first_img Organisation April 6, 2021 RSF decries arbitrary blocking of two CAR news websites News May 13, 2020 Find out more RSF_en As the Central African Republic continues to grapple with a surge in violence that began lastDecember, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the authorities to restore access to twonews websites that they have been blocking since mid-February, a few weeks after PresidentFaustin-Archange Touadéra’s disputed reelection. News CAR policeman who shot reporter must be punished, RSF says to go further Follow the news on Central African Republic Help by sharing this information Central African RepublicAfrica Condemning abusesOnline freedomsMedia independence Armed conflictsConflicts of interestInternetFreedom of expression News June 17, 2019 Find out more Six years on, same unanswered questions about French journalist’s death in CAR Two French reporters attacked by police, then arrested in CAR News December 13, 2019 Find out more The Corbeau News and Le Tsunami were given no warning when the ministry of posts and telecommunications instructed Internet operators on 16 February to cut access to their websites “until further notice” on the grounds that they had spread “hate speech” and fake news amid a “security crisis.” The ministry mentioned no specific article or post.The website’s editors were not consulted or informed about the decision and RSF was unable to reach the minister. The president of the High Council for Communication (HCC) – which is supposed to be responsible for regulating the media, including online media, and is the only government agency empowered to take this kind of decision – told RSF that he “learned about it on the street like everyone else in the CAR.” At no point was the HCC consulted.Corbeau News publisher Alain Nzilo told RSF he thought the blocking was designed to prevent his site from revealing sensitive information, especially about the presence in the CAR of Russian mercenaries working for Wagner, a privately-owned security company with Kremlin links. The CAR authorities insist that there is no Wagner presence in the country.Nzilo said that Russian paramilitaries have repeatedly contacted him with the aim of getting him to change his editorial policies. Le Tsunami publisher Edouard Yamalet told RSF that it was Russian officials in the CAR who were responsible for getting his website blocked after it published several articles referring to “war crimes” by Wagner’s mercenaries.“This decision was completely arbitrary,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “It was not based on anything specific and the way it was taken violated all elementary principles and procedures in place, including those concerning the media regulator. Blocking these sites just further undermines media coverage, which is already very difficult because of the very unstable security situation in this country at war and because the media are often the hostages of interests and forces on the grounds. We call on the authorities to restore access to these two sites at once and to allow media and journalists to operate freely.”In an interview for Radio Bangui FM last month, Russian ambassador Vladimir Titorenko denied the presence of Russian mercenaries in the CAR and accused media funded by the armed opposition of spreading false information on the subject. But on 31 March, a group of UN- appointed independent experts voiced concern about “reports of grave human rights abuses” by Russian paramilitaries in the CAR.These press freedom violations come against a political backdrop marked by controversial parliamentary and presidential elections and a surge in attacks on the CAR authorities by a rebel coalition – an environment that makes it very difficult for the media to function. In January, the authorities urged journalists to “participate in the war effort” through their reporting. At the same time, it is very hard for them to travel outside the capital, Bangui, and sometimes the authorities prevent them from leaving Bangui altogether. Reporters are often forced to rely on NGOs to try to investigate the situation in areas controlled by armed groups.The CAR is currently ranked 132nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s World Press Freedom Index. Central African RepublicAfrica Condemning abusesOnline freedomsMedia independence Armed conflictsConflicts of interestInternetFreedom of expression Receive email alertslast_img read more

first_imgDCS Officials Update Committee On Progress of Changes To OrganizationBy Dionte ColemanTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana Department of Child Services reported back to the Interim Study Committee on Courts and the Judiciary Wednesday about the organization’s charges stemming from the recent annual child fatality report.The report found that in 2016 abuse and neglect claimed the lives of 59 children in Indiana – most of which were under the age of 3.The DCS last met with the committee on Sept. 19 to discuss how the agency will implement those changes recommended by an outside agency earlier this year.Associate Director Todd Meyer said the changes are best for Indiana.They include creating categories of case managers.“Ideally, the department wants to have case managers that are doing just the necessities, the investigations. Then we would have case managers that are doing the actual casework. Working with the family and children,” Meyer said during committee testimony.Meyer said most of the responsibilities across the state are shared among caseworkers. Some do the investigations and are actively working with the families to find the resources needed for the child.The issue with that is the case managers often are overextended because they have many different open assessments on which they’re working.Meyer proposed that each family case manager should have no more than 13 cases at one time, provided the person isn’t working on an overly complicated case. “If there is a really complicated case that a family case manager is working, that needs to be factored into the overall number of cases he or she may be working,” he said.Meyer said DCS is working on having a 1:5 ratio of supervisors to case managers to have proper management of the cases.Along with addressing the proper management of cases, Meyer also discussed the response time. The agency recommends that the on-sight assessment of a child in danger is started immediately but must take place within four hours.“There was the discussion about this issue at our last meeting together, and we’ve been looking at that,” Meyer said. “We’ve studied what some other states are doing. While their statues may end with a period there, their internal policies break it down much more thoroughly.”While the language of the committee’s final recommendation still has yet to be finalized, committee members and DCS representatives both agreed that slight changes concerning reduction in response time to new cases will allow the report to be moved for a final vote.FOOTNOTE: Dionte Coleman is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.Print Friendly, PDF & EmailFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

first_imgThe injured Charlie Austin scored the last time QPR met BoltonKick-off: 3pm, Saturday 3 October 2015Referee: Darren Drysdale (Lincolnshire)Match in a nutshell: After four games without a win, QPR hope to respond against struggling Bolton.Injuries and suspensionsQPRRuled out: Charlie Austin (hamstring), Jamie Mackie (hamstring),  Armand Traore (calf), Junior Hoilett (hip).Fitness tests: Sandro (match fitness).BOLTON WANDERERSRuled out: Darren Pratley (ankle), Zach Clough (shoulder).Fitness tests: Emile Heskey (hamstring), Gary Madine (foot), Dean Moxey (toe). Possible line-upsQPR: Green; Perch, Onuoha, Angella, Konchesky; Henry, Faurlin; Phillips, Fer, Chery; Emmanuel-Thomas. Subs from: Smithies, Hall, Hill, Doughty, Sandro, Gladwin, Tozser, Luongo, Polter, Grego-Cox.Bolton: Amos; Pisano, Wheater, Gouano, Moxey; Spearing, Danns; Feeney, Clayton, Wellington Silva; Madine. Subs from: Rachubka, Wilson, Osede, Dervite, Casado, Finney, Vela, Davies, Trotter, Walker, Woolery, Heskey, Dobbie. Vital statisticsForm guide – last five league matchesQPR total: L D D L W (5 points)Home: D L W D W (8 points)Bolton Wanderers total: D L D W D (6 points)Away: L D L L L (1 point)Top scorers – all competitionsQPR: Austin 7; Chery 3; Emmanuel-Thomas 2, Onuoha 2, Phillips 2; Hill 1, Polter 1.Bolton Wanderers: Feeney 2; Clough 1, Danns 1, Dobbie 1, Madine 1.Last five meetings28 January 2014: QPR 2 Bolton 124 August 2013: Bolton 0 QPR 110 March 2012: Bolton 2 QPR 113 August 2011: QPR 0 Bolton 42 February 2001: QPR 1 Bolton 1QPR 2 wins, Bolton 2 wins, 1 drawSee also:QPR fans on Twitter react to Chery apologyIs Ramsey the right man for the job? It depends what the job isPolter passed fit to return to QPR squadFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgQPR have won three league matches in a row but Fulham, averaging just shy of three goals a game at the moment, are fancied by the punters and are our 11/10 favourites for Saturday’s west London derby at Loftus Road.We have Rangers as 13/5 underdogs on home soil and the draw is 5/2 with BetVictor.Fulham are eighth in the Championship table, having moved to within six points of the play-off places, and we now have them odds-ons at 10/11 to achieve a top-six finish this season.Rangers have been much improved and are arguably good enough to earn a point at the very least.So for optimistic R’s fans, BetVictor make the hosts a 5/1 chance to win with both teams scoring.However, I reckon it’ll be a draw and like the look of the 1-1 and 2-2 correct-score odds at 13/2 and 14/1 respectively.Brentford, meanwhile, are 9/5 to win at Wigan, with the Latics 6/4 and the draw 12/5.A Bees win with both teams to score is 9/2.For all the latest odds, check out www.betvictor.comHave a good weekend everyone.Charlie Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_img3 October 2013 South African public and private companies will be looking to participate in a number of transport infrastructure projects in Senegal following the visit to Dakar this week by President Jacob Zuma and a delegation of local businesspeople. Zuma declared his state visit a success on his return to South Africa on Wednesday, saying: “[A] lot has been accomplished at economic and political levels during this visit. There will be a lot of progress going forward”. According to the Presidency, Zuma and his Senegalese counterpart, Macky Sall, expressed their desire for South Africa and Senegal to work together to make Dakar an air transport hub serving the West African region. They agreed to pursue the establishment of a well-developed aviation maintenance service, and “instructed their ministers responsible for this sector to undertake the necessary steps as soon as possible”, the Presidency said in a statement. Dakar’s new international airport, the Blaise Diagne International Airport (AIBD), is due to open in the first quarter of 2014. A new 32-kilometre toll highway running through central Dakar and its surrounding areas was opened in August, with an extended section linking to the new airport due to open in late 2014. According to a joint communique issued after Zuma’s meeting with Sall, the Senegalese president “expressed Senegal’s wish for the continued involvement of South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) in the realization of the Blaise Diagne International Airport in Diass”. At the same time, Sall “praised the interest expressed by South African public and private companies (IDC, Transnet, Lonrho and TMMF Holdings) to form a consortium and participate in the realization of the Dakar-AIBD-Thies Railway Project”. The planned railway will link Dakar, the new airport and Thies, Senegal’s third-largest city, which lies 72km east of Dakar. Zuma and Sall also agreed on the twinning of Senegal’s Goree Island, which was at the centre of the slave trade, and South Africa’s Robben Island. “Goree Island also has an important history for South Africa, as that is where the then exiled ANC met with Afrikaner intellectuals in 1987,” the Presidency said. Following a visit to Goree Island on Wednesday, Zuma referred to that meeting, saying it was “very important as it served to demystify the ANC and help white South Africans in particular to understand it better. This island therefore has a special place in South African transitional history.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Charles Johnson Progressive Farmer Contributing EditorConserve soil, conserve water. Both go hand-in-hand on Steve Stevens’ farm, near Tillar, Arkansas. A third-generation farmer on land that’s 10 miles from the Mississippi River and 2 miles from the Arkansas River, Stevens has seen plenty of changes during his time here, and not all for the better. He’s determined to improve the land to make it more productive.To meet his goals, Stevens is focused on water, specifically rainfall as well as irrigation.“To be sustainable, we have to capture more rainfall so we’re not as dependent on underground water. That will also be sustainable for our aquifer,” Stevens said.Fifty years ago, groundwater was only about 20 feet from the surface. Today, it’s 55 feet. That’s a huge concern for Stevens.“When a well is 100 to 115 feet here, you’re getting close to the bottom. I asked our well driller what to do next. He said, ‘There ain’t no next.’ At that point, we can’t afford the well or the motor or the fuel,” Stevens said.A serious drought in 1980 was the turning point for water in the area. “If you had water, you made a crop, and prices were good, so you made some money, too. After that, wells went in big-time to irrigate as close to 100% of the fields as possible,” he said.FIRST STEPSIrrigating is great, he said. Not wasting a drop of that water is even better. A decade ago, he began using polypipe furrow irrigation with the PHAUCET program that advised on computerized hole sizes and scheduling. Setting it up was time-consuming. He spent many late nights at the computer working out flow rates from each well and turnrow elevation.It was time well spent. The program that first year alone saved him as much as $100,000 in pumping costs.His concerns grew with the amount of water pumped from the aquifer by area farmers, however. At the same time, he was bothered by criticism of cotton farms along the Mississippi River for adding to the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico with nutrient runoff from fields.Stevens was determined to keep every drop of water possible in place on his farm. That way, he’d lose little soil to erosion and get the best possible use of the water, too.PROVE A POINTHe also wanted to prove his actions were making a difference. “Our water drains to Lake Village to Chicot on to the Gulf. I wanted to see, ‘What does a Delta cotton farm do to hypoxia? Can we make a difference?’” he said.He signed up for the Arkansas Discovery Farms Program, through the University of Arkansas. The program monitors water quality in runoff from 12 farms ranging from poultry production to row crops. It finds ways to reduce nutrient loss as well as soil loss and provides best-management practices for each farm.The best part for Stevens is that the program provides a measurement of what’s happening in the fields. His agronomic program was already making a difference. Planting no-till into the thick mat left by a cereal rye cover crop not only saved soil but also increased water infiltration, boosting the crop through dry spells.The Discovery Farm Program placed soil moisture probes at 6, 12, and 18 inches deep to monitor water movement. “They found that our water efficiency was 90% compared to an average of 50% in this area. Nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) runoff was less than 3%, even less than their model. So, we can apply N, P, K, sulfur and boron when the crop is using it, and put it in the root zone,” he said.“We can put 2 inches of water into the soil profile in an irrigation where we’d get less than half that before. How much water does it take to produce a bale of cotton? Not nearly as much as it used to on this farm.”GREAT COMBINATIONBill Robertson, Arkansas Extension cotton agronomist, said the cereal rye cover crop is key to the system.“For years, we’ve been telling farmers that they’re farming the top 6 inches of soil. Farming behind cereal rye, that became 15 inches or more, pulling water and nutrients from deep in the soil to support the crop,” Robertson said.It’s Stevens’ second effort with no-till. “We tried no-till in the 1990s. We went to a stale seedbed, and the planting window was about three days from too wet to too dry. With cereal rye, you stop the moisture drain. If you get rain, you hold it,” Stevens said.Combining the high-tech furrow irrigation with planting no-till into standing cover crops puts Stevens closer to that goal of capturing every drop of water for use by the crops. “We can manage the irrigation better and make a good crop in a dry year. We can cut back on the number of times we irrigate, which saves pumping costs.”Robertson said Stevens’ system provides yields equal to any other system but reduces cotton production costs 6 cents per pound. “It’s as good for soybeans as for cotton,” Stevens said.What he’s doing is still a neighborhood curiosity. Drivers stop alongside the road to peer at cotton and soybeans popping through a thick mat of cereal rye thinking the crop is doomed to fail.“We may go a month or longer and only see dead cereal rye out there. Then we get a rain and the cotton and soybeans take off. After a little while, only the cotton and soybeans can be seen. It’s just amazing how it does help with weed control, too,” he said.Seeing the water and soil savings turned Stevens into a bit of an evangelist for the program. He believes all farmers have to do their part to conserve water and soil.“The whole idea behind what I’m doing is to try to get information out so more growers can see this and say, ‘I could do that.’ We must conserve these resources now in my career so this farm can be passed on to my children and grandchildren,” he said.“We have to keep our minds open. I keep learning little things about it every year. We tried planting the crop into wheat at first but had problems with water standing in the field or running off. That isn’t going to work. Cereal rye roots open up the soil structure and make the whole thing work.”ROOM TO GROWIt’s good to verify that there’s little nutrient and sediment runoff, but Stevens is still working on tweaking the system to improve.“We have found that 80% of our nutrient runoff is caused by rainfall, not irrigation. We’ve also learned that most of that extra soak cycle of irrigation runs out of the field, so we don’t do that now,” he said.“We had a lot of questions and got a lot of answers, but still have questions about how to get better. These are typical fields for this area, nothing special, nothing different about them. This land we’re farming was mostly put together by my dad, then I added to it. We get great information from University of Arkansas research. By being a Discovery Farm, we can deal directly with researchers, and we’ve been part of their research projects for many years.”Curiosity is key to scientific work, and Stevens remains curious about improving his farm.“It isn’t just what makes it better, but also why. The ‘why’ is important. I’m a pilot and like to get up in my Seneca II airplane, a light twin-engine plane, and see things I can’t see from the ground. I look at my fields and other farmers’ fields, and I’m amazed what I can see from the air. This land is feeding and clothing the world, and we have to take good care of it,” he said.(ES/SK)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

first_imgLiverpool manager Klopp confirms Salah back for Genk; TAA, Matip outby Freddie Taylor3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has confirmed Mohamed Salah will return to action against Genk on Wednesday.However, Joel Matip and Trent Alexander-Arnold (illness) will miss the trip to Belgium.Klopp told the club’s website: “It’s absolutely good to have him (Salah) back.”The squad is cool, it’s a good squad, everything is OK, but that’s all.”He added: “Trent is ill and Joel is not ready.”It is just a little thing which usually settles in the two weeks [Matip] had; it did, but then it came up after the United game and so now we just have to make sure this time it settles finally, that’s all. It is not a massive injury, it’s just a bit annoying for him and he cannot do it [face Genk].”Trent got ill overnight; hopefully he can recover quickly, but for tomorrow there was no chance.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgplain NCAA Logo.NCAA.It appears we’re only a short time away from learning what kind of trouble North Carolina’s athletic department is in with the NCAA. According to InsideCarolina.com, the Tar Heels have received their Notice of Allegations from the NCAA, but won’t be releasing the details of the report until a later date. The NCAA re-opened its 2011 investigation into North Carolina’s athletic department in 2014. BREAKING: #UNC Notice of Allegations has arrived from NCAA. Story: http://t.co/tlCYi18qKg pic.twitter.com/e5YOogQb30— InsideCarolina (@InsideCarolina) May 22, 2015It’s probably time to start crossing your fingers and hoping for the best, North Carolina fans.last_img read more

first_imgThe logo on Michigan’s football jerseys isn’t the only thing that’s changing regarding the Wolverines’ look heading into the 2016 season.Jim Harbaugh’s team also has different helmets.Michigan will still be sporting its “iconic” winged helmets, but they’re a bit different. The Wolverines’ helmets are now of the “matte” variety.The program’s equipment staff tweeted out a couple hi-res pictures of the helmets with the caption, “Still Iconic.” Michigan@HailEquipment Michigan@HailEquipmentWhat do you think, Michigan fans?More Photos Of The Wolverines’ New Uniforms Belowlast_img read more