News Journalist arrested on provincial governor’s orders February 18, 2021 Find out more Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica RSF_en to go further Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica News News February 16, 2021 Find out more News Reporter jailed in DRC for allegedly defaming parliamentarian Receive email alerts September 12, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Death threats sent to three women journalists in Bukavu Organisation February 24, 2021 Find out more Congolese reporter wounded by gunshot while covering protest in Goma Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Democratic Republic of Congo Reporters Without Borders today voiced deep concern about anonymous death threats sent by text to three women journalists in crime-ridden Bukavu, capital of Sud-Kivu province in the east of the country.The journalists, Kadi Adzuba and Delphine Namuto on Radio Okapi and Jolly Kamuntu, of privately-owned Radio Maendeleo were all warned that they would get “a bullet in the head” unless they stopped “meddling in what does not concern you”.“Given the upsurge in vicious attacks and murder of journalists in Bukavu, we consider that these threats should be taken very seriously”, the worldwide press freedom organisation said in a letter to the governor of Sud-Kivu, Louis Léonce Muderhwa Chirimwami.The organisation called on him to provide security for the three journalists and to launch a thorough investigation to find those responsible for the messages and who ordered them.“We are relying on you to get personally involved in this matter. It is absolutely vital that this slaughter is stopped and that it is made clear that attacks against journalists will not continue to go unpunished in Sud-Kivu, particularly in Bukavu”, the organisation added.The three journalists all received a text this week from the number 08 13 753 026. The message in Swahili, received twice by Namuto, read: “Mulisha zoweya mubaya munaanza ingiya mu mambo haibaone ju ya kuonesha kama habawezi bagusa, sasa munataka kufa ako ju munyamanze. Tunapata rusa y kuanzia ako Kadi, kisha Kamuntu kisha Kintu Namuto risasi mu kichwa” (You have got into the bad habit of meddling in what does not concern you to show that you are untouchable, now some of you will die so that you will be shut up. We have just had authorisation to start with Kadi, then Kamuntu then Namuto: a bullet in the head”).Adzuba also received anonymous threatening messages on 5 September.Kamuntu today made an official complaint to the Republic’s Prosecutor General in Bukavu (PGR) and also notified the military authorities in Sud-Kivu, since the threats referred to the likely use of a firearm. Her two colleagues plan to take the same steps.“Kadi, Delphine and Jolly are three respected and hard-working journalists. We do not yet know the precise reason for the threats, but it certainly involves their work as journalists”, said one Bukavu journalist, who asked for anonymity. “Life has become impossible for us. You can no longer do your job as a reporter without being threatened.” Reporters Without Borders’ partner organisation in Congo, Journalist in Danger, yesterday condemned the “crime industry in Bukavu” and urged the PGR to open an investigation and to demand information from the mobile phone company VODACOM. Reporters Without Borders supports this call. Three journalists have been shot dead in Bukavu in the past two years. They were Radio Okapi staff members Serge Maheshe and Didace Namujimbo, killed respectively on 13 June 2007 and 21 November 2008, and Bruno Koko Chirambiza, presenter on privately-owned Radio Star, murdered on 23 August 2009. In a report Reporters Without Borders released last March, “Bukavu, murder city”, in which it urged the Congolese government to set up a special judicial commission to investigate the murders of journalists in the city, the organisation also drew the local authorities attention to the recurrence of death threats sent by text.Read Jolly Kamuntu’s interview with Le Potentiel (in French)
FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail Jobs, Road Projects Focus Of Gov. Holcomb’s 2019 “Next Level” AgendaDECEMBER 6TH, 2018 AMANDA DECKER INDIANAIndiana Gov. Eric Holcomb releases his “Next Level” agenda, for the upcoming legislative session. The focus will be on jobs, economic growth, health, infrastructure and government service.“This agenda remains focused on what will make us stronger, with practical and people-centered solutions,” Gov. Holcomb said. “I look forward to working with Hoosiers, lawmakers and other stakeholders as we team up to achieve these priorities.”The 2019 Next Level Agenda includes five pillars detailing both legislative and administrative priorities for the year ahead.Cultivate a strong and diverse economyTo continue strengthening our economy, Gov. Holcomb’s 2019 agenda focuses on approving an eighth straight balanced budget as well as modernizing economic development tools to increase competitiveness, economic diversity, and flexibility.Maintain and build the state’s infrastructureGov. Holcomb’s $1 billion Next Level Connections program will expand broadband services in rural Indiana, grow the state’s systems of trails, create more nonstop international flights and move up the completion of major highway projects.Develop a 21st Century skilled and ready workforceThe 2019 agenda is designed to ensure all Hoosiers have the tools they need to find meaningful work and careers. To accomplish this goal, Gov. Holcomb’s priorities include expanding the Next Level Jobs initiative, developing a strategy to make Indiana teacher salaries competitive with surrounding states, and helping more high school students earn postsecondary credentials before they graduate.Public health and the drug epidemicFor the state’s economic development, education and workforce programs to continue to be successful, the state must do all it can to help Hoosier families live healthier lives. Gov. Holcomb’s 2019 agenda calls for the adoption of the recommendations in the school safety report and the implementation of the Department of Child Services reform recommendations. The state will continue to work toward becoming the best state in the Midwest for infant mortality by 2024 by establishing an obstetric navigator program in areas with the highest infant mortality rates and requiring verbal screening to assess substance-use disorder in pregnancy. Additionally, Gov. Holcomb will remain focused on fighting the drug epidemic with expanded recovery housing and further development of Family Recovery Courts.
“President Bush’s endorsement of ‘intelligent design’ has sparked a national debate in which scientists are well positioned to prevail,” editorialized Nature this week,1 with the a rallying-cry title, “Keeping religion out of science class.” This editorial, along with a news item by Virginia Gewin, “Scientists attack Bush over intelligent design,”2 was prompted by President Bush’s off-the-cuff remarks last week that students should be allowed to hear alternative views to evolution (see 08/02/2005 entry). Both articles reiterated common themes of those opposing the intelligent design (ID) movement: ID is not science, ID is religiously motivated, ID is “creationism” in disguise, all scientists reject ID and creationism, and ID is not just anti-evolution but anti-science and anti-reason. The editorial went beyond these oft-stated arguments. It challenged the scientific to rise up and fight this “attack on science” with the encouragement, “The fight will go on – but science and reason can ultimately win.”1Editorial, “Keeping religion out of science class,” Nature 436, 753 (11 August 2005) | doi: 10.1038/436753a.2Virginia Gewin, “Scientists attack Bush over intelligent design,” Nature 436, 761 (11 August 2005) | doi: 10.1038/436761a.Noticeably absent from this pep talk was any defense of Darwinism and evolutionary theory in general. Big Science and the Darwin Party seem to know that it would be a losing fight to prop up Charlie’s decaying corpse before the public, so they are sticking to what they feel will be a winning strategy for maintaining their power. Since “science” is a sacred cow in our society, they assume all the Untouchable masses will genuflect before it, even if it is just a stuffed cow. So the strategy is to portray ID promoters as beefeaters who want to slay the bovine, and to play the role of Savior of the Sacred Cow. Knowing that the masses will rally to a fight, even if they don’t understand the cause of it, they portray their mission in terms of holy war: we must protect the Sacred Cow from those evil beefeaters. This is so silly. On the Dennis Prager radio talk show today, Dr. Rodney Stark (social sciences professor at Baylor University), author of a new book For the Glory of God, claimed that college students have been fed a bill of goods about the church, science, the Dark Ages, the Enlightenment and the alleged war of science vs. religion. With evident chagrin in his voice, he stressed that the true social history of science was not that way at all. He said that every serious academic knows that Christianity gave birth to modern science (see online book), and that many great scientists were deeply religious individuals who were motivated to do science for the glory of God. The either-or fallacy of science vs. religion is a myth. Several times he emphasized that this is beyond dispute by historians and professors; he said that most of his fellow academics in the historical and social sciences gave his book, which documented this fact, favorable reviews. Why, then, does Nature and all the anti-ID crowd get so unglued when anyone hints that there really might be a Designer? Nature came into existence right as Darwinism was on the ascendency in Britain, for the purpose of promoting the new anti-religious, naturalistic world view (a largely politically-leftist, anti-establishment, Victorian-progressive fad). We call to the witness stand an eminent scientist of that same period whose actual achievements in science (not just speculations) easily outshone those of Darwin, Lyell, and Huxley combined. When James Clerk Maxwell heard President John Tyndall promoting the new materialism and Darwinism to the British Association in 1874, the eminent scientist erstwhile poet took up his poison pen to satirize the folly of the materialistic, evolutionary position and the self-refuting belief that minds could emerge from matter in motion. His trenchant words speak for themselves. They should be carved in stone at the entrance to Nature’s corporate offices:British Association, Notes of the President’s AddressIn the very beginnings of science, the parsons, who managed things then,Being handy with hammer and chisel, made gods in the likeness of men;Till Commerce arose, and at length some men of exceptional powerSupplanted both demons and gods by the atoms, which last to this hour.Yet they did not abolish the gods, but they sent them well out of the way,With the rarest of nectar to drink, and blue fields of nothing to sway.From nothing comes nothing, they told us, nought happens by chance, but by fate;There is nothing but atoms and void, all else is mere whims out of date!Then why should a man curry favour with beings who cannot exist,To compass some petty promotion in nebulous kingdoms of mist?But not by the rays of the sun, nor the glittering shafts of the day,Must the fear of the gods be dispelled, but by words, and their wonderful play.So treading a path all untrod, the poet-philosopher singsOf the seeds of the mighty world—the first-beginnings of things;How freely he scatters his atoms before the beginning of years;How he clothes them with force as a garment, those small incompressible spheres!Nor yet does he leave them hard-hearted—he dowers them with love and with hate,Like spherical small British Asses in infinitesimal state;Till just as that living Plato, whom foreigners nickname Plateau,Drops oil in his whisky-and-water (for foreigners sweeten it so),Each drop keeps apart from the other, enclosed in a flexible skin,Till touched by the gentle emotion evolved by the prick of a pin:Thus in atoms a simple collision excites a sensational thrill,Evolved through all sorts of emotion, as sense, understanding, and will;(For by laying their heads all together, the atoms, as councillors do,May combine to express an opinion to every one of them new).There is nobody here, I should say, has felt true indignation at all,Till an indignation meeting is held in the Ulster Hall;Then gathers the wave of emotion, then noble feelings arise,Till you all pass a resolution which takes every man by surprise.Thus the pure elementary atom, the unit of mass and of thought,By force of mere juxtaposition to life and sensation is brought;So, down through untold generations, transmission of structureless germsEnables our race to inherit the thoughts of beasts, fishes, and worms.We honour our fathers and mothers, grandfathers and grandmothers too;But how shall we honour the vista of ancestors now in our view?First, then, let us honour the atom, so lively, so wise, and so small;The atomists next let us praise, Epicurus, Lucretius, and all;Let us damn with faint praise Bishop Butler, in whom many atoms combinedTo form that remarkable structure, it pleased him to call—his mind.Last, praise we the noble body to which, for the time, we belong,Ere yet the swift whirl of the atoms has hurried us, ruthless, along,The British Association—like Leviathan worshipped by Hobbes,The incarnation of wisdom, built up of our witless nobs,Which will carry on endless discussions, when I, and probably you,Have melted in infinite azure—in English, till all is blue.James Clerk Maxwell, 1874But on second thought, this kind of biting satire might be over their heads; they might even find it supportive of their position. 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1Evans et al, “An escort mechanism for cycling of export chaperones during flagellum assembly,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 10.1073/pnas.0605197103, published online before print November 6, 2006.2David DeRosier, “Dispatch: Bacterial Flagellum: Visualizing the Complete Machine In Situ,” Current Biology, Volume 16, Issue 21, 7 November 2006, Pages R928-R930, doi:10.1016/j.cub.2006.09.053.3Y. Magariyama, S. Sugiyama, K. Muramoto, Y. Maekawa, I. Kawagishi, Y. Imae and S. Kudo, “Very fast flagellar rotation,” Nature 371 (1994), p. 752.Finally we found a source corroborating the claim made in the film that some of these flagella can rotate at 100,000 rpm. Most sources mention much lower (though still impressive) values of around 18,000 rpm. DeRosier cites a case in the 102,000 rpm range; we will reproduce this source as footnote 3 above for those interested.3 None of the three sources cited in the entry above mention evolution. We have to keep saying that. None of them, either, mentioned the fact that it is the intelligent design community that has brought these molecular machines to the attention of the public as examples of biological structures that defy Darwinian explanations. They’d rather not touch that subject with a ten-foot propeller. They should, though. The more young people watching Unlocking the Mystery of Life, the more might become interested in science. The more scientists interested in these molecular machines, the more funding might become available. This is another way ID can stimulate scientific research. What’s Darwin got to do with it? Nothing but spin doctoring.(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Since the bacterial flagellum has become a de facto icon of the intelligent design movement, it’s instructive to see what new discoveries come to light on the molecular machine par excellence. Two papers appeared recently.Ferry Boats: A Cambridge team publishing in PNAS1 studied how the parts get to the assembly site. The studied one of the many flagellum proteins, FliJ:We reveal that the essential export protein FliJ has a novel chaperone escort function in the pathway, specifically recruiting unladen chaperones for the minor filament-class subunits of the filament cap and hook-filament junction substructures…. The data show that FliJ recruits chaperones and transfers them to subunits, and indicate that this is driven by competition for a common binding site. This escort mechanism provides a means by which free export chaperones can be cycled after subunit release, establishing a new facet of the secretion process. As FliJ does not escort the chaperone for the major filament subunit, cycling may offer a mechanism for export selectivity and thus promote assembly of the junction and cap substructures required for initiation of flagellin polymerization.Slogan spin: “Thanks to the new work of Murphy et al., we now have a view of the bacterial flagellum in situ and quick-frozen in time as if a flash bulb had stopped its action.” David DeRosier wrote this in Current Biology2 in response to the paper mentioned here on 09/01/2006. DeRosier included two of the stunning new 3D models of the intricacies of the rotor and stator. Two other sample images can also be found at Caltech E&S (Volume LXIX, Number 3, 2006, p. 6), recently released for publication. DeRosier’s opening sentences confirm statements made in the film Unlocking the Mystery of Life:The flagellum, with its complexity of structure and multiplicity of function, is a machine that boggles the mind. While musing on possible phrases that might catch the reader’s attention, I was reminded of the memorable 1926 slogan for the Hoover vacuum cleaner: “It beats as it sweeps as it cleans.” The flagellum self-assembles as it propels as it responds; that is, the flagellum not only pushes the cell along, it also responds to intracellular signals and it assembles itself. It seems as amazing as the old Hoover did in its heyday. But, I thought, the bacterial flagellum does not really ‘beat’; the eukaryotic flagellum, an entirely different machine, does that. Instead, the prokaryotic flagellum spins, driven by a rotary motor at speeds of over 100,000 rpm in at least one species. The torque generated by the motor is converted to thrust by the corkscrew-shaped filament or propeller (for a review see ). Of the 40 genes needed to code for a flagellum, at least 24 produce proteins found in the final structure….After describing the wonders of this machine, DeRosier once again found inspiration in commercials: “Let us end with another familiar slogan but this time applied to the tomograms of the flagellum: ‘It’s the real thing.’”
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About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Borussia Dortmund winger Sergio Gomez defends Barcelona attacker Dembeleby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBorussia Dortmund winger Sergio Gomez insists Ousmane Dembele can be a success at Barcelona.Dembele will face his old club in the Champions League tonight.Gomez, formerly of Barca, was asked about Dembele’s problems at the Nou Camp.He told Sport: “Dembélé is a player who has given a lot to Borussia. With (Thomas) Tuchel, he learned a lot. And thanks to that, he is now in Barça. “Why does it not work in Barça? These are different championships. I do not know what problem Dembélé has. But he is a very good player, young and I am sure that in the years to come, he will be one of the greatest.”
“Who rescued who?” is a question often pondered by those who know the joy of rescuing a pet. This question was the impetus of a powerful short film that is opening the Sonoma International Film Festival in Sonoma, Calif. this week.Video: Le Sauvetage (The Rescue) — #rescuefilm“Le Sauvetage” (The Rescue) is a six-minute film produced by Peter McEvilley, award-winning filmmaker and composer whose credits include The House Bunny, Last Vegas and Alias, and starring the Olate Dogs, winners of America’s Got Talent. The film is a magical tale about life, love, and finding our true destiny….with a little help from a furry friend.Sponsored and produced by Halo, Purely for Pets, Ellen DeGeneres’ natural pet food company, Le Sauvetage will open the Sonoma festival on April 2, an honor and exciting opportunity to showcase pet rescue and adoption. The film has also been selected to appear at the Court Metrage, Festival de Cannes in France this May.In 2012 the Olate Dogs shot to stardom when they won the America’s Got Talent grand prize. These sweet, funny, talented dogs and their entertaining owners and handlers captured hearts across America. But there’s more to their story.Many of the Olate Dogs are rescue dogs themselves. Family patriarch, Richard Olate, developed his act on the streets of his native Chile when he was a poor boy of just 12. He rescued stray dogs and trained them to be part of his amateur show. He worked hard for years to realize his dream of becoming a professional dog act. Today, Richard and his son, Nicolas, and wife, Rebecca, continue to save dogs from shelters and train them to become part of their professional troupe.Halo, known for its philanthropic efforts to promote rescue and adoption, admired the Olate Dogs and their dedication to rescue. Steve Marton, Halo’s CEO and Executive Producer of Le Sauvetage, wanted to find a unique way to draw attention to the special bond we share with animals.“We see this film as an entertaining yet meaningful way to show how companion animals add value to our lives,” he said. “Producer Peter McEvilley did a phenomenal job conveying this extremely important message by combining his creative story telling and film making capabilities.”Because the Olate Dogs love Halo natural pet food, it seemed the stars aligned to bring the two groups together to do great things for homeless pets.Halo has a track record of promoting rescue and adoption through film. The company sponsors all three episodes of Shelter Me, a PBS special dedicated to showcasing shelter dogs and the incredible lives they lead. Halo also sponsored the Humane Society of the United States’ video campaign, “Meet My Shelter Pet,” a series of videos featuring celebrities and their adopted pets.The Olate Dogs will also perform at the Sonoma festival. And, in keeping with the film’s mission, Halo and Freekibble.com will donate 10,000 meals of Halo Spot’s Stew to local Sonoma animal shelter, Pets Lifeline.To view the film and for more information, click here.Source:PR Newswire