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Government orders state sector to withdraw advertising from Standard Group media

first_imgNews Follow the news on Kenya News Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent KenyaAfrica Reporters Without Borders today condemned a government decision to withhold state advertising from the Standard Group media, which include The Standard daily newspaper and Kenya Television Network (KTN). “The culmination of a war of words in which the police and courts have at times been enlisted, this decision is absurd and dangerous,” the press freedom organisation said. “A state advertising boycott is not just a low blow, it is also unacceptable inasmuch as public funds should not be used for political or personal advantage. This boycott is just aggravating the climate of tension between the government and the Standard Group and will fuel mistrust.”Several Kenyan and foreign media reported that the public services ministry circulated an e-mail message at the start of this month instructing public sector groups to cancel any advertising they were placing with The Standard or KTN, or to redirect it to other media that were more favourable to government policy.The move came after a year of tension between President Mwai Kibaki’s government and the Standard Group. After the e-mail message’s content was revealed, the security minister said The Standard had “declared a war” against him.The Standard recently published a report claiming that a government minister had approached Armenian organised crime members with a view to having former President Daniel arap Moi’s son murdered. After the article appeared, managing director Chaacha Mwita, Standard Group deputy chairman Paul Melly, operations director Paul Wanyagah and editorial director Kwendo Opanga were interrogated for seven hours on 17 April without being able to consult with their lawyers.Just over a year ago, the police carried out simultaneous raids on the headquarters of KTN and The Standard’s printers in Nairobi’s industrial area at around 1 a.m. on 2 March 2006. Armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles, the police attacked guards at KTN and damaged equipment, causing a panic in the studios and forcing the station to suspend broadcasting until the afternoon of the next day. The police also seized the copies of that day’s issue of The Standard and burned them. April 6, 2020 Find out more Organisation November 27, 2020 Find out more April 19, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government orders state sector to withdraw advertising from Standard Group media Reportscenter_img News Help by sharing this information KenyaAfrica to go further RSF_en The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa June 13, 2019 Find out more Kenyan media group trolled by pro-ruling party activists Receive email alertslast_img read more


Will extradition end 19 years of impunity in journalist’s murder?

first_img April 27, 2021 Find out more December 13, 2017 Will extradition end 19 years of impunity in journalist’s murder? Burkina FasoAfrica Condemning abuses Impunity Organisation Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the French judicial system to approve Burkina Faso’s request for the extradition of former President Blaise Compaoré’s brother, François Compaoré, one of the main suspects in the murder of a journalist whose body was found exactly 19 years ago today. Coincidentally, it is also today that François Compaoré, the behind-the-scenes strongman in his brother’s former regime, is due to appear before the court in Paris that is considering Burkina Faso’s extradition request.Suspected of being one of the instigators of journalist Norbert Zongo’s 1998 murder, François Compaoré was arrested under an international warrant as he disembarked from a plane in Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris on 29 October and has been banned from leaving France ever since. Issued in May, the warrant accuses him of “inciting murder.” RSF believes that it is crucial that François Compaoré should stand trial in his country of origin, Burkina Faso, although he now lives in Côte d’Ivoire and has acquired Ivorian nationality. Justice has never been rendered for Zongo’s murder.”We hope the French justice system approves Burkina Faso’s extradition request,” said Clea Kahn-Sriber, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “Its society was deeply traumatized by this murder and must now heal its wounds. This means a trial in Burkina Faso that strengthens the people’s confidence in their own institutions and shows that a journalist’s murder cannot go unpunished.”During a visit to Burkina Faso in late November, French President Emmanuel Macron referred to the case and, at the same time, to judicial independence. Macron said François Compaoré’s arrest in Paris was “the result of exemplary cooperation between our two judicial systems, which are both independent.” He added: “It is up to the French courts to take their decision and I will do everything to facilitate it.”Zongo was an investigative reporter who edited a weekly called the L’Indépendant. His burned and bullet-riddled body was found in his gutted car around 100 km south of Ouagadougou on 13 December 1998. At the time of his death, he had been investigating the death in detention of François Compaoré’s driver, who had been accused of theft.RSF, which participated in a commission of enquiry in December 1998, repeatedly condemned the political pressure on those investigating the murder, which led to the case beingdismissed in 2006. It was reopened in March 2015, during the political transition that followed Blaise Compaoré’s overthrow after 27 years as president.Three former presidential guard members were arrested in December 2015, and many indirect witnesses have been questioned since then. But none of these measures have produced any definitive results and Burkina Faso’s citizens are still no closer to knowing the identity of those behind Zongo’s murder.When contacted by RSF, Zongo family lawyer Bénéwendé Sankara said: “We expect the French courts to do their job and to help us to bring the big fish to justice. The foot-dragging must stop. Nineteen years is too long to wait for any trial.”The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights ruled in March 2014 that Burkina Faso’s authorities had “not acted with due diligence” in their investigation into Zongo’s murder. The families of Zongo and those who were murdered with him have now been awarded compensation, but justice has still not been rendered. Burkina Faso is ranked 42nd out of 180 countries inRSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. Its media are relatively free and covered the 2014 political crisis in a professional manner. Receive email alerts News Time is pressing, 20 years after Burkinabe journalist’s murder News Follow the news on Burkina Faso to go further June 7, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Burkina FasoAfrica Condemning abuses Impunity News News RSF_en May 5, 2021 Find out more Two Spanish journalists killed in eastern Burkina Faso French reporter says he has been kidnapped in northeastern Malilast_img read more


Contract extension to keep LeBron James with the Lakers

first_img Written by Beau Lund December 2, 2020 /Sports News – National Contract extension to keep LeBron James with the Lakerscenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailDouglas P. DeFelice/Getty ImagesBy CARMEN COX, ABC News(LOS ANGELES) — NBA star LeBron James is staying with the Los Angeles Lakers.Under a new deal worth $85 million, James has agreed to a two-year contract extension that will keep him with the team into 2023, his agent, Rich Paul, told multiple news outlets Wednesday. James, who will be 36 this month, has won four NBA championships. This year, he led the Lakers to his fourth title when the Lakers beat the Miami heat in six games. James also took home his third NBA Finals MVP award in 2020, becoming the first player to achieve the distinction with three different franchises, according to ESPN.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports — Washington Nationals outfielder Juan Soto was still waiting on Wednesday to be cleared to play by the city government after getting the OK from Major League Baseball to return from the COVID-19 injured list. Manager Dave Martinez said the Nationals hope their 21-year-old slugger will be allowed to work out with the team starting Saturday and play in their first game after that — which is next Tuesday at home against the New York Mets.— The Nationals’ starting lineup lost another middle-of-the-order hitter when Howie Kendrick was scratched three hours before the scheduled first pitch against Toronto on Wednesday because of upper back stiffness. But the teams said Kendrick was available to pinch hit. — The Cleveland Indians placed starting catcher Roberto Pérez on the 10-day injured list with a sore throwing shoulder. Pérez hurt his right shoulder while making an off-balance throw in Friday’s season opener. He scrambled to retrieve a third strike that got past him and slipped while firing the ball to first. A Gold Glove winner in 2019, Pérez has played since but the shoulder has continued to bother him, so the Indians will shut him down for at least one week. Manager Terry Francona says Pérez will be reexamined after seven days of not throwing.— St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Miles Mikolas (MY’-koh-las) will have season-ending surgery to repair a tendon in his strained right forearm. The 31-year-old missed spring training with the injury, but he ramped up his activity after the virus shutdown and pitched four innings for the Cardinals in an exhibition game last week. He was supposed to start Wednesday night at Minnesota. Right-hander Daniel Ponce de Leon will take the mound against the Twins instead. — Nick Markakis (mahr-KAY’-kihs) is returning to the Atlanta Braves, three weeks after announcing he was opting out of the season due to his concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. The veteran outfielder said Wednesday he changed his mind about sitting out after watching his teammates play the first five games. The 36-year-old Markakis says he has the full support of his family, including his three children, in his decision to return. UNDATED (AP) — The Big West Conference is postponing all fall sports through the end of the calendar year.The conference’s board of directors said that men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball will be postponed as well as the fall schedules for men’s and women’s golf along with men’s and women’s tennis.The conference will determine later if conducting fall sports in the spring would be feasible. The decision does not impact basketball, which is scheduled to begin on Nov. 10. The Division I conference has 11 members, with all but one based in California.In other news related to the COVID-19 pandemic: In other NFL news:— The Miami Dolphins say rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (TOO’-ah tuhng-ah-vy-LOH’-ah) passed his physical when he reported to training camp and will practice without restrictions as he begins his bid to overtake veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick for the starting job. The all-clear will allow Tagovailoa to practice for the first time since a career-threatening hip injury ended his Alabama career in mid-November. — Running back Damien Williams, whose strong postseason helped Kansas City to its first Super Bowl championship in 50 years, is opting out of playing the upcoming season.—The Atlanta Falcons have placed fullback Keith Smith and safety Jamal Carter on the team’s reserve/COVID-19 list.—The Philadelphia Eagles have placed three-time Pro Bowl right tackle Lane Johnson, linebacker Nathan Gerry, and tackle Jordan Mailata on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-NEWSKelly suspended, will continue to play pending appealNEW YORK (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Joe Kelly has been suspended eight games by Major League Baseball for throwing a fastball near the head of Houston’s Alex Bregman and mockingly taunting Astros star Carlos Correa. Benches cleared after Kelly’s actions during Los Angeles’ 5-2 win at Minute Maid Park. NFL-NEWSBears’ QB battle between Trubisky, Foles about to heat upUNDATED (AP) — — The Chicago Bears declared the quarterback competition between Mitchell Trubisky and former Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles an open one during the offseason. It’s about to click into gear, though it won’t play out quite the way they envisioned. With no preseason games, more emphasis will be placed on the reads they make in practice.Coach Matt Nagy said they will be evaluated “with every single play” in practice.The Bears and every other team around the NFL stare at a season like no other because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Veterans started reporting to camps this week. Teams won’t be in pads until the week of Aug. 17. CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Lou Henson, the basketball coach who led Illinois back into the national spotlight, has died at age 88. The school says Henson died Saturday and was buried on Wednesday. In 21 seasons at Illinois, Henson won a school-record 423 games and took his 1989 Illini team to the Final Four. In all, he was 779-412 and the winningest coach at both Illinois and New Mexico State. Henson was named to the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015. CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks are banning headdresses at home games as part of their pledge to honor the Native American community. The NHL team says it consulted with Native American partners to establish new policies and initiatives. The Blackhawks will further integrate Native American culture and storytelling into game presentation and community involvement. The team said earlier this month it will continue to use the Blackhawks name because it honors a Native American leader who has been an inspiration to generations. Washington’s NFL team dropped the name Redskins, and Major League Baseball’s Cleveland Indians are considering a change.WOMEN’S SOCCER-EQUAL PAYUS women’s soccer told to wait until 2021 for jury trial — Notre Dame will play in the Atlantic Coast Conference this season as part of a plan to play 10 league games and start the week of Sept. 7, alterations brought on by the pandemic. The ACC’s university presidents approved the plan for an 11-game schedule, including on nonconference game, and for pushing back the league championship game from Dec. 5 to either Dec. 12 or 19. Notre Dame will play in a football conference for the first time in the 133-year history of the program if the season is played.— The University of Texas is now exploring how it can host football games at 25% percent stadium capacity instead of the previously announced 50% as the return to campus and the planned start of the season rapidly approaches. Texas officials had told season ticket holders earlier this month they were planning for 50 percent capacity catching Austin’s health authority off guard. That would include nearly 50,000 fans. Texas is scheduled to host South Florida on Sept. 5 and the Big 12 has held out hope it can play a 12-game regular season. The state of Texas has seen record numbers of new coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths in the month of July.— Athletic director Greg Byrne says the University of Alabama has taken cost-cutting measures for each department and sport with the coronavirus threatening fall sports. In a letter to fans posted Wednesday on the Crimson Tide’s website, Byrne says the athletic department placed a freeze on hiring for non-coaching jobs because of potential revenue shortfalls during the COVID-19 pandemic. He says Alabama also is finding ways to save on energy and facility operating costs and is reviewing other steps. The Southeastern Conference hasn’t announced plans for fall sports, including football, which could ultimately mean a limited number of fans at Bryant-Denny Stadium.NHL-BLACKHAWKSBlackhawks ban Native American headdresses at home gamescenter_img LOS ANGELES (AP) — If American women’s soccer players want a jury trial on their claim of discriminatory working conditions, they must wait until next year.U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner told the players and the U.S. Soccer Federation on Wednesday that jurors were not available during the coronavirus pandemic. He informed the sides if they wanted to stick with their Sept. 15 trial date, they would have to agree by Aug. 6 to a bench trial in which he would decide the verdict.If they want a jury trial, he would postpone the start until Jan. 26. Players sued in March 2019 under the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and they sought more than $66 million in damages.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-OBIT-HENSONFormer Illinois, New Mexico St coach Lou Henson dies at 88 NBA-NEWSDavis, Williamson ready for re-opening nightLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Anthony Davis and Zion Williamson are ready for re-opening night. Davis practiced Wednesday for the first time since getting poked in an eye during the Los Angeles Lakers’ scrimmage opener last week. He said the plan is for him to play when the Lakers face the Los Angeles Clippers in the first seeding game for both teams on Thursday. The Pelicans said Williamson will be a game-time decision for New Orleans’ Thursday opener against Utah. Williamson missed nearly two weeks because he left for a family emergency and then had to quarantine for four days upon his return.Elsewhere around the NBA:— Hornets owner and six-time NBA champion Michael Jordan has started sharing details of where some of his $100 million pledge to the Black community will be allocated. Jordan and Jordan Brand announced that $1 million each will go toward the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and to Formerly Incarcerated & Convicted People and Families Movement (FICPFM). Another $500,000 will go to the Black Voters Matter. Jordan made a $100 million pledge to the Black community back in June. He said the money is will go for social justice, economic justice and education and awareness. Associated Press The game marked the first time the teams had met since it was revealed Houston stole signs en route to a 2017 World Series title over the Dodgers. LA manager Dave Roberts was suspended one game and Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined.Kelly elected to appeal and can continue to play. Roberts serves his penalty Wednesday night when the Dodgers play at Houston.In other MLB news:— The Miami Marlins have become the talk of baseball while coping with a coronavirus outbreak that forced MLB to suspend their season through at least Sunday. Thanks to a 2-1 record, this is the latest the Marlins have ever been in first place. The question isn’t whether they’ll make the playoffs, however, but whether they’ll play another game. For starters, will other teams be willing to play them? Washington Nationals players voted almost unanimously against making a trip to Miami for three games this weekend, before MLB called off the series. — Philadelphia Phillies general manager Matt Klentak says one team employee who works in the visiting clubhouse has tested positive for the coronavirus. But he says all Phillies players and on-field staff tested negative for a second straight day. The Phillies’ four-game, home-and-home series against the New York Yankees was postponed this week following a coronavirus outbreak among the Miami Marlins, who played in Philadelphia last weekend. The Phillies are scheduled to host Toronto this weekend in a series that was supposed to be on the road but switched because the Blue Jays’ temporary ballpark in Buffalo isn’t ready. The teams won’t play Friday and instead will have a doubleheader on Saturday. US Open without qualifying now will be played without fansUNDATED (AP) — Add another layer to what already is a different U.S. Open. The USGA says no fans will be allowed at Winged Foot in New York Sept. 17-20 because of health and safety concerns about COVID-19. The U.S. Open already has been moved from its traditional Father’s Day finish, and because of the pandemic, more than 100 qualifiers had to be scrapped for an all-exempt field. Now it comes down to the Masters in November to see if any of golf’s majors will have fans. The PGA Championship next week will be spectator-free.VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE SPORTSBig West Conference postpones fall sports — New York Giants left tackle Nate Solder has opted out of the 2020 NFL season because of the coronavirus pandemic citing his son’s ongoing fight with cancer, the recent birth of a baby boy and his own history with cancer.— Browns Guard Drew Forbes and tackle Drake Dorbeck are the first two Cleveland Browns players who have chosen to opt out for the 2020 NFL season because of the coronavirus. — Seattle Seahawks star linebacker Bobby Wagner was thrilled by the addition of Jamal Adams. Wagner isn’t concerned that Seattle gave up two first-round picks to get the 24-year-old All-Pro safety from the New York Jets. He just knows his job likely got easier. Wagner says he’s always admired Adams’ game from afar and that his presence adds another playmaker on the field.— General manager John Lynch has agreed to a new five-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers that will keep him locked up through the 2024 season. The new deal for Lynch comes about six weeks after coach Kyle Shanahan replaced his original six-year deal signed in 2017 with a new six-year contract that takes him through 2025. Lynch was named executive of the year last season by the Pro Football Writers Association of America for helping the Niners reach the Super Bowl last season. Lynch and Shanahan took over following a 2-14 campaign under general manager Trent Baalke and coach Chip Kelly.PGA-US OPEN-NO FANS July 29, 2020last_img read more


Gyan Sends Ghana into Quarters

first_imgAfter back-to-back 1-0 wins, Avram Grant’s side will secure top spot by avoiding defeat when they play Egypt in their last group match on Wednesday.The teams had been prevented from warming-up on the pitch in order to prevent the damaged surface from further deteriorating, and when the game began it was Ghana who adapted quickest to the conditions. Andre Ayew should have put the ball in the net rather than poke wide from a Christian Atsu assist, before the goal arrived in the 21st minute. Gyan headed in a Jordan Ayew cross for his eighth goal at the Cup of Nations — his first came on home soil in 2008 — and Ghana then soaked up Malian pressure after the break.Mali, who were eliminated from the group stage after a drawing of lots in 2015, must now beat Uganda in their last match and hope Egypt lose if they are to stay in the competition.“The players are disappointed but not completely knocked down. They will be ready to lift their heads for the last match,” said the Mali coach Alain Giresse.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Asamoah Gyan headed Ghana into the quarterfinals of the Africa Cup of Nations yesterday while Uganda were condemned to an early exit after an agonising defeat to Egypt in Port-Gentil.Gyan scored the only goal of the first match of the day in a Group D double-header in the Gabonese port city, securing a 1-0 win for the Black Stars against Mali. Four-time winners Ghana, the runners-up in 2015, are one of only two teams to have clinched qualification for the quarter-finals with a match to spare, the others being Senegal.“In tournaments you need to be winning games and that is what we did today,” said Gyan, who has now scored at six consecutive Cup of Nations tournaments. “We are satisfied about our performance. Whether we play an excellent game or not, at the end of the day we just want to win and move forward.”last_img read more


Mets fire Mickey Callaway after two seasons as manager

first_imgA second-half surge back to relevance wasn’t enough to save Mickey Callaway’s job. The Mets announced Thursday they have fired their manager after two seasons. Callaway had one year remaining on his deal, plus an option for 2021.  Mickey Callaway has been relieved of his duties. #Mets📝: https://t.co/ZXOBnKyOXS pic.twitter.com/WOhmu2moPK— New York Mets (@Mets) October 3, 2019″We want to thank Mickey for his consistent work ethic and dedication over the last two seasons and I’m certain these characteristics will serve him well in his next opportunity,” general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said in a release. “A decision like this is never easy, however, we believe it is in the best interest of the franchise at this time.” While the move was hardly a shock, Callaway at least made a case to stick around after a rough first half by leading New York to a 46-26 record after the All-Star break. Bottoming out at 11 games under .500 (40-51) on July 12, the Mets finished 86-76 for a nine-game improvement over Callaway’s rookie season as a manager.  Related News That wasn’t enough to get over the hump and into the playoffs, but the Mets certainly made things interesting after being written off for dead earlier in 2019.  Joe Girardi on managerial rumors: ‘Any job out there is going to interest me’ Callaway, the former Indians pitching coach, had a 163-161 record in New York. Now Van Wagenen will have the opportunity to install his own choice in the dugout after inheriting Callaway last fall. The Mets will have quite a pool of candidates from which to choose, from veterans like Joe Girardi, Buck Showalter or Joe Maddon to following the recent ex-player with no experience model, like MLB Network’s Mark DeRosa.last_img read more


Basilisa Lopez, 87, Wellington: Jan. 9, 1928 – Jan. 25, 2015

first_imgBess LopezBasilisa Lopez, age 87, long time Wellington resident, died Saturday, January 25, 2015 in Wichita, KS.Basilisa (Montenegro) Lopez was born on January 9, 1928 in Newton, KS to Hermenegildo Montenegro and Manuela (Ledesma) Montenegro.Basilisa married Frank Lopez on January 19, 1952 in Wellington at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church.  He preceded her in death in 2008.She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Frank; brother, John Montenegro; and sister, Mary Reyes.  Survivors include her five children, Richard Lopez and his wife Elaine of Wichita, Michael Lopez and his wife Theresa of Wichita, Rose Robinson and her husband David of Wichita, Diane Lopez of Wichita, and Teresa Escalante and her husband Chris of Wichita; brothers, Jesse Montenegro and his wife Pam of Wellington, Frank Montenegro and his wife Lois of Clover, SC; and Angel Montenegro and his wife Margaret of Wichita; sisters, Carmen Ramirez and her husband Rudy of Houston, TX, Dolores Warrell and her husband Jerry of Wichita, KS, Cecilia Izaguirre and her husband Ephraim of Houston, TX, Esther McDermott and her husband Peter of Powhatan, VA, Helen Marshall of Wellington, brother-in-law, Henry Reyes of Wellington; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.Rosary will be held at St. Anthony – St. Rose Catholic Church in Wellington, KS on Friday, January 30, 2015 at 7 p.m.Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Anthony – St. Rose Catholic Church on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 10 a.m. Father Dwight Birket will officiate.  Interment will follow the service at Prairie Lawn Cemetery.Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Friday, January 30, 2015 from 1 to 5 p.m.Frank Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.To leave condolences or sign our guest book, please visit our website at www.frankfuneralhome.netlast_img read more


a month ago​Liverpool forward Salah had award votes voided because of capital letters

first_img​Liverpool forward Salah had award votes voided because of capital lettersby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTwo votes for Mohamed Salah in the Best Fifa men’s player award were not counted because signatures were in capital letters, says Fifa.The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) said acting Egypt coach Shawky Gharib and captain Ahmed Elmohamady voted for Liverpool forward Salah.Fifa said: “The signatures on the voting forms were in capital letters and thus seemed not valid.”The forms also lacked a mandatory signature by the EFA general secretary.Barcelona’s Lionel Messi won the award on Monday ahead of Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk. TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


Integr8 Fuels Dismisses Claim for Bulker Arrest

first_imgzoom Bunker trading and brokerage firm Integr8 Fuels filed a claim with the Louisiana Eastern District Court, US, asking for the arrest of the Marshall Islands-flagged bulker M/V Aggeliki B for unpaid bunker bills.The claim against the vessel was submitted on March 10 due to non-payment of bunker invoice from previous charterers, Denmark-based Graincom Shipping K/S, on the grounds of a debt worth around USD 158,200.Namely, the 2011-built bulk carrier was fixed under one time charter trip with Graincom with SBM cargo ex Kandla to Montoir + Ghent. Under the deal, the charterers had the obligation to redeliver the ship with same bunkers and arranged the vessel to be supplied.Greece-based A.B. Maritime Inc, the owner of the ship, informed that, as per payment terms, the invoice was scheduled to be paid until February 16, 2017.However, while the 56,770 dwt bulk was waiting in Mississippi River to commence loading operation with different charterers, Intregr8 filed a claim to arrest the ship due to the unpaid invoice from Graincom.The vessel owner’s P&I club representative contacted Graincom requesting to proceed with payment, and subsequently Graincom settled the invoice.On March 15, A.B. Maritime Inc received claimants motion to dismiss the arrest through undersigned counsel, where Integr8 Fuels Inc gave notice that the action was voluntarily dismissed, without prejudice, against the defendant.The latest vessel tracking data from Marine Traffic, dated March 22 show that the 2011-built ship is underway using its engine in the Gulf of Mexico, heading for Santa Marta, Colombia with ETA set for March 28th.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more


The Elders Mourn The Loss Of Shimon Peres

first_imgThe Elders today expressed their condolences at the passing of Shimon Peres, former President of Israel and Nobel Peace laureate, who has died at the age of 93.Together with the late Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat, Shimon Peres won the Nobel Prize in 1994 for his role in securing the Oslo Accords with the Palestine Liberation Organisation.The Elders hailed his long life in the service of his country and in the quest for peace with the Arab world. He combined steadfast patriotism with a long-lasting belief in a two-state solution as the only way of bringing peace, justice and security to Israelis and Palestinians alike.The Elders recall their meetings with Shimon Peres during trips to Israel in 2009 and 2012 as examples of open and frank dialogue. As President and subsequently, through his work at the Peres Peace Centre, he continued to speak out about the need for an end to Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and the creation of a viable Palestinian state.Following the announcement of his death, many Elders recalled their meetings with the late Israeli leader with affection. Among the personal tributes made were the following:Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders and former UN Secretary-General, said:“Shimon Peres was a truly remarkable man who was known not just for his sharp intellect and visionary politics but also for his warmth and sense of humour. His story is inseparable from the history of the state of Israel itself. Never afraid to stand up for his ideals, he laboured tirelessly for peace over violence and dialogue over confrontation. Israel has lost a founding father, the world a great statesman and I have lost a friend.”Gro Harlem Brundtland, Deputy Chair, who was Prime Minister of Norway at the time of the Oslo Accords:“Shimon Peres showed his commitment to peace and always remained a vocal advocate of the two-state solution even as the political and security situation deteriorated after the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993. I hope current and future leaders of Israel recall his warnings about the futility of continued occupation of Palestinian lands.”Jimmy Carter, Honorary Elder and former President of the United States who led several Elders’ delegations to Israel and Palestine:“Shimon Peres worked for many years to bring peace to Israel and Palestine, and he showed great courage in his work on the Oslo Accords, which had the potential to transform the region. He was a gracious host during my visits to Israel while he was in office.”Ernesto Zedillo, Elder and former President of Mexico:“One of the remarkable founding fathers of modern Israel, Shimon Peres will be missed immensely – for his wisdom, serenity and unwavering dedication to the peace and prosperity of his beloved nation.”Ela Bhatt, Elder, founder of the Self Employed Womens Association (SEWA), and a disciple of Mahatma Gandhi:“I remember meeting him for the first time at the Histadrut trades union federation headquarters in Tel Aviv. Later, when I met him again, together with the Elders, in 2009, I was impressed to learn that he was familiar with the thinking of the Mahatma about labour relations, especially his principle of trusteeship to ensure good cooperation between workers and managers.”last_img read more