Wave of harassment of independent journalists

first_img RSF_en Reporters Without Borders is alarmed by a recent wave of arrests of journalists in Zimbabwe and urges the authorities to stop trying to intimidate independent privately-owned media and to take measures against those responsible for physical attacks on reporters.”This sudden wave of lawsuits and incidents involving the police does not bode well for the coming months,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Journalists must be guaranteed the freedom to cover political stories without fear of abusive criminal prosecutions. We are very worried about the judicial harassment of independent journalists and media in the past few weeks.”The latest incident was on 13 October when two reporters for the privately-owned Daily News on Sunday, Tendai Kamhungira and Bethule Nkiwane, were threatened and attacked by the bodyguards of visiting South African politician Julius Malema, the former head of the ruling ANC’s youth wing, when they tried to interview him.The bodyguards forced them to delete the photos they had taken to illustrate their report and then seized their camera’s memory card. A complaint has been filed with the police.Five days before that, on 8 October, Daily News editor Stanley Gama and deputy editor Chris Goko were briefly arrested in connection with a report claiming that parliamentarian Munyaradzi Kereke may have faked his family’s abduction for political purposes.The arrests followed a series of threats by Kereke in recent weeks against the two journalists, who are now facing criminal libel charges and a demand for the absurd sum of 25 million dollars in damages.Another journalist, Kudakwashe Matura, was arrested on a libel charge on 8 September in connection with a report in the Kariba News newsletter and is due to appear before a criminal court on 19 October.The police raided the premises of African Open Media Initiative (Afromedia), a Harare-based video news production company, on 26 September, detaining at least 10 journalists and seizing computers and video editing equipment on the grounds that they were not properly licensed.The journalists were released the next day without being charged, but Afromedia’s editor, Sifelani Tsiko, and two of its other journalists have been forced to report regularly to a police station ever since. The equipment still has not been recovered. The raid could be seen as a warning to Afromedia, which has not been registered by the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ). The BAZ tends not to recognize or issue licences to media that do not support President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party.Photo : Jekesai Njikizana / AFP News ZimbabweAfrica October 17, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Wave of harassment of independent journalists Organisation ZimbabweAfrica to go further Follow the news on Zimbabwe November 27, 2020 Find out more Zimbabwean court must free imprisoned journalist who is unwellcenter_img News The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Receive email alerts News Help by sharing this information Zimbabwean journalist Hopewell Chin’ono denied bail Reports November 12, 2020 Find out more September 1, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Career file: Challenging attitudes to disability

first_img Previous Article Next Article To mark European Year for People with Disabilities, we asked Jude Sefton,MBE, to describe her work for Access UnlimitedHow long have you been in this job? I have been a trainer since 1993 but became self-employed in 1997. What does your role involve? I deliver disability equality training to staff working within various keyareas of service provision – that is, tourism, sport and leisure, retail,disability arts etc. What’s the best things about your job? The best is being in a position to bring about effective change and to beable to challenge the stereotypical attitudes that exist regarding disability. What is your current major project or strategic push? The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) is currently providing a strategicpush and most of my training is linked to the duties imposed upon serviceproviders. What did you want to do for a living when you were at school? I always had a childhood ambition to become a nurse. What was your first job? While waiting to become accepted into my local school of nursing, I workedas a doctor’s receptionist which gave me valuable experience of working withpeople from all walks of life. What was the best career decision you ever made? To relinquish my incapacity benefit and become self-employed. I have had tomake several career changes to suit my deteriorating mobility levels afterdeveloping Rheumatoid Arthritis at 22. Each enabled me to develop professionalskills. How and why did you become a trainer? I found it difficult to secure employment on becoming a wheelchair user andworked in a voluntary capacity for some years as a secretary for a local accessgroup. This gave me the opportunity to develop knowledge in disability issuesand work with service providers to ensure a service of equality was offered topeople with disabilities. Which of your qualifications do you most value and why? I value my nursing qualification as it enabled me realise my childhoodambition and taught me a valuable lesson that given the right opportunities,and blending enthusiasm and drive, then anything is possible. What was the worst course you ever went on? One that was supposedly for helping disabled people back into the workplace.Unfortunately for the trainer, the delegates knew a lot more about disabilitythan she did. How do you think your job will have changed in five years’ time? I think that technology will take the training experience into a newdimension but hope that it doesn’t totally replace the human touch. What do you think the core skills for your job will be in the future? I hope they will still be very much about interpersonal skills, enthusiasmand passion for the subject. What advice would you give to someone starting out in training anddevelopment? Know your subject matter inside out and once the enthusiasm and passion ebb,then move on. Always be true to yourself and your delegates. What are your favourite buzzwords? Inclusion, equality and empowerment! Are you good at self-development? I recognise the value of self-development but being self-employed havedifficulty in securing the time to pursue it. What self-development have you undertaken in the past 12 months? I have attended several DDA workshops recently to further my knowledge in thisimportant area of my work. How would you like to be remembered by your colleagues? For my sense of fun and my passion for life, not just for my disability. Up close and personalHow do you network?I find it useful to attend conferences, seminars, workshops. Ialso have good working relationships with associates working within the fieldof disability which often culminates in working in partnership.If you could have any job in the world what would it beBeing in a position to influence change and break down thebarriers which exclude disabled people is the best job in the world! I am fortunate to be able to use my personalexperiences in such a positive way.Describe your management style Structured funWhere do you want to be in five years’ time?I hope I am well enough to be still fighting the cause.What is your motto?Lose the passion, lose the delegate!’Which is the best management book you have read?I really admire the work of Honey & Mumford (LearningStyles) Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Career file: Challenging attitudes to disabilityOn 1 Apr 2003 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Kone injury not serious

first_img Press Association Fears over Everton striker Arouna Kone’s knee injury have been allayed after scans revealed it was not serious. The Ivorian was substituted late in Sunday’s 2-1 win at QPR and with the 31-year-old having a history of knee problems, missing 14 months after one such injury last season, there was concern over his latest issue. However, the club have confirmed tests on the player determined no long-term damage. center_img “A scan has confirmed that Arouna Kone’s knee injury is not serious,” said a statement on evertonfc.com. “But it is not yet known whether he will be fit for Everton’s next game, against Southampton on 4 April.” last_img read more

Oakland Raiders: How the Black Hole saved my life (well, sort of)

first_imgWill the Dec. 24 Raiders game be the last one played at the Oakland Coliseum? That prospect has me thinking about a surreal day many years ago.I had bought into a season ticket group when the Raiders were heading back from Los Angeles to Oakland. A reporter who worked for me, the late great Dan Reed, was pulling together some buddies to pay for one of Al Davis’ PSLs. But he needed one more to make the financing work for the personal seat license and season tickets.I overheard him in our …last_img

R104m leg-up for Zim cotton farmers

first_imgDBSA has provided a critical loan to Zimbabwe’s emerging cotton farmers. (Image: C S Monitor) Zimbabwe’s small-scale cotton farmers have received a major financial boost from the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) to improve their output.DBSA announced the R104.6-million (US$748 000) loan to the Cotton Company of Zimbabwe (Cottco) on 23 November 2010.The funds will go towards Cottco’s inputs credit scheme, which facilitates funding for the emerging farmers.“This is a first ever landmark investment in Zimbabwe by the DBSA,” Admassu Tadesse, group executive for the international division at DBSA, said in a statement.“Through this investment communal and small-scale farmers will have access both to credit and capacity-building programmes which will empower them to grow more cotton.”Cottco supports thousands of small-scale producers, who farm about 242 000ha of land in the Southern African country. DBSA said the organisation works with a wide network of farmers, and provides access to skills and infrastructure.It provides farming inputs such as fertiliser, seed and chemicals through its credit scheme. These are made available during the growing season, under recommendations from Cottco’s agronomists.Zimbabwe’s cotton farming sector has been negatively affected by a lack of funding in recent years, as has all other facets of the country’s agricultural industry.DBSA said lack of access to foreign currency has stalled progress in reviving Zimbabwe’s agricultural sector.Before the recent loan, funds had dried up for Cottco, which meant local farmers battled to access much-needed finance for their capital expenditure needs and day-to-day duties.Recovery programmeThe developmental bank’s loan is meant to support the Zimbabwean government’s Short Term Economic Recovery Programme. The programme has identified agro-processing and agriculture as key priority sectors to drive the recovery of the domestic economy, Tadesse said.The agricultural sector is the major backbone of Zimbabwe’s economy, and when it began to collapse in 2000, the entire country took a hard knock.Widespread government seizure of commercial farmland through a controversial land reform act was at the heart of the crisis.According to the DBSA, agriculture contributes up to 17% of Zimbabwe’s GDP, 60% of manufacturing inputs, 35% of foreign exchange earnings and 15% of formal employment.“The Zimbabwean economy is heavily dependent on agriculture,” Tadesse said, adding that the bank believes that its loan to Cottco will be significant in supporting the revival of the industry, protect existing jobs in the sector and create new employment opportunities.Cottco is expected employ more than 5 000 Zimbabweans during the next buying season, which will generate about R25.6-million ($3.6-million) in wages, according to DBSA.Development mandateDBSA aims to invest in projects that have potential to boost the economies of Southern African nations. It recently contributed R748 000 ($105-million) towards the expansion of Zambia’s Kariba North Bank hydro power station.“The Zimbabwean investment is in line with the bank’s mandate and strategy to support development and viable projects in key economic sectors such as agriculture,” said Tadesse.“Building sustainable regional economies remain a priority area that the DBSA will aggressively pursue to ensure that the region is prosperous, integrated and progressively free of poverty and dependency,” he added. Normal 0 false false false EN-ZA X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4Zimbabwe’s small-scale cotton farmers have received a major financial boost from the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) to improve their output.last_img read more

Video: J.T. Barrett Participated In The Circle Drill With A Fan At Student Appreciation Day

first_imgJT Barrett Circle Drill.JT Barrett Circle DrillToday was Student Appreciation Day at Ohio State, and as you can imagine, the turnout at Buckeye spring practice was strong. Fans usually love seeing players participate in the “Circle Drill,” but don’t often end up getting involved themselves. Quarterbacks are always excluded from the action as well, so naturally today saw an OSU QB and a young fan face off in the circle.Lori Schmidt of Columbus’ 97.1 The Fan has the video of J.T. Barrett “defeating” a young woman in the Circle Drill. Surely this was a thrill for her to be face-to-face with one of the Buckeyes. Ohio State QB JT Barrett participates in circle drill at the team’s student appreciation day practice. pic.twitter.com/GD6rAxK89O— Lori Schmidt (@LoriSchmidt) April 2, 2016That will undoubtedly be the only time you see Barrett in the circle during his career in Columbus.last_img read more

New Tory government in New Brunswick dramatically scales back capital spending

first_imgFREDERICTON — New Brunswick’s Progressive Conservative government has tabled a $600-million capital budget that dramatically turns away from the big spending of the previous Liberal government.Finance Minister Ernie Steeves says hard decisions are needed now about what government can afford if the province is to return to balanced budgets by 2020 or sooner.The previous Liberal government tabled an $815.3 million capital budget last year, and had projected to spend $865.6 million for the coming year.The Tories have released a five-year plan that would see capital spending at roughly $600 million each year.Steeves says the plan will focus on maintaining roads, bridges and buildings.The biggest spending in 2019-2020 is $321 million to maintain transportation infrastructure, while almost $124 million goes to health care infrastructure, and $60.2 million in school infrastructure — including new elementary schools in Hanwell and Moncton.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Seeing through paint

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — When light passes through materials that we consider opaque, such as paint, biological tissue, fabric and paper, it is scattered in such a complex way that an image does not come through. “It is possible to see the light, but not the information,” Sylvain Gigan tells PhysOrg.com. “We wanted to create a way to see the information through opaque media.” Citation: ‘Seeing’ through paint (2010, March 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-03-seeing-through-paint.html More information: Popff, et. al., “Measuring the Transmission Matrix in Optics: An Approach to the Study and Control of Light Propagation in Disordered Media,” Physical Review Letters (2010). Available online: link.aps.org/doi/10.1103/PhysRevLett.104.100601 Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Schematic of the apparatus. The laser is expanded and reflected off a SLM. The phase-modulated beam is focused on the multiple-scattering sample and the output intensity speckle pattern is imaged by a CCD camera: lens (L), polarizer (P), diaphragm (D). Image (c) 2010 American Physical Society, DOI:10.1103/PhysRevLett.104.100601 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further How to see through opaque materials Gigan is a scientist at the City of Paris Industrial Physics and Chemistry Higher Educational Institute (ESPCI). Gigan worked in a group with Popoff, Lerosey, Carminati, Fink and Boccara to create an experiment that demonstrates that it is possible to construct a transmission matrix that allows them to “see” through some opaque materials. The results of their experiment are described in Physical Review Letters: “Measuring the Transmission Matrix in Optics: An Approach to the Study and Control of Light Propagation in Disordered Media.”“When people try to look into an opaque medium, especially biological material, they use the ballistic light, the light that has not been mixed up by the medium due to scattering. But as you go into the medium, the ballistic light becomes less intense, limited by the scattering process.”Instead of being limited by scattering, though, the group at ESPCI instead looked for ways to use scattering to their advantage. Gigan and his colleagues passed light through zinc oxide, which is common in paint. They observed the way the light of a laser scattered as it passed through, and then created a numerical model to describe the result. “This transmission matrix is a map through the medium,” Gigan explains. “Once we have the transmission matrix, it is possible to analyze whatever pattern goes through.”The process provides the means to put together an image of something on the other side, allowing the researchers to “see” through the zinc oxide layer, even though it is opaque. Reversal is also possible, offering a way to tailor a beam that could pass through opaque material, and then focus. “Such a method could allow for applications in imaging of biological material, among other applications,” Gigan says. “This provides a way to transmit information or focus light in a medium that wouldn’t by any classical means allow that.”There are limitations, however. “This should not be construed to mean that we can see through walls with this technique,” Gigan points out. “Some degree of light has to be able to pass through, and a wall stops light from coming out the other side. You could use white fabric, paint, or paper, though. Even biological tissue, like a chicken breast, could work.”Gigan also admits that so far the process is rather slow. “Getting the matrix is a slow process, taking minutes. We used paint because it is so stable. If you wanted to actually go through biological media, or through liquid, it wouldn’t work with our current set-up, since the light transmission changes as the medium moves.”For now, the group at ESPCI is working on tackling the problems presented by technology. “The main limitation for using this technique in biological microscopy is technical. There are some hints of how to get the transmission matrix faster, but at the moment we’re not really ready.”Despite the limitations, Gigan sees some current applications. “There are implications for nanotechnology, and the propagation of light in this system is interesting. It offers a basis for the idea of manipulating the light wave, and we believe this could be a promising approach to imaging. Perhaps in five years we will have the technology to take this even further.”last_img read more

Southeast Michigan lawmakers unveil new plan to fix states auto insurance system

first_img State Reps. Jason Sheppard of Temperance, Joe Bellino of Monroe and Bronna Kahle of Adrian today unveiled legislation repealing Michigan’s no-fault auto insurance system to bring significant relief to drivers paying the nation’s most expensive insurance premiums.The legislation continues benefits for everyone already receiving lifetime health care after a catastrophic traffic accident. The eight-bill package eliminates the no-fault system and moves Michigan to a full-tort system similar to other states such as Ohio.“We need to ask ourselves this – should Michigan continue to do nothing about having the highest insurance rates in the nation? Is that a logical way forward?” Sheppard said. “The answers are obvious to drivers across the state facing severe financial stress. We’ve got to do something to fix this broken system and lower rates for all drivers.”The plan still mandates that all Michigan drivers have insurance, but provides more choice and flexibility by eliminating the mandate to buy unlimited medical coverage. Accident victims will have the ability to sue at-fault drivers for economic damages and non-economic damages such as pain and suffering.The legislation also includes a “legacy fee” to continue to fund the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association (MCCA) until it is no longer needed. The MCCA system will be closed to new entrants.“Auto insurance rates are so high, they are draining our neighbors’ bank accounts,” Bellino said. “As legislators, we cannot continue to let this happen. Our current rates are an unnecessary burden for families across the state.”Colorado abandoned its no-fault system in 2003. According to a 2008 governor’s study, the average car insurance premium in the state decreased 35 percent since the state moved to a tort auto insurance system. Michigan drivers could see greater savings by parting ways with its no-fault system, which is the only one in the nation mandating unlimited medical coverage. Florida, one of the 12 states operating with a no-fault system, is also debating repeal.“Our auto insurance is too expensive,” Kahle said. “Michigan’s unique no-fault system has led to the highest auto rates in the country. The hard-working families and seniors in Lenawee County deserve relief.”Sheppard noted that repealing Michigan’s no-fault system and replacing it with a tort system will draw more insurance companies to the state, which will in turn create more competition to even further drive down insurance rates.The bill package, House Bills 5517-23, will be formally read into the record next week. Categories: Kahle News 01Feb Southeast Michigan lawmakers unveil new plan to fix state’s auto insurance systemlast_img read more