Ethiopian opposition leader ‘proud’ to be charged with terrorism

first_imgOn Monday Jawar and 17 other suspects appeared in court, where they were presented with documents detailing the charges, according to Jawar’s lawyer, Tuli Bayyisa.Though they did not enter formal pleas, Jawar delivered a scathing statement challenging the court’s integrity.”The reason why I’ve been detained is only because we’ve challenged the government. The government understood that they cannot compete with the opposition parties,” Jawar said, according to Tuli. “I’m really very proud to be charged under the antiterrorist law because the government knows, the public knows, and me myself I know 100 percent that I’m not a terrorist. I have never committed any kind of crime.” Topics : The charges – which could bring life imprisonment – relate to violence that erupted after the shooting death in June of Hachalu Hundessa, a popular singer from the Oromo ethnic group who gave voice to Oromo feelings of political and economic marginalization.Jawar is among more than 9,000 people caught up in subsequent mass arrests that have stoked criticism that Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is seizing on the unrest to silence political opponents and critics.Abiy, winner of last year’s Nobel Peace Prize, is Ethiopia’s first Oromo leader, but he faces intense criticism from Oromo nationalists like Jawar who accuse him of being a poor advocate for their interests and behaving like a dictator. Putting Jawar on trial risks fuelling violence in Addis Ababa and the surrounding Oromia region. “Unless prosecutors provide convincing evidence that the Oromo opposition leaders are guilty of these grave charges, then, if they are convicted, there will be a widespread public perception, especially in Oromia, that the Ethiopian government is once again engaging in politicized prosecutions,” said William Davison, senior analyst with the International Crisis Group. This could undermine national elections expected next year that are seen as a potential milestone in Ethiopia’s democratic transition, Davison added. center_img A prominent Ethiopian opposition politician on Monday rejected terrorism charges recently filed against him as part of a government plot to lock up rivals rather than face them at the ballot box.Jawar Mohammed, a former media mogul and member of the opposition Oromo Federalist Congress, is one of 24 suspects recently charged with terrorism and other offenses in connection with violence that left up to 239 people dead in June and July.The attorney general’s office unveiled the charges in a Facebook post over the weekend without informing the suspects or their lawyers.last_img read more

Pension funds to file milestone Tesco lawsuit in UK

first_imgOn 23 October 2014, Tesco announced that recent profit overstatements now totalled £263m.The supermarket also issued a third profit downgrade for the current financial year (2014-15), reporting a fall of 92% in pre-tax profits.The reaction from markets was swift, with more than £2bn being wiped off Tesco’s share price.The investors’ lawsuit will allege that Tesco made misleading and untruthful statements and omissions to the market in relation to its profits for recent financial periods.It is being funded by litigation funders Bentham Europe.The case will be filed in the High Court of Justice within the next four weeks, according to Sean Upson, partner in the commercial litigation and investor protection litigation departments at Stewarts Law.Upson, who is leading the action on behalf of the investors, told IPE: “The investors are bringing the action because, when the mis-statements in Tesco’s accounts were revealed, it caused losses. And many investors want to see better corporate governance at Tesco in the future.“One could see this case leading to similar actions because Section 90A has shown the way.”Jeremy Marshall, CIO at Bentham Europe, said: “There is a compelling reason for pension funds to take part in an action like this, if a recovery is achieved without risk of loss, because they have to act in the interests of their members.”Bentham Europe acts on a no-win, no-fee basis.All current and former shareholders that acquired at least 10,000 Tesco shares during the period 17 April 2013 to 22 October 2014, and that had not sold all of those securities prior to market announcements made by Tesco on 29 August, 22 September or 23 October 2014, are eligible to participate in the action.More information is available at https://www.benthameurope.com/tesco-plc-overview.Meanwhile, three former Tesco executives are also facing criminal charges, after an investigation by the Serious Fraud Office. UK and European pension funds are among 60 institutional investors planning to file a milestone lawsuit against Tesco, the UK’s biggest supermarket, for losses of around £150m (€173m) incurred because of accounting irregularities by the company, resulting in overstated earnings.The case is believed to be the first to be brought under Sections 90 and 90A of the UK’s Financial Services and Markets Act.These provisions allow investors to bring a claim against companies that issue prospectuses or publish statements on which the investors intend to rely and that contain false information, causing a loss.On 22 September 2014, Tesco issued a market announcement saying it had previously overstated its expected profits for the half year just ended by £250m.last_img read more

Animal testing ‘requires tighter regulation’

first_img 15 Views   no discussions Tweet HealthLifestyle Animal testing ‘requires tighter regulation’ by: – July 22, 2011 Share Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share By James GallagherHealth reporter, BBC NewsProfessor Christopher Shaw says there should be “clear barriers” to stop some experiments that may be possible in the futureBetter regulation is needed to govern rapidly expanding research in animals containing human tissue or genes, the Academy of Medical Sciences says.It said such studies were necessary for medical research, but that new ethical issues could emerge and called for a national body of experts.It said “category three” experiments on monkey brains, resulting in “human-like” behaviour, should be banned.The government said it would consider the recommendations.Dr Robin Lovell-Badge, from the National Institute for Medical Research, said: “Everyone laughs at talking meerkats and cats with opposable thumbs, but if we were actually doing that in the labs I don’t think people would be so happy.”Cancer drugsIntroducing human material into animals has furthered medical research.Putting human breast tumour cells into mice has allowed researchers to test cancer drugs on human tissue.Stroke damaged mice showed some recovery when their brains were injected with human neural stem cells, which has led to human clinical trials.Mice with Down’s syndrome have had a whole human chromosome added to their genome to help researchers learn more about the condition.Professor Christopher Shaw, from King’s College London and one of the report’s authors, said animals with human material were “hugely important. Is [the field] going to shrink and go away? No. I’m confident it will lead to new treatments.”The academy report said it was anticipating “a major increase in the use of these techniques”.However it raised concerns that some cases would fall through gaps in the regulation.The authors said that, for example, experiments on an embryo which contained predominantly human material would be controlled by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and the embryo would not progress beyond 14 days. For embryos which are mostly animal, but contained some human material, they said there was “no regulation at all”.Animal research is regulated by the Home Office’s animal procedures committee.Professor Martin Bobrow, chair of the Academy of Medical Sciences, said: “Our report recommends that the Home Office puts in place a national expert body, within the existing stringent system of animal research regulation, to provide specific advice on sensitive types of ‘animals containing human material’ research.”The academy recommended three classifications for research on animals containing human material.Most would be “category one” and have no more restrictions than any other study on animals.‘Valuable study’Category two experiments could be allowed but “would require strong scientific justification”. The report suggested this would include adding genes to non-human primates and significant changes to an animal to make it “more human-like”.Category three experiments would not be allowed, such as letting any mixed embryo develop past 14 days or breeding animals with human influenced sperm or egg cells and modifying non-human primates to create human-like awareness or behaviour.Professor Bobrow was keen to stress that “nobody has done any of these things”, but the Academy of Medical Sciences said it wanted guidelines in place rather than waiting until the horse had bolted.Home Office Minister Lynne Featherstone said: “We welcome the valuable contribution of this study to the understanding of the complex ethical, scientific and animal welfare issues involved in this area of research.“We will consider the recommendations carefully.”last_img read more

Lazio launch bid for Chelsea striker

first_imgLazio have launched a bid for Chelsea striker Olivier  Giroud. And with the Euros coming up this summer, Giroud is in  need of consistent playing time to make it into Didier  Deschamp’s squad for the tournament. Read Also:Chelsea keen on Lazio hitman Giroud had been linked with a move to Antonio Conte’s  Inter Milan this month. However, that transfer has gone  cold and is unlikely to happen. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… The Daily Mail says Lazio have made an offer for Giroud  but the Frenchman is looking to remain in London amid  interest from Tottenham. The 33-year-old has longed for the exit door from  Stamford Bridge having seen game time severely limited  for the west London club this season.Advertisement Promoted Content6 Amazing Shows From The 90s That Need A Reboot Right Now7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value7 Biggest Celebrity Endorsement Deals10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?8 Things About Ancient Egypt That We Don’t Yet KnowPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricaneslast_img read more

March ‘Business of the Month’ named by Ripley County Chamber of Commerce

first_imgVersailles, In. — Mirrus Corporation was established in April of 1999, by Rusty Stenger of Batesville, Indiana and located on U.S. 421 in Versailles.Mirrus is one of the largest employer’s in the surrounding area, specializing in quality sorting, assembly, packing, quality inspection, sub-assembly and containment. Available 24/7 with a team of full-time associates, Mirrus guarantees prompt and efficient service. Mirrus Corporation partners with manufacturing facilities to maximize efficiency in the production process and quality application.Initially, all associates were based at the Versailles location, but with the rapid growth of business, service is provided to manufacturers in Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. Establishing an office in Seymour, Indiana has expanded growth and has provided new opportunities.Mirrus employs people from several communities in southeastern Indiana. Job opportunities are also offered at the Versailles Farm And Garden Store.last_img read more

Zamora wants Austin tied down

Press Association However, that form brings with it speculation, especially given Austin only has 18 months remaining on his current deal at Loftus Road – a situation striker partner Zamora has urged the powers that be to sort quickly. “He has 12 goals now and that’s brilliant,” the 33-year-old said. “Hopefully, he can continue that and as a club we need to tie him down and get him a new deal. “I’m pleased for him, he’s doing well and he works hard. Without a shadow of a doubt other clubs will be looking at him. “If they’re not, then they’re crazy because he can get you that goal.” Austin has made light work of the transition to top-flight football, just as he did as he did when moving from non-league to the Football League. Zamora followed a similar path and never had any doubts his team-mate could cut it in the Premier League. “He done well for us last year and, even though it’s a step up, we know what he can do,” he said. QPR need to tie forward Charlie Austin down to a new deal as team-mate Bobby Zamora believes other clubs would be “crazy” not to try and prise him away. “He wasn’t scoring wonder goals, going past four or five people – they are strikers’ goals, finishers’ goals. “If you’ve got that ability, you can do it at any level. “I’m lucky enough to have taken a similar route through the third and second division, as it was back then. “It’s brilliant and I’m pleased for him. It’s a great route and a great story.” Neil Warnock has become the Premier League’s first managerial casualty of the season – a decision which surprised Keith Millen and means he is once again having to fill in as Crystal Palace’s caretaker manager. Just four months after beginning a second spell at the Selhurst Park helm, the 66-year-old was relieved of his duties having failed to carry on the stellar work done by predecessor Tony Pulis. Palace fans turned on Warnock during the embarrassing 3-1 home defeat to Southampton on Boxing Day and the south London club’s board wielded the axe the following morning. It has seen Millen installed as caretaker for the third time in little more than a year, meaning he has the unenviable task of leading out the embattled Eagles against QPR on Sunday. “It is not a nice position to be in again, I must admit,” Millen said. “It was a surprise. “We have all been disappointed by yesterday’s result but the first-half performance was decent. “We’re just not taking our chances at the moment, so we’ve come into work this morning and I get the phone call from the chairman. “It has been a shock for us all, but we have got to try and be professional and try and concentrate on a massive game.” Palace co-chairman Steve Parish felt he had no choice but to take the “unfortunate decision” to sack Warnock and informed him of that decision on Saturday morning. Parish says Palace have not got anyone lined-up to come in and, while they “want it sorted out as soon as possible”, confirmed Millen is likely to be in charge for the trip to the New Year’s Day clash at Aston Villa in addition to the QPR match. “Neil came in this morning and we had a quick chat,” Millen said. “He cleared his desk and his stuff. “It is always a sad time and it is very difficult for all of us, the staff, because he kept us here and we were part of his backroom staff. “We’re all disappointed but we have got to move on very quickly with this big game.” Millen will need to ignore the background noise if he is succeed at Loftus Road, with speculation already mounting over Warnock’s permanent successor. That is not something he is even contemplating right now, though, saying they have “got to let the dust settle a little bit” and fully focus on getting a result against QPR. “I know this group of players and know what they’re good at,” Millen told Sky Sports News. “We’ve got to try and remind them of that. We’ve got to go to QPR tomorrow and be up for the fight because that is what it is going to be. “I am sure QPR will be ready for us and we’ve got to make sure our lot are ready.” Five years on from playing non-league football for Poole Town, the 25-year-old is the top-scoring Englishman in the Premier League. Only Sergio Aguero and Diego Costa have managed more than his 12-goal haul and talk of England recognition grows by the week. read more

200 compete in Tracy’s Karate’s 100th tournament

first_imgBUCKSPORT — Tracy’s Karate Ju-Jitsu of Ellsworth held its 100th tournament on April 30 at Bucksport High School.Some 200 competitors, ages 4-75 from Maine and Canada, competed in fighting and throwing events. Two hundred trophies and medals were awarded in 50 different divisions.All students who placed among the top three in their division automatically qualified to fight in the Tournament of Champions at the Team Fighting Competition on Oct. 22 at Bucksport High School.Ellsworth qualifiers included Bridget Kutney, Lillian Noyes, Colton White, Kristian Gerrish, Jordan Brouty, Lauryn Noyes, Matt Shea, Everett Beal, John Baranowski, Tom Anderson, Cole Faulkingham, Natalie Jagels, Kayden Snowdeal and William Wilson.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textAfter the tournament, the Maine Ketsugo Karate Association held black belt testing at the Maine headquarters on the Bangor Road in Ellsworth. More than 100 active black belts make up the MKKA throughout Maine, Canada and Arizona.Fourteen students were promoted to either first degree black belt or higher: Senseis Diane Woods and Mike Giles (eighth degree); Sensei Lucy Newbegin (fourth degree); Senseis Lauren Dawes, John Dawes, Matt Shea and Noah Jackins (second degree); and Senseis Caroline Tracy, Marleigh Richardson, Grace Hatch, Charlotte Hartt, Sadie Hartt, Jonathan Robinson and Andy Hartt (first degree).Students will travel to Mars Hill on June 18 for their next competition held by Sensei Bill Graves of Presque Isle.last_img read more

Shubhankar Sharma aims to make it count at World Golf Championships (WGC)-Bridgestone meet

first_imgAkron, July 30: Indias rising star golfer Shubhankar Sharma aims to keep his PGA Tour dream alive with a strong showing at the World Golf Championships (WGC)-Bridgestone Invitational, starting on Thursday at the Firestone Country Club.The 22-year-old knows he must pull off some great shots of his own to keep his PGA Tour dream alive at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and next week’s PGA Championship.He impressed with a tied ninth finish at the WGC-Mexico Championship in March but has yet to replicate that success in seven other tournaments Stateside, with a tied 20 spot at the Fort Worth Invitational being his best.“It definitely is still a goal to try and earn my PGA Tour card this year but I have to play really well in the next two weeks. Playing on the PGA Tour is my aim and I want to make it there,” he said, according to a release.“It’s been a breakout year where I’ve had the opportunity to play in different tournaments against world-class fields. It’s a different feeling when you are playing with the best in the world,” he added.“I know I need to work hard to get onto a higher level. One thing for sure is I’m definitely much more comfortable playing amongst these players.”The 22-year-old will make his debut in the $10 million showpieces headlined by title holder Hideki Matsuyama, World No. 1 Dustin Johnson, newly crowned Open Championship winner Francesco Molinari, 29 golfers from the top-30 of the FedExCup standings and 14-time major winner Tiger Woods.“I’m really looking forward to the event as I’ve watched it on TV over the years,” said Shubhankar.“It’s a tough set up but it is a great tournament which has celebrated great champions. Tiger has won it so many times, and then guys like Adam (Scott), Hideki and other great players have won it too, so just to be a part of that is fantastic,” added the current Asian Tour leader.Shubhankar will have compatriot Anirban Lahiri for a company in this week’s elite field. IANSlast_img read more

AB de Villiers smashes ODI best as Proteas seal series

first_imgPAARL, South Africa (Reuters) – A swashbuckling century from AB de Villiers secured a 104-run victory for South Africa over Bangladesh and sealed the three-match series in the second One-Day International at Boland Park yesterday.de Villiers smashed his highest ODI score of 176 from 104 balls as South Africa posted 353 for six in their 50 overs, having been asked to bat, before restricting the visitors to 249 all out in 47.5 overs in their reply.de Villiers was involved in a third-wicket partnership of 136 with Hashim Amla (85 from 92 balls) and 117 for the fourth with JP Duminy (30 from 30 balls) as he thumped 15 fours and seven sixes, making batting look easy on a slow wicket.He was eventually caught at deep midwicket by Sabbir Rahman off the bowling of Rubel Hossain having looked on course for a double ton.Bangladesh made a good start to their reply as Imrul Kayes (68 from 77 balls) and Mushfiqur Rahim (60 from 70 balls) tried to keep up with the rate, but were strangled by career-best figures from seamer Andile Phehlukwayo (four for 40) and the wily spin of Imran Tahir (three for 50).The final match of the series will be played in East London on Sunday.SOUTH AFRICA inningsH. Amla c Rahim b R. Hossain 85Q. de Kock lbw b Al Hasan 46F. du Plessis b Al Hasan 0A. de Villiers c Sa. Rahman b R. Hossain 176J. Duminy lbw b R. Hossain 30F. Behardien not out 7D. Pretorius c Kayes b R. Hossain 0A. Phehlukwayo not out 0Extras: lb-2, w-7) 9Total: (for 6 wickets, 50 overs) 353Fall of wickets: 1-90, 2-90, 3-226, 4-343, 5-353, 6-353.Bowling: Mashrafe Mortaza 10-0-82-0 (w-1), Taskin Ahmed 9-0-71-0 (w-3), Shakib Al Hasan 10-0-60-2 (w-1), Nasir Hossain 8-0-49-0, Rubel Hossain 10-0-62-4 (w-1), Sabbir Rahman 1-0-11-0, Mahmudullah 2-0-16-0 (w-1).BANGLADESH inningsTamim Iqbal lbw b Pretorius 23Imrul Kayes c de Villiers b Tahir 68Liton Das lbw b Phehlukwayo 14Mushfiqur Rahim c Duminy b Pretorius 60Shakib Al Hasan c de Kock b Tahir 5Mahmudullah b Phehlukwayo 35Sabbir Rahman c du Plessis b Tahir 17Nasir Hossain b Phehlukwayo 3Mashrafe Mortaza lbw b Phehlukwayo 0Taskin Ahmed not out 3Rubel Hossain b Paterson 8Extras: (lb-4, w-9) 13Total: (all out, 47.5 overs) 249Fall of wickets: 1-44, 2-69, 3-162, 4-171, 5-184, 6-219, 7-234, 8-234, 9-239.Bowling: K. Rabada 9-1-40-0 (w-2), D. Paterson 8.5-0-67-1 (w-1), D. Pretorius 10-0-48-2 (w-2), A. Phehlukwayo 10-1-40-4 (w-3), I. Tahir 10-0-50-3 (w-1).last_img read more

Dino Babers wants Syracuse to ‘try less harder’ ahead of Boston College matchup

first_img Comments Syracuse’s (3-5, 0-4 Atlantic Coast) recent three-game slide isn’t due to a lack of trying, head coach Dino Babers said during his weekly press conference on Monday. In fact, Babers believed it may the opposite — that his team is pressing at this point and needs to heed the words of advice his former head coach at Hawaii, Dick Tomey, used to tell him. “The line he used to use was, ‘try less harder,’” Babers said. “I think they’re getting out there, and they want to win so bad, and they want to do well so bad, that they jump. They move. They make a mental mistake.”The Orange’s 35-17 loss to Florida State on Saturday extended their ACC losing streak to four to begin the season, their longest winless drought to begin league play since they joined the conference in 2013. In the week leading up to the game, former starting tackle Ryan Alexander left the team, prompting Babers to call him a quitter following the contest.Matthew Bergeron, a true freshman from Canada, started in Alexander’s place and although he made a couple of expected mistakes, played well in the eyes of Babers. He noted that despite being a freshman, Bergeron is already 19 years old, a positive for both his play this year and his development moving forward. Babers also explained that players from Canada are often inherently “smarter” than their American counterparts, because they learn two languages growing up. Bergeron was part of an offensive line that has struggled of late but helped allow SU total its most rushing yards in over a month. “For the very first time it felt like we had series where we could actually run the football and move the football,” Babers said. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse now shifts its focus to Boston College (4-4, 2-3), its opponent at noon on Saturday in the Carrier Dome. The Eagles are led by running back AJ Dillon, one of only five players in the country to have rushed for more than 1,000 yards this season. Babers acknowledged how big a part of the offense Dillon is, especially considering that BC lost its starting quarterback, Anthony Brown, due to injury earlier this month.“Coach Addazio wants to run the football, he’s an old O-line coach,” Babers said. “That’s how they decided that they want to win football games. And we’ve gotta line up, match their physicality, and stop the run. If we don’t do that it will not be good.”All three matchups between the teams since Babers became SU’s head coach in 2016 have been won by the more physical team, he said. Three years ago, the Orange defeated the Eagles, 28-20. In 2017, a Rex Culpepper-led Syracuse squad was no match for BC, which rode to a 42-14 victory on the strength of 193 yards and three touchdowns by Dillon. Last year, with Dillon banged up, SU won the rushing battle to the tune of 197 total yards and a trio of touchdowns by Eric Dungey. “It really comes down to elephants and hippos,” Babers said. “The more secure you are up front, the more things that you can do with everything else, if you’ve got a heck of a cake, you can put all different types of icing on it. And everybody likes it. If you got a cake that tastes bad, it doesn’t matter what kind of icing you put on it.”Injury notes: Babers said that he doesn’t believe McKinley Williams will be making his season debut against the Eagles. He was waiting on further updates later during the day on SU’s other injured players. Published on October 28, 2019 at 5:14 pm Contact Eric: erblack@syr.edu | @esblack34center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more