Suspected killers of journalist Georgy Gongadze named

first_imgNews August 9, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Suspected killers of journalist Georgy Gongadze named March 26, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts RSF_en September 7, 2020 Find out more Three policemen — Valery Kostenko, Mikola Protasov and Oleksandr Popovych — were accused by the prosecutor-general’s office on 8 August ofkidnapping and murdering journalist Georgy Gongadze nearly five years ago. A fourth suspect, Olexi Pukach, is still being sought with an international arrest warrant. Prosecution officials said they would try to identify those who ordered the killing as soon as investigation of those who carried it out was complete.——————————————————–14 April 2005 Former intelligence chief alleged to have personally strangled Georgy Gongadze Two Ukrainian colonels who were arrested on 1 March in the Georgy Gongadze murder investigation, and who have not been named, reportedly told judicial investigators that Gongadze, the editor of the online newspaper Ukrainska Pravda, was strangled by Gen. Olexi Pukach, the former head of the interior ministry’s intelligence service. This was revealed by Kiev deputy prosecutor, Gen. Victor Shokin, in an interview for the Segodnia daily newspaper on 12 April.Gen. Pukach, who was already suspected of ordering the destruction of documents about persons, probably policemen, who followed Gongadze for several months prior to his disappearance in September 2000, is therefore now personally and directly implicated in his murder. A warrant for his arrest was issued by the Pecherski district court in Kiev on 25 January. He is believed to be currently residing in Israel.The two detained colonels and a third person under house arrest in Kiev who has also not been identified, are charged under article 93 of the Ukrainian criminal code with “murder with aggravating circumstances” – the aggravating circumstances being that they were together at the time. Until Ukraine signed the sixth protocol of the European human rights convention in February 2000, this was punishable by death.————————————————————31 March 2005 Human rights court declares Gongadze case admissibleA complaint to the European Court of Human Rights by Myroslava Gongadze about the September 2000 murder of her husband, journalist Georgy Gongadze, was declared admissible by the court yesterday. Gongadze’s widow, who now lives in Arlington, in the United States, has accused the Ukrainian authorities of “failing to protect his life” and “failing to investigate the case in a coherent and effective manner.” The complaint invokes article 2 (right to life) of the European Convention on Human Rights, as well as article 3 (prohibition of inhuman and degrading treatment) and article 13 (right to an effective remedy).Meanwhile, Oleksander Turchynov, the head of the SBU (the Ukrainian secret services), yesterday said former interior minister Yuri Kravchenko’s death was almost certainly suicide. Kravchenko was found dead in his garage with two gunshot wounds to the head on 4 March. He had been due to be interrogated that afternoon by the Kiev prosecutor’s office about the Gongadze case. Turchynov said, “today there is no other version but suicide.”———————————————————–15 March 2005 Former President Kuchma questioned in Gongadze investigationFormer President Leonid Kuchma was formally questioned on 10 March by members of the office of the Ukraine public prosecutor who are investigating the 2000 murder of journalist Georgy Gongadze. No details have emerged about Kuchma’s interrogation and the former president’s only public comment was to again deny any role in the murder. Mykola Tomenko, an aide to Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, met on 8 March in Warsaw with a former member of Kuchma’s security services, Mykola Melnichenko, to discuss recordings that were made in Kuchma’s office before Gongadze’s murder. The former security agent could be a witness in court. The prosecutor meanwhile charged two colonels on 7 March, a week after they were summoned for questioning by judicial investigators.The government has also confirmed that President Viktor Yushchenko will travel to Washington next month to meet Melnichenko, who was given political asylum in the United States in 2001.———————————————————–7 mars 2005 Controversy flares around the “suicide” of former interior ministerLeonid Kuchma in the firing lineFormer Ukrainian interior minister, Yuri Kravchenko, a key witness in the Gongadze case who was found dead on 4 March, reportedly left a note that blamed his suicide on former president Leonid Kuchma and those around him. The ex-president, now under the spotlight, cut short his holiday in the Czech Republic to return to Kiev on 5 March, in the knowledge that he could have to respond to legal questioning. Since 2000, the opposition, now in power, has accused Kuchma of ordering the murder of Géorgiy Gongadze. The former president has said he is innocent “before God, the people and his conscience”.Evidence from a former officerElsewhere, Mykola Melnichenko, a former officer in the Ukrainian presidential guard now exiled in the United States, who made recordings that pointed to the ex-president’s guilt in the murder of the journalist, said on 6 March that he did not believe that Kravchenko’s death was suicide. He pointed the finger at Leonid Kuchma, but also at parliamentary speaker, Volodymyr Lytvyn, and Sviatoslav Piskun, general prosecutor for the Gongadze case. Speaking in Warsaw where he was due to meet Urkainian leaders about his possible return to Kiev to give evidence, he said that he feared even more for his life today than before.The press asking questionsThe Ukrainian press has since 5 March been questioning the truth of the reported suicide of Kravchenko. The daily Komsomolskaïa Pravda said in its 6 March edition,” It is not an established fact”, given that for example traces of two bullets were found at the ex-minister’s temple.Final respects paid to KravchenkoAround 100 people, including former president Kuchma, paid their final respects to Yuri Kravchenko on the morning of 7 March in a central Kiev theatre. No representative of the current government attended. The prosecutor’s office has still not officially announced its intention to question the former president, who is falling under ever greater suspicion of having, through Kravchenko, been behind the 2000 murder of Gongadze. Ukrainian media group harassed by broadcasting authority ———————————————————-Yuri Kravtchenko believed to have committed suicide 4 March 2005Former Ukrainian interior minister, Yuri Kravtchenko, called for questioning by the prosecutor’s office as a key witness in the Géorgiy Gongadze murder case for 10pm on 4 March, was found dead the same day in his country house in Kontcha Zaspé, south of Kiev. He appeared to have committed suicide using his own gun to fire two bullets into his head. His body was found by relatives early in the morning. He was wearing a thick jacket, and showed marks of gunshot wounds to the temple. The president, Viktor Yushchenko, said he believed that Kravtchenko had “sentenced” himself.Several communist deputies on 4 March called for the immediate arrest of ex-president Leonid Kuchma after this “mysterious death”. Kuchma is currently holidaying in the Czech Republic.A commentator on Kanal 5 said on 3 March that the prosecutor’s office was far from having “cleared up all aspects” of the case and had above all carried out a “public relations coup”.—————————————————————Prosecutor Piskun confirms that the Gongadze case has been solved3 March 2005Prosecutor General, Sviatoslav Piskun, told a press conference in Kiev on 2 March 2005, that the person who ordered the murder of Géorgiy Gongadze was “known to the investigators” but he did not however reveal his identity. “The murderers carried out a criminal order”, Piskun said, ruling out the possibility of a group acting independently. The Ukrainian official also confirmed that the two people arrested on 1st March were the “direct murderers” of the journalist. He added that a third person had been told not to leave Kiev and that former intelligence chief at the interior ministry, General Olexi Pukach, was being actively sought. The general, suspected of ordering the destruction of files relating to those, probably police officers, who were following the journalist several months before his death, was investigated in connection with the case in 2003 before being ruled out of the inquiry.Piskun added that ex-president Leonid Kuchma’s former interior minister Yuri Kravchenko, would be questioned in relation to the investigation on 4 March.The prosecutor general revealed some details about the murder itself. First results showed that Gongadze died from “strangulation”. He was apparently abducted from outside his home, bundled into a car, “where he was beaten” before being “sprayed with petrol and burned alive”.Sviatoslova Piskun offered a public apology to the mother and family of the victim for the failings of the investigation from the very beginning.———————————————————-President Yushchenko says Gongadze murder is solved1st March 2005Reporters Without Borders welcomed President Viktor Yushchenko’s statement today that the killers of journalist Georgiy Gongadze, whose decapitated body was found on 2 November 2000, had been arrested and the murder solved but called for caution in view of past errors in the case.Yushchenko did not say who had been arrested for killing the journalist, who edited the online anti-government paper Ukrainska Pravda (www.pravda.com.ua) and who disappeared on 16 September that year. Oleh Yeltsov, editor of Ukrayina Kryminalna (Ukrainian Crime), said on the TV station Kanal 5 today that police sources had told him Gongadze’s head had been found in a lake near the river Dniepr, just outside Kiev, and that three policemen had been arrested. The Interfax news agency quoted the SBU security police as saying they arrested two unnamed men today who were “directly involved” in the killing. The SBU refused to confirm if Gongadze’s head had been found.”We welcome the positive progress towards solving this murder,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “But we remain very cautious in view of the countless very serious errors and changes in the investigation of this case over the past four years. We await solid evidence that will convict the killers. The government must see the investigation is completely impartial.”Yushchenko told a press conference in Kiev today that the murder was solved and that several people had been arrested and had confessed. He said former President Leonid Kuchma’s regime had protected them. “My job and the police’s job is to go right to the end of the road, right to those who ordered and organised the killing,” he said.He said he learned the terrible truth about the murder the previous day (28 February) when he saw a video made for those who ordering the killing. “Gongadze died a terrible death, worse than medieval,” he said. Addressing Gongadze’s mother, who he recently met, the president said: “We promised to solve the murder and we have.”Yeltsov quoted his sources as saying that those arrested were police Gen. Mykola Astion, former head of Kiev’s organised crime division, and two colonels. The SBU refused to confirm this, citing legal confidentiality rules. Yushchenko’s statement came after conflicting news on 24 February when Yushchenko told a press conference in Strasbourg that “the two witnesses in the Gongadze case have been killed. But I understand that the investigation will proceed quickly. It’s a matter of honour.” Interior ministry spokeswoman Inna Kysel said on 27 February that investigators had identified the car used to kidnap the journalist and also those responsible. A few hours after her announcement, a key witness in the case, Yuri Nesterov, was reportedly seriously wounded in a grenade while under police escort. Follow the news on Ukraine Crimean journalist “confesses” to spying for Ukraine on Russian TV News UkraineEurope – Central Asia UkraineEurope – Central Asia Organisation Ukraine escalates “information war” by banning three pro-Kremlin media to go further News News February 26, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Juanfran set for Depor loan return

first_img Press Association Madrid-born Juanfran already spent the 2014-15 campaign at Depor on loan from Watford, making 34 league starts to help the Galician side finish 16th in the Primera Division. A statement from Deportivo read: “The club has reached an agreement with Watford and Juanfran for the player to join Deportivo on loan this coming season. “Juanfran will arrive tonight in A Coruna and will join the team in training on Friday morning.” After being on the books of Getafe, Villarreal and Real Madrid as a youngster, Juanfran made a name for himself at Real Betis. The 26-year-old joined the Andalusian club on a free transfer two years ago and made 48 appearances in all competitions for Betis in the 2013-14 campaign. Betis sold Juanfran’s sporting rights to Watford for a reported 1.5million euros last summer before the Hornets sent the player out on loan to Depor. Juanfran is under contract with Watford until June 2016. center_img Deportivo La Coruna have agreed terms with Watford to take right-back Juanfran back to Spain on another season-long loan. last_img read more

Chris Jordan eyeing good show with T20 World Cup in mind

first_imgLondon: England’s T20I specialist Chris Jordan has said he hopes to dish out impressive performances ahead of the T20 World Cup which is less than a year away. “I was an over away last time,” Jordan was quoted as saying by ICC reflecting on the last 20-over World Cup final in Kolkata.“Obviously it was meant to be. But when the time comes next year and that intensity starts to ramp up, I’m sure I’ll be fully switched on. “It is something you do embrace because it is a goal you set yourself – it is something you work towards. It was no different from the 50-over World Cup when we were building towards that, so you do speak about it,” he said, as reported by the Daily Mail and quoted by ICC.The fast bowler is preparing for a five-match T20I series against New Zealand. He was a part of the 2016 World T20 final that England lost to West Indies in dramatic fashion when Carlos Brathwaite smashed four successive sixes off Ben Stokes in the final over to take his side past the finish line.The next men’s T20 World Cup campaign begins in Australia in October next year.Jordan wasn’t a part of England’s 50-over World Cup win and he said he lived the moments through Jofra Archer, his Sussex teammate, and close friend.“When Jofra was performing the way he was, it felt like I was making those performances as well,” he said. ‘It was that touching, it was that daring, especially in the World Cup final, when he bowled that awesome super over. If anything I felt just as much a part of it.”The first of five T20Is between England and New Zealand will be played on November 1 in Christchurch. IANSAlso Read: ICC T20 World Cup: Australia’s Women to Receive Same Prize Money as MenAlso Watch: Married Man arrested for allegedly killing Girlfriend after impregnating herlast_img read more

‘Champions’…Put an end to all that racquet!

first_imgYou pretty much know that summer is about over when the winners of Champion Enterprises’ annual Mixed Doubles Celebrity Tennis Tournament raise their trophies in victory. The 35th consecutive year of the tennis spectacular got off to a great start with a record breaking field of 20 teams, magnificent weather and some of the best area tennis players in western Pennsylvania. As usual the event was attended by local celebrities including former Super Bowl champion Judge Dwayne Woodruff and wife, Joy; former NBA stars Armon Gilliam and B.B. Flenory; sports talk show host John Tate; members of the fabulous Diamond Models Fashion Troupe and drivers from The Pittsburgh United Rays Corvette Club. BRAINTRUST—Bruce Schifino, Judge Dwayne Woodruff, tournament runner up Eric Ruka, Jim Quigly and Bill Neal. Tournament directors Donna Bey and Jim Quigley were excited and quite satisfied with this year’s turnout and promise a few interesting changes for next year.“After 35 years of this great tennis spectacular, we plan on going to bigger and better tennis play,” said Donna Bey.This year’s tournament sponsors were Five Starr Corp., Century III Chevrolet, Chuck Sanders Charities, Penn Avenue McDonald’s and the New Pittsburgh Courier.last_img read more

Organizers say Jamaica qualified for Sochi Games

first_imgThe 1993 film ‘Cool Runnings’ (AP Photo/File)The Jamaican bobsled team may be headed to another Olympics.The catch: It needs a lot of money, and it needs it fast.Olympic organizers said Saturday that Jamaica has qualified for the two-man competition at next month’s Sochi Games, though it remains unclear if the fledgling squad will get a chance to race. Funding is a serious problem and sled driver Winston Watts told The Associated Press on Saturday that he’s trying to raise as much as $80,000 in the next couple weeks to cover travel and equipment costs.“Right now,” Watts said, “we’re at zero.”They are certainly among the world’s most storied bobsled teams, and that has little to do with results. Jamaica first competed in Olympic bobsledding in 1988 at the Calgary Games, a story that inspired the “Cool Runnings” film. For a nation lacking bobsled tradition, or snowy winters, Jamaica has often fared quite well on the international circuits.It’s been 12 years since Jamaica has had a sled in the Olympics, with Watts finishing 28th at the Salt Lake City Games with Lascelles Brown — now a key part of Canada’s national team. Brown won a medal at the 2010 Vancouver Games, one where the Jamaicans were hoping to compete but were again thwarted by funding issues.Still, the 46-year-old Watts — who called himself “retired” from sliding for nearly a decade — has held on to hope of sliding again on the sport’s biggest stage.“We’re pretty good,” Watts said. “We’re not there with the rest of the world, of course. But we if had some more sources for funding, we’d have a better chance.”He started the season thinking he could get a four-man sled ready for Sochi, before quickly realizing that was too expensive. His focus then shifted to the two-man sled and by racing in a number of lower-tier events at tracks in Park City, Lake Placid and Calgary in recent months, Watts and brakeman Marvin Dixon piled up enough points to get into the Olympic mix.Sochi officials tweeted word Saturday that the Jamaicans were in, but the International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation — the sport’s governing body — is not expected to confirm before Sunday at the earliest how many nations qualified for the Olympic fields.Watts said he’s confident that Jamaica is qualified.“I’m not a person who likes to quit,” Watts said. “I put my heart into it and I know for a fact that people are going to help this team.”last_img read more

Public Health Confirms Second COVID Related Death in Thurston County

first_imgFacebook161Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County Public Health and Social ServicesThurston County Public Health and Social Services (PHSS) has confirmed the second death of a Thurston County resident, due to complications related to COVID-19. The hospitalized patient was a male in his 80’s, with underlying conditions. He was a resident at Olympics West Retirement Inn in Tumwater, the site of Thurston County’s first long-term care facility outbreak.“We want to offer our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends who knew him,” said Thurston County Health Officer, Dr. Diana Yu. “This death reminds us that we must remain diligent in our efforts to protect one another from this virus. We must continue to social distance, to wear masks whenever we cannot social distance, and to stay home when we are ill. Washing our hands regularly also remains an important preventive measure.”Thurston County Public Health and Social Services continues to investigate the recent long-term care facility outbreak at Olympics West Retirement Inn in Tumwater and associated outbreak at an adult family home in Lacey. Further testing of staff and residents at Olympics West Retirement Inn is scheduled for Monday, June 8.As of Sunday, June 7, there have been 170 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Thurston County. Of those cases, 24 have been hospitalized at some point during their illness, 130 have recovered (been released from public health isolation), and two people have died.For information and resources on COVID-19 in Thurston County, visit the Thurston County PHSS Coronavirus webpage at https://www.thurstoncountywa.gov/phss/Pages/coronavirus.aspx, or follow the Thurston County Public Health Facebook or Twitter pages (@ThurstonHealth).People with any symptoms of COVID-19, such as a fever, cough, trouble breathing, headache, body aches, chills, sore throat, new loss of taste/smell, fatigue, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, and congestion/runny nose, should isolate themselves from others and seek testing immediately through their healthcare provider. Testing is also available through a Providence drive-through testing site in Hawks Prairie. More information on drive-through testing and operation hours are available through Providence St. Peter’s call line at: 360-486-6800.last_img read more

Letter: Fight Mental Illness in the Open

first_imgContributed by Stacy Donovan |For nearly 70 years, organizations across the country have been drawing attention to the importance of mental health and wellness. And despite these long time efforts, as a collective community, we still struggle in darkness with respect to the way we view mental illness.Mental Health America, founded in 1909, is the nation’s leading community-based, non-profit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with a mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of Americans. Over 100 years ago, its founder, Clifford Beers said “we must fight in the open.”In this year alone, I in 4 adults age 18 and older will be diagnosed with a mental illness, mental health disorder, or experience a major mental health crisis. 18 percent of adults have a mental health condition encompassing 43 million Americans. The mental health of our youth is worsening. Rates of youth with severe depression increased from 5.9 percent in 2012 to 8.2 percent in 2015 with 1.7 million of them receiving no treatment.A recent study from the Center for Disease Control identified that nation-wide death by suicide across the life cycle is the highest in 30 years. Monmouth County alone had 58 completed suicides in 2017, an 18% increase over 2016.The CDC also reveals that in NJ 29 percent of high school students reported feeling so sad or hopeless for 2 weeks that they were unable to perform their normal activities, and 14% seriously considered suicide. It is now the second leading cause of death for youth aged 10-24.So, why aren’t we talking? Stigma.Jane Pauley, television news personality, former host of the Today show, and mental health advocate has been quoted, as saying, “a diagnosis is burden enough without being burdened by secrecy and shame.”For many people with mental illnesses, stigma is one of the main obstacles to pursuing treatment. When you consider the fact that less than half of American adults who suffer from mental health conditions get the help they need, it’s easy to see just how debilitating stigma can be. The average delay between the onset of symptoms and intervention is 8-10 years.Mental illness is an equal opportunity illness which knows no age, gender, race, religious belief, or zip code. Too often it is the invisible illness; and yet it should be viewed and addressed as any other chronic disease such as cancer, diabetes, or heart disease.Both youth and adults can knowingly or unknowingly endorse stigmatizing beliefs of people with mental illness, especially the belief that such individuals are prone to violent behaviors. Moreover, the beliefs of shame, blame, incompetency, punishment, and criminality of people with mental illness are common. Even casual referencing can have significant and potentially destructive consequences. People experiencing mental health conditions often face rejection, bullying, and discrimination.The time to start the conversation is now. It is time to open dialogue and engage in destigmatizing messaging and practices. Be part of the conversation – end the stigma.Stacey DonovanChief Development OfficerMental Health Association of Monmouth CountyThis article was first published in the May 31-June 7, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

NJCU Satellite College Campus Coming to Fort Monmouth

first_imgBy Laura D.C. Kolnoski |OCEANPORT – Locating an educational institution on the former Fort Monmouth has long been a goal of the state, county and local agency redeveloping the former U.S. Army base.Last week, the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA) approved a purchase and sale agreement with KKF University Enterprises, LLC, to buy the fort’s two-story Squier Hall and adjacent complex on Sherrill Avenue in Oceanport, now slated to become a satellite campus of New Jersey City University (NJCU). The school’s main campus is in Jersey City.Developer KKF will pay $2.5 million for the entire parcel, which includes seven buildings on eight acres. The firm will invest a minimum of $10.4 million to renovate approximately 46,000 square feet of the 76,538-square-foot main building and demolish other structures on the property. Space for parking and recreation already exist at the site.KKF is a member company of PRC Group of West Long Branch, a commercial and residential real estate development, property management and construction firm. In business about 60 years, the PRC Group also develops student housing focused on “providing students the opportunity to experience life in a community setting,” according to the company website. Among PRC’s previous projects are Campus Town at The College of New Jersey near Trenton, student housing at The Peddie School in Hightstown and the redevelopment of University Place on New Jersey City University’s (NJCU) Jersey City campus.Following renovations at Squier Hall, built in 1935, the property will be leased to NJCU. Squier Hall, considered a prominent fort building that served as the first permanent Signal Corps laboratory there, is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. The purchaser will take “all necessary measures to ensure the National Register historic preservation covenants are observed,” said Bruce Steadman, FMERA executive director, who added the authority has already made recommendations to the purchaser regarding façade designs.South of the Raritan River, the college’s coursework toward bachelor’s and master’s degree completion programs currently takes place at the Wall Higher Education Center – known as NJCU Monmouth – in partnership with Brookdale Community College. Plans are to relocate programs including nursing, national security studies and business to the fort location. The agreement allows for potential development of a residence hall and additional educational buildings to accommodate a student body estimated at up to 800 students.Opened in 1929 as the New Jersey State Normal School, NJCU was renamed New Jersey State Teachers College in 1935, and Jersey City State College in 1958. It’s current status and name change occurred in 1998.The agreement between FMERA and KKF University Enterprises makes it clear the satellite campus’s completion and opening could be at least three years away. Prior to closing, KKF must complete its due diligence and obtain all necessary approvals to develop the project. Accommodations for extensions to three planned construction phases – each to be completed within three years – are built into the agreement.Approximately 58 temporary construction jobs are anticipated, officials said, followed by a minimum of 70 permanent full and part-time jobs to be created within 48 months of closing. As per FMERA rules, the purchaser will incur a penalty of $1,500 for each permanent job not created. KKF will also be responsible for funding a new 2,200-foot sewer main along Sherrill Avenue.KKF University Enterprises was the sole bidder on the site when it was offered for sale in April 2016. Its proposal was evaluated and scored based on established criteria by a FMERA select committee and found to be compliant. The authority’s original master redevelopment plan called for the Squier Hall complex to be redeveloped for an educational, office or high-tech industry use.All prospective purchasers of fort parcels must adhere to FMERA’s established criteria or present a reasonable alternative supported by copious backup data. While most redeveloped fort parcels have adhered to FMERA’s plans, the authority has accepted “outside the box” proposals, as Steadman put it. An example is the coming redevelopment of six barracks buildings into an active arts community proposed by local businessman and art gallery owner Kenneth Schwartz.According to Dave Nuse, FMERA deputy executive director and director of real estate development, 74 percent of the available parcels at the 1,127-acre fort are sold, under contract, in negotiations or entering the process.“Several projects are ready to break this fall and winter,” Steadman said. “The next six to 12 months will be very exciting around here.”This article was first published in the Oct. 4-10, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

More satellites to cover Africa: Intelsat

first_imgIntelsat will provide distribution on its African video neighbourhood on Intelsat 10, and the follow-on Intelsat 20 satellite, and will offer access to sub-Saharan Africa as Strong expands its program offerings, regions served and subscribers. As part of its continued investment in infrastructure to serve Africa, Intelsat plans to launch three new satellites – Intelsat 20, Intelsat 22 and Intelsat 23 – within the next 10 months to increase capacity to the continent. Dubai-based operator Strong Technologies renewed its multi-year commitment to the Intelsat 10 video neighbourhood at 68.5º East for its DTH platform. The service includes a mix of movies, sports, news and general interest content, carried on such networks as FOX and BBC World, and on several popular local African channels. “From introducing direct-to-home (DTH) platforms, to supporting reliable broadband in remote regions, Intelsat’s satellite network has been a springboard for technology advancement in Africa, supporting the continent’s socioeconomic development,” Intelsat’s Kurt Riegelman said in a statement this week. The launch of the Intelsat New Dawn in April this year has enabled the company to supply critical Ku-band communications infrastructure to African customers from a geostationary orbital slot at 32.8° East. Intelsat Africa MD Jonathan Osler said the company’s commitment to the African business community was unparalleled, as no other operator could provide similar coverage, restoration and depth of services. ‘Unparalleled African coverage’ The company will also continue to build on its strong history of training their customers’ engineers and technicians across Africa. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material 9 November 2011 “As we prepare to launch three satellites in 2012 that will provide incremental capacity to the region, we look forward to supporting the continued growth of our customers,” Riegelman said. Zee Entertainment Enterprises, one of India’s leading television, media and entertainment companies, also will begin distributing its programming at 68.5º East. The multi-year agreement spans Intelsat 10, and the follow-on Intelsat 20 satellite, scheduled for launch in mid-2012. South Africa-based Multichoice, one of the leading pay television platform operators and programming distributors on the continent, has expanded its commitment for capacity on Intelsat 904 for contribution services. This agreement complements Multichoice’s DTH capacity on Intelsat 7, Intelsat’s African media distribution neighbourhood at 68.5º East. “Nearly 200 companies on the continent, including virtually all of the region’s wireless operators, trust our highly reliable network to provide the infrastructure they need to offer best-in-class services to their customers,” he said. African satellite service provider Intelsat has announced new contracts with customers using its video distribution neighbourhoods and broadband capacity, as well as plans to launch three new satellites to increase capacity to the continent.last_img read more

Facebook Like Moves Beyond the Dumb Grunt, Adds Comments to Like Button

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Tags:#advertising#NYT#social networks#web center_img Related Posts marshall kirkpatrick One of the most obnoxious things about Facebook’s recent changes has been that clicking a Like button around the Web just pushed a dumb, inarticulate grunt out into the newsfeed of your friends. “I Like this thing,” it said, and nothing more. Today that’s changing, with the inclusion of a writable comment space inside the pop-up that appears when visitors Like something out around the Web.Messages sent with personal comments tend to get more click-throughs, the company said today. These messages will now also include a longer description of what’s being liked. This is a great change towards making the point of intersection between Facebook and the larger Web richer, more personal and less condescending.Update:Readers smarter than I point out in comments below that there have been other methods that enabled commenting in a Like button for some time. I stand corrected! I am also glad that it’s now all the easier, including here on ReadWriteWeb.To like in Facebook parlance might be to show support for something, it might represent the intention of subscribing to future updates or it might be an action that a user takes solely to gain access to priviledges exclusive to a page’s Fans, as they used to be called. Allowing users to post additional commentary just makes sense.To like an object is also to give that object’s owner some access to your personal and demographic information on Facebook. Such a complex interaction is inappropriate to make as simple as it has been and adding a place for users to annotate the signals they emit into their social graphs is a logical first step.Remember when George Bush joined Facebook, but in such a way that only people who liked his Fan page could write comments on it? How many of you would have liked to have added a comment to the message that went out to your friends saying you liked George Bush? I know I would have.last_img read more