first_img to go further NigerAfrica NigerAfrica Help by sharing this information Organisation Niger: Two journalists arrested in disturbing setback for press freedom News Reports What with a newspaper being banned, another newspaper receiving a warning and a publisher getting a jail sentence, July has taken a heavy toll on the media in Niger. This past month has highlighted the fragility of Niger’s press, which has won more freedom but needs to become more professional in order to hold on to it.Press offences decriminalized, much more freedomEver since a 4 June 2010 decree on media freedom, defamation, public insults and other media offences are not longer punishable by imprisonment. Pre-trial detention for media offences is also prohibited. Fines and damages are the only penalties that can now be imposed on the media.At the end of a visit to Niamey in June 2011, Reporters Without Borders hailed the improvement in media freedom in Niger and issued a report covering both Niger and Guinea entitled “Turning the page.”In November 2011, President Mahamadou Issoufou continued a policy begun by the Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy (CSRD), the former transitional government, by becoming the first African head of state to sign the Declaration of Table Mountain, which calls for the decriminalization of media offences and puts media freedom at the centre of policy-making in Africa.As a logical result of these ambitious reforms, government behaviour that benefitted the media and the almost total absence of media freedom violations, Niger advanced spectacularly in the 2011-2012 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index, going from 104th to 29th, a leap of 75 places.But the situation is fragile. The behaviour of certain journalists who show little respect for professional conduct and ethics is liable to reinforce the position of those who criticize the decriminalization of media offences.Reporters Without Borders continues to maintain that decriminalization does not mean the freedom to publish or broadcast content of any nature whatsoever. There is no freedom without responsibility. We reiterate the call we made in Niamey: decriminalization constitutes a spectacular advance for freedom, but must go hand in hand with scrupulous respect by journalists for the rules of professional ethics. In other words, journalists must be equal to this freedom and must deserve the trust that the authorities place in them.“Libel, slander, lies and invasion of privacy are the negation of ethical journalistic behaviour,” Reporters Without Borders said. “If people use the media to harm other people, ruin their reputation and just put out false information, they will inevitably be punished. There is a danger that the lack of ethics on the part of some people writing articles will undermine the media freedom that was won at such cost.“This situation should alert the authorities to the need to reinforce press freedom and to support media that adhere to journalistic ethics. Allocating more staff and funds to the National Communication Monitoring Body (ONC), which regulates the media, providing financial assistance to ONIMED (the media self-regulatory body), supporting the Niger Press Club, and giving journalists more professional training are all concrete ways to help protect media freedom.”Jeunesse Infos editor jailed for “forgery”Marcus Issaka Lawson, the editor of the newspaper Jeunesse Infos, was sentenced on 2 July to nine months in prison, three of them suspended, on a forgery charge for publishing an article that he falsely portrayed as having being written by Adama Gazibo, a judge and former government general secretary, in response to his newspaper’s criticism of her in an earlier issue.Headlined “I am not who you think I am” and published in the 13 June issue, the article made up by Lawson went into Gazibo’s private life, absolved the press of its errors and indirectly congratulated Jeunesse Infos on its reporting. Lawson has already begun serving the sentence.Newspaper closed, another warnedThe ONC banned the newspaper Le Mandat for good on 24 July for ignoring the warning it was given in June. The regulatory body said Le Mandat had not corrected its editorial policies since being warned on 20 June that an article in issue No. 15 “contained false information that violated the privacy of members of the public and undermined morality and public decency.”In a separate case the same day, the ONC issued a written warning to the newspaper Le Visionnaire accusing it of ignoring the warning it was given earlier in the month for publishing an article in issue No. 91 of 23 April that “contained false information and unfounded accusations.”Le Visionnaire was suspended from the National Association of Independent Press Publishers (ANEPI) in 2011 on the grounds that its publisher had used it to settle personal scores and make false accusations against the head of a privately-owned Niamey company whose wife had just been fired.Photo : After much progress, unprofessionalism causes major problems for media May 11, 2021 Find out more July 30, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 After much progress, unprofessionalism causes major problems for mediacenter_img News July 16, 2020 Find out more RSF_en Follow the news on Niger The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Receive email alerts November 27, 2020 Find out more News The conviction of Niger newspaper editor Moussa Aksar is an attack on investigative journalismlast_img read more

first_imgGun sales hit a historic high in January as violent riots hit the U.S. Capitol and a new president took over, continuing a record-setting surge that began as the coronavirus pandemic took hold in early 2020. Gun dealers sold more than 2 million firearms in January, a 75% increase over the same month last year, according to the industry trade group the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Gun sales had already been soaring amid uncertainty over the coronavirus pandemic, a severely stalled economy and widespread protests over policy brutality and racial injustice. Then came the riot in Washington and the inauguration of Democratic President Joe Biden.last_img read more

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享CNBC:The coal ministry has received valid interest for only six coal mines out of the 27 which were offered for the iron & steel, cement, and captive power plant end-use. Auction of 21 coal mines has been cancelled by the ministry as it received less than three bids for them.According to the norms of the coal auction under the Coal Mines Nationalisation Act, each mine requires minimum three bids for the government to hold auction.Jamkhani coal mine, situated in the state of Odisha, has attracted maximum bids including from companies like Vedanta, JSW, Hindalco, JSPL, Rungta Mines and Natural Resources Energy Limited.“The response to the coal auction has been subdued, mainly because of the market sentiment and also changes in policy,” said a source from the coal ministry.The auction process was incorporated in 2014, post deallocation of 214 coal mines. India has not seen a successful auction of coal mines after the first round where it auctioned 24 coal mines, out of which about 12 are now in production.More: Auction of 21 coal mines cancelled as govt sees tepid response India cancels auction for 21 coal mines due to lack of interestlast_img read more

first_imgSometimes it’s tough to find a healthy balance when it comes to your finances. While it’s nice to treat yo’ self every so often, doing it on the regular can be one of the signs that you may be spending too much money. Even though money is a taboo topic and can be a sensitive issue, it’s important to be honest with yourself. While it would be great to make a million dollars and spend it frivolously all over town, you also need to keep your future in mind.According to the site for the financial app Mint, you might want to be more careful with your money if you’re not paying your bills on time, paying for your necessities with credit cards, or your struggling to meet minimum payments. If you find yourself dealing with these things on the regular, it might be a good idea to credit a budget and start using cash so you can keep an eye on your finances and spend less money. Feeling stressed about money is something that no one should have to deal with on a daily basis that’s why it’s important to be honest with yourself and be aware of the signs that you’re spending too much money. Need some help in that department? Here are nine signs you may be sending more money than you need to. continue reading » 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » When it comes to leveraging member data, 2020 needs to be the year credit unions do things they’ve never done before, says Tom Davis, making clear those efforts are not limited to just large CUs.The president and CEO of Trellance spoke with about the challenges credit unions face in making use of the rich member data they possess, including gaining the partnerships and expertise to effectively analyze their data to make the right decisions in the face of growing competition.And while credit unions are not currently lagging behind Community banks when it comes to using data, they soon may be if they don’t make strides this year, according to Davis.last_img read more

first_img Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies But the trip to Driveline wasn’t Kelly’s only offseason investment in his career-long search for consistency. The 31-year-old also spent the winter working out at the Dodgers’ Camelback Ranch complex, altering his workout to fit his body – a lean 6-foot-1, 170 pounds.“I was here every day working out with the strength coaches, trying to find a program that will be more suitable for my body just because – for how small my frame is, how quick my muscles and tendons are wound,” Kelly said. “It was one of those things that we had to do kind of different lifts, specialize, get in the training room before I lift. It was a little bit different type of things than I’ve been used to, but it’s showed good so far.”Indeed. Kelly proudly noted that his curveball velocity was 89 mph during his one inning of work in Wednesday’s game and his fastball was solidly in the mid-90s.“It just shows my body feels healthy,” he said. “It’s really nice when first appearance of the spring I’m throwing my curveball as hard I was when I’m healthy. It usually takes a little bit, like a couple of weeks to get all the numbers working the right way. That was good to see. That’s my biggest takeaway.”Related Articles Kelly went looking for his own answers. Specifically, his fastball is above average in velocity (an average of 97.7 mph last season) but below average in spin rate (around 2,150 rpm).Driveline was able to put a finger on it for him.“It was one of those things we’re trying to figure out why,” he said of his eight-hour, compressed session at Driveline. “I was throwing fastballs with just one finger. I saw it on the video. There’s only one finger touching the ball (at release). Now I’m just trying to get two fingers, to release the ball at the same point.“This (index) finger would fall off and this (middle) finger would throw it. … I could feel it but I didn’t know what I was doing wrong – until someone tells you, you know.”Kelly has made a slight alteration to his fastball grip. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco The biggest takeaway from Kelly’s turbulent first season with the Dodgers, according to Manager Dave Roberts, was respect for the way he handled his early-season struggles. Kelly had a 5.28 ERA at the All-Star break, pitched well for a while but then was limited by an unspecified injury. Despite those limitations, Roberts sent him out for a second inning in Game 5 of the NLDS and Kelly allowed the series-deciding grand slam to Howie Kendrick.“Yeah I think consistency, certainly for him and getting ahead,” Roberts said of the challenges for Kelly. “He’s got really good stuff as far as three plus-pitches. There was a little bit of bad luck last year but then there was some health. But I just think we all learned a lot from Joe as far as how he handled that tough start.”ALSORight-hander Jimmy Nelson threw a bullpen session but “didn’t feel good coming out of it,” Roberts said. “So we’re going to take a step back with him.” The problem is described as “lower body discomfort” and Roberts said it “remains to be seen” when Nelson will throw off a mound again. Roberts has already dismissed Nelson’s chances of earning a spot in the starting rotation. The Dodgers are looking at him for a bullpen role. GLENDALE, Ariz. — When the Dodgers players scattered following the end of their 2019 season, many had offseason trips planned to tropical locales in Hawaii, Cancun and Aruba. But the most frequent destination seems to have been … Seattle.Add Joe Kelly to the list of Dodgers pitchers – one that includes Clayton Kershaw, Kenley Jansen and Alex Wood – who made a trip to Driveline Baseball near Seattle. The sports complex located in Kent, Wash., specializes in data-driven performance training for pitchers and hitters and has become one of the real winners in the tech revolution that has overtaken baseball.It’s their work with pitchers that has gained the most traction – earning founder Kyle Boddy a job with the Cincinnati Reds (as director of pitching initiatives and pitching coordinator). Another Driveline instructor, Rob Hill, has joined the Dodgers as a pitching coordinator this spring.While Kershaw seems to have made the trip out of curiosity more than anything, both Wood and Jansen have been vocal about their belief in the benefits of the motion-capture analysis and movement drills they went through at Driveline. Motivated to try it after conversations with Cincinnati’s Trevor Bauer (the poster child for Driveline’s benefits, particularly in velocity gain), Wood made multiple trips this past offseason.last_img read more

first_imgBy Jay Cook |RED BANK – It surely isn’t the most typical summer concert venue on the Jersey Shore, but a floating benefit show in the memory of a beloved local has become one of the most successful and unique gigs around.For the past five years, hundreds of boaters from Red Bank to Highlands and beyond have flocked to Blossom Cove each summer for a day of rocking out, sun bathing, and most importantly, raising money to fight cancer, all in remembrance of Art Natsis.“It’s a hell of a lot of fun, but it’s not just a party in the water,” said Steve Warendorf, guitarist for the Moroccan Sheepherders.“Artiepalooza 2017”Warendorf forged a friendship with Natsis and his wife, Feli, in 2012 after the Moroccan Sheepherders’ final show at the former Dockside restaurant and bar, now the Eventide Grille.With crowds supposedly too big for the parking lot to handle, Warendorf said he began talking with Art Natsis about finding a new place to play. He jokingly suggested playing on Natsis’ boat – and that’s exactly what happened.The Sheepherders played two shows on Natsis’ boat-turned-stage in the summer of 2012, becoming popular locally for its atypical venue.Natsis, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, had been battling cancer at the time and passed away in April 2013 at the age of 51. At his wake, an idea was hatched to host a benefit concert in memory of Natsis to raise funds for David’s Dream & Believe cancer foundation, a charity he had supported during his fight, Warendorf said.It was appropriately dubbed “Artiepalooza,” and is headlined every summer by the Moroccan Sheepherders.On the concert’s fifth anniversary on July 22, the benefit celebrated its biggest crowd on the Navesink River to date, with over 200 boats anchored for hours.A trio pulls up to the concert at about 3 p.m.“It’s finally starting to get traction,” Warendorf said.Blossom Cove, a small cove set along the Middletown side of the Navesink River, was filled to the brim Saturday afternoon with jet skis, fishing boats, yachts, and inflatables of all shapes and sizes.Warendorf said the event raised about $3,000 in donations from those in attendance.A popular cover band on the Jersey Shore, the Moroccan Sheepherders have played recently at the Sandy Hook Beach Concert Series and are scheduled to open the Monmouth County Fair.Though, for Warendorf, “Artiepalooza” is second to none in his book.“It’s by far my favorite event of the year,” he said.This article was first published in the July 27 – Aug. 3, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

first_imgNelson Firefighters saved its best for last as the club claimed the Nelson Youth Soccer U17 Boy’s House Division Final with a 5-2 victory over Maglios.The title was good enough to earn the squad the prestigious The Nelson Daily Team of the Week honours. The squad includes, from left, Shawn DeGroot, Leonardo Batubara, Dustin Steeger, Nemia Darwel, Cormac Southam, Greg Syvertsen, Trace Cooke, Oliver Hale, Kyle Koehle and Eric Stephenson.last_img

first_imgThe next big Granite Pointe event will be an all ages scramble and banquet on October 5th to raise funds for course improvements next year. The Kelvin Ward team came away the winner at the Grinchmas tournament this past weekend at the Granite Pointe at Nelson Course.Team Ward, including Mike Pozin, Lorraine May, Ruth O’Bryan, Larry Marinas, won by two strokes with a 12-under-par round of 60.Team Scheldrups won the Sunday Chapman event by one with a net score of 8 under par (64).last_img

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 24, 2015)–Mike Luzzi, America’s Eclipse Award-winning apprentice jockey in 1989, has been named the winner of the 2015 Santa Anita George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award by a nationwide vote of his peers.A 45-year-old native of Wilmington, Delaware, Luzzi has stood the test of time and has enjoyed a highly successful career riding primarily in the Mid-Atlantic region, Maryland and New York. It is expected that Luzzi will travel west to Santa Anita to accept the award in either March or April.Sidelined due to a broken leg and fractured pelvis sustained in a paddock accident at Aqueduct on Nov. 2, Luzzi outpolled four other finalists; James Graham, Leslie Mawing, Corey Nakatani and the recently retired Rosie Napravnik.Presented annually by Santa Anita since 1950, the Woolf Award is one of the most highly coveted honors in all of racing as it recognizes those riders whose careers and personal character earn esteem for both the individual and the sport of Thoroughbred racing.Born Oct. 27, 1969, Luzzi was raised in-part by his grandfather, legendary trainer Buddy Raines, who also trained one of Luzzi’s biggest early stakes winners–Timely Warning, with whom Luzzi won the 1991 Maryland Million Classic at Pimlico and Grade I Brooklyn Handicap at Aqueduct. Luzzi was also the winner of New York’s prestigious Mike Venezia Memorial Jockey Award in 2001.With 26,540 career mounts, Luzzi has won 3,420 races and his mounts have generated purse earnings of $108,218,039.Luzzi and his wife Tania reside in Floral Park, New York, and they have a daughter, Larue, 14, and son, Lane, 16, who is preparing to become a jockey.The Woof Award was created to honor and memorialize the legendary jockey George “the Iceman” Woolf, who was regarded as one of the greatest big money riders of his time. Woolf died following a spill, which has often been attributed to the effects of diabetes, on Santa Anita’s Club House turn Jan. 3, 1946. The Woolf trophy is a replica of the full-size statue of the late jockey which adorns Santa Anita’s Paddock Gardens area.The inaugural Woolf Award winner, which was determined by a vote of the Racing Press, was Gordon Glisson. Last year’s Woolf Award was won by Corey Lanerie. –30–last_img read more