RSF_en to go further News June 3, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Politically-motivated boycott of media group by government November 17, 2018 Find out more October 31, 2011 Find out more News Help by sharing this information Organisation Receive email alerts May 6, 2011 Find out more RSF condemns harsh penalties for online content in Mauritius News Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam launches blistering attack on independent media MauritiusAfrica MauritiusAfrica Follow the news on Mauritius News Newspaper editor freed pending outcome of appeal Reporters Without Borders is concerned about the Mauritian government’s discriminatory behaviour towards La Sentinelle, the country’s leading media group. The latest example was the exclusion of La Sentinelle’s journalists from a news conference by the finance minister on 27 May, in a violation of the right of access to information. There have been various kinds of discriminatory measures since 2006.“The crisis in relations between the government and La Sentinelle, which has reached unprecedented proportions, is all the more surprising in a country with a long tradition of press freedom,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It bears all the hallmarks of an attempt by the government to asphyxiate the media group in an act of political revenge.”The press freedom organisation added: “We condemn this behaviour by Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam, who often boasts of his country’s modernity but in this case is reacting in a retrograde fashion.”La Sentinelle chairman Jean-Claude de l’Estrac told Reporters Without Borders: “The measures discriminating against us are not new. We have been subject to a systematic boycott by the authorities for the past four years. The harm that this is causing us is now assuming alarming proportions.”In the 27 May incident, police stationed outside the capital’s main government building were given orders to deny entry to journalists from L’Express and 5-Plus Dimanche, two of La Sentinelle’s publications. A Radio One journalist was told: “These journalists are not invited to the finance minister’s news conference and will be turned away if they come.”The political pressure was stepped up during the campaign for last May’s general elections, which returned the government to power. The prime minister, who accuses La Sentinelle of supporting the opposition, warned the editors of L’Express that they would pay the price.The threat began to be carried out as soon as the new government took office in May. A directive was issued to all the ministries, parastatal agencies and libraries to cancel subscriptions to L’Express, depriving La Sentinelle of a not insignificant part of its income.The political boycott of La Sentinelle began four years ago, after a series of critical articles and editorials in L’Express. Air Mauritius, in which the state has a majority stake, ceased in 2006 to make any of the group’s publications available on its flights. The same year, the prime minister told state information services to stop placing any advertising in La Sentinelle’s newspapers.La Sentinelle asked the supreme court on 31 May to issue an injunction preventing state officials from denying its journalists access to public events. The court refused to issue the injunction but has set a hearing for 7 June at which the government will be asked to explain its behaviour.
Google Maps(MULLINS, S.C.) — Two female mental patients chained in the back of a county sheriff’s van drowned when the vehicle in which they were traveling was overcome by floodwaters, police said. The deputies who were transporting the two women to a different facility in South Carolina were saved, local law enforcement officials told ABC News late Tuesday.The two women have not yet been identified. The pair of Horry County Sheriff’s deputies who were in the van tried to extricate the patients, but, due to rapidly rising floodwaters, were unable to open the van’s doors to reach the shackled women, according to a statement from County Sheriff Phillip Thompson. Rescue teams responded in time to save the deputies.The coroner in neighboring Marion County confirmed the two deceased patients were female, and the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division is investigating the incident, according to the statement. “Tonight’s incident is a tragedy,” Thompson said in the statement. “Just like you, we have questions we want answered. We are fully cooperating with the State Law Enforcement Division to support their investigation of this event.” According to ABC affiliate WPDE, the patients were being transported from Loris Hospital Waccamaw Center for Mental Health to McLeod Health, which runs multiple facilities in the region.The van was traveling west on Highway 76 into neighboring Marion County when floodwaters overcame the vehicle.The incident happened in the area of the Little Pee Dee River, which branches off from the Lumber River, in Mullins, South Carolina. The Lumber River overflowed its banks following the record rains dumped by Hurricane Florence. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
On the interannual variability of ocean temperatures around South Georgia, Southern Ocean: forcing by El Niño/Southern Oscillation and the Southern Annular Mode
The ocean around South Georgia, in the southwest Atlantic sector of the Southern Ocean, is highly productive, with large stocks of Antarctic krill supporting extensive colonies of marine and land-based predators. The operation of this ecosystem is strongly influenced by physical forcings, and the role of the El Niño/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) phenomenon has been highlighted previously. Here we examine in detail the transmission of ENSO signals to South Georgia, and investigate other sources of interannual variability. ENSO variability generates anomalies in sea surface temperature (SST) across the South Pacific via atmospheric teleconnections. These anomalies are advected toward South Georgia within the Antarctic Circumpolar Current (ACC), and previous studies have focussed on long-period advection (order of 2-3 years) from the southwest Pacific. We observe here, however, that the region close to the Antarctic Peninsula in the southeast Pacific is especially susceptible to ENSO forcing via anomalous meridional winds; this induces SST anomalies that are advected to South Georgia on a much more rapid timescale (order 5-6 months). The phasing of these teleconnections is such that anomalies that reach the southeast Pacific from farther west tend to be reinforced here by air-sea-ice interaction. We also find an important role for the Southern Annular Mode (SAM) in determining SST variability at South Georgia. This is a circumpolar mode of climate variability, and thus can readily influence local SST at South Georgia directly. The SAM is, however, not perfectly zonally symmetric, and (like ENSO) has a particular impact on meridional winds in the southeast Pacific. The average timescale for SAM influence on South Georgia SST is shorter than that of ENSO, since it includes a stronger component of direct local forcing. The South Georgia ecosystem is not self-sustaining, with import of krill from breeding and nursery grounds upstream in the ACC being important. We speculate here that these varying meridional winds close to the Antarctic Peninsula play a direct role in promoting/restricting the injection of shelf waters (and the krill therein) into the ACC, following which anomalies in krill density would be advected toward South Georgia. This offers a dynamical mechanism that might contribute to interannual changes in biological communities at South Georgia, in addition to existing theories. Both SAM and ENSO have shown long-period changes in recent decades, with ENSO exhibiting a higher preponderance of El Niño events compared with La Niña events, and the SAM showing a marked trend toward a higher index state. Such long-period behaviour is likely to induce changes in the South Georgia ecosystem via their impacts on advection and SST, for which an understanding of the physical mechanisms elucidated here will be key to unravelling.
The Premier County were beaten for the second successive match in Division 1A of the National Hurling yesterday – a spectacular late free earned Waterford the points at Semple Stadium.That loss against the Deise means that Tipp now head into what looks like a must-win game against Galway on Sunday.The manager says it wouldn’t be a good thing if his side were to peak too early.
18 Sep 2014 England snatch victory in Women’s Home Internationals England snatched victory by the tiny margin of a half point at the end of a thrilling last day’s play in the Women’s Home Internationals at Aberdovey, Wales.England beat Wales, the hosts and defending champion, 6½-2½ on the third and final day’s play, while Ireland defeated Scotland by the same score. The results created a three-way tie between England, Ireland and Wales, who had each won two matches during the tournament – and a countback of game points won was required to settle the destination of the trophy.England triumphed with 16½ points, followed by Ireland on 16 and Wales on 14½. “For while we thought we’d lost by half a point,” said the delighted England captain, Chris Pascall. “But then I went into the championship office and they said ‘Congratulations!“It has been the most exciting day’s golf and the play has been just fantastic with some quite stunning shots. The standard in the other match between Scotland and Ireland was equally as good.”The result means England – with five new caps in the team – has done a double in the Home Internationals so far, winning both the girls’ and ladies’ titles. A victory by the senior team – who are already European champions – in their international matches at the end of the month would complete the set.This is also England’s third win in the Women’s Home Internationals in four years and the team includes two members of the successful 2012 side: Gabriella Cowley and Alex Peters.In the final day’s match, England got ahead in the foursomes, thanks to the pairings of Hollie Muse and Gemma Clews, and Sarah-Jane Boyd and Bethan Popel. Then, they dug very deep to take 4½ points from the singles. They were unbeaten in the afternoon but the halved matches, in particular, were gritty affairs and crucial to the overall outcome.India Clyburn, for example, was tested as her opponent birdied three of the closing holes but held her nerve admirably to hole a 12-footer on the 18th to halve her game. Gemma Clews was three down after seven, but didn’t lose another hole and gradually clawed back the deficit to finish all squareIn the other matches, Gabriella Cowley was four up with five to play when her opponent started a charge back with an eagle. But the England player held tight and won the 17th to close out the match. Alice Hewson was never behind in her match and Hollie Muse trailed only once, on the second, as they both played their way to wins. Sarah-Jane Boyd led throughout her match until her opponent won the last hole for a half – but the Welsh player could not deny England their overall victory.The England team included five players who were making their debut at this level: Gemma Clews (Delamere Forest), India Clyburn (Woodhall Spa), Alice Hewson (Berkhamsted), Hollie Muse (West Lancashire) and Bethan Popel (Long Ashton). The established internationals were: Sarah-Jane Boyd (Truro), Gabriella Cowley (Hanbury Manor) and Alex Peters (Notts Ladies’).England results v WalesFoursomesAlexandra Peters & India Clyburn lost to Chloe Williams & Becky Harries 2 downHollie Muse & Gemma Clews beat Lauren Hillier & Rachel Lewis 4/2Sarah-Jane Boyd & Bethan Popel beat Samantha Birks & Jess Evans 3/2SinglesGabriella Cowley beat Williams 3/1Muse beat Birks 3/1Clyburn halved with HillierClews halved with EvansAlice Hewson beat Megan Lockett 4/3Boyd halved with HarriesCaption (image © LGU): Chris Pascall (captain, centre) is surrounded by (from left) Gemma Clews, Bethan Popel, Alex Peters, Gabriella Cowley, Sarah-Jane Boyd, Steve Robinson (England coach) India Clyburn and Hollie Muse.19th September 2014England women return to winning formEngland returned to form in the Women’s Home Internationals at Aberdovey, Wales, when they beat Scotland 7-2 on the second day of the tournament.It was a reversal of fortunes from the previous day, when the team lost to Wales and England captain Chris Pascall commented: “They played great golf today.”England enjoyed a clean sweep of the morning foursomes – with Hollie Muse (image © Leaderboard Photography) playing the most spectacular shot of the day when she holed-in-one on the third. Hollie and her partner Gemma Clews won on the 14th.The other successful pairing were Alex Peters and India Clyburn, and Sarah-Jane Boyd and Bethan Popel.Curtis Cup player Gabriella Cowley kept the morning’s momentum going when she won the lead singles match on the 13th. Bethan Popel, Alice Hewson and Sarah-Jane Boyd followed her with a series of good wins.In the day’s other match Wales, the defending champions, beat Ireland 5½-3½.FoursomesAlex Peters (Notts Ladies’) & India Clyburn (Woodhall Spa) beat Hannah Mccook & Tara MacTaggart 3/2Hollie Muse (West Lancashire) & Gemma Clews (Delamere Forest) beat Megan Briggs & Kimberley Beveridge 5/4Sarah-Jane Boyd(Truro) & Bethan Popel (Long Ashton) beat Louise MacGregor & Kate McIntosh 5/3SinglesGabriella Cowley (Hanbury Manor) beat Gabrielle Macdonald 6/5Clyburn lost to Megan Briggs 3/1Peters lost to Hannah Mccook 1 downPopel beat Jordana Graham 2/1Alice Hewson (Berkhamsted) beat McIntosh 3/2Boyd beat MacTaggart 5/318th September 2014Tough start for England at Women’s Home InternationalsEngland made a disappointing start to the Women’s Home Internationals at Aberdovey in Wales, when they lost 6-3 to Ireland on the opening day of the tournament.In the day’s other match Wales, the defending champions, beat Scotland 6½-2½.The matches were played in stiff winds which proved testing. However English girls’ champion India Clyburn and 14-year-old Hollie Muse (image © Leaderboard Photography) made an impressive debut at this level, both contributing 1½ points to the scoreline.India paired up with former English champion Sarah-Jane Boyd to win her singles and managed to halve her singles, despite being three down at the turn.Hollie halved her foursomes with fellow debutante, Gemma Clews, and then won her singles, with the help of three birdies on the back nine.ResultsFoursomesSarah-Jane Boyd (Truro) & India Clyburn (Woodhall Spa) beat Amy Farrell & Chloe Ryan 2/1Hollie Muse (West Lancashire) & Gemma Clews (Delamere Forest) halved with Paula Grant & Olivia MehaffeyAlex Peters (Notts Ladies’) & Bethan Popel (Long Ashton) lost to Mary Doyle & Maria Dunne 3/1SinglesPeters lost to Dunne 3/1Clyburn halved with RyanGabriella Cowley (Hanbury Manor) lost to Doyle 1 downMuse beat Mehaffey 2/1Alice Hewson (Berkhamsted) lost to Jean O’Driscoll 2&1Clews lost to Grant 1 down
“When we set out on this journey. There were no doubts in our minds. We set our eyes to the distance. We would find what we would find. We took courage from our numbers What we sought we did not fear. Sometimes we’d glimpse a shadow falling. The shadow would disappear. But our thoughts kept returning To something the boy said. As we turned to go. He said you’ll never see our faces again. You’ll be food for a carrion crow. Every step we took today. Our thoughts would always stray From the wind on the moor so wild. To the words of the captain’s child. Something the boy said. In the circles we made with our fires. We talked of the pale afternoon. The clouds were like dark riders. Flying on the face of the moon. We spoke our fears to the captain. And asked what his son could know. For we would never have marched so far, to be food for a crow. Every step we took today. Our thoughts would always stray. From the wind on the moor so wild.” To the words of the captain’s child. Something the boy said. ‘Sting’ lyrics from; ‘Something the boy said’.About a week before Steelers training camp at St. Vincent’s college was scheduled to conclude, I had just returned from an afternoon practice. I was downtown waiting on my Port Authority chariot to arrive. I always purposely leave my media credential around my neck just to spark conversation good and bad from the Steelers nation.On this occasion there was a young Caucasian lad riding along with his father. His dad’s face turned beet red when the youngster looked over at me and spied my credentials and asked; “do you work for the Steelers?” I smiled at him and replied; no, but I cover them for the New Pittsburgh Courier. I continued on by asking him; “have you ever heard of the New Pittsburgh Courier?” I was pleasantly surprised when he answered; “yes sir, I learned about the paper when my dad took me to see the movie 42.His father then chimed in, he looked at my credentials saw my name and said; “Mr. Bruce, I wanted to make sure that my son saw the struggles of African-American players long before his two favorite players Andrew McCutchen or David Ortiz were even born.”At that point I was a bit too weary to discuss Black History; hey February was long past. However, I have to say this. There are some Whites that know about and respect our history more than a few of us do and I was quite happy that I was given the opportunity to meet and have a conversation with him and his son.Anyway, I continued on by asking his son another question. Young man, (his name was Trenton Blair Jr. and his dad was Sr.) “how do you think the Steelers are going to do this year?”“I think that they are not going to do good because they allowed Mike Wallace [former Steelers wide receiver] and James Harrison [former Steelers outside linebacker] to leave the team. James Harrison is almost like Darth Vader nobody wants to mess around with him and Mike Wallace is faster than anybody in the NFL.”These my friends were the words straight from the mouth of a babe.”If a ten year old could see the handwriting on the wall, the management of the Steelers should have been able to see the wall, especially a wall that they themselves constructed.When I was exiting the bus, the lad smiled and said, “Steelers forever.”When the Pittsburgh Steelers set out on the journey of the 2013 season, regardless of the negative circumstances looming, they remained a confident bunch. There may have been a few doubts in their minds because after all, they lost two vital playmakers one from the offensive and defensive side of the ball, but hey they still had a reason to think that they could dredge at least another year of two out of an aging team.They set their eyes on the distant competition because there was nothing to fear but fear itself and maybe the word “rebuilding.”Whatever they found in the AFC North they would have to just deal with it. They took courage from what players remained with the team and as always they were fearless. Yes they were glimpsing shadows of the Cincy Bengals, the Cleveland Browns and last but certainly not least, the 2012 NFL Champion Baltimore Ravens looming over their Lombardi trophy case but Pittsburgh realized that Cleveland and Cincinnati had no trophy case because they had no trophies to put in it and the Ravens dismantled their squad so that the money needs of their “most valuable player” starting QB Joe Flacco could be met.The shadows of the past continued to appear and reappear but ya know what boys’ and girls’? Dead men can tell no tales and neither are they capable of getting out on the playing field and competing. The boy said that they allowed two of their most excellent players disappear, poof, gone.The beginning of the season would prove and showcase blatant flaws that surfaced and exist because of questionable fiscal priorities regarding compensation for players who would and should have had a positive impact on the Steelers level of competition.Choosing athletes to compete for your particular team is not and should never be confused with neurosurgery. All one has to do is observe a player, any player and hope and pray that player will perform as well for you as he has performed for his high school, or college. Money oftentimes is not a guarantee that a player will perform or respond to competition. But sometimes you have to pay the cost to be the boss. Just ask the boy.
By Kathy MieleDinner was in the oven when Steven came out of his office carrying his morning coffee mug and headed to the kitchen.“The dishwasher’s dirty,” I said as he passed by.No answer.“Hello!” I called.“I heard you,” he said but I could hear the cup being placed in the kitchen sink.“If you heard me then why are you putting it in the sink and not the dishwasher?”“What?”“I just finished telling you the dishwasher’s dirty.”“Oh.”I could hear the dishwasher being opened and the cup going in.Once I heard the cabinet doors opening I figured he was looking for a snack. “Dinner’s going to be ready in 20 minutes, please don’t eat anything now.”No answer.“Can you hear me?”“I heard you,” Steven called.I heard something being opened so I figured he was too hungry to wait. He walked back into the room munching on a cracker. “Something sure smells good,” he said. “When’s dinner?”“Are you kidding?”“What?” he looked confused.“I just finished telling you dinner would be ready in 20 minutes and not to start snacking now.”“Oh.” He popped the last of the cracker into his mouth. “Sorry. But I’m still hungry so it won’t ruin my dinner.” He gave me a quick kiss on the top of my head before going back to his office.Both my boys came in the front door, talking and laughing with one another as they headed to the kitchen.“Please don’t eat anything!” I called. “Dinner will be ready in 20 minutes.”No answer. But I could hear them going through the pantry.“Hello!!!”“Oh sorry.” Alex popped his head around the corner from the kitchen. “Hello.”“Hi, Mom!” Max called from the kitchen.“I wasn’t saying hello!” I cried. “I was telling you not to eat anything because dinner’s almost ready!”Max looked at Alex. “Didn’t she just say hello?”Alex shrugged his shoulders. “I thought she did.”“I’m going to lose my mind,” I muttered to myself.“Well before you do, when’s dinner? We’re starving,” Max said, pouring some crackers into his hand before handing the box to his brother.Steven came out of his office. “Did someone say dinner’s ready?”I turned to look at Steven. “Are you kidding me?”“What?” he asked.Alex held out the box of crackers to him. “Mom’s in one of her moods again,” he explained. “Do you want a cracker?”“Sure. I’m starving. I wonder when dinner will be ready?”The boys just shrugged their shoulders.
In the final stanza on Monday afternoon, the Dons’ aim was a little more accurate and the team managed to mount a stronger defensive stand and prevailed 14-10 against the host Jackrabbits. In the opening minutes of the fourth quarter, Jan-Michael Pineda made two quick pivot moves around Poly defenders in the post to tally the tying score and go-ahead score to give Cerritos the lead, and the team added two more en route to it’s nonleague victory. Pineda finished the game with four goals, Biag scored five, Chao added three for the Dons. Soderberg led Poly with four goals, and Ward tallied two. “We just couldn’t make anything happen for us offensively (or defensively) in the fourth quarter. And it came back to bite us,” Poly coach Scott Penttila said. “They (the Jackrabbits) gave it their all. I thought we actually played pretty well.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! They might as well have been at a shooting range. For three quarters, Cerritos and Poly water polo players rifled in shots from all over the pool. Both sides had found the mark 10 times. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “It was a lot tougher game than I thought it would be,” Cerritos coach Roy Contreras said. “We had a horrible first half defensively. My goalie was letting everything in. We were just giving them shots all around the pool. “In the second half, I told them if they want to have any chance at winning this game, they would have to step it up defensively, not just my goalie.” The Dons (17-2), ranked No. 6 in CIF Southern Section Division III, entered the third quarter trailing, 8-6, before Pineda and Dan Biag scored two consecutive goals to tie the score at 8. Poly (8-9) forged ahead briefly on a goal by Justin Ward with 2:27 left. And with less than 42 seconds remaining, Cerritos struck twice on power-play goals, one on a shot by Chattai Duanjai and another by John Chao, to give Cerritos a 10-9 advantage. But for the second time in the game and time ticking away, Poly’s David Soderberg launched a half-pool shot that found its mark to tie the game, but the Jackrabbits went scoreless the rest of the way.
Sean-nós singers are invited to apply for the Scoláireacht Éamoinn Ghráinne, a sean-nós singing scholarship in memory of the late Éamonn ‘Ghráinne’ Mac Ruairí of Tory island and Falcarragh.Falcarragh-based An tSean Bheairic is offering a scolarship for Sean-nós singers lasting for up to six months.The purpose of the scolarship is to promothe the singing tradition in the Cloughaneely area. Éamonn ‘Ghráinne’ Mac Ruairí was a highly-esteemed singer, musician and folklorist who is recognised internationally as one of the finest exponents of the rich musical and cultural heritage of Tory Island as well as being acknowledged as one of the masters of the Donegal sean-nós singing tradition.The successful applicant will be responsible for organising projects/classes in order to promote the sean-nós singing tradition in Cloughaneely.The project will take up approximately 7 hours per month with a flexible timetable. The project is due to begin in October.An allowance of €2000 will be paid to the successful applicant. If you are interested in the Scolarship please send a CV to: Máire Ní Chasaide, Bainisteoir, An tSean Bheairic, An Fál Carrach, Co. Dhún na nGall.Email: [email protected] SCOLÁIREACHT ÉAMOINN GHRÁINNE 2014/2015 was last modified: September 11th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Scoláireacht Éamoinn Ghráinne