Africa

first_img Twitter blocked, journalism threatened in Nigeria June 10, 2021 Find out more Africa News News Africa Gap widens between good and bad performers in AfricaDramatic falls by countries that cracked down on mass unrestThe 2011 Arab Spring did not spill over into sub-Saharan Africa to the point of bringing down any governments, but some regimes had to face forceful political and social demands, and journalists covering demonstrations were often the victims of indiscriminate police repression or were targeted by police who did not want them covering the crackdown.This was the case in Angola (132nd), where many journalists were arrested during protests in September, and in Uganda (139th), which fell 43 places in the index after a year that will not be forgotten by its media. They were the targets of violence and surveillance during the presidential election in February and were targeted again during the brutal crackdown on the “Walk to Work” protests later in the year, when dozens of journalists were arrested.It was even worse in Malawi (146th), which plunged 67 places in the index, the biggest fall of any country in the world. Malawi’s journalists were treated like demonstrators during the crackdown on protests in the summer. Many were arrested and mistreated, and equipment was broken. A student and blogger, Robert Chasowa, who was found dead in September, was almost certainly murdered. Media that wanted to investigate the case were threatened. Before all this, Malawi’s media legislation had been toughened so much at the start of the year that some European partners suspended part of their aid.Closed and authoritarian countries near bottom of indexReporters Without Borders regards the situation in Rwanda (156th) and Equatorial Guinea (161st) as very grave because of the control that their governments exercise over the media and freedom of expression in general. They have been joined by Djibouti (159th), which fell 49 places. Its president, Ismael Omar Guelleh, was returned to office at the start of 2011 in an election that was decided in advance and gave the opposition no possibility of expressing itself in the media. There is no free press, six people who provide an exile radio station with information were jailed for four months, and social networks are closely monitored to ensure that there are no protests.The presence of Côte d’Ivoire in this same group of countries (sharing 159th position with Djibouti) could be misleading. Côte d’Ivoire has real media, unlike Guelleh’s Djibouti or Teodoro Obiang Nguema’s Equatorial Guinea, and they say what they think, unlike the media in Paul Kagame’s Rwanda, which have little freedom of expression. Côte d’Ivoire’s poor ranking reflects the dramatic impact that the post-election crisis had on the media in the first half of 2011, including harassment of all kinds, acts of violence and the murders of a journalist and a media worker. During the battle of Abidjan at the start of April, it was impossible for a journalist venture out into the city. Violence, censorship and prison give East Africa three worst rankingsThe three worst sub-Saharan rankings are all to be found in East Africa. Year after year, journalists continue to be exposed to the chaos and anarchy in Somalia (164th), a country embroiled in civil war and without a stable government since 1991. Four journalists were killed in Mogadishu in 2011. The bad ranking assigned to Omar al-Bashir’s Sudan (170th) was due to prior censorship, closures of newspapers, and arrests, prolonged detention and mistreatment of journalists. Finally, Eritrea (179th) came last in the index for the fifth year running. Freedom of opinion, like all the other freedoms, does not exist under the totalitarian dictatorship that President Issaias Afeworki has imposed on this Horn of Africa country. At least 30 journalists are currently detained in appalling conditions. Some have been held for more than 10 years.At the other end of the index, several African countries made significant progress or showed that respect for freedom of information has taken a firm hold in their societies.Good countries group gets biggerThe number of African countries that are in the top 50 of the index has risen from seven last year to nine this year, while the number that are in top 100 has risen from 24 to 27. The highest non-European country in the index is an African one and in fact it is in the top 10. It is Cape Verde (9th), a healthy democracy and model of good governance, where governments can be changed through the ballot box, as last summer’s presidential election again showed. Journalists there are completely free and all the political parties have access to the state media. Namibia (20th) also has an excellent ranking, better than Japan or the United Kingdom, for example.Botswana (42nd), which rose 20 places, and Comoros (45th), which rose 25 places, are now jostling Mali (25th) and Ghana (41st), Africa’s traditional leaders in respect for journalists.A spectacular jump and other notable improvementsNiger (29th) rose 75 places in the index, the biggest leap by any country in the world this year. The economic environment for Niger’s media is very precarious but they are free and benefit from favourable legislation. Media freedom violations have virtually disappeared. The improvement has been seen in both concrete and symbolic measures. At the end of 2011, Mahamadou Issoufou, who was elected president in the spring, became the first African head of state to sign the Declaration of Table Mountain, thereby undertaking to promote media freedom. Other African leaders could follow suit, such as Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, the president of Mauritania (67th), which rose 28 places thanks to the adoption of a law on the electronic media, the opening up of the broadcasting sector, and other developments. Its progress needs to be confirmed.Cameroon (97th) fell sharply in 2010 because of the journalist Bibi Ngota’s death in detention but recovered a respectable ranking in 2011 although light has yet to be shed on all aspects of his death and on the death in November of this year of Reporters Without Borders correspondent Jules Koum Koum, a journalist who wrote about corruption. Cameroon also badly needs to decriminalize media offences and modernize its communication law. Madagascar (84th) continued to improve for the second year running after plummeting in 2009 because of that year’s political crisis but, 2012, as an election year, will pose challenges.Soft underbellyThe absence of major incidents involving the media allowed Senegal (75th) to rise 18 places but the situation is fragile one month ahead of a presidential election that is likely to be tense. Like their Cameroonian counterparts, the Senegalese authorities are still not ready to protect journalists from prison sentences by decriminalizing media offences. Aside from abusive lawsuits, Liberia (110th) usually allows its media a great deal of freedom but it fell 26 places this year because journalists were attacked and media were closed during the presidential election in October and November, when challenger Winston Tubman boycotted the run-off against the incumbent, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.South Sudan (111th), which became independent on 9 July, entered the index with a respectable ranking. The challenge for this country is to build a solid and viable state in a very unstable region while guaranteeing freedom of expression. It must make every effort to avoid sinking to the level of its neighbours. Download the full version Help by sharing this information to go further Follow the news on Africa Reporters Without Borders rallies former hostages in Paris, following the kidnapping of journalist Olivier Dubois. Time is pressing, 20 years after Burkinabe journalist’s murder June 7, 2021 Find out more Organisation Receive email alerts January 25, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Africa June 8, 2021 Find out more News News RSF_en last_img read more

Badgers celebrate anniversary, down Wildcats

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoAs the University of Wisconsin continued its celebration ofthe Kohl Center?s 10th anniversary, this time with halftime remarks fromAthletic Director Barry Alvarez (among others) focused heavily on the winningways the stadium has brought to programs housed within it, the men?s basketballteam fittingly notched their ninth-straight victory Saturday night with a 62-50win over Northwestern.After scoring a mere 22 points in the first half, andholding just a two-point lead at the midway point, No. 17 Wisconsin (15-2, 5-0)finally got it together in the second half, opening with an 13-2 run thathelped the team remain perfect in Big Ten play with the win over Northwestern(6-9, 0-5).?Coming out in the second half [Wisconsin] just reallydefended,? Northwestern coach Bill Carmody said. ?It quickly went from a closegame at half to a 10-point game.?They do what they had to do on a night when maybe it wasn?ttheir best night.?Wisconsin improved their shooting percentage from 41.2percent in the first half to an impressive 55.6 percent in the second half andshowed late in the game why they were atop the conference standings whileNorthwestern remains stuck at the bottom.?Sometimes you just have to get smacked, figuratively, tounderstand what we need to do with the ball,? Ryan said, ?but it?s a 40-minutegame, and we got it corrected in the second half.?UW?s win was largely sparked by the defensive effort turnedin by Joe Krabbenhoft who drew the assignment of covering NU?s leading scorerKevin Coble and shut the sophomore down for most of the night.Though Ryan offered credit to Krabbenhoft for his defensivestand, he also cited the other four players? roles. ?You don?t shuta Coble down [with] just one guy, but one guy is the start of it, and thenyou?ve got to make sure your support is there. Our support was good, and[Krabbenhoft?s] positioning was very good.?Though Coble entered the game averaging 18.4 points percontest, Krabbenhoft?s defense limited the forward to a season-low eight pointson 3-8 shooting from the field.?Tonight was a very tough matchupfor me,? Krabbenhoft said. ?Kevin Coble is a very tough player; ? collectivelyI thought we all did a good job on him. I thought our whole team just did agreat job.?Marcus Landry led the Badgers on the offensive end, and witha 21-point effort became the fifth different Badger in each of the team?s firstfive conference games to notch a 20-plus point effort.On a night that featured a highlight video commemoratingmemorable moments in the Kohl Centers history, Landry?s performance added a newaccomplishment to the list.?I don?t think it?s ever happened in the history of thegame,? Ryan said. ?Would anybody in their wildest dream ever imagine that thatwould happen??Freshman Jon Leuer?s 25-point effort against Michiganstarted the streak, and Brian Butch, Trevon Hughes and Michael Flowers were theother Badgers contributing to the achievement.?I believe someone else will have 20 points the next game,?Landry said. ?The scoring is so well-balanced that on any given night a guy canscore double-digits. ? Tonight just happened to be my night.??I?m very proud because it just shows how unselfish we areas a team, and it shows that we can get the job done.?Also helping the Badgers in the win was the team?s abilityto get to the free-throw line. Wisconsin shot 24-37 from the stripe whileNorthwestern?s mark was just 10-14. Six of UW?s free throws came from Trevon Hughes, and they werethe sophomore?s only points. The guard shot 0-6 from the field and did not makea field goal for the first time all season.Leuer was the only other Badger playing who did not sink abucket, but the freshman only logged four minutes in the game.?I didn?t play Jon Leuer as a freshman very much today,?Ryan said, but he added the move would not be a season-long one.?Jon?s still going to play a lot this year,? Ryan said.?Against NU?s tricky 1-3-1 zone defense and Princeton-styleoffense, UW was forced to favor experience over depth, ultimately going withjust a six-man rotation for most of the game that left the young Leuer on thebench.?We had the guys on the floor that could handle thisoffense,? Ryan said. ?Those are the guys that have handled it well and haveexperience against it.?Wisconsin?s next game will come Tuesday when they hostMichigan at the Kohl Center.last_img read more

First real test for Jokowi on haze as annual fires return to Indonesia

first_imgLand and forest fires have broken out in pockets of Indonesia since mid-July.Last year the country caught a break, when a longer-than-normal wet season brought on by La Niña helped mitigate the fire threat.This year, hotspots have started appearing in regions with no history of major land and forest fires, like East Nusa Tenggara and Aceh.The government has responded by declaring an emergency status as well as deploying firefighters. JAKARTA — Fire season has returned to Indonesia, marking the first real test of President Joko Widodo’s efforts to prevent a repeat of the 2015 haze crisis.Land and forest fires have broken out in pockets of the archipelago country since mid-July, with the majority of fire-linked hotspots detected in the provinces of West Kalimantan, East Nusa Tenggara and Aceh.On Aug. 6, the number of hotspots reached 282 nationwide, compared to just 239 detected the previous week, according to Indonesia’s space agency.Since late July, West Kalimantan has had the most hotspots, with 150 on Aug. 6, followed by South Sumatra (23) and South Sulawesi (18).“The forest and land fires in West Kalimantan keep raging on even though fire-extinguishing attempts keep going on. The number of hotspots is still high,” National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said. Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar said that the number of hotspots in July was 49 percent higher than last year.Meanwhile, U.S. weather satellite NOAA-19 detected 1,341 hotspots this year to Aug. 6, up from 1,233 during the same period last year.“In the field, the number of hotspots is likely to be larger [than recorded] because there are some regions that are not passed by satellites during the land and forest fires,” Nugroho said.Following the uptick in hotspots, the government has declared an emergency status in five provinces: Riau, Jambi, South Sumatra, West Kalimantan and South Kalimantan.So too have five West Kalimantan districts: Kubu Raya, Ketapang, Sekadau, Melawi and Bengkayang. “But districts that have many hotspots, such as Kapuas Hulu [23], Sanggau [45], Sintang [22] and Landak [13], haven’t declared red-alert status,” Nugroho said.President Joko Widodo announces a moratorium on new oil palm and mining permits on an island outside Jakarta in 2015. Photo courtesy of the Indonesian government.Challenge for Jokowi’s presidencyIndonesia has in the last two decades become prone to widespread fires during dry periods, thanks to the industrial-scale drainage of its vast peat swamp zones by palm oil and paper interests. The dried peat is highly combustible, and peat fires can be extremely difficult to put out.2015 posed a tremendous challenge for the government when thousands of forest and peat fires raged across the country during the prolonged dry season brought on by the El Niño weather phenomenon.While the scope of this year’s fires is still a far cry from 2015, analysts have predicted a return of the haze after a mostly haze-free year of 2016, when the rainy season lasted longer due to La Niña.Arief Wijaya, senior manager on climate and forests at the World Resource Institute, a thinktank with an office in Jakarta, cited a University of Columbia project that has predicted a drier season this September to October than in the same period last year.“Therefore, the probability of fires is bigger, maybe not as big as 2015 which was affected by El Niño strong swing, but surely this year’s fire risks are bigger than 2016,” he said in an interview.He believes 2017 will present the first real test for the Indonesian government since 2015 because this time, La Niña is not around to help out.“I think the impact of a policy would be tested when the condition is there to test the success or failure of the policy,” he said.On the heels of the 2015 fires, Jokowi, as the president is popularly known, responded with some unprecedented measures, such as declaring a moratorium on peatland conversion even within existing concessions, and banning new oil palm plantation permits.Last month, he extended the moratorium on the issuance of new conversion permits for primary forest and peatlands, the third extension of the moratorium, which was established in 2011 under then President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.“The government is on the right track in terms of policies,” Wijaya said. “But the devil is in the implementation. The biggest enemy is how to implement those policies.”At the same time, Singapore, which lies just downwind of Indonesia, is keeping an eye on its neighbor in anticipation of major fire breakouts which could send toxic haze its way.From July 25-28, Maliki Osman, Singapore’s senior minister of state for defense and foreign affairs, visited Riau and Jambi provinces, two frequent sources of the fires.During the visit, Maliki reaffirmed Singapore’s commitment to work together with Indonesia on haze, while applauding Riau’s efforts to mitigate fires.“Efforts to manage and prevent forest fires that have been done by the Riau provincial government have been very impressive,” he told Indonesia’s Antara news agency during his visit to Riau.Drainage canals bisect a peatland planted with acacia trees in Indonesia’s Riau province. Photo by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.New forest-fire trendIn Indonesia, fires usually break out in regions with large plantation areas and big concessions — land granted to developers — especially in Sumatra and Kalimantan.“The plotting of hotspots’ locations from 2015 until 2017 shows that land and forest fires are happening over and over again every year in places like Tesso Nilo National Park [in Riau], Ogan Komering Ilir district [in South Sumatra] and the border between Riau and Jambi,” said Nugroho, the disaster agency spokesman.But this year, hotspots have started appearing in regions with no history of major land and forest fires, like East Nusa Tenggara and Aceh.“This morning, I saw [hotspots appearing] in Bangka Belitung,” Bakar, the environment minister, told reporters in Jakarta recently. “These are new regions. For me, this is worrying because these regions are unlike other regions which already have task force [to handle forest fires].”In Aceh in July, fires engulfed 222 hectares of land, an area the size of Monaco. As many as 241 West Aceh residents suffered respiratory infections from the smoke.“We have repeatedly reminded [the public] not to burn waste or throw cigarette butts, especially on dry soil, because it’s the peak of the dry season in Aceh now,” said Zakaria, Aceh spokesman for Indonesia’s meteorology agency, who like many Indonesians uses only one name.Officials and environmentalists are also bewildered by fires in East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia’s southernmost province, part of an island chain north of Australia.“The fires in East Nusa Tenggara are weird because there’s mostly savanna in the province,” Wijaya said. “So the types of forest are different from those in the western part of Indonesia and in Papua, which have tropical forests. “Second, the soils in East Nusa Tenggara are infertile, making them unfit to be planted with oil palm trees. Therefore, if there are fires, they must be caused by natural hazards because it’s dry, not because of oil palm conversion.”Bakar said this year’s fires are mostly caused by slash-and-burn activities by small farmers.“Truthfully, lots of persuasion need to be done to the public because most of the fires are caused by traditional public land clearing done simultaneously,” she said.Meanwhile, recent observation from Indonesia’s peatland restoration agency (BRG) shows that more than half of the manmade fires occurred in concession areas, many of them owned by large companies.“Data from the end of July until this August shows that lots of the fires occurred in industrial forest areas, not palm oil plantations. This is a bit surprising,” Nazir Foead, head of Indonesia’s Peatland Restoration Agency, told reporters in Jakarta.He added that 26 percent of the fires occurred on peatlands.Nugroho, on the other hand, said that the fires occurred in company concessions, local lands and national parks, hinting that there are multiple underlying causes.But efforts to engage local villagers in preventing forest fires seem to be having some effect.In recent years, both big companies and local governments have been trying to create “fire-aware communities” in which villagers are equipped with firefighting skills and given incentives for keeping their land from burning.“Regions with many fire-aware communities and disaster-prone villages have fewer hotspots throughout 2017,” Nugroho said. “On the other hand, places with few of them have more hotspots. This shows that regions with lack of monitoring are prone to fires.”A fire on Mount Lemongan in East Java in 2015, when forests on the mountain burned amid a drought. Photo by Petrus Riski for Mongabay.Government’s responseThe government has responded to the return of forest fires by declaring an emergency status as well as deploying firefighters. Jokowi also summoned the environment minister twice in the second week of August to discuss how to handle the fires. After the first meeting with Jokowi, Bakar said she planned to hold a coordinating meeting with all regional heads to anticipate escalating forest fires, which are expected to peak between August and September. “If we look at last year’s weather, the peak [of dry season] was in August. And in 2015, it was in September. So we have to anticipate this. That’s why I am suggesting for a coordinating meeting,” Bakar explained. “I will send letters soon to ask for a coordinating meeting with all regional heads, especially those of fire-prone areas, because there are new areas [with fire outbreaks], such as Aceh, Southeast Sulawesi, North Sulawesi and East Nusa Tenggara.”The environment ministry has also launched joint patrol in three provinces — Riau, South Sumatra and West Kalimantan — as well as a firefighting operation with the military, the police and regional disaster mitigation agencies in North Sumatra, Riau and Jambi.As the threat of forest fires looms, officials in Jambi have resorted to extreme measures with the head of the province’s land and forest fire task force, Refrizal, ordering his subordinates to “shoot on sight” when spotting people setting fires in the province. “It won’t be a fatal shot,” he told BBC Indonesia. “First, of course it will be a warning shot.” Article published by Hans Nicholas Jong Banner image: A peatland burns in Indonesia. Photo by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay. Agriculture, Deforestation, Environment, Fires, Forest Fires, Forestry, Forests, Law Enforcement, Oil Palm, Palm Oil, Peatlands, Plantations, Pulp And Paper, Rainforests, Southeast Asian Haze, Threats To Rainforests, Tropical Forests, Wetlands, wildfires Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

Learn to cook the perfect Christmas dinner with chef Brian McDermott

first_imgShow off your cookery skills this Festive Season with a Christmas Cookery Demonstration by one of Ireland’s top chefs, Brian McDermott.Celebrity chef Brian will demonstrate how to master the perfect Christmas dinner at home.He will take the stress out of cooking the most important meal of the year with step by step recipes for the complete festive meal at home. The event at the Foyle Hotel in Moville includes lots of tips for preparation, cooking and serving plus wine & drink recommendations.With Top Tips, Spot Prizes, Mulled Wine & More, this promises to be a great night out!Venue: The Foyle HotelDate: Thursday 12th DecemberTime: 7.30pm – 10pmPrice: €20 per ticket – Book with our Reception Team* Recipe Booklet for all attendees * Spot prizes on the night* Mulled Wine on Arrival* Gift Shop on the Night with Vouchers, Chopping Boards, Knives, Aprons, Brian’s Award Winning Book – Have it signed & many moreThis will be a ticket event with tickets purchased in advance.Tickets are limited and available at hotel Reception, call our team on +353 (0) 749385280 or email [email protected] with tickets priced at only €20 Why not enjoy a pre-show Dinner Offer for Only €50 per couple including a two course meal & wine each. Book a table with our reception team *show starts at 7:30pmPlanning to stay the night?Our Overnight B&B Package is ONLY €99 for two people including TWO tickets to the Christmas Cookery Demo!Book Your Overnight Stay here: https://bookingengine.myguestdiary.com/1236/offer/7785/3898/0/2019-12-12/2019-12-13/2/0/1 Contact Our TeamTo Book a ticket, dinner or an overnight stay please contact our reception team on +353749385280 or reply to this email.Please do not hesitate to contact us should you require any further information on the event at www.foylehotel.ieLearn to cook the perfect Christmas dinner with chef Brian McDermott was last modified: November 28th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Brian McDermottchefChristmas Dinnerdemonstrationlast_img read more

Will Warriors’ youth movement prevail?

first_imgClick HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device. OAKLAND – At this point, Warriors coach Steve Kerr has adopted nearly every approach to keep his players engaged.He has praised. He has criticized. He has shortened practices. He has held prolonged film sessions. He has shown off his sense of humor. He has displayed his competitive temper.The Warriors have seen nearly every single one of Kerr’s coaching tactics. But as the Warriors began training camp on Tuesday, …last_img read more

Family makes M’hudi Wines a winner

first_imgIt was a decision that many would have called crazy. Neither of them had any experience in wine-making. Not surprisingly, the learning curve proved to be steep. M’hudi wines can be found in the United Kingdom, the United States and Germany. They were available at one of the inaguration parties when Barack Obama was elected president of the USA. She thought about what it would be like to own a wine farm, but there were many obstacles in the way of that dream: the biggest of these was apartheid, which restricted the land that blacks could own and limited their opportunities. So, instead of pursuing her dream, Malmsey’s career took a very different tack, far removed from vineyards and wine. “Developing M’hudi Wines into a sustainable business has been incredibly challenging, and for us this award is just recognition of the incredible commitment and hard work that we have put in so far.”The nameThere’s a story behind the name M’hudi, which is derived from the Setswana word “Mohudi”, meaning “harvester”. A novel by Sol Plaatje of the same name, which was the first written by a black South African man to be published in English, was the inspiration behind the name adopted by South Africa’s first wholly-owned black wine tourism business. Jeff Grier helped by teaching Tseliso about wine making at Villiera Wines. In fact, that’s where M’hudi Wines were first sold from. Tseliso became the brand manager of M’hudi Wines. Meanwhile, his sister Lebogang was carving a successful career for herself in human resources, but when the family called, she too joined M’hudi. Today she looks after the local marketing of M’hudi Wines. At that time, the South African government was offering favourable loans for black farmers. Eventually, in 2003, Malmsey and Diale bought a small property, in need of a lot of work, on which guavas and grapes were growing, near Stellenbosch. Barnes & Noble describes the novel M’hudi thus: “A romantic epic set in the first half of the nineteenth century, the main action is unleashed by King Mzilikazi’s extermination campaign against the Barolong in 1832 at Kunana (nowadays Setlagole), and covers the resultant alliance of defeated peoples with Boer frontiersmen in a resistance movement leading to Battlehill (Vegkop, 1836) and the showdown at the Battle of Mosega (17 January 1839). Plaatje’s eponymous heroine [the M’hudi of the title] is an enduring symbol of the belief in a new day.” The Rangakas, setting their sights high as usual, have also worked on expanding M’hudi Wines into other wine-related markets. They have added a function and conference facility, wine-tasting, and wine workshops. Strangely enough, M’hudi Wines made a name for itself overseas before it started to make a mark in South Africa. British retail giant Marks & Spencer, with almost 900 stores and nearly 78 000 employees worldwide, approached M’hudi for the exclusive rights to the wines in the United Kingdom. It was an offer too good to turn down.Success abroadIn an interview with Roux van Zyl of Business Day, Lebogang explained why M’hudi first enjoyed success abroad rather than at home: “There are two reasons for this. Firstly, it’s easier to get funding to market our wines at international trade shows, and secondly, the competition is much fiercer in SA. There are so many new brands coming in every year. “We also have to deal with negative perceptions against black-owned wine brands,” Lebogang told Business Day. “People are reluctant to try [them] – but we always find that as long as people are willing to come out of their comfort zones, they find they like our style of wine.” However, with the fall of apartheid, opportunities gradually began to open up.center_img That belief in a new day echoes the hard work put into Mhudi Wines by the Rangaka family – except, in this instance, the rewards of that new day are evident today. Thankfully for the Rangakas, their next-door neighbours, the Griers, from Villiera Wines, welcomed the newcomers to the area with open arms. Prize-winning wine maker Jeff Grier passed on his knowledge as the Rangakas tried to put all the theoretical knowledge they had learnt from books to practical use.A family businessMalmsey and Diale’s son Tseliso also had an interest in wine. He had written for several wine magazines and even contributed to the prestigious John Platter’s South African Wines. Malmsey told him she wanted him to become part of the family’s wine business. A month after her request, he left a good job in advertising in Johannesburg to join his parents. 19 August 2010 Company MD Malmsey told wine.co.za: “I am honoured to have been named this year’s winner. Plaatje was a founder member and the first general secretary of the South African Native National Congress, which later became the ANC. He was fluent in seven languages. Apart from his original writing, he also translated William Shakespeare’s works into Tswana. M’hudi, winner of the 2010 Emerging Tourism Entrepreneur of the Year Award, is South Africa’s first wholly black-owned wine tourism farm. Its success is down to the hard work of the Rangaka family, who beat the odds to realise a dream. ETEYA AwardTheir efforts were rewarded at Indaba 2010 in May, when M’hudi won the 10th annual Emerging Tourism Entrepreneur of the Year (ETEYA) Award, honouring black tourism entrepreneurs. Malmsey had become a clinical psychologist, while her husband Diale had forged a successful career for himself in tertiary education. He served as Dean of Humanities at the University of the North West’s Mafikeng campus, later becoming Deputy Dean of Education at the University of Johannesburg’s Soweto Campus.DreamIn the early 2000s, Malmsey was eager to retire, but her dream of owning a wine farm, which she shared with Diale, had not died. When Malmsey Rangaka was a young girl she travelled to the Western Cape, where she saw for the first time the grapes and vines from which wine is cultivated. “I made the connection between the fruit and the end product,” she says. The images of wine farms made a big impact on her, and those images never faded. 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Infrastructure drive ‘key to job creation’

first_imgEnhancements to the mining licensing and environmental impact assessment systems.The establishment of the Consumer Protection Agency.The development of an “unblocking” project in the Economic Development Department, which has assisted large employment-creating projects to overcome unnecessary bureaucratic delays.Continued efforts to simplify tax administration. “This is no cause for celebration since we believe that there is a long road ahead, and thus we are accelerating measures to increase employment through public sector interventions as well as assisting the private sector to create more jobs.” Motlanthe singled out the newly adopted National Infrastructure Plan as key to stimulating employment creation by improving the competitiveness of core industries while opening up new opportunities for them. He said this would primarily be done through the Durban/Free State/Gauteng corridor and the opening up of the Northern Mining Belt, as well as securing the country’s energy supply and upgrading the ports. Major investments would also go towards increasing the access of historically deprived regions to the core economy through improved roads, rail and communications, as well as enhancing productivity through investments in household and economic infrastructure and in social capital. The Deputy President said job creation was heavily pinned on construction projects for the infrastructure build programme. Maximising local procurement of inputs for infrastructure projects would also ensure the greatest possible multiplier effect from the build programme. South Africa has also streamlined key elements of its regulatory framework to help bolster the outcomes for job creation. Motlanthe said crucial steps had been taken in this regard, including: 16 August 2012 South Africa’s state-led infrastructure drive will be crucial in realising the country’s target of creating five-million new jobs by 2020 by improving the competitiveness of core industries while opening up new opportunities for them, says Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe. Responding to a question in Parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday, Motlanthe said that while South Africa had made some progress in job creation, the country still has a while to go. Motlanthe was cautiously optimistic about the latest Labour Force Survey, which showed that over 300 000 new jobs were created by the end of 2011.center_img Motlanthe said the government had also initiated major programmes to support key economic sectors in the country. “These include the auto industry scheme, which has already led to billions of rand in new investment; the clothing and textiles scheme, which has stabilised this critical labour-intensive industry; continued support for business process services, which has already succeeded in creating tens of thousands of new jobs; and a number of programmes to bolster agro-processing.” In spite of the current slowdown in the global economy, the Deputy President said the government remained confident that these measures would go a long way towards helping South Africa to create new jobs. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

FAD transmission risk is greater with garbage feeding

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Despite many advancements in the U.S. pork industry’s focus on disease risk mitigation, 28 states (along with Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands) still allow some type of garbage feeding to swine. While deemed acceptable by the USDA’s Animal Plant Health and Inspection Service (APHIS) when strict protocols are followed, the potential risk of foreign animal disease (FAD) transmission remains with this practice.According to Dave Pyburn, senior vice president of science and technology for the Pork Checkoff, the practice of garbage feeding to pigs in the United States is somewhat of a holdover from the past.“We used to feed many more hogs this way than we do now,” he said. “But the important thing is that if a producer does decide to do this type of feeding where it’s allowed, he or she must do so by strictly adhering to the APHIS guidelines.”The Swine Health Protection Act (SHPA) regulates food waste containing any meat products fed to swine. Compliance with this act ensures that all food waste fed to swine is properly treated to kill disease organisms. Raw meat may transmit numerous infectious or communicable diseases to swine, including FADs such as foot-and-mouth disease, African swine fever, and classical swine fever.Pyburn, who helped enforce the SHPA during his tenure at USDA, says there are three keys that reduce the risk of this practice if they are properly followed. These include making sure cooked and uncooked product is kept separate so there is no cross contamination; making sure equipment used for cooked product is not contaminated with uncooked product; and ensuring that all garbage is heated to a treatment level of 212 degrees Fahrenheit (boiling) for 30 minutes.“While we would like to see garbage feeding used sparingly, if at all from a disease risk standpoint, it’s critical that anyone who is using this feeding method do so with the utmost attention to the exact regulations,” Pyburn said. “It could be the difference between keeping the country free of foreign animal disease or not.”Beyond garbage feeding, swine health experts also agree that any garbage, especially containing meat products such as human food scraps, should always be kept away from areas of feral swine. European authorities suspect this is how the recent African swine fever outbreak in Belgium may have been transmitted to wild pigs in that country.last_img read more

City of Oceansides 130th anniversary celebration

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsOCEANSIDE (KUSI) – People in Oceanside are celebrating more than just Fourth of July this week. Today, they’re celebrating the city’s 130th anniversary with a street fair and fireworks display at night.KUSI’s Dave Scott was there with the details.The Oceanside Police Department has sent the following information regarding the anniversary and Fourth of July celebrations in the city.On July 3rd, for the fireworks, Rancho Del Oro will be closed to vehicular traffic from 1745 hours to 2300 hours, and will be designated for pedestrian use only’On July 4th, in order to help facilitate an enjoyable experience for everyone, OPD would like to inform the public that the Strand will be closed to vehicular traffic between Wisconsin Avenue and Breakwater Way, from 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. All other streets will be open for vehicular traffic.The Harbor entrance at Harbor Dr. will be closed from 8:30 p.m. – midnight due to the Fireworks at Del Mar Beach aboard Camp Pendleton. There will be NO WESTBOUND traffic allowed on Harbor Dr. between N. Coast Highway and Harbor Dr. North, and no traffic will be allowed to enter the harbor from the intersection of Harbor Dr. @ Carmelo Dr. between the same hours.ParkingAll standard parking regulations will be in effect except for street sweeping zones and two hour parking zones. Please refer to the specific parking regulations posted in each designated area.City of Oceanside Safety ZoneThe area west of the Railroad tracks to the Ocean and north and south to the City limits has been designated as a Safety Zone. A general reminder to everyone who comes to the beach area and the Harbor on the Fourth of July is that City Ordinance 1.7(i) establishes a Safety zone. Fines for all Oceanside City Code violations will be tripled in this area. Examples of pertinent City Codes are, but not limited to; no glass beverage containers on the beach, no open containers of alcohol on the beach, no diving or jumping from the pier, no dogs on the beach or the pier (with the exception of seeing eye dogs and service dogs). The safety zone is designated as the area west of the railroad tracks to the Pacific Ocean and north and south to the City limits. Please enjoy your time in our beach areas and please be safe.There will be no fireworks in the city on July 4. Dave Scott City of Oceanside’s 130th anniversary celebration Posted: July 3, 2018 Dave Scott, July 3, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Vancouver PDs revived response teams take proactive approach

first_imgPolice were knocking, but no one was home.“Vancouver Police. We have a search warrant,” one officer yelled outside an apartment near Fourth Plain Boulevard. When no one answers, officers break down the door with a ram and enter.A woman peers through the window of a nearby apartment to see what is going on. Others start to take notice of the noise and the convoy of police cruisers parked nearby.The officers are a part of the Vancouver Police Department’s newly re-created Neighborhood Response Teams or NRTs, which investigate street-level crime around the city, including such offenses as forgery, property crime, drug problems, graffiti and other things.The group, which came together in early January, works with neighborhood police officers, crime analysts and officers from other agencies to identify crime hot spots and trends and catch career criminals. The department shifted a few officers from patrol to the unit in hope they would be able to help stop some crime from happening instead of having patrol officers respond after it does.That afternoon, they were serving a search warrant on an apartment where they believed there were drugs and possibly weapons. Inside, they found marijuana and methamphetamine, said Sgt. Steve Dobbs, who runs the East Precinct team. Detectives also searched a car that was tied to a series of fake checks being cashed around the county, found a stolen car, made seven arrests and worked with Neighbors on Watch volunteers to look for stolen vehicles in problem areas.last_img read more