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Publisher of L’Hirondelle imprisoned for six months

first_img CAR policeman who shot reporter must be punished, RSF says News Receive email alerts Organisation RSF_en Six years on, same unanswered questions about French journalist’s death in CAR News Help by sharing this information Publisher of the daily L’Hirondelle Jude Zossé, has been sentenced to six months in prison and fined 200,000 FCFA (305 euros) for “insulting the head of state”.Reporters Without Borders urged the courts to lift the sentence imposed on 12 March and reminded the Central African Republic authorities of their commitments to press freedom.”We had appealed to the prosecutor in Bangui, Firmin Feindiro, not to pass a jail sentence on Zossé. It appears that our appeal was in vain, despite the fact that the journalist was not even the author of the article, which he simply reprinted it from an opposition website,” the international press freedom organisation said. “His sentences is excessive and constitutes a serious attack on press freedom,” the organisation added.”The authorities are playing a double game in this case. On one hand they said they want to work to promote press freedom while on the other hand they lie, as did Feindiro and put journalists in jail. “This is no longer acceptable and we call on President Bozizé to do everything possible to see that journalists can work normally and freely.”The journalist was accused in connection with an article carried in the 23 February edition of the newspaper headlined “General Bozizé, Big State cashier and tax collector”, taken from the website of a bi-weekly opposition newspaper, Centrafrique-Presse. The offending article accused the president of embezzling a large sum from state funds for his personal use, provoking the resignation of several officials at the finance ministry.Following Zossé’s arrest on 23 February 2004, the Bangui prosecutor assured Reporters Without Borders that he would be granted bail before the verdict on 12 March. This was then refused.In 2003, the government contacted Reporters Without Borders to discuss its intention to no longer penalise press offences. Since then, despite reminders from the organisation, the discussion has never been resumed. Follow the news on Central African Republic Central African RepublicAfrica March 12, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Publisher of L’Hirondelle imprisoned for six months Publisher of the daily L’Hirondelle Jude Zossé, has been sentenced to six months in prison and fined 200,000 FCFA for “insulting the head of state”. Reporters Without Borders urged the courts to lift the sentence and reminded the Central African Republic authorities of their commitments to press freedom Central African RepublicAfrica to go further May 13, 2020 Find out more December 13, 2019 Find out more News RSF decries arbitrary blocking of two CAR news websites News April 6, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

#ShopLimerick: Taking the first steps into the digital marketplace

first_imgWhatsApp Facebook Noel Davidson Entrepreneurs AcademyFOR small businesses looking to get their products online fast, a monthly subscription to sell on marketplaces such as Shopify or Etsy is a good option.That’s according to Noel Davidson, lead trainer with the Entrepreneurs Academy, which delivers training for Local Enterprise Offices across the country.A level up from that comes off-the-shelf website builders such as Wix, Weebly and Squarespace, he says. By paying a monthly subscription, small business can use these tools to quickly and easily build a website, choosing from a selection of templates.“The downside is once you stop paying the subscription, you lose your website. The free version of these tools will give you a generic “@squarespace.com” website address, for example, but that may not look as professional,” says Davidson.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “You can buy a personalised website address option from these providers, but you will have to sort out a personalised email address yourself.“A website that looks great but doesn’t do a lot is really just a brochure and it won’t drive much business“The next level up is website builder WordPress, and paying for hosting with a separate provider. This gives businesses a branded email address.“It also provides the best option of future-proofing an online presence, with the ability to add downloadable plug-ins as a business’s needs grow. One such is the free WooCommerce plug-in from WordPress. You can bolt it on to your website and you are up and running in minutes with a full ecommerce platform,” says Davidson.All the platforms have easy ways to install a payment gateway such as Paypal, Stripe or Elavon. However, Squarespace, Wix and Weebly charge a fee for this to be switched on. With all payment options, when something is sold on your website, you pay a small percentage to the provider when the payment is processed.“A lot of website designers build for WordPress so if, at some stage, you want to link your accounting package to it, you can.”Features such as livechat or a booking engine are among other plug-ins.“Our advice is to give the business as much flexibility as possible, so a self-hosted WordPress website on one of the local Irish hosting companies is probably preferable. Hosting costs are about €70 to €80 a year.An SSL certificate, another plug-in that protects sensitive information such as credit card information, usernames and passwords, will cost about the same annually.“Google Ads is where Google displays your ad when people search for products and services like yours. You pay for results, like when someone clicks your ad to call your business or visit your website.If you don’t have budget for that, you can help yourself in other ways. It’s about putting yourself in customers’ shoes. A chiropractor may have the word ‘chiropractor’ all over their website, but if potential customers use the search phrase ‘back pain’, local chiropractors may miss out.“Ask your customers how they found you – that’s the easiest way to source search terms. Update your website regularly with the search terms customers are using, perhaps through a value-add blog or company updates. Glowing reviews and testimonials from customers also cut through”, he explained.Read the Limerick Post Newspaper’s guide to local retailers HERE Print BusinessNews#ShopLimerick: Taking the first steps into the digital marketplaceBy Staff Reporter – December 2, 2020 80 Emailcenter_img Linkedin Twitter Advertisement Previous articleNew fuel and fast food outlet plazas on Galway RoadNext article#ShopLimerick: Finding a way out of the digital desert Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ielast_img read more

Madison Square Garden donates to City Council candidates

first_imgTagscity councilMadison Square Gardenpolitical donations Madison Square Garden with New York City Council members Alicka Ampry-Samuel (top), Justin Brannan (right) and Keith Powers (bottom) (iStock; New York City Council) Madison Square Garden is known for courting big names. Now, a political action committee tied to the famed arena is lavishing gifts on New York City Council members.The Madison Square Garden Political Action Committee gave $1,000 — the maximum allowed — to sitting members including Keith Powers of Manhattan and Justin Brannan and Alicka Ampry-Samuel of Brooklyn, according to the Wall Street Journal.The donations come as the Garden has just two years left on a permit granted by the City Council that allows the arena to operate at its West Side location. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has raised the idea of acquiring the theater portion of the Garden for his Penn Station spruce-up, but many advocates want to remove the entire arena to allow for a complete renovation of the transit hub under it.Read moreCoronavirus crushing Madison Square Garden, BarclaysCity, MSG headed for showdown over relocationMSG Company drops suit over LA arenas In 2013, James Dolan, the chief executive of MSG’s owner, asked the Council to make the permit permanent. Instead, the chamber limited the permit to 10 years, clearing the way for a relocation of the Garden. But no apparent progress has been made toward that.As the permit’s expiration nears, the City Council will again play a huge role in deciding whether the arena stays — and for how long. The expiration provides leverage for city and state officials to negotiate terms with Dolan, who would expect to be provided a new arena site if forced to move.Rich Constable, MSG’s executive vice president of government affairs, told the Journal the company regularly makes political donations and was focusing its attention on a new PAC aimed at furthering the city’s recovery.“Our current political efforts are focused on The Coalition to Restore New York, which asks each candidate five questions facing New York City due to the pandemic — how they plan to address the exodus of city residents; the budget deficit; job loss; safety and tourism,” Constable said.Contacted for comment about the donations, Powers acknowledged the Council would “deal with big questions about the future of the city, including Midtown,” but said that at the end of the day, “the best plans will be won on the merits and what is best for New York City, nothing else.”Dolan has personally made maximum contributions, totaling $12,200, to three candidates for mayor: Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Ray McGuire and Shaun Donovan.[WSJ] — Sylvia Varnham O’ReganContact Sylvia Varnham O’Regan Email Address* Full Name*center_img Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Share via Shortlink Message*last_img read more

Pitch Perfect 3 Is In The Works

first_img View Comments After conquering the box office, big time, it’s no surprise to learn that the Barden Bellas will return for Pitch Perfect 3. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Universal and Gold Circle have started talks with Kay Cannon, who penned the first two movies, to write a third.Pitch Perfect 2 cost $29 million to make and has made a huge $160.9 million at the box office domestically so far, after hitting screens on May 15.No word yet on casting and whether Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and our Broadway boys Skylar Astin and Ben Platt will return for more pitch slapping, but we’re crossing all fingers and toes!last_img read more