Ken Best among 66 ‘World Press Freedom Heroes’ in Cape Town This Weekend

first_img“A Celebration of 20 Years of Freedom,” exclaims a banner in bold, electric print on the website of the International Press Institute’s 2014 World Congress opening up this weekend in Cape Town, South Africa. The message couldn’t be any clearer, a then-to-now perspective of the press freedom campaigner’s historic 43rd World Congress held in that same city 20 years ago, on the eve of South Africa’s first-ever multi-racial, democratic elections. Two decades later, with another general election scheduled for May 7, much has evolved in South Africa, the media, and the world at large.  “We recognize the significance of this 20th anniversary of the end of Apartheid, and also acknowledge [two] other significant anniversaries,” says IPI Executive Director Alison Bethel McKenzie, “the 20th commemoration of the Rwanda genocide and the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web.“Although the Congress and 63rd Annual General Assembly are being held in Cape Town, you can see that we have issues to discuss that impact us globally,” she added. According to her, the Congress will explore a number of key topics, including: “the Chinese government’s role in the developing world; a look at the ‘new’ South Africa and its media 20 years after apartheid; anti-terror and other national security laws and their impact on press freedom; and many other important and relevant topics. We’ll also have some of the most important and influential media practitioners from Africa and abroad.”Some of these influential media practitioners have been honored by IPI and named World Press Freedom Heroes in recognition of their courage and resilience in fighting for press freedom.  There are currently 66 in all worldwide, the first 50 of whom were named and honored in 2000.  Twelve of them are from Africa including Raymond Louw, South Africa (2011); Pap Saine, Gambia (2010); as well as Laurence Gandar, South Africa (2010).  Others are from IPI’s first 50 World Press Freedom Heroes, including Liberia’s Kenneth Y. Best; Omar Belhouchet, Algeria; Gremah Boukar Koura, Niger; Gwen Lister, Namibia; Fred M’membe, Zambia; Freedom Neruda, Cote d’Ivoire; Pius Njawe, Cameroon; Percy Qoboza, South Africa; and Andre Sibomana, Rwanda. Mr. Best, publisher and managing director of the Liberian Daily Observer, will attend the Congress in Cape Town.One of the major events at this year’s IPI Congress is the launching of a book which has been produced in honor of the 66 World Press Freedom Heroes of the past 60 years.  It is a coffee table publication that will be circulated worldwide.  The biography of each World Press Freedom Hero and his or her reflections on their experiences in Journalism will be featured in the book.In January 2014, IPI named, as its 66th World Press Freedom Hero, Iranian journalist Mashallah Shamsolvaezin, who has been jailed numerous times for his criticism of government policies. He is scheduled to receive the prize at IPI’s World Congress in Cape Town on April 14, 2014.Shamsolvaezin is the former editor, and in some cases founder, of four reformist dailies, Kayhan, Jame’eh (laterTous), Neshat, and Asr-e Azadegan, which were all successively shut down by Iran’s authorities.He was jailed numerous times for his criticism of government policies, the longest detention period being the 17 months he spent in Iran’s notorious Evin Prison in 2000-2001 in connection with an article criticizing capital punishment, which was deemed insulting to Islamic principles.A former recipient of CPJ’s 2000 International Press Freedom award for courage and independence in reporting the news, he is the third Iranian journalist to receive the IPI World Press Freedom Hero award, the others being Akbar Ganji and Faraj Sarkohi.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

$17M Maternity Waiting Home commissioned in Annai

first_imgExpectant mothers in the North Rupununi will now benefit from the best care as the new Yvonne Jacobus Maternity Waiting Home was officially commissioned in Annai on Sunday.Annai Maternity Waiting HomeIndigenous Peoples’ AffairsMinister Sydney AllicockNamed after Yvonne Janet Jacobus, a midwife of the North Rupununi for over 50 years, the $17 million building is expected to house seven mothers at a time.The home comprises individual rooms, a kitchen, washroom, bathroom facilities, a sitting area and hammocks on the porch for the expecting mothers. The establishment will be manned by a doctor from the Annai Health Centre who is expected to conduct regular check-ups.The building is funded through an Inter-American IDB loan to target interventions in reducing Maternal deaths in Regions Three, Four, and Nine.Speaking at the ceremony, Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence said that the facility was built following an evaluation to determine where maternal deaths were prevalent in Guyana.“No woman should lose her life giving birth… We recognise also that coupled with all of those medical things that have been happening (high blood pressure and haemorrhaging) is that of access to health services,” Minister Lawrence said.Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister Sydney Allicock noted that these were steps towards preserving the life of Indigenous women.“This will not be the only activity that we will collaborate with the Ministry of Public Health on; we will continue to join forces to put together many other initiatives that will benefit the Indigenous peoples of Guyana,” Allicock said.Both he and Minister Lawrence commended the work of Nurse Jacobus and stated that the naming of the home in her honour was most fitting given the legacy she has left behind.Expectant mothers who are already being housed at the facility commended the initiative, noting that it was more convenient for those mothers who wish to have their deliveries done at the Annai Health Centre instead of embarking on a rough and lengthy journey to the Lethem Regional Hospital.Annai Toshao Zacharias Norman also said he was pleased with the prompt response by the Government since the suggestions for the establishment of a waiting home and the provision of an ambulance made at the last National Toshaos Council (NTC) meeting have been fulfilled.Also attending the commissioning of the waiting home were Public Health Ministry Permanent Secretary Colette Adams; Regional Executive Officer Carl Parker; North Rupununi District Development Board Chairperson Jaqueline Allicock; Regional Health Officer, Dr Naail Uthman, many villagers of Annai and Doctor-in-Charge of Annai’s Health Centre, Dr Gillian Joseph, who chaired the ceremony.last_img read more

CAODC downgrades drilling forecast

first_imgFor the first time in more than two decades, The Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors has released a revised forecast for drilling activity in ’09. The revised forecast predicts drilling will decrease by 34 thousand operating days. CAODC says the downgrade is necessary because the weekly rig counts are now tracking significantly off the forecast released in October of last year.An average of 262 rigs will be drilling in 2009. As a result from the anticipated decrease, 3,100 less wells will be completed. – Advertisement -A bit of hope is predicted for the third quarter of the year, where an average of 267 rigs drilling is projected.last_img


first_imgDaniel and guests launch today’s strategy for older people. Pic by Northwest Newspix.Daniel O’Donnell has pleaded with people not to dismiss the opinions of older people no matter what their age.The singer was speaking as he launched the Donegal Age Friendly Strategy today.Daniel, 53, is back in Ireland from his base in Tenerife and will spend the summer months in his native Kincasslagh.Daniel taking a break to read up about today’s launch. Pic by Northwest Newspix.The strategy was developed following extensive consultation with older people across the county and aims to ensure that older people continue to play an active role in their communities.Daniel said young people often forget the knowledge and wisdom which our older generation have to offer.“Many people born in the 1980s and onwards know very little more than about computers and technology and they really are missing out on so much.“Many do not realise or appreciate the vast wealth of knowledge and wisdom that our older generation have to offer them.“I think if these people sat down with this older generation and listened to them, then they would learn so much.“Where two rivers meet there could be a huge current of knowledge,” he said.MUMDaniel said his thoughts were with his mother Julia who passed away at the age of 94 last summer.He said that she would have loved an occasion such as yesterday’s which tries to look after the needs of the elderly.“She would have loved it and like me, she would have been very proud to know it was starting in Donegal.“She was very active and she was always doing something or out and about. It’s great to see so many of our older generation here today,” he said.The star said he was delighted to have been in a position to have played a fundraising concert for Dungloe Community Hospital last Sunday where his mum spent her final days.The concert raised more than €30,000 as a result of the event.“The weather wasn’t great but I just wanted to give something back to the hospital. It may sound strange but if we wanted mammy to spend her final days anywhere, then we could not picked a better place because she was so well looked-after by the staff,” he said. WEATHERHe revealed that wife Majella is in good health and that the couple are looking forward to some nice Donegal weather in the coming weeks.“It’s nice in Tenerife but if we get anything like last year then we’re in for a good time at home,” he added.The Donegal Age Friendly Strategy was launched earlier today in the Regional Culture Centre in Letterkenny.This launch is an important milestone as it sets out a blueprint for how we will plan and develop communities in the coming years to ensure that Donegal is a truly great place in which to grow up and grow old.Speakers included Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr John Campbell, Catherine McGuigan, Regional Programme Manager, Age Friendly Ireland and Donegal County Council’s Chief Executive Seamus Neely.The strategy was developed following extensive consultation with older people across the county and aims to ensure that older people continue to be supported to play an active role in their communities.This strategy will be the driver of collaboration by a number of organisations who will work together over the next five years with a focus on improving the quality of lives of older people in Donegal.Older People themselves are central to this process. They are directly involved in this process through membership of Older Person’s Councils and Age Friendly Alliances.This strategy is a direct response to the views gathered from older people over the age of 55 years in Donegal. The values, vision, mission and strategic goals that will drive the Donegal Age Friendly County project come directly from the views of older people, service providers and the organisations taking part in this project.The model has been adopted from the World Health Organisation’s model of Age Friendly Cities and Communities Programme. This is part of the national roll out of Age Friendly Cities and Communities by Age Friendly Ireland.Speaking earlier this week Donegal County Council Chief Executive and Chairman of the Donegal Age Friendly Alliance, Seamus Neely said positive ageing and healthy ageing were in everyone’s interest.“The Donegal Age Friendly Strategy is one of the many ways that we, as a society, will realise the aims and aspirations of these two vital national documents. I am heartened to see the high level of involvement from the public, private, community and voluntary sectors in this initiative,” he said.The Donegal Age Friendly Alliance, which consists of representatives from all stakeholders who have an influence and impact on the lives of older people have crafted a strategy that is far-reaching in nature with a number of new cross cutting actions that will be delivered by a number of organisations over the three year implementation period.Many of the actions will have a very tangible impact on the county, while others, will be more subtly felt. This strategy is innovative in nature; it will see the implementation of national programmes that are new to the county such as the fall prevention programme and the Cúl Taca programme.It also aims to create brand new initiatives that build on the local resources of the county such as enterprise mentoring and an age friendly business programme. Also included are actions that will make a substantial impact on the lives of older people such as Age Friendly Town Planning, Age Friendly Hospitals and increased participation by older people in social, cultural and sporting activities.A critical component of the delivery of this strategy will be the creation of the County Donegal Older People’s Forum, which will be an extensive network of older people which will form part of the Donegal Public Participation Network.Implementation of the twenty one actions outlined in this strategy will obviously have a positive impact on the lives of older people and the collaboration between agencies and service providers that will occur through the work of Donegal Age Friendly Alliance and Donegal Older Persons Forum will also have longer term effects on the overall vision of making Donegal an age friendly county.DANIEL PLEADS WITH PUBLIC TO LISTEN TO OLDER GENERATION AS HE LAUNCHES AGE STRATEGY was last modified: May 23rd, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Age Strategydaniel o’donnelldonegallaunchold folkslast_img read more

Stonewalling only helps the coyotes

first_imgThe bickering has begun among California’s politicians over President George W. Bush’s proposal to use the National Guard to secure the Mexican border. Last week, state Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, D-Oakland, threw a fit over deployment: “As a matter of moral principle and constitutional precedent, we will not be party to budgeting one dime to enable any role for the California National Guard in border monitoring until the Senate immediately and thoroughly reviews the implications of this use of state funds and personnel,” he wrote to the budget committee chairman. In other words, stonewall – a game the Democrat-dominated California Legislature plays very well. But even Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, with his superhero bipartisanship attempt, is balking at the plan. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2And as the argument over Bush’s Guard proposal plays out, one can imagine that the stonewalling will encourage a flood of crossers who think it’s now or never. When volunteers of the Minutemen Civil Defense Corps of California head south to patrol the border north of Tecate, they stay at a sprawling, remote, wooded campground accessible by bumpy two-lane roads. Pretty bad luck for a group of illegal immigrants to pop through the brush and stumble on this camp during their stealthy trek north. But that’s exactly what happened during the Minutemen’s April watch, when 13 crossers passed by the morning campfire. “They literally interrupted a Minuteman meeting in progress,” said leader Tim Donnelly. The Minutemen called the Border Patrol, who reportedly caught three of the bunch. And that was par for the course, Donnelly told me, for the monthlong watch that began days after the massive pro-immigrant protests were rolled out in the United States. One Minuteman volunteer was driving a reporter near the front lines in Boulevard, Calif., when a group of eight illegal immigrants mistook her vehicle for their pick-up contact. On one Sunday evening, three Minutemen out hiking ran first into a group of 11 crossers, then a quarter-mile down the road encountered 15 more. As the Minutemen went up to a lookout point, the illegal immigrants began hurling rocks, making obscene gestures and laughing, claims Donnelly. Donnelly said that with 350 volunteers in the month of October – when I dropped in on the operation – they counted 22 crossers. Throughout April, with 400 to 500 volunteers, they counted 482. Border Patrol apprehensions generally peak in the spring months. But is the current political landscape encouraging more to cross? “Could be due to that,” a San Diego area Border Patrol agent told me. A spokeswoman at the El Centro Border Patrol station – covering Imperial and Riverside counties – said their apprehensions are up 23 percent, fiscal year to date as compared with the same period last year, with 43,639 illegal immigrants caught as of Thursday since Oct. 1. Anecdotal evidence from a civilian border watch group with limited numbers and reach doesn’t firmly answer the question, but suggests the illegal crossings may be bolder – or bigger – than ever. Who’s going to come across – and how many – as a last-ditch attempt before the Guard beefs up the border? Stonewalling legislators are doing their best to buy these illegal immigrants more time. Bridget Johnson writes for the Daily News. Write to her by e-mail at local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgHUNDREDS of people from County Donegal are expected to attend Ireland’s biggest ever pyrotechnic and fireworks display in Derry this evening to mark the city’s year as City of Culture – and with some luck it might just stay dry for the occasion.Events in Derry begin at 7.15pm with the display starting at 8.13pm (20:13).Forecasters say it will cold and clear for much of tonight although some showers are expected across Donegal and Derry. It will be cold with frost setting in too, especially in more sheltered regions, as temperatures dip back to between 1 and 4 degrees Celsius. Winds will be mostly moderate westerly.New Year’s Day: It will be cool, bright and breezy. Overall the day will bring a lot of dry weather with good sunny spells, but there will also be some scattered showers. Cool, with highest afternoon temperatures of 6 to 9 degrees Celsius. Winds will be mostly fresh west to northwest.REST OF THE WEEK: Any frost on Tuesday night will have disappeared by Wednesday morning as temperatures rise. Wednesday itself will be mainly dry and cloudy but occasional light rain or misty drizzle will affect Donegal during the day. And the weather in the county will be damp and misty for much of the time. But temperatures will be up around 11 or 12 degrees in southwesterly breezes. For the second half of the week daytime temperatures will remain relatively good with no frost at night, although values will drop slightly over next weekend. The weather will be mainly dry, except for occasional patches of mist and drizzle.  DONEGAL WEATHER: NEW YEAR’S WEATHER OUTLOOK was last modified: December 31st, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL WEATHER: NEW YEAR’S WEATHER OUTLOOKreal newslast_img read more

HSE invite those with long-term health conditions to attend free self-management programmes

first_imgAre you an adult living with a long-term health condition, or are you a carer for an adult with a health condition?The HSE in South Donegal will be hosting a showcase of Self-Management Programmes for sufferers of long-term health conditions such as Diabetes, COPD, Asthma, Stroke, Heart Disease, Arthritis, Depression, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and many others.A number of these programmes also support carers. The showcase takes place next Wednesday, 22nd November, from 10am to 2pm at An Clochar Health Campus, College St, Ballyshannon.It is open to the public, who can call in at any stage during these hours to find out information on a range of Self-Management Programmes.The objective of these Self-Management Programmes is to increase people’s skills and confidence in managing aspects of their long-term health condition. This is achieved by giving people access to the right information, education, and support.All the programmes are free. Programmes that will be represented include:DESMOND, for people living with Type 2 DiabetesCODE, for people living with Type 2 Diabetes (delivered by Diabetes Ireland)Stanford ‘Quality of Life’ for people living with any long term health conditionConfidence to Care, for people living with or caring for someone with a life-limiting conditionSocial Prescribing: Connecting people with non-medical community supportsSmoking CessationFalls PreventionStress Control (delivered by Donegal Mind Wellness)Continence CareCarers/Stroke CarersSome of these programmes are relevant to specific health conditions and others are generic, meaning they offer support for the challenges commonly met by people living with any long-term health condition.All are welcome, so come along, get the information you require and meet with the health professionals involved.HSE invite those with long-term health conditions to attend free self-management programmes was last modified: November 17th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:healthHSElong termManagementself carelast_img read more

Joburg’s Lipizzaner ballerinas

first_img25 June 2003They’re strong, beautiful and breathtaking to watch. They’re the Lipizzaner horses, originally bred in Austria, and Johannesburg is the only place outside Europe where you can see them.The Lipizzaner horses, based in Kyalami in Midrand, have it all – strength, beauty, presence, Roman ancestry, military discipline – and the best thing is that Johannesburg residents and visitors can see a whole stableful of them in a show that can be seen in only one other country in the world, Austria.Lipizzaners are large, powerfully built creatures that radiate energy and stamina, with pure white coats. And every Sunday they do a classical dressage show to classical music in which they skip, trot on the spot, side-step, high-step, and jump off the ground and kick with their back legs at the same time – an act that was meant to decapitate enemies in war situations. To see six horses going through the routine together is breathtaking.The horses are born dark-coloured and gradually lose their colour, becoming white by the time they are ready to perform. The Kyalami stable has one black horse, Conversano Pablo, a beauty, who is 18 years old and still performing. The black gene surfaces in one of every 400 horses.Cavalry horsesThe Lipizzaners were originally cavalry horses, tracing their ancestry back to the first trained horses in Roman times, and more recently, to 1580. when the Lipizzaner breed was created by Charles, Archduke of Austria.Charles imported nine Spanish stallions and 23 mares and established his imperial stables at Lipica (in present-day Slovenia), which became the oldest riding school in the world, known as the Spanish Riding School, now based in Vienna. He bred them for their strength and courage, and supplied them to the royal court.The South African Lipizzaners are recognised by and affiliated to the Spanish Riding School, and riders from Austria come over occasionally to work with the local horses.In 1944 several Lipizzaners were rescued from war-torn Austria and brought to South Africa by Count Jankovich-Besan. He established a breeding farm in KwaZulu-Natal, and the stallions on show at Kyalami are the descendants of these Austrian horses.The mares are not considered to have the same presence as the stallions, and are kept for breeding.The horses are still bred in KwaZulu-Natal, and at the age of three the stallions are brought to Kyalami to begin their intensive training, which takes up to five years to get the horses to a junior level, and starts with an introduction to the saddle and bridle.Because of their strength and stamina, the horses may still be performing at the age of 25.There are 25 horses at the Kyalami stables, trained and ridden by nine women, who in the words of one of them, Janine Ross (19), have “lots of dedication and love for the horses”. When asked whether the horses enjoy the shows, Ross is unequivocal: “Definitely, they love showing off.”Source: City of Johannesburg websitelast_img read more

Female SF Writers Look Back To The Future For Women’s History Month

first_imgbrian s hall As part of Women’s History Month, Open Road Integrated Media has put together a video featuringseveral prominent female science fiction and fantasy authors talk about the genre, being a woman in the mostly male-dominated science fiction realm, and the women who inspired them. Open Road publishes and markets e-books across several genres.The video features writers Elizabeth Hand, Ellen Datlow, Patricia C. Wrede, and N. K. Jemisin. Check it out: A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Wrede writes fantasy and shared-world fiction. Datlow was the fiction editor for Omni Magazine and other publications. Hand is an author of numerous horror and fantasy works and has written for film and television. Jemisin writes speculative fiction that has been nominated for both the Hugo and Nebula awards. These authors specifically single out Octavia Butler for her influence and inspiration. Butler, the writer of such works as the Nebula award-winning novel Parable of the Talents, died in 2006. In 1995, Butler became the first science fiction writer to receive the MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant. Since 1995, Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March “Women’s History Month.”  Lede image of author Patricia Wrede as a child screencapped from the Open Road Integrated Media video Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#science last_img read more

Your Salespeople Are Shrewd Negotiators

first_imgOne of the things I hear from sales leaders most often is that their sales force cannot negotiate. It turns out that this is not often true. What is true is that the sales force does not negotiate with their clients. They often do, however, negotiate very effectively with their sales manager.There is a difference between negotiating and offering a price concession. If you are negotiating, you try to expand the deal and create greater value for both parties. You also trade things that you want for things that your prospective clients want, like extending the life of the contract by years in exchange for a price concession, or building in a price increase later for a concession now. You might also trade for things like aggressive payment terms.A price concession is something you give for which you get nothing back other than a signed contract. I am not pretending that is not sometimes necessary, nor am I suggesting that it isn’t possible to make a business case for a price concession. That said, there is a negotiation around the concession, and that negotiation takes place between the salesperson and the sales manager.The client says they want to buy from your company, and they say the only necessary thing is for you to sharpen your pencil. The salesperson runs to the sales manager, excited that they have a deal, and they are prepared to describe in great detail all the reasons that the price concession should be freely granted.Look, it’s a big logo, and it’s going to look impressive to other prospective clients. This company spends a ton of money in your category, and this will open up future spending. You’ve pursued this client for years, and this is your big chance. Someone else will easily agree to the price they need. It’s getting close to the end of a quarter. This client ensures that the salesperson makes their number, and it helps you, their sales manager, make your number. This is list will grow longer the more you need the deal, and all of these things are likely true.A salesperson will use all of their sales skills to sell you, their sales manager, and they will explain the value of the deal to you. Some of them, if allowed, will not turn those same skills around and make the case that the client is going to get even greater value. This makes the salesperson a shrewd negotiator, choosing to negotiate with the weaker party, making it more likely that a deal is done.Your prospective client is obligated to ask, and they are responsible to get the best deal they can for their business. You are responsible for winning profitable business and ensuring that you reach the targets that allow you to execute for your clients. There is no reason to offer a price concession without first negotiating. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more