Journalist arrested, independent dailies harassed in return to bad old ways

first_img November 27, 2020 Find out more News May 13, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist arrested, independent dailies harassed in return to bad old ways Reporters Without Borders is concerned about Mzwandile Ndlovu, a journalist held by the police in the western town of Hwange since his arrest on 10 May, and about the constant harassment of employees of two independent newspapers, The Daily News and NewsDay, by police, intelligence officials and members of President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party.“We condemn Zanu-PF’s continuing use of such outdated methods as intimidation, physical attacks and arrests to silence its media critics,” the press freedom organization said. “Ndlovu was just covering a matter of public interest, without voicing any opinion. His arrest is unacceptable and we call for his immediate release. The independent newspapers that recently obtained licences must also be able to work in complete freedom and their reporters must not be harassed.”This spate of incidents involving the media comes amid more tension between Zanu-PF and its partner in the ruling coalition, Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC, and yesterday’s suspension of the constitutional process that must precede a badly needed overhaul of the media law and the organization of future elections.Journalist arrestedA reporter for Weekly Agenda (a news bulletin published by the civil society organization Bulawayo Agenda), Ndlovu was arrested after being summoned to police headquarters in Hwange and was charged under section 31 of the Criminal Law Code and Reform Act with reporting a fictitious story.The charge was prompted by a 23 April article about the Organ on National Healing, Reconciliation and Integration. It said a meeting between the Organ and a coalition of organizations that was supposed to take place at the nearby Victoria Falls was cancelled because the main participants, Vice-President John Nkomo and the commission’s co-president Sekai Holland, failed to turn up.Without linking the two events, it also reported that MDC member Moses Mzila Ndlovu, a minister in the national reconciliation government, was arrested the same day in Lupane. The police have refused to comment on the journalist’s arrest.Independent dailies harassedNewspaper vendor Alice Murwisi was attacked by young Zanu-PF members on 28 April while selling copies of The Daily News, an independent newspaper that returned to the newsstands on 18 March after a seven-year ban. Two days before the attack, one of the newspaper’s senior employees, Trymore Zingwe, received an anonymous threatening phone call. At the same time, former information minister Jonathan Moyo, who together with President Mugabe was responsible for the repressive 2002 media law known as the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA), is suing the paper for 60,000 dollars for reprinting old articles about his expulsion from Zanu-PF in 2005.NewsDay was raided on the night of 25 April by members of the Central Intelligence Organization, who confiscated hard disks and 11 computers. Editor Brian Mangwende not only had his computer taken, his office was also ransacked and damaged. “This is a calculated act of criminality designed to paralyze the operations of the country’s fastest-growing newspaper,” he said. A few days before the raid, NewsDay ran an article headlined “It’s time to rest” that called on Mugabe to stand down.NewsDay vendors were also threatened by Zanu-PF members in a Harare suburb on 12 March and copies of the newspaper were damaged on 2 March.Police commissioner-general Augustine Chihuri’s recent warnings to news media that publish articles “inciting violence and anarchy” are not reassuring.President Mugabe is on the list of Predators of Press Freedom that Reporters Without Borders released on 3 May, World Press Freedom Day. Read his profile Help by sharing this information ZimbabweAfrica News Reports ZimbabweAfrica September 1, 2020 Find out more November 12, 2020 Find out morecenter_img Follow the news on Zimbabwe to go further Receive email alerts Organisation Zimbabwean journalist Hopewell Chin’ono denied bail The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa News Zimbabwean court must free imprisoned journalist who is unwell RSF_en last_img read more

Editorial – Home help cuts a false economy

first_imgPrint Email AS hundreds of home help care workers, supporters, trade unions and political representatives march on Dail Eireann to demand the Government and HSE reverse the cuts to home help hours, it begs the question yet again – what is a false economy? The people who have home help are in a position where they can have a much better quality of life with minimal cost to the taxpayer. Small things, which most of us take for granted but which are impossible for people with reduced mobility, are the very things that are being taken away.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The difference between being able to stay in the home which the elderly or infirm have loved all their lives and going into care could be as little as being able to wash the dishes.Cuts to an already sparse home-help service will leave many clients in a position where they have no choice but to go into institutionalised care. And it is well known that the cost of paying for a person in nursing home care runs to thousands each month.Compare that to the €14 per hour it costs to have a home help come in and make a house livable.  With clients getting between ten and twelve hours home-help a week, it’s not rocket science to choose the most cost-effective solution.Already at the start of this year, 500,000 hours were taken out of the home-help system, which has huge ramifications for both the clients and the home-helps who were on a part-time footing already.And that’s just the economics. Personal security and the knowledge that someone will be calling during the day is an integral part of the home-help system. The friendly housekeepers bring much more than a clean sweep.They bring company, conversation and human contact to people who may be otherwise isolated and alone. Facebook Linkedin Twittercenter_img Advertisement WhatsApp NewsLocal NewsEditorial – Home help cuts a false economyBy admin – October 22, 2012 549 Previous article“Munster are not contenders” – Donal LenihanNext articleJanesboro takes Gold adminlast_img read more

The teeth tell a tale

first_imgFor nearly a century, the debate has raged among evolutionary biologists: When working to understand how our early human ancestors developed, should juvenile fossils be thought of as fundamentally human or apelike?A new Harvard study suggests the answer is neither.The study, authored by Tanya Smith, associate professor of human evolutionary biology, with colleagues from around the globe, shows that the teeth of early hominins grew unlike those of either modern humans or apes, suggesting that neither can serve as a useful proxy for estimating the age or developmental progression of juvenile fossils. The study is described in a paper published in PLoS One.“This isn’t the first study of its kind, but it’s certainly the largest and most comprehensive,” Smith said. “We calculated the age of death of 16 fossil individuals that lived between about one and four million years ago, and were able to look at how their teeth formed relative to living humans and chimpanzees of the same chronological age. What we found is that neither is a perfect predictor for how these fossil species developed, so we should be cautious in modeling early hominins as being just like apes or just like modern humans.”Though the teeth may seem an odd place to start, they actually offer Smith and other evolutionary biologists a near-perfect record of how early human ancestors developed.“Tooth growth is often thought of as a good proxy for childhood, because we often define the end of childhood as being the time when you stop erupting your teeth,” Smith said. “If we can look in the fossil record and see the rate and timing of key steps in dental development, we can infer something about these species’ overall development, which includes reproductive age and lifespan, so what we’re really studying here is their life history.”Determining precise ages for fossilized teeth, however, is far easier said than done.For decades, the only way researchers could closely examine fossilized teeth was through sectioning — literally cutting into the fossil — and using microscopes.Smith and colleagues, however, turned to a more modern technique. Using a synchrotron, essentially a particle accelerator that generates high-powered X-rays, they created super-high-resolution images of the internal structure of the teeth that enabled them to identify and count the daily growth lines — akin to rings in a tree — to determine an exact age.To their surprise, Smith said, the images revealed wide variation in the speed of development across the fossil species. Though all developed faster than modern humans, some showed signs of developing as fast, and even faster, than apes.“We found more variation in the fossil humans than we had expected,” Smith said. “What that means is we can’t simply adjust the human or ape model in one direction or the other.“This has been a fight for 80 years or more,” Smith continued, “whether we should infer, when we find these juveniles in the fossil record, that they were like a modern human or were they like a chimpanzee? We now have an independent way to get at how ape- or human-like these ancestral species were, and it turns out they … really need to be considered on their own.”Ultimately, Smith said, researchers hope that understanding how our early ancestors developed will shed new light on how the unique development pattern of modern humans emerged.“The evolution of our development has been very complex, and we need to be cautious about simplistic explanations of what our early human ancestors were like,” Smith said. “But this also validates something we’ve long argued, which is that our modern pattern of growth and development, in which we have this prolonged period of childhood and adolescence, is really unique. These fossil species have to be seen independently, as having their own evolutionary trajectory that is not identical to any living animal.”last_img read more

John Kander’s Kid Victory Sets Off-Broadway Dates

first_img View Comments Dates are now set for the previously reported New York premiere of Kid Victory at the Vineyard Theatre. Directed by Tony nominee Liesl Tommy and featuring music by the legendary John Kander and a book and lyrics by Greg Pierce, the new musical will begin previews at the off-Broadway venue on February 1, 2017; opening night is set for February 22.The play follows seventeen-year old Luke, who returns to his small Kansas town after a wrenching one-year absence. As his friendship grows with the town misfit, Emily, his parents realize that in order to truly find their son, they must confront some unnerving truths about his disappearance.Kid Victory will feature choreography by Chrisotpher Windom, orchestrations by Michael Starobin, scenic design by Tony winner Clint Ramos, sound design by Peter Hylenski, costumes by Jacob Climer and lighting by David Weiner. Casting will be announced at a later date. Kid Victory John Kander(Photo: Bruce Glikas)center_img Show Closed This production ended its run on March 19, 2017 Related Showslast_img read more

EVK receives ‘B’ after health inspection

first_imgThe dining hall Everybody’s Kitchen received a “B” rating from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health last week, but USC administrators say they are working hard to fix the violations.B-side · The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health inspected Everybody’s Kitchen on Sept. 9 and gave the dining hall a “B” rating. USC Hospitality said it is working to fix the violations that occurred. – Aditya Tannu | Daily TrojanThe health department conducted a facility inspection on Sept. 9 and gave the popular on-campus dining hall 81 points out of 100. Cafeterias such as EVK are inspected three to four times a year on a random basis.“Everyone starts with 100 points. As the inspector goes through the violations that they come across, they start deducting points from 100,” said Mabel Gale, an environmental health specialist with the department.The violations found at EVK included high refrigerator temperatures, lack of lids used on food storage, broken gaskets and dirty floors in the kitchen. Gale said most of the points deducted were because of broken gaskets that allowed the temperature in the coolers to rise higher than 41 degrees Fahrenheit, the required temperature limit.Gale said, however, most of the violations committed were minor and did not pose a major health issue for students.“It’s different if you have a problem with vermin, with rats, with mice,” Gale said. “The inspection is just a picture of what is going at that precise moment.”Kris Klinger, director of USC Hospitality, said he believes students should not be concerned about food safety at EVK.“There’s no danger. If there were a danger, the health department would shut us down,” he said.The university has paid a fee to receive another inspection in the next 14 days, and EVK will receive a new rating after the second visit from the health department.Klinger said USC Hospitality has already begun fixing the problems that led to the “B” rating by implementing new training systems, working to fix the temperatures and ensuring more stringent audits of the kitchen.“Students are a priority,” Klinger said. “So we’re going to get the ‘A’ back and maintain the ‘A.’”The rating was a disappointment for the employees, Klinger said.“It’s not a true reflection of the job that they do,” Klinger said. “They are very disappointed … They know the students well, they know everyone who comes in.”Erica Silva, a junior majoring in political science, said she believes a “B” rating is unacceptable for a college cafeteria.“It was really disappointing, because being at a university, we shouldn’t have to worry about the quality of our food. I think there is no excuse for them to have any kind of rating lower than an ‘A,’” Silva said.Silva said EVK was a popular option for students with a meal plan who live in dorms on the north side of campus.“It’s really a trek to go to Parkside,” Silva said. “For all the students in that area, [EVK is] where everybody eats. It’s kind of like your only option, especially with the meal plan.”EVK had a rating of 94, or an “A,” before the inspection on Sept. 9. The last time the cafeteria received a “B” was in 2008.last_img read more