News May 27, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Minister bans new radio station from starting up May 19, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News CameroonAfrica RSF_en Help by sharing this information CameroonAfrica Organisation to go further News Case against Amadou Vamoulké baseless, French lawyers tell Cameroon court Cameroonian journalist Paul Chouta sentenced and fined in defamation case Follow the news on Cameroon News May 31, 2021 Find out more Cameroonian reporter jailed since August, abandoned by justice system Reporters Without Borders today denounced as a “serious attack on press freedom” the Cameroon government’s closing of a new radio station on 23 May a day before it was due to go on the air.Police surrounded the offices in Douala of the privately-owned station, Freedom FM, and closed it on the orders of communications minister Jacques Fame Ndongo, who said it did not have permission to broadcast.”This uncalled-for measure is also a severe blow to news diversity in Cameroon,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard in a letter to the minister. “The government knew perfectly well how important the station was since most Cameroonians listen to radio stations to find out what’s going on. The closure was just an attempt to stop people getting a balanced view of President Paul Biya’s record in the run-up to next year’s presidential elections.”Reporters Without Borders has already expressed concern at the government’s closure on 19 February of two privately-owned TV stations, RTA and Canal 2. Independent broadcasting media are officially allowed but are forced to operate illegally since the authorities do not respond to licence requests. The press freedom organisation called on the government to legalise all the broadcast media and especially allow Freedom FM to operate.Minister Ndongo said in a statement that the closure of Freedom FM had, “in accordance with the rules, put an end to a flagrant and obvious example of illegal broadcasting.” He claimed the station had never applied for a licence, but the station’s agent, Pius Njawe, who is head of the Le Messager media group, told Reporters Without Borders that he had. “It’s a lie. We completed all the formalities. The ministry even sent technicians to inspect our equipment,” he said. April 23, 2021 Find out more
Grants are now available to support projects focused on Lake Champlain through the Lake Champlain and Tributaries Restoration Fund and the South Lake Champlain Fund, both housed at the Vermont Community Foundation.The Lake Champlain and Tributaries Restoration Fund was established by Central Vermont Public Service (CVPS) in 2009 as part of a comprehensive settlement agreement with the Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) for the Lamoille River, Carver Falls, and Silver Lake Hydroelectric Projects. CVPS contributed $500,000 to the fund.Matching funds are required, and grants will be awarded for new initiatives, one-time special projects, or continuing funding for outstanding, existing programs that address one or more of the following purposes:· Protect, restore, and enhance the ecosystem integrity and ecological connectivity of the community of aquatic life in the Lake Champlain ecosystem and its tributaries.· Protect, restore, and enhance lake sturgeon and their habitats in the Lake Champlain basin and its tributaries.· Restore a self-sustaining land-locked Atlantic salmon population in Lake Champlain through habitat restoration and fish monitoring programs.· Protect the riparian zones along Lake Champlain tributaries for the benefit of the ecological and recreational resources through the purchase of land easements.The Lake Champlain and Tributaries Restoration Fund will award grants totaling approximately $50,000 this year. Applications must be emailed or postmarked on or before December 2, 2011 and applicants will be notified of decisions by December 23, 2011.Established in 1989, the South Lake Champlain Fund makes grants that support research and education and help effect positive environmental impact on the southern portion of Lake Champlain, defined as that area of Lake Champlain south of Crown Point. The fund also has a goal of supporting projects that involve experts and other people who live in the southern Lake Champlain region. Typically, three to nine grants are awarded each year’one to three grants range from $5,000 to $10,000 and the remaining grants range from $1,000 to $3,000. Matching funds are encouraged, but not required. Applications must be postmarked by December 1, 2011 and grant decisions will be made by February 28, 2012.Please visit www.vermontcf.org/apply-grants(link is external) for detailed information and an application for these two grant programs. Those interested may also contact Ryan Torres at [email protected](link sends e-mail) or 802-388-3355 x289 for more information. The Vermont Community Foundation has been helping donors give to the causes and organizations they care about since 1986. It is Vermont’s largest homegrown grantmaker. Together, its family of over 600 funds provides more than $10 million in grants per year. In addition, it helps keep Vermont’s nonprofit community vital by offering endowment management and planned giving services, and providing leadership in charitable giving of all kinds. Visit www.vermontcf.org(link is external) or call 802-388-3355 for more information.
If any game could define the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team’s season so far, it would be the Badgers’ 66-63 loss to Northwestern at Welsh-Ryan Arena last Saturday.They fought back, led the game for most of the second half but were once again unable to close out the contest, leaving them disheveled for the sixth straight game. This time, though, the loss came against a team the Badgers beat by 29 points earlier in the season.When the Badgers shut down Northwestern’s leading scorer Kevin Coble, Wildcats’ guard Craig Moore goes off for 26 points on 7-for-11 shooting.While Jason Bohannon and Jon Leuer are breaking out of their shooting slumps, Trevon Hughes shoots 3-for-10 and only sinks one of his six 3-point attempts.Whatever the scenario, the results are the same. When Bo Ryan’s squad can’t all click on the same night, it won’t win.With this team especially, a complete team effort is essential for the Badgers to win. They don’t have the luxury of the size advantage of Brian Butch and Greg Stiemsma, and they don’t have the developed talent of an Alando Tucker or Devin Harris.Simply put, with Butch, Stiemsma and Michael Flowers gone, Ryan faces one of the toughest challenges he ever has as a head coach.When one thing goes right, another seems to go wrong. One game after Joe Krabbenhoft scores 16 points, he comes back with two.Oh, and then there’s that “clutch” factor the Badgers just can’t seem to find.In every game during the losing streak — aside from their first loss against Purdue — the Badgers have had a chance to get back into the game and even get a win. But whether it be Trevon Hughes’ wild shots, Jordan Taylor’s in-and-out runner in the lane against the Boilermakers or just a sheer lack of confidence, the Badgers just haven’t been able to get the job done.Speaking of confidence, look at the Badgers’ last game, for example.Sophomore guard/forward Tim Jarmusz, who already hit two 3-pointers earlier in the game against Northwestern, opted to pass up a wide-open shot behind the arc that would have tied the game. Instead, he found Marcus Landry under the hoop for a layup that cut the Wildcat’s lead to one point with less than 20 seconds left.I’m not saying it was a bad decision; it was just not a confident one. A year ago, if Flowers or Butch got the ball at the top of the key and had a wide-open 3-pointer, they would have taken it. We saw it last season against Texas and Indiana, and the Badgers came away from both of those games with wins.Now, without a game-changing player, the Badgers are sitting with a six-game losing streak and wondering what they can do to get back on track. Maybe they are even thinking about possibly missing the NCAA Tournament for the first time in Ryan’s eight seasons as head coach at UW.“I’d say there’s a sense of urgency, but we’ve still got 10 conference games to play,” Taylor said before the loss at Northwestern. “We can make a run here and we’ll be fine. …We’ve got good players and great coaching, so it’s something we’ll get through.”After losing to another unranked opponent in Northwestern, maybe it is time for Taylor and the men’s basketball team to start playing with a sense of urgency, not just talking about it.The Badgers won’t be able to succeed unless every player on the team gains some confidence that has been lacking during the six-game skid. Maybe now that Bohannon and Leuer broke out of their slumps, other players will follow suit and begin to take — and make — their open looks.If they don’t, this streak — like an Energizer battery — will keep going and going.Jonah is a sophomore majoring in journalism and Hebrew and Semitic studies. Think the Badgers have a lack of confidence? How long will this losing streak last? E-mail him your thoughts at [email protected]
Paulo Sousa has broken his silence about the difficulties he faced during his time at QPR.The Daily Mail include an interview with the former Portugal star in which he says the documentary ‘The Four Year Plan’ proves his job at Loftus Road was impossible.Sousa said: “I think people could see for themselves what was going on. It was as it appeared to be. And that made it impossible for any manager or coach to be successful.“I remain convinced that I would have achieved things with that club if I had been allowed to operate how I wanted.”Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola will snub any offer to become Chelsea manager, according to The Sun.It is claimed that Guardiola has told those close to him he is not interested in a move to Stamford Bridge — despite the Spaniard stalling over a new two-year contract at Barcelona.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Could this new low-e coating solve the “melted vinyl siding” problem?Many current low-e coatings are applied to glass in a chemical deposition process, Ahrens says, and typically contain layers of silver alternating with other materials. But reflected heat from the sun can scorch lawns and soften vinyl siding, and silver is an expensive, limited resource. Aherns says the low-e coating currently in development would use “transparent conducting oxides” of tin instead, which would absorb infrared radiation rather than reflect it like current coatings.CSD Nano also is hoping to develop a low-temperature process for applying a low-e coating to Plexiglas, which is not possible with current application methods.Oregon BEST, which announced the grant award, says the coating is being developed by researchers at Oregon State University’s Oregon Process Innovation Center for Sustainable Solar Cell Manufacturing, and that once developed, CSD Nano would apply it to glass samples that could be analyzed.Ahrens says the project could have a coating ready for the market in about a year. “It needs a lot of work,” he says. “The grant is to turn this very preliminary data into reality.” Public and private researchers in Oregon have been awarded a $150,000 grant to continue work on a new coating process for architectural glass that would reflect infrared radiation without blocking as much visible light as current coatings.Researchers say the combination of an anti-reflective coating that boosts light transmittance with a new type of low-e coating would produce solar heat gain coefficients in line with coatings that are currently available but with much better visible light transmittance. In the process, the coating would have the potential to save millions of dollars by lowering the demand for electric lighting.The anti-reflective coating is in “advanced development,” says Paul Ahrens, CEO of CSD Nano in Corvallis, Oregon.“It’s relatively straightforward to make a film that blocks the [infrared radiation] and has a good solar heat gain coefficient,” Ahrens says. “The problem is that it also ends up blocking visible light, so you’ve sort of defeated the purpose of the window. You might as well have a wall.”In cold climates, low-e coatings help block the escape of radiant energy from the inside through window glass. In sunny climates, coatings can be used to lower a window’s solar heat gain coefficient, helping to keep radiant energy from getting into the house.
So we’ve reached the final day of the X-Blades 18 Years and Under National Championships and it’s going to be another day of dynamic competition. There are only four teams left in the hunt for the Boys’ Championship.Reigning champions Sydney Mets will play Cobras in the first semi-final while QSST will face off against Central Queensland on the other side of the draw. Mets will take a mental advantage into their match, having already disposed of Cobras 8-4 on Thursday, but the Cobras boys led by the impressive Rhys Jacks and Oscar Sanft will be steeled for a battle to the end. QSST will be hunting for their first finals appearance in a few years when they go toe to toe with the form team of the 2007 tournament Central Queensland.In the Girls’ Championship race gutsy performances by Queensland franchises Sharks and Cobras earned them a place in the final four. Cobras, led by Australian 20 Years gun Sam Hopkin, upset a powerhouse Suns team 4-3 while Sharks easily disposed of the higher-placed NSWCCC 8-2 who will be disappointed with their meek surrender after promising so much in their narrow loss to QSST yesterday afternoon.Sharkies will battle QSST and Cobras will face NSWCHS in the semis. The Boys’ Shield semi-finals will see more hotly contested matches. Northern Eagles will be disappointed at missing out on the Championship finals. The home-town heroes will be desperate to progress through to the Shield grand final but they will first have to overcome Sunshine Coast. Sharks and Suns are the other two teams left in the battle to claim the boys’ Shield. In the girls’ division Central Queensland earned itself a position in the final four with a 6-5 drop-off win over Northern Eagles last night. CQ will meet Sunshine Coast for a place in the Shield grand final. Whoever makes it through will come up against the winner of NSWCIS and Hunter Hornets.The boys’ Plate finals will also be contested tomorrow. Rebels and Tasmania will square off for one grand final berth while Scorpions and Northern Territory will clash for the other. It is an all-foreign battle for the girls’ Plate. ACT and TouchWest will play in the first semi while Tasmania and Northern Territory will meet in the second. The girls’ grand final is scheduled for 2.15pm. The boys will play off at 3.15pm. Every team competing in the X-Blades National 18 Years and Under Championships still has something to play for. Who will finish champions? We will know by the end of today. 8.00amGirls’ Shield SF1 Sunshine Coast v CQGirls’ Shield SF2 NSWCIS v HornetsGirls’ Plate SF1 ACT v TouchWestGirls’ Plate SF2 Tasmania v Northern TerritoryBoys’ Plate SF2 Rebels v Tasmania9.00amGirls’ Champ SF1 QSST v SharksGirls’ Champ SF2 NSWCHS v CobrasBoys’ Shield SF1 Northern Eagles v Sunshine CoastBoys’ Shield SF2 Sharks v SunsBoys’ Plate SF1 Scorpions v Northern Territory10.00amBoys’ Champ SF1 Mets v CobrasBoys’ Champ SF2 QSST v CQBoys’ P/O 7/8 NSWCCC v HornetsBoys’ P/O 13/14 TouchWest v NSWCISGirls’ P/O 13/14 Rebels v Eagles11.00amBoys’ P/O 5/6 ACT v NSWCHSGirls’ P/O 5/6 Suns v NSWCCCGirls’ P/O 7/8 Mets v ScorpionsGirls’ P/O 11/12 L/S/SF1 v L/S/SF2Girls’ P/O 17/18 L/P/SF1 v L/P/SF2 12.00pmGirls’ Shield Final W/S/SF1 v W/S/SF2 (Determines 9th and 10th)Girls’ Plate Final W/P/SF1 v W/P/SF2 (Determines 15th and 16th)Boys’ P/O 11/12 L/S/SF1 v L/S/SF2Boys’ P/O 17/18 L/P/SF1 v L/P/SF2 1.00pmBoys’ P/O 3/4 L SF1 v L SF2Girls’ P/O 3/4 L SF1 v L SF2Boys’ Shield Final W/S/SF1 v W/S/SF2 (Determines 9th and 10th)Boys’ Plate Final W/P/SF1 v W/P/SF2 (Determines 15th and 16th) 2.15pmGirls’ Final W/SF1 v W/SF23.15pmBoys’ Final W/SF1 v W/SF2
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppClearing the air again about rumors surrounding the work on the Providenciales airport that it has fall short of funds to the get the job done, CEO of the Airports Authority, John Smith told media that work on the country’s main air gateway is right on schedule and on budget. The work which is estimated at $10 million is expected to expand the airport almost 2 times its original size, stretching it from 51, 000sq. ft to 91,000sq.ft. The expansion is announced for completion by Winter 2014.