News Receive email alerts RSF_en The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Organisation Joint letter to Mozambique’s president about journalist’s disappearance to go further MozambiqueAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Violence Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns this week’s abduction and beating of Mozambican journalist and political commentator Ericino de Salema as a grave press freedom violation and calls on the authorities to carry out a thorough investigation in order to find those responsible. Mozambique: Case of missing Mozambican journalist referred to UN Follow the news on Mozambique News March 31, 2018 Journalist abducted, tortured after criticizing Mozambique’s government © Ericino de Salema A commentator for several media outlets including the privately-owned TV channel STV, Salema had just left the headquarters of the National Union of Journalists (SNJ) in the capital, Maputo, on 27 March when two unidentified men bundled him into their car and then drove off.He was found unconscious and bearing the marks of torture a few hours later on a highway in Marracuene, a few kilometres north of the capital. He was immediately rushed to a Maputo hospital with serious injuries including multiple fractures.A frequent critic of President Filipe Nyusi in his political analyses for STV, Salema had received death threats the day before his abduction. During an appearance on STV’s “Pontos de Vista” programme on 25 March, he had criticised the government’s debt restructuring and called for the finance minister’s resignation.The police say they have an opened an investigation with the aim of identifying Salema’s assailants.“The beating of this journalist comes amid a climate of growing hostility towards critics of the government that includes intimidation and verbal threats,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “We urge the authorities to do everything possible to find those responsible for this attack in order to send a clear message to those who target Mozambican journalists.”A gunman threatened to kill the editor of the weekly Ikweli in the northern city of Nampula in December because of an article critical of a Mozambique Democratic Movement candidate for the municipal elections. Nampula-based Radio Encontro’s director was threatened by the ruling Mozambique Liberation Front (FRELIMO) in January after denouncing irregularities in those elections.Salema’s abduction and beating has been condemned by media organizations including the Mass Media Supreme Council (CSCS), which said: “This attack carried out in broad daylight is indicative of a climate of impunity.” Human Right Watch has also condemned the “climate of fear” in Mozambique.Mozambique is ranked 93rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. November 27, 2020 Find out more MozambiqueAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Violence Help by sharing this information July 3, 2020 Find out more News Reports April 28, 2020 Find out more
Closeup semi profile of a mid 20’s woman sitting by a living room window, having a coffee and reading a newspapers. She has long brown hair and wearing a white shirt.EVERYONE has an opinion about whether print advertising works but many don’t understand how it affects the searching process. Townsville sellers have two main options that will reach the widest audience of home buyers – print and property portals online. In Townsville it is common to see buyers flipping through the local real estate liftout as they go from open home to open home on a Saturday morning.The key strength for print ads is they capture passive buyers, those who are in the market but not exactly sure of their criteria. Often a home will jump off the page at the passive buyer and they will either call the agent or visit the open home. Once inside they make the decision on what they see but the paper has done its job as it brought the inquiry to the door. More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020The property portals on the internet work differently. A buyer can search “Greater Townsville Region” and check that daily and search from “newest to oldest” so every single new listing online is put in front of them from newest to oldest. They can then opt to narrow their search depending on what they want. Most buyers search online for what they think they want. The portal delivers only those properties that match a specific criteria. I have met many buyers at the beginning of their property journey who have told me in very specific terms what they want and if I should come across something like that to get in touch. Time goes by we may look at some homes together but nothing quite sticks. Months pass and I bump into them again and we chat.Invariably real estate comes up and they tell me they have finally purchased a property – and I am shocked (well, not really these days) to hear they have bought a home that is not at all like what they had started out looking for.In a market like Townsville buyers are at different stages of their property journey and they use different platforms to search for property. The internet is an amazing tool but if you are selling a house in regional Queensland print advertising is still a powerful tool that cannot be ignored if you want to reach the widest possible audience.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse leads the Atlantic Coast Conference with 12 red-zone field goals. The Orange also has more touchdown-less red-zone trips than any other team in conference.SU has only reached the end zone 10 times out of its 27 chances in the red zone — a touchdown percentage of 37.04, third worst in the Football Bowl Subdivision.Efficiency in the red zone will be amplified this weekend when Syracuse (3-4, 1-2 ACC) hits the road to take on No. 21 Clemson (5-2, 4-1) on Saturday at 7 p.m. The Tigers boast the best red-zone defense in the ACC, holding opponents to points on 66.7 percent of red-zone possessions, and a high-flying offense that isn’t easy to keep up with.“It’s not frustration. It’s just, ‘Go to work,’” SU head coach Scott Shafer said on the ACC coaches’ teleconference Wednesday morning. “You’re trying to come up with more touchdowns rather than field goals.“So you go to work, you put your head down and be diligent about the process and you move forward. You try to turn that tide in the second half of the season.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFortunately for SU, Cole Murphy’s emergence as a reliable starting kicker over the struggling Ryan Norton has allowed the Orange to come away with points in the red zone 81 percent of the time.Still, penalties and poor execution inside the 20-yard line have been inescapable demons for Syracuse throughout the entire season.“I think if you sit there and overthink things that are uncontrollable, that’s when you get in trouble and you create anxiety,” Shafer said. “We’d rather be stressed about practice and the things that we can (control) and get better at them and work on that stress as opposed to having some sort of mental anxiety that you have no control over.“Go to work and just keep pounding until you get to the point where you feel good that you’re turning field-goal opportunities into touchdowns. Simple as that.”Shafer was then asked if he thinks his team can reach a bowl game without improving its severely below-average red-zone touchdown percentage.“That’s not a very good question,” Shafer responded. “You make a bowl game if you win enough games and that’s what we’re going to bust our ass to do.” Comments Published on October 22, 2014 at 2:48 pm Contact Phil: [email protected] | @PhilDAbb
The Hollywood Police Department has issued arrest warrants for several nursing home workers in connection to multiple patient deaths that occurred at the nursing home after Hurricane Irma two years ago.Police are looking to arrest at least four individuals who were working at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills when 12 patients passed away due to lack of air conditioning after the storm.Defense attorneys representing two nurses and a facility administrator are currently negotiating for their clients to surrender as soon as Monday at the Hollywood Police Department or at the Broward Main Jail in Fort Lauderdale, according to the Sun Sentinel.The nursing home went without air conditioning for three days when Hurricane Irma knocked out power on September 10, 2017.Hollywood police performed a criminal investigation of the center and ruled the deaths as a homicide in November 2017.
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Oly Town ArtesiansMatt Stalnik’s hat trick and a pair of goals from both Greg Wolfe and Nate Salveson led the Oly Town Artesians to the first win in franchise history, a 10-8 victory over the Wenatchee Fire on Saturday night at Olympia Indoor Soccer.In a brutal first fifteen minutes that saw four blue cards issued to the two teams, Matt Stalnik started the scoring for the Artesians midway through the first quarter with a power play goal on an assist by Luke Chouinard. Minutes later, on another power play, the Wenatchee Fire got on the board thanks to a Josh Alvarez goal with 5:15 left in the quarter. The two teams went to the first break knotted up at one.But the floodgates opened in a wild second quarter that saw 10 goals scored. Stalnik started it off again with a screamer that found the back of the net with just 50 second gone in the period. But Wenatchee would take their only lead of the game behind goals by Matthew Stafanko at the 13:30 mark and another goal by Alvarez with 12:20 left in the quarter.Down 3-2, the Artesians went on a four goal run to take the lead for good. Nate Salveson started the run with a goal off of a free kick with 10:37 left in the second quarter. Greg Wolfe scored at the 7:40 mark and less than a minute later, Martin Ramirez got on the scoresheet to put the Artesians up 5-3. Wolfe scored again on a pass off the boards from Salveson to extend the Artesians lead to 6-4.Juan Barboza scored a power play goal for the Fire at the 2:13 mark of the second and then Oly and Wenatchee traded goals in the final minute, the first an Artesians goal by Salveson. Alex Espinoza finally finished off a crazy second quarter with 23 seconds left and Oly went to the locker room with a 7-5 lead.Once again, Stalnik started the scoring with a goal in the first minute of the period off an assist by Ramirez to put the Artesians up 8-4. Wenatchee answered back with a goal by Yonathan Rodriguez with 11 minutes left in the third but Mike Rancipher and Brady Espinoza each tallied the only other goals of the quarter and Oly took a 10-6 lead into the fourth quarter.Goals by Mauricio Perez and Hernan Menoza got the Fire to within two at 10-8 with eight minutes left but Artesians goalkeeper Mauricio Sanchez made amazing save after amazing save the rest of the way and Oly held on, 10-8, for their first ever franchise victory. Sanchez finished the night with 23 saves and was fantastic between the pipes despite the eight goals against.The Artesians moved to 1-1-0 (3 points) while the Wenatchee Fire dropped to 1-1-1 (4 points). Oly Town takes their first road trip of the season when they visit the Arlington Aviators on Saturday, December 13th while Wenatchee plays host to first place Tacoma.
23 March 2015South Africa faces New Zealand in an ICC Cricket World Cup semi-final at Eden Park in Auckland on Tuesday. And the opportunity to play in his first World Cup means “everything” to middle-order batsman David Miller.The 25-year-old says the pressure moments that come with playing in a World Cup event are a privilege and an experience that every cricketer works towards.“It’s the first World Cup for me and it’s a dream come true,” Miller said in Auckland on Sunday. “To be in a semi-final, that’s another notch on the belt. I’m really excited for what is coming on Tuesday, it’s going to be a great game ahead. New Zealand are playing really well, we are playing really well, so it will be a good contest.” WATCH: South Africans across the country and the world will be supporting our boys for the semifinals. Watch Jean, Ernie Els, Bryan Habana and others get behind our boys. #ProteaFire “There is obviously a lot of pressure,” Miller said. “A lot of things going on in your head but it’s actually a privilege to be in [a pressured] position. The guys have worked really hard in their careers, all the highs and lows come down to a moment like this.”New Zealand are unbeaten in the tournament, and as one of the host nations, enter the match as the favourites.Miller says it will come down to whoever can absorb the most pressure during the key moments, particularly against a side that has been dominant with both bat and ball.“We have had a game plan over the past two years that we have been sticking to,” he explained. “It’s about everyone coming through at the right times when the team needs them. Pakistan wasn’t a great result but the consistency we have had as a team over the last while has been phenomenal. For us taking that confidence of what’s happened in the past in to Tuesday’s game will be vital. And obviously assessing the situation on the day.”The Eden Park field dimensions bring a unique factor towards preparation for the match, and will need a change in approach from the batsmen, particularly with the short straight boundaries.This tour is Mmiller’s first visit to New Zealand. “It’s good to have already played a game [at Eden Park] to get a feel of the ground. The dimensions of the field are really straight and short, long on the square boundaries, so it’s something to get used to.”The Castle Lager Proteas face New Zealand at Eden Park at 3am on Tuesday. Catch the match live on SuperSport 2, SABC 3 & 2000FM. Build up starts at 2am, play starts at 3amWORLD CUP MATCHESGroup matches15 February, 3am: South Africa beat Zimbabwe.22 February, 5.30am: India beat South Africa.27 February, 5.30am: South beat West Indies.3 March, 5.30am: South Africa beat Ireland.7 March, 3am: Pakistan beat South Africa.12 March, 3am: South Africa beat United Arab Emirates.Quater-finals18 March, 5.30am: South Africa beat Sri Lanka, Sydney Cricket Ground19 March, 5.30am: India beat Bangladesh, Melbourne Cricket Ground20 March, 5.30am: Australia beat Pakistan, Adelaide Oval21 March, 3am: New Zealand beat West Indies, Westpac Stadium, WellingtonSemifinals24 March, 3am: South Africa v New Zealand, Eden Park, Auckland26 March, 5.30am: India v Australia, Sydney Cricket GroundFinal29 March, 5.30am: Melbourne Cricket GroundSource: Cricket South Africa and ICC
As a counterpoint the the optimism I expressed in my last post about multifamily green buildings, recent discussions with single-family builders leave me feeling less than enthusiastic about the prospects for green single-family housing.I recently had lunch with the local head of a large national builder who expects to build about 500 homes per year in several Georgia suburbs. I attempted (in vain, it turns out) to convince him that there was value in building better quality homes – that they could design for high performance from the beginning rather than use standard stock plans. I ran on about tighter envelopes, centrally located HVAC systems zoned for multiple floors and with compact duct systems, pointing out that increases in some areas could offset higher costs in others.He said his company did not want to spend a nickel more than the approximately $48 per square foot they were building for. In addition, he said something memorable: that his customers wouldn’t buy a house with one HVAC system when his competitors’ homes had two. They would feel like they were being shortchanged, regardless of how the house performed. RELATED ARTICLES Size MattersBuild SmallerWhy Weatherization Isn’t EnoughJust Two Minisplits Heat and Cool the Whole HouseThe Pretty Good HouseGreen Building for Beginners Send in the reinforcementsThe following day I met with another builder, a client of mine who is building about 10 homes in a small in-town subdivision. I mentioned my discussion with the production builder about the number of HVAC systems he installs in each home, and his response reinforced the other builder’s position.He said that if there isn’t a separate HVAC system on each floor of a house, buyers think they are not getting their money’s worth. And they think that bigger systems are better than smaller ones. He said he can usually get away with a zoned system for the third floor attic area, but if he were to install a single system to condition a two- or three-story house, he would have trouble selling it even if the buyers were told it was more efficient and would work perfectly well. This point resonated with me, and made me realize that we need to change consumer perceptions to make high-performance homes desirable. More and bigger is what they wantAccording to several reports, after a brief period where home sizes remained stable or reduced, new single-family home sizes are back on the rise.I had hoped that the industry and consumers had learned some sort of lesson from the last real estate crash, but it appears that they haven’t. People still want big homes, and with mortgage rates at historic lows and energy prices lower due to expanded natural gas resources, there may be little to stop this trend.And with those big houses, people want more and bigger equipment: refrigerators, ranges, showers, and HVAC systems. I must say, it was a pretty dispiriting week of builder conversations for me, tempering some of my optimism about multifamily housing. Time for a drink.
Presenter:Lakshmi Mahadevan has a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Career Development Education from Texas A&M University. Her areas of expertise include career assessment, post-secondary options for individuals with special needs, special education and multicultural career counseling. As Associate Professor and Extension Specialist – Special Populations, Dr. Mahadevan has over ten years of experience in conducting face-to-face and online professional development with educators in Texas addressing various special populations-related issues (particularly students with disabilities and English Language Learners). Her other activities include program evaluation, conducting workshops and presentations, preparing newsletters, creating webcasts and special interest web materials, maintaining and supervising the design of online modules, maintaining websites, liaison with stakeholders and experts, preparing evaluation reports, and providing technical assistance.Continuing Education Credit Available!The MFLN Military Caregiving concentration will apply for continuing education (CE) credit from UT School of Social Work for credentialed and licensed professionals. Additionally, Certificates of completion will be available for participants interested in receiving training hours.Interested in Joining the Webinar?To join this event, simply click on “Advocating for Universal Design for Learning in Classrooms.” The webinar is hosted by the Department of Defense APAN system, but is open to the public.If you cannot connect to the APAN site, an alternative viewing of this presentation will be running on YouTube Live. Mobile options for YouTube Live are available on all Apple and Android devices. This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on October 20, 2017. Due to technical difficulties, we had to reschedule our webinar – Successful Transition for Students with Special Needs: Advocating for Universal Design for Learning in Classrooms with Dr. Lakshmi Mahadevan. The webinar will be held at 11:00 a.m. Eastern on Wednesday, November 29.Watch below as Dr. Mahadevan provides you with a brief overview of the session!Research has shown that all students and especially those receiving special education who follow a carefully crafted transition plan are more likely to achieve post-secondary success. Helping professionals can craft these plans, but many may not be aware of the various resources available to ensure students’ successful transition. One of the main resources available to parents/guardians and students are their classroom teachers. Teachers who incorporate transition-related content into instruction using universal design for learning (UDL) principles are in the best position to set up students for post-secondary success. It is thus necessary that parents/guardians and students are trained to inform teachers about UDL and advocate for their use in classroom instruction on an ongoing basis.The objectives of this interactive webinar are therefore to introduce attendees to:Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles for instruction.Employability skills that can be taught using UDL principles.Ways in which parent/guardians and students can self-advocate for UDL to be incorporated in classrooms.
Texas Staffer Takes Shot At A&M, BaylorAs strange as it sounds, Baylor has been the dominant college football program in Texas over the last few seasons, and Texas A&M is still basking in the glow of its move to the SEC and the exciting Johnny Manziel era in College Station. Texas, meanwhile, is in the middle of a full rebuild under Charlie Strong, who enters his second season in Austin. That isn’t preventing Texas director of player personnel Mike Giglio from taking shots at Baylor and A&M. During today’s final day of the NFL Draft, Giglio used an ESPN clip to promote Strong-product Teddy Bridgewater over an unnamed Manziel, and took a shot at Baylor’s quarterback development after the Jets took Bryce Petty in the fourth round.Sounds like that’s what helped @teddyb_h2o become NFL Rookie of the Year instead of that spread QB taken before him pic.twitter.com/n1UGmGFlRb— Mike Giglio (@MikeMGiglio) May 2, 2015Not much teaching going on up there huh? @McShay13 said he identified fronts in HS! Come to ATX & learn to be a pro! pic.twitter.com/w7cIuiz2Dw— Mike Giglio (@MikeMGiglio) May 2, 2015The NFL Draft is a tremendous opportunity for top programs to promote themselves to fans and recruits. For the most part, they don’t do it by putting down rival teams, but Giglio doesn’t seem to have any issue with taking some shots today. [247Sports]
Twitter/@RPreslanWe’re just five days away from Selection Sunday, and college basketball fans – especially those in Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Storrs and Cincinnati – are starting to freak out. Which teams are locks? Which teams are on the bubble? Which teams need to win their conference tournaments to get in? ESPN’s Joe Lunardi has the answers.Wednesday morning, Lunardi dropped his latest version of bracketology, which makes a few things clear. Syracuse vs. Pittsburgh in the ACC Tournament is likely a play-in game. UConn vs. Cincinnati in the AAC Tournament like is too.Lunardi currently has Syracuse, St. Bonaventure, Monmouth and Saint Mary’s as the last four teams in. He has UConn, Oregon State, Tulsa and Valparaiso as the first four out. Here’s his entire bracket, via ESPN.Just Posted: The newest Bracketology, via @ESPNLunardi, heading into today’s action https://t.co/H59p1D2lP9 pic.twitter.com/mKsa6aAbZd— ESPN PR (@ESPNPR) March 9, 2016 College basketball fans – does Lunardi have it right? Will you be watching all of the action today?More: The 10 CFB Teams That Could Go Undefeated In 2016 >>>