Information minister assumes role of film censor

first_img February 16, 2021 Find out more Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica to go further Organisation February 18, 2021 Find out more Journalist arrested on provincial governor’s orders September 4, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Information minister assumes role of film censor Follow the news on Democratic Republic of Congo Reporter jailed in DRC for allegedly defaming parliamentarian Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and Journalist in Danger (JED) condemn the government’s decision to “categorically ban” a documentary about Denis Mukwege, a Congolese surgeon specializing in treating women who have been raped in the course of years of fighting in the eastern province of Sud-Kivu.Information minister Lambert Mendé insists that the Congolese armed forces are “defamed” by “The Man Who Mends Women,” which was made by Thierry Michel, a Belgian filmmaker, and Colette Braeckman, a Belgian journalist who has specialized in central Africa.Mendé nonetheless recently gave Michel and Braeckman assurances that the film would be able to be shown in the DRC.“The Congolese government’s behaviour is outrageous and is indicative of its narrow-mindedness,” said Clea Kahn-Sriber, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “How can this government deny the reality of the violence that has caused suffering to thousands of Congolese men and women during nearly 20 years of war in the east? How can this government deny the public’s fundamental right to have access to information and know their country’s history?”JED secretary-general Tshivis Tshivuadi added: “No law provides a basis for this ban, which is completely arbitrary. And if the armed forces have filed a defamation suit, show it to us! Even if there were a lawsuit, how could it justify this act of outright censorship? This archaic ban is an embarrassment for the DRC in the new technology era.”RSF and JED call on the information minister to lift his ban, even if his attempted censorship just increases the public’s interest in the film.The European Parliament’s decision to award the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought to Dr. Mukwege in November 2014 was celebrated in an enormous billboard announcement on Kinshasa’s Boulevard du 30 Juin.But Mukwege was the target of murder attempts in 2012 and earlier this year and, according to a statement released by Michel, he is now holed up in his hospital and can only leave if protected by an escort of UN peacekeepers.Michel’s film has received a total of seven international awards in five countries on three continents.The DRC is ranked 150th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2015 press freedom index. Of late, the government has distinguished itself by its failure to hold elections on time and its repressive attitude towards the media. Receive email alerts RSF_en News News Photo: Denis Mukwege (Picture from the movie) Photo: Thierry Michel, Denis Mukwege, and Colette Braeckman News Congolese reporter wounded by gunshot while covering protest in Goma Help by sharing this information News Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica February 24, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

The Industry Pulse

first_imgFrom hirings, tech releases, remembrances, and more get the latest news the industry’s top companies in this weekly update.Potestivo & Associates, P.C., announced the hiring of Marc Wagman, who will serve as Supervising Bankruptcy Attorney in the Chicago office, and Cheryl Cook, who will serve as Supervising Bankruptcy Attorney in the Rochester office. Potestivo & Associates, P.C., provides providing legal solutions to the real estate finance and credit industry. Headquartered in downtown Rochester, Michigan, the firm also maintains full-service operations in Rochester, Michigan, and Chicago, Illinois, with a satellite office providing select services in Grand Rapids, Michigan.Prior to joining Potestivo, Wagman worked at a variety of law firms in the Chicago area, including his own private practice where his focus was creditors’ rights and consumer financial issues. Cook brings over 22 years’ experience representing banks, lenders, and businesses in bankruptcy proceedings, commercial litigation, loan workouts, and general creditors’ rights matters.__________________________________________________________________Charlotte, North Carolina-based real estate company Showcase Realty has made new additions to its roster of agents. This month, the company’s team has grown with the signing of six new real estate professionals—Renee King, Lucius Fulks, Rachael Ba, Nancy Sherwin, Rachel Norton, and Kelly Feeley.Owned and run by Nancy Braun, Showcase Realty seeks to provide the highest quality, most innovative and exceptional real estate service in Charlotte. The company boasts of its team of over 50 agents, who are all committed to serving their clients based on honesty and integrity. One of their happy clients wrote in his review, “I recently purchased a home in Charlotte in Sedgefield area and Showcase Realty with Nancy Braun and her team were very knowledgeable about the area, but what really set them apart were their negotiation skills with the buyer. I was also impressed with the contractors that they recommended to me for some enhancements that I did with the place.”________________________________________________________Pennsylvania-based LoanLogics, a loan quality technology provider for mortgage manufacturing and loan acquisition, has announced that it has enhanced its LoanHD Investor Module for Correspondent Loan Acquisition by expanding the mandatory loan commitment options and adding direct trade capabilities, improving the ability of both investors and sellers to lower costs and enhance profitability.In a statement, LoanLogics said that the investor module automates every step in an investor’s loan acquisition workflow from initial loan pricing, creation, and management of commitments all the way through locking, hedging loan funding and onboarding.________________________________________________________Bank of America announced the death of its vice chairman and head of Global Wealth and Investment Management Terrence P. Laughlin recently. Laughlin, 63, had also been a trustee of the Urban Institute since 2015.“Terry was so much more than a trustee. He was the rare individual who brought selfless commitment, profound knowledge, rich experience, and a gracious, collegial demeanor to our work in improving America’s communities,” said Jamie Gorelick, chair of the Institute’s Board of Trustees. “He will always be a model for us in our work and in our lives.”Laughlin previously served as Bank of America’s Chief Risk Officer and had also led the company’s Legacy Asset Servicing group. Related Articles The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago November 8, 2018 1,778 Views Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Rachel Williams attended Texas Christian University (TCU), where she graduated with Magna Cum Laude with a dual Bachelor of Arts in English and History. Williams is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, widely recognized as the nation’s most prestigious honor society. Subsequent to graduating from TCU, Williams joined the Five Star Institute as an editorial intern, advancing to staff writer, associate editor and is currently the editor in chief and head of corporate communications. She has over a decade of editorial experience with a primary focus on the U.S. residential mortgage industry and financial markets. Williams resides in Dallas, Texas with her husband. She can be reached at [email protected] Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: Back in the Saddle Next: What Matters Most to the World’s Elite? 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Democrats Have a No-Fly List Problem

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Democrats staged a dramatic sit-in at the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday led by civil rights icon U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) to pressure the Republican majority to hold a vote on a contentious bill that would prevent US citizens on terror watchlists, including the no-fly list, from purchasing a gun.Democrats occupied the chamber for 24 hours, chanting “No bill, no break,” as House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) went about his business, barely acknowledging the Democrats’ protest. Earlier in the day, Ryan, in an interview with CNN, brushed aside the protest as nothing more than a “publicity stunt.”At issue is whether US citizens on secretive terror watchlists should be barred from purchasing firearms. The debate has spawned rather peculiar bedfellows: the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Ryan are fierce opponents of any legislation linking controversial lists of suspected—but not accused—“terrorists” with gun control measures, while Democrats and presumptive Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump actually agree on the measure. The only difference between the ACLU’s mindset and Ryan’s, is the ACLU does not believe the Second Amendment is immune from regulation.“In this country, we do not take away people’s constitutional rights without due process,” Ryan said Thursday. “This is not just Republicans saying this. It’s groups like the ACLU who are saying this.”The raucous debate over gun control legislation returned to the fore following the mass slaying in Orlando that killed 49 people at a popular gay nightclub. The shooter, Omar Mateen, was twice investigated by the FBI but never formally charged. He was briefly placed on a terror watchlist but his name was scrubbed after both investigations were subsequently closed.The sit-in, a Civil Rights-era tactic broadcasted on CSPAN via new-school technology in lieu of the traditional C-SPAN feed, also featured speeches from Democrats criticizing their GOP colleagues for failing to act.House Dems emphathically contend that there should be no legal avenue for suspected terrorists to purchase a gun. But civil liberties groups warned that labeling people on such lists as “terrorists” or even “suspected terrorists” is irresponsible given the opacity governing how people are placed on watchlists.“Our nation’s watchlisting system is error-prone and unreliable because it uses vague and overbroad criteria and secret evidence to place individuals on blacklists without a meaningful process to correct government error and clear their names,” the ACLU said in a letter to the U.S. Senate, which voted on but did not pass a similar gun ban.Under the government’s current system, people who believe they were mistakenly placed on the list have no way of ascertaining why their name was included in the first place.After a federal court ruled in June 2014 that the rules in place to challenge inclusion on the no-fly list were unconstitutional, the government said it would tell US citizens whether they’re on the list. In the past, those included on the list only made the discovery after arriving at a US airport.A separate lawsuit brought by the Center for Constitutional Rights and City University of New York School of Law CLEAR project resulted in four men having their name taken off the list. But the court, on the government’s recommendation, dismissed the lawsuit. Lawyers for the plaintiffs filed the lawsuit against the FBI in 2014, claiming the men were coerced into becoming FBI informants by agents who said they would remove their names from the no-fly list if they agreed to spy on behalf of the government. The four men were all Muslim.“I’m disappointed that I won’t be allowed to have my day in court. Though I can finally travel to see my family, I have missed so many milestones being away and have been treated unfairly,” Awais Sajjad, one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit said in a statement after the lawsuit was dismissed. “The FBI agents knew I was desperate and tried to pressure me to become an informant. That shouldn’t go unpunished.”At the time of the suit, one man had gone five years without seeing his wife and three children. Another was stopped from boarding a flight to Pakistan, where he was going to visit his ailing father and elderly grandmother, the suit claimed. Instead he was ushered to a windowless interrogation room. The ACLU sued the Department of Justice, the FBI and the Terrorist Screening Center in June 2010 on behalf of more than a dozen people on the no-fly list. Four years later, seven of the 13 plaintiffs were removed from the government’s database. However, the remaining six were given a summary explaining why they had been placed on the list. Vince Warren, executive director of the Center for Constitutional Rights, in an interview with the independent news oulet Democracy Now, challenged Democrats to pursue gun reform without endangering civil liberties.“What they’re essentially doing is that they’re compromising a fake concept of constitutional rights in gun control, and they’re keeping that strong, and they’re watering down an already bad system which we have, which is the no-fly list,” he said. “People don’t know how they get on the no-fly list…So, if you’re using no-fly list as a proxy for dangerousness, as a way to tell that somebody’s going to be dangerous…it’s not going to work. And we’re essentially solidifying the Republican position against gun control by watering down our constitutional rights to stay free from these type of invasions.”For now, the Democrats will continue to push for legislation barring people on secretive lists from getting access to guns. But by provoking backlash from civil liberties groups, Democrats have provided Ryan with an opening to turn what was a debate about guns into a discussion about the potential harmful effects of limiting a US citizens’ right to due process—a conversation Democrats on any other occasion would be eager to have.last_img read more

Angels scouting director Matt Swanson preparing for draft, even with coronavirus shutdown leaving no games to scout

first_img Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter At this time of year, Matt Swanson is usually crisscrossing the country trying to see as many of the best amateur baseball players as he can.These days, his longest trips are when he takes his dog for a walk around his Round Rock, Texas, home. The only games he’s watching are those played by his three kids, ages 9 to 3, in the back yard.“This is not something that comes in the manual when you get the job,” Swanson said. “For anybody.”Angels Director of Scouting, Matt SwansonSwanson is in his fourth season as the Angels’ scouting director, except these days there are no games for him or the 25 scouts in his department to watch. The coronavirus crisis has led to the cancellation of just about all organized baseball. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros One idea that’s been floated is that there might be a series of huge tournament-style events for draft-eligible players just before the draft.While Swanson waits to see what happens, he has more than his reports to keep him occupied. This is the first time since he was in high school that he’s been at home this time of year for more than just a couple of days at a time. Swanson, 37, might not be doing what he’s accustomed to doing, but with 9- and 7-year-old daughters and a 3-year-old son, he isn’t bored.“Trying to juggle three kids,” Swanson said. “Between my wife and I, the days are really busy.”center_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone “A lot of northern kids didn’t even get out of the gym yet,” Swanson said.Now that Swanson is grounded, he at least has more time to sift through all of those reports, watch video and talk to his fellow scouts on the phone.In some ways, with the time for travel removed from the equation, it’s more efficient. Of course, that’s not a trade that Swanson is happy to make.“Nothing will ever replace going and seeing players live,” Swanson said. “What we’re doing as a group is understanding the constraints we have, how we can proceed each day and prepare for the draft as well as we possibly can.“I am really proud of the group. They continue to work as best they can so they’re ready when the time comes, when they get the green light. Hopefully, that’s sooner rather than later.”Swanson said he has no idea what is going to happen. He is as much in the dark as anyone else about where the country is going to be in the coming months, so it’s unclear if games will resume at all between now and June.“Hopefully in two weeks we look up and everyone’s health is good and clear and we can proceed as normal, but one thing I’ve learned over the past few weeks is there are no guarantees at all,” he said. “You wake up each day and take it as it comes.”Related Articles As of now, there is still a draft looming in June. There has been some talk of delaying the draft, or even canceling it entirely. However, Swanson is currently operating under the assumption that he and his colleagues with the 29 other teams will have a draft in June. They just have to figure out a way to make the best decisions with the information they have.The Angels have the 10th overall pick this year. That’s the same spot they used to grab Jo Adell in 2017.Of course, as Swanson points out: “I didn’t even see Jo Adell for the first time until April.”It seems unlikely that Swanson will be seeing any players in April this year, and perhaps very few in May.Fortunately for him, scouting is now a year-round job, and they have plenty of information stockpiled on players already. Swanson said his scouts generated about 600 to 700 reports on players just in the first couple months of scouting this year, before the shutdown. Most of those players were from the warm weather parts of the country, though. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Clippers drop Game 3 to Thunder, fall behind in series 2-1

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Griffin finished with 34 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Crawford, who had just seven points in Game 2 on 2-of-13 shooting, still did not shoot well. He was 6 of 18, but he had 20 points in part because he was 7 of 7 from the free-throw line. Chris Paul had 21 points and 16 assists, Matt Barnes scored 14 and DeAndre Jordan had 10 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks.“Blake was efficient, we got him in the right spots,” Rivers said.As for OKC coach Scott Brooks, he had nothing but high marks for his team. Esepcially its toughness in a game that featured five technical fouls – three on his team, two on the Clippers.“One thing I’ve always said is we’re a very competitive team,” he said.Durant led everyone with 36 points, Westrbook had 23 points and 13 assists and Serge Ibaka scored 20.“Russell was really good,” Brooks said. “He had control and command of the game.”Westbrook also had eight rebounds, leaving him two shy of a triple-double.Griffin got it going right away, scoring the first five points of the game on two free throws, a basket and another free throw. DeAndre Jordan made it 7-0 when he took a lob and powered down a monster slam dunk. After Serge Ibaka and Durant scored consecutive baskets, Griffin had a layup for a 9-4 lead.Ibaka hit a 15-footer, but there was the aggressive Griffin again, getting fouled and making two more free throws for an 11-6 Clippers cushion.Durant began to heat up not long after. His team trailing 14-8, he buried a 3-pointer and came back with a dunk to pull his team within 14-13.With the Clippers still ahead by just point, Griffin made a 15-footer, Durant responding with two free throws.Consecutive blocks by Griffin on Kendrick Perkins and Matt Barnes on Westbrook brought the fans out of their seats. Their joy was short-lived as Durant threw down yet another resounding dunk for a 19-18 Thunder lead.Paul came back with a 16-footer for a 20-19 L.A. advantage, but Mr. Dunk – AKA Durant – had another with 2:42 left in the quarter and OKC led 21-20.Back and forth the teams went. A 3-pointer by Paul and two free throws by Griffin, and the Clippers were up 25-21. No problem, said the Thunder, who quickly tied the game on a put-back dunk by Steven Adams and layup by Westbrook.The Clippers ended up with a 33-29 lead at the end of one quarter. That was quickly erased by Caron Butler, who sank an 18-footer then three consecutive free throws.OKC eventually built a five-point lead at 46-41 with 5:59 to play in the half. The Thunder still led by five at 48-43 when the Clippers went on an 8-0. That onslaught was finished by a steal and driving left-handed dunk by Barnes that filled the arena with as much electricity as it had seen thus far in the game. The Clippers led 51-48 at the 3:36 mark.Griffin scored his only points of the second quarter with two minutes left to gives his team a 55-52 lead. Then, at the 1:43 mark, Durant and Paul received double technicals.OKC took a 59-57 lead on a layup by Westbrook, Barnes made a 3-pointer, Westbrook scored and Paul sent his team into the locker room with a 3-pointer with 4.5 seconds left for a 63-61 lead.The Clippers, who at one time were shooting in the 35-percent area, ended up shooting 46.8 percent from the field in the half. They shot 40 percent – 5 of 15 – from 3-point range.However, the Thunder shot 54.8 percent overll and outrebounded the Clippers 23-15. The rebounding was a problem for the Clippers in Game 2. Reggie Jackson then – for all intents and purposes – sealed the Clippers’ fate with two free throws for a 115-107 lead with 22.7 seconds left. J.J. Redick, who did not have a good game, made a 3-pointer with five seconds to play to pull the Clippers within 116-112, but that was as close as they would get.OKC leads the Western Conference semifinals series 2-1. Game 4 is Sunday at 12:30 p.m. at Staples Center.“Our defense, I didn’t think it was there,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said, when asked the difference in the game. “They shot over 50 percent (55.7), we didn’t (the Clippers shot 45.2 percent). They made every big play down the stretch.”Rivers took a lot of the blame for his team’s defense, saying he has to coach it better.“We put way too much presssure on our offense,” he said.center_img The Oklahoma City Thunder had two big things going for them in a Game 2 victory Wednesday over the Clippers in Oklahoma City – Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. The Clippers were missing a couple of things – such as the typically outstanding play of Blake Griffin and the solid bench contribution of Jamal Crawford, who just won his second Sixth-Man of the Year award.The Clippers, it seemed, needed to find a way to turn some of that around in order to give themselves a better shot to win Game 3 on Friday.They indeed turned some of it around, but they still lost. Courtesy of some clutch play down the stretch by that two-headed monster that is Durant and Westbrook, the Thunder defeated the Clippers 118-112 before 19,530 at Staples Center.Griffin, who scored just 15 points on Wednesday, had just pulled the Clippers within 108-107 with a layup with 2:30 to play. Back came the Thunder, and Westbrook hit a 3-pointer for a 111-107 lead. The Clippers could not score their next time down, and then Durant made an incredible 18-foot turn-around over Chris Paul for a 113-107 lead with 1:23 left.last_img read more