RSF_en Follow the news on Democratic Republic of Congo Journalist arrested on provincial governor’s orders News Reporter jailed in DRC for allegedly defaming parliamentarian Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica Help by sharing this information Congolese reporter wounded by gunshot while covering protest in Goma to go further News News Organisation Reporters Without Borders wrote yesterday to communication and media minister Lambert Mendé condemning the government’s decision to suspend local retransmission of the French public radio station Radio France Internationale (RFI) in the northeastern city of Bunia, and voicing concern at the possibility that the measure could be extended to the rest of the country.“We easily understand that maintaining peace and security is a concern and a priority for the Congolese government but we think it is wrong and unfair to accuse RFI of helping to destabilise the country,” Reporters Without Borders said in its letter. “We urge you both to restore RFI’s broadcasts in Bunia and to confirm your personal commitment to press freedom by publicly stating that the international media presence in Democratic Republic of Congo is legitimate.”The letter added: “You should be aware that a media presence in areas that are unstable or experiencing an armed conflict is necessary so that all the actors can have adequate access to news and information.”Confirming on 5 May that RFI’s transmissions in Bunia, the capital of Ituri district (in Orientale province), had been cut for the past three days, Mendé accused the station of “pouring oil on the fire” especially in the east of the country.The minister, who is also the government spokesman, said: “Basically, we accuse RFI of trying to provoke mutinies within the armed forces and to create inter-ethnic conflicts in areas where we are working hard to pacify the country. When you incite soldiers on pacification operations to mutiny, you are aiming to destroy the country and this has nothing to do with journalism. If it proves absolutely necessary to cut the transmission of certain media, we will do it.”The RFI management in Paris denied that the station’s coverage of Democratic Republic of Congo was in any way biased. The Congolese government has for years been criticising RFI’s reporting and deported a visiting RFI reporter, Ghislaine Dupont , on 3 July 2006, when she was in Kinshasa to cover a presidential election. Receive email alerts February 18, 2021 Find out more February 24, 2021 Find out more News May 7, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government suspends French public radio broadcasts in northeast February 16, 2021 Find out more
Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago April 9, 2020 2,686 Views Home / Daily Dose / Maintaining REO Business During a Pandemic in Daily Dose, Featured, News, REO Last week, The Federation of REO Certified Experts (FORCE) held virtual regional Townhall Meetings to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on residential real estate listings. Members discussed sustainability and business operations in a time of crisis, and how each region is responding differently.FORCE found that while each county is affected slightly differently, the core influence is the same in each region.State by state, REO experts are facing different challenges. For example, in Washington, agents and brokers are not considered essential, while agents are considered essential in other states, including Nevada, Ohio, Arizona, and California.In areas real estate agents are not labeled as essential, operational strategies should heavily involve online strategiesBusiness can still be done, with the right technology in place, and as FORCE members note, there are still buyers who want to buy and sellers who want to sell. Technology is the way to not be held down in your operations, and with stay-at-home orders in place, many are doing virtual and 3D tours. Make sure you and your staff have the proper internet speeds, and make use of services such as Zoom, Facetime, and Skype for virtual open housings and showings.Members also discussed the potential for break-ins and squatters. In order to mitigate damage, FORCE members suggested working with your community to keep an eye on properties, and maintaining weekly inspections.As members note, there should be no problems with cash deals right now, especially as many credit lines have been pulled. Many FORCE members have stated that they are not taking properties off the market right now to not weaken days on the market, as you can still be doing what you can to get your properties sold, and asset management companies are being more lenient on scorecards during this time.In the coming weeks, Five Star Global and FORCE will be releasing a white paper of the Townhall Meetings’ findings. View recording of each regional webinar at the following linksNortheastern RegionSouthern RegionMidwestern RegionWestern Region Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Previous: Unemployment Hits Housing Industry Next: The Week Ahead: Economic Update From the Fed Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Print This Post Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago FORCE REO 2020-04-09 Seth Welborn The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago About Author: Seth Welborn Tagged with: FORCE REO Maintaining REO Business During a Pandemic The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribe
JazzIRT/iStockBy IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News(HOUSTON) — The surge in coronavirus cases has gotten so bad in Houston that two of the city’s hospitals have begun transporting patients to other cities in Texas.Harris Health Systems, which runs Ben Taub and LBJ hospitals, over the last 24 hours has transferred 33 COVID-19 patients to facilities in Houston and in surrounding areas, and was in the process of transferring 15 more, according to spokesman Bryan McLeod.Some of those locations include Texas Children’s Hospital, which recently admitted adult COVID-19 patients, and UTMB’s Galveston hospital, which is more than 50 miles outside Houston.McLeod said Ben Taub’s ICU was at 73% occupancy, while LBJ’s ICU was at 96% occupancy as of Thursday morning. Half of those ICU patients were being treated for coronavirus, he said.“We’re running out of ICU beds,” he told ABC News.Harris County leads Texas in coronavirus cases — 32,859 as of Thursday morning — according to the Harris County Health Department. Last month, the county saw a jump in new daily cases, with a record 849 reported June 11. The county has recorded 384 deaths.Last week, Gov. Greg Abbott shut down state bars and urged people to take more precautions as the number if new COVID-19 cases increased throughout the state.Texas reported more than 8,000 new cases, and 57 deaths, on Wednesday. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
U.S. Northern District to launch e-filing system T he United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida has announced its conversion to “Case Management/Electronic Case Files.”According to the court, this Internet-based system provides numerous benefits to attorneys and their staff, including:• Electronic filing 24-hours a day, seven days a week, excluding maintenance periods.• Electronic notification of case document filings via e-mail.• Complete case and document management online through PACER.• Concurrent access to case files by multiple parties.• Electronic search/reporting capabilities.• More efficient utilization of resources.Effective January 1, 2004, “Electronic Case Filing” (ECF) will become mandatory for all attorneys practicing in the Northern District.Orientation presentations for ECF have already been scheduled with the following bar associations:• The Tallahassee Bar Association, July 1.• The Tallahassee Legal Administrators Association, August 14.• The Escambia/Santa Rosa Bar Association, August 21.• The Northwest Florida Society of Criminal Defense Bar, September 4.• The Florida Association for Women Lawyers — Tallahassee Chapter, November 17.Attorneys will be required to complete ECF training provided by the court prior to receiving a log-in and password to the system. The training will be conducted at the courthouses in Gainesville, Tallahassee, and Pensacola. The court also will be conducting training in the Panama City/Bay County area. In preparation for these court-sponsored training sessions, attorneys are encouraged to participate in the three online tutorials located at www.Flnd.uscourts.gov/cmecf/cmecfinfo.html. The court encourages paralegals, legal secretaries, and other office staff members to participate in the online tutorials as well.The court is working to schedule additional orientation sessions throughout the district. If you wish to schedule a CM/ECF orientation presentation for your local association or law firm, contact Traci Abrams, CM/ECF Marketing/Awareness Committee chair, at [email protected] by e-mail or by calling (850) 435-8440. July 1, 2003 Regular News U.S. Northern District to launch e-filing system
What is the problem with Christopher Henry Gayle that is causing this continuous display of his manhood and sexuality in the public space?The T20 cricket batting superhero had another on-air amorous approach aimed at a female journalist conducting a post-performance interview during a game in the Australian Big Bash League (BBL).It was only last year, on Antigua home soil, that Big Chris committed what Foster’s Fairplay assessed then and still now, as a trend towards vulgarity.On that occasion, in a pre-game interview, the former West Indies captain was reported to have been asked by a female interviewer: “How does the pitch feel so far in terms of the training (and) the weather”?The response was: “Well, I haven’t touched yours yet, so I don’t know how it feels.”The question in this columnist’s view did not indicate cricket savvy, but Gayle put the query on a sexist plane.Following the story from Down Under, what is interesting is a comment by a Jamaican sports journalist considered, in this corner, to be ‘from the top drawer’.FOOT-IN-MOUTH DISEASENoted for his incisive analysis, after listening to excerpts from the recent interview with Gayle and the woman, he made the point: “I thought Gayle had learnt his lesson.”No such luck, Leighton. There is no stopping the loose talk coming from the swashbuckling opening batsman, as he seems to be stuck in the groove of ‘putting his foot in his mouth’ on these occasions.This time, his 41 off 15 balls was being recounted when what he chose to highlight was his attraction to the lady’s eyes and proceeded to issue an invitation on set for the woman to “have a drink” later.The “Do not blush, Baby” followed.Subsequently, the BBL boss, obviously and justifiably incensed, has issued sanctions against our boy, Chris. First up, he will no longer be featured in the coverage of the games. His wearing of on-field microphones to facilitate comments during the fast-paced spectacle is now denied. Added to this, the now-beleaguered entertainer has been docked US$7,200 (AUS$10,000.)In response to the many negative remarks from all over, there have been shouts of “Overkill!”, “Killing an ant with a hammer!” and the like. The view expressed there is that Gayle’s flirtatious foray did not deserve such adverse comment.In general, it is also the talk that the matter has been “blown out of proportion”. Some have responded to the most popular comment, which is that the approach was “inappropriate”.Another famed radio talk show host and academic has said that the measure of that description is dependent on how acceptable it was to the lady in question, Mel McLaughlin.Also, it has been mentioned that she was made to feel “uncomfortable”, while carrying out the requirements of her job.culture-dependent viewOn the matter of discomfort, the only opinion in the public space has not, to this columnist’s knowledge, come from the lady herself, but rather from what she was alleged to have said to her superior. Foster’s Fairplay is in total disagreement with the highly respected talk show host on the matter of the lady’s acceptability or not. That is immaterial in this corner. Depending on culture, socialisation, or plain lack of decency on the part of the target, the foulest language in requesting sexual attention can find favour in certain quarters but can be rejected, as it should be, in others.This columnist, in his youthful days, trying to adhere to lessons taught, lost many a battle, failing to land the booty, while the vulgar approach won the hand, and whatever else was on offer from the female. Unacceptability is a legitimate call, regardless of its source.As for the suggestion that the story has received an overabundance of mileage, this is how journalists eat, drink, and enjoy life’s blessings. Put a little one-Test medium pacer in the superstar’s position, the hue and cry would be considerably less – if heard at all.The so-called extra publicity comes from the elevated territory, and Gayle and his supporters must be aware of this as they line up in his support.Foster’s Fairplay sums up the varied arguments and counter arguments: It was the wrong forum for the comment.Take the thought elsewhere, Chris.
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Nal’ibali is a national reading-for-enjoyment campaign. (Image: Nal’ibali)Nal’ibali invited all South Africans, young and old, to tell their favourite family-friendly story in their home languages and now has a shortlist for its Story Bosso storytelling competition.A national reading-for-enjoyment campaign, Nal’ibali has been running the competition since September and received over 2 000 entries from a full-cross section of South African society. These have been whittled down to just 15 candidates.Story Bosso has been designed as a nationwide talent search to excite people about reading and telling stories. It identifies undiscovered storytellers across the country and connects members of the public with a range of South African stories as well as tips and ideas on how to become better storytellers.It also favours the avid reader as people can access and enjoy all 15 shortlisted stories in the form of audio and video clips on the Nal’ibali website during November.These include original stories, retold stories and stories that have been read aloud by some of South Africa’s most animated storytellers between the ages of five and 51.“As people living in South Africa, we have a deep history of storytelling which reflects our diversity and our common cultural heritage. And, reading and storytelling are, of course, keys that unlock children’s literacy learning potential,” said Carole Bloch, the executive director of The Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa, which drives the Nal’ibali campaign.Celebrity judges will help Nal’ibali literacy activists decide South Africa’s first Story Bosso and two runners-up.The judges include: actress and writer Lebogang Mashile; author and retired teacher Sindiwe Magona; social activist and writer Shaka Sisulu; comedian and author Nik Rabinowitz; actress and author Bonnie Henna; children’s author Alan Glass; new-age performance poet and singer Busiswa; and, TV presenter and radio personality Elana Afrika.The winner will be announced on 30 November and will – along with the title Story Bosso – take home a R5 000 cash prize, a R1 000 Ackermans voucher and a home library courtesy of Bargain Books, Exclusive Books and local publishers. The winner will also receive a visit from one of the celebrity judges.The runners-up will each receive R2 500 in cash, a R500 Ackermans voucher and a home library.THE SHORTLISTThe contenders for the title of Story Bosso are:Lisa Gebe: Story title: The Lion and the Mouse. Category: Read aloud. Language: English. Age: 11Chiara Dover: Story title: Probleme in die Droombos. Category: Read aloud. Language: Afrikaans. Age: 9Atang Makgata: Story title: A Dream about the Enchanted Forest. Category: Original. Language: English. Age: 12Busisiwe Smith: Story title: Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Category: Retelling. Language: isiZulu. Age: 30Edith Makola: Story title: Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Category: Retelling. Language: EnglishOlwethu Peter: Story title: The Hyena and the Seven Little Kids. Category: Read aloud. Language: isiXhosa. Age: 9Sihle Mncwabe: Story title: Everything is Rosy. Category: Read aloud. Language: EnglishNozipho Tshabalala: Story title: The Lion and the Mouse. Category: Retelling. Language: isiZulu. Age: 5Athandiwe Skade: Story title: Umboleki. Category: Retelling. Language: isiXhosa. Age: 7Kholeka Gwendolien Nojilawa: Story title: The Granny with her Grandchildren Living in the Big Forest. Category: Retelling. Language: isiXhosa. Age: 51Nyameka Combi: Story title: Lisa’s First Day at Harare Library. Category: Original. Language: isiXhosa. Age: 33The Bright Sparks Dancing Pencils Writing Club (team entry): Story title: The Golden Thread by Aaliyah Monga (club member). Category: Read aloud. Language: EnglishKerrin Kokot and Jayne Batzofin (team entry): Story title: The Lonely Frog. Category: Original. Language: English and Sign. Age: 33 and 31Funeka Soga: Story title: Lucy Learns her ABCs. Category: Original. Language: English Age: 24Horacio Ngovene: Story title: The Lion and the Little Mouse. Category: Re-telling. Language: English. Age: 21
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Lynn Betts Progressive Farmer Contributing EditorCover croppers face a chicken-egg conundrum of decisions. What seed to plant in the fall often means selecting it in the spring, long before destroying the previous year’s planting, for example.To figure out what comes first and avoid missing steps, Steve Berger, Wellman, Iowa, suggests a calendar approach to planning. With more than 15 years of cover crops and 40-plus years of no-till under his belt, Berger encourages newcomers to embrace cover crops as a yearlong proposition.Start by asking what you want to accomplish: Reduce compaction? Build soil organic matter? Get better water infiltration? Get better control of herbicide-resistant weeds? Build soil health quickly? Get more cattle grazing opportunities? The answers to those questions influence the species of cover crop or mix of crops to be planted and how they will be managed.EARLY SPRING DECISIONSSeeding may take place in late summer or fall, but the demand for quality seed requires placing orders with reputable cover seed companies in late winter to early spring. The same goes for lining up aerial applicators, custom applicators or procuring seeding equipment.Berger suggests trying cover crops on a few acres first, and expanding to more acres with experience. “Planting rye into cornstalks ahead of a soybean crop is easier to manage for a beginner. However the best use of cereal rye as a cover crop is planting into soybean stubble ahead of corn to control soil erosion,” Berger said.This is also a good time to check with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) about cost-sharing programs. Signups are often held as money becomes available. Take time to consider how you want to evaluate what cover crops do for your soil and water too. If you are going to measure changes in soil health or weed pressure, for instance, you need baselines to measure against. The same is true of the quality of water leaving your farm, through tile or in runoff.There’s a lot of information on the benefits of cover crops, but it is not from your farm. You can always make comparisons from other fields in the future, but early feedback can help you decide on changes you may want to make in the future, as well as confirm benefits you’re looking for from the system.DRILL DOWN ON FALLOver the years, Berger has tried aerial seeding and used a number of cover crops species. He’s still experimenting with multiple species mixes. He doesn’t have a specific date on his calendar for fall seeding, but he’s settled into drilling cereal rye into corn and soybean stubble. He doesn’t wait for harvest to be over either — he seeds immediately behind the combine for most of his cover crops.“Every day you have a cover crop growing is one more day it can produce benefits,” Berger said. “What we’re striving for is to have something covering the soil and growing in it all year long. Cover crops can contribute cover on 7 of the 12 months in a corn-soybean rotation.”More cover crops growth means more benefits — that’s why some experienced cover croppers use a high boy to drop seed into standing crops in September, or as early as late August. Aerial seeding is another option, depending on availability of applicators.HUSTLE AT HARVEST“Our busiest time of the year is September through December,” Berger said. “We’re harvesting corn and soybeans and planting cover crops simultaneously, to get the cover crops emerged and actively growing before winter arrives. We’ve planted cereal rye as late as mid-November, but you don’t get much beneficial growth after that.”In recent years, Berger has also started using a 2,4-D-based fall herbicide program on all corn and soybean land to control winter annuals. He also applies additional commercial potash in the fall, and spreads swine and turkey manure in November. Cover-cropped land also opens up opportunities for fall tiling — at least until the ground freezes.SPRING COMES EARLY“We try to terminate the rye in the spring one day to a week ahead of corn planting in mid-April,” Berger said. “Allelopathy is not a concern, but managing nitrogen is. We surface apply 60 to 80 pounds of liquid nitrogen with the planter using a Y-splitter that places 32% UAN behind the closing wheel, 2-inches to each side of the seed. We also apply 3 gallon of 6-24-6 pop-up fertilizer and insecticide in the furrow. Both nitrogen management and insect management are a little different with cover crops, and they’re very important to our success.”Berger is in no rush to terminate cover crops ahead of soybeans. He plants into green rye that can be waist high, and terminates that rye either just before or right after planting.Other growers use rolling and crimping in termination strategies. Many cover crop advocates also no-till or strip till or use the cover crops to help transition to no-till.**Things-to-do Cover Crop Check ListWinter:— Attend cover crops and soil health meetings.— Read up and watch videos on soil biology and carbon/nitrogen cycles.— Set long-term goals by individual fields for improvements, conservation, drainage, etc.— Decide on field(s) to seed and consider the worst erosion areas.— Line up cover crop seed, equipment, custom applicators as needed.— Make an evaluation plan.— Check into NRCS cost sharing.Spring:— Consider high-yielding early maturing corn and soybean varieties to facilitate earlier fall cover crop seeding.— Take soil tests as benchmarks for later comparisons (pH, organic matter, biology, etc.).— Decide how and when to terminate the cover crop.Summer:— Consider testing water from tile for nitrate levels for later comparisons.— Test for compaction and water infiltration rates for later comparisons.Fall:— Seed covers, into either standing corn or stubble right after harvest.— Note crop yields during harvest.Next spring:— Terminate the cover crop, plant soybeans.(PS/CZ)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. 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Geocaching is partnering with the Great Urban Race for another year. The Great Urban Race, inspired by the TV show, The Amazing Race, is a fast-paced puzzle where your city holds the clues. Teams solve puzzles, tackle challenges and race for cash prizes in this all-out test of smarts and speed. Sound like something you would succeed at? Absolutely.“The explorative nature of Great Urban Race is a perfect match for Geocachers,” says Race Director Alyssa Breeden. “We are excited to continue our partnership in 2013!”This year’s Tampa event incorporated a geocache as one of the clue locations on the course. Once the geocache, “Turn About is Fair Play,” was located using the provided latitude and longitude coordinates, participants (also known as “Masterminds”) had to figure out how to open the geocache. Opening the geocache is required to get the clue and complete the challenge.A geocache from the Great Urban Race“Participants truly enjoyed the added challenges of the geocache clue as many are already avid geocachers!” says Breeden. “Those who enjoy geocaching would definitely have a blast at Great Urban Race.”The Great Urban Race staff has also released a large number of trackables complete with the logo through their travels across the country. Keep an eye out for one in your city! SharePrint Relatedle Tour de Geocaching — arc de triomphe (GC18TKN) — Geocache of the WeekJuly 10, 2013In “Community”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – February 15, 2012February 14, 2012In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”It’s time to get stealthy. – Atomium – stealth challenge (Expo58) (GC1EG4C) – Geocache of the WeekDecember 11, 2014In “Geocache of the Week” Share with your Friends:More