Don’t turn a blind eye to censorship

first_imgCampaigns Related documents Download the campaign (Vertical)PDF – 1.99 MBDownload the campaign (Horizontal)PDF – 1.65 MB Help by sharing this information RSF_en January 11, 2012 – Updated on January 25, 2016 Don’t turn a blind eye to censorship Reporters Without Borders revives tourist awareness campaignPictures hereReporters Without Borders is repeating its awareness campaign in central Paris to draw residents’ attention to the lack of freedom of information in Thailand, Vietnam and Mexico by creating a simulated beach in the city’s main shopping area. On the first day of the January sales, activists from the press freedom organization wearing swimming costumes braved the Paris winter to raise public awareness. “We are carrying on with this campaign, launched last October, to make tourists are aware of the issues before they head for the sunshine,” the organization said. “We are not calling for a boycott of these destinations but we want travellers to see what is behind the scenes. We have chosen three countries that are a paradise for vacationers and a hell for journalists: Mexico, Vietnam and Thailand.“The palm trees, beaches and temples often conceal harsh treatment of journalists and bloggers. We advocate responsible tourism. It is your choice where you take your vacation but it is our duty to tell you where you are venturing.”More than eighty journalists have been killed in the past 10 years in Mexico. Covering drug trafficking has become a risky activity there. Murders of journalists go unpunished so nothing stops the killers from continuing to ply their trade.Many subjects are taboo in Thailand and Vietnam. Criticising their rulers or exposing the corruption that permeates the upper levels of government can land you in jail for 15 or 20 years.MORE INFORMATION : Organisation last_img read more

Teens rescued from stricken boat in Shannon

first_imgTwitter Andrew CareySign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up [email protected] teens have been rescued after the boat they were in on the River Shannon lost power and began to drift down stream.Shortly after 7.45pm Limerick Fire and Rescue Service were mobilised to the River Shannon at Brown’s Quay after receiving reports that a boat with the three teens on board had lost power and was drifting down the river Shannon.Theee units including the fire service boat “fire swift” with 3 Swift water Rescue Swimmers on board were mobilised to the scene.Within three minutes of receiving the call, fire swift made contact with the stricken boat along with the other emergency services on scene and brought the teens to safety.Members of the Limerick Marine Search and Rescue and Limerick Civil Defence, who were training on the river at the time, also assisted in the rescue when they were notified by the Irish Coast Guard.The stricken boat, with one of the teens, was towed to a nearby slipway by Limerick Marine Search and Rescue while the other teens were brought ashore by Fire and Rescue personnel.There were no reported injuries. Advertisement WhatsApp Previous articleBanks ordered to engage with distressed borrowersNext articleGuests evacuated from Limerick hotel Staff Reporter Facebookcenter_img Linkedin NewsBreaking newsTeens rescued from stricken boat in ShannonBy Staff Reporter – September 11, 2015 397 Print Emaillast_img read more

Rude Awakening: Is Homeownership Still Part of the American Dream?

first_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Rude Awakening: Is Homeownership Still Part of the American Dream? July 6, 2017 1,597 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Share Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Joey Pizzolato is the Online Editor of DS News and MReport. He is a graduate of Spalding University, where he holds a holds an MFA in Writing as well as DePaul University, where he received a B.A. in English. His fiction and nonfiction have been published in a variety of print and online journals and magazines. To contact Pizzolato, email [email protected] About Author: Joey Pizzolato in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, Market Studies, Newscenter_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago American Dream Homeownership Rural Suburban Urban 2017-07-06 Joey Pizzolato  Print This Post Rude Awakening: Is Homeownership Still Part of the American Dream? Previous: a360inc adds C-Suite Talent to Help Deliver Industry-Changing Initiatives Next: The Hope of High Tech Earlier this week we celebrated Independence Day, and with that, we also take the time to think about what made a fight for freedom a reality—the American Dream. And in that reflective moment, it’s easy to declare the American Dream dead. But ValueInsured, in a recent report, wants to “offer a different perspective.”Homeownership has long been considered the cornerstone of the American Dream, and ValueInsured polled over 5,000 Americans in the last two years for its Modern Homebuyer Survey to assess the current state of the American Dream, and what Americans should do to keep it alive.Millennials (70 percent) are in line with the rest of Americans (71 percent) in their desire to keep the American Dream alive. Both demographics also acknowledge—69 percent and 68 percent, respectively—that the American Dream isn’t something that is stagnant; it is every-changing, and must remain fluid in order to survive. And while 76 percent of millennials identify their own personal American Dream as being different from their parents, 65 percent still believe that homeownership defines their version of the American Dream.Location of respondents doesn’t seem to diminish this desire, either. Eighty percent of urban dwellers say owning a home is important to their American Dream, compared to 76 percent of suburbanites and 76 percent of respondents living in a rural area.The survey also found that “the association of homeownership with the American Dream [seems] to transcend socio-economic borders.” Seventy-six percent of Americans with a college education desire to own a home, compared to 74 percent of Americans without an education. Similarly, 84 percent of Americans with a pre-tax income over $100,000 want to own a home as do 71 percent of those with a pre-tax income under $50,000.Even Americans that rent (71 percent) or live rent-free (61 percent) say that they would someday like to own a home of their own. Tagged with: American Dream Homeownership Rural Suburban Urban Related Articles Subscribelast_img read more

Willie Nelson Expands Outlaw Music Festival Tour With New Fall Dates

first_imgWillie Nelson turns 86-years-young on Monday. To celebrate another trip around the sun, the cannabis-loving country singer and guitarist has added more dates for his Outlaw Music Festival Tour, which will now keep him and his musical friends on the road with their country/rock caravan into the early part of the fall.Related: Willie Nelson Performs With His Sons & Dave Matthews During Grammy Week CelebrationThe second leg of dates for the tour will begin with a stop at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in Gilford, NH on September 6th, featuring performances by Willie Nelson & Family, Bonnie Raitt, Alison Krauss, Brothers Osborne, and another act still to be announced. From there, the tour will make scheduled stops at venues including Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, NY (9/11); The Mann Center in Philadelphia, PA (9/13); Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater in Virginia Beach, VA (9/14); Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek in Raleigh, NC (9/15); Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center in Indianapolis, IN (9/20); and Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, OH (9/22).In addition to the above-mentioned performers, Nelson will also be joined throughout the September run of shows by even more artists including Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, The Avett Brothers, Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters, and more to be announced.“The second leg of the Outlaw Music Festival Tour with all my friends is going to be a blast,” Nelson mentioned in a statement to go with the announcement on Monday. “We’ll see you out there this summer!”Nelson also recently announced the forthcoming release for what will be his mind-blowing 69th studio album when Ride Me Back Home arrives on June 21st via Legacy Records. He and Alison Krauss are also scheduled to hit the road together for a run of co-headlining dates on their Together Live summer tour beginning at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD on June 19th.Tickets for the new dates will go on sale starting this Friday, May 3rd. Fans can head to the Outlaw Music Festival website for more info.New Outlaw Music Festival Tour Dates: September 6 – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion – Gilford, NH (Willie Nelson & Family, Bonnie Raitt, Alison Krauss, Brothers Osborne, Opener TBD)September 11 – Forest Hills Stadium – Queens, NY (Willie Nelson & Family, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Alison Krauss, Lukas Nelson & Promise of The Real)September 13 – The Mann Center – Philadelphia, PA (Willie Nelson & Family, Bonnie Raitt, Alison Krauss, Gov’t Mule, Opener TBD)September 14 – Veterans United Home Loans Amp – Virginia Beach, VA (Willie Nelson & Family, Bonnie Raitt, The Avett Brothers, Alison Krauss, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Opener TBD)September 15 – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek – Raleigh, NC (Willie Nelson & Family, Bonnie Raitt, Alison Krauss, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Opener TBD)September 20 – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center – Indianapolis, IN (Willie Nelson & Family, Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters, Alison Krauss, Brothers Osborne, Opener TBD)September 22 – Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH (Willie Nelson & Family, Luke Combs, Bonnie Raitt, Brothers Osborne, Opener TBD)View All New Outlaw Roadshow Dateslast_img read more

Late Wanyama strike sinks Swans

first_img Wanyama struck with an excellent angled finish to clinch a 1-0 away win just as Swansea – who had Wilfried Bony sent off six minutes before half-time for two bookable offences – looked like withstanding intense Saints second-half pressure. Bony saw red for the first time in English football after felling Saints defender Maya Yoshida with a needless tackle from behind on the halfway line. Swansea almost took a 28th-minute lead when Sigurdsson slipped through Routledge and the winger, choosing to shoot with the outside of his right foot, struck the top of the crossbar. Southampton had not offered much in attack but a free-flowing move involving Dusan Tadic and Bertrand ended with Pelle scuffing a shot which Lukasz Fabianski comfortably collected at his near post. But Saints were fortunate to survive when Bony met Sigurdsson’s corner and Bertrand was in the right place to clear off the line. It was Bony’s last positive involvement as he soon saw red. Southampton inevitably dominated the second period, both in terms of possession and territory, as Swansea left Sigurdsson up front on his own and retreated deeper and deeper towards their own goal. Tadic’s deflected drive ended up on the roof of the Swansea net and Clyne crossed for Pelle to send a header straight at Fabianski on his goal-line. The Serbian was really starting to pose problems down Swansea’s right and his cross found the head of Pelle, whose header forced Fabianski to tip over. Pelle had an even better opportunity when substitute Steven Davis picked him out. The unmarked Italian headed wide from 10 yards, but the striker redeemed himself when he sent Wanyama through for the decisive goal 10 minutes from time. The Ivorian had already been booked for catching Jose Fonte in mid-air after 20 minutes, and, while that decision might have been slightly harsh with the striker’s focus firmly on the ball, there was no disputing the second caution. Swansea had dominated proceedings until Bony’s dismissal, but the red card proved the game’s turning point as Southampton took total command in the second period. They had to wait until the 80th minute for their winner, though, when Graziano Pelle fed Wanyama and his unerring finish gave Southampton their third consecutive victory and moved them above Swansea in the table. Roy Hodgson was visiting the Liberty Stadium for the first time in his capacity as England manager and there were two fascinating battles on the flanks for him to assess. Nathan Dyer was up against Ryan Bertrand and Nathaniel Clyne was marking Wayne Routledge, and the Swansea wingers enjoyed early success. Routledge sent over an excellent 12th-minute cross but Dyer was unable to make a proper connection and Bertrand cleared the danger. Swansea were calling the shots in the early stages and Gylfi Sigurdsson fired straight at Fraser Forster in the Saints goal before Routledge sent an ambitious volley wide. The temperature levels rose as Bony and Fonte picked up bookings for fouls on each other and Yoshida was also cautioned for dissent after Dyer clattered into Shane Long. Press Association Victor Wanyama’s first Southampton goal finally ended the resistance of 10-man Swansea in Saturday’s Barclays Premier League clash at the Liberty Stadium. last_img read more

Bruce makes diet promise to wife

first_img The Hull manager says he was “disappointed” that the pictures made a national newspaper and that he was baffled that anyone would be interested. “I don’t think too many 55-year-olds look that good on a beach do they,” he said, “but I have promised my good lady I will go on a diet. Press Association Steve Bruce has promised his wife he will go on a diet after unflattering paparazzi pictures of him on a Barbados beach were publicised. center_img “So watch out – I’m going to turn into the horriblest, most awkward b******d you have ever come across. “I have had some letters saying it’s nice to see someone relaxing in their own skin – not many mind!” last_img read more

Life in abundance, plus a bonus

first_imgGogo Mazibuko is helped by members of her community wherever she goes. Johanna Mazibuko’s son, Tseko, is always at her side. (Images: Bafana Mahlangu/The Sowetan) MEDIA CONTACTS • Tanana Monama   Chief Director: communications, Department of Women, Children & Persons with Disabilities  +27 12 359 0224. RELATED ARTICLES • Playing a part to help the elderly • The great granny revolution • Commemorating 1913 heroines • Inspirational women taking SA forward Lucille DavieJohanna Mazibuko has lived through the whole of the 20th century – through the South African War, the Russian Revolution, two world wars, the Spanish Civil War, the Korean War, and apartheid. She has lived through the invention of the aeroplane, the neon light, the escalator, cornflakes, instant coffee, plastic and the teabag. She has lived to see the invention of the spaceship, the computer, the internet, and the mobile phone.Mazibuko was born 119 years ago on Mellodora farm in Ottosdal in the North West province, on 11 May 1894, according to her identity book, which was issued in 1986, and has outlived several of her seven children. She was the oldest of 10 siblings, and lives in Jobetina outside Klerksdorp, with her 77-year-old son, Tseko. She still makes her bed every morning, dresses herself, likes to cook, and does her own laundry. Then she spends the day watching television, according to an interview with The Sowetan newspaper.“I’m doing alright,” she said. “God gave my life in abundance, plus a bonus. I am very old now.” Her son said his mother was still mobile but could not stand for long periods because of arthritis in her knees.Although not the oldest person to have lived, Mazibuko appears to be the oldest person alive at present, and the oldest South African. Gogo (granny) Johanna’s birth date is being scrutinised by the Home Affairs Ministry, and it will soon confirm its findings.The North West provincial Department of Social Development, Women, Children and People with Disabilities has said its MEC (member of the executive committee), Collen Maine, has established Operation Dignity. The objective is to raise awareness of the rights of elderly people in the province. Gogo Johanna was named specifically – the report says that Operation Dignity will get the community as well as trained youth involved to help improve her living conditions.Outliving them allGogo Johanna’s nearest rival, Jiroemon Kimura of Japan, died of natural causes in June this year – he was 116 and so far is the oldest man to have lived. Another woman, Japan’s Misao Okawa, is 115 years old. Guinness World Records reports that Okawa is in good health, surrounded by her three children, including her 90-year-old son Hiroshi, her four grandchildren, and six great grandchildren.But none of these supercentenarians – you have to be older than 110 to qualify – have reached the age of the oldest person to have lived: Frenchwomen Jeanne Calment, who lived to be 122 years and 164 days old. She was born on 21 February 1875 and died in 1997. She met artist Vincent van Gogh in 1888, when he came into her uncle’s shop to buy coloured pencils.Calment lived on her own until shortly before her 110th birthday, when she moved into a nursing home. She ascribed her longevity and youthful appearance to olive oil, which she poured on all her food and rubbed on to her skin, drinking port wine, and eating a kilogram of chocolate every week. She smoked from the age of 21 to 114, although reportedly not more than two cigarettes a day.Living longer and healthierThe average lifespan of South Africans is 59.6 years, according to the mid-year population estimate of Statistics South Africa. This is an improvement on the World Health Organisation‘s 2011 life expectancy data, which put it at 58, and also on the figures for the 2011 census, which gave a similar figure.On average, South African women live to 61.4 and men to 57.7, according to StatsSA’s latest figures. The country’s population stands at 51.8 million, with women making up 51.3%, and men 48.7%.Advances in longevity are attributed to improvements in the national health system, as well as greater awareness among citizens of lifestyle and healthy choices. This comes after a decreasing trend in life expectancy from 62 in 1990 down to 50 in 2007, according to a 2009 report from the South African Institute of Race Relations. The institute forecast a further decrease in life expectancy between 2006 and 2011, but the latest data would seem to quash that prediction.last_img read more

Dakar-style motorbike rally for South Africa

first_img29 November 2013With many South African motorcycle competitors regularly competing in the annual Dakar Rally, a South African “rally raid”, the Namaqua African Rally, is set to be run in the Western Cape for the first time in 2014, from 25 April to 3 May.Initiated by off-road motorcycle enthusiast and businessman George Booker, who is also the organiser of the event, the Namaqua African Rally will start and finish at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town, with the bulk of the racing taking place around Vredendal on the Cape west coast.Vredendal will be home to the overnight bivouac at the Vredendal Show Grounds. The riders will return there after each of the four days of racing and will travel back to Cape Town on Saturday, 3 May. A final racing section will be held at the Atlantis Dunes before a ceremonial finish at the V&A Waterfront, which will also host the awards ceremony.Three categoriesThe rally, which falls under the auspices of Motorsport South Africa, will cater for motorcycle riders in three different categories. Motorcycle and quad competitors will be able to enter the competition category in various classes, while riders who do not want to race can either enter in the “Rally Raid” category or the Adventure Tour section.“Rally Raid” riders will cover 350 or more kilometres a day and will share some of the same sections as the competition riders, while those in the Adventure Tour will follow the race according to reference points supplied to them each night at the Riders’ Briefing. All riders will stay at the overnight bivouac.‘A spectacular event’Booker said he was extremely excited about the new event in a statement. “This is going to be a spectacular event and we would like to see the enthusiastic South African dirt bike riders, be it competitors or the more adventurous riders, getting involved in our own Dakar Rally type event,” he said.“This is, however, not only about the race, but also about the Cape and the Western Cape coast and all the communities who are to benefit from it.“We are working together with the Western Cape Tourism, the Matzikama Municipality and Wesgro [the Western Cape destination marketing agency] to ensure the maximum involvement and benefit for all.”Booker added: “South Africa has produced many famous off-road motorcycle and quad riders, who have represented the country on the world stage at the beginning of each year participating in the Dakar Rally. Many riders will, however, never get to the Dakar Rally and are now getting a chance to get a taste of the ‘Dakar’ and to compete in their own country, while riders who are not competing can get a chance to be part of the event,”Fuel sponsorVarious companies have already confirmed their partnership with the Namaqua Africa Rally, including Brent Oil SA, which will be supplying the race competitors and “Rally Raid” riders (not Adventure Tour entrants) with fuel for their motorcycles and quads during the race as part of the race package.Entrants from Gauteng and the northern part of the country will also be able to have their bikes and quads transported to Cape Town and back with Junior Smith Trucking. The service is included in the entry fee, as is the Selftrack tracking system for each competitor.Online entriesEntries for the event, with a 10 percent discount for those made before 17 January 2014, can be made online at organisers say they have already been contacted by riders from as far as Namibia and Europe about the event and are hoping to have a few well-known international riders competing.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

The Drinkable Book could save lives

first_imgThe Drinkable Book is an effort to provide clean drinking water to people who need it in developing countries. The pages can be torn out and used as a filter to remove bacteria from impure water. It has been tested in the lab and in the field in countries such as South Africa and Ghana. The pages of The Drinkable Book can clean impure water. The book contains instructions in English and local languages on its use. (Image: Brian Gartside, Page Drinking Paper)• Biogas backpack revolutionises cooking in Ethiopia• New push for careers in science and innovation• Maasai women lead solar revolution in Kenya• DNA detective work could end poaching• Girls encouraged to reach for the stars  Priya PitamberImagine if cleaning impure water was as simple as tearing a page out of a book and using it as a filter in a holder. Well, imagine no more: it’s become reality.After field trials, a book with pages that can be ripped out and used to filter drinking water, has proven successful. The Drinkable Book is a combination of usage instructions, treated paper, and helpful information on the importance of purifying water.“Its pages contain nanoparticles of silver or copper, which kill bacteria in the water as it passes through,” noted British news site, BBC.“In trials at 25 contaminated water sources in South Africa, Ghana and Bangladesh, the paper successfully removed more than 99% of bacteria.”These results were shown at the 250th national meeting of the American Chemical Society in Boston, US.How it worksThe pages of the Drinkable Book contain silver nanoparticles that are lethal to bacteria, which are killed as water passes through.“Silver has been used for disease prevention for many centuries,” explains the official Drinkable Book website. “Some of the pathogens transmitted through untreated water can lead to severe and life-threatening disease, such as typhoid, cholera, hepatitis, E. coli. Typically, the symptoms of waterborne disease are gastro-intestinal illness, diarrhea, and dehydration.”Developed by researcher Dr Theresa Dankovich at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, it was tested for several years while Dankovich worked at McGill University in Canada and then at the University of Virginia.“All you need to do is tear out a paper, put it in a simple filter holder and pour water into it from rivers, streams, wells etc and out comes clean water – and dead bacteria as well,” she told BBC news. “Ions come off the surface of the nanoparticles, and those are absorbed by the microbes.”The website says the book’s main benefits are that it is simple, cost-effective and portable. “The water treatment also leaves no off-taste to the clean water, unlike chlorine or iodine treatments.”Dankovich explained that the book was aimed at people living in developing communities. She told BBC news that 663 million people across the world did not have access to clean drinking water.Trials and successesThe development team headed by Dankovich first tested the pages of the book in a lab, by artificially contaminating water. Successful results led to field trials in developing countries which lasted over two years. In these tests, Dankovich worked with charities such as Water is Life.“Greater than 90% of the samples had basically no viable bacteria in them, after we filtered the water through the paper,” she told the BBC. “It’s really exciting to see that not only can this paper work in lab models, but it also has shown success with real water sources that people are using.”The paper was used in the most extreme circumstances. It was tested at a site where raw sewage was being dumped into the stream, and it decreased the levels of bacteria in the water.“But we were really impressed with the performance of the paper; it was able to kill the bacteria almost completely in those samples. And they were pretty gross to start with, so we thought – if it can do this, it can probably do a lot.”Practical use and recognitionAccording to The Drinkable Book’s website, it is estimated that one filter can be used to clean approximately 100 litres of water, which means a single book could filter a single person’s water supply for up to four years.The book has been recognised by the 2015 Innovation By Design Awards. Out of 1 500 projects for nominations from around the globe across all the categories, The Drinkable Book won the overall prize in the health category.The Voss Foundation, an organisation that works for access to clean water, notes there are many benefits to communities as a whole if clean water is available. Using clean water has a wide range of benefits for communities as a whole. Click on the image for a larger view. (Image: Voss Foundation)last_img read more

Prime Minister Sidesteps Fitzgerald Scandal

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp FNM Leader Says “Fire Fitzgerald” Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, April 24, 2017- Nassau-  Prime Minister Perry Christie refused to respond to calls for Minister of Eductation Jerome Fitzgerald to be fired, following his admission of contacting then Baha Mar developer Sarkis Izmirlian for assistance with the resort on behalf of his father’s company.This discrepancy by Fitzgerald was a breach of Minister and Cabinet Procedure, but Christie has refused to comment, sidestepping the issue last Thursday.During the opening ceremony of Baha Mar on Friday, which Fitzgerald attended, the media asked the Prime Minister to comment on Fitzgerald. This responses were variations of “My only focus at the moment is my speech.”On the other hand, Fitzgerald was engaged in a interview with several reporters, where he commented on the matter.“I think at the end of the day, I have made my statement. I have been nominated. There is nothing much more to say about that. And so, we are going to continue to move forward”, the Minister said.#MagneticMediaNews#PMSidestepsFitzgeraldScandal Related Items:#fitzgerald, #magneticmedianews, #pmsidestepsfitzgeraldscandallast_img read more