New “security measures” tighten state’s grip on RTI

first_imgNews News June 23, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 New “security measures” tighten state’s grip on RTI RSF_en October 16, 2020 Find out more Côte d’IvoireAfrica Follow the news on Côte d’Ivoire Côte d’IvoireAfrica to go further Reports The Ivoirian government has tightened its grip on the nationalradio and television station Radiodiffusion télévision ivoirienne (RTI),following the announcement by Interim Communications Minister Hubert Oulaye,on 10 June 2004, of a series of new measures aimed at bringing the station’snews coverage in line with “government interests.” The Ivoirian government has tightened its grip on the nationalradio and television station Radiodiffusion télévision ivoirienne (RTI),following the announcement by Interim Communications Minister Hubert Oulaye,on 10 June 2004, of a series of new measures aimed at bringing the station’snews coverage in line with “government interests.””The authorities will now be able to exert complete control over RTI’s news.Clearly, this manoeuvre is intended to censor items which could be damagingto the government,” said Reporters Without Borders.”The role of RTI is to meet the population’s information needs and provide abalanced perspective of the entire political spectrum, not to serve as amouthpiece for one party or another. We urge the Ivoirian authorities toreconsider these measures, which effectively amount to censorship,” addedthe organisation.Oulaye, who recently replaced Patriotic Movement of Côte d’Ivoire (Mouvementpatriotique de la Côte d’Ivoire, MPCI) Secretary-General Guillaume Soro ascommunications minister, has been highly critical of RTI and its director,Kebe Yacouba, since taking over the office. He has accused them of”supporting the rebels,” prompting journalists at the station to expressfears that RTI’s independence could be threatened.On 10 June, following an attack on government positions by isolated rebelfactions at Gohitafla and Ity several days earlier, managers at RTI receiveda ministerial communiqué announcing that news items covering the event orany items dealing with defence and security issues would henceforth besubject to a “preview by cabinet” with a view to “protecting the interestsof the state”. The press review that closed the evening news broadcast eachnight was also cancelled, while two journalists have been assigned tooversee programming content and inform the minister of any items that might”endanger the security interests of (the state).” Receive email alerts October 29, 2020 Find out more The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa News November 27, 2020 Find out more RSF’s recommendations for protecting press freedom during Côte d’Ivoire’s elections Help by sharing this information Threats against journalists in run-up to Côte d’Ivoire’s presidential election Organisation last_img read more

Nicaragua Will Create Four New Divisions to Support the National Police

first_imgBy Dialogo May 10, 2012 Nicaragua will create four police units specialized in counterintelligence, border security, rural policing, and tourism, one of which will focus on security along the country’s borders with Costa Rica and Honduras, the head of the National Police, Aminta Granera, announced on May 8. The new units will combat drug trafficking, the trafficking of rare timber, youth violence, and domestic violence, according to Granera. President Daniel Ortega swore in the new directors of these units at an event in the capital city of Managua, on the evening of May 8. The border patrol will watch over the areas bordering Honduras and Costa Rica, the rural unit will protect harvests and combat criminal gangs in the countryside, and the tourism unit will look after this flourishing sector of the economy, Granera specified. At the same time, the counterintelligence unit will ensure “that all operations are conducted in the best way” and will seek to prevent officers from becoming involved in illicit activities. Counterintelligence operations have been the Army’s exclusive preserve, and the new units will reinforce the National Police. Granera said that the restructuring aims to more effectively confront “the public-safety problems” in the municipalities, primarily due to drug and alcohol use.last_img read more

Serena dominates Azarenka to win Italian Open

first_imgSerena Williams returns the ball to Belarus’ Victoria Azarenka during their final match at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, May 19. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)by Andrew DampfROME (AP) — Serena Williams won her fourth consecutive title of the year in dominating fashion Sunday, beating third-seeded Victoria Azarenka 6-1, 6-3 in the Italian Open final.The top-ranked American will enter the French Open, which starts next Sunday, on a career-best 24-match winning streak.Williams was coming off consecutive titles in Miami; Charleston, South Carolina; and Madrid last week.She didn’t drop a set while winning this title.Williams’ only previous title at this clay-court event came in 2002, when she beat Justine Henin in the final.That was also the year she won her only title at Roland Garros. Last year in Paris, Williams lost in the opening round of a major for the first time, falling to 111th-ranked Virginie Razzano of France.Later, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal were renewing their rivalry in the men’s final at the Foro Italico.On a pleasant spring day, Williams immediately took control by breaking Azarenka’s serve twice to take a 3-0 lead in the opening set.The 15-time Grand Slam winner slugged winners at will off both Azarenka’s first and second serves, stepping into the court to dictate play at every opportunity.Azarenka grew distraught at the end of the first set, twice slamming her racket on the court in desperation.After trading breaks midway through the second set, Williams took control again when Azarenka double faulted to hand her a 5-3 lead. Williams then served out the match at love and let out a big scream when she unleashed a backhand winner down the line to close it out.Williams held a massive 41-12 edge in winners and served nine aces to Azarenka’s none.Williams improved to 12-2 in her career against Azarenka, who spent 51 weeks at No. 1 before Williams reclaimed the top spot in February.Williams had twice won 21 matches in a row before, although both of those runs came more than a decade ago, in 2002 and the beginning of 2003.Martina Navratilova established the longest women’s winning run in the Open Era at 74 matches in 1984.At 31, Williams is back at the top of her game after missing 11 months in 2010 and 2011 with a right foot injury and a pulmonary embolism.It was Azarenka’s first final since beating Williams for the title in February at Doha, Qatar. That followed the Belarussian’s Australian Open victory. Since then, Azarenka has been slowed by right ankle and left foot injuries.It was the 51st title of Williams’ career. Navratilova also holds the record in that category with a seemingly insurmountable 167 titles. Williams moved within two titles of matching Monica Seles for ninth on the all-time list.Wiilliams was already first among active players and now has seven more titles than her sister Venus, who is second on the list and watched the final from the stands.Earlier in the women’s doubles final, Su-Wei Hsieh of Taiwan and Peng Shuai of China upset the top-ranked Italian pair of Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci 4-6, 6-3, 10-8. Your comments are welcome.Follow us on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourierJoin us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlDownload our mobile app at http://www.appshopper.com/news/new-pittsburgh-courierlast_img read more

Focus on Atlanta: A nightmare reunion awaits Shanahan, Falcons

first_imgFirst came the 49ers’ crushing injury news, next will come the inevitable questions this week about how he helped the Falcons blow a Super Bowl title nearly three years ago.Kyle Shanahan sure didn’t get much time to savor a 49ers’ victory for the ages in New Orleans on Sunday.As the play-caller for the Falcons, Shanahan had a hand in the worst collapse in NFL history when Atlanta blew a 25-point second-half lead against the Patriots in Super Bowl LI.“I’ll go back through every play for the …last_img

New Dinos Found; What Do They Mean?

first_imgThere is often a wide gap between the bones that are found and the stories that are told about them.  As new dinosaur bones come to light, some reporters cannot resist imagining all kinds of things about their lifestyles.  Here are two recent examples.  As a bonus, we’ll add a non-dinosaur reptile story or two.Mongolia: It’s a Bird!  It’s Plain!  Ker Than reported on two “raptor”species unearthed in Mongolia in Live Science.  He quickly associated these with alleged “feathered dinosaurs” like Microraptor gui.  But wasn’t that a bird?  He claimed that dromeosaurs were bipedal dinosaurs that “were closely related to birds and many of them are even known to have had feathers.”  (For more on Microraptor gui, see the 05/19/2003 entry and analysis by Jonathan Sarfati at Answers in Genesis.)Fallout Shelter:  Charles Q. Choi at Live Science reported on the find of an underground den of dinosaurs found in Montana.  The setting and the shape of the snout and legs suggested that Oryctodromeus cubicularis, “digging runner of the lair,” dug burrows – the first dinosaur found with that ability.  Choi connected that with the K-T extinction and suggested that these dinosaurs “dug deep, possibly to avoid catastrophe.”  See also the BBC News.Lizard slithered:  Jeanna Brynner wrote in Live Science about a lizard having nubs for front legs.  This was provided as support for evolution: the fossil, she said, is “clarifying how some lizards shed their limbs as they crept through evolutionary time and morphed into slinky snakes.”  Another paleontologist said this provided a window into what was happening 100 million years ago.  “We now know that losing limbs isn’t a new thing and that lizards were doing it much earlier than we originally thought.”    Another surprise was noted.  Losing the front limbs first seems odd, “when you would think it would be the opposite.”  Wouldn’t a handicapped lizard shove its face into the dirt?  “The front limbs would be useful for holding onto dinner or digging a hole, but it must be developmentally easier to get rid of the forelimbs,” confessed Michael Caldwell (U of Alberta).  The end of the article contains a key disclaimer about the evolutionary value of this fossil: “Though the lizard find does not make for a ‘missing link,’ Caldwell suggests it suffices as a critical data point for helping scientists understand the aquatic process of limb loss.”  National Geographic and EurekAlert also reported on this story.  Question: has anyone proved this individual was not an unfortunate mutant?Leapin’ lizards:  Another fossil lizard shows extended vertebra the discoverers believe allowed it to glide like a flying squirrel.  For a picture, see Live Science.  This had nothing to do with other flying reptiles, the pterosaurs, which were capable of true powered flight.  There are “dragon lizards” in Asia capable of gliding today.  Another gliding lizard fossil is known in Triassic strata.  The discoverer made this tie-in to evolution: “It is really amazing to see evolution making nearly identical structures in animals of different origins spanning such a long history.”Inferring behavior, ecology and motivation is keeping paleontologists busy.  “We may not have resolved all that dinosaurs can do,” said one paleontologist.Evolutionary paleontology is 30% digging and 70% storytelling.  Maybe they think details about dry bones will bore the public.  Everybody wants to hear a good campfire story, whether or not it is true.  The more fanciful the better.  The next theory will be that dinosaurs could sing, dance and play chess (cartoon).    Ezekiel told of a valley of dry bones that came to life (Ezekiel 37) but that was only a parable, and the resurrection occurred by intelligent design.  The evolutionists tell their stories as if they believe them to be literally true.  But can a consistent materialist conjure up behavior, motivation and intention from dry bones?  Bones are designed; tell the Darwinist who engages in such flights of fancy, “Get your own dirt.” (See joke).    For those needing alternatives to the evolutionary interpretations of dinosaur bones, see the recent article in Answers magazine about sauropods, and in Journal of Creation about alleged “feathered dinosaurs.”(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Butterfly Wings Xeroxed

first_imgIf you can’t build it, copy it.  Scientists have had a hard time reconstructing the photonic crystals that make butterfly wings shimmer with light (01/29/2003), so they made, in effect, a carbon copy.  PhysOrg described how scientists at Penn State made impressions of the regularly-spaced geometric shapes from a butterfly wing and transferred it to glass, leaving a “positive mold that looks the same as the butterfly wing from the top.”  Maybe instead of biomimetics this could be dubbed biomimeographics.    What do they want to do with their replicated photonic crystal?  They have their eyes on semiconductor devices, infrared sensors, solar energy concentrators and other things no one has thought of yet.  What they know is that the “structural color” reflected by these crystals will be pure and intense.  That’s bound to be useful or just pretty.True science seeks to understand a natural phenomenon with observation, equations and experiments, with an eye toward improving human life.  It’s not necessary to tell a story about how the butterfly invented a technology that human intelligence can photocopy but not yet engineer.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Play Your Part TV Series is back

first_imgWhen South Africa celebrated 20 years of democracy in 2014, a TV series titled Play Your Part was aired on SABC 2. It aimed to inspire South Africans to make a difference in their communities. The TV series will return in August 2017.Prolific kwaito artist and Play Your Part ambassador, Kabelo Mabalane, will host the third season of the Play Your Part TV series. (Image: Shout SA)Hosted by Play Your Part Ambassador, Kabelo Mabalane, the exciting series aimed to inspire South Africans to take action and make a difference in their communities.Brand South Africa looks forward to showcasing and promoting the spirit of active citizenship and nation building in South Africa, as well as to inspire and empower viewers to play their part and get involved.last_img

Zion Williamson’s 29 leads No. 2 Duke to rout of St. John’s

first_imgLATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Ponds faced relentless pressure all day from Jones, and a couple of his five turnovers led directly to breakaway dunks by Williamson.“We had live-ball turnovers that, to me, just turned the game, turned the whole atmosphere of the game,” coach Chris Mullin said.BIG PICTURESt. John’s: The Red Storm knocked off one Duke team full of one-and-done freshmen — stunning last year’s group 81-77 in Madison Square Garden behind 33 points from Ponds — but with Jones neutralizing him this time, they couldn’t do it again. If nothing else, though, they’re still the answer to a trivia question: St. John’s was the last non-ACC team to beat Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium, pulling it off in 2000.Duke: The Blue Devils’ 3-point shooting remains an enigma. Duke entered shooting just 31 percent from long distance — the worst percentage in school history — even after a 10-for-19 performance five nights earlier at Notre Dame. The Blue Devils promptly made their first four 3s against the Red Storm’s 2-3 zone — and then hit just 3 of 22 after that.ZIONLIGHTWilliamson’s defining dunks came late in the first half. With Jones pestering Ponds, Williamson picked the Red Storm guard’s pocket and the lefty went the other way for a thunderous breakaway slam with his right hand. Williamson did the same thing a few minutes later — stealing the ball from Ponds and soaring in for a right-handed slam — in the final minute of the half to give Duke its first double-figure lead at 47-37.HE SAID IT“To the fans I appreciate the love that they’re showing and want me to come to their team. But I’m still in college and I’m enjoying the process and whichever team that drafts me, I’ll be ready to work.” — Williamson, who has not declared his intentions for next season, when asked about the concept of NBA teams tanking for the chance to draft him.END OF THE STREAK Williamson stuffed the stat sheet in this one — hitting 13 of 17 shots while finishing with five steals, two blocks and a couple of his customary highlight-reel dunks.He scored 12 points — all either at the rim or the free-throw line — during the 26-6 run that bridged the halves and pushed the lead into the 20s. Cameron Reddish capped the run with his fourth 3 of the game, making it 61-39 with about 16½ minutes left.LJ Figueroa had 14 points and Marvin Clark II added 12 for the Red Storm (16-6), who fell behind by 20 points before they hit a shot in the second half while losing their third in four games.Ponds, the hero of last year’s upset win over Duke and a 20.9-point scorer, had all 11 of his in the second half.“I knew that he was a key to their team,” Jones said. “So for myself, I knew that I had to come out stronger than him and set the tone early for our entire team.”ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duke backup Jordan Goldwire hit a 3-pointer in the final minute of garbage time, but it was anything but meaningless to him. He had been 0 for 15 for the season from long range, and no player in Division I missed more 3s without making one.UP NEXTSt. John’s: Faces another daunting road challenge Tuesday night at No. 10 Marquette — coached by former Duke assistant and player Steve Wojciechowski.Duke: Plays host to Boston College on Tuesday night. MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Williamson scored 29 points in the second-ranked Blue Devils’ 91-61 rout of St. John’s on Saturday while creating the latest set of highlights for the most visible player on arguably the nation’s most visible team.“Nobody has brought in the exposure that he brought in,” Krzyzewski said, pointing to Williamson’s 2.3 million followers on Instagram. “When does that happen? It may never happen, and it’s happening for him. And we are such high profile. Everything is looked at closely, and his excellent play is looked at by everybody.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“And the thing about that kid is, he doesn’t want all that attention, and he handles it so well,” he added. “We have a good group, so I’m not sure many groups would handle it the same way.”Tre Jones flirted with a triple-double with 13 points, seven rebounds and seven assists while playing lockdown defense on Shamorie Ponds. And RJ Barrett added 15 points and 14 rebounds for the Blue Devils (19-2), who shot 56 percent while winning their fifth straight. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Duke’s Zion Williamson, center, reacts with Marques Bolden (20), Cam Reddish (2) and RJ Barrett (5) following a play against St. John’s during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Durham, N.C., Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019. Duke won 91-61. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)DURHAM, N.C. — Zion Williamson stole the ball and soared for dunks. He blocked shots with authority. And once again, he scored points in bunches.In other words, just a typical game for Duke’s must-see freshman phenom.ADVERTISEMENT Donald Trump on golf course with Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woeslast_img read more

Tibet bus accident kills 44 people, injures 11

first_imgAt least 44 people were killed and and 11 others injured in China today when a tour bus plunged into a Tibetan valley after a three-vehicle pile-up.”The 55-seat bus carrying 50 people fell off a 10-metre-plus-high cliff after crashing into a sports utility vehicle and a pick-up truck,” state-run Xinhua news agency reported.Another five people were in the other vehicles in the accident which happened at around 4:25 pm (0825 GMT) in Nyemo County, west of the capital Lhasa, in the Tibet Autonomous Region.The bus passengers were mainly tourists from regions including Anhui, Shanghai, Shandong and Hebei.The injured were being treated at hospitals in Lhasa and did not have life-threatening injuries, Xinhua said. An investigation into the cause of the accident is under way.Police have detained managers of the Feixiang Travel Agency and the Shengdi Vehicle Tour Company blamed for the accident.last_img read more

Men’s Open Squad Inspire Parkes Juniors

first_imgAs part of the weekend, the squad helped coach Parkes’ junior teams who will take part in the New South Wales Junior State Cup later this month. Parkes Touch Association President, Al Gersbach, says it was an enjoyable experience for all involved. “We got a lot out of it from a coaching point of view and the kids got a lot more out of it. They thoroughly enjoyed themselves. We had a dinner on the Saturday night and the comment I made was that a few times during the day I got the opportunity to stand there and look around and see everyone’s expressions and all of the Australian players were laughing and doing stuff with the kids and the kids were having a ball, they were over the moon. They were all laughing and having fun and the Aussie guys did an absolute fantastic job,” Gersbach said. It is the second time that the squad has trained in Parkes in recent years, following their first training camp at Pioneer Oval in October 2009. Gersbach says that there are plenty of benefits of having the squad comes to Parkes and hopes it can happen again in the future. “It’s good that we’ve got that association with the guys after the first one we had, it’s just grown from that. A lot of friendships were made then and I think they continued from there, especially with the kids, they knew most of the Aussie players when they turned up. For the new kids, they were just over the moon that there were Australian players standing there in front of them.”“I can’t speak highly enough of what they’ve done for us, the benefits we received, and the squad from the sound of it thoroughly enjoyed coming out here too. They were very professional in the way they went about things,” Gersbach said. Close to 150 players and officials from Parkes will travel to Wollongong for the Junior State Cup later this month and the teams are looking forward to the challenge following the help from their new friends. “I’m actually the coach of the under 12’s boys team and the improvement that came from them after the weekend, we trained again on Monday after the guys left on Sunday and the improvement was 50 per cent better than before.”Thank you to Fiona Lovett from Parkes Touch Association for providing the photos. More photos can be found on the Touch Football Australia Facebook page as well as the High Performance part of this website. Please click on the following links:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=14-3780-0-0-0&a=PHOTOGAL_Vhttp://www.facebook.com/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384last_img read more