Reporter spends night in police cell after referring to police corruption

first_img News Follow the news on Algeria AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en News November 14, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporter spends night in police cell after referring to police corruption AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa Harassment of Algerian reporters intensifies in run-up to parliamentary elections Reporters Without Borders condemns the arrest of Noureddine Boukraa, the national daily Ennahar’s bureau chief in the city of Annaba (600 km east of Algiers), who was detained on 12 November in connection with an article about alleged corruption within the local security services and was held over night.“Algeria’s journalists are not able to work freely, despite the deceptive calm they seem to have enjoyed since the start of the year,” the press freedom organisation said. “Stories about corruption in the provinces can always land them in the local police station.”“Boukraa’s arrest is unacceptable,” Reporters Without Borders added. “He would have responded to a summons if the local prosecutor had taken the trouble to send him one. Instead he was treated like a criminal.”Boukraa was arrested by four local police officers with a warrant signed by the city’s prosecutor and was taken to plain-clothes police headquarters, where he was told a complaint had been brought against him for libel. The police refused to tell him the plaintiff’s name or let him contact his lawyer.After spending the night in a cell, he was taken yesterday before an investigating judge and finally learned that the plaintiff was an industrialist, Ahmed Zaim, whom he had accused of bribing judges in a 2005 article in the daily newspaper Echourouk.“The judge asked me to identify my informants and even tried to give me lessons in journalism,” Boukraa told Reporters Without Borders. “When you implicate the regime’s bigwigs, you have to expect a reaction.” He said he thought his arrest was above all prompted by an article on 12 November about the trial of a former senior police intelligence official opening that day in which he referred to the “links between the security forces and the local mafia.”Algeria was ranked 123rd out of 169 countries in the world press freedom index published last month by Reporters Without Borders. Receive email alerts May 18, 2021 Find out morecenter_img Organisation Algeria : Reporter jailed after covering Tuareg protests in southern Algeria to go further News News May 12, 2021 Find out more April 29, 2021 Find out more Algeria pressures reporters by delaying renewal of accreditation Help by sharing this information last_img read more

Schlitterbahn water park, ex-employee charged in 10-year-old’s 2016 death on ride

first_imgJohn Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The former operations director for Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kansas, and the water park itself have been charged with manslaughter in the 2016 death of a 10-year-old boy on a water slide.Tyler Austin Miles, 29, was booked into the Wyandotte County Detention Center Friday morning after he turned himself in, jail records show. His bail was set at $50,000.A lengthy indictment obtained by ABC News names Miles and Schlitterbahn Waterpark of Kansas City, Kansas, as co-defendants. In addition to the manslaughter charges in the death of Caleb Schwab, both Miles and Schlitterbahn were indicted on multiple counts of aggravated battery and aggravated endangering a child.Schlitterbahn was indicted on one count of interference with law enforcement, concealing evidence, while Miles was indicted on that charge and an additional charge of interference with law enforcement, obstructing official duty.Schlitterbahn said in a statement Friday that it that was “deeply disappointed to learn any individual is being personally charged for the terrible accident on Verruckt” and added “our review of the facts and circumstances of the accident has never shown any evidence of criminal conduct on the part of anyone.”Caleb, 10, was killed on Aug. 7, 2016, after something went wrong when the child rode on the park’s 168-foot-tall Verruckt (German for “insane”) water slide. Verruckt was billed as the largest of its kind in the world at the time. It was closed indefinitely following Caleb’s death.The indictment alleges that Verruckt suffered from a “persistent airborne problem” and underwent a massive redesign in 2014 after testing showed the ride’s rafts had a tendency to fly into the air.Miles and other Schlitterbahn officials — including John Schooley, lead designer of Verruckt, and Jeff Henry, co-owner of Schlitterbahn — allegedly had direct knowledge that “the redesign failed to eliminate the airborne raft problem” but moved ahead with the ride’s opening nonetheless, according to the indictment.Henry allegedly came up with the idea for the water slide, rushing the ride to construction despite “a long list of dangerous design flaws,” according to the indictment. He was allegedly motivated by a desire to brag to rival water park owners, the indictment states.Experts who examined the ride after Caleb’s death found that “Verruckt’s design violated nearly all aspects of the longstanding industry safety standard,” the indictment states, adding that evidence shows Verruckt’s designers and operators knew that the ride “posed a substantial and unjustifiable risk of death or severe bodily harm.”Documentation cited in the indictment shows that riders suffered a range of injuries before Caleb’s death, including multiple broken bones and concussions.Following Caleb’s death, Miles allegedly attempted to cover up reports of complaints of injuries on the ride, the indictment states, even allegedly coaching a lifeguard at the park to lie.Thanks to Miles’ alleged withholding of information and efforts at a cover-up, the investigation was “delayed by nearly six months,” the indictment states.Esteban Castaneda told ABC News in 2016 he first heard a “boom” on Schlitterbahn Waterpark’s Verruckt water slide, which is promoted as the world’s tallest.He then saw a raft come through, and “immediately after the raft … you see a body,” he said.He said there were two women sitting in the back of the raft with blood on them.Investigators said Caleb was somehow decapitated on the ride.Caleb’s parents spoke to ABC News last year. His father, Scott Schwab, said that in the months after the tragedy, the family members, especially the three surviving brothers, soothe themselves by watching videos of Caleb.“There’s times when it’s like, I can’t look at that right now, and there’s other times when you can’t sleep and you want to look at it,” Schwab said.Last year, the Schwab family reached a settlement of an undisclosed amount with the park’s owners and the ride’s manufacturer that will go to Caleb’s brothers, attorneys for the family, Mike Rader and Todd Scharnhorst, told ABC News.Miles was released on bail Friday afternoon.The statement from the company goes on to say: “The safety of our guests and employees has been at the forefront of our culture throughout our 40 years of operations. Our families enjoy our waterparks and its rides and attractions. We have set the highest bar for safety in our industry.“Our staff, since we opened Schlitterbahn Kansas City, has demonstrated the highest dedication to safety, from the training of our lifeguards and ride operators, to ensuring all rides have operated in accordance with our strict protocols. Our team has been conscientious and committed to providing visitors to the waterpark a safe and enjoyable experience. We are shocked by any allegations of impropriety or negligence on the part of anyone associated with Verruckt.“Throughout his employment with us, our operations director, Tyler, demonstrated the highest dedication to safety, from the training of our lifeguards and ride operators, to ensuring all rides have operated in accordance with our strict protocols. He was conscientious and committed to providing visitors to the waterpark a safe and enjoyable experience. Tyler left us in September to accept great opportunity; we were sorry to see him go and wished him well. We stand by him and are shocked by these allegations.”In a later statement regarding the corporate indictment, Schlitterbahn said: “We’ve reviewed the indictment against Schlitterbahn Kansas City and Tyler Miles and we plan on contesting the allegations. Since the date of the incident we have worked closely with law enforcement; at no time have we withheld evidence; at no time have we altered evidence. The indictment uses quoted statements from a reality TV show that was scripted for dramatic effect that in no way reflects the design and construction of the ride.“The safety of our Schlitterbahn guests and employees has been at the forefront of our culture throughout our 40 years of operations. Many of us rode Verruckt regularly, as did our children and grandchildren. We have faith in the justice system and are confident that when we finally have an opportunity to defend ourselves, it will be clear that this was an accident. We stand by our team and will fight these charges.”ABC News could not immediately reach Schooley and Henry.The Schwab family has not yet commented on Friday’s news.It’s unclear if any pleas have been entered in the case.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Donnacha Ryan set to start for Nenagh

first_imgAndrew Conway comes in at full-back, while Keith Earls moves from centre to the wing. Earls’ adjustment means Denis Hurley partners Francis Saili (PR: Sigh-ee-lee) in midfield. Mike Sherry and BJ Botha come into the front row for Duncan Casey and John Ryan. While Mark Chisolm returns to partner Donnacha Ryan in the second row. There’s one game in Pool 4 tonight, with Leicester playing host to Stade Francais.last_img

GPL Preview: Edubiase, Dwarfs in search of points after poor results

first_imgNew Edubiase have dominated the headlines this week with talks of quitting the league due to financial constraints but this will count for nothing when they host Ebusua Dwarfs at the Obuasi Len Clay Stadium.Both sides lost on the opening day of the league and despite it being only matchday 2, this already feels a much win game for both clubs.A defeat will leave any of the sides six points off the pace and this will certainly create a disconnect between them and the rest of the clubs.New Edubiase and their coach Anthony Commey have created a niche of raising youngsters from the lower divisions and grooming them to premiership materials before selling them.This has seen established names such as Emmanuel Baffour, Bernard Ofori, Asiedu Attobrah, Emmanuel Nti Mensah, Nuhu Fuseini and Alhassan Nuhu all excel for the club before being sold.This season has followed a similar trend but on the evidence of their first week display against Hearts, this team will need a bit more time to show their worth. CEO of the club Alex Akumey however is confident his players’ performance against Hearts has given him enough hope for the future.“I’m very happy because we introduced seven new players who haven’t even played the Division One before but they impressed us. The supporters saw it and that gives us hope. We hope to build on this performance to win our next games.”Dwarfs on the other made a stuttering start to the campaign losing at home to Dreams FC. Despite having Division One’s top scorer Bright Lukman in their team, they failed to find the back of the net.J.E Sarpong labelled their result as an effect of being overconfident but believes his side will come back stronger. “When you are overconfident, this happens. I think my boys underrated the strength of Dreams FC because they are newcomers and they felt they have been in the system for long. But for me, it is a wakeup call for the team. When this happens, you sit up and see it is not easy to play in the Premier division. It is the first game of the season, when we play, we train and we will learn from experiences.”History however favours Edubiase who have won 3 out of 8 previous meetings between both sides. Edubiase are yet to lose on Day 2 of the league since 2009.The Cape Coast side last won an away league game in 2013 and will have to dig deep to overturn their previous woes.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

MFDP, Governance Commission Launch 3-Yr Strategic Plan

first_imgOutgoing Minister of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP), Amara M. Konneh, alongside Dr. Amos C. Sawyer, Chairman of the Governance Commission (GC), has launched a three year strategic plan for the MFDP.The three-year plan is aimed at promoting inclusive sustainable growth and development through efficient resource allocation, equitable wealth distribution, prudent financial management, integrated development planning, coordinated economic management and well formulated and implemented policies.In their plan for the next three years — 2015 to 2018— authorities of the MFDP said they intend to accomplish: a deep-rooted macroeconomic stability by maintaining favorable fiscal; monetary trade and exchange rate polices; efficiency, innovation, responsiveness and transparency in public financial management; and a policy and administrative environment that fast-tracks broad-based private sector growth and development through the framework of the Agenda for Transformation (AfT).Also in the three-year plan, five strategic priorities and 25 intended outputs were identified. “These comprise the core elements of the strategic plan,” said Konneh.Just before Minister Konneh, who has secured for himself a new job with the World Bank Group, did the launching of the plan, he disclosed that the strategic plan was something that is being done across the entire United Party-led government of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.The government has at most 20 months left in power.Min. Konneh used the occasion to thank Dr. Amos Sawyer for serving in the capacity that is helping to get Liberia “to slowly get governance right.”He stated that the MFDP is now “unique” as it has now moved beyond a “simple accounting process of debit and credit to more of thinking through” how one navigates an economy in shadow through difficult crises.He stated that with the merging of the former Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs with the Ministry of Finance, the first benefit of this combination was seen in 2014, when the deadly Ebola virus disease struck.“When we were attacked by Ebola, everyone saw how we kept this economy floating and stable; when everyone was projecting that it was going to collapse.“When your country is being projected to lose 20,000 of its citizens every month, then you know that you are in serious trouble,” he stated. He boasted that it was through what he termed as the MFDP thinking to focus on policies that lead to solving complex problems “versus just collecting money, disbursing it and drawing the line.”He used the occasion to thank his colleagues at the MFDP for working with him over the last four years. He told them that what they have done for him is far greater than what he did for them. He added: “Four years ago when we first met, I was much younger; but I am bit older now, and wiser. Some of you trusted and took me in, but some of you didn’t.”However, he thanked all of them for helping him be the leader he is today.“You gave me confidence to put my anger into good use. I know it wasn’t easy here in the beginning. Your doubts gave me the determination to prove you and my critics wrong. You witnessed my fear transformed into strength. Your rejection taught me courage.”He acknowledged that it was their cooperation that made him win the “Minister of Finance Africa Award,” among others. While thanking them from the bottom of his heart, he apologized to those who he might have hurt along the way.For his part, Dr. Sawyer congratulated Min. Konneh for his stewardship of the Ministry and the nation’s economy. Dr. Sawyer, who heads the institution that helps the nation formulate good governance policies, stated that the leadership role played by the outgoing Minister when he (Sawyer) was told by the President to steer the process of combining both the Ministries of Planning and Finance into the MFDP, was “great.”He thanked the Minister for choosing a Liberian consulting group for developing their 3-year plan.The MFDP comprises four departments, eight divisions, including the Comptroller and Accountant General, and 28 units, as well as eight specialized units, which directly fall under the Office of the Minister.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

How to Bank Your Insights and Ideas for the Future

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now In business-to-business sales, selling effectively now requires that you have business acumen and situational knowledge (something like experience). Your goal should to be a 52% subject matter expert as it pertains to your company’s products and solutions (and that percentage should improve over time) and a 100% subject matter expert at the intersection of your industry and your client’s industry. It would be best if you had information disparity, which means you know more than your clients or prospects. What is contained and conveyed to you in this paragraph is no longer optional, and it hasn’t been for a long time now.To become a subject matter expert, you need to pay attention to the trends in your industry, infusing what you know into your sales conversations. A lack of knowledge will undermine your goal of creating opportunities, creating a preference, and win your dream client’s business or your existing client’s new initiative. Gaining that expertise means studying.If you want to be relevant, you need to read, collect, study, and synthesize.ReadingIt is not possible for you to be a subject matter expert without reading. You may have plenty of experience in your industry, and you may have even more experience in a sales role. However, without being able to speak to the trends that are now impacting your dream client’s business (or soon will be), short of finding them already inclined to change, you will struggle mightily to create a case for change.You are reading to gain knowledge and bank insights.You have to read the newspapers (an unusual word to still use now that much of our news comes from online sources). The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal are excellent sources, as both cover business, economics, and politics. The New York Times does more reporting on science and technology and health, helpful trends in some verticals.Online sources are also helpful, but stay away from the purely political outlets, something that seems to plague all news sources now, but some are pure opinion-shaping as it pertains to politics (a good enough reason to avoid them–and the negativity that can infect you with the same over time).By reading widely, you will find trends that are going to help you make a case for change and shape how your client views their world and their choices. An aversion to reading will stunt your growth as a salesperson.Note: Reading here might also include listening and watching.CollectingIt isn’t enough just to read. You also have to start collecting proof that what you say is true and how it shaped your views and values about the decisions you help your clients take.When you tell your client something, it’s your opinion. What you say might be suspect because your prospect recognizes your intention is is to sell them something. However, when Gartner says something is true, it’s true. When CNBC reports it, it’s a fact. By collecting third-party proof and data, you are banking insights and ideas for the future.Win customers away from your competition. Check out Eat Their LunchStudyingYou must know more than your clients, which is the prerequisite for them choosing you as their strategic partner. When you know a scant more than your client, there is too little disparity for you to be compelling.What do you believe should be compelling your client to change? What change should they be making? Why is one choice better than some other? What has your reading and studying taught you?Marketing can help you with the slide decks and some insights, but if you are not working on developing the business acumen and situational knowledge yourself, you cannot be a real subject matter expert.SynthesizeYou must develop a theory of why it is more difficult for your client to produce the results they used to have no trouble generating in the halcyon days of yesteryear.You don’t have to be a college professor or something resembling a researcher at a prestigious think tank (although it wouldn’t hurt you to have enough subject matter expertise that you might be confused for one). You do, however, have to synthesize what you read, listen to, watch, and study. The synthesis allows you to make connections between ideas, trends, and all the factors that change over time–and force your client to change along with them.Bank your insights, building an arsenal of information that informs your views, your values, and your recommendations–and that will help you do the same for your clients.last_img read more

a month agoTottenham chairman Levy: Refinancing will not affect transfers

first_imgTottenham chairman Levy: Refinancing will not affect transfersby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham chairman Daniel Levy insists their transfer funds remain as deep as ever.Levy has insisted that the refinancing of Tottenham’s stadium debt will not impact the club’s activity in the transfer market.Spurs borrowed £637million in loans from various banks to help finance the development and construction of their 62,062-seat ground, which opened in April.Levy told the Financial Times that the new arrangements will not alter the way the north London club is run.He said: “The refinancing will have no ­bearing on how we run the club… and no bearing on those types of short-term movements [like transfers].” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Dez Bryant Says Cowboys Aren’t Hazing Ezekiel Elliott, They “Need His Mind Right”

first_imgDez Bryant seen on TMZ sports.Despite 2016 being running back Ezekiel Elliott’s first season in the NFL, don’t expect the Cowboys rookie to be picking up any massive dinner checks this offseason. With the playoffs in mind, they want the former Ohio State star’s head to be clear of distractions. On Tuesday, TMZ Sports posted this great video to YouTube of Dallas wide receiver Dez Bryant saying that the Cowboys don’t playfully haze rookies anymore and that Elliott will escape the tradition altogether because they “need his mind right.”With so many weapons on the field it’s easy to see why. The addition of Elliott behind one of the best offensive lines in the country provides endless possibilities in Dallas. Bringing balance to the potent offense could really open things up for Tony Romo.last_img

HC seeks order copy transferring Karti case to special court

first_imgChennai: The Madras High Court has directed the prosecution to produce a copy of a lower court order transferring the cases against Karti Chidambaram to a special court designated to deal with cases involving MPs and MLAs. Justice PD Audikesavalu gave the directive on Monday while hearing a petition against the transfer to the special court the criminal prosecution initiated by I-T Department against Karti and his wife Srinidhi pending before the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court, Egmore. The judge then posted the matter after a week. When the matter came up, a counter affidavit was filed by the Registrar General of the high court, justifying the transfer of cases. The Registrar General, in the counter, said, the transfer of cases were made according to the orders of Supreme Court on September 12, 2018 and the offences alleged to have been committed by the petitioners are classified under section 279 A of Income Tax Act.” He said the penal provision for which the petitioners were charged provides for an imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than six months but which may extend up to seven years with fine. The counter further said the EOW court in the cadre of Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate does not have exclusive jurisdiction to try cases relating to violations of Income Tax Act. It said the impugned transfer of the case to special Court in deference to the directions issued by the Supreme Court does not suffer from any legal infirmity as contended by the petitioners. Senior counsel ARL Sunderesan, appearing for Karthi, submitted they were served with the copy of the circular of Registrar General only but not with the copy of the order passed by the magistrate concerned transferring the cases to the special court. “If the copy of the order of magistrate is served only then we will come to know whether the transfer was made on the basis of high court circular or as per the Supreme Court order,” Sunderesan said.last_img read more

Behind Cohen plea Trumps longtime dream of a Moscow tower

first_imgWASHINGTON — Donald Trump for decades dreamed of building a Trump Tower in the heart of Moscow, a plan that flared and fizzled several times over the years, most recently when his presidential campaign was gaining momentum.That last plan led Trump’s longtime lawyer Michael Cohen to plead guilty Thursday to a charge brought by the special prosecutor looking into possible Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Cohen admitted he lied to Congress about key details in the negotiations for the Moscow tower, most notably that those talks stretched much deeper into the presidential campaign than previously thought, to June of 2016.Trump, speaking to reporters Thursday, disputed Cohen’s timeline and suggested his former fixer was telling prosecutors what they wanted to hear to save his own skin. As for why the most recent deal failed, Trump said he made the decision himself for one main reason.“It was very simple,” he said. “I was very focused on running for president.”Trump’s plans for a Trump Tower in Moscow went back as far as 1996 when the future president paid a visit to the Russian capital to check out building sites on land being developed by a U.S. company.That idea fell through, along with plans to revamp the dilapidated Hotel Moskva next to the Kremlin, but the real estate mogul raised the prospect of a “super-luxury residential tower” bearing his name on other sites he visited on his three-day stay in the city.“Moscow is going to be huge,” Trump told Playboy magazine in a 1997 interview.Trump revived the idea in 2013 during his visit to Moscow as owner of the Miss Universe pageant. Trump later said he had discussed the idea with Aras and Emin Agalarov, a father-and-son Russian development team close to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump reportedly scouted a potential site, but the idea again faded.The tower idea came back yet again in October 2015, when Andrey Rozov, an obscure Russian real estate developer, signed a letter of intent sent by Cohen to advance the construction of a Trump World Tower that would feature 250 luxury condos, no fewer than 15 floors of hotel rooms, commercial and office space, a fitness centre and an Ivanka Trump spa.It was a potentially lucrative deal for Trump’s company, handing it $4 million in upfront fees plus possibly millions more from a cut on everything from food and banquet fees to spa charges. His share on the first $100 million in condo sales alone would reach another $5 million.Rozov’s signed letter was sent back to Cohen by Felix Sater, another Trump world figure who had worked on and off for the Trump Organization and operated as a government informant following a 1998 conviction in a stock fraud case.Sater sent Cohen an email expressing optimism: “Let’s make this happen and build a Trump Moscow. And possibly fix relations between the countries by showing everyone that commerce and business are much better and more practical than politics.”Like the previous failed projects, the Rozov-helmed effort soon ran aground. According to Cohen’s testimony in 2017 and his plea agreement, negotiations with Rozov’s group stalled, and the two Trump associates turned to aides to Russian President Vladimir Putin to move the project forward.Cohen told congressional investigators last year that he had sent an email in January 2016 to Dmitry Peskov, Putin’s spokesman. Cohen told the committee he never heard back from Peskov and the tower deal collapsed by the end of that month.But according to Cohen’s new statement to prosecutors, the tower deal remained viable as late as June 2016, after Trump had vanquished his Republican presidential rivals and was mounting his general election campaign against Hillary Clinton. Cohen said he kept Trump, named as “Individual 1” in the plea, updated about the deal’s progress, and also “briefed family members of Individual 1 within the company about the project.”Cohen said in his plea that he also spoke by phone with an assistant to Peskov — identified in the plea as “Russian Official 1” — in January 2016 and outlined the project and “requested assistance in moving the project forward.”According to the plea, Cohen later discussed travelling to Moscow to jump-start the deal. In May 2016, a month after Trump had emerged the winner of the GOP primaries, Sater — identified as “Individual 2” — told Cohen that Peskov wanted to meet him in mid-June at an international business forum in St. Petersburg and “possibly introduce you” to Putin or Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.Sater and Cohen continued to email about the foundering project well into June 2016, soon after a much-scrutinized meeting at Trump Tower in New York between Trump’s son, Don Jr., son-in-law Jared Kushner, campaign chairman Paul Manafort and several Russian attendees, purportedly to discuss the possibility of “dirt” on Hillary Clinton.On June 14, Cohen met Sater in the tower lobby and told him his potential trip to St. Petersburg was off.Thursday, Trump suggested that his consideration of a Moscow tower was all part of being a businessman who was also running for president.“I decided ultimately not to do it,” he said. “There would be nothing wrong if I did do it.”“There was a good chance that I wouldn’t have won, in which case I would have gone back into the business, and why should I lose lots of opportunities?”Stephen Braun And Bernard Condon, The Associated Presslast_img read more