Papua New Guinea: Government minister calls for two reporters to be fired over Covid-19 coverage

first_img News August 12, 2020 Find out more News Police minister Bryan Kramer, Loop PNG reporter Freddy Mou and Post-Courier PNG journalist Gorethy Kenneth (sources: PNG National Parliament / Twitter / Loop – image: RSF). Receive email alerts August 23, 2019 Find out more RSF_en Melanesia: Facebook algorithms censor article about press freedom in West Papua Papua New GuineaAsia – Pacific Media independence Covid19InternetFreedom of expression Papua New GuineaAsia – Pacific Media independence Covid19InternetFreedom of expression Follow the news on Papua New Guinea Newscenter_img Help by sharing this information News reporting hit by Internet blackout in West Papua November 21, 2018 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns a call by a member of Papua New Guinea’s government for the dismissal of two journalists who simply served the public interest by providing helpful coverage of the measures it is taking in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. News Freddy Mou, who covers politics and business for the Loop PNG news website, and Gorethy Kenneth, a reporter for the English-language Post-Courier PNG newspaper, “can’t be trusted” and should be fired, police minister Bryan Kramer said in a post on his “Kramer Report” Facebook page on 11 April.Kramer accused Mou of writing a “mischievous and misleading” article in which comments by the treasury minister about government funding for measures to combat the Covid-19 pandemic were “taken out of context and misreported,” as reported by Pacific Media Watch. Kramer also took issue with the fact that the video of the interview with the treasury minister that Mou posted in support of his article was shared by Kenneth on a Covid-19 discussion group for media outlets on WhatsApp.“It is not up to a government minister to decide whether journalists should be fired, and especially when it is because of a report he didn’t like,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “This constitutes an unacceptable meddling in the media’s necessary work. We call on police minister Bryan Kramer to immediately withdraw his accusations against Freddy Mou and Gorethy Kenneth, who simply provided public interest reporting that was particularly helpful during the pandemic.”Papua New Guinea is ranked 38th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. to go further Papua New Guinea: Chinese delegation excludes journalists from three side events during APEC summit Organisation April 16, 2020 – Updated on May 6, 2020 Papua New Guinea: Government minister calls for two reporters to be fired over Covid-19 coveragelast_img read more

South Africa secures World Bank loan

first_img9 April 2010 The World Bank has granted South African state power company Eskom a US$3.75-billion loan to help it complete the 4 800 MW Medupi coal-fired power station, as well as to finance “some of the biggest solar and wind power plants in the developing world”. Announcing its approval for the loan on Thursday, the World Bank said the loan – its first major lending engagement with South Africa since the end of apartheid in 1994 – was made in order to help South Africa achieve a reliable electricity supply.Coal, wind, solar In a statement, the Washington-based institution’s board of directors said the loan would be used to co-finance the following blend of energy technologies:“US$3.05-billion for completing the 4 800 MW Medupi coal-fired power station, using for the first time on the African continent the same proven, efficient supercritical technology used in OECD countries;“US$260-million for piloting a utility-scale 100 MW wind power project in Sere and a 100 MW concentrated solar power project with storage in Upington; and“US$485-million for low-carbon energy efficiency components, including a railway to transport coal with fewer greenhouse gas emissions.”‘Unique circumstances’ The loan was granted despite opposition from a number of countries, including the US and the UK, because most of it is be used for environmentally unfriendly coal-fired technology. The Bank said the loan was warranted by unique circumstances, including an energy shortage brought about in part by the rapid growth of South Africa’s economy, compounded by the global financial crisis that had “exposed the country’s vulnerability to an energy shock and severe economic consequences.” Obiageli Ezekwesili, the World Bank’s vice-president for the Africa region, said that, without an increased energy supply, South Africans would face “hardship for the poor and limited economic growth … Access to energy is essential for fighting poverty and catalyzing growth, both in South Africa and the wider sub-region. “Our support to Eskom combines much-needed investments to boost generation capacity for growing small and large businesses, creating jobs, and helping lay the foundations for a clean energy future through investments in solar and wind power.”Removing barriers to energy efficiency South Africa’s government said in a statement on Thursday that work to address “market or policy barriers delaying energy efficiency and renewable programmes, as well as future actions needed to achieve mitigation objectives, was already under way with the Bank. Besides pushing for greater energy efficiency in the country, as well as increased use of alternative energy sources, Eskom would be upgrading the environmental technology at its other power plants. The government would also explore the acceleration of the de-commissioning of older power plants in the medium term, taking into account the country’s energy requirements. SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Brand South Africa supports Take a Girl Child to Work Day

first_imgBrand South Africa hosts 12 female leaners from three Diepkloof schools on Cell C Take a Girl Child to Work Day®The 12th annual Cell C Take a Girl Child to Work Day featured Brand South Africa employees reminding young girls to believe in their talents. The event included inspirational words from Play Your Part Ambassadors.Women play a vital role in any community, often as the selfless individuals who care for their families daily. Recognising this Brand South works annually with young schoolgirls to build their self-confidence and encourage them to achieve greatness for themselves, and their communities.This morning, 29 May 2014, Brand South Africa hosted 12 female pupils from Namedi Secondary School, Fidelitas High School and Fons Luminas High School, as part of the Cell C Take a Girl Child to Work Day®.Luvuyo Mandela is a Play Your Part ambassador who is passionate about educating young femalesThe campaign celebrates its 12th anniversary this year under the theme: Dream, Believe, Achieve. This year’s event aimed to remind young female students that they possess the power to make their dreams real by believing in themselves.The Cell C Take a Girl Child to Work Day® targets Grade 10 to 12 South African girl pupils, with the opportunity to visit a place of work and experience first-hand what a specific career entails. It encourages the students to participate in discussions to fully understand their role in the country’s socio-economic development.In his welcoming address, Brand South Africa’s chief executive officer, Miller Matola, said, “Take your life, what it presents, and make it work for you.“Your decisions shape the future that you want for yourself. You make this country what it is.”At the event Brand South Africa staff took the time out to speak to the girls about their jobs and career paths.Onke Dumeko, Brand South Africa’s assistant brand manager, spoke to the girls about the importance of believing in themselves, explaining that the most important contribution they can make to building a healthy society is their value.“When you educate a girl child, it makes all the difference,” she said.“Don’t be hooked on job titles. It’s about the value you bring. Build strong relations.”After explaining the pivotal role that Brand South Africa plays in marketing the country and its people locally and internationally, Dumeko and colleague Leigh-Gail Peterson shared stories of their university experiences and career choices with the girls.Play Your Part Ambassadors give encouragementPlay Your Part Ambassadors, Luvuyo Mandela and Bonolo Ramokhele, discussed how important women are in any society and the roles they play in shaping a country.“You [girls] are the rocks and in the future, you’ll be the rocks for your families,” said Mandela, adding that, “It’s important for women to be in business because they do what’s needed.”Mandela, who has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Hamilton College, is passionate about “developing South Africa through education initiatives that help empower young minds and equip them with the necessary skills to become global competitors and leaders”.He said, “I believe in warming others up to the idea of embodying the social entrepreneurial ethos of being a continuous contributor.”Mandela is the founder of Tyathumzi Advisory, which specialises in corporate social responsibility design. He is also establishing an education platform, Skew Circle, and is a One Young World Ambassador.Ramokhele, a charted accountant, is a director at investment company Leofortis Group, a Play Your Part Ambassador, and a World Economic Forum Global Young Leader.Ramokhele had rousing words for the girls; he said, “The face of poverty around the world is black and female. So educate yourselves. It is critical.”The girls’ take on going to workThe girls took the encouragement from the speakers to heart; Lebogang Mabitsi found the event inspiring and said; “Today I learnt to give back what I have; [to] look for ways to make a difference.”Lerato Mphahlele now sees the value in never giving up. She said, “A person must never give up. They can achieve whatever they want to achieve.”The event proved a successful one, with the pupils seeing the many possibilities that education and a career path can open up for young women.last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — April 17, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest 180417_RyanMartinContinued cold today. Northwest winds dominate the landscape, but we at least see a little less available moisture. Clouds will fight for space with sunshine, and we can’t rule out lingering wet snowflakes, mostly over the northern half to third of the state. However, temperatures today should be a couple degrees warmer than yesterday.Tomorrow will be mostly dry statewide with a mix of clouds and sun. Clouds will be thickening up Wednesday afternoon as our next frontal complex draws close. South-southwest winds ahead of that system should take temps a little higher, perhaps closer to normal. This will, not be a significant warm up, though, and the moderation will be very short lived.Moisture moves in tomorrow evening and then continues through Thursday. Available moisture is not all that impressive, but we draw our rain chances out over the entire period. We look for a few hundredths of an inch up to .25” with coverage at 80% of Ohio. Everything should be done and out of Ohio by Thursday evening.We are keeping our forecast dry for the Friday, Saturday and Sunday time period and are also looking to add Monday to this. The system coming up from the southwest does not look as impressive for early next week. Temps stay cool through the weekend, and will start to moderate just a bit on Monday, as south flow starts to develop ahead of that SW circulation.We our pushing that next system back into Tuesday. We start the day with a few scattered showers in the far southern part of the state, and from there action slowly spreads north. By afternoon we should see chances of precipitation over most of the state. The rains continue off and on through Tuesday night, and Wednesday, finally exiting to the north and east after midnight Wednesday night. Rain totals for the 36 hour period can be from.25”-.75” over about 80% of the state, but most of that coverage will be closer to the .25”. This low stays south a long time before shoots north over us. So, that means we still have to watch this event, as any slowing or strengthening could adjust that track back farther west, and mess with our precipitation totals. But, at the moment, it looks like we catch the most moisture of anywhere in the eastern corn belt with this system. We get drier weather with sunshine for next Thursday after sunrise behind the system.Strong Canadian high pressure slides into the region at midweek next week, meaning we see a reinforcing shot of cooler air spreading across the eastern Corn Belt. This high promotes dry weather. Then, a cold front works in from the northwest for the 28th and moisture associated with that stalling front can hold through the 1st. As precipitation dissipates for the 2nd, we should see high pressure settle in over the Great Lakes for a couple of days, before another system lifts out of the central and southern plains around May 4th. While we have a few attempts by our atmosphere to moderate between now and months end. For the most part we average 5-15 degrees below normal for the rest of April on the whole. That means soil temperatures will be slower to move…although they will be moving upward. Below is a map of soil temperatures from yesterday. We have some work to do – and if our soil profile stays damp, it will be tough progress very quickly.last_img read more

Shooter Bindra included elite ISSF panel

first_imgBeijing Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra has been included in the Athletes Committee of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF).The ace rifle shooter was nominated to the committee by the Nation Rifle Association of India (NRAI) with an aim of making a contribution towards the development of the sport.The former world champion was chosen by shooters from across the world who voted for him in the elections held during the World Championships at Munich earlier this year, a statement issued by Bindra’s media manager said on Monday.”Bindra with his vast experience will definitely be an asset to this committee and will positively contribute towards the betterment of the shooting sport,” the statement said.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

The Top 5 College Football Teams Fans Are Betting On To Win The National Title

first_imgCollege Football National Championship Trophy.National titleCollege football fans are likely happy with Michigan’s quick turnaround under Jim Harbaugh – simply because a good Wolverines team makes the sport more interesting. But apparently, a lot of them are actually starting to believe that UM can both reach this year’s College Football Playoff and – wait for it – win it all too.According to ESPN’s David Payne Purdum, the top five teams by number of bets to win the national title at the Las Vegas SuperBook are Michigan, Ohio State, LSU, Clemson and Alabama. That’s right – the Wolverines are getting the most bets to win it all.Of course – that’s a product of both hype and odds. As of February 1, Michigan was a 12-1 bet to win it all. Alabama was tops, at 6:1.Top 5 teams to win the college football national title by number of bets @LVSuperBook: 1. Michigan 2. Ohio St 3. LSU 4. Clemson 5. Alabama— David Payne Purdum (@DavidPurdum) May 20, 2016Oklahoma and Baylor are the teams with the best odds that aren’t part of the list, for what it’s worth.If Michigan does win it all, Las Vegas is going to have a rough night. We’ll find out.last_img read more

NAT Posts NineMonth Loss

first_imgzoom Nordic American Tankers (NAT) booked a net loss of USD 34.2 million in the third quarter of this year, widening its loss when compared to the corresponding quarter from last year when the loss equaled USD 7.5 million.For the first nine months ended September 2017, the company’s loss reached USD 53.6 million, a plunge from the profit reported in the same period last year which stood at USD 34.6 million.The company said that the third quarter of the year proved to be challenging, as expected, resulting in lower earnings than in the preceding quarters.The Time Charter Equivalent (TCE) for the Q3 was USD 10,600 per day per ship. In addition, the company had eight ships in drydocking during the quarter.For the fourth quarter of this year, NAT said that it sees strengthening of tanker rates with recent fixtures at USD 20,000 per day. However, the company warned that this might change quickly both up and down amid market volatility.With respect to its financial situation, the tanker owner and operator said that it was maintaining its financial soundness and that it was about to make its capital structure “more efficient to support its future growth.”The company’s net debt at the end of the quarter stood at USD 341.5 million, or USD 11.4 million per vessel, which NAT claims is the lowest in the industry.Speaking of the financing agreement signed for its three  Suezmax newbuildings slated for delivery next year, NAT said it expects to finalize the deal by the end of this month.Some 30% of the building price was paid in cash on contract signature in October 2016, while the remaining 70% will be financed through the deal with an unnamed international financial institution.“We have agreed main terms and are in the final documentation stages for this financing. The above-mentioned financing is part of our strategy to explore alternative sources of funding to make our capital structure more efficient,” NAT added.NAT’s fleet consists of 33, including 3 newbuilds, with an aggregate cargo capacity of 33 million barrels of crude oil, and an average age of 12 years.last_img read more

Pasloski new Yukon premier

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Yukon has a new premier.In a landslide vote this weekend, the Yukon party chose Darrell Pasloski as their new leader.Pasloski is a Whitehorse pharmacist and businessman who has never held elected office. He ran unsuccessfully for the Conservatives in the 2008 federal election.He currently does not hold a seat in the Yukon legislative assembly.Pasloski replaces Dennis Fentie who is retiring. Fenti has led the Yukon government since 2002.Pasloski will have to call a territorial election before mid-October.As premier, he says he will focus on building a strong cabinet and working on current issues.last_img read more