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News Two journalists murdered just days apart in Venezuela Receive email alerts Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives VenezuelaAmericas News VenezuelaAmericas June 15, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Venezuela August 25, 2020 Find out more RSF_en News New wave of censorship targeting critical media outlets January 13, 2021 Find out more October 2, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government likens media coverage of shortages to “war propaganda” Organisation News Help by sharing this information to go further Globovisión, a TV station that is used to being harassed by the National Communications Commission (CONATEL) and other government agencies, has been the target of a new CONATEL investigation since 30 September.The station is facing a possible fine of up to 10 per cent of its annual income for its coverage of the shortages of food, electricity and other essentials that Venezuela is currently suffering. Those affected include the print media, especially local newspapers, which are finding it hard to obtain newsprint.President Nicolás Maduro criticized coverage of the shortages shortly before CONATEL began its investigation. Alluding to offences defined in the Radio, TV and Electronic Media Social Responsibility Law (RESORTEMEC), he described the coverage as “war propaganda (…) liable to spread panic among the public” and encourage “compulsive buying.”Arguments of this kind were used in the past to impose generalized censorship in a case of alleged contamination of drinking water.“A badly drafted law is yet again being used to justify the government’s calls for censorship,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The authorities think that just referring to the shortages is tantamount to ‘destabilizing the country’ and ‘panicking’ a public that is too ignorant to understand the situation. So they assume the right to decide what is in the public interest and what media coverage can be tolerated.“This censorship is all the more serious now that Venezuelan citizens no longer have the ability to challenge it under the Inter-American human rights system, from which Venezuela withdrew on 10 September. Will the Venezuelan media be reduced to doing nothing more than carrying the official announcements known as cadenas?”This latest problem represents a new setback for the media at a time when they are facing economic and political problems.On the economic front, the shortage of newsprint has forced some newspapers to cut back or even suspend production altogether. This is the case with the Maturín-based daily Diario El Sol and the Anzoátegui-based daily La Antorcha, which have not been on sale since August. Some newspapers, such as the Barquisimeto-based El Impulso, have cut back on the number of pages. Others have reduced the number of issues. They include the Anzoátegui-based La Prensa, which has dropped its weekend issue.On the political front, President Maduro announced on 10 September that all broadcast media would soon be required to carry two cadenas every day. These official messages, which are abused for propaganda purposes, have never been subject any regulation as regards frequency, length or content.Closures of radio stations by the authorities are also fuelling the climate of concern. Four stations in the state of Amazonas – La Voz del Orinoco, Chamánica, La Deportiva and Impacto – had to stop broadcasting in September as a result of CONATEL’s intervention. In each case, their frequencies were withdrawn and equipment was seized.
Related Boko Haram releases new video showing kidnapped Chibok girls Boko Haram video purportedly shows Chibok girls Today marks 500 days since the Chibok girls were kidnapped. Relatives of the missing schoolgirls are expected to hold a youth march and candle-lit vigil in the Nigerian capital Abuja.Muslim and Christian prayer services and a tree planting ceremony will also take place.Nigeria’s recently elected President Muhammadu Buhari has made it his mission to not only crush the Boko Haram insurgency, but also to get the girls back.In April last year, Boko haram invaded Chibok secondary school in Nigeria’s Borno state and made way with nearly 276 school girls that sparked international criticism over how Nigeria’s government was handling the situation. CCTV’s Clementine Logan takes a look back at how those events unfolded and how their story brought international attention to the threat posed by Boko Haram. Boko Haram has set new terms for the release of Chibok girls
Amid year four of a tenure that endured the worst in school history, USC men’s basketball coach Kevin O’Neill is gone. O’Neill was fired on Monday during a morning meeting, USC Athletic Director Pat Haden announced in a statement.O’Neill finishes his USC tenure with a 48-65 record, with last season’s abysmal record and this year’s slow start likely contributing to his dismissal. USC battled a rash of injuries while finishing 6-26 (1-17) in 2011-12, and is currently 7-10 on the year, with a 2-2 record in Pac-12 play.KO’d · USC Athletic Director Pat Haden announced Monday that he was relieving coach Kevin O’Neill of his head coaching duties. In a little more than three seasons at the helm at USC, O’Neill compiled an overall record of 48-65. – Carlo Acenas | Daily TrojanAssociate head coach Bob Cantu will take over as the interim head coach. Cantu has been with the team since 2000 and was promoted to associate head coach in 2010.O’Neill took over the USC job in the summer of 2009 in the wake of an NCAA investigation of the program under previous coach Tim Floyd. Despite facing adversity stemming from the program’s sanctions, which included a postseason ban, the Trojans finished 16-14. O’Neill had his most successful season in 2010-11, going 19-15 and earning an NCAA tournament berth. The Trojans were defeated in the first round by Virginia Commonwealth.Things went downhill from there. Last season, USC’s top returning player, senior point guard Jio Fontan, tore his ACL during a summer team trip to Brazil. Fontan missed the entire season, while other heavy contributors in forwards Dewayne Dedmon and Aaron Fuller, among others, missed significant time also because of injury. The Trojans’ 26 losses that season were the most in school history and presumably put O’Neill on the hot seat heading into this fall.The Trojans had high hopes for 2012-13, as USC brought in a slew of transfers, including senior forward Eric Wise from UC Irvine and arguably the top junior college transfer in the country in junior J.T. Terrell, a former Wake Forest standout. The talent was improved over the prior season, but the early results were all too similar.After starting the season 3-1, the Trojans lost five in a row in a difficult non-conference stretch that included losses to three ranked teams.“We overscheduled,” Cantu said. “We should have had more bye games in there.”At 5-8, the Trojans were the only Pac-12 squad to finish with a losing record in non-conference play. USC won its Pac-12 opener against Stanford, but then dropped winnable games against Cal and Colorado. The Trojans defeated Utah 76-59 on Saturday, but the team’s first road victory in nearly 14 months was not enough to save O’Neill’s job.At the end of the day, it came down to winning: something O’Neill was not able to do enough of during his tenure.“It was hard for me to evaluate him as a head coach until this year when he had enough players and veterans to compete,” Haden said in the statement. “As the season progressed, it became evident to me that we needed new leadership in our men’s basketball program.”O’Neill is known for his loud and witty personality but also became infamous for an altercation with a University of Arizona booster in March 2011. O’Neill was previously the interim head coach at Arizona for one season as well as head coach of the NBA’s Toronto Raptors, among other NBA and college stops.“He’s someone I’ll hopefully remain in contact with for the rest of my life,” said Fontan, who called O’Neill this morning after learning of his firing. “He taught me a lot on what it takes to be a pro at the next level, about going through life changes and how you just fight through a lot of things.”Wise, the team’s leading scorer, also expressed surprise at the decision.“It was shocking, but it’s just something you have to go through and we all have to deal with,” Wise said.Cantu has never been a head coach at the college level outside of one game after O’Neill’s suspension in 2011, and was mum on whether he thinks he’ll be considered for the position over an outside replacement.“As an assistant, your goal was always to become a head coach,” he said. “It’s always been my goal, [but] you never envision it happening this way, that’s for sure.”The Trojans are only four games into their Pac-12 slate, giving Cantu almost half a season to make his mark.“There are 14 games left and there are a lot of things that can happen,” Cantu said. “Anything is possible.”
The number rapes reported to the gardaí jumped 38% last year amid an increase in the number of sexual offences and a rise in practically all types of sexual crime.According to 2018 crime data, released by the Central Statistics Office, there were 117 instances of rape recorded by the gardaí last year.That figure represents an increase in 32 sexual offences, including rape, when compared to 2017 and it is part of a wider rise in sexual offences, which increased by nearly 35% for the final quarter of 2018. Upcoming Letterkenny candidate and Sinn Fein Councillor, Gerry McMonagle, described the figures as a ‘worrying trend’ for the county.Speaking to Donegal’s Chief Garda Superintendent at a recent Joint Policing Committee meeting in Lifford, McMonagle said: “What jumps out to me about these recent figures is the number of increased rapes in the county.“Is there any particular reason for that? Why has there been such a spike, is it because more people are now willing to come forward about being raped now?”Rape Crisis Network Ireland said that while there has been year-on-year increases in recorded sexual offences since 2015, an overall increase of 10% in 2018 for the country was “significant”. Chief Superintendent, Terry McGinn said more had to be done from Garda Síochána and society, in general, to tackle sexual crimes once and for all.“There is a lot of focus on this issue at the minute and on the Domestic Violence Act,” McGinn said. “Especially, about what happens in marriages, in the home, and what happens in partnerships.“A lot of rapes are reported after a night out socially in town where people have too much alcohol and then find themselves in this position.“They could be isolated and next thing they are sexually assaulted,” she added.“So it happens in varies of different ways and it is the second biggest crime after murder in the country. “It is a crime that is very, very difficult on the victim and it is a crime that in society, generally, there are issues with peoples drink being spiked and with consent.“So, there is a lot to be worked at, not just in Garda Síochána, but generally in society.”Number of recorded rapes jumped nearly 40% last year amid spike in sexual offences was last modified: April 8th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Joint Policing Board committeeRape Crisis Centre
Gardaí in Raphoe caught a suspected drug driver who was posing a danger on the roads last night.The motorist was detected in the early hours of this Thursday morning.Gardaí observed the car “acting dangerously” before stopping the vehicle. The driver tested positive for having cannabis in his system. He also had no driving licence or insurance.The man is due to appear in court at a later date.Image: Garda Siochana DonegalThis incident prompted gardaí to issue another warning to Donegal drivers to obey the laws:“Please do not take risks on the roads. The roads are already a dangerous place to be on at the best of times but most especially at this time of the year! “Do not drive under the influence of drugs/alcohol and please obey all road traffic laws. The laws are in place to keep all road users safe!”Gardaí halt drug driver who posed danger on roads was last modified: November 15th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Per Showtime, “The Resurgence” will provide viewers with “unfettered access” to Cousins throughout his emotionally charged comeback from a devastating Achilles … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the video on a mobile deviceShowtime on Friday announced a premiere date for “The Resurgence: DeMarcus Cousins,” a documentary that chronicles the NBA star’s grueling comeback from a career-threatening injury.The film will debut on the premium cable network at 8 p.m., April 13.
Have the Raiders finally had enough of Antonio Brown’s drama after his reported confrontation with general manager Mike Mayock? If so, there’s a way they can cut ties with their mercurial but histrionic-prone receiver and save themselves nearly $30 million.The Raiders are considering suspending Brown and he could miss the season opener against the Broncos on Monday night, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.The Next Chapter: Antonio Brown and GM Mike Mayock got into it Wednesday, and the …
24 February 2015The Gauteng government has announced interventions to change the space and structure of the province’s economy to help address unemployment, poverty and inequality.Speaking during the State of the Province Address on Monday, Premier David Makhura said these interventions were spatial reconfiguration; township economy revitalisation; and investment in infrastructure that the provincial government would undertake in partnership with municipalities and the private sector.Gauteng City Region’s space and economy would be configured into five development corridors that would have distinct industries and different comparative advantages, Makhura said.These are:Central Development Corridor, which will anchored around the City of Johannesburg as the hub of finance, services, ICT and pharmaceutical industries;Eastern Development Corridor, which will be anchored around the economy of the Ekurhuleni Metro as the hub of manufacturing, logistics and transport industries;Northern Development Corridor, which will anchored around Tshwane as South Africa’s administrative capital city and the hub of the automotive sector, research, development, innovation and the knowledge-based economy;Western Corridor, which encompasses the economy of the West Rand district and the creation of new industries, new economic nodes and new cities; andSouthern Corridor, which encompasses the economy of the Sedibeng district and the creation of new industries, new economic nodes and new cities.Makhura said the provincial government would “mobilise” more than R10-billion in public and private investments in the regeneration of the Joburg CBD as the seat of the provincial government.The Premier said Gauteng would work with national government and the City of Joburg to ensure that the Central Corridor became the home of the proposed Brics regional development bank.A plan to revitalise the townships of Kliptown and Alexandra was also under discussion with government and the City as “the two townships are in a terrible and sorry state of disrepair”, Makhura said.TransformationMakhura also announced that 140 000 housing units would be built in the next five years in the area to help change human settlement patterns.Together with the private sector and the City of Johannesburg, there were plans to transform the spatial landscape of the Central Corridor, which include:Masingita City, an integrated commercial and industrial hub, is a R3- billion private investment that is expected to create 15 500 jobs during its construction, which will begin in March.Rietfontein. With an investment of R20-billion, this will be a complete mixed-use node with more than 8 000 proposed residential units, including commercial property, distribution and warehousing, retail and education facilities.Waterfall City, the largest city to be built in post-apartheid South Africa. The estimated investment during construction is R71-billion, with an estimated 100 000 jobs to be created by the project.The Modderfontein development will inject R84-billion into the economy of the Gauteng City Region and is expected to create 150 000 jobs over the next 20 years.AerotropolisTurning to the Eastern Development Corridor, Makhura said 29 industrial initiatives under the banner of the Aerotropolis would be undertaken to revitalise manufacturing, aviation, transport and logistics industries linked to OR Tambo International Airport.“This will dramatically transform the current industrial structure of the economy of Ekurhuleni,” Makhura told the legislature.Other projects in the corridor will be the Tambo Springs Inland Port Development, with an estimated R7.5-billion investment over five years.The first phase of the Bus Rapid Transit System in Ekurhuleni would be operational by March next year, Makhura said, and more than 100 000 housing units would be built in the area over the next five years.SA’s biggest convention centreMakhura said Gauteng would be working with Tshwane to develop the West Capital development project in the Northern Corridor. This will include a student village, sport incubatory centre, retail and commercial components, inner city housing and health facilities.The African Gateway in the heart of Centurion would be a partnership with the private sector and will comprise South Africa’s largest convention centre, an hotel, residential, commercial and additional office space.TshwaneThe City of Tshwane would be investing R525-million to establish a business process outsourcing park in Hammanskraal, Makhura said. “The park will offer on-site training, technical support and incubators for SMMEs. The project is expected to create more than 1 000 jobs during construction and more than 1 000 indirect jobs.”Working with the private sector, Tshwane would also continue to rolling out free wi-fi within the City. To date, R150-million had already been invested in this initiative.Makhura said more than 160 000 houses would be built in the area.Green economyThe economy of the Western Corridor would focus on green and blue economy initiatives, tourism, agro-processing and logistics, said Makhura.“Lanseria Airport and Maropeng World Heritage Site will be the main anchors of the new city and new economy of the West Rand,” he said.The corridor would be positioned as a hub of agriculture and agroprocessing, and a public-private partnership would see the development of aquaculture projects, such as the prawn farming facility, the premier said.He said more than 160 000 houses are to be built in the area.DiversificationMakhura said the economy of the Southern Corridor needed to move from an “over- reliance on the steel industry” to one that included tourism and entertainment, agro- processing and logistics management.Among the projects would be the development of the new Vaal River City (hydropolis), with a private sector investment of more than R4-billion.Over the next five years, more than 120 000 houses in Sedibeng will be built.“Also in this corridor, we will continue to support the Gauteng Highlands development, a mixed-use development comprising industrial and residential space. This is a R40-billion investment aimed at creating 25 000 direct and indirect jobs,” said Makhura.Source: SAnews.gov.za
Chichi Maponya, Brand South Africa ChairmanThis month we commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Freedom Charter, widely regarded as the seminal document in South Africa’s quest to transform our society into a model of equality – equal opportunity, equal access, and equal development. Our country’s highest law – the South African Constitution – is based on this progressive document.I was recently reminded of the words of Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Prize winner and an economist of great authority, who said: “It’s not only inequality in income and wealth that is making us frail, but inequality of opportunity.” In reflecting on the Freedom Charter I realised that while the vision encapsulated within its pages is still to be achieved, its vision for equality and equity remains as relevant as ever and the need to turn this vision into reality is more urgent than ever.The Freedom Charter was the work of a coalition of people, the Congress of the People, who transcended race, religion and political ideology to come together to define a vision of a South Africa that belonged to all who lived in it.The Freedom Charter created a vision of a South Africa where:• A spirit of freedom, equality and democracy would characterise our country and would be embodied by our people• All citizens would have equal rights and equal access to opportunities, including education, housing and employment.• South Africa would take its rightful place as a sovereign state in the global community of nations and would make a meaningful contribution to sustainable international peace, security and development.While stakeholders in our country continue to strive to turn these visions into reality, we have made some significant strides. Most notable has been the development of the National Development Plan which contains, as its foundation, the pillars of the Freedom Charter.The National Development Plan which was adopted in 2012 and around which social partners are coalescing as the country’s blueprint for social and economic development – more easily referred to as Vision 2030 – should guide our conversations and action for a common future of prosperity and development for all the peoples of this country.There is a saying that there is nothing as powerful as an idea whose time has come. I believe the powerful idea is that South Africa is one country, we are one people and our vision for a prosperous future should be a common one. The National Development Plan should guide our endevours as we build this common future.The National Development Plan is already being implemented with a view to addressing systemic challenges which would impede South Africa’s long-term growth and development. These include infrastructure development, energy security, as well as people-centred development.In as far as infrastructure development is concerned, it is important to understand that while a country’s investment in infrastructure is an enabler for international investment and economic growth, the primary beneficiaries of infrastructure development are the citizens of the country. It means that, amongst others, people can access services far more quickly and get to work more easily.Since 2009, government has allocated more that R800-billion toward infrastructure development and had spent R1-trillion towards this in areas such as energy, water infrastructure, sanitation, rail, road-based public transport, and hospital revitalisation among others.All sectors of South African society are simultaneously working towards people-centred developmental programmes.In this regard, some of the significant achievements have been:• The Employment Tax Incentive scheme through which, by the end of 2014, a total of 270 000 young people had benefited.• Developments towards a knowledge-based economy through skills building. Government will, through the Department of Science and Technology, spend R13 billion on the Research, Development and Support Programme. The Department will also make transfers to the National Research Foundation of R2.7-billion to support 4 539 researchers, 15 918 masters students, and 9 615 doctoral students.• The National Education Collaboration Trust (NECT), a joint initiative between government, business and civil society to improve education outcomes is being implemented in eight districts in Limpopo, Eastern Cape, North West and Mpumalanga and is reaching a total of 4 262 schools.While many of these initiatives are funded by the public purse, due to their strategic importance for the country’s growth and development, government cannot implement these programmes on their own. A partnership that involves business, labour and ordinary citizens is essential to ensuring the National Development Plan becomes a reality that lives beyond the pages on which it is written.This is the spirit that will drive the growth and development of our country and it is this same spirit that is embodied in the Freedom Charter. This spirit of coming together for a common cause – the growth and development of our country and our people – is a core character of the South African brand and our national identity.We have since 1994 been referred to as a rainbow nation. We have also been known for the slogan – unity in diversity. We need to draw on, and harness, all our collective energy, spirit and strength to rewrite our narrative and forge a development-centred, inspired and secured future for all our people.Our late founding President Nelson Mandela, reaffirmed in July 1991 on a visit to Cuba that, “Our goals remain achievement of the demands of the Freedom Charter, and we will settle for nothing less than that.”I am convinced that if we put our minds to it, our 60th commemoration of the Freedom Charter, can become a landmark day in our country not dissimilar to Kliptown, 26 June 1955 where a group of like-mind, progressive and inspired individuals came together to draft the Freedom Charter which today forms the basis of our social contract with citizens. We must come together to deliver Vision 2030. We must not be found wanting by the generations of the future.Follow Chichi Maponya on @ChichiMaponya. Contribute to the conversation on #CompetitiveSA
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