Ivorian army captain arrested in France on suspicion of kidnapping Kieffer

first_img Côte d’IvoireAfrica Côte d’IvoireAfrica November 27, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts Reports RSF_en Reporters Without Borders and Osange Silou-Kieffer, the wife of missing journalist Guy-André Kieffer, issued a joint statement today voicing optimism about a breakthrough in the French investigation into Kieffer’s April 2004 disappearance in Abidjan. Kieffer had French and Canadian dual citizenship.The decisive development is the arrest in France of Jean-Tony Oulaï, an Ivorian army captain who claims to have belonged to the Ivorian special services. Oulaï has contradicted himself many times in his statements and evidence suggests he could have been the head of a commando that kidnapped and eliminated Kieffer.At the same time, the two judges in charge of the French investigation, Patrick Ramaël and Emmanuelle Ducos, have announced their intention to travel to Côte d’Ivoire on 16 February for a one-week visit under the fifth formal request for assistance to be addressed to the Ivorian judicial authorities since the investigation began.“The investigation is clearly progressing,” the joint statement said. “Oulaï’s interrogation will be to take place in a calm environment, far from the pressure that is put on the witnesses who are still in Côte d’Ivoire. If the work of judges Ramaël and Ducos is not obstructed again, we have a good chance of finding out the truth soon.” The statement added: “For this reason, we call on the Ivorian government to agree to Michel Legré’s transfer to France as soon as possible.” Legré is a key witness whose transfer has been awaiting Ivorian approval for more than a year.Two days after Oulaï’s arrest outside Paris on 11 January, French judicial authorities announced that he is to be formally investigated on suspicion of kidnapping and illegally detaining Kieffer. His lawyer appealed against a provisional custody order, but a Paris appeal court ruled on 26 January that Oulaï should remain in Paris’s La Santé prison.When two of his bodyguards accused Oulaï in May 2004 of supervising Kieffer’s abduction, he responded by claiming he was not in Abidjan that day. It was later established from his mobile phone records that he was indeed in Abidjan. He finally acknowledged this under interrogation three weeks ago, claiming that the police had “badly summarized” his initial statements. But he continued to deny participating in the abduction. The two bodyguards have meanwhile retracted, claiming their initial statements were just “a joke.”This year’s Caen Memorial competition for young lawyers has meanwhile been won by Benoît Kossi Afangbedji of Togo for an essay about Kieffer’s disappearance as a violation of Ivorian press freedom and free speech. The panel that chose the winner, headed by singer Barbara Hendricks, has declared that Kieffer’s abduction will be one of three cases to receive a follow-up by the Caen Memorial. Afangbedji has asked to join the Kieffer defence collective, bringing the number of lawyers on the case to 11.A freelance journalist based in Abidjan, Kieffer was last seen at around 1 p.m. on 16 April 2004 in a shopping centre in the city. He specialised in commodities and business, working for the French business daily La Tribune from 1984 to early 2002, when he moved to Côte d’Ivoire’s business capital and began freelancing for La Lettre du Continent and several Ivorian newspapers.Legré, who is the brother-in-law of President Laurent Gbagbo’s wife, was the last person to see Kieffer before he went missing. Judge Ramaël opened an investigation against him on 21 October 2004 on suspicion of “abducting and holding” Kieffer. On 13 December 2004, he requested Legré’s temporary transfer to France for questioning, but the Ivorian authorities never approved the request. Legré was held in an Abidjan detention centre for a year and half before being granted a provisional release in October 2005. October 29, 2020 Find out more Threats against journalists in run-up to Côte d’Ivoire’s presidential election News Reporters Without Borders and Osange Silou-Kieffer, the wife of missing journalist Guy-André Kieffer, issued a joint statement today voicing optimism about a breakthrough in the French investigation into Kieffer’s April 2004 disappearance in Abidjan. The decisive development is the arrest in France of Jean-Tony Oulaï, an Ivorian army captain who claims to have belonged to the Ivorian special services. to go further News The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Follow the news on Côte d’Ivoire Help by sharing this information RSF’s recommendations for protecting press freedom during Côte d’Ivoire’s elections News February 3, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Ivorian army captain arrested in France on suspicion of kidnapping Kieffer Organisation October 16, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Local insurance company donates 250 bears to OPD, ECSO

first_img Michael Bearor talks to Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke after the donation. HSB Insurance donated approximately 100 teddy bears to the Odressa Police Department’s Teddy Bear Patrol program Tuesday in front of OPD. Odessa Police Department Chief Michael Gerke picked up multiple stuffed animals and knew that small token could one day brighten a child’s life. HSB Insurance Agency donated about 125 stuffed animals to OPD on Tuesday morning. Gerke said every officer in the department will carry two or three stuffed animals in their patrol unit and have the ability to give them out to children while responding to calls. “It’s really nice to have these things to give out to the children in the community when they experience a traumatic incident,” Gerke said. “They could be involved in an accident with their parents or it could be a family violence situation.” Michael Bearor, an insurance consultant for HSB Insurance Agency in Odessa, said she donated a total of about 250 stuffed animals to OPD and the Ector County Sheriff’s Office. Bearor said she delivered the 125 stuffed animals to ECSO on Monday. Bearor said a stuffed animal is a little gesture, but it can lift the spirits of a child. “It can go a long way with a child because it calms the child down and they can hold on to that,” Bearor said. “At least they have something to hold. If they have something to hold, there’s still hope.” Gerke said OPD has collected stuffed animals well before he started at the department, which he explained was more than 22 years ago. OPD formed the Odessa Teddy Bear Patrol in 1990 as a 501(C)(3) nonprofit, an OPD website stated. Bearor said she donated stuffed animals to law enforcement agencies in the past, but this is the first time that she has partnered with a company. Bearor hopes to donate a collection of stuffed animals to ECSO and OPD next year. “Now that I have brought in my place of employment, we plan on doing this every year and hopefully it will grow every year,” Bearor said. “I usually run the teddy bear drive in the spring or early summer, because it seems like the summer months are worse and that’s really when (ECSO and OPD) need them.” Local NewsLaw Enforcement TAGS  Twitter Facebook Pinterest Local insurance company donates 250 bears to OPD, ECSO By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 center_img Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest Previous articleHit and run investigationNext article5 must-haves to pack for a fun holiday weekend Digital AIM Web Support WhatsApplast_img read more

Disciplinary policy was not discriminatory

first_img Sidhu v Aerospace Composite Technology, unreported, May 2000, Court of AppealAt an Aerospace “family day” outing Sidhu became involved in a violent argument with Smith after he had subjected the Sidhu family to racial insults. Both were dismissed for gross misconduct and the decision was upheld after an internal appeal.Sidhu’s race discrimination claim against Aerospace failed because the tribunal held that the incident had not taken place during the course of employment. Further, Aerospace had not acted in a discriminatory manner during the disciplinary and appeal processes by consciously disregarding the fact that the attack on Sidhu had been a racial one. Sidhu successfully appealed to the Employment Appeal Tribunal, which held that Aerospace’s deliberate decision to disregard the racial motive of the attack was itself “race-specific” and constituted racial discrimination. But the Court of Appeal allowed Aerospace’s appeal and held that its decision to disregard provocation of any type, not only racial provocation, when applying its disciplinary policy did not amount to less favourable treatment on racial grounds.How to determine if there is a relevant transferLightways (Contractors) v Associated Holdings, IDS Brief 660, Court of Session AH’s contract with the local council to provide street lighting maintenance had expired and tenderers for the new contract had to indicate whether their bid was submitted on the basis that the Tupe regulations applied. Lightways won the contract and its tender included a statement that Tupe applied to the transaction. Lightways took on several AH staff but subsequently argued that Tupe did not apply.The tribunal held that there was a “relevant transfer”. It took into account factors such as Lightways’ statement and the fact that it required AH staff to carry out the new contract (and had made enquiries about their availability), indicating that the undertaking retained its identity after the transfer. The EAT upheld this decision. On appeal, the Court of Session (the Scottish Court of Appeal) held that in establishing whether there was a relevant transfer the events directly constituting the transaction as well as the surrounding circumstances had to be considered, and this included the attitude and intention of the parties. Previous Article Next Article Disciplinary policy was not discriminatoryOn 13 Jun 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Eat: Cafe Opium

first_imgWhere: Cafe OpiumWhen:Think hungover saturdays, when even after a lie-in toast seems like way too much to handle. it gets to 7pm and you realise you haven’t eaten anything all day apart from paracetamol. You want something fast, and Jamie Oliver has put you off certain fast food joints (as have their patrons), so what better than chinese to fill the rumbling gap?What to eat: The list of main meals is extensive, and varies from meat to vegetarian, noodles to rice, soups to solid, and even the hilariously named ‘old school’ page filled with chow mein and sweet and sour dishes. For those who want to stray from the chinese-restaurant straight-and-narrow there’s a specials card which includes eel, among other items. The prawn satay was perfect, with plenty of large juicy prawns in a light satay sauce. The chicken with cashews, Hong Kong-style, hit the spot too. And how can you ever go wrong with any ginger and spring onion dish? Or (or a boy), have a ’starter’ in the form of a spring roll or chicken wings, all reasonably priced and well sized too. For those who have fancier food in mind, the duck wrap is delicious. Alternatively, order these to arrive with your meal, and bask in that heavenly moment when all the food has arrived and you can look upon your feast with eyes that are definitely bigger than your stomach. Why: Much larger than its sister restaurant, café Orient, Opium still retains the as-it-is chinese fast food charm that chains like Noodlebar somehow lack. With a relatively large eating area compared to many restaurants on George street, café Opium has reassuring hustle and bustle within its black and red interior. Whether it’s because, like you and i, they have hangover hunger, they want bargain chinese food or because the sparkling chandelier lured them in with its magpie magnetism, the customers come in droves. Like in many other chinese restaurants and takeaways, there is a pretty fast turnover of diners, and on busy nights there’s a queue waiting for takeaways as punters know they won’t be waiting for long.Staff are in line with the atmosphere of the restaurant: friendly, unpretentious and there to serve you good food at reasonable speed. Ask them for help on the differences between hong Kong and peking style if necessary: they will be only too happy to help and give their own recommendations. So whether it’s a takeaway you’re after or some rapid eat-in munch, Opium is the place to go.ARCHIVE: 6th week MT 2005last_img read more

Brace’s moves into old Warburtons site

first_imgBrace’s Bakery has begun its move into Warburtons’ Newport factory in Rogerstone, following the announcement in December that it was to take over the site.Warburtons announced in September that it was set to close its only Welsh facility, with the possible loss of 114 jobs. Following the end of a 90-day consultation period, Brace’s announced it would be moving into the South Wales site, and would aim to safeguard as many jobs as possible.The Welsh bakery firm has been interested in opening a site in Newport for a number of years, and sees the acquisition as providing a platform for future growth.The Rogerstone site will be Brace’s third; it also operates plants in Pen-y-Fan and Croespenmaen in Crumlin.“Brace’s is run by the fourth generation of the family and, hopefully, this latest acquisition will provide a platform for a fifth generation of Braces to continue their commitment to and support of the local community,” commented Brace’s sales and marketing director Scott Richardson.“We are looking forward to meeting and welcoming the former staff of Warburtons to Brace’s. This latest move is key to our future expansion and promises exciting times ahead.”The firm achieved its highest growth in sales during 2010, with a 7.7% increase.>>Brace’s to take over Warburtons’ Newport bakerylast_img read more

SMC Tostal features new activities and treats

first_imgAfter a Sammy Adams concert highlighted Tostal Part One in March, Saint Mary’s students celebrated Tostal Part Two on Thursday with stunner shades, YOLO tanks and Dippin’ Dots. The Saint Mary’s Student Activities Board (SAB) hosted Saint Mary’s Tostal and worked to make this year’s event unique. SAB president Liz Kraig said SAB prepared for Saint Mary’s Tostal with a conference to discuss ideas and connect with vendors. Though Tostal has featured lawn inflatables in past years, Kraig said members of SAB focused on other activities this year. “We decided to do something instead of the inflatables because although inflatables are fun, we think Saint Mary’s girls really enjoy the giveaways,” Kraig said. “Photos are a great way for students to keepsake their Tostal memories.” Kraig said this year’s activities also let students shake off stress with treats from The Sweet Ride Cupcake truck, photos from a wild-west photo shoot and a movie screening of “The Vow.” Senior Liz Busam said Tostal provides a study break for students as the semester ends and finals approach. “I like the break in the day that Tostal offers, especially as we approach finals,” she said. “It’s a great way to relax and enjoy a beautiful day on campus.” Junior Caitlin Paulsen said the free giveaways were her favorite part of Tostal. “I love Tostal because I got to make a lion balloon animal and tye-dye stunner shades,” Phelan. Students like senior Torrie Thompson said they most enjoyed the sweets. “I was most excited about the cupcake truck,” Thompson said. This was the final Tostal for Saint Mary’s seniors. Senior Katelynd Park said she would miss Tostal after graduation. “I love Tostal because it’s a great way to have fun with your friends and celebrate a Saint Mary’s tradition,” Park said. Kraig said Tostal was a perfect way to end the year and spend time with friends before exams. She said the positive responses from students made planning for Tostal worthwhile. “I just love seeing everyone come out and having a good time. It’s a great way to end the year, take a picture with friends and enjoy the free snacks,” Kraig said. “We like to put on big events that the student body really enjoys.”last_img read more

Freeport Man Fatally Crushed by 1,600 lbs of Rock

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 52-year-old Freeport man was crushed to death under nearly a ton of rock while working at a stone distribution company in Farmingdale on Wednesday.Suffolk County police said Hector Vicenty was working at European Granite and Marble Group on Dubon Court, when he was crushed by two 800 pound slabs of quartzite at 2:12 p.m.The victim was taken to St. Joseph Hospital in Bethpage, where he was pronounced dead.Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation.The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was notified and responded to the scene.The Nassau County Medical Examiner’s Office will perform an autopsy to determine the victim’s cause of death.last_img

Analytics help credit unions manage portfolio risk

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Analytics enhance how credit unions view risk, but such measurements often appear convoluted and not easily relatable.A better way to understand risk-based analytics is to think of risk in two distinct ways: default risk and loss given default.Default risk (credit risk) normally is measured at the loan level, and is a rating that captures the likelihood that borrowers will not repay their full loans. That means the credit union may lose principle and interest payments if the borrower becomes delinquent.Although credit scores act as the industry standard in quantifying credit risk, you might also want to consider these questions when building your default risk model:How much has the borrower’s credit score migrated since origination?Is there a co-borrower on the loan?Is the borrower currently delinquent on this or another loan?Where does the borrower stand on bankruptcy navigation indexes or debt-to-income estimators? continue reading »last_img read more

Former State Senator sentenced for $74 million check-kiting scheme

first_img continue reading » A former Rhode Island state senator was sentenced to two years in federal prison for passing $74 million in worthless checks through his businesses in a check-kiting scheme using credit union and bank accounts he controlled.But during the sentencing hearing of James E. Doyle II last week, U.S. District Court Judge William E. Smith in Providence said he was “confounded by why the Alliance Blackstone Valley Federal Credit Union, in particular, tolerated Doyle’s misdeeds for years instead of putting an end to his daily pattern of passing bad checks,” the Providence Journal reported.The Pawtucket-based credit union tells a different story.“Once Alliance Blackstone Valley Federal Credit Union became aware of Mr. Doyle’s activities the management of the institution took the necessary steps to investigate and report his activities to proper authorities,” the credit union said in a prepared statement Wednesday. “Since that time we have fully cooperated with the federal investigation and we will continue to do so. Mr. Doyle is no longer a member of our institution. Because Alliance Blackstone Valley is a federally insured institution, none of the deposits of our members are now or have ever been at risk.” ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Dominica Participates in Agrifest 2012 in St. Croix, USVI

first_img Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews Dominica Participates in Agrifest 2012 in St. Croix, USVI by: – February 24, 2012 15 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img Share Share The National Export Council Secretariat (NECS) and the Dominica Export Import Agency (DEXIA) partnered with the Diaspora Office of Dominica in St. Thomas to facilitate Dominica’s participation at Agrifest 2012 held in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. The 41st Annual Agriculture and Food Fair (Agrifest) 2012 ran from February 18th to 20th of 2012, under the theme “Youth in Agriculture – Growing our Future” at the Rudolph Shulterbrandt Agriculture Complex in St. Croix, USVI. This Agriculture and Food Fair is the largest agricultural exposition in the US Virgin Islands with over 30,000 visitors and regional participants coming from several island nations including BVI, Puerto Rico, St. Kitts & Nevis, Guyana and St. Lucia.NECS and DEXIA facilitated Dominica’s participation by collating exhibits such as fresh produce, agro-processed products and crafts grown and manufactured in Dominica for showcasing in two (2) booths at Agrifest 2012 as well as a member of the Dominica Carib Craft Producers Association. Two (2) Dominicans residing in St. Thomas, namely Mrs. Loreen Bannis-Roberts and Mrs. Andrea Shillingford represented Dominica at the Fair.Dominica’s participation in Agrifest 2012 served as a precursor towards analyzing the environment of the USVI territory as it relates to the establishment of a central distribution hub for Dominican products in St. Thomas aimed at servicing the rest of the USVI islands and possibly the British Virgin Islands.Participation in Agrifest 2012 also provided an avenue to – • Showcase an assortment of export ready products grown and manufactured in Dominica to potential buyers; • Identify and establish links/contacts with potential buyers of Agricultural products and Crafts in St. Croix and the USVI for possible sales agreements; • Assess the market potential of St. Croix for agricultural and manufactured products and identify market opportunities in the USVI territories;• Gather information in St. Croix on behalf of the National Export Council Secretariat and DEXIA and most importantly for the representatives to identify networking opportunities for twinning exporters in Dominica to buyers attending the show.Joint Press ReleaseDominica Export Import Agency and National Export Council Secretariatlast_img read more