first_img April 27, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Organisation ColombiaAmericas RSF_en News Help by sharing this information RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America to go further Contravía, a TV current affairs programme that was forced off the air by threats eight months ago, will resume broadcasting on the Canal Uno public TV channel tomorrow. Produced by freelance journalist Hollman Morris, Contravía has long occupied an important place in the Colombian media, above all because of its coverage of the country’s nearly half-century-old civil war.Reporters Without Borders hails the programme’s return to Colombian TV screens while voicing concern for the safety of its staff, who have often been threatened as well as being the target of criticism by President Alvaro Uribe and his government.The winner of several Colombian and international prizes for its production quality and commitment to human rights, Contravía is one of the rare media outlets in Colombia in which the victims of the war and communities of indigenous or African origin regularly find a voice.“The existence of independent, quality news media is essential so that the civil war’s many victims are not forgotten,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Contravía’s return to the airwaves is therefore excellent news for media diversity and pluralism in Colombia.”Contravía was launched in June 2003 as a result of an initiative by the Andean Programme for Democracy and Human rights, which wanted a TV programme to support community democracy. Broadcast weekly on Canal Uno, it was soon a success because of the quality of its journalistic content, its educational skill and its contribution to the culture of democracy in Colombia.“The road has not been easy,” Morris told Reporters Without Borders, referring to the decision to take the programme off the air in December 2008 for safety reasons. “We were the victims of threats and smear attempts by people with guns, but also by the president himself, Alvaro Uribe.”Morris and his team were threatened by the army during the media’s coverage of the recent release of hostages by the FARC guerrillas and they were threatened by the intelligence agency knows as the DAS, whose phone tapping of many outspoken journalists including Morris was revealed in February.A few hours before the programme went on the air, Morris told us about the team’s continuing fear that one day, one of them would be the victim of an “accident” or an arbitrary arrest while they were out reporting, as has been the case in the past.Reporters Without Borders therefore urges the Colombian authorities to provide the Contravía staff with every security guarantee. “In particular, we urge President Alvaro Uribe to respect press freedom, a principle enshrined in the constitution of which he is guarantor, by allowing the entire team to work without fear.” Newscenter_img Reports Follow the news on Colombia May 13, 2021 Find out more News ColombiaAmericas 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies September 16, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Risky return by TV current affairs programme after eight-month interruption RSF, IFEX-ALC and Media Defence, support FLIP and journalist Diana Díaz against state harassment in Colombia October 21, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

first_imgThe East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention (ECBACC), which sponsors Philadelphia’s premiere Black comic book convention, will celebrate the myriad worlds of quantum sci-fi& superheroes May 21, 2016.As the nation’s first full-service comic book convention, ECBACC offers: an annual convention, professional consultancy, and comic book workshops and youth literacy initiatives year-round, including the S.T.A.R.S program and the Superhero Learning Zone; annual awards programs, including the ECBACC Pioneer / Lifetime Achievement Award and the Glyph Comics Awards, both first-of-a-kind industry awards; the first convention-based African-inspired superhero, sci-fi & fantasy cosplay contest: AfriCoz; first-rate professional comic book industry workshops, including training in the patented ECBACC 4-Panel Method, in conjunction with several community-based organizations (ECBACC Synergy); and the Read For Fun Workbook (Vols. 1 & 2) produced by ECBACC Publishing.With this year’s theme: “Spark Your Imagination!” ECBACC turns its spotlights on an array of the best and brightest, veterans and aspiring creators, pioneers and up-and-coming writers, illustrators, filmmakers, publishers, authors, and visionaries. Young people and their families meet and greet artist and authors as they explore the importance of reading, writing and knowing your history.The full-day Convention is hosted on Saturday, May 21st from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., at The Enterprise Center at 4548 Market Street in Philadelphia with a spectacular day of networking, panel discussions, film screenings, a comic book marketplace and youth / adult workshops. Admission for Saturday is $10 for adults; FREE for youth age 12 and under.ECBACC, founded by Philly Ambassador Mr. Yumy Odom, is a pioneering initiative, giving Black heroes, super-powered characters, their creators, and fans a voice in the comic book industry.For more information, the full list of panelists& artists, visit: East Coast Black Age of Comics ConventionFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

first_imgMartha Minow, this year’s speaker for the annual Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh Lecture in Ethics and Public Policy, is not someone who ascribes to the “ivory tower” mentality that can isolate academics, said Joan Fallon, director of communications for the Kroc Institute.Instead, Minow is a highly accessible and relatable thinker who has a passion for education, Fallon said.Minow, a human rights advocate for minorities, women and children, is the Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor and dean of Harvard Law School.Her lecture, Education as a Tool in Preventing Conflict: Suggestions for the International Criminal Court, will be given on March 16 at 4:15 p.m. in the Hesburgh Center Auditorium.“It’s exciting to showcase a high platform person because those aren’t always so visible,” Fallon said. “These speakers meet students, faculty, they talk with them … I think students across the University, from law to history to journalism, not just peace studies students, would be really interested in her.”The Hesburgh Lecture is the largest and most prestigious event the Kroc Institute hosts each year, Fallon said. Past speakers have included the Rev. Bryan Hehir, Congressman Lee Hamilton and Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi.“We don’t tell [the speakers] what to talk about,” Fallon said. “We choose them based on the merit of their work and each brings a fresh perspective.”The lecture series began as a way to honor University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh in his public role as an international leader in ethics, said Hal Culbertson, executive director for the Kroc Institute.“We set up the lecture to bring in people contributing to society in the areas of ethics and public policy,” Culbertson said. “Fr. Hesburgh founded the institute, with the help of Mrs. Kroc. He had a vision for an institute where we would educate peace builders and also shape public policy.”The lectures are always a popular event, Fallon said, with last year’s expected audience so large they moved the lecture into the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.“We usually have equal parts students and faculty,” Fallon said. “There’s also a reception afterwards for people to meet her and talk for a few minutes.“The Hesburgh Lecture represents people who are doing the essence of what Notre Dame tries to do, and that is to be engaged at the highest level of thinking … We try to encourage Notre Dame students to think about themselves as influential global citizens.”last_img read more

first_imgJul 28, 2009Japan finds two more Tamiflu-resistant H1N1 casesJapan has detected two more cases of Tamiflu-resistant pandemic H1N1 flu, Alexander Klimov, PhD, of the CDC’s flu surveillance branch, revealed at the CDC’s vaccine advisory committee today. He also said that Chinese officials revealed during a World Health Organization conference call that they may have one more antiviral-resistant case. Klimov said all cases so far have been linked to Tamiflu prophylaxis or treatment, except for one involving an American girl who was diagnosed in Hong Kong.[Jul 29 ACIP meeting agenda] Latin America has lion’s share of H1N1 deathsAlthough novel H1N1 flu strain is spreading worldwide, Latin America, currently in its winter season, is being disproportionately hit right now, according to WA Today.com, an Australian news service. Of the 816 deaths the World Health Organization has so far confirmed, two thirds have occurred in Latin America, the report said.[Jul 29 WAtoday article] UK advises nurseries to remove soft toysBritain’s Department of Children, Schools and Families has come under fire for issuing recommendations that nurseries and “childminders” remove communal soft toys from care settings to help contain the spread of H1N1 flu, saying the toys cannot be cleaned adequately. The agency also recommend that crayons and pencils not be shared and large assemblies be suspended. Defenders of the guidance say it is sensible but should be administered sensitively so as not to upset children.[Jul 29 The Times article] Military may assist with US H1N1 responseUS military personnel may work alongside civilian authorities during any significant outbreaks of the H1N1 influenza virus this fall, according a CNN report. Unnamed Department of Defense officials said the proposal is awaiting approval by Secretary Robert Gates. Personnel from all branches of the military may be involved, and it has not been determined whether the troops would be pulled from active duty or from the National Guard and/or reserves.[Jul 29 CNN article] Canada to use adjuvanted H1N1 vaccineCanadian health officials anticipate using an adjuvant to address the possible need to stretch supplies of an H1N1 influenza vaccine this fall, according to a Canadian Press story. Neither Canada nor the United States have licensed flu vaccines with adjuvants before. Health Canada has worked with GlaxoSmithKline on safety studies of the AS03 adjuvant for H5N1 vaccine and is urging the company to do a small trial with an H1N1 vaccine. US officials have been more circumspect on the subject.[Jul 29 Canadian Press story]last_img read more

first_imgBEN CLASSON/Herald photoThe No. 11 Wisconsin volleyball team (21-3, 13-2 Big Ten)was looking to bounce back after a not-so-stellar weekend. And bounce back in abig way they did, sweeping Illinois (15-10, 7-8) 30-14, 30-23, 30-28 Wednesdaynight at the Field House.”I’m happy with that win,” head coach Pete Waite said. “Ifeel like we got back on track (and) we were playing better ball.”The Badgers dominated the Illini from the first serve inGame 1, cruising to a 30-14 win. Led by sophomore outside hitter BrittanyDolgner — who began and ended the game with a kill and totaled five for thegame — Wisconsin was almost flawless, hitting at an incredible .652 clip withonly one error.”We definitely had a little extra motivation going intotonight’s match,” senior setter Jackie Simpson said. “[We were] really focusedon playing our volleyball and just really relaxing out there and playingtogether and having fun.”After Saturday night’s match against Northwestern, Waitesaid his team needed to get back to serving tough, something he believed it gotaway from last weekend. The Badgers responded with four service aces in thefirst game alone — eight for the match– in holding the Illini to .030 hittingpercentage. “We did a lot of serving drills (in practice),” juniorMorgan Salow said. “We even did a drill serving our toughest, and we had to get10 points in a certain number of minutes with our passers passing. … I think itwas a lot better tonight.”After allowing Illinois to jump out to a 4-1 lead to startGame 2, Wisconsin, behind the serving of senior libero Jocelyn Wack, went on a7-0 run to reclaim the lead. The Badgers would never relinquish the lead, andthe Illini would not come within more than three points the rest of the game.Coming out of the locker room for the third game, Wisconsincooled off a little bit and continued to trade points with Illinois for most ofthe game. Behind strong play from Vicki Brown and Laura DeBruler, who each hadsix kills in the third game, the Illini were able to grab a lead at 25-24 andgot within two points of claiming Game 3 at 28-26. However, the Badgersfinished the game and the match thanks to a 4-0 scoring run. UW hit .243 forthe game while the Illini improved to .250.”I don’t like to be in that position in the third,” Waitesaid of trailing late in a game. “We talk about character. We talk about comingback and staying strong and not folding. That’s still important, but we justweren’t able to break lose of [Illinois] in that game.”For the match, Wisconsin outplayed Illinois in everystatistical category. The Badgers outhit the Illini .362 to .157 and were ledby senior middle blocker Taylor Reineke with 13 kills and four blocks.Sophomore Caity DuPont chipped in with 11 kills and two blocks as the Wisconsinalso out-blocked Illinois 11-5.After getting stuffed early on in Game 1, DuPont finishedthe match without another attack error and a career-best .556 hittingpercentage.”Confidence is a big thing,” DuPont said. “If something goeswrong at the beginning of the game, you just need to wash it off, because ifyou focus on that, you’re not going to play very well the rest of the match. Ijust forgot about and just played my game.” Salow also got in on the fun in only her fourth start of theyear. She finished the match with five kills and zero errors for a .294 hittingpercentage. She also added two service aces and three blocks.”I’ve been trying to work really hard in practice and justdo my thing,” Salow said. “Even if I don’t start and [Waite] puts me in, I knowI have a job to do.” Because of strong serving and good defense, Wisconsin wasable to hold Illinois top two hitters in check for most of the match. DeBruler,who is first in the Big Ten averaging 5.00 kills per game, finished the matchwith 13 kills and a .171 hitting percentage. Brown was the only other Illini indouble figures with 12 kills”Wetook two very good hitters, who had been doing very well all season, inDeBruler and Brown and really kept their hitting percentages down and theirkill totals down,” Waite said. “I think that was the big difference in thematch.”last_img read more

first_imgThere was success for one Donegal student last week when Christopher Kehoe was awarded a Medallion of Excellence for his skill category of welding at the WorldSkills Kazan 2019 competition. He’s pictured above here with the WorldSkills Ireland expert in welding, and Donegal ETB staff member, Cathal Mc Gee who trained Christopher for twelve weeks in our Letterkenny Training Centre.Christopher, who is originally from Wexford, was up against 38 competitors in his category and we couldn’t be more proud of Christopher and Cathal. It was the 45th WorldSkills competition which saw 1,354 competitors from 63 countries and regions competing in 56 skill areas – with Ireland ranked tenth in the world for skills.Seventeen young Irish craftspeople and apprentices flew out to compete in the major competition.Delight for Donegal student at WorldSkills championships in Russia was last modified: August 30th, 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)last_img read more

first_img(Visited 48 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 It takes more to turn a dinosaur into a bird than changing arm and leg ratios and reducing body size.The summary of an article on Science Daily foretells what it will try to explain:The key characteristics of birds which allow them to fly — their wings and their small size — arose much earlier than previously thought, according to new research that examined closely the Paraves, the first birds, and their closest dinosaurian relatives which lived 160 to 120 million years ago. Researchers investigated the rates of evolution of the two key characteristics that preceded flight: body size and forelimb length. In order to fly, hulking meat-eating dinosaurs had to shrink in size and grow much longer arms to support their feathered wings.The article promised “New insights into origin of birds” by focusing on “key characteristics that preceded flight: Body size, forelimb length.”  A little reflection makes it clear, though, that smaller size and shrinkage of forelimbs is not going to help a dinosaur caught falling out of a tree or running along the ground, assuming the two leading theories about the origin of flight (arboreal vs. cursorial).  A small rock with long arms drops at the same rate as a large rock with short arms.Mark Puttick and his team from the Universities of Sheffield and Bristol could say that these “key characteristics” are prerequisites only – not that they are explaining flight itself.  Nevertheless, flight is a major theme in their statements.  It’s what they aim to explain.“We were really surprised to discover that the key size shifts happened at the same time, at the origin of Paraves,” said Mr Puttick of Bristol’s School of Earth Sciences. “This was at least 20 million years before the first bird, the famous Archaeopteryx, and it shows that flight in birds arose through several evolutionary steps.”What did their research consist of?  They “applied new numerical methods that calculate the rate of evolution of different characteristics across a whole evolutionary tree, and identify where bursts of fast evolution occurred.”  Clearly this assumes evolution occurred.  It is useless, therefore, to counter arguments for design, because they assume evolution to “prove” evolution.  Even so, there are contradictions within the evolutionary scenario.   For one, different traits helpful for flight “evolved” at different rates.  For another, they have to account for certain dinosaurs surviving with long arms and stubby legs for 20 million years, without being able to use them for flight.  It would seem those ungainly limb ratios would hinder survival on the ground with other fast-running theropods able to outrun and outcompete them.  Evolutionary theory prohibits traits emerging with the goal of using them for flying millions of years later.  Each variation has to have immediate survival value.Without details, the article claims “a whole group of dozens of little dinosaurs were lightweight and had wings of one sort or another” that were “gliders or parachutists, spreading their feathered wings, but not flapping them.”  How they could know that is curious, since they weren’t there as Jurassic birdwatchers.  It would be necessary to know if these “dinosaurs” were secondarily flightless birds.  More importantly, powered flight with flapping wings and all the accessory equipment is far different from gliding behavior, requiring new flight muscles (pectoralis and supracoracoideus) as well as related ligaments, nerves, and brain hardware and software to operate them.Puttick’s paper in Evolution (co-authored with Gavin Thomas and Michael Benton) is entitled, “High Rates of Evolution Preceded the Origin of Birds.”  The paper seems to focus on body size alone as the determining factor: “The high evolutionary rates arose primarily from a reduction in body size, as there were no increased rates of forelimb evolution.”  The Aves class was unique, they claim, in its ratio of forelimb length to body size.  “Traits associated with Aves evolved before their origin, at high rates,” they say – without accounting for how or why evolutionary rates should be high or low, nor why they should evolve before flying birds appeared.  All their thinking depends, furthermore, on believing the evolutionary dates and the evolutionary trees.The beautiful Illustra documentary Flight: The Genius of Birds gives a much more elegant and satisfying explanation for flight, because it doesn’t gloss over the details, but accounts for all the traits needed for powered flight: efficient one-way lungs, efficient digestive and excretory systems, the beautifully engineered flight muscles that provide a compact center of gravity, the hollow bones, the navigation systems, the sensory components (able not only to see details from the air but to sense the magnetic field), the exquisite design of feathers, and the behaviors that allow birds to take advantage of air currents, including the lift from other birds in formation flight (1/16/14).  The integrated systems that allow an eagle to pick a fish out of a lake, a hummingbird (12/05/13) to hover in mid-air sucking its food out of a flower with a specialized nectar-trapping tongue, or a snowy egret with its large, elegant wings to fly between tree limbs without hitting them, are explained by appealing to what we know in our universal experience about complex functional systems.  Intelligent design is a known “vera causa” (true cause) that can account for the observations.Evolution, by contrast, comes up empty looking for a true cause for flight (7/30/13).  Never do we see blind, unguided processes leading to complex functional systems with integrated parts contributing to the overall design goal.  Intelligent design is, therefore, the best scientific explanation in contrast to the storytelling from the Darwin camp (9/30/13).  The Tweety Rex fable looks downright silly by comparison.  With its high perhapsimaybecouldness index, its stretchable rates of evolution (a clear ad hoc theory rescue device), and its copious use of magic words (emerged, arose, developed, appeared), it reduces to “birds evolved because they evolved.”  If the public were allowed to hear the two explanations side by side, there would be no contest.  Darwin’s flightless DODO birds would go running out of the auditorium in shame.last_img read more

first_img21 February 2006The University of Venda in Limpopo province has opened a Tshivenda Language Research and Development Centre to promote reading and writing of the language.The centre will also reach out to communities through literacy training and basic language courses, as well as the documenting of folktales, legends and idioms.The facility, a project of the national and provincial departments of arts and culture in partnership with the university, was opened by Limpopo Sports, Arts and Culture MEC Joe Maswanganyi on Monday.Centre manager Professor Mbulaheni Musehane said the centre would play an important role in education and would ensure access to vital services and information for personal development and artistic expression.He said the Tshivenda centre would cooperate on vital language projects with language centres in other institutions around the country to advance multilingualism in South Africa.“The objective is to put particular focus on previously neglected languages, assigning them a central role in the implementation of the country’s multilingual policy,” Musehane said.Source: BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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