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first_imgNews News News I trust that you will give this matter your careful consideration.Yours sincerely, RSF_en Organisation Jean-François JulliardSecretary GeneralPicture : Nicolas Sarkozy and Ali Bongo (AFP/Eric Feferberg) Weekly seized from Gabon’s newsstands Follow the news on Gabon The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa GabonAfrica Receive email alertscenter_img to go further Reports November 20, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Letter to President Nicolas Sarkozy on eve of talks with President Ali Bongo November 27, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders wrote to President Nicolas Sarkozy on 19 November 2009 on the eve of his meeting in Paris with his visiting Gabonese counterpart, Ali Bongo, asking him to raise the issue of press freedom in their talks. This is the text of the letter:Mr Nicolas SarkozyPresident of FrancePalais de l’ElyséeParis – FranceParis, 19 November 2009Dear Mr President,You are due to meet tomorrow with your Gabonese counterpart, Mr Ali Bongo. Reporters Without Borders would like to express its deep concern about the state of press freedom in Gabon and urges you to raise this issue in talks with you interlocutor.In fact nine media have just been sanctioned by Gabon’s National Communications Council (CNC) which accused them of “wholesale relaying of public rumours” and writing articles “spreading ethnic divisions, insults and slander”.We for our part consider that these sanctions are aimed only at penalising pluralist forms of expression. It is obvious that the new authorities do not accept that the results of the presidential elections should be commented on or that members of government and the ruling party should attract criticism.The spokesman for the Minister of Foreign and European affairs minister said on 12 November in answer to a question about the CNC sanctions, “We underline the importance that France attaches to the principle of freedom of expression. It is one of the fundamental principles of any democracy”. This statement seems to us inadequate. Freedom of the press is not just a principle and France should, through you, ask the Gabonese president to observe it more fully. Punishment of the nine media is just the latest in a worrying series of incidents. Several journalists found themselves in trouble with the authorities in the aftermath of the presidential election on 30 August, which the press had great difficulty in covering normally. Among them was the editor of the daily L’Union, Albert Yangari, who was questioned for several hours on 25 September. On the same day, police arrested the cartoonist, Patrick Essono, known as “Pahé”, and held him for nearly 48 hours. Very explicit death threats were also made against a journalist on L’Union, Jonas Moulenda, author of a report headlined “Je reviens de Port-Gentil” (I return from Port-Gentil), condemning the role of the military in a clampdown on post-election protests. Omar Bongo governed Gabon for 41 years without allowing the press any breathing space. We believe it is the duty of France to persuade his successor, Ali Bongo, to choose change. That is why we would be grateful if you could insist with him on the need to protect journalists and to allow for criticism. Gabonese journalist could spend New Year’s Eve in prison January 24, 2020 Find out more GabonAfrica Help by sharing this information December 31, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

first_img“I’m grateful for all that Corbin and Tanner have done for BYU, and I’m excited they both have the opportunity to pursue playing in the NFL,” BYU head coach Kalani Sitake said. Kaufusi played in 37 games with 28 starts for the Cougars over three seasons after starting his career on the BYU basketball team. A 6-foot-9, 278-pound two-sport athlete, Kaufusi played three years on the basketball team, appearing in 86 games with 36 starts before foregoing his time on the hardwoods to concentrate on football. On the gridiron in 2018, Kaufusi recorded a team-best 8.5 sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss from his defensive end position while adding 56 tackles and two pass breakups in 11 games.  PROVO, Utah — In addition to linebacker Sione Takitaki being drafted in the third round by the Cleveland Browns on Friday, former BYU defensive end Corbin Kaufusi and quarterback Tanner Mangum received opportunities with NFL teams as undrafted free agents following the draft on Saturday evening.  With his versatility and athleticism, Kaufusi was a disruptive defender up front who could get into the backfield while also being able to effectively drop into coverage for the Cougars, helping BYU rank No. 18 overall in team defense in 2018. Over his three-year career, Kaufusi totaled 154 tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss and 17 sacks while forcing two fumbles and recording four pass breakups. Kaufusi was also a playmaker on special teams, blocking four kicks during his career.  With his physical stature and athleticism, Kaufusi helped BYU lead the nation in field goal defense in 2018 and earn a No. 4 rating in the ESPN special teams efficiency rankings.  FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail Robert Lovell Mangum played in 34 games with 27 starts as the Cougars’ signal caller. From Eagle, Idaho, the 6-3, 208-pound quarterback threw for 6,262 yards and 39 touchdowns while adding three scores on the ground during his career. He led BYU to a win at Nebraska in his first college game in 2015, throwing the game-winning 42-yard Hail Mary touchdown in place of the injured Taysom Hill. Mangum went on to become the 2015 Touchdown Club of Columbus Freshman of the Year after throwing for 3,377 yards and 23 touchdowns to lead BYU to a 9-4 season record.In 2018 Mangum helped the Cougars enter the top-25 rankings for the first time since 2015 while engineering BYU’s upset win in Camp Randall Stadium over No. 6 Wisconsin. Ending the Badgers’ 41-game win streak in nonconference home games, the Cougars were named the NCAA and Football Writers Association of America National Team of the Week following the 24-21 victory. During his career, the two-time team captain had six 300-yard passing games and a string of 11 straight games with a touchdown pass as the BYU starter. Historically, BYU has had 188 former players receive NFL opportunities as undrafted free agents in addition to Takitaki becoming the 142nd Cougar selected in the annual draft.  Tags: BYU Cougars Football/Corbin Kaufusi/Detroit Lions/New Orleans Saints/Oakland Raiders/Tanner Mangumcenter_img Kaufusi inked a free-agent deal with New Orleans Saints while Mangum accepted minicamp invitations with both the Oakland Raiders and Detroit Lions.  Additional signings or minicamp invites for BYU players could still be announced.  A team captain, Kaufusi is the third member of his immediate family to go to the NFL from BYU. His brother Bronson is a defensive end for the New York Jets who was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the third round of the 2016 draft. His father Steve is a former BYU defensive lineman and longtime defensive coach who was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 12th round of the 1988 draft. April 27, 2019 /Sports News – Local Kaufusi, Mangum received NFL opportunities on Saturday following draft Written bylast_img read more

first_imgWe have millions of stories to tell. Every credit union member – all 115 million in the United States – has a unique perspective on how they benefit from their credit union.  Then there are the 5,500 credit unions themselves that each have different narratives to share. The challenge is how we link our stories together to best illustrate the credit union difference to the stakeholders that impact us the most. At the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), we get to tell the credit union story. We share how our industry is different than other financial services peers. Sharing our difference is the best way for us to reshape regulations, push for legislation and secure big wins for our industry.Everyone in the movement, from CUNA and Leagues to credit unions, volunteers and members can be an advocate. In fact, it’s important that all these voices are heard when we tell our story. That’s what the CUNA/League 360-degree advocacy approach aims to achieve. Our 360-degree advocacy approach is a targeted effort that secured big wins for us last year. We pushed Congress to pass the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act (S.2155) – a critical piece of bipartisan legislation to our industry. We also succeeded in gaining support for fewer CFPB rulemakings; better transparency and modernizations at NCUA; delayed implementation of the current expected credit losses standard; removing a harmful provision from the National Defense Authorization Act; standing with credit unions facing frivolous lawsuits under the Americans with Disabilities Act; and securing funding for several important community funds.CUNA and Leagues didn’t achieve these wins on our own – we fought along with so many credit union advocates to advance our priorities.  This year, we again have a lot on our advocacy agenda as we anticipate and respond to all the challenges the credit union movement faces. We’ll continue to press the CFPB and others to reduce the regulatory burden on credit unions; defend NCUA’s field-of-membership rules in court; support credit unions facing litigation; urge congress to modernize data breach requirements; and, as always, staunchly defend the credit union tax status.To achieve these goals, we’ll need to activate all our credit union advocates. How do you become an advocate? It’s simple. Bring your voice forward and tell your story. Join CUNA’s Member Activation Program (MAP), where you’ll be a part of ongoing communications and calls to action. This year, MAP is focusing on promoting the credit union difference and a host of other credit union issues. But MAP is not the only way you can become more involved in advocacy. Getting involved is as easy as responding to action alerts on the Grassroots Action Center, participating in CUNA and League advocacy trainings, build relationships with local credit union-friendly political candidates, give to the Credit Union Legislative Action Council (CULAC) or join the Credit Union Political Action Council (CUPAC). It’s not about doing everything, it’s about finding what issues spark your interest and passion. Your voice is powerful when you bring your experience and enthusiasm together to tell your story. CUNA and Leagues are here to help tell your story. The more people we engage with the better off we’ll all be in the credit union movement.Our cooperative credit union principles mean better rates and more opportunity for financial growth. Our members understand our difference. It’s why we’ve grown in membership to a record-breaking 115 million Americans. We stand for access and equity and fight every day for a better financial future. We need more voices to tell our story – our lawmakers and regulators can dismiss the few, but they can’t ignore the power of our movement. 58SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jim Nussle Jim Nussle was named president and CEO of the Credit Union National Association in September 2014. Nussle, is a former eight-term congressman and director of the White House Office of … Web: www.cuna.org Detailslast_img read more

first_imgDrama, drama, drama…Season 15 of the Bachelorette is a wrap with Hannah’s ring finger empty.This week’s two-night blockbuster finale came to a close last night, and – spoiler alert – so did Hannah’s relationship with Jed Wyatt.After taking both him and Tyler Cameron to meet her family in Greece, Jed’s ex-girlfriend decided to drop a bombshell.She claimed they were still together while he was on the show.That ended their engagement and before last night was over, fans got to see Hannah ask Jupiter resident, Tyler out on a date.We’ll see where it goes from here.Hannah should have listened to her parents who made it clear, Tyler is the man.last_img read more