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Man with disabilities falls from rollercoaster in freak accident

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A man with disabilities fell from a large rollercoaster before being rushed to hospital.

The 36-year-old was filmed at the theme park falling 10 metres from the Krater attraction.

Occurring at midday Laureano de Jesus Ospina was meant to be enjoying a day out at the National Coffee Park in the city of Montenegro in Colombia.

The man was rushed to La Sagrada Familia hospital immediately and is said to be in a ‘critical condition’.

A video recorded by a witness shows how the man drops from the roller coaster as it nears the bottom of one of its near-vertical plummets.

The theme park in Quindio province is said to be a celebration of the role coffee has played in the nation’s history.

Jhon Faber Giraldo Giraldo, community manager of the theme park, said ‘Mr Laureano is stable and we know that he never lost conscious and that he is in the hands of the specialists of the Holy Family.’

He added  ‘It was not a mechanical failure or failure of operation, because we are operating with the protocol that says the manufacturer of the attraction.’

The park reportedly provided immediate care to the man before an ambulance arrived.

However, the Colombian website said that Giraldo has pledged an investigation of the incident.

Krater was opened in February 2015 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the park.

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Mozambique: Government set to impose license fees for local journalists.

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Mozambican government has announced plans to introduce license fees for local and foreign journalists.

Local correspondents will pay $2,500 per trip for media accreditation while foreign correspondents living in Mozambique will be charged $8,300 per year.

Mozambican journalists reporting for foreign news outlets will be required to pay $3,500 for an annual accreditation.

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This is 50 times more than the country’s statutory minimum wage, estimated at around $70 per month.

The plan fees have attracted serious criticism as the move has been viewed as an apparent attempt to discourage reporting from the country.

Mozambique’s National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) has warned that the imposition of licensing fees on the country’s mass media must not compromise the fundamental right of the public to information.

In a statement, the CNDH, added its voice to the chorus of criticism of the proposed fees.

It conceded that the government has the right to update licensing and accreditation fees, but said such a measure should not undermine the right to information.

The CNDH points out that the current legal framework on access to information “takes as its guidelines the greatest divulging of information and free access to information… In other words, access to information is a matter of public interest and this access should be promoted and facilitated”.

It added: “The legal framework meant that the relevant state bodies must take measures to promote the broadest possible access to information”.

CNDS also warns that the enormous fees imposed by the July decree are not in line with the guidelines contained in the legal instruments on the right to information that are in force in the country.

The justification given for the fees is that they are necessary to ensure the sustainability of the sector – but none of the money raised by the fees will go to the media.

The decree states that 60 percent of the money from the fees will go to the state budget, and the remaining 40 per cent will go to the government’s press office (Gabinfo).

Meanwhile, the government is showing signs of backing down.

On Tuesday, its spokesperson, the Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism, Ana Comoana, said the decree will be discussed with interested parties before its implementation.

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South Africa: Man cleared of rape after 13 years in jail

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After 13 years behind bars in Westville Prison, Njabulo Ndlovu will become a free man after being acquitted of rape at the Pietermaritzburg High Court in Durban.

The 35-year-old uMlazi man was sentenced to life imprisonment after being convicted of the 2002 gang rape of a pregnant woman who knew him as they went to the same school and their fathers had worked together.



He was 19 and a second-year student at the University of Durban-Westville (today the University of KwaZulu-Natal) at the time. He testified during the trial that he had been nowhere near the place where the gang rape took place.

During the trial, three of the five accused were discharged due to lack of evidence, while Ndlovu and another remained in prison. After Monday, only one accused will remain in prison.

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While Ndlovu was in prison for over a decade, he never lost hope, as he continued pursuing law studies and received a law degree from Unisa in May this year.

And on Friday, a full bench of judges upheld the appeal against Ndlovu’s conviction and sentence. He now intends to sue the minister of justice for damages.

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