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Check out Jio plans which will give free IPL 2020 live streaming on Disney+ HotstarThe report quoting the industry sources claimed Jio plans priced at Rs 401 and Rs 2,599 will provide users with access to free IPL 2020 streaming on Disney+ Hotstar. The Rs 401 Jio plan provides users with up to 90GB data, with 3GB data per day for 28 days and an extra 6GB on top of the daily limit. It also gives free calling within JIO network and 1,000 calling minutes to other networks, 100 SMSes per day, and complimentary access to premium Jio apps like Jio Cinema, Jio TV, Jio Saavn, JioNews, and others.The Rs 2,599 annual Jio plan comes with 2GB data per day for 365 days and an additional 10GB over and above the daily limit, totalling 740GB in all over the 12-month period. Along with that, it gives a complimentary one-year subscription to Disney+ Hotstar, free calling within Jio network, 12,000 calling minutes to other networks, 100 SMSes per day, free access to Jio apps like Jio Cinema, Jio TV, Jio Saavn, JioNews and others.In addition to the mobile plans, JioFiber plans priced Rs 849 and above come with free IPL 2020 streaming thanks to the complimentary annual subscription to Disney+ Hotstar VIP content that the plans offer.IPL 2020 : Why Jio – Disney+ Hotstar deal is important for IPL 2020 viewers ?The IPL in 2019 delivered 300Mn viewers and registered a 74% increase in watch time in comparison to IPL 2018 edition. According to the industry experts most of this reach came on the back of Hotstar’s back to back agreement with JioTV. Football Facebook Twitter Most of the growth in digital reach of IPL has been attributed to JIO’s free IPL streaming service to its subscribers. To maintain or grow the IPL digital reach and consumers, understanding between Jio & Star is of paramount importance. As IPL 2020 is now almost a month away it is also important that this understanding is now made official so that IPL fans can breathe little easy. According to a new report by 91Mobiles, JIO and Star India have finally come on the same page for the streaming deal on IPL 2020. The report claims that two companies have come to an agreement that will allow subscribers of select Jio mobile plans to watch IPL 2020 for free. Moreover, all but one JioFiber plan will give users the same free IPL 2020 streaming. 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Not only this, the finals of IPL 2019 between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai created a record of sorts as it delivered 18.6 million concurrent users. According to the industry experts most of this reach came on the back of Hotstar’s back to back agreement with JioTV. It is worth noting that though Hotstar was charging its customers after 5minutes of free viewing time, JioTV allowed free IPL streaming to its subscribers as they paid lump-sump fee to Star India for the IPL 2019 streaming rights. 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Hotelest Limited (HTLS.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Tourism sector has released it’s 2011 interim results for the half year.For more information about Hotelest Limited (HTLS.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Hotelest Limited (HTLS.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Hotelest Limited (HTLS.mu) 2011 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileHotelest Limited is based in Port Louis, Mauritius and is engaged in the tourism and hospitality industry where, through the company’s subsidiary, Constance Hotels Services Limited, owns and operates hotels. Hotelest Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.
Save this picture!© Leonardo Finotti+ 34 Share Novo Santo Amaro V Park Housing / Vigliecca&AssociadosSave this projectSaveNovo Santo Amaro V Park Housing / Vigliecca&Associados “COPY” Housing Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/601717/novo-santo-amaro-v-park-housing-vigliecca-and-associados Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/601717/novo-santo-amaro-v-park-housing-vigliecca-and-associados Clipboard Architects: Vigliecca&Associados Year Completion year of this architecture project Brazil CopyAbout this officeVigliecca & AssociadosOfficeFollowProductsSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingSocial HousingLeonardo FinottiSão PauloHousingBrazilPublished on March 13, 2015Cite: “Novo Santo Amaro V Park Housing / Vigliecca&Associados” [Residencial Parque Novo Santo Amaro V / Vigliecca & Associados] 13 Mar 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Interior Architect: 100 Stewart Hotel and Apartments / Olson KundigSave this projectSave100 Stewart Hotel and Apartments / Olson Kundig Area: 248644 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeOlson KundigOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsHospitality ArchitectureHotelsRestaurants & BarsRestaurantResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsSeattleUnited StatesPublished on August 14, 2019Cite: “100 Stewart Hotel and Apartments / Olson Kundig” 14 Aug 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
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The annual Coutts Million Pound Donor Report, published this week, reveals that the number of donations of £1 million or more is the highest in the three years that this data has been tracked.According to the report, produced in association with the Centre for Philanthropy at the University of Kent, there were 201 such donations in 2008/09, up from 193 in 2006/7 and 189 in 2007/8. The value of these donations also increased, up £143 million from £1.405 billion in 2007/8 to £1.548 billion. However, this is still lower than the levels seen in 2006/07.Over the past three years, the number of donations from individuals has remained consistent, with 100 donations compared to 96 in 2007/8; and 102 in 2006/7. There were fewer anonymous donations this year.Higher education continues to be the preferred cause of million pound donors. For the first time, the collective value of donations to UK universities exceeds the sums placed into charitable foundations.For the first time, the report also looks at the geographical spread of donations. Many major donors are based in London, but there is a strong showing for Scotland, the North East and the Midlands. The South East had fewer such donors especially in relation to the amount of wealth held by individuals living in that region.The report has been written by Dr Beth Breeze of the University of Kent’s Centre for Philanthropy, Humanitarianism and Social Justice, and includes case studies of donors and recipients. It assesses the scale and impact of such gifts, analyses trends in major giving and presents case studies of both ‘million pound donors’ and ‘million pound recipients’, to provide insights into the experience of both giving and receiving gifts on this scale.Maya Prabhu, Head of UK Philanthropy at Coutts, said: “Many of our clients are keen to give something back and create a social impact. We aim to provide them with opportunities to learn from experts and share experiences with other philanthropists on effective giving. This report reflects on topics that we know are important to them, such as ‘collaboration’ with other donors.”Beth Breeze added: “Many positive conclusions can be drawn from this report as we appear to be living in an era that is increasingly aware of the presence and value of philanthropy. The signs appear to be good for ongoing positive trends toward a greater number of major donations and for the total value of million pound donations to increase.”www.coutts.com/files/million-pound-donors-report-2010.pdf AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Major gift Research / statistics 24 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 16 November 2010 | News Increase in number of donations worth over £1 million About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
Rally in Donetsk People’s Republic against Ukraine junta’s war crimes, July 6.Photo: DNR PressOn the night of July 4-5, the militia of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) withdrew from the embattled cities of Slavyansk and Kramatorsk. The volunteer self-defense forces made an orderly retreat to the south, where they took up positions in and around the regional capital city of Donetsk.The decision to withdraw came after weeks of unrelenting military assault by forces loyal to the regime of neoliberal politicians, oligarchs and fascists, based in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev and backed by the United States,“To put it bluntly, we are dealing here with unconcealed genocide,” said DNR Defense Minister Igor Strelkov, during a videotaped statement from Slavyansk on July 4. “To break the resistance of the militia, the enemy is using all available types of weaponry against the civilian population.”The nearby city of Nikolayevka has been completely surrounded and bombarded with heavy weaponry. On June 3 the Nikolayevka Thermal Power Plant was destroyed. Banned weapons, including poison gas and white phosphorus, were reported used in the village of Semyonovka.Brutal airstrikes, mortar fire and chemical attacks targeting homes, schools and hospitals continued even during a “ceasefire” declared by Ukraine’s pro-West President Peter Poroshenko in late June, which coincided with the signing of an economic agreement with the European Union. The “ceasefire” ended July 4.The Kiev regime’s military attacks have also continued in the capital of the neighboring Lugansk People’s Republic (LC). The regional cancer treatment center was bombed on July 4. Airstrikes and shelling of residential areas of the capital were reported July 6.Last May 11, people in the DNR and LC voted overwhelmingly for independence from Kiev in a democratic referendum.“Over the course of the ‘ceasefire,’ the Ukrainian army performed full mobilization and concentration of forces,” said Strelkov, explaining that the continued defense of Slavyansk was unsustainable.Officially, more than 250 people have been killed in Kiev’s so-called “Anti-Terrorist Operation” — mostly civilians, including many children. No one knows the real number of casualties since many areas are completely inaccessible.Nearly 19,000 people — mostly parents with young children — have fled toward neighboring Russia from the Donbass region, which encompasses Donetsk and Lugansk. The International Committee of the Red Cross reported July 3 that the actual number of refugees in Russia is probably much higher.Some 112 Donbass cities, towns and villages, with a total population of over 3.8 million, have come under attack, according to analysis published by the website Voices of Sevastopol.Only 30,000 of Slavyansk’s population of 130,000 people remained when the people’s militia withdrew, Strelkov reported. Water, electricity and food supplies have been cut off for weeks.Liberation or ‘filtration’?While the people’s government in Donetsk termed the withdrawal from Slavyansk a strategic retreat, Ukraine’s billionaire president claimed it was a “symbolic victory in the fight with terrorists for the territorial integrity of Ukraine.”Similarly, Interim Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk — a U.S. favorite who recently termed Donbass residents “subhuman” — crowed about the “liberation of Slavyansk and Kramatorsk from terrorists.” Pro-junta media showed photos of Ukrainian soldiers hugging children and giving flowers to grandmothers.On the ground, the “victory” was less impressive.According to independent U.S. journalist Patrick Lancaster, Ukrainian forces entered Kramatorsk’s main square with “two tanks, two APCs [armoured personnel carriers] and 15-20 foot soldiers, some of them snipers and some carrying rocket-propelled grenades.” After raising the Ukrainian flag on the roof of the former resistance headquarters, “they jumped back on their tanks and left.” (RT.com, July 5)Within a few hours of Kramatorsk’s “liberation,” heavy shelling of the city by Ukrainian forces resumed.Ukraine’s Ministry of Internal Affairs, headed by the ultra-rightist Arseny Avakov, meanwhile announced that “an internal investigation of each member of the local police force will be launched” in Slavyansk on suspicion that they cooperated with DNR authorities.Local police were detained while cops loyal to Kiev were brought in from western Ukraine.Oleg Tsarev, speaker of parliament for the Union of Lugansk and Donetsk People’s Republic, told Russia’s Channel 24, “Overnight, they arrested all policemen and took them out of the city.” He added, “They are arresting all young men from 25 to 35, not even trying to find out whether these men took up arms or not. Searches are underway. They are trying to find those who helped take care of the wounded.”Kiev’s Ministry of Internal Affairs echoed former acting Minister of Defense Michael Koval’s plan for “filtration camps” for southeastern Ukraine, announcing it would “filter” refugees seeking to leave the region. (Glagol.in.ua, July 4)Donetsk’s answer: ‘To Kiev’On July 6, Koval — now appointed deputy secretary of the National Security Council — told Inter TV that “the main strategic plan of the Ukrainian army” was that “In the two regional centers of Lugansk and Donetsk a total block will be applied and appropriate measures carried out that will force the separatists to lay down their arms.”More than 4,000 Donetsk residents took to the streets the same day to deliver their answer to Koval, the junta and their U.S.-EU backers. They demanded an end to Ukraine’s war crimes and declared their determination to defend the DNR.At a mass protest in Lenin Square, People’s Governor Pavel Gubarev announced, “We will begin a real partisan war” around Donetsk.The demonstrators were accompanied by members of the self-defense militias. Some rode in captured tanks and APCs emblazoned with the slogan “To Kiev” — meaning they do not intend to leave other Ukrainians at the mercy of the junta.Meanwhile, in the heavily bombarded capital of Lugansk, protesters held up home-made target signs — similar to those that became the symbol of people protesting the 1999 NATO bombing of Yugoslavia.In an interview with LifeNews on July 7, Denis Pushilin, chair of the DNR Supreme Soviet, called the redeployment of the militia “a turning point in the confrontation with Kiev.” He continued, “If the militia had remained in Slavyansk and Kramatorsk, the cities would have been completely destroyed. Now there is more wiggle room.”In an interview with LifeNews after his arrival in Donetsk, militia commander Strelkov said: “I plan to create, by my order as the minister of defense, a Central Military Council, which will include all the key field commanders, and where we will coordinate all questions related to the defense of the Donetsk People’s Republic. … In other words, we will be preparing Donetsk for active defense, to ensure that it is not taken over by the enemy.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Mary Kay HarrisPhoto: Robert MalinProvidence, R.I. — African-American activist Mary Kay Harris won the Democratic primary nomination on Sept. 9 for Providence City Council Ward 11, defeating two opponents. She will face the Republican candidate on Nov. 4 in the general election.Asked by Workers World about how she won the primary race on a very small budget, Harris commented, “It was boots on the ground, door to door.” Campaign flyers described her record of support for tenants’ rights, affordable homeownership, better schools and safe streets.The key volunteer leading the campaign was an 83-year-old Black woman, Barbara Thurman, a 46-year member of the Wiggins Tenant Association in one of the ward’s housing developments. The tenant association took a step toward autonomy from the local police department by hiring their own security guards for their housing unit.Thurman stated that people feel safer because the guards have no guns, and there is no need to call the police.Rhode Island has an official poverty rate of more than 13 percent and the third-highest unemployment rate in the country, behind Georgia and Mississippi. With an overall population of just over a million, the state has a very large Latino/a immigrant population, more than 100,000, including Dominicans, Puerto Ricans, Colombians, Mexicans and other Central and South Americans. West Africans, mainly from Liberia and Nigeria, and Black Caribbean islanders together number at least another 50,000.Dissatisfaction with the current City Council leaders, reflecting anger over joblessness and poverty, enabled Harris’ People First/El Pueblo Primero campaign to win the primary.The community was electrified. When a 90-year-old Black elder, known as Mr. Red, saw Harris at a bar on Sept. 13, he held a soap box rally right there, thanking her for a community-run campaign that addresses issues affecting him, such as poor bus service and route cuts by Rhode Island Public Transit Authority. Mr. Red pledged to work with Harris’ campaign to become a City Council member.People of all ages are inspired by Harris. Fourteen-year-old Cory Williams says he and his mother “worked on Miss Mary’s campaign” and plan to work on the general election as well.As a former organizer of Direct Action for Rights and Equality (DARE), founded in the 1980s to fight for social and economic justice in communities of color, Harris learned the lessons of mass people’s power movements, such as that led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1950s and 1960s. She says that one of her greatest inspirations comes from seeing Black, Latino/a, Asian, Native and white people unite around a common struggle for justiceShe tells WW: “Those historical struggles have inspired me to fight for a City Council seat to be an advocate for the people’s right to jobs and services … especially here in a ward which has a majority people of color and always gets the least of the resources.”Harris called for and chaired the Women of All Colors Assembly on International Women’s Day 2014 and has been an active participant in the Rhode Island Peoples Assembly since its founding 10 years ago.On Oct. 14 the RIPA will mark the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s Nobel Peace Prize award, highlighting the lack of fulfillment of his program and agenda for freedom and equality, jobs for all at decent wages, prioritizing human needs, a world at peace and a healthy planet.To volunteer for Harris’ campaign, share an idea or voice a concern, contact Harris at 401-481-8268 or at [email protected] To share thoughts on the meaning to you of the MLK Nobel Prize 50th Anniversary, contact organizer Bill Bateman at 401-481-6672 or [email protected] thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter By NAFB News Service – Jul 19, 2020 SHARE Previous articleHoosier Ag This Week Podcast for July 18thNext articlePurdue Team Gets $1 Million to Develop Rapid Sensor Tech for Cattle Disease NAFB News Service Trade reports released by USDA last week show that China is picking up the pace of buying U.S. ag commodities, making both old-crop and new-crop purchases. Chinese buyers are purchasing a lot of U.S. corn, soybeans, and wheat in their recent run on commodities during the week of July 3-9.USDA reported 768,300 metric tons of old-crop corn sales, as well as 600,000 tons of new-crop sales. Additional corn exports during the week were 119,700 tons.The USDA trade report also showed that new export sales of soybeans were for 552,000 tons, 390,000 of which will be delivered during the next marketing year that starts on September 1st. The export sales report says new soybean crop sales came in at 389,000 tons, and exports were almost 228,000 tons.Chinese buyers also purchased more than 323,000 tons of wheat during the same week. That pushed the total sales up to the highest point for 2020-2021. The USDA also says weekly exports totaled 113,700 tons.Net sales of cotton, rice, and barley were all lower than the previous week. Net sorghum sales were up 35 percent from the prior week. SHARE USDA Report Says China Continues to Buy U.S. Ag Products Home Indiana Agriculture News USDA Report Says China Continues to Buy U.S. Ag Products
News On 13 December 1998, a burned-out vehicle was discovered around seven kms from Sapouy (100 kms south of Ouagadougou). Inside were the charred bodies of Norbert Zongo, Blaise Ilboudo and Ernest Yembi Zongo. The driver, Abdoulaye Nikiema known as Ablassé, was found dead next to the vehicle, burned on the lower part of his body.The post-mortem investigation showed that all four had been shot dead at point-blank range. Faced with unprecedented rallies throughout civil society in the country for the truth to be uncovered, the government set up an independent commission of inquiry by decree on 18 December 1998, amended by decree on 7 January 1999. This commission, which was given wide-ranging powers, was tasked with “every investigation that could lead to finding the cause of death of the occupants of the four-wheel drive vehicle number 11 J 6485 BF on 13 December 1998, on the road from Ouagadougou (Kadiogo province) to Sapouy (Ziro province), including the journalist Norbert Zongo.” Norbert Zongo, publisher of the weekly L’Indépendant and a specialist in investigative journalism, decided to probe the David Ouedraogo case. He questioned and challenged the fact that a case of theft should have been handed over to the men of the presidential guard who had no authority in judicial investigations. The story made the front page of almost all the last 15 issues of the weekly paper, exposing Zongo to numerous threats. On 8 December 1998 he wrote, “Let us imagine that today, l’Indépendant for one reason another completely ceased publication (death of the publisher, his imprisonment or an indefinite ban on publication). We would still be convinced that the David question would remain outstanding and that sooner or later it must be resolved.” June 7, 2021 Find out more Organisation Reporters Without Borders had obtained new evidence, five years after the murder, providing fresh proof of the responsibility of the presidential guard in the 1998 death of Norbert Zongo. The testimony was given to the military legal investigation by Sgt Naon Babou, member of the presidential guard of Blaise Compaoré. June 11, 2021 Find out more June 11, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Burkina Faso’s media group’s five-day suspension is too harsh, RSF says December 15, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Norbert Zongo case: a new and devastating testimony against the presidential guard Follow the news on Burkina Faso Sgt. Naon Babou’s revelations:Sgt. Babou was not in Ouagadougou at the time of the murder of Norbert Zongo. He was accompanying President Blaise Compaoré on a visit to Sudan. It was only on his return on 14 December, that is the day after the murder, that he said he learned of the death of Zongo and his three companions.Sgt. Babou was interviewed several times by the military examining judge, Francis Somda, over the coup attempt against the current regime.Reporters Without Borders has obtained a copy of his testimony:On 30 October 2003 at 15.15 he said, “Everything began for me in 1998 on the death of Norbert Zongo. The events occurred on 13 December and we came back from our trip with the president on 14 December. It was on returning home that I heard the news on the radio. One month later, on 15 January 1999, I went to see François Compaoré to inform him about my concerns. That day I told him that if those who killed Norbert were members of the presidential guard they were doing no service to the president because the timing was bad given that the investiture was about to take place.”It was then that François asked me if I knew Norbert Zongo. And I told him no. Also he explained to me that Zongo thought that the president of Faso was in the process of preparing him to take over, also Norbert had started to malign him in every possible ways. Also he, François, could not understand why some elements within presidential security disapproved of what had happened to Norbert Zongo and even less so the officers.”He then said that in relation to that, I, Babou, did not know that people could find themselves at Dori (a town far from Ouagadougou and thus from the centre of power, in the north of Burkina Faso). I immediately understood the meaning of this last statement. When I said goodbye to François, he gave me an envelope that turned out to contain 50,000 francs CFA.”Babou continues: “The same day François Compaoré got in touch with Marcel Kafando about my meeting with him. On the 18 January, Colonel Diendéré summoned me to his office where he asked me what was going on.”Since I had no idea what he was talking about, he then told me that the president had called to tell him, that according to me, Naon, it was he, Colonel Diendéré, who had had Norbert Zongo killed with the aim of destabilising him and taking his place. “I told Colonel Diendéré Gilbert that I had never said such a thing and I repeated to him what I had said to François Compaoré. The Colonel then told me that according to intelligence, it was me, Naon Babou, who was behind information leaks giving the number plate of a car that was linked to the death of Norbert Zongo. In reply, I told him that I had had the courage to go to tell François what I thought and that at no time could I have been behind this other rumour.”Further on, Babou adds: “I believe myself at this time to be dead meat because I know that they are out to get me.” His fears were given weight by the fact that he had, according to his statements, already suffered two poisoning attempts.The weekly, L’Evènement, reported on 25 November 2003 that the Conseil de l’Entente, where the presidential guard is billeted, had also – and very curiously – asked if it could take care of feeding the prisoners in the case of the “attempted coup”, on the pretext that some of them were former presidential guard members, even though they were held by the Gendarmerie!Sgt. Babou’s statement was taken within the framework of the investigation into the coup attempt against the current president of the Republic. It is crude testimony, which has gaps in it and no questions were put to the witness. It is now up to the judge, Wenceslas Ilboudo, to probe the different points and to confront the various protagonists implicated by Babou. Confrontations between the various parties, including Marcel Kafando, Gilbert Diendéré and François Compaoré, should be organised very quickly.The Marcel Kafando caseThe judge will also have to act promptly to demonstrate his good faith in the case because, after a five-year investigation, the results have proved somewhat minimal. The only man accused in the case, former warrant officer Kafando was dismissed from his job after being sentenced to 20 years in jail for acts of torture and the murder of David Ouédraogo, the former driver of François Compaoré.In June 2001, while he was serving his prison sentence in Ouagadougou, he fell seriously ill and had to be admitted to hospital on several occasions. Later he was said to be on the point of dying and his death was even announced in January 2003.Today, Kafando is better, much better. Reporters Without Borders managed to meet him briefly on 10 December 2003. He has been living at home since August 2001, with the agreement of the judge Wenceslas Ilboudo, who had given signed permission allowing him to do so, to limit, so he said, expensive hospital charges. Kafando is not under guard. A few minutes after the arrival of the Reporters Without Borders representative a man was seen to leave in a car. After checking it turned out to be the aide-de-camp of Chantal Compaoré, wife of the president. Kafando seems to have kept close ties with the presidential family, all the more so since the aide-de-camp of the president himself, Commandant Kiéré, was also seen by local journalists leaving Kafando’s house a few months ago.The ex-warrant officer’s state of health seems therefore be improving. His state had been viewed as “critical” two years earlier and his doctor had given up all hope for him, according to his wife. News He himself told Reporters Without Borders that he had been in a coma throughout the month of October 2001. He is now fully conscious and gets about by means of a wheel chair. He has returned to his normal weight and looks healthy. His legs are swollen but he said that he was slowly recovering the use of them, after being almost totally paralysed before.He still cannot walk but said that a physiotherapist came regularly to give him treatment. He said that he and his doctor were now optimistic about the outcome of his illness. Asked about the details of his treatment, Kafando replied that it combined traditional medicine with a triple therapy, confirming reports that he is suffering from AIDS.He also said that he was gradually recovering his memory. His state was so serious that he no was longer in complete control of his mental faculties, he said, adding. “I have had two scans which showed that all the left side of my brain was blank.”The judge, Wenceslas, has also continued his visits to Kafando. He met him at the beginning of December 2003 and was able to verify that there had been an improvement in his state of health. He even wrote to the ex-warrant officer’s doctor on 2 December to ask if he would be able to return to detention. No reply had been received by 10 December.Kafando continues to deny any involvement in the Norbert Zongo case. He reportedly told the judge that he is not aware of the statements of Sgt Babou. A confidant of Kafando said, “Things have changed and he won’t talk.”No-one really knows why he is still covering for the authorities. Money and a certain loyalty to the military are the reasons most often put forward. However and according to revelations in the local press the judge Ilboudo was reportedly informed in November 2002 that Kafanda had been deliriously ranting, “People are ungrateful. I have done everything for them and now they abandon me to my fate.”ConclusionThe judge, Wenceslas Ilboudo, has interviewed 189 people to date in the framework of the Zongo case. He was appointed on 30 December 1998, but officially began his work on 4 January 1999. The case is the only one he is examining at the moment.Despite this, it appears that his examination is less far advanced than the report of the independent commission of inquiry that was published in May 1999. In fact, some key individuals in the case – including military people and more particularly members of the presidential guard – have refused to come to testify in front of him or have retracted statements even though they had previously testified to the independent commission of inquiry.Many agree to speak off the record but do not want to see their statements entered as part of the record of the hearing. Finally pressure appears to need applying frequently to witnesses “to make arrangements for” their deposition.Even if the judge is not actually prevented from working, there are nevertheless certain obstacles to his proceeding. And the Zongo case remains so sensitive that the revelations of Sgt. Babou could well give rise to new attempts at intimidation.Reporters Without Borders saw for itself in Burkina Faso the extent to which the latest revelations by Sgt. Babou have brought fresh hope. Many see them producing one last chance for light to be shed on the Zongo murder and for the judicial case to bear fruit.Others unfortunately believe that the sergeant “will not get to the trial”, or to put it another way, that he will be prevented from telling what he knows. For this reason it is essential that Judge Ilboudo does everything possible to obtain the statements of those concerned and arrange the necessary confrontations as quickly as possible. The background to the caseFour men employed by François Compaoré, presidential advisor and brother of the President, Blaise Compaoré, were arrested by members of the military at the beginning of December 1997 on suspicion of stealing money. They were held for several weeks at the Conseil de l’Entente, that serves as barracks to the presidential guard.During their detention, the four men were interrogated and tortured by members of the presidential guard. David Ouedraogo died as a result of the torture on 18 January 1998 in the infirmary of the office of the president. Burkina FasoAfrica Help by sharing this information On his arrest, one of the soldiers volunteered the information that he had revelations to make concerning the Norbert Zongo case. He was Sergeant Naon Babou, aged 38, a former member of the presidential guard regiment (close to the President of the Republic Blaise Compaoré) and now accused of undermining state security and treason. The examining judge, Wenceslas Ilboudo, immediately asked to interview him. The military authorities refused and he repeated his request on 5 December. Under guard at the headquarters of the Gendarmerie, Naon Babou could still not be produced for him because he was being questioned over the “coup attempt” by a military examining judge. According to information gathered by Reporters Without Borders, the civilian judge nevertheless received assurances that he would be able to question him very soon. The first interview could take place from 12 December. Two other soldiers arrested for this same “coup attempt”, Abdoulaye Konfé and Souleymane Zalla, were also to be interviewed by the same judge Ilboudo in the following days.The two were being held at the Gendarmerie in Ouagadougou. They were named by Sgt Naon Babou as two former members of the presidential guard, who along with a third, Sié Poda, who had since died, had been contacted to take part in the murder of Norbert Zongo at Sapouy, on 13 December 1998, but had refused. Receive email alerts to go further News Five years on, the investigation into the murder of journalist Norbert Zongo on 13 December 1998, was simply ticking over. But now new testimony could see examining judge Wenceslas Ilboudo reopening his investigation. Although six suspects were named by the independent commission of inquiry set up the day after the death of the publisher until now only warrant officer Marcel Kafando has ever been charged. Burkina FasoAfrica Interviews, ballistic tests and fire experts led the commission to conclude that “Norbert Zongo and his companions were the victims of a criminal attack” which could be described as murder.The inquiry commission found that “the methods deployed (at least three vehicles, two types of weapon including a Valtro gun, generally used by the armed forces and the police), the setting up of an ambush all showed that nothing had been left to chance. Everything pointed to a minutely prepared and planned operation. It was murder”.In its search for those responsible and after following several leads, the commission decided that the “most plausible conclusion was that the murder of Norbert Zongo, on 13 December 1998, was linked to his journalistic activities as publisher of l’Indépendant. The murder of the other three could only be explained by the desire to leave no witnesses.”The commission also established in its study of the motives for the murder, that Norbert Zongo has been killed following his investigations into the Ouedraogo case.Threatened several times, he was in fear of his life. In fact on 11 December 1998, he confided to an acquaintance that “the threats are very precise, they are going to kill me.” The commission concluded that “if everything had been done on the legal front to clear up the circumstances of the death of David Ouedraogo, there was reason to believe that the events at Sapouy would probably never have happened. But it has to be pointed out that the case was not investigated with the diligence it required.” Burkinabe legislative threat to press freedom must be declared unconstitutional The office of the president of Burkina Faso announced on 7 October 2003 that it had just foiled an attempted coup and that the ministry of defence had already arrested some of those who were suspected of playing a part in the plot. Investigation: Emmanuelle Duverger7-10 December 2003 Time is pressing, 20 years after Burkinabe journalist’s murder Reports