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Campamentos de música en Alaska crean una comunidad mientras enseñan…

first_img In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Smithfield, NC Participantes de “Bailando con el Espíritu” crearon la banda Beaver Feaver y grabaron un CD llamado Ch’aaraadzaa (que en lengua guichin atabascana significa “estamos bailando”) y que se puede pedir a la Escuela “Cruikshank” en Beaver, Alaska. En la foto aparecen sentados, en un Viejo bote pesquero a orillas del río Yukón, de izquierda a derecha: Cole Williams, Shelby Fisher-Salmon, Jolie Murray, Jordan Billy, Allyson Fisher-Salmon, Shani Fisher-Salmon y Julia Fisher-Salmon. Foto, cortesía de Dancing with the Spirit.[Episcopal News Service] Dicen que la música es un idioma universal. Para la Rda. Belle Mickelson, de la Diócesis de Alaska,  es también un vehículo de restauración y de formación comunitaria.Hace casi dos décadas, ella pasó una noche bebiendo té y tocando música con los ancianos de Galena, una aldea del centro de Alaska en las márgenes del Yukón, luego de haber dirigido allí un taller de 4-H. “Les pregunté, ‘¿cómo andan las cosas en Galena?’ Ellos se sentían muy deprimidos y desalentados debido a todos los suicidios”.El índice de suicidios en Alaska es dos veces mayor que el promedio nacional y es mayor incluso entre los alasqueños nativos. El estado también tiene una de las tasas más altas per cápita en consumo de bebidas alcohólicas.“Pensé … ¿qué pudiera hacer para ayudar?”, recordaba Mickelson. Advirtiendo el impacto positivo que tiene la música en los niños, ella inauguró en Córdova un campamento de música 4-H para niños hace 18 años. “Al cabo de cinco años, supe que todos los lugares deberían tener uno”.“En medio de todos esto, tuve el llamado a hacerme sacerdote, y eso es lo que quería hacer, llevar este programa, esta música, a las aldeas para ayudar a la prevención del suicidio y el consumo de drogas y bebidas alcohólicas”.En más de cinco años que han pasado desde que se graduó del seminario, ha estado dirigiendo campamentos de música en la aldeas nativas de la diócesis a través de un programa llamado Bailando con el Espíritu [Dancing with the Spirit].  Ella pasa la mitad de su tiempo en Córdova, donde trabaja a media jornada en la iglesia episcopal de San Jorge [St. George’s Episcopal Church] y la otra mitad viajando. “Mi parroquia está dirigida básicamente por laicos la mitad del tiempo”.Mientras dirige campamentos de música, Michelson también ayuda a las iglesias locales, presidiendo oficios si no tienen un sacerdote.Mitch Wiehl, participante del campamento musical, Bailando con el Espíritu, toca el violín en Arctic Village, Alaska. Foto, cortesía de Dancing with the Spirit.“Siento, realmente, que tengo dos llamados. El principal es llevar el programa de música a las aldeas”, explica.Donaciones de escuelas, de consejos tribales y de individuos financian Bailando con el Espíritu, que hasta ahora ha llegado a 22 aldeas nativas y ha llevado a cabo campamentos en las principales comunidades alasqueñas de Fairbanks, Anchorage, Córdova y Juneau. En 2008, una subvención de $10,000 del Ministerio Nativoamericano/Indígena de la Iglesia Episcopal y otra de $20.000 de la Sociedad Diaconisa Luterana [Lutheran Deaconess Society] ayudaron a expandir el alcance del programa.Una subvención de $10,000 de la Alianza Nacional Misionera de la Iglesia Episcopal en 2011 le permitió al programa asociarse con el distrito escolar de Yukon Flats y ofrecer un retiro de guitarra góspel junto con un torneo distrital de volibol. “En verdad me gusta la idea de que fuéramos la banda de animación del partido de volibol”, dijo Mickelson.Más de 100 niños y adolescentes siguen asistiendo al campamento original 4-H cada verano,  con muchas familias que vienen de fuera y pasan el verano en Córdova. Los niños de 6 a 8 años aprenden cultura y danza hawaiana y a tocar el ukelele. Para los de 8 a 18 hay clases de violín y guitarra. “Es fundamentalmente bluegrass y [música] tradicional, pero hay un par de bandas de rock and roll todos los años también”, añadió ella.San Jorge trabaja también con las iglesias católica y bautista de la comunidad para ofrecer un campamento de familias con música góspel, al cual asistieron 65 niños este verano. El costo es de $50, con la posibilidad de becas. “Si no tienes los $50, puedes pagar lo que quieras”, dijo Mickelson.En los campamentos de Bailando con el Espíritu, los estudiantes toman clases de varios instrumentos, desde guitarra a violín, mandolina, contrabajo y ukelele. Su método de enseñanza usa colores para las cuerdas de los instrumentos. “Cualquier muchacho o muchacha de primaria superior o de la secundaria puede aprender a tocar el violín en una semana porque resulta muy fácil cuando está codificado por colores, y lo mismo con la guitarra”.Los instructores dirigen el campamento durante una semana cada año, pero esperan que sus visitas sean más frecuentes. “Nuestra meta es ir a cada lugar dos o tres veces al año”, señaló ella.Los instructores reciben salario, comida y albergue. A los instructores locales les pagan por hora sus lecciones. “Siempre tenemos al menos dos [maestros], dependiendo del tamaño de la escuela”.Los instructores trabajan con niños de escuela primaria por la mañana, y estudiantes mayores por las tardes. En el fin de semana, los estudiantes actúan en un concierto, usualmente en conjunto con un potlatch o cena en que todos aportan cosas, y que se completa con lecciones de bailes tradicionales y tonadas atabascanas al violín. “Sencillamente celebramos, e intentamos tener un baile comunitario”, explicó Mickelson.Bailando con el Espíritu funciona con músicos y maestros locales y trata de dejar instrumentos en cada escuela de aldea que alberga un campamento. “Nuestra meta es que cada escuela disponga de instrumentos”, añadió.Quieren ver que las personas de la localidad continúen el programa después que ellos se hayan ido, dice ella. “Sé que en muchísimas escuelas, eso es lo que los niños hacen en sus recesos: van y tocan música… Me gustaría ver es a estos músicos locales contratados como auxiliares de los maestros que vayan y trabajen con los niños cuando no estemos allí”.Por lo general la música no es parte del currículo en las escuelas pequeñas, “a menos que dé la casualidad que el maestro sea una persona que sepa de música”.Shelby Fisher-Salmon, es una de los dos estudiantes nativos en la junta de Bailando con el Espíritu, y la única que cursa el último año de secundaria de aproximadamente una docena de estudiantes que asisten a la escuela “Cruikshank” en Beaver, la cual incluye desde kindergarten hasta 12º. Grado, y donde su madre es la directora. Su pueblo natal es rural, una aldea nativa de alrededor de 70 personas a unos 160 kilómetros al norte de Fairbanks.  Ahí se puede llegar por barco, pero la gente usualmente los pequeños aviones Navajo.En Cruikshank, los estudiantes reciben clases de violín y guitarra dos veces por semana a través de una videoconferencia.Fisher-Salmon comenzó a asistir al campamento de Bailando con el Espíritu en su escuela cuando tenía aproximadamente 12 años, y aprendió a tocar la guitarra.“Creo que todo el mundo lo disfruta”, dice ella refiriéndose al campamento. “Cuando Belle viene… usualmente toda la escuela participa”.Bailando con el Espíritu y su misión de edificar la comunidad a través de las lecciones de música para los niños se ha extendido mucho más allá de la diócesis.Un grupo de estudiantes del campamento de verano de Córdova creó una banda, los Bearfoot Bluegrass, que “ha tenido más éxito de todo lo que habríamos soñado”, dijo Mickelson. Fundada en 1999, la banda ganó el Telluride, el certamen de bandas de bluegrass  de Colorado, en 2001. En la actualidad sigue actuando y dirigiendo talleres en toda la nación con el nombre de Bearfoot.La directora del campamento de Córdova, Kate Hamre, de 27 años, tocó en la banda de 1999 a 2010, en la que empezó a los 14 años. Ella dirige un programa con sede en Anchorage que se llama Campamentos de Bluegrass para Niños [Bluegrass Camps for Kids] que enseña música a unos 300 a 350 niños  al año en ocho a 10 campamentos en Alaska y en otras partes del país, incluido Hawái. Ella pasa los veranos en su Alaska natal y enseña durante el año escolar en una escuela privada de niñas en San Francisco.La primera experiencia de Hamre con un campamento de música se produjo en Anchorage con otro programa, el Campamento de Música de las Artes Populares de Alaska [Alaska Folk Arts Music Camp], dirigido por Mary Schallert y auspiciado por la iglesia episcopal de Santa María [St. Mary’s Episcopal Church]. Luego se enteró del campamento de Córdova y se unió a un grupo de estudiantes que asistía a ambos.“Aprendí violín y guitarra y bajo y todos esos diferentes instrumentos”, dijo ella. Todos los años, ella espera encontrarse con sus amigos y maestros. “Es una estupenda comunidad en la cual crecer”.Ese es el gran beneficio que Bailando con el Espíritu tiene para los niños, apuntaba ella, resaltando que todavía conserva de amigos a personas con las cuales tocó música cuando tenía 8 o 9 años. “Ante todo, brinda un gran sentido de comunidad con los adultos y con tus iguales. Ser músico es sencillamente algo que siempre tendrás”.Hamre percibe también los beneficios académicos. “Muchísimas personas no se dan cuenta de que la música es muy matemática y creativa al mismo tiempo. Usas tanto el lado izquierdo como el derecho del cerebro”.“Yo creo”, dice Mickelson, “que la música y el arte son dos formas en que los niños desarrollan su autoestima, de manera que puedan tener el valor para enfrentarse a las matemáticas y a la ciencia y a todas esas asignaturas”.Y, al igual que Hamre, ella ve los beneficios sociales. “En este momento y en esta era de la electrónica, con demasiada frecuencia los niños están saliendo y entrando en el correo electrónico y en Facebook y en todos esos jueguitos. Con este programa, estén conectados con sus mayores y están conectados unos con otros de una manera realmente positiva”.Si bien el éxito del programa es difícil de medir, ella ve “la alegría que provoca en la comunidad cuando haces esto”, y agrega. “Sólo puedo decirte cuan reparador ha sido, cuando ha habido un suicidio, que vayamos nosotros con nuestra música”.Es una alegría y una reparación que a ella le gustaría llevar aún más lejos.“Imagino esto realmente como un programa mundial” afirma.– Sharon Sheridan es corresponsal de ENS. Traducido por Vicente Echerri. 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Super Rugby 2017 – Quarter Final Highlights

first_imgMonday Jul 24, 2017 Super Rugby 2017 – Quarter Final Highlights The Crusaders will face the Chiefs while the Lions host the Hurricanes in the semi finals of Super Rugby 2017, following a fascinating round of knockout pla this past weekend. The Lions squeaked past the Sharks, but will now be in a repeat of last year’s final.  SEMI FINALS: Crusaders vs Chiefs – ChristchurchLions vs Hurricanes – JohannesburgHighlights of all four matches can be seen belowSTORMERS vs CHIEFSThe Chiefs secured the final semi-final berth when they picked up a 17-11 victory over the Stormers at Newlands in Cape Town.LIONS vs SHARKSA 78th minute long-range penalty from Ruan Combrinck sees the Lions recover to defeat the Sharks 23-21 in their quarter-final match.CRUSADERS vs HIGHLANDERSThe Crusaders advanced to the Super Rugby semi-finals with a 17-0 victory over the Highlanders at AMI Stadium in Christchurch.HURRICANES vs BRUMBIESThe Hurricanes became the first team to reach the Super Rugby semi-finals when they claimed a 35-16 win over the Brumbies in Canberra.credit: sanzaarADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Super Rugby 2017 Related Articles 200 WEEKS AGO Western Force axed from Super Rugby 200 WEEKS AGO Compilation of the best tries in Super Rugby… 201 WEEKS AGO Crusaders beat Lions to claim eighth Super… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyWrinkle Remedy Stuns TV Judges: Forget Surgery, Do This Once DailySmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

European Events extend venue contract with Honourable Artillery Company throughout 2007

first_img European Events, part of the European Group, has extended its partnership with the Honourable Artillery Company with a contract for exclusive rights to the HAC grounds for the Summer and Christmas seasons 2007.The HAC is renowned as a prestigious party venue in The City of London, with over 5 acres of gardens providing facilities for sporting and training events through to large scale corporate receptions, parties, conferences, team building and launch events.The HAC is available for both inside and outside events of between 200 – 3000 guests, and is available for both Summer and Christmas seasons for 2006 and 2007. Advertisement Tagged with: Events  20 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis European Events extend venue contract with Honourable Artillery Company throughout 2007 Howard Lake | 14 June 2006 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

New Pilotlight bursaries available for charity leaders

first_img  254 total views,  4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis19 Main image: Zest, one of the charities to have received Pilotlight support in the past. Tagged with: bursary leadership AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis19 Pilotlight is offering 12 more bursaries for charity leaders this year.Under its charity leader to charity coaching model, which it trialled last year, Pilotlight is offering twelve charity leaders the chance to develop their leadership and coaching skills whilst ‘paying it forward’ to another charity by coaching them to be more effective and sustainable.Funding has been secured for 12 more bursaries this year to enable charity leaders to participate free of charge. Each recipient will work within a team of four senior leaders from public and private sector organisations to advise another charity on everything from finance and governance to helping it to increase its impact.  The process tests leaders’ skills on real time strategic issues: learning that they can then take back to their own organisations.The Pilotlight bursaries are designed for charity CEOs or leaders of major divisions within larger charities wanting to extend and develop their skills beyond their usual environment, and also offer the opportunity for senior, experienced fundraisers to get a broader organisational overview of another charity. Applications open today (11 March) and are expected to close on 7 April. Leaders can register their interest via the Pilotlight site.Last year, the trial programme received many applications from leaders who had previously received coaching from Pilotlight and who wanted to give back to another charity.Pilotlighter Iain Morrison, Chief Executive of Revive MS Support said:“Leadership is about learning and sharing. It is very easy in our sector to become insular but this involvement has reinforced for me the impact and importance of the 3rd sector in delivering needful and professional services. It has been a real joy being involved as a Pilotlighter, it has reminded me again of the significant impact the Pilotlight process has had on the organisation I lead, and the positive effect it has had on our growth and development since then.”Gillian Murray, Chief Executive of Pilotlight, said: Advertisement New Pilotlight bursaries available for charity leaderscenter_img “Since 2003, Pilotlight’s work has helped over 700 charities. In the process, our business members overwhelmingly report improved leadership and coaching skills from being exposed to external challenges and from sharing different perspectives with fellow coaches and partner charities. That’s why we’re keen to offer this development opportunity to successful leaders within the third sector.” About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.  253 total views,  3 views today Melanie May | 11 March 2019 | Newslast_img read more

WAR ON UNIONS declared in Michigan

first_imgLansing, Mich., Dec. 11 — As mounted State Police pepper-sprayed workers protesting outside, Michigan Gov. Rick ­Snyder wasted no time today signing into law two bills that unions call “right to work for less” laws.In a state that has historically been a bastion of organized labor, the lame-duck legislation was a declaration of war by the multimillionaire governor and a right-wing Republican legislature not only against this state’s unions but against the entire U.S. working class.The bills were passed despite a day-long protest of more than 17,000 workers and community constituents. “The workers united will never be defeated” echoed in the Capitol Rotunda even as police dispersed protesting laborers, many of them unemployed, and other workers. A banner reading “General Strike to beat back ‘right-to-work’ ’’ attracted much interest, as did thousands of leaflets headlined: “Beat back ‘right-to-work,’ Yes, WE CAN!” The Rev. Jesse Jackson called for a one-day work stoppage and march on Washington, D.C.Snyder is hated by many workers and oppressed communities around Michigan. On Dec. 6, when the legislature first voted, hundreds of workers entered their chambers chanting “Right-to-work has got to go!” and refused to leave.State police officers closed off the chamber entrances. When more workers and their supporters attempted to enter, police pepper-sprayed and arrested some of them. The police actions fueled anger across the state, so that thousands mobilized for the even larger show of force today.Under the “right-to-work” legislation, employees would no longer be required to join a union where one exists or to automatically pay fees to a collective bargaining unit. The inability of unions to gather dues or service fees from all workers paychecks makes it much more difficult for them to fight for rights, benefits and social projects that all workers in the shop — paying or not — will have.One of the largest unions in the automotive industry, United Auto Workers Local 600 in Dearborn, Mich., conducted civil disobedience training on Dec. 8. These sessions were also attended by the Michigan Nurses Association and drew support from the Service Employees union; the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees; and other worker organizations.Dawn Kettinger, of the Michigan Nurses Association, said, “We’ll be out there [Dec. 11] for all workers and all people who care about Michigan.” Some workers will place duct tape over their mouths as a symbol of the legislation’s impact. “That’s what the right-to-work bills will do if passed — they will silence workers,” Kettinger said. (Detroit News, Dec. 9)Leading up to the Dec. 11 protest at the Capitol, other demonstrations were held in various parts of the state. On Dec. 9, SEIU led actions outside Oakland Mall, an upscale shopping area just north of Detroit in Troy, Mich.Ilana Alazzeh, a member of a statewide coalition called We Are Michigan, said, “Our politicians are being influenced by corporate lobbyists and are weakening our families and suppressing our voices by pitting us against each other.” The group sang parodies of holiday songs. (Detroit News, Dec. 10)The real impact of ‘right-to-work’With Gov. Snyder signing the bills, Michigan became the 24th state in the U.S. to be governed by right-to-work laws. Although Snyder has repeatedly told the corporate media that the legislation will create jobs in one of the states most impacted by the economic crisis, the facts say otherwise.In general workers in right-to-work states have lower salaries and far fewer benefits. Poverty rates are higher in these states, while unemployment and underemployment remain significant. (Economic Policy Institute, February 2011)In a Feb. 6 American Prospect article, Abby Rapoport cites a study by Gordon Lafer and Sylvia Allegretto of the Economic Policy Institute. “There’s no evidence that right-to-work laws have any positive impact on employment or bringing back manufacturing jobs,” writes Rapoport. “While 23 states have right-to-work legislation, Lafer says that to adequately judge the law’s impact in today’s economy, you have to look at states that passed the law after the United States embraced the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and free trade in general.” Only two states, Oklahoma and Indiana, have passed right-to-work legislation since 2001.Rapoport continues, “Rather than increasing job opportunities, the state saw companies relocate out of Oklahoma. In high-tech industries and those service industries ‘dependent on consumer spending in the local economy’ the laws appear to have actually damaged growth. At the end of the decade, 50,000 fewer Oklahoma residents had jobs in manufacturing. Perhaps most damning, Lafer and Allegretto could find no evidence that the legislation had a positive impact on employment rates.”Part of larger economic packageThe attempt to impose right-to-work legislation in Michigan is part and parcel of a broader strategy aimed at busting unions and reducing salaries and employee benefits. On a national level, negotiations surrounding the so-called “fiscal cliff” are actually designed to slash social programs and to further reduce federal funding for public sector projects.During the lame-duck session in Michigan, other bills on the table included women’s health care restrictions, efforts and to further break up public school districts around the state and increase the number of charter schools through an Educational Achievement Authority.Under the guise that it will boost investment and create jobs, another bill under consideration would eliminate property taxes that businesses pay. These revenues are needed by local communities to maintain basic public services including transportation, lighting and education.An emergency manager law is set for an overhaul after Public Act 4, popularly known as the “dictator law,” was voted down in the Nov. 6 elections. This law would strip all authority from local governments and school districts in order to accelerate the payment of debt service to financial institutions. The law, now being carried out under the resurrected Public Act 72, is largely implemented in majority African-American municipalities.These attacks on the working class and the nationally oppressed are taking place throughout the country and indeed around the globe. The world capitalist crisis is driving the ruling classes to make even greater cuts in the real wages and social benefits of the workers in their futile attempts to maintain a dying system of exploitation and repression.Cheryl LaBash contributed to this article.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this East Lansing, Mich. WW photos: Abayomi Azikiwelast_img read more

Pioneer Agronomy Update 6/12/14

first_img SHARE Number three on her priority list is monitoring for insects, “Root worm hatch has just started so growers need to be watching for signs of infestation.” She suggested growers use the resources of Purdue Extension to monitor insect pressure in the state and in their local area.   Previous articlePost Planting PrioritiesNext articleNew App will Help Manage Corn Rootworm Gary Truitt Pioneer Agronomy Update 6/12/14 Pioneer Agronomy Update 6/12/14 SHARE Facebook Twittercenter_img Home News Feed Pioneer Agronomy Update 6/12/14 Many spray programs were delayed by windy and wet conditions and as a result Gumz says weed control needs to be the second priority for growers, “Right now we are at a good stage for killing weeds; most weeds are in that 2 to 3 inch stage which is on label for most post-emergence herbicides.” She added that the cool and humid weather has kept the weeds from hardening, which they do in dryer conditions, and this makes them absorb the herbicide better. She said farmers who can spray now should get a good clean kill on the weeds across their fields. By Gary Truitt – Jun 11, 2014 Facebook Twitter With planting complete in most Hoosier fields, it is now time to monitor early crop development especially in a year that saw later than average planting dates. Most of the corn got planted later than producers would have liked, and heavy rains have caused some crusting issues for soybeans in some areas. Mary Gumz, with DuPont Pioneer, says for many growers the top concern now is making sure the young crops have enough nitrogen to get of to a good start, “Anyone who still needs to sidedress or get nitrogen on their crop needs to make that their #1 priority.” She told HAT each farmer must evaluate his own situation and determine how much nitrogen may have been lost because of wet soils or standing water in fields.   DuPont Pioneer has resources to help growers with this issue at their web site. Gumz said she has had some calls about yellow corn or striping on corn. She feels this is a temporary situation and should resolve itself with warmer weather.last_img read more

Big improvement in media freedom seen since end of Tandja regime

first_img NigerAfrica Niger: Two journalists arrested in disturbing setback for press freedom June 30, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Big improvement in media freedom seen since end of Tandja regime News Reporters Without Borders ended a five-day fact-finding visit to Niamey today with a news conference at the Niger Press Club to present its initial findings and conclusions, including the observation that the press freedom situation has improved considerably since President Mamadou Tandja’s ouster in February 2010.Around 100 journalists and media figures attended.The Reporters Without Borders delegation, consisting of Ambroise Pierre, the head of the Africa desk, and board member Jean-Louis Saporito, met with the communication minister, the justice minister, Gen. Salou Djibo (who led the transitional government after Tandja’s removal) and several of Niger’s international partners. It met with the prime minister and is about to have an interview with leaders of the opposition MNSD party later today.The delegation also met with representatives of the National Communication Monitoring Body (ONC), which regulates the media, ONIMED (the media self-regulatory body) and the Niger Press Club, and visited the Institute for Training in Information and Communication Techniques (IFTIC) as well as most of the Niamey-based media.Despite a difficult economic environment, Reporters Without Borders found a considerable degree of diversity and plurality within both the print and broadcast media, which are all very outspoken.Although the final period of Tandja’s 10-year rule was marked by many press freedom violations, including harassment and sometimes closure of media by the CSC (the then regulatory body) and frequent spells in prison for journalists, Reporters Without Borders is aware of very few incidents since Tandja’s ouster in a military coup on 18 February 2010.Reporters Without Borders hails the desire to guarantee media freedom that has been demonstrated by both the transitional government and the new government that was elected at the start of this year.The past year and a half has been marked by significant successes and achievements for media freedom. Reporters Without Borders found that both the state and privately-owned media conducted themselves in a very satisfactory manner during the elections. The achievements include the reopening of the Press Club, whose activities in support of journalists deserve praise, and the decriminalization of media offences, which protects journalists from prison sentences.Many journalists and most media observers nonetheless acknowledge that there has unfortunately been a big increase in disparaging and defamatory articles since media offences were decriminalized in June 2010.“Decriminalization does not mean the freedom to say or write anything or to smear individuals with impunity,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Decriminalization is an achievement that must be defended, but it must be accompanied by responsibility.” The press freedom organization hails the creation of ONIMED, a self-regulatory body that has been set up to investigate complaints against the media and tell journalists when they violate professional ethics.At the end of next month, Reporters Without Borders will publish a detailed analysis of the media freedom situation in Niger and Guinea, which the organization visited last month. This report will include recommendations for the authorities and media in both countries.In the meantime, as regards Niger, Reporters Without Borders:- Urges senior government officials to continue their efforts and to confirm their commitment to the defence of media freedom. President Mahamadou Issoufou signed an undertaking to this effect as a candidate before the second round of the presidential election. He could now be the first person to do this as president.- Invites the government to consider measures that could improve the economic environment for the media (including a possible increase in assistance funds or more state advertising in the privately-owned media).- Hails the efforts of the regulatory and self-regulatory bodies (ONC and ONIMED) and supports them in their role of promoting press freedom and modernization of the media sector.- Finally, urges journalists to act responsibly and to always remember that their job is to inform. RSF_en Organisation Photo : President Mahamadou Issoufou (AFP/ BOUREIMA HAMA) News Follow the news on Niger Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information NigerAfrica The conviction of Niger newspaper editor Moussa Aksar is an attack on investigative journalism November 27, 2020 Find out more Reports The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa July 16, 2020 Find out more to go further News May 11, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Release of Journalist Mostafa Darban

first_img December 16, 2020 Find out more December 28, 2020 Find out more News The IRNA news agency chief in Baghdad, Mostafa Darban, was released on 27August and has returned to Teheran, the agency announced. He was freed onthe eve of the visit to Iran of Iraqi interim deputy prime minister BarhamSalih.Darban was arrested on 9 August along with three other IRNA journalists,Mohammad Khafaji, Mohsen Madani and Abu Ali, and taken to the interiorministry. The Iraqis confirmed their arrest only later and gave noexplanation. Darban said he did not know why he had been arrested. IRNAgave no news of Khafaji, Madani and Ali.——————————————————————– 23.08.2004  Iranian delegation allowed to see IRNA’s detained Baghdad bureau chief Iran’s foreign minister said on 19 August that the detained chief of the news agency IRNA’s Baghdad bureau, Mostafa Darban, was in good shape. An Iranian government delegation was able to meet with him on 17 August in the headquarters of the Iraqi interior ministry in Baghdad, where he is being held. Darban was arrested along with three of his journalists – Mohammad Khafaji, Mohsen Madani and Abu Ali – on the night of 9 August.Iraqi government officials for first time confirmed to the Iranian authorities that the four journalists were detained but did not explain why. Amir Hossein Motahar, one of the Iranian interior ministry officials who saw Darban, said he held the Iraqi government “responsible for their safety.”——————————————————————– 12.08.2004 Arrest of four Iranian news agency journalists Reporters Without Borders said today it was extremely concerned about the arrest of Mostafa Darban, head of the Baghdad bureau of the Iranian news agency IRNA, and three of his journalists by Iraqi police late on 9 August. All four are being held at the interior ministry.”We deplore this arrest and we are especially concerned because the police have not given any explanation and remained vague about the four journalists’ situation” the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “We ask interior minister Falah al-Naqib to say why they are being detained and we call for their immediate release.”Darban and agency staffers Mohammad Khafaji, Mohsen Madani and Abu Ali were picked up by uniformed police at IRNA office in Baghdad and their equipment confiscated. The news agency’s head office in Teheran had first feared they may have been kidnapped.Other Iranian journalists have been similarly arrested in Iraq. Two journalists from the state-owned TV station IRIB, Said Aboutaleb and Soheil Karimi, were arrested on 1st July last year by US troops and held for four months for allegedly undermining the security of Iraq. US officials did not tell the Iranian consul in Baghdad they had been arrested until two weeks later. RSF_en Reporters Without Borders said today it was extremely concerned about the arrest of Mostafa Darban, head of the Baghdad bureau of the Iranian news agency IRNA, and three of his journalists by Iraqi police late on 9 August. All four are being held at the interior ministry. Help by sharing this information Organisation RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” August 27, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Release of Journalist Mostafa Darban Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan February 15, 2021 Find out more Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” News to go further Follow the news on Iraq News Receive email alerts News IraqMiddle East – North Africa IraqMiddle East – North Africa last_img read more

World Radio Day – authorities urged to free jailed radio reporter

first_img Four Burundian journalists complete 12 months in arbitrary detention Burundian appeal court upholds prison sentences for four journalists February 12, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 World Radio Day – authorities urged to free jailed radio reporter June 5, 2020 Find out more RSF_en Reports Help by sharing this information BurundiAfrica On the eve of World Radio Day tomorrow, Reporters Without Borders reiterates its call for the release of Hassan Ruvakuki, a journalist who works for Radio France Internationale’s Swahili service and Bonesha FM, a Burundian radio station.Reporters Without Borders urges the authorities to heed a request by Ruvakuki’s lawyer for his release. “Hassan Ruvakuki has a right to a conditional release,” his lawyer, Fabien Segatwa, told Reporters Without Borders. “If this request, submitted immediately after the appeal verdict, is not satisfied, we will take it to the country’s highest appeal court.”The Reporters Without Borders petition for Ruvakuki’s release so far has 2,200 signatures. Sign the petition.The campaign by RWB, RFI and French External Broadcasting for Ruvakuki’s release has won support from news media and press clubs all over Africa. They include:- Burundi: Radio Bonesha FM, Iwacu Group, Radio Isanganiro, Net Press, the Burundian Journalists Union and Arib.Info- Mauritania: Le Calame and Cridem- Cameroon: Mutations (a daily)- Comoros: the Association of Broadcast Journalists and Technicians (SOIWUTI), Radio Fédération Tsinimoichongo (RFT) and Al-Watwan- Madagascar: Radio Tana, L’Observateur and La Gazette de la Grande Ile- Gambia: The Point- Niger: Radio-Télévision Saraounya (RTS) and the Niamey Press Club- Burkina Faso: Norbert Zongo Press Centre and the African Publishers’ Forum – Gabon: Gabonactu.com- Chad: Le Temps (a weekly), Alwihda and Ndjaména-Hebdo- Côte d’Ivoire: L’Inter- Guinea: L’Aurore, Le Lynx, La Lance, Le Populaire and L’Observateur- Nigeria: The NewsArrested in November 2011, Ruvakuki was initially given a life sentence in June 2012 on a charge of participating in “terrorist activity.” This was reduced to three years in prison on appeal on 8 January after the charge was changed to “participating in an association formed with the aim of attacking persons and property.”Ruvakuki was arrested just for being an enterprising reporter and going to neighbouring Tanzania to cover the emergence of a new Burundian rebel movement based there.All the information about the Ruvakuki case since his arrest in November 2011.Learn more about media freedom in Burundi.Burundi is ranked 132nd out of 179 countries in the 2013 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Follow the news on Burundi News News Photo : Hassan Ruvakuki (Alexandre Niyungeko) The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Receive email alerts News November 27, 2020 Find out more October 21, 2020 Find out more to go further BurundiAfrica Organisation last_img read more

Trusted Traveller scheme to replace air rage?

first_img TAGSair rageairportsecurityShannon Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NewsTrusted Traveller scheme to replace air rage?By Bernie English – January 12, 2016 872 WhatsApp Print New high-end jobs for Shannon THE KIND of air-rage that can be sparked in security queues could soon be avoided at Shannon and other European airports, if the European Commission acts on an undertaking to operate security checks through a ‘trusted traveller’ scheme.Under the scheme, passengers can volunteer their information for expedited screening, with random selection to allow for some unpredictability. They would not have to remove jackets, belts, laptops and liquids from cabin luggage, thus streamlining waiting queues.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Ireland South MEP and member of the EU Transport committee Deirdre Clune has welcomed the commitment by the European Commission to use new screening technologies and apply risk-based security checks.“This is not about reducing security. It’s about using technology and new methods to make security a less cumbersome prospect. Airport security now accounts for 35 per cent of airports operating costs. Rather than a “one size fits all” solution based on reacting to a specific security incident, Europe should move towards a risk-based security system, where low risk passengers are identified and given expedited checkpoint screening.“Modern technology should mean that we are gone beyond the stage where we are asking 90-year-old women to remove their belts, shoes and wallets to walk through an old-fashioned metal detector.“There is little value in making someone queue for 30 minutes to take a half empty bottle of shampoo from them. We must have a realistic approach to what and who actually presents a risk to air travel” she said.center_img Advertisement Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? Linkedin Twitter Email Previous articleLawlor new Network presidentNext article#WATCH Minister encourages INTO teachers to negotiate issues Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Only re-integration will solve Shannon Airport crisis Shannon Chamber Webinar to help people cope with the stresses of COVID-19last_img read more