Government urged to protect media after two carbomb attacks on newspapers

first_img Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts Nigerian news site deliberately blocked, expert report confirms News to go further Organisation Reporters Without Borders is dismayed by yesterday’s bombings targeting newspapers in the capital, Abuja, and the northern city of Kaduna and calls on the Nigerian authorities to reinforce security for news media, journalists and other media personnel.Reacting to the two bombings, which killed at least nine people, President Goodluck Jonathan issued a statement stressing the government’s commitment “to uphold citizens’ constitutional rights to freedom of expression and press freedom in particular.”“While hailing President Jonathan’s pledge to defend press freedom, we urge him to take full stock of the terrible dangers to which journalists are exposed,” Reporters Without Borders said. “After yesterday’s tragedies and the cold-blooded killings of at least two media personnel in recent months, there is no longer any doubt that the media and journalists are among the targets of those who carry out attacks and bombings in Nigeria.”“In consultation with media owners and executives, the authorities should adopt concrete measures to ensure that journalists are protected and to reinforce security around news media buildings and offices.”In Abuja, a suicide bomber drove a jeep carrying explosives into the building housing the printing press of ThisDay, one of the country’s most influential, privately-owned newspapers, killing himself and four other people and wounding dozens of others. ThisDay nonetheless said it had reinforced security around its premises in response to the violence that has killed at least 400 people since the start of the year.At the same time, a car laden with explosives was stopped as it approached a building in Kaduna that houses the regional offices of ThisDay, The Moment and The Daily Sun. One of the two men in the car got out and detonated a bomb that killed at least four people and wounded around 20 others.While the bombings were not immediately claimed, they bore the hallmarks of the Islamist group Boko Haram, which accused the national media a few weeks ago of reporting falsehoods about it. One of the two men involved in the Kaduna bombing, who was detained by witnesses and handed over to the police, reportedly identified himself as a Boko Haram member.Photo : The premises of This Day in Abuja, after bomb attack (Pius Utomi Ekpei / AFP) News Follow the news on Nigeria April 27, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government urged to protect media after two carbomb attacks on newspapers Twitter blocked, journalism threatened in Nigeriacenter_img February 8, 2021 Find out more RSF_en June 10, 2021 Find out more NigeriaAfrica NigeriaAfrica News News Nigerian investigative journalist forced to flee after massacre disclosures January 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

39 locations of fires, explosions after suspected gas leak in Massachusetts

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) — Firefighters in Massachusetts are battling dozens of fires believed to have been caused by gas explosions.The Massachusetts State Police Watch Center has responded to 39 different addresses spread across dozens of block in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover — in Massachusetts’ Merrimack Valley, the department wrote on Twitter.Evacuations are taking place in multiple neighborhoods where residents have smelled gas, according to state police.Authorities also warned residents in the area who are served by Columbia Gas to “evacuate their homes immediately,” as gas lines are currently being depressurized by the company.Aerial footage taken by ABC Boston affiliate WCVB-TV showed firefighters battling flames in a residential neighborhood that sent thick plumes of smoke into the air.Residents in Andover were evacuated to a local senior center, while residents in North Andover were directed to a nearby middle school.The Massachusetts State Fire Marshal’s Office told WCVB-TV that it sent investigators to the area to respond to a high-pressure gas line issue affecting homes nearby.Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera told WCVB-TV that the incidents are believed to have stemmed from a rise in gas pressure.Additional information was not immediately available.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Kung Fu Debuts Funky New Original ‘Scorpion’ In Buffalo [Watch]

first_img@Buffalo_FM #brandnew Kung Fu 31m in! Penned by @beausasser #Scorpion only here on #Twitter and linked accounts! Lol!— Kung Fu (@KungFuTunes) June 1, 2016 Last night, funk warriors Kung Fu and The New Mastersounds hit the Buffalo Iron Works in Buffalo, NY for the first of a short run of shows together. The two bands are staples in the live funk scene; their fusion only made this show even more exciting.One of the many highlights from the performance was a brand new song debuted by Kung Fu. Titled “Scorpion,” the funky new groove was written by new keyboardist Beau Sasser. Thankfully, with Buffalo.FM live streaming the entire show, we can tune in and catch the new song!“Scorpion” kicks in around the 31-minute mark! Check out the new song and the full show, with sets from both Kung Fu and The New Mastersounds, below.last_img read more

Sustainable Agriculture

first_img“Having the Georgia Organics conference here allows us to highlight all the research and Extension work we have in this area,” she said. During the two-day conference, UGA faculty hosted farm tours at UGArden, the organic farm at Durham Horticulture Farm and at the J. Phil Campbell Sr. Research and Education Center—UGA’s hub for sustainable agriculture research and public outreach. They also hosted hands-on workshops. Pioneers in sustainable agriculture, backyard gardeners and urban homesteaders gathered in Athens this month to share knowledge gathered over years of working the land and to learn new skills from researchers at the University of Georgia. From soil health research to breeding programs for organically produced crops, faculty and staff at UGA have worked to improve the sustainability and efficiency of organic farms in Georgia. “Many people don’t realize how much work we have going on in sustainable agriculture,” said Julia Gaskin, sustainable agriculture coordinator for the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) and winner of Georgia Organics’ 2015 Land Steward Award. Lawton Stewart, assistant professor of animal and dairy science, and Dennis Hancock, associate professor of crop and soil sciences, taught an introductory workshop on sustainable grazing. David Berle, associate professor of horticulture, and JoHannah Biang, UGArden farm manager, taught a class of beginning farmers and gardeners how to build raised beds and how to repair and use small farm machinery. Peter Hartel, retired professor of crop and soil sciences, and Elizabeth Little, assistant professor in plant pathology, helped farmers inspect soil from their farms using microscopes and interpret findings in terms of soil health. Suzanne Stone, a graduate student in horticulture, and Little, assistant professor of plant pathology, helped lead a discussion on the need for better crop varieties for organic producers. Gaskin and George Boyhan, professor of horticulture, gave a workshop on selecting cover crops and how to maximize their benefit.Judy Harrison, professor of foods and nutrition in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, gave updated conference attendees on the Food Safety and Modernization Act and how it affects produce coming from small farms.Bob Waldorf, an Extension coordinator in Banks County, gave an update on UGA’s Master Goat Farmer program. In addition to the tours and workshops, 12 UGA graduate students presented posters on their research at the conference. “You can’t have a conversation about agriculture in Georgia without involving the University of Georgia,” said Alice Rolls, executive director of Georgia Organics. “Agriculture and UGA are synonymous here, and growers of all sizes and types depend on UGA’s research and leadership.” “Without UGA, Georgia Organics’ work and farming in general would be so much more difficult, and that’s why we are grateful to count the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences as an ally in our work to put more Georgia food on Georgia tables,” Rolls added. This most recent Georgia Organics conference is just the latest collaboration between Georgia Organics and the faculty of CAES and UGA Extension. In addition to working on numerous educational programs over the years, Georgia Organics recently collaborated with UGA and several other agricultural advocacy groups to establish a Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Program in Georgia. With a $652,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), UGA Extension, Georgia Organics, UGA Small Business Development Center, Fort Valley State University and AgSouth Farm Credit will develop an in-person and distance-training program for beginning farmers. The program will focus on helping these farmers build sustainable businesses as well as sustainable farms. To learn more about sustainable farming research and outreach at UGA, visit www.SustainAgGA.org.last_img read more

Gas turbine sales falter in the face of renewable energy gains

first_imgGas turbine sales falter in the face of renewable energy gains FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Financial Times:Natural gas is still often described as “the fuel of the future”. If you are selling turbines for gas-fired power generation, it cannot feel that way. Sales of gas turbines have fallen sharply, under pressure from low-cost renewable energy, and are expected to remain weak for at least another couple of years.While the market has been shrinking, it has also been becoming more competitive. For the largest and most advanced turbines, bought by utilities and other power producers, there are only three significant manufacturers: General Electric of the US, Siemens of Germany and Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems of Japan.GE has for decades been the market leader, but this year MHPS, which is 65 per cent owned by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and 35 per cent by Hitachi, has been having a run of success, reporting a 40 per cent market share in the first six months of 2018.The ebb and flow in the market is a sign of intense competition for a diminished number of orders. In 2011, manufacturers sold gas turbines with a total generation capacity of 71.6 gigawatts, according to McCoy Power Reports. Last year, the market was less than half that size at 34.4GW, and this year it is expected to be smaller again at about 30GW.More ($): Gas turbine competition heats uplast_img read more

Bigfoot statue stolen from Boynton Beach store

first_imgBigfoot is at large!Boynton Beach Police say someone made off with an 8-foot, 300-pound statue of Sasquatch.It used to stand in front of “Mattress Monsterz” on East Boynton Beach Boulevard.The store owner said he did not discover the theft immediately becauseBigfoot stood among multiple decorations on display for Halloween.There is no surveillance video of the theft, which is believed to have taken place during the week of Oct. 6-13.But the store hopes someone spots Bigfoot and calls the police.The statue is worth about $3,000.“If you have any information, call Crime Stoppers at 800-458-TIPS.” “You will remain anonymous and could receive a cash reward if your tip leads to an arrest.”last_img

The oldest champions in sport

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP |  Five of the oldest champions in sport as Venus Williams attempts to become the oldest Grand Slam women’s champion on Saturday and Roger Federer seeks to be the most senior Wimbledon men’s champion of the Open era on Sunday:SERENA WILLIAMS— Serena won this year’s Australian Open at the age of 35 years and 125 days, beating her own record of 34 years and 287 days when she captured the 2016 Wimbledon title.JULIUS BOROS— America’s Boros is golf’s oldest major winner, capturing the 1968 PGA Championship at the age of 48. Boros succeeded golf’s previous leading golden oldie Jerry Barber who won the 1961 PGA title at the age of 45. Tom Watson, at the age of 59, came close to smashing Boros’s record in 2009 when he led for most of the final round of the British Open before losing in a play-off.BERNARD HOPKINS— US fighter Hopkins became boxing’s oldest world champion in March 2013 when, at the age of 48, he defeated Tavoris Cloud for the IBF light heavyweight title.RAY REARDON— Reardon was 45 when he won the world snooker title in 1978. It was his sixth and final world championship triumph.ERIK GUAY— Canada’s Guay won this year’s world skiing championships super-G at St. Moritz at the record age of 35 to add to his 2011 downhill world title. Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more

Serena wins Australian Open

first_imgEXCLAMATION POINT—Serena Williams reacts to a point won against Justine Henin of Belgium, during the Women’s Singles finals at the Australian Open in Melbourne. King was at the stadium Saturday night to take part in a pre-match ceremony to honor the 40-year anniversary of Margaret Court’s four Grand Slam tournament wins in 1970.“Billie, we are tied,” Williams said. “So I’ve reached my goal.”Williams’ five Australian titles is the most by any woman in the Open Era, since 1968, surpassing the four held by Margaret Court, Evonne Goolagong Cawley, Steffi Graf and Monica Seles. Court holds 11 Australian Open titles overall, most coming before 1968.Henin, who had most of the crowd support at Rod Laver Arena, couldn’t match her fellow Belgian Kim Clijsters’ feat of winning in her Grand Slam comeback tournament. Clijsters won last year’s U.S. Open in her return from a two-year retirement after getting married and having a daughter.Williams won the last four games to clinch the championship in just over two hours, falling on her back in celebration after match point.“It was definitely a tough match mentally and physically,” Williams said. “We were both out there to prove something, and I think we did at the end of the day.”It was an impressive run by Henin. She lost in the final of the Brisbane International tournament to Clijsters two weeks ago.“It’s been a very emotional two weeks for me,” said Henin, who put her hand on her heart as she thanked the crowd for support. “I thought it would never happen to me again. I’d like to congratulate Serena. She’s a real champion.”“It’s good to have her back, it’s exciting,” Williams said of Henin. “She can definitely be No. 1, especially with our ranking system, if she keeps doing well.”The American holds an 8-6 edge in career meetings between the pair, including a 6-2, 6-0 win in Miami in 2008. At the time, it equaled the worst loss for a reigning No. 1, and Henin quit tennis two months later.Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova are Williams’ next goal, with 18 majors each.“Honestly, I’m just doing what I can. I obviously enjoy playing in Melbourne, clearly,” Williams said. “I never thought I could catch up with Martina, because she’s such an amazing champion.”Last Friday Serena and sister Venus won their fourth Australian Open doubles title beating Cara Black and Liezel Huber 6-4, 6-3 in the final at Rod Laver Arena. It was the 11th time the Williams sisters have combined for a Grand Slam doubles title. by Dennis PassaAssociated Press Writer MELBOURNE, Australia (AP)—Serena Williams won her second straight Australian Open championship, ending Justine Henin’s hopes of a Grand Slam title in her return from retirement with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 victory Jan. 30.Williams withstood a determined challenge from Henin before securing her fifth Australian Open title overall and 12th Grand Slam singles championship overall, tying Billie Jean King.last_img read more

Leafs hold off Rebels to edge Sunflower City squad 4-3

first_imgThe Nelson Leafs continue to struggle to put together 60 minutes of hockey.The Green and White held off a late charge to edge the Castlegar Rebels 4-3 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Saturday night at the NDCC Arena.Dale Howell scored twice while Jack Karran and David Lenzin added singles as the Leafs built a 4-0 lead after two periods.However, the roof, almost, fell in on the Leafs as Castlegar struck for three goals in six minutes of play to erase the four-goal margin.Castlegar out shot the Leafs 34-32, including a 14-11 margin in the third period.Logan Styler, with a pair of markers, and Jesse Reeds replied for a Rebels team that has lost four consecutive games. Devin Allen won for the second time in the Leafs net while Jason Mailhoit took the loss between the pipes for Castlegar.Nelson, which lost 5-2 Friday against Beaver Valley, keeps pace with the Nitehawks in Murdoch Division standings.Beaver Valley, after winning a pair of games during the weekend, leapfrogs past Grand Forks Border Bruins into top spot in the division.The Hawks 6-3-1-0-1 record is one point better than the Bruins.Grand Forks dropped its first game in five games, losing 4-3 in overtime to Fernie Ghostriders.Justin Peers scored his second of the game in double overtime period to lift the Riders past the Bruins.Grand Forks had tied the game with one second remaining on the power play. Logan Klatt beat Brandon Butler in the Fernie nets.Yoan Rodrigue and Connor Brennan also scored for the Bruins.Fernie out shot the Border Bruins 43-38 in the contest.BLUELINES: Leafs Dale Howell leads the team in scoring, one point in front of teammate Sawyer Hunt. Howell has seven goals and seven assists in 10 games. . . . Leafs continue to look for the right fit in goal as Josh Bolding got the start Friday in Fruitvale. . . .The Leafs staged its annual parent weekend. Player’s parents attended both games as well as an afternoon banquet Saturday at the Hume Hotel.last_img read more

BOBBY Z MAN FLIES LATE TO TAKE $60,000 RIVER SPECIAL ALLOWANCE PURSE; GONZALEZ, ABRAMS TEAM TO WIN BY 1 ½ LENGTHS DOWN HILLSIDE TURF

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (April 17, 2015)–Bobby Z Man flew from mid-pack to win Friday’s $60,000 River Special allowance by 1 ½ lengths, as the 4-year-old Unusual Heat gelding covered 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in 1:13.27. Ridden by Santiago Gonzalez and trained by Barry Abrams, Bobby Z Man stepped up from a first condition allowance win over the course on April 10 to register his second consecutive win.Off at 9-2 in a field of nine older horses, Bobby Z Man paid $11.40, $5.00 and $3.40. Bred in California by Abrams and Huston Racing Stable and owned by Huston Racing Stable, Little Red Feather Racing and Bob Zieman, “Bobby Z” got his fifth win from 14 career starts and with the winner’s share of $36,000, improved his earnings to $200,512.“Not bad at all,” is how Abrams summed up the winner’s effort. “He’s a nice horse. If there’s a race next week, he’ll be in it, as long as he’s okay. It wasn’t the ideal trip for him. He likes to be on the outside but he was stuck on the inside. Once he got to the outside though, he took off.”Runner-up Indexical, who was ridden by Mario Gutierrez, pressed the pace, entered the stretch three-wide, opened up a one length advantage inside the sixteenth pole, but couldn’t hold off the late charge of the winner. Off as the 2-1 favorite, he paid $3.20 and $2.60.Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, Irish-bred Home School sat second down the hill and battled gamely at the rail to hold the show. Off at 4-1, he paid $3.00 to show.With longshot Rosengold showing the way to the three sixteenths pole, fractions on the race were 21.96, 44.39 and 1:07.44.Earlier in the day, the legendary Zenyatta’s first foal, Cozmic One, a 3-year-old colt by Bernardini, made a disappointing debut, running sixth and last in the second race, a maiden special weight at one mile. He was the 9-5 second choice.There was one winning Pick Six ticket on Friday and it was worth $60,030.40. The ticket was purchased for an as yet undisclosed sum through XpressBet.First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. –30– EARLIER IN THE DAY, ZENYATTA’S FIRST FOAL, COZMIC ONE, HAS DISAPPOINTING DEBUT RUN;ONE WINNING PICK SIX TICKET, PURCHASED XPRESSBET, PAYS $60,030.40last_img read more