Censorship during vote count is counter-productive, RSF warns DRC

first_img RSF_en Congolese men and women waiting to vote in Goma, December 30th 2018. Credit: PATRICK MEINHARDT / AFP February 24, 2021 Find out more News News Reporter jailed in DRC for allegedly defaming parliamentarian In the course of denying the public access to news and information, the authorities have disconnected the Internet, withdrawn the accreditation of Radio France Internationale’s correspondent and disconnected the radio broadcaster’s main transmitters. The authorities ordered the suspension of access to the Internet, social networks and mobile phone texting services with the declared aim of “preserving public order.” Reuters has quoted President Joseph Kabila’s chief adviser as saying these measures, which are preventing journalists from working and are blocking the flow of information, could remain in effect until the elections results are announced – on 6 January at the latest.One of the most widely used sources of news in the DRC, Radio France Internationale is itself also being targeted. Its signal is now almost inaccessible as most of its transmitters were disconnected yesterday. In a letter notifying RFI that he was withdrawing the accreditation of its correspondent, Florence Morice, communication and media minister Lambert Mende Omalanga accused her of giving unofficial provisional results on the air. RFI issued a statement defending her professionalism and calling for its broadcast signal to be restored.“By disconnecting the Internet and obstructing the broadcasts of a leading international radio station that is very popular in the DRC, the Congolese authorities are depriving journalists of an essential work tool and depriving the public of the access to information they need during a presidential election that was delayed for two years,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk.“The preservation of public order cannot be used justify systematic recourse to censorship. Such a strategy is counter-productive as well as draconian. Preventing journalists and media outlets from working just fuels suspicion and seriously undermines the transparency – and therefore the credibility – of any election.”The disconnections have been condemned by several western foreign ministries, including those of the United States and European Union, which issued a joint statement calling on the government “to not block access to the Internet and media.” The DRC is one of Africa’s worst online censors. RSF and its local partner organization, Journalist in Danger (JED), had voiced concern about the possibility of such cuts on the eve of the election. In 2017, RSF urged telephone service providers such as Orange to stand by their commitment to freedom of information and to resist the Congolese government’s censorship requests. RSF registered more abuses against journalists and the media in the DRC in 2018 than in any other country in sub-Saharan Africa. The DRC is ranked 154th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. As the vote count drags on after the presidential and legislative elections held in theDemocratic Republic of Congo on 30 December, Reporters Without Borders (RSF)condemns the systematic and growing censorship and calls on the Congolese authorities to stop obstructing the media and journalists. News Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica Condemning abuses InternetFreedom of expression Congolese reporter wounded by gunshot while covering protest in Goma Newscenter_img to go further Organisation Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica Condemning abuses InternetFreedom of expression Journalist arrested on provincial governor’s orders Follow the news on Democratic Republic of Congo January 2, 2019 Censorship during vote count is counter-productive, RSF warns DRC February 18, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information February 16, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

See Garrett Yrigoyen’s Pics With New Flame Alex Farrar

first_imgThe pair cozied up on the beach overlooking a colorful sunset with Farrar sitting on Yrigoyen’s lap. In one selfie, the California native wrapped his arm around Farrar’s waist and smiled with his mouth wide open.Days earlier, the former reality TV personality sparked speculation that he was dating again one month after ending his engagement to Becca Kufrin. “🎃Happy Halloween💀 Picked up a special pumpkin at the patch 👻,” Yrigoyen wrote via Instagram on Saturday, October 31, alongside three photos from his and Farrar’s festive day out.“Best pumpkin in all the land 🧡🧡,” Farrar replied.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Before the beginning of his new romance with the fitness guru, Yrigoyen was engaged to Kufrin, 30, for two years. The exes met while filming season 14 of The Bachelorette, which aired in 2018.“I don’t think it’s going to come as a shock to anyone, but Garrett and I have decided to end our engagement,” the former Bachelorette announced on the “Bachelor Happy Hour” podcast in September. “After many conversations, we came to this decision. It wasn’t something that we just arrived at one night. It wasn’t based solely off of one Instagram post or somebody else’s opinions or comments. There’s much more to it. To any relationship, there’s a lot of layers, and it’s not for me to divulge details.”- Advertisement – Moving on! Garrett Yrigoyen isn’t afraid to bare all on social media — and neither is his new flame, Alex Farrar.“Best in all the land 🌈 @gy_yrigoyen,” the yoga instructor, who previously kept her Instagram private, captioned a handful of loving snapshots with the Bachelorette alum, 31. “When unexpected surprises make your life better 😊.”- Advertisement – Earlier this year, the duo hit a rough patch in their relationship after Yrigoyen shared a controversial message amid nationwide Black Lives Matter protests. When Yrigoyen came under fire for supporting police during political unrest, Kufrin initially defended him even though she didn’t personally “align with” his views. However, she eventually changed her tune, admitting during a June episode of her podcast that she was uncertain of her future with Yrigoyen.Two months later, Bachelor Nation fans continued to wonder if the pair had called it quits when the Minnesota native moved into a new home in Los Angeles by herself. Though the twosome hadn’t been in a good place, Kufrin was still hit hard by her split from her former fiancé.“Becca is really broken up about it,” a source told Us Weekly exclusively in September. “She thought Garrett was her person, her forever. … She needed space and time to figure things out before officially confirming the breakup.”Scroll down to see more of Yrigoyen’s photos with his new flame.last_img read more

Florida Ends ‘Gator Bait’ cheer at the Swamp due to “racist history”

first_imgThe University of Florida is banning its “Gator Bait” cheer at sporting events because of “historic racist imagery associated with the phrase,” school president Kent Fuchs announced Thursday.As part of a university-wide review to help the school take steps against racism, Fuchs highlighted the cheer as an action that will be taken immediately.“While I know of no evidence of racism associated with our ‘Gator Bait’ cheer at UF sporting events, there is horrific historic racist imagery associated with the phrase,” Fuchs said. “Accordingly, University Athletics and the Gator Band will discontinue the use of the cheer.”the band plays familiar tune prompts fans to make the gator chomp motion with their arms and shout “Gator Bait!”African American babies were used as alligator bait, according to the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia at Ferris State University, citing newspaper articles and imagery from the late 1800s and early 20th century. The term “alligator bait” was also used as a racial slur against African Americans.According to ESPN: Lawrence Wright, who popularized the phrase, “If you ain’t a Gator, ya Gator bait, baby,” after saying it following a win over Florida State in 1995, told The Gainesville Sun he was upset with the decision to remove the cheer and wants to talk to Fuchs.“I’m not going for it,” the former safety told the Sun. “I created something for us. It’s a college football thing. It’s not a racist thing, It’s about us, the Gator Nation. And I’m black. What about our history as the Gator Nation? We took a program from the top five to No. 1 in the country. I think I’ve done enough, put in the sweat and tears, to get to offer my opinion about something like this.”last_img read more


first_imgJerry Hollendorfer3257616%56%$559,394 Martin Pedroza3155316%42%$186,420 Kent Desormeaux3363518%42%$537,173 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Norberto Arroyo, Jr.3973018%26%$309,580 FINISH LINES: Heartiest congratulations to Santa Anita Paddock Guard John Shear, who will celebrate his 96th birthday on Tuesday, Jan. 17. Shear started at Santa Anita in 1961 as a parking lot attendant but became a Paddock Guard the next year. This marks his 55th year at The Great Race Place. Santa Anita will name Monday’s fourth race in his honor . . . Belated congrats to Bob Baffert, who turned 64 yesterday…Norberto Arroyo Jr., third in Santa Anita’s jockey standings with seven wins, took off his mounts Saturday after pulling his left shoulder in a third-race mishap on Friday. “He’ll see a masseuse today and ride tomorrow,” said his agent and brother, Nelson . . .Deepest condolences to the family and friends of Doug O’Neill’s longtime assistant Leandro Mora on the passing of Mora’s brother, Francisco, who died of esophageal cancer at the age of 56 on Dec. 31. “He had worked for trainers since 1975,” Leandro said. Among them were O’Neill, Armando Lage, Gary Jones, Peter Eurton and David Bernstein . . . Sierra Madre resident and Triple Crown winning jockey Victor Espinoza is featured on the latest READ posters and bookmarks in the Sierra Madre Library newsletter. Espinoza is holding “American Pharoah: The Untold Story of the Triple Crown Winner’s Legendary Rise,” and the children’s book, “D is for Derby: A Kentucky Derby Alphabet.” Espinoza has won the Kentucky Derby three times and the Preakness three times. The self-described “Luckiest Mexican on earth,” Espinoza says Sierra Madre is lucky for him . . . There is a single Pick Six Jackpot ticket carryover of $152,989.04 into Saturday’s races . . . Santa Anita offers holiday racing on Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It will also be Dollar Day, with beer, sodas and hot dogs on sale for a buck apiece. First post time is 12 noon. Admission gates open at 10 a.m. Santa Anita will be dark for live racing Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Live racing resumes on Friday, Jan. 20, at 1 p.m. Gary Sherlock1030130%40%$62,520 Brice Blanc1433121%50%$125,125 Rafael Bejarano4043910%40%$376,353 Flavien Prat4894919%46%$628,813 Mike Smith1331323%54%$297,650 Victor Espinoza2044420%60%$236,130 Doug O’Neill4465814%43%$287,613 John Sadler1454436%93%$243,824 TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won William Spawr940244%67%$134,541center_img (Current Through Friday, Jan. 13) Peter Miller2365326%61%$317,780 Stewart Elliott3754614%41%$178,590 Richard Baltas3144513%42%$273,823 Corey Nakatani1532020%33%$167,690 Mark Glatt1734218%53%$131,865 Mario Gutierrez2534412%44%$173,861 CHROME, ARROGATE NEAR REMATCH IN PEGASUSEQUINE PROMOTION BENEFITS HORSES AT CARMAPADDOCK GUARD JOHN SHEAR TURNS 96 TUESDAY CHROME WORKS FOR PEGASUS, ARROGATE NEXTThe eagerly-anticipated rematch between leading Horse of the Year contendersArrogate and California Chrome on Jan. 28 in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park continues to grow in intensity, as California Chrome worked towards that goal this morning at Gulfstream and Arrogate could possibly work at 9 a.m. or later, at 11:45 a.m. on  Sunday at Santa Anita. First post time is 12:30 p.m.While Baffert was non-committal on details Saturday morning as to when Arrogate would work, Chrome had already completed his breeze at Gulfstream under the direction of trainer Art Sherman’s son and assistant, Alan.“I haven’t watched the video yet but from all reports he went real good,” Art said at Santa Anita Saturday morning. Sherman leaves California next Thursday for Florida, where he will be on hand for Chrome’s upcoming work slated for next Saturday.California Chrome “attracted a crowd for his first workout over the Gulfstream Park track Saturday morning,” according to a release from the Hallandale, Florida venue.Chrome went five furlongs in 1:00.72 under exercise rider Dihigi Gladney, galloping out six furlongs in 1:13.20.“I’m really happy with that work,” Alan said in the release. “The track was a little deep, and he covered the ground well. I couldn’t be happier with him. He just goes about his business. He just loves to train.”Added Gladney: “This horse has a lot of supporters. I looked out there before the track closed for the break and I saw the people piling in. I said, ‘Look at this.’ The Chrome Community is strong everywhere. They love this horse everywhere we go.“He’s been training early in the morning (before dawn), but he’s the type of horse when you take him out in the daylight, he looks around to see what’s going on. By the time I turned him around and he started jogging, he saw the crowd.“He knows this is business. He loves the show.”Video link to California Chrome work: https://youtu.be/kd4NwqvllswCARMA BENEFITS FROM EQUINE PROMOTION Much like human athletes, performance horses of all equestrian disciplines need sports therapy to recover from various aches and pains from strenuous physical activity. Leading the rehabilitation industry with cutting edge technology and services is Eclipse Equine Sports Therapy Center (Eclipse) who helps heal some of California’s finest horses.As a tribute to the Thoroughbreds they care for, Eclipse has created a special promotion to benefit the California Retirement Management Account (CARMA), a nonprofit dedicated to funding aftercare for California-raced horses.“After a successful 2016 working with several top trainers and their horses, Eclipse would like to give back to the industry. Our commitment to the well-being of Thoroughbreds is unwavering, whether they are beginning their racing career or retiring,” said Angie Hager-Scully, owner of Eclipse Equine Sports Therapy Center.Starting with the New Year, for each new Thoroughbred racehorse that receives a minimum 30 days treatment from the state-of-the-art therapy center, Eclipse is donating $200 to CARMA, hoping to raise funds and awareness about importance of aftercare.            “Our goal is to be able to provide rehabilitation, retraining and/or retirement for as many former racehorses as we can. Getting support from the local equestrian community and businesses is vital to our success,” said CARMA Executive Director Lucinda Mandella.Eclipse Equine Sports Therapy Center is located in Paso Robles, California. The promotion ends March 31. For more information please visit www.eclipse-equine.com. Tyler Baze53106619%42%$383,207 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Luis Contreras2735711%56%$179,514 Drayden Van Dyke3847011%29%$238,060 Philip D’Amato1634419%69%$359,925last_img read more

Spurs rout Jazz 118-81 in NBA

first_imgSAN ANTONIO (AP):San Antonio built a giant 46-point lead, thanks to their smothering defence, before easing up to beat Utah 118-81 on Monday night and extend their stellar start to the NBA season.The Spurs improved to 21-5 – the second-best start in franchise history – and retained their 6-1/2 game lead in the Southwest Division.Kawhi Leonard had 22 points, while LaMarcus Aldridge and Tony Parker added 18 points each for the Spurs, who are 13-0 at home.In other key games, Atlantic Division leaders Toronto had their four-game winning streak ended by Indiana, the Los Angeles Clippers defeated Detroit with a three-pointer with 12 seconds remaining in overtime, and Miami took a share of the Southeast Division lead with a win over slumping Atlanta.Indiana’s Jordan Hill had season highs with 20 points and 13 rebounds as the Pacers beat Toronto 106-90. Monta Ellis had 18 points for Indiana, which went on a 39-4 run in the first half to overturn a 21-point deficit.The Clippers edged Detroit 105-103 when Jamal Crawford hit a three-pointer with 12.4 seconds left in overtime. Blake Griffin, who finished with 34 points, made a pair of free throws with 38.8 seconds remaining to put the Clippers ahead 102-101, but Kentavious Caldwell-Pope tied it for the Pistons by going 1 for 2 from the foul line with 30.5 seconds left.Reggie Jackson finished with 34 points and 11 rebounds for Detroit.Miami led comfortably throughout in winning 100-88 at Atlanta. Chris Bosh scored 24 points and Gerald Green had 20 for the Heat, who moved 1-1/2 games above their Southeast rival.GAME-WINNING POINTSDallas’ Chandler Parsons scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half to guide the Mavericks to a 104-94 win against Phoenix. Parsons has been on restricted duty, coming off the bench lately, following off-season knee surgery. He had eight points during a 20-4 run to finish the third quarter, when Dallas made 13 of their last 14 shots to take a 77-58 lead.Memphis shot 56 per cent and sank 10 of 15 three-point attempts in beating Washington 112-95. Denver’s Will Barton scored 23 points, including two game-sealing free throws with 13.5 seconds remaining, to give the Nuggets a 114-108 win against Houston.Orlando claimed their first win in Brooklyn, cruising past the Nets 105-82 behind 54 per cent shooting from the field.Portland extended their run of wins against New Orleans to seven by defeating the Pelicans 105-101, led by 30 points from Damian Lillard.Chicago rallied from a five-point half-time deficit to beat hapless Philadelphia 115-96 and keep the 76ers winless in 15 road games.last_img read more

Tip for Rendering in OSX Mavericks: Prevent App Nap

first_imgIs your video editing application not rendering with OSX Mavericks? App Nap is the culprit – and here’s how to solve it.One of the new features in the Mavericks OSX is App Nap – a tool designed to conserve your computer’s power. For applications like browsers, word processor and the like, App Nap makes sense. But for video editors, this simple feature can lead to headaches, and likely a bit of confusion. With App Nap enabled your video editing software will ‘go to sleep’ if put in the background, causing your renderings to fail.Thanks to NoFilmSchool for turning us on to this simple tip for disabling App Nap for certain applications on your system. Video editors will likely want to “Prevent App Nap” for any applications with renders (Final Cut Pro X, Premiere Pro, After Effects, DaVinci Resolve, etc).Navigate to a video editing or motion design app in your Finder’s ‘Applications’ folder. With the program name highlighted ‘Get Info’ (either by using the shortcut Command + I or by navigating to the menu bar – File > Get Info).  Click the ‘Prevent App Nap’ box.last_img read more

‘Compensate us, don’t treat us as criminals’

first_imgOn a hazy Monday morning, Jitender, 42, is doing the rounds of his five-acre field at Sonipat’s Barona village off the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal Expressway, bordering the national capital. He hopes his crop, the ‘Pusa 1121’ variety of basmati rice, would be ready for harvest in the next couple of days.Farmers in and around his village mostly grew basmati rice and harvested the crop manually, he said. “The grain of basmati is damaged during mechanised harvesting and fetches a lower price. We therefore harvest using labour, though it costs a little extra,” said Mr. Jitender. Farmers, he said, make up for it by selling parali (the upper part of paddy cut during harvest). He claimed that incidents of paddy stubble burning in and around his village have virtually stopped over the past two years because of the growing demand for parali as fodder. The parali usually fetches a farmer ₹2,000-₹3,000 per acre. “The stubble is mixed in the field while preparing the land for the next crop,” said Mr. Jitender.The region comprising Jhajjar, Sonipat, Panipat, and Jind districts, mostly growing basmati varieties, account for only 20-30% of stubble burning incidents; the majority of fires are reported from Kaithal, Kurukshetra, Karnal and Yamuna Nagar districts — better known as the “rice bowl” of Haryana. The farmers in this region prefer high-yielding ‘PR’ variety because of easy availability of water and the harvesting is done through combine harvesters. The removal of stalk and straw left in the field is a labour-intensive process. Watch | Stubble burning: M.S. Swaminathan’s solution Stubble burning: M.S. Swaminathan’s solutionVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9Live00:0001:3701:37  center_img Combine harvestingMalkeet Singh of Landi village in Kurukshetra said small farmers could not afford to incur three-four times the usual cost to prepare the field for the next crop after combine harvesting and preferred to set the stalk and the straw on fire. “Instead of treating the farmers as criminals and registering a case for burning crop residue, the government should compensate us. The inputs cost of farming has increased several fold over the years, but the price for paddy has reduced to half. The farmer is well aware of the consequences, but it is cost-effective for him to burn [the stubble],” said Mr. Malkeet.Rajinder Singh, president, Haryana Gyan Vigyan Samiti, Karnal, who is working with farmers of around a dozen villages in his area to combat stubble burning, said the government must link cutting of paddy stalk and clearing of fields after combine harvesting with the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) to deal with the problem effectively.“It will be a win-win situation for all. The labourers would get work under the MGNREGS and the stubble burning would stop,” he said.Hans Raj of Firozpur Bangar village in Sonipat said the farmers were an easy target to blame for air pollution, but industries and vehicles were responsible for the prevailing situation in Delhi-NCR and the National Capital Region.“Farmers burning the crop residue is mostly in Punjab and Lahore in Pakistan. There are very few instances in Haryana,” he said, adding that parali was, in fact, in short supply in his village.Local parali trader Gopi said the paddy residue is in huge demand in dairies and cowsheds and is also used for packaging purposes. He said he bought the parali from around a dozen villages in Kharkhoda area of Sonipat and not a single instance of crop burning was reported there this year. “Why would the farmer burn when he can make good money out of it,” he asked.“With the farmers failing to fetch adequate price for their produce, ₹3,000 per acre for parali is a welcome money for them,” said Shamsher Singh, from the neighbouring Saidpur village.last_img read more

Robert Lewandowski becomes Bundesliga’s top-scoring foreign player

first_imgTrump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem LATEST STORIES NFL teams propose major changes to replay and overtime Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski celebrates after he scored his side’s third goal during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Borussia Moenchengladbach and FC Bayern Munich in Moenchengladbach, Germany, Saturday, March 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)MUNICH — Robert Lewandowski has become the outright top-scoring foreign player in Bundesliga history after taking his goal tally to 197.The Poland forward scored in either half of Bayern Munich’s 6-0 rout of Wolfsburg on Saturday to surpass Peru veteran Claudio Pizarro’s total of 195 goals.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The 30-year-old Lewandowski went into the match with 74 goals in 131 league games at Borussia Dortmund, and 121 in 149 with Bayern.Lewandowski shared the record for one week with Pizarro, who remains the oldest player to score in the league at 40 years, 136 days, in a 1-1 draw for Bremen at Hertha Berlin on Feb. 2.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesPizarro had long been the top-scoring foreign player in the league but has now been overtaken for the first time by Lewandowski. P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed View commentslast_img read more