President Gbagbo urged to aid recovery of opposition press and bring order to state-owned media

first_img November 26, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 President Gbagbo urged to aid recovery of opposition press and bring order to state-owned media October 16, 2020 Find out more Côte d’IvoireAfrica RSF_en Receive email alerts Côte d’IvoireAfrica to go further Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders welcomed a statement from Ivorian president, Laurent Gbagbo, condemning the ransacking of opposition and independent newspaper offices on 4 November and the opening of an investigation to punish those responsible.But the worldwide press freedom organisation called on him to go further to ensure these newspapers can circulate freely again and to restore order within the state-owed media.”While it is shameful for this condemnation to come three weeks after the event, we hail Laurent Gbagbo’s apparent desire to see justice for dailies 24 Heures, Le Patriote, Le Nouveau Réveil, Le Jour, Le Front, Le Libéral nouveau and all newspapers silenced by the extremists,” Reporters Without Borders said.”We hope that these investigations will be thorough and that those responsible, whoever they may be, will be genuinely punished”. But it added that to be consistent the Ivorian authorities should also establish professionalism within the state-owned media and guarantee that gagged publications went back on sale at the news-stands.”Once it has received assurances from the head of state in person there should be no reason for distributor Edi Presse to refuse to deliver them,” it added.A final statement from the council of ministers’ meeting on 25 November, read on television by the government’s spokesman, said that the head of state condemned the destruction of opposition party headquarters and “the wrecking of some newspaper offices, violence against individuals, particularly foreigners, women and children.””Such acts should not go unpunished,” said the statement, adding that President Gbagbo had announced that investigations were “under way” to find those responsible for acts of destruction, pillage and physical assaults.A wave of exceptional violence was unleashed against press freedom on 4 November, the same day that Ivorian armed forces launched an offensive against positions of former rebels in the north of country.Pro-government militia ransacked some opposition newspapers, gagging part of the press (above photo : the entrance of Le Patriote), sabotaged FM broadcasts by Radio France Internationale (RFI), BBC and Africa N°1 and ousted the director-general of Radiotélévision ivoirienne (RTI) for a pro-government figure.The state-owned media that enjoy a virtual monopoly in the capital Abidjan then turned themselves into propagandists for the president’s party and “Young Patriots” called for an anti-French uprising, putting out doom-laden and extremist news.Journalists cast out of work from their gagged newspapers were forced to live more or less in hiding before managing to put out a combined free issue, distributed unofficially, on 22 November thanks to a return to calm in the financial capital. Private distributor Edi Presse however still refused to distribute the papers, citing “constant threats to destroy your daily and to ransack offices”. It also argued that other newspaper sellers and other partners” feared “their activities could be endangered” as a result.Le Patriote, Le Jour, 24 Heures, Ivoire Matin, Le Libéral nouveau, Le Nouveau Réveil and Le Front produced a further joint issue on 26 November, with a cover price but still using an alternative distribution system.Broadcasts of RFI and BBC on FM mysteriously returned to Abidjan on 24 November. Moreover there was a noticeable change of tone on the airwaves of state-owned RTI and Radio Côte d’Ivoire, which broadcast regular messages aimed at restoring calm. The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Organisation center_img Reports News October 29, 2020 Find out more News Follow the news on Côte d’Ivoire News RSF’s recommendations for protecting press freedom during Côte d’Ivoire’s elections Threats against journalists in run-up to Côte d’Ivoire’s presidential election November 27, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Waterworks Aquatics Grand Opening of Brand New Indoor Pool in Pasadena

first_imgFitness Waterworks Aquatics Grand Opening of Brand New Indoor Pool in Pasadena From STAFF REPORTS Published on Friday, May 3, 2013 | 5:07 pm Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Waterworks Aquatics, southern California’s number one Swim School and Aquatics Center, is proud to present itself to the City of Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley area with a newly built 15,000 square foot indoor swim facility. The company is scheduled to open its new state-of-the-art indoor swim facility on Wednesday, May 15th.They will hold their Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Thursday, May 23rd from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. The event will include complimentary snacks, and beverages. Waterworks Aquatics will also be opening up their two indoor pools for free swim and water activities for the entire family to enjoy.California is one of 10 states in which drowning is the leading cause of death for children under 15 years of age. In an effort to reduce this statistic and promote water safety, Waterworks Aquatics teaches more than 10,000 children to swim each year at its southern California locations. Their new Pasadena location will provide an additional venue where its successes can be shared in the Pasadena area by providing swimming lessons year round in a warm enclosed environment. Classes are offered in two pools, a lap pool heated to 89 degrees and the teaching pool heated to 92 degrees for children and adults ages three months and older.Waterworks Aquatics provides Private, Semi-Private, Parent and Me, Adult and Stroke Clinic swim classes. It will also offer youth swim teams, summer swim camps, lap swimming, water aerobics, and a venue for birthday parties as well as facilitating aquatic therapy.“The teaching methodology at Waterworks Aquatics is what differentiates us from other swim schools,” said JonAlpert, founder of Waterworks Aquatics. “We utilize an original instructional philosophy of teaching children to roll to their back for a breath rather than lifting their heads to breathe, which allows children as young as 18 months the capability to swim across the pool. The other key component is the use of a specialized muscle memory teaching technique, where students are taught stroke technique at a very young age. We provide small class sizes with individualized attention. We have had so much success with providing a warm environment along with fast progress.”With a commitment to “Learning it the Right Way, Right from the Beginning”, Waterworks Aquatics was voted the Best Swim School in Orange County in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 by the readers of Parenting OC Magazine.Waterworks Aquatics is running a grand opening special of 20% off swim lesson packages as well as up to 4 free additional lessons up until May 26, 2013.For more information or to register for classes, please visit or call (626) 836-1200. HerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIt Works Great If Weight Loss Is What You’re Looking For!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Ways To Power Yourself As A WomanHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat Is It That Actually Makes French Women So Admirable?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeauty Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes 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. More Cool Stuff First Heatwave Expected Next Week center_img Community News Community News Business News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Make a comment 29 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Top of the News Subscribelast_img read more

Arsenal consider Emiliano Martinez as replacement for Petr Cech to avoid transfer

first_imgAdvertisement Coral BarryWednesday 27 Feb 2019 6:46 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link363Shares (Picture: Rex Features)Some reports claim Emery will have as little as £40million to spend at the end of the season as the Gunners brace themselves for another season without Champions League football.Arsenal currently occupy fourth spot in the Premier League table, but are just a point ahead of Manchester United and three ahead of Chelsea.Emery’s only signing in January was the loan addition of Denis Suarez, who is yet to make a start for Arsenal.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Comment Arsenal consider Emiliano Martinez as replacement for Petr Cech to avoid transfercenter_img Cech is retiring at the end of the season (Picture: Getty)Despite Martinez’s form, Reading are battling relegation from the Championship and have goal difference to thank for not currently sitting in the bottom three.Martinez’s promotion may shock fans considering that despite the fact the goalkeeper has spent his entire senior career at Arsenal, he has made just 16 appearances.After a difficult January where Emery had zero transfer funds, the summer is not expected to be much better for the Arsenal boss.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Advertisement Martinez is on loan at Reading from Arsenal (Picture: Rex Features)Unai Emery is considering promoting Emiliano Martinez to the senior team to take over from Petr Cech as Arsenal’s No.2 goalkeeper, reports say.Arsenal will need to add another goalkeeper to their squad in the summer as Cech prepares to hang up his boots.Cech is retiring after 15 years in the Premier League, but Arsenal are reluctant to dip into the transfer market to fill the veteran’s boots.The Sun claim Martinez is an option having played every minute of Reading’s Championship games since joining the Royals in January on loan.ADVERTISEMENT Arsenal v Bournemouth: Unai Emery press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 8:03FullscreenArsenal v Bournemouth: Unai Emery press conference is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Martinez, 26, would be a free option for Emery and allow the Arsenal boss to spend limited transfer funds elsewhere.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe Argentine, who came through Arsenal’s youth ranks, has impressed at Reading when an injury to No.1 Anssi Jaakkola allowed Martinez to step into the team.Reading have been beaten just once in the league with Martinez in goal and Arsenal think he could be the solution to replacing Cech.last_img read more

Make Dinagyang 2020 trash-free, revelers told

first_imgKeeping the city clean duringDinagyang is part of city government’s desire to “level up” everyone’sDinagyang experience, he stressed. “Makibotlag kita tanan kay kadamo sang ila plano para sa  kalingawan sang mgaIlonggo sa ngalan sang aton patron,Señor Santo Niño,” said Treñas. “Ginapangayoko gid ang kooperasyon sang tanan. Palihog lang, ang ini nga Dinagyang himuonta nga pinakatawhay,” said Treñas./PN He also cited the cooperation of citygovernment departments and the Iloilo City Police Office for maintaining peaceand order. The mayor said this year’s DinagyangFestival will be the biggest and he cited the IFFI, the new group tasked to manageDinagyang and other festivals of the city.  “As your Local Chief Executive, together withthe Iloilo Festivals Foundation, Inc. (IFFI), we will do our best to give youthe kind of fun and festival you deserve. But I hope you will also help us inkeeping our city clean,” said Treñas.center_img Dinagyang is the Hiligaynon word forrevelry or merrymaking. The festival started in 1967. A replica of the SantoNiño de Cebu was brought from Cebu to the San Jose de Placer Church. The imagewas enthusiastically received by the Ilonggos who danced on the streets ofIloilo City. Disposing garbage properly, hestressed, “because it is not someone else’s responsibility to pick up yourlitter.” Treñas said he is proud of the IFFIand its plans for this year. ILOILO City – Mayor Jerry Treñasappealed for everyone’s cooperation to make this year’s Dinagyang Festivalthrash-free.last_img read more

Irish fears growing over Sexton fitness

first_img Lock Donnacha Ryan is also a doubt after incurring a shoulder problem at Murrayfield, while his second row partner Mike McCarthy continues to nurse a knee problem. The prognosis over Craig Gilroy’s groin complaint is better, however, with the Ulster wing expected to train next week. “Donnacha suffered a bruised AC joint. He won’t take part in training this week and will be reassessed on Monday. At this stage he is in some doubt for France,” Kearney said. “Mike is running well and is improving, but he has a number of milestones to reach before being available for selection. At this stage we’d rate his chances of being fit at 50-50. Craig Gilroy suffered a groin strain but scans excluded a tear. He continues to improve and should train fully next week.” Ireland’s Six Nations has imploded amid an awful injury-list and successive defeats to England and Scotland, with the loss of a match in Edinburgh that they dominated particularly damaging. The results have seen calls for Declan Kidney to step down escalate, but the head coach is focusing only on inflicting a fourth successive championship defeat on France. “I haven’t been thinking about that. My only concern is to help this team do as well as they can do. That’s my reason for being here,” Kidney said. “We have a match against France next weekend and that’s all I’m concentrating on. There are huge highs and lows that go with this job and last Sunday was a big low, especially after having created so much.” The erratic leadership of Jamie Heaslip, who replaced Brian O’Driscoll as captain before the championship, has been identified as a weakness, but Kidney has backed the Leinster number eight. “I’m aware there are frustrations out there. Jamie’s done an excellent job for us. He’s making good decisions and I’m very happy with him,” Kidney said. Ireland’s hopes that Jonathan Sexton will be fit for their RBS 6 Nations clash with France on Saturday week are fading. Sexton missed the 12-8 defeat by Scotland with a hamstring injury and team manager Mick Kearney has revealed that his chances of returning for the must-win encounter are receding. “Jonny continues to make progress. He’s back running this week but to reach match level intensity there’s still significant work to do,” Kearney said. “At this stage we are more hopeful than confident of his availability for France. We would say it’s somewhat less than 50-50.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

USC lab links genetic mutation to Alzheimer’s

first_imgA team of USC researchers led by Paul Thompson, director of the USC Imaging Genetics Center, published  findings that Alzheimer’s patients are affected by the disease three years earlier than expected.Their work, which was published in last week’s edition of The New England Journal of Medicine, goes into depth about carriers of the TREM2 gene variant, a genetic mutation that was linked to Alzheimer’s earlier this year. This edition of the journal, also included five other studies focusing on the TREM2 gene variant.“You can study all kinds of factors like exercise, diet, medication and even stress. This study is a little different, where you search through your DNA and find spelling errors or mutations that increase your risk of Alzheimer’s,” Thompson said. Besides his role as director, Thompson is also a professor of neurology, psychiatry, radiology, engineering and ophthalmology, as well as an associate director of the Institute for Neuroimaging and Informatics.The study’s co-authors include postdoctoral researcher Priya Rajagopalan and assistant professor Derrek Hibar of the USC Imaging Genetics Center, where a team of more than 30 researchers worked on the project. Thompson and his colleague Arthur Toga moved from UCLA to USC this fall, bringing the Laboratory of Neuro Imaging and their work on brain mapping and neuroimaging diseases such as Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia and depression, with them.“We’ve been tracking the disease for some time and one question that we studied is what it is that slows Alzheimer’s, and what is it that speeds it up and if there’s anything we can do to resist the illness,” Thompson said.The Imaging Genetics Center was specifically working on researching Alzheimer’s disease for 20 years before this breakthrough, Thompson said.The TREM2 gene variant is a gene mutation carried by 1 percent of the population. By mapping the effects of genetic mutation with brain magnetic resonance imaging scans, the lab became the first to show how this Alzheimer’s risk factor affects a living human brain.Through the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative, the study recruited 478 adults from North America, 100 of whom had Alzheimer’s disease, 221 who had mild cognitive impairment and 157 healthy elderly adults. The study showed a dramatic loss in brain tissue. In comparison to the less than 1 percent per year rate of healthy people, which is also offset by normal tissue generation from mental stimulation, the carriers of TREM2 lose about 3 percent of their brain tissue per year. Alzheimer’s occurs when approximately 10 percent of brain tissue has eroded.Thompson clarified the benefits of the study. The discovery can significantly speed up drug trials. According to Thompson, if there is a new successful Alzheimer’s medication that needs drug trials, people won’t have to wait three to four years for the brain to degenerate, and the results will be more apparent.“Also, it gives us a lot of understanding about what Alzheimer’s disease is,” Thompson said. “We used think that Alzheimer’s comes from senile plaques, building up in your brain, and basically clogging up your brain. That is certainly true, but the people carrying this risk gene have a problem with inflammation in their brain.”This connection could aid in the development different kinds of anti-inflammatory treatments that might ameliorate the condition of patients suffering from Alzheimer’s, even though there still isn’t a cure.Some students said they weren’t sure how the study could positively impact current Alzheimer’s patients.“I understand that finding this gene mutation that causes the brain to degrade the brain faster is a breakthrough, but I don’t feel as though it is that helpful because there is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s,” said Tiffany Tse, a sophomore majoring in biological sciences.Other students were optimistic about the results of the study.“Even though there’s no way to eradicate it yet, I definitely think this is an optimistic step in the right direction that might eventually lead to greater onset prevention,” said Helen Chou, a sophomore majoring in neuroscience.Many were impressed that USC was the first to make these discoveries.“I think they discovered something important that could be used in innovative treatments for Alzheimer’s, and it’s that much more important because of how it’s one of the first research projects that has shown these results,” said Sandy Lin, a sophomore majoring in human biology.Currently, Thompson’s team is working on ways of bettering the lives of Alzheimer’s patients.“Things like staying fit and rigorous cardiovascular activity can protect the brain as we age, but what we want to know is, how much exercise?” he said. “Or can you achieve the results … through other forms of stimulation like education?”last_img read more

Multiple runners fail to qualify for NCAA Championships in Preliminaries Day 2

first_imgAfter three Syracuse runners qualified for the NCAA Division I Track and Field Outdoor Championships on day one of the NCAA East Preliminary Round, multiple runners came up short on Saturday in the second day of action.Junior Rachel Bonner finished four places shy in the women’s 5,000-meter finals. Her time of 16:38.14 was nine seconds away from a spot at the NCAA Championships in Austin, Texas.The women’s 4×100-meter relay team competed in the quarterfinals but failed to clinch a spot in the semifinals, as they finished .19 seconds away from the final place in the NCAA Championships. The team’s time was a school record.Senior Richard Floyd failed to qualify for the quarterfinals in the 110-meter hurdles. His time of 14.04 was .07 seconds from a qualifying spot.Freshman Matthew Scrape also failed to secure his spot in Austin, missing out on a qualification spot in the men’s 5,000-meter quarterfinals.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Published on May 25, 2019 at 10:36 pm Contact Nick: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Future of Indian chess looks promising: Viswanathan Anand

first_img LIVE TV Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand on Thursday said that the future of Indian chess “looks promising” and some players will soon break into the top 10 of the FIDE ratings. Anand, currently at the 15th spot at the FIDE rankings, picked the likes of Pentala Harikrishna and Vidit Gujarathi as the players expected to be among the top-10 in the coming years.READ | Lewis Hamilton Refutes Rumours About Him Crashing Valentino Rossi’s MotoGP Bike Last Updated: 12th December, 2019 17:35 IST Future Of Indian Chess Looks Promising: Viswanathan Anand Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand on Thursday said that the future of Indian chess “looks promising” and some players will soon break into the top 10 Written By Press Trust Of India “I would say Hari (P Harikrishna), Vidit (Gujrati), Surya (Sekar Ganguly), Sasi (K Sasikiran) (as the players of the future). Sooner or later somebody from India will break into top 10. Things are looking promising for India as we have a lot of talent,” Anand told PTI here during an interaction.”Players like Praggu (R Praggnanandhaa, who recently won a tournament in London), Nihal Sarin, D Gukesh, Raunak Sadhwani and there are more. Things are looking good for Indian chess,” he added. “It is a project that has been floating for a long time but a couple of years ago we suddenly thought the 50th birthday was a convenient deadline and we aim for that. That also forced us to concentrate and finish the book,” he said.”I feel it was time to tell my story. And the way we selected it was not so much like an autobiography as to pick out the most significant moments in my life. The ones that I remember the most, that had the most impact on my way of thinking. Extract life lessons from them and present them.”It is a journey through my career and world of chess, the things that I learnt, the struggles that I faced.” First Published: 12th December, 2019 17:35 ISTcenter_img READ | Anthony Rendon Net Worth, Salary And Contract Details With Los Angeles AngelsThe book also contains references to his mother (Susila Viswanathan) who was responsible for him taking up chess. On his rivalry with the legendary Russians Garry Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov, Anand said the book has a fair mention of it and both had helped him learn a lot. “I have written about the rivalries with them, how I experienced them, how I won through them. I learnt a lot from them also.” Recalling a particular incident, Anand spoke about how Karpov came 45 minutes late for a game and the manner in which he reacted to it.  “That’s an interesting chapter and people would find it interesting too,” he said. On the use of computers in chess, he said, “When I started playing chess, computers had nothing to do with chess. Now they have almost everything to do with chess.”Asked what keeps him going for so long at the highest level, Anand simply said it was because he liked playing chess.   On the possibility of taking up coaching once he calls it quit, the five-time world champion said he has not thought much about his future. “I don’t know. I am not thinking too much about that. I might do some mentoring.  This year I have a full calendar so that’s my full focus.”READ | Would Love To Shoot In Both 10m And 25m Events At Olympics: Manu Bhaker COMMENT WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US Anand, who turned 50 on Wednesday, said competition among the world’s elite has become really tough and few players have been able to hold on to their positions. He agreed that the gap between world number one Magnus Carlsen of Norway and the rest of the players was a “big” one, but said players like Fabiano Caruana (2nd in FIDE rating) and China’s Ding Liren (3rd) were doing well in recent times. “At the moment, the gap between Carlsen and others is a big one. (Fabiano) Caruana and Ding (Liren) are doing incredibly well as well in recent times.”READ | Tom Brady’s Exit Fueled By Speculation; 5 Potential MLB Teams For Patriots QBAsked why Carlsen was so special, Anand said, “He is able to basically execute his skills. He has a lot of talent to begin with and puts in a lot of hard work. He is very good at learning new things.” Anand spoke at length about his book ‘Mind Master’ penned along with sports writer Susan Ninan, which is slated to be launched in the city on Friday. FOLLOW USlast_img read more