South Sudanese journalists were Friday observing a 24-hour work stoppage to protest the killing of a colleague three days earlier. Moi Peter Julius, who worked for Corporate Newspaper, was shot dead on Wednesday by an unidentified gunman in the capital, Juba.“Such crimes against journalists, against the freedom of expression, against the public, should be prevented by the authorities, brought to book and victims compensated,” said Edward Terso, chairman of the Union of Journalists of South Sudan.State media were not expected to join the work stoppage, which had been declared by the union, related associations and media groups. Julius was killed four days after President Salva Kiir dismissed journalists’ complaints about a lack of press freedom and threatened to kill those reporting “against the country.”“If anybody among [journalists] does not know that this country has killed people, we will demonstrate it one day, one time,” Kiir said on Sunday on leaving for peace talks in Addis Ababa.The 20-month military conflict between Kiir and his political rival Riek Machar has killed tens of thousands of people and displaced about 2 million in the country of 12 million.Local journalists said Kiir might have been reacting to media criticism of the protracted peace negotiations and for alleging corruption in the government.The killing of Julius was condemned by the Foreign Correspondents’ Association of East Africa and by the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).It was not known if the killing was related to something Julius had written. CPJ has tied the killings of at least five journalists in South Sudan to their work.
Share 25 Views no discussions Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Share LifestyleTravel Report on REDjet expected by weekend, says Guyana minister by: – March 21, 2012 GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) — The Ministry of Tourism has been in dialogue since last Friday with REDjet to ensure that Guyana is abreast of the developments taking place within the airline.Minister of Tourism (ag) Irfaan Ali said on Monday that his ministry will ensure that all Guyanese passengers especially, are taken care of and not left stranded.The Barbados-based airline announced late on Friday that it was suspending all flights from Saturday until further notice. After 10 months in the air, the move is a bid to protect its long-term interests, the company said. Ali said, “The situation is expected to unfold itself later this week where REDjet is in its process of reorganising. They told us that we will have the official report from the CEO on what their position is and where REDjet’s future lies.” The report is expected hopefully by the end of this week. REDjet’s director Robbie Burns stated that the airline has outlined a three-week process for travellers to get refunds and urged them to check the company’s website and call centre for updates. He added that passengers booked on any REDjet flight from March 17 should contact the call centre or check the website for information about their flight 24 hours prior to departure.No specific reasons for the shutdown were given by the privately-owned airline, but suggestions were made of state assistance to continue operations and “subsidised” competitors were blamed for its troubles. Incorporated in Barbados, REDjet took to the air with a regularly scheduled service between Barbados and Guyana in May 2011, and a service to St Lucia was introduced in February 2012, with flights to St Maarten scheduled to begin in May. There are also flights to Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica. Caribbean News Now
I am sure people wonder how you get a horse into the Kentucky Derby. In most races during the year, you simply pay a fee and if there is an opening your horse can run in that race if it meets that races qualifications. (Example: 2-year old maiden) As far at the Kentucky Derby is concerned, you qualify by earning points in races that begin in the previous fall. In these races, points are awarded on a 10-4-2-1 basis. This is 10 points for first place, etc. After the first of the year, the races that are then designated as pre-Derby races earn a much higher point total. Many of these races can earn you as many as 100 points.Some of the big races in the spring include the Santa Anita Derby and the Arkansas Derby. If you reach the top 20 in the point standings, you are eligible. You then must pay a $25,000 entrance fee by May 1. The owner then must decide if his horse is able to run. If not, horses outside of the top 20 can get into the race.I hope you have your money down unless you are able to go to the race tomorrow or find yourself at a track which allows off-track betting. I was going to bet on Omaha Beach, but now it is back to the drawing board! Good luck to all of you who are wagering on the Derby!
Batesville traveled to Franklin County to play their C team on Monday Night.We lost in two games with score ending in 25-14 and 25-16.We played our last season game is a bit off base with one another. It is a tough way to end a season but the girls are learning and that’s what matters.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Erin Trenkamp.
Rory McIlroy believes his share of eighth place in the US PGA Championship marked a “very big” step in the right direction in a disappointing season by his high standards. McIlroy’s hopes of successfully defending his title effectively disappeared with a triple-bogey seven on the fifth, but the former world number one battled back to record a closing 70 at Oak Hill. The 24-year-old has still posted just one top-three finish this season compared to five wins around the world in 2012, but was pleased with his performance after making four birdies in six holes towards the end of his second round to simply make the cut. “I played the best golf of the week today,” said McIlroy, who finished three under par, seven behind champion Jason Dufner. “I hit some really good drives and really good iron shots. Didn’t quite putt as well as I did the first three days, but really, really happy with my game going into the next few weeks. “It’s a very big step in the right direction. I saw a lot of great signs out there today. Hopefully I can just bring that through to the next few weeks and have a strong finish to the season. “I made a big number on five (although) I hit a good shot, exactly what I wanted to do with it. It just pitched in the exact wrong place. Everything else feels pretty good.” McIlroy finished one shot ahead of fellow Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell, who closed with a 66, and Scotland’s Marc Warren, who recovered from an opening 74 with rounds of 67, 68 and 69. That gave the 32-year-old from Glasgow a share of 12th – easily his best finish in a major – and he said: “I’m very delighted. I didn’t play great on Thursday but to finish in a major, especially the PGA, with three rounds in the 60s is very pleasing. “I felt really comfortable and confident over everything I was doing. The last few days felt very stress-free which is unusual on a golf course as tough as this. “It’s just another kind of step in the right direction I suppose, a decent finish in the majors which is something I had not done before, so it’s nice to tick it off. “I’ve played the Open, the US Open and the PGA, so the Masters is the only one missing for the ‘Warren Slam’.” David Lynn, runner-up to McIlroy last year, finished as the highest-placed Englishman again in a tie for 22nd on level par, with Lee Westwood and Paul Casey on three over. Westwood had been tied with McIlroy on three under but struggled to a closing 76 and has now played 63 majors without a victory. Press Association
USC’s recycling efforts could still be improved, but as students who toured USC’s waste management facility Tuesday found out, more than half of USC’s waste is ultimately diverted from landfills.USC waste management and the Undergraduate Student Government led a tour Tuesday of the Athens Services Material Recovery Facility, which handles USC’s waste. The tour was intended to give students deeper insight into how recycling works at USC.“Most people don’t know about recycling at USC,” said John Baldo, USG director of university affairs. “There’s this huge perception [that] we don’t recycle.”According to Eric Johnson of USC waste management, USC collected a total of 7,695 tons of waste in 2009. Of that waste, 3,899 of those tons were recycled, giving the school a diversion rate of 51 percent.Everything put into USC’s trash and recycling bins goes to either the Athens Services facility in the City of Industry, Calif., or to a recycling plant closer to USC, said Mario Gutierrez, vice president of operations at Athens Services, who headed the tour.At the facility, waste is generally sorted into a processing pile and a transfer pile at the beginning of each process. The processing pile is sorted for recyclables while the transfer pile goes straight to a landfill.“Some loads aren’t worth processing,” Gutierrez said. “We see if it’s what we call ‘fluffy’ or ‘not fluffy’ — ‘fluffy’ being the good, recyclable material. I have to be really selective about the material process.”Gutierrez said the facility does as much as it can to divert trash from landfills. It takes trash from all over the San Gabriel Valley, and about 25 percent of the waste gets diverted from landfills.Sorters at the facility divide wood, metal, paper and plastic into specific areas, where they are sorted further for processing.Some material is then baled together and sent overseas. China, for example, pays the facility to export paper and plastics. Textiles are burned at a special facility to produce electricity, and food waste is sent to a composting facility in Victorville, Calif.Though USC’s diversion rate is 51 percent, there are ways to improve it, Baldo said.“If we sort trash [before it goes to the facility], we can get above that 50 percent,” Baldo said.USC currently uses a two-bin system. Everything placed in bins designated for recycling actually goes to a separate recycling plant closer to USC, while all of the waste that gets placed in normal trash bins goes to the Athens plant to be sorted.“Separate your recycling,” Gutierrez said. “Whatever we take to the other recycling center — the university gets all of that material back. That’s where you’re going to get more bang for your buck.”Johnson said it is important for students to feel responsible for and excited about recycling efforts.“Students need to know what is recyclable and where they can throw it,” Johnson said in an e-mail. “It seems easy, but many of us throw away something that can be recycled in a trash container because it is more convenient.”Students on the tour said they were glad to see that USC is working to be sustainable.“I’m pleased that USC actually goes through their garbage,” said Brandie Gordon, a senior majoring in political science who went on the tour. “I didn’t know how important it was to sort trash and that food waste could ruin recyclables.”Baldo said he thought, overall, the tour went well.“We want to show students what’s going on with trash — how we do things and how we can do it better, and thinking about how it can improve,” Baldo said.Most of all, the tour quelled concerns that USC doesn’t recycle.“Students have a lot of concerns, but if it gets into USC bins, it will be processed,” Gutierrez said.
Published on February 28, 2013 at 1:25 am Contact Bryan: email@example.com The Orange is not usually known for scoring pretty goals, but its poised offensive attack was on display in the team’s regular-season finale.Shiann Darkangelo scored on the power play and seniors Holly Carrie-Mattimoe and Jacquie Greco scored for the Orange as Syracuse (19-14-1, 13-6-1 College Hockey America) cruised to a 4-1 victory over Lindenwood (7-24-3, 7-10-3) on Wednesday night.While the Orange offense was clicking across the board, it was the pressure it put on Lindenwood that created its scoring chances.“I thought our 2-3 forecheck worked really well and showed on the scoreboard,” Greco said. “We had a lot more chances and buried those chances.”In Tuesday’s game, head coach Paul Flanagan felt that when his team was passing the puck back to its blue line, the pairing was too close together. When the defensemen shot the puck, it would just get jammed into someone’s pads.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut on Wednesday, the Syracuse defensemen did a better job spreading out so the Lindenwood forwards had trouble packing it in near the middle of the zone.On SU’s third power play of the night in the second period, the team capitalized on tic-tac-toe passing – starting from the blue line.Cara Johnson held the puck on the boards and fed Brittney Krebs at the point. Krebs then fired a pass down to Carrie-Mattimoe in the near corner. The senior captain then quickly slid the puck to the slot where Darkangelo redirected it into the net past goaltender Nicole Hensley’s low blocker side.“I am in the middle on the power play and we were just trying to move it around the top so I could open up,” Darkangelo said. “The goalie ended up going right and I redirected the puck left.”Darkangelo’s goal gave the Orange a 2-1 lead, and ended up being the game-winning goal. But SU wasn’t satisfied with just a one-goal lead.After losing the previous night’s contest by one goal, the Orange was determined to avoid another close, late-game battle.At 6:17 in the third period, Margot Scharfe lined up for a faceoff to the right of Hensley. She cleanly won the draw back to Greco. With no hesitation, Greco skated to the right and fired a wrist shot. The puck traveled through several players and ultimately went untouched into the back of the net.“That was a low shot that kind of had eyes,” said Flanagan. “It just found its way in.”In the locker room, Darkangelo told Carrie-Mattimoe she was going to set her up for a goal in her final home game.Nearly nine minutes later, Darkangelo did just that as Syracuse’s offense struck again.After receiving a pass in the neutral zone from Darkangelo, Carrie-Mattimoe skated into the zone and fired a wrist shot from the left side over Hensley’s glove and into the net.Although this was her 39th career goal, this one was different.“I just wanted to get it on net and luckily, somehow it was a snipe,” Carrie-Mattimoe said. “I don’t usually do that but I guess a little luck was on my side tonight.”While Flanagan hopes his team will keep the goals coming when it takes on either RIT or Penn State in the upcoming CHA playoff semifinals, he is proud of the way his team ended the regular season.“You couldn’t have scripted it any better,” Flanagan said. “For (Greco and Carrie-Mattimoe), to be able to start a game and play a big part in the victory – it’s pretty nice.” Comments Related Stories Carrie-Mattimoe, Greco score in Senior Night victory over Lindenwood Facebook Twitter Google+
“I was 16 when he stole from me. Stole my virginity, my dignity and my self-esteem. I want it back!”This short but powerful saying is written on a life-size black silhouette cutout of a person in the lobby of the Arts & Humanities Residential College at Parkside.Remembrance · Sisters Kelly Whitis (left), Summer Harlow and Amanda Whitis co-founded Linda’s Voice in memory of their mother, who was killed by their stepfather in an act of domestic violence. – Joseph Chen | Daily TrojanBut this cutout is not alone. Along with many other silhouettes around campus, this simple shape helps represent Domestic Violence Awareness Week, a weeklong series of programs sponsored by the Center for Women and Men that ends Friday.Sheetal Chib, the center’s program coordinator, said the center felt it would be beneficial to “educate and bring awareness [of domestic violence] to the USC community.”Though a national Domestic Violence Month has existed since 1987, the Domestic Violence Awareness Week at USC is only in its fourth year.Still, over four years, more than just the programming during the week has changed. The biggest transformation, according to Chib, has taken place in student involvement.She said that in the first year the program existed, the center was the force behind the events, but now there are student organizations wishing to co-sponsor events.On Wednesday, the Latina-oriented sorority Omega Phi Beta co-sponsored the “Purple Ribbon Campaign.”Supporters of the campaign, including members of Omega Phi Beta, handed out purple ribbons, which represent domestic violence awareness.Omega Phi Beta’s part coincides with its national philanthropy: Raising Awareness of Violence Against Women.Since Oct. 17, the sorority has also hosted a Facebook group called “These Hands Don’t Hurt,” which encourages students to post pictures of their hands with positive messages raising awareness against domestic violence, Omega Phi Beta President Nancy Talamantes said.“This is our sorority’s cause,” Talamantes said. “And it’s a cause I personally hold close to my heart.”According to Chib, handing out ribbons and spreading awareness on campus are ways members of the USC community can “show their support for survivors as an ally, friend or family member.”Another sorority participating heavily in the week, Alpha Chi Omega, organized and held a candlelight vigil Thursday night.The ceremony, which Chib said is one of the biggest events during the week, presents speakers from all different fields who have connections to domestic violence.Alpha Chi Omega’s philanthropy is Domestic Violence Awareness which, according to Vice President of Philanthropy Christina Welch, directly ties into the sorority’s involvement in Domestic Violence Awareness week.According to Welch, the money is raised for the Good Shepherd Center for Homeless Women and Children — a center dedicated to helping women and their children who have been victims of domestic abuse better their lives.The sorority is also involved with Linda’s Voice, a program developed to stop domestic abuse. Created by three girls whose mother was murdered by their step father, the group’s mission is to help women find the strength to leave abusive relationships and lead productive and fulfilling lives.At the vigil, a speaker from the Good Shepherd Center talked about the shelter and representatives of Linda’s Voice talked about their story and how it is used to empower people.Though they’ve been planning the event since September, Alpha Chi Omega’s dedication to spreading awareness of domestic violence has gone on much longer. According to Welch, domestic violence “may not be talked about as much as other issues.”Welch said Alpha Chi Omega’s goal is to inform students about on-campus resources for victims of domestic violence, a sentiment that Chib agrees with.“We’re highlighting to the greater community that it’s an issue we feel is important and needs to be stopped from happening in our community,” Chib said.Other members of the sorority said that though they were previously unaware of the extent of domestic violence, their philanthropy has helped them learn how important it is to prevent.“Every year we have speakers come to our candlelight vigil because people don’t know how domestic violence can affect people. Sometimes it is physical, sometimes it is verbal,” said Shea Horn, a senior majoring in business administration. “It helps people to know what to do if they or one of their friends is experiencing abuse.”For Chib, the biggest value of this program is seeing the response from victims of domestic violence.“Often [domestic violence victims] feel ashamed and isolated and alone in their experience and unable to seek out help,” she said. “This brings broader awareness in the community and makes survivors feel not alone.”According to Todd Henneman, the assistant director of the Center for Women and Men, this program is part of a national initiative to remember those injured or killed in acts of domestic violence.In fact, Henneman said that’s what the silhouettes, featuring personal stories contributed anonymously by survivors of domestic violence, statistics about domestic violence or quotations by famous Americans denouncing domestic violence, are meant to represent.“We know that our Trojan Family includes survivors of domestic violence, and we hope that these silhouettes provide a gentle reminder to them that they are not alone,” Henneman said.An additional aspect of this program is helping people have a “fun and safe and healthy experience here during their time as students,” Chib said.But the domestic violence awareness campaign does not end this week for the Center of Women and Men. In April, the organization will sponsor the Clothesline Project, which will display T-shirts in Alumni Park to memorialize survivors of domestic violence.Omega Phi Beta also has a weeklong event in March to raise awareness of violence against women.
A 24-hour Starbucks will replace Café 84 this fall, according to Erik Russell, associate director of residential dining at USC Hospitality. Along with this change, the new dining hall at USC Village will serve both residents at the complex and West Residential College.“One of the main things that students have been looking for is a study space, something that’s open 24 hours, that’s not a library,” Russell said.Russell said that side of campus was underserved with study spaces and that the new Starbucks will provide a space for students to do work and study. He also said that USC Hospitality is looking to add a food vendor along with the Starbucks at that location. However, the exact vendor has yet to be determined.Though the new dining hall will be closer to Fluor and Webb towers than either Everybody’s Kitchen or Parkside Restaurant and Grill, former Fluor Tower residential adviser Cindy Andrade said that having to walk off campus will be inconvenient for residents at West Residential College.“I think it is nice that [USC Village] will have its own dining hall, but Fluor and Webb residents did not have nearby dining halls on weekends [prior to this change] and now they have to go somewhere else everyday,” Andrade said. “I think it’s sad that they’re removing Café 84 from that area.”Despite the closure, the new dining hall at USC Village will be open on weekends unlike Café 84, Russell said. He added that it will accommodate roughly twice the amount of people as Café 84, and will feature an all plant-based dining station, which he said students had requested.“I think that kind of makes up for it a little bit because Café 84 wasn’t open on weekends so that was inconvenient because I had to go across campus,” former Fluor resident Karel Cobian said.Russell also added that thanks to the closure of Café 84, one of the dining halls will be able to stay open during spring break, which he said was one of the concerns students had during the year. In addition, Everybody’s Kitchen will be open an extra hour each day, closing at 11 p.m. for students living in that area.“We’ve been working with the Office of Residential Education, really trying to meet the students’ needs,” Russell said.Café 84 was originally built during the 1984 Olympics to serve as a dining option for athletes. The Café 84 space used to serve as a food court, but became a residential dining hall in 2013.USC Housing declined to comment.