduced flexible retirement schemes thathave seen the number of staff over 50 years old increase from 13 to 18 percent. Staff approaching retirement can job share, work part-time, gradually reducehours and responsibilities, go on full or part-time sabbaticals and seniorstaff can take a demotion to reduce work commitments. Becky Mason, employment policy consultant at BT Group, said the schemes havereduced the company’s recruitment costs and retained organisational knowledgeand skills. “Offering greater flexibility around retirement enables BT to retainthe skills and experience of many of our most talented people,” she said.”The current tight labour market and skills shortages across theinformation, communication and technology industries have only added to theimportance of retaining these staff.” Mason said flexible retirement has helped to change the work culture at BT,which employs 105,000 staff. “There has been a huge early retirement expectation…Flexible retirementhas helped overcome that barrier.” Previous Article Next Article BT finds success with grey brigade schemeOn 25 Jun 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Dzumhur and Basic lost Matches in the First Round of the Australian Open

first_imgDamir Dzumhur and Mirza Basic lost the matches in the first round of doubles at the Australian Open. Taylor Fritz / Cameron Norrie (USA, Great Britain) beat Bosnian players with a score of 2: 0 in sets.The match lasted for an hour and 42 minutes, and Fritz and Norrie celebrated with a score of 7: 6 (7), 7: 5. Dzumhur and Basic went down in the first round in the singles competition. Dzumhur lost to Gael Monfils (3: 0) and Basic from Henrik Laaksen (3: 1).Two weeks ago, Dzumhur played at the ATP tournament in Qatar, where he was defeated in the first round by Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic.Later on, our tennis player has advanced for one position and is now in the 46th place on the list of the best tennis players in the world with 985 points.Mirza Basic failed to score at the same tournament and suffered a drop in the list of ten positions and is now on the 97th place.Tomislav Brkic was also defeated in the first round of the Challenger in Noumei but returned to the top 300 tennis players in the world and is at 299th position.Serbian Novak Djokovic is still ahead of Rafael Nadal’s Champion, followed by Swiss veteran Roger Federer in the third position.Damir Džumhur, born 20 May 1992, is a Bosnian professional tennis player and currently Bosnia and Herzegovina’s No. 1 player. He is a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina Davis Cup team, and he competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics, being selected as the first male tennis player from his country to do so.As a junior, he was ranked world no. 3 and he was a bronze medalist at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games. Džumhur is also the first male player to represent Bosnia and Herzegovina in the main draw of any Grand Slam tournament. His career-best ranking of 23 makes him the highest-ranked player ever competing for Bosnia and Herzegovina.By winning 2017 St. Petersburg Open singles tournament, Džumhur became the first player competing under the Bosnian flag to claim an ATP World Tour title. He added triumph in 2017 Kremlin Cup onto that, as the first player in tennis history to win both events played on Russian soil in the same season.last_img read more

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Onyango’s Sundowns are African champions

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Onyango first Ugandan to win the CAF Champions League medalThe first scoring chance for the hosts came after 12 minutes when Nigerian Ohawuchi burst through and beat goalkeeper Dennis Onyango, but the ball trickled wide.Ugandan Onyango, a 2016 Africa-based Footballer of the Year finalist, needed medical attention three times before being replaced by Wayne Sandilands on 28 minutes.Striker Basem Morsy had been headlined as the Zamalek dangerman, but recent signing Ohawuchi was posing a bigger threat.A wild but crucial clearance from Soumahoro foiled another attempt by the Nigerian to break the deadlock before Sundowns began to threaten going forward.The first serious chance for the South Africans came on 35 minutes when awarded a free-kick just outside the box, but captain Hlompho Kekana struck the ball into the wall.Zamalek goalkeeper Mahmoud Abdel Rahim did well to push away a goal-bound shot from Percy Tau and a looping Billiat shot struck the top of the crossbar before flying wide.The injuries to Onyango meant eight minutes of first-half stoppage time during which Liberian Anthony Laffor troubled Zamalek twice with a shot and a header.Half-time arrived with the second leg goalless and Sundowns retaining the three-goal advantage they established in Pretoria last weekend.Zamalek started the second half as they did the first, controlling possession and territory but rarely looking like cracking open Sundowns’ defence.After 64 minutes the Egyptian outfit scored and it was no surprise that the goal came from livewire Ohawuchi.Receiving possession well outside the box, he beat one man and unleashed a low, long-range drive that flew into the corner of the net off the left hand of Sandilands. Mamelodi Sundowns’ players celebrate with the trophy after winning the CAF Champions League football competition following the final match against Egypt’s Zamalek on October 23, 2016 at the Borg el-Arab Stadium near Alexandria. AFP PHOTOFairytale African triumph for Sundowns, Onyango first Ugandan continental trophy winnerAlexandria, Egypt | AFP |Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa won a fairytale first CAF Champions League title on Sunday despite a 1-0 second-leg loss to Zamalek of Egypt in Alexandria.A Stanley Ohawuchi goal on 64 minutes was not enough for the home team as they trailed by three goals from the first leg in Pretoria last weekend and lost 3-1 on aggregate.It was a remarkable triumph because the South Africans were eliminated in the final qualifying round in April only to be reinstated when their Democratic Republic of Congo opponents were disqualified.Success for Sundowns made them $1.5 million (1.38 million euros) richer and secured a place at the FIFA Club World Cup in Japan set for December.“It was an amazing journey of ups and downs and now we are the champions of Africa,” said Sundowns’ Zimbabwe striker Khama Billiat.“We look forward to Japan and facing the best clubs in the game. It is going to be an absolute pleasure.”Winger Keagan Dolly said: “We knew it was going to be difficult because Zamalek are a great team with some outstanding individuals.“Some people will say we were lucky to get a second chance after being eliminated, but I believe we deserve to be African champions.”Goalkeeper Ahmed El Shenawy and captain and midfielder “Shikabala” were among those dropped as Zamalek coach Moamen Soliman made four changes from the side that started the first leg.Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane had to make one enforced alteration with huge Ivorian centre-back Bangaly Soumahoro coming in for suspended Wayne Arendse.Although facing a mammoth task, history offered a hope to Zamalek with two of three previous Champions League finalists in a similar predicament emerging as overall winners.An estimated 60,000 predominantly Zamalek supporters were inside the 86,000-capacity Borg El Arab Stadium on the outskirts of Alexandria as the match kicked off.There are few more nerve-inducing factors in African football than a large Egyptian crowd roaring on their team, but Sundowns calmly survived early pressure.last_img read more

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Ex-Chelsea coaches at centre of racism scandal

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Chelsea pledged to help authorities investigate after a report Friday said three former youth-team players had launched legal claims against the club alleging they were bullied and racially abused.Britain’s Guardian newspaper said former youth coach Graham Rix and ex-chief scout Gwyn Williams had allegedly abused the black players in the 1990s.The claims — denied by Rix and Williams — have already been investigated by the police, who decided to take no further action, but they are being looked at by the club and the Football Association, which has reportedly interviewed two of the players.According to the report, Rix threw a cup of hot coffee in the face of one of the players and left one of the complainants with a bleeding nose after throwing a ball at him.And the alleged victims say they were consistently racially abused with a series of taunts.“These allegations were the subject of a thorough investigation by specialist officers of the Metropolitan Police Service,” a statement from the pair’s lawyer Eddie Johns said.“The MPS did not consider there was sufficient evidence even to report it to the Crown Prosecution Service. Our clients cooperated with that investigation. “The allegations in the Guardian newspaper are contained, as we understand it, within correspondence sent to Chelsea Football Club. That correspondence has not been seen by our clients or by us.“No correspondence has been sent to our clients or us by these individuals or those representing them. We will of course deal with any allegations if made directly to our clients. Our clients are cooperating fully with the FA in this matter.”Former Arsenal and England player Rix, 60, left Chelsea in 2000, a year after being jailed for having sex with an underage girl, while Williams left the club in 2006.The story broke just before Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte’s pre-match press conference for Saturday’s Premier League game at home to Leicester, forcing the club’s director of communications Steve Atkins to intervene with a statement.“I can’t answer specifically to the story you mentioned,” said Atkins, in response to a reporter’s question.“What I can say is that we take allegations of this nature extremely seriously, we are absolutely determined to do the right thing, to fully support those affected and assist the authorities and support their investigations. That’s all I can say.”An FA spokesman declined to comment.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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