Reporters Without Borders prevented from visiting N’Djaména

first_img The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa ChadAfrica Reporters Without Borders is dismayed that stalling by the Chadian authorities has prevented it from visiting N’Djaména.The head of RWB’s Africa Desk was to have begun a six-day trip to Chad today to meet with Chadian media personnel, visit three imprisoned journalists – Eric Topona, Moussaye Avenir de la Tchiré and Jean Laokolé – and be received by several officials. But spurious grounds were found for not granting his visa request. “We just wanted to visit Chad with the best of intentions,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We do not know the government’s motives and we can only regret its failure to give us a visa, which prevents us from showing our support for the imprisoned journalists.”“It also prevents us from having talks with government officials, which we had hoped could be constructive, and from investigating the reasons for the detention of these three journalists. And more generally, it prevents us from discussing the current state of freedom of information in Chad with all those concerned and with politicians, including ministers, who had agreed in principle to a meeting.”The three journalists were all arrested in an arbitrary manner. Laokolé, a writer and blogger was arrested first, on 22 March. His arrest was followed six weeks later by those of Topona on 6 May and De La Tchiré on 7 May. Several opposition parliamentarians were arrested at the same time, amid claims by the government that it had foiled a conspiracy. It seems that, as far as Topona and Laokolé are concerned, the authorities objected to their contacts with the Chadian exile blogger Makaila Nguebla (http://makaila.over-blog.com/).The general secretary of the Union of Chadian Journalists (UJT) and a former employee of Chad’s national radio broadcaster, Topona is charged with “attacking constitutional order.” He has been suffering from malaria for several days. De La Tchiré, who is managing editor of the newspaper Abba Garde and UJT treasurer, is charged with “inciting hatred and a popular uprising.” Requests for their provisional release have been filed by their lawyers, but neither request has been granted.More information News June 20, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders prevented from visiting N’Djaména RSF_en November 27, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information Many historic publications threatened with closure in Chad December 1, 2020 Find out more Newscenter_img October 7, 2020 Find out more Chadian radio stations on strike in protest against violent raid Reports Follow the news on Chad Organisation to go further ChadAfrica Receive email alerts Newslast_img read more

How soon could Curry return? Surgery might make little difference

first_imgCurry suffered the injury in the third quarter Wednesday night at the Chase Center when he attempted to make a layup but fell to the court.“It was just a random basketball play,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said after the game. “So stuff happens.”The injury comes at a time the Warriors already do not have guard Klay Thompson (torn anterior cruciate ligament) or center Kevon Looney (a neuropathic condition).None of the physicians interviewed by this news organization Thursday had first-hand knowledge of Curry’s condition. They discussed hand injuries in general.Dr. Nirav Pandya, an associate professor of orthopaedic surgery at UC San Francisco, said physicians use advanced imaging, such as a CT scan, to make sure the fracture does not go into a joint.“It is the one thing that could complicate things,” Pandya said. “If the break does go into the joints that increases the risk of stiffness and can push you into surgery.”A CT scan gives physicians a three-dimensional look at an injury whereas an X-ray is two dimensional, Carlson said.Richards said surgery often is required when the metacarpal bone is moved far out of place or turned where the fingers are crooked. Physicians said surgery could include using pins, a screw along the bone or a plate and screws on top of the bone to stabilize it.The physicians added that patients do not have many options to heal faster from a broken bone in the hand. Carlson said her medical group sometimes treats athletes with a pulsed ultrasound device that promotes regeneration to help speed up recovery.“If you can cut a couple of days out it can be helpful,” she said.Physicians said broken metacarpals generally do not lead to long-term issues. They also said it is doubtful Curry would cause more damage during his rehabilitation.“The tough thing is going to make sure he is not stiff and he has confidence in hand,” Pandya said. “It is a little easier for a center or power forward to come back because they don’t need that fine motor skill with that hand.”He added, “For someone like Steph, it’s not whether the bone heals but making sure he can get that mobility and finesse back to his hand fairly quickly.”Carlson said common treatment generally involves keeping the injured hand elevated to avoid swelling and to begin motion therapy soon after surgery. If surgery is not required, physicians said, the hand needs rest in a cast or splint for up to a month.Motions exercises include working to straighten the fingers out and making a full fist.“It gets the tendons gliding over the broken bone so they don’t stick to it,” Carlson said.Dr. Sanjeev Kakar, a Mayo Clinic orthopedic surgeon who has treated professional basketball players with hand injuries, said it also is important to keep the rest of the body in top shape when recovering.“When it comes to going back to sport, more than being physically and mentally ready, you have to ensure you are game ready,” he said. Team officials said Thursday that the CT scan would help in making a decision of whether Curry needs to have surgery for the injury he suffered Wednesday night, when the Phoenix Suns’ Aron Baynes, a 6-foot-10, 260-pound center, accidentally fell on him.Warriors officials have not publicly stated what Curry’s injury might be but said that they hope to have a timetable for treatment by Friday afternoon. ESPN reported that Curry broke the second metacarpal bone connecting to the index finger of his left hand. Curry is right-handed.“In the non-shooting hand he’d be able to return six to eight weeks at the worst-case scenario,” said Richards, a clinical assistant professor at UC San Francisco.“In general, the index metacarpal is a good bone to break if you have to break one,” added Dr. Michelle G. Carlson, a sports-related hand and upper extremity surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. “It is a little easier to come back from than the other metacarpals.”She said it is easier to get motion back in an index finger because the tendons do not run on top of the bone like other metacarpals bones. SAN FRANCISCO — If Stephen Curry had surgery to fix a fracture on his left hand, he would not return to the court any faster, medical specialists said Thursday.The Golden Warriors all-star point guard had a CT scan on Thursday to help physicians get a clear picture of the severity of the injury.“Surgery would not necessarily get him back quicker,” said Dr. Joshua Richards, a hand specialist at Webster Orthopedics in the East Bay. “It would be to realign the bone in a better position.”Physicians said Curry, 31, a two-time NBA most valuable player, should be sidelined no more than two months, with the possibility that he could return to play after four weeks.last_img read more

Wednesday at 49ers HQ: Quinn on Shanahan’s Super Bowl; Jones to IR?

first_img“There’s always criticism after the … (CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)SANTA CLARA — Kyle Shanahan coaches next against the team he sabotaged from a Super Bowl victory.Oh, perhaps that is a bit strong.Indeed it is, as testified by Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn. Shanahan was the Falcons offensive coordinator when the 2016 Falcons infamously blew a 28-3 lead and lost to the New England Patriots 34-28 in overtime of Super Bowl LI.last_img

Stellar Dust Disks Crumble

first_imgObservations show stellar dust disks fragmenting into smaller dust, not growing into planets.Celestial archaeology:  A triumphant sounding article on PhysOrg announces, “Scientists solve riddle of celestial archaeology.”  Further down in the text, the reader finds out that the “building blocks” around certain white dwarf stars are crumbling, not growing: “the researchers have discovered that many of the stars show signs of contamination by rocky material, the left overs from a planetary system.”  If there ever were planets, in other words, only their leftovers remain.Destruction in Beta Pictoris:  A couple of decades ago, astronomers were all excited about Beta Pictoris, a star with one of the first dust disks ever seen.  They were sure the dust was clumping into planets, especially when a tilt in the disk hinted at the presence of a perturbing planet.  Now, a paper in Science Magazine is all about destruction, not construction: “Molecular Gas Clumps from the Destruction of Icy Bodies in the β Pictoris Debris Disk.”   Researchers had this to say about an asymmetric clump of carbon monoxide found in the disk: “This gas clump delineates a region of enhanced collisions, either from a mean motion resonance with an unseen giant planet or from the remnants of a collision of Mars-mass planets.”  The paper says nothing about accretion, but rather a “collisional cascade” of debris, perhaps something like that in the blockbuster movie Gravity.  “The CO and compact clump in the β Pic disk indicate that this system is undergoing a period of intense activity driven by planets or planet collisions.”The debris in low earth orbit in Gravity was not growing into a space station.  Why should we expect circling debris around a star to grow a habitable planet?(Visited 25 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

11 days ago​Eriksson swayed Abramovich to buy Chelsea over Spurs: I thought he was the driver!

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Eriksson swayed Abramovich to buy Chelsea over Spurs: I thought he was the driver!by Freddie Taylor11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson had a role to play in Roman Abramovich buying Chelsea.The Russian billionaire was famously searching for a football club to purchase in the early 2000s.When he spoke with Swedish coach Eriksson about a club that would be suitable for his needs, he was advised to go with Chelsea over Tottenham.The Blues have enjoyed one of the most successful periods in their history under Abramovich.Recalling their conversation, Eriksson told The Times: “We met at Les Ambassadeurs [a casino and club in London].”There were three men standing there. One is properly dressed, the other is so-so and the third, I thought he was the driver. Of course that was Roman.”He wanted to buy a club in Moscow so we went to Moscow for three days. We saw all the clubs and I said buy Dinamo. They had the best facilities.”I went on holiday and his right-hand man phoned. Roman changed his mind. He wants to buy a club in London.”Tottenham or Chelsea? I said, ‘What does he want to do?’ He said he wants to win.”I said, ‘So buy Chelsea. You have to change half the team. Tottenham you have to change the whole team.'” last_img read more

4 days agoMan Utd warned against signing Leicester ace James Maddison

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd warned against signing Leicester ace James Maddisonby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have been urged to avoid signing Leicester City ace James Maddison.That’s on the advice of former United midfielder Kleberson.”I don’t think it would be great for Maddison to join United,” the World Cup winner told US-Bookies.com.”They [Leicester] have had a good start to the season but when you do a big jump from a smaller club to United, it is mentally tough for these players.”They have to be able to learn to adapt to play at a big club. It will be interesting to see if they can, but I don’t know if he will be a good enough signing for United.” last_img read more

3 days agoMan City keeper Zack Steffen delighted with first Fortuna Dusseldorf clean sheet

first_imgTagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City keeper Zack Steffen delighted with first Fortuna Dusseldorf clean sheetby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveZack Steffen was delighted with a first clean sheet for Fortuna Dusseldorf on the weekend.On-loan from Manchester City, Steffen has been superb for Fortuna this season – but hadn’t managed a clean sheet.That is until the weekend’s 1-0 win over Mainz.Steffen said, “Sometimes I like that when I have nothing to do. I’ll take that with me. I’m just totally happy and overjoyed that I finally did not concede a goal. That’s really good for me. “This is the credit of our defence. The guys did a great job. We finally showed that we can defend our goal when we totally concentrate for 90 minutes.” last_img read more

Video: Philip Rivers Gave A Passionate Speech To NC State’s Players

first_imgPhilip Rivers talks to Geno Smith before a game.CARSON, CA – SEPTEMBER 09: Philip Rivers #17 and Geno Smith #3 of the Los Angeles Chargers warm up before the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at StubHub Center on September 9, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Before Philip Rivers was a star NFL quarterback, he tore it up for the NC State Wolfpack, throwing for over 13,000 yards and 95 touchdowns. This past weekend, he was on-campus at his alma mater to help the program’s current squad prepare for the 2016 season.Rivers, in the video below, gives a passionate speech to the team, telling the players to do everything in their life “hard.” He also expressed a desire to get on the field with them right then and there. Enjoy, NC State fans:last_img

BMO launches AIpowered chatbots on Facebook Twitter as mobile banking rises

first_imgTORONTO – The Bank of Montreal is taking a first step towards artificial-intelligence powered customer service by launching chatbots that can field questions via Facebook Messenger and Twitter.The deployment of such technology is the latest move by a Canadian bank to beef up its digital capabilities as customers increasingly conduct their banking on mobile phones and computers, rather than over the phone or in a brick-and-mortar branch.BMO developed the Facebook chatbot in partnership with Vancouver-based Finn.ai and the Twitter one with Toronto-based Massively.They will only answer customer questions such as how to view their account balances or transfer money, not perform transactions, such as paying a bill, themselves, even though chatbots have the capability and some financial institutions are adopting it already.BMO is exploring adding further functions to the virtual robots’ repertoire, but is treading slowly to ensure customers’ personal information discussed on platforms outside of their own digital properties is secure, said Brett Pitts, BMO’s chief digital officer.“We’re not starting in a place where people are entering personal information, or making payments or balances or any of those type of things… We have to be very thoughtful about those elements before we are comfortable rolling out the next generation of features,” Pitts said in an interview.The chatbots have been fed with the top customer questions received at BMO’s call centre and their websites. Both chatbots will learn over time, but customers will also have the option to talk to a live customer service representative on Facebook and Twitter during business hours, he added.Other Canadian banks have either been testing or rolling out chatbots on Facebook and Twitter as well. In October last year, Calgary-based ATB Financial launched a virtual banking assistant in conjunction with Finn.ai that allows users to do transactions such as paying bills via Facebook Messenger. Also in October, Toronto-Dominion Bank announced an agreement with Kasisto to integrate its AI-powered interactive chat interface into the lender’s mobile app.TD and BMO are also among the financial institutions that have developed a voice app, called a skill, that allow customers to ask questions via Amazon’s voice-activated assistant, Alexa.These technologies can help these financial institutions both save costs and address higher volumes of customer requests.The Big Five Canadian lenders have been in a technological arms race in recent years and have been ramping up investment and spending to stay ahead of the curve.Last year, BMO increased its technology spending by 13 per cent, and expects that expenditure to grow in the double digits moving forward, its chief executive Darryl White told an industry conference in January.Meanwhile, the physical footprint of Canada’s five largest lenders is shrinking, as they close or remove more branches than they are opening.In the 2017 fiscal year, these banks collectively opened or relocated 39 and 29 branches, respectively, but closed 170 brick-and-mortar locations, according to their public accountability statements. BMO closed 19 branches, but opened three and relocated nine in the 12 months ended Oct. 31, 2017.Its a reflection of changing banking patterns among Canadian consumers. A 2016 survey commissioned by the Canadian Bankers Association shows that 51 per cent say online or internet banking was their primary method, up from 47 per cent in 2012. Mobile banking was the route of choice for 17 per cent of those surveyed, up from five per cent four years earlier. ATMs and tellers were falling out of favour, at 16 per cent and 12 per cent respectively, compared to 26 per cent and 17 per cent in 2012.BMO will be investing in its traditional digital platforms, but will be looking at different ways to interact with customers, particularly in conversational interfaces, said Pitts.“Clearly, there are a number of indications that we are going to be thinking more flexibly about digital distribution.”last_img read more

CODE RED is seeking Donations

first_imgWhole Wheat and HoneyInvestors Group Wealth ManagementA link to the FB Page CLICK HEREA link to the FB Event Page CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – CODE RED is a week-long feminine hygiene drive from December 17th – 21st, 2018CODE RED is a Campaign that is collecting feminine hygiene products for those in need, these items are often overlooked and are essential for a woman, for one week, once a month.Creator of the campaign Jessica Telizyn is a resident of FSJ who is currently enrolled in University in another Province and was inspired by a ‘Period Club’ at her school, she recognized there is a real need for this type of help in any community. All collected feminine hygiene products are broken into period-packs that will be donated to the Fort St John Women’s Resource Society. The campaign will help women to have access to the tampons or pads they need to get them through the month when in some cases they could be going without feminine hygiene products altogether.Donating can be newly purchased boxes as well as open boxes of pads or tampons that you may have as these items are individually wrapped and are ok to donate. The last day of the drive these packages will be separated to create period-packs, customized bags including the supplies needed to help that individual woman get through her menstrual cycle.Although this drive is focused on feminine sanitary protection, other toiletries will be accepted such as shampoo and body wash.Drop off locations:Comfort & JoyTaylor District Ice Center Concessionlast_img read more