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Emergency funds for journalists who have had to flee Swat valley fighting

first_imgNews More than 30 journalists and their families have had to seek refuge in Peshawar and other cities since the army launched its offensive against Islamist militants in the Swat valley. The valley’s newspapers have had to stop publishing and most of their journalists are now without any means of support. “Like hundreds of thousands of their fellow citizens, the journalists and their families have had to flee the extreme violence in the Swat region,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Unable to work, these journalists must now concentrate on finding shelter and food for their loved-ones. Reporters Without Borders has sent 5,000 euros in emergency funds which the Khyber Union of Journalists will distribute to help meet their initial needs for housing, food and medical care for themselves and their children.” Help by sharing this information May 15, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Emergency funds for journalists who have had to flee Swat valley fighting Khyber Union of Journalists president Mohammad Riaz has issued an appeal on behalf of the Swat valley’s media and displaced journalists. No security measures have so far been taken that would enable the media to resume operating the in valley.Journalists flee Swat valley en masse News PakistanAsia – Pacific “The humanitarian crisis is likely to persist so these funds must be seen as just a first step paving the way for massive support for these journalists, whose flight has left the Swat valley without media coverage,” Reporters Without Borders added. “We appeal to international news media, journalists unions and organisations that defend the press to mobilise resources to help their Swat valley colleagues.” eporters Without Borders has sent emergency funds to help the dozens of Swat valley journalists who have been forced to flee the area because of fighting between the Pakistani army and the Taliban. to go further Organisation Newscenter_img April 21, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists January 28, 2021 Find out more Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire Follow the news on Pakistan PakistanAsia – Pacific Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder RSF_en June 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Cyclists face fines and felony

first_imgOxford University Security Services have recently reported that “cycle theft appears to have increased dramatically over the past couple of months.”The Security Services have advised that cycle crime is occurring in many places, at all times of the day and night, and all over the University and College estate. Cycles are being cut free, with cable locks in particular being the most vulnerable. The thieves are also taking the cut lock with them, possibly to prevent DNA or fingerprints being left at the scene.One student commented, “It’s really frustrating. I left my bike locked outside Worcester for a couple of hours and came back to find it had been stolen. I went to the porters’ lodge, and they told me it happens all the time. Some of my friends have had their bikes nicked too. I’ve got a better lock now, but I really can’t afford to lose this one.”The University has a CCTV service which does help reduce bike theft. In just 10 days during 4th and 5th week, the University was able to use CCTV to catch 10 thieves.At St Anne’s college, Bursar Martin sent an email out to the student mailing list saying, “We have seen theft outside of Green College (opposite St Anne’s) and a cycle parked on the pavement in front of the Gatehouse has just been stolen.”The police have also angered some cyclists with their recent stop check on the city centre. A record number of Oxford cyclists were issued with £30 fines recently for riding in pedestrianised areas. The police collected £2,850 in an operation to make Oxford safer.Last week they dished out 95 fines in 3 hours. They were monitoring Queen street and Cornmarket, where cycling is restricted. Each fine was £30.“I think that’s disgustingly excessive,” said Andy James, a cyclist from Magdalen. “I think it would be better if the police just asked people nicely to get off. I think police time is better spent stopping cyclists being run over by traffic considering the relatively few cases where pedestrians are run over by cyclists.”A St Anne’s second year, who asked not to be named, said he had been fined for cycling on Cornmarket last year. He accused police of being unnecessarily aggressive, saying “They were shouting at me in a really angry way, as if I’d done something really dangerous. I felt quite frightened.”The police defended their crack down on cyclists. PC Steve Higa said, “If people cycle, there is a danger to themselves and pedestrians. It makes it even more complicated with buses in Queen Street. We don’t want anyone to get injured.“Most of the cyclists got off their bikes when they saw us so they knew full well what they were doing was wrong. There’s no excuse. The signs are very clear.”“I don’t see the point in cycling on Cornmarket street,” said a first year history student, who also regularly cycles in Oxford. “There are too many people in the way – it’s faster to walk. Though it would be good if they put a sign up making it clearer that you could be fined.”Cyclists in Oxford have been facing further difficulties with the Council enforcing rules more strictly on where they can park. For cyclists with bikes which are not stolen, they may still lose their bicycles to the Council.Oxford City Council planned this week to remove cycles parked on the pavement for Woodstock Road. Students at colleges along the road, such as St Anne’s, will have to move their bikes to cycle storage areas or face losing their bikes.The University Security Services have been offering advice to students worried about bike theft. They recommend buying D locks rather than cable locks. D locks can still be cut by thieves, but it takes a lot longer.last_img read more

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Guatemalans More Concerned about Violence Than Poverty

first_imgBy Dialogo January 11, 2011 Guatemalans are more alarmed by the unstoppable wave of violence that is leaving around eighteen people dead every day than by the economic situation that has half the population mired in poverty, according to a survey published on 7 January by the local press. Sixty-two percent of the 1,008 Guatemalans interviewed by the Costa Rican firm Borge y Asociados, at the request of the daily El Periódico, affirmed that the chief problem is insecurity, compared to 11.2% who chose the economic situation. In addition, the survey, which was taken between 5 and 10 December and has a confidence level of 95%, reveals that 9.4% considered unemployment their chief obstacle, 4.4% said corruption, and 1.3% said education. It also indicates that President Álvaro Colom, who is entering his final year in office, is viewed unfavorably by 49.3% and favorably by 42%, while the remainder had no opinion or did not respond to the question. Guatemala has one of Latin America’s highest rates of violence with an average of nearly 45 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, nearly six times higher than the world average, but significantly lower than the figures for Honduras (more than 70 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants) and El Salvador (over 65).last_img read more

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Merrill Lynch launches new IOTA product

first_img Merrill Lynch launches new IOTA product There’s an old saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Apparently, the trendsetters at Merrill Lynch have never heard this phrase, because the financial specialists there have developed first-in-the-nation IOTA product, according to The Florida Bar Foundation.Recently, Ft. Lauderdale’s Terry Russell, president of The Florida Bar Foundation, met with David McWilliams, managing director for Merrill Lynch, Florida division, to discuss the effect of the new product on Florida’s IOTA program.The Working Capital Management Account for IOTA (WCMA) not only operates as a checking account, but also provides the earnings potential of a government money market fund, and will generate additional revenue for IOTA, according to a Merrill Lynch spokesman.In unveiling WCMA, the first Florida Bar Foundation-approved government money market IOTA product, McWilliams said, “This new product is predicted to be a win-win situation for Florida’s legal aid programs and for law firms interested in growing their bottom line.”Russell agreed that the product will generate more revenue for Florida’s IOTA program.“It is our hope,” Russell said, “that Florida Bar members will invite Merrill Lynch representatives to discuss this exciting new IOTA product.”So far, Russell said, Merrill Lynch representatives are working with Foundation grantees in the 11th, 15th, and 17th circuits.Merrill Lynch representatives also met recently with Bill Davis, a Tallahassee attorney and the Foundation’s president-elect, and Jane Curran, the Foundation’s executive director. Joining them were Foundation grantees Kristine Knab, executive director of Legal Services of North Florida, and Kathy Arrant, executive director of the Legal Aid Foundation of the Tallahassee Bar Association.Davis will present information about Merrill Lynch’s new IOTA product at upcoming board meetings of both the Tallahassee Bar and Legal Services of North Florida.“We anticipate our grantees will continue to encourage their supporters to open their doors to their local Merrill Lynch representative,” Russell said.Russell said Merrill Lynch contacted the Foundation after the Florida Supreme Court amended the IOTA rule to permit government money market funds.“They spent a lot of time making sure their IOTA product could provide the appropriate remittance information required for IOTA accounts and that it would operate just like a regular IOTA account for lawyers and law firms,” Russell said.Florida is not the only state to allow institutions like Merrill Lynch to develop an IOTA product.Alabama has followed Florida in amending its IOTA rule for government money market funds and several other states are moving in that direction, according to the Foundation.For those who care about the future of Florida’s legal aid, Russell said, the good news about Merrill Lynch’s new product means more support for charitable programs such as legal assistance for the poor, projects to improve our state’s justice system, and support for law students, including the Foundation’s goal to make public service an integral part of the law school experience.For more information about Merrill Lynch’s Working Capital Management Account for IOTA, call The Florida Bar Foundation at (800) 541-2195. December 15, 2004 Regular Newscenter_img Merrill Lynch launches new IOTA productlast_img read more

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Long Island Press ‘Power List’ Party Celebrates 50 Most Influential Long Islanders

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York More than 250 top movers and shakers with their friends and families descended upon Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury on April 19 to celebrate the yearly recognition of the 50 “most influential” Long Islanders as determined by the writers and editors of the Long Island Press.Now in its 14th year, the annual Long Island Press Power List and its accompanying awards gala recognizes outstanding leaders within business, the arts, politics, academia, entertainment, and the Long Island community throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties.As in previous incarnations, the Long Island Press Power List’s Class of 2016 represents a wide range of professions, organizations and causes. Included this year were the CEOs of top companies, elected officials, the heads of law enforcement agencies, renowned academics and scientists, activists and advocates, as well as community leaders and those of several nonprofits. “The list itself tells a particular story about Long Island,” Long Island Press Publisher Jed Morey explains in an introductory letter within the list’s print edition. “Each year has its own character and nuance, like chapters in a book. But the larger narrative is one that truly reflects our journey as Long Islanders.”CHECK OUT THE 2016 POWER LIST HONOREES & PHOTOS FROM THIS YEAR’S GALA HEREDistinguishing Wednesday night’s reception ceremony from those previously was a special opening announcement by Morey that he’d be transferring ownership of the media outlet to Schneps Communications, a regional publishing company owning and operating more than 50 publications, media websites, and events throughout New York City and Long Island.Power List Honoree nonprofit Family and Children’s Association President and CEO Jeffrey Reynolds poses for photos with family and friends at the 2016 Long Island Press Power List Party at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury on April 19, 2017. (Photos by Michael P. Damm Jr.)Following Morey’s heartfelt remarks chronicling the Long Island Press’ genesis from an alternative newsweekly upstart in 2003 to a monthly journal, and ultimately its present “strictly digital” format, were keynote addresses from Power List honorees New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli and Canon U.S.A. Executive VP, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel Seymour Liebman, who stressed the need for a free and independent press. Next was the annual Power List Hall of Fame induction ceremony, celebrating those who’ve appeared on the list at least five times. This year’s inductees were Liebman, Huntington Town Councilwoman Tracey Edwards, public relations guru Katherine Heaviside, and civil rights attorney and activist Frederick Brewington.The 2016 Long Island Press Power List Party at Crest Hollow Country Club on April 19, 2017 recognized the 50 ‘most influential’ Long Islanders. (Photos by Michal P. Damm Jr.)Power List honorees participated in an annual “Roll Call” of lighthearted and jovial introductions, followed by the final two accolades of the evening: the Long Island Press Community Champion Award, which Morey presented to Isma Chaudhry, president of the Islamic Center of Long Island, and the Long Island Press Enterprise Business Award, presented to Linda Armyn of Bethpage Federal Credit Union by Josh Schneps, who along with his mother Victoria, will be the Press’ new co-publisher.CHECK OUT THE 2016 POWER LIST HONOREES & PHOTOS FROM THIS YEAR’S GALA HERESchneps Communications currently operates the Bethpage Best of Long Island program and hosts the annual Kings of Long Island and Long Island Power Women in Business events.The extraordinary evening also included a spectacular dinner for honorees and guests, and featured a complimentary deck of playing cards showcasing each Power Lister’s headshot and title.Closing out the program, Schneps spoke about his mother’s long history of advocacy, explaining how an independent press remains at the family business’ foundation and core. He also stressed his commitment to honoring the Long Island Press’ legacy of journalistic integrity. “My mother Victoria and I are humbled and excited about the opportunity to expand our reach on Long Island and take the helm of such a venerable news media brand that has meant so much to the Island,” he told the crowd.Featured Photo: The 2016 Long Island Press Power List honorees stand together for recognition at the annual Power List Party held at Crest Hollow Country Club in Westbury on April 19. (Photos by by Michael P. Damm Jr.)last_img read more

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Great credit union leaders enable others to boldly act

first_img 135SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Scott Butterfield I’ve had a chance to work with a number of amazing credit union leaders, great leaders who know how to foster an ideal environment for collaboration, innovation, risk-taking, and action. I believe their success is built on their ability to create a very high level of trust, and because of that trust, I felt comfortable taking the right amount of risk, and was willing to stick my neck out for them. I tried new things, stretched, grew, and together we hit more home runs. Some of my greatest accomplishments occurred while working with these great leaders. Give me someone I can trust along with a noble vision, and I will follow them almost anywhere. These special leaders deserve (and earn) our very best effort. You always know where you stand – nothing unspoken, no innuendo. Succeed or fail, you know they have your back.These great leaders treat individuals with respect and dignity. They value the uniqueness of each member of their team. Even when they disagree with an idea or outcome, they always respond with dignity and respect. I never wanted to let leaders like these down. I always wanted to give them my very best. They strengthen others, making each person feel capable and powerful.The bottom line is that working in an environment of trust, respect, and dignity enables individuals and teams to act boldly. Bold action has always been important, but given the environment we are working in, bold action has never been more important than it is today.Why is it so important to boldly act?Consistent, bold action is required if we are to survive and thrive in the rapidly evolving environment we find ourselves in. Today’s credit union leaders can’t help but consider current trends and environmental reviews such as CUES Scenarios through 2020 or Filenes Trending: Credit Unions in 2025 and feel a sense of urgency.New technology, changing demographics, and emerging competitors are driving our need to adapt and change. Some of the changes required will be small, but many will be huge, and will require great leadership and inspired teams with the right skill sets that have been enabled to act boldly. Truly, the greatest risk credit unions can take right now is to NOT take any risks.Where are the great leaders?First, having spent time with hundreds of credit union leaders just this year, I can tell you there are many good leaders out there who are up for the challenge. Unfortunately, I can also say that there are a number of credit unions who lack capable leadership, and even some who are stuck with toxic leaders. If you grow with talented, capable leaders, you die with toxic leaders. Fortunately, there are inspiring thought leaders and leadership programs in place to help develop and strengthen bold leadership.Recently, I was fortunate to share a Strategic Advancement presentation at the Connecticut Credit Union Management Program. The leadership program is a two-year program of the Credit Union League of Connecticut designed for rising leaders seeking well-rounded credit union knowledge and development. The lessons and experiences gained from the program will broaden their experience and prepare them for future leadership opportunities. I was very impressed with the large group of leaders; their input and enthusiasm made the day. In particular, I was very impressed with the message their leader, League CEO/President Jill Nowacki, had for the group. Two strong messages really. The first was non-verbal. Jill facilitated the event and spent the entire day with the group. Her presence and involvement speaks volumes about the value she places on the individuals in this group. Second, Jill shared personal leadership challenges she has faced and how she was able to overcome them. Jill’s humble examples speak volumes about the value she places on the members of the leadership team. Truly, this is leadership that will enable (and inspire) others to act.Looking for inspiration and leadership tools? Look to the leadership thought leaders in our midst. One of my favorites is Matt Monge at the Mojo Company. Matt gets it! He is bold and unapologetic in his approach to servant leadership and his focus on building a culture founded on trust. In my experience both are the ingredients needed to enable others to act.Why it mattersStrong credit union leaders with the ability to enable others to boldly act will spread their influence far beyond their office, organization, or community. They will win. Leaders with an inspiring vision, leading in a culture built on trust, will inspire their teams to reflect the vision and act to make it a reality. These effective leaders will build teams that are not afraid to boldly act in the credit unions, members’ and community’s best interests.No one can do it alone. It will be those leaders with the ability to enable others to act that will not only survive, but thrive tomorrow and ensure the legacy of their credit unions. The others will always be relegated to a long list of mediocre impact. Scott is the Principal of Your Credit Union Partner, PLLC.Your Credit Union Partner (YCUP) is a trusted advisor to the leaders of more than 100 credit unions located throughout … Web: www.yourcupartner.org Detailslast_img read more

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Are you prepared for success in a new decade?

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Richard Miller Richard joined JMFA after a 23-year career in banking, providing JMFA and our clients with a broad base of management experience in community banking, from chief lending officer to president … Web: www.jmfa.com Details As the year draws to a close, we’re headed into a new decade that promises opportunities and challenges for both financial institutions and consumers. As you wrap up end-of-year reporting and prepare for the New Year, don’t overlook the following overdraft program strategies that can catapult your performance results. Safeguard members with your commitment to serviceTechnology and innovation are at the forefront of forward-thinking strategies designed to meet service expectations and help credit unions remain competitive in the future. But it’s important to make sure the programs offered are designed to effectively address your members’ most pressing financial needs and enhance your staff’s ability to provide exceptional service experiences.According to the 2019 Financial Health Network Trends Report, fewer than one in three Americans—29%—are financially healthy. Despite another year of strong economic growth, does your membership include those who may need help dealing with an imbalance in their financial footing due to unexpected health issues, job losses or other emergency expenses?These examples underscore how a fully disclosed overdraft service can be a game-changing safety net for members who experience a shortfall. And, when paired with counseling and services that encourage saving and budgeting, your overdraft strategy can enhance the relationship you have with members by demonstrating your commitment to serving all their banking needs—in good times and bad.Don’t leave compliance to chanceRegulators are expected to maintain their focus on a number of issues in 2020. For its part,the Consumer Financial Protection Bureauis carefully reviewing the comments it sought and received—as part of its first-ever 610 RFA rule review—regarding the impact the 2009 Reg E amendment had on small banks and credit unions. This is part of the analysis the Bureau required to support its determination of whether the rule should be continued without change, amended or rescinded.You can avoid unnecessary regulatory concerns and the threat of class action risk by partnering with an overdraft program expert that offers a fully transparent strategy. On-going guidance regarding regulatory changes, a 100% written compliance guarantee and advice on effective member communications will help to ensure that your credit union is meeting all compliance requirements.Get serious about improving your data qualityBanks and credit unions worry a lot about staying competitive when it comes to technology and data. According to PWC, financial institutions have more data on their account holders than anyone else. But they still struggle to extract meaningful information and use it for good business decisions. By some estimates, businesses use only 0.5% of available data.Next generation software with automation provides reliable, comprehensive analytics and up-to-date reporting capabilities that greatly improve your overdraft program management. In addition to increasing your ability to monitor program results, it enables you to gauge member account activity, spot potential problems and anticipate when to implement changes to improve the service experience—as well as your bottom line. Access to real-time program data is also an effective way to ensure compliance issues are identified and dealt with in a timely manner.Energize your training strategyConfident, informed employees are the key ingredients to creating exceptional member experiences involving the products, services and technical capabilities your credit union offers. But, too often, training takes a back seat when it comes to setting priorities.An effective employee training approach can bridge knowledge gaps related to your overdraft program—from the basics to best practices. More importantly, it can help identify any misunderstanding about the value the service provides to members and improve employee confidence—both of which could impact your program’s performance and compliance.And finally, a comprehensive training strategy that includes on-site, online and off-site opportunities supports the different learning styles and work schedules of your staff members.No matter how long your employees have been doing their jobs, it’s important to provide them with recurring opportunities to focus on such issues as: the importance of providing members with a reliable safety net; how a fully compliant overdraft program works and how to effectively communicate with members. Not only does such guidance benefit employees professionally, it improves morale, creates an environment in which your members feel more comfortable coming to you for financial advice and, in the long run, improves your credit union’s performance. With competition heating up from fintech companies and an increased consumer reliance on digital capabilities, the new decade promises to bring monumental change for our industry. Nonetheless, consumers will still be faced with emergencies and situations that put them in a financial bind from time to time.Credit unions that continue to build relationships with their members—through service-focused strategies, well-trained employees and a compliance-guaranteed, next generation overdraft solution— can solidify their reputation as a provider of strong, consistent products and services to succeed into the new decade and beyond.last_img read more

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Windies fast bowler Shannon Gabriel joins Trinbago Knight Riders

first_imgThe Trinbago Knight Riders have signed Shannon Gabriel for the 2018 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL). The Windies bowler will replace South African Junior Dala who is no longer available for the tournament that runs from 8 August to 16 September as he will be playing for South Africa in Sri Lanka.  Gabriel has been playing for the Windies Test team against Sri Lanka this month, taking 20 wickets at 14.95 including match figures of 13/121 in the St Lucia Test. This will be Gabriel’s second spell with the Knight Riders having played for them during the 2014 Hero CPL.  While Gabriel has been playing Test cricket in recent times his Twenty20 record is very impressive. In his 35 matches in the format he has claimed 29 wickets at an average of 23 with an impressive economy rate of 7.07.  Speaking about the signing of Gabriel, Venky Mysore, Director of the Knight Riders said: “Shannon is a world-class bowler, and he has shown that in international cricket. It is great to have him joining the TKR family. We are really looking forward to getting our title defense underway on 8 August.”last_img read more

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Troubled Gabon says ready to host Africa Cup of Nations

first_imgBongo swears in after contested election results that are threatening to mar the AFCON. PHOTO AFPFans of Group D, which comprises Egypt, Ghana, Uganda and Mali, will have to travel by boat or plane to the centre of the country’s oil and timber industries.Libreville, Gabon | AFP | Gabon insists it is ready to host the African Cup of Nations despite concern about the state of preparations amid political instability just one month ahead of the opening ceremony.The CAN is due to run from January 14 to February 5 next year but was thrown into doubt after violence broke out following President Ali Bongo’s controversial re-election in August.Call for Africa’s showcase football tournament to be moved to a different country were heard following rioting after the vote whose outcome is still contested.Four cities will host the tournament and unrest was reported in at least two of them including Oyem, the northern city close to Cameroon, where delays in work on the football stadium are causing problems.In September, Sports Minister Nicole Assele expressed her “concerns” when visiting the new stadium where the group made up of African champions Ivory Coast, Morocco, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Togo will play.Assele was left in doubt over the “finishing of the changing rooms, the lifts and the exterior of the stadium”, while Gabon daily newspaper L’Union, which covered her visit, reported that the stadium had yet to be connected to electricity and running potable water.The newspaper published a photo on Monday showing the stadium’s patchy grass covering, with a caption saying: “Given the holes in certain parts, there’s still work to be done to make it a quality pitch.”Groundsman Jean-Daniel Ndong Nze, a former professional player, explained that his team were adding sand to reinforce and level out the pitch.Another group made up of Algeria, Tunisia, Zimbabwe and Senegal will be based in Franceville, where minister Assele said the stadium is well prepared and “ready for kick-off.”Also in Libreville, the Amitie stadium should be operational for the two opening day matches (Gabon-Guinea Bissau, Cameroon-Burkina Faso) on January 14.However the fourth host city, Gabon’s main seaport, Port-Gentil, presents logistical and other challenges for the organisers because it is an island with no bridge connecting it to the mainland. That means fans of Group D, which comprises Egypt, Ghana, Uganda and Mali, will have to travel by boat or plane to the centre of the country’s oil and timber industries.The new 20,000-capacity stadium has just been completed and the pitch is set to be tested in a match on January 5, only 12 days before Ghana take on Uganda and Egypt face Mali there.The mayor has deployed road and gutter cleaning crews in a city where hundreds of workers in the oil industry have been laid off and where post-election violence erupted in September.Port-Gentil represents a reliable political barometer of Gabon, where Bongo’s reelection has been rejected by opposition leader Jean Ping, who claims the president’s victory on August 27 was obtained through vote fraud.Four days later, violent, deadly clashes erupted as demonstrators set parliament ablaze and clashed with police, who made a thousand arrests.“The African Cup of Nations will change nothing in our daily life,” moaned 37-year-old Jean-Yves, a mechanic who’s been unemployed for three years.“The crisis is still ongoing. The tournament will not feed those who are hungry. The millions spent on the stadium could have been used to finance projects.”Two political activists have called for the ‘boycott and sabotage’ of CAN if it is not moved from Gabon “to a more stable country”.“The four host cities, Libreville, Franceville, Port-Gentil and Oyem have experienced the largest backlash against the rigged declaration of Ali Bongo Odimba as president,” the activists, Marc Ona Essangui, of Gabon, and Frenchman Laurent Duarte, claimed in their public letter to African Football Confederation (CAF) boss Issa Hayatou.“The bloody repression of the population and the current instability in the country means the continent’s major sporting event must be moved to another country.”Last month CAF said it had no plans to switch the event from Gabon, named hosts after Libya were stripped of its right in the wake of violence and instability breaking out in the north African country following the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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