Ex-journalist finally freed on bail

first_img Kenyan media group trolled by pro-ruling party activists October 10, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Ex-journalist finally freed on bail News Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent Since the ship was seized by pirates, there has been a continuing argument about the destination of the arms. The Ukrainian and Kenyan governments say the weapons were intended for Kenya. But Mwangura has made several statements to the press that they are in fact destined for South Sudan. He has said he has seen documents suggesting that Kenya is not the final recipien. Mwangura received a prize in 2006 from the Chamber of International Commerce – commercial crime services, for his work in defence of sailors and particularly against murder and piracy in east Africa. He has helped obtain the release of several sailors taken hostage. to go further April 6, 2020 Find out more “Detaining Andrew Mwangura is completely unjustified. This dangerous precedent set by the Kenyan authorities is surprising. It sends a very negative signal to those with information contradicting the government”, the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “Moreover the detention of Andrew Mwangura only increases the doubts about the destination of the Faina, even more so since his statements are based on serious information shared by several sources close to the case.” Help by sharing this information KenyaAfrica The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Reporters Without Borders is relieved to learn that former journalist Andrew Mwangura, the Seafarers Assistance Programme’s representative in Kenya, was finally released on bail yesterday in Mombasa after being held for nine days.Mwangura said he was “happy” with the court’s decision and was ready to go back to work and to continue trying to combat piracy in the region. He was arrested on 1 October on a charge of spreading false information for contradicting the Kenyan’s government version about the destination of a military cargo on a ship seized by Somali pirates.——————–08.10 – Unable to pay bail, ex-journalist still held in MombasaFormer journalist Andrew Mwangura, the Seafarers Assistance Programme’s representative in Kenya, was transferred yesterday to Mombasa’s Shimo La Tewa prison although a court had ordered his release on bail. His family was unable to raise the bail amount – 200,000 shillings (2,000 euros) – set by the court.Several international media and Reporters Without Borders yesterday wrongly reported that Mwangura had actually been released on the basis of a report to this effect on Kenya Television Network, a privately-owned TV station.———————07.10 – Ex-journalist freed on bail in Mombasa A court in the southeastern city of Mombasa today ordered the release of former journalist Andrew Mwangura, the East Africa coordinator of the Seafarers Assistance Programme, on bail of 200,000 shillings (2,000 euros). Mwangura, who spent six days in Mombasa police headquarters, still faces trial on a charge of spreading false information for contradicting the official version put out by the Kenyan’s government about the destination of a military cargo on a ship that was seized by Somali pirates. The trial is due to be held in a month.The BBC’s website meanwhile today posted details of contracts showing that the arms consignment was bound for South Sudan and indicating that the Kenyan government acted as intermediary.—–06.10 – Seafarers’ organisation head arrested for “false statements” on arms shipment destinationReporters Without Borders called for the release of ex-journalist Andrew Mwangura, head of the Kenyan chapter of the Seafarers Assistance Programme, who was arrested by Kenyan police on 1 October for “making false statements”. RSF_en center_img Mwangura was arrested as he left the offices of the Standard newspaper in Mombasa and taken to the police station, where he is still being detained. He is due to appear before a judge on 7 October. The Faina is currently anchored off the port of Hobyo, about 500 kilometres north of the capital Mogadishu, surrounded by US warships. It is carrying around 30 Soviet-made assault tanks, rocket launchers and anti-aircraft batteries and around 14,000 munitions. Receive email alerts Several similar statements have been made to back up this claim, including that of Nathan Christensen, spokesman for the US Fifth Fleet in Bahrain. KenyaAfrica News November 27, 2020 Find out more News Reports Organisation Mwangura contradicted the official version put out by the Kenyan government about the destination of Ukrainian cargo ship, the Faina, laden with weapons, that was seized by pirates off the Somali coast on 25 September on its way to the Kenyan port of Mombasa. Follow the news on Kenya June 13, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

Clean produce

first_imgBy Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaRegardless of fresh-food contamination scares, produce lovers should always thoroughly wash their food.It won’t guarantee that it’s safe, but it helps, say University of Georgia experts.It has not been determined whether the current cases of salmonella illnesses related to fresh tomatoes are linked to contamination on the fruit’s surface, said Elizabeth Andress, a UGA Cooperative Extension food safety specialist.“In reality, we don’t know what the real problem is yet,” she said. “We don’t know if the bacteria are just on the outside or if they are on the inside, too. Until we know where the problem is coming from it’s hard for us to give consumers advice.”Fresh water and frictionThe best way to clean produce at home, she said, is to simply rub it while running fresh water over it.Soaking the produce in a weak chlorine solution will reduce bacteria, too, but it won’t get it all if it is contaminated. “It is certainly not an answer to the problem,” she said.Don’t soak produce for more than one minute in a chlorine solution. Still rub it under fresh water after the soak.“Dirt or any kind of organic material that the vegetables add to the solution will use up available chlorine before any free chlorine can sanitize,” she said. “Free chlorine will bind with organic material first, and it’s only what is left over that will be available to kill microorganisms.”Nooks and cranniesCleaning the surface of vegetables like cantaloupes can be a difficult task. “There are so many nooks and crannies for bacteria to hide in on produce,” said Judy Harrison, a UGA Extension food safety specialist. “They can get down in the openings for respiration on the surface of leaves or inside stem scars.”In addition to providing county agents with consumer information, Harrison works with UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences food scientists to develop post-harvest safety recommendations for farmers.The key to preventing contamination is to take precautions at all steps along the way — from the farm fields to home tables, she said.Follow these tipsTo reduce health risks from contamination, Harrison offers these tips:* Wash hands with warm water and soap for 20 seconds before and after preparing fresh produce.* Wash all produce before eating. * Don’t wash it with soap or detergent or commercial produce washes. * Remove damaged or bruised areas on fruits and vegetables before preparing or eating. Throw rotten-looking produce away.* Wash produce even if you plan to peel it.* Scrub firm produce, such as melons and cucumbers, with a clean produce brush.* Dry produce with a clean cloth or paper towel.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Joins Temple University Staff and Student Athletes to Discuss New Opioid Prescribing Guideline Recommendations for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

first_img May 12, 2017 Governor Wolf Joins Temple University Staff and Student Athletes to Discuss New Opioid Prescribing Guideline Recommendations for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Press Release,  Public Health,  Substance Use Disorder Philadelphia, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf joined members of Temple University’s School of Medicine, Athletic Department, team physicians, and Temple University Football student athletes to announce the state’s opioid prescribing guideline recommendations for orthopedics and sports medicine. Temple University’s Edberg – Olson Football Complex hosted the roundtable discussion.“Being here with these student athletes and the medical professionals charged with their care while at Temple really brings home the need for safe opioid prescribing guidelines for orthopedic and sports medicine,” Governor Wolf said. “These guidelines are a crucial piece of my administration’s continued fight against the opioid and heroin abuse crisis.“In communities across Pennsylvania I have heard the same heartbreaking story – that a young person from a good family, with a great future ahead, got a sports injury and was prescribed too many opioids by a well-meaning doctor. That’s why these new prescribing guidelines are so important for athletes at all levels of competition.”The Safe Prescribing of Opioids in Orthopedics and Sports Medicine guidelines address the use of opioid pain medication in orthopedics and sports medicine. They are intended to help health care providers improve patient outcomes and to supplement, but not replace, the individual provider’s clinical judgment.Under Governor Wolf’s leadership, the departments of Health and Drug and Alcohol Programs have convened the Safe and Effective Prescribing Practices Task Force. Membership of the task force includes various state agencies, representatives from medical associations, provider advocates, and community members.The task force has now developed and adopted guidelines for nine medical specialties on the safe and effective use of opioids in the treatment of pain:Emergency Department Pain Treatment Guidelines: To appropriately relieve pain and attempt to identify those who maybe be abusing or addicted to opioid analgesics and refer them for special assistance.Opioid Use and Safe Prescribing for Geriatric Pain: To highlight special problems concerning using opioids when treating older adults for chronic non-cancer pain.Guidelines on the Use of Opioids to Treat Chronic Non-cancer Pain: To address the use of opioids for the treatment of chronic non-cancer pain. These guidelines do not address the use of opioids for acute pain, nor do they address the use of opioids for the treatment of pain at the end-of-life.Guidelines on the Use of Opioids in a Dental Practice: To address the use of opioids for the treatment of acute dental pain.Obstetrics and Gynecology Pain Treatment: To address the use of opioids for the treatment of pain in pregnant patients, during and immediately following delivery, and during breastfeeding.Opioid Dispensing Guidelines: To focus on several key areas that can impact pharmacists of any practice setting. Focal points include assessing the appropriateness of opioid pain medication at the point of dispensing, recognition of “red flags” on prescriptions as well as high risk medication combinations, available resources for those with a substance use disorder, and methods to prevent diversion from the emergency department.Guideline on Use of Addiction Treatment Medications in The Treatment of Pregnant Patients with Opioid Use Disorder: To address treatment for opioid use disorders during pregnancy and is intended to help health care providers improve patient outcomes when caring for these patients.Guidelines on Safe Prescribing of Benzodiazepines for Acute Treatment of Anxiety and Insomnia: To address the use of benzodiazepines for the treatment of anxiety and insomnia.The Safe Prescribing of Opioids in Orthopedics and Sports Medicine.If you or someone you know is suffering from the disease of addiction, call 1-800-662-HELP or visit www.pa.gov/opioids for treatment options. For more information on the fight against opioid abuse in Pennsylvania, visit the Department of Health website at www.health.pa.gov or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.last_img read more

Patrick Mahomes plays 1 drive instead of 1 quarter after Chiefs’ touchdown

first_imgPatrick Mahomes only needed one drive Saturday to lead the Chiefs to the end zone.Mahomes was originally slated to play the entire first quarter against the Bengals. It was an unusual move to start the reigning NFL MVP in the preseason opener, and Mahomes didn’t need much time to show he’s in midseason form. His only drive tied the score at 7-7 in the first quarter before backup quarterbacks Chad Henne and rookie Kyle Shurmur took over under center. He completed all four of his pass attempts for 66 yards, including an impressive 36-yard completion to tight end Travis Kelce. Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes breaking preseason tradition, will play first quarter of openercenter_img Tyreek Hill injury update: Chiefs star (bruised quad) on field in pads after injury scare Nothing has changed. 😏#CINvsKC 📺: KCTV5 pic.twitter.com/DLwXrxesbB— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) August 11, 2019Mahomes also had one carry for 10 yards. Related Newslast_img read more

Jagdeo to have formal role in next PPP Govt

first_img..will continue to lead struggle as General Secretary regardless of CCJ’S rulingCurrent People’s Progressive Party (PPP) General Secretary, Bharrat Jagdeo, has signalled his interest in returning to Government in a formal capacity should his party return to the seats of power.This was communicated by a statement on Saturday.“Unlike the 2011-2015 period, where I played no formal part in the PPP Administration, I intend to be a formal part of the next PPP Government as we resume the implementation of plans to build a better country of which all our people can feel proud,” Jagdeo related in his release.He added that the PPP is a party not built on personalities “but on policies, all designed to create a better life for our people, and forge racial, ethnic and class unity,” he continued. “I remain committed to these policies and causes and will continue to struggle with the Party to achieve them. I remain absolutely humbled at the over-whelming confidence which the Guyanese people have continued to place in me and I remain eternally grateful for their continued support.”Jagdeo’s statement comes just days before the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) is expected to deliver a ruling in the case of Attorney General of Guyana v Cedric Richardson. This case will have major ramifications for Guyana.Last year, Government had decided to have the case heard in the CCJ after the Appeal Court in Guyana had dismissed its appeal against the ruling of former Chief Justice (ag) Ian Chang – which had stated that in Guyana, sovereignty resides in the people, and not in the Parliament.Justice Chang’s ruling meant that certain fundamental clauses in the Constitution, which serve to define its substantive nature, could only be altered by a referendum of the people. According to Jagdeo, whatever the outcome of the ruling, he would remain on the political scene.“Multitudes of supporters of the PPP/C and even across the political divide have made contact with me. Many concerns were raised, including the public statements of those in Government in respect of a particular outcome,” Jagdeo related. “As a result, I am moved to publicly assure that whatever the ruling is, I am and will remain the General Secretary of the PPP,” Jagdeo said on Saturday.“In that capacity, I will continue to spearhead the Party’s struggle for a better life for all Guyanese, especially the working people, the poor and the under-privileged, for racial and national unity and for victory at the polls at the next Local Government, Regional and National Elections.”The challengeThe constitutional challenge case brought by Georgetown resident Cedric Richardson in February 2015 had sought the court’s interpretation of the National Assembly’s changes to Article 90, as those related to four restraints on the freedom of choice by citizens at national elections.Richardson argued, through his lawyers, Emily Dodson and Shawn Allicock, that the amendment – Article 17 of 2000 – unconstitutionally curtails and restricts his sovereign and democratic right and freedom as a qualified elector to elect a specific person of his choice as the Executive President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana.Richardson had also contended that the limit was unconstitutional and illegal. He sought the court’s interpretation to determine whether a referendum on the amendment should not have been held, instead of the two-third majority in the National Assembly having the power to decide the limit on the number of terms.Justice Chang had ruled in July 2015 that the alteration of Article 90 by the Act No 17 of 2000, in substance and effect, undoubtedly diminishes the democratic rights of the electorate in electing a person of their own choice as President.The former acting Chief Justice noted that such an amendment needs a referendum and is invalid and without legal effect for reason of non-compliance. He further ruled that Act 17 of 2000 seeks to dilute the pre-existing democratic rights of the electorate to elect a President of their choice.As such, while the Constitution provides for representative democracy, such representative democracy cannot encroach on popular sovereignty from which it derives and which is entrenched by the requirement of the referendum.However, the High Court’s decision was appealed by the Attorney General’s Chambers and former Speaker of the House Raphael Trotman; both of whom were named as respondents in the court action. They asked that the ruling be “wholly set aside”.The outcome of this matter could also be a deciding factor as to whether Jagdeo will be the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) presidential candidate in the 2020 General Elections. (Jarryl Bryan)last_img read more