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  • Journalist arrested after being summoned to law courts

    first_img ChadAfrica Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders is very worried by today’s arrest of Eric Topona, the secretary-general of the Union of Chadian Journalists (UJT) and former journalist for Chad’s national radio and TV broadcaster, and the charge of “endangering constitutional order” that has been brought against him.After reporting to N’Djamena’s law courts at 8 a.m. today in response to a summons from an investigating judge, he was detained under a warrant and is now at a detention centre in Amsinene, a suburb of the capital, Reporters Without Borders has learned.“The arrest and charging of Topona, who has been harassed several times in the past in connection with his journalistic activities, are unacceptable and constitute a flagrant violation of freedom of information,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We call for his immediate and unconditional release.”Topona’s arrest follows that of Jean Etienne Laokolé, a blogger who has been held since 22 March. Both contributed to Le blog de Makaïla, a blog edited by a Chadian citizen living abroad that is very critical of the government. In 2012, Topona was the target of threats that the local media blamed on government officials and, on 24 June 2012, he was knocked down by a motorcycle in N’Djamena.More information on media freedom in Chad News ChadAfrica News Organisation The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa to go further Help by sharing this information Chadian radio stations on strike in protest against violent raidcenter_img November 27, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Chad December 1, 2020 Find out more Reports Many historic publications threatened with closure in Chad RSF_en News October 7, 2020 Find out more May 6, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist arrested after being summoned to law courtslast_img read more

  • New Map Predicts Arrival of Peak Fall Foliage in Western North Carolina

    first_imgAre you planning a trip to the mountains of Western North Carolina to view fall foliage this autumn?  If so, this map, put out by the department of biology at Appalachian State University, could be an incredibly helpful planning tool.Maps claiming to predict the arrival of fall foliage come a dime a dozen this time of year, but the App State map incorporates multiple variables such as elevation change and latitude, making it more accurate than similar leaf peeping predictions.“We constructed the map using the following assumptions,” writes Michael Denslow of the Department of Biology at Appalachian State University who created the graphic.”First, we assumed that fall color would start earlier at higher elevations. We then figured (guessed!) that for each 1,000′ increase in elevation, peak fall colors would occur about one week earlier, with the exception of those areas near the coast, where we divided the elevation into 500′ sections.”According to the map, fall will come first to areas like Boone, Mount Mitchell, and Grandfather Mountain, with peak season arriving around October 1, while Asheville won’t experience peak viewing conditions until mid-October.last_img read more

  • Trailblazer: Deshun Deysel

    first_imgWhy is Deshun a Trailblazer?Deshun Deysel defies the classic stereotype of mountaineers as being butch and bearded.As the first black woman to climb Mount Everest, Deshun fulfilled her childhood dream, which is why she is so passionate about inspiring other children to dream big.Deshun sees climbing mountains as a metaphor for making the impossible possible. Because mountaineering is both a physical and mental sport, Deshun has learnt to approach every mountain with a sense of reverence and respect. This then forces her to look at a mountain not only for its danger, but also for its majesty and beauty.Deshun believes that this philosophy of mountain-climbing is very relevant to South Africa and that it could be used as a lesson to overcome some of the adversity we face as a nation.In her own words .“I think as a nation South Africa is facing Mount Everest right now. The top of our mountain is really that positive idea of what we want South Africa to look like. I think if we’re filled with hope for a positive outcome we are far more likely to change the circumstances we are in right now. Every South African has the potential to make a huge difference, and together if we do that we can get to the top of our Everest.”Fast FactsBefore conquering mountains, Deshun was a school teacher.Deshun Deysel is the co-founder of SINIRGI International, a business communication skills company.Deshun is also a trainer for Business Presentation Skills SA.As a pioneer in mountaineering, Deshun was the first cover girl for gSport women’s magazine.Deshun has embarked on the Seven Summits challenge, where she aims to climb the highest peak on all seven continents.How can I get in touch with Deshun?To book Deshun as a motivational speaker for your organisation, call 011 887 4491 or e-mail [email protected] published on SAinfo on 22 August 2008.Source: Brand South Africalast_img read more

  • Create Custom Vignettes for Premiere Pro

    first_imgOver in Premiere Pro, all you have to do is add the “Lumetri” effect to your clip (or adjustment layer). You’ll be promtped to choose a look. You can find the looks in ~/Documents/Adobe/SpeedGrade/7.0/Settings/Looks: Voilà…there you go! An easy to use vignette filter right in Premiere! Of course you can use this for any look you create, but saving a preset of just a vignette fills a big gap in Premiere’s effects and gives you a tool made exactly to your specifications. Then save the look. You can even give it a custom name (which is probably a good idea): Use the Lumetri Deep Color Engine to create a custom vignette filter in SpeedGrade you can use in Premiere!One of the cool new features of the SpeedGrade and Premiere Pro CC is the ability to save looks in SpeedGrade and use them directly in Premiere. While you can use this for any look you save, it’s particulary handy to fill a gap in your effects toolbox in Premiere: Vignettes.By default, Premiere Pro doesn’t come with a vignette effect, and there’s not really an easy way to create one in Premiere unless you find/buy a third party plugin (or get busy with mattes). But using SpeedGrade, you can create your own custom vignette exactly the way you like it, then use it over and over directly in Premiere!Let’s start off in Adobe SpeedGrade. We’ll be using this shot for the example:Twirl out the mask settings using the disclosure triangle on the right. There is a “vignette” preset, but I prefer a slightly different shape, so we’ll start with the default circle mask preset: I usually adjust the softness and aspect first, using the on-screen widget. I preferred the shape below:After that, scale up the mask using the widget. I wanted the edge of the feather just outside of the image area:Before you make any color color adjustments, you need to set the matte to “outside” the mask:Now just adjust the color settings to taste:last_img read more

  • 7 days agoBent says Chelsea winger Hudson-Odoi must go to Euros

    first_imgBent says Chelsea winger Hudson-Odoi must go to Eurosby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer England striker Darren Bent says Callum Hudson-Odoi must be included in Gareth Southgate’s Euro2020 squad.The 18-year-old scored twice for England U21s in the 5-1 win over Austria this week.And Bent wants to see the talented Chelsea winger called up to the senior team.He told TalkSPORT: “He wasn’t getting enough game time in the Premier League, even though he was outstanding in the Europa [League] last season.”If he’s fully fit, he’s got to be on that plane to the [European] Championships next summer because he’s got a large amount of time now to get back to full fitness.”He’s one of these rare players in this country we’ve got who can go past people at speed.”For me, once he’s back fully fit, that is going to be a big, big boost to Chelsea Football Club and England as well.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

  • Nick Giambruno here filling in for Dan Steinhart

    first_imgNick Giambruno here, filling in for Dan Steinhart. Some of you may know me as the editor of Doug Casey’s International Man.Getting right into it, today we have an exclusive, thought-provoking piece that will likely challenge some of your deepest-held assumptions on a topic of much debate: money printing and inflation.Before I poke this hornet’s nest, however, let me first reveal why I am doing this. I believe – as do all of us at Casey Research – that it is critically important to listen to well-reasoned arguments that may not conform to one’s beliefs. Doing so serves as a sort of “sanity check,” helping one to reassess and maybe adjust one’s ideas. It helps us form stronger opinions and arguments. And most important, it helps us make better investment decisions.After all, you can’t be sure your long-held convictions are still valid unless you regularly challenge them.One such deeply held assumption that is shared by many Casey Researchers (including myself) and readers is that the massive creation of new currency units by the Fed will eventually cause significant price inflation.Perhaps there is nobody better to challenge that assumption than Dr. Lacy Hunt, someone you would normally be more comfortable agreeing with.In case you are not familiar with Dr. Hunt, he is an author and internationally known economist who has previously worked as a senior economist for the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. His work has appeared in Barron’s, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times, among other publications; and he is often a favorite speaker at Casey Research conferences.Speaking of Casey conferences, you won’t want to miss his appearance, along with Dr. Ron Paul and many other exciting speakers, at the upcoming Casey Summit in Tucson, Arizona from October 4-6. Get all the details and register today.To set the stage for the article that Dr. Hunt has written for us, I would highly suggest you first read Hoisington’s Quarterly Review and Outlook for the first quarter of 2013 to get a more comprehensive understanding of his arguments. You will also get some background and down-to-earth explanations of some of the must-know terms (M2, the monetary base, the money multiplier, velocity, etc.), which are necessary to be able to better understand the debate around the Fed and inflation.The piece took me by surprise with this opening quote:“The Federal Reserve is printing money.” No statement could be less truthful. The Federal Reserve (Fed) is not, and has not been, “printing money.”What?!That statement, coming from a very smart guy like Dr. Hunt, took me by surprise and intrigued me to see how he logically came to his conclusions.He goes on to explain, using data to back up his argument, why he thinks it is a broad misconception that the Fed is “printing money” and that the Fed doesn’t really have control over growth in the money supply.There is no disagreement that the Fed controls the monetary base, though it is important to distinguish the difference between the “monetary base” and the “money supply.”The monetary base increases when the Fed buys government securities (like in the various QE programs). This process creates currency units in the form of bank reserves that have the potential to be loaned out. However, this does not translate into an increase in the money supply until these new bank reserves are actually loaned out.One of the main points of this debate centers on whether or not the Fed controls the money supply.Dr. Hunt’s camp would claim that the Fed does not control the money supply, but rather banks and their customers control it since their actions are the ones that determine whether the new bank reserves created by the Fed get loaned out and added to the money supply.Others would argue that the Fed does indeed control the money supply. They point to the fact that since the beginning of the financial crisis, the Fed has taken steps to pay relatively higher interest on the reserves that commercial banks keep on deposit with the Fed. Remember, it is these reserves that are created when the Fed buys government securities, but which don’t become part of the money supply until they are loaned out by the banks. By paying the banks a relatively high interest rate on these reserves, it is argued that the Fed is in fact controlling the money supply. This is because the Fed is providing an incentive to the banks (by offering them relatively high interest rates) to keep this cash on reserve and not loan it out – because if loaned out, it would cause an increase in the money supply.Both sides have merit and present logical cases.It is likely that many readers (like myself) will find their deeply held views on the Fed and inflation challenged by Dr. Hunt’s well-reasoned arguments. With that, I will turn you over to Lacy.Hope you enjoy the article. Dan will be back next week!Nick GiambrunoEditor, International Manlast_img read more

  • Dear Reader Bottom fishing is one of my favorit

    first_imgDear Reader, Bottom fishing is one of my favorite things to do. I’m not talking scuba diving, but picking stocks in great companies when no one else is buying and prices are way down near the bottom. But note the word “near”—no one can time market tops and bottoms reliably, not even Casey or Buffett. “Everyone knows” this is so, so there’s no need to belabor the point, but Jeff Clark has a look at the situation from a different angle in his brief but important article below, making a solid case for why waiting for a bottom-fishing opportunity for buying gold would be a mistake. It will only take a moment to read but is well worth the effort, especially with the disappointment over the failed Swiss gold referendum potentially bringing great buying opportunities this week. Sincerely, Copper 3.00 3.09 3.20 One Month Ago Oil 66.15 81.42 92.30 TSX Venture 741.87 788.02 926.67 Louis James Senior Metals Investment Strategist Casey Research Silver 15.46 17.23 19.63 Gold (SGE) 1,192.32 1,230.30 1,261.16 One Year Ago Silver Stocks (SIL) 9.14 10.11 11.27 Gold Producers (GDX) 18.33 20.53 21.81 Gold Junior Stocks (GDXJ) 25.15 30.82 31.40 Gold 1,167.10 1,229.40 1,237.90 TSX (Toronto Stock Exchange) 14,744.70 14,624.25 13,370.83 Rock & Stock Stats Lastlast_img read more