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NigeriaAfrica February 8, 2021 Find out more to go further Follow the news on Nigeria Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders voiced outrage that two journalists were badly hurt and one was hospitalised with a broken leg when police charged a dozen reporters and photographers at a congress of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on 4 January in the Nigerian federal capital of Abuja. One was rushed to hospital. January 6, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two badly hurt when police charge journalists at ruling party meeting Twitter blocked, journalism threatened in Nigeria Organisation Receive email alerts News Reporters Without Borders voiced outrage today that two journalists were badly hurt and one was hospitalised with a broken leg when police charged a dozen reporters and photographers at a congress of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on 4 January in the Nigerian federal capital of Abuja.”The Nigerian security forces have once again behaved with extreme and intolerable brutality,” the organisation said. “We insist on the right of journalists to work without constant fear of being the victims of violence, especially as police inspector general Tafa Balogun had just promised to do everything possible to protect them in their work. His apologies fall far short of what is needed.”Reporters Without Borders said it called for full compensation for the victims by those responsible, both for hospital charges and for equipment that was damaged or destroyed.”The police, State Security Service (SSS), anti-riot units and politicians’ bodyguards continue to sustain a climate of arbitrary violence verging on political persecution,” the organisation added. “The impunity must end and those responsible must be brought to account.”The two journalists who sustained the most serious injuries at the PDP congress were Yomi Odunuga, the Abuja bureau chief of The Punch, and Segun Jacob Olatunji of The Tribune, who was rushed to hospital by his colleagues with a broken leg. Both newspapers are national dailies.The disturbance began when Anambra state governor Chris Ngige arrived and news photographers tried to take pictures of a dispute between an SSS member in charge of protecting the governor and the police commissioner in charge of federal operations, Lawrence Alobi.When the police attacked the journalists, the following sustained damage to their photographic equipment: Gbenga Abiodun of the Daily Independent, Abayomi Fayese of the Guardian, Kennedy Ebomade of the Daily Trust, Ibrahim Samaila of The Punch, Francis Ojo of the Daily Champion, Akin Osimolade and Sunday Adah of the magazine TELL, Innocent Okafor of This Day and Monday Emoni of The Comet. The TV camera of George Edemevughe of Channels Television was also damaged.The police said they acted on the orders of PDP officials who did not want the press to cover the congress. The Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) issued an ultimatum to the authorities to bring those responsible to justice within a week or the press might decide to stop covering police activities.Rivalry has long existed within the PDP and has often led to violence. When the supporters of Anambra state political boss Chris Uba (the former backer of Ngige, the present governor) held a meeting on 10 November 2004, about 100 Ngige followers went on the rampage, attacking public radio stations in two localities, tying up and beating night staff and setting fire to the premises. Nigerian news site deliberately blocked, expert report confirms RSF_en Nigerian investigative journalist forced to flee after massacre disclosures News NigeriaAfrica News News June 10, 2021 Find out more January 28, 2021 Find out more
Harvard President Drew Faust faced a tough crowd at the Faculty Club yesterday — tough as in “Don’t mess with these people.”The occasion was the University’s now-traditional fall welcome to military veterans and active-duty service members. More than 300 veterans are Harvard students this year. Others, still active-duty service members, are fellows at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and elsewhere.In the crowd of 100 was at least one Navy Seal, one Air Force-enlisted man who helped to steer drones to targets, and row after row of Army, Navy, and Marine Corps veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. There also was a scattering of veterans from other countries, including Great Britain and Australia.“I hope your presence on campus will lead to a greater understanding of what it means to be a soldier and a scholar,” said Faust, whose own family has seen four generations of military service.“I hope your presence on campus will lead to a greater understanding of what it means to be a soldier and a scholar,” said President Drew Faust.A historian of the Civil War, she alluded to Harvard’s military and militia past, which extends all the way back to the early frontier wars of the 17th century. Faust also mentioned two reminders of that early military past that she experiences daily. Her residence (Elmwood) and her office (in Massachusetts Hall) were both used as hospitals during the Revolutionary War.At Harvard, reminders of a martial past are everywhere. The Faculty Club is across the street from where breastworks were erected to stave off a British attack in 1775. (The assault never came.) It is a fast walk from University Hall, where muskets for student drill clubs were stored during the War of 1812. And it’s close to Boylston Hall, where Harvard’s first Union volunteers lined up for service in the Civil War.The Faculty Club is also just across the street from Loeb House, where during World War II new candidate officers earned $50 a month in the V-12 Navy College Training Program. Loeb House was the venue yesterday for a barbeque dinner after the event.Faust praised the veterans for their service and noted the new presence this fall of Reserve Officers’ Training Corps classes on campus — the first in 41 years. “We will continue to cultivate a campus environment,” she said, “in which military service is regarded as public service.”HKS Dean David Ellwood introduced an afternoon panel by praising the military as a font of leadership skills. “We are very, very hungry for enlightened public leadership,” he said of the country at large. “Leaders are chosen as if people’s lives depended on them — and of course, they do.”Meghan O’Sullivan (from left), Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs, was the moderator of a panel that included Harry R. Lewis, Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science; Linda Bilmes, Daniel Patrick Moynihan Senior Lecturer in Public Policy; Tad Oelstrom, director, National Security Program at HKS; Peter Brooks ’06, Marine Corps veteran and current graduate student; and Navy Capt. Steven Benke, director of Naval ROTC.Harvard is a collage of students from other countries, more than 90 at HKS alone, and many students have never met or talked to a member of the military services, said Ellwood. “This is another chance for you to lead.” He echoed Faust’s suggestion to those assembled to “share your stories.”Panel moderator Meghan L. O’Sullivan, though not a veteran, spent two of the past eight years in Iraq. She was deputy national security adviser in the administration of President George W. Bush, and is now the Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs at HKS.Panelist Harry R. Lewis, the Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science, is not strictly speaking a veteran either. But he was in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, a uniformed branch of service. “Most of Harvard is a very open place,” the former dean of Harvard College told the newcomers. “You should walk around.”Tad Oelstrom, director of the National Security Program at HKS and a 35-year Air Force veteran who retired as a lieutenant general, shifted from praise to practicality. Be exemplars of military values, he said, including honesty, character, service, and moral behavior. “The Harvard community of veterans needs to be more than folks who touch base as students.”Oelstrom also advised veterans to reach out, especially to those from countries where the military “only represents fear.” Having veterans and military service members on campus “is really important to Harvard.”Navy Capt. Steven M. Benke, the only uniformed panelist and a visiting professor of naval science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), commands the NROTC’s MIT-based Old Ironsides Battalion, which has 150 students from the Boston area, 15 of them at Harvard. (The total ROTC enrollment at Harvard is 29.) Mentor these young officer candidates, he suggested: “Share your experiences, good and bad.”That struck a chord with panelist Peter Brooks, a 2006 Harvard College graduate and a two-tour Marine veteran of Iraq. “The debate [over ROTC] was raging when I was here,” he said, and that made him, as a young midshipman, hungry for advice. “When I was an undergraduate,” he said, “I would basically chase down anyone with a short haircut and a military T-shirt.”Brooks is now an M.B.A.-M.P.P. joint degree candidate at Harvard Business School (HBS) and at HKS. His advice is to find other veterans. “School can be a lonely place, especially after being part of a unit,” he said. “We need to take care of each other.”Panelist Linda J. Bilmes, the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Senior Lecturer in Public Policy at HKS, is one of the foremost authorities on the cost of war. At work on a history of Walter Reed Army Medical Center, she is also pursuing research on women veterans and the transition from military to civilian life.A military background gives you an experiential leg up on attractive research projects, said Bilmes, and Harvard is a rich opportunity to learn how to employ data better. Meanwhile, she said, “You are ambassadors of the military here.”There will be times when talking to students with different views is challenging, said Bilmes, who advocated cultivating nonmilitary friends. “There’s a wonderful thing that helps you do this. It’s spelled b-e-e-r.” Everyone applauded.
Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-RULE CHANGESNFL owners table onside kick alternative proposalUNDATED (AP) — NFL owners approved several rules on Thursday without accepting an alternative to the onside kick. — The John Deere Classic is canceling what would have been its 50th straight anniversary as a PGA Tour event. Tournament director Clair Peterson says there were too many hurdles to overcome from the pandemic. The John Deere would have been the fifth PGA Tour event on the revised schedule. The tour had said the first month would be played without fans, leaving it possible for the Deere to have them.— Sports agent Scott Boras is recommending that his clients refuse Major League Baseball’s attempt to cut salaries during negotiations with the players’ association. He is claiming that team financial issues caused by the coronavirus pandemic have their origin in management debt financing. Boras wrote in an email obtained by The Associated Press that players should not alter terms of the March 26 agreement between MLB and the union that called for players to reduce their salaries to a prorated rate based on a shortened season. MLB on Tuesday proposed a series of tiered reductions that would cause top stars to receive the biggest cuts.— At least eight major league franchises have informed minor leaguers they will continue to provide allowances after the May 31 expiration of Major League Baseball’s policy guaranteeing those players $400 per week. The San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners are promising payments through August, and the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, Chicago White Sox, Tampa Bay Rays and Texas Rangers have pledged to do so through at least June. The White Sox are even providing those stipends to 25 minor league players recently released.— Live horse racing is slated to resume in Maryland this weekend with a three-day session at Laurel Park, which will remain closed to the general public. The Maryland Jockey Club says it has received approval from the Maryland Racing Commission to launch its Summer 2020 meet with live racing on Saturday, but fans are forbidden from entering the track until clearance is received from the state. All races on Saturday, Sunday and Monday will be streamed live on the Laurel Park website.— Texas will soon allow outdoor pro sports events to have spectators, but their numbers will be strictly limited. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has revised a decision to let pro sports leagues host events without fans starting in June as part of the states’ move to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic. Abbott’s new order allows outdoor stadiums to host fans up to 25 percent of their normal capacity. Leagues will have to apply to state health officials to be allowed to have fans. Indoor events will still be without spectators. The race had endured through two World Wars, a volcanic eruption and a previous pandemic. The race draws a field of 30,000 and already had been postponed from April 20 to Sept. 14. It will be replaced by a virtual event in which participants who verify that they ran 26.2 miles on their own will receive their finisher’s medal.The Boston Marathon began in 1897 and has been the longest-running annual marathon in the world.In other news related to the coronavirus pandemic:— NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is hopeful that coaches will be able to return to their team facilities by next week. Goodell also said during today’s owners conference call that the virtual offseason is being extended for two more weeks. NFL executive vice president of communications, public affairs and policy Jeff Miller said the league’s first consideration is of course the health and safety of the public and the players and the employees and the people who will be participating.— Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam says racing will be allowed to resume in the state without spectators. The governor says NASCAR will race at Martinsville Speedway on June 10, and that other forms of auto racing and horse racing also are cleared to resume. NASCAR was originally scheduled to make its first of two stops at Martinsville in early May, but the event was postponed because of the outbreak. COLLEGE FOOTBALL-GEORGIA-DANIELSGeorgia gets USC transfer DanielsATLANTA (AP) — Georgia has picked up another high-profile transfer to compete for its starting quarterback job, landing former Southern California starter JT Daniels.Daniels started for the Trojans in 2018 but lost his job to Kedon Slovis last season after going down with a knee injury. Daniels will battle for playing time with graduate transfer Jamie Newman, who left Wake Forest to play his final college season with a program that has been a consistent national contender under coach Kirby Smart.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-TEXAS TECH-McCLUNG Associated Press Using video replay for pass interference calls was dropped after a one-year experiment that led to more uncertainty than clarity.A proposal to have a booth judge serve as an eighth official on each crew was tabled.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSBoston marathon canceledUNDATED (AP) — Organizers have canceled the Boston Marathon for the first time in its 124-year history due to social distancing requirements of the coronavirus outbreak. Owners have tabled a proposal that would have offered a fourth-and-15 play as an alternative to the onside kick. Atlanta Falcons President Rich McKay said there were more clubs receptive to the onside kick alternative than in the past and it will be further explored and likely brought up again.Owners approved testing expanded use of video replay in the preseason to aid in officiating, and they also increased the number of players who may be designated for return from the injured list during a season from two to three.The owners voted to make permanent the expansion of automatic replay reviews to include scoring plays and turnovers negated by a foul, and any successful or unsuccessful extra points.Also approved was the competition committee’s recommendation to expand defenseless player protection to a kickoff or punt returner who is in possession of the ball but has not had time to avoid or ward off contact of an opponent.Another approved recommendation stops teams from manipulating the game clock by committing multiple dead-ball fouls while the clock is running. That’s an issue that came up several times in 2019, including during the postseason. HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights has found a Connecticut policy that allows transgender athletes to compete in women’s sports is illegal. The office says the policy violates Title IX, the federal civil rights law guarantees equal education opportunities for women, including in athletics.The ruling comes in response to a complaint filed last year by several female track athletes, who argued that two transgender runners who were identified as male at birth had an unfair physical advantage. The dispute also is the subject of a federal lawsuit.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 — Major League Soccer gave its teams the go-ahead to begin small voluntary group training sessions outdoors, the next step in the league’s effort to return to action. The group sessions must comply with local public health and government restrictions. Teams must submit club-specific plans to the league for the sessions. A maximum of six players may be assigned to a single group. All other health and safety measures required when MLS teams began individual training must still be maintained. A league-wide moratorium on full team training remains in effect through next Monday. — The English Premier League plans to restart on June 17 after a 100-day shutdown with new staggered kickoffs to maximize broadcast slots as fans are prevented from attending games. The clubs agreed Thursday that the competition should resume with a Wednesday night doubleheader featuring Manchester City playing Arsenal and Aston Villa hosting Sheffield United. After those makeup games are played, the 30th round will start on Friday, June 19 provided authorities approve safety plans.— Three players from English soccer clubs Blackburn and Fulham have tested positive for the coronavirus. Blackburn says captain Elliott Bennett was found to be infected with COVID-19 after testing negative last Friday. Bennett says he doesn’t “feel unwell” and doesn’t have any symptoms. Fulham says two players tested positive but did not name them— Italy’s top soccer league will resume on June 20. Italy’s sports minister gave Serie A the green light to resume after a meeting with Italian soccer authorities on Thursday. A medical protocol for matches was approved by a technical scientific committee earlier.— The Hungarian soccer federation says matches in the country can once again be held with spectators in the stadiums. The announcement comes on the back of a government decree allowing the option. Organizers are obliged to keep three seats empty between each occupied seat and no fan may sit directly behind or in front of another. UNDATED (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks have added another option at running back by signing veteran Carlos Hyde to a one-year.Hyde is coming off the best season of his career after rushing for 1,070 yards and six touchdowns with Houston. It was his first 1,000-yard NFL campaign.Hyde’s addition is a significant move after leading rusher Chris Carson suffered a significant hip injury late last season. Coach Pete Carroll has indicated Carson should be healthy for the season.In other NFL news:— The Carolina Panthers have agreed to terms with free agent cornerback Eli Apple after losing free agent James Bradberry to the Giants. Apple has started 48 games during four NFL seasons but has never lived up to the billing of being the 10th overall selection in the 2016 draft out of Ohio State. He recorded 58 tackles and one forced fumble while starting 15 games for the Saints last season. — Elite sports made a comeback in Australia for the first time since March 22 as the Parramatta Eels beat the Brisbane Broncos 34-6 in the National Rugby League Thursday. No fans were allowed into the 52,500-seat stadium in Brisbane because of strict social distancing rules but the game was broadcast across Australia.— The European Tour is planning to resume its season close to home. The tour says it has targeted the British Masters in England on July 22 as the restart. That would be followed by five new tournaments in England and Wales that will be called the “U.K. Swing.” The new events will have a prize fund of 1 million euros. European Tour chief Keith Pelley says the plans depend on the U.K. lifting quarantine restrictions, but he’s confident that will happen.— The Dutch Grand Prix has become the fourth Formula One race canceled this season because of the pandemic. Organizers of the first Dutch GP since 1985 chose not to host it without spectators. F1 wants to start the season in July with no spectators at races.NFL-NEWSHyde signs with Seahawks, Apple goes to Panthers Update on the latest sports McClung transferring to Texas TechLUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Former Georgetown guard Mac McClung will play at Texas Tech after Davide Moretti’s departure from the Red Raiders to play professionally at home in Italy.Coach Chris Beard said McClung had officially signed with the Red Raiders.The junior had put his name in the transfer portal after removing it from consideration from the NBA draft. McClung led the Hoyas with 15.7 points a game last season, while also averaging 3.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists.NBA-WILLIAMSON-SUIT Williamson attorneys looking to block suitMIAMI (AP) — Attorneys for NBA rookie Zion Williamson are seeking to block his former marketing agent’s effort to have the ex-Duke star answer questions about whether he received improper benefits before playing for the Blue Devils.In a Florida court filing last week, Williamson’s attorneys say those questions are “nothing more than a fishing expedition aimed at tarnishing Williamson’s reputation.” They added the accusations are designed to “maximize potential embarrassment and media coverage in an attempt to improperly gain settlement leverage.”TRANSGENDER ATHLETES-HIGH SCHOOLConnecticut transgender policy found to violate Title Nine May 28, 2020