November 27, 2020 Find out more News May 13, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist arrested, independent dailies harassed in return to bad old ways Reporters Without Borders is concerned about Mzwandile Ndlovu, a journalist held by the police in the western town of Hwange since his arrest on 10 May, and about the constant harassment of employees of two independent newspapers, The Daily News and NewsDay, by police, intelligence officials and members of President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party.“We condemn Zanu-PF’s continuing use of such outdated methods as intimidation, physical attacks and arrests to silence its media critics,” the press freedom organization said. “Ndlovu was just covering a matter of public interest, without voicing any opinion. His arrest is unacceptable and we call for his immediate release. The independent newspapers that recently obtained licences must also be able to work in complete freedom and their reporters must not be harassed.”This spate of incidents involving the media comes amid more tension between Zanu-PF and its partner in the ruling coalition, Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC, and yesterday’s suspension of the constitutional process that must precede a badly needed overhaul of the media law and the organization of future elections.Journalist arrestedA reporter for Weekly Agenda (a news bulletin published by the civil society organization Bulawayo Agenda), Ndlovu was arrested after being summoned to police headquarters in Hwange and was charged under section 31 of the Criminal Law Code and Reform Act with reporting a fictitious story.The charge was prompted by a 23 April article about the Organ on National Healing, Reconciliation and Integration. It said a meeting between the Organ and a coalition of organizations that was supposed to take place at the nearby Victoria Falls was cancelled because the main participants, Vice-President John Nkomo and the commission’s co-president Sekai Holland, failed to turn up.Without linking the two events, it also reported that MDC member Moses Mzila Ndlovu, a minister in the national reconciliation government, was arrested the same day in Lupane. The police have refused to comment on the journalist’s arrest.Independent dailies harassedNewspaper vendor Alice Murwisi was attacked by young Zanu-PF members on 28 April while selling copies of The Daily News, an independent newspaper that returned to the newsstands on 18 March after a seven-year ban. Two days before the attack, one of the newspaper’s senior employees, Trymore Zingwe, received an anonymous threatening phone call. At the same time, former information minister Jonathan Moyo, who together with President Mugabe was responsible for the repressive 2002 media law known as the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA), is suing the paper for 60,000 dollars for reprinting old articles about his expulsion from Zanu-PF in 2005.NewsDay was raided on the night of 25 April by members of the Central Intelligence Organization, who confiscated hard disks and 11 computers. Editor Brian Mangwende not only had his computer taken, his office was also ransacked and damaged. “This is a calculated act of criminality designed to paralyze the operations of the country’s fastest-growing newspaper,” he said. A few days before the raid, NewsDay ran an article headlined “It’s time to rest” that called on Mugabe to stand down.NewsDay vendors were also threatened by Zanu-PF members in a Harare suburb on 12 March and copies of the newspaper were damaged on 2 March.Police commissioner-general Augustine Chihuri’s recent warnings to news media that publish articles “inciting violence and anarchy” are not reassuring.President Mugabe is on the list of Predators of Press Freedom that Reporters Without Borders released on 3 May, World Press Freedom Day. Read his profile Help by sharing this information ZimbabweAfrica News Reports ZimbabweAfrica September 1, 2020 Find out more November 12, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Zimbabwe to go further Receive email alerts Organisation Zimbabwean journalist Hopewell Chin’ono denied bail The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa News Zimbabwean court must free imprisoned journalist who is unwell RSF_en
NewsLocal NewsPatrick prepared for legal action in eviction disputeBy Alan Jacques – April 4, 2014 800 Patrick Collopy at his home with a photograph of himself and his late mother RitaA YOUNG Limerick man has been told by City Council that he must leave the home he shared with his mother until her death last April.Patrick Collopy (26), was ordered to be out of his home at 5 Bishop Street by March 12 last on the basis of a two-year tenancy rule. Patrick, who works at Dunnes Stores in Henry Street, was threatened with legal action if he doesn’t vacate the house but has vowed to go “all the way” to the courts if necessary.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Mr Collopy moved home to take care of his mother Rita who was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2012. The council was aware of the arrangement as he immediately applied to go on to the rent book and the rent was subsequently increased.Patrick remained in the house after his mother’s death in April 2013. He has been up to date with his rent and never been in trouble with the law. He told the Limerick Post this week that all he wants from the City Council is some “cooperation”.“I’ve been told that I can’t stay in my home because the council says it is too big for one person as it has two bedrooms. You should see the size of the place, it’s tiny. My last memories of my mother are here and no one is taking them from me. It’s my family home as far as I’m concerned.“If I was unemployed and had a child, I’d be left alone but because I’m working I’m supposed to leave my home. This is a heartless way to treat anyone. The Council treat people like scum and they treat scum like Gods. I don’t know why they have to set a precedent at my expense. Being honest goes against me.“I have been going through hell with this battle let alone trying to cope with the loss of my mother. This is a horrible thing the Council are trying to do to me,” he said.An online petition to keep Patrick in his family home has to date attracted over 2,500 signatures. City councillor Maurice Quinlivan has asked the council to show Mr Collopy some compassion and stop trying to evict him .“Patrick is a very decent young man who has suffered the trauma of losing his mother. His family is rooted in the King’s Island community and many people in the local area and across the city are outraged that the council would try and evict him,” said Cllr Quinlivan.“Patrick is a very private person and the last thing he wanted was to make this public but the failure thus far to stop the eviction proceedings against him left him feeling he had no option but to publicise his plight,” he said.City Council refused to comment on the case. TAGSBishop StreetLimerick city councilMaurice QuinlivanMusic LimerickPatrick CollopySinn Fein Linkedin Quinlivan urges support for Motion on Student Rents Twitter #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy Email WhatsApp Advertisement Previous articleA fast and affordable mental health serviceNext articleFeral cats pose ‘chronic’ problems in Raheen Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday Facebook Sinn Fein TD warns of impending “tsunami of addiction” when lockdown ends, as gardai seize €50,000 in drugs and cash in Limerick city estate Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print
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Columns[Column] ‘Fast Tracking Of Cases – State Has The Responsibility In Making Its Citizens Feel Safe’: By Anjana Prakash, Senior Advocate Senior Advocate Anjana Prakash7 May 2020 5:03 AMShare This – xAs I understand it, the Indian Penal Code classifies criminal offences broadly into two categories of serious and simple cases, based on the severity of the punishment prescribed for them. Offences such as murder, rape, dacoity tried by judicial officer of the rank of a District Judge are punishable with severe sentences and the rest, triable by a Magistrate prescribe lesser…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginAs I understand it, the Indian Penal Code classifies criminal offences broadly into two categories of serious and simple cases, based on the severity of the punishment prescribed for them. Offences such as murder, rape, dacoity tried by judicial officer of the rank of a District Judge are punishable with severe sentences and the rest, triable by a Magistrate prescribe lesser sentence. However, some of the so -called simple cases, have the same potentiality to disturb public order as offences punishable under the Arms Act such as, crimes which are a threat to public tranquility, or such offences which are attempts to destabilize the Govt or the Social equations. When Nitish Kumar became the Chief Minister of Bihar sometime in 2005, (I do not hold his brief), he was saddled with a deteriorating law and order problem, which had made life hell for an average Bihari. Amongst other things, he initiated the idea of fast-tracking cases instituted under the provisions of Arms Act. With the concerted effort of the Patna High Court which red-flagged these cases, the Magistrates took them up on priority. The reason was two-fold; firstly, the visibility of criminals which disrupted the daily humdrum of life was contained thus assuring an average citizen that he was safe and secondly the possibility of petty arms- carrying criminals graduating to committing bigger crimes was thwarted with a speedy trial. However, this initiative was effective because the investigation and prosecution of cases instituted under the Arms Act happen to be quite uncomplicated. In the sense, all that the police have to do is record the statement of two seizure witnesses, procure the report of Arms expert on the question of efficacy of the seized Arms. This would end the investigation and on such a material trial could start. Usually getting reports from officials, in any matter pending in a court is a cumbersome process but with the State being so pro-active as it was, it was not difficult, and trials proceeded without a hitch with utmost speed. Thus, in order to improve a situation firstly the State has to assume responsibility of making its citizen feel safe, not for its own political gain, but for the sake of upholding the constitutional obligations. Law and order being in the State list it is the duty of the State to ensure the basic constitutional right of a citizen to reside peacefully is guaranteed and it cannot shirk away and let the goons take over the lives of an average citizen. Secondly, it has to take steps as required and importantly make the effort visible, so it not only assures the citizen, but also deters others from committing similar crimes, which incidentally is one of the objects of punishment. Hence, it is something like saying, ‘justice must not only be done but also must be seen to be done’. It is also important to remember that the State is under close scrutiny of an average person, whether it impacts him personally or not, whenever there is a law and order situation. It is so important that the TRP of a Chief Minister to a large extent depends on how well he handles the situation. I am writing this article is in the context of increase in the number of hate speeches and disturbing videos, which are being circulated for the sole purpose of driving a rift in the Society which are clearly punishable under Sections 153 A,295 A 505 (2) Indian Penal Code. Even though these offences prescribe punishment of only 3 years imprisonment, but in my opinion, they would fall in the category of serious offences because of their adverse effect on the welfare of our Nation. In fact, they are no less lethal than Covid 19 if not more, because while the virus of Covid 19 will infect just a few, this virus will infect one and all, and destroy the oneness of our Society, on which we have claimed so much of pride since ages. To briefly describe the offences, Section 153 A punishes a person, who by words or otherwise promotes or attempts to promote disharmony in the Society, Section 295 A penalizes any person, who deliberately by words or actions insults any religion and Section 505(2) prescribes that whoever publishes, circulates any statement or report containing rumor or alarming news with intent to cause ill-will amongst members of the society will be punished. Since the ingredients are very straight forward, such offences, like cases under the Arms Act are easy to prove. It is no great task either for the investigating agency to collect material, or the Prosecutor to prove evidence during trial. As I perceive presently there are three scenarios prevailing in our country- i). when no case is filed, ii). case is filed but accused not identified/arrested so there is no trial iii). when the accused is identified but the investigation is so long drawn that the trial is delayed. In UP I find no substantive case was filed against the person who circulated a video asking Hindus not to buy vegetables from Muslims. He was no doubt given a rap on his knuckles by his party high command, but he remained unrepentant. In my opinion the inaction on the part of the State indicates that the State clearly does not acknowledge the criminality of such an act even though it is clearly punishable under the aforesaid offences. This is an ominous sign because the State here colludes with an accused, to flout the law, which it is enjoined to implement. I may point out here that all codified criminal offences are offences against the State and not an individual. So as soon as an offence is committed it is the State, which is affected because the body of allegations are punishable under law formulated by the State. Simply said, all injuries are injuries caused to the State, no matter who the injured is, and it is the State which is the Prosecutor in Court, when a case is instituted upon a police case. To continue with the narrative I find from various news reports that in the State of Bihar similar kinds of incidents had happened when members of Bajrang dal had tried to distribute saffron flags to Hindu shopkeepers in Nalanda and also posted it on twitter. The BDO Nalanda instituted a criminal case against them after which the twitter account was deleted. This is most certainly heartening news because the State in this situation has acknowledged the problem, but the disheartening news is, that no one was arrested. Also disheartening is the news that no substantive case was filed against the SSB official posted in Pantoka Ramgarhwa on Indo- Nepal border in West Champaran , when he reported on secret intelligence that some Muslims, who were corona virus positive were crossing over to India from Nepal to infect Indians which information was found to be false. This news was somehow leaked to News 18 to do the desired damage across the country. The point I am now driving at, is whether in situations where the State has filed cases, it shows it has passed the test of having the will to protect itself and its citizens from the danger of injury. In my opinion, it does not. The fact that the accused in Nalanda were not arrested shows that the acknowledgment of the problem is half-hearted because merely filing a case is not enough. If the accused is not arrested the final investigation report will not be filed and the trial will not commence. Thus, the whole point of filing the criminal case is lost. In a situation like this instead of the case having a deterrent effect, the signal which will be sent is that nothing happens even if a case is filed, which one can very well argue is worse than not filing a case at all. Similarly, when the Police has identified the wrongdoer in the form of a very famous TV anchor with a formidable reputation, I do not understand the reason for such a prolonged investigation and interrogation. It may be kept in mind that like cases under the Arms Act, the essential ingredients to prove the offences u/s 153 A,295 A, 505(2) IPC are tangible not abstract and the investigation is fairly simple. So, when the Police is already in seisin of the materials I also do not understand why an investigation report is not being filed to bring the case to its logical end which alone is the purpose of filing the case. I may clarify that I have cited examples of only one community having committed such offences because there is a degree of authenticity attached to these incidents. I do not discount similar offences having been committed by any other community which also would and should be similarly treated. It would do well for the State to remember that it will continue to fail the test of an average person who feels constitutionally guaranteed to be protected from injuries prohibited by law, until it takes steps to complete the cycle. Till then, the State in all the three situations mentioned above, will be viewed ironically as being on the wrong side of Law, an accomplice of the wrongdoer. Also, in our fair minds a quiet revolution is taking place because we know the difference between Right and Wrong. And it is this knowledge, which saves our sanity and insulates us from the indecencies and pretensions of the State.Views are personal only. Next Story
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WPVI(PHILADELPHIA) — Ursinus College, a private liberal arts school outside Philadelphia, has canceled the remainder of its swimming season after finding evidence of hazing among members of the program.Both the men’s and women’s seasons have been ended early.The investigation was launched by the school in early September and found evidence of underage drinking, the college said. “While the decision to cancel the season was difficult, the safety and well-being of every student at Ursinus are our greatest priorities,” the school said in a statement. “Ursinus College does not tolerate hazing or any action that is antithetical to our values and our mission.”“To those who may have been personally affected by this event, we understand that this has been a difficult experience for you,” it continued. “We remain dedicated to your well-being, as we are for every student, and thank you for placing your trust in us.”The school, which has only about 1,400 students, competes in Division III athletics.The season started for the Bears on Oct. 19 and the team had competed in five meets. It last competed on Nov. 16 against nearby Gettysburg College. The school was 3-2 in its first five meets.Ursinus had been scheduled to compete in the Golden Ram Classic over the weekend, but that appearance was canceled.According to the school, head coach Mark Feinberg “supports the decision” and “assumes a share of responsibility for the actions.” He has been placed on probation.“We are hopeful this experience will lead to a more vigorous dialogue about promoting courage and personal responsibility while cultivating and affirming a stronger community,” the school said.A number of schools have been beset by hazing allegations this semester, though it’s mostly centered on fraternities not athletic teams.Ohio University suspended all 15 of its fraternity chapters last month over allegations of hazing at two of the organizations. A student died in an alleged hazing incident at the school last year for which nine fellow students were indicted last week.Authorities had initially ruled out hazing in the death of Sam Martinez, a student at Washington State University, who was found dead at the school’s Alpha Tau Omega house on Nov. 12, but later said they were reconsidering it as a possibility, according to Seattle ABC affiliate KOMO. It will take about two months for the official investigation to conclude, authorities said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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Obituary For H.C. “Bud” FarmerZiemer Funeral HomeH.C. “Bud” Farmer, 84, of Evansville, IN, went to his heavenly home on June 15, 2019. His 3 daughters were by his side at Deaconess Gateway ICU at the time of his death. He was born on November 1, 1934 in Upton, KY and was the only child of the late Paul and Irene (Garrett) Farmer. Preceding him in death was his wife, Nancy (Day) Farmer.Bud is survived by his Daughters: Jill (Don) Klein, Patti (Jerry) Marx, Kathy Farmer and Grandchildren: Marissa, Joseph, Matthew, and Daniel Klein; Austin Marx, and Dylan Farmer.He was a 1953 Bosse High School graduate, attended Indiana University where he met Nancy Day, his one true love of his life, and then he graduated from University of Evansville in 1960. Bud and Nancy married and raised 3 daughters together until she died in 1984.He worked at the family business, Evansville Concrete Company, as CEO and President after the passing of Charlie Day; he was also an Indiana Port Commissioner and Past President of: Midwest Concrete Association, Deaconess Hospital Board, Evansville Airport Board, and Rotary Club.Bud was a member of Methodist Temple, an instrument-rated private pilot and avid tennis player; he enjoyed golf, travel, playing cards with his bridge club family, dancing, drawing portraits, and loved to bake pies and make peanut butter divinity for friends. He was very social, never met a stranger, and enjoyed telling stories.His daughters will especially miss his warm smile, his small chuckle, his “hello daughter”, his stories, and undeniable love for his family; he is so loved and will be missed beyond words.Visitation will be 10:00am-1:00pm this Saturday, June 22, 2019 at Ziemer Funeral Home – East Chapel on Hebron. The family will have a private service and burial at Oak Hill Cemetery.To honor his memory, his family encourages an act of kindness in his name or a memorial contribution can be made to the: Charles E. Day & Nancy Day Farmer Memorial Scholarship at USI or the Nancy Day Farmer Memorial Scholarship at UE.Condolences can be made online at www.ziemerfuneralhome.comFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Oral Statement for the Secretary of StateMr Speaker,With permission I wish to make a statement about the political process in Northern Ireland.Last week I came to this House and delivered a statement in the aftermath of the sickening attack that led to the death of Lyra McKee.The day after both the Prime Minister and I attended her funeral at St Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast along with political leaders from across Northern Ireland and Ireland.It was, as many RH and HM’s will be aware an incredibly emotional and touching event … where I heard moving and powerful testimony from Lyra’s parents and members of the community.That was a day to grieve, and a day to reflect on a brilliant young life that was cut down by terrorism.All of us heard a clear message that day … from inside the Cathedral … from the powerful testimony of Father Magill … from the streets of Creggan and Londonderry … and from Northern Ireland’s political leaders.No more.No more violence, no more division, and no more delay.Northern Ireland’s political leaders must come together now … and must work together to stand firm against those who oppose peace and the political process … and work to build a genuinely shared future for all the people of Northern Ireland.Lyra symbolised the new Northern Ireland and her tragic death cannot be in vain.All of us must take inspiration from what Lyra achieved in her life and work even harder to make Northern Ireland a brighter, more peaceful and prosperous place for everyone.As Secretary of State, I have always made clear that my absolute priority is to see the restoration of all the political institutions established by the Belfast Agreement.The Belfast Agreement has formed the bedrock of peace and progress here since it was reached just over 21 years ago.It must be upheld and it must be defended from those who would seek to undermine it.Northern Ireland needs its political leaders to stand together and work with each other now more than ever.That is why in Belfast last Friday I called formal political talks to restore the Executive, commencing on the 7 May.Those talks will involve the UK Government, the five Northern Ireland political parties who are eligible to form an Executive and the Irish Government for matters on which they have responsibilities.They will be conducted in full accordance with the Belfast Agreement and the well- established three stranded approach to which this Government remains committed.There will also be a meeting of the British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference on the 8 May.Mr Speaker, there is much to do, and many challenges ahead. It is incumbent upon all of us to do all that we can to make these talks a success.Northern Ireland needs its Government back up and delivering for the people of Northern Ireland.From now until the start of talks my team and I will be working with the parties on an intensive period of preparation to prepare for those talks.Both the UK and Irish Governments have been clear that we will do everything in our power to make these talks a success, but we cannot do it alone.No Government can impose an agreement from the outside.We need Northern Ireland’s political leadership to do everything they can to ensure we emerge with an agreement to restore the Executive and build a better future for the people of Northern Ireland.We have a narrow window in which genuine progress can be made and we must act now.Mr Speaker, I hope all members of this House will appreciate that, to give these talks the best chance of success, there is a responsibility on all of us to give the parties some time and some space to talk.While I will of course seek to keep this House updated, I will not provide a running commentary on negotiations.What I will be doing, Mr Speaker, is doing everything I can to give these talks the best possible chance of success. I know all of us in this House and in the other place want to see these talks succeed.Mr Speaker – this week has been a difficult time for us all. The murder of Lyra McKee was an attack not just on Lyra or our police service. It was an attack on us all.Since that sickening attack in Derry, Northern Ireland’s political leaders have shown great leadership in standing up together to reject violence.But now it is time for us to go further.Mr Speaker, the best possible way of showing those who oppose peace and democracy is to show that their efforts are futile … and for all the political institutions of the Belfast Agreement to be fully restored and functioning as was intended by those who reached that historic Agreement 21 years ago.The stability and safety provided by the Agreement has allowed Northern Ireland to thrive – Northern Ireland is now a leading destination for inward investment, unemployment at a record low and employment at an all-time high. Northern Ireland needs a devolved government – to allow for local decision-making, to continue to strengthen the economy and to build a united and prosperous community.I will be doing all I can to make that happen.I commend this statement to the House.