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RSF worried by Rwandan candidate to head OIF

first_img News July 10, 2018 – Updated on July 11, 2018 RSF worried by Rwandan candidate to head OIF At their summit in Antananarivo in November 2016, the OIF’s heads of state and government reiterated their commitment to “guarantee effective protection of journalists and freedom of the press.”Every year OIF awards the “media innovation francophone Prize” along with RSF and RFI. The next secretary-general will be chosen at a summit in the Armenian capital of Yerevan on 11-12 October. Eight journalists have been killed or have disappeared in Rwanda since 1996 while 35 have had to flee the country. The number of press freedom violations tallied by RSF has fallen in recent years but censorship is still ubiquitous and journalists still routinely censor themselves to avoid being targeted by the regime. “How is the OIF going to be able to defend media pluralism and press freedom in accordance with its human rights goals if it is run by one of the top leaders of a country that has been trampling on the right to inform and persecuting journalist for the past 18 years?” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire asked. “It is the OIF’s ability to defend independent journalists and media as vital development actors in the French-speaking world that is at stake.” Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is concerned about Rwandan foreign minister Louise Mushikiwabo’s candidacy to be the next secretary-general of the International Organization of the Francophonie (OIF). Although the Rwandan government is one of the worst press freedom violators, she has significant support and has every chance of being elected. News Help by sharing this information Rwanda is ranked 156th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. Only five of the OIF’s 58 member countries have worse rankings. RSF_en The BBC’s very popular Kinyarwanda-language radio programmes have been banned since 2015, when the BBC broadcast a TV documentary that blamed Kagamé’s Rwandan Patriotic Front for some massacres during the 1994 genocide of Tutsis. Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent Rwandan Foreign Affairs minister Louise Mushikiwabo arrives at the Elysee palace to meet French president on May 23, 2018 ludovic MARIN / AFP RwandaAfrica Protecting journalistsMedia independenceInternational bodies PredatorsViolence BBC Africa’s “disproportionate and dangerous” dismissal of a journalist The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Receive email alerts Reports to go further Follow the news on Rwanda Organisation November 27, 2020 Find out more RwandaAfrica Protecting journalistsMedia independenceInternational bodies PredatorsViolence Her government’s spokesperson as well as its foreign minister, and so far the only person running against the OIF’s current secretary-general, the Canadian Michaëlle Jean, who is seeking a second term, Mushikiwabo has already received the public backing of French President Emmanuel Macron and the African Union. The regime that President Paul Kagamé has ruled with an iron hand since 2000 and Mushikiwabo has represented for nearly ten years has used censorship, threats, arrests, physical violence and murder to silence media outlets and journalists. Kagamé holds a prominent position in RSF’s gallery of press freedom predators. News April 6, 2020 Find out more February 13, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Reporting in Is the industry making the most of the popularity wave?

first_imgIn a previous Reporting In column I highlighted the importance for the baking industry of creating ’Brand Baker’. In the piece I aired the view that the industry needed to raise its profile and, in some way, make it stand out from the multitude of careers available, so that the recruitment of new blood into the profession became that much easier.So, a couple of years down the road, where are we in relation to achieving a higher public profile for the industry? Well, there has certainly been more mainstream media attention paid to our noble craft. In particular, the series of programmes run on BBC 4 in 2010, as well as The Great British Bake Off and Baking Made Easy (aired on BBC2) has gone some way to generating greater interest in our profession.It is also heartening to see that certain elements of the industry have started to publicise the virtues of baking in other ways. National Craft Bakers’ Week, organised by the NAMB, appears to be showing some benefit in raising the profile of the high street baker. It is also encouraging to see that this initiative is actively working with schools, which makes sense, as they are now educating the next generation of career searchers.The move to differentiate ourselves from general catering and the raising of our wider profile, I would suggest, is under way. The questions I now pose are:1. How joined-up is our thinking around this whole issue?2. What industry-wide strategy is in place to build on the positive things that are happening already, so that the benefit is shared by all?It is only by the industry being united around these strategic issues that the full potential can be realised.last_img read more

Berger: SOTU themes dovetail with NAFCU priorities

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger last night welcomed President Obama’s focus in his State of the Union address on the need to address growing cyber threats and to take actions aimed at helping advance the nation’s economy.“NAFCU appreciates the president’s belief that together we can do great things,” said Berger. “In 2015, NAFCU looks forward to working with the administration and Congress to advance our country’s economic prosperity, especially through several key issues that also reflect our priorities for 2015 – including national data security standards for retailers and increased small business lending.”Berger noted particularly the association’s efforts to establish national data security standards for retailers, and he reiterated NAFCU’s call to lift the arbitrary member business lending cap so credit unions can help small businesses create valuable jobs “without the need for any new taxes or government programs.”The president last night alluded to threats waged against the Dodd-Frank Act and pledged to veto efforts to roll back consumer protections put in place after the financial crisis. Berger acknowledged the need for protections but also warned of unintended consequences. continue reading »last_img read more

WRGB, Sinclair and honest journalism

first_imgCategories: Editorial, OpinionIn today’s media climate, the smoke around any one story gets cleared in record time reducing already short public attention spans and curtailing demand and opportunity for thoughtful contemplation.This writer, holding a postgraduate degree on the relationship between government and mass media, could not be expected to resist the opportunity to comment on the controversy that arose last month involving Sinclair Broadcast Group and WRGB channel 6, its local media property.    All this gives the impression that Sinclair and WRGB are trying to deceive viewers into watching “product” they want to push.Sinclair protests that its editorial simply endorsed responsible journalism and warned against false and biased reporting, a universally shared concern. But the issue was never the message itself, rather the opaque and faithless way Sinclair chose to deliver it.  Newspapers reserve space for viewpoints that disagree with their editorial opinions. To restore faith with its viewers, perhaps Sinclair and WRGB should do the same.John Figliozzi is a regular contributor to the Sunday Opinion section.More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes The central issue is whether and to what extent media owners and journalists have a responsibility to differentiate dispassionate reporting from editorial opinion for their readers, listeners and viewers.  POWER AND RESPONSIBILITYThe First Amendment recognizes and protects the unique influence that “the fourth estate” can wield as an independent source of information and check on government power.Indeed, the term itself springs from recognition of the news media as an integral part of the political system, but separate from the government itself.  A.J. Liebling, the noted war correspondent and longtime writer for The New Yorker magazine once pithily noted that, “Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those that own one.”His point was that opportunities to “own one” are limited, making for a two-edged sword.  While some might point to general access to the Internet and social media as counterweights, there is an important distinction to be made between freedom of speech there and freedom of the press. The former is primarily individual and fleeting in nature, regardless of how “viral” a tweet or posting becomes. The latter is institutional and more established.    It is the print and electronic news media that have proven capacity to influence public opinion by either amplifying speech or restricting it.Fortunately, most media outlets respect that responsibility. But some seek to exploit it.It’s the latter that sparked the Sinclair controversy.  MISLEADING INTENT?There is no denying that Sinclair “owns” a press — in the form of 193 broadcast television stations nationwide — and has the constitutional right to use it to express its own opinions.Like newspapers, television station owners have always delivered clearly stamped editorials themselves.Instead, Sinclair issued a script to be read by the principal news anchor(s) on all its stations, apparently intending it to appear locally sourced.  Greg Floyd and Liz Bishop did so at WRGB.The online sports and news blogger Deadspin noticed a distinct pattern and produced a split screen video showing the identical text being delivered at dozens of Sinclair stations. The resulting ridicule was immediate, caustic and deserved.The political satirist John Oliver observed, “Nothing says we value independent media like dozens of reporters forced to repeat the same message … like members of a brainwashed cult.”Ironically, Sinclair’s act served as a pertinent example of the dodgy practices its editorial sought to criticize.  It also tainted the trust that local anchors painstakingly win through earnest journalism — like Floyd’s “You Paid for It” state government report segments and Bishop’s peer honored four decade career in local news — by using them as mere corporate mouthpieces.  If only an isolated incident, it could be excused as a rare atypical error.But Sinclair has a track record – from refusing to run CBS’s roll call tribute to fallen soldiers during the Iraq War, seeing it as implied criticism of the Bush policy, to instructing its stations to broadcast a highly questionable critique of candidate John Kerry’s Vietnam service just two weeks before the 2004 election. More recently, it had a dubious one-sided agreement with the Trump campaign securing exclusive interviews with the candidate and has since hired only declared Trump partisans as “commentators” for airing during its stations’ ostensibly local newscasts.Locally, WRGB-6 has given viewers more reason for doubt by using national report segments from Sinclair-owned Circa in its local newscasts and inserting another Sinclair program, Full Measure, halfway through Sunday morning’s CBS Face the Nation hour, confusingly moving the CBS program’s second half hour to another owned station without any notice to the viewer.last_img read more

Aduana return to the summit

first_imgDaniel Darkwah’s header consigned Tema Youth to yet another defeat and lifted Aduana Stars back to the summit of the Glo Premier League table on Wednesday.Aduana are two points ahead of second-placed team, Medeama and Berekum Chelsea, who drop from the top to third position after they lost heavily, 5-1 to Liberty Professionals.Darkwah scored the winner in the 14th minute at the Agyemang Badu Park to claim all the spoils for the home side.Tema Youth, sitting in the relegation bracket played with lots of determination but could break through the defence of Aduana.last_img read more

Sumner County Sheriff Bookings: May 5 to May 12, 2014

first_imgDvorak, Chloe31Winfield, Ks815 N Woodlawn #213 Wellington KsWPDDisorderly Conduct, Domestic Battery5/11/14 The Sumner County Sheriff Department weekly bookings for May 5 to May 12, 2014 are as follows:  Steele, Michael A.30Wichita, KS.47th and Hydraulic, Wichita, Ks.SUSOD.W.S., Poss. of Paraphernailia, and  Theft5/7/14 Sedgwick Co24 Jones, Richard R.55Wichita, KS.1442 E. 160th St. South, Gueda Springs, Ks.SUSOSedgwick County F.T.A. (Child Support5/6/14 NameAgeHome TownLocation of ArrestAgencyChargesArrest Bollen-Holland, Jesse L.22Wichita, KS.1300 N. “A”, Wellington, KS.WPDDriving under the influence5/7/14 Griffis, Dustin M.26Wellington, KS.“B” & 13th Street, Wellington KS.WPDD.U.I.5/9/14 Hatchett, Dwight C.65Ponca City, OK.I-35 MP 26.5SUSOD.W.S. and P.V. out of Harvey County5/8/14 Ortiz, Anthony E.43Caldwell, KS221 N. Young, Caldwell, KS.CAPDAssault, Disorderly, and Criminal Trespass5/6/14 Stucky, Aaron D.44Wichita, KS.500 N. Washington, Wellington KS.SUSOPoss. of Drugs, Poss. of Paraphernaila, D.W.S.5/8/14 Wood, Joshua38Haysville, Ks610 E. Hillside, Wellington KS.SUSOHere for Court5/7/14 Mulvane Sumner Co19 Purkey, Lana J.33Wellington, KS.501 N. Washington, Wellington KS.SUSOProbation Violation5/7/14 Lunistra, Samuel T.92Wichita, KS.500 N. Washington, Wellington KS.SUSODriving while suspended5/9/14 Zirkle, Wendy M>45South Haven KS.Jackson County Detention Facility, Holton Ks.SUSOHere for Court5/9/14 Monday 0600  to  Monday 0600  dateWEEKLY BOOKINGS 5/5 to 5/12/2014  Bail Bondsman Everhart, Justin A.33Peck, KS.600 N. Logan, Belle Plaine KS.BPPDD.W.S. and No Insurance5/6/14         Huynh, Phat T.27Wichita, KS.100 W. & 175th St. S.SUSOPoss. of Drugs, Poss. of Paraphernaila,5/10/14 Stewart, Christopher W.45Wellington, KS.500 N. Washington, Wellington KS.SUSOServe Sentence 48 Hours5/8/14 Cole, Jody L.49Argonia, Ks.500 N. Washington, Wellington KS.SUSOProbation Violation5/8/14 Hughes, Rayshon27Wichita, KS.610 E. Hillside, Wellington KS.SUSOServe Sentence 48 Hours5/9/14 Hartpence, Jeffery37Attica, Ks610 E. Hillside, Wellington KS.SUSOHousing for Kingman Co5/6/14 Bodner, Joshua A.23Wichita, KS.1320 E. Michigan, Apt. E, Wellington, KS.WPDCity of Wellington warrant for Theft5/10/14 Bookings Medrano, Fidencio56Wichita, KS.I35 MM33 Casino Plaza, Mulvane KsKHPDriving under the influence, Transporting open container5/10/14 Wellington PD5 Pauly, Travis28Conway Springs, Ks7th and Conway Conway Springs KsSUSOPedestrian under the influence, Disorderly Conduct5/11/14 Thru 5-10 Hay, Dylan M24Wellington, KS.1429 N. Day, Wellington, KS.SUSOProbation Violation5/09/1204 Caldwell PD1          Long, Brandon R.31Wellington, KS.1503 N. Olive, Wellington Ks.WPD            Probation Violation5/9/14 Luna, Monica31Wellington, KS.400 N US 81 Wellington, KsSUSODriving while suspended5/9/14 Coady, Jonathan30Wichita, KS.610 E. Hillside, Wellington KS.SUSOServe Sentence 48 Hours5/9/14 Free, Robbie38Lufkin TxSGCO JailSUSOProbation Violation5/6/14 KHP1 Moore, Travis L.27Wichita, KS.100 W. & 175th St. S.SUSOPoss. of Drugs, Disorderly Conduct, and Interference of L.E.O.5/10/14 Belle Plaine1last_img read more

Blue Jays to play 2020 home games in one of these three locations after Toronto ban

first_imgThe Blue Jays will not be playing home games in Toronto for the 2020 MLB season.Marco Mendicino, Canada’s minister of immigration, refugees and citizenship, said in a statement Saturday that it’s simply too dangerous to allow the Blue Jays to play in the country. Mendicino said the risks associated with frequent travel between the Canada and the United States isn’t worth it. St. PetersburgThis location was suggested by USA Today MLB reporter Bob Nightengale.The #BlueJays could have their home games in St. Petersburg, Fla., sharing the #Rays Tropicana Field stadium; or their spring-training park in Dunedin., Fla., or in Buffalo, N.Y. The 2020 schedule was set up on the premise that the Blue Jays would be in Toronto or the Tampa area. https://t.co/Z6JGOD3Vil— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) July 18, 2020Nightengale is saying the Blue Jays would be sharing Tropicana Field with the Rays. This isn’t a new suggestion as the possibility was brought up in June.TSN reporter Scott Mitchell said in June that Tropicana Field is “seen as a last resort if some logistical issues can’t be worked out.” If for some reason Buffalo and Dunedin don’t work, a shared home field with the Rays is the last-resort scenario. “Unlike preseason training, regular season games would require repeated cross-border travel of Blue Jays players and staff, as well as opponent teams into and out of Canada. Of particular concern, the Toronto Blue Jays would be required to play in locations where the risk of virus transmission remains high,” Mendicino said. “Based on the best-available public health advice, we have concluded the cross-border travel required for MLB regular season play would not adequately protect Canadians’ health and safety. As a result, Canada will not be issuing a National Interest Exemption for the MLB’s regular season at this time.”MORE: 2020 fantasy baseball cheat sheetIn a statement, the Blue Jays said the team is “in the process of finalizing the best home location for the remainder of the 2020 season and will share an update as soon as it is available.”#BlueJays Statement On 2020 Season Home: pic.twitter.com/lpXLapRHUD— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) July 18, 2020With the 2020 MLB season approaching (opening day is scheduled for July 23), fans are curious as to where the Blue Jays will actually play this year. That can be boiled down to three locations.Where will the Blue Jays play in 2020?Three locations are on the table for the Blue Jays are Buffalo, N.Y., Dunedin Fla., and St. Petersburg. Fla. A breakdown of the three locations:BuffaloThis is the most obvious location. The Blue Jays have a minor league affilate there, the Bisons, and the team reportedly reached out to them recently.From the Buffalo News:Multiple sources confirm to The Buffalo News that the Bisons’ parent club has finally reached out to Rich Baseball Operations in the last couple of days to examine the possibility of Toronto’s home schedule being played in Buffalo this summer. The home opener is slated for July 29 against defending World Series champion Washington. Based on the factors related to Covid-19, Buffalo is looking like it would make the most sense.The minor league season has already been canceled, so the Blue Jays would not be sharing a stadium.One problem with this location, however, is that the lighting at Sahlen Field is not up to par. As the Buffalo News states, “it is fine for Triple-A games but would need an upgrade for the major leagues.” Sahlen Field also has smaller clubhouses, trainers facilities and batting cages.DunedinDunedin is the home of another minor league affiliate for the Blue Jays. It is also where the Blue Jays play their spring training games. The obvious problem here, however, is the spike of coronavirus cases in the area. Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro already argued to have spring training games in Toronto because of coronavirus fears.”As the condition in Florida got worse and the spike happened … we raised the possibility of conducting our training in Toronto,” Shapiro said in June. “It just seemed like that was a safer alternative.”If the Blue Jays can’t figure out a way to get Buffalo to work, Dunedin is the next logical location.last_img read more

Florida Already looking ahead to Phase Two of Re-opening

first_imgThe Trump administration’s social distancing guidelines expired last night and now many states like Florida are preparing to reopen.Phase One of the state’s reopening plan doesn’t start until Monday, and South Florida is not included in the initial unbuttoning, but plans are already underway for Phase Two. The governor’s task force for reopening the state released its recommendations yesterday on further steps the state should take when conditions warrant.In Phase Two, restaurants could increase to 75-percent capacity, and gyms could open at 75-percent capacity as well. Bars and nightclubs could open at 50-percent capacity, and state parks would reopen. And, Governor DeSantis is expected to make an announcement today about reopening state parks.last_img read more

First test of young season for Nelson Figure Skaters

first_imgGower and fellow coach Yoshie Measures have spent the last six months rethinking all aspects of the clubs programming.This summer they premiered a re-tooled summer camp designed to establish the NFSC as a regional centre of excellence in the off season.The coaches invited fitness specialists to develop a broad-based strategy to help skaters improve strength, flexibility and overall fitness.“We want to develop the complete athlete,” says Coach Measures. “By adding flex, yoga and dance classes we complimented a rigorous on ice program with what the other instructors were doing.”The formula proved successful with the largest summer enrolment the club has seen in years.One key area the club wanted to rethink was the Junior Academy Program.Designed as a transition from general skating to figure skating, the program has always had to serve skaters in transition and with a broad range of abilities.The coaches decided to utilize the higher requirements of the New Canskate and keep skaters in that program longer.Skaters moving into Junior Academy will now possess a firm base to learn the rigors of figure skating. For Measures, a jump specialist, its all about developing solid skill sets at every level.“We are teaching skating that focuses on proper crosscut technique, and most importantly improved fitness through on-ice cardio sessions. We’ve notice difference since the summer, skaters are pushing harder, going faster and have more stamina.”All those benefits will be appreciated as skaters begin to prepare for the upcoming competition season.Next up on the competitive trail is a meet in Rossland before the Kootenay Regional Championships in January, 2014.The Super Series Final in Kelowna March is a treat for skaters to participate in. Performances be live streamed allowing friends and supporters to watch the action wherever they are.For more information about the Nelson Figure Skating Club, please visit nelsonfigureskatingclub.ca A handful of Nelson skaters take the show on the road to compete in the East Kootenay Invitational competition beginning Friday in Kimberley.Nelson Figure Skating Club members  Charley DeFouw, Christina Champlin, Breanna Tomlin and Morgan Sabo will represent Nelson at the East Kootenay Invitational.Beginning will Test Events on Friday, the four Starskaters will compete in a total of 13 events over the weekend across a variety of categories from Elements and Dance tests to Freeskate and Interpretive programs.With Olympic actions just around the corner the competition is expected to draw more than 130 competitors from around the region.The Nelson Figure Skating Club recently launched some new programs for first time skaters to seasoned competitors.Canskate, the club’s flagship learn to skate instruction has been redesigned by Skate Canada.  The New Canskate aims to help kids progress faster through constant movement.“In a 45 minute session there are lots of ways we ensure kids are always moving,” explains Coach Sarah Gower.“With the use of a fast track, a circuit, props and games children are always using their stroking to acquire sound fundamentals faster. They achieve speed and better fitness sooner.”Gower emphasizes that Canskate is a sound base for all ice sports and has added drills designed specially for kids looking to play hockey.“We offered a condensed Canskate program in the summer and I was amazed with the progress in only five days.”last_img read more

Saints marching to help fight Cancer

first_imgJoin the Selkirk Saints Varsity Men’s Hockey Team as it takes on Eastern Washington University.Fans are encouraged to dress in pink during the special game that is dedicated to raising breast cancer awareness and funds for the Canadian Cancer Society.Game sponsor EZ Rock will be on hand for this fun evening, which will include a moment of silence before the game to honour those who have lost their lives to cancer and in-game announcements in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.The Saints will be hosting a 50/50, with half the proceeds donated to the cause.Come out and support local hockey and help the Saints Pink the Rink! The Selkirk Saints is hosting its annual Cancer Awareness Game this Friday at 7 p.m. at the Castlegar & District Recreation Complex.last_img read more