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National Assembly passes new media law

first_img March 10, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 National Assembly passes new media law News November 27, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Burundi Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders joins the Union of Burundian Journalists (UBJ) in welcoming the new media law that the National Assembly adopted unanimously on 4 March. It replaces a June 2013 media law of which several controversial clauses were quashed by the Constitutional Court in January 2014 in response to a petition by the UBJ. Problematic provisions concerning the confidentiality of journalists’ sources, the National Council for Communication and heavy fines for media offences have been modified in the new law.“We join the UBJ in hailing the National Assembly’s unanimous adoption of the new media law,” said Cléa Kahn-Sriber, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Africa desk. “This is a great victory for media freedom in Burundi. We hope the next step towards media freedom and independence will be the law’s promulgation and ratification, and the decriminalization of media offences in the near future.”Telecommunications, information and communication minister Tharcisse Nkezabahizi issued a statement saying the government had agreed to amend the media law in order to strengthen journalism. The new law has to be approved by the senate before it can be promulgated.The UBJ also petitioned the East African Community Court of Justice in July 2013, asking it to overturn the media law on the grounds that it violated the East African Community’s founding treaty. Reporters Without Borders and eight other NGOs submitted an amicus brief in support of the petition.Burundi is ranked 145th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Burundian appeal court upholds prison sentences for four journalists (Photo: © Agence Afrique 2015) June 5, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts Four Burundian journalists complete 12 months in arbitrary detention BurundiAfrica RSF_en Organisation Reports BurundiAfrica October 21, 2020 Find out more News News to go furtherlast_img read more

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Future Raiders in the national championship? Here are five

first_imgIf you’re a Raiders fan still desperate for football in the Bay after season’s end, college football’s national championship comes to Levi’s Stadium on Monday. If advance scouting is your thing, too, there may even be future Raiders on the field.Here are five players on Alabama and Clemson to keep an eye on as college football season ends and draft season begins.Quinnen Williams, Alabama DT, No. 92Williams will be the first or second defensive tackle off the board in April, either right in …last_img read more

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South African economic Ministers advance the position of the global South in BRICS trade discussions

first_imgNew Delhi, Friday 14 October 2016 – Ministers of Trade and Industry Dr Rob Davies and Small Business Development, Ms Lindiwe Zulu today wrap up their pre-BRICS Summit engagements in New Delhi, India.Download the media statementThe Ministers were attending the 6th meeting of the BRICS Trade Ministers that was held on 13 October, 2016 in New Delhi, India. The Trade Ministers meeting was preceded by the 13th meeting of the BRICS Contact Group on Economic and Trade Issues (CGETI) which was held from 11-12 October, 2016. The outcomes of the Trade Ministers meeting will be submitted to the 8th BRICS Summit to be held on 15-16 October, 2016 in Goa, India.Minister Rob Davies, speaking about the significance of these engagements, noted that the BRICS Trade Ministers meeting is taking place at a time when the global economy is faced with challenges that include key economic developments such as continued slowdown in global growth and depressed global demand, low commodity and oil prices and volatility in the equity and currency markets. Of concern is that global trade is recovering at a slower pace.Intra-BRICS exports have been growing on average at 2.8% per year since 2010. South Africa’s export basket continues to be dominated to a large extent by primary products and low-value added products.The BRICS countries present opportunities for cooperation in establishing intra-BRICS value chains and linkages among the economies. This will contribute to the industrial objectives of the BRICS countries.A welcome development has been an increase in intra-BRICS investment in key sectors of the South African economy. For example, South Africa has seen a large investment in the auto-sector by Beijing Automobile International Corporation (BAIC) which amounts to R11 billion. Minister Davies emphasised the need to increase mutually-beneficial projects among BRICS countries.Minister Davies emphasised that BRICS is an important grouping of developing economies that accounts for 22% of global GDP and 42% of the world population. It is therefore critical that BRICS countries bring an emerging market view in global discussions on trade so as to promote development-centred and inclusive growth.Furthermore, Minister Davies stressed the need for BRICS cooperation towards identification of complementarities, sharing of experiences and capacity building in a number of trade and investment related issues. He also welcomed the joint studies to inform cooperation in a number of policy areas which will assist to develop coordinated position in the multilateral fora.Minister Zulu emphasised the importance of BRICS countries cooperation on the development of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). In this regard cooperation should be targeted towards promoting supplier development and participation of MSMEs in the BRICS countries value-chains, exchange of best practices on MSME development. She further stressed the importance of MSME in job creation.On the sidelines of the BRICS Trade Ministers meetings, the Ministers held bilateral meetings with his counterparts to discuss trade and investment issues of mutual interests.Follow the conversation on #SAatBRICS2016Brand South Africa will be pleased to facilitate any requests for interviews.last_img read more

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When it comes to food scares, take a deep breath and wait for the truth to settle

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Amy was one of Dr. Judy’s small animal clients. She had a cat named Digger, a large, yellow, short-haired, tom. He should have been neutered, but Amy feared this would alter his personality — not just his anatomy.Dr. Judy reminded her that allowing a tomcat to freely run and propagate would only worsen the excess cat population. Amy, however, never took this advice to heart. Instead, whenever she brought Digger in for a checkup, she was focused on the latest food health scare.The last time I heard from her, the World Health Organization (WHO) had just reported that Roundup might cause cancer. That news was all it took to set her off on a new rant.On Facebook she wrote, “I am only going to purchase organic food. My family’s meat consumption is going to be limited to three ounces of meat four times a week and then mostly fish. Vegetables are only going to be purchased from local sources.”I felt sorry for her husband, Larry. He told me, “The days of having a good steak appear to be over.”Consumers like Amy seem to obtain much of their allegedly “scientific” information from sources that are focused on twisting any hint of fact into scary “news” reports. Why not? It sells newspapers and TV time and draws attention to activists and their agendas.Many of you may be familiar with the WHO. On their website, WHO shares international health concerns and, in most cases, worthy programs to address them. Once in a while, however, they lose perspective.WHO recently reported that persons who eat red meat may increase the risk of colorectal cancer by 18%. While I don’t dispute the possibility of an increase, several facts make me skeptical. An 18% increase sounds significant, but keep in mind that the risk of developing colorectal cancer is relatively low to begin with. An 18% increase would raise the incidence of colorectal cancer from 4.75% to 5.5% — far lower than the cancer risk associated with smoking.WHO has listed 936 items that may cause cancer. So, is there anything that we are in contact with that can’t cause cancer? In contrast, I offer you another report to contemplate: a well-documented research study in Kenya that evaluates childhood nutrition and consumption of red meat. In controlled trials of four different diets provided over a two-year period to students in 12 school systems, children who received four ounces of red meat per day gained 12 IQ points, increased muscle mass and were more active on the playground than their classmates who were on balanced vegetarian diets. So much misinformation is being bandied about that there is no wonder consumers like Amy, who are conscientious in providing for their families, are confused and spend more than necessary to purchase supposedly nutritious food that is usually little different than commodity-sourced foods that meet USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service and FDA purity standards.The next time you read about a food scare, take a deep breath and pause. Once the initial scare tactics in the press play out, the straight facts gradually appear. Here are examples of food scares that have proven to be false:a)     Butter is bad for your health.b)    Fat leads to obesity and high blood cholesterol.c)     Sugary carbohydrates are better for you than fats.d)    Eggs contain high levels of cholesterol, therefore, are bad for you.And if you’re a baby boomer or older, you may remember back when cranberries were declared unsafe because of strontium-90. That scare nearly ruined the cranberry industry. We now know that cranberries are loaded with antioxidants, making them a very healthy food choice.And we know that butter is much healthier for you than margarine and actually contains a substance that prevents cancer. A high blood cholesterol level is actually caused by an individual’s genetics, often combined with a high carbohydrate intake. Medical experts now recognize that eggs, which are loaded with amino acids, protein and beta-carotene, are a very healthy food to consume.So sit back, relax and take a deep breath, Miss Amy. You might want to use those books by the “foodies” for doorstops!last_img read more

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Are Energy Codes Working?

first_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Start Free Trial Already a member? Log incenter_img Residential energy codes have evolved rapidly over the last two decades. The origin of many of our current energy codes can be traced back to the Model Energy Code (MEC), which was first introduced in 1992. The MEC eventually evolved into the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).In jurisdictions that have adopted the International family of codes, residential builders can usually use the IECC to fulfill energy code requirements. But most home builders choose instead to follow the simpler energy requirements found in the International Residential Code (IRC). Confusingly, IRC energy requirements are similar but not always identical to requirements found in the IECC.The 2004 Supplement to the IECC included radical revisions to the existing energy code. These revisions were designed to simplify the code, in hopes that a simpler code would lead to better compliance by builders and easier enforcement by building officials. These 2004 revisions were designed to be “stringency neutral” — that is, to result in homes that were neither more nor less efficient than homes built to earlier versions of the code.The 2004 revisions were fully implemented in the 2006 versions of the IECC and IRC. The latest version of the codes — the 2009 IECC and IRC — include revisions designed to increase energy code stringency. (For more information on changes adopted into the 2009 codes, see Exceeding the Energy Code.)In pre-2004 versions of the IECC, builders were required to calculate the ratio between a home’s window area and its solid-wall area; this ratio was usually called the window-to-wall ratio (WWR). No matter which compliance path a builder chose — the prescriptive path, the component trade-off path, or the performance path — there was no escaping the requirement to calculate the WWR. Some builders grumbled at the need to make this calculation.Homes with a low WWR usually use less energy than homes… last_img read more

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Conservative MP asks ethics watchdog to reconsider OKing Husky Energy hire

first_imgOTTAWA – Conservative MP Blaine Calkins wants the federal ethics watchdog to reconsider her decision to allow the former chief of staff to Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr to go work for a Calgary-based energy company.Janet Annesley, who left Parliament Hill early last month, is now senior vice-president of corporate affairs at Husky Energy.The Conflict of Interest Act says an ex-staffer at her level cannot work for a company with which she has had “direct and significant dealings” in the last year, but Husky says Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson told Annesley she was OK to take the job.Annesley, who has years of experience in communications and lobbying for the oil industry, is prevented from dealing with Natural Resources Canada during a one-year cooling off period.She is also barred from lobbying the federal government for five yearsHusky says both the company and Annesley understand the rules.In a letter to Dawson, Calkins notes the Husky website says Annesley will be in charge of “developing relationships,” including with governments.Calkins says Canadians would find it “difficult to believe” her job requirements would not involve violating the act and urged Dawson to look again.Husky says it has no further comment and a spokeswoman for Dawson says she will review the letter.last_img read more

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Zoe Saldana And Rachel Zoe To Take Part In Fifth Annual Moms

first_imgIn celebration of Mother’s Day, hundreds of advocates, experts and every day moms and dads will gather on May 4 in New York City to share ideas, exchange best practices and inspire action for a healthy planet and happy families.One of the most joyful moments in a parent’s life should be the moment when they hold their new baby for the first time. However, everyday 830 women die due to complications in pregnancy or childbirth. What’s more, every year, 16,000 children die before their fifth birthdays, mostly from preventable causes.Hosted by the United Nations Foundation and Johnson & Johnson, the fifth annual Moms +SocialGood is a one-day event where moms and their families are the focus of the conversation. The health and well-being of families around the world will unite hundreds of passionate experts and advocates to share ideas and inspire action to tackle some of the world’s most critical challenges for families.To date, speakers include: Zoe Saldana, Award-winning Actress Rachel Zoe, CEO, Rachel Zoe, Inc. Dr. Vanessa Kerry, CEO and Co-Founder, Seed Global Health Catalina Escobar, Founder, Juan Felipe Gomez Escobar Foundation, 2012 CNN Hero Kimberly Chandler, Journalist and Philanthropist The Harlem Gospel Choir Carolyn Miles, President and CEO, Save the Children Gwen Zwanziger, Flu Prevention AdvocateThere is no greater power than when families, from all backgrounds and geographies, come together for a healthier and more equal future for all. Moms +SocialGood will leverage the power of social media to connect these passionate experts, advocates and parents with others around the world, making it a truly global event.“If you care about healthier families and communities, join us and raise your voice with ours to highlight the global issues impacting the health of moms and children around the world, and how we can do our part to solve them” said Kathy Calvin, President & CEO, UN Foundation. “Thanks to our partner, Johnson & Johnson, you can hear from UN leaders, be inspired by young activists, and share your own ideas for improving the lives of women and children around the world.”The event, hosted at the AXA Event & Production Center, will be followed by Dads +SocialGood on June 13 at the Times Center in New York, and Families +SocialGood on June 15 in London.“Johnson & Johnson’s long-standing partnership with the UN Foundation is helping to make deep strides in improving the health of moms and children worldwide,” said Michael Sneed, Senior Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs, Johnson & Johnson. “Still, there is much work to be done. Our goal through the Global Mom’s Relay initiative is to inspire action that continues to improve the health and wellbeing of mothers and children everywhere. By leveraging the power of social media, we encourage moms, dads and families everywhere to join us in making a difference.”Moms +SocialGood will also kick off the Global Moms Relay, a digital storytelling and fundraising campaign. Launching in time for Mother’s Day, the Global Moms Relay celebrates the lifesaving work of Girl Up, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, UNFPA, [email protected] and Nothing But Nets.The Global Moms Relay will begin just before Mother’s Day and run through Father’s Day, from May 3 to June 16. Featuring 25 voices including public figures, activists, nurses, artists, mothers, fathers and more, the relay asks participants to share a personal story answering the question, “What do you wish were true for every family, everywhere?” and then passes the baton to the next contributor. This one-of-a-kind digital relay encourages audiences to read the inspiring stories and share them with friends on social media networks. For each social media share, Johnson & Johnson will donate $1 (per action up to $500,000) to help improve the health and wellbeing of moms and kids worldwide through Girl Up, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, UNFPA, [email protected] and Nothing But Nets. Through the Donate a Photo mobile app, Johnson & Johnson will donate $1 per photo, up to another $40,000 to [email protected], UNFPA, Girl Up, U.S. Fund for UNICEF and Nothing But Nets, bringing the total goal to $700,000.last_img read more

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NWAC to challenge Conservative government over core funding cuts

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–The Native Women’s Association says it will be “denouncing” the Conservative government over its decision to slash 10 per cent from core funding to Aboriginal organizations across the country.NWAC president Michele Audette says her organization will show the country the government’s true colours.“I’ll make sure that Canadian society sees what this government does to an organization that is really important,” said Audette. “They know that family violence is an epidemic in our communities, they know that women are being murdered, we are the ones pushing on this every day. I will make sure people know.”The department of Aboriginal Affairs announced this week it would slash 10 per cent from the core funding to Aboriginal organizations.The department announced on Tuesday it would be changing the funding formulas for so-called “Aboriginal Representative Organizations” and tribal councils. On Wednesday, Michael Wernick, deputy minister for Aboriginal Affairs, sent letters to band councils, tribal councils the heads of the AROs, which includes NWAC and Assembly of First Nations, outlining the cuts.The department, however, couldn’t say how much the cuts would save or provide an official to explain the move.According to Wernick’s letter, on April 1, 2014, core funding for national Aboriginal organizations will be cut by 10 per cent and regional organizations will face the same cuts and be put under a $500,000 core funding cap.Wernick said the department would also be reducing money available for “proposal-based” projects, which was one of the sources for NWAC’s much-vaunted Sisters in Spirit initiative. Wernick said only proposals in line with the department’s priorities, like education, economic development and infrastructure, will be considered.“We are ensuring that government funding is directed primarily at the delivery of essential services and programs for Aboriginal peoples,” said Wernick.Tribal councils will also face funding changes for the first time in 30 years, said Wernick, in the letter. Tribal councils will no longer receive money for “advisory services” to member First Nations. The department will now focus funding for tribal councils that “support increased delivery of Aboriginal Affairs…programs and services to communities.”Audette said that the 10 per cent cut will take about $67,000 from NWAC’s core budget, which is a major hit for their small organization.“For them, it’s probably not that much, but for what we do every day … it is going to impact us a lot,” she said.last_img read more

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Favre hopes Reus will recover quickly for Dortmund

first_imgBorussia Dortmund boss Lucien Favre hopes Marco Reus’ injury isn’t too serious after coming off in their DFB-Pokal defeat to Werder Bremen on Tuesday.The BVB captain was withdrawn at half-time with an apparent injury problem after just equalising with a free-kick for Dortmund to cancel out Milot Rashica’s early opener at Signal Iduna Park.Replacing Reus was super-sub Paco Alcacer, but the Spanish forward couldn’t get on the scoresheet with the Chelsea-bound Christian Pulisic instead rising to the occasion by putting Dortmund ahead in extra-time of their last-16 clash.But 40-year-old Claudio Pizarro put Werder back level before Achraf Hakimi made it 3-2 in Dortmund’s favour.However, Werder mounted a late fightback against the Bundesliga leaders with Martin Harnik’s header in the 119th-minute proving to be too much for Dortmund’s debutant goalkeeper Eric Oelschlagel to handle.Florian Kohfeldt’s side then went on to claim a 4-2 penalty shoot-out win to progress to the last-eight of the DFB-Pokal.But, for Favre, the main concern now is on Reus’ availability for Saturday’s Bundesliga game against Hoffenheim at home.The Germany international has been in sensational form for Dortmund this season and he’s already been named the Bundesliga’s Player of the Month three times.“We hope, but we don’t know yet,” said Favre on Fox Sports, when asked if Reus will be available for the Hoffenheim game.“I can’t answer that definitely. We will have to wait some days and examine him again.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“[Wednesday] will be too early so we will have to wait a day longer, but we hope.”Reus has managed 17 goals and 11 assists in 27 appearances for Dortmund across all competitions this season.BVB will hope to quickly put their DFB-Pokal cup exit behind them and claim victory this weekend to maintain their seven-point over Bayern Munich at the top of the Bundesliga table.Favre’s side will also return to Champions League action on Tuesday, where they will take a trip to Wembley to face Tottenham in the first leg of their last-16 tie.Full-time! ⏱️An unbelievable game ends with #Pavlenka performing some heroics to see @werderbremen beat @BlackYellow in a penalty shootout 😱#DFBPokal #BVBSVW 3-3 (4-2) pic.twitter.com/wDSHNhV6Kb— The DFB-Pokal (@DFBPokal_EN) February 5, 2019last_img read more