New Zealander journalist arrested

first_img Help by sharing this information RSF_en News Organisation center_img New Zealander journalist Glen Johnson was arrested on a charge of entering the country illegally. He was held for more than a week in a prison in Lahij province, south of the capital, before being handed over to security forces. A freelancer who writes occasionally for the New York Times and International Herald Tribune, Johnson had, in addition to covering the protests, been working on a story about human trafficking from Africa to the Middle East via Yemen, a subject he has covered in other articles in the past. After being held for 11 days, he was put on a flight to the United Arab Emirates on 6 July. The Yemeni authorities gave him 72 hours to leave the country in 2010, when he was doing a story on sexual violence against women. June 25, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 New Zealander journalist arrestedlast_img read more

Jokowi sends flowers to Kim Jong Un to mark North Korea’s 72nd birthday

first_imgPresident Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has reportedly sent a basket of flowers to North Korea’s leader King Jong Un to mark the 72nd anniversary of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).The flowers were handed over to an official by the Indonesian Ambassador to the republic on Tuesday, North Korean state news agency KCNA reported.“[Jokowi, in his message] expressed the belief that the government and people of the DPRK would strengthen efforts in overcoming challenges caused by COVID-19 in the spirit of the national founding day,” the KCNA further said. It added that President Jokowi had also reiterated his willingness to bolster cooperation between the two countries “for peace and progress in the region and beyond.”North Koreans celebrate the foundation of the republic on Sept. 9 every year, during which they visit the statues of founding father Kim Il-Sung and conduct various events such as sports competitions and art performances.North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sent a congratulatory message to President Jokowi to mark Indonesia’s 75th anniversary on Aug. 17 this year.“I take this opportunity to express my conviction that the valuable tradition of excellent friendship and cooperation between our two countries will continue to consolidate and develop as required by the new era,” Kim said in a written statement published on the North Korean Foreign Affairs Ministry’s official website.Indonesia is one of the very few countries that still maintain cordial relations with North Korea, despite international sanctions applied upon the latter concerning human rights abuses and its nuclear missile program.According to Trade Ministry data, the total trade volume between the two countries amounted to US$3.26 million in 2019, up from the previous year’s total value of $964,000.Topics :last_img read more

City League roundup—Perry routs Carrick 46-0

first_imgThe first touchdown came on Perry’s first drive from 10 yards out. The other came as in the second quarter on a hitch route that landed Ghafoor in the end zone, giving the Commodores a 27-0 lead going into the half.“We were forced to work on our fundamentals,” Perry coach Bill Gallagher said. “We ran cleaner routes today. We held on to some balls that we would normally drop. I liked, especially, how were able to get big yards after the catch on a couple of little screen plays that we were able to make into big plays.”The Perry defense came through with some big plays as well. With 2:50 left in the game, Raymond Taylor recovered a fumble in the end zone after disrupting a pitch from Carrick’s quarterback Rasheed McKamey to the backfield. McKamey was held to 2 of 8 passing for 34 yards and an interception.“This wasn’t a good week for us, preparation-wise,” Carrick coach Jeff McCafferty said. “We’re not where we need to be right now. I’m not pleased or excited about the attitudes of the players.”Allderdice 24, Oliver 6Major struggles tore apart an Allderdice team that won only one game all year. They looked to make a statement in their City League opener against Oliver and held them to one score as they sailed to a 24-6 victory Friday at Cupples Stadium.Senior quarterback Mike Pfleger had six completions on eight attempts, with a 25-yard pass touchdown pass to Dominick Gardner. He also had a one-yard rush for a score, as well.However, the Dragons can ultimately attribute their success in last Friday’s game to running back Patrick Ferguson, who rushed for 132 yards on 13 carries and two touchdowns. He scored on a 10-yard run in the first half, as well as a big 40-yarder to help solidify things in the third quarter.Oliver’s score came on a 2-yard run by Shakeem Cox in the second quarter.Brashear 27, Schenley 12The defending champion Schenley Spartans fell to Brashear, due to a nice performance by junior quarterback Adam Lynch, who made his conference debut as the Bulls starter Friday night.He scored the game’s first touchdown on a 68-yard run in the first quarter. Tre Gaines added to that with a 25-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown later in that quarter. Lynch then closed out the first half with a 51-yard touchdown pass to Dom Patterson.Schenley quarterback Calvin Beck led their offense as he completed 8 of 10 passes for 111 yards and an interception. He also connected with DeAndre Black for a 10-yard score in the fourth quarter.(Follow our continuing coverage of City League football on our website at www.newpittsburghcourieronline.com.) BOMBS AWAY—Perry’s Eric Frye hauls in a TD pass from QB Greg McGhee in the Commodores 46-0 win over Carrick Sept.11 at Cupples Stadium. by D.W. HowzePerry owned the largest margin of victory for the weekend with a 46-0 romp over Carrick.Quarterback Greg McGhee completed 13 of 26 passes for 205 yards and three touchdowns. He threw one interception. Eight of those completions went to his favorite target, Devin Ghafoor, for 102 yards and two scores.last_img read more

Notice of Show Postponement: March 28 KORESH DANCE ~ La Danse

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington Center for the Performing ArtsKoresh Dance Company scheduled to perform on March 28 at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts has been postponed to a future date that will be announced as soon as the new performance date is confirmed. Executive Director Jill Barnes announced, “We are working to find a mutually agreeable date for the fall of 2020.”The Washington Center will be keeping our community informed as quickly as possible regarding show cancellations due to COVID-19 and Governor Inslee’s mandate for immediate prohibition around public gatherings and events. Ticket holders will be emailed directly with show specific details. We are doing all we can to support the arts community, valued patrons, volunteers and employees.Please visit our website for daily performance and event updates www.washingtoncenter.org or call the Box Office at 360-753-8586.last_img read more

Poyet to pounce?

first_imgBrighton manager Gus Poyet is reportedly aiming to pip several Premier League clubs and sign Josh McEachran on loan from former club Chelsea.McEachran is expected to spend time away from Stamford Bridge later in the season, with Bolton among the top-flight sides believed to be interested.But the Mid-Sussex Times say ex-Blues star Poyet is hoping to take McEachran to the south-coast Championship club.Fulham, having watched Bristol City striker Nicky Maynard, are also being linked with his Robins team-mate Albert Adomah.Everton, Aston Villa, Stoke, Bolton and Sunderland are also interested in the former Harrow Borough winger, the Daily Mail reports.The Daily Star continues a story saying that forward Bryan Ruiz would rather have joined Tottenham than Fulham.The report is based on quotes from Ruiz in the Dutch media. Yesterday he released a statement via Fulham pledging his commitment to the club.Meanwhile, QPR midfielder Ale Faurlin continues to be touted for a possible big move after an impressive start to the season.He has recently been linked with Arsenal and Tottenham no less, and his agent has told the Gazette that two Premier League clubs and an Italian side have expressed an interest.This page is updated throughout the day.Follow West London Sport on Twitterlast_img read more

Why Should Government Fund Bad Science?

first_img(Visited 45 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Scientists are the least credible people to decide how money should be spent.Wastebook FriendsIn the wake of Senator Tom Coburn’s latest Wastebook of dubious scientific funding by the federal government, scientists are defending their misdeeds instead of blushing. Coburn (R-Oklahoma), a medical doctor, listed the top 100 wasteful projects that cost taxpayers $25 billion, including grants to study “voodoo dolls, gambling monkeys, zombies in love” and other subjects that seem to have no redeeming value or national interest (CNBC, Washington Times). Coburn’s site lists just a few of the studies and what they cost:Coast guard party patrols – $100,000Watching grass grow – $10,000State department tweets @ terrorists – $3 millionSwedish massages for rabbits – $387,000Paid vacations for bureaucrats gone wild – $20 millionMountain lions on a treadmill – $856,000Synchronized swimming for sea monkeys – $50,000Pentagon to destroy $16 billion in unused ammunition — $1 billionScientists hope monkey gambling unlocks secrets of free will –$171,000Rich and famous rent out their luxury pads tax free – $10 millionStudying “hangry” spouses stabbing voodoo dolls – $331,000Promoting U.S. culture around the globe with nose flutists – $90 millionAt Live Science, though, Stephanie Pappas defended these studies in the name of basic research—”studies that may not have immediate application and thus rarely get funding through private channels.” Many profound discoveries have, indeed, been made through basic research. Surely, though, not all basic research is created equal. The government cannot throw money at every conceivable study.National Geographic sides with Live Science against government intrusion into funding decisions. This article, “Should the Government Fund Only Science in the ‘National Interest’?” attacks another Republican congressman, Lamar Smith (R-Texas), who is pushing more oversight and accountability at the National Science Foundation (NSF), asking for “national interest” as a condition for funding science projects, even though he has only specifically “targeted several dozen specific grants out of 12,000 projects the NSF supports annually.” Like Pappas, reporter Eli Kintisch defends the status quo with the “basic science” argument. The NSF has a governing board that should decide how funds are spent, not politicians—particularly those with a “conservative political agenda.”Once again, though, the list of possible “basic research” projects vastly exceeds the money available. Who should decide? Who should pay?The answers might be simpler if institutional science’s method of knowledge generation guaranteed the production of accurate, useful information. But that assumption was again challenged by John Ioannidis, a Stanford University scientist, who published one of the most-cited papers of the millennium ten years ago, “Why Most Published Research Findings Are False.” Now he’s back, Nature News reported, with a new list of recommendations for improving the still-awful record of published papers found to be wrong after passing peer review. One biologist tweeted, “I’m totally with John Ioannidis when he says the scientific reward system needs to change.”Broken EngineIn Nature he performed a new study: “John P. A. Ioannidis and colleagues asked the most highly cited biomedical scientists to score their top-ten papers in six ways.” (See also Science Daily: “Most published medical research is false; Here’s how to improve.” It’s clear from his team’s findings that peer review and citation rates are not guaranteeing good science.There’s a long history of political control of science funding. The Paris Academy was directed by the king; they studied what he wanted them to study. In America, the government was initially much more controlling over science funding before the NSF was founded to direct scientific projects. Even so, “Tensions over the role of politics in science decisions have ‘been baked in from the start at NSF,’” one congressional staff member commented.It’s also true that “national interest” is a vague standard. It might be in the national interest to focus on a wide variety of basic research projects, for national prestige or to attract the best and brightest researchers around the world. Certainly, though, there can be no national interest for publishing studies that are false or ridiculous.One thing seems to be forgotten by all the writers and reporters: the taxpayer. Government does not generate wealth; people and businesses do. What government has it confiscates through taxes. The one who pays, therefore, should have a strong voice in how that money is spent—and it does, in the form of representatives like John Coburn and Lamar Smith who, speaking for their constituents, would like at least a little more accountability for a spendthrift agency like the NSF that decides to study zombies when the nation is suffering under a $17 trillion debt and faltering economy.It should not also be forgotten that any scientist is free to pursue any project with private funding. Many great discoveries were funded by private industry, foundations, or personal fortunes; look at what Elon Musk is accomplishing. If someone is not rich but has a good idea, crowdsourcing services like Kickstarter are available. Scientist, make your case: “I would like to raise funds to study synchronized swimming for sea monkeys.”Unfortunately, Wastebook 2014 may be the last. Senator Coburn retires after his present term. It is not clear if anyone will take up his mission of pointing out instances of government waste.The last word goes to John Ioannidis, who stated in 2012,I do not mention all of these caveats because I believe they are very likely to occur to the point that the negatives of these proposed practices will outweigh the positives…. However, at the end of the day, no matter what changes are made, scientific credibility may not improve unless the pursuit of truth remains our main goal in our work as scientists. This is a most noble mission that needs to be continuously reasserted.    —John Ioannidis, “Why Science Is Not Necessarily Self-Correcting,” Perspectives on Psychological Science (7 Nov 2012), as cited by Evolution News & Views.We asked once before if a scientist should be funded who wants to study the sounds emitted by animals when he steps on their feet. Wouldn’t that qualify as “basic research”? Doesn’t that fit within the category of “studies that may not have immediate application and thus rarely get funding through private channels”?We treat “Science” as some kind of infallible category of information-gathering, but like C.S. Lewis said, we should really look at any research endeavor as a matter of logical knowledge, not treating “scientific” knowledge as a separate thing. Science, moreover, is mediated by fallible, self-interested human beings. We humans can only overcome our selfish urges through accountability to others.last_img read more

New app helps reporters tell a better story

first_imgCadet journalists, community reporters, activists and others interested in reporting on a news story and submitting it to a community newspaper can now make use of the Pocket Reporter app.The Pocket Reporter is designed to help citizen journalists or reporters working at a grassroots level. This app is seen as the editor who advises the users on the types of questions to ask while reporting. (Image: Brand South Africa)Melissa JavanAn app has been developed to help improve journalism at a community or grassroots level. The Pocket Reporter, touted as a “news editor in your pocket” is aimed at citizen journalists, community journalists of independent publishers, and those who want to get it right when writing a news story.Raymond Joseph, a journalist at Code for South Africa (Code4SA), says Pocket Reporter was developed because there are many journalists, especially freelancers, who do not have access to a news editor.“When I started out, I was briefed by my editor before I went to the scene of a news story. After I returned from that news story I would be briefed by my news editor again,” he explains.Pocket Reporter was developed by Code4SA in partnership with the Association of Independent Publishers (AIP).Joseph says the partners undertook market research before building the app. “Not enough people have Blackberry phones. Only a few have iPhones. The most common cellphone among citizen- and community journalists is the Android.“I also know that young people use their phones as typewriters.”The app was designed to be as simple to use as possible. Changes were made following testing on some community journalists. Joseph and his team at Code4SA tested the app again before launching it.How the app worksSome of the newspapers that are members of the Association of Independent Publishers. (Image: Association of Independent Publishers, Facebook)The Pocket Reporter is an easy to use tool that helps the reporter collect all the information needed, Joseph explains. “It makes sure there are no holes in the story. This tool will help to improve content and make sure the people ask the right questions.”First download the app, which then walks you through a news story:Go to Google Play and search for “Pocket Reporter”, then download the app on to your Android phone.Enter + to choose an article type, or go to My Stories to add more info to previous articles.Choose your article type.Name your article and click “start this story”.Work through the questions and fill in the answers in the boxes with the information you gather.You can now email your information to yourself to work on your story later, or email it to your news editor.If you don’t have all the information to answer the questions asked on the app, Joseph says, you can return to the story. “It is saved on your app automatically. You can always go back to add information.”No internet connection neededTo overcome data costs, no internet connection is needed to use the app. “You only need an internet connection to download it or if you want to update the app.“Also, you need an internet connection to send the information to your own email address or to the editor.”For security, you don’t have to give any personal details when downloading the app, assures Joseph. “You stay in charge of the information. You can delete the story or the app after you are finished using it.”Your information is safe, because there is no server that saves it, he adds.Association of Independent PublishersThere are 204 independently owned newspapers in South Africa, according to the Association of Independent Publishers. (Image: Association of Independent Publishers)The Pocket Reporter was launched in October at the AIP national conference in Johannesburg.The AIP is a national organisation for advancing the interests of independent grassroots print media in South Africa. It comprises mostly small, independent newspapers, but also represents newsletters, magazines and online publications.The AIP holds a two-day conference with the theme “My South Africa, my story” in October 2016. (Image: Association of Independent Publishers, Facebook)Established in 2004, the AIP has about 250 members nationally, most of which are small, community based, grassroots publishers living in the communities they serve.Louise Vale, executive director of the AIP, says community media are growing.According to her, AIP members employ 2 000 people directly and 2 000 indirectly, such as freelancers. In South Africa, independent publishers are generally small, micro and medium enterprises. “They contribute about R150-million every year to the economy,” says Vale.One of the challenges is that they do not get much financial support, especially through advertising. “This is despite the fact that these independent publishers’ advertising rates are the lowest – lower than a mainstream newspaper would be.”It is difficult for independent publishers to run their businesses, Vale says, because of lack of funding from big companies or the government. “It’s sad because these independent publishers provide a real service to the people on the ground.”Gauteng has the most independent publishers in the country, followed by the Eastern Cape. This graph shows the monthly print order and publication frequency. (Image: Association of Independent Publishers)Pocket Reporter is a great tool for journalists, she says. “It will help people a lot to get facts out in the field. There are lots of interns in the industry and the editor won’t necessarily have time to brief them.”Editors of independent publishers often have to do other tasks too, such as selling advertising space or social media marketing.Community media reports use voices on the ground, Vale adds. “We should actually have a platform where the mainstream media work with these community journalists. That way they get to hear the voices on the ground and give that input to the national agenda.”Independent publishers have about 28 million readers a month.Diversity in community mediaAIP members publish primarily in rural areas and disadvantaged communities, in a diverse range of languages and service a diverse range of interests.More than 80 members publish in a combination of English, Afrikaans and a local language. The AIP represents print media published in isiXhosa, Afrikaans and Tshivenda, among other languages.A total of 78% of publications are black-owned, and 28% are owned by women.The geographical communities served range from rural Cofimvaba to the urban people of Bonteheuwel, Heideveld and the Cape Flats, from Makhado to Gansbaai, from Mangaung to Jozini and further.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Dairy facts for dairy month

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The National Milk Producers Federation is pointing out some key facts about U.S. dairy in observance of National Dairy Month in June. The state of the industryTotal domestic consumption of milk has risen four of the past five years and reached a record in 2018.While per-capita milk U.S. consumption has declined, consumption of non-fluid dairy products such as cheese have increased, with butter last year at its highest per-capita consumption in more than 50 years.U.S. dairy export volumes reached a record in 2018, increasing 9% over the prior year despite stiff trade winds. The value of U.S. exports was $5.59 billion, 2% more than the prior year, despite trade disturbances that to date have cost farmers at least $2.3 billion in revenues. Sustainability and animal welfareThe U.S. dairy industry contributes approximately two percent of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions — the lowest average GHG intensity of milk production worldwide.Fruits and vegetables, grains, and dairy are roughly equal in greenhouse-gas emissions.Through the leadership of NMPF’s National Dairy Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) Program, which includes 98% of the U.S. milk supply, U.S. dairy producers are the first livestock animal care program in the world to be recognized for its animal welfare standards. FARM gained that recognition last year from the International Organization for Standardization, founded by the UN. Consumer choiceMilk is consumers’ dominant choice compared compared to plant-based competitors. In a typical week, U.S. consumers buy more than 65 million gallons of milk, compared to about 6 million gallons of plant-based beverages. Milk also costs about 40% less, according to consumer sales and pricing data.Milk is a key source of nine essential nutrients crucial to a healthy diet. And, finally …Milk is the product of a lactating animal, per the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s unenforced rules.last_img read more

Rift in Rajasthan Cong. over ‘hybrid’ poll model

first_imgA rift has emerged in the ruling Congress in Rajasthan over a new model adopted for the upcoming municipal elections, in which any citizen can contest the polls for mayor and chairperson of a civic body without first getting elected as a municipal councillor. The “hybrid model” allows even a person defeated in the corporator’s election to become the head of an urban local body.A section of the party leaders and Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot have opposed the issuance of a gazette notification earlier this week enforcing the amended rules for municipal elections. The civic body polls are due next month.Negative feedbackMr. Pilot, who is also the Pradesh Congress president, said the decision would weaken democracy and encourage back door entry of candidates in the urban bodies. He said the State Urban Development Ministry had taken the decision without discussing it in a Cabinet meeting or in the party organisation.Food and Civil Supplies Minister Ramesh Chand Meena and Transport Minister Pratap Singh Khachariyawas have called for a review of the decision, while affirming that they had received a negative feedback from party workers on the issue. Mr. Khachariyawas said it would reduce the significance of councillors and weaken democracy at the grassroots.The State government had recently decided to conduct indirect election for the post of mayor and chairperson in corporations and municipalities with the contention that the civic body heads directly elected by public often ignored the councillors and neglected the development works.BJP State president Satish Poonia said the ruling party could not serve the people of the State. “The Deputy CM himself did not know about the development. The split in Congress is wide open,” he said.The State government has also decided to create additional municipal corporations in Jaipur, Jodhpur and Kota in view of increasing population in these cities.last_img read more

Eustaquio shrugs off close loss, hopes to be included in Manila card

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Seeking to rebound fast, Eustaquio hopes to return to the cage as soon as the Manila card at ONE: Legends of the World slated on November 10.“I am willing to be booked on any card, but of course I prefer to be slated for the Manila card in November. Let’s hope that I can be scheduled for that event. The journey is not over. It’s only the beginning,” he said. Ravena back right away for PH team in Fiba Asia Champions Cup Eustaquio was in control of the match in the first round, and even rocked the former ONE Flyweight Champion with a stiff kick to the nose, but the action was inexplicably halted momentarily by referee Yuji Shimada.And Akhmetov quickly made adjustments, controlling the pace in the next two rounds to come out victorious.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe loss was a step back to Eustaquio’s bid to contend for the flyweight title.“It’s hard to lose my momentum. A victory tonight might have catapulted me to a title shot, but I have to accept the outcome of the bout. It’s another lesson. The good thing about this sport is that losses are avenues for competitors to grow. Surely, I will learn from this and be a better martial artist,” said the Team Lakay stalwart. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fightcenter_img MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES View comments Photo from ONE ChampionshipJAKARTA — Geje Eustaquio took his split decision loss to Kairat Akhmetov in the main event of ONE: Total Victory on Saturday as a minor setback.“We never lose. It’s either we win or we learn. It’s a learning process for me and my team and I would like to extend my gratitude to all the people who are always on my back,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  ONE: Geje Eustaquio, Adriano Moraes looking for convincing finish to trilogy PLAY LIST 01:27ONE: Geje Eustaquio, Adriano Moraes looking for convincing finish to trilogy01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:22Learning doesn’t stop for Geje Eustaquio—inside and outside ONE cage01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gameslast_img read more