Heavy fine for ignoring court’s gag order could sink sole opposition newspaper

first_img Arson attack causes serious damage to opposition weekly’s press A heavy fine imposed in a hearing today on the weekly Regar for ignoring a supreme court order not to publish an internal letter by three judges was excessive and could wipe out what is the Seychelles’ only independent newspaper, Reporters Without Borders said.The press freedom organisation said it was “absurd” that the fine was decided by judges who were the reason for the case against Regar, and it was a “complete aberration” that one of the same judges would also hear the newspaper’s appeal against the fine, which was set at 40,000 rupees (about 5,800 euros).”The only really just solution is for the judicial authorities to abandon their prosecution against Regar and let the only opposition newspaper do its work in peace,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We call on all of the Seychelles’ political and economic partners to use all their influence to calm things down.”Regar received an injunction from the supreme court on 27 October ordering it not to publish “in whole or in part” an internal letter written by three supreme court judges complaining about a court registrar’s insubordination. The order – signed by Judge Bernardin Renaud, one of the letter’s three signatories – said publication of the letter would prejudice the functioning of the judicial system.Regar editor Roger Mancienne refused to comply because he considered the letter to be “valid, relevant and of public interest.” Regar ran it the next day, alongside the supreme court order and a chronology of the case, pointing out that the letter confirmed the criticism its journalists had already made about the court registrar concerned. As a result, Mancienne was found in contempt of court.This is not the first time that Regar has been prosecuted or had a run-in with the authorities. It is one of the most influential news outlets in a country with mostly spineless media. The state press just relays official statements and carries no criticism of the government. December 9, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Heavy fine for ignoring court’s gag order could sink sole opposition newspaper Receive email alerts December 13, 2005 Find out more News News SeychellesAfrica Help by sharing this information October 4, 2006 Find out more Newscenter_img SeychellesAfrica Judicial harassment forces opposition weekly to stop publishing RSF_en Organisation News Follow the news on Seychelles Newspaper editor freed, charged with “unlawful assembly” October 26, 2006 Find out more to go furtherlast_img read more

Tackling food loss, waste could benefit Indonesia on many fronts: Experts

first_imgLocal and global organizations are urging Indonesia to reduce its food waste and loss to not only ensure the availability of nutritious food but also to prevent environmental degradation and financially benefit individuals and businesses.World Resources Institute (WRI) global director for food, forests and water, Craig Hanson, said companies yielded $14 in return for every $1 invested in reducing food loss and waste, including by measuring waste and changing packaging.To tackle the problem, Hanson cited a coalition of executives called “Champions 12.3” that had called on nations to integrate food loss and waste reduction into climate strategies, pursue the problems as part of COVID-19 responses and follow the “Target-Measure-Act” approach, as quoted by a recommendation paper published on Sept. 24.  GAIN is currently rolling out its I-PLAN program, which focuses on improving fish availability by reducing postharvest food losses. It involves assisting small and medium enterprises (SMEs), giving cash prizes to innovators that could create innovations to tackle the problem and creating demand by educating fish postharvest loss actors, among other measures.“It’s a really strong incentive for businesses to not waste so much of the food and the products that they spend so long trying to grow, harvest and capture. So we have to help businesses to do that,” Haddad said.Businesses are not alone in reaping benefits. Health Ministry public health nutrition director Dhian Dipo called reducing food waste an “investment” because reducing household expenditure through food waste reduction frees up resources for other household needs, such as education and health needs.She said the government was addressing nutritional problems through a 2017 presidential decree on food and nutrition strategic policies that highlights nutrition education and community empowerment as among key strategies to tackle the problem.Food and Land Use Coalition (FOLU) ambassador Felia Salim also quoted various studies showing that Indonesia could reduce up to 1.6 percent of greenhouse gas emissions relative to its emissions in 2013 by reducing 50 percent of rice, palm oil and dairy lost and wasted in the supply chain.She said the greenhouse gas reduction was equal to taking 96 percent of Jakarta’s 5.3 million cars off the road.  “But how realistic is that [taking cars off Jakarta’s roads]? It’s not realistic. The more realistic approach is tackling all these agro-based industries,” Felia said in the webinar.Reducing the same amount of dairy waste and loss also allows Indonesia to stop 3 to 11 percent of dairy imports and save US$8 million to $30 million, which is equal to up to 30 times the annual budget of the Jakarta administration, she said. Rice waste and loss reduction also showed similar results.Similarly, National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) head of food, agriculture and livestock, Noor Avianto, said that managing food waste was among the agency’s strategies to improve national food systems and governance under the country’s latest five-year plan (RPJMN).Among other measures, the government has relaxed procurement standards for perishable products, incentivized food redistribution through tax reductions and imposed marketing restrictions for portions and packaging to reduce food loss and waste, he said.“The important thing about the food waste [problem] is how we can increase the availability, accessibility and quality of food and on another side, [it is about how] we can reduce food waste at the community level,” he explained.Globally, one-third of all food is lost or wasted each year, costing the global economy US$940 billion each year, according to data quoted by the WRI.Topics : “Now is the time to really take food loss and waste seriously,” Hanson said in a webinar organized by The Jakarta Post and the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) in conjunction with the International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste on Sept. 29.Indonesia wastes about 300 kilograms of food per person every year, making it among the largest food wasters in the world, Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) data revealed.GAIN executive director Lawrence Haddad said in Tuesday’s webinar that food loss was equivalent to nutrition loss and environment loss. Most high nutrients are highly perishable, and the availability of nutritious food is crucial in Indonesia, where high rates of undernutrition and overweight prevail.The 2018 Basic Health Survey showed that one in three toddlers experienced stunting and nearly half of pregnant Indonesian women suffered from anemia due to micronutrient deficiencies during the same year. COVID-19 is exacerbating the stunting problem as it reduces food accessibility and affordability for households, degrading overall nutrient intake, according to Health Ministry findings.last_img read more

‘Edo State Did Not Spend N70m on Okpekpe Race’

first_imgOrganisers of the 5th Okpekpe 10km International Road Race have denied in strong terms speculations in a section of the sporting media that the Edo State Government spent N70million to host the one-day race a fortnight ago.The 2017 edition of the IAAF Bronze labelled race was dominated as usual by road runners from East Africa with Ethiopian trio of Luel Gebrasilasis (29mins 28 secs), Jima Bekele (29.34), and Dawit Fikadu (32.22) making a clean sweep in the male category. Another Ethiopian, Gebru Azemra ran 33. 59 to win the women’s event.Yesterday, CEO of Pamodzi Sports Marketing, the franchise owner of the race, Mr Mike Itemuagbor, said in a statement that Edo State government did not bankroll the race as was been erroneously speculated. “The 2017 edition of the Okpekpe 10km International Road Race was not bankrolled by Edo State Government. I don’t know where the reporter who wrote that report got his fact before rushing to the press to misinform people. The 2017 edition was sponsored by Pamodzi Sports Marketing and its partners. This is the fact of the matter which is well known by everyone connected with the road race,” observed Itemuagbor in the statement.While thanking Governor Godwin Obaseki for sustaining the involvement of the state in race, Itemuagbor revealed that the Edo State government only offered to pay the prize money for the only IAAF and AIMS certified road race in the whole of West Africa.“Edo State government is only involved with the payment of the prize money to the winners which is not anywhere in the region of N70million erroneously reported,” the Pamodzi chief executive clarified.Despite the plaudits received by the organizers for the quality manner the 2017 edition was professionally handled, Itemuagbor insisted that the next edition promises to be better.“Our target is to make the Okpekpe race an IAAF gold labeled event. We want to make Okpekpe race the preferred destination for the world’s best road ruuners just like what the London, Berlin, Boston and New York marathons have become today,” concludes the foremost sports marketer in the country.The 5th edition which was better packaged by Pamodzi Sports Marketing, the franchise owners of the IAAF bronze label race. It lived up to billing with Veronica Maina (34.19) and Alice Timbili (34.39) winning the second and third positions to complete an East African clean sweep. The top three finishers got $15,000, $10,000 and $7,000 in both the male and female categories.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Live Week 15 Fantasy Football Advice: Injury updates, start ’em sit ’em, NFL DFS tips, more

first_imgWEEK 15 NON-PPR RANKINGS: Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerWatch: Live Fantasy Football Start ’em Sit ’em Advice Week 15Traditional live chat on Fantasy Alarm! , The second round of the fantasy playoffs is here, and fantasy football owners are in need of lineup advice. Fantasy Alarm fantasy experts Howard Bender and Jennifer Piacenti are here to help with their live show that goes from 11 a.m. ET until kickoff. Get start ’em, sit ’em advice, NFL DFS tips, injury updates, stats, trends, and more. You can also join Fantasy Alarm’s traditional live chat and have all of your fantasy football questions by more Fantasy Alarm experts. Also, check out the Fantasy Alarm “Pie in the face” challenge!The Week 15 weather report is about as good as we could hope for at this time of year, but there are plenty of injuries that are causing problems. For updates on “questionable” RBs Josh Jacobs, Derrick Henry, James Conner and more, go here; for the latest on injured TEs Jared Cook, Noah Fant, and Jimmy Graham, click here; for news on Jameis Winston, go here; for news on ailing WRs T.Y. Hilton, Julian Edelman, and Will Fuller, click here. last_img read more

Governor to decide statewide weight limit for ag sprayers

first_imgDES MOINES — The Iowa legislature has voted to let three-wheeled vehicles used to spray farm fields carry up to 25,000 pounds of chemicals or nutrients on Iowa highways. Representative Sharon Steckman, a Democrat from Mason City, said county officials in north-central Iowa object.“They said this is not a good thing,” Steckman said. “It could add too much of a load onto our already old bridges, most of which are in very bad shape.”Representative Cindy Winckler, a Democrat from Davenport, said the bill will have unintended consequences.“As we continue to have heavier and heavier farm equipment and raise weight limits, we are putting our roads and bridges in jeopardy,” Winckler said.Republican Representative Norlin Mommsen of DeWitt said the tires on sprayers are not like regular truck tires, but function a bit like snow shoes.“I can walk across a snow drift and not sink in because I’ve spread that weight out,” Mommsen says. “And that’s what flotation tires do.”Distributing the weight of a sprayer is important in a corn or soybean field.“When you drive these vehicles, they spend most of their life in a field, we have to deal with compaction, so it’s necessary to spread that weight out so we don’t compact our soils,” Mommsen said. “I believe with these flotation tires, we’ll be doing less damage to the roads, even with the increased weight limit.”The Iowa Senate passed the bill unanimously last week. The House passed it Tuesday on a 73-25 vote and sent it to the governor for her consideration.last_img read more

Photos: Golden State Warriors unveil jerseys for 2019-20 season

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceAssociation Edition: A staple in the Warriors uniform arsenal, the white jersey with the team’s Global Logo is a simple, globally recognized jersey that was first introduced prior to the 2010-11 season. The 2019-20 version of this jersey features the team’s refreshed Global Logo, highlighted by an updated, more accurate portrayal of the eastern span of the Bay Bridge.Icon Edition: A blue alternative to the Association …last_img read more

Huge savings from green light bulbs

first_imgCFLs have saved South Africa 1800 MW of electricity. (Image: Red, green and blue) Eskom has revived previously mothballed stations to achieve power supply. (Image: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Hilary Joffe Spokesperson Eskom +27 11 800 6993 or +27 79 697 9374 RELATED ARTICLES • Eskom build programme powers ahead • Solar power lights the way • Camden power station working again • Kusile power station to go aheadBongani NkosiThe largest rollout of energy-saving fluorescent light bulbs in the world has saved Eskom, South Africa’s power utility, 1 800MW of electricity over the last six years – a massive boost to the country’s power-saving drive.Between 2004 and 2010 more than 43.5-million compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) were distributed throughout South Africa, with Eskom installing them in households free of charge as part of the National Efficient Lighting Programme.“The electricity saved as a result of the marked reduction in consumption by lighting in homes and buildings across the country brings us closer to achieving our energy-saving targets,” Andrew Etzinger, a senior manager at Eskom, said in a statement on 17 January.In the programme, Eskom replaced power-hungry incandescent light bulbs with CFLs, which consume 80% less electricity and are more environment-friendly.“Eskom leveraged the programme to raise awareness of the importance to save electricity through converting to energy efficient lighting alternatives,” the utility said.CFLs have become an international trend, with government bodies promoting their use and even distributing them to households in programmes similar to those of Eskom. The utility said South Africa has rolled out the highest number of CFLs to date; Mexico is set to follow when its programme of rolling out 30-million CFLs is complete.The US federal government has urged citizens to opt for the energy-saving bulbs, pointing out that if every home replaced traditional lights with CFLs the country would save enough energy to light more than 2.5-million homes for a year, the US National Public Radio website reported in 2007. The government also said that using energy-saving bulbs in every home would save greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to that of 800 000 cars.Demand up, prices downAccording to Eskom there is now a growing demand for CFLs, which since 2004 has driven the price down significantly. Eskom said the current price of R15 (US$2.20) per bulb was more acceptable compared to the initial cost of between R60 and R80 ($8.75 and $11.65).The light’s design has also become more suitable for local use. “Over the past six years, we seem to have overcome all of the barriers that once discouraged the widespread use of CFLs,” Etzinger said.“Now that they are more affordable, easily accessible and can be used in almost any setting that we’d use a normal light bulb, the adoption of CFLs is really starting to gather momentum in this country, as it is elsewhere in the world.”Power crisis remainsBut South Africa is not yet off the hook when it comes to power supply. The 1 800MW saved with the CFL programme does not mean South Africans can slack off on energy saving. Eskom’s call to consumers to use electricity sparingly remains loud.Power supply will stay tight until the first unit of Medupi Power Station comes online in 2012, Eskom said. The coal-fired station is one of South Africa’s biggest power-generating infrastructure initiatives. Currently under construction in Limpopo province, Medupi’s six units will generate 4 788 MW when complete by 2015. Its first unit is scheduled to be commissioned in 2012.Kusile power station in Mpumalanga, another major project currently underway, will start generating power in 2014 when its first unit is commissioned. The two stations are part of Eskom’s build programme, through which the state-owned enterprise has also revived formerly mothballed stations.last_img read more

Microsoft Bullies Users Into Office 365 Services

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Microsoft has confirmed Office 2013 licenses will be locked to one PC and one PC only, halting transfers of the office suite software to replacement computers and perhaps forcing users to use its new Office 365 services.If you install Office 2013 on any PC, that licensed copy belongs to that computer for the life of that PC. $Deity help you if you lose that computer to hardware failure, age, or theft, because pfft! there goes your copy of Office 2013, even if you have the box with the license key and the installation discs.This revelation has caused, as one might expect, some consternation in the tech community, if only because it puts the smackdown on the long-established practice of moving copies of Office to another computer when the need arose. Typically, a copy of Office outlasts at least one of my PCs, because the functionality of Office from one version to another isn’t usually great enough to warrant a switch upon hardware upgrade. Especially for the price tag of Office.Apparently, Microsoft is on to cheapskates like me, and is beginning to enforce corporate-like licensing on consumers now.Just The FactsHere’s what PC World’s Tony Bradley learned when he reached out to Microsoft.“I asked Microsoft for clarification, and I received this official response: ‘Office 365 Home Premium works across up to 5 devices (Windows tablets, PCs or Macs) and can be transferred across devices. The Office 2013 software is licensed to one computer for the life of that computer and is non-transferable.’”The wording of Microsoft’s response to Bradley is noteworthy: the software giant is clearly telegraphing that if you want ease-of-portability, then you should move to the subscription-based Office 365 model.(See also Microsoft Office 365 Is Not A Good Deal For Singles)But that strategy makes little sense: while it is true you can have access to Office 365 on multiple computers at the same time, that’s not the same thing as being able to take the one copy of Office you own and move it to another computer, deleting the copy on your first PC or allowing the copy of Office to deprecate when the machine is taken to the nearest recycling center.Users pretty much get the fact that you have to buy multiple licenses of Office (or other locally installed software) when using it at the same time. But now Microsoft is saying that their software is forever tied to the first PC on which you install Office 2013.Curiously, Microsoft is trying to justify this move with the somewhat whiney excuse that they’ve done this before.“Office 2013 has the same licensing provisions around transferability as the equivalent Office 2010 package, which was the package purchased by most Office 2010 customers,” the company told Bradley.Um, not quite. Computerworld did some digging and learned that while there was language in Office 2010’s EULA that seemed to limit one licensed copy to one PC, there were allowances in the legalese made for shifting from one PC to another.“‘You may reassign the license to a different device any number of times, but not more than one time every 90 days,’ stated the EULA for Office Home & Student 2010, the most popular consumer version of that edition. ‘If you reassign, that other device becomes the ‘licensed device.’ If you retire the licensed device due to hardware failure, you may reassign the license sooner.’”That kind of language has been removed from Office 2013’s EULA.Like A Good Neighbor?When I examined the pricing differences of Office 2013 versus Office 365 earlier this month, I was making the presumption that when you used a copy of Office 2013, you would be able to use that copy of Office 2013 for a hypothetical full three-year period.Three years is a reasonable time to expect a computer to run and still be fast enough to keep up with the software Joneses, but it’s not unreasonable to expect the inevitable loss of PCs due to breakdowns, theft, or disasters. That skews the pricing model a bit for the single-PC users that would have otherwise benefited from using the local versions of Office 2013.If you recall, for one PC using the various Office flavors for three years, the cost breakdowns were:Office 365 Home Premium: $299.97 Office Home and Student: $139.99 Office Home and Business: $219.99Office Professional: $399.99But if you factor in the possibility of a PC replacement (planned or otherwise) within those three years, for whatever reason, you get a pricing model like this:Office 365 Home Premium: $299.97 Office Home and Student: $279.98 Office Home and Business: $439.98 Office Professional: $799.98So, if you have any plans to update your hardware soon, Office 365 looks like a much better bet, unless you are using the version of Office with the least features, Home and Student. And, if you are worried in any way about unplanned loss, then suddenly Office 365’s subscription plan looks suddenly like an insurance policy.Microsoft is clearly trying to push users into getting connected to its own ecosystem, hoping Office 365 and the just-released to the public Outlook.com will tie users into their services just as Google/Android holds its users in quiescent (and revenue generating) thrall.The key difference is that while Google uses the freemium model for attracting users, Microsoft seems to be applying the use-this-or-pay-more model.Charming.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img brian proffitt Tags:#Microsoft Office A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Father sings bhajans in temples

first_imgThe father of Feroze Khan, whose appointment at the Banaras Hindu University’s Sanskrit department has triggered a row, himself sings bhajans at temples and serves at a cow shelter.At a temple in the premises of Shree Ramdev Gaushala Chetanya Dham in Bagru, 35 km from here, Ramzan Khan on Wednesday participated in the aarti, sitting at a harmonium and singing a devotional song.He himself holds the shastri qualification in Sanskrit, composes religious songs and performs ‘gau sewa’ at the nearby cattle shed. At the same time, he visits the mosque and offers namaz.last_img read more

Finance Minister Says Relationship with IMF Could End Sept. 2019

first_img Jamaica’s borrowing relationship with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) could end when the country’s US$1.6-billion Precautionary Stand-By Arrangement (PSBA) concludes in September 2019. Jamaica’s borrowing relationship with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) could end when the country’s US$1.6-billion Precautionary Stand-By Arrangement (PSBA) concludes in September 2019.Finance and the Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, says the Government and Fund are of the view that, barring any unforeseen circumstances, “Jamaica will be able to graduate from an IMF (borrowing arrangement) programme”.“It just requires steadfast and faithful implementation of a series of economic reforms that we have already committed to, and getting those done on time…,” the Minister said.He was speaking at Sterling Asset Management Limited’s annual investor briefing, held at the Spanish Court Hotel, New Kingston, on Thursday (June 7).Dr. Clarke said Jamaica’s progression from a standby facility, initiated in 2010, to an Extended Fund Facility (EFF) in 2013, and the PSBA in 2016, consequent on the resulting macroeconomic out-turns, is indicative of the country “taking more ownership of its economic programme”.These indicators include net international reserves totalling approximately $3.7 billion; lowering of the debt to gross domestic product ratio from a high of over 140 per cent down to under 120 per cent; and low inflation, with the out-turn at the end of the 2017/18 fiscal year coming in at approximately 3.5 per cent, which was lower than the four to six per cent projection.The Minister noted that Jamaica recorded 13 successful reviews under the EFF, which spanned two Administrations, and was brought to “early termination” in 2016, making way for the successor PSBA.He pointed out that unlike the EFF, which entailed reviews being conducted every three months, these are conducted every six months under the PSBA.“The second big difference is that under the US$932-million EFF, the funds were actually transferred into the vaults of the Bank of Jamaica. Under this (PSBA) programme, the IMF has given us a security blanket of US$1.6 billion. That money is on standby in the event that Jamaica needs it. We have now gone a year and a half into the (PSBA) and (thankfully) we haven’t had need to draw on those resources,” Dr. Clarke Finance and the Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, says the Government and Fund are of the view that, barring any unforeseen circumstances, “Jamaica will be able to graduate from an IMF (borrowing arrangement) programme”. Story Highlights “It just requires steadfast and faithful implementation of a series of economic reforms that we have already committed to, and getting those done on time…,” the Minister said.last_img read more