President Buyoya prohibits radio stations from airing statements from rebels

first_img Four Burundian journalists complete 12 months in arbitrary detention News Help by sharing this information News BurundiAfrica March 7, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 President Buyoya prohibits radio stations from airing statements from rebels News June 5, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Burundi Receive email alerts BurundiAfrica center_img Reports to go further October 21, 2020 Find out more On 4 March 2003, President Buyoya ordered all Burundian radiostations to cease airing messages from two rebel groups in the country. Reporters Without Borders expressed its concern over the decision in a letter to the president.”In a country where radio broadcasts are the principal news source, and justas peace talks are underway, it is unacceptable that Burundian citizensshould be left without access to certain news stories,” stated RobertMénard, the organisation’s secretary-general. Reporters Without Borders urged the president tolift the ban and see to it that journalists are allowed to work in a freeand safe environment in the country.On 4 March, President Buyoya summoned management representatives from allpublic and private radio stations in the country. He ordered them to ceasementioning or airing statements from two rebel groups, the Democracy DefenceForces (Forces pour la défense de la démocratie, FDD) and NationalLiberation Force (Force nationale de libération, FNL), who have neithersigned nor implemented the cease-fire agreements. The ban comes a few daysafter negotiations between the government and the FDD broke off.The head of state did not specify what the consequences might be should theradio stations ignore his order. One private radio station director told Reporters Without Borders that journalists would be forced to ignore news about certain rebel groupsfrom now on and would be unable to perform their job duties properly.Reporters Without Borders recalls that the Burundian government took a similar decision on 16 May2002. At the time, the defence minister,Major General Cyrille Ndayirukiye, had prohibited media outlets frompublishing or broadcasting interviews with rebels. The government had alsoplaced Burundian websites under surveillance. The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa November 27, 2020 Find out more Organisation RSF_en Burundian appeal court upholds prison sentences for four journalistslast_img read more


GO-TIME: Revenue Department Collects $1.5 Million with Innovative Home-Sharing Outreach Initiative

first_img Economy,  GO-TIME,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA — Secretary Eileen McNulty today announced the Department of Revenue has collected an additional $1.5 million in hotel occupancy tax through an innovative outreach and education program as part of Governor Wolf’s GO-TIME initiative to reduce costs and improve efficiency in government.“Pennsylvania is an exciting destination and travelers are increasingly using technology to book a room, apartment, or house for their short-term lodging. Just like a traditional hotel or bed and breakfast, the hosts must collect the state’s hotel occupancy tax from guests,” said McNulty. “Our one-of-a-kind initiative is helping to inform hosts so they can comply with the state’s tax law.”The department began reaching out to property owners last year with information about the tax. Under Pennsylvania law, anyone who rents out lodging to the same person for less than 30 consecutive days must collect and remit the state hotel occupancy tax.The tax rate is 6 percent – the same as the sales tax. The department collects an additional 1 percent tax in Allegheny and Philadelphia counties. Both counties, and many other local governments, impose and collect a separate hotel tax.“Home-sharing is another example of how the sharing economy is expanding to give consumers more choices, and the department is adapting to apply the tax laws fairly across industries,” said McNulty. “This initiative is ongoing and will continue to level the playing field for the various lodging entities in Pennsylvania.”Home-sharing websites and other intermediaries or brokers are not required to collect the hotel occupancy tax, however the home-sharing company Airbnb began collecting the tax last year as part of a separate initiative, which is not included in the $1.5 million total.Hotel occupancy tax should be reported to the department on the sales tax return and income from home sharing should be reported on the taxpayer’s Pennsylvania personal income tax return.The Governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management and Efficiency (GO-TIME) is working to modernize government operations in order to reduce costs and improve services.GO-TIME works with agencies to share resources, collaborate and engage employees in transformation. State agencies already saved over $156 million and Governor Wolf challenged GO-TIME to build upon this success by achieving $500 million in savings by 2020. To learn more about GO-TIME, visit GO-TIME: Revenue Department Collects $1.5 Million with Innovative Home-Sharing Outreach Initiative April 10, 2017center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more


US Coast Guard urges those providing relief to take caution before heading to the Bahamas

first_imgWhile the US Coast Guard is extremely grateful for all the support from individuals and agencies who would like to lend a helping hand in the Bahamas, they are also issuing caution to those who are planning to make the trip themselves to deliver food and aid.Chris Haarer, the USCG auxiliary division commander wants the public to consider the facts before making the trip so that those who decide to go, don’t end up needing aid themselves:“Not only will there be no gas, but there’s no lodging, no food, no electricity, there’s probably very limited cell coverage,” said Haarer.“We certainly would like to discourage this and have everyone think ahead just think about all the destruction that’s taken place and what’s not available to the general citizen as they go over there,” Haarer continued.While the Coast Guard says they can not prevent people from going over to the Bahamas at this time, they did recommend that those who are considering making the trip, also check to make sure they will have all they need when they get there, including safety materials, a contact, food, water, and extra gas.If you can not insure these measures for yourself, consider donating to another agency such as FEMA, The RedCross, or Walpol who each have set ups in the area.Officials say they have also increased inspections for boats coming into inlets along the Florida Florida specifically checking for those attempting to relocate Bahamians without proper documentation.For more on safety tips and requirements contact the US Coast Guard via (305)415-6869.last_img read more


Wisconsin seeks revenge

first_imgAny match against Minnesota is big, but Wednesday’s will be just a little more special for the University of Wisconsin volleyball team.In this year’s previous match-up, No. 12 Minnesota (19-7 overall, 13-3 Big Ten) swept No. 10 Wisconsin (21-5, 13-3) 3-0. For the Badgers, it’s been a long wait to get some revenge.”We’ve been waiting awhile,” UW head coach Pete Waite said in his press conference Monday. “Obviously we weren’t too happy with the results up in Minnesota and since then I think we’ve responded with some high-level play. We’ve changed as a team.””We’ve been working really hard since that match,” senior assistant captain and middle blocker Amy Bladow added.Since the October 18 loss at Minnesota, Wisconsin has not lost a single match, winning seven straight games.And to give the match a little more zeal, it will serve as the deciding factor for sole possession of second place in the Big Ten as Minnesota and Wisconsin currently stand at 13-3 in conference play, just one game behind first-place Penn State at 14-2.”This is huge, a border rivalry,” Waite said. “We always go back and forth with Minnesota and now the Big Ten race is still in play here. We’re excited about it.”As if Wisconsin’s players needed any more motivation heading into today’s match, volunteer assistant coach Dave Bayer busted out a brand new shirt in practice Tuesday to rile up his team.Bayer wore a sweatshirt throughout most of practice, but when it was time to scrimmage, he revealed a maroon and gold Golden Gophers shirt underneath.”It was a little extra motivation,” Bladow said of the shirt. “It got everyone pumped up.””It still has the new fold lines and tags on it,” senior captain and setter Katie Lorenzen added. “But he’s going to throw it away right after practice.”During Wisconsin’s current seven-match winning streak, the team has been playing so well that when it lost two games to Northwestern and one to Illinois, it came as somewhat of a shock to many after sweeping just about everyone in the conference before then.While Waite attributes the slipup to fatigue, he knows his team will be ready to play Wednesday.”I compare this to the Penn State matches,” he said. “It’s that big and the opponent is that big that you don’t have to do much to get the team up for a match like this.”[When] you have an opponent like Minnesota coming into town … that just erases everything. They’re not going to be tired, they’re going to be excited.”While Wisconsin outranks Minnesota in nearly every category, the Gophers hold an advantage in serving and passing.Senior libero Malama Peniata leads the Big Ten in digs per game, averaging 5.38 and sophomore setter Rachel Hartmann is right behind Wisconsin’s Jackie Simpson in assists per game with 12.97.But while the Gophers may hold a slight advantage in service aces per game, the Badgers now know they can rely on Bladow to serve it up.For the first time this season, the middle blocker was called upon to go back and serve against Illinois last Saturday, and she delivered. Bladow served eight times without an error and one ace. It was her first time serving since September 30 of last year.”Before the match, I said, ‘Amy, are you ready to go and serve today, how are you going to do?'” Waite said. “She said, ‘I’ll get 10 aces.’ I said, ‘Alright, just get it in and we’ll see from there.’ And she did.”[It was] pretty phenomenal because she’s not been that consistent in the past as a server, but we need to have that option to have [her serve].”last_img read more