Septuagenarian journalist’s cellmates in Cameroon have Covid-19

first_img L’ex directeur de la CRTV Amadou Vamoulké lors d’une audience le 13/11/2020 à Yaoundé, Cameroun. Crédit : RSF Receive email alerts Vamoulké writes that, according to this detainee, another of their cellmates is still hospitalised with Covid-19 and has “40% of his lungs damaged,” and that a third cellmate has symptoms of the virus and has just been placed under medical supervision. Their prison, Kondengui prison in the capital Yaoundé, was built to house 1,000 inmates but currently holds around 3,500. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) holds the Cameroonian authorities responsible for what happens to Amadou Vamoulké, a 71-year-old journalist who has been jailed arbitrarily for nearly five years and who reports in an open letter today to the justice minister that at least two of his cellmates have contracted Covid-19 in recent days. This journalist must be freed before it is too late, RSF says. Organisation to go further CameroonAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Covid19ImprisonedPredators After RSF drew its attention to the case, the United Nations called for Vamoulké’s release a year ago on the grounds that his detention had “no legal basis.” The violations of his right to due process were so serious that they conferred an “arbitrary character” on his detention, the UN said. Vamoulke’s trial is being conducted in a completely illegally manner. The court has so far held a record 64 hearings without getting any closer to reaching a verdict. No other Cameroonian journalist has ever been subjected to this kind of judicial treatment. Vamoulké has been held since July 2016 while being subjected to a never-ending trial on a charge of  “misusing funds” – not for his person benefit but for the benefit of CRTV, which he ran from 2005 until his arrest. He has several chronic ailments including a neurological condition described as “severe” by two neurologists who have examined him or seen his medical file and who agree that he needs medevacking for treatment abroad. “This journalist, who has been held for years in a completely illegal manner, is now in danger of dying because of his age and poor state of health,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “Keeping him in detention in these conditions cannot be justified on any grounds. We urge the Cameroonian authorities to free him before it is too late.” CameroonAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Covid19ImprisonedPredators Help by sharing this information In his letter, Vamoulké voices amazement at the way the justice minister “declared war” on him and says he is aware that his open letter could result in his being transferred to “an even more inhuman place of incarceration” such as the defence ministry’s prison. “But this matters little to me because, without ever having embezzled anything, I have already spend 1,708 days in illegal incarceration,” he fatalistically concludes. News Newscenter_img Cameroonian journalist Paul Chouta sentenced and fined in defamation case Follow the news on Cameroon The former head of the state-owned national radio and TV broadcaster CRTV, Vamoulké reveals in his letter to justice minister Laurent Esso, one of the most influential members of President Paul Biya’s government, that one of his eight cellmates has just returned with “suffocating chest pains” from a brief spell in hospital. News Cameroonian reporter jailed since August, abandoned by justice system May 31, 2021 Find out more Case against Amadou Vamoulké baseless, French lawyers tell Cameroon court News RSF_en Cameroon is ranked 134th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. April 23, 2021 Find out more March 31, 2021 Septuagenarian journalist’s cellmates in Cameroon have Covid-19 May 19, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

AARP sets driving safety class

first_img WhatsApp AARP logo Home Local News AARP sets driving safety class OC employee of the year always learning Local News AARP sets driving safety class Facebook Twitter By admin – May 21, 2018 ECISD undergoing ‘equity audit’ Pinterestcenter_img 2021 SCHOOL HONORS: Permian High School Pinterest AARP has scheduled a driving safety class from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 31 at the Northside Senior Center, 1225 N. Adams Ave.The course is designed for adults age 50 and over to help them adjust and familiarize themselves with new changes in vehicles, highways and traffic laws.The cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members.To register, call 337-5281. Facebook Previous article‘The Great American Read’Next articleTEXAS VIEW: Katy ISD board abuses taxpayer dollars admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Twitter Summer Spaghetti SaladSlap Your Mama It’s So Delicious Southern Squash CasseroleCreamy Fruit SaladPowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay last_img read more

Long odds of making Angels don’t faze Taylor Featherston

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error TEMPE, Ariz. >> Mike Scioscia didn’t have to think very long to recall the last Rule 5 draft pick to make an Opening Day roster with the Angels: Pitcher Derrick Turnbow in 2000, Scioscia’s first year as manager.Fifteen years later, Turnbow is the only Rule 5 draft pick ever to stick with the Angels under Scioscia. Don’t tell that to Taylor Featherston. Actually, go ahead. Tell him.“You have to be a firm believer that you can compete and hold your own and at least tell yourself that you’re the best on the field,” Featherston said. “Even if that’s true or not, I feel that attitude is going to be the best for any player.” A calculated stubbornness is really helpful for someone in Featherston’s position. As a Rule 5 pick, the Angels can’t send him to the minor leagues. If healthy, Featherston is either on the Angels’ 25-man roster on Opening Day or going back to the Colorado Rockies, who chose not to protect Featherston during the Rule 5 draft in December.That means Featherston, who’s never played an inning above Double-A in his life, must outperform infielders Grant Green, Johnny Giavotella and/or Josh Rutledge — all of whom have major league experience. One of the four will get the majority of the playing time at second base. The other will back up at second base, shortstop and maybe third too.There’s a reason no Angels Rule 5 pick has beaten the odds in 15 years — the odds are beyond long.Featherston, 25, doesn’t see it that way, but he isn’t really paying attention.“For the most part, you have to take those thought processes out of your head and just focus on your daily routine, geting better every day,” he said. “Nothing’s changed from High A to Double A to Fall League to here. The only difference is the guys in the room, more people watching the games, that’s it.”center_img Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto insists that Featherston’s odds aren’t all that long, period.“What Taylor’s shown us so far is that he is mature on the field beyond what his level of play to this point would suggest,” Dipoto said. “He gets in the box and it’s composed. He battles through his at-bats. He really grinds. I think he’s done a great job taking advantage of the opportunity. It’s there for him.”So far Featherston has good reason to feel like he belongs. In his first 12 Cactus League at-bats — a postage-stamp-sized sample against an ecletic group of pitchers — he has three singles, a double and four RBIs. Featherston has also made two errors at second base in 16 chances, and what he does in the field might mean more than anything he does at the plate. The player Featherston is essentially replacing on the roster, John McDonald, was a defensive whiz.“With Taylor, he played collegiate ball, played through Double-A, he’s shown the makeup to handle stuff,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “Hopefully he’ll match it with the physical things we need on the field.”#FerrellTakesTheFieldActor/comedian Will Ferrell played all nine positions on the diamond in five different Cactus League games Thursday, a made-for-TV stunt that gained wide attention. Ferrell’s game-used memorabilia will be auctioned off for charity at a later date.Ferrell played one inning in center field for the Angels in Tempe, cleanly fielding a routine single up the middle. Mike Trout was allowed to return to his position afterward.Using a helicopter and a car to shuttle around greater Phoenix, Ferrell appeared in two more afternoon games, then joined the Dodgers for their night game against the San Diego Padres in Peoria.Taking the mound in the bottom of the seventh inning, Ferrell pitched one-third of an inning. The 6-foot-3 right-hander threw one pitch to Padres batter Rico Noel, who intentionally bunted the ball back to the mound. Ferrell threw out Noel, then was removed by Dodgers manager Don Mattingly in mock disgust. Ferrell wore number 19 for the Dodgers, which had been retired by the franchise to honor Jim Gilliam.AlsoZack Greinke will start one of the Dodgers’ two games against the Texas Rangers at the Alamodome in San Antonio, either March 20 or 21. Mattingly said that Clayton Kershaw will not make the trip. … Dodgers pitchers Mike Adams and J.P. Howell (groin) emerged from their recent mound sessions healthy and could return to game action this weekend. … Former Dodgers staffer Colin Gunderson is returning to Camelback Ranch this weekend to sign copies of his new book, Tommy Lasorda: My Way, along with the Hall of Fame manager. There will be two signings in the center-field pavilion: 6-8 p.m. Friday and noon-2 p.m. Saturday.last_img read more