Radio reporter freed after being held for 14 years on genocide charge

first_img RSF_en November 27, 2020 Find out more RwandaAfrica News Follow the news on Rwanda Reporters Without Borders has learned that Dominique Makeli, a former reporter with state-owned Radio Rwanda who had been held since 1994 on a vague, genocide-related charge, was released on 13 October. “This is excellent news and a great relief. Makeli has suffered an incredibly long ordeal during which he was unable to defend himself against slanderous allegations”, Reporters Without Borders said. The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa News Organisation April 6, 2020 Find out more October 16, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Radio reporter freed after being held for 14 years on genocide charge to go further Reporters Without Borders has learned that Dominique Makeli, a former reporter with state-owned Radio Rwanda who had been held since 1994 on a vague, genocide-related charge, was released on 13 October.“This is excellent news and a great relief,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Like fellow Radio Rwanda journalist Tatiana Mukakibibi, who was freed in November 2007 after 11 years in detention, Makeli has suffered an incredibly long ordeal during which he was unable to defend himself against slanderous allegations. We hope he will now be able to live peacefully, after these 14 years of isolation and injustice.”Makeli’s release on 13 October was a result of his acquittal by a gacaca (popular tribunal) in the Kigali district of Nyarugenge on 5 October. Detained since 18 September 1994, he had been transferred from one detention centre to another, ending up in Kigali central prison, also known as “1930”.A public prosecutor told Reporters Without Borders in October 2001 that Makeli was accused of inciting genocide in his reports. While covering a supposed appearance of the Virgin in Kibeho, in the west of the country, in May 1994, Makeli reported that she was supposed to have said: “The parent is in heaven.” The prosecutor insisted that, in the context of that moment, this was taken to mean, “President Habyarimana is in heaven” and was interpreted as a message of support for Habyarimana and, by extension, the policy of exterminating Tutsis. Both Makeli and many local independent observers disputed that interpretation.During its visits to Rwanda, Reporters Without Borders met Makeli several times in prison. A very religious person whose health deteriorated steadily during his years in prison, he always insisted on his innocence. He was transferred to Arusha, Tanzania, in 2007 to appear as a witness before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) and was returned to prison in Rwanda afterwards. Reports Receive email alerts BBC Africa’s “disproportionate and dangerous” dismissal of a journalist Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent RwandaAfrica Help by sharing this information News February 13, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Greene new senior vice president corporate banking at Merchants Bank

first_imgGeoffrey R. Hesslink, Senior Lender and Senior Vice President of Merchants Bank, announced the appointment of Reginald E. Greene to Senior Vice President and Regional Manager of Corporate Banking for Merchants Bank. Reggie’s primary responsibility will be to manage a lending team in the southern region in addition to corporate banking accounts throughout the state.“As Vermont’s last statewide independent bank, Merchants is well positioned in the marketplace,” stated Hesslink. “We are adding structure and capacity to corporate banking and credit to grow market share and to best serve our customers’ needs. Reggie is a highly experienced and skilled manager and commercial lender. His terrific presence and manner, extensive knowledge and Vermont-based experience will make a strong contribution to our Corporate Banking division.”Reggie comes to Merchants with over twenty-six years of banking experience, the last twenty-two with Chittenden Bank. Reggie worked for Chittenden in both northern and southern Vermont and in commercial banking, loan resolution, merchant services, internet banking and marketing. Most recently he served as Senior Vice President and Group Manager of the Commercial Banking team covering northern Vermont and Cash Management. There he managed ten loan and cash management officers. Reggie holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration and Finance from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He also holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University.“I am very excited to have the opportunity to work as part of the Merchants’ Team,” stated Greene. “The Bank’s long history of commitment to Vermont is just one of the many reasons I decided to join Merchants. I am proud to be a part of such a well respected group of dedicated professionals.”Reggie and his wife Susan live in Burlington and have four children.Reginald E. Greene, New Senior Vice President and Regional Manager of Corporate Banking, Merchants BankVermont Matters. Merchants Bank strives to fulfill its role as the state’s leading independent community bank through a wide range of initiatives. The bank supports organizations throughout Vermont in addressing essential needs, sustaining community programs, providing small business and job start capital, funding financial literacy education and delivering enrichment through local sports activities.   Merchants Bank was established in 1849 in Burlington. Its continuing mission is to provide Vermonters with a statewide community bank that combines a strong technology platform with a genuine appreciation for local markets. Merchants Bank delivers this commitment through a branch-based system that includes: 34 community bank offices and 42 ATMs throughout Vermont; local branch presidents and personal bankers dedicated to high-quality customer service; free online banking, phone banking, and electronic bill payment services; high-value depositing programs that feature Free Checking for Life®, Cash Rewards Checking, Rewards Checking for Business, business cash management, money market accounts, health savings accounts, certificates of deposit, Flexible CD, IRAs, and overdraft assurance; feature-rich loan programs including mortgages, home equity credit, vehicle loans, personal and small business loans and lines of credit; and merchant card processing. Merchants Bank offers a strong set of commercial and government banking solutions, delivered by experienced banking officers in markets throughout the state; these teams provide customized financing for medium-to-large companies, non-profits, cities, towns and school districts. Merchants Trust Company, a division of Merchants Bank, provides investment management, financial planning and trustee services. Please visit www.mbvt.com(link is external) for access to Merchants Bank information, programs and services. Merchants’ stock is traded on the NASDAQ National Market system under the symbol MBVT. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender. Source: Merchants Bank. 3.25.2010last_img read more

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Wolf Administration Awards Nearly $1 Million in Grants to Higher Education Institutions for Opioid Prevention

first_imgWolf Administration Awards Nearly $1 Million in Grants to Higher Education Institutions for Opioid Prevention Shippensburg UniversityCumberland, Franklin Press Release,  Substance Use Disorder Governor Tom Wolf announced today that the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) is awarding nearly $1 million in federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grants to prevent and reduce the use of opioids by college students and to create naloxone training opportunities for post-secondary institutions.The grants are part of the $55.9 million SAMSHA grant secured by the Wolf Administration to bolster the state’s response to the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic.“We consistently attack the state’s opioid crisis from all angles, and this grant will enable additional focus on an integral part of our work – prevention,” Gov. Wolf said. “Educating college students on the risk of opioid use and training institutions of higher learning on how to administer naloxone are two ways we can save lives and lessen the impact of this crisis.”“We have learned from the opioid crisis that substance use disorder does not discriminate and one of our hardest hit demographics are traditionally college-aged Pennsylvanians age 18-30,” said DDAP Secretary Jen Smith. “The commonwealth’s unprecedented amount of federal funding has allowed us to take a comprehensive look at our prevention programs for secondary and post-secondary institutions and identify gaps in our system. This is the first of many steps the administration will be taking in strengthening prevention and awareness for adolescents in Pennsylvania.”The funding will be directed to 13 higher education institutions through grant agreements up to $100,000. Awardees will expand existing preventive programs and partner with key local stakeholders to develop and implement new projects. Projects may include raising campus awareness, reducing stigma, increasing access to overdose reversal trainings, and grief support. Delaware County Community CollegeDelaware, Chester Immaculata UniversityChester Duquesne UniversityAllegheny Indiana University of Pennsylvania Research InstituteIndiana January 08, 2020 Montgomery County Community CollegeMontgomery West Chester UniversityChester Lackawanna CollegeBradford, Northumberland, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Susquehanna, Wayne Robert Morris UniversityAllegheny AwardeesCounty(ies) Supporting Lehigh Carbon Community CollegeCarbon, Lehigh, Schuylkill Muhlenberg CollegeLehigh Penn State BerksBerks During Governor Tom Wolf’s second term, DDAP will place a heavy focus on reducing stigma associated with substance use disorder, intensifying primary prevention efforts, strengthening treatment systems, and empowering sustained recovery. The aim of these efforts will be to positively influence the knowledge and behavior around the topic of addiction.For more information about the work the Wolf Administration is doing to combat the opioid crisis, visit pa.gov/opioids. Temple UniversityPhiladelphia SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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