Reforming Perilous Media Conditions Rests on Government

first_imgRenowned Liberian broadcast journalist, Aaron Kollie, has said that it is a must that the current perilous conditions under which the Liberian media operate must change; and it is up to the Liberian government to make that change.Serving as one of the three panelists at a two-day Media Law and Regulatory Reform Stakeholders’ Conference organized by the Press Union of Liberia and partners in Monrovia, Mr. Kollie said the free press, which government continuously boasts about, must not be measured on the basis of the proliferation of media houses and “free talk,” but on the formulation of laws and policies that safeguard that freedom in line with a constitutional foundation.He said the Liberia media reform initiative, which the PUL and partners are undertaking, is not just commendable, but an irreversible strategic action initiative to safeguard what he termed as “the sacred journalism profession.”Mr. Kollie told his colleagues and partners at the conference, “Our meeting here today is to look directly in the eyes of policymakers and insist that the direction has got to change.”President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf delivered the conference keynote address, while Senate Committee Chair on Information and Broadcasting – Milton Teahjay – spoke briefly during the opening ceremony.Mr. Kollie noted, “Repeated public reference to tolerance and the receipt or ceremonial embrace of friend of media award are not sufficient accolades in the absence of tangible steps and laws to protect press freedom.”This was in reference to an assertion made by the President that her administration has made significant contributions to the respect and sustainability of the media, including the enactment of the Freedom of Information Act of 2010 – for which she was honored as “Friend of the Media” by the Africa Editors’ Forum.The Power TV CEO also said that the establishment of an Independent Broadcast Regulator in Liberia is not negotiable. “It is not just an integral part, but an indispensable facet of our current democratic dispensation that aligns directly with the precepts of free and open societies,” he said, adding, “This prolonged advocacy that has witnessed sustained and hectic interventions at the legislative level must be brought to fruition now.”He noted that the LTA, as structured, is not effectively positioned or qualified enough as a body to regulate such a specialized sector.“The LTA concentrates heavily on the telecommunications arena, has relegated the Liberian broadcast sector as a side-track, interested only in spectrum and annual registration fees. That has got to change,” he said.Moving in the direction of reform, he said the government must demonstrate good faith by embarking on the process of deregulation, wherein the Ministry of Information will henceforth cease to regulate and collect annual license or registration fees from media houses. He noted that the Independent Regulator should not be a government parastatal, adding: “It must be a quasigovernment administrative agency with no direct governmental control.”“Aside from budgetary allocation, the administrative cost for the upkeep of the regulator must come from diverse sources, including partners and stakeholders. This is intended to serve as an effective safeguard against any manipulation or undue political influence. “When it is structured as such, decisions taken by the body will be deemed credible and enforceable. In the event of dissatisfaction, the recourse to litigation comes into play,” he noted.LTA Chairperson Angelique Weeks said the need for freedom of speech and the outreach of broadcast media highlights the progress achieved over the decades for media independence from government control and censorship.However, she said, “Media freedom and free speech should not be free to the extent that it is irresponsible and not independently regulated,” adding that “where free speech is not held accountable under the law, broadcast content tends to be skewed because business interests take precedence over professional journalism and the public’s interest.”The broadcast sector, like all sectors, flourishes best in countries where the rule of law is respected, she said.Journalist Kollie is the CEO of Power TV. The conference was held under the theme: “The Liberian Media and The Law.”Other panelists were Minister of Information, Eugene Nagbe; Liberia Telecommunication Authority (LTA) Chairperson, Angelique Weeks; and UL Vice President for Administration, Weade Kobbah Wureh, who served as the moderator for the panel discussion.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Fernandes tells fans on Twitter he is ‘tired of abuse’ from critics

first_imgTony Fernandes has told QPR fans on Twitter he briefly stopped commenting on the club because he was “tired of all the abuse” from his critics.Rangers have lost of their six of their seven matches since chairman Fernandes placed Chris Ramsey in charge of first-team affairs following the departure of Harry Redknapp.It has left them one off the bottom of the table, four points from safety ahead of Saturday’s trip to face West Brom.“Still very much in love with QPR. tired of all the abuse so kept quiet . But doesn’t spoil my enthusiasm. Looking forward to tmw game,” Fernandes tweeted.Still very much in love with QPR. tired of all the abuse so kept quiet . But doesn’t spoil my enthusiasm. Looking forward to tmw game.— Tony Fernandes (@tonyfernandes) April 3, 2015He added: “Good team tomororw. Only fer missing from what I thiblnk is our best team. Come on your rsssss“Give your full support to Chris and the boys. They have worked hard.”Meanwhile, Brentford are celebrating a 4-1 triumph at Fulham in the west London derby.The victory moved the Bees, who face Nottingham Forest on Monday, back into the play-off places.Defender Harlee Dean tweeted: “GET IN! Big result! What an atmosphere! Next step Monday!”And Brentford midfielder Toumani Diagouraga wrote: “Nothing better then doing the double other ur rivals to set up the final 6 games #bees #beelieve.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

How Warriors coach Steve Kerr overcame fear of failure with an assist from Michael Jordan

first_imgSteve Kerr says he once feared failure, and you wonder how that could be.First off, he played at the University of Arizona when the Wildcats were building the foundation of a college basketball powerhouse. Secondly, he was a drop-dead 3-point shooter. He was so money that the home crowds had a special salute just for him.Kerr would nail a triple. The public address announcer would intone, “Three points for Steve Kerr.” And the fans would holler back in joyous unison, “STEVE!!! KERR!!!”I …last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, May 3, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Showers are back in Ohio today, and will end up with decent coverage. We are looking at picking up .25″-.75″ of rain across 75% of Ohio. Rain lingers through Saturday as well. During the day its not that big of deal..only a few hundredths to .25″ through evening with coverage at 60%. However, overnight Saturday night through Sunday midday we have a significant wave of moisture coming. Rains and thunderstorms bring .25″-1.5″ rain potential to 80% of Ohio. The heaviest rains will be from I-70 southward, but we still get decent rain chances north of there.There will be some clearing finally moving into the state Sunday afternoon and Monday looks to turn out mostly sunny! Our next big batch of moisture starts to push in on Tuesday, and we are wet through the middle 3 days of the week next week. Tuesday will feature increasing clouds through the morning hours, and then scattered showers develop mainly in areas from US 20 northward by sunset. Totals will be minor, a few hundredths to at most two or three tenths. Wednesday is just a damp feeling day without a lot of new precipitation. We won’t deny there is a chance for scattered showers, but amounts will be a few hundredths to a quarter inch total, and coverage will be 40% or less. The big rain day next week comes Thursday (or actually overnight Wednesday night through Thursday midday) with rain and thunderstorms producing .25”-1” of rain and 100% coverage. This will bring combined rains to .5”-2” for the event, which is unchanged from our previous forecast. With only a day an a half to at most 2 full dry days ahead of that moisture…we truly see no net drying through the end of next week. We should see partly sunny skies emerge next Friday. A new wrinkle in the forecast this morning is a cluster of thunderstorms that is trying to surge northeast next Saturday. Clouds increase Saturday morning and midday. Then rain and thunderstorms arrive at Saturday night and continue through Sunday morning. That rain moves in from the west and southwest, spreading across the state. There is a chance of some strong to severe weather embedded in this system. Rain totals can be from .25″-1″  over 80% of the state. This is a new inclusion in the forecast, so we will be looking for data to back up this solution over the weekend and solidify the rain chances. Feel free to hope we are wrong! The map at right shows cumulative 10 day rainfall potential. Better news is emerging as we finish the 10 day window and move into the extended period. We see sunshine returning for the afternoon of Sunday the 12th, and then our system for early in the 11-16 day widow has diminished greatly. The way we see things now, there is potential for the week after next two be dry with a mix of clouds and sun from Monday the 13th through Thursday the 16th. That would mean 5 days back to back of dry weather, for our first period of net drying in a long time. There is still plenty that can go wrong here, namely that early week system re-strengthening…but tentatively we are going to try and put a little bit of good news out there. Rain is back for the end of the extended period, with .25”-1” totals likely for the combine period of Friday the 17th through Saturday the 18th.last_img read more

‘Will CBI be able to crack shelter home case?’

first_imgThe day the Central Bureau of Investigation began its probe into the alleged rape of 34 girls at a shelter home in Muzaffarpur, in another corner of the town, all six accused in the 2012 Navruna Chakravarty abduction case walked out on bail as sleuths from the agency failed to submit a chargesheet.The CBI’s delayed and inconclusive probe into the six-year-old case has raised the question whether it would be able to solve the Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case. State officials told The Hindu that the CBI has a very poor track record in solving cases handed over to it by the Nitish Kumar government. In the last 10 years, the Bihar government has recommended CBI probe in at least eight cases but none of them have been closed yet, said the officials.2012 caseThe abduction of 12-year-old Navruna Chakravarty from her house in Muzaffarpur had hit the headlines in September 2012. The schoolgirl was abducted on the intervening night of September 17 and 18 by some land mafia members who were eyeing her father’s prime property in the town. The culprits were allegedly hand in glove with local politicians and police officers. The case was first handled by the district police and then by the CID. After much hue and cry, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar handed over the case to the CBI in February 2014, but nothing has come out of it so far. Navruna’s residence at Jawaharlal Road is just a few kilometers away from the shelter home for girls at Sahu Road in Muzaffarpur. Navruna is still traceless.Navruna’s father Atulya Chakravarty, then a medical representative, did not lose hope and continuously followed the case braving all threats and intimidations. He approached the Supreme Court for monitoring the investigation by the CBI and despite five deadlines by the court, the agency has not been able to do much in the case. When the apex court issued the last deadline — September 15, 2018 — the CBI got into action and arrested six persons, including local politician Shah Alam Shabbu on April 28. However, it failed to submit a chargesheet against the accused within the stipulated 90-day time and special CBI court judge Rajiv Ranjan Singh on Monday granted them bail under Section 167(2) para(a) of the CrPC. “Now, my all hopes hinge on the Supreme Court. The CBI has failed to crack a simple case of abduction of my daughter in the last four years,” Mr. Chakravarty told The Hindu over phone. “I am keeping my fingers crossed whether the agency will do justice in the Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case. When they [CBI] could not do justice with a single girl, how would I expect them to do justice to all the 34 girls,” he added. The SC is scheduled to hear the Navruna case on September 18.last_img read more

NAIG TO CO-LEAD IOWA TRADE MISSION TO JAPAN

first_imgAn agricultural trade team headed up by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds and Iowa’s Agriculture Secretary Mike Naig leaves for Japan this weekend.Naig says Japan is an important market for Iowa farmers:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/NAIG1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………ag product standpoint. ;13Reynolds and Naig will be joined by representatives from various state farm organizations.Naig says the purpose for the trip is to build and maintain important relations with Japanese customers:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/NAIG2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…………import more. :14Naig says the recently completed trade agreement between the United States and Japan should help with this mission:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/NAIG3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…………great news for Iowa. :22The trade team delegation consists of around a dozen people.last_img read more

8 days agoGang arrested over player burglaries; Thomas Partey recovers Champions League medal

first_imgGang arrested over player burglaries; Thomas Partey recovers Champions League medalby Carlos Volcano8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe gang that pulled off a series of burglaries against LaLiga footballers has been caught and arrested.Eldiario.es reports four people have been arrested connected to raids on homes of players of Real Madrid and Atletico. The operation was carried out between the cities of Madrid and Toledo, where the alleged criminals were arrested. Law enforcement have managed to recover some valuables that were taken from the homes of the players. Among the jewels and other belongings, the Champions League runners-up medal of Thomas Partey was found. The Atletico Madrid midfielder’s home was raided earlier this month, while he was in Russia for the European match against Lokmotiv Moscow.Casemiro, Isco, Zinedine Zidane and Alvaro Morata were some of those in Madrid who were victims of robberies. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

7 days agoPaul Ince believes his Liverpool team should’ve won Premier League title

first_imgPaul Ince believes his Liverpool team should’ve won Premier League titleby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Liverpool captain Paul Ince believes his team should’ve won the Premier League title.Ince reckons that he could have been a Premier League champion with the Reds if he’d had the current side’s defence alongside him.The former midfielder told the Liverpool Echo: “I felt that we had a very talented team. Jamie Redknapp in midfield, Patrick Berger and (Steve) McManaman, I think we had the most goals in the league in those roles, and then you’ve got Michael upfront, Robbie Fowler, (Karl-Heinz) Riedle, so we had some top, top players.“At the back we never got it right. I look at the Liverpool team now, if we had that back five, we would’ve won title after title after title because the rest of the team was pretty much in order.“That kind of rankles with me a bit, also the fact that I was there two years. I should’ve really had longer.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Macroeconomic Stability Has Been Entrenched – PIOJ Head

first_imgStory Highlights Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) Director General, Dr. Wayne Henry, says macroeconomic stability has been entrenched, evidenced by relatively low inflation, high net international reserves (NIR), successive positive growth, and fiscal discipline, which has significantly lowered public debt. The country’s debt-to-gross domestic product (GDP) ratio is projected to fall below 100 per cent at the end of the 2018/19 fiscal year, which is the lowest level of debt in nearly two decades. Mr. Henry noted that with the strengthened foundation resulting from the improving macroeconomic out-turns, coupled with ongoing efforts to sustain the gains attained, “the country is now [moving] to achieve economic independence”. Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) Director General, Dr. Wayne Henry, says macroeconomic stability has been entrenched, evidenced by relatively low inflation, high net international reserves (NIR), successive positive growth, and fiscal discipline, which has significantly lowered public debt.The country’s debt-to-gross domestic product (GDP) ratio is projected to fall below 100 per cent at the end of the 2018/19 fiscal year, which is the lowest level of debt in nearly two decades.Mr. Henry noted that with the strengthened foundation resulting from the improving macroeconomic out-turns, coupled with ongoing efforts to sustain the gains attained, “the country is now [moving] to achieve economic independence”.Dr. Henry was speaking at the PIOJ’s inaugural Economic Growth Forum at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew recently, under the theme ‘From Elusive to Inclusive Growth’.The occasion was also used to launch the PIOJ’s 2019 Growth Inducement Programme Research Report, which is a collection of eight research papers encompassing economic growth-related areas.These include financial inclusion, tertiary education, labour market developments, and social interventions.“The recurring theme emerging from these studies is the importance of the Government creating a strong enabling environment for doing business,” the PIOJ Head said.He noted that the aim is to set the stage for individuals and businesses in the private sector, including social enterprises, to create wealth for themselves and their communities, which will redound to broader economic growth and development and, in turn, “complete the circle of development with improved conditions”.“As a country, we have earnestly undertaken many growth initiatives and made progress on many areas… but have not seen the levels of economic growth that we desire,” he noted.He said against this background, stakeholders should draw on the lessons learnt through “open and honest” reflection, sharing and action to devise “coordinated approaches” to effectively create or strengthen solutions to address Jamaica’s growth challenge.“We believe this is critical to attaining higher economic growth, higher social outcomes, and to achieve the targets established in Vision 2030 Jamaica – the National Development Plan and, thereby, make a real difference in the lives of the people,” he added.While acknowledging that “there is no panacea or quick fix for [elusive] growth”, Dr. Henry maintained that “working together, utilising our scarce resources effectively and efficiently [we] can generate the desired results, as we continue to target meaningful, sustainable and inclusive economic growth”.last_img read more

Cree and Inuit gather to share knowledge in launch of Hudson Bay

first_imgDanielle Rochette APTN NewsLucassie Arragutainaq is from Sanikiluaq, an Inuit community located on the Belcher Islands of Hudson Bay.Since the 1990s he has wanted to collaborate to share Inuit and Cree knowledge of the ecosystems of Hudson Bay and James Bay.“We understand what is going on exactly. That is what it matters really,” said Arragutainaq. “We just want to be a part of the process and understand what is going to happen within Hudson Bay and James Bay.”Arragutainaq dream came true this week as more than 200 Cree and Inuit gathered in Montreal to launch the Hudson Bay consortium.“How can we keep the bays healthy for future generations, how can we make sure that young people can learn Indigenous knowledge and go out and hunt” said Joel Heath, co-founder of the Arctic Eider Society, explaining its purpose.MP Hunter Tootoo says it’s positive to see everyone around the same table for a common goal.“For us that live there, and rely on it, we all have something at stake,” said Tootoo. “I think it is important that everyone come together and collectively come up with a plan on how to preserve and protect and monitor the waters that we rely on for livelihood.”drochette@aptn.calast_img read more