Burkina FasoAfrica Time is pressing, 20 years after Burkinabe journalist’s murder Receive email alerts News February 23, 2016 – Updated on March 8, 2016 Council suspends investigative magazine for one month News Two Spanish journalists killed in eastern Burkina Faso RSF_en French reporter says he has been kidnapped in northeastern Mali Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is worried about the investigative bimonthly L’Evènement’s sudden suspension by Burkina Faso’s High Council for Communication (CSC). The magazine has been suspended for a month from 19 February for allegedly revealing “military secrets.”The sanction was imposed because an article in the magazine’s 10 February issue about an attack on a munitions depot in Yimdi by former members of the presidential guard was accompanied a map of the various munitions depots used by the army in the past and now no longer in use.When military prosecutors questioned L’Evènement director Germain Nama Bitiou and editor Newton Hamed Barry on 18 February, they appeared to be satisfied by Bitiou’s explanation that the article had simply aimed to show how the military managed its infrastructure, and that the former depots had no strategic value.The two journalists were very surprised when the CSC announced the paper’s suspension the next day without contacting them and without giving them any chance to present their arguments to the CSC’s members.“We condemn this measure, the way it was taken and the reasons given,” said Clea Kahn-Sriber, the head of RSF’s Africa Desk. “Known for incisive investigative reporting, L’Evènement is one the leading publications in a country whose media have distinguished themselves by the courage and seriousness of their reporting during the difficult events of the past two years. It would be a pity if the new government yielded to the temptation to censor so soon after the restoration of democracy.”Accusing the CSC of “ill will,” Bitiou said: “There is a dangerous shift in the CSC, which has gone from being a media regulator to ‘media judge.’ In its allegations, the CSC confuses many things or tries to use them clumsily to justify its decision.” Defending his magazine’s record and the criticized articles, he said: “I can understand that some people (…) may have been annoyed by this information but it is not wrong (…) What do people expect of journalists unless it is making sure their facts are right!”On 15 October 2015, a month after an abortive coup attempt, the CSC cited the national situation as grounds for calling on the media to “refrain from publishing or broadcasting strategic military or defence information or any other information that could endanger state security or compromise the actions of the defence and security forces in the field.”Bitiou added: “If what we very roughly put on a map (…) constitutes secrets then we need to be really worried about the failure to protect our secrets!”Two cases of armed unrest (in November 2014 and September 2015) were contained in Burkina Faso and were followed by a transition to democracy and elections recognised as legitimate. The country is ranked 46th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2015 World Press Freedom Index. to go further June 7, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News May 5, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Burkina Faso News Burkina FasoAfrica Organisation April 27, 2021 Find out more
Two more estate agents in the South of England have announced a move to a more ‘hub’ style of doing business within days of each other.The two companies are established Worthing sales and lettings company Michael Jones & Company and recently-launched Reigate firm Hound & Porter, both of which say their clients are less-and-less interested in being serviced by a local branch.Both companies are taking different approaches. Michael Jones & Company has a main ‘hub’ based within a traditional high street branch with offices above it and four satellite branches around West Sussex.The company recently snapped up three businesses in the county which have all been rebranded as Michael Jones & Company but which are all managed out of the main hub or its satellite offices.Its most recent acquisition is the purchase of local firm Easylet and its 300 managed properties.This follows the acquisition of Curtis & Son in May this year and Bacon and Co in September 2017.“We are actively looking for other acquisition opportunities in the area as it is an important part of the group’s expansion plans,” says Managing Director Michael Jones (top, left).Hound hubHound & Porter is a new business started up this month in Reigate, Surrey by former Cubitt & West Regional Director Chris Nathan with his wife Emily (top, right) and one other member of staff.The business has opted not to have a high street presence in Reigate and has instead set up a hub-style business suite which, the couple say, clients can use as a base when completing multiple local viewings or even somewhere to wait to get their keys on moving day.Michael Jones & Company Cubitt & West October 15, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Two more estate agencies embrace ‘hub’ approach to expand previous nextAgencies & PeopleTwo more estate agencies embrace ‘hub’ approach to expandEstate agencies based in Sussex and Surrey are expanding but not by opening new branches to cover geographical areas.Nigel Lewis15th October 201901,642 Views
As the Federal Communications Commission prepares to vote Thursday on a default call blocking proposal, CUNA’s concerns have been part of the media coverage of the proposal, and many of the hundreds of comments generated by CUNA’s action alert appear to have spurred the agency to provide a relief mechanism for legitimate callers.The FCC’s proposal would allow voice providers to block certain calls by default and consumers would have to specifically opt in to receive them. CUNA is concerned that the proposal will lead to blocking and mislabeling of calls, meaning credit union members cannot be contacted with important information.Credit union concerns were also specifically cited on Fox News Channel’s The Daily Briefing with Dana Perino Wednesday. Host and 2019 GAC Keynote speaker Perino interviewed FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on the ruling.During the interview, Pai said the ruling would contain a “safety valve” to allow to allow legitimate callers to file complaints with voice carriers over erroneously blocked calls. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
THE heavy downpour of rain the City folk experienced outdoors on Sunday was no different from the punches that rained inside the National Gymnasium that night when the curtain came down on the second edition of the Caribbean Schoolboys and Juniors boxing tournament.The three-night championships concluded with seven international fights, five of which were stopped inside the three-round distance while the two others saw one ending with a split decision and the other by a unanimous points-decision victory.At the end of it all, Guyana won two of the three Junior finals that were staged while Trinidad and Tobago won the other.In the four Youth finals hosts Guyana, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago and St. Lucia won one each.Guyana’s Shaquille Wright was adjudged Best Boxer.Barbados’ Dario Cheeseman (left) parries a left jab from Guyana’s Brian Harris during their 75kg final of the Caribbean Schoolboys and Juniors boxing championships which concluded last Sunday at the National Gymnasium.Winning for Guyana in the Junior championships were Wright and Brian Harris who both won their contests via second-round stoppages.In Wright’s 57kg fight against Trinidad and Tobago’s Blessing Waldropt, the referee stopped the contest at one minute 15 seconds of round two, while in the Harris fight the referee stopped his 75kg contest against Barbados’ Dario Cheeseman at one minute 15 seconds of the second round.Guyana’s other international victory on the night’s card saw Ryan Albert register a two-minute 40-second stoppage of his Youth 60kg fight against St Lucia’s Kareem Boyce. It was the first of the seven international contests.In the other Youth contests, Jamaica’s Rushwan McKinney caused the referee to stop his 81kg bout against Barbados’ Donte Powlett at one minute 30 seconds of the second round and Trinidad and Tobago’s Nickel Joseph forced the referee to stop his 75kg bout against Jerone Ferrari of St Lucia at two minutes 40 seconds of the third round.Guyana’s 57kg boxer Shaquille Wright connects with an overhand left to the head of Trinidad and Tobago’s Nickel Joseph during their final at the National Gymnasium on Sunday evening.The other Junior final on the night’s card saw Nathan Ferrari of St Lucia win by a unanimous points decision over Jamaica’s Daniel Hylton.There were two all-Guyanese Schoolboys bouts that opened the card and results from those are as follows; Shaquancy Wright scored a unanimous points-decision win against Martin Mugabe in a 35kg contest and Jaquwan Milo secured a split decision win against Kome Keiler in a 52kg contest.There was also an exhibition bout between Caribbean 52kg gold medallist Keevin Allicock and Junio Henry which was well received. … Five stoppages highlight final night
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12 November 2007A pack of 18 African wild dogs have been moved from Limpopo province’s Marakele National Park to the Northern Tuli Game Reserve in Botswana, in an effort to establish a viable population of the endangered animal in the Limpopo Valley.“It is intended that this reintroduction will facilitate the establishment of a viable population of wild dogs in the Limpopo Valley, specifically within the area earmarked for incorporation into the Limpopo-Shashe Transfrontier Conservation Area,” Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Carnivore Conservation Group manager Harriet Davies-Mostert said.The recently proclaimed Limpopo-Shashe Transfrontier Conservation Area straddles the international borders of Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe.The African wild dog is southern Africa’s most endangered carnivore, with fewer than 500 individual dogs occurring in South Africa, most of which are found within the Kruger National Park.In 1997 it was recommended that packs be reintroduced into several protected areas across the country to expand the dogs’ range.To date, nine wild dog sub-populations have been established in areas such as the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, Madikwe Game Reserve, Pilanesberg National Park and the De Beers Venetia Limpopo Nature Reserve.Wild dogs were first reintroduced into Marakele National Park in May 2003 when a pack of 16 wild dogs were released into the park.This population remained vulnerable, however, because it was difficult to maintain fences on inaccessible terrain, resulting in some dogs escaping. It was therefore decided to relocate them to the Northern Tuli Game Reserve.They will be fitted with tracking collars before being released and will spend the next two to three months in a boma before being released into the 72 000-hectare reserve.It is hoped that the pack will link up with a neighbouring population of wild dogs, on the De Beers Venetia Limpopo Nature Reserve a few kilometres south, of the South African side of the border, to form new packs.Source: BuaNews
3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#enterprise Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Disclosure: Socialtext is sponsor of the ReadWriteEnterprise channel. Hot new trends are hard to resist, especially when they open up lucrative new markets. For proof positive, look no further than Socialtext, which today released a Microblogging Appliance independent of the rest of their enterprise collaboration offering. Long an advocate of the integrated approach to social software, this is the first time Socialtext has unbundled any part of their software. In addition to competing with startups like Yammer and Socialcast, the company aims to use the appliance as a teaser for their complete platform. Why Now?In a phone conversation with us, Socialtext co-founder Ross Mayfield outlined two compelling reasons for the shift in strategy when it comes to enterprise microblogging:Competition with standalone apps: Startups like Yammer and Socialcast has garnered a lot of attention from customers and analysts alike. In the process of due diligence when considering such apps, Mayfield says that companies often have come to Socialtext to make some comparative assessments. But until today, no amount of money could buy you access to Socialtext Signals by itself. Pilot project: While analysts have decried self-contained microblogging as an unproven sector not easily integrated in to daily workflows, Socialtext sees the appliance as a first step in introducing its software to businesses exploring enterprise 2.0 for the first time. Unlike the Socialtext freemium option unveiled last month, there is an upfront charge for either a hosted version or an on-site appliance. (Note that when they say Microblogging Appliance, they do not mean on-premise only.) But for $5 per user more a month, businesses have the option to upgrade to Socialtext’s wiki/blog Workspaces and Dashboard. More to Come?Technically, the Socialtext platform is a series of different apps connected by REST APIs. So in theory at least, there’s no reason why they could not break down the entire platform in to its parts, either to be sold separately or in whole according to the customers needs. Even if it wouldn’t be particularly difficult, Socialtext co-founder Ross Mayfield says he doesn’t see further fragmentation happening anytime soon. “While further unbundling is an option, what really drives this is which integrated user experiences make sense together.”, he told ReadWriteWeb. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Related Posts steven walling IT + Project Management: A Love Affair
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RELATED ARTICLES Radiant-floor heating systems are unobtrusive because the plastic tubing that distributes hot water around the house is buried in or under the floor. Homeowners like that. But because there are no air ducts with a radiant-floor system, air conditioning must be added separately.That’s the situation Lance Peters faces as he plans a new, two-story house in Ottawa (what Peters assumes is the U.S. equivalent of Climate Zone 6 or 7). He’s currently planning to use hydronic in-floor heat on all three levels of the house, plus either a heat-recovery or an energy-recovery ventilator with its own ductwork.“The house will be superinsulated (~R-40 walls, R-60 attic, R-20-30 below grade) with southern exposure and proper window shading to limit solar radiation,” Peters writes in a Q&A post at GBA. “Finished plans should be around 2,500 square feet. A large portion of the second floor will be open to the first floor (above the living and dining room areas and main staircase), leading me to think ductless minisplits would be a bad idea.” All About Radiant FloorsCalculating Cooling LoadsHeat Pumps: The BasicsAre Affordable Ground-Source Heat Pumps on the Horizon?Heating a Tight, Well-Insulated House Designing a Good Ventilation System Peters would like to use the ducts for his heat-recovery ventilator to supply cool air in the summer. “It would be nice to avoid doubling up on the amount of ductwork running through the house,” he says.Is that plan feasible? That’s the topic for this Q&A Spotlight. Have you considered a ground-source heat pump?For Andrew Bater, there’s nothing new about the advice at GBA to steer clear of hydronic heat. “Welcome to the loneliest fraternity here on GBA,” he tells Peters.Peters hasn’t mentioned what the source of hot water for his radiant-floor system will be, and Bater offers his own experience with a ground-source heat pump.“Our house is heated and cooled by a ground-source (geothermal) heat pump,” he writes. “We make hot water in the winter and chilled water in the summer. We have two levels of in-slab heat and one second-story area with panel radiators. Like your home, our second story is partially open to the first floor.“For summer air-conditioning, chilled water runs through a Unico high velocity fan coil that feeds a main trunk spine,” Bater continues. “Most rooms have one, two, three, or more flexible takeoffs from that spine.”Bater believes high-velocity air conditioning and radiant-floor heat is a “somewhat common” approach in parts of the western U.S.Steven Knapp, however, adds a cautionary footnote about ground-source heat pumps (GSHPs): they’re expensive, and they don’t always work as well as homeowners would like.“My development requires spec homes to be GSHPs, and most of the new homes are specs,” Knapp says. “Based on conversations with neighbors, there seem to be quite a few comfort and reliability issues. I considered installing a GSHP myself but opted for an air-source heat pump at one-third the cost. This savings meant I could do a bit more to improve the performance of the structure, which also further reduced my heating and cooling requirements.” A heat pump has lots of potentialIf Peters heats the water for his hydronic system with a heat pump (air-source or water-source), it can be reversed in summer to produce chilled water, says Charlie Sullivan. In that case, a single central fan coil could distribute conditioned air via ductwork, or he could use mini fan-coil units, such as those made by Chiltrix, HTP, and Jaga.“You have to insulate the chilled water pipes well to prevent condensation on them, and finding an installer who gets that is hard, but once you get over that hump, installing the hydronic distribution system is easier than installing ducts,” Sullivan says.“Given that most of the load is latent (dehumidification), it’s actually quite attractive to put a chilled-water coil on the incoming HRV air,” Sullivan continues. “When that incoming air has higher humidity than your interior air, you can remove a kilogram of water vapor from it at lower energy cost than removing a liter of water from the interior air. And it’s satisfying to stop the humidity from entering, rather than removing it after it enters. That’s probably all you need for cooling.” Use an air-source heat pump for both heating and coolingOne of several types of air-source heat pumps would be a good choice for a superinsulated house, GBA senior editor Martin Holladay suggests. There are three basic varieties: a conventional air-source heat pump with ductwork to distribute the conditioned air; a ducted minisplit using a smaller, more localized duct system; or a ductless minisplit.“Once you’ve installed your air conditioning system, you can use the heat pump for heat as well,” he says. “That means you don’t need any in-floor radiant heat. This approach saves many thousands of dollars.”Other GBA readers advise Peters that ductless minisplits work well in houses with open floor plans, as well as those with spaces that open from one level to the next.“Typically, an open floor plan is favorable for a centrally located ductless mini-split because there is so much natural air circulation around the house,” writes Reid Baldwin. He adds that if cooling loads are less than 10,000 Btu per hour, Peters might be able to use a Minotair multifunction air exchanger for heating, cooling, and ventilation.Dana Dorsett agrees that a minisplit should be effective for cooling in a house with multiple levels. He cites one house in Minneapolis that is cooled with a single 1.5-ton minisplit head on the upper level near the top of the stairwell. The house is heated with hydronic radiant floors using an electric boiler (at time-of-use rates.)“Even though the minisplit can deliver a large fraction of the heat, it isn’t distributed well,” he says. “When the owner is going to be away for more than a day he turns off the radiant, lets the minisplit run as freeze-up control.”Dorsett adds that determining cooling loads with a Manual-J calculation or its equivalent is important for getting the equipment sized correctly. “Superinsulation does a lot more for reducing the peak heating loads than it does for the cooling loads, which are often dominated by solar gains through the windows,” he says.Dorsett adds these thoughts: “The sensible cooling loads aren’t very severe in Ottawa, with a 1% outside design temperature of 83°F (28°C), but there is also a real latent load (21 grains @ 50% RH). The higher the ventilation rate with the HRV, the higher the latent load, and it will be important for comfort and dust-mite control to dial back the ventilation rates a bit when the outdoor dew points are north of 56°F (13°C), which is most of the time in the July-August time frame, since the sensible load may not be high enough that the cooling system will dehumidify sufficiently. Right-sizing a modulating AC for the load will make a real difference on that front.” Our expert’s opinionHere’s what GBA technical director Peter Yost added:Given that I live quite comfortably in southern Vermont with hydronic baseboard heat and no real air conditioning, I decided to see what Climate Consultant 6 (CC6) would show in terms of space conditioning strategies for Ottawa, Canada, about 6 hours to the north and west of us. If you’re not familiar with the free software, take a look at this blog or simply download the latest version here.Each of the screenshots from CC6 (below) shows delivered thermal comfort (per ASHRAE Standard 55); hourly temperature/relative humidity dots that are green represent “comfortable” and red dots are “uncomfortable.” The difference from screen to screen represents the highlighted Design Strategies in the upper left-hand box.For the first screenshot (see the first image on the left at the bottom of this page) with just “Comfort” highlighted, the house will be deemed comfortable only 6.1% of the time without any active strategies.The second screenshot (Image #3) is not surprising for Ottawa; adding space heating adds 86.4% to the green-dot comfortable total, resulting in 92.5% comfortable hours. The radiant floor heating system will deliver on these hours.Here is where it gets interesting:The next screenshot (Image #4) shows active heating and cooling, while Image #5 shows active heating and fan cooling. Image #6 shows active heating and natural ventilation cooling. All of these HVAC strategies deliver around the same level of comfort: between 97% and 98% of the time.Image #7 (active heating and dehumidification only) delivers a total of 95.5% comfort. Presumably the added 3% for dehumidification only is shoulder season moisture removal, when you don’t need cooling for comfort.Image #8 (active heating, active cooling, and dehumidification) delivers 100% comfort.So, for year-round comfort every hour in the year in Ottawa, you may need both stand-alone dehumidification as well as active cooling. Active cooling alone does not do any better than either type of ventilation cooling — natural or fan-generated. Depending on your budget, the house design, and your own standards for thermal comfort, maybe you don’t need active cooling at all.