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Bouterse’s installation as president must not mean impunity for past murders of journalists

first_imgNews News August 12, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Bouterse’s installation as president must not mean impunity for past murders of journalists Organisation Help by sharing this information November 16, 2009 Find out more From left to right, middle rank : Leslie Rahman, Frank Wijngaarde, Bram Behr, Jozef Slagveer and Andre Kamperveen. Newspaper reporter threatened after writing about drug trafficking Follow the news on Suriname Receive email alerts to go further SurinameAmericas Former minister seeks €230,000 in damages from magazine News October 3, 2013 Find out more News Amnesty insult to memory of dictatorship’s victims, including five journalists RSF_en April 5, 2012 Find out more Desi Bouterse will be sworn in today as president, the post to which parliament elected him on 19 July. We respect the will of the Surinamese people but we cannot forget that Bouterse continues to be charged with the murders of five journalists in 1982, while he was dictator. Even if legal proceedings are suspended for the duration of his presidency, it would be unacceptable it these murders were to go unpunished indefinitely.A soldier by profession, Bouterse has been returned to power by an election. He first came to power in a coup on 25 February 1980 and went on to run the country with an iron hand for two periods, 1980-1987 and 1990-1991, violating fundamental human rights with no compunction.The five journalists were among a total of 15 pro-democracy activists who were executed on the night of 8 December 1982 in Fort Zeelandia military barracks under his presumed responsibility. They were Andre Kamperveen, the owner and manager of Radio ABC, Frank Wijngaarde, a Radio ABC reporter, and three print media journalists, Leslie Rahman, Bram Behr and Jozef Slagveer. After the massacre, soldiers torched the premises of Radio ABC, Radio Radika and the daily newspaper De Vrije Stem. No media was allowed to operate under Bouterse aside from the state radio SRS and the daily De Ware Tijd.Sentenced to 11 years in prison in absentia in the Netherlands in 1999 on a charge of drug trafficking, Bouterse could still get a 20-year jail sentence in Surinam if convicted of the Fort Zeelandia massacre. A total of 25 people are involved in the case including former Prime Minister Errol Alibux and former army commander Arty Gorre.While Bouterse claims to have apologised to the families of the Fort Zeelandia victims and to have recognised his political responsibility for the massacre, he has never admitted to being directly involved in their deaths. While leader of the main opposition party, he tried several times to get parliament to pass an amnesty law.Like neighbouring South American countries whose current governments have done a great deal to ensure that past human rights violations are not forgotten, Surinam’s new government needs to understand that an election or, still less, an amnesty cannot resolve the problems of the past. SurinameAmericas last_img read more

 

NEWS REVIEW OF THE YEAR

first_imgOCTOBERSupermarket Asda signed up craft baker Greenhalgh’s to supply stores in the north-west as it rolled out a local sourcing initiative. Compass said it was selling its Select Service Partner businesses including Upper Crust and Millie’s Cookies to focus on its core catering division. British Baker celebrated its 120th anniversary with a look back on the history of the title and the big stories it had covered over the years. Greencore Group bought the London-based Oldfields sandwich business for £12.2m and sold its Greencore Pizza business to management. A compensation payment of £500,000 was made to 123 former New Rathbones staff in Carlisle, who learnt about their redundancies over the radio. The hourly paid workers were given 90 days pay as there had been no consultation with unions of staff over the redundancies – a legal requirement.Welsh chain Ferrari’s bought 22 former Sweetmans stores, boosting its estate to 64 stores. The deal put Ferrari’s just behind Greggs in terms of store numbers in Wales. Greggs’ Welsh division had 67 stores.Memory Lane Cakes saw 19 of its 1,000 staff arrested in a joint swoop by Immigration Services and the Department of Work and Pensions. It had set up a mock training session for the staff on the authorities’ hit list. Sainsbury’s claimed to be the first to introduce a low-GI loaf to in-store bakeries. The Taste the Difference Multiseeded 800g loaf also had reduced salt.Organic company Duchy Originals announced plans to build a bakery in Cornwall, to bake Cornish pasties and pastries. The new bakery will open in April, employing 10 staff.Allied Bakeries was fined £10,000 for polluting the River Beane with waste soya brine from its Stevenage bakery.RHM said it would relaunch Mr Kipling again in January 2006, after reporting poor sales. Bakery retailer M Firkin closed its central bakery in West Bromwich for a week due to a mouse infestation.last_img read more

 

Haslemere offer unveiled today

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Huskies mushing to Slave Lake to begin postseason

first_imgIf not interested in making the journey to Alberta, don’t fret, as Moose FM will be broadcasting each road game live as the action unfolds. Saturday’s game is scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m. MT, and then Sunday, the game hits the ice at 1 p.m. MT. Be sure to tune into the informative and entertaining Moose FM pre-game show, starting 15 minutes prior to puck drop.To listen live to all the playoff action, click here.Elsewhere around the NWJHL, playoff matchups include: Beaverlodge (7) versus Peace River (2), Dawson Creek (6) versus Fairview (3), Sexsmith (8) versus Grande Prairie (1). Five games were played between the Huskies and the Wolves this regular season, when Fort St. John took the first two games of the series, followed by three in-a-row by the Wolves. Slave Lake was not a friendly environment for the Huskies, who suffered back-to-back losses in Slave Lake during their only two visits of the season.However, each of the three losses suffered by the Huskies were only determined by a single point (4-3, 2-1, 5-4 OT), so the Huskies should not be discouraged by the three consecutive defeats.The Huskies also have the edge when comparing goals for and against, as the Huskies managed to put the biscuit in the basket 144 times, while the Wolves scored 133 goals during the regular season. Fort St. John also allowed fewer goals against than Slave Lake, 150-166.- Advertisement -Even though the regular season is over, momentum entering the postseason can play a huge role in how a team performs off the bat. In that category, the edge goes to Slave Lake, who enter the postseason riding a two-game winning streak. It’s the opposite end of the spectrum for the Huskies, who will enter the postseason having lost their final two regular season games.Both squads also have some significant fire power on the offensive side of the game, with each entering the series with seven players recording over 20 points throughout the regular season.The travel-filled series will begin in Slave Lake this weekend for game one Saturday evening, followed by game two Sunday afternoon. The series will then shift to the Energetic City Monday for game three, followed by another game in Fort St. John Saturday, February 23. If necessary, the series will wrap up the next day, Sunday, February 24 back in Slave Lake.Advertisementlast_img read more

 

Everything Scientists Assumed About Human Evolution Needs a Major Rethink

first_imgDr Jerry Bergman, professor, author and speaker, is a frequent contributor to Creation-Evolution Headlines. See his Author Profile for his previous articles.(Visited 938 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 by Jerry Bergman, PhDSo claimed a new article in the leading magazine New Scientist by Colin Barras,1 who says,“the story of human origins is being rewritten. The past 15 years have called into question every assumption about who we are and where we came from.” The article continues:Until recently, the consensus was that our great march out of Africa began 60,000 years ago and that by 30,000 years ago, for whatever reason, every other human contender was extinguished. Only H. sapiens remained – a species with a linear history stretching some 6 million years back into the African jungle.Starting in the early 2000s, Barras continues, new discoveries added layer on top of layer of complexity and confusion to the story of human evolution. Discoveries including, “Orrorin tugenensis, Ardipithecus ramidus, and Sahelanthropus tchadensis, pushed a long-held assumption about our evolution to breaking point.” Genetic work led scientists to believe that the human and chimp lineage split between 6.5 and 5.5 million years ago. These new discoveries looked more like us than modern chimps, indicating our lineage must be a million or more years older than previously thought. (One who follows human evolution stories knows that these date estimates change almost fast as the weather in my home state of Ohio.)In 2012, revised ideas about how fast genetic differences accumulate forced another reassessment: the human-chimp split occurred between 7 and 13 million years ago, a range so wide that “guesstimate” is a more accurate word for these numbers. To confuse matters even more, earlier in the year, Professor Lee Berger announced the age of Homo naledi fossil remains from South Africa were a mere 236,000 to 335,000 years old. Then evidence broke that they were actually early members of H. sapiens, extending our species’ history back by a whopping 100,000 years.It gets so bad thatthere is no longer a clear consensus on how long hominins have walked the earth. Many are sticking with the old assumption, but others consider the possibility that the human lineage is almost twice as old, implying there are plenty of missing chapters to our story still waiting to be uncovered.Ardipithecus upsets The belief taught in most of our textbooks is that our four-legged ancestors were forced out of the forests into desert conditions due to a drastic climate change, then evolved to walk on two legs. This is called the savannah hypothesis. But then, a skeleton first discovered in 1994, dubbed Ardipithecus ramidus (“Ardi” for short), claimed to be 4.4 million years old, challenged that view. (The claim that with Ardi paleontologists had finally found the ‘missing link’ is a tacit admission that they hadn’t found it before, in spite of numerous claims otherwise.) Actually, the new debate is more often a question of trying to settle internal conflicts within the community of evolutionary paleoanthropologists.  The “true believers” in ape to human evolution keep changing their views with each discovery of new bones.When examined, less than half of the Ardi skull fragments were found, leaving much room for speculation and interpreter bias. Its brain volume was estimated to be even smaller than that of a chimp. Nonetheless, paleontologists have tried to deduce much from the skeletal fragments found (for an illustration, see Anthropological Musings and Concepts Blog). Although often described as relatively complete, the fragments are probably close to 20 percent complete when measured by weight. The hand and foot bones were found, which allowed some scientist to conclude that Ardi didn’t swing below branches or knuckle-walk. This suggested to them that the ape which gave rise to chimps and humans may not have been very chimp-like. Thus, the idea—now more than a century old—that chimps are humans’ closest ancestors, is wrong. Evolutionists actually have no idea what the putative ape-human common ancestor looked like. Paleoanthropologists are not even sure if Ardi was a male or female.Judging by its feet, legs and spine fragments, the creature was reasonably comfortable walking upright even though its discoverers claim that Ardi lived in a forest environment. But if that were true, it would mean that hominins began bipedal walking even before they left the forests – openly contradicting the savannah hypothesis.Lucy no longer our arch-grandmotherAfter comparing another find, a skull called K. platyops, with those of other hominin species, some paleoanthropologists suggested that it was more closely related to humans than to any known Australopithecene. This had the effect of pushing the most famous pre-human fossil, Lucy, to a completely different branch of the hominin family tree. Then, the discoverers of a claimed 6-million-year-old hominin uncovered in 2001, called Orrorin tugenensis, had anatomy more human-like than the australopiths. To the true believers in human evolution, this meant it was more likely to be our ancestor than Lucy. All of this research may well expel Lucy—by far the most commonly-presented evidence of human evolution found in the school textbooks—from its iconic status. Now, a recent find of a human-like jawbone dated 2.8 million years old, discovered in Ethiopia, seems to be shoring up Lucy’s exalted position again.In short, the paleoanthropology field is a confusing mess. Barras concluded thatAlthough weird bones have done their bit to question our human history, it’s the DNA inside them that may have done the most to shake up our evolutionary tree. With evidence of so much ancient interbreeding, it becomes far more complicated to decide where to draw lines between the different groups, or even if any lines are justified.Exacerbating the problem is that DNA often profoundly contradicts the conclusions arrived at by phylogeny (building Darwin trees by comparing morphological traits). This all has caused some paleoanthropologists to change careers and become stockbrokers. In that field, they will earn more money and can escape from the sea of uncertainty inherent in trying to read old bone fragments. Nonetheless, Barras is an optimist, concluding having “dug ourselves into this philosophically troubling hole, there’s probably only one way to find our way out again: keep digging for fossils and probe them for more DNA.”[vii]  So far, they have only been digging themselves deeper into the hole.2Colin Barras. Losing the Plot. New Scientist. August 26, 2017, pp. 28-33 (online article appeared August 23).Law of Holes: “If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.”last_img read more

 

Opening SA’s digital doorway

first_img6 September 2007The Digital Doorway project, which explores “minimally invasive education” as an alternative means of promoting wide-scale computer literacy, launched a kiosk in the village of eNtshongweni to the west of Durban this week, bringing to more than 150 the number of terminals installed since the programme began.The first Digital Doorway – a free-standing multimedia computer terminal with a keyboard and a touchpad embedded in a robust kiosk, accessible to the public 24 hours a day – was launched in Cwili village near Kei Mouth in the Eastern Cape’s Libode district in 2002.The project is a joint initiative of the Department of Science and Technology, the Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research and state-owned power utility Eskom.It seeks to verify results, in the South African context, of research conducted in India, through an initiative called Hole-in-the-Wall, indicating that children can acquire functional computer skills without any formal training – through their own intuition and exploration.The idea is to provide people in rural and disadvantaged areas with computer equipment, and allow them to experiment and learn with minimal external input.Speaking in eNtshongweni this week, Science and Technology Minister Mosibudi Mangena said the fact that only around 20% of SA’s approximately 30 000 schools had at least one computer was appalling, which was why his department had set aside R48-million to deploy 170 Digital Doorway kiosks countrywide by the end of 2007.Digital Doorway terminals have been opened in four schools and in the municipality offices in eNtshongweni, which has a population of approximately 8 500 people with about 1 800 households.“This roll out of the project will give communities in rural and peri-urban areas the opportunity to become computer literate and access information,” Mangena said.Doorway to informationThe Digital Doorway computer terminals house regular word-processing software for typing of letters or messages, and carry mathematics, science, music and language applications, an HIV/Aids presentation, Internet and e-mail access, and entry-level versions of Microsoft Word and Excel.They are configured to simulate actual computer usage conditions, and include multimedia capabilities to ensure an enriching learning experience for users.Observations show that the Cwili Digital Doorway is used from as early as 5am until approximately 9.30pm, with groups of six to 10 children, both boys and girls, aged between nine and 15, regularly using the computer.Within a month of installation, about 60% of the village’s children had already taught each other basic computer functions, including the ability to drag icons, re-arrange windows and open applications.A number of young adults, mainly males, also use the Cwili kiosk, though they prefer using it in the evenings “after work”, when there are fewer people around and “the kids have finished playing”.The most popular programmes for the Cwili children have been the educational programmes as well as the music programme, while the older groups prefer the Internet and Word, as well as the music.CSIR business unit icomtek, which is responsible for the pilot implementation and evaluation of the project, has redesigned the Digital Doorway unit using Open Source software. The server PC runs on FreeBSD, providing a stable operating system, while the user PC uses DEBIAN Linux – for easy upgrading of applications and enhanced security – and KDE, a graphical manager which support indigenous languages.icomtek specialises in information and communication technology projects which are geared to development and societal needs. These include human language technologies, using Open Source as a platform for creative expression, and easy learning in a multilingual environment.In addition, the terminals are equipped with satellite receivers and general packet radio service (GPRS) cellular data technology for updating content and to monitor user feedback.SouthAfrica.info reporter and BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

 

Report friendly for corn, neutral to lower for soybeans

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Typically, this USDA report day in December is a non-event. If South America numbers change drastically that will be an event to move the market.U.S. corn ending stocks were estimated at 2.437 billion bushels. Last month they were 2.487 billion bushels. Corn for ethanol was increased 50 million bushels and carries straight to ending stocks down 50 million bushels. Soybean ending stocks were 445 million bushels, last month 425 million bushels. Soybean exports were lowered 25 million bushels. Wheat ending stocks were increased 25 million bushels due to higher production in Canada. Trade estimates before the report had corn ending stocks declining very slightly, with very small increases expected for soybeans and wheat. World grain ending stocks for corn, soybeans, and wheat increased slightly.Brazil soybean production was pegged at 108 million tons with Argentina soybean production at 57 million tons. Corn production in Brazil as estimated at 95 million tons and Argentina corn production was 42 million tons. All of these numbers are unchanged.Prior to the report, corn was up 1 cent, soybeans down 4 cents, with wheat up 1 cent. Shortly after the report, corn was up 2 cents, soybeans down 2 cents, and wheat down 1 cent.If you were holding your breath pondering how USDA would change 2017 U.S. corn and soybean yields and production, you are in for a long wait. The December Supply and Demand Report today does nothing to U.S. corn and soybean production or yields. The report this month will zero in demand and ending stocks for U.S. crops. In addition, corn and soybean production from Brazil and Argentina will be closely scrutinized. Last month USDA had the Brazil corn production at 95 million tons with the Argentina corn production 42 million tons. The November report had Brazil soybean production of 108 million tons while the Argentina soybean production was 57 million tons.The Jan. 12, 2018 USDA report will finalize corn and soybean yields and production. That report will also detail grain stocks for the first quarter of the marketing year for corn and soybeans that runs from September to August. The grain stocks numbers will be as of Dec. 1, 2017.Discussions on NAFTA continue to draw attention from the farm community. NAFTA is a trade agreement between the US, Canada, and Mexico. The agreement is nearly 24 years old representing nearly $1 trillion in trade between the three countries. President Trump has said since his campaigning days that NAFTA was a bad agreement and that we could do better with a new trade agreement. The bones of contention continue to be that withdrawing from NAFTA would be bad for U.S. agriculture. Withdrawal is bad for U.S. agriculture domestically while aiding off-shore competitors such as the European Union, China, and Japan. Bottom line, markets do not like uncertainty, having great difficulty to rally when issues remain unresolved. The longer the uncertainty remains, the more agriculture could be harmed.Farm sales have been active in recent weeks as producer equipment sales are taking place with greater frequency. Some sales are due to operator retirement while others are exiting due to slim margins with bankers saying, “Enough, you are done.” The sales trend will be watched diligently this winter by all.Soybeans were able to rally following Thanksgiving and into mid-week last week. Weather uncertainties in Argentina were the main factor. Forecasts changed last week with more rain in the forecast for dry areas in South America. With the weather change, January CBOT soybeans were unable to hold the rally gains. Last week January peaked at $10.15 while closing lower on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday last week along with yesterday on Monday. Mid-morning January soybeans were $9.76, down nearly 40 cents from the recent peak. The 6-10 day forecast has average to above normal rainfall for southern Brazil and most of Argentina. Northern Brazil in that same time frame looks to see average rains.Currently grains are not seeing huge issues to be a mover to the upside. If no major issues present themselves in the near term, prices will flounder sideways. Wheat has suffered from recent downside price action due to aggressive exports from Russia while dropping their export price in recent months.Demand and weather will be the price movers headed into the new year.last_img read more

 

Coverage of the NSW State Cup

first_imgTo view their stories and slideshows, please click on the following links:Port Macquarie News – http://www.portnews.com.au/multimedia/10009/state-cup-2009.aspxhttp://www.portnews.com.au/news/local/sport/general/hornsby-claims-touch-honours/1697252.aspxhttp://www.portnews.com.au/news/local/sport/general/port-macquarie-state-cup-results/1697253.aspxhttp://www.portnews.com.au/news/local/sport/general/champion-effort/1699348.aspxNBN News – http://www.nbntv.com.au/index.php/2009/12/06/ports-success-on-touch-footy-field/For more information and results of the State Cup, please visit the NSW Touch website:www.nswtouch.com.aulast_img read more

 

10 months agoAston Villa, Derby chasing Chelsea defender Ethan Ampadu

first_imgAston Villa, Derby chasing Chelsea defender Ethan Ampaduby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea defender Ethan Ampadu is a target for Championship clubs ahead of the January market.The Mirror says Aston Villa and Derby County are set to go head to head to sign Ampadu on-loan in January.Both clubs made moves for the 18-year-old Welsh international during the summer but Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri wouldn’t let him leave.He remains a target for Villa and Derby who already have string Chelsea links.Villa have John Terry as first-team coach and Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham on-loan. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

 

a month agoWatford defender Cathcart: Players to blame for Gracia axe

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Watford defender Cathcart: Players to blame for Gracia axeby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford defender Craig Cathcart says the players are to blame for Javi Gracia’s sacking.Cathcart was visiting his parents when he found out the news about Gracia’s sacking – and subsequent replacement by Quique Sanchez Flores – and said he and his team-mates could have done more to keep him at Vicarage Road.”I think as players if a manager gets sacked you do feel a sense of responsibility of not doing your job properly,” said Cathcart.”I think a few of us have to look at ourselves for that, the results weren’t going the way anybody wanted them to, as a whole group of players and staff and obviously the club have made a decision to let the manager go and bring in Quique.”We have to take responsibility, but we have to look forward now and do what the new manager wants to do and look forward to the rest of the season.” last_img read more