Twitter blocked, journalism threatened in Nigeria RSF_en News Reporters Without Borders is relieved to learn of the release of the two journalists who were still being held hostage in the southeastern state of Imo. South African sound engineer Nick Greyling was released on the evening of 8 March, according to Caroline Creasy, a spokesperson for M-Net Supersport, the South African TV station he works for, while Nigerian sports commentator Bowie Attamah was reportedly released on 5 March. They were kidnapped on 1 March.AFP quoted a source “who participated in the negotiations” as saying a ransom of 15 million nairas (100,000 dollars) was paid for Greyling’s release. The Nigerian authorities have denied this. Little information is available about Attamah but, like Greyling, he is said to be safe and in good health.———————————————————————————05.03.2010 – Concern for two journalists kidnapped five days ago in the Niger Delta Reporters Without Borders today expressed deep concern about the plight of two sports journalists working for South African M-Net Supersport television who were kidnapped on 1st March and are still being held hostage.South African producer Nick Greyling and Nigerian sports commentator Bowie Attamah were snatched close to airport in Owerri, capital of the south-eastern state of Imo, while they were heading to Lagos on a bus. A third journalist abducted with them, Nigerian cameraman Alexander Effiong, managed to escape from his kidnappers the following day and is currently safe in Lagos. “While hopes were high that the two journalists would be quickly released, it is worrying that they are still being held hostage. We back the efforts of the Nigerian authorities, particularly acting president, Goodluck Jonathan, and the chief of the Imo state police force in seeking to make contact with the kidnappers so that the hostages will be released as soon as possible,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said.“Kidnapping is widespread in Nigeria, frequently directed against foreign workers with major oil companies and involving ransom demands. The always cowardly practice of kidnapping is all the more absurd when it is aimed at journalists whose financial means are very limited,” the organisation continued.The day Effiong escaped his captors, on 2 March, managing director of M-Net Supersport in Nigeria, Felix Awogu, said of the hostages, “I am very positive about their imminent release. I am sure that very soon, they will be set free.” But two days later he told Reporters Without Borders, “I regret to tell you that the two journalists are still in the hands of their captors. I remain confident about the outcome of this case, but we will have to be patient.”Nigeria is ranked 135th out of 175 countries in Reporters Without Borders’ 2009 world press freedom index, chiefly because of the high number of arbitrary arrests and high levels of violence to which journalists are subjected. Deputy editor of the daily newspaper The Guardian, Bayo Ohu, was murdered outside his home in the Lagos suburbs on 20 September 2009.Moreover, the State Security Service has for several years been on Reporters Without Borders’ list of press freedom predators. Help by sharing this information Nigerian news site deliberately blocked, expert report confirms June 10, 2021 Find out more NigeriaAfrica NigeriaAfrica Receive email alerts March 11, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Release of two journalists kidnapped in Niger delta region News to go further Organisation News News February 8, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Nigeria January 28, 2021 Find out more Nigerian investigative journalist forced to flee after massacre disclosures
Join the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Virginia to cycle for a cause! On Sunday, September 14, riders of all levels will meet at the Old Trail Village Swim Club in Crozet, Virginia, to bike in the shadow of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.The event offers a variety of different options, even one for the whole family. Choose between 25, 50, 75, and 100 mile courses, or take the kids on an 8 mile family ride.25 Mile RouteThe 25 mile route includes rolling terrain in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountians passing historic homes and estates. It doesn’t include the steep climb up Afton mountain. This route is perfect if you have limited time on the day of the event or want to join your family for the 8 mile ride to Chiles Peach Orchard. There is one fully stocked rest stop at Greenwood Community Center. Like all of our routes it has full support from our staff, volunteers and police officers at major intersections.50 Mile RouteThe 50 mile route showcases the beauty of Albemarle County. The terrain is ever changing with some hills and curves, but doesn’t include the Afton Mountain climb. This “half century” is ideal for those who prefer a challenging but shorter route option. You will be welcomed by friendly volunteers at three rest stops.75 Mile RouteThe 75 mile route is a challenging course for the dedicated cyclist. Test your climbing ability on Afton Mountain. The scenery includes rolling countryside, mountains views and wineries. You will be treated to three fully stocked rest stops, including freshly made sandwiches.100 Mile RouteThe 100 mile route features the climb up Afton Mountain and the thrilling decent! The route is the ultimate challenge and features nearly 7,000 feet of climbing over three counties. The views of the mountains, estate homes and countryside are breath taking. There are many volunteers to cheer you on and police to guide you at major intersections. The route is suitable for fit and well trained cycling enthusiasts. We encourage any rider doing the Century route to set a steady pace and take advantage of the five (yes 5!) rest stops with many food and hydration options.8 Mile Family Fun RideThe 8 mile family fun ride is ideal for families and children who like to enjoy a special day together. The route leaves Old Trail and follows Jarman’s Gap Road to Chiles Peach Orchard where riders are treated to freshly made donuts. There is a fully stocked rest stop with plenty of snacks and drinks. The route returns to Old Trail via Jarman’s Gap Road. The course is mostly flat with no steep hills and low traffic.Bikers meet at 8 a.m., and following the race are invited to attend a pool party at the Swim Club with a catered lunch and refreshments as well as live music.All proceeds from the race benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Virginia. Register to support local youth and spend a great day in the mountains!
Topics : Researchers from the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) and Zoologische Staatssammlung in München, Germany, have discovered four new beetle species in North Maluku.The four new beetle species have been identified as Epholcis acutus, Epholcis arcuatus, Epholcis cakalele, and Epholcis obiensis. The Epholcis genus is a nocturnal beetle.The beetles were found through joint collaboration between LIPI researcher Raden Pramesa Narakusumo from LIPI and Zoologische Staatssammlung researcher Michael Balke during an exploration of the Maluku islands. Pramesa said two of the beetles were named based on their physical appearances, acutus means “sharp edge”, while arcuatus means “bow-like”, referring to the species’ curved back leg. The cakalele beetle is named after a traditional Maluku dance, and obiensis is named after Obi, the island where it was found. Pramesa also explained that the researchers used classic taxonomic methods to identify the species as new discoveries. He said that Indonesia had a lot of potential for new beetle species discoveries. Currently, most beetle specimens are kept in the Zoologicum Bogoriense Museum in Bogor, West Java. (dpk)
The Johns Hopkins University tally shows over a million people worldwide have recovered from COVID-19.As of Thursday a total of 1,004,483 people have recovered from the virus. 124,449 people who have recovered in the United States.The country with the largest number of people who have recovered is Spain, with 137,984 recoveries. The United States follows Spain, and after the US is Germany with 123,449 recoveries.
Facebook35Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington Governor Jay InsleeGov. Jay Inslee issued guidance for partially resuming limited in-store retail and manufacturing operations for counties granted variance under the Safe Start Phase 2 recovery plan laid out last week.Through the Washington “Safe Start” plan, more businesses and activities will re-open in subsequent phases with adequate safety and health standards in place. Each phase will be at least three weeks — metrics and data will guide when the state can move from one phase to another.Through the Safe Start approach, counties with a population of less than 75,000 that have not had a new case of COVID-19 in the past three weeks can apply for a variance to move to Phase 2 of “Safe Start” before other parts of the state. County variance applications will be approved or denied by the secretary of the Department of Health. Eight counties have received the variance.For counties granted variance to move to Phase 2, in-store retail operations may resume with limitations, effective May 12. This builds on guidance that Inslee issued yesterday, and requires that any sit-down in-store food and beverage services must follow all Phase 2 restaurant requirements.Guidance documents:Memo: Partially Resuming Limited In-Store Retail OperationsPhase 2 Limited In-Store Retail Operations COVID-19 RequirementsInslee also released guidance today regarding additional manufacturing operations which may resume, effective May 12.Guidance documents:Memo: Resuming Additional Manufacturing OperationsPhase 2 Manufacturing Facility COVID-19 RequirementsFull list of guidance for all current businesses.
It was his belief that success is possible that led to David’s various charitable endeavors in Red Bank. After selling TAS to Bowthorpe PLC, he began to apply the scientific method to the problem of education in Red Bank and developed a new hypothesis: “If all segments of the Red Bank community work together to devise and execute a plan to address the academic, social, and cultural needs of Red Bank children, academic results will improve.”Tarver reached out to parents, teachers, community members, social service agencies and school administrators in an effort to build the connections necessary to improve the school system.In September of 2001, Tarver and the group he called the Red Bank Education and Development Initiative held the first meeting in the organization’s history at the Molly Pitcher Inn.By 2004, the RBEDI had helped to increase the percentage of students who passed the New Jersey eighth grade performance assessment from twenty five to sixty percent.The improvements that came about in Red Bank were due to the efforts of a number of dedicated educators and community members, Tarver stressed..“ I take credit for bringing the community together and for being a catalyst,” Tarver says. “(But) the credit for academic improvement should go to the administrators, teachers, parents, and above all, students, who achieved the results.” While he still visits Red Bank,Tarver returned to his home state of Michigan a few years ago.In a recent interview in Red Bank, Tarver discussed some of the struggles facing children in Red Bank. Speaking of his early days of involvement with the local YMCA, he noted that there were few African American children enrolled in classes and activities at the Y.Tarver, who says he grew up in the “Golden Age of Flint,” with many activities and opportunities available to him, said he wanted to ensure that African American children in Red Bank have access to programs and activities that he enjoyed despite any challenging circumstances they may experience.“It’s not easy when you have a kid who doesn’t have support.”When asked for further insight into how Red Bank can help to continue the work that he began with the RBEDI, he noted that “one of the things parents need is a way to know what to do to support their kids. The people who are a support system for a kid need a support system.”Tarver, who seems to always be on the lookout for an innovative solution, related a story about visiting Healdsburg, Ca. during a week in which local restaurants participated in a charity drive for schools, giving some of their proceeds back to the community.It is this kind of initiative, Tarver believes, that Red Bank needs in order to help children achieve success.And students, he said, can form their own hypothesis and discover where it leads – for example, “If you take a course, show up, behave, do your work, and be curious, what results can you achieve?”The memoir, Proving Ground will be published in June and available at local bookstores and on the web.A special, hardcover edition of the book may be ordered now from www.provinggroundbook.com and will ship in April. David TarverBy Frank AlvarezRED BANK – The name ‘David Tarver’ is a familiar one in Red Bank.From his involvement with the Red Bank Education and Development Initiative (RBEDI), to his service as president of the Count Basie Learning Center Board of Trustees, Tarver has been a strong advocate for improving the public education system and increasing opportunities for Red Bank children to succeed.His commitment to that cause was built upon the success that Tarver himself achieved with decades of hard work and determination. Before becoming involved in his community,Tarver spent twelve years developing Telecom Analysis Systems (TAS), a company that he and his co-founders eventually sold for millions of dollars.That achievement gave Tarver time – time he chose to invest in his community and to look back on the many roads he has traveled.In his new book, Proving Ground, Tarver relates the story of his success.A keenly inspiring read, Proving Ground starts the reader in Flint, Michigan, where a young David Tarver is losing annual science fairs. It wasn’t until he took a judge’s advice to heart and applied the scientific method to his projects that Tarver began to succeed.The cover of Tarver’s memoir, Proving GroundWhat he learned in Flint became the foundation for his professional life, and he uses that experience to illustrate how the kid from Flint made himself into an international businessman.The scientific method also played a role in his decision to go into business for himself.The initial hypothesis was based on his belief that it was “possible for three young black men to create and run a successful high-tech company,” Tarver said.Tarver had a clear view of his aims, and Proving Ground tracks the struggles and successes he experienced right up to the moment when he was able to confirm his hypothesis. With an education in electrical engineering, David moved to New Jersey to work for Bell Laboratories in 1976, at a time when it was at the pinnacle of technological development.It was there that he began to develop the ideas that would lead to the creation of Telecom Analysis Systems. For twelve years, Tarver and TAS co-founders Charles Simmons and Steve Moore, built TAS up, transforming it from a small operation headquartered in Tarver’s basement into a multi-million dollar company.Tarver’s tone is casual and endearing as he walks the reader through the risks associated with leaving one’s job to pursue a long-held dream, but the details of the story are striking. A truly self-made man, David Tarver’s story shows exactly what it takes to achieve success.
Everton in contact with Shakhtar Donetsk sports director José Botoby Carlos Volcano14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveMarcel Brands is under pressure at Everton.With the Blues languishing at the wrong end of the table, the Dutch sports director is bearing the brunt of criticism.And TMW says Brands could yet be replaced.Everton have made contact with Shakhtar Donetsk sports director José Boto about a move to England.Talks are well underway with Boto, though it’s not been established whether he would join Everton to work with Brands or replace him. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Bhubaneswar: With the depression over Bay of Bengal intensifying into a deep depression on Wednesday, heavy downpour battered several parts of Odisha, triggering a flood-like situation and disrupting train services in some areas, a senior official said. At least three wagons of a goods train derailed in Ambadola station and several trains have been cancelled or diverted due to heavy waterlogging on tracks, a railway official said. Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) B P Sethi said that torrential rainfall submerged vast areas in Malkangiri, Rayagada, Koraput, Kandhamal and Gajapati districts in south Odisha. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Malkangiri and Rayagada districts, in particular, are facing a flood-like situation, officials said. The incessant rain has snapped road link between the district headquarters town of Malkangiri and Jeypore, besides affecting road connectivity in Balimela, Kalimela, Motu and Padia, they said. The Meteorological Centre here said the depression over northwest Bay of Bengal off the north Odisha-West Bengal coasts has intensified into a deep depression. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K The deep depression now lay centred about 70 km southeast of Balasore in Odisha and 70 km south southwest of Digha in West Bengal, it said. Under its influence, moderate rain or thundershowers occurred in most places in Odisha and heavy to very heavy rain was received in some areas, mostly in the southern region. Heavy to very heavy rain is likely to pound several areas till August 9, it said. As many as 21 shelter centres and relief camps have been opened in Malkangiri district and people from marooned areas are being evacuated to these places, Malkangiri District Collector Manish Agarwal said. The water level of the Sileru, Saberi and Saptadhara rivers, flowing in the district, was rising. Malkangiri district recorded an average rainfall of 129.26 mm since Tuesday, the officials said. In view of the heavy rainfall, all schools in the district have been asked to declare a holiday on Wednesday, Agarwal said. The situation was grim in Rayagada district with the water level in Vansadhara river rising alarmingly and the rain water inundating vast swathes, the officials said. As the downpour washed away soil and ballast below the tracks between Dolkalu and Ambadola stations in Rayagada- Titlagarh section, at least four trains were cancelled, eight diverted and half-a-dozen trains were partially cancelled on Wednesday, an East Coast Railway (ECoR) spokesman said. Three wagons of a goods train derailed and were damaged due to gushing waters in Ambadola station. Relief trains have been rushed to the spot and the authorities are waiting for the water level to recede. Around 100 metres of ballast had been washed away and water is still flowing on the tracks, he said “Restoration work will begin as soon as the water recedes,” he said. Two track patrolmen – S Naidu and M Ramana – who sounded an alert will be awarded, the spokesperson said. As per the IMD report, Malkangiri, Rayagada Koraput, Ganjam, Gajapati, Kandhamal, Kalahandi and Puri received heavy rainfall since Tuesday. Heavy to very heavy rain is likely to lash a few places in Gajapati, Boudh, Sonepur, Sambalpur, Deogarh, Cuttack, Dhenkanal and Nayagarh districts, it said. The Met Centre also forecast heavy downpour in some areas in Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapada, Jajpur, Bhadrak, Khurda, Angul, Rayagada, Balasore, Mayurbhanj and Keonjhar districts till Thursday. Heavy to very heavy rainfall may occur at a few places in Sonepur, Jharsuguda, Angul, Dhenkanal, Kalahandi, Bargarh and Sundargarh districts till Thursday, it said. Fishermen in the coastal areas of Odisha and West Bengal have been advised not to venture into the sea till August 10. The Met department has also advised hoisting of Local Cautionary Signal Number Three (LC-III) at all the ports in Odisha. In view of the weather forecast, the SRC on Tuesday issued an advisory and cautioned about the likelihood of flood and waterlogging in different parts of the districts where heavy to very heavy rainfall has been predicted The SRC said that field officials should remain prepared to evacuate people from vulnerable locations to safe shelters. Fire service teams are in a state of preparedness to carry out search and rescue operation, whenever necessary. Teams of Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) are also ready for operation in some areas of Malkangiri and Rayagada, the officials said. Steps are being taken to restrict people and vehicles from using submerged roads and bridges, they said.
Former NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal has once again teamed up with the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (Responsibility.org) to promote responsible drinking to those planning to drink while their favorite teams are shooting hoops this month.Shaquille O’Neal says fans should consider using the Virtual Bar before hitting bracket partiesResponsibility.org wants individuals to better understand what it actually means to drink responsibly and, if they choose to drink, to know their own individual limits. To that end, the organization created the Virtual Bar to educate individuals about responsible drinking, whether hosting or attending parties where alcohol is served.“The Virtual Bar is a smart tool for fans to consider using before hitting bracket parties,” said O’Neal, who is featured in just-released Public Service Announcements about the Virtual Bar mobile app.The Virtual Bar helps explain how different factors affect blood-alcohol concentration or BAC on an individual level and can also help you see how your night could go depending on the food you eat, the water you drink, and other important variables.“We are very pleased to work with Shaq at this time of year to get the message out about what responsible drinking means for individuals and the tools available to make that a reality for them,” said Ralph Blackman, president and CEO of Responsibility.org.The organization is working to inspire conversations about what it means to drink responsibly, and the Virtual Bar is one tool to help keep that discussion going. The Virtual Bar is available for free from the iTunes App and Google Play stores and is also available online at Responsibility.org/VirtualBar.