10-year-old Radio Erena still the only source of independent news for Eritreans

first_img April 14, 2021 Find out more June 17, 2019 10-year-old Radio Erena still the only source of independent news for Eritreans EritreaAfrica Events Freedom of expressionExiled media “The telephone didn’t stop ringing, with the families of the migrants calling non-stop from Eritrea,” Simon recalls. “We carried on broadcasting live all day.” Two years later, when there was a coup attempt in Eritrea that dragged on for several hours, until the soldiers responsible were finally arrested, only Radio Erena managed to cover a day in which Eritrea’s fate hung in the balance. “Our Eritrean listeners went quickly from hope to disappointment,” says Amanuel Ghimai Bhata, one of Radio Erena’s three exile journalists in Paris, referring to the hopes raised by the end of several decades of almost uninterrupted conflict between Eritrea and neighbouring Ethiopia in 2018. RSF_en Eritrea continues to be sub-Saharan Africa’s biggest jailer of media personnel with – according to RSF’s tally – at least 11 journalists detained in appalling conditions, without access to their families or lawyers. Some have been held for nearly 20 years. News RSF urges Swedish judicial authorities to reverse Dawit Isaak decision Despite the pacification of its relations with neighboring Ethiopia, Eritrea is keeping a tight grip on news production. Ten years after its creation in Paris, Radio Erena, supported by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), remains the only voice that allows Eritreans to access independent information. Eritrea has no independent media and the handful of media outlets that exist have no alternative but to relay government propaganda. It is even hard to find credible news reports online. The Internet penetration rate is one of the lowest in the world and Eritreans are closely watched. In Internet cafés, they have to show ID before being allowed to go online. Help by sharing this information Reports Follow the news on Eritrea October 27, 2020 Find out more Organisation By fleeing to Europe, Radio Erena director Biniam Simon escaped the fate of many of his fellow journalists in Eritrea. A former star anchor on state-owned Eri-TV, he arrived in France in 2006 and helped to found Radio Erena three years later. Receive email alerts Les journalistes Amanuel Ghimaï Bhata (au centre) et Biniam Simon un an après le lancement de Radio Erena en 2010. Crédit : archives RSF Swedish prosecutors again refuse to investigate Dawit Isaak case “Radio Erena, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary, is the last oasis of independently produced and apolitical news reporting in the media desert that is Eritrea,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “Unfortunately, the winds of freedom blowing through the Ethiopian media for the past year stop at the Eritrean border. We continue to request proof that the journalists arrested in Eritrea are still alive, and we continue to demand their release.” to go further From a two-room studio in the 13th arrondissement of Paris lent by the city hall, Radio Erena manages to broadcast two hours of programming a day in Tigrinya and Arabic, Eritrea’s two main languages. According to a survey by Deutsche Welle Akademie, at least 520,000 people in Eritrea listen to it regularly. “We must keep hoping, because the regime is very isolated and will end up falling,” Simon says. Bhata agrees: “One day, we will set up Radio Erena at home, in Asmara.” Meanwhile, you have to look almost at the very bottom of RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index to find Eritrea. It is ranked 178th out of 180 countries. EritreaAfrica Events Freedom of expressionExiled media News In Ethiopia, the end of the war was accompanied by the release of all imprisoned journalists, permission for hundreds of banned media outlets to resume working, and much more outspoken reporting. But in Eritrea, President Issaias Afeworki’s regime has carried out no such reforms. News The three Eritrean exile journalists running Radio Erena have around 20 correspondents and a network of local sources who provide them with news stories that the government does not want covered. When Muammar Gaddafi’s regime was collapsing in Libya in 2011, Radio Erena broadcast a list of refugees, most of them Eritreans, who were in Libya at the time – a time when security conditions were very bad. Prisoner of Conscience Since 2001 – Why has Sweden not managed to bring Dawit Isaak home? January 13, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Women of Troy pull away in victory over Utes

first_imgSadie Edwards was unstoppable today, making lay-ups, forcing turnovers, and hitting 3-pointers as the Women of Troy cruised to a 70-59 victory over host Utah on the road Friday night.The sophomore guard led all scorers with a season-high 24 points to go along with four steals and a pair of blocks.“I was just aggressive from the start. I didn’t settle for jump-shots,” Edwards said. “I tried to get a lot of things going to the rim and put pressure on the defense.”Teammate Kristen Simon also had a great game, finishing with 12 points and 10 rebounds, including a key lay-up with 1:43 remaining to seal the victory for USC (16-5, 4-5). Star transfer Temi Fagbenle finished with eight points and 12 rebounds.Both teams started off the game struggling to make baskets, however, both teams eventually hit their stride in a close first quarter in which no team held a lead larger than three. USC was able to extend the lead to six in the second quarter on a jumper by Edwards but Utah (12-8, 4-5) immediately countered with an 8-0 run to take a 31-29 lead.It seemed like the Utes would end the half with a slim lead but Sadie Edwards used a step-back to shake her defender and hit a three to beat the buzzer, giving USC a 39-37 lead going into the half.After trading baskets to start the second half, the Trojans were able to pull away in the second half with a 10-0 run to take a 56-43 lead. It seemed like the Women of Troy would cruise to a victory from there, but Utah went on an 8-0 run following a tough jumper by Edwards to cut the USC lead to just 61-57 with six minutes remaining in the game. Redshirt junior Alexis Lloyd was able to stop the bleeding with an and-1 layup and Trojans never looked back.USC was the far more aggressive team on both ends of the floor Friday and the box score reflected this as the Women of Troy finished with more rebounds, steals, blocks, and free-throw attempts.“We put a lot of pressure on their guards and their bigs by attacking the rim, offensive rebounding, and taking advantage of every opportunity we had to get the ball and just getting easier looks,” Edwards said.Utah’s Malia Nawahine led the Utes with 14 points and fellow teammate Paige Crozon finished with 12 points and six rebounds. Star player Emily Potter, had 10 points but fouled out with seven minutes remaining in the game.USC was again missing Jordan Adams and Brianna Barrett for the fifth consecutive game due to ineligibility. With the win, the Trojans move up into a tie for sixth in the Pac-12. The Pac-12 is arguably the toughest conference in the nation right now, currently ranking first in RPI.USC hits the road again Sunday to play against Colorado, which is coming off an 82-64 loss to UCLA. Colorado has yet to win a game in conference play.last_img read more

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Kelly calls it a day.

first_imgCurrent Tipp captain Brendan Maher was among those paying tribute to the Mullinahone clubman on last nights Extra Time programme here on Tipp FM saying Eoin was a hero for him in his youth. To eventually get to play alongside him for Tipp was a dream come true.Eoin Kelly is Tipperary’s leading scorer in championship history and the third highest scorer overall – behind the Kilkenny duo of Eddie Keher and Henry Shefflin.Tipperary County Board Chairman Sean Nugent says Kelly has left a lasting mark on hurling. Former Tipperary captain Eoin Kelly has become the latest high-profile hurler to call time on his inter-county career.The 2010 All Ireland winning captain has decided to quit the Tipp panel after a 14-year career that also featured another All Ireland win in 2001, five Munster titles, two National League winners’ medals, six All-Stars and back-to-back Young Hurler of the Year awards.The 32 year old is the latest inter-county star to announce his retirement – following his former team-mate John O’Brien as well as Kilkenny’s Tommy Walsh, Brian Hogan and Aidan Fogarty.last_img read more

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WSU Barley Breeding, Craft Malting, Brewing and Distilling Field Walk

first_imgFacebook57Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington State University Sink your teeth into a colorful assortment of tomato varieties, and the difference in flavor from one to another is obvious and delightful. But what about spirits made from different varieties of grain? Could different barley varieties provide the basis, for instance, of distinctively flavored whiskeys?Attendees of the WSU Thurston County Extension barley field day mingle among the field-scale, half-acre plots. Among those pictured are Eric Johnson of Johnson Organic Jersey’s and Evan Mulvaney (straw hat, to left), owner of Hidden River Farms which is the site of the research trials. Photo courtesy: Washington State UniversityAbout forty attendees gathered at Hidden River Farms outside of Montesano, WA in July to learn about just that. That is the site of a research project, supported by funds from the Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources BIOAg program, to evaluate germplasm in the WSU barley breeding program for craft malting, brewing and distilling.One outcome of the work could be release of a barley variety specifically suited for these craft beverage markets. With a little work, market development, and a lot of supply chain teamwork, researchers also hope the work supports development of a high-value market for western Washington grain farmers.The field walk, and research project, was organized by a diverse farmer-distiller-researcher-Extension collaboration, including the operator of Hidden River farms (Evan Mulvaney), owner of Sandstone Distillery in Tenino, WA (John Bourdon), the Thurston County agriculture faculty (Stephen Bramwell), a WSU barley breeder (Kevin Murphy), and a WSU distillate analysis expert (Tom Collins).Stephen Bramwell, the WSU Thurston County agriculture agent, provides an overview of the variety trials, and the potential of craft spirits to provide a higher-value market for regional grain producers. Photo courtesy: Washington State UniversityDuring the event, attendees learned about the end-use characteristics and agronomic performance of seven barley breeding lines and two named varieties. Planted to a total of a half-acre each, the varieties (upon harvest) will be divided out across a micro-malting facility at Oregon State University, Bourdon’s micro-distillery in Tenino, and a University of Wisconsin lab for analysis. Most of the harvest (about 1,000 pounds of each variety) will go to Bourdon for distilling.Also in attendance at the event was Shauna Stewart, Executive Director of the Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater Visitor and Convention Bureau. Stewart told attendees that the majority of tourists today are travelling for food-related experiences. Craft spirits, distinguished by variety and region, could be very attractive to visitors to the region, she said. With strong partnerships up and down the supply chain, such products could create a lucrative market at a time when many grain farmers in south Puget Sound are idling combines due to poor prices and lack of markets.Barley harvested from the plots will be distilled into unaged whiskey at Sandstone Distillery in Tenino, WA. Samples of the whiskey will be sent to the WSU Richland Wine Science Center, where flavor compounds in the whiskey will be identified by Tom Collins and graduate students. Photo courtesy: Washington State UniversityFollowing distillation at Sandstone, samples of the unaged whiskey will be sent to Tom Collins at the WSU Richland Wine Science Center. There, Collins’ team will evaluate the product for differences in chemical flavor compounds, followed by evaluation by a sensory panel. The unaged spirits will provide the best opportunity to detect impacts of variety on flavor, before barrel aging introduces variables that could mask subtle differences.Ultimately, the research team wants to cultivate interest among producers and consumers of craft beer and spirits, and translate that interest into grain prices that will inspire south Puget Sound farmers to fire up their combines. For more information contact Stephen Bramwell: [email protected]last_img read more

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BCCI clarifies its stance on Asia Cup and IPL 2020

first_imgAdvertisement sbmdNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs63i5pfWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E1rsnc( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) vdy1Would you ever consider trying this?😱ad04Can your students do this? 🌚zxlRoller skating! Powered by Firework The BCCI has recently expressed their surprise over reports that the Asia Cup is being shifted to Sri Lanka later this year, as per the Times of India. Reports came that it was decided after the ACC meeting last week and PCB and SLC agreed to swap the place of the tournament.Advertisement Image Courtesy: BCCIAfter the ACC meeting, SLC chief Shammi Silva had told, “We had a discussion with Pakistan Cricket Board and they have already agreed to our hosting this edition due to the present world situation. We had an online ACC meeting and they basically gave us the green light to host the tournament.”To reply on this, a BCCI official said, “We have no idea where such reports are coming from and we’re surprised how fast these reports travel. The BCCI is clear that no decision was taken at the ACC meeting. The Board (BCCI) is tired of giving out these clarifications. Earlier it was about travelling to Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka, and BCCI had to deny it with a statement. Now this.”Advertisement As the entire world has been fighting against the global pandemic novel coronavirus, all the sporting events have either been cancelled or postponed which also included the 13th edition of Indian Premier League. However, the official further said that this year’s IPL won’t be a curtailed one because of the Asia Cup.“Let’s be clear about that first. There won’t be a truncated IPL just to host an Asia Cup. Those thinking on such lines are clearly not speaking in India’s interests and the BCCI will not be party to it,” sources further shared.Advertisement “Even the World Cup in England was a loss-making event for the broadcaster and we’re talking about an Asia Cup here. The IPL is a different beast altogether. Who’re these people who refuse to understand the numbers? It’s in Indian cricket’s best interests to host the IPL. What are we going to cater to? India’s interests or PCB’s interests?” it added again.Since the situation is better in a few nations, Cricket Australia has announced their upcoming fixtures. India will tour to Australia later this year for an entire series. However, the source also spoke about a prospective India-South Africa series as well.“Yes, India and South Africa were in talks to host a series there (in SA). These talks were first initiated when Graeme Smith took charge at Cricket South Africa (CSA) and came to India in February. But that was then. Covid changes everything,” said the source.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also, follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comALSO READ:Here are all the new Covid-19 rules that will be implemented in international cricketChris Gayle weighs in on the Darren Sammy ‘Kalu’ racism controversy Advertisementlast_img read more

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Ladies Night Out

first_imgMore than 150 women recently gathered at Branches in West Long Branch to celebrate Ladies Night Out, Monmouth Medical Center’s annual women’s health event. The free event featured health information tables, free giveaways and door prizes, makeup tips from Macy’s by Appointment cosmeticians and showcased a panel of Monmouth Medical Center physician experts who discussed today’s most vital women’s health issues and offered an overview of the latest technological advances. Above, Eatontown resident Mary Ann McKean speaks during the event with Dr. Peter M. Farrugia, a Monmouth Medical Center interventional cardiologist who specializes in the treatment of peripheral vascular disease.last_img read more

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Monmouth Boat Club Elects 2012 Officers and Supervisors

first_imgRED BANK – Monmouth Boat Club’s incoming commodore and vice commodore know the club well.Incoming Monmouth Boat Club Commodore Skip Bugbeesailing on the Navesink River.Commodore-elect Skip Bugbee’s family joined MBC in the 1960s while Pat Corr’s family has been members since the 1950s. The two will lead a group of veteran and new flag officers and supervisors elected to manage the 133-year-old MBC for the coming year.The incoming commodore, who lives in Middletown, has served as treasurer, 2nd rear commodore and vice commodore as well as grounds supervisor.Corr, the incoming vice commodore who lives in Port Monmouth, has served as house supervisor and 2nd rear commodore and has been the responsible for maintaining the club hoists for many years. Corr’s dad also served as commodore.Joining Bugbee and Corr as flag officers are Joe Cahill, moving from financial secretary to 1st rear commodore; Jackie Cattanach, moving from 3rd rear commodore to 2nd rear commodore; Keith Johnson, moving from 1st rear commodore to 3rd rear commodore; Taugh Lynch, moving from assistant financial secretary to fleet captain; Peter Richardson, returning for his third term as recording secretary; David Cheslow, moving from assistant treasurer to treasurer; Bob Kent, taking over as assistant treasurer; and Tom Bean, assuming the financial secretary post with Tim Unsinn as his assistant.Supervisors for 2013 are: Bob Hill and Glenn Bloodgood, house; Randy Dickerson, floats; Bob Markoff, grounds; Grae Morrison, moorings; Eric McClathie, data administration; Renee Dasaro, junior program; Denis Farley, adult sailing; Jules Borrus, insurance; Dot Lucyk and Karen Gerstenmeir, social and Art Petrosemolo, web.New terms begin Jan. 1.last_img read more

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Baby Sens, Kinrade suffer overtime heartache

first_imgBinghamton had jumped to a 3-0 first period lead only to watch the Monarchs outscore the Sens 4-1 to force overtime.Binghamton held period leads of 3-0 and 3-2.Kinrade, a graduate of Nelson Minor Hockey, is in his second season of professional hockey in Binghamton, has yet to gain a point in the three games.Game four is set for Tuesday in Binghamton with game five also being played in the Sens’ arena.Friday Derek Grant scored in extra time to give the Sens a road split of the two games in Manchester. Bud Holloway scored in overtime to lift the Manchester Monarchs to a 5-4 victory over the Senators in American Hockey League Calder Cup playoff action Sunday in Binghamton.The win gives the Monarchs a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series after the Baby Sens evened the set Friday with a 4-3 overtime road win of their own in Manchester.Sunday’s loss was tough to swallow for Nelson’s Geoff Kinrade, a defenceman with the NHL Ottawa farm team, and the rest of the Sens.last_img read more

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MIKE MITCHELL PUBLIC MEMORIAL SET FOR MONDAY, APRIL 20 AT SANTA ANITA; SERVICES FOR BELOVED TRAINER TO BEGIN AT 1:30 P.M. IN TRACK’S CHANDELIER ROOM

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (April 16, 2015)–A public memorial for longtime Southern California trainer Mike Mitchell will take place Monday, April 20 at Santa Anita Park. The service, which is to begin at 1:30 p.m. and run until 3 p.m., will be staged in the track’s Chandelier Room.Mitchell, who passed away following a lengthy battle with brain cancer at age 66 on Tuesday, trained in California for nearly 40 years and is survived by his wife, Denise and their two daughters, McCall (Rounsefell) and Shea (Leparoux). Additional surviving family includes his four siblings; a twin sister, Cheryl, and three brothers, Earl, Jr., Guy and Casey.The Mitchell family has arranged for their pastor and the choir from their church, Fellowship Monrovia, to address those attending. There will also be a few other short speeches from designated speakers.At the request of the family, donations may be made in Mike Mitchell’s name to the Southern California Race Track Chaplaincy of America (RTCA). The family has also requested that light refreshments be served at the memorial. Guests should enter by car through Gate 5 and follow signage to the Mitchell Memorial in the Chandelier Room. –30–last_img read more

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