Media torched, reporters attacked in major threat to press freedom in Nigeria

first_img News News NigeriaAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImpunityFreedom of expressionViolence News Help by sharing this information During yesterday’s “#EndSARS” protests in Lagos, the commercial capital, part of the TVC News channel’s studios and several of its cars were set ablaze, while gunmen on motorcycles invaded the headquarters of The Nation, one of the most popular privately-owned newspapers, and set fire to its facade. Both of these media outlets are linked to Bola Tinubu, a former Lagos State governor who is a national leader of the All Progressive Congress, Nigeria’s ruling party. According to the information obtained by RSF, at least three other broadcast media – Channels Television, Africa Independent Television and Ray Power Radio – were forced to suspend broadcasting after similar attacks in Lagos and Benin City.Many journalists have also been physically attacked, either by violent protesters or police officers, since the start of these major protests, in which dozens of people have been killed. On 11 October, Daily Trust reporter Gimba Kakanda was roughed up inside a police station in Abuja, the capital, after being arrested. He said the police punctured the tyres of his car, threw his phone to the ground and threatened to kill him. RSF has so far registered 12 attacks against journalists since the start of these protests.“The grave violence against Nigerian journalists and media outlets makes us fear the worst,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “The authorities must not wait until journalists covering the protests join the list of victims. We ask them to put an end to the violence against reporters and to guarantee their safety when they are targeted. It is unacceptable that Nigeria continues, year after year, to be one of the only West African countries where journalists risk their lives when covering major demonstrations.”Two journalists, Alex Ogbu and Precious Owolabi, were killed by live rounds while covering protests in Abuja in January 2020 and July 2019 respectively. Those responsible have never been identified.Nigeria is ranked 115th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index.  January 28, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Nigeria June 10, 2021 Find out more Twitter blocked, journalism threatened in Nigeria Nigerian investigative journalist forced to flee after massacre disclosures Newscenter_img Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is very concerned about the physical attacks against Nigerian journalists and media in connection with the continuing protests against President Muhammadu Buhari and against violence by the SARS police unit, and calls on the authorities to put a stop to the attacks and guarantee the safety of media personnel. to go further RSF_en October 22, 2020 Media torched, reporters attacked in major threat to press freedom in Nigeria NigeriaAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImpunityFreedom of expressionViolence Receive email alerts Nigerian news site deliberately blocked, expert report confirms February 8, 2021 Find out more Kola Sulaimon / AFP Organisation last_img read more

DS5: The Role of Tech in the Mortgage Process

first_img About Author: Mike Albanese  Print This Post DS5: The Role of Tech in the Mortgage Process Share Save Tagged with: FinTech Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Previous: Appraisals at a Distance Next: The Week Ahead: Talking COVID-19 and Regulation Home / Daily Dose / DS5: The Role of Tech in the Mortgage Process The newest version of DS5: Inside the Industry features a conversation with Austin Niemiec, EVP, Quicken Loans Mortgage Services.He will be discussing the role technology will play in the mortgage process post-COVID-19, and also what the industry can do to protect homeowners from foreclosure once they exit forbearance.You can watch the full video in the embed below or at the following link. June 19, 2020 1,419 Views Related Articles The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img FinTech 2020-06-19 Mike Albanese Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News, Technology Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Mike Albanese is a reporter for DS News and MReport. He is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in journalism and a minor in communications. He has worked for publications—both print and online—covering numerous beats. A Connecticut native, Albanese currently resides in Lewisville. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Subscribe Sign up for DS News Daily last_img read more

Frances Elizabeth Beck

first_imgIn 1946, Fran married a chiropractor, Seymour Beck, in Davenport, Iowa. After a brief residence in North Carolina, they moved to Union City. They were married over fifty years, until Dr. Beck’s death. Fran practiced healthy cooking, yoga, and alternative spirituality long before they were popular, and rarely missed her daily walk, even in the depths of winter.Fran was predeceased by six siblings. Surviving are two siblings and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces/nephews, and great-great-nieces/nephews. Her family fondly recall her generosity, he Fran Beck, a longtime citizen of Union City, died peacefully of natural causes on October 14, 2019. Frances Elizabeth was born to Gladys (Anderson) and Ernest Bogle on October 31, 1924.Her love of music sustained Fran throughout her adult life. Under the loving foster care of teacher Lurenia Burch, she received expert vocal training, which led to numerous performance engagements. She performed in various venues in the 1940’s and 50’s. ×last_img read more

American Electric Power to take 1,633MW of coal capacity in Texas offline by 2028

first_imgAmerican Electric Power to take 1,633MW of coal capacity in Texas offline by 2028 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享E&E News:Two major power plants in East Texas will stop using coal within the coming decade, American Electric Power Co. said yesterday.AEP’s Southwestern Electric Power Co. announced the Pirkey plant is slated to retire in 2023, while the company will stop coal operations at the Welsh plant in 2028. AEP owns 1,633 megawatts of capacity from those plants combined.The moves continue a shift at Ohio-based AEP and the power sector in general, as aging coal plants are being sidelined over costs and emissions concerns. But the company indicated that a number of other coal-fueled plants will continue operating, and it suggested that Welsh could find new life beyond coal. AEP said compliance with environmental regulations, including EPA’s coal combustion residuals (CCR) rule, factored into its decision.At the same time, the company said it plans to upgrade the ash pond system and operate the 1,310-MW Unit 1 at the Rockport plant in Indiana until a previously outlined 2028 retirement. The company said it won’t renew a lease for the 1,310-MW Unit 2 at Rockport once it expires in 2022.As for the Welsh plant, the company will monitor market conditions and evaluate other factors to determine the best path for the plant, said Carey Sullivan, a SWEPCO spokeswoman. And it will analyze “a possible conversion to natural gas” at the site, she said. SWEPCO could use purchased power to fill any short-term capacity needs related to the retirement of Pirkey, according to Sullivan, while longer-term needs would be part of an ongoing resource planning process.The Pirkey and Welsh plants that are slated to stop using coal in the coming decade are located in the region managed by the Southwest Power Pool. A sign of changing times was apparent elsewhere in Texas yesterday, as the state’s main power grid operator said its region is on track to install record amounts of wind, batteries and utility-scale solar in 2020.[Edward Klump]More: 2 major Texas power plants to exit coallast_img read more

Number of West Nile virus cases surges

first_img In 2006 the number of WNV illnesses in the United States rose for the second year in a row, after a dramatic decline in 2004, suggesting that the virus will remain endemic, the CDC said in a Jun 8 MMWR report. “Our cities, towns, and Indian reservations are putting up a good fight against the Culex mosquito,” he said, adding that before 2002 few of the state’s communities had mosquito-control programs. “Now, nearly two thirds of our population lives in a community with some type of mosquito control program.” Jul 21, 2006, MMWR report on WNV activity from Jan 1–Jul 18, 2006 Of the total cases reported so far this year, 34% (42) were West Nile neuroinvasive disease (WNND) (meningitis, encephalitis, or acute flaccid paralysis). Another 58% (71) were West Nile fever, and 7% (9) were unspecified. The virus has caused three deaths. See also: Lyle Peterson, director of the CDC’s vector-borne infection division, said the high number of cases so far is a warning that individuals and communities should be extremely vigilant, according to a New York Times report today. South Dakota reported its first WNV death 2 days ago, according to a press release from the South Dakota Department of Health (SDDH). The death, which is not yet reflected in the CDC tally, occurred in a patient in the 80- to 89-year-old age-group in whom WNV encephalitis developed. Jun 8, 2007, MMWR wrap-up article on 2006 WNV season Jul 26, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The number of West Nile virus (WNV) cases reported so far this season has dramatically outpaced the number reported at about this time last summer, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.center_img Lon Kightlinger, PhD, South Dakota’s state epidemiologist, told CIDRAP News that the Culex tarsalis mosquito, an efficient vector for the disease, is abundant in South Dakota, even in severe drought years. Ninety percent of WNV cases typically occur in August and early September, so it’s difficult to say if the trend will continue, he told the Times. The focus of the WNND and West Nile fever cases appears to be in California and the Dakotas. CDC. West Nile virus update—United States, January 1–July 24, 2007. MMWR Jul 27;56(29):740-1 [Full text] Jul 24 SDDH press release Despite the growth of control programs, personal precautions—such as wearing insect repellent, staying indoors during mosquito active periods, and eliminating standing water—are still vital for preventing WNV illnesses, Kightlinger said. The CDC, in tomorrow’s issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), said 122 cases of WNV illness have been reported as of Jul 24. Last summer, the CDC had reported only 15 cases as of the middle of July.last_img read more

Topland shed is L’Oréal and it’s worth it

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WHO urges ‘extreme vigilance’ as countries exit lockdown

first_imgWHO emergencies chief Michael Ryan meanwhile hailed the gradual lifting of the lockdowns as a sign of “hope”.But he cautioned that “extreme vigilance is required.”More than 280,000 people have died out of the more than four million known COVID-19 infections worldwide.And while the drastic measures implemented by many countries have allowed them to get a tentative handle on the virus, there are widespread fears that there could be fresh waves of intense transmission. Ryan urged countries to boost their public health responses, ensuring they can identify fresh cases, and trace and isolate all contacts, which he said could help “avoid a major second wave”.But he warned that while “many countries have made very systematic investments in building up their public health capacities during the lockdowns, others have not.” Topics : No ‘herd immunity'”If disease persists in countries at a low level without the capacity to investigate clusters, identify clusters, there is always the risk that the disease will take off again,” he said.Without naming names, Ryan decried that some countries were choosing to “drive through this blind” by not dramatically ramping up their capacity to test and trace cases while they have the chance.The WHO warned against the notion in some countries that even if they do not take the measures needed to halt the spread of the virus, their populations will quickly build so-called “herd immunity”.”Early serological studies reflect that a relatively low percentage of the population has antibodies to COVID-19,” Tedros said, pointing out that this means “most of the population is still susceptible to the virus”.More than 90 so-called serological studies, which reveal the presence of antibodies in the blood to determine whether a person has had a past infection, were being conducted in several countries.The WHO’s COVID-19 technical lead Maria Van Kerkhove said that while the UN agency has not yet been able to critically evaluate the studies, initial data released showed that between one and 10 percent of people had antibodies.”There seems to be a consistent pattern so far that a low proportion of people have these antibodies,” she said.Ryan agreed, saying the early results belied the widely-held assumption that most cases of the virus were mild and going undetected.Preliminary results were “showing the opposite… that the proportion of people with significant clinical illness is actually a higher proportion” than previously thought, he said, stressing that “this is a serious disease”.”This idea that maybe countries that have lax measures… will all of a sudden magically reach some herd immunity, and so what if we lose a few old people along the way… is a really dangerous, dangerous calculation,” he said. The World Health Organization on Monday hailed dwindling COVID-19 infection rates and deaths in some countries, but called on nations to show “extreme vigilance” as they begin loosening their restrictions.Swathes of Europe began the long process of reopening from coronavirus lockdowns on Monday, with officials in countries like France and Spain emboldened by declining death rates.”The good news is that there has been a great deal of success in slowing the virus and ultimately saving lives,” WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual briefing.last_img read more

China says US protests show ‘chronic disease’ of racism

first_imgChina said Monday unrest in the United States highlighted its severe problems of racism and police violence, and exposed Washington’s double standards in supporting Hong Kong’s protesters.”Black people’s lives are also lives. Their human rights must also be guaranteed,” foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters in Beijing, referring to the death in custody of an unarmed black man in Minneapolis.”Racism against ethnic minorities in the US is a chronic disease of American society,” Zhao added. “The current situation reflects once more the severity of the problems of racism and police violence in the US.”Chinese diplomats and state media have seized on the violent unrest sparked by the death of George Floyd to accuse the US of hypocrisy and compare American protesters with pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong.Beijing has long been infuriated by criticism from Western capitals, especially Washington, over its handling of the protests that shook Hong Kong last year.Zhao on Monday said the US government’s response to protests at home was a “textbook example of its world-famous double standards.” “Why does the US lionize the so-called Hong Kong independence and black violence elements as heroes and activists, while calling people who protest against racism ‘rioters’?” Zhao asked.China has insisted that “foreign forces” are to blame for the turmoil in Hong Kong, where pro-democracy protesters — described by Beijing as rioters — have marched in the millions since June last year and often clashed with the police.Beijing sparked outrage and concern earlier this month with a plan to impose a national security law on Hong Kong that it said was needed to curb “terrorism”. It was condemned by pro-democracy activists and Western nations as another attempt to chip away at the semi-autonomous city’s freedoms.Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying also took aim at Washington.”I can’t breathe,” she said on Twitter, with a screenshot of a tweet by US State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus that had criticised China’s policy in Hong Kong.Hua was quoting the words Floyd was heard saying repeatedly before his death — after a police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.Topics :last_img read more

CARICOM, FAO to tackle high food prices at regional consultation

first_img 21 Views   no discussions Share NewsRegional CARICOM, FAO to tackle high food prices at regional consultation by: – June 13, 2011 Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Tweet Share Photo credit: drpinna.comGEORGETOWN, Guyana — The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations will next week tackle the recent upsurge in food prices that has reached unprecedented levels in the region.Against the backdrop of the FAO Global Food Price Index, in January 2011, indicating that it had surpassed the high level reached in 2007- 2008, the FAO Sub-regional Office for the Caribbean, in collaboration with the CARICOM Secretariat and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), has organised a regional consultation on policy and programmatic actions to address high food prices in the Caribbean, 13-14 June.Trinidad and Tobago will host the consultation, which is aimed at assisting the Caribbean Forum of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (CARIFORUM) to identify various options in the immediate, medium and long-term, in response to the crisis.Recent efforts to address food security in CARICOM included a full assessment of food prices by the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED), at its thirty-second meeting in Georgetown, Guyana, 19-20 May 2011.Against this backdrop, part of the agenda of the consultation in Trinidad and Tobago focuses on existing policy measures to address the food crisis at regional and national levels.The meeting will examine the CARICOM regional food and nutrition security policy (RFNSP), which is set in the context of a mix of linked national and regional policies including the Community Agricultural Policy (CAP), the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), the Caribbean Cooperation in Health (CCH) and the Community Agribusiness Strategy (CAS). These strategies and policies are in support of inter-connected services at all stages and levels of the agri-food supply chain; and increasing the availability and access to adequate quantities of safe, quality assured food products to vulnerable groups.The RFNSP was endorsed by COTED in October 2010, in Grenada at its special meeting on agriculture and has been viewed as a “milestone” in efforts to ensure food security in CARICOM/CARIFORUM states. It involved an innovative policy design process including a Technical Working Group (TWG) comprising officials of member states, University of the West Indies (UWI), Caribbean Food and Nutrition Institute (CFNI), the CARICOM Secretariat, the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), and FAO.Given this existing policy framework for food security, stakeholders at the consultation will attempt to confront the fundamental challenges related to the food import bill and high food prices. They will also examine the policy and programme thrust that will work best to address the situation of volatile food prices. In addition, there will be comparative analysis of this latest situation with that of 2007-2008 and a review of policy lessons learn from that wave of the crisis.It is anticipated that 16 Caribbean countries in FAO Caribbean sub-region (CARICOM member states, Cuba and the Dominican Republic) will participate in the consultation, as well as regional inter-governmental organisations, development partners, bilateral donors, research institutions, the private sector and civil society organisations.Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

Pence files to run for 2nd term

first_imgColumbus, IN—Representative Greg Pence filed paperwork on Wednesday declaring his candidacy to serve a 2nd term as Congressman for Indiana’s Sixth Congressional District. Pence stated that he is proud to serve the community that he has always called home. “In fact, I still live in Columbus, Indiana in the very house that Denise and I raised our kids. I will never become part of the Washington Swamp.”last_img