Second round presidential election coverage heavily skewed in favour of Ould Sheikh Abdellahi

first_img Receive email alerts July 6, 2020 Find out more News March 19, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Second round presidential election coverage heavily skewed in favour of Ould Sheikh Abdellahi RSF backs joint op-ed by 120 West African media and journalists calling for Beninese journalist’s release MauritaniaAfrica RADIO AND TV. Reporters Without Borders noted that, from 13 to 16 March, the Télévision de Mauritanie gave 16 minutes 57 seconds air time to Ould Sheikh Abdellahi and 16 seconds to Ould Daddah. The Radio de Mauritanie spent 20 minutes 35 seconds covering news about Ould Sheikh Abdellahi and two minutes 50 seconds on news about Ould Daddah. Ould Sheikh Abdellahi alone spoke on Radio de Mauritanie (6 minutes 48 seconds).WRITTEN PRESS AND AGENCY. Reporters Without Borders found that for the same period, the Arabic-language daily Chaab and the French-language daily Horizons devoted 68% of their space to news of Ould Sheikh Abellahi compared to 32% for Ould Daddah. Only the Agence Mauritanienne d’Information distinguished itself by releasing the same number of reports on each candidate.The discrepancy in coverage was mainly due to the greater number of former candidates who announced they were supporting Ould Sheikh Abdellahi during the period studied. But, Reporters Without Borders stressed that media coverage between the two rounds should respect the principle of strict fairness in the allocation of air time, speaking time and editorial space between the two candidates.The High Authority for Press and Broadcasting (HAPA) has noted these imbalances and wrote to the media concerned, on 19 March, to remind them of the importance of respecting equal access to public media for candidates during the election campaign, despite the absence of an official campaign between the two rounds.RecommendationsIn the light of the major imbalance uncovered since results were announced on 12 March, Reporters Without Borders recommends:• That public media restore the balance as quickly as possible, as was done in the first round, in the coverage of election news of the two candidates so as to ensure strict equality of air time, speaking time and editorial space. __________________________________________Monitoring roleReporters Without Borders is monitoring election coverage of the state-run media – Télévision de Mauritanie, Radio de Mauritanie, the Horizons and Chaab daily newspapers and the Agence Mauritanienne d’Information – from 24 February to the end of the presidential election on 25 March. The public media were chosen because they are subject to electoral law, which guarantees equal access to all candidates and parties participating. As a public service financed by the state, they have to a duty to behave in an exemplary manner during the elections.Working methodReporters Without Borders calculates air time allocated to candidates and the time given to them to speak on air on all Mauritanian TV and radio news programmes. The organisation also measures the square centimetres of page space they are given in the Horizons and Chaab daily newspapers, and the number of references made to them in AMI dispatches. Air time: This includes speaking time and the duration of all forms of coverage (quotes, reports, comments, studio interviews and so on). Speaking time: Time spent by candidates speaking directly on air.The monitoring is being carried out with financial support from the European Union and the International Organisation of Francophone Countries (OIF). Reporters Without Borders said today it had uncovered a major imbalance in election coverage of the two candidates to the presidential election run-off, ex cabinet minister Ould Sheikh Abdellahi and long-time opposition figure Ould Daddah, after a third week of monitoring state-run media. Since official results were announced, on 12 March 2007, public media gave little air time or press coverage to news of the two candidates, but the principle of fairness had not been observed at all in media coverage of announcements of support for Ould Sheikh Abdellahi and Ould Daddah, the worldwide press freedom organisation said.It is obvious that these endorsements by some first round candidates constitute air time in favour of the candidate whom they backed. Journalists face archaic sanction of capital punishment in some parts of the world March 13, 2020 Find out more News MauritaniaAfrica Follow the news on Mauritania Mauritanian reporter held for two days over Facebook post May 20, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Organisation to go further News Help by sharing this information Newslast_img read more

Magazine editor held on charge of spying for Israel

first_img Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières) voiced dismay today at the arrest of Bangladeshi magazine editor Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury in Dhaka on 29 November as he was about to leave for Israel to take part in a symposium. He is accused of spying for Israel on the basis of the text of a speech he was to have given on the role of the media in the dialogue between Muslims and Jews. He could be charged with sedition for which the sentence could be death.”While the international community is debating a new peace plan for the Middle East, the government of Bangladesh decides to arrest a journalist who advocates a peaceful solution to the conflict,” Reporters Without Borders said in a letter to foreign minister Morshed Khan, calling on him to intercede to get Choudhury released on bail. The editor of the weekly entertainment magazine Blitz, Choudhury was detained by police at Dhaka airport as he was about to board a flight to Tel Aviv via Bangkok. A Dhaka judge has granted police permission to hold him for seven days. He is reportedly being held in Cantonment police station where secret service officers are said to be interrogating him in an attempt to get him to admit to spying for Israel.Choudhury was recently named as head of the Bangladeshi branch of the International Forum for Literature and Culture for Peace (IFLAC), which links writers who campaign for peace. He was to have given his speech today in Tel Aviv at a symposium held by the Hebrew Writers Association.His participation would have been a first for a Bangladeshi journalist. Bangladesh and Israel have no diplomatic relations and Bangladeshis do not have the right to travel to Israel. In his speech, Choudhury would have stressed the key role which the news media of the Muslim countries have to play in constructing peace in the Middle East. The secret services claim that the documents found in his briefcase, especially the text of his speech and reports about the human rights situation in Bangladesh, are evidence of spying on behalf of Israel. A few hours after his arrest, police seized all the computer equipment, including printers and CD-ROMs, at the offices of his magazine and at his home.IFLAC president Ada Aharoni told Reporters Without Borders by telephone that her organisation has no links with the Israeli authorities. She said she deeply deplored Choudhury’s arrest, which she described as an unwarranted attack on an advocate of dialogue between Muslims and Jews. IFLAC recently held a symposium that brought together Muslim and Jewish intellectuals in Turkey. RSF calls for the release of Bangladeshi journalist Rozina Islam, unfairly accused of espionage News Follow the news on Bangladesh News News May 19, 2021 Find out more December 1, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Magazine editor held on charge of spying for Israel Organisation Receive email alerts February 26, 2021 Find out morecenter_img News Bangladeshi writer and blogger dies in detention Help by sharing this information BangladeshAsia – Pacific RSF_en to go further BangladeshAsia – Pacific Bangladeshi reporter fatally shot by ruling party activists February 22, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Route 100 through Pittsfield now open to public travel

first_imgThe Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) today opened to public travel the 11-mile stretch of Route 100 that runs through Pittsfield. This segment of Route 100, which runs from the junction of Route 107 in Stockbridge to the intersection of Route 4 in Killington, received heavy damage from Tropical Storm Irene, and has been closed since the storm struck on August 28. Reopening Route 100 through Pittsfield represents a major milestone because it allows the free flow of traffic without detours or major impediments for the entire 135-mile stretch of Route 100 between Ludlow and Newport just in time for the height of foliage season. ‘The Pittsfield area got hit very hard by the storm and received considerable damage,’ said VTrans Secretary Brian Searles. ‘While Route 100 in this area is now open and traffic is flowing well, we ask that everyone be careful as they drive through town and respect the local recovery effort that is still underway.’ Irene washed out several sections of Route 100 between Stockbridge and Killington and damaged a bridge in the middle of Pittsfield. A temporary bridge was put in place to carry traffic around the damaged bridge. The roadway washouts have been repaired, but a damaged culvert near the Pittsfield/Stockbridge town line still needs to be replaced. The road in this area is limited to one lane, and a temporary traffic signal has been installed to ensure the safe flow of traffic. Also to aid safety, VTrans lowered the speed limit along Route 100 through Pittsfield to 35 mph from its normal rate of 50 mph. Questions regarding storm-damaged roads and bridges related to Tropical Storm Irene can be answered by calling VTrans’ Irene Storm Center at 1-800-Vermont. People can also visit VTrans’ website at www.aot.state.vt.us(link is external) where they can sign up for travel updates for their mobile phone, and follow the agency’s progress on both Facebook and Twitter.last_img read more

Jeep Life: Organization on the Road – Part I

first_imgAfter the first 30 days of living out of a Jeep, you should have seen the interior. Loose mail and business cards floated on the floor mats, bagel halves sat uneaten on the dashboard, dirty clothes, empty water bottles, snack wrappers, all of it collected in one area – the passenger seat.Without a passenger, it seemed, I had no incentive to make room and keep things tidy. Everything I’d ever need was right there within arm’s reach. I didn’t care if it looked neat or not – I knew where most things were._MG_9689Until I lost my wallet in the car.I spent most of the afternoon ripping everything out of the Cherokee. Passerbys looked on in concern at the girl grumbling and cursing under her breath at the car wash station. I missed a paddling trip. Ate almond butter for lunch. When I finally found my wallet two hours later (stuffed in a random nook in the very back seat), frazzled, annoyed, but relieved, I vowed to change my ways and do something I’ve never claimed to be good at: get organized.Now, over a year later, if someone’s been in the Jeep, I know it. There’s a place for everything, and my most-used items are all easy to reach from the driver’s seat. And the best part? Now I can have a passenger.Check out my favorite nooks and crannies in the 2014 Jeep Cherokee below!Take 2-3The middle console is my junk drawer (but an organized drunk drawer at that). The large compartment holds emergency essentials like headlamps, ENO portable speakers (you never know when you’ll need to bring the tunes), spare batteries, camp lights, and a pocketknife. The upper deck of the console is slimmer and holds spare cash, receipts, and lens cloths.Not far from the console are my cup holders, which hold a cup, no doubt, but rarely a drink. I use it for other things like spare cutlery, pens, honey jars, and other important items. Because you need to have your local honey in close range at all times, for obvious reasons.Directly above the main control screen of the Jeep is an unassuming dashboard compartment with a lot of room. This is my jewelry box: earrings, hair ties, necklaces. Just because I live on the road doesn’t mean I can’t have a little style.Take 2-6​Look up from the dashboard compartment and you’ll see interior lights and another secret storage pocket, the perfect size for a pair of glasses. I notoriously break and/or lose sunglasses, but – knock on wood – I’ve managed to keep the same pair of Smiths for the past year and a half and I have this protective pocket to thank.Take 2-5And finally, last but not least, the door side pockets are the perfect place to stow bug spray, sunscreen, and extra snacks. Of course, this bin also often doubles as my trash can when I’m feeling lazy._MG_9212Jeep Logo Greenlast_img read more

Cranes On Every Corner Of NYC, But Not Much Going Up Across Long Island

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York [dropcap]By all accounts, New York City is experiencing a building boom that seems to have left Long Island behind, prompting developers to envy the city’s dynamic energy and rue the Island’s usual culprits of bureaucratic red tape, zoning board rigidity and nonstop neighborhood opposition.“The irony is that 50 years ago you couldn’t get anything done in New York City, but you could get things done on Long Island—and it is completely reversed today,” says Des Ryan, executive director of the Association for a Better Long Island, a business lobbying group. He cited the delays hampering progress at the big-ticket projects such as Pilgrim State Hospital and Kings Park Psychiatric Center.“Those are two glaring examples of bureaucracies that can’t get out of their own way,” Ryan complains, noting the equal lack of progress holding Calverton in Suffolk and the Cerro Wire property in Nassau, where the only thing that’s changed is the billboard by its old entrance.By contrast, Manhattan has so much ongoing construction there seems to be a crane on every corner. In part that’s because the density is so much higher that the only way to build is up, but the developers also benefit from having a central zoning authority to expedite the approval process, and the market is augmented by the city’s having a comprehensive mass transportation system to move people around.“You have a lot happening in Manhattan,” agrees John Cameron, founder and managing partner of Cameron Engineering & Associates, LLP, and chairman of the Long Island Regional Planning Council. “It’s not just the approval process; it’s the vision and the leadership. We need to change the zoning codes and go vertical.”According to Michael J. Posillico, president of the Posillico Development Company based in Farmingdale, the ratio of development in New York City and Long Island is around 65-to-35 today, but “Ten years ago it was probably 90-to-10 Long Island to New York City.”“I wouldn’t say the market on Long Island is dead,” he adds, but infrastructure funding for highway and bridge repair and construction “has been very weak.”Compounding the problem with the lack of investment, Posillico explains, is that Long Island’ zoning is “so inconsistent and variable,” as well as inflexible, that there’s little inducement to dig in and build. It’s the opposite situation in the city.“When a real estate opportunity presents itself,” he continues, “developers can relatively quickly develop a plan, get it approved and build it.”Many of the major projects in Manhattan, Cameron notes, involve office buildings being converted into hotels, residential condos and apartments. He knows that’s not realistic on Long Island, but it’s time for a change.“In the city they have lived with vertical for years so they continue to go vertical. Long Island is height-adverse,” Cameron says. “Any time anybody talks about anything over three stories, four stories, five stories, you’re talking Queensification!”He explains that Long Island will need to spark development in order to grow the tax base to support the increasing cost of government without breaking the bank of the average homeowner. The challenges are the decaying transportation infrastructure, the shortage of sewers in Suffolk, and the lack of undeveloped areas in Nassau in particular, so development opportunities are limited.“We need to plan this growth so we can accommodate it smartly and won’t adversely affect our resources,” he advises.But development is not only needed—it’s vital for the island’s future vitality.“We don’t have enough development taking place on the Island to grow our economy and satisfy the needs that we already have today,” adds Cameron.Marc Herbst, executive director of the Long Island Contractors’ Association, Inc., a Hauppauge-based lobbying organization of highway and infrastructure professionals, says that business has picked up for larger firms that can diversify and take advantage of the city’s better economic climate. But it’s been hard for the small or midsize companies based on Long Island, because they’re dependent on municipal funding for projects and that has “been a concern.”“It’s better than it’s been,” says Herbst. “But the jobs are short-term. They’re mostly maintenance efforts, not major construction, and that’s not long-term stability.”Herbst says he and his LICA colleagues have high hopes for the mega-projects Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently touted in his State of the State address, but “they’re dreams that are down the road—they’re not for the immediate upcoming construction season or two.”On the Island, residential needs are going unmet, particularly in the area of affordable rental stock, Cameron observed, and that means employers have problems attracting young workers to live here when they’re just starting out in their careers and can’t afford single-family homes. He’d like to see more growth near the LIRR transit hubs “so we don’t have to put a car on the road for every new person who’s added to the Island.”It’s not all doom and gloom, says Mitch Pally, chief executive officer of the Long Island Builders Institute, a building industry trade association of Nassau-Suffolk builders, developers and remodelers, based in Islandia.“The rental market has substantially increased and the numbers are significantly up,” he explains. “Lots of things are happening, but they happen in small ways on Long Island because that’s the way things are going to happen on Long Island these days. We’re not going out to build an affordable housing complex of 5,000 units in one place. But are there 50 units in lots of places going up at the same time? The answer is, ‘Yes.’…But if you’re waiting for the home run, it’s not going to happen.”Posillico does not share that rosy scenario, however.“I would prefer to work in New Jersey than on Long Island—that’s how bad Long Island is!” he declares.Deploring the exhausting local planning process and the narrow building codes, Posillico warns that Long Island’s past of building bedroom communities and single-family homes is not a formula for a successful future “because you can’t support all these services with the tax base that we have. We need more density in certain locations.”One problem, he says, is that “‘heightened density’ are still bad words in many towns, and that’s not true in other parts of the country.”Another problem, even more invidious, is that Long Island’s fractured zoning and endemic opposition has turned off investors, and without financing, no development is going to happen, explains Posillico.“It’s really a very difficult environment,” he says. “The money’s going to go where it can get a return. It’s not going to go to places where they flip-flop, they fight you, and they delay you.”Maybe they used to say that about New York City, too, but not anymore.last_img read more

Johnson City receiving increased number of firework complaints

first_imgGround based sparkling devices are permitted but persons can still be charged if they are used irresponsibly, the department says. Authorities say patrol officers have been directed to increase firework safety enforcment. The police department says it would like to remind residents that New York State Law prohibits the the use of all fireworks, or any device that launches into the air, and anyone who is in possession of, or uses, a firework may be charged. (WBNG) — The Johnson City Police Department says it has received an increase in complaints about fireworks throughout the village. In Binghamton, Mayor Rich David says three people have been arrested for discharging fireworks.last_img read more

Redmi Note 9 5G Series Launch Tipped for November 24

first_imgRedmi Note 9 5G series is said to launch in China as early as November 24. A tipster has speculated the launch date of the Redmi Note 9 5G series ahead of its official confirmation. The series is rumoured to have at least two new models, with MediaTek and Qualcomm processors. It is likely to include the Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G that is also called the Redmi Note 9 High Edition as well as the Redmi Note 9 5G that is speculated as the Redmi Note 9 Standard Edition.As noticed by a user on Twitter, the tipster reported on Weibo that the Redmi Note 9 5G series launch date could be announced sometime this week, while the launch could take place through an event on next Tuesday, i.e., November 24.- Advertisement – The TENAA site also listed the specifications of a phone with a model number M2007J17C that could be the Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G. The phone appeared to have a 6.67-inch full-HD+ display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G SoC, up to 12GB RAM, and up to 256GB storage. It is also speculated to have a 108-megapixel primary camera sensor.Gadgets 360 wasn’t able to independently verify the reported details. It is, thus, safe to consider the rumour with a healthy dose of speculation.Is Redmi Note 9 the perfect successor to Redmi Note 8? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.- Advertisement – Xiaomi has not yet made any confirmations about the Redmi Note 9 5G series. However, the rumour mill has suggested that there could be two new models — both with 5G support.Redmi Note 9 5G, Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G price (expected)A report last week suggested that the Redmi Note 9 5G aka Redmi Note 9 Standard Edition in the new series could carry a price tag of CNY 1,000 (roughly Rs. 11,300), while the Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G aka Redmi Note 9 High Edition is said to be priced at CNY 1,500 (roughly Rs. 17,000). Redmi General Manager Lu Weibing also last week hinted at an imminent announcement of the new models. However, the company has not provided any official details so far.Redmi Note 9 5G specifications (expected)The Redmi Note 9 5G surfaced on China’s TENAA with a model number M2007J22C. It appeared with a 6.53-inch full-HD+ IPS display, MediaTek Dimensity 800U SoC, up to 8GB RAM, and up to 256GB storage. Further, the listing on the TENAA site suggested triple rear cameras on the Redmi Note 9 5G, with a 48-megapixel primary sensor.Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G specifications (expected)- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

Silent carriers: possible culprits in avian flu transmission?

first_imgApril 12, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Although an 8-year-old Cambodian girl’s death was caused by the H5N1 virus, it’s not clear how she developed avian flu.She had been in contact with infected chickens in February, “but the exposure period is too long,” said Megge Miller, a World Health Organization (WHO) official in Cambodia, in an Agence France-Presse (AFP) story. The girl became sick on Mar 29 and died on Apr 7, news reports said.Follow-up evaluation of people who had contact with the girl during her illness showed that none of the 13 tested for H5N1 had contracted the virus.”Human-to-human transmission as a source of the girl’s infection appears unlikely, as none of her known contacts were sick with similar symptoms before she became ill,” a WHO news release said today.Ducks may have caused her illness, Miller said.”We’re looking at the potential of the role of ducks as asymptomatic carriers,” Miller told AFP in a story yesterday. Ducks are known as silent carriers of H5N1 because they may carry and spread large amounts of the virus without appearing sick.Department of animal health officials were considering whether to cull all poultry within 3 miles of the girl’s home in Kampot province, AFP reported.Elsewhere in Asia, officials in Hong Kong and southern China announced today that the culling of 8,000 chickens in Shenzhen was not due to avian flu, news outlets reported.The chickens, which were culled and buried after suffering “abnormal health conditions” were part of a flock of 100,000 in Shenzhen, which provides chickens for Hong Kong, according to an AFP story.”A report was received from the State General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, which confirmed that some of the chickens in the farm had been found to have respiratory tract disease,” according to a statement reported today by AFP. “Initial tests on the avian influenza virus were conducted on other live chickens in the farm and all results were negative,” the statement noted. See also: Today’s WHO news release on avian flu: http://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_04_12/en/last_img read more

Chase boss slams client care

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‘Total’ lockdown for Chile capital after virus spike

first_imgThe lockdown — which come into force on Friday at 10:00 pm (0200 GMT Saturday) — means that people will be allowed to leave their homes only for essential reasons like buying food or medicine.Chile had until now opted for a selective quarantine strategy in dealing with the pandemic. Curfews were imposed in Santiago and other cities, but quarantines were limited to areas with high incidences of infection.Chile also has Latin America’s highest rate of coronavirus testing — 14,000 a day and around 200,000 overall.However, the government had been increasingly concerned about rising infection numbers across the city of seven million people in the past 10 days, and last week ordered strict new confinement measures in three densely populated areas.Health workers reported growing rates of infection in early May, just after the conservative government celebrated the fact that infections had “peaked,” citing a persistent daily rate of around 500 new cases.Within a few days, however, officials began to speak of “The Battle of Santiago.””The month of May is being hard on our country and we have to take appropriate actions at the right time to stop this disease,” Manalich said. He added that the health system was able to cope, as deaths remain low, with 347 from COVID-19 since March 3.Health authorities said the South American country had 553 ventilators available as of Wednesday, and more units would be added in the coming days.The minister also announced that the government was imposing a mandatory quarantine on people over 75 years of age in the northern cities of Iquique and Alto Hospicio.The government responded quickly to the first cases on March 3, introducing a nationwide curfew and selective quarantines on areas with high incidences of the virus.Schools, universities and businesses were closed as part of social distancing measures and transport restricted. The announcement follows a government request to the IMF for a flexible line of credit amounting to around $23.8 billion for the next two years. The credit line would help kickstart the economy after months of mass protests against the government of President Sebastian Pinera, a bodyblow to state revenues exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic.  ‘Battle of Santiago’  Topics : Chile ordered a mandatory total quarantine for the capital Santiago’s seven million people Wednesday after authorities reported a 60 percent spike in coronavirus infections in 24 hours, dealing a stunning blow to hopes the economy would soon reopen.”The most severe measure I must announce is a total quarantine in Greater Santiago,” the location of 80 percent of the country’s 34,000-plus confirmed cases, Health Minister Jaime Manalich said.Manalich said the lockdown — including in several areas where earlier confinement measures had been lifted — was necessary after 2,260 new infections and 12 deaths in the last 24 hours. last_img read more