Esteemed Members of the Press Union of LiberiaVeteran members of the Press Union of LiberiaSurviving Organizers of the Press Union of LiberiaCompatriots in the march for a better LiberiaMy fellow citizensLadies and GentlemenToday had promised to be a very exciting date on the calendar of the Press Union of Liberia – 50 years on the struggle to ensure a free and responsible media landscape – 50 years of standing up to power, demanding and insisting upon the right to freely express ourselves, in so far as this expression was not tearing down bridges and creating division.Unfortunately, the difficult and cruel army of the ebola virus disease has restricted our desire to celebrate this day, given the wily disruption it has posed in our country and the sub-region.Further on the account of the ebola situation, all aspects of Liberian life have gradually ground to a halt. Schools are no longer open – children are lazying home; non-essential staff – whether from government service, NGOs, factories or other work places – have been ordered to stay away from work; Hospitals are operating at less than a quarter of their potentials, restoring such previously ignored diseases as mainline killers. In other instances, basic health services no longer run, and people are living until they die. Now in our country, the most significant activity that keeps working is the search for food – to survive.In the few instances where some work is going on, the preoccupation is on addressing the ebola situation. Today, every newspaper story has an ebola angle and every development grant is now directed at ebola.Now, given the gravity of the ebola situation and the risks involved with holding a normal celebration, the Press Union of Liberia has dedicated the observance of its 50th Anniversary to a nationwide Media Ebola Awareness Day.While we are joining the rest of the people of Liberia in talking about the gravity of the ebola situation, we also like to pay tribute to the men and women who, on this day in 1964, set forth the challenge to organize a body to protect the rights of journalists in this country, coordinate space for a free, independent and impartial media in Liberia, and at the same time chart their role in the development of the Liberian state, especially towards ensuring freedom of speech, the actualization of democracy and ensuring a guarantee of freedom, justice, equality and development in our country.The task set forth by those our compatriots have today bloomed into a most respectable organization – which cannot be ignored in anything good that has come out of Liberia.While our notes will continuously refer to E. Reginald Townsend, Henry B. Cole, Chauncey Cooper, Aston King and J. Persey Gumel, I nonetheless like to reference Tuan Wreh, who would go on to become a professor of law, but especially because he has provided for Liberian journalism students one academic text that provides a clearer idea of what journalism was in the days the Press Union of Liberia was organized. I also noted the longevity of James E Dennis, who has survived his contemporaries, and has given us the opportunity to think of the men who led the struggle.I also like to recognize Kenneth Y. Best, who has remained in the newsroom, even at the ripe age of 75.I wouldn’t forget T Nelson Williams, Sr., who led the organization of the Department of Mass Communications at the University of Liberia, providing for once an opportunity for Liberian journalists to gain academic qualifications here at home.But among all, our hero remains Stanton A. Peabody, who had the audacity to describe members of the House of Representatives in the best disposition of his thoughts, risking contempt and jail, raising the conviction of Liberian journalists to hold together and resist intolerance and alarm that speech must for once be free, especially within the realm of public service.Regrettably, despite a revolutionary coup in 1980, a new democracy-based constitution in 1985, despite ravaging wars that reorganized the entire state in 1990 and again in 2003, the very contempt of 1964 remains ridiculously unclarified in 2014.This simply says that the purpose of the Press Union of Liberia is just as relevant today (perhaps more) as it was 50 years ago.Across these years, the work of the Liberian media – now away from just newspapers and radio as in 1964 – has become even more challenged.The rights to freely speak, think and write – as guaranteed by the constitution have often been suppressed by various methods. At one point it was fancy to lock journalists up. As sensitivity grew and there is now the resort to court of laws to prevent that, other measures grew. Those have included shutting down, burning and in some instances torture and death.In more recent years, printing establishments were warned against printing certain papers, and as more papers have metamorphosed to owning printing presses, multiple, crime-based lawsuits are cropping up, with intent to shut down media houses.In still other cases, media houses have been shut down on claims of hate crimes, and at times just short of seditionIn all of these, our observation is that governments – in and out – have simply not come to grips with the reality that none can stop others from disagreeing in words, unless they have the capacity to stop others from thinking. Because the latter is impossible, efforts to prevent people from disagreeing is but a failed venture that only contributes to the evolution of conflict in our society.Ladies and Gentlemen:Given that we have dedicated our 50th Anniversary to the fight against ebola, we are keen not to get involved with rhetoric that will take over the recognition we are giving to the fight. Nonetheless, it is fair to note that the fight against ebola can only succeed when the various parties are confident that we are all in it together. That means, principles are standard and do not sway from case to case.We have a situation here, where all ebola deaths are buried en masse, and then burnt. Note is taken of the Ugandan Doctor from Redemption Hospital and the Catholic Priest. In the future – perhaps with better knowledge – some deaths are allowed special burial rites.At one point, all unexplained deaths will be treated as ebola deaths. A lot of loved ones were allowed to be carried away by a burial, then a burning team. At some point, the ratio changed, and the death certificates began. With deaths extending into the families of lost ones, an alarm has sounded.While crying aloud about denial and traditional practices, and telling all relatives and friends to accept the ebola reality, a new row has come forth when deaths in high quarters are cited to be ebola.There must be one standard that will instead get appreciation from all. Otherwise, those who have also doubted the circumstances of ebola in the first place will always have reason to maintain their doubts.On the other hand, the ebola situation has brought more challenge to the role of the media in reporting occurrences in our society. The state of emergency and yet unexplained restrictions introduces a tricky situation for a battle that must be fought inclusively. While media has pledged to work along in providing public education, the yet unknown keeps media in a position of fear, not sure of what happens next.In all of these, the Press Union has become a victim, observing 50 years of existence with a closure of a fearless newspaper outside of due process. As difficult as we find this, we still look forward in confidence to a High Court ruling on a number of constitutional issues that will effectively open up the space for freedom and justice for journalists and others in the wider Liberian society.So, as we arrange the 50th anniversary, our admonition is for journalists to strengthen their drive into making their journalism one that tells the entire Liberian story in a factual and inclusive manner. Our admonition is for journalists to take the greater responsibility of making their journalism enviable, stepping up to the challenge to ensure opportunities for all.On the other hand, after 50 years, and after a number of transformation in Liberia, it is time that the government – including the legislature, the judiciary and of course the executive – take additional efforts to tolerate dissent and disagreement. This is the purpose of journalism, and of democracy and human rights. Appreciation of free expression is more of the issues and expressions that one find especially offensive. The wider the diversity in our thought and speech, the better we can work together to find a common ground.We will continue working to improve the quality of journalism in Liberia; We will continue with our self-regulatory mechanism to show greater accountability by Liberian journalists to their audience, but we demand that going beyond fifty years – there must be increased opportunities to make journalism the pivot of our democracy, our governance system and stretching out accountability in Liberian society.Our disagreement with journalists should not be expressed through the power we wield, to the extent of violating rights and ignoring guarantees of freedom and accountability.Thank You!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
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“The Dawson Creek Curling Rink has been testing at zero ammonia since the brine was neutralized last week… the Memorial Arena, however, has now had two successive ammonia positive test of increasing severity, showing there is definitely a leak in the Memorial Arena chiller,” a press release from the City of Dawson Creek reads.As a result of the ongoing ammonia detection, council is looking into the details surrounding a transition to the Encana Event Centre, and is discussing options with arena users tonight.“Through this entire process, the safety of the public has been the first priority and will continue to be,” the city goes on to write. “Council has authorized a significant extra expense for 2015 to take advantage of the availability of an alternative at Encana, and provide the bet possible ice availability for hockey, speed skating, figure skating, and public skating.”- Advertisement -Moving forward, council is hiring a “certified contractor” to drain and remove ammonia inside the chiller.“Once the ammonia is gone, the brine will again be neutralized,” the release goes on to read. “A contractor will then complete the necessary investigation on the compressor, condenser, brine lines and pad condition, as well as the chiller to determine the cause of the leak, and advise of the necessary repairs/replacements.”Following tonight’s meeting with arena users, council will make decisions about “what expenditures are rational going forward.”Advertisement The Dawson Creek Curling Rink is expected to reopen on Thursday December 4, subject to B.C. Safety Authority approval.
0Shares0000Germany striker Mario Gomez reacts after the defending champions were eliminated from the World CupKAZAN, Russia, Jun 25- Germany have been eliminated from a World Cup in the first round for the first time since the Second World War, as the holders are knocked out in the group stage for the fourth time this century.Leaving aside Uruguay — who won the inaugural World Cup in 1930 before not travelling to Italy for the 1934 edition — it is the sixth time in the history of the competition that the reigning champions have failed to make it past the first hurdle. AFP Sport looks back at the previous sides to fall victim to the champions curse:– Italy 1950 –Italy had won back-to-back World Cups before the Second World War got in the way, and much had changed by the time the 1950 tournament came around in Brazil.Their team also opted to travel across the Atlantic by boat after several Italian internationals were killed in the Superga air disaster of May 1949 that decimated the great Torino side of the time.Out of shape after the long journey by sea, the Italians played just two matches, losing 3-2 to Sweden before beating Paraguay 2-0. Sweden topped the group, and Italy went home.– Brazil 1966 –Pele’s great Brazil side rocked up in England having won the previous two World Cups. They would win the 1970 trophy too, but 1966 was a disaster.Pele and Garrincha scored to secure a 2-0 win over Bulgaria at Everton’s Goodison Park home in their opening game. However, Bulgaria’s rough treatment of Pele forced him to miss their next match, a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Hungary.O Rei’ returned for their decisive last group outing against Eusebio’s Portugal, but was the victim of another meaty tackle and was forced to limp his way through the remainder of the match as Brazil lost 3-1 again to go out.– France 2002 –France came to the World Cup in Japan and South Korea with a wonderful side that had won the trophy on home soil in 1998 and then won the European Championship in 2000.However, nothing went right for Les Bleus as they went home with their tails between their legs having failed to score a goal never mind win a game.Zinedine Zidane was missing due to injury as France were stunned 1-0 by Senegal in their first game, and they followed that with a 0-0 draw against Uruguay, as Thierry Henry was sent off.Zidane was back in time for their last group outing, but could not prevent a 2-0 loss at the hands of Denmark that had them heading home after the worst trophy defence in tournament history.– Italy 2010 –After the miracle of 2006, when the Azzurri won the trophy in Germany despite the chaos being caused in their domestic game by the Calciopoli scandal, 2010 in South Africa was a spectacular disaster for the Italians.The presence of veterans like Gianluigi Buffon and Fabio Cannavaro and that of Marcello Lippi on the bench could not prevent Italy from being humbled in the group stage as they failed to win any of their matches.After having to come from behind to draw with Paraguay and New Zealand, Italy’s fate was sealed as they suffered a humiliating 3-2 loss at the hands of Slovakia, who advanced at their expense.– Spain 2014 –The curse of the champions struck again four years ago in Brazil, as Spain’s all-conquering side were stopped in their tracks.Vicente del Bosque’s team arrived in South America having won three consecutive major tournaments between 2008 and 2012, but this proved a step too far for a side lacking the hunger of old.They knew they were going home after just two matches of a disastrous trophy defence, as a 5-1 humbling at the hands of the Netherlands was followed by a 2-0 defeat against Chile at the Maracana.It was the end of an era for the likes of Iker Casillas, Xavi Hernandez and Xabi Alonso. A 3-0 win over Australia in their last game was scant consolation.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
1 Juan Cuadrado Chelsea are considering adding Mohamed Salah to a deal for Fiorentina star Juan Cuadrado, according to reports in Italy.talkSPORT told you yesterday how Manchester United had joined the running for the Colombia international by proposing to swap Adnan Januzaj as part of the transfer.And now, according to Sport Italia, Chelsea are following the lead of their Premier League rivals by offering Salah plus cash for Cuadrado’s services.Both Chelsea and Manchester United have reportedly baulked at the 26-year-old’s release-clause of £26m, an amount which also put Barcelona off a bid in the summer.As a result the Premier League pair are hoping to slash the asking price and complete the deal by using a player as a make-weight.Fiorentina are said to still prefer a straight cash deal for their star winger.
If confirmed, it would be the latest high-profile transfer to the Japanese league, after Spanish World Cup winner Andres Iniesta and German striker Lukas Podolski joined Vissel Kobe.Iniesta’s World Cup winning teammate Fernando Torres is also playing at J-League rival Sagan Tosu.The Sports Nippon daily said there was a “rapidly emerging” chance of Robben playing in Japan next season.“Robben’s family, who are believed to have a big say (in his decision), seem positive about coming to Japan,” it said.“Several Japanese clubs are interested but FC Tokyo are close to clinching his signature,” the paper quoted anonymous sources as saying.A spokesperson for the club declined to comment when contacted by AFP.The 35-year-old, in his prime considered one of the world’s best wingers, told German football magazine Kicker last month he had no plans beyond the end of this season.“That’s not entirely clear, perhaps I will stop playing — it’s about waiting and seeing what possibilities there are,” he said.“If offers come in, I’ll really consider them 100 percent and if it’s something nice, I’ll play on, but if no ideal offers come, then that could be it.“I have three children and they also must be happy… The family plays a very important role in every decision of mine.”After spells at Chelsea and Real Madrid, Robben joined Bayern in 2009 and spent nearly a decade with the Bavarian giants. His winning goal in the 2013 Champions League final at Wembley sealed a 2-1 victory over Borussia Dortmund.The fleet-footed, injury-prone veteran has won 19 trophies with Bayern and was named Bundesliga player of the year after his first season in Germany.FC Tokyo finished sixth in the J-League last year.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Robben mulling Tokyo move after Bayern exit: reportsTOKYO, Japan, Jan 29 – Superstar Dutch winger Arjen Robben is lining up a move to J-League outfit FC Tokyo after he leaves Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich, local media reported on Tuesday.The 35-year-old has already confirmed he is leaving Bayern at the end of the season after a glittering career that saw him win seven Bundesliga titles and nearly 100 caps for the Netherlands.
Monahan scored seven of her game-high 23 points during the run. In the third quarter, she and Kierra Collier, who made her Drake debut after sitting out last year, combined to score five-straight baskets for the Bulldogs over a three-and-a-half-minute stretch to begin the third quarter. Monahan collected a defensive rebound and went coast-to-coast for an and-one layup to give Drake a 30-28 lead with 4:47 remaining in the second quarter. It was the beginning of a 17-2 run to close the half that gave the Bulldogs the lead for good. Next Game: DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s basketball team opened its exhibition schedule with a 92-59 win over the Central Missouri Jennies on Tuesday, Oct. 29 night at the Knapp Center. Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats 1350 ESPN Des Moines Drake’s zone defense forced Central Missouri into several late-clock situations, the main reason the Jennies were held to 29 percent shooting in the first frame. Rose found Monahan on a baseline out-of-bounds play to begin the fourth quarter, and Monahan hit nothing but net on her corner 3-pointer attempt to extend Drake’s lead to 74-46. Rhine finished with 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting to go along with six rebounds. Full Schedule Roster PDF Box Score Brenni Rose made her presence felt with her passing throughout the night as she finished with a game-best nine assists. She connected with Monahan for layups on consecutive possessions late in the third quarter, and dished another helper for her third assist in just over one minute of play. Listen Live Central Missouri’s outside shots began to fall in the second quarter – the Jennies hit 4-of-6 3-pointers in the period – as it continued to hang around, but Maddie Monahan provided the turning point for the Bulldogs. Simpson (exhibition) 11/3/2019 – 2 PM Becca Hittner jumped out of the gates with five quick points to lift Drake to a 9-4 lead at the first media timeout. Sara Rhine’s turnaround jumper from the baseline to beat the first quarter buzzer gave the Bulldogs a 16-12 lead after the opening 10 minutes. Central Missouri won the Division II national championship in 2018 and features four D-I transfers on its roster. The Jennies showed their pedigree early before the Bulldogs pulled away to cruise to victory. Story Links All 12 Bulldogs that suited up saw action as freshmen Taylor McAulay, Sarah Beth Gueldner, and Maggie Bair carried the Bulldogs through the fourth quarter. Gueldner and McAulay each scored six points while Bair added four points and four rebounds. Drake plays its final exhibition on Sunday against Simpson College at the Knapp Center. Game time will be announced on Thursday. Check www.GoDrakeBulldogs.com and follow @DrakeWBB for the latest news.Print Friendly Version
A new drift analysis of an actual wing part from a Boeing 777 has confirmed the most probable location of missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH 370 is within the proposed new 25,000 sq. km search area recommended by international experts.The finding has increased confidence in previous modelling and strengthened the belief that the wreckage of the plane, which went missing with 239 people on board in 2014, is somewhere close to the seventh arc defined by an analysis of satellite signals and near latitude 35°S.The analysis by a CSIRO research team headed by David Griffin and funded by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau builds on research using replicas designed to mimic a moveable wing panel called a flaperon.A flaperon known to be from MH370 was recovered from La Reunion Island, off the coast of Africa, in July, 2015.In the latest research, the researchers used a genuine right wing B777 flaperon sourced by the US National Transportation Safety Board. The flaperon was cut down to reflect the damage suffered by the MH370 part and make it as close a facsimile as possible.This was necessary because the wood and steel replica flaperons could not be made to float in precisely the same way as the recovered part. Researchers found the real flaperon was not uniformly thick and had slightly different drift characteristics to the facsimiles, moving faster under high winds and with a bias to the left.The researchers repeated drift testing near Hobart and re-ran their model and analysis of simulated trajectories, coming up with results that were more consistent with the actual arrival time and place of the MH370 flaperon.Researchers also looked at where debris was and was not found to narrow down the potential crash site.The drift analysis puts the crash site between latitudes 40°S and 30.5°S. The arrival of other debris exclusively after December, 2015, and the failure to find floating debris of a 40-day aerial search off Western Australia narrows this down to latitudes south of 32°S.The absence of debris on the Australian coast is consistent with a few impact latitudes and the region near 35°S is the only one lining up with other factors.“This new information does not change our earlier estimate of the most probable location of the aircraft,’’ the researchers found. “It does, however, increase our confidence in that estimate, so we are now even more confident that the aircraft is within the new search area identified and recommended in the MH370 First Principles Review.’’Read also: ATSB rejects staff warning claims.A meeting of international experts in Canberra last year identified the 25,000 sq. km area just outside and to the north of the original 120,000 sq km as the most likely site of the crash and recommended it be searched.However, Transport Ministers from Malaysia, China and Australia suspended the search earlier this year after aircraft was not found in the initial search area, saying it would not be resumed unless there was credible new information which could be used to identify the aircraft’s position.They failed to define what they meant by credible new information and the statement was criticised by experts and family members as meaning the governments would not look for the plane unless it had already been found.
Zacuto MarauderThe Zacuto Marauder is a foldable stabilizer designed for DSLR cameras. It includes the Zacuto Gorilla Plate V2, which can be attached at two different points. The handgrip can also be adjusted to five different positions. The rig can be customized to add front rods. The Marauder has a suggested retail of $775, but can often be found for $625. Have a favorite stabilizer that’s not on the list? Let us know what you shoot with in the comments below. These camera stabilizers are perfect for when you’re on the run and only have seconds to capture a shot.Cover Image via RC GeeksThere are times you will need to capture a quick shot without the convenience of a camera crew to support you. For any shooters that do it all themselves, here are some of the best stabilizers to get you in and out of a location in a flash. We are not covering higher-end rigs that require tons of set-up time or multiple users, like the Steadicam, MoVI, or Ronin. Best of all — these rigs can be set up in an instant.DJI OsmoThe DJI Osmo is the newest rig on this list. The stabilizer uses DJI’s X3 camera, which shoots 4K video and has a built-in 3-axis gimbal. You can also upgrade to the DJI X5 camera, which has a micro 4/3 sensor and MFT mount. For users with DJI’s Inspire 1 quadcopter, you can attach the drone’s camera to the Osmo handle.This small stabilizer rig is great for those who have to control all camera settings on their own. You can use the DJI GO App to control the camera settings, and the handle also features a built-in microphone. The system also has custom add ons like a car mount, bike mount, and tripod legs. The Osmo Handle Kit costs $269. The Osmo with X3 camera starts at $649.GlidecamThe handheld Glidecam stabilizer rigs can hold all sorts of cameras. From small camcorders or a camera up to 12 pounds, their line of stabilizers has become very popular among guerrilla filmmakers. You can also upgrade the system to include a body vest for larger shoots. There are multiple professional Glidecam options ranging from $449 – $799. The smaller option for GoPros and phones comes in at $159. Steadicam SoloThe Steadicam Solo has a very similar design to the Glidecam, but it has the ability to be used as a monopod. It supports up to 10 pounds and includes a quick-release mounting plate. You can quickly mount your camera and start shooting in seconds. The Steadicam Solo starts at $499.
Amid loud cheers from hundreds of his fans, Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan on Thursday carried the Olympic torch at Southwark in London, a day before the opening ceremony of the sporting spectacle.The 69-year-old actor in a white track suit covered a 300-metre distance running and walking occasionally and waved at the cheering crowd, as the Olympic Games torch relay entered the 69th day on Thursday.Ahead of his participation in the relay, Bachchan said it was a “proud moment” for him and the country to be invited to carry the Olympic flame.UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and NRI businessman Laxmi Mittal were among others who were part of the relay team on Thursday.”OK!! HERE IT IS : Have been invited by London Olympic Organizing Committee to carry the torch in the relay tomorrow … Honored to be asked to carry the Olympic Torch in London at Southwark around 10:30 AM !! A proud moment for me and country,” Bachchan had tweeted on Wednesday.The 32.7 mile long relay of the Olympic flame on its final leg has participation of legendary personalities from all over the world and all walks of life, including Lawrence Dallaglio, Lewis Moody, Jim Anderson, Phil Packer, Darren Fitzpatrick and Tom Davis.Bachchan is not the only celebrity to lend the Indian touch to the 2012 London Olympics.Music maestro A R Rahman teamed up with his ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ director Danny Boyle to compose a track for the inaugural event.”It’s a track in Punjabi celebrating the Indian influence in the UK. It’s a part of a medley in the Olympics opening ceremony, according to Danny Boyle’s creative wishes!,” Rahman had written on his Facebook page.advertisementIlaiyaraaja’s song is also set to feature in the medley of music tracks to be used in the inaugural programme.
With all the fabulous avatars Priyanka Chopra sports, especially the ones we have seen on her of late, we can’t help but wonder the beauty products that go behind making her look like that. Obviously, no one’s taking away from her good genes, but it would be foolish to not jump around in delight when the Bajirao Mastani actress lets you in on all her favourite beauty products.Also read:Priyanka Chopra: In this dress I feel like an award myself She gave a rather detailed interview to The New York Times that included a roundup of her beauty bag, which would mean, details about her favourite lipstick, her brow pencil, and the likes, are all out in the open.1. MAC lipsticks: Lady Danger, Candy Yum Yum, Ruby Woo, Russian Red, Studded KissMAC Ruby Woo 2. Nars lipstick: Dolce VitaAlso read:Oscars 2016: Priyanka Chopra looks nothing short of stunning in a naked dress3. Lip stains: Laura Mercier4. Eyebrow pencil: Anastasia Beverly HillsAnastasia Beverly Hills Perfect Brow Pencil 5. Mascara: YSL6. Powber blush: Chanel in Rose Ecrin