Four days to start of appeal for reporter who spoke to rebels

first_img Reports October 4, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Four days to start of appeal for reporter who spoke to rebels Photo : Hassan Ruvakuki (RFI) June 5, 2020 Find out more News On 8 October, a court in the central city of Gitega is to begin hearing radio journalist Hassan Ruvakuki’s appeal against his conviction on a charge of “participating in a terrorist act,” for which he received a life sentence last June. Reporters Without Borders will send a representative to Gitega to attend the hearings and has learned that several foreign diplomats based in the capital, Bujumbura, also plan to travel to Gitega for the same purpose.”We are pleased that the international community has finally decided to follow this case closely,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This show of interest has been slow in coming and it is now high time to provide clear support for this journalist, whose innocence must be recognized.” A reporter for Bonesha FM and Radio France Internationale’s Swahili service, Ruvakuki has been jailed since December 2011 – more than 10 months.”Ruvakuki is a journalist who was just doing his job when he was arrested,” Reporters Without Borders added. “His lawyers, Onésime Kabayabaya and Fabien Segatwa, have to show that he did not get a fair trial and that covering a rebel movement is not the same as participating in it. These appeal proceedings will be a real test of media freedom in Burundi.”Two representatives of Audiovisuel Extérieur de la France (AEF), the French foreign broadcasting agency, have just visited Bujumbura for a series of meetings with the Burundian authorities about the case. One of them visited Ruvakuki in the prison where he is being held in Muramvya, a central province adjoining Gitega province.In a letter written in his prison cell, a copy of which has been obtained by Reporters Without Borders, Ruvakuki says: “By going to Tanzania, to a Burundian rebel camp, I was just doing my job as a journalist. It was the first time I had gone to Tanzania and I have never belonged to any political party, let alone an armed movement. Like any journalist anywhere in the world, I just went to verify, on the ground, the truth of some information which I was the first to know (…) Now I would just like to cry out to the world that I am innocent (…) Again, I am innocent and I have faith in the justice system.” More information about this case. News Burundian appeal court upholds prison sentences for four journalists Help by sharing this information RSF_en Receive email alerts The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa October 21, 2020 Find out more Four Burundian journalists complete 12 months in arbitrary detention Follow the news on Burundi Organisation News BurundiAfrica to go further BurundiAfrica November 27, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Same So Cal School Wins Regional Science Bowl at JPL Third Year in a Row

first_imgScience and Technology Same So Cal School Wins Regional Science Bowl at JPL Third Year in a Row High school teams had mere seconds to answer complex science and math questions in in the regional round of the National Science Bowl. Published on Monday, January 27, 2020 | 5:05 pm Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Subscribe Make a comment Herbeauty10 Ways To Get Into Shape You’ve Never Tried BeforeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTiger Woods Is ‘Different Man’ 10 Years After ScandalHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Are Indian Women’s Best Formulas For Eternal BeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday 10 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Top of the News center_img First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News Business News The winning team from University High School in Irvine, California, took home the trophy in the L.A. regional round of the National Science Bowl on Jan. 25, 2020 at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. This is the third consecutive year they’ve won the regional competition. From left to right, Coach David Knight, James Chen, Nyle Wong, Nicholas Ouyang, Alissa Kopylova and Robert Ni. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-CaltechSouthern California high school students had mere seconds to answer complex science questions that would rattle even the most stalwart rocket scientist in the regional round of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Science Bowl on Sunday, Jan. 26.The team from University High School in Irvine, California, won first place for the third year in a row at the tournament, which has been hosted by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, for almost three decades. They’ll advance to the national competition, held in Washington from April 30 to May 4.Twenty-three teams competed in this year’s competition, which has become so popular that schools are chosen via a lottery system.John Callas, project manager for the Spirit and Opportunity Mars rovers and manager of the NASA-NSF Exoplanet Observational Research program, has volunteered as a Science Bowl moderator for 26 years. “I’m still impressed with how quickly these young minds can answer a very complicated question. A question that I, today, would have to take out a piece of paper and spend maybe five minutes on doing the calculation, they do within seconds in their heads,” he said. Needless to say, calculators aren’t allowed.One example of a past tournament’s “easy” questions reads: “A famous principle of fluid mechanics, traditionally attributed as the explanation behind lift on an airplane wing, is named after what scientist?”Despite the serious brainwork required, the atmosphere was fun and energetic, with even a milk-and-cookie break in the afternoon.“I love learning science with other people. I love competing, and I think Science Bowl is one of the best competitions out there,” said senior Nyle Wong, captain of University High School’s winning team. “We feel really good — we worked really hard for this.”In between the round-robin and double-elimination rounds, Callas explained astrophysics and Mars exploration and students went to see the Mars 2020 rover in the Spacecraft Assembly Facility. Some former Science Bowl participants have gone on to work at JPL or Caltech, which manages JPL for NASA.“These kids are so smart, and it just reminds you that this is the next generation. And if we can help them get to JPL, a lot of them will come work here, which is great. We just try to give back to the community as much as we can,” said Nancy Kapell, a JPL human resources specialist who has volunteered for the Science Bowl for 17 years.While students may be preparing for careers in STEM, some of them do it purely for the love of science.Sophomore Alissa Kopylova — one of University High’s younger team members —dedicated her summer and free time to studying in order to make the team. “I feel like I got interested in biology when I first came to school, and I felt like it was a great way to expand my ability in this area. And also, the subject interests me to a point where I was willing to do something fun,” she said.Silver medals for second place were given to Santa Monica High School and bronze medals for third place went to Troy High School in Fullerton. Culver City High School won for best sportsmanship. Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS More Cool Stufflast_img read more

New Jersey Aims to Help Homeowners Facing Foreclosure

first_imgSubscribe Home / Daily Dose / New Jersey Aims to Help Homeowners Facing Foreclosure New Jersey Aims to Help Homeowners Facing Foreclosure Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago About Author: Krista Franks Brock With a foreclosure rate more than twice as high as the national average, New Jersey is aiming to help thousands of homeowners with a new housing counseling program. The New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency announced recently that it will spend $1 million to provide housing counseling for up to 2,000 homeowners facing foreclosure. “Foreclosures continue to threaten homeowners in New Jersey, creating housing instability for thousands of people every year,” said Lt. Governor Sheila Y. Oliver, Commissioner, and Chair of the New Jersey Housing and Finance Agency board. “By providing housing counselors who will work with the homeowners in the court’s mediation program, we are hoping to provide many more residents, regardless of income, access to resources that may help save their home.” New Jersey’s foreclosure rate is currently 0.16 percent, compared to a national average of 0.06 percent, according to industry data. “Mediation can save a home from foreclosure, yet too many homeowners enter the foreclosure process with their mortgage lender without and understanding of the type of relief that may be available to them,” the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency stated with the announcement of the new program. Under the program, homeowners served with a foreclosure notice will be made aware of available housing counseling services through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Counselors will be able to provide services such as creating an action plan, negotiating with the lender, and providing post-mediation counseling. Counseling will be available to homeowners who are “the subject of an active residential mortgage foreclosure action,” who request counseling within 60 days of foreclosure notice, who live in the property facing foreclosure, and who are not currently in bankruptcy. The New Jersey agency referenced research by the Urban Institute that suggested that homeowners who receive housing counseling when facing foreclosure are three times more likely to receive a loan modification and 70 percent more likely to remain current on their mortgage after receiving that loan modification. “Foreclosures crush families and blight neighborhoods,” said Ras J. Baraka, mayor of Newark, New Jersey. “Governor Murphy’s new housing counseling program is an important addition to Newark’s existing stabilization partnerships that give owner occupants the opportunity to modify their loans, write down the balances and forgive back payments.” Executive Director of the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency Charles A. Richman said, “Housing counselors serve a vital role in mediation and provide valuable assistance in guiding a homeowner facing foreclosure to explore options.” Tagged with: Counseling Foreclosure Homeowners HUD New Jersey August 15, 2018 2,259 Views Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago  Print This Post Krista Franks Brock is a professional writer and editor who has covered the mortgage banking and default servicing sectors since 2011. Previously, she served as managing editor of DS News and Southern Distinction, a regional lifestyle publication. Her work has appeared in a variety of print and online publications, including Consumers Digest, Dallas Style and Design, DS News and, MReport and She holds degrees in journalism and art from the University of Georgia. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, Newscenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share Save Sign up for DS News Daily Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articles Counseling Foreclosure Homeowners HUD New Jersey 2018-08-15 Krista Franks Brock The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Previous: Predicting Servicing Issues Before they Happen Next: A Snapshot of the Housing Market in 2019 The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agolast_img read more