Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and the family of Guy-André Kieffer, a Franco-Canadian journalist who disappeared in Côte d’Ivoire in 2004, urge the Ivorian authorities to comply without further delay with the formal request they received a year ago from two French judges in charge of France’s investigation into his disappearance. Reports Côte d’IvoireAfrica to go further The Ivorian authorities have still not responded to the request sent on 23 February 2015 by the two French investigating judges, Cyril Paquaux and Gaëlle Beuf, who asked them to question several people including the former first lady and other former officials who could shed light on Kieffer’s fate.A French and Canadian dual national based in Abidjan, Kieffer was investigating shady practices in the production and export of cocoa when he was kidnapped on 16 April 2004. He has been missing ever since.The civil parties who are registered in the case, were briefed by Paquaux and Beuf on 3 February about the current state of the investigation. It was their first meeting with the judges since Paquaux was assigned to the case in 2014.The association Vérité pour Guy-André Kieffer joins RSF and the Kieffer family in urging the Ivorian authorities to act at once on the year-old request from the French judges.“President Alassane Ouattara has personally undertaken on several occasions to both Osange Silou-Kieffer and RSF to shed all possible light on Guy-André Kieffer’s disappearance,” said Clea Kahn-Sriber, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “One of these occasions was during a meeting with RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire in Abidjan in 2014.“Now that the Ivorian government is well established and stable, it is important to act on these promises and question the witnesses again. The Kieffer family, RSF and the association Vérité pour Guy-André Kieffer call on the authorities to comply as quickly as possible with the formal request from the French judges, so that they can advance the investigation, which has been stalled for several years.”Inter alia, the French judges have asked the Ivorian authorities to question former First Lady Simone Gbagbo, currently detained in Côte d’Ivoire, her former security chief, Anselme Yap Seka, also under judicial control, her brother-in-law, Michel Legré, and former Ivorian intelligence officer Jean Tony Oulaï.Côte d’Ivoire is ranked 86th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.For more information on the Kieffer case, click here. The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa RSF_en Côte d’IvoireAfrica Help by sharing this information November 27, 2020 Find out more News February 10, 2016 – Updated on March 8, 2016 RSF asks Côte d’Ivoire to comply with Kieffer case request from French judges October 29, 2020 Find out more News Follow the news on Côte d’Ivoire Organisation RSF’s recommendations for protecting press freedom during Côte d’Ivoire’s elections Threats against journalists in run-up to Côte d’Ivoire’s presidential election News Receive email alerts October 16, 2020 Find out more
While the current high UK unemployment figures, 2.5m and rising, cause any amount of misery and hardship to those directly involved and their families, they do provide a real opportunity for the baking industry. It is an unfortunate fact that, historically, when unemployment reaches these heights, recruitment does become easier and brings a higher-calibre person into our range.Not that long ago, when unemployment was around the 1m mark, my local job centre phoned me and said they had a client who was prepared to come and interview me as one of his prospective employers! At that level, the unemployed either couldn’t or didn’t want to work. For various reasons, we are now better-placed to make the most of these potential new bakers than we’ve been for a very long time.I don’t know why, but there appears to be a resurgence in colleges and bakers providing bakery classes around the country. Many of us have had our own opinions on bakery education, but let’s be joyful and seize the moment – people are interested in joining our profession! Having attended the rejuvenated Alliance of Bakery Students and Trainees conference in Torquay in May, the student numbers were up, support from sponsors was up, and the quality of product, especially some breads, was the highest for several years.The ’Bakery School’ – at www.thebakery school.com – is a tremendous way to provide underpinning knowledge to those in work. How fortunate we are as an industry to have people like Albert Waterfield and Jean Grieves, who have the vision, commitment, and energy – coupled with some financial help from, among others, the British Confectioners’ Association – to drive this great initiative forward.The British Retail Consortium’s latest figures for food sales in May show a strong upward trend. This may be partly linked to the so-called ’Domino Pizza effect’, with people staying at home rather than eating out. This should be positive for an industry providing fresh, inexpensive but indulgent products.Never forgetting the implications to society of high unemployment, it does provide a hard work/lower wage industry, such as ours, an opportunity to recruit and recruit well. Colleges are booming and there is a wonderful new initiative for in-work learning. National Craft Bakers’ Week last week provided unprecedented levels of interest in our industry and products.So, rather than getting dragged down by the doom and gloom being peddled by the media, I suggest we use the current situation to build up our core of skilled and talented bakers, so we are in a position to seize the exciting opportunities that will come our way as soon as financial recovery rolls in.
ILOILO – Suicide has claimed more lives than the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the first half of the year here. Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. has expressed alarm. “Seryoso ini. The community quarantine may be an added circumstance that further weighed down some individuals, particularly our youth,” he said. Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) member Matt Palabrica sounded alarm over rising suicide cases in the province as early as October 2019. The most common methods resorted to were hanging, chemical poisoning, shooting with a gun, and even willful drowning, he said. In addition, experiencing conflict, disaster, violence, abuse, or loss and a sense of isolation are strongly associated with suicidal behavior, according to WHO. Every year close to 800,000 people take their own lives and there are many more people who attempt suicide, it said. Most of those who killed themselves this year were between 30 to 39 years old (eight cases); 42 to 49 years old (six cases); 11 to 19 years old (five cases); 20 to 29 years old (three cases); and 10 years old and younger (two cases), data from the IPPO showed. The Iloilo Police Provincial Office (IPPO) recorded 28 suicide cases from Jan. 1 to June 17. At three cases each, Cabatuan and Passi City have the most incidents among the 43 local government units in the province. * early identification, treatment and care of people with mental and substance use disorders, chronic pain and acute emotional distress “This will be part of our COVID-19 rehabilitation program,” said Defensor. * reporting by media in a responsible way There are a number of measures that can be taken at population, sub-population and individual levels to prevent suicide and suicide attempts. WHO listed the following: It also lamented the stigma particularly surrounding mental disorders and suicide. It means, it said, that many people thinking of taking their own lives or who have attempted suicide are not seeking help and are therefore not getting the help they need. But even prior to PSWDO’s crafting of a mental health support program, the provincial government was already reaching out to youngsters, especially the troubled ones, through the Provincial Population Office’s multipurpose teen centers. * follow-up care for people who attempted suicide and provision of community support/PN “The prevention of suicide has not been adequately addressed due to a lack of awareness of suicide as a major public health problem and the taboo in many societies to openly discuss it,” according to WHO. By far the strongest risk factor for suicide is a previous suicide attempt, according to WHO. Suicide was the second leading cause of death among 15-29 year-olds globally in 2016, according to WHO. Detailed information about the suicides, most especially among the youth, is needed, he said, to get a clearer picture so that appropriate interventions “targeted at the youth” could be introduced “like counseling, youth activities that include sports, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities.” The COVID-19 pandemic and the concomitant quarantine restrictions on the movement of people may have further burdened the suicide victims, the governor theorized. The World Heal Organization (WHO) considers suicide “a serious public health problem” but preventable with timely, evidence-based interventions. While the link between suicide and mental disorders (in particular, depression and alcohol use disorders) is well established in high-income countries, WHO said many suicides happen impulsively in moments of crisis with a breakdown in the ability to deal with life stresses, such as financial problems, relationship break-up or chronic pain and illness. “The figures are alarming. Last year by the month of November there were already over 70 suicide cases. We’re only half way through 2020 but we already have 28 cases,” said Defensor. * reducing access to the means of suicide (e.g. pesticides, firearms, certain medications) For the whole of 2019, the IPPO recorded 78 incidents of suicide. Twenty-four of these were committed by those aging between 11 to 19 years old. In 2018, it recorded 65 suicide cases. It is a counseling-focused program to be carried out in coordination with local government units. Palabrica appealed for collective action from the provincial government, school and health authorities, and the police, among others. * introducing alcohol policies to reduce the harmful use of alcohol Defensor said the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) headed by Dr. Neneth Pador came up with an intervention it called PRIME or Psycho Social Response for Ilonggos Towards More Resilience Mind and Emotion. * school-based interventions On the other hand, data from the Department of Health (DOH) Region 6 showed Iloilo province with five deaths from 34 COVID-19 cases as of yesterday. During this quarantine period, people below 21 years old and those 60 years old and older are prohibited from leaving their homes. They are considered most vulnerable to the disease. * training of non-specialized health workers in the assessment and management of suicidal behavior Teenagers can connect with peer helpers and spend leisure time with materials and facilities available in these centers based in various public schools across the province.