CVC to buy 15pc Abertis stake from ACS for €1.7bn Wednesday 11 August 2010 7:46 pm Tags: NULL whatsapp whatsapp KCS-content Show Comments ▼ Share More From Our Partners Native American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.org ACS has agreed to sell a €1.7bn (£1.4bn) stake in toll road operator Abertis to private equity fund CVC Capital Partners, freeing up the Spanish builder to cut debt and pursue energy investments.ACS, Spain’s largest builder by market value, and British private equity firm CVC said yesterday they will form joint ventures to manage ACS’s 25.8 per cent stake of Abertis .ACS will get €15 per share for its Abertis stake, or €2.86bn, about a fifth of which it will reinvest to retain an indirect holding of 10.28 per cent of the motorway firm, while CVC will get a 15.5 per cent stake.The deal, funded by a €1.5bn loan from a syndicate of banks, brings stability to Abertis after months of speculation that ACS and CVC were seeking financing for a leveraged buyout of a large piece of the company. La Caixa – Abertis’s largest shareholder – and Spanish banking giant Santander are in the syndicate financing the deal, which was advised by Italy’s Mediobanca.ACS will take on €600m of the debt for the deal, with CVC taking the rest.
whatsapp Tags: NULL NOT SUCH A LUCKY BREAK FOR RACING MEDIA GROUP PUNTERS watching next week’s Cheltenham Festival will be able to see “every muscle move on every horse”, as the sporting event marks the first time Channel 4 will broadcast horseracing in high-definition.The news broke at a lunch held by Racing Media Group, the media partner for the UK’s 30 premier racecourses, where chief executive Richard FitzGerald and head of broadcast David Bellin outlined the firm’s £8m investment in a fleet of HD broadcast trucks.RMG may be riding high now, but last November the company faced a logistical nightmare when champion jump jockey Ruby Walsh – the newly signed sponsorship partner for the group – broke his leg the day before an extensive advertising campaign was due to go live.The TV ad for Channel 4 had to be scrapped, at a cost of £15,000, and the newspaper ads had to be quickly amended to include a plaster cast on the jockey’s leg.After a four-month recuperation period, Walsh returned to racing last Friday and plans to ride Kauto Star in the Cheltenham Gold Cup in an attempt to win the victory he was denied at Kempton in January.In his honour, RMG has named the first day of Cheltenham “Ruby Tuesday”, and if Walsh is the lead rider at the end of day one, anyone who signs up for a Racing UK subscription on that Tuesday will get the racing channel free for a year.With odds of 3/1, according to FitzGerald, perhaps it’s not such a bad bet – accidents permitting.SLEEPING BEAUTYGIVEN the long hours worked by the residents of the City, it was surely only a matter of time before someone invented a way of letting bankers take a short snooze on the job.That someone is former City worker Jon Gray, who has this week launched Podtime: enclosed pods fitted with a mattress and pillows (pictured below) that make it easy for City workers to take “a short period of rest in the day” – for a small price of £5.99, of course.Gray, who claims the pods can reduce stress levels and improve cognitive performance, said: “The pods are peacefully quiet, providing the perfect conditions to get back on form after a stressful meeting or tiring business trip.”The pods will initially be situated in the Citi building at Canary Wharf – the office address of one of the seven traders caught snoozing in a lift after a liquid Friday night client dinner at Roka in the Park Pavilion.If only Gray’s sleeping pods had launched sooner, perhaps the traders could have spent a more comfortable night.MPS FLIP OUTTHE financial world is spoilt for choice for Shrove Tuesday spectacles to watch today.Would you rather hotfoot it to Victoria Tower Gardens to watch MPs (Stephen Pound pictured “practising”, right), Lords and the media compete in the annual Rehab Parliamentary Pancake Race outside the Houses of Parliament at 10am?Or would you prefer to watch the City livery companies racing each other at their more traditional Pancake Day event in the Guildhall Yard at midday?No offence to the politicians, but this race is at least guaranteed to run like clockwork: the Gunmakers start each heat with a bang, the Clockmakers time the races, the Fruiterers provide lemons, the Cutlers plastic forks, the Glovers the white gloves worn by each runner, and the Poulters the eggs essential in the making of the pancakes.scrum halfCALLING all rugby enthusiasts: the London City Scrum tournament, the only touch rugby event in the Square Mile, will take place at the Honourable Artillery Company in the Square Mile on Tuesday 22 March.Battling it out to win the City Scrum and Plate in the tournaments’s fourth year are 15 teams from firms including Credit Suisse, captained by Nick Kearns; UBS, led by Trevor Leydon; and event organiser Norton Rose LLP, captained by Alastair Hamilton.The standard of the contest should be high, as a professional player from the Harlequins squad is coaching each of the teams – yes, even those competing in the “mini tournament” for the City Scrum Vase. 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All forms of games except bingo were more popular for men than women. Lotteries and racing were most popular among older players while younger players were more likely to bet on sports or play poker. Lotteries were the most popular form of gambling, with 61% playing. Racing bettors made up 32% of gamblers, and 22% bet on other sporting events. In addition, 18% played bingo, 11% casino games and 9% poker. When asked to name just one factor that is the most important in deciding to play, entertainment again led the way, being mentioned by 36% of respondents. The probability of winning and safety, however, both closely followed with 35%. Meanwhile, 31% said the operator having a Swedish licence was the most important factor and 27% said it was the odds. The survey of 1,737 Swedes – of whom 1,139 were gamblers – found that 95% of respondents did not know how to check if an operator had a licence to operate in Sweden. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter While only 3% of respondents said they had played with an unlicensed operator in 2020 and 80% said they had not, this confusion may have been a reason why 17% said they did not know if they had gambled with an unlicensed operator during the year. Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance Lottery Sports betting Casino regulation Online casino Licensing Regulation Horse racing For online players, Svenska Spel was by far the most popular operator, with 55% saying it was their top choice. However, this was down eight percentage points from 2019. In addition, the survey found that a growing portion of people – 12%, up five percentage points – said operators are fully responsible for any increases in gambling addiction that may occur. The portion who said they were partly responsible also grew, by two percentage points to 32%, while the portion who said they were not responsible at all fell from 31% to 24%. 17th November 2020 | By Daniel O’Boyle Similarly, 43% of respondents said that they were not aware of self-exclusion tool Spelpaus, though this was down from 50%. This week, Spelinspektionen launched a new awareness campaign for Spelpaus. Email Address Just 2% said they would look on an operator’s website to determine if it was licensed; 1% of respondents said they used Google, and 1% said they would check Spelinspektionen’s own site. Fun and entertainment were the main reason for gambling, with 62% citing this reason. Those in search of big wins made up 30%, while the same amount said it was because they liked the odds of winning. In addition, 67% could not list an advantage of playing with licensed operators. Of those that could, 15% mentioned safety, while 4% mentioned the fact licensees pay tax in Sweden and 1% noted that Swedish law applies to these operators. Only 5% of Swedes know how to check if an operator is licensed, according to a new survey commissioned by regulator Spelinspektionen. Looking only at online players, 32% played lotteries online, while 20% bet on horse racing. 17% bet on online sports while 7% played online casino games, 6% bingo and 5% poker. The vast majority of gamblers – 79% – played at home. A further 25% did so at newsagents, while 4% said they did so at their job or school. Tags: Spelinspektionen Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Of those who gambled, 3% said they did so too much at some point during the past year, with casino and poker players most likely to answer this question affirmatively. However, less than 1% said they sought help for excessive play. A further 15% said they did so to earn extra money for daily use, while 11% said it was because of good causes that their spend may go towards and 11% cited a social aspect. After the percentage of respondents who had gambled in the past year had been on a downward trajectory since 2013, it grew by six percentage points to 66% in the latest edition of the survey. Those who had gambled in the past week or month also grew in a reverse of trends, but by smaller margins, to 32% and 47% respectively. Licensing The participants were also asked if certain words described the current Swedish gaming market. 48% said it was entertaining (included 7% who strongly agreed), up from 2019. However, only 30% said it was safe, up from 27% the prior year, while 25% said it was reliable and just 10% said it was healthy, but all of these were still improvements from 2019. When asked who they would turn to if they had a problem with a specific operator, the vast majority of respondents (81%) did not know. Only 6% said they would go to the operator, 3% to the gambling addiction helpline, 3% the consumer agency Konsumentombudsmannen (KO) and 2% Spelinspektionen. Of those who did gamble, 1% said they did so almost every day, while 28% did so multiple times per week. The survey also showed a growth in gambling in Sweden, reversing a downward trend. Among those who did not gamble in the past year, 29% said this was because they never win. Meanwhile, 17% said it was due to low confidence in the gaming industry, while 20% said they were tired of gambling and 6% said it was due to excessive advertising. A further 11% said they were simply uninterested. Survey: Only 5% of Swedes know how to check if operator is licensed Former horse racing monopoly AB Trav och Galopp (ATG) followed with 23%, up six percentage points, while Bet365 and Unibet tied for a distant third, cited by just 4% of players. Betsson and Mr Green were the only other operators mentioned by at least 1% of players.
CAFCA Limited (CAFCA.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Engineering sector has released it’s 2009 annual report.For more information about CAFCA Limited (CAFCA.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the CAFCA Limited (CAFCA.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: CAFCA Limited (CAFCA.zw) 2009 annual report.Company ProfileCAFCA manufactures and supplies cable and allied products for the transmission and distribution of electrical energy and telecommunication. Its primary market is Southern and Central Africa, although it has an export footprint that extends to parts of Europe, including Russia. The company prides itself in manufacturing over 900 cabling products to British, South African and Zimbabwe quality standards, including 11KV XLPE cables. CAFCA Limited recovers decommissioned cables for recycling; and supplies telecommunication cable ranging from indoor cable to underground cable and aerial self-supporting cable. Established in 1947, CAFCA is a subsidiary of CBi Electric African Cables (South Africa) which is owned by Reunert Limited (South Africa). CAFCA listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange; Johannesburg Stock Exchange and London Stock Exchange
Bayport Management Limited (BAYP.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Financial sector has released it’s 2019 abridged results.For more information about Bayport Management Limited (BAYP.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Bayport Management Limited (BAYP.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Bayport Management Limited (BAYP.mu) 2019 abridged results.Company ProfileBayport Management Limited avails retail financial services through its subsidiaries internationally, including Botswana, Colombia, Ghana, Mexico, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. The services provided by the company include short term loans, medium term loans, micro asset and group finance products, personal loans and long term loans according the particular needs of the client. Other services availed by Bayport Management Limited involve local money transfer services, savings accounts and flexible deposits, and credit life cover and education protection insurance products. Bayport Management Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.
Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Washington, DC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 [Anglican Communion News Service] As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, taking place currently in the U.K., The Mission to Seafarers is highlighting the mental health challenges faced by seafarers and calling on the industry to offer wider services that could help safeguard their welfare. Much of the work undertaken by the Mission to Seafarers globally involves mental health support, from offering the ability to contact families to being on-hand to support seafarers struggling with depression and fatigue, and even providing support after cases of attempted suicide.Full article. Rector Pittsburgh, PA Anglican Communion, Rector Belleville, IL TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Bath, NC Submit a Job Listing Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Knoxville, TN Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Posted May 12, 2017 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Collierville, TN Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Tampa, FL Tags Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Martinsville, VA Submit an Event Listing An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Shreveport, LA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Submit a Press Release Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Featured Events Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Health & Healthcare Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Albany, NY The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Hopkinsville, KY Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Press Release Service Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Smithfield, NC Director of Music Morristown, NJ New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Mission to Seafarers raises concerns about seafarers’ mental health Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Associate Rector Columbus, GA
United States Photographs: Michael Moran / OTTO Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Save this picture!© Michael Moran / OTTO+ 17 Share Year: ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/876210/underhill-bates-masi-architects Clipboard Projects Engineer:Steven MarescaArchitect In Charge:Paul MasiCity:MatinecockCountry:United StatesMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Michael Moran / OTTOText description provided by the architects. Socially and professionally a couple desired to live in an urban environment. However, living in the city didn’t afford the lifestyle they wanted for their children as they approached school age. To compromise between remaining close to the city while raising their family, they relocated to the suburbs. Their goal was to create a strong sense of place in an environment with close neighbors on all sides of their property. The history of the community they chose, an early Quaker settlement, inspired the solution. Based on the Quaker tenants of simplicity, humility, and inner focus, the house is broken into a series of modest gabled structures, each one focused inward on its own garden courtyard instead of out to the surrounding neighbors.Save this picture!© Michael Moran / OTTOSave this picture!Floor PlanSave this picture!© Michael Moran / OTTOThe simplicity of each courtyard distills the experience of nature, encouraging one to appreciate its subtleties. Every interior space is connected to the exterior on two sides. The layering of spaces from exterior to interior to courtyard collapses the boundaries between them. From selected vantage points, one may see across multiple spaces and courtyards to framed views beyond. Each volume has a sculpted roof that funnels light and air into the center of the structure.Save this picture!© Michael Moran / OTTOThe detailing of materials accentuates the central courtyard. The oak floor and weathered oak ceiling boards both radiate outwards from the center. The floor and ceiling boards are custom cut in width and mitered to trace continuously and concentrically around the courtyard. Weathered metal straps on the ceiling further emphasize this geometry and act as a device to organize lighting and audiovisual equipment throughout the house.Save this picture!© Michael Moran / OTTOProject gallerySee allShow lessWhen Architecture and Tourism Meet: La Grande Motte’s Pyramids by the SeasideArticlesJan Gehl: “The Modern Movement Put an End to the Human Scale”Videos Share Underhill / Bates Masi ArchitectsSave this projectSaveUnderhill / Bates Masi Architects Manufacturers: Benjamin Moore, Arcadia Custom, Thompkins “COPY” Architects: Bates Masi Architects Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/876210/underhill-bates-masi-architects Clipboard Underhill / Bates Masi Architects CopyAbout this officeBates Masi ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteel#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesMatinecockUnited StatesPublished on July 21, 2017Cite: “Underhill / Bates Masi Architects” 21 Jul 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
279 total views, 3 views today About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis20 Want to see other entrepreneurial charity trading ideas? Try Child.org’s corporate treat service and Charity Concierge. Howard Lake | 27 April 2017 | News 280 total views, 4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis20 Tagged with: Donated goods Fundraising ideas Trading Advertisement Charities to raise funds from donated holiday home listings Jeremy MiddletonThe foundation was set up in 2016 by businessman Jeremy Middleton. Based in the North East of England, he co-founded HomeServe plc, now a FTSE 250 company and founded the investment company Middleton Enterprises. The firm’s investments cover a range of sectors including manufacturing, environmental, digital media and property trading. In addition to his business interests, Jeremy is an active philanthropist.He has been working with World Vision UK since 2012, helping to pilot a new sponsorship product for the charity. He is developing the idea of “community sponsorship” and sourcing other supporters for similar economic development projects. Charity partnersIn particular the Foundation asks that prospective charity partners in Charity Escapes undertake to:• work with it on developing the offer• help with promotion through social media and other marketing channels.• help improve monitoring new income generated, and the numbers of new supporters brought on board over 12 months. A new fundraising platform listing holiday home accommodation donated to charities has been launched by the Middleton Foundation.Charity Escapes is designed to offer charities the opportunity to earn income from low-cost but high-value donations. Holiday home owners can offer rentals at their accommodation via the website, and can choose to donate up to 100% of the proceeds to the owner’s preferred charity.For charities that own holiday property or are who received donations of accommodation (e.g. hotel accommodation or time in holiday homes), Charity Escapes will help provide wider national and international exposure to improve reach, occupancy and therefore income.Middleton FoundationThe Middleton Foundation, a registered charity (1168170), provides grants and other resources to the charity sector to fund innovative projects that have a broad focus. In particular it is keen to help charities develop unrestricted income.Charity Escapes is its first project. The Foundation is hoping to work with more UK based charities to increase the income for charities from this initiative.It is already working with a wide range of causes, including community development, disability, education, theatre, mental health, hospices, national heritage, volunteering, family, children and youth, addiction, homelessness, international aid, and arts.It expects that Charity Escapes will help charities secure new donors, make connections and generate income.In return it is widening its offering to include “some incredible hotels, cruises and travel companies, who have agreed to donate not only rooms but whole holiday experiences to special charities”.[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WL84X_qLs2w[/youtube] How to applyThere is no application process. Contact [email protected] with your expression of interest.
June 5, 2020 Find out more The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa BurundiAfrica Help by sharing this information Burundian appeal court upholds prison sentences for four journalists Follow the news on Burundi BurundiAfrica News October 21, 2020 Find out more November 27, 2020 Find out more to go further Reports Four Burundian journalists complete 12 months in arbitrary detention Receive email alerts Organisation RSF_en Reporters Without Borders is very concerned about the complete disregard for the rights of the defence in the trial of journalist Hassan Ruvakuki and 22 other people on terrorism charges in connection with the activities of a new rebel group in the east of the country. A reporter for Bonesha FM and the Swahili service of Radio France Internationale, Ruvakuki was arrested in the capital on 28 November after interviewing an alleged member of the rebel group, the Forces for the Restoration of Democracy (FRD-Abanyagihugu).In the latest development in the case, an appeal court in the central city of Gitega on 10 February deferred a decision on a defence petition challenging the impartiality of the judges who are conducting the trial in the eastern city of Cankuzo. The appeal court decided instead to adjourn until 28 February and to hold its next hearing in the eastern city of Ruyigi, where 20 of the 23 defendants are being held.Ruvakuki, who will complete his third month in detention on 28 February, is currently being held in the central city of Muramvya, his third place of detention since his arrest“This latest disturbing postponement is typical of the behaviour of the judicial authorities since the start of the proceedings. The irregularities keep accumulating. Although it is clear that the judges handling the case in Cankuzo are not impartial, the appeal court judges used the absence of the defendants and the failure to notify the prosecutors of the petition to defer the hearing. But it was the appeal court’s job to organize things so that it could rule on the petition and finally guarantee the most basic defence rights, which have been flouted until now.”From the start, this trial has been conducted like a politically orchestrated travesty. The decisions taken by the judges have cast doubt on their independence and impartiality and have violated the most elementary principles of due process.When the trial opened on 29 December in Cankuzo, the judges wanted to immediately start hearing the substance of the prosecution case although not all of the defendants had a lawyer. Ruvakuki had a lawyer, but he had not had an opportunity to discuss his defence with him. The defence lawyers present said they could not function under these conditions and requested respect for basic defence rights. In particular, they requested their clients’ transfer from police cells, where conditions were appalling, to a prison. They also asked that two of the judges be recused on the grounds that they had participated in a separate pre-trial detention hearing at which they had expressed views on the substance of the case.At the second hearing, on 5 January, the defence lawyers again refused to participate until their clients had transferred to a prison and the rights of defence had been respected.Ruvakuki and the other defendants were moved to Ruyigi prison the next day but their lawyers and relatives voiced concern about their safety. Contrary to the usual practice, the court refused to go to the prison for the next hearing, and ruled that the defendants be brought to the courthouse in Cankuzo. After adjourning without setting a date for the next hearing, the judges then summoned the defendants without giving the required advance notification to them or their lawyers, against violating all the rules of due process.On 11 January, the defence lawyers formally challenged the impartiality of the court and its judges, on the grounds that they had displayed hostility towards the defendants, denied access to the prosecution case files right from the outset, issued summonses without giving the required advance warning, and sent and received messages on their mobile phones during hearings.Ruvakuki and one other defendant were transferred to Muramvya prison on 16 January. The governor of Ruyigi prison said their transferred was ordered by the prosecutor in charge of the case. The defence believes that they were moved to another prison with the aim of destabilizing them psychologically and creating logistic problems for the defence.More information about the Ruvakuki case here.Photo : logo of Bonesha FM News News February 15, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Defence rights flouted in terrorism case involving RFI reporter
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