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
News UpdatesKangana’s Public Utterance Do Not Give Immunity To Her Unlawful Acts: Sr Adv Aspi Chinoy Submits For BMC Nitish Kashyap28 Sep 2020 8:58 AMShare This – xThe Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai’s counsel told the Bombay High Court on Monday that actor Kangana Ranaut was being evasive and deliberately did not state categorically that no alterations were made to the partly demolished property but instead said no illegal alterations were made.Before Senior Advocate Aspi Chinoy made his submissions on behalf of the MCGM, Kangana’s lawyer…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai’s counsel told the Bombay High Court on Monday that actor Kangana Ranaut was being evasive and deliberately did not state categorically that no alterations were made to the partly demolished property but instead said no illegal alterations were made.Before Senior Advocate Aspi Chinoy made his submissions on behalf of the MCGM, Kangana’s lawyer Dr. Birendra Saraf told the Court that as requested, he has submitted the tweets by Kangana Ranaut from August 30 onwards. He added that he has not been able to trace the entire video of the interview with Sanjay Raut in which he had allegedly abused the petitioner, calling her ‘haramkhor ladki’.Thereafter, Sr Adv Chinoy began his submissions-“Petitioner has been characterized as a person who has been victimized and harassed. However, the reality is that the petitioner has carried out unauthorized structural alterations. She would have us believe that all this (demolition) is the reaction to her public utterances and statements.It is the reverse side of the coin. She has made unlawful changes and is claiming demolition to be a response to her utterances.”There is a studied silence in her amended petition and rejoinder as to when these alterations were made, Chinoy asserted.He then argued that the writ petition was not maintainable as writ jurisdiction of the High Court cannot be invoked for something like this, instead a suit can be filed. Chinoy said-“There is not a word in the petition or in the amended petition as to why the writ should be entertained and what are the exceptional circumstances as to why it should not be sent to a civil court. It cannot be that a political controversy created by the petitioner in the media is an exceptional circumstance (for maintainability of writ).This will be a case of tail wagging the dog. The petitioner herself creates a political controversy and cites that to be reason to entertain a writ.”Chinoy : This will be a case of tail wagging the dog. The petitioner herself creates a political controversy and cites that to be reason to entertain a [email protected] @mybmc— Live Law (@LiveLawIndia) September 28, 2020 Thereafter, Chinoy submitted that the record establishes that the petitioner has brazenly made unlawful structural alterations but she has denied the same and said no illegal alterations are made. However, she has not stated before this court when the alterations were made, Chinoy argued.Referring to a reply filed on behalf of Kangana on September 8 when she first received the notice under Section 354A, Chinoy submitted-“She says no work is being done, whereas three days ago our inspection revealed work in progress, with six workers present at the site along with machinery etc. What is being portrayed is that waterproofing work was going on.The law allows demolition within 24 hours. She does not say in the reply that her work was in the nature of water-leakage proofing. She makes a categorical denial by saying no work at all.When the response was “no work is being carried out”, I don’t have to wait to carry out demolition. The law says that there is no need for elaborate hearing over 7 days. Nowhere in the entire petition, has she said that she did not carry out the work, she had permission for the work etc. This is a writ under Article 226. You can’t play poker.”Chinoy further averred that the petitioner has very carefully made only evasive denials knowing fully that she has violated the laws. There is not even one word in the petition about when these alterations and additions against the sanctioned plan that were made. As per Sunbeam judgment of SC, these works need prior permission after submitting plans, Sr Adv Aspi Chinoy contended.At this juncture, Dr.Birendra Saraf sought to interject and submitted that his client was not present in the city so it was difficult to submit certain details in the beginning. “In this day and age, when you can tweet all the way from Manali, you can surely tell your advocate when the work started”, Chinoy responded.Justice Kathawalla reasoned that lay people (like the petitioner) may not realize the distinction between Section 351 and 354A. Chinoy responded-“The reply only needs to state when the work started and whether the prior permission for the work was obtained. When you build toilets in an open area, it is a Floor Space Index issue but when you amalgamate your bedroom with another bedroom, it is not a simple matter. When she can remember all other public issues, how come your memory fails you in this work, which is carried out with lakhs and lakhs of rupees over several weeks. I agree that there is a quicker response in this case when compared to other cases. But that is not an answer. You cannot carry out unauthorized constructions.”This issue of quicker response may be relevant on the issue of whether the action was malafide, Justice Kathawalla observed.In response to this query, Sr Adv Chinoy argued that malafides have to be analyzed in the context of the petitioner’s actions-“You have to come to court with clean hands. The Court has to look at the conduct of the petitioner and analyze the issue in the context of her actions. There is a complete lack of candour on the part of the petitioner as to whether the work was done and when the work was done. We have seen five workmen and one supervisor on the site. We have seen gunny bags and plywood on the site. There was detailed work going on.”Moreover, MCGM’s Counsel Sr Adv Aspi Chinoy urged-“We have nothing on our records to show that she has applied for permission to carry out the alterations and done it after getting such permission. Suppose they had come and said they have stopped the work, we would have had to hear them. But what did they say? That no work was done. This is the important distinction.Even today you don’t tell us when the work started, this is amazing how the petitioner is withholding information. If in a case on inspection it is found that unauthorized alterations have taken place and finishing work is going on, Section 354A can be invoked.And you (Kangana) create a huge hullabaloo about being de-housed. But why don’t you tell your case and state when the construction was done and if it was done with permission.”Also, according to the petitioner, she had tweeted about Mumbai police and the action of demolition was taken in response to that tweet. However, the problem is that her tweet was posted at 5 pm and the inspection carried out at the partly demolished property was at 1 pm. The inspection was three hours before the tweet of Kangana Ranaut. Where is the link? Mala-fides cannot be loosely alleged, Chinoy said.Addressing the allegation of malice against the Corporation, Chinoy said-“Malice in law will be when you try to achieve an unlawful purpose, extraneous purpose. Where is the unlawful purpose in acting against unauthorized construction?Your utterances cannot give immunity to your unlawful works. It cannot be that you carry out unlawful works, and say that the action was a response to your criticism of the government.”On the allegation that the demolition was carried out in haste, Chinoy submitted that the law empowers the corporation to act within 24 hours. He cited the decision in Sopan Maruti Thopte vs Pune Municipal Corporation & 9 Ors in support of his argument.Referring to Kangana’s petition, Chinoy said that the allegations on mala fides are vague as words like “certain quarters” “displeased some” etc are used and no specific names are taken.”This can’t be done. If you want to allege mala fide, you must be ready to bite, must be ready to wound”, Chinoy argued.Finally, in conclusion of his submissions, Chinoy referred to the judgment in Sunbeam (supra) and said referring to Dr.Saraf’s heavy reliance on the said decision- The judgment in Sunbeam hurts my learned friend in a way instead of helping his case.”Before concluding, he submitted that entertaining the writ will send a wrong signal that one can get away with illegalities through public posturing.The matter will now come up for hearing tomorrow at 3 pm. Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut’s counsel Advocate Pradeep Thorat has already filed an affidavit in the matter and will make his submissions tomorrow.Entertaining this writ petition will send a wrong message that people who make public posturing can get away with their unlawful activities : Chinoy (BMC’s lawyer)[email protected] @mybmc— Live Law (@LiveLawIndia) September 28, 2020 Also from today’s hearing :Bombay HC Plays Audio Clip Of Sanjay Raut’s Statements Against Kangana Ranaut After Lawyer Alleges Malice In Demolition ‘Cases Of Celebrities Are Critical Cases?’ Bombay HC Grills Mumbai Civic Body Officials In Kangana Ranaut Case Hearing Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
6. REESE WITHERSPOON 2. BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH 9. MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY 4. MATT BOMER 5. MARTIN FREEMAN 10. JENNIFER ANISTON 7. STEVE CARELL 3. AMY ADAMS 8. JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS The Golden Globes are now a distant memory, and despite a few obvious snubs (Into the Woods, hello?!?) we’re thrilled so many Broadway stars were recognized at the ceremony. On the other hand, did you see all of the talented Golden Globe-nominated actors (and now, some winners—we’re looking at you, Amy Adams) who have yet to make their Broadway debuts? From Benedict Cumberbatch to Bill Murray, the untapped talent is unbelievable! We asked you to rank the top 10 Golden Globe nominees you want to see on the Great White Way on Culturalist. See which stars came out on top below. 1. EMILY BLUNT View Comments
The St. Louis Track and Field teams competed Wednesday night against South Ripley and Jac-Cen-Del. The girls finished first with 47 points followed by Jac-Cen-Del with 43 points and South Ripley with 36 points.All eight of the girls scored this evening making this a great team win. The girls roster is made up of Molly Wachsmann, Mindy Eckstein, Leila Savage, Grace Mack, Caroline Meer, Pamela Meneses, Stacy Kramer and Grace Laudick.The boys finished third with only 28 points. South Ripley was first with 60 points and Jac-Cen-Del finished second with 38 points. Scorers for the boys team were Joshua Myers, Adam Moster, Benjamin Moster, Zachary Harmeyer, Nicholas Meer, Michael Wanstrath, Tyler Kuntz, Max Giesting, Hunter Laudick and Luke Wilson.Special recognition goes to Joshua Myers for breaking his 1600 meter run school record again with a time of 4:56.6. Molly Wachsmann also broke a school record this evening with a throw of 27’2” in the shot put. The boys 4×400 meter relay team ran 4:11.3 tonight just missing the school record of 4:10.0. The relay team members were Benjamin Moster, Zachary Harmeyer, Adam Moster and Joshua Myers.The Cardinals will be participating in the CYO meet in Indianapolis next Friday and Saturday with finals on Wednesday, May 18th.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach John Harmeyer.
There has been an uptick of chatter about a possible mega fight between undisputed women’s world middleweight champion Claressa Shields and UFC women’s bantamweight and featherweight champion Amanda Nunes.Well, Shields is so serious about making the fight happen that she’s not only willing to invite Nunes into the ring for a boxing bout, but cross over into the Octagon herself for a mixed martial arts clash as well. “We could do a boxing match and then I’d go over there,” Shields told Sporting News. “We could do a two-fight deal.“I feel like she’s a great in her sport. I’m the GWOAT (Greatest Woman of All Time) in my sport. Us just being competitive athletes, you always want to know, like, who’s the baddest? Who’s the best? It’s definitely something that could absolutely happen.”Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearShields also believes that a mega clash — or pair of super scraps — against Nunes would be better than the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Conor McGregor boxing bout in August 2017.“I think McGregor is a great MMA fighter, but he was all talk. Amanda Nunes is not all talk,” she said. “He got tired and he got knocked out, but it’s really hard to prepare for a 12-round fight and I don’t think he took it serious. Amanda Nunes will take it 100 percent serious because of who I am and what I’ve accomplished and I would do the same thing for her, so I definitely think it will be a better fight.”Plus, the timing of a Shields-Nunes fight with both champions in their prime is just right, with the billing of GWOAT in boxing vs. GWOAT in MMA speaking for itself. GWOAT of Boxing meets GWOAT of UFC @amanda_leoa 🔥🔥🔥🐐🐐🐐 #CombatsportsA post shared by ClaressaTrexShields!!! (@claressashields) on Jul 11, 2019 at 7:42pm PDTAt 24 years old, Shields (9-0, 2 KOs) has two Olympic gold medals (2012, 2016) and the undisputed middleweight crown that she won in April with a unanimous decision over previously-unbeaten Christina Hammer to her name.The 31-year-old Nunes (18-4) has blazed past the likes of Valentina Shevchenko (twice), Miesha Tate, Ronda Rousey, Cris Cyborg and, just last month, Holly Holm, during one of the most dominant and destructive runs the MMA world has ever seen.Shields’ manager, Mark Taffet, said “The GWOAT” is expected to fight in October, when she’ll likely look to become the fastest boxer — female or male — ever to be a three-division world champion. Meanwhile, Cyborg’s unanimous decision over Felicia Spencer at UFC 240 just last week seems to bring her closer to a rematch with Nunes seemingly for later this year as well.That’d make the projections for a Shields-Nunes fight in 2020 possible, considering that both take care of their respective interim business.UFC president Dana White said it himself while speaking with TMZ Sports last month.“Amanda Nunes has things that she needs to do here first, but I’m not opposed to it,” White said of a possible super fight between the women. “No, I’m not opposed to it. Maybe Claressa comes over here and fights in MMA.”MORE: The real reason Amanda Nunes is not the UFC’s biggest starAs aforementioned, Shields is definitely up for doing just that, while specifying that she’d need ample time to train in MMA, understandably.“Late 2020, early 2021,” Shields told SN of a possible timeframe to start the pair of crossover fights. “I have to give myself the proper preparation. I’m not going to underestimate her. I don’t underestimate anybody. As much as I respect my sport, I respect her sport also in that to be the best, you got to train real hard. You have to put in a lot of hours. I just have to have a very good coach and be dedicated and I believe I’d fare well against her with the proper preparation to get ready for her.”Taffet, too, believes the pair of super fights can become a reality, while also highlighting Shields’ need for adequate time for MMA training.“A boxing match with Amanda Nunes is something that could happen any time that Nunes and the UFC want to do it,” Taffet told SN. “Claressa would then dedicate the appropriate amount of time to train and learn the craft of MMA, so that she could be at her best in that sport as well, which is what a world class athlete should do. But it’s definitely something that she would partake in with proper training. She would commit to it.“I think it would be something that would enhance women’s sports tremendously,” he added, “and enhance the legacies of these women tremendously.”MORE: Amanda Nunes is undeniably the greatest female fighter all timeNeedless to say, Shields believes she’d blast Nunes in boxing, but seeing how “The Lioness” rocked Cyborg with her striking in a 51-second KO last December, especially those overhand rights, throws caution to “T-Rex” to not take the MMA star lightly in the sweet science, either.When asked to analyze Nunes’ boxing ability, Shields recognizes her power more than anything else.“The only time I seen her have really good hands was against Cris, when she caught Cris,” Shields said. “The fight against Holly Holm, she knocked her out with a kick and there wasn’t much that she did with her hands, so I think she kind of figured out her own recipe to make things work the way it works, but I think she has heavy hands. “I sparred against Cris Cyborg and you seen the highlights … we weren’t in there throwing pillows,” she continued. “To see her knock Cris out … that’s just kind of scary to be honest. But at the same time, I’m so competitive that I know I could get in there and be smart and that I’d hit hard, too. That’s what you do when you’re fighting with someone who hits hard. You don’t run from them, you stand there and fight them.“So, knowing that she was able to take her out in the way that she did, really would make me train extra hard to get ready for her in both matches — in the boxing ring and in MMA. Especially in MMA.“If both bouts happen, only one will emerge the undisputed GWOAT and Baddest Woman on the Planet. View this post on Instagram
ASBURY PARKThe fury of Super Storm Sandy wrecked communities, destroyed countless homes and displaced thousands of people leaving them without essentials: food, water, baby supplies, warm clothes, and more.Christine Zilinski and her team at Salon Concrete are inviting all salons and stylists, wherever you are, to participate in the massive “Scissors for Sandy” cut-a-thon to provide relief to the thousands of individuals and devastated families!The Scissors for Sandy event will held from noon to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10 in the ballroom at the Berkeley Hotel in Asbury Park. Hairdressers will unite to offer haircuts for a minimum $40 donation.All proceeds will benefit New Jersey Hometown Heroes, an organization that supports communities during times of crisis, and their Restore the Shore initiative, and the Tunnel to Towers Foundation in New York City.The organizers are asking salons across the country to make it a nationwide effort.Those who are interested in participating are asked to contact organizer at: [email protected] scissorsforsandy; www.scissorsforsandy.com; [email protected] or [email protected] salonconcrete.com. LITTLE SILVERThe Little Silver Senior’s December meeting will be held at noon Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the clubhouse on Church Street.The holiday season will be celebrated with an Italian buffet luncheon followed by a performance of the Monmouth Regional Dancers.The cost is $10 for members and $12 for guests.Additional information is available by Annemarie Schweitzer at 732-542-7257 or publicity chair Rene O’Neil at 732-842-0805. RED BANKPilgrim Baptist Church of Red Bank is hosting its annual “Community Go Red Service“ at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 9.The “Go Red” service highlights health and wellness issue’s that affect the community, including presentations on the issue of HIV/AIDS and its impact on our society.Hypertension screening and health-related discussions will follow the service in the Fellowship Hall.The community is invited to wear the color red (ties, hats, coats, pins, etc.) in support of health awareness. All are welcome.Additional information is available by calling 732-747-2348 RUMSONCladdagh na nGael is hosting a Christmas social/fundraiser to benefit Sandy victims from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec 16, at Molly Maguires Blackpoint Inn, 132 East River Road.The event will be an afternoon of Irish music and family entertainment. More than 20 musicians are looking to participate. It will be an open session and children and student musicians are welcome.New unwrapped toys will be collected for distribution to children whose families were hit hard by Super Storm Sandy. The toys will be donated to Project Paul, which operates the largest food pantry in Monmouth County with distribution to approximately 1,600 individuals a week.Donations for the organization will also be accepted. Checks should be made payable to Project Paul.Those who can’t afford a toy or monetary donation are invited to bring their families and listen to the good music.Information about Project Paul is available at www.projpaul.org.