Improvement in press freedom depends on national unity government’s ability to function properly

first_img November 12, 2020 Find out more to go further Help by sharing this information ZimbabweAfrica Reporters Without Borders has written to Tomás Salomão, the executive secretary of the Southern African Development Community, on the eve of a SADC meeting in Maputo on the situation in Zimbabwe. Voicing concern about the impact of the Zimbabwean government’s internal crisis on the ability of journalists to work freely and the reemergence of an independent press, Reporters Without Borders urges the SADC and the leaders of Mozambique, Swaziland and Zambia to spare no effort to help the government emerge from the current deadlock.Mr. Tomaz SalomaoExecutive SecretarySouthern African Development CommunityGaborone – BotswanaParis, 4 November 2009Dear Executive Secretary,On the eve of the SADC summit that you will be chairing in Maputo on the situation in Zimbabwe, Reporters Without Borders, an international press freedom organisation, would like to draw your attention to the terrible consequences that political deadlock in Zimbabwe could have on the work of the news media.An increase in tension in the past three weeks between President Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-PF and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has already had a negative impact on the state of press freedom and could lead to serious reversals.An Al Jazeera TV crew was detained for several hours at the president’s office on 20 October, when the prime minister boycotted a cabinet meeting for the first time. Three days later, the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation and several state-owned newspapers received orders from information minister Webster Shamu to stop covering the activities of government ministers who are MDC members.Finally, a climate of fear has taken hold within the journalistic community as a result of recent arrests of civil society members.Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe Media Council (ZMC), a new entity that is supposed to issue licences to newspapers and thereby facilitate the independent press’s rebirth, is currently unable to function. Some sources say that, after long and delicate negotiations, the president and prime minister reached agreement on the ZMC’s nine members but they have not yet been appointed and may not be if the crisis within the government continues.An improvement in the ability of journalists to work freely and the reemergence of an independent press in Zimbabwe depend very closely on the national unity government’s ability to function properly. Given the current tension between the two sides, we think regional mediation and the SADC’s role will be decisive. We therefore urge you and the leaders of Mozambique, Swaziland and Zambia to spare no effort to help the government emerge from the current deadlock.We trust you will give this request your careful consideration.Sincerely,Jean-François JulliardSecretary-General Zimbabwean journalist Hopewell Chin’ono denied bail Organisation September 1, 2020 Find out more News Reports The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africacenter_img RSF_en November 27, 2020 Find out more November 4, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Improvement in press freedom depends on national unity government’s ability to function properly ZimbabweAfrica Receive email alerts Zimbabwean court must free imprisoned journalist who is unwell News Follow the news on Zimbabwe Newslast_img read more

ALCAIDE, UNSIM “Hija” (Chong)

first_img62, of Bayonne, passed away at her residence on May 13, 2018. Born in South Korea, Unsim was the wife to the late Miguel Alcaide and the mother to Michael Alcaide and his wife Cristina, Mina Coppedge and her husband Kenneth, Tita Alcaide and Desiree Alcaide. Unsim was also the grandmother to Ava Alcaide, Aryanna Brigantti, Anaiyah Coppedge, Kenneth Coppedge III, Emani Coppedge, Michael Rivera, Adriana Arrastia and Prince Singleton and was great grandmother to Nayeli & Josiah. Funeral arrangements by MIGLIACCIO Funeral Home, 851 Kennedy Blvd.last_img

Atlantic Beach Shark Sightings Likely Harmless Basking Sharks

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Atlantic Beach lifeguard manager Rick Weinstock took this photo of a shark spotted offshore recently. (Courtesy of CBS News)Two shark sightings in about a week that caused a scare among surfers and swimmers at Atlantic Beach appear to have been of a harmless basking shark, according to a marine biologist.Witnesses and lifeguards reported the shark sightings 70 to 100 yards offshore on Sunday, July 21 and again on Monday, July 29, sending shivers down spines of Long Island swimmers.“We shut the water down for less than an hour, it was precautionary,” Hank Ottolia, a Sunny Atlantic Beach Club Lifeguard, told the Press. “We took everyone out, then didn’t see it for a while and let everyone back in.”Kimberly Durham, a marine biologist with the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation, said that she viewed the shark sighting witness’ photo of a dorsal fin when it aired on News 12 Long Island. WLNY first reported the story.“If I just look at that photo it screams basking shark to me,” said Durham, the Rescue Program Director for the foundation. “These guys are completely harmless but they can be certainly a little bit concerning.”Basking sharks, like one 10-feet long that washed up dead three weeks ago in nearby Long Beach, mostly eat plankton and krill, which they scoop up by swimming around with their giant mouths wide open. In other words, they’re not the aggressive predators like Great Whites, but they can grow to be up to 40-feet long.Does Long Island Need a Shark Alert System?Basking sharks are the same species that were spotted hanging out off the coast of Cupsogue Beach in Westhampton Beach County Park in June 2011. Suffolk County parks officials ordered everyone out of the water in that case because they didn’t want people harassing the sharks.Durham notes that these are the first shark sightings of summer that she’s heard—she’s been busy with mostly dolphin reports lately—but that such reports are not uncommon is the time of year when there are more ocean beach swimmers and the sharks’ food source is closer to shore in the warmer water.The sightings also coincidentally occurred just days before Shark Week, the annual Discovery Channel programming block of shows about sharks.But, harmless basking shark or not, one seasoned surfer who spotted the fin while surfing in Atlantic Beach last week high tailed it out of the water as quickly as possible.“I notice something strange in the water,” said the surfer 50 years of riding waves worldwide under his belt. “I look and see it’s a white dorsal fin cutting smoothly through the water about 10-12 feet from me across the line that I had just traversed a minute ago. I look closer and see beneath the surface a brown body. Yes, it was a shark. I’d say less than 6 feet long.”That’s when he said he made a break for land.“I calmly raised my legs out of the water and onto my board,” he said. “I also lifted my arms out and laid on the board for about 30 seconds then started to take short strokes paddling in. I called to my son who was paddling back out and gave him the sign to head in. He looked perplexed until I yelled ‘shark!’”To report beached marine life call the Riverhead Foundation’s 24-Hour Stranding Hotline at 631-369-9829.last_img read more

House sends BioShield bill to Bush

first_img The legislation, proposed by Bush in January 2003, authorizes spending $5.6 billion over the next decade for drugs, vaccines, and other countermeasures. The measure passed the House Jul 14 on a vote of 414-2. The Senate passed identical legislation May 19. Thompson added that BioShield “will also speed NIH research and development on next-generation countermeasures for other dangerous pathogens, such as Ebola and plague. And it will give the Food and Drug Administration the ability to make promising new treatments available quickly in emergency situations.” Statement by HHS Secretary Thompson Rep. Jim Turner of Texas, ranking Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee, called the legislation an “experiment.” He said, “We do not know if the incentives in this bill will drive our pharmaceutical industry to develop medicines for biodefenses when they can make so much more money on other products.” Jul 16, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – The US House this week overwhelmingly approved the “BioShield” bill to guarantee a market for antidotes to biological and chemical weapons, thereby sending the legislation to President Bush for his promised signature. In a report by Global Security Newswire, some legislators and public health leaders cautioned that BioShield is only a first step in strengthening the nation’s biological defenses. May 20, 2004, CIDRAP News story, “Senate passes BioShield bill” Cox, in a floor speech after the bill passed, said spending priorities for BioShield will be set on the basis of information from the Department of Homeland Security. “It will be the responsibility of the Department of Homeland Security to assess the global threat,” he said. “Then we will hand off to the Department of Health and Human Services which will help, after priorities are set for this research, implement this program.”center_img The legislation also permits the National Institutes of Health to issue research and development grants faster and gives the agency more latitude to use private experts and contractors. BioShield guarantees that the government will buy promising medical countermeasures developed by private companies for biological, chemical, radiological, and nuclear weapons. It also allows the government to authorize the emergency use of drugs, vaccines, and other medical products that have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Rep. Christopher Shays, R-Conn., said BioShield must be linked to broader biodefense efforts, especially public health capacity to administer drugs and vaccines quickly and safely, according to the story. Similar views were expressed by Shelly Hearne, executive director of the Trust for America’s Health, a nonpartisan advocacy group. See also: A stockpile of a new anthrax vaccine is likely to be one of the government’s first purchases under BioShield. In applauding the bill’s passage, Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson said in a statement, “Project BioShield will allow us to acquire up to 75 million doses of the new generation anthrax vaccine early next year.” The supply would be enough to vaccinate 25 million people. “This is the most significant first responder program in our nation’s history. It will ensure that we have treatments immediately on hand to save lives,” Rep. Christopher Cox, R-Calif., chairman of the Select Committee on Homeland Security, said in hailing the bill’s passage.last_img read more

Thousands of Chinese tourists stranded in Bali as govt halts flights to and from China

first_imgGuo went on to say that the tourists could only stay for a maximum of 30 days on a visa-on-arrival. The tourists are also aware that they must obey immigration regulations if they wish to stay for more than 30 days.“We have coordinated with the Bali government to facilitate Chinese [people] who are willing to stay longer in Bali,” he emphasized.Guo ensured that all the Chinese tourists in Bali were healthy. “So far, they seem fine and well. None of them are showing symptoms of the coronavirus.”Bali Tourism Agency head Putu Astawa said the Bali administration would help Chinese tourists who were willing to extend their visas in Bali.“We’ve coordinated with the immigration office. They said they could extend the tourist visas, as long as there is a recommendation from the Bali administration,” Astawa said.The Tourism Ministry’s promotion director for the Chinese market, Vinsensius Jemadu, said the government would help facilitate the needs of Chinese tourists in Bali.”This is a case of force majeure. I think we need to help them as long as they can fulfill all of the requirements,” he said after attending a meeting with tourism players in Bali on Tuesday.Topics : Elsye said many of those Chinese tourists had requested a special policy from the Indonesian government to allow them to stay longer in Indonesia.Chinese Consul General in Denpasar Guo Haodong said China respects Indonesia’s decision to temporarily stop flights as an attempt to prevent the virus from coming into the country. He added, however, that around 5,000 people were at risk of being stranded in Bali as a result.Although they could leave Bali by catching flights via Indonesia’s neighboring countries, Guo admitted that some of the tourists hoped they could stay in Bali.“Because of the outbreak in China, some of them don’t want to return and they are hoping to stay in Bali,” said Guo. Thousands of Chinese tourists are at risk of being stranded in Bali following the Indonesian government’s decision to halt flights to and from mainland China starting on Wednesday at midnight.Most of them, however, are hoping to get a visa extension as the Wuhan coronavirus continues to spread back home.”Most are worried to go back home for fear of getting infected with the coronavirus,” said Elsye Deliana, chairman of Bali Liang, a member of the Association of the Indonesian Tours and Travel Agencies (Asita) that handles the Chinese market.last_img read more

Larry William McConnell

first_imgLarry William McConnell, 71, of Milan passed away Friday, November 23, 2018 at Margaret Mary Health in Batesville.  Larry was born Saturday, September 20, 1947 in Lee County, VA, the son of Hugh and Emma (Thomas) McConnell.  He married Beverly Riggs December 18, 1965 and she survives. He was lead maintenance man at Hill-Rom. Larry enjoyed fishing, hunting, loved Fox News and loved his grandchildren.Larry is survived by his wife Beverly, son Jeff (Charity) McConnell , daughter Krista (Brad) Herd all of Milan, 7 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren, brothers Jack (Donna) McConnell of Aurora, Doug (Annette) McConnell of Osgood, Steve (Gina) McConnell of Pierceville, Mark (Kerry) McConnell of Delaware, sisters Trish Sproessig of Versailles, Peggy (Jeff) Schueler of OH, Rita (George) Anderson of Osgood, and brother-in-law Kenny Lee of Versailles.  He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Carolyn Lee.A service to celebrate his life will be 7 PM Thursday, November 29, 2018 at Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home with Charles Miller officiating.  Family and friends may gather to share and remember him 5 – 7 PM Thursday also at the funeral home.  Memorials may be given in his honor to the Ripley County Humane Society or the American Heart Fund.  Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, 707 S Main St., Box 243, Milan, IN 47031, (812) 654-2141.  You may go to to leave an online condolence message for the family.last_img read more

Westport Winery Hosts Kim Roberts’s Wine and Mystery Book Club

first_imgFacebook23Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Westport WineryGuests are invited to join winery co-owner and mystery writer, Kim Roberts’s, Wine and Mystery (WAM!) Book Club. It’s a casual couple of hours where avid mystery readers and moderate drinkers can discuss, laugh, and share the love of reading. In keeping with the premise of BAM! Roberts has chosen The Merlot Murder, A Wine Country Mystery by Ellen Crosby as the first book.Photo courtesy: Wesport WineryThe “club” will meet the first Friday afternoon of every month at 4:00 p.m. behind the winery’s tasting bar. The first gathering is Friday, May 4 at 4pm at Westport Winery Garden Resort. Those who are interested in joining this group do not need to have read the book at this inaugural gathering.In 2017 the Westport Winery was named Greater Grays Harbor Business of the Year. The Sea Glass Grill at Westport Winery Garden Resort was voted #2 winery restaurant in the nation by USA Today. The business has been voted Best Winery by King 5 Evening Magazine.In 2016 Westport Winery was honored as one of the top twenty most-admired wineries in North America by Winery & Vineyard Management Magazine. The business earned Best Winery, Best Wine Shop, and Best Boutique Winery for 2016 by South Sound Magazine. They received the Grays Harbor Environmental Stewardship Award in 2015. They were named the Best Washington Family Business Silver Medal winners in 2012 by Seattle Business Magazine. And in 2011 they garnered Washington Winery to Watch by Wine Press Northwest.Family-friendly Westport Winery Garden Resort, is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. The Sea Glass Grill at the resort is open daily or breakfast, lunch, and dinner from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and until 8:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. For more information or reservations call 360-648-2224.In Oregon, Westport Winery Seaside is open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and until 8:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Westport Winery TASTING @ Cannon Beach is open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.last_img read more

Thunder comes down hard on Nelson Leafs; Nitehawks return to winning ways

first_imgThe Nelson Leafs concluded a five-game road trip on a downer Friday night in Creston as the Thunder Cats scored three times in the opening period to dump the Heritage City club 5-1 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action.Jayden Smith, former Nelson Leaf Alec Wilkinson and Carson Cartwright in the final minute of the opening frame scored to give the Thunder Cats the insurmountable lead.Sebastian Kilcommons increased the lead to 4-0 with a second period marker before Jackson Bruce-Fuoco made it 5-0 with a third-period power play tally.The Leafs, struggling to find the net of late, got its only goal from captain Rayce Miller in the third period. Ironically, Nelson out shot the Cats 33-31 as Creston netminder Brock Lefebvre out duelled Joseph Barton in the battle of the goalies.Nelson, slipping to 12-8 on the season, returns to action Saturday when the new-and-improved Grand Forks Border Bruins visit the NDCC Arena at 7 p.m.Murdoch-leading Hawks back on winning trackFive players each tallied two points as Beaver Valley dumped Castlegar Rebels 5-1 in Murdoch Division action Friday in Fruitvale.Michael and Allan Pruss, Tyler Hartman, Blake Sidoni and Jace Weegar each finished the game with two points as the Hawks held period leads of 1-0 and 3-1.Jake Yuris, Jaxon Joseph, Brett Roberts, Devin Nemes and Weegar scored for the Nitehawks.Tayden Woods replied for Castlegar.Beaver Valley, 15-4-1 on the season, increased its Murdoch Diviison lead to three points over Castlegar and eight over Nelson.The win also snapped a two-game losing streak for the Murdoch Division leaders.last_img read more

Leafs skipper looks to retool Heritage City roster with mid-season deals

first_imgHey Leaf Nation relax, all is well says coach and GM Dave McLellan.However, this was before the Green and White were shellacked 9-zip by of all teams, rival Castlegar Rebels Wednesday night in the Sunflower City.“We’re going in direction I thought we would at this time of the season having all rookie defencemen,” McLellan told The Nelson Daily before heading off to the Sunflower City Wednesday.“It’s the little things that are hurting us right now and we have to find a way to start scoring.”“But it’s important to win at the right time be ready for playoffs,” McLellan adds.Having lost eight of 11 before Wednesday, McLellan was busy working the phones before Tuesday’s December 1st BC Hockey roster deadline.“We were (busy),” McLellan confessed.As of December 1st, Kootenay International Junior Hockey League teams had cut to 25 cards or less, which includes carded players plus available unused cards.McLellan used the deadline to acquire three players — a goalie, forward and defenceman. The Leafs traded with Princeton Posse to get 6’4” netminder Zakery Babin.McLellan then reached out to Columbia Valley Rockies to land forward Malcolm Fenelon before scoring defenceman Zach Morey from defending KIJHL champion Kimberley Dynamiters.All three deals were made for future considerations.McLellan also traded for forward Kelton Nelson and landed local defenceman Cole Arcuri in November.The Leafs released defenceman Ren Mason and goalie Joe Barton to make room for the new players.“Zak is a goalie I’m familiar with in Surrey so I was really glad to add him going forward,” McLellan said.Morey, a 6-foot-2, 175-pound native of Calgary, Alta., spent the bulk of the 2014-15 campaign with the Revelstoke Grizzlies, registering three goals and nine points in 29 games.In 14 games with Kimberley, Morey, who finished up last season with the West Kelowna Warriors of the BCHL, registered two assists.Fenelon scored eight goals and had eight assists in 32 games with Columbia Valley.The acquisitions leave the Leafs, which just passed the midway part of the season with a 13-13-0-0-1 record, with a roster of 23 players with two remaining cards.However, McLellan said the Leafs continue to be plagued with injuries having made the recent trip to the East Kootenay with a depleted lineup with Austin Lindsay, Andy Fitzpatrick, Max Daerendinger and Dash Thompson all out with injuries.“We’re just trying to make it through to Christmas and then get players back to begin to make a push after the break,” McLellan said.Leaf Nation can only hope Christmas is kind to the Green and White.last_img read more

Selkirk College Saints Kick Off 2017 with Vital Weekend Test

first_imgIf the Selkirk College Saints are to claim British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) supremacy in 2017, this weekend’s two-game series against the Simon Fraser University Clan will go a long way in setting the tone.The four-time defending league champion Saints launch the second half of the season Friday at 7 pm. in the Castlegar & District Recreation Complex.Heading into the weekend series with their Lower Mainland rivals, the Saints sit four points behind first place SFU who put together an impressive first half.last_img