BurundiAfrica March 6, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Radio reporter is released, but for how long? November 27, 2020 Find out more The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa News Organisation Reporters Without Borders hails Burundian radio reporter Hassan Ruvakuki’s release today after 15 months in prison and hopes it will open the way for official recognition of his innocence. His release, which is precarious inasmuch as it is “on health grounds,” comes just days before an official visit by President Pierre Nkurunziza to France.“We are relieved to learn that Ruvakuki is out of prison and back with his family,” Reporters Without Borders said. “But he was released on the orders of government officials, not because a court overturned his conviction. “We wonder why they did this ahead of a presidential visit to France. If they hope to take advantage of what could be seen as a goodwill gesture, it should be pointed out that Ruvakuki is still subject to a three-year jail term and could be returned to prison at any time.”President Nkurunziza is due to begin a three-day visit to France on 10 March.Reporters Without Borders urges French President François Hollande to raise the Ruvakuki case with him when they meet for talks on 11 March.Employed by local radio Bonesha FM and Radio France Internationale’s Swahili service, which is based in the Tanzanian city of Dar es Salaam, Ruvakuki has been persecuted by the Burundian judicial system just doing his duty as a journalist to gather information. He was arrested in Bujumbura in November 2011 shortly after returning from neighbouring Tanzania, where he had gone to cover a Burundian rebel group that was being formed there. He had prepared a report but asked Radio France Internationale not to broadcast it because he could not get a Burundian government official to comment. The head of the nascent rebel group had also refused to answer his questions.He was sentenced to life imprisonment in June 2012 on a charge of “participating in terrorist activity.” This was reduced to three years in prison on appeal on 8 January after the charge was changed to “participating in an association formed with the aim of attacking persons and property.”A request for his conditional release was rejected on 19 February.All the information about the Ruvakuki case. October 21, 2020 Find out more News Follow the news on Burundi Burundian appeal court upholds prison sentences for four journalists Reports Receive email alerts BurundiAfrica News RSF_en to go further Help by sharing this information Four Burundian journalists complete 12 months in arbitrary detention June 5, 2020 Find out more
The well at the Karabagh field has been drilled using Socar’s Caspian Drilling Company (CDC)-operated by the Dada Gorgud semi-submersible drilling rig The Karabagh field is located 120km offshore, east of Baku, Azerbaijan. (Credit: Pixabay/wasi1370) State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic (Socar) and Norway’s Equinor have made an oil discovery at the first appraisal well at the Karabagh field offshore Azerbaijan.The Karabagh field is located 120km offshore, east of Baku, in the Azerbaijan sector of the Caspian Sea.The well has been drilled in a water depth of 180m using Socar’s Caspian Drilling Company (CDC)-operated by the Dada Gorgud semi-submersible drilling rig. The reservoir at the well is located at a depth of approximately 3.4km.Socar seeks to undertake commercial development of Karabagh fieldSocar noted that the estimated size of the discovered oil and gas volumes are satisfactory for undertaking commercial development of the field.Socar president Rovnag Abdullayev said: “Karabagh is the first oil field discovered during the independence period of our country and its oil reserves estimated more than 60 million tons. The successful delivery of the appraisal well to the target safely and on time is the result of effective collaboration of SOCAR and Equinor.“Development of the Karabagh field will significantly contribute to Azerbaijan’s oil incomes. The field proudly bears the name of the heart of our Motherland – Karabagh.”The Karabagh prospective structure was identified in 1959 following seismic surveys and its oil and gas reserves were confirmed through exploration drilling in 1997-1998.In May 2018, Socar Karabagh signed a risk service agreement with Equinor to develop the Karabagh oil field. As per the terms of the deal, the two firms equally own the shares.In January 2020, British oil company BP and its partner Socar have started drilling of the Shafag-Asiman block offshore Caspian Sea in the Azerbaijan sector.Located about 125km to the South-East of Baku, the block covers an area of some 1,100km² and is located in water depths of 650-800m.
24SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Credit unions are perpetually faced with balancing regulatory requirements, remaining efficient to protect revenue, and satisfying growing consumer demands safely. Working every day with financial institution decision makers, I’ve seen this challenge force credit unions to make difficult, compromised and, often, delayed strategic technology decisions. Meanwhile, CUs’ competition is heating up, making the pressure to prioritize even greater. To respond adequately, credit unions need a data security strategy that is compliant, available 24/7, and meets business continuity objectives, while also responding rapidly and securely to member needs.First, examine your physical and information security measures. Data security involves much more than firewalls and antivirus programs to keep your institution and customers or members protected. Ask yourself, “Do I have the physical safeguards in place to keep my data protected from human and natural incursions?” Your security protocols checklist should include these safeguards: biometric scanning and a PIN for internal system entry; 24/7 recorded, onsite video surveillance; photo ID and security escort for all users; cages and locks for internal equipment; and a photo ID key card badge for employee access. continue reading »
Consolidation in the community bank sector has created an opening for credit unions to step in and serve the needs of small businesses, suggests Ed Sahakian, VP/business and home loan services with $830 million/79,000-member Ventura County Credit Union.The last remaining community bank of the 20 that once served Ventura County, Calif., was acquired by a big bank in 2017. “We want to work with small business owners who had been community banking customers and appreciate that personal relationship,” Sahakian says. Toward that end, Ventura County CU has become the highest volume U.S. Small Business Administration program lender in its market and has grown its commercial loan portfolio to more than $45 million from $1.8 million in 2014.Sahakian joined the credit union in February 2015 and hired another local commercial lender to help ramp up business lending by building on their familiarity with and reputation in the local market. Their strategy has been to bring in big commercial real estate loans to offset lower-yield loans to small businesses.The credit union has made loans up to $7 million and was working on a couple $10 million projects late last year. Those big loans are typically shared in participations with other credit unions. At the same time, Ventura County CU has made small business loans in the range of $5,000 and $10,000. 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »
Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard (25) scores a touchdown on a 27-yard pass reception against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)by Joe KayAP Sports WriterCINCINNATI (AP) — Running back Giovani Bernard slipped through the line, caught Andy Dalton’s short pass, then turned and saw something shocking.One of the NFL’s top defenses had given him a big opening.The elusive rookie turned the catch into a 27-yard touchdown on Monday night, one of his two scores that made all the difference in the Cincinnati Bengals’ 20-10 victory over the struggling Pittsburgh Steelers.“I saw green grass,” said Bernard, a second-round pick from North Carolina. “Once you see green grass, you’ve got to take it. You don’t get many chances like that. When you do, you’ve got to take it.”He wasn’t the only rookie putting their new imprint on an old rivalry. Top pick Tyler Eifert made a 61-yard catch that set up Bernard’s 7-yard run for his first NFL touchdown. Together, they gave a preview of what the Bengals (1-1) could become with two new pass catchers in the offense.“Gio’s done a good job,” Dalton said. “We drafted him to be versatile, move around the backfield and make big plays. And that’s exactly what we’ve gotten out him.”The Bengals piled up 407 yards on one of the NFL’s toughest defenses, holding the ball for more than 35 minutes.The Steelers fell to 0-2 for the first time since 2002, done in by another game of self-destruction on offense. Pittsburgh had two turnovers in scoring range and couldn’t hold the ball long enough to give their defense a breather, failing to get a first down on seven of their 12 possessions.“There’s not a lot of positives going on right now,” said Ben Roethlisberger, who was 20 of 37 for 251 yards with one touchdown and a deflected interception. “We can’t start doubting each other. Right now, there’s a general feeling of being upset.”It was a chance for the Bengals to show they’ve supplanted the Steelers in the AFC North. They beat Pittsburgh 13-10 at Heinz Field last December to reach the playoffs, and now have moved ahead of them again with a rare Monday night win.Cincinnati is 10-20 in Monday night games.“This doesn’t define anything until you look back at the end of the year,” coach Marvin Lewis said.The Bengals put the ball in the Dalton’s hands in the first half, letting him pass away while they all but abandoned the run against one of the NFL’s top defenses. Dalton had an up-and-down game, finishing 25 of 45 for 280 yards.Cincinnati’s rookies provided the big plays.Eifert got open between cornerback Ike Taylor and safety Ryan Clark for his 61-yard catch. Bernard finished the long drive with a 7-yard run, his first touchdown in the NFL, for the early lead.The Steelers needed to get their offense moving after a horrid opener. They ran for only 32 yards and Roethlisberger was sacked five times during a 16-9 home loss to Tennessee. Worse, the Steelers lost Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey for the rest of the season with a torn knee ligament. Fernando Velasco, signed a week earlier, started in his place Monday.They weren’t significantly better in Cincinnati.Roethlisberger got Pittsburgh’s offense moving in spurts. He completed all five of his passes on a touchdown drive that pulled the Steelers into a 10-all tie at halftime, including completions of 19 and 43 yards to Emmanuel Sanders.Shaun Suisham kicked a 44-yard field goal, and the Steelers had a chance to add to the lead in the first half. But another mistake — and they’ve had a lot of those already — provided the game’s first turning point.Pinned at their 3-yard line after a punt, the Steelers drove into scoring position. Roethlisberger completed a 34-yard pass to tight end David Paulson, who fumbled the ball as he was tackled. Adam “Pacman” Jones forced the fumble and recovered it at the Cincinnati 13-yard line.Another of Roethlisberger’s passes went off Jerricho Cotchery’s hands and was picked off at the Bengals 13-yard line in the fourth quarter, essentially sealing it.The most intriguing question: Could Steeler-turned-Bengal James Harrison leave a mark on Pittsburgh’s mess of an offense?Nope. He didn’t have a sack or a tackle.Notes: The Bengals rushed for 127 yards, with BenJarvus Green-Ellis getting 75 on 22 carries. Bernard ran eight times for 38 yards. … The Bengals have consecutive wins over the Steelers for the first time since 2009. … Roethlisberger was sacked twice by a defense that failed to get one in Chicago.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org