Media regulator’s sanctions to blame for climate of mistrust in Gabon

first_imgThis is not the first time that the HAC has targeted Gabon Media Time. It was suspended for a month in July 2019 for criticizing the financial management of some of the country’s hospitals. Dubbed the “Axe” by many journalists, the HAC announced yesterday that it was suspending Gabon Media Time, one of the country’s most popular news sites, with immediate effect because its representatives had ignored a summons to attend a meeting of the HAC to hear a libel complaint. The complaint was brought by Karine Arissani, the executive secretary of Gabon’s Rail Transport Regulatory Agency (ARTF), who accused Gabon Media Time of “insulting, revolting and mendacious” allegations “questioning her integrity” in an article about her in March. The Gabonese Media Owners’ Organization (OPAM) issued a statement last week criticizing the HAC’s systematic imposition of sanctions that are “often questionable or unjustified” and calling for a “new approach” aimed at promoting a free and independent press. The HAC’s most recent previous victim was, a news website regarded as a pioneer in the use of cutting-edge web technology, which was suspended for a month in March for publishing a statement by a government critic. Organisation RSF_en Protecting journalistsMedia independence Freedom of expressionJudicial harassment According to RSF’s tally, the HAC has arbitrarily suspended 15 media outlets in Gabon since its creation in February 2018, often over articles criticizing the president or his close associates, the government or even the HAC itself, which has not hesitated to initiate proceedings of its own accord in order to settle scores with opposition or independent media. “It is not surprising that Gabonese media representatives, who must be tired of the repeated arbitrary suspensions, do not even respond to summonses from a regulator whose policy of systematic sanctions is largely to blame for Gabon’s fall in the World Press Freedom Index in recent years,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “The many arbitrary or disproportionate sanctions have created a climate of mistrust. The sole aim of this policy has been to bring independent and critical media into line but, two years after the HAC began working, it has clearly failed. A thorough overhaul of this regulator is essential so that Gabon’s journalists and media can again work without fear of reprisals.”center_img Help by sharing this information The HAC’s policies are largely responsible for Gabon’s six-place fall in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index, in which it is ranked 121st out of 180 countries. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for a complete overhaul of Gabon’s media regulator, the High Authority for Communication (HAC), after it suspended yet another media outlet for three months, contributing to a dangerous decline in press freedom. Source : Facebook April 30, 2020 Media regulator’s sanctions to blame for climate of mistrust in Gabon Protecting journalistsMedia independence Freedom of expressionJudicial harassment Newslast_img read more

Pasadena Human Services & Recreation Department Teams Up with Sydney Paige to Help Donate Backpacks Filled with School Supplies to Kids in Need

first_img More Cool Stuff Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. The Rose Bowl was hopping last weekend with over 5,000 attendees who participated in an Easter egg hunt, where over 40,000 eggs were gathered. Among the activities, music, and food being offered, The Pasadena Human Services & Recreation Department (HSRD) was there, planting the seed for their 27th Annual Michael Bryant Haircut and Back to School event that takes place in August and where backpacks and school supplies are distributed to kids in need. “Michael Bryant was a local barber here in Pasadena”, explains Horace Wormely, Deputy Director of HSRD, “who year after year offered free haircuts to local residents returning to school, from his shop on Lincoln Avenue.”Twenty-seven years later, the tradition not only lives on, but also continues to grow. Joining the Pasadena Police Department, Pasadena Unified School District, Target, and other non-profits that support the back to school event, is Sydney Paige® Inc., a Buy One | Give One company, where for each backpack purchased, Sydney Paige® will donate an identical bag, filled with school supplies, to a child in need. “We are so excited about the additional kids in need this will allow us to reach,” says Courtney Brockmeyer, Founder & CEO of the backpack company, “as well as being able to work with passionate groups and individuals who share our goal of helping underserved children learn and thrive in school.”Maricela Galvez, Program Coordinator, who spearheaded the weekend effort for HSRD, wanted to get the word out about purchasing Sydney Paige® backpacks, so that Robinson Park Center can reach its goal of donating 300 backpacks filled with school supplies to children in need in the Northwest Pasadena communities.Both HSRD and Sydney Paige® are passionate about these children starting the school year off prepared and confident. Brockmeyer states, “The top reasons for kids dropping out of school are simply lack of confidence and the lack of tools to do their work. By providing underserved children with new, high quality backpacks and the supplies they need, we are providing them with a foundation to succeed.”To learn more and purchase Sydney Paige® backpacks, supporters can go to Human Services & Recreation DepartmentThe Human Services and Recreation Department offers programs and activities, which serve community members of all ages and abilities in the Pasadena area. They provide individuals with an opportunity to enhance their lives by meeting new friends and neighbors, exploring the arts, learning about community services, developing skills and so much more! There are 29 parks and centers in our community. The 27th Annual Michael Bryant Haircut and Back to School Event will be held at the Robinson Park Center, which is a is a multi-purpose social service delivery center providing assistance to a culturally, economically, and socially diverse population in the Northwest area of Pasadena. About Sydney Paige Inc.Sydney Paige® Inc. is a buy one, give one company where for every product sold, a matching product is donated to a child in need. They sell quality backpacks, accessories and children’s books with a focus on education as self-empowerment for a better future. With their products and their ‘Giving Back Together®’ movement, Sydney Paige Inc. addresses the top reasons for drop out, which are the lack of confidence and lack of tools for students to do their work. Sydney Paige products are sold online, through retailers and via fundraisers. Sydney Paige Inc. is certified as a women’s business enterprise by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday First Heatwave Expected Next Week HerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? 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From STAFF REPORTS Published on Thursday, April 16, 2015 | 11:02 am Community News Top of the News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

#Watch Aviation policy needed to rebalance growth

first_imgWhatsApp Advertisement Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Print Twitter Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live NewsPoliticsVideo#Watch Aviation policy needed to rebalance growthBy Staff Reporter – July 15, 2018 1177 Email TAGSClareeconomylimerickpoliticsShannon airport center_img Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook AN aviation policy that helps attract investment to Shannon and other regional airports is the only way to rebalance the country in terms of economic growth.Speaking to the Limerick Post, Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin said that the biggest problem in transport and aviation sector is the lack of decision making by Transport Minister Shane Ross.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Asked about the need for an aviation policy to support growth outside Dublin, Deputy Martin said that although Dublin needs a second runway the planning restrictions around the first runway indicated that even if the second runway was built, there would be three million fewer passengers going through Dublin.“Shane Ross has stalled on making a decision on that for the last 18 months because I don’t think he gets the regions and that is a problem.“I know there has been growth in Shannon Airport this year and that is a very positive sign. Shannon has a unique edifice now in terms of the Shannon Authority because both Shannon and Cork have huge roles to play in terms of rebalancing the country.“Dublin is absorbing any significant growth in terms of GDP every year – some 40 per cent of the country’s GDP is located in the Dublin region while London would be 20 per cent of the UK – so it is out of kilter as to how a country should develop.“Shannon and Cork Airports are key to both regions because the Cork-Limerick-Galway axis is the key to rebalancing the country through the motorway, stronger collaborations between the research facilities and universities throughout the region which will provide a counterbalance to the East Coast.“However, we can’t do that unless we have continued investment in the regional airports,” he concluded. Previous articleImir Gaeilge Tamagotchi le Manchán MaganNext articleMorrissey magic helps Limerick into All-Ireland semi final Staff Reporter Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads last_img read more

Tix Now On Sale for Athol Fugard’s The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek

first_img The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek View Comments Related Shows Tickets are now available for the world premiere of Athol Fugard’s The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek off-Broadway. The production will play a limited engagement April 21 through June 7. Opening night is set for May 11 at the Romulas Linney Courtyard Theatre at the Pershing Square Signature Center.The new play is inspired by the life of South African outsider artist Nukain Mabusa. Aging farm laborer Nukain has spent his life transforming the rocks at Revolver Creek into a vibrant garden of painted flowers. Now, the final unpainted rock, as well as his young companion Bokkie, has forced Nukain to confront his legacy as a painter, a person and a black man in 1980s South Africa. When the landowner’s wife arrives with demands about the painting, the profound rifts of a country hurtling toward the end of apartheid are laid bare.The cast includes Leon Addison Brown, Bianca Amato, Caleb McLaughlin and Sahr Ngaujah. Show Closed This production ended its run on May 31, 2015last_img read more

Running the Summits

first_imgThree women trek 260 miles across the 40 highest peaks in Southern Appalachia in a record-setting seven days.Top trail runners Rebekah Trittipoe of Bedford, Va., Anne Lundblad of Asheville, N.C., and Jenny Anderson of Lynchburg, Va., journeyed to the 40 highest and wildest reaches of the Southern Appalachians to set a new speed record.South Beyond 6000 (popularly known as SB6K) challenges hikers to reach the 40 southern Appalachian peaks exceeding 6,000 ft. in elevation. Only 170 people have completed the challenge in 40 years, and only one other person has conquered them all in one consecutive 260-mile trek.Why were three of the country’s most accomplished ultrarunners considering such a wild adventure so different from their usual competitive undertakings? Trittipoe confessed she was anxious for a “women-only” adventure, and after contacting a few unsuspecting friends with her notion, “Anne and Jenny took the bait.” After considering several possibilities, Lundblad suggested SB6K.“Competitions are fun and exciting, but I wasn’t really finding the sense of internal challenge and accomplishment that I was looking for,” said Lundblad. “We all liked the idea of combining long distance running with bagging peaks.”The SB6K peaks are geographically distributed throughout the southeast’s highest ranges; these include the Great Smokies, Plott Balsams, Great Balsams, Blacks, Great Craggies, and Roans. Fourteen of the 40 peaks have no maintained trail to their summits. Crowned with nearly impenetrable spruce-fir forests and often guarded by a bloodthirsty maze of blackberry thickets and briars, these mountains are the giants of the southeast’s wildest country.Lundblad admitted that she had little off-trail experience. “Before this run, my only off-trail adventures were when I’ve gotten lost on my trail runs,” she explained.In 2003, Ted “Cave Dog” Keizer ran the SB6K peaks in just under 5 days, setting the overall speed record for the challenge. Supported by an extensive crew he dubbed “The Dog Team,” his route would be mirrored by the trio of women runners atop the region’s highest peaks. In his honor, they adopted feline-themed trail names: Mama Cat (Trittipoe), Dixie Cat (Lundblad), and Bohima Cat (Anderson). The Cat Women also used the upcoming quest to fundraise for Project Athena, an organization providing aid to women athletes who suffer catastrophic health setbacks.After months of training, planning, and route finding, the Pride was ready to pounce in mid-June. They set off from 6,643-foot Clingmans Dome, the highest peak in the Smokies, just after 3 a.m. Following the Appalachian Trail, they reached their second peak, Mount Collins, well before the sun came up. Early starts and running in the dark would be a necessity every day to maintain their 40 mile-per-day pace.By late afternoon on their first day, they reached the eastern Smokies range, one of the most wild and remote areas in the southeast. It is home to the most difficult peaks of the entire challenge, including Mount Guyot, the east’s highest trail-less peak, and Marks Knob, the farthest off-trail peak in the challenge. All of these summits are guarded by incredibly dense forests and steep slopes.“In many ways, the thickness of rain forests are exactly like the type of growth and density we experienced,” explained Anderson, who has trekked in the jungles of Central America. “We climbed over blowdowns, crawled under branches, stomped through briars, and squeezed through closely grown balsam…hunting for the summits,” she added. “It was equally challenging finding our way back down to the trail.”By the end of day one, they had summited nine peaks, finishing in crashing thunder and lightning. Electrical storms are among the most dangerous hazards when climbing the region’s highest peaks. But the danger didn’t end there. The Pride would receive a visitor at Tricorner Knob Shelter on their first night—a hungry 300-pound black bear that wandered into camp. Luckily, a ranger was present to scare it off, although the bear returned in the middle of the night, knocking into a cooking pot just a few feet from where the women slept. Again the bear was chased away, but no one slept well that night.The next morning, they knocked off three more off-trail peaks in the Smokies, then exited the park to face an arduous 20 miles of road running. Through more heavy downpours, they pounded the Blue Ridge Parkway, and at long last, the skies parted on the trek to Yellow Face, their next 6,000-foot peak. At Yellow Face they soaked in the majesty of the surrounding mountains. The magical moment reinvigorated the Cats and served as inspiration to push onward.The trio would need their newfound motivation to start their third day, setting out before sunup in another torrential downpour to traverse the Plotts. “We climbed Waterrock Knob with lightning crashing all around us,” said Anderson. “It was quite epic.”Briars, blackberry bushes, and nettles obscured the faint paths to the Plott summits. “We surely got half of our war wounds from that trail,” continued Anderson. She later suffered several bee stings, and her body broke out in hives to accompany her cuts and bruises.The Pride, barely escaping the Plotts in one piece, picked up the Mountains-To-Sea Trail and ascended into the Great Balsam Mountains, where they had to contend with Reinhart Knob, one of SB6K’s most notoriously difficult peaks. Though only a short distance from the Blue Ridge Parkway, the summit is well fortified. Its access is so hindered by colossal blackberry thickets that the preferred route involves ascending a perilous rock face through a steep and narrow chute.In locating the correct rock chute, the ladies soon found themselves perilously clinging to the near-vertical mountainside. At its top, they were greeted with a wall of spruce and fir that even sunlight itself rarely penetrates. “We all paid the price in blood and scratches on that one,” said Trittipoe.Day Four brought scenic relief to the battered Cats as their journey took them across the open balds of Shining Rock. Their morning jaunt to the summit of Black Balsam Knob, a grassy bald with a 360 degree view, was greeted with clear skies, breathtaking vistas, and even a breakfast surprise. Their friend Adam Hill greeted the ladies with a meal of eggs and chocolate chip pancakes.Running the Art Loeb Trail over more scenic peaks like Tennent Mountain and Shining Rock treated the ladies to dramatic views throughout the day. “The open balds were spectacular,” said Trittipoe. The women unanimously named this section as their favorite of the journey.It was also the first day that friends and crew members joined the team to run sections of trail. “We finally had a beautiful, sunny day with friends. We could see forever,” said Lundblad. “It was very special.”The fifth day of the challenge took the runners across the Black Mountains, the highest and most brutal range in the eastern United States. From 6,684-foot Mount Mitchell, the highest mountain in the East, the route heads north to cross seven more peaks, each one with rugged, overgrown back-to-back ascents and descents. Many are so steep that ropes have been installed to rappel rock chutes.“That section of trail will be embedded in my mind forever,” said Anderson. “It had relentless rocks, mud, technical terrain, and ropes.”Another storm approached as they neared the northern end of the range. In dark skies and pouring rain, the sound of tornado sirens from the valley below reached their ears.Before reaching their final range, the Cats had to tackle another laborious 20 mile road run to reach the Roan Highlands. With bodies worn weak and muscles turning to jelly, the winding asphalt proved demoralizing. “It was like a death march,” said Trittipoe. “I was so tired that my eyes continuously closed and I felt myself weaving all over the road.”When they finally climbed Roan High Bluff, their first peak in their final range, a wrong turn resulted in a short bushwhack through thick rhododendron. They eventually emerged onto a paved trail leading to an overlook, startling several tourists. “We felt like lost zoo animals with the looks that we got,” said Anderson.Meanwhile, their support crew assembled at Carvers Gap to run the final two miles with them. The Pride was crewed by their husbands—Mark Lundblad, Cory Anderson, and Gary Trittipoe—as well as Trittope’s son Seth, and friends Josh Yeoman and Robin Packer.During the seven-day journey, crew members did everything from setting up campsites and cooking food to hiking ten miles with gear to a shelter, getting up at 3 a.m. to make oatmeal, doing laundry, and providing invaluable moral support and encouragement. “And they did it without receiving the glory and attention that we got,” said Lundblad.As the Cats emerged from the forest, their arms and legs were ravaged with cuts, scratches, and bruises. Their strides were shortened by aching muscles. Yet they were all smiling. Hand in hand, they arrived at the top of Grassy Ridge Bald and kneeled together to kiss the final benchmark. They completed SB6K in 6 days, 13 hours and 31 minutes, a women’s record.“I can’t imagine any better people to be with through this experience,” said Trittipoe. “We went as a team, and we conquered as a team.”The team aspect set this challenge apart from many other long distance speed attempts. Several experienced long distance runners predicted they wouldn’t succeed because of the team element. But the women stuck together through some of the most harrowing physical and mental challenges.“We were able to motivate and encourage each other to push through the low points,” added Lundblad. “We had a lot of laughs on the trail. I gained an incredible sense of connection with Rebekah and Jenny, knowing that this experience we shared is one we will never forget.”The beauty of the mountains made the experience unlike any other. “Western North Carolina is one of the most beautiful and challenging parts of the entire country,” said Anderson.“Sometimes we just wanted to bag a peak and leave—tired of being cold and wet,” admitted Trittipoe. “But other times, we desired to linger, hoping to capture the magic of the moment.”And for Lundblad, the trek brought new perspective on her running career. “Through this experience, I discovered that while racing fed my ego, this adventure fed my soul.” •Peter J. Barr is chairperson of the Carolina Mountain Club’s South Beyond 6,000 Challenge and has hiked all 40 summits. His second book, Hiking the Southeast’s Highest Peaks, will be released next summer.ANNE LUNDBLAD“Dixie Cat”AGE: 42HOMETOWN: Swannanoa, N.C.DAY JOB: College CounselorMOTHER: Emma, 9RUNNING: 10-time National Champion, 2005 IAU World Cup 100K Silver Medalist, 6-time USA representative at IAU World Cup, Record Holder for JFK 50M, Mt. Mitchell Challenge, Promise Land 50K, Dupont Trail MarathonFAVORITE PEAK: Black Balsam (Great Balsams)MEMORABLE MOMENT: Known for “Doing a Dixie” for her many falls, including once while standing still.REBEKAH TRITTIPOE“Mama Cat”AGE: 52HOMETOWN: Bedford, Va.DAY JOB: Medical Education Author; Online High School TeacherMOTHER: Caleb, 21; Seth, 18RUNNING: Past winner of Mountain Masochist 50M, JFK 50M, Rattlesnake 50K, 250K Brazil Jungle Marathon, Allegheny Trail Women’s Speed RecordFAVORITE PEAK: Mt. Guyot (Smokies)MEMORABLE QUOTE: “I felt like Dora the Explorer.”JENNY ANDERSON“Bohima Lion”AGE: 35HOMETOWN: Lynchburg, Va.DAY JOB: High School Spanish TeacherMOTHER: Logan, 9; Jordan, 7; Ryleigh, 3RUNNING: Past winner of Terrapin Mountain 50K, Rattlesnake 50K, Forget the PR Mohican 50KFAVORITE PEAK: Yellow Face (Plotts)MEMORABLE QUOTE: “At least we don’t have chiggers.”last_img read more

Cancer fundraisers going virtual

first_imgDES MOINES — This summer’s major fundraisers for the American Cancer Society in Iowa are undergoing significant changes due to the coronavirus pandemic.The Relay For Life is held every summer in many Iowa cities to raise funds for research and services for cancer patients and their families. Iowa chapter spokesman Brian Ortner says many once-familiar events are going virtual in 2020. “Some events are being postponed, so either later in the summer or early fall,” Ortner says, “and some are taking on different looks where communities are trying to be creative in how they get to do their fundraising or in what kind of event they can hold.”The Relay For Life events are often the biggest fundraisers of the year and they’re vital, according to Ortner. “Donations are key to us being able to continue to serve the patients and the families,” Ortner says. “Even though it seems like the world has stopped, cancer hasn’t stopped and neither have we. The resources for patients are still available. Our 24-7 Cancer Helpline and the National Cancer Information Center is still available. We need to funds to make sure resources like that continue.”The coronavirus has many people fearful, but especially those who are in the greatest danger.  “Preexisting conditions are one thing that makes this COVID-19 pandemic so concerning for some people,” he says, “and cancer patients are definitely in that class of being at high risk when it comes to being exposed to COVID-19.”To donate, visit or read more