It’s not good to criticize Congo-Brazzaville’s regime

first_imgNews News Organisation March 22, 2017 It’s not good to criticize Congo-Brazzaville’s regime Receive email alerts to go further News March 31, 2021 Find out more President of the Republic of the Congo, Denis Sassou-Nguesso, attends the opening of the Africa Action Summit, on November 16, 2016 © FADEL SENNA / AFP Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Congo-Brazzaville March 5, 2021 Find out morecenter_img Joint call for Brazzaville journalist’s release News Congo celebrates World Press Freedom Day by sentencing a journalist to six months in prison RSF_en Congo-BrazzavilleAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists CorruptionJudicial harassmentFreedom of expression May 4, 2021 Find out more Luca Chianca and Paolo Palermo, who work for “Reports,” an investigative programme broadcast by the Italian TV channel RAI 3, were arrested by plainclothes police in Pointe-Noire, the country’s second largest city, on 15 March and were held arbitrarily for three days and two nights.The Directorate for Territorial Surveillance (DST) detained them on the grounds that they did not have press visas.They were held in a two-meter-square room furnished with nothing more than a chair, and had no means of communicating with the outside world.“No journalist, whether Congolese or foreign, should be mistreated in this way by the authorities,” said Cléa Kahn-Sriber, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “Their use of such intimidatory methods with foreign reporters speaks volumes about their attitude to Congolese journalists, who have to choose between censoring themselves or being persecuted.”Chianca and Palermo were arrested two days after arriving in Pointe-Noire with the aim of interviewing Fabio Ottonello, an influential Italian business who is married to the president’s daughter. Ottonello is said to have provided a private plane that transported bribes to Switzerland as part of a network of corruption involving the Italian company ENI and Nigerian officials that is currently the subject of court proceedings in Milan.Shortly before their arrest, Chianca and Palermo warned their editor that they believed they were in danger. They tried to transmit their report, but communications had been disconnected in the Pointe Noire region.Italian diplomats finally obtained their release on 20 March in exchange for the confiscation of their electronic equipment and deletion of all their data. They returned to Rome yesterday.Journalists in the regime’s sightsNot all journalists are so lucky in Congo-Brazzaville. Ghys Fortuné Bemba, the publisher of the newspaper Talassa, has been held since 11 January without being brought before a court. Officially he is charged with complicity with a government opponent and encouraging violence in the southern department of Pool.He was previously arrested in October 2015 over an article accusing President Sassou Nguesso of using mercenaries to attack the new constitution’s opponents. In 2014, bureaucratic pretexts were used to force his media company, Talassa, to close after an article pointed out that the number of registered voters in northern regions that support the president had increased much more than in the south, and by a proportion that could not reasonably be ascribed to population growth.Except for the five years from 1992 to 1997, Sassou Nguesso has been Congo-Brazzaville’s president since 1979. During his 33 years in office, he has imposed an environment that has been increasingly hostile to human rights and freedom of information in particular.He had the constitution amended in 2015 in order to be able to run for a third term. All Internet communications were cut throughout the country during the presidential election in March 2016. Journalists are constantly exposed to censorship and intimidation and are often arrested arbitrarily,Congo-Brazzaville is ranked 115th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. Congo-BrazzavilleAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists CorruptionJudicial harassmentFreedom of expression Ailing magazine editor held illegally in Brazzaville for more than a month Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the arbitrary detention of two Italian journalists while in Congo-Brazzaville (also known as Republic of Congo) to investigate an alleged corruption ring involving relatives of President Denis Sassou Nguesso. last_img read more

The New Normal: Perspectives on What’s to Come and How We’ll Adapt

first_imgThe days and weeks navigating our “new normal” during the global pandemic have been a whirlwind. I am personally hitting my stride with new routines. I’m eating lunch and dinner with my family every day – I can’t remember the last time we did that. I get to have my dogs around 24×7.We face “life-work” balance where the two are now more intertwined than ever…and I know for some, the realities of the virus are hitting too close to home. This has been an exercise in balancing priorities, being flexible and creating boundaries – and the resilience and commitment I’ve seen across our teams to support our customers and each other makes me proud to work for Dell Technologies.But I’ve been thinking about what comes on the other side of this experience. How will we evolve? How will this experience influence business relationships and our personal lives? The optimist in me believes we will come out of this pandemic even stronger and more connected.I see four major acceleration points.We’ll have a larger remote workforce, expanding talent pools and reducing environmental impact.The debate on whether a large remote workforce can be productive is over – we’re learning that it’s not only possible, it’s successful. Until a couple months ago, many organizations had run the traps on a fully remote workforce as a tabletop exercise – now it’s been turned on like a light switch in a matter of days. For most companies, approximately 20% of their workforce was remote before COVID-19. [1]At Dell Technologies, we had already been leaning into flexible work. Before March 15, when we announced a global work-from-home policy, 65% of team members were leveraging our flexible work policies, and we had approximately 30% of team members working remotely on any given day. Our connected workplace infrastructure set us up well for the unexpected – over a weekend, our IT team had 120,000 people up and running to work remotely. Today more than 90% of our workforce is remote.The remote workforce is here to stay. 451 Research finds approximately 40% of organizations expect expanded work from home policies to remain in place long-term or permanently.[2]  Our own pulse survey among customers validates this view, with up to 40% stating they’ll shift to a more robust work-from-home environment. I’d go a step further and predict upwards of 50% of the professional workforce will work remotely post pandemic – those who predominantly work on a PC for day to day work. Of course, this will vary across organizations and industries, notably in jobs where being on-site and on the front lines is a requirement.We see this in three phases. First, do it “light” – quickly expand the work from home strategy – giving teams that can do so the ability to be productive and connected with secure, stable systems.  For many – we’re already through phase one.Next, make sure to do it right – team members having the right mix of technology and balance to have the best remote work experience for the long-term. This requires organizations to evolve their lifecycle management strategy and virtual desktop infrastructure capabilities.Third – drive further innovation to create the best work from home experience. Making sure team members have the apps and services they need for a contactless IT experience – just as powerful if not better than what they would have experienced on-site. Give people the ability to do their best work from anywhere in the world.And there are added benefits. the span of talent pools around the world just got a lot bigger – proximity to a specific location won’t be a priority. For example, we’ve had our engineering teams innovating from home – iterating with agile methodology, writing code, and quality testing capabilities in virtual environments – all ahead of important product and services releases this year.  We’re still running on schedule. That’s powerful. And, less people traveling in planes and cars could have a compelling impact on reducing the carbon footprint. Passenger vehicles account for nearly 30 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. Reduce the amount of traffic and transportation – make a significant change on the environmentGlobal supply chains will undergo rapid transformation – diverse, resilient and digitalSupply chains quickly learned the importance of diversity and flexibility over the last couple of months. Companies found their supply chains weren’t as global and local as they needed to be – lacking the ability to source materials from different localities or suppliers and quickly navigate local workforce health and safety protocols. As importantly, there was a wakeup call on how transparent and secure the end-to-end supply chain truly is.This is an exercise in supply chain resiliency – how quickly you are able to pivot defines how strong you’ll come out on the other side. That requires a data-driven digital supply chain and quite simply – relationships.For Dell, we’ve built incredibly strong global relationships throughout our supply chain over decades. And we’ve been undergoing our own digital makeover that put us in the position to be more agile during one of the greatest moments of uncertainty we’ve ever faced.We’ve got powerful data sets that give us real-time visibility, intelligence and automation across planning and delivery, procurement, manufacturing and warehousing. We can apply predictive analytics to model a variety of outcomes to make smart decisions with speed. And with the world shifting to an accelerated digital existence – an automated, intelligent, visible and secure supply chain will be paramount to business continuity.This resiliency is core to being able to meet customer needs now and in a post-COVID world.The 4th industrial revolution will arrive faster and gives us a path to economic recovery The shift to a remote workforce and the “just stay home” movement have underscored the importance of digital transformation for organizations – to innovate and rapidly put technology to work to create new ways of doing business.Companies and governments are investing in even more secure, scalable IT resources to support high-volumes of virtual, online business. This touches almost every industry – groceries, fitness classes, banking, shopping for both essentials and non-essentials, entertainment. It’s all moving online. That’s a lot of data to manage, analyze, store and protect – and secure.We’ve been talking about the fourth industrial revolution for a while – where data enables breakthroughs in AI and automation to deliver autonomous machines, connected cities – a digital world.  Now, we’re on an accelerated timeline. Organizations have had to pivot quickly – those able to adapt and evolve will survive and come out stronger. I see technology as a key path to economic recoveryMy conversations with customers have moved from “what do we do right now” to “how do we plan for the future” with investments in technology and innovation that ensure business continuity for the long-run. It’s unclear how long the recovery will take – there are a number of models and predictions. But as an optimist grounded in the realities of how our customers are thinking about what’s next – we can’t miss the opportunity to drive greater connectivity, automation and outcomes through data. This applies to small, medium and big enterprise business. Digital transformation creates a new path forward.Companies that have started optimizing for digital experiences are a step ahead as others grapple with creating the same – or even better, a seamless experience online as they offer in-person. AI and Machine Learning play a big role to glean meaningful business insights from vast amounts of data – customize experiences that make it easy to find, easy to buy, and easy to receive goods. AI bots and virtual chat will evolve further to partner with humans to deliver outstanding customer care, with more predictive analytics that can spot potential issues before they arise. Sure beats standing in a customer service line.Healthcare and education will transform to have the greatest impact on society if we get it rightEmbracing digital transformation means positive changes for healthcare and education, creating the ability to reach everyone to close skills gaps and prepare the workforce of the future. The challenge? There are still parts of our country and the world that are in need of network bandwidth and support at scale.First – healthcare. Right now, many physicians are offering well-checks virtually. At Dell, we’ve been using TeleDoc for some time, and recent stats for the month of April in the U.S. show a nearly 50% increase in usage year over year. Imagine what’s possible for preventative care when you can extend the reach of healthcare through technology. For instance, in India we worked with the government and non-profit organizations to launch the Digital LifeCare Solution. Designed to support health workers, doctors and health officials with mobile apps and services, this solution has the potential to reach more than 500 million people in rural India as part of a plan to reduce the number of deaths caused by non-communicable diseases.Let’s look at education. Schools have had to shift to virtual online learning platforms in a matter of weeks at every level – elementary through higher-education. Educators are hosting virtual classrooms with upwards of 20 students at a time, facilitating homework and lessons in a variety of education applications. That’s a heck of a learning curve (pun intended). Just like moving to a remote workforce – there’s a triage period where we need to get it working well and then innovate to make it an incredible experience. Think about the reach we could have with greater accessibility for children in rural or underserved areas to close the homework gap with access to online classes and enrichment.And in higher-education – we can work to get distance learning right and give equal access to all. The number of students taking at least one online course grew from just over 30 percent in 2016 to almost 35 percent in 2018.[3]  We need to move faster to create hometown jobs and ultimately close the skills gap to ensure the workforce of the future is ready for the digital future – no matter where that workforce resides.The gaps in the digital divide need to close. Government stimulus can further accelerate the speed at which education and healthcare organizations can digitally transform to serve their communities in new ways. 5G and scalable technology infrastructure can drive these necessary changes, like what the City of San Jose is building to ensure 5G touches every community with a specific focus on digital inclusion. Dell Technologies is part of a telco-technology cross industry effort to support a national strategy for 5G, invest in rural connectivity and modernize telecommunications through open, interoperable network innovation. Our communities can’t afford for us to miss this opportunity.While some aspects of our lives have slowed down – less rushing from here to there – the speed of digital transformation is moving quickly. While I’m certain some elements of life will return to the way they were, somethings will never be the same. And that’s OK – perhaps necessary. Now is our opportunity to rethink and redefine the future of work, business, healthcare and education – and how we balance all those things to create a stronger, more resilient future. As the phrase implies, “the new normal” will eventually evolve into what’s expected.[1] Dell WW Worker Study, IDC FoW[2] 451 Research, Mar 2020[3] https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2019/12/11/more-students-study-online-rate-growth-slowed-2018last_img read more

Keppel to Build Greater Changhua Offshore Substations

first_imgSingapore-based Keppel FELS Ltd has secured a contract from Ørsted to provide two offshore substations for the Greater Changhua wind sites in Taiwan.Valued at more than SGD 150 million (around EUR 98 million), the contract comprises detailed engineering, procurement, construction, testing and commissioning for two 600MW substations. It excludes certain electrical components to be furnished by Ørsted.The work scope of Keppel FELS, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M), is scheduled for completion in the third quarter of 2021.Tan Leong Peng, Executive Director (Offshore) of Keppel O&M, said: “Offshore wind energy continues to gain traction around the world, and a large number of wind farms are under planning and construction. We have been able to leverage and extend our capabilities in offshore engineering and construction to provide services and solutions for this fast-growing adjacent sector, supporting the evolving needs of the energy industry.”Ørsted’s Greater Changhua offshore wind sites in Taiwan have a total potential capacity of 2.4GW, with a total of approximately 1.8GW scheduled for buildout in 2021 and 2025. This includes the 900MW Changhua 1 and 2a offshore wind farm for which the Danish developer took a final investment decision at the end of April.Taiwan plans to achieve 5.5GW of installed capacity for offshore wind by 2025. The country has also set an indicative target of 10-17GW by 2030.last_img read more

TB Joshua was behind Black Stars victory: Richard “Olele” Kingson

first_imgGhana goalkeeper Richard Kingson has paid a glowing tribute to Nigerian prophetTB Joshua, claiming the controversial pastor prophesied the Black Stars heavy win over Egypt in the first leg tie of the 2014 World Cup play-off on October 15 in Kumasi.The West Africans hammered the Pharaohs 6-1 in Kumasi in a humiliating defeat which has triggered massive gloom and confusion in the North African country with fans yet to come to terms with the embarrassing thrashing.Kingson was recalled into the Ghanaian national team exactly a year after he visited the renowned pastor’s church in Nigeria to testify about his wife’s deliverance at the Synagogue Church of All Nations.The Doxa Katokopias shot-stopper has attributed the Black Stars success to the televangelist, claiming he played an influential role in the BIG win.“Before the Egypt game he called me often to encourage me and he told me you will qualify those were the words he used, you will qualify,” Kingson told Oman FM“He called me about three times on the day of the match, even a day before the match that was Monday night he called me and he said everything is ok, everything is alright you guys will do well. “I will attribute this victory to the God of Prophet TB Joshua.  TB Joshua has played a big role in my life, he prophesied to me that my brother you will play again and your people (Ghana) will come for you and you will go to the World Cup.“These were his words and it has come to pass, I believe we are there even though we haven’t played the 2nd leg, I believed strongly that we are there and we will qualify and what he (Prophet TB Joshua) said has come to pass”The former Blackpool glovesman was full of praise for the Nigerian for the role he’s played in in life.“I would like to thank the God of Prophet TB Joshua who has made it possible for me by bringing me back into national team,” he added“He used his servant Senior Prophet TB Joshua to speak to me, He is a real man of God, he has been playing many roles in my life, encouraging me, sharing the word of God with me, his teachings and everything about him” “So I would like to thank the God of Prophet TB Joshua, he has done it for me Richard “Olele” Kingson and Ghana”The controversial preacher-man, who has drawn praise and condemnation in similar measure, has predicted the outcome of many matches globally in the past.But he has since stopped releasing prophecies relating to the game after he came under a lot of flak for predicting Zambia’s victory over Ghana in a World Cup group D decider – an allegation that he angrily denied.last_img read more