Carlyle aims for £350m from Britax

first_img Carlyle aims for £350m from Britax PRIVATE equity firm Carlyle Group has appointed investment bank NM Rothschild to sell Britax, the maker of child car seats, for up to £350m.Carlyle is understood to have put the business on the block after receiving interest from rival private equity firms and trade buyers. A sale at its target price would net Carlyle’s dealmakers a profit of £120m.Britax has grown rapidly since it was taken over by the US buyout house for £230m five years ago. Sales of brands including Romer and Safe n Sound expanded by 52 per cent to £183m between 2004 and 2008, boosted in part by tighter regulations on in-car safety for minors in developing countries.Based in Chertsey, Surrey, Britax began life making automotive safety equipment in 1983 before narrowing its focus on childcare safety goods in the 1970s. It has manufacturing bases in North America, Australia and Germany as well as the UK. Britax employs 1,000 people globally and commands a 40 per cent market share in the UK and Germany.The company’s management, led by Karl Kahofer, will be in for a windfall of tens of millions of pounds should a transaction take place. Bosses have a 15 per cent stake.Carlyle has carried out a number of deals this year, selling Multiplan in the US, teaming up with TPG to buy Australia’s Healthscope and taking a stake in Brazil’s Grupo Qualicorp. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailNoteabley25 Funny Notes Written By StrangersNoteableyZen HeraldThe Truth About Why ’40s Actor John Wayne Didn’t Serve In WWII Has Come To LightZen HeraldBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comAtlantic MirrorA Kilimanjaro Discovery Has Proved This About The BibleAtlantic MirrorTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastElite HeraldKate Middleton Dropped An Unexpected Baby BombshellElite HeraldTrading BlvdThis Picture of Prince Harry & Father at The Same Age Will Shock YouTrading Blvd Share KCS-content whatsapp Sunday 15 August 2010 10:40 pmcenter_img Tags: NULL Show Comments ▼ Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofTortilla Mango Cups: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofWhat to Know About ‘Loki’ Ahead of Disney+ Premier on June 9Family ProofThe Truth About Bottled Water – Get the Facts on Drinking Bottled WaterGayot whatsapplast_img read more

Cerberus nears sale of Chrysler

first_img Monday 20 December 2010 9:21 pm Show Comments ▼ KCS-content Share Cerberus nears sale of Chrysler whatsapp whatsapp Tags: NULL Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofHomemade Tomato Soup: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof Toronto-Dominion Bank is close to an agreement to buy Chrysler Financial from US private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management for $6.3bn (£4.1bn), it was reported last night.Cerberus, which is led by co-founder Stephen Feinberg, would retain about $1bn in assets as part of the deal, the Wall Street Journal said.TD spokesman Wojtek Dabrowski said the bank does not comment on market rumours or speculation.Toronto-Dominion is Canada’s second-largest bank, and it owns just under half of online broker TD Ameritrade. last_img read more

Covid-19: why hard-hit dividend stocks could make you a fortune in 10 years

first_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Enter Your Email Address I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Covid-19: why hard-hit dividend stocks could make you a fortune in 10 years Many dividend stocks have experienced difficult trading conditions over recent months. Covid-19 is an unprecedented crisis that has produced a challenging outlook for a wide range of businesses. This may dissuade many investors from buying high-quality companies at the present time.However, rising demand for income shares due to low interest rates and a probable economic recovery suggest that now could be the right time to purchase a diverse range of dividend stocks. They could produce high total returns that make you a fortune over the next 10 years.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Rising demand for dividend stocksDemand for dividend stocks may not be especially high at the present time. After all, risks such as trade tensions between the US and China, as well as the prospect of a second wave of coronavirus, could cause difficult trading conditions for many industries and businesses.However, companies that maintain shareholder payouts in the medium term may experience high demand from income-seeking investors. They are unlikely to have a great deal of alternative options available in an era where low interest rates are set to remain in place. For example, investors who would have relied on bonds or even cash in the past to generate a positive real income may focus their capital on dividend shares in the coming years.Rising demand for income stocks could mean that their prices rise. As such, as well as their income opportunities, they may produce high capital returns that boost your portfolio’s prospects in the next decade.Economic recoveryBuying dividend stocks while an economic recovery is uncertain could be a sound move. At the present time, weak GDP growth could cause many investors to doubt the capacity of the global economy to bounce back from its recent difficulties. This is an understandable view, and is often present during bear markets and recessions.However, the past performance of the world economy shows that it has always recovered to produce improving growth after even its most severe difficulties. This time, major stimulus packages have been announced across many large economies such as the US and in Europe. They could catalyse the trading conditions for a wide range of companies that leads to rising profitability and a greater capacity to pay improving dividends in the coming years.Capitalising on a recoverySince it is difficult to ascertain which industries will produce the quickest and strongest recovery from present economic challenges, buying a diverse range of dividend stocks could be a shrewd move. By spreading the risk across a number of companies, you can limit your exposure to a concentrated few businesses and benefit from the likely growth of the wider economy. This strategy could boost your portfolio’s performance and improve your financial position over the next decade. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement.center_img See all posts by Peter Stephens Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Peter Stephens | Saturday, 18th July, 2020 Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge!last_img read more

La Sentinelle / NatureHumaine

first_img Year:  Save this picture!© Adrien WilliamsThe constraints of the site led to an L shaped footprint where an east-west oriented rectangular block was placed at the top of the topography, and a north-south oriented block was slid underneath. The upper block contains the living spaces and master bedroom, and the lower block, also known as the ‘kids zone’, contains the 3 children’s bedrooms and a games room. Save this picture!© Adrien WilliamsA folded roof rises from the lower block covering the upper block and extending towards the cliffs edge as if it were about to take off, reminiscent of the wings of a bird. We see the house as a bird sitting at the edge of the cliff overlooking the lake, which is where its nickname ‘The Sentinel’ comes from.Save this picture!Ground Floor PlanProject gallerySee allShow lessFitzroy House / Techne ArchitectsSelected ProjectsVilla for Girls / Soliscolomer y AsociadosSelected Projects Share Houses CopySave this picture!© Adrien WilliamsText description provided by the architects. After selling their previous country house because of the lack of natural light, a couple and their 3 kids decided to buy an empty lot and build a custom home to better suit their needs. They found a parcel of land with southern exposure at vast views of the lake ‘Lac-de-la-Cabane’. ArchDaily “COPY” La Sentinelle / NatureHumaine ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Architects: NatureHumaine Year Completion year of this architecture project photographs:  Adrien WilliamsPhotographs:  Adrien Williams+ 27 Share Projectscenter_img Photographs 2013 Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Canada La Sentinelle / NatureHumaineSave this projectSaveLa Sentinelle / NatureHumaineSave this picture!© Adrien WilliamsHouses•Saint-Adolphe-d’Howard, Canada “COPY” 2013 CopyAbout this officeNatureHumaineOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlassSteel#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesSaint-Adolphe-d’HowardHousesCanadaPublished on October 29, 2013Cite: “La Sentinelle / NatureHumaine” 29 Oct 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldChoosing the Skyfold Wall for Your SpaceGlass3MGlass Finish – FASARA™ GeometricShower ColumnshansgroheShoulder ShowersPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesMorin Corp.Metal Wall Systems – ExposedStonesCosentinoSurfaces – Dekton® Stonika SeriesConcrete FloorsSikaIndustrial Floor CoatingsHanging LampsLouis PoulsenPendant Lights – KeglenDoorsSky-FrameInsulated Sliding Doors – Sky-Frame SlopeThermalSchöckMinimizing Thermal Bridges in BalconiesWindowspanoramah!®ah! Ultra MinimalistEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreWork ChairsDynamobelWork Chair – SLAT 16More products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

Baan Klang Suan / ForX Design Studio

first_imgBaan Klang Suan / ForX Design StudioSave this projectSaveBaan Klang Suan / ForX Design Studio “COPY” Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Projects 2017 Save this picture!© Tinnaphop Chawatin Share Thailand ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Photographscenter_img Architects: ForX Design Studio Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  Photographs:  Tinnaphop Chawatin Save this picture!© Tinnaphop ChawatinRecommended ProductsWindowsOTTOSTUMM | MOGSWindow Systems – BronzoFinestra B40WoodSculptformTimber Click-on BattensEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreDoorsECLISSESliding Pocket Door – ECLISSE LuceText description provided by the architects. A rural home designed for a retired doctor and his family in the west of Thailand. Situated away from the town, the house only occupies half of the land; leaving the surrounding as green open space with existing coconut and fruit trees which camouflage the house from its setting; blending in architecture with the environment.Save this picture!© Tinnaphop ChawatinThe house is two storey with pitched roof and elevated ground floor with all the functional spaces on the upper level of the house as in traditional Thai house which helps reduce heat and protects the house during the flooding season. The idea is then adapted with the use of modern material such as concrete, steel and mix with timber. The overall design is contemporary but still local friendly to its neighbourhood.Save this picture!© Tinnaphop ChawatinA courtyard garden on the upper level is the centre of the house to provide green space for the upper level and to create a sense of “ground”. The rooms have fully opened timber swing doors which opens to the terrace which also functions as a semi-outdoor walkway linking two wings of the house and acts as a buffer space between outdoor and indoor spaces and allowing light and breeze into the house.Save this picture!© Tinnaphop ChawatinSave this picture!Second Floor PlanSave this picture!© Tinnaphop ChawatinThe two pitched sides, which are the most prominent feature of the house, are north facing with full height glazing on the elevation to bring in natural light throughout the day; reducing the need for artificial lighting. Living area have double volume space with more north facing glazing to bring in extra light and breeze and lower ceiling area with timber cladded ceiling for more intimate feel.Save this picture!© Tinnaphop ChawatinProject gallerySee allShow lessCratlach Mews House / DUASelected ProjectsBeigang Cultural Center / MAYU architects+Selected Projects Share ArchDaily Baan Klang Suan / ForX Design Studio CopyHouses•Thailand “COPY” CopyAbout this officeForX Design StudioOfficeFollowProductsSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesThailandPublished on February 28, 2017Cite: “Baan Klang Suan / ForX Design Studio” 27 Feb 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodGRP Siding Façade SystemPlasticsMitrexSolar SidingMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic RoyalSystems / Prefabricated PanelsKalwall®Translucent WalkwaysPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesIsland Exterior FabricatorsSpecialty Facade SystemsLightsLouis PoulsenLamps – LP Slim BoxWoodBruagAcoustic Panels with LEDTiles / Mosaic / GresiteHisbalitMosaic Tiles – Palm SpringsMineral / Organic PaintsKEIMBlack Concrete – Concretal®-BlackSuspension SystemsMetawellAluminum Panels for Smart CeilingsDoorsGorter HatchesFloor Door – Fire RatedBricksDEPPEWaterstruck Bricks – 1622/1635ekws DFMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?泰国田园住宅 / ForX Design Studio是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

No VAT to be charged on charity donations by text

first_img Howard Lake | 4 March 2008 | News  31 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 No VAT to be charged on charity donations by text AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Donations to charity by text will not attract VAT, according to the Treasury. Jane Kennedy MP, Financial Secretary to the Treasury, confirmed this in a written answer to a question raised by Mark Oaten MP. This stated: “Donations to charity, including those made by text message, are outside the scope of VAT-which means that no VAT is payable on them.”SMS text-based marketing and fundraising solutions provider Vir2 Ltd welcomed the clarification. It had asked its constituency MP to raise the matter.The practice of charging VAT on the whole amount of any donation was previously widespread practice amongst UK mobile networks. Vir2 aruge that removing the VAT charge makes donation by text from mobile, for small donations, “equally as efficient as debit or credit card”.Vir2 works with Charity Technology Trust, the charity that promotes effective use of technology by charities, to provide text donation facilities to over 120 UK charities.The campaign was headed by Roger Craven, Managing Director of Vir2 Ltd. As well his letter in October last year, Liberal Democrat MP Mark Oaten has also raised an Early Day Motion, co-sponsored by Peter Bottomley MP, calling for the removal of VAT charges on text donations. Craven has been writing to and lobbying MPs to support the Early Day Motion, which now has the signature of 55 MPs.The Mobile Data Association backed the campaign as did the 160 Characters Association of mobile messaging professionals.The issue of VAT on text donations was first raised following the 2004 Asian Tsunami appeal when over £1 million was donated by text in just three days. On that occasion HMRC gave a one-off donation to the appeal in compensation for the VAT charged.Roger Craven commented: “Text donations are now comparable with other ways of collecting donations in terms of the proportion payable to charity. Potential donors are as likely to carry a mobile as a credit card, but unlike credit cards, mobile phones are also a way for charities to communicate their appeals as well as an easy and convenient means of small value payment.” Tagged with: Charity Trust Digital Finance 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 Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Massachusetts labor movement intervenes for school bus drivers

first_imgVeolia Transportation, the giant transnational conglomerate, is finding itself increasingly isolated in its attempt to break the leadership of United Steelworkers union Local 8751, the Boston school bus drivers union.A week after the union-busting, anti-labor firm lost its commuter rail contract, Boston area labor leaders issued a joint call for “Solidarity Day 2” — the Feb. 1 demonstration at Veolia’s corporate offices that will demand reinstatement of the four leaders fired by the company in November.Steve Tolman, president of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO; Rich Rogers, executive secretary-treasurer of the Greater Boston Labor Council; John Shinn, District Four director of the United Steelworkers International; and Myles Calvey, business director of IBEW Local 2222 (Verizon workers) signed the call.Among the initial endorsers of Solidarity Day 2 are Paul Kilduff, president of the American Postal Workers Local 100; Charles Clemons, founder and manager of Touch Radio 106.1, Minister Don Muhammad, Nation of Islam Mosque 11, the Coalition for Equal Quality Education and others (download leaflet at campaign for USWA Local 8751 has already shown that Veolia isn’t all-powerful. Although the company is appealing the decision, the four have won the right to collect unemployment benefits, thanks to the intervention of Mass AFL-CIO head Steve Tolman.This helps the case of the drivers as it contradicts the notion that the firing of the drivers was “justified.” In the face of the groundswell for the school bus drivers union, Veolia is proceeding with its show trial of the four fired drivers, with a grievance hearing set for Jan. 23. The demands of finance capital — demands that dictate Veolia’s actions and mandate austerity for all of society — have a much bigger agenda than four firings. The ultimate goal is to tear up the contract altogether and set wages at historic new lows.Also at stake for the Boston community is the resegregation of Boston schools, a campaign that the school bus drivers have been involved in fighting. Veolia is helping this racist campaign by paying for its billboards.Veolia is also hoping it can make the drivers’ firing a fait accompli before its contract to run the school bus system is further scrutinized by Boston’s City Council. On Jan. 15, the same day the joint call was issued for Solidarity Day 2, Boston City Councillor Charles Yancey issued his 2014 legislative agenda.The top item? A hearing investigating Veolia’s multiple violations of the school bus employment contract — which put it in violation of its vendor contract with the city of Boston.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Purdue Ag E-Learning Classes Starting Again Next Week

first_img Facebook Twitter SHARE Purdue Ag E-Learning Classes Starting Again Next Week Facebook Twitter Previous articleMonsanto Rejects Second Chance at Bayer DealNext articleA Tale of 2 Crops in Southern Indiana Andy Eubank Purdue Ag e-Learning starting againA week from Wednesday (June 22, 2016) Purdue University will again offer its award-winning Agronomy e-Learning 12-week courses. Agronomy Essentials was the first course offered a year and a half ago, according to Bruce Erickson, the director and lead instructor.“That’s been well received and we’ve had a few hundred students go through that already,” he told HAT. “That’s a basic agronomy course typically for those who are not practicing agronomists but more for beginners to get a basic introduction in agronomy. Then our second course that we built and launched just this past January is Precision Agriculture. That course goes through a number of topics including global positioning systems, differential correction, geographic information systems, guidance, yield monitoring, data collection and analysis.Erickson explains these courses are designed for the working agricultural professional seeking to expand his or her expertise.“If you’re working a fulltime position we also know that you may have a spouse and kids and other responsibilities and you just can’t drop everything and go to a meeting all the time. Nor could you go to a university on a regular basis and take a class, and so our e-Learning classes are setup with high definition recorded videos that you go to on your own time. You view the videos. You read the accompanying material. There are links to additional information, and then after every module you take a test. This ensures that you understand the information.”Erickson added that if you don’t pass the test you “go back and re-learn and try to take the test again.”The third course in the certificate program is Nutrient Management, targeted to debut in January 2017. The course will delve more deeply into nutrient cycles and reactions in the soil, plant nutrition, nutrient assessment, soil chemistry and microbiology, and the various nutrient effects and applications.Participants who complete three online courses will be recognized as a crop professional, with a framed program certificate. Each 12-week course expands the knowledge of participants in areas of agronomy that are relevant in today’s agriculture.The next sessions start June 22. Course preview videos and a link to registration are available at more information, contact Erickson at [email protected] or project manager Janine Black at [email protected] SHARE By Andy Eubank – Jun 13, 2016 Home Indiana Agriculture News Purdue Ag E-Learning Classes Starting Again Next Weeklast_img read more

News Now 4/16/18

first_imgReddIt ReddIt Linkedin TCU 360 Staff Facebook TCU News Now 8/26/20 TCU News Now 4/24/20 Sustainability is the new green: Fashion companies work towards environmentally-conscious practices Twitter TCU 360 Staff TCU 360 Staff + posts Twitter TCU 360 Staff Linkedin Pantone: Color of the year 2020 Behind the runway: One TCU student’s experiences at Fashion Week Facebook Return of the disco: Latest fashion trends mirror the 1970s TCU 360 Staff Previous articleStudent tells story of his life through one-man showNext articleHector Gutierrez’s worldly experience has helped establish Beach Volleyball TCU 360 Staff RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR printNews Now 4/16/18 from TCU Student Media on Vimeo. TCU 360 is an official, student-produced product of the School of Journalism at Texas Christian University. TAGSbroadcastvideo News Now 4/10/20last_img read more

What’s happening about the inquiry into Norbert Zongo’s death?

first_img3) The Commission recommended that the functions of the police be spelt out and strictly adhered to so that there would be a distinction between military and police functions including their responsibilities on state security.”For the time being, nothing is being planned in that regards”, a lawyer explained, adding ”it is true that the current functions performed by the members of the presidential guard have no legal backing as there are arbitrary practices.” The independent commission had wanted to put a stop to what happened during the death of François Compaore’s driver. As the enquiry revealed, David Ouedraogo was arrested by the members of the presidential guard, whereas in a case of theft, the presumed author was supposed to have been taken to the national police. But in the case in point, the gendarmes only tried to cover the actions of the presidential guard after it has happened. On May 7, 1999, the independent commission of enquiry charged with the responsibility of throwing light on the death of Norbert Zongo, a Burkinabe journalist and three of his companions, submitted its report to the Burkinabe Prime Minister. After hearing the accounts of more than 200 witnesses, the commission put the matter at the initiative of the authorities, saying, ”The real motive for the quadruple murder could be traced to the investigations carried out by the journalist over the years, especially the recent investigations on the death of David Ouedraogo, the driver of François Compaoré, a presidential adviser”. It adds, ”as regards the authors of the crime, the commission does not have definite proofs that will lead to unravelling the riddle”. The commission, however, highlighted the contradictions and the incoherences in the statements of some of the suspects in relation to their schedule of duty on Dec. 13, 1998 (the day Norbert and his companions were assassinated) especially those of Christophe Kombacere, Ousseini Yaro, Wampasba Nacoulma, Banagoulo Yaro, Edmond Koama and Marcel Kafando, all soldiers attached to the presidential guard regiment (RSP). ”This does not make them guilty but they are serious suspects,” the commission said.In his reaction to the commission’s conclusions, President Blaise Compaoré, during his broadcast to the nation, announced ”the reorganisation and the reallocation of barrack quarters in the presidential guard regiment and that he was bent on facilitating the course of justice which according to him, has the task of resolving the issue once and for all”. The head of state also said that he would do everything possible to ensure the social security cover for Norbert Zongo’s widow and children, as well as those of his companions including David Ouedraogo. On June 1, ”A college of sages” was put in place at the initiative of the president with the aim of bringing about reconciliation as well as consolidate peace. The college headed by Mgr. Anselme Sanou, the Bishop of Bobo-Dioulasso is made of 16 members, three of them former heads of state, religious and traditional leaders and some ‘resource persons’. On June 17, the college asked for the arrest of all those implicated in the death of David Ouedraogo. The next day, three members of the presidential guard close to President Blaise Compaoré including Yaro Ousseini, Edmond Koama and Marcel Kafando were detained in Ouagadougou and charged for murder of François Compaoré’s driver. But François himself was not touched. The report of the college of sages, submitted to the president on Aug. 2, made some ”recommendations that will end the crisis”. The recommendations included the setting up of a government of national unity, the establishment of a truth and justice commission for national reconciliation and the constitution of an ad hoc committee to be charged with the review of some articles in the nation’s constitution and to develop definite texts on the life of political parties. On the death of Norbert Zongo and other recent crimes, the college proposed an accelerated hearing and that the state should assume responsibility of Zongo’s widow and the children. During the submission of the report of the college of sages, the head of state declared that he had taken note of the recommendations of the college and affirmed that he would take all necessary measures for the best interest of Burkinabes. This report is aimed at highlighting the steps taken to concretise the commission’s recommendations and the proposals of the college of sages particularly as it affects the assassination of Norbert Zongo. The two bodies have made recommendations since seven months now for the first and four months for the second body. But aside from pronouncements and promises, what have the authorities done with the recommendations made by the two bodies on the death of the publisher of the weekly newspaper, L’Independant and his three companions? Burkina FasoAfrica Organisation June 11, 2021 Find out more Reports 1) The Independent commission recommended the setting up of a judicial follow-up to the results of the enquiries and enough money and materials to be made available to the magistrate handling the case.The Zongo affair is in the hands of trial magistrate Wenceslas Ilboudo of no 1 cabinet in the high court of Ouagadougou since the beginning of 1999. About 20 million f cfa have been made available in an open account in his name. He was also equipped with among other things, vehicles, mobile phone and computers, while policemen and gendarmes were also put at his disposal for his security. He has started hearing in the case and several witnesses who appeared before the independent commission have been detained. But it would appear that personalities who are in the centre of the whole episode have neither been invited nor heard especially François Compaoré, the brother of the head of state. Till date, none of the six suspects mentioned by the commission have been charged. According to local human rights organisations, the judge would have taken the report of the commission into consideration and charge the six members of the presidential guard as well as François Compaoré, the president’s brother to court. They maintain that the steps taken by the magistrate is a real set back. 2) The commission recommended that the widows and orphans of Norbert Zongo as well as those of his companions should benefit from social security services from the state. The college of sages also made similar suggestions that the widows and children of the victims should be taken care of by the state under a given law.On June 11, 1999, a joint ministerial decree was issued by the economic and finance ministry and the ministry of social and family affairs. The decrees dated 9th and 10th of June are those of “taking responsibility of the social security of the families of deceased Norbert Zongo, Ernest Yembi Zongo, Ablasse Nikiema, Blaise Ilboudo and David Ouedraogo and on the special allocation to the families of the same dead persons”. The decree gave a precise amount to Norbert Zongo family to the tune of 3 900 000 f cfa, the family of Ernest Zongo, 420,000 f cfa, the family of Ablasse Nikiema, 1 080 000 f cfa, Blaise IIboudo’s family, 720 000 f cfa, while the family of David Ouedraogo would get 1 400 000 f cfa. Article 2 of the decree emphasised that the expenditure should be charged to the state budget. The amount was arrived at considering the number of persons in the care of the deceased persons as well as their incomes. The Zongo family said that they would not touch the money inasmuch as the authors of the deed are not known and brought to book. The family also said that there would want the whole affair to be blown open as it is not just a question of the state taking care of us because we are not interested in the money but in the fishing out of those guilty of the deed first and foremost. News 6) The independent commission recommended that because of the barbaric way the crime of Dec. 13. 1998 was committed and the cruelty it denotes, legislative measures should be taken so that it would be considered as an imprescriptible crime.The authorities till date have not in any way addressed this proposal made by the commission and it is feared that with the establishment of a judicial inquiry into the case, the risk of the crime being lapsed has been avoided. Unless the family of the victims and the various human rights bodies act fast, the parliament would very quickly vote in favour. According to many people, it is first and foremost a moral question or even a symbol. It is a test of the goodwill of the powers-that-be. Burkinabe legislative threat to press freedom must be declared unconstitutional Burkina FasoAfrica 5) The independent commission recommended that all cases of “disappearances” and assassinations which have defied explanations be re-opened and cleared once and for all. In its proposal, the college of sages wants the cases to be dealt with without sentiments, pressure and without bias. It wants the cases to be subjected to accelerated hearing and to charge those implicated in any way according to the law of the land. The sages also want justice and equity to be dispensed without much delay and punishments duly and effectively meted out but frowned at death sentences.No case file on past incidents have been subjected to real scrutiny nor have they been brought forward for fresh examinations. Apart from the David Ouedraogo’s case which is before a military tribunal, the Norbert Zongo’s case is to be tried under the penal code. The suggestion by the sages that a truth and justice commission be set up in order to bring about national reconciliation have not seen the light of day. In 1998, following a complaint by the Burkinabe human and peoples rights movement (MBDHP), the OAU commission on human and peoples rights sitting in Banjul, Gambia had asked the Burkinabe government to do everything within its power to bring the whole episode to light, Ouagadougou has set about it but nothing has come out of it. Local human rights organisations have complained that the Burkinabe authorities do not seek their assistance on the unexplained issues of “disappearances” and assassinations. For the MBDHP, one expects no justice in the present Burkina Faso. Even where, since the submission of the report by the independent commission of inquiry, some very questionable magistrates have been transferred, the MBDHP still thinks that the changes have done nothing to shake off the total and hideous state of dependence of justice in the country. The organisation adds that, the changes can not even be called reforms as much is still left to be done. Asked about the necessity for ”bringing the whole affair to light”, as recommended by the sages, a local media executive summarised the people’s sentiments saying, ”for the time being, the power-that-be has not even initiated the beginning of the solution” Time is pressing, 20 years after Burkinabe journalist’s murder Help by sharing this information RSF_en Receive email alerts to go further 4) The independent commission had recommended that the department which controlled the presidential guard be brought under the command of the republican army and that the functions of the presidential guard be limited to the mission of protecting the head of state. The college of sages on the other hand, recommended that the duty of providing security to the president be handed over to the police and the gendarmerie.Meanwhile, the special department continues to harbour the presidential guard. If there are changes within the hierarchy of the presidential guard, the same men are still called upon to ensure the security of the head of state. The transfers, whose details remain a secret, only came about when the bad behaviours of some soldiers became a well known secret. Within these last months, soldiers showed their annoyance about their housing allowances which were embezzled. Some observers pointed out that Blaise Compaore’s regime drew its weight from the army and, particularly from the guard close to the head of state, adding that it will appear inconceivable for the president of the republic to break away from the regiment that make up his force and authority. As regards the reallocations in the barracks announced by the president, it is a farce as the presidential guard regiment has remained where it was. Only new barracks would be constructed in Ouagadougou by 2000. News Follow the news on Burkina Faso Burkina Faso’s media group’s five-day suspension is too harsh, RSF says News December 7, 1999 – Updated on January 20, 2016 What’s happening about the inquiry into Norbert Zongo’s death? June 7, 2021 Find out more Conclusions and Recommendations.The Burkinabe government has only scorched the proposals of the independent commission of inquiry and that of the college of sages on the assassination of Norbert Zongo and his three companions, but not addressed them (this report is not out to deliberate on the political and economic recommendations of the college of sages). Special allocations have been made for the families of the victims and the judge has been provided with the wherewithal with which to carry out his job and the judicial inquiry is going on even now. But the fact that none of the six suspects cited by the commission has been charged till date and the fact the François Compaoré, the president’s brother has not even been invited for questioning by the judge are clear indications that the state, irrespective of its pronouncements and declarations, does not want and is not prepared to bring to light the issues at stake. The sacking of representatives of the Reporters Sans Frontières from the country on two occasions – May and September 1999, shows the unwillingness of the Burkinabe authorities to act decisively. These measures do not contribute in placating the situation created by the death of Norbert Zongo as they only reinforce the thinking that government has some skeletons in its cupboard. A serious public relations operation has been carried out by the Burkinabe government toward donors, political partners and the international media. But in the actual sense, one can rightly say that the government is not being sincere. The argument that one is presumed innocent until proved otherwise can not becloud the little proofs before the tribunal which are enough to bring the real authors of the death of the director of L’Independant to book. Today, the trial magistrate has all he requires to make his inquiries but surely not at the necessary levels. Without international or local pressure, it will be naive to hope that the Burkinabe authorities would clear the issues related with the death of the newspaper director. As the commission of inquiry has shown, the assassination is directly linked to the presidential family itself, for the head of state, unless if he is constrained, to allow justice to be carried out to its logical conclusions.After putting in place the independent commission of inquiry and the college of sages, two initiatives worthy of note, the authorities in Ouagadougou seems to be paralysed and frightened of their own daring ideas. After taking some good decisions under road-side pressure, as some are wont to say, the authorities today seem incapable of allowing the investigations to go on normally. If not, why are the procrastinations, the lateness and the quibbling since after the submission of the report by the commission to the Prime Minister.Today, the document concerning David Ouedraogo and Norbert Zongo are at the point of death. The military judge who inherited the case file on Ouedraogo has difficulties in digging into the file made by the two previous judges who are supposed to educate him on the affair. Within few days, Dec. 13, it will be a year since Zongo and his three companions were killed, a crime that has remained unpunished. Reporter Sans Frontières (RSF) is therefore urging the Burkinabe authorities to put into practice all the recommendations of the independent commission of inquiry and the college of sages especially that which wants the security outfit of the head of state to be reorganised. RSF is surprised that the judge handling the quadruple murder of Sapouy has not started the case and therefore has not arrested any of the three other members of the presidential guard who are currently breeding the air of freedom but who were implicated in the report of the commission. RSF is equally surprised that François Compaoré, who is directly implicated in the Ouedraogo’s case, the main cause for the assassination of Zongo is still not arrested (the trial magistrate, before he relinquished the case file to the military judge, had charged François with murder and possession of dead body).Reporter Sans Frontières recommends to the main donors to Burkina Faso, especially the European Union (article 5 of the Lomé convention 1V has made the respect for human rights as one of the conditions for receiving aid), to press on the authorities of Ouagadougou to bring to light the case of Norbert Zongo and his three companions.N. B : Reporters Sans Frontières, anxious to ensure transparency, sent a copy of the report to the government of Burkina Faso over a month before it was officially released. To date, it has received no response. June 11, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more