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Liberian Journalist to Address Int’l Journalism Confab

first_imgLiberian investigative journalist, Alloycious DavidLiberian journalist Alloycious David is expected to serve as a speaker at this year’s “African Investigative Journalism Conference (2018 AIJC)” slated to start Monday, October 29, in Johannesburg, South Africa, a release has said.The AIJC, according to a release, is an annual event organized by the journalism program of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. It is Africa’s premier investigative journalism conference and gives investigative journalists from across the globe the opportunity to learn new skills, hear about top investigative stories and share experiences.This year’s conference, which runs from October 29- 31, will feature 62 sessions, bringing together 70 speakers and participants from 36 countries. David, a freelance journalist and former reporter of The NEWS newspaper, is a member of CENOZO, a group of investigative journalists in Africa, and was part of West Africa Leaks, the largest cross-border reporting partnerships ever in the sub-region. CENOZO is Norbert Zongo Cell for Investigative Journalism in West Africa, named in honor of murdered Burkinabé investigative journalist Norbert Zongo.Organizers of the event have asked journalist David, a member of the Press Union of Liberia, to serve on the panels under the themes, “Touching a Raw Nerve: Tackling Land Issues,” and “The West Africa Leaks.”Other speakers will include Pulitzer Prize-winner Clare Baldwin (for her work on the Philippine drug war); the head of Channel 4 News, Ben Pears, who oversaw the Cambridge Analytica sting; Anas Aremeyaw Anas, the Ghanaian undercover specialist; Ethiopian blogger Befeqadu Hailu Techie; and former South African Public Protector, Advocate Thuli Madonsela.The conference would be journalist David’s second speaking engagement in less than a month, a release has said. On October 11, 2018, David served on a panelist at the West Africa Investigative Journalism Conference in Accra, Ghana, where he provided techniques and the necessary tools needed to be employed by investigative journalists, in order to remain safe while in the discharge of their duties.The two-day event was organized and sponsored by the Media Foundation for West Africa. In its first day, the conference had in attendance over 40 journalists from West Africa, Kenya, Tanzania and other countries.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

March Madness is on Wright St.’s horizon

first_imgWith the score 52-52 and 1:25 left, Butler’s A.J. Graves drove to the basket but Wood blocked the shot from behind. Then at the other end, Wood curled off a pick and hit a 3-pointer from the right wing with 1:06 left for a 55-52 lead. Isaac Wells led Arkansas State (18-15) with 21 points. Women No. 19 Rutgers 55, No. 2 Connecticut 47: The Scarlet Knights, beaten twice during the regular season by Uconn, upset the Huskies in the championship game of the Big East tournament. It was the first loss for the Huskies in conference play this season – and the first Big East tournament title for Rutgers after four losses in the final game, including three to UConn. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! DaShaun Wood scored 27 points and Will Graham hit four free throws in the last 12 seconds to lead Wright State past No. 19 Butler 60-55 Tuesday night for the Horizon League postseason title and its second trip to the NCAA tournament. Wood helped turn the tide after Butler (27-6) had scrambled back from an eight-point deficit to take the lead in the final minutes. center_img Oral Roberts 71, Oakland, Mich. 67: Ken Tutt banked in a jumper with 31.6 seconds left as Oral Roberts beat Oakland to win the Mid-Continent Conference tournament title and automatic NCAA bid for the second straight year. Caleb Green scored 28 points to become the Mid-Con’s career scoring leader, and Tutt had 20 points for the top-seeded Golden Eagles. North Texas 83, Arkansas St. 75: Calvin Watson hit six 3-pointers and scored 24 points to help North Texas get to its first NCAA tournament since 1988 with the victory over Arkansas State in the Sun Belt Conference tournament championship. Watson, the Mean Green’s season and career leader in 3-pointers, had lost his range in recent games, but rediscovered it at the right time, hitting his first five against the Indians. It made the difference for North Texas (23-10), which held only slim leads most of the second half and missed 13 free throws. last_img read more

Sex assault claim unfounded: RCMP

first_imgRCMP in Beaverlodge say an alleged sexual assault at Hommy Park earlier this month was unfounded.The incident was alleged to have occurred June 11. A woman said she was walking through the park around 8 p.m. when she passed a man who assaulted her minutes later. A knife was alleged to have been used in the attack, and the woman was reported to have been treated with non-life threatening injuries.RCMP say the have concluded their investigation, deeming the events to be unfounded.- Advertisement -They say there is no public safety concern.last_img read more

5 things we learned in European football this weekend

first_img0Shares0000Dortmund slumped to a shock defeat at Union Berlin © AFP / Odd ANDERSENPARIS, France, Sep 2 – Gareth Bale got his season up and running with two goals before being sent off as Real Madrid drew at Villarreal, while Kalidou Koulibaly’s howler gifted Juventus a thrilling victory over Napoli.Elsewhere, Borussia Dortmund slipped up but Atletico Madrid continued their strong start as Monaco’s woes continued. Here, AFP Sport takes a look at five main talking points from the weekend in European football:Dortmund title credentials in questionAfter coming within a whisker of winning the title last year and signing several top players in the transfer window, this was supposed to be the season in which Borussia Dortmund finally toppled Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga.Yet Saturday’s 3-1 defeat by Union Berlin has prompted fresh doubts over whether Lucien Favre’s side have the mental strength to win the league.After picking up eight goals and six points from their opening two games, Dortmund were brought down to earth with a bump in Berlin, outfought and outclassed by a newly-promoted side with no previous Bundesliga experience.“We were stupid. We need to stop thinking we can win games with quality alone,” raged captain Marco Reus.Coach Favre, meanwhile, criticised the club’s official line that Dortmund are title contenders this year.“We have to be careful what we say. We have a lot to do,” said the Swiss.New-look Atletico threatening La Liga pushAtletico are top of the early La Liga table © AFP / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUAtletico Madrid were supposedly in crisis at the end of last season, their best player about to be sold and several others soon to follow.Yet three games into the new campaign and Diego Simeone’s side sit top of La Liga, with belief growing in Spain they can not only challenge for the title but win it.Without Antoine Griezmann and with Joao Felix, they came from two goals down to beat Eibar 3-2 on Sunday and move five points clear of defending champions Barcelona. The season is young but Atleti have nine points out of nine. It is a strong start.Doubts over De Ligt?De Ligt struggled on his Juventus debut © AFP / Isabella BonottoDutch international defender Matthijs De Ligt had a nightmare debut for Juventus as lapses by the 75-million-euro signing allowed Napoli to fight back from three goals down in a 15-minute second-half spell in Turin.The former Ajax captain made his first start with Giorgio Chiellini out injured, but only a Kalidou Koulibaly own goal allowed Juventus to snatch a last-gasp 4-3 win.“At 3-0 we felt sated and we allowed Napoli to come back,” said Juve assistant coach Giovanni Martusciello.“De Ligt comes from a team that defended differently, in a league that is not the Italian one. He also played well for an hour, then his condition was lacking a bit. But he is a player of the highest level.”Fantastic FamalicaoBenfica and Porto have won the last 17 Portuguese league titles between them, but little Famalicao are showing that the division can produce unlikely success stories too.The team, who slipped into the fifth division in 2008, were promoted to the top flight for the first time since 1994 by finishing second in the LigaPro last term.They have taken the Primeira Liga by storm so far, though, and are the only unbeaten team left after four games.With Benfica, Porto and Sporting all having already lost this term, a thrilling 3-2 win at Aves on Saturday was enough to send Famalicao to the top of the table.More misery for MonacoMonaco’s dreadful form is showing no sign of improving after the 2017 French champions’ winless start to the season continued with a 2-2 draw at Strasbourg.The return of Leonardo Jardim after Thierry Henry’s brief, and ill-fated, spell as coach precipitated a short revival last term which was ultimately just enough to stave off relegation.But their form suffered at the end of last season and the poor start to the current campaign means Monaco have now won just one of their last 13 Ligue 1 matches.Captain Radamel Falcao has moved to Istanbul to join Galatasaray, and despite close-season signing Islam Slimani’s strong form, there is little sign that this season will be much better than the last for the principality club.0Shares0000(Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Chelsea suffer blow in pursuit for Paul Pogba

first_imgJuventus were never going to sell Paul Pogba to Chelsea this summer, Italian football expert James Horncastle has told talkSPORT.Jose Mourinho’s side have tracked Pogba for over a year and were linked with making a €100m offer for the former Manchester United midfielder after their poor start to the season.And while Horncastle confirms the Blues did make a formal bid for the Frenchman, he insists Juventus were never going to sell him.“I think that Chelsea believed the offer that they were putting on the table was a competitive offer and was better than any of the other offers that Juventus had received – and they had received some extraordinary ones this season,” Horncastle told Hawksbee and Jacobs.“Their general manager Massimiliano Allegri said that they actually entertained Barcelona coming to Milan for a talk about Pogba but they came out of those talks saying we are absolutely not selling this player, particularly not this summer after we have lost Carlos Tevez and (Arturo) Vidal.”Horncastle also said that Pogba himself had no intention of leaving this summer after requesting the no.10 shirt for the forthcoming season – a move which may have raised his value even higher.“They look at it and think that they want to build the future of the club around him – how realistic that is beyond this current season, I don’t know – but he asked for the no.10 shirt which was vacated by Carlos Tevez and they gave it to him,” he continued.“Not only is that a statement of intent from Pogba to stay at the club and to get that added responsibility to make that extra leap of development, but it raises his value even further as it is one of the most prestigious shirts in world football.“I don’t think they were ever going to sell but I can understand why Chelsea thought the offer that they were making might have wet their appetite.”last_img read more

McKinleyville High football forced to forfeit game against Del Norte due to low numbers

first_imgEureka >> Roster numbers have been a concern for the McKinleyville High School varsity football team that past two seasons.They’ve finally come to a head this week.Mack Athletic Director Dustin Dutra said on Thursday evening that the Panthers have been forced to cancel — and subsequently forfeit — tonight’s Big 5 game in Crescent City against Del Norte due to there not being enough players fit to play.“Numbers are low and we have a number of kids that are dealing with injuries — most notably …last_img read more

SA to clean up population register

first_imgSouth Africa is to introduce new measures to clean up its population register in order to restore the international integrity of the country’s identity documents (IDs) and passports. “We are not going to tolerate fraudulent and corrupt activities, and we believe that all corrupt officials should leave the department,” she said. In order to reduce late birth registrations, Dlamini-Zuma said the department would soon embark on a huge national campaign, which includes visiting both primary and secondary schools. Recently appointed Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma says corrupt activities within the Department of Home Affairs had compromised the integrity of South African documents at an international level. “Since we can no longer be sure whether the person in possession of a South African ID or passport is 100% South African, we strongly believe that we need a clean population register that will truly and clearly reflect all South African citizens,” she said in Pretoria this week. Every year, the department produced in excess of two million IDs, but up to 60% were re-issues to those who had lost their IDs. “South Africans need to be proud of their IDs, and they should keep them safely. We cannot continue with this situation,” Dlamini-Zuma said. New birth certificate The former foreign minister added that her attitude towards fraud and all criminal activities would be one of zero tolerance. Birth certificates currently issued in South Africa only contain the name and future ID number of a child; new certificates will also include details of the mother. While the department recently introduced a modern passport with new and improved security features, Dlamini-Zuma said some countries still demanded a visa as they felt a South African passport was not secure enough. Fingerprintingcenter_img Zero tolerance “We also intend to issue IDs to children while they are still at high school,” she said. “We want to do all this to retain the integrity of our documents, which are being increasingly undermined at the international level.” Dlamini-Zuma said discussions were still under way as to the age that children under 16 years of age should be fingerprinted. “We will be visiting schools at the foundation level to ensure that all South African kids are properly captured on the population register,” she said. 28 May 2009 “The justice system should also ensure that such corrupt officials are punished appropriately, because their activities not only demoralise the spirit of honest officials, but also undermine the integrity of our country.” “This will reduce long and winding queues in our offices, because when children qualify to apply for an ID, they will just put their thumb on the system and their details captured on our data system will be reflected. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Cartridge recycling helps babies

first_imgBulk collection boxes are placed on site and removed at no charge once they are full, making it convenient for businesses to participate.(Image: Lexmark South Africa) Cotlands has reduced its hospice care component considerably, showing the significant impact of antiretroviral therapy on reducing the death rate among HIV-infected infants and children. In partnership with Cotlands, Lexmark raises funds for the organisation’s programmes, and contribute towards the daily costs associated with looking after children.(Images: Cotlands)MEDIA CONTACTS• Celine Patterson Grapevine Communications+27 21 706 9600Wilma den HartighLexmark South Africa’s cartridge recycling initiative for babies (Crib) is putting empty printer cartridges to good use by protecting the environment and helping children in need.Mark Hiller, country GM of Lexmark South Africa says the printing industry has a unique responsibility to ensure that the millions of consumable items discarded every year don’t end up in landfill sites, or pollute the environment.This is why Lexmark has a zero landfill policy to reduce landfill waste, recycle 100% of the components of every cartridge sold, and ensure toxic or hazardous material is treated safely.According to an itweb article, the problem with printing consumables, besides filling up landfills, is that residual inks and powders in print cartridges release hazardous substances into the air, soil and water. They can also contain poisonous heavy metals such as lead and mercury.Lexmark’s cartridge recycling project is addressing both environmental concerns while making a difference to the lives of children in South Africa.The printing products company is using discarded cartridges to raise funds for Cotlands, a national children’s charity that has been operational in South Africa for 76 years.In partnership with Cotlands, Lexmark established Crib to raise funds for the organisation’s programmes, and contribute towards the daily costs associated with looking after children.Hiller says that when they approached the charity to find out where their contribution would make the biggest impact, Cotlands pointed out that the daily expenses of children was the organisation’s greatest ongoing need.Through Crib, Lexmark recovers used inkjet cartridges and laser toners from its customers, recycles them, and in return makes a financial contribution to Cotlands in the form of a currency called baby days.One baby day equals the cost of housing, feeding, clothing and medical care for one child at Cotlands for the period of one day. Lexmark’s financial contribution equates to a certain number of cartridges returned.Over the past 11 years, Lexmark has raised R4.5-million (US$518 000) for Cotlands, and they have sponsored 87 000 baby days.“Cotlands does amazing work and has a major impact on South Africa,” says Hiller. “They’ve helped to introduce a care model that a lot of organisations are copying in their communities on a smaller scale. We see our financial contribution as money well invested.”Better care, reducing HIV deathsCotlands provides housing and care to abandoned, abused and HIV-positive children from birth to 14 years of age.The charity offers numerous residential and community-based programmes to meet the needs of vulnerable children, such as children’s hospices, places of safety, community care projects, nutrition and early childhood development programmes.In recent years the organisation has shifted its focus from residential to community-based care facilities, as the long term benefits of a supportive family and community have a positive impact on the holistic development of children.Lois Moodley, fund development manager at Cotlands, explains that they are doing more work to strengthen communities and empower families to help them take better care of children. However, in severe cases of neglect or abuse, children are still removed from their home environment.Another achievement for Cotlands is that it has reduced its hospice care component considerably, showing the significant impact of antiretroviral therapy on reducing the death rate among HIV-infected infants and children.Making recycling easySince the inception of Lexmark’s recycling project about 200 tons of discarded printing consumables destined for landfills was recycled instead. The company has also changed the composition of its plastic to use more recycled materials.The programme is designed in such a way that it’s easy for consumers to recycle empty cartridges.For clients using a large number of laser or inkjet cartridges, bulk collection boxes are placed on site and removed at no charge once they are full, making it convenient for businesses to participate. A centralised collection service also reduces the amount of transport needed to dispose of the cartridges.“Interest from corporate clients is increasing, and the boxes remove the logistical hurdles to return cartridges,” Hiller says.For home users who perhaps only buy one cartridge at a time, Lexmark includes an envelope inside all inkjet boxes that enables consumers to send back their empty cartridge, via free post.Thanks to the programme, Lexmark has successfully increased the percentage of laser empties collected each year, and they’ve noticed that more corporates are participating in the initiative.By returning the empty cartridges consumers can be assured that they are re-used and recycled and that money is being raised for a worthy cause.Once the cartridges are collected and sorted, they are shipped to a specialised recycling plant in eastern Europe, where the different grades of plastic are sorted, ferrous and non-ferrous metals are separated, and toxic materials are removed.In the process moving parts which can be re-used, such as springs, are recovered.“A lot of technology is contained in that cartridge – it is not just a container to hold the ink. There are many working parts and ingredients,” Hiller says.Lexmark also compiles reports for their corporate clients, detailing how they are meeting their own recycling initiatives. He says the reports are popular with clients, such as Woolworths, who prioritise green business practices. The report contains a summary of the number of cartridges that have been collected and how many tons of waste was not sent to landfills.Encouraging more recyclingHiller says although the level of environmental awareness in South Africa is not yet as advanced as that of Europe, for example, he believes it is increasing as more initiatives are put in place.“It is heart-warming and humbling to see Crib’s success.”last_img read more

BA opens R20m lounge at Cape Town International

first_img4 April 2014British Airways opened a R19.8-million luxury lounge at Cape Town International Airport on Wednesday, a month ahead of the airline’s increased schedule of flights to the city.The lounge, which can accommodate 148 people, is modelled on the Galleries Lounges concept at England’s Heathrow Airport.Speaking at the official opening, Western Cape Finance, Economic Development and Tourism Minister Alan Winde said he was “thrilled” that British Airways had selected Cape Town International “as the first South African airport at which they will offer travellers this world-class experience.“This speaks to the confidence British Airways has in our destination. The UK is certainly one of our most strategic source markets, and I would like to thank British Airways for continuing to invest in bringing business and leisure tourism to us.”Winde said direct flights provided a significant boost for tourism. In 2012, 438 023 visitors travelled from the United Kingdom to South Africa, with 181 886 of these visiting the Western Cape.“Air access is a critical factor in increasing tourism. That is why we are in the process of developing an air access strategy through which we are investigating the establishment of further direct routes between Cape Town and strategic destinations,” he said.In December, British Airways announced that it would add three Cape Town flights a week to its (Northern Hemisphere) summer schedule, taking it from a daily service to 10 flights a week.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Match moments in India vs Australia World Cup quarter-final tie

first_imgWithout doubt it was Yuvraj Singh’s impressive batting performance that turned the match around for India after they had lost skipper Mahendra Singh on 187/5 during their World Cup quarter-final match against Australia on Thursday.Yuvraj (57 not out) along with Suresh Raina (34 not out) put an unbeaten 74 runs for the sixth wicket to help India win.Earlier while bowling, he returned with figures of 10-0-44-2 to once again stamp his class in the match with a Man-of-the-Match award.This was his fourth MoM award in the World Cup.last_img read more