Kofi Annan asked to intervene in militia-backed takeover of state media

first_img Follow the news on Côte d’Ivoire RSF_en The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa October 16, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information to go further On the day of the announced implementation of sanctions against some of the participants in Ivory Coast’s ongoing crisis, Reporters Without Borders has written to UN secretary-general Kofi Annan asking him to intercede in an attempt to restore normality at the state broadcaster RadioTélévision Ivoirienne (RTI).”RTI was the target of a takeover by force on the morning of 4 November carried out by armed men and supported by militiamen under the orders of the president’s office,” the letter said. “Mr. Jean-Paul Dahily, was summarily installed as the new director-general.”Thereafter, Reporters Without Borders said, the state media have on several occasions broadcast lies and disinformation, calls for crimes to be committed, and instructions for street violence.”We spent a number session monitoring radio and TV broadcasts and we found that, while the streets of Abidjan were prey to looting and violence, RTI and RCI were enthusiastically relaying false information and rumours that encouraged or set off violence,” the organisation said. “By means of their live broadcasts, these stations organised the insurrection and egged on the rioters.”Those put in charge by force at RTI on 4 November are still in place, and RTI’s legitimate director-general, Kébé Yacouba, is no longer able to do his job, the letter said. “Even if the Ivorian authorities pay no heed to our requests and protests, state institutions cannot be allowed to continue functioning in an arbitrary manner, but RTI still is. And this situation has not changed for more than a month.”Reached by Reporters Without Borders yesterday, Kébé said he had not been contacted recently by the Ivorian authorities and he did not know what the government intended to do with him. RSF’s recommendations for protecting press freedom during Côte d’Ivoire’s elections December 15, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Kofi Annan asked to intervene in militia-backed takeover of state media News October 29, 2020 Find out more Côte d’IvoireAfrica Reports Côte d’IvoireAfrica On the day of the announced implementation of sanctions against some of the participants in Ivory Coast’s ongoing crisis, Reporters Without Borders has written to UN secretary-general Kofi Annan asking him to intercede in an attempt to restore normality at the state broadcaster RadioTélévision Ivoirienne (RTI). Seizing control of the state media was one of the linchpins of President Laurent Gbagbo’s failed bid to recover all of Cote d’Ivoire’s territory. In just one morning, on 4 November, supporters of the president and his party succeeded in hijacking RTI and Radio Côte d’Ivoire (RCI). November 27, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts News News Threats against journalists in run-up to Côte d’Ivoire’s presidential election Organisation last_img read more

Phil Lesh, Robert Randolph, Karl Denson, & More Open Weekend At The Cap With The Preservation Hall Jazz Band [Videos]

first_imgPhil Lesh kicked off his two-night run at the Capitol Theatre on Friday night with a fantastic group of “Friends.” Celebrating his 68th show since 2012, the Grateful Dead bassist brought along Karl Denson (The Rolling Stones, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe), Robert Randolph, Jackie Greene, Ross James, Jason Crosby, Tony Leone, Alex Koford, and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.The band played through Grateful Dead favorites for two full sets, opening with a spectacular “Shakedown Street” led by saxophonist Karl Denson. Jackie Greene and Ross James took turns on another energetic opener, “Jack Straw,” before Alex Koford brought a heart-pulling version of CSNY’s “Almost Cut My Hair.” Greene took lead on “Bertha,” before Denson struck in on a firing “West L.A. Fadeaway,” which segued into a sing-a-long marathon “Ophelia” with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band in full effect. The first set closed with “Samson and Delilah.”Watch the first- set opener, thanks to nugs.tv below:Watch the full band tackle “Ophelia” in the video below, courtesy of Stephen Hurtes:The second set brought the heat, with a “Help On The Way” opener, that led straight into a “Slipknot!” and “Franklin’s Tower” jam featuring musical tradeoffs between Jackie Greene, Ross James, Jason Crosby, and Phil Lesh. The full band continued with a “Viola Lee Blues” “Cumberland Blues” sandwich, then a Lesh-led “Unbroken Chain.” The second set closed on a high note with “Turn On Your Lovelight” and Not Fade Away.” The band once again returned for a performance of The Band‘s “The Weight.”Watch the second-set opener below, courtesy of nugs.tv.Watch “The Weight,” courtesy of Chuck Siegel:On Saturday night, Karl Denson, Robert Randolph, Ross James, Jason Crosby, Tony Leone, and Alex Koford will return to the Capitol with Lesh, along with Neal Casal subbing in for Jackie Green on guitar. Tickets for the show at the legendary venue are available here.Setlist: Phil Lesh & Friends | The Capitol Theatre | Port Chester, NY | 5/26/17I: Shakedown Street (KD), Jack Straw (JGe, RJ), Almost Cut My Hair (AK), Bertha (JGe), West L.A. Fadeaway (KD), Ophelia (JGe), Tennessee Jed (JGe, AK), Samson and Delilah (RJ)II: Help on the Way > (JGe), Slipknot! > Franklin’s Tower > (JGe, RJ, JC, PL), Viola Lee Blues > (all), Cumberland Blues > (all), Viola Lee Blues (all), Unbroken Chain (PL), Turn on your Lovelight > (JGe, RJ), Not Fade Away (all)E: The Weight (KD, JGe, PL, RJ)last_img read more

Will Clark, asked about Giants managerial job: ‘It’s not off the radar’

first_imgDon’t take this the wrong way. Nobody is rushing Bruce Bochy toward the exit.But, like sand through an hourglass, his time as Giants manager is slowly slipping away. And if you know us, it’s only a matter of time before the names of prospective managerial candidates begin hitting the wall. In fact, here comes one now.On a far-ranging, fun and entertaining post published Monday on nbcsports.com, Amy Gutierrez put the question to one of the most popular Giants to ever wear the interlocking SF.“ …last_img

Open Thread: Is the iPad a Flop?

first_imgfrederic lardinois See also: ReadWriteWeb’s complete coverage and analysis of the iPad on our iPad topic page. Related Posts Tags:#Apple#Open Thread#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market So far, the reaction to Apple’s iPad has been very mixed. For some, the absence of a camera is a deal breaker, while others bemoan that Apple still doesn’t allow multitasking on its iPhone OS and that Safari still doesn’t support Flash. Others, however, are excited about the iPad’s potential as an e-book reader and gaming device. Here at ReadWriteWeb, opinions are still mixed as well. Reactions among our writers range from advising people to wait for the iPad 2.0 to giddy excitement about the prospect of a better couch-surfing device.Tech Pundits: Mixed ReactionsAll of the tech pundits who attended the launch event and actually used the device for a few minutes were impressed by the iPad’s speed. John Gruber, who also wrote one of the most balanced evaluations of the iPad launch so far, went as far as to argue that Apple’s A4 processor is the iPad’s most revolutionary feature. Walt Mossberg is cautiously optimistic about the iPad’s potential. Mossberg says that the software “looked impressive,” but also notes that the virtual keyboard “may be a liability.” In the New York Times, David Pogue writes that just calling the iPad a big iPod touch doesn’t do it justice, and that the iPad “as an e-book reader is a no-brainer.” Pogue also cautions critics that it’s too early to draw any conclusions. Nobody, after all, has really used the device yet and we haven’t seen any iPad-only apps that really push the device to its limits.Stephen Fry puts the launch into a historical context and notes that quite a few pundits expected Apple’s iPhone to be a flop as well. MG Siegler, on the other hand, looks forward and says that holding the iPad is “like holding the future” (if you are already used to the iPod touch and iPhone).A Paradigm Shift?Nicholas Carr and Slate’s Farhad Manjoo take a slightly different angle. Both argue that the iPad will represent a paradigm shift in how we look at our computers. Manjoo lauds the iPad’s interface and ease of use and thinks that using the the iPhone represents a breakthrough in doing away with the old multi-window desktop metaphor. Carr writes that the success of the iPad is not a sure bet, but also argues that “whether it finds mainstream success or not, there’s no going back; we’ve entered a new era of computing, in which media and software have merged in the Internet cloud.”Indeed, just like the iPhone changed our expectations of what mobile phones should be able to do, the iPad might just change our expectations of how laptops should work and what they should look like.What do You Think? Let us Know!What do you think? Is the iPad just an oversized and overhyped iPod touch, or is there more to it? Is it a Kindle killer and an awesome gaming device that will replace your Kindle and iPod touch? Does it represent a paradigm shift in how we will look at our computers in the future? Are you going to wait for iPad 2.0? Or are you waiting to give it a try at the Apple store before you render your final judgment?Let us know your opinion in the comments. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Going for Net Zero Energy in Seattle

first_imgEric Thomas and his wife, Alexandra Salmon, have bought into the energy efficiency ethos in a serious but not, in turns out, extremely expensive way.They purchased an infill lot in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood for $180,000. By the end of May, work had commenced on what would become their 1,915-sq.-ft. three-bedroom home, whose design, from Zero-Energy Home Plans, was intended to bring the performance of the building close to net zero energy while also minimizing construction costs. A 6.3-kW photovoltaic system was installed on the roof – enough PV to bring the house to net zero energy on an annual basis, according to the project team’s calculations.Thomas and Salmon ended up spending $417,000, which includes the lot purchase but excludes revised plans and engineering costs, which came to less than $5,000. The couple also will be eligible for a 30% federal tax rebate on the PV installation, which so far has produced a 1,000 kWh power credit for the home that can be drawn on this winter.Insulation and airtightnessThe building is insulated with 4 in. of extruded polystyrene under the slab and with perimeter XPS down to a dept of 2 ft. around the stem wall. The exterior walls are constructed of structural insulated panels (SIPs) and, with all drywall and siding in place, provide R-26 thermal resistance. The roof is built to R-41 with 10.25-in. SIPs. Airsealing was thorough enough to yield only 0.56 air changes per hour at 50 Pascals pressure difference.Among the other elements key to the performance of the building envelope, says Zero-Energy Home Plans founder Ted Clifton, are its triple-glazed windows, which were made by Vancouver-based Vinyltek using Cardinal LoÄ’-i81 glass. Center-of-glass U-factors are as low as 0.12, with visual transmission of as much as 63% and a solar heat-gain coefficient between 0.15 and 0.51, depending on the orientation of the window. (Of course, the whole-window specifications as shown on the NFRC label are not as impressive as these center-of-glass specs.)“We are getting very close to being able to put glass wherever we want it, without sacrificing envelope performance,” Clifton wrote in an e-mail to GBA.A Unico UniChiller air-to-water heat pump helps serve both the radiant in-floor heating system and the domestic hot water system. The latter is supplemented by a standard electric water heater. In Seattle’s marine climate, Clifton says, the entire system operates at a very high net efficiency – a minimum of 212% in winter – even while delivering 120-degree domestic hot water.Positive airflow (and positive homeowner response)Air handling devices include a Panasonic motion-sensor bath fan, a Fantech CM3000 high-efficiency particulate air filter (which serves as an air inlet for makeup air distributed to the bedrooms and main living areas while the bath fan is running), and a remote-mounted kitchen range hood fan (rated at 206 cubic feet per minute). Both the range hood fan and bathroom fan are operated with a single control that keeps them synchronized.Having lived in the house for about three months, Thomas and Salmon say they’ve found little to complain about and plenty to like. Vibration from the heat-pump compressor has been traveling through the pipes, a problem they hope will be reduced with the installation of rubber mountings. But so far, that’s about it for the negatives. They’re far more focused on spreading the word about the energy efficiency of the building and its relatively low construction costs.“We’re trying to spread the word to our neighbors that net-zero building doesn’t have to cost much more than building to code (and is significantly cheaper over the long run),” Thomas noted in an e-mail to GBA, adding that “we built the house for about the same price as a nearby townhouse on a shared lot that was completed around the same time. That’s not to say that anyone can afford to build a house, but we think our house is evidence that net-zero building doesn’t have to be the purview of rich retired people or newly minted millionaires.”For more information on this house, see GBA’s case study: A Net-Zero-Energy House for $125 a Square Foot.last_img read more

MySQL Co-Founder Wants You To Pay Up For Open Source

first_imgMonty Widenius, co-founder of MySQL and founder of MariaDB, just came to a surprise revelation: most people use open source for free. What’s so surprising, however, is not this fact, but the idea that Widenius wouldn’t have learned this 13 years ago when he first released MySQL under the GNU General Public License (GPL) and his company’s revenues dropped 80%. The lesson here, however, isn’t that there’s no money in open-source software, but rather that some strategies for monetizing open source are effective, while others are not.Monty Got A Raw DealFor anyone that has been around open source for the past 10 years, hearing Widenius complain about open source free riders is irony at its finest. Widenius, after all, was a technical mastermind at MySQL, and was generally more concerned with MySQL’s development community than making money, fighting efforts to monetize the otherwise free database.Not that this is a bad thing. At any open-source company, developers are the lifeblood of the project and particular care must be taken to cater to their interests and needs. Widenius filled that role admirably.But Widenius also made it harder to cover the real costs of open-source development, and continues to do so. Recently Widenius attacked Oracle for “suffocating” MySQL through proprietary enterprise extensions, among other things. This may be true, in part, but it’s also true that Oracle has 400-plus engineers working on MySQL, and somehow their work needs to be paid for.In an interview with ZDNet, Widenius (mis)remembers the halcyon of people happily paying for open-source software, and suggests that “Now the problem is that you have companies that are heavily using open source but refuse to pay anything back because they don’t have to.” This has, of course, always been the case, and yet it hasn’t stopped open source from booming, both as a community development and corporate revenue perspective.Monty’s Solution: “Business Source”Still, Widenius pines for a business model that will help feed development while generating a profit. His strategy, called “business source,” effectively amounts to dumping open source entirely, but only for a few years:[Business source] is a commercial licence that is time-based and which will become open source after a given time, usually three years. But you can get access to all the source. You can use it in any way but the source has a comment that says you can use it freely except in these circumstances when you have to pay.In other words, it’s not open source. It doesn’t fit the parameters of the canonical Open Source Definition. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but let’s call a spade a spade. Business source is simply proprietary software released under a Microsoft-esque shared source license that magically becomes fully open source after a period of time.Surely this must rankle the free software-loving Widenius, but he comes to terms with it by espousing the exact same rationale used by those that advocate Open Core or similar strategies for open source:You’re forcing a small part of your user base to pay for the restrictions, which can be if you’re making money from [the software], if you have more than 100 employees, or you’re a big company or something like that. So you’re forcing one portion of your users to pay.Exactly. But this is the same as the various strategies MySQL tried, which Widenius fought.It’s Not About The LicenseJim Jagielski, president and co-founder of the Apache Software Foundation, suggests that “if your open source project isn’t successful with FOSS licensing, it’s not the license’s fault.” Rather, it’s a matter of trying to charge for the wrong things:To wit, Facebook, Google, Amazon and others make billions of dollars selling services around open-source infrastructure, while Red Hat mints over a billion dollars annually selling a certified, binary distribution of community-developed Linux. There is plenty of money in and around open-source software. The open-source license doesn’t prevent this. It enables this.Widenius is a smart person. He’ll figure it out. It’s only surprising that his experience at MySQL didn’t already teach him this lesson.Image courtesy of James Duncan Davidson/O’Reilly Media. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Matt Asay Related Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affaircenter_img Tags:#licensing#MariaDB#Monty Widenius#MySQL#Open Source 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

3 rules on how to use VR data analytics for your product

first_imgYou’ve heard about it in the office, read about it in the New York Times, and maybe even demoed it in the NYC Samsung store — virtual reality is here and is capturing the curiosity of consumers and transforming the way businesses operate.Marketers, gamers, teachers, entrepreneurs, producers, you name it — everyone wants a piece of the shiny new industry. Why now?See also: What brands need to know about AR and VRVR has been around for decades and yet, according to Google, search volume about the topic has increased by 400 percent in the past year alone. Vast technological improvements have recently equipped the industry with the proper tools to show consumers the power of immersive media to transform our world.While the concept of virtual reality has been around since the ’60s, the actual benefits of extracting and analyzing data from VR experiences have just been gifted to the world in a big red bow. Let’s unwrap it and see if it fits.#1: There is no industry without analyticsEconomic standards do not exist until industries create them; this is not accomplished until data is used for what it does best — provide answers. Whether it’s Google Analytics data for the web or Nielsen statistics for television, every company must be able to draw accurate analyses from their data.Play counts don’t cut it in 2017. What knowledge do you gain from page views and click counts? Does a click prove actual viewability? And does a view prove engagement? Of course not. View, share, and click metrics don’t incorporate human visual perception. Thus, by not taking actual consumer actions into account, there’s no real value stemming from the data.In contrast, effective virtual reality analytics provide you with statistics of the trends and outliers that you weren’t aware of but should be; when creating and revising your content. VR analytics provide real value in understanding your audience’s preferences and behavior. Once a deep understanding is achieved, the opportunities are endless. Refine your target market, strategy, reach or whatever it may be, because knowing your audience’s varying tastes provides answers to the questions you didn’t even know you had.#2: Attention is the currency of the 21st centuryData is the new gold standard. The New York Times stated in 2007 that people saw an average of 5,000 ads per day; imagine how many ads we see as media evolves. We live in a world full of distractions, so it’s increasingly rare to have someone’s complete attention.Virtual reality provides the opportunity for an experience totally void of distraction, letting the user naturally engage with the experience. Use the world’s newfound enthusiasm and curiosity for VR to your advantage. Make use of the time consumers spend in this intimate world wisely by logging what users are looking at as actionable business intelligence.Virtual reality users generate data regardless of whether or not you take action — it’s a matter of collecting and sorting the data. For the first time, the combination of the user’s physical behavior and their physical interaction from the VR headset actively tells you what people are engaging with — you just have to listen.#3: Make sure there’s a “what” behind the “wow”We’ve all seen it — the smiles, the laughs, the screams, the squelches — but not all VR experiences are the same. Let’s put it this way: if we go see a comedy, we aren’t laughing at the same jokes or even if we are, we aren’t necessarily laughing for the same reasons. So why does VR elicit the reactions that it does?Understanding the semantics helps us solve the equation — it’s simple algebra. We have the solution, now let’s solve for the variable — what gets users to that “wow” moment. The “wow” is the optimal outcome of the VR experience, while the “what” is the user’s participation or contemplation.When Kevin Durant was considering leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder to join the Golden State Warriors, the Warriors co-owner, Peter Guber, wanted Durant to feel what it was like to be a Warrior. Since Durant was still playing for the Thunder and couldn’t publicly announce his possible move to the Warriors, he couldn’t go to Oakland to see the locker room or have a feel for the court and the team.Or could he? An enthusiast of both basketball and virtual reality, Guber made a custom VR experience to show KD what it would really be like to be a Golden State Warrior. While actually sitting on a couch in the Hamptons, Durant was virtually walking around the Oracle Arena with fellow Warriors Steph Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, and other future teammates. He felt the team’s camaraderie inside the Warrior’s huddle, he saw the spirit of the players as they ran out to court on game night, he heard the crowd go wild at tip off; he got a true taste of what it would be like to be a Golden State Warrior.But which of those feelings overwhelmed him to the point of wanting to be a part of their team? Wouldn’t it be valuable for the Warriors to know exactly what Durant was watching when he agreed to sign with them? On a macro level, imagine if we could have this information for even a quarter of the players in the NBA. We’d know what these players care most about and what truly drives them to be a dedicated athlete — is it the team’s culture, the fame, the love of the game, or the victories that keep the players on the court? For Durant, we can only speculate.As we all now know, the user experience is key. Understanding the sensory value of a user’s experience is essential in order to replicate it. What is making your user smile or say, “wow, this is so cool” when they’re locked in your story in virtual reality? Knowing what led to the smile, or any emotion, is essential in optimizing the way users get to the “wow!” moment.So let’s recap. It’s important to remember that:There is no industry without analytics: for VR to become a viable industry, we need data and we need to make data-driven decisions.Attention is currency: with our ever multi-tasking society, learning how and on what users spend their time tells us what is most important to them.There is a “what” behind the “wow:” knowing what specifically is driving the reactions of people experiencing VR will drive the industry to new heights and ultimately monetize a guideless industry.Look out for part two as we dive deeper into the world of virtual reality analytics and most importantly how this industry will be monetized.This article is part of our Virtual Reality series. You can download a high-resolution version of the landscape featuring 431 companies here. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Tags:#AR#Augmented Reality#featured#Internet of Things#IoT#Samsung#top#virtual reality#VR Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…center_img Related Posts Follow the Puck Clara Moskowitzlast_img read more

Madonna Names Katy Perry As January Guest Curator For Art For Freedom‏

first_imgMadonna has confirmed Katy Perry as the first guest curator for Art for Freedom in 2014 for the month of January.Madonna Names Katy Perry As Guest Curator for Art for FreedomKaty will collaborate with Madonna to select daily submissions to be showcased on artforfreedom.com. Since launching in September 2013, Art for Freedom has received over 3,000 submissions globally via artforfreedom.com and its social media platforms.“Art can change the world, but first it needs to be seen and heard‎,” said Madonna. “Katy Perry and I are asking you to be that voice and show us how you define freedom in 2014. This will be a year of monumental changes for human rights, and we want you to be a part of that change. Let us hear from you.”“I am so fortunate to have the freedom to express myself through music,” said Katy Perry. “Now I’m calling all of my incredibly creative KatyCats to use their talent to show Madonna and me how they express their freedom. I believe that 2014 can be a year of great social change. Together we can all stand up for Human Rights. Join the conversation, and let your art be your voice.”As part of the Art For Freedom initiative, Katy Perry will work with Madonna to select one artist during the month of January whose creative expression demonstrates a unique view of the fight for human rights. Madonna will then award a $10,000 grant to a nonprofit organization of the winning artist’s choice. All projects must be focused on the values of Art For Freedom. David Blaine served as Art for Freedom’s guest curator for the month of December.Launched in September 2013, Art For Freedom is a global digital initiative, led by Madonna in partnership with VICE Media, designed to fuel free speech – to respond, address and protest persecution and discrimination around the world. It is an online public art project encouraging people to express their personal meaning of freedom and revolution, in the form of video, music, poetry, and photography. Public submissions become part of the Art For Freedom website: contributors can join the project by uploading original artwork or tagging original posts #artforfreedom. The project was launched with the film secretprojectrevolution, co-directed by Madonna and Steven Klein.last_img read more

Marsh Habour Healthcare Centre Opens in Abaco

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #marshharbourcentreopens Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 4, 2017 – Abaco Islands – Government officials, on April 19, opened the Marsh Harbour Healthcare Centre in Abaco, stating that it is a long-awaited boost to the island and the Christie administration’s National Health Insurance plans.Like the Child and Adolescent and Robert Smith (CARS) Complex that was commissioned last year, the Marsh Harbour Healthcare Centre has a tortured history, one of missed deadlines and claims of shoddy workmanship, all without any clear accountability.Construction of the healthcare centre began under the former Ingraham administration and when the Christie administration came to power, it spent $1m renovating the facility, Prime Minister Perry Christie said.“The floors had to be ripped up and lots of work had to be done,” added Minister for Grand Bahama Dr Michael Darville, who oversees aspects of NHI’s implementation.Now, the facility is state of the art. At 33,000 square feet, it will be a place where dental and lab services will be provided. Abaco currently has about three nurses and one doctor, Dr Darville said. By December, the island will have 16 nurses, five doctors, a radiologist and two lab technicians.Charlene Bain, the Director of Public Health, added that the overall health staff on the island will grow from the 20 that it has now to 70 by September. The facility boasts an administrative wing, pharmacy and a morgue where autopsies will be performed.Mr. Christie has revealed that the Ministry of Finance has also dedicated funding for a mini-hospital to be constructed in Palmetto Point, Eleuthera.#magneticmedianews#marshharbourcentreopenslast_img read more