Social networks disconnected again in Chad

first_img Organisation ChadAfrica Online freedoms Internet April 13, 2018 Social networks disconnected again in Chad Reports Access to WhatsApp and Facebook began to be extremely restricted on 28 March, after the government organized a week-long forum on a proposed overhaul of Chad’s political and administrative institutions that was boycotted by the opposition. The forum approved the proposed creation of a Fourth Republic with increased powers for Idriss Déby, who has been president since 1990 and who would, under the new system, be able to continue ruling until 2033. A bill to this effect was approved by the cabinet on 10 April and is now to examined by the national assembly. The Internet cuts could also be a reaction to the tension within the ruling ethnic group that has found expression on social networks. Government spokesperson Madeleine Alingué declined to comment when reached by RSF. Internet operators have not issued any official statement about the disruption either. “Whenever there is political or social tension in Chad, the Internet is disrupted or it is disconnected altogether,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “Chad is emerging as one of sub-Saharan Africa’s worst online censors. The Chadian authorities must restore full access to the Internet.” The United Nations recognized Internet access as a fundamental right in 2016. After President Déby’s controversial reelection the same year, the Internet was disconnected for several weeks and social networks were disconnected for eight months. The Internet was disconnected again for 24 hours on 25 January, when the authorities banned an anti-austerity protest. Chad is ranked 121st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. Chadian radio stations on strike in protest against violent raid News Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Chadian authorities to end their latest act of online censorship, in which many Internet functions, in particular, access to WhatsApp and Facebook, have been badly disrupted for more than two weeks. News Follow the news on Chad November 27, 2020 Find out morecenter_img to go further December 1, 2020 Find out more ChadAfrica Online freedoms Internet © Alok Sharma The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa News RSF_en Receive email alerts Many historic publications threatened with closure in Chad October 7, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Wood Mackenzie: Met coal prices likely to fall in 2019, steam coal outlook remains ‘challenging’

first_imgWood Mackenzie: Met coal prices likely to fall in 2019, steam coal outlook remains ‘challenging’ FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):The “sky-high metallurgical and steel prices” of 2018 will be rebalanced in the coming year, while the market for thermal coal is expected to continue on an uncertain and volatile course, according to Wood Mackenzie’s 2019 coal outlook distributed Jan. 22.The global economy is slowing after a strong 2018, Wood Mackenzie warns, with hints of weakening global trade and a manufacturing slowdown in the U.S., Europe and China. Metallurgical markets could be heavily impacted if a cyclical downswing is driven further into a recession by concerns about political uncertainty.The degree to which tighter steel margins impact metallurgical coal producers and cokemakers in 2019 may still largely be in the hands of China. The country’s direct intervention in the supply of coke and metallurgical coal is a dominant force in global pricing. “The Chinese coke industry has come under severe pressure since the release of a new reform program in July 2018, demanding the elimination of excess coke capacity and improvements to pollutant emissions,” the outlook states. “We expect the focus on capacity removal to harden in 2019 and think structural changes in the coke sector will become more visible.”The uncertain future of long-term thermal coal demand is compounding a reluctance to invest in new greenfield coal mines, according to the report. In addition to restrictive permitting and operating regulations, coal plant owners and coal mine operators are faced with banks and insurance companies that are under pressure to halt their support for coal-related projects in favor of renewable ones.“Volatility is defined as the liability to change rapidly and unpredictably. We expect the entirety of the thermal coal commodity life-cycle in 2019 to live up to this definition,” Wood Mackenzie’s outlook states. “From mine shovel to electron, coal faces another challenging year globally.”Similar to the markets for steelmaking coal, thermal coal markets could be easily swayed by the interventions of China. Wood Mackenzie is projecting total Chinese imports in 2019 to be 186 million tonnes, a drop of 6 million tonnes from 2018. “With a better supply outlook, it only takes a slight decrease in demand — from things such as fallout from the U.S.-China trade war, milder weather, environmental restrictions and better gas availability — to depress domestic pricing and trigger a government response in the form of further import restrictions,” Wood Mackenzie added.More ($): Wood Mackenzie: 2019 bringing rebalance to met coal, roller coaster for thermallast_img read more

Father of 6 dead after being hit by a strong beach wave

first_imgA mother of 6 is reporting that she lost her husband in a freak accident after he was struck by a beach wave so strong that it broke his neck and deprived him of oxygen to long for him to be saved.The accident occurred Thursday Oak Island’s beach in North Carolina.The victim’s wife, Shannon Dingle, reported on Twitter that her husband Lee Dingle, was playing with three of the children in the water when suddenly he was hit by a strong wave which pushed him over and into the sand and immediately snapped his neck.Dingle continued saying the impact also caused his throat to swell which deprived his brain of oxygen for an extended period of time. Despite the efforts of Oak Island Water Rescue and several others on the beach the victim was pronounced dead at the hospital.Lee Dingle was the president of Atlas Engineering in Raleigh, North Carolina, the company has since released a statement on his passing:“He was a dream employee and coworker, a good friend, a loving, dedicated father, and a wonderfully kind person,” said Chris Coutu, chief engineer and executive vice president at Atlas Engineering.“The loss to his family and to our company is profound. He served his state and community as an Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Engineering Specialist. He was brave, calm, and reassuring; he was somebody one would want around when conditions were dangerous or chaotic. He will be greatly missed.”last_img read more

Twisties Frozen Yogurt Donates A Portion Of Sales To Lacey Rainiers

first_imgSouth Sound Baseball (SSB) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1958 as a PONY affiliated youth baseball league providing playing opportunities for youth in Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater and surrounding areas. SSB provides an opportunity for players to enjoy high level competition without imposing the high costs of select programs.  We are an opportunity for players who are financially disadvantaged to participate in summer baseball. The Lacey Rainiers have had a great season, going 37-8 as they enter postseason play.  In May, the team won the Silas Benjamin Turner Memorial Tournament at River Ridge High School.  On July 2, they won the Maltby Stallions Invitational Tournament in Snohomish.  “We have had a great season and greatly appreciate the support from our community that we have received from business like Twisties Frozen Yogurt,” says Jeff Myers.Twisties Frozen Yogurt is located at 5500 Corporate Center Ln SE, Suite B in Lacey. Facebook14Tweet0Pin0On July 24, from 10:00 am – 9:00 pm, Twisties Frozen Yogurt will be donating 25% of all sales to the Lacey Rainiers.The Lacey Rainiers are a 19U Palomino baseball team playing for South Sound Baseball.  We are currently playing in the sanctioned PONY Region tournament, which will be followed by the Western Zone tournament in Compton, California.  A win at the Zone tournament means a trip to the PONY World Series in August.  Twisties Frozen Yogurt is helping the Lacey Rainiers raise funds for the trip by sponsoring Lacey Rainiers Day on July 24.  The donation will help pay for travel and housing costs in California.last_img read more

Local golfers slow out of the gates at the B.C. Junior Golf Championships

first_imgKootenay golfers did not get off to great starts on the home track at the B.C. Amateur Junior Golf Association Championship Tuesday at Rossland/Trail’s Birchbank course.Brenan Moroney of the home course heads the nine-player West Kootenay Zone One Junior Golf contingent shooting a 4-over-par 76 to sit eight strokes behind the leaders — Kevin Kwon of Pit Meadows and defending champion Adam Svensson of Surrey.The two leaders opened with a 5-under-par 67.Moroney had his round going in the right direction, starting on hole 10 and playing the first nine holes 1-under-par.However, the round fell apart as Morony bogeyed the first six holes of the back nine to finish in a tie for 45th spot.Kevin Bennett, also of Rossland/Trail, is one back of Moroney with a 5-over-par 77. Jordan Hoodikoff of Christina Lake is tied for 74th at 79 followed by Alexander Rugg of Champion Lakes and Tanner Kopan of Christina Lake tied for 89th spot with 80.Braden and Tyler McKay of Rossland/Trail sit in 120th spot with 82s while Garrett Underwood of Champion Lakes and Kevin MacDonald of Salmo are 128th and 136th, respectively.Round two goes Wednesday when the field will be cut for the final two rounds of the 72-hole tournament Thursday and [email protected]last_img read more

Championship Weekend is set as Nelson City Soccer season winds down

first_imgCo-op edged out Old Dogs FC 1-0 to advance.Innkeepers and Co-op finished in a tie for top spot during the regular season. However, Innkeepers were handed the crown on a tiebreaker.In the Finley’s Ladies Rec League, Dirty Dozen and Leo’s Titans advanced to the final by surviving narrow victories Sunday afternoon at Lakeside.Dirty Dozen edged Red Dog 3-2 while the Titans outlasted the Wild Cats 2-1 in semi final action.The two victors meet for all the marbles Sunday at 2:30 p.m.In the Jackson’s Hole Men’s Masters League, two unlikely combatants meet in the final after Jackson’s Hole and Red Dog escaped with one-goal victories Sunday. Jackson’s Hole, missing starting goalie Tad Lake, got a solid showing from back up Rob McRory en route to a 2-1 win over Ted Allen’s.Meanwhile in the other semi final, Red Dog outlasted regular season champ Club Inter 5-4.Red Dog and Jackson’s Hole meet in the league playoff final Sunday at 3:45 p.m. at Lakeside Pitch. The finalists are set in the Nelson City Soccer League following semi final weekend at the Lakeside Pitch.In the Leo’s Men’s Open, regular season champ Innkeepers had little trouble with the U18 Nelson Selects, posting a 4-0 victory.The Innkeepers scored two quick goals midway through the first half en route to the win.Mike Precious, tested a handful of times in the Innkeeper nets, registered the shutout.The Innkeepers meet rival Kootenay Co-op in the final.last_img read more

Architect Malcolm Wells: 1926–2009

first_imgArchitect Malcolm Wells, who made his mark by trying hard not to leave much of one on the environment, died on November 27 at his home in Brewster, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod. He was 83.Most conventionally constructed buildings, in Wells’ view, were intrusions on nature that hogged space, materials, sunlight, and other resources, and often included “toxic” landscaping. Wells regularly lamented this situation, but he also believed that it was possible to earn at least some measure of ecological redemption by designing buildings according to the precepts of what he called “gentle architecture” – the placement of buildings underground, with just enough of the exterior aboveground to allow convenient access and a comfortable level of sunlight in the interior.“Every construction project causes environmental trauma; only underground architecture can heal its own earth wounds,” Wells said in a series of comments posted on the website www.malcolmwells.com, which is devoted to the promotion of earth-shelter construction and other types of eco-friendly and energy efficient design. “…A building should consume its own waste, maintain itself, match nature’s pace, provide wildlife habitat, moderate climate, and weather, and be beautiful. That’s a series of pass/fail evaluation criteria.”Born in Camden, New Jersey, on March 11, 1926, Wells studied engineering at Georgia Tech and Drexel University after serving in the Marines, but he never did earn a degree. Instead he took on a series of draftsman jobs before apprenticing at a building design firm in New Jersey, where he eventually passed the state licensing exam for architects.As noted in a New York Times obituary, Wells’ dismay over the level of waste and environmental damage that accompanies some building projects reached critical mass in the mid-1960s, when he was commissioned by RCA to design its pavilion for the 1964 World’s Fair. He couldn’t reckon with the notion that the building would be torn down after the fair ended, and that many of his other building projects left severe scars on what had been pristine natural settings.Wells’ underground-building concepts didn’t catch on in a big way, but his ideas influenced the work of many in his field.“As a thinker, he was a hidden jewel,” William McDonough, a Virginia-based architect whose practice focuses on ecologically sound, sustainable design, told the Times. “In the world of what has become known as green building, Malcolm Wells was seminal, actually inspirational, for some people, me included.”Wells was disarmingly self-effacing about his achievements. In an obit he wrote for himself (and which is featured on malcolmwells.com), Wells remarked that he spent his early years trying to match the level of accomplishment achieved by his older brother, Jack.“My big brother … had been one of those guys who could do anything: pick up a musical instrument and play it almost by instinct. Artist, musician, cartoonist, gymnast – you name it. And there I was, his klutzy kid brother, standing by his drawing board, trying to absorb everything I saw. I was never able to do things quite right. So even though I fell into a life of good luck later on, it all came to me slowly, as I tried in vain to be Jack redux.”More likely than not, the fruits of Wells’ “life of good luck” will continue to benefit everyone who cares about green building.last_img read more

PH targets 27 golds in 2017 ASEAN Para Games

first_img“I think its important that you’re able to motivate yourself. We always believe in the triumph of the competitive spirit. Now that we’re getting support from the government, it’s important for us to give back to those who help us,” he said. “We’ll try our hardest, and if not, we’ll still try to achieve sporting excellence, inspire our countrymen, and bring honor to God and country.”RELATED VIDEOPH targets 27 golds in 2017 ASEAN Para Games222 viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games The Filipinos will compete in archery, athletics, badminton, boccia, chess, cycling, goalball, powerlifting, swimming, table tennis, tenpin bowling, and wheelchair basketball in the regional games set from September 17 to 23.Woodpusher Menandro Redor will serve as the country’s flagbrearer after winning four gold medals in the visually impaired 2 division, which is for partially blind participants for chess in the 2015 ASEAN Para Games.He will also spearhead the chess team’s quest for seven golds in Kuala Lumpur as they gun to improve the six-gold harvest from Singapore.Also expected to strike gold are Paralympic bronze medalists Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta of powerlifting and Josephine Medina of table tennis.Though still lacking in support, Barredo believes that the paraathletes are more than ready to  make the country proud.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight The 164-man strong Philippine team will feature 111 athletes competing in 12 sports with the goal of faring better than the country’s the 16 gold medal haul in Singapore two years back.The paraathletes also have a chance to turn things around for Philippine sports, after the country just managed 24 golds—way below its target of 50—in the 2017 SEA Games last month.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPhilippine Paralympic Committee president Mike Barredo is proud of how differently abled athletes have grown through the years since the association’s inception in 1997.“It’s been 20 years and we’ve had participation in five Paralympic games, five Asian Paragames, and this is the ninth edition of our ASEAN Para Games. If you could see, this might be our biggest contingent that will join outside of our country. We’re getting bigger and it’s because we’re showing our might,” he said. Blazing Indians extend win streak to 19 straight MOST READ Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Josephine Medina wins the bronze medal in the women’s individual table tennis – Class 8 at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games. Photo by ITTF websiteLooking to surpass the gold medal haul of the country’s able athletes, the Philippine delegation is settingthe bar high for the 2017 ASEAN Para Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.“The team is in high spirits, and if our estimation is correct, we have a strong chance of winning 27 golds, perhaps more,” said chef de mission Ral Rosario during the sendoff at the Dad’s in Mandaluyong City on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

2 days agoChelsea manager Lampard: Hudson-Odoi ready for Champions League

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea manager Lampard: Hudson-Odoi ready for Champions Leagueby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Frank Lampard says Callum Hudson-Odoi is ready to translate his domestic form into the Champions League.The 18-year-old capped off a fine performance against Newcastle United by helping to set up Marcos Alonso’s winner.Asked if Hudson-Odoi was ready to face Ajax on Wednesday, Lampard said: “I think he is but so are other players and with that comes my problem of selection for games as I have a competitive squad. Some are fresh to the Champions League and some have been here before, but just isolating Callum, his performance against Newcastle was huge signs of what we want to see.”We know the talent is there and it is great his contract is signed now, and the problems he gave Newcastle were things I really want to see consistently from him, which are end product and delivery to the box, getting at people and running behind.” last_img read more

What the FSJ RCMP want you to know about driving with Cannabis

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C.- With Cannabis now being legal for persons 19 years and older there are special requirements for carrying Cannabis in motorized vehicles.There have been new laws put in place to protect the public and users of cannabis, and law enforcement agencies have additional powers to enforce those laws. The new Provincial Cannabis Control and Licencing Act have a $575 charge for consuming Cannabis while operating a vehicle or a boat and $230 ticket for consuming Cannabis in a vehicle or boat operated by another person.No persons while in a vehicle can consume Cannabis. If everyone is using Cannabis, all persons in the motorized vehicle receive tickets and the cannabis is confiscated. You can only transport Cannabis when the following conditions are met:• The cannabis was produced by a federal producer,• The cannabis is still in the original packaging,• The packaging has not been opened or• IF the packaging has been opened, it cannot be accessible by the driver or any passengers.You are allowed to transport no more than 4 cannabis plants, that are not budding or flowering, this includes anything that has a root system.Minor’s (youth under 19) driving a vehicle must have an adult present abiding by the conditions or the youth can be issued a $230 ticket for a Minor operating a vehicle with cannabis in it, contrary to the Act.Impaired Driving Laws have also been updated with the new legalization under the Federal Cannabis Act. There is a new charge for being impaired by drugs and alcohol at the same time. These charges can go to court and create a Criminal Record for anyone found guilty of being impaired while driving. As the driver is waiting for court, their driver’s licence will be suspended and their vehicle will be impounded.Canada’s Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines recommends waiting at least six hours before a driver gets behind the wheel.  It is recommended to have a designated driver, call a taxi or just consume cannabis where you are able to stay until you are sober once again.The Fort St John RCMP wants to inform citizens and help them to protect themselves when it comes to using drugs and driving.last_img read more