“Turning the page” – report on hopes for media freedom in Niger and Guinea

first_imgOpen publication – Free publishing – More guinea Follow the news on Africa Africa Reporters Without Borders is today releasing a report on media freedom in two countries where the political situation is still fragile after recent transitions – Guinea, where President Condé’s private home was attacked with heavy weapons on 19 July, and Niger, where soldiers have just been arrested on charges of trying to assassinate President Issoufou and topple his government.Download the report “Turning the page, hopes for media freedom in Niger and Guinea” (PDF format – 3.5Mb).The result of fact-finding visits to Conakry from 22 to 27 May and Niamey from 26 to 30 June, the report describes the recent transitions to democracy in these two countries as periods favourable for media freedom. It goes on to evaluate the current situation and the challenges ahead.As regards Guinea, Reporters Without Borders deplores the fact that three media laws promulgated during the transition have still not been implemented. It also condemns the new government’s lack of interest in defending media freedom and expresses concern about the many repressive measures taken by the National Communication Council (CNC), a media regulatory body.The latest of these was a directive on 26 July banning “all state and privately-owned news outlets” from mentioning the attack on President Condé’s home – an order that violates an article in the national constitution enshrining media freedom as a fundamental right. It is tantamount to introducing prior censorship. Reporters Without Borders joins Guinea’s media associations in calling on the CNC to rescind this order.The situation is more positive in Niger. Media freedom violations are now rare and President Issoufou’s government has emphasized its desire to respect freedom of the media. The situation nonetheless continues to be fragile. This was seen when a journalist with the weekly Le Canard Déchaîné was briefly detained on 21-22 July although a law has decriminalized media offences. Niger could become a regional model of good governance and respect for media freedom, but it must first consolidate what has been achieved.In its conclusions, Reporters Without Borders urges Guinea’s President Condé to publicly undertake to guarantee media freedom and respect for media diversity, the government’s secretary-general to immediately submit the three media laws to the supreme court (so that it can verify their constitutionality and thereby allow them to be published in the official gazette), and the government to ensure that Radio-Télévision Guinéenne continues to be a public service media that reflects all aspects of Guinean society.As regards Niger, Reporters Without Borders calls on senior officials to continue their efforts to promote media freedom and to reiterate their commitment to this, calls on the government to envisage measures likely to improve the economic environment for the media, and urges journalists not to forget the responsibilities of their mission to report the news.Pictures : Guinean president Alpha Condé on the left (AFP/Pascal Guyot) and Mahamadou Issoufou, Niger’s president, on the right (AFP/Seydou) Reports Help by sharing this information July 28, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 “Turning the page” – report on hopes for media freedom in Niger and Guinea Receive email alerts News June 7, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders rallies former hostages in Paris, following the kidnapping of journalist Olivier Dubois. to go furthercenter_img Africa News Twitter blocked, journalism threatened in Nigeria June 10, 2021 Find out more June 8, 2021 Find out more Organisation RSF_en Time is pressing, 20 years after Burkinabe journalist’s murder News Related documents Download the reportPDF – 4.28 MB last_img read more

Former receiver accused of domestic violence

first_imgFormer USC wide receiver Victor Blackwell was identified as the student detained and arrested by the Dept. of Public Safety on Wednesday night in a domestic violence incident involving his girlfriend, according to the Los Angeles Times. Blackwell was detained and arrested by DPS before being transported to Los Angeles Police Dept.’s 77th Street Division station for booking, where he was held on $50,000 bail.Arrested and charged · Victor Blackwell, a former wide receiver, was accused of beating his girlfriend and destroying her property. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanAccording to DPS’s Daily Incident Log, the incident took place in the University Gateway apartments. The victim told DPS that she was punched in the face multiple times and that when she attempted to escape into her room, Blackwell punched holes in the door. The victim also reported to authorities that Blackwell had destroyed her laptop computer and cell phone, in addition to throwing a chair at her.Prior to joining USC’s football team, Blackwell attended Santa Ana Mater Dei High School with current freshman cornerback Jonathan Lockett. Blackwell had 54 yards and three receptions in USC’s victory over Fresno State on Aug. 30, but the Cerritos, California, native was reportedly unhappy with his lack of playing time, according to a Sept. 23 interview with Inside USC’s Scott Wolf and head coach Steve Sarkisian.“He’s frustrated with his playing time, and we’re a little frustrated with his commitment to the program,” Sarkisian told Wolf.Blackwell sat out USC’s win over Stanford and loss at Boston College, and had not shown up to a single practice after the team returned from Boston. After not hearing from Blackwell for almost a month, Sarkisian announced Blackwell’s dismissal from the team last Thursday.last_img read more

Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets Focused on Brazil 2019 Ticket

first_imgAngola’s 1-0 win over Uganda hours later has ensured that the winner of the top-of-the-table duel between Nigeria and Angola this afternoon would have one leg in the semi finals and automatically in the FIFA U17 World Cup slated for Brazil later this year.All four semi finalists at the ongoing championship in Tanzania will represent Africa in Brazil.Two-goal hero against Tanzania, Wisdom Ubani and Man-of-the-Match Akinkunmi Ayobami Amoo will be the cynosure of all eyes in the Eaglets’ attacking line today. Yet, Ibraheem Jabaar, who slammed in the winning goal against the Serengeti Boys minutes after coming on as a substitute, is also capable of making things happen, just as Olakunle Olusegun, Fawaz Abdullahi and Olatomi Olaniyan.Nigeria won the Africa U-17 Cup of Nations in 2001 in Seychelles and in 2007 in Togo, and were world champions in 1985 (China), 1993 (Japan), 2007 (Korea Republic), 2013 (UAE) and 2015 (Chile).Current Head Coach, Manu Garba was also at the head of the technical team that won in the United Arab Emirates six years ago.The Eaglets failed to even qualify for the continental finals held in Gabon in 2017, losing to Niger Republic in the final qualifying round. Mali, Ghana, Guinea and Niger Republic flew Africa’s flag at the last edition of the FIFA U-17 World Cup finals in India.Mali edged Ghana in an all-African quarter final, only to lose 1-3 to Spain in the semi finals and falter 0-2 to Brazil in the match for third place.The normally strong Malians, who also finished as tournament runners-up to Nigeria in Chile in 2015, are absent from the finals in Tanzania after losing the available WAFU A slots to Senegal and Guinea.In Wednesday’s other match of Group A, hosts Tanzania will tackle Uganda in a match of two teams still hunting for their first points at the tournament.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Olawale Ajimotokan in AbujaFive-time champions Nigeria will guarantee a return to the FIFA Under-17 World Cup finals today if the Golden Eaglets overcome their Angolan counterparts in their second match at the ongoing Africa Under-17 Cup of Nations in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.A reproachable slack approach saw the Golden Eaglets slump from 3-1 lead to conceding three goals and falling behind against host nation Tanzania in the tournament opener on Sunday, but they woke from slumber in good time to win with two spectacular goals and pocket three precious points in a 5-4 win.last_img read more

Half-time: West Ham 0 Fulham 0 – woodwork saves Whites at Upton Park

first_imgFulham were saved by the woodwork in a lively first half at Upton Park.With both teams’ under-pressure managers needing a victory, West Ham dominated the early stages and almost went ahead when Mark Noble’s right-wing free-kick was headed against the post by Modibo Maiga.Martin Jol’s Fulham, who have lost four matches in a row, were also relieved to see James Collins’ header from Stewart Downing’s corner drift wide.Adel Taarabt started for the Whites in place of the absent Dimitar Berbatov and the visitors are again without Brede Hangeland.Taarabt looked dangerous at times as Fulham threatened on the counter-attack, but Sam Allardyce’s side continued to have the upper hand and Downing brought a save from Maarten Stekelenburg with a fierce 25-yard strike.Mohamed Diame and Kevin Nolan then missed decent chances to put the Hammers in front.Fulham (4-4-1-1): Stekelenburg; Zverotic, Hughes, Amorebieta, Richardson; Duff, Sidwell, Parker, Kasami; Taarabt; Bent.Subs: Stockdale, Senderos, Ruiz, Kacaniklic, Karagounis, Boateng, Dembele.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

What we learned at Raiders practice on Friday

first_imgALAMEDA — The Raiders would officially hit the panic button if they lose Sunday against the Browns, who are coming off their first win since Dec. 24, 2016.No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield will start his first career game, and the Raiders’ shoddy defense is tasked with slowing down an improved Browns (1-1-1) offense threatening to send the silver and black deeper into NFL oblivion.The Raiders (0-3) wrapped up one final day of practice before Sunday’s 1:05 p.m. kickoff at the Coliseum. Here …last_img read more

Good Biology Without Natural Selection

first_imgExcellent biological research that produces understanding and application can ignore natural selection completely.If natural selection is useless in science, as we have argued recently (4 Jan 2019, 10 Jan 2019), then the flip side should also be true: scientists should be able to do useful work by ignoring natural selection entirely. They should be able to discover, analyze, explain, and apply biological discoveries without it. This contradicts Dobzhansky’s frequently quoted mythoid, “Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution.” Here are some examples in the news.Divining roots: Revealing how plants branch out to access water (Science Daily). When seeking water in the dark underground, plant roots use a method called “hydropatterning” to succeed. The root only triggers root hairs to branch out when they sense water. Scientists at the University of Nottingham show the remarkable process in a video animation that looks for all the world like a smart drill bit finding its way down, down, with tiny root hairs occasionally branching out. They mention “divining roots” in jest. No water-witching or divining rod is implied. Instead, the plant controls the process by a “branching master gene called ARF7.” Without it, they found, the root cannot perform hydropatterning.Professor Sadanandom explained: “Plants are relatively immobile and therefore their growth and development is very much dependent on their environment. Our research has identified the particular protein which can modify, and even inactivate root branching, therefore limiting plant growth and development.“This is hugely exciting as it opens up the possibility for us to adapt this protein interaction and potentially develop plants that could continue to branch roots even in challenging conditions such as water scarcity.”Professor Bennett concluded: “Water is critical for plant growth, development and, ultimately, their survival. Surprisingly, understanding how plants sense water availability has eluded scientists until now. By studying how plant roots modify their branching in response to water availability, we have uncovered a novel molecular mechanism.Readers will look in vain for any mention of evolution or natural selection (NS) in these articles. They will see hydropatterning described as “an adaptive response,” but the researchers do not mean adaptation by NS, because that would require multiple generations selecting chance mutations in a population. They mean, instead, that the root is adapting to water presence as it grows. That had to be a pre-programmed response. In short, this research aided scientific discovery, analysis, understanding and application without any need for evolutionary storytelling.The most important hair on your head is on the inside (Phys.org). This article tells about research on cilia on your brain cells. They look like little hairs sticking out of the cells, but are profoundly important for health and function in the brain. Researchers at the Norwegian Institute of Science and Technology apparently had no need for Darwin to come in and explain how cilia evolved. They are too busy working to understand how cilia work. Cilia, by the way, are one of the examples of irreducible complexity that Michael Behe gave in his leading-edge intelligent design book, Darwin’s Black Box.The immune system’s fountain of youth (Medical Xpress). Scientists at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel are not thinking about natural selection. They are more concerned about people: “If only we could keep our bodies young, healthy and energetic, even as we attain the wisdom of our years.” To help on that goal, they are studying what the body does with senescent cells, cells “not completely dead but suffering loss of function or irreparable damage.” Inability to clear these damaged cells may contribute to aging by causing inflammation. By learning about how the body cleans out senescent cells in mice, and making it more effective, they feel they could prolong human lifespan. Would speculating about natural selection help their efforts in any way?How did your shoulder form? (Medical Xpress). The headline seems made to order for a Darwinian just-so story about how your shoulder evolved by natural selection. Instead, we read from this press release from the University of Delaware,Whether you’re pitching a baseball, playing a violin, or typing at your desk, your shoulder helps you get the job done. This joint is a complex machine, and in order to protect shoulders from injury, scientists want to develop a better understanding of how the most delicate parts of these joints work. Surely they must employ NS in their understanding, right? Isn’t that what makes sense in biology? Apparently not: “assistant professor of biomedical engineering Megan Killian is using novel methods to study muscle activity during the maturation and healing of the rotator cuff, the group of muscles and tissues that helps to keep the shoulder joint in place.” She’s looking at the shoulder from an engineer’s perspective. Not only that, her university is promoting the engineering perspective for making sense of biology among its next generation of researchers:Biomedical engineering students learned about how dissimilar tissues in our bodies attach in a course offered this past fall called Structural Interfaces in Biology. This course, developed at UD by Killian, covers how materials integrate and attach in biological systems, from tendon-to-bone attachments to the way gecko feet attach to smooth surfaces.So how did your shoulder form? Ask an engineer. Do NOT ask a Darwinian, unless you just want to hear a story.Because of its good bioengineering design, a shoulder can be used to wield a heavy sword in complex, rapid moves, or play the most delicate notes on a violin. Differing materials, including bone, muscle and tendons, must be able to reliably attach to make this possible. Should scientists expect us to endure just-so stories about how natural selection engineered such biomechanical masterpieces by chance? (Credits: left: David Rives channel. Right: Alma Deutscher channel.)Bioengineers unveil surprising sensory and self-healing abilities of seashore creatures (Science Daily). Limpets are small shellfish that adhere to rocks in tidal waters. Again, bioengineers lead the way in helping us understand their remarkable repair abilities:New research from bioengineers paints a surprisingly complex picture of limpets — the little seashore creatures that are ubiquitous on rocky patches of beaches in many parts of the world. The bioengineers have discovered that limpets are able to detect minor damage to their shells with surprising accuracy before remodelling them to make them stronger. In many ways, the way they heal is similar to the way broken bones mend in mammals.The researchers at Trinity College Dublin not only ignored natural selection in their research, analysis and understanding of these little animals, they found something positively anti-evolutionary: that limpets use a “surprisingly complex” method of repair that is similar to what mammals do. Even more telling, the full paper in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface—usually a bastion of evolutionary storytelling—fails to mention evolution or natural selection at all.Jonathan Wells has re-cast the Dobzhansky quote to say, “Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of the evidence.” Natural selection is not evidence. It is a story, a scenario, a narrative gloss applied on the surface of the phenomenon under study, turning it hideous. If you don’t want to imagine Michelangelo’s David perverted by a coat of garrish neon-glow paint, then keep natural selection out of your biology, too.See also: “Will Humpty Darwin Fall in 2019” (3 Jan 2019).(Visited 368 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Kartarpur: Day three sees only 122 pilgrims

first_imgOnly 122 pilgrims crossed through the newly built corridor to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan’s Kartarpur on Monday, two days after the corridor was inaugurated.Sources in the administration told The Hindu that confusion over requirement of passport after conflicting statements from Pakistan was one of the key reasons for the fewer than expected number of people visiting it.The data from the Integrated Check Post (ICP) set-up at Dera Baba Nanak showed that while 148 applications were received, only 122 devotees visited the shrine on Monday.An immigration official at the ICP said the passport and Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) were compulsory. “Neither Pakistan nor we [India] are stamping the passports but carrying passport is necessary besides the ETA,” said the official requesting anonymity. He said the confusion over the passport was possibly a reason that so far a fewer number of people had come to visit.The corridor connects the Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara with Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district. Guru Nanak Dev had spent the last 18 years of his life in Kartarpur Sahib.Another official said people were also facing technical problems while applying on the portal. “Also many people have been coming here [Dera Baba Nanak] with their identification cards (Aadhaar) presuming that after paying the $20 they can directly visit the shrine without realising that passport and registration process are compulsory. All this is causing confusion,” he said.Gurdaspur Deputy Commissioner Vipul Ujwal said, “We need to create a mass awareness drive. We have already set up help desks.”last_img read more

10 months agoMcAteer: McCarthy can convince West Ham youngster Rice

first_imgMcAteer: McCarthy can convince West Ham youngster Riceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Republic of Ireland international Jason McAteer believes new coach Mick McCarthy is capable of securing Declan Rice’s commitment.West Ham utility Rice also qualifies for England and is weighing up his commitment.McAteer told the Irish Independent: “Knowing Mick as I do, it wouldn’t surprise me if Declan Rice decided to represent Ireland now.”However, the way they’re moving, Declan possibly thinks England. Gareth Southgate is doing a really good job and he might want to be a part of that. England have a better chance of winning a World Cup. “But I don’t think he’d play a great deal of football for England. There are four of five midfielders that maybe come before him.”For Ireland, he’d be a key player. He could be a star for us.”Jason McAteer, speaking exclusively for bookmaker comparison platform your-promotional-code.co.uk TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

CPSE ETF: Govt eyes `3,500 cr from fifth tranche subscription

first_imgNew Delhi: The fifth tranche of the CPSE Exchange Traded Fund will open for subscription on March 19, wherein the government seeks to raise at least Rs 3,500 crore. The fourth Further Fund Offer (FFO), which would be open from March 19-22, would help the government in mopping up funds towards meeting its disinvestment target of Rs 80,000 crore for the current fiscal ending March 31. According to Reliance Mutual Fund, which is managing the CPSE ETF, the fifth tranche would open for subscription on March 19, for anchor investors. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalNon-anchor investors, including retail investors, can put in their bids from March 20-22. This would be the second CPSE (Central Public Sector Enterprises) ETF FFO in the current fiscal after Rs 17,000 crore raised November 2018. So far, the government has raised a total of Rs 28,500 crore from rounds through CPSE ETF, including the first offer in March 2014 that mopped up Rs 3,000 crore. “The CPSE ETF is trading at very attractive valuations. As on February 28, the dividend yield of the index was as high as 5.52 per cent compared to 1.25 per cent for the Nifty 50… In addition, the government is also giving a 4 per cent discount to investors,” Reliance Mutual Fund Head (ETF) Vishal Jain said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe ETF tracks shares of 11 Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) — ONGC, NTPC, Coal India, IOC, Rural Electrication Corp, Power Finance Corp, Bharat Electronics, Oil India, NBCC India, NLC India and SJVN. Through the latest offer, the government aims to raise an initial amount of Rs 3,500 crore and the offer size could be raised, as per Reliance Mutual Fund. After raising Rs 3,000 through New Fund Offer (NFO) in March 2014, the government garnered Rs 6,000 crore from the first FFO of the CPSE ETF in January 2017. Subsequently. Rs 2,500 crore was mopped from the third tranche in March 2017 and Rs 17,000 crore from the fourth round in November last year. The government has raised Rs 56,473.32 crore through disinvestment till February 28, as against the target of Rs 80,000 crore for the 2018-19 fiscal.last_img read more