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Concern about malagasy journalists caught up in political turmoil

first_img The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa MadagascarAfrica News News to go further RSF_en Reporters Without Borders today expressed its renewed concern after five newspapers stopped publishing and several journalists were threatened and physically assaulted during the political upheaval of the past few weeks.The media has become the prisoner of a hostile climate for press freedom since the start of the power struggle between the president, Marc Ravalomanana, and the ousted mayor of Antananarivo, Andry Rajoelina, the worldwide press freedom organisation said.“Independent journalists conscientiously doing their job of informing their fellow citizens on the current political situation are neither demonstrators nor active participants in this crisis. In this very tense political climate, it is essential they are protected,” said Secretary General Jean-François Julliard.Christian Rivo Rakotonirina, former editor of the daily Tribune de Madagascar and now editor of an online newspaper, was beaten up and left in a coma at a meeting in Mahamasina d’Antananarivo stadium held by the president’s supporters. They had accused him of phoning Andry Rajoelina and seized his Blackberry mobile phone before attacking him.He was taken to the Joseph Ravoahangy Andrianavalona university hospital. “My husband is in the neurology department. He is conscious and out of danger but still poorly”, his wife told Reporters Without Borders. “The latest scan showed he has frontal bruising”. On the same day, Tiaray Rakoto, journalist on Inona Ny Vaovao? (What news?), a daily owned by the President, was chased, searched and robbed of his money by pro-Andry Rajoelina militants. The journalist managed to hide his equipment before his assailants got to him. Since these two incidents, Tribune de Madagascar and Inona Ny Vaovao? have decided to cease publishing “until further notice”.Elsewhere, the dailies Midi Madagascar et Gazetiko and the weekly Midi Flash also stopped appearing after arson threats were made against the Midi Madagascar press group, which is owned by a deputy in the ruling party Mamy Rakotoarivelo, whose house was ransacked on 11 March. Also in the capital on 7 March, Sitraka Rafanomezantsoa, journalist on the daily Malaza, was assaulted by the “casseurs de manif” (demo busters) a term used locally to describe the president’s supporters. The journalist told Reporters Without Borders on the phone that “heavies” had beaten him with clubs and iron bars leaving him with bruising to the head and a badly cut eyelid.Similar incidents have happened outside the capital too. At an opposition demonstration held in Tamatave, on the east coast on 19 February, security forces tried to snatch a camera from a journalist with the first name Harilala, working for TV Plus. Police briefly arrested and then released him. A few days earlier in Fianarantsoa in southeastern Madagascar, police threatened Nicolas Rabemananjara, director of TV Plus, ordering him to stop filming an opposition demonstration.Reporters Without Borders Secretary General also appealed to journalists and media who support the president or his chief opponent not to get involved in partisan propaganda or defamation but to demonstrate the greatest professionalism in providing fully checked and objective news”. March 13, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Concern about malagasy journalists caught up in political turmoil “Independent journalists conscientiously doing their job of informing their fellow citizens on the current political situation are neither demonstrators nor active participants in this crisis. In this very tense political climate, it is essential they are protected,” said Secretary General Jean-François Julliard, after five newspapers stopped publishing and several journalists were threatened and physically assaulted. News November 27, 2020 Find out morecenter_img Follow the news on Madagascar Organisation Receive email alerts Madagascar : Sabotage silences TV channel that criticized coronavirus measures MadagascarAfrica April 30, 2021 Find out more RSF urges Madagascar to let journalists cover Covid-19 freely Reports April 16, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information last_img read more

Rocks Rich in Silica Present Puzzles for Mars Rover Team

first_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News This May 22, 2015, view from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) in NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover shows the “Marias Pass” area where a lower and older geological unit of mudstone — the pale zone in the center of the image — lies in contact with an overlying geological unit of sandstone. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSSIn detective stories, as the plot thickens, an unexpected clue often delivers more questions than answers. In this case, the scene is a mountain on Mars. The clue: the chemical compound silica. Lots of silica. The sleuths: a savvy band of Earthbound researchers whose agent on Mars is NASA’s laser-flashing, one-armed mobile laboratory, Curiosity.NASA’s Curiosity rover has found much higher concentrations of silica at some sites it has investigated in the past seven months than anywhere else it has visited since landing on Mars 40 months ago. Silica makes up nine-tenths of the composition of some of the rocks. It is a rock-forming chemical combining the elements silicon and oxygen, commonly seen on Earth as quartz, but also in many other minerals.“These high-silica compositions are a puzzle. You can boost the concentration of silica either by leaching away other ingredients while leaving the silica behind, or by bringing in silica from somewhere else,” said Albert Yen, a Curiosity science team member at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California. “Either of those processes involve water. If we can determine which happened, we’ll learn more about other conditions in those ancient wet environments.”Water that is acidic would tend to carry other ingredients away and leave silica behind. Alkaline or neutral water could bring in dissolved silica that would be deposited from the solution. Apart from presenting a puzzle about the history of the region where Curiosity is working, the recent findings on Mount Sharp have intriguing threads linked to what an earlier NASA rover, Spirit, found halfway around Mars. There, signs of sulfuric acidity were observed, but Curiosity’s science team is still considering both scenarios — and others — to explain the findings on Mount Sharp.Adding to the puzzle, some silica at one rock Curiosity drilled, called “Buckskin,” is in a mineral named tridymite, rare on Earth and never seen before on Mars. The usual origin of tridymite on Earth involves high temperatures in igneous or metamorphic rocks, but the finely layered sedimentary rocks examined by Curiosity have been interpreted as lakebed deposits. Furthermore, tridymite is found in volcanic deposits with high silica content. Rocks on Mars’ surface generally have less silica, like basalts in Hawaii, though some silica-rich (silicic) rocks have been found by Mars rovers and orbiters. Magma, the molten source material of volcanoes, can evolve on Earth to become silicic. Tridymite found at Buckskin may be evidence for magmatic evolution on Mars.Curiosity has been studying geological layers of Mount Sharp, going uphill, since 2014, after two years of productive work on the plains surrounding the mountain. The mission delivered evidence in its first year that lakes in the area billions of years ago offered favorable conditions for life, if microbes ever lived on Mars. As Curiosity reaches successively younger layers up Mount Sharp’s slopes, the mission is investigating how ancient environmental conditions evolved from lakes, rivers and deltas to the harsh aridity of today’s Mars.Seven months ago, Curiosity approached “Marias Pass,” where two geological layers are exposed in contact with each other. The rover’s laser-firing instrument for examining compositions from a distance, Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam), detected bountiful silica in some targets the rover passed on its way to the contact zone. The rover’s Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons instrument simultaneously detected that the rock composition was unique in this area.“The high silica was a surprise — so interesting that we backtracked to investigate it with more of Curiosity’s instruments,” said Jens Frydenvang of Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico and the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.Gathering clues about silica was a major emphasis in rover operations over a span of four months and a distance of about one-third of a mile (half a kilometer).The investigations included many more readings from ChemCam, plus elemental composition measurements by the Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer (APXS) on the rover’s arm and mineral identification of rock-powder samples by the Chemistry and Mineralogy (CheMin) instrument inside the rover.Buckskin was the first of three rocks where drilled samples were collected during that period. The CheMin identification of tridymite prompted the team to look at possible explanations: “We could solve this by determining whether trydymite in the sediment comes from a volcanic source or has another origin,” said Liz Rampe, of Aerodyne Industries at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Houston. “A lot of us are in our labs trying to see if there’s a way to make tridymite without such a high temperature.”Beyond Marias Pass, ChemCam and APXS found a pattern of high silica in pale zones along fractures in the bedrock, linking the silica enrichment there to alteration by fluids that flowed through the fractures and permeated into bedrock. CheMin analyzed drilled material from a target called “Big Sky” in bedrock away from a fracture and from a fracture-zone target called “Greenhorn.” Greenhorn indeed has much more silica, but not any in the form of tridymite. Much of it is in the form of noncrystalline opal, which can form in many types of environments, including soils, sediments, hot spring deposits and acid-leached rocks.“What we’re seeing on Mount Sharp is dramatically different from what we saw in the first two years of the mission,” said Curiosity Project Scientist Ashwin Vasavada of JPL. “There’s so much variability within relatively short distances. The silica is one indicator of how the chemistry changed. It’s such a multifaceted and curious discovery, we’re going to take a while figuring it out.”For more about Curiosity, which is examining sand dunes this month, visit:http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/ 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News Make a comment Business News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Top of the News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena First Heatwave Expected Next Week center_img 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. Subscribe HerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Are Indian Women’s Best Formulas For Eternal BeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyBollywood Star Transformations: 10 Year ChallengeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou’ll Want To Get Married Twice Or Even More Just To Put Them OnHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeauty EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Science and Technology Rocks Rich in Silica Present Puzzles for Mars Rover Team From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, December 21, 2015 | 11:09 am Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes More Cool Stuff Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy last_img read more

Myanmar protesters march again, defying ban on gatherings

first_img TAGS  Pinterest WhatsApp WhatsApp Facebook Campaigners display placards at an intersection in Yangon, Myanmar, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021. Protesters continued to gather Tuesday morning in Yangon breaching Myanmar’s new military rulers ban of public gathering of five or more issued on Monday intended to crack down on peaceful public protests opposing their takeover. Local NewsWorld News Pinterestcenter_img Myanmar protesters march again, defying ban on gatherings Twitter Twitter By Digital AIM Web Support – February 8, 2021 Facebook Previous articlePorzingis, Doncic help Mavericks hold off Wolves, 127-122Next articleJenkins Jr. scores 26 to lift UNLV over Air Force 69-64 Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

Fannie Mae Change Aimed at Helping More Struggling Borrowers Avoid Foreclosure

first_img Fannie Mae Foreclosure Alternatives Foreclosure Prevention Mortgage Servicers 2015-12-09 Brian Honea About Author: Brian Honea Home / Daily Dose / Fannie Mae Change Aimed at Helping More Struggling Borrowers Avoid Foreclosure Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The GSEs have made helping families avoid foreclosure one of their top priorities since the start of the housing crisis, and Fannie Mae just announced an update to support a policy change to assist in that initiative.Fannie Mae announced it has updated its Servicing Management Default Underwriter tool, which will aid servicers in providing foreclosure alternatives to struggling borrowers by saving the servicers time, expense, and complexity of implementing the Default Underwriter tool on their own, according to the announcement from Fannie Mae.“We are continuously looking for ways to help struggling Fannie Mae borrowers,” said Joy Cianci, SVP, Credit Portfolio Management, Fannie Mae. “With this technology update, our servicers will be able to help more struggling borrowers sooner since we are implementing the policy change directly in the tool.”Servicers are required under the new policy change to calculate the borrower’s full mortgage obligation, which includes outstanding principal balance, past due interest, and other arrearages, in order to determine the borrower’s eligibility for either a Streamlined Modification or a Fannie Mae Standard Modification. This is a change from the previous policy, when only a borrower’s outstanding principal balance was calculated.As a result of the policy change, more struggling borrowers will qualify for assistance with avoiding foreclosure and more borrowers will receive additional relief under their loan modification, according to Fannie Mae. The Servicing Default Underwriter tool provides real-time evaluation for servicers to provide timely, responsive, and effective foreclosure avoidance help to struggling borrowers.Click here to view the new policy, which can be found in Fannie Mae’s September 9, 2015 Servicing Guide Announcement. Servicers must implement the new policy on or before March 1, 2016; however, the Servicing Management Default Underwriter has been updated as of December 5, 2015, to allow borrowers to more quickly benefit from the change. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Tagged with: Fannie Mae Foreclosure Alternatives Foreclosure Prevention Mortgage Servicers Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago December 9, 2015 1,390 Views Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Fannie Mae Change Aimed at Helping More Struggling Borrowers Avoid Foreclosure The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, News  Print This Post Previous: JPMorgan Chase Names New CEO of Mortgage Banking Next: Is this the New Normal for the Mortgage Market? Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share Save Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribelast_img read more

The Danger Beyond the Storm

first_img Damage Florida Insurance Loss Risk 2019-11-06 Seth Welborn Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / The Danger Beyond the Storm November 6, 2019 1,134 Views The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Previous: Freddie Mac Transfers $2.5B in Credit Risk Next: Key Challenges Facing Mortgage Servicing Sign up for DS News Daily Tagged with: Damage Florida Insurance Loss Risk About Author: Seth Welborn The Danger Beyond the Storm Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img Share Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Loss Mitigation, News Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago  Print This Post Florida may be known for a high volume of natural disaster-related damage, but according to a study from Location Inc., Florida also has the highest volume of non-weather-related damage. According to the study, while 1 in 15 homeowners will experience damage that results in a non-weather water claim during the standard five year insurance policy lifecycle, in Florida, that number jumps to 1 in 3 at the highest, with an average claim probability of 1 in 9.Miami-Dade County is considered the most at risk for non-weather-related damage, with an average claim probability of 1 in 5. Outside of Florida, California and Maryland are at the highest risk for non-weather-related damage by state, with an average claim probability of 1 in 10 in each state.Unlike the storms that hit hit Florida’s coastline too often, these damages often occur inside the home. Damages can include appliance leaks and failures, plumbing leaks and pipe failures, fixtures leaks and failures, or ruptured connecting hoses. In total, Location Inc. notes that insurers lose $8.2 Billion a year from plumbing and appliance leaks, and the average costs for repair is around $6,695. Repairs can cost much more, however, as non-weather water claims vary by location, ranging from $1,354 to $44,686.In Florida, private insurers are focused mainly on non-weather-related risks, and commentary from the Harvard Business Review states that no private insurance companies retain residential flood risk in Florida, Virginia, and other coastal markets due to sea levels, and programs such as the National Flood Insurance Program keeps residents insured.There is also a lack of restrictions on where one can build and what cane be built. “A society that prides itself on free will and self-determination is loath to say what a property owner can and cannot build on their own land as long as it meets rudimentary building and zoning codes: So more and more people move into harm’s way in flood plains, low-lying coastal areas, and tinder dry western landscapes,” the report states. Subscribelast_img read more

Gardai investigating spate of break-ins in Carndonagh

first_img 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Gardai investigating spate of break-ins in Carndonagh Pinterest Gardai are investigating after a series of break-ins the Carndonagh area.Last night at around 1015pm a house in Bridge Street was broken into and a fire was set alight inside.The fire caused significant damage and the roof of the family home will now have to be replaced. A shop front, which was recently renovated, was also damaged in the fire.Also a number of businesses have also been broken into over the past week.Local Cllr Albert Doherty said says Gardai need to allay peoples fears:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/albr3pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Pinterest WhatsApp Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire WhatsApp Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Facebook Google+ Previous articleUpdated details of homecoming for Donegal Seniors and MinorsNext articleReport into LGH flood should be published by the end of October News Highland center_img Twitter Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Facebook Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Homepage BannerNews By News Highland – September 22, 2014 last_img read more

Renewed calls for review of Muff speed limits

first_imgAudioHomepage BannerNews RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp Facebook Google+ Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 Pinterest By News Highland – September 16, 2019 Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Pinterestcenter_img Previous articleNine til Noon Show Monday Matters – Online BullyingNext articleMissing Letterkenny man last seen in Sligo News Highland WhatsApp Twitter FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Google+ There are renewed calls for a review of speed limits in Muff after another collision last week.Cllr Terry Crossan says there transition from 100 kilometres an hour, to 60 and then to 50 on the Quigley’s Point side of Muff is very short, and that is a cause for concern.There have already been meetings involving councillors, local people, and gardai, and Cllr Crossan says it’s now time for action:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Terryspeed.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook Harps come back to win in Waterford News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Renewed calls for review of Muff speed limitslast_img read more

Plane crashes after pilot drops hundreds of gallons of pink water for gender reveal

first_imgiStock/JeffBanke(TURKEY, Texas) — A gender reveal is believed to have caused a recent airplane crash in Texas, according to a National Transportation Safety Board report.The pilot of the aircraft dumped about 350 gallons of pink water from the plane for a gender reveal on Sept. 7 in the city of Turkey, the report stated.However, the pilot then told investigators that the plane “got too slow” and stalled, prompting it to crash into the ground.The aircraft — an Air Tractor AT-602 — sustained damage to the fuselage (the main body of the plane), right wing, and empennage (the tail of the plane), according to the report.The pilot said there had been no “preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.”Two people were aboard the plane at the time. One sustained minor injuries and the other was unharmed, according to the report, which was released on Tuesday.It is not the first gender reveal to go amiss.In late October, a 56-year-old woman was killed after a homemade device that was meant to discharge colored powder instead exploded like a pipe bomb and struck the victim in her head, according to authorities.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

500 staff left unpaid as takeover collapses

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. 500 staff left unpaid as takeover collapsesOn 3 Oct 2000 in Personnel Today The HR team at a Daewoo design plant had to resort to desperate measures last week when the troubled motor firm was unable to pay 500 staff.Fiona Macpherson, HR manager at the Worthing Technical centre where Daewoo’s cars are designed and developed, said staff had to organise emergency funds for those in dire financial straits. The personnel team had to arrange time off for employees so they could explain their problems to their banks and building societies. She said: “We have reserve funds for those in really desperate situations – we are still waiting to find out when the money will be sent through.MSF spokesman Dave Fleming said that staff at the site were doing a competent and brilliant job but said there is now no agreed pay day at the plant, adding that this is the fourth time employees have not been paid on time this year. The cash flow problems were caused by car giant Ford’s withdrawal from a £4.72bn takeover of the insolvent Korean carmaker.Daewoo is now renegotiating with the Korean Development Bank to allow the payments to go ahead. The bank has been supporting the car company since it plummeted into a financial crisis two years ago. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. last_img read more

Absence costs dear, despite university research claims

first_img Comments are closed. So absence costs almost nothing, according to Swansea University research (PersonnelToday.com, 18 August)? I think the researchers should go and speak to people in HR who have to deal with the outcomes of workers’ long periods of absence and the impact that has on other staff in their teams. There is a cost implication involved as HR and departmental managers have to log and manage the absence, as well as managing the stressful conditions faced by those who do continue to hold the fort. There is also the need to appoint temporary staff to backfill positions to enable organisations to cover absence.Linda StilesSenior HR adviser,Edexcel Previous Article Next Article Absence costs dear, despite university research claimsOn 5 Sep 2006 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more