Lagos-based radio station allowed to reopen but subjected to further pressure

first_img News NigeriaAfrica Follow the news on Nigeria News Twitter blocked, journalism threatened in Nigeria Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders voiced concern today about the pressure that has been put on privately-owned radio Link FM since the State Security Service (SSS) removed the seals on its entrance and allowed it to resume operating on 25 April. The SSS warned the station’s management that it would be closed again if it sent any journalists to cover the current elections or if it broadcast any criticism of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).The Lagos-based station was raided and closed down on 11 April.—————————12.04.07 Security forces close radio station and TV station three days before state electionsReporters Without Borders today called on the federal authorities to permit the reopening of two new, Lagos-based broadcast media, Link FM and GTV, which were abruptly closed by the security forces yesterday, three days before elections for state governors and state parliaments.“Elections should be a time when the government takes more care than ever to respect the rule of law,” the press freedom organisation said. “Instead, the security forces are sent without a warrant to shut down media that could be a nuisance during the polling. There is no justification for the enforced closure of Link FM and GTV, so the measure should be lifted and their personnel should be allowed to return to work.”Eight members of the security forces burst into the Link FM and GTV studios in the Lagos district of Ketu at about 6 p.m. yesterday, ordering all the employees to leave and placing seals over the entrances. They said they were acting on “an order from above.” The studios were still closed this morning and staff were not allowed to enter.The two stations began broadcasting just a few weeks ago and their director, Stanley Okoye, said he did not know why they had suddenly been closed. But a Lagos-based journalist told Reporters Without Borders that the federal government wanted to prevent the opposition from using the media to immediately broadcast the results provided by the observers it is deploying to polling stations throughout the country in attempt to prevent the ruling party from rigging the 14 April elections. June 10, 2021 Find out more Organisation NigeriaAfrica to go furthercenter_img May 3, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Lagos-based radio station allowed to reopen but subjected to further pressure RSF_en Nigerian investigative journalist forced to flee after massacre disclosures News Nigerian news site deliberately blocked, expert report confirms February 8, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News January 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Closure of Radio Free Europe office signals endgame for free media

first_img May 11, 2021 Find out more News “A former journalist who requested anonymity, told us that people cannot look at one particular press and particularly at opposition websites without risking being sacked from their jobs,” the organisation added.After the closure of Radio Free Europe, independent Uzbek media is in freefall and has little remaining readership in the country. The weekly Hurriyat only sells 3,500 copies and the vast majority of newspapers belong to the government, state bodies or political parties. The main foreign news agencies are still present in Tashkent such as France-Presse (AFP), Reuters and Associated Press (AP). They have to take the place of independent media in a media landscape that has been entirely sown up by the government of President Islam Karimov. Ironically, in Tashkent, publicly-owned Russian news agencies Ria Novosti, Itar-Tass and the private agency Interfax appear to be relatively objective in their coverage of Uzbek news, although they are much more controlled in Moscow. Other foreign media like the German international radio broadcaster Deutsche Welle have local correspondents but no permanent offices.Internet remains Uzbekistan’s most independent media. There are a number of ‘citizen journalism’ sites, such as Ariena in Russian (www.freeuz.org) or websites run by opposition parties like the pro-democracy party Erk and another party, Birlik. However these last are often targeted for censorship and are routinely blocked by the authorities. Follow the news on Uzbekistan read in RussianPress freedom violations have escalated since the Andijan killings in May 2005, said Reporters Without Borders, pointing to a growing tally of assaults, threats, beatings, sentences, expulsions and office closures, culminating in that of Radio Free Europe on 12 December.The offices of the BBC and media training organisation Internews have been shut down in the past few months.“We are particularly pessimistic about the shocking state of the media in Uzbekistan which has deteriorated sharply since the Andijan uprising in May 2005,” the press freedom organisation said.“We are very worried by this terrible toll and the climate of censorship and witch-hunt against the independent media orchestrated by the Uzbek authorities, “the organisation added.The Uzbek foreign ministry officially closed the offices of the US news radio and public information Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty on 12 December. The minister refused to grant annual accreditation to its local office, which is obligatory for all media wishing to work in the country. Four journalists on the radio also had their official accreditation suspended. The office had already been struggling to operate since August 2005 after the existing accreditation expired. One of the radio’s correspondents, Nosir Zokirov, one of the first journalists on the spot in Andijan, was sentenced to six months in prison on 26 August 2005 for his coverage of the storming of the prison in Andijan.In a report on 13 December, Radio Free Europe said that at least nine correspondents in the Uzbek office had received telephone threats, as had members of their family. They had also been questioned by members of the security services, had their recording equipment seized and some had been beaten. UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia Uzbek blogger facing possible 10-year jail term Help by sharing this information New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council Press freedom violations have escalated in Uzbekistan with a growing tally of assaults, threats, beatings, convictions, expulsions and office closures. Reporters Without Borders is particularly pessimistic about the state of the media which has deteriorated sharply since the Andijan uprising.read in Russian News UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia December 14, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Closure of Radio Free Europe office signals endgame for free media RSF_en More than six years in prison for Uzbek blogger who covered corruption Receive email alerts News February 11, 2021 Find out more to go further News Organisation October 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Fishing the North Coast:  Shelter Cove salmon opener set for Saturday

first_imgOn Saturday, California’s recreational ocean salmon season will open from Horse Mountain south to the U.S./Mexico border.The area to the north of Horse Mountain, which includes Eureka, Trinidad, and Crescent City, will be sitting on the sidelines this season due to a record low 54,200 Klamath River fall Chinook salmon forecasted to be swimming in the ocean.The ocean abundance of Sacramento River kings is also low, but there’s enough to give the anglers to our south at least a limited season. …last_img

School for Africa’s future leaders

first_imgThe African Leadership Academy aims to identify and nurture tomorrow’s leaders. (Image: African Leadership Academy) Fred Swaniker, left, from Ghana, and American Chris Bradford, the co-founders of the African Leadership Academy. (Image: Echoing Green)Janine ErasmusAn elite new high school about to open near Johannesburg is to groom a remarkable group of youngsters from across Africa to be the continent’s future leaders, with a strong emphasis on understanding African issues.The non-profit African Leadership Academy (ALA), situated in Honeydew, opens its doors on 3 September 2008. With a stringent admissions policy, the school will offer an education focused on leadership development and entrepreneurial training from a strongly African perspective.The academy selects its students solely on merit, looking for youngsters from 16 to 19 years old with the potential to rise to the top of their chosen careers. Out of 1 700 applicants from students in 36 African countries, 106 were selected for the two-year programme – an admission rate of 6.2%.“The number of applicants exceeded our expectations,” says ALA co-founder and COO Chris Bradford. “This clearly showed us that there is a great need for a school like this in Africa.” By comparison, Harvard has an admission rate of 7.1% and Stanford 9.5%.The school has 53 girls and 53 boys from 27 African countries, from Morocco to South Africa, as well as from Germany and the US. The group includes 13 South Africans, 12 Kenyans, nine students from Nigeria, eight each from Senegal and Tanzania, and six from Morocco.“We believe that Africa’s future lies in the quality of the leaders of tomorrow,” Bradford says. “By combining their academic knowledge with contextual knowledge of Africa and the skills they gain through community service projects, our graduates will be superbly equipped to put their ideas into practice.”The inaugural group of students were strictly selected according to ALA’s merit-based criteria: academic achievement, leadership potential, entrepreneurial spirit, passion for Africa, and commitment to service. Some are from wealthy families, others refugees from troubled regions or for various reasons have been unable to complete their schooling. Many have won recognition through academic achievement, or have demonstrated fierce entrepreneurial spirit. All possess the qualities of a leader.Teachers were selected according to even more rigorous standards. Of the hundreds who applied, a mere 2% were selected. ALA now boasts 20 teachers from top schools around the globe, headed by Dean Christopher Khaemba, formerly principal of Alliance Boys’ High School in Kikuyu, Nairobi – the school that consistently performs best in Kenya’s secondary school exams.Only 10% of the initial intake can afford the US$20 000 (R155 000) tuition fee; the remaining 90% are attending on scholarships although, says Bradford, they are asked to make a contribution, however small, according to their means.ALA’s unique method of teaching is based on discussion groups, much like the Socratic method, to stimulate thinking and unlock creativity. “Our teachers will challenge their students,” says Bradford, “and the students themselves can learn a great deal from each other as they share their personal perspectives on different issues.”Built on experienceALA’s founding team comprises Ghanaian Fred Swaniker, American Chris Bradford, German Peter Mombaur and Cameroonian Acha Leke.CEO Swaniker, just 31 years old, comes from a family of educators. Having lived and worked in a number of African countries, he was continually struck by the continent’s need for ethical leadership. He played an important role in the launch of Mount Pleasant English Medium School, one of Botswana’s top private elementary schools. He is also a founder of Global Leadership Adventures, a programme for high-school students that gives them the chance to serve in communities in other countries.A graduate of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Swaniker also completed a BA in economics at Macalester College in Minnesota, US.Bradford is a teacher with a BA from Yale University, an MA in Education Administration from Stanford University, and an MBA from Stanford University. He taught for two years at Oundle School in the UK, in classes filled with students from all over the world, including Africa.Non-executive founders Peter Mombaur and Acha Leke bring with them a wealth of experience in management and investment consulting, telecommunications and engineering.Leading Africa towards a prosperous futureThe ALA experience does not end at graduation, says Bradford, but aims to support former students throughout their lives, playing an integral role in the formation of a powerful network of African leaders who will be able to turn to their peers for mentoring, career advice, and business opportunities.One is sixteen-year-old Miranda Nyathi from Port Elizabeth, South Africa, who took on the role of her class’s maths teacher after the regular teacher failed to show up during the weeks-long teachers’ strike in 2007. After ALA she plans to work to place effective teachers in schools across the continent.William Kamkwamba, 20, from Malawi, dropped out of school at 14 because of financial constraints but taught himself the principles of energy from two library books, and built a windmill that supplies his home with electricity. His ambition is to set up a windmill company to help people all over Africa.Kenyan student Tabitha Tongoi, 17, established an educational project to help supply much-needed textbooks to her school in Nairobi. So far she has facilitated the donation of more than 3 000 books. She plans to become a human rights lawyer.Zimbabwean Belinda Munemo, 17, built up an agricultural business that included egg-laying and a vegetable garden to create sustainable income for an orphaned family, teaching the eldest child to manage the income. She wants to open a network of hospitals that will focus on research and treatment for cancer and Aids.These and other remarkable youngsters will use their knowledge and experience to work in communities around the ALA campus, gaining practical experience that they will take with them out into the world. As part of their curriculum each student is required to complete a service project before graduation.The ALA plans to share its vision and resources beyond its physical boundaries through a series of open lectures, free training seminars that will equip teachers from other schools with innovative teaching methods, and school holiday camps to develop leadership and entrepreneurial skills in younger pupils.ALA supportersALA has been a work in progress since 2003, when Swaniker became inspired to address the issue of leadership.“We want to move the continent forward,” says Swaniker, “and so we look for teachers and students who have that abiding passion for Africa. There are so many opportunities across the continent, but the barrier to peace and prosperity has always been leadership. And we need to inculcate these values while our students are still young – Richard Branson was 16 when he began his business career; Bill Gates started Microsoft at 19.”The school currently occupies a tranquil 20 acres of land once used by a printing plant and training school. Most facilities were already in place, including an auditorium, except for the two science labs which have just been completed.“We couldn’t have reached this stage without the help of the national Department of Home Affairs,” says Director of Operations Anabel Argyle. “They assisted us with a lot of the paperwork, especially where there were major problems. Many of our pupils don’t come from well-off families and therefore have no passport because they don’t travel with their parents. Some have illiterate parents and didn’t even have birth certificates or identity documents. Fortunately Home Affairs was sympathetic to our cause and waived certain conditions or gave us extensions on others.”The national and provincial education departments have also been tremendously helpful, says Swaniker, as have major businesses such as Absa, Cisco, the Industrial Development Corporation, and Kenya Airways, which is keen to become the official ALA carrier. “They have the widest footprint of all the African airlines we studied,” he says.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected] storiesEducation in South AfricaUseful linksAfrican Leadership AcademyGlobal Leadership AdventuresWilliam Kamkwamba on AfrigadgetAfrican Leadership FoundationIndustrial Development CorporationDepartment of Educationlast_img read more

Football Friday with Bafana Bafana

first_img22 September 2009South Africa’s national football team put their weight behind the Football Fridays initiative during a visit to Tetlanyo High School in Galeshewe, a township in Kimberley, capital of the Northern Cape province, on Friday.Bafana Bafana visited the Kimberley school in “Football Fridays” style ahead of their international friendly against Madagascar on Saturday.The players engaged with the school children at their assembly and during class visits, where autographs were signed and football mementos handed out. The school was attended by Bafana Bafana striker Richard Henyekane.View the full Bafana photoset on FlickrShare your own Football Friday thoughts, photos, videosWith less than 40 Fridays to go before the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the squad encouraged all South Africans to “play for Team South Africa” by participating in the Football Fridays initiative.Launched on 4 September, the initiative encourages South Africans to wear a football shirt every Friday in the build-up to Africa’s first football World Cup, which kicks off on the ultimate Football Friday, 11 June 2010.“Walk it, talk it, wear it, share it!” says Paul Bannister, acting CEO of the International Marketing Council of South Africa (IMC), custodian of Brand South Africa and one of the organisations behind the initiative. “It’s all about soccer – and being part of the same team: Team South Africa.”The initiative also aims to mobilise South Africans to be the best hosts they can be, pulling together to deliver the best World Cup ever, both on and off the field.“If the mood takes you, and you feel like you would like to go a step further, drive the nation-building vibe by flying your South African flag, learning the words of the national anthem, trying the Diski Dance, and making some noise – vuvuzela-style – in support of our African home teams,” says the IMC.Together with the IMC, the initiative is being jointly driven by the country’s major 2010 partners, including the 2010 Fifa World Cup SA Organising Committee, the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS), South African Tourism and the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).Bannister said that as events, audiences and media coverage goes, “it doesn’t come bigger than the football World Cup. Pulling it off is going to take a Team South Africa effort.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Jammu-Srinagar highway reopens, over 4,500 vehicles resume journey

first_imgOver 4,500 vehicles, mostly trucks carrying apples from Kashmir, have resumed their onward journey by Sunday afternoon as the Jammu-Srinagar national highway was reopened for traffic three days after being blocked by a massive landslide, officials said. The 270-km strategic highway, the only all-weather road linking Kashmir with rest of the country, was cleared of debris brought in by the landslide near Digdole around 3 p.m. on Saturday, a traffic department official said. However, intermittent shooting stones, due to rains, from the hillocks overlooking the highway at several places including Digdole, Maroog and Panthiyal disrupted free flow of traffic.With improvement in weather, light motor vehicles were allowed to ply from both the sides, while preference was given to stranded Jammu-bound trucks carrying apples from Kashmir to outside markets.“So far, over 3,700 trucks and 800 light motor vehicles crossed the Jawahar Tunnel, the gateway of Kashmir,” the official said adding Kashmir-bound trucks, which are stranded at various places on the highway, are likely to be allowed to move towards their destination later in the day. Meanwhile, the Mughal Road which connects the border districts of Poonch and Rajouri in Jammu region with Shopian district in south Kashmir remained closed for the 12th day on Sunday. The road, which usually remains closed during the winter months, was closed on November 6 after high altitude areas including Pir Ki Gali experienced the first major snowfall of the season. Officials said a 37-km stretch of the road, from Bufliaz to Mansar morh, was cleared, while work on the seven-km stretch from Mansar morh towards Shopian is underway. The road has become slippery after the recent snowfall, delaying its reopening, they said.last_img read more

Russia and Qatar to host World Cups

first_imgFIFA gave its ultimate recognition to emerging markets on Thursday when they awarded the 2018 and 2022 editions of the prestigious and lucrative World Cup football finals to Russia and Qatar.Russia won the right to put on the 2018 World Cup, the first time it will have been staged in Eastern Europe after 10 editions in the western half of the continent. Qatar will stage the 2022 finals, a first both for the Middle East and for an Arab country. It will also be the smallest nation ever to host the World Cup with a population of less than a million.FIFA president Sepp Blatter, who announced the winners after a vote of his executive committee in the Swiss financial capital, said: “We go to new lands.”Never has the World Cup been in Russia and Eastern Europe, and the Middle East and Arabic world have been waiting for a long time so I’m a happy president when we talk about the development of football.”This year’s World Cup was held in South Africa, the first time it had been held on the African continent. Football’s governing body’s executive committee voted for the two winning bids after a fierce lobbying campaign which saw world political leaders and top sports personalities gather in Zurich to press their case for one of the most prestigious and lucrative prizes in global sport.Russia defeated the challenge of three other European bidders, England and the joint bids of Netherlands/Belgium and Spain/Portugal.They were long-time among the front-runners but the non-appearance of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin for campaigning before the vote in Zurich coupled with US diplomatic cables which emerged on Wikileaks describing Russia as a corrupt autocracy appeared to have damaged their bid in the past 24 hours, according to some observers in Zurich.advertisementQatar took the honours for 2022 over rivals Australia, Japan, South Korea and the United States.They committed in their bid document to FIFA building nine new stadiums and renovating three existing grounds at a cost of around $3 billion.Russia deputy prime minister Igor Shuvalov said: “You have entrusted us with the FIFA World Cup for 2018 and I just can promise, we all can promise, you will never regret it. Let us make history together.”Qatar bid chief Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad Al- Thani told the FIFA executive: “Thank you for backing us and expanding the game. You will be proud of us and you will be proud of the Middle East.The voting process took place against a highly charged background after British media outlets made allegations of corruption against a number of FIFA’s executive committee members.The executive committee, reduced to 22 after two were suspended over the allegations, voted in secret.Iberian bid leader Miguel Angel Lopez said Russia had gained an absolute majority on the second round of voting for 2018, eliminating the two joint bids.The US delegation said there had been four rounds of voting for the 2022 event and that Qatar and themselves had been in the final showdown.last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Eoin Morgan sixathon helps England crush Afghanistan

first_imgEngland dished out one of their most devastating performances with the bat in the World Cup 2019 on Tuesday as they crushed Afghanistan by 150 runs in Manchester to grab the top spot in the points table with their fourth win of the tournament.This was the biggest win for England in terms of runs since the 1975 World Cup game against India which they had won by 202 runs.The game was taken away from Afghanistan in the first innings itself when England posted their highest World Cup score of 397 for 6 in 50 overs after opting to bat first.England skipper Eoin Morgan led the way with a swashbuckling 148 off 71 balls while Jonny Bairstow (90), Joe Root (88) and Moeen Ali (31 not out) played the supporting roles as the hosts ended up with the 6th highest team total in a World Cup.Afghanistan in reply, could never match up to the required run rate but they did show a lot of fight and were determined to get as close to the total as possible.Hashmatullah Shahidi (76), Rahmat Shah (46) and Asghar Afghan (44) made sure they didn’t give up without a fight and took Afghanistan to 247 for 8 in 50 overs.The match also broke the record for the most sixes hit during a World Cup game with 33, bettering the previous record of 31 which took place in the match between New Zealand and West Indies in Wellington in 2015.Adil Rashid and Jofra Archer were the pick of the bowlers for England as they bagged 3 wickets each while Mark Wood took two.advertisementEarlier, Eoin Morgan demolished the Afghanistan bowling attack and smashed the fourth fastest hundred in World Cup history as England reached 397 for 6. Morgan ended up clobbering 17 sixes, a world record in ODI cricket.England finished with 25 sixes in total which is also the most hit by a team in an ODI innings. 17 maximums were hit by the captain himself, while Moeen Ali hit four and Bairstow clobbered 3 sixes. Root also managed to hit one out of the park. Moeen Ali played a lovely cameo in the end, scoring 31 not out off 9 balls.Morgan was superbly assisted by Joe Root in the 189-run partnership for the third wicket during which Root made 88 runs off 82 balls. Before that Root was involved in a 120-run stand for the second wicket with Jonny Bairstow, who scored 90 off 99 balls.Morgan and Co took all the Afghanistan bowlers to the cleaners but the batsmen were particularly brutal against leg-spinner Rashid Khan, who conceded 110 runs from his 9 overs without taking a wicket, which is the most runs conceded in a World Cup match.Also Read | Most expensive spell in a World Cup: Rashid Khan goes for 110 runs off 9 oversAlso Read | Eoin Morgan hits 4th fastest hundred in World Cup historyAlso See:last_img read more