Trial of DR Congo opposition leader sent constitutional court

first_imgThe trial of exiled DR Congo opposition presidential candidate Moise Katumbi for the alleged recruitment of mercenaries was suspended Wednesday and sent to the constitutional court, his lawyer said.The decision, which could scupper his hopes of standing in December’s election, came after a four-hour supreme court hearing in the absence of both former Katanga provincial governor Katumbi and US national Darryl Lewis, an alleged mercenary.One of the pair’s lawyer’s, Jean-Joseph Mukendi Wa Mulumba, said the judges refused to hear their counsel in their clients’ absence.Mukendi added the constitutional court procedure could take at least another three months — delaying matters until after the election.In January, Katumbi declared his candidacy for December’s presidential election but was then accused of hiring mercenaries and charged with offences against state security.Katumbi, who has lived in exile for the past two years after being convicted of selling a house he does not own, had spent two days trying to cross the border from Zambia but said there was nobody on the Congolese side to process his entry.He began a self-imposed exile in Belgium in May 2016 after falling out with President Joseph Kabila who has ruled DRC for 17 years.The 53-year-old wealthy businessman was trying to return in order to file his candidature in time for Wednesday’s deadline.Katumbi’s entourage handed reporters a letter dated July 20 in which Katumbi requested the foreign ministry issue him with a new passport ahead of attending court and also lodging his presidential bid.“The government does not issue him with a passport to travel and does not let him back in when he wishes,” sources in his entourage said. The DRC embassy in the United States had also refused to issue Lewis with a visa, they added.A 2016 accord negotiated with the opposition allowed Kabila to remain in office beyond the end of his second and officially his last mandate on December 20 of that year in return for agreeing to new elections now scheduled for December 23.The DRC has never known a peaceful transition of power since it gained independence in 1960 — and some experts fear that the upcoming poll may trigger fresh conflict.Kabila, 47, presides over a vast mineral-rich country with a reputation for corruption, inequality and unrest.On Tuesday, Katumbi’s French lawyer Eric Dupont-Moretti told Jeune Afrique magazine he did not recognise the judges’ right to try Katumbi.Dupond-Moretti said last Friday he would take his client’s case “to the UN human rights committee” saying the DRC authorities were violating Katumbi’s rights and the democratic process.Related Congo Opposition Resists Third-Term Push Congo opposition brands referendum result a fraudcenter_img Congo’s opposition promise to continue demonstrationslast_img read more

Lead Institute student tops CAPE 2013 exams

first_img Sharing is caring! Share 85 Views   one comment Tweet EducationLocalNewsSecondaryTertiary Lead Institute student tops CAPE 2013 exams by: – August 12, 2013center_img Share Ms Jean Jacques was awarded Grade 1 in Accounts Unit 1, Grade 2s in Caribbean studies, Communication Studies and Sociology Unit 1, and a Grade 3 in Economics Unit 1A student at the Lead Institute, Kayla Jean Jacques, has emerged as Dominica’s top performer in the CXC May/June 2013 Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE). Ms Jean Jacques, currently enrolled as a Humanities major in the CXC CAPE Associate Degree Programme at Lead Institute, secured one grade 1, three grade 2s and a grade 3 in the five CAPE subjects taken in the exams. She was awarded Grade 1 in Accounts Unit 1, Grade 2s in Caribbean studies, Communication Studies and Sociology Unit 1, and a Grade 3 in Economics Unit 1.In addition to distinguishing herself as the island’s top performer at CAPE, Ms Jean Jacques also became the very first Dominican student to write five (5) CAPE exams at one seating and excel in all. Although she stated that she is “disappointed that I got a Grade 3 in the subject I thought I did the best in,” Ms Jean Jacques said she “was still very satisfied” with her results.A performance which she noted, “goes to show that I can do anything that I put my mind to and working hard always has its rewards”.Director of Lead Institute, David Vital described Ms Jean Jacques as “a very focused and disciplined student who, from the onset, decided that she was going to excel at these exams”. In recognition of her scholastic achievements, Lead Institute presented Jean Jacques with a partial scholarship that will go towards tuition payments during her second year of studies at the Institute.“We celebrate excellence and hard work at Lead Institute and so I’m very pleased, on behalf of the school, to present you with this scholarship for $500.00 in recognition of your outstanding achievements,” Vital said during a brief presentation ceremony. “It’s our hope” he added, “that your success will inspire others, both prospective and continuing students, to aspire to excel in their academic pursuits”.Meanwhile, a number of other Lead Institute students posted noteworthy performances including last years’ top performer Netritia Henry. Ms Henry, who has successfully completed all her course work to be awarded her CAPE Associate Degree in Business, secured a Grade 1 in Economics Unit 2, Grade 2s in Caribbean Studies and Communication Studies and a Grade 3 in Information Technology. Rowann Remie, another Humanities major also excelled in all three of her CAPE subjects taken.Thirty students from Lead Institute wrote the CAPE exams achieving an overall pass rate of 70%. Prospective students wishing to enroll at Lead Institute for the 2013/2014 academic year still have an opportunity to do so during the next two weeks. Lead Institute offers Associate Degrees in Business Studies, Humanities, Information & Communications Technology, and General Studies. Dominica Vibes News Sharelast_img read more

ADRF Introduces DAS and Repeater Solutions for 5G New Radio

first_img ADXV Series DAS now supports 5G NR on both Medium Power Remote Unit (MPR) (37 dBm) and High Power Remote Unit (HPR) (46 dBm). SDR-ICS Series outdoor modular repeater features ADRF’s patented Interference Cancellation System (ICS) and 43 dBm of output power. SDR Series is the first commercial grade indoor modular repeater to support 5G NR and allows backward compatibility supporting up to 20 MHz for 4G LTE-TDD. ADRF will showcase its 5G NR products at Verizon Technology User Forum (VZTUF) from January 13-16, 2019. To learn more about ADRF’s suite of products including DAS, repeaters, antennas, and passive components, click here. Advanced RF Technologies (ADRF) has announced the commercial availability of 5G New Radio (5G NR) capable DAS and repeater solutions.5G NR aims to significantly lower the cost-per-bit with new levels of reliability, security, and latency. The three primary 5G use cases include Enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB) whereby multitudes of people can experience seamless ultra-high speed anywhere, Massive Machine Type Communications (mMTC) (i.e., Internet of Things) that can connect a vast number of devices, and Ultra-Reliable Low Latency Communications (URLLC) which can deliver real-time connection without data delay for safety-critical applications.Mobile network operators, neutral host operators, or enterprises themselves, today, can deploy the future-proof, yet cost-effective 5G NR solutions by ADRF. The solutions include:last_img read more

Players To Love And Hate In Week Eight Of Fantasy Football

first_img While a pharmacy major at Toledo by day, Brandon Urasek is now making his mark in the journalism scene specializing in fantasy football and all things Cleveland sports. A five time fantasy football league champ and two time runner-up in ten tries, Brandon strives to help people with their lineups each week in both personal and weekly fantasy leagues in addition to covering the other various Cleveland teams. Follow Brandon on twitter @burasek10 I did well with the Rams last week and that was about it. I found most of my loves and hates were pretty spot on and I wish I put some of them in my starting lineup. Instead I ended up with a middle of the road team in a bad week to do so with a lot of guys having huge games. This week sparks the revitalization of Antonio Brown with Roethlisberger coming back and maybe the return of Dez. Let’s get it going again and as always feel free to comment with any questions whether it’s Fanduel or your own fantasy league related, or better yet you can contact me through twitter @burasek10 or email urasekb@yahoo.com Pages: 1 2 3 4 Related TopicsFantasy FootballFantasy Football Week 8NFLNFL Week 8 Brandon Uraseklast_img read more

It’s about time! – Windies look to end 17-year India drought

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC):West Indies will attempt to break a 17-year winless streak against India in the longest format and also stave off another series clean sweep when they clash with the tourists in the opening Test here today.Their last success in a Test came when Carl Hooper’s side posted a 10-wicket victory at Georgetown on India’s tour of the Caribbean in 2002. Coincidentally, that five-match rubber was the last time the Windies beat India in a series.Since then, West Indies have endured a wretched run against the Asian powerhouses, losing 12 of their last 21 Tests home and away. Last year on the subcontinent, neither Test lasted three days.Despite the miserable record, captain Jason Holder said his side was upbeat ahead of the two-Test series, especially following on from their success against England earlier this year in the Caribbean.“I think the mindset of the team is a positive one. The guys are upbeat for the challenge,” Holder told reporters ahead of the contest at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground.“We’ve been playing some pretty good Test cricket over the last couple years, and we’ve been able to put together some series wins which will prove pivotal for our confidence and our development. “The start of the Test championship brings something special. The guys really knows what’s at stake. It’s just a matter for us to continue doing the small things we’ve been doing and keep building a unit.”West Indies’ success against England came almost out of nowhere. They had suffered chastening defeats to India and Bangladesh in their previous four Tests late last year and had been given little hope against world number ones England.However, they crushed England by 381 runs in the Kensington Oval first Test, setting in train a stunning 2-1 series result that saw them reclaim the Wisden Trophy for the first time in a decade. Holder said if they were to be successful against the Indians, the Windies batsmen needed to follow the example of the bowling group in terms of their discipline. Disciplined bowling “As a bowling unit, we’ve been very, very disciplined, and it gave us a lot of positive results. In terms of our batting, we’ve got a number of individual star performers, [but] I still don’t think, collectively, we’ve done well enough as a batting unit. “The onus is on the batters now to just continue to improve. We have seen a lot of improvement, but we just want to get a little more consistency in that department.”West Indies have retained the core of the group, which were successful against England, but selectors have brought in off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall as the spin option.The 26-year-old has been rewarded for his consistency in the first-class championship and for West Indies A, and Holder said he was expecting him to excel once selected.last_img read more

Report: MK Dons 2-2 Bristol City

first_imgThe popular striker gave his current employers the lead either side of the break, but second-half equalisers from Patrick Bamford and Samir Carruthers twice pegged the Robins back.Both teams also struck the upright as the trend of goalfests continued for Sean O’Driscoll’s side.The head coach three changes to his side beaten 2-1 by Wolves at Ashton Gate last time out, handing a first start of the season to Bobby Reid in the middle of midfield.The youngster was partnered in the engine room by the recalled Marvin Elliott, while Joe Bryan also returned to starting duties on the left flank.Much of the talk in the build-up to City’s first ever visit to Stadium:MK revolved around ‘The Battle of the Brothers’, with skipper Baldock returning to his first club for the first time up against younger brother George, who started on the right side of a five-man Dons midfield.But it was Sam who took the early lead on points in the metaphorical boxing match, skidding a low 25-yarder into the grasp of David Martin in goal.Either side of City’s first effort, the home side threatened twice from distance through lively winger Jason Banton, but neither shot unduly troubled Frank Fielding.Despite Milton Keynes controlling much of the early possession, it was the visitors who came within inches of opening the deadlock when Aden Flint headed Reid’s floated corner against the post with Martin a spectator.At the other end, Stephen Gleeson’s slide rule pass into the penalty area created an opening for Patrick Bamford, who drilled a shot into the sidenetting from an acute angle.But having come closest through Flint, it was City who broke the deadlock nine minutes before the interval.Reid picked the ball up 30 yards from goal and glided past a challenge before picking out Baldock, who controlled a difficult pass with ease before unleashing a powerful shot high past Martin for the opener.After a seemingly eternal wait for City to return for the start of the second half, the hosts needed only seven minutes to draw level, as Luke Chadwick’s pass was clinically dispatched by Chelsea loanee Bamford with a firm sidefoot across Fielding into the bottom corner.MK Dons lost Banton to injury immediately after, but his replacement Carruthers soon provided a spark with a curling shot towards the far corner that had Fielding beaten but so, fortunately for City, was the post.It was contest really coming to life as a spectacle. Reid thrashed a dipping shot just over the top before Baldock struck his second in a real bout of route one football.With Flint under pressure facing his own goal, the defender had no option but to go back to Fielding, whose first-time clearance downfield missed out every outfield player on the pitch with the exception of Baldock, who sneaked in behind the Dons backline, took the ball down and planted a fine low drive into the corner.But City’s second lead would last only three minutes, as Carruthers picked out the top corner with another excellent finish from virtually the same spot as Bamford had levelled the first time.It was becoming increasingly familiar viewing but no less gripping, as another 2013/14 City fixture ebbed and flowed with chances at both ends.The next of which fell to Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, who had endured his quietest performance to date in a red shirt, but came to life when fed by substitute Jordan Wynter.Facing up to the last defender, he shimmied on to his left foot and unleashed a thunderous shot beaten out by Martin straight to Baldock, whose touch let him down with a memorable hat-trick staring him in the face.As the clock ticked down, Shaun Williams struck the post from a 25-yard free kick with the help of a Fielding fingertip, and the drama, at last, was done.last_img read more

‘You’d be hard pressed to find a midfielder with better passing range’

first_imgThe youngsters took the Tigers to penalties in the Gloucestershire Senior Challenge Cup final on Monday night (July 30th) with the game poised at 1-1 after 90 minutes.The spot kicks went to sudden death and after Tom Harrison converted to make it 7-6 in City’s favour, keeper Alhaji Sesay saved to ensure Williams’ side retained the historic trophy.”Every one one of them has worked hard and to win this game has been excellent so I am happy,” U23s coach Williams told bcfc.co.uk”There was quick football, we showed aggression and they showed that they want to play hard for the club and for each other. I’m really pleased with that and particularly James Morton.”You’d be hard pressed to see a midfielder with a range of passing that he has. He plays off both feet, with range and his passing completion rate is high.”He is something special to watch. He’ll jump for every header, he pulls out of nothing and he is a young player on the right path.”We’re also seeing Harvey Smith as captain of the team taking his job extremely seriously. He wins headers against the senior teams, wins so many tackles and it’s an interesting time for these young lads.”last_img read more

Gallery: Bristol Bears 59-21 Zebre Rugby

first_imgIoan Lloyd scored twenty-two points in a man of the match performance as Pat Lam’s men secured the bonus point in a one-sided affair at Ashton Gate.Images courtesy of JMPUK.comlast_img

Lae club claims 5th Morobe Karate title

first_imgKARATE BY NATALIE CHOLOHEI Two-time Karate champions 3-Mile Sitoryu Karate Club has yet again claimed the 5th Morobe Provincial Karate championship title. The team kicked their way through to collect medals on all categories bagging 14 gold, seven silver and five bronze and coming out ahead of the other six teams. The 27 fighters maintained their performance on kata on day one to point contact on day two then winded off on high note in the full contact. Though the win was not new for the team, they needed to polish up on more areas to execute in the upcoming events. Team manager Vincent Korul said the current performance of the team was good but there is a drop compared to previous championships. “The past two championships that we took part in we made a clean cut and the title or the award that we got was through clear cut because the goal margins were big whereas today was a close range but we have to look back on the previous games and we have to make adjustments,” Korul said. He said that discipline is one area that the club as a team needs to work on to polish up their performance. Papua New Guinea Karate Federation Vice-president Roy Stanley congratulated the team and encouraged them on their performance for events ahead. Meanwhile, Morobe Karate Association Vice-president Sensei Rickinson Mekere said the championship was aimed at developing the young generation. “The success of this tournament is to build the youngsters from Morobe and other provinces. We want to teach the young ones because it is a more disciplined sport which will develop the children on good character in the future,” Sensei Mekere said. Team Port Moresby was the only outside team that took part in the championship apart from Northern, Madang and the Autonomous Region of Bougainville who could not make it due to financial constraints. 3-Mile Sitoryu Club secured first place with 26 medals while Ram Sitokar secured second spot bagging 21 medals and Lahi Shitoryu settled for the third spot with 17 medals during the championship. Other teams that participated were Goju Karate Club, Niugini Sotokan, Port Moresby and Wau karate club.last_img read more

Rocori’s Herberg Leading Fight For Fall Football [PODCAST]

first_imgRocori football coach James Herberg has been among the loudest voices calling on the Minnesota State High School League to reconsider its decision to postpone the 2020 football season to the spring.”At the end of the day, the medical doctors we’ve spoken with at Sanford Health have said (we should play this fall),” Herberg said. “We are talking about some very legitimate doctors who have studied this, that are giving us the green light and saying it’s safest to play this fall and not in the spring.” 720p HD About Connatix V56490 1080p HD About Connatix V56490 Auto (360p)center_img 360p Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Skip 1/1 Herberg says the Sanford doctors have said that the transmission is less possible when compared to influenza and that we don’t shut down sports for the flu.”We are not talking about a serious thing for the kids,” Herberg said. “I get it, these kids could spread it to other people and we want to make darn sure we don’t do that, but I think having protocols and having a sports season allows the protocols to protect those people.”Right now, without a season, these kids are out and about doing whatever they want,” Herberg said.Herberg himself participated in a protest at the Governor’s Residence in St. Paul on Saturday. He said although he felt a little out of place, he thought it was important to “lead from the front.””My voice needs to be on the forefront of this, I can’t just be on social media talking about it,” Herberg said. “I’m going to show and demonstrate what it means to lead, and that is why I went down there.”I’ve never been to a protest ever in my life before… I felt like a sixth grader showing up for my first dance, you are jacked and excited but you don’t really know what to expect,” Herberg said.Herberg says it is important for the kids to learn that their voice matters.”It’s a huge lesson that our kids are seeing first hand,” Herberg said. “Sometimes asking tough questions can make you out to be a bad guy, but so be it.”This isn’t easy.. what COVID has done to our society, our state, our country our world, it’s crazy. But we have to battle, ask the questions and find out what is right,” Herberg said.”I think a lot of people laugh and say ‘it’s just sports,’ but they don’t understand what actually gets taught through sports from an interscholastic standpoint,” Herberg said. “There are a lot of life lessons that are taught.”Ultimately, Herberg is hoping for at least a five game schedule to take place this fall.”Most schools are starting football practice (Monday), give us our five days this week and five days next week, then let us open up on a Saturday,” Herberg said.A Facebook group, “Let Them Play MN” has been created to further the discussion.OUR FULL CONVERSATION WITH COACH HERBERG CAN BE FOUND BELOW:last_img read more