Ugandan media regulator’s ultimatum to journalists January 13, 2021 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the immediate release of two Ugandan journalists, Pidson Kareire, the founder of the respected investigative news website Drone Media, and Darious Magara, a reporter for East African Watch, who were jailed on criminal libel charges last week without their bail applications being heard. RSF_en March 12, 2021 Find out more December 17, 2020 Find out more News Follow the news on Uganda to go further Receive email alerts Credit : HRNJ Uganda The two journalists have been charged in connection with stories they wrote last October and November about the reported failure of a construction company, Dott Services Ltd, to complete a government contract to build roads linking Uganda with the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo. Their reporting was based on statements made by legislators during several parliamentary hearings on the subject. As a result of a libel suit filed by the company earlier last month, the police arrested the two journalists on 27 May and took them before a judge who ordered them detained until 17 June, when a court will hear their bail applications and begin hearing the case. They were taken to Kitalya prison, a maximum security prison 50 km northwest of Kampala. Their lawyer told RSF they are facing possible two-year sentences under article 22 of the Ugandan penal code. “It is incredible that these journalists have been imprisoned for nothing more than presumed defamation,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “As well as being totally disproportionate, this measure constitutes a serious constraint on the freedom to investigate and inform. We condemn the systematic harassment of Ugandan journalists in all its forms and we urge the authorities to release these two reporters at once, before the case is heard.” It is not unusual for Ugandan journalists to be targeted when they do investigative reporting. Kareire was accused of defamation and “offensive communication” in 2019 after writing an article about Middle East Consultants Limited, a company that recruits Ugandan workers. The case was eventually dismissed. Daily Monitor editor Tabu Butagira and Tony Glencross, the managing director of the company that owns the paper, were summoned for questioning this week for reporting that a BBC TV investigation had concluded that the Ugandan police fired live rounds indiscriminately at a crowd last November causing several deaths among the supporters of Bobi Wine, the main opposition candidate in the presidential election held a few weeks later. Uganda’s leading privately-owned newspaper, the Daily Monitor is constantly hounded by the government. Uganda has fallen 28 places in RSF’s World Press Freedom Index since 2015 and is now ranked 125th out of 180 countries. Ugandan president threatens to “bankrupt” leading daily Organisation UgandaAfrica Protecting journalists ImprisonedFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment Help by sharing this information Uganda blocks social media and messaging apps, isolating election UgandaAfrica Protecting journalists ImprisonedFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment News News June 4, 2021 Uganda urged to free two journalist held since last week on libel charges
Schwegman has launched a tech company that will bring jobs to central Indiana.Shawn Schwegman, the son of Bev and Terry Schwegman of Franklin County, has launched a technology company that will develop applications for smart phones, tablets and desktop computers.Gusto, LLC, is a startup business-to-consumer technology company in Indianapolis that plans to add up to 150 jobs in the next few years.Schwegman began working in startup companies over twenty years ago and has held leadership positions at companies such as ChaCha and Overstock.com.“Startup companies you know, you work 60, 70, 80, 90 hours a week, but you have fun doing it and I am passionate about it,” Schwegman said.He is spending a lot of time at the office, as Gusto will launch the debut product, which is an iPhone app that combines mobile e-mail with secure cloud storage.“Over half of email is opened on a smart phone, and to not see or have access to all of your files is a real pain,” Schwegman said. “That is a challenge that we really want to fix.”“The way I typically describe [the app], is that you use Google to search the world’s content, you will use Gusto to search yours and communicate about it.”The app will be released in March.The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Gusto over $2.6 million in conditional tax credits and up to $100,000 in training grants based on the company’s inititiave to add jobs. The incentives would be available if the company proceeds to hire more workers.Gusto was formally known under a different name when Schwegman interviewed for the chief marketing officer position. He told the founders they wouldn’t want to hire him because he would alter the company’s direction.Schwegman reflected on the interview as he explained to the founders, “I would go after a new product, different vision, I am really trying to solve this email problem on mobile, so it would be a different company so respectively I decline.”He was called the next day and offered the position for chief executive officer. The company went in an entirely different direction including a new name, new product and new bank accounts.Franklin County isn’t exactly a hot bed of young tech talent. Schwegman did share advice for those interested in the career field, saying, “Jump in with both feet and don’t look!”“Find your passion, that is rule number one. It may be a high paying career or low paying career, and none of that matters. What matters is following your passion.”
StumbleUpon UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service August 20, 2020 Submit Online casino group Genesis Global Limited has been placed under immediate investigation by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC), with the regulator citing unspecified compliance issues. Yesterday, the UKGC disclosed that it had enforced section 116 (2) of the 2005 Gambling Act, placing Genesis under investigation for carrying out activities in breach of its licence conditions.Under section 116, the UKGC can launch an investigation if it suspects that the operator may be ‘unsuitable to carry out licensed activities’ or if a person connected to the licensee has acquired a criminal conviction.The UKGC followed its investigation by enforcing section 118 of the Gambling Act, requiring Genesis to suspend all operating licences related to online casino, real event betting and virtual sports wagering. The suspension is effective from 20 July, with Genesis no longer allowed to service UK gambling transactions across its portfolio of online casino websites, including: Casoola Casino, Casino Planet, Kassu, CasinoCruise, Casino Gods, Casino Joy, Genesis Casino, Pelaa, Sloty Online Casino, Spela, Spinit and Vegas Hero.“We suspect that Genesis Global Limited has breached a condition of the licence (section 116(2)(a) of the Act)) and is unsuitable to carry on the licensed activities (section 116(2)(c)(i)) of the Act). We therefore consider it appropriate to suspend the licence with immediate effect pending the conclusion of the review,” the UKGC detailed in its enforcement. The UKGC has instructed Genesis to facilitate customers in accessing their accounts to withdraw funds, in which the operator must disclose to customers that it is under investigation. Share Share UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Related Articles Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020
Listen to raw audio of his speech via the audio player below. MASON CITY— New Jersey Democratic Senator Cory Booker kicked off a two-day White House campaign swing through Iowa talking to about 100 people gathered in the basement of the First Congregational Church in Mason City this morning.Booker says Democrats cannot achieve their goals by demeaning or degrading Republicans. “They’re our neighbors, they’re our friends. We may disagree with them but we have to find common ground. I want to win the White House back, but it’s not to beat Republicans, it’s to unite Americans. We have to make sure that in this election we define ourselves, and you don’t define yourself by bringing out the worst of who you are, you can’t campaign wrong and then think you are going to govern right.”Booker says he wants to run for president in an attempt to unify the country. “I’m standing here in Iowa today running for President of the United States because I worry that in this nation right now, there are people losing faith in us and our ability to solve our problems, deal with persistent injustices. People are feeling left out and left behind, and folks are feeling like a force is tearing us apart as a country, pitting us against each other, are stronger than the forces that are holding us together. I don’t believe that. My whole life is a story against that.”Booker says he’s for a “healthcare for all” style plan that would ensure every American has a right to high, quality healthcare. “If you don’t believe the system is broken, you need to wake up to the challenges we see. We are a nation that spends more on healthcare than any other country, with the worst results, and we still leave people out of the equation. We are a nation right now that often has a disease treatment system as opposed to focusing on well being, as opposed to early prevention, as opposed to folks doing early intervention.”Booker says corporate agriculture is destroying the local, family farmer of Iowa. “I believe that we are all in this together. What is happening to the agriculture industry is hurting all of us. It’s hurting our environment. It’s hurting our family farmers. It’s hurting the consumers. It’s hurting the American way. The very culture of our country is being eroded as towns and communities are being hollowed out by big, multi-national corporations.”Booker was also traveling to Waterloo, Cedar Rapids and Iowa City today, and is scheduled to stop in Marshalltown and Des Moines tomorrow.