For Di People editor Paul Kamara freed after 14 months in prison

first_img RSF_en The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa April 6, 2020 Find out more Organisation Reporters Without Borders voiced delight today at the release of Paul Kamara, the founder and editor of the independent daily For Di People, after 14 months in prison, and urged the government to keep it promises of democracy and put an end to its repression of the news media.“After more than a year of waiting and suffering, Paul Kamara is finally being reunited with his family and his newspaper,” the press freedom organisation said. “We hope this day will mark the end of a dark era for Sierra Leone’s press and that President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah’s promise in early October to amend the press law will be carried out.”Reporters Without Borders added: “Any further serious press freedom violations such as the imprisonment of one of the country’s most respected journalists would cause irreversible harm to Sierra Leone.”Kamara was released yesterday by the Freetown appeal court, which overturned his 5 October 2004 conviction by judge Bankole Rachid, who had sentenced him to two 24-month sentences for “seditious defamation.” He left the court smiling, accompanied by his wife and daughter, the staff of his newspaper, other journalists and his lawyer.Reporters Without Borders had from the outset issued repeated calls for the release of Kamara, who had filed an appeal on 23 October 2004 from Freetown’s Pademba Road prison where he was incarcerated immediately after his conviction.Kamara was convicted under a draconian 1965 law known as the Public Order Act as a result of an action brought by President Kabbah over an article published in For Di People on 3 October 2003 headlined, “Speaker of Parliament challenge! Kabbah is a true convict!” The article said a commission of enquiry had found Kabbah guilty of fraud in 1968 when he was permanent secretary in the ministry of Trade, and argued that it was unconstitutional of the parliamentary spokesman to claim that Kabbah now had immunity as president. Sierra LeoneAfrica Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent Reports Reporters Without Borders voiced delight today at the release of Paul Kamara, the founder and editor of the independent daily For Di People, after 14 months in prison, and urged the government to keep it promises of democracy and put an end to its repression of the news media. November 30, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 For Di People editor Paul Kamara freed after 14 months in prison to go further News Follow the news on Sierra Leone Help by sharing this information March 29, 2020 Find out more November 27, 2020 Find out more Sierra LeoneAfrica News Receive email alerts News Coronavirus infects press freedom in Africalast_img read more

3 Types of Data Swamping and How to Avoid It

first_imgThe influx of IoT technology provides tons of benefits when implemented the right way, but the reality is it can be tough for companies to make the best decisions regarding the data volume and complexity. The vast number of sensors, embedded systems and connected devices making their way on to the edge of the network continues to grow. While everyone wants to tap the rich potential of IoT data, we’ve seen that the data flowing through so-called network tributaries can quickly overload traditional data lakes and analysis tools, leading to data swamping.Data swamping is an expensive state resulting from the inefficient handling of information within an organization. In fact, it is estimated that today nearly 99 percent of all collected data is never utilized. The results of data swamping are slow decisions and a costly network and storage burden. Data swamping can present itself in several interrelated ways:1. Long looping: The goal of IoT is to make valuable, data-based decisions in a timely fashion.  Despite the fast-moving requirements of modern organizations, some still backhaul all collected data directly to their on premise data center (or cloud) for analytics, only to push decisions all the way back to the collection points at the edge.  This is highly inefficient when shorter-term decisions are possible and perhaps even required. Unfortunately, the concept of an immediate cloud-based decision is contradictory and doesn’t work in use cases where periods of lost connectively will disrupt critical operations. Robust IoT Gateways, like the Dell Edge Gateway 5000 Series, can run in-memory analytics on streams of incoming data to help companies make rapid decisions near the very edge of the network, while routing meaningful data to the right final repository for further action or longer term storage.2. Data hoarding:  IoT data is often perishable and of little long-term value (think of binary automated building data that the lights are on or off).  Aside from the immediate need to execute on rules against a given context, a significant amount of IoT data is of low-level importance and can be discarded on the spot. Many organizations are not only sending this data long distances for decision making, they are storing it without any clear vision for its future use.  This transfer and hoard-like storage behavior results in complexity and data silos, which contributes to the data swamp.  Another benefit of running local stream analytics at the edge is the ability to apply metadata at the point of ingestion that can help ensure proper routing to a final repository and facilitate future access.3. Traffic density: Sending data long distances through networks can not only present missed decision-making opportunities, but also results in expensive provisioning, transfer and storage costs. This behavior can be likened to constantly overnighting packages of junk to yourself only to stack them up in an expensive storage unit with no intended use.  The expenses add up especially when dealing with wide-area networks, like cellular, and high-bandwidth data such as video.  Rather than sending live streams over the network it is more efficient to analyze data locally and only send small bits of information representing meaningful events – for example, the detection of motion in a secure area or notification of an impending failure in remote equipment. The ideal solution is to make decisions as close as possible to where action is taking place so network cost is only incurred for centralizing data that will be truly useful in the future.&nbsp;</p><p>As the processing power of edge gateways has increased, these devices have become more than mere entry points for sensor data.  Gateways now possess the ability to make rapid decisions at the edge of the network and immediately upstream of sensors. By acting like a data “spam filter,” gateways can help organizations rapidly act on perishable insights, dispatch useless data on the spot and route meaningful data to central repositories for further analysis. One analogy I like to use for the value of in-the-moment edge analytics is the notion of picking up after yourself on a daily basis. By putting your keys, mail, groceries, etc. away right when you get home, your house stays clean, but if you just dump everything on the floor upon coming in the house, you quickly end up with an insurmountable mess!Dell’s new edge IoT gateways, combined with distributed analytics capabilities powered by Dell Statistica, and assets from our ISV partners are bringing analytics closer to data sources. Compared to many competitor products that require a failure-prone fan to operate at full processing capacity in harsh industrial conditions, Dell’s gateways are designed to perform at their maximum potential at specified temperature extremes with zero airflow. This means organizations can deploy Dell gateways virtually anywhere to capitalize on the benefits of cloud computing combined with powerful edge analytics.  This can prevent the dreaded data swamp and provide faster and more secure business insights while saving on the costly transfer of data to and from the cloud.Swamp image via Creative Commons by shankar s.last_img read more

Zen and the Art of Southern Skiing

first_imgThe hand driers at Breckenwolf—AKA Wolf Ridge Ski Resort—are basically memorabilia at this point. They’re so old, I think the lodge was built around them. Technically they still work, but it’ll take a week to get your hands dry, rubbing them beneath the lukewarm air over and over. But I think they’re on the National Historic Register so legally, management can’t remove them. You gotta respect the historic significance. Honestly, I’d be disappointed if I walked into the bathroom of the ski lodge and there was a brand new Dyson hand dryer on the wall. It just wouldn’t feel right. I’ve come to realize that the hand drier is a metaphor for Breckenwolf as a whole. It’s not the best, but it’s mine and I love it. Actually, that metaphor applies to skiing in the Southern Appalachians in general. Don’t get me wrong; we have some wonderful resorts that do the best they can with increasingly difficult conditions thanks to the Chinese global warming hoax (fake news!). And there are days when we can ski actual powder. But if you’re a skier in the South then you also know that you ski questionable conditions. Sometimes, you ski slush in the rain. Sometimes, you ski ice in the freezing rain. A lot of times, you ski okay groomed snow, but through a barrage of snow guns. That was the case this week during the inaugural Whiskey Wednesday for the 2017/2018 season. The temps were in the low 20s and Breckenwolf was making the most of the cold snap, blowing as much snow as they could. I understand: you gotta get while the gettin’s good. So they had every single gun on, from the top of the mountain to the base lodge. We skied through them, one right after the other until our pants and jackets were caked in ice. Sometimes, when the winds shifted, the guns would get us again while you were on the lift, making our way back to the top of the hill. For most of the night, we skied with a thick layer of ice over our clothes and helmets.And I love it. I love it because it’s horrible, and incredible at the same time. I love it because it teaches me patience and perseverance. I love it because it makes me appreciate an inch of natural powder, cherishing it, the way people who grew up during the depression cherish canned goods. And I love the fact that my kids are learning to ski here. I firmly believe that if you can ski in the Southern Appalachians on a bad day, you can ski anywhere. But it’s also true that skiing here, speeding through the snow guns over chunky ice, forces you to have a sense of appreciation for the good days. And eventually, if you ski consistently enough, you come to a Zen-like sense of understanding that there really aren’t any bad days on the hill, no matter what sort of conditions are underfoot. Or how much ice you have on your goggles from the snow guns. Because you’re skiing in the South. And that alone is kind of a miracle.last_img read more

Endicott Police ask public for assistance finding missing man

first_imgHe was last seen on April 10 at 4 a.m. at his residence on Moss Avenue wearing a dark colored shirt, shorts and gray and orange sneakers. Police are requesting residents and businesses to review security footage they have from April 10 between the hours of 4 and 8 a.m. His vehicle, a brown Jeep, was found in the 400 block of River Terrance on April 10. Anyone with information about Davy’s disappearance is asked to contact the Endicott Police Department. Davy is a black male described to be around 6 feet tall.center_img Criminal activity is not expected but has not been ruled out, they say. ENDICOTT (WBNG) — The Endicott Police Department continues to search for 30-year-old Dominic Davy. Police say “numerous leads” have been pursued.last_img read more

Scully on radio better when in sync with television

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Some were confused why they couldn’t go to the KLAC website to hear the audio feed, but that was also explained on Twitter: You needed to subscribe to a last resort — or, something to consider doing first next time — send an email to a well-placed source at KLAC and ask politely.Wish granted, by the fourth inning. We’ll call it an act of God to have the voice of Scully come within at least a second or two closer to what we had been experiencing.It came with a verification on KLAC’s Twitter account at about 8 p.m.: “We’re here to please Dodger Nation.”Because, by that point, having Scully available to describe playoff baseball is a treat that should not be missed.It was easily a situation set up where sound could have trumped vision.As soon as Scully came on the air and before the first pitch was thrown, Scully was already enthralled by the noise generated by the Atlanta crowd, particularly the war chant as they did the border-line insensitive tomahawk chop.“Listen,” Scully simply said, then backed off as the crowd filled the speakers. “I haven’t been here in years but the thing I never forget is that chant.”There was the option of flipping over to KSPN-AM (710) to hear Dan Shulman and Orel Hershiser describe the game — much better synched up to the video. But, honestly, why?Scully, unrestricted by a simulcast that is included in his usual first-three innings of radio work and left to his own devices without having to put captions on a Dodger telecast, was able to weave the crowd in and out as an ongoing theme Thursday, noting how it ebbed and flowed as the Braves quickly found themselves falling behind and unable to catch up.As the Dodgers’ Adrian Gonzalez connected on a third-inning home run, Scully noted: “And you’re not going to hear the crowd now. It sounds more like a library. The crowd has been taken out … for now.”Thankfully, he didn’t take the opportunity to explain a library.As much as you might want Scully to be included in any TV broadcast, maybe we have it better this way. Scully, just on radio, is where the master has control of the canvas. Close your eyes and enjoy. Simply press “switch audio feed” on the app and you’ll pick up seven seconds, came one tweet.Run the radio signal through the DVR and delay the video seven seconds, came another.If you have and download NexDef, use the DVR function to synch things up, suggested a guy with the handle LACordCutter.Go to XM Radio and synch it up with your DVR and it’ll work quite nicely, offered Jim at p368241.If we could plus the radio antenna into our toaster oven, turned on the browning element and wrapped tin foil around the whole operation, with our cell phone charger as a conduit, we’d have been apt to try it.center_img Synchronicity can be so simple and yet so seemingly complicated at the same time.Those trying to match up Vin Scully’s KLAC-AM (570) call of the Dodgers-Braves opener to their NL Division Series with the pictures provided by TBS on Thursday were in a time-warp mind-bending wrestling match, depending on the uncooperative cable or dish provider in question.Some with DirecTV couldn’t get the audio from a home entertainment center radio feed closer than 10 seconds ahead of the video. Others had the opposite experience, especially if they, as many were, still occupied their office space when the 5:30 p.m. game started, leading to them tapping into their app to pick up the Dodgers’ flagship radio.What to do to resolve the issue? Open it up to social media, for starters.last_img read more

Edwards vs Moreno: Fight date, time, price, how to watch, live stream

first_imgWBC flyweight champion Charlie Edwards (14-1, 6 KOs) will make the first defense of his green and gold belt against Angel ‘Golden Boy’ Moreno (19-2-2, 6 KOs) on March 23 at the Copper Box Arena in London, live and exclusively on DAZN.Edwards won the strap with a unanimous decision victory over Cristofer Rosales on Dec. 22.  In a Matchroom Boxing press release, the champion spoke about defending the title against.Join DAZN to watch Edwards vs. Moreno and 100+ fight nights a year“Moreno is a very tough and game fighter,” Edwards said. “He’s a mature man and he doesn’t shy away from any opportunities. He’s going to come to try and steal my title from me. This is a fight that I’m very confident of winning and a fight that I can look really good in. I’m looking forward to getting back in the ring with him, I sparred him ahead of the Casimero fight, but I’m a completely different animal now.”He added: “This is only the beginning, this is a new chapter in my career and this is where the real hard work starts. I want to be an active world champion, I want to be in the ring fighting and getting better and pushing myself. I’m not in this game to take part — I want to be a multi-weight world champion. I look forward to taking my first steps as a world champion and defending my belt on March 23.”When is the Edwards vs. Moreno fight?Charlie Edwards vs. Angel Moreno will take place Saturday, March 23. The undercard is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. followed by the main card at 5 p.m.How do I watch Edwards vs. Moreno?The Edwards-Moreno fight is not available via traditional pay-per-view methods. Instead, fans in North America can sign up for DAZN, the global live-sports streaming service. A free trial is available for those signing up for the Edwards-Moreno fight.A subscription also includes access to all of DAZN’s live events, as well as highlights, replays, behind-the-scenes features, original shows and live news reports. There is no contract, so DAZN subscribers can cancel at any time.DAZN is available on a variety of platforms, including Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, iOS, Android, Xbox One, Playstation 4 and Playstation 3, as well as Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari browsers via ABOUT DAZN• Meet DAZN, the first dedicated live sports streaming service• What sports are live-streamed on DAZN? Where is the Edwards vs. Moreno fight?Charlie Edwards and Angel Moreno will fight at the Copper Box Arena. The multi-sport venue is located at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, London. It was originally built for the 2012 London Games to house the Handball and Pentathlon events and has a capacity of 7,500.Charlie Edwards record and bioName: Charlie EdwardsNationality: BritishBorn: February 8, 1993Height: 5-6 Stance: Orthodox  Total fights: 15Record: 14-1 with 6 knockouts.Angel Moreno record and bioName: Angel ‘Golden Boy’ MorenoNationality: SpanishBorn: November 14, 1983Height: 5-4½Stance: OrthodoxTotal fights: 23Record: 19-2-2 with 6 knockouts.Edwards vs. Moreno fight cardCharlie Edwards vs. Angel Moreno for Edwards’s WBC flyweight titleJoshua Buatsi vs. Liam Conroy for the vacant BBBofC British light heavyweight titleLewis Ritson vs. German Argentino Benitez for the WBA Intercontinental lightweight titleLawrence Okolie vs. Wadi Camacho for the BBBofC and Commonwealth titlesJason Quigley vs. Mathias EklundShannon Courtenay vs. Cristina BusuiocSean McGoldrick vs. Sean Cairnslast_img read more

Women who admitted to Dakota Access Pipeline vandalism now face federal charges

first_imgDES MOINES — Two women who  admitted to intentionally damaging the Dakota Access Pipeline running through Iowa face several federal charges.The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa says a federal grand jury has charged Jessica Reznicek  and Ruby Montoya, with one count of conspiracy to damage an energy facility, four counts of use of fire in the commission of a felony, and four counts of malicious use of fire.Montoya was recently arrested in Arizona and is awaiting extradition. Reznicek appeared in court and was released pending her trial — which is scheduled for December 2nd.The two held a news conference outside the Iowa Utilities Board office in July of 2017. Reznicek read a statement that said they tried several actions to stop the pipeline from being completed and transporting oil. She says they turned to vandalism after the other actions failed.“On election night (2016), we began our peaceful direct action campaign to a Dakota Access construction site and burned at least five pieces of heavy machinery in Buena Vista County, Iowa,” Reznicek said . She says “our action wasn’t much, but we at least stopped construction for a day at that particular site.”Reznicek says they then looked for a better way to damage the pipeline. “We then began to research to the tools necessary to pierce through a 5/8 inch steel pipe — the materials used for this pipeline. In March we began to apply this self-guided information. We began in Mahaska County, Iowa, using oxyacetylene cutting torches to pierce through exposed, empty steel valves, successfully delaying completion of the pipeline for weeks,” Reznicek said.Montoya says they were pleased with the way destroying the valves stopped the progress of the pipeline. “After the success of this peaceful action, we began to use this tactic up and down the pipeline, throughout Iowa and a part of South Dakota, moving from valve to valve until running out of supplies,” Montoya says. The two then said they moved back to arson, using tires and gasoline-soaked rags to burned multiple valve sites, their electrical units, as well as additional heavy equipment located throughout Iowa.The two said they attempted to pierce a valve located in Wapallo County in early May and were disheartened when they discovered the pipeline was already working. The two finished their statement and then pulled a hammer and crowbar from their backpacks and began to tear letters off the Iowa Utilities Board sign behind them. State Troopers quickly moved in and arrested them on vandalism charges.They were later released and said the FBI raided the the Des Moines Catholic Worker House where they were staying in August of 2017 looking for evidence. Montoya was 27 at the time and Reznicek was 35.Little was heard of the case until the announcement of the charges against them. The information from the Southern District Attorney’s Office says they face 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted of first charge of conspiracy to damage an energy facility. If they are convicted of the use of fire in the commission of a felony, Reznicek and Montoya face a mandatory minimum 10 years in prison to be served consecutive to the sentence imposed with the other charge.For each second or subsequent conviction Reznicek and Montoya face a mandatory minimum 20 years imprisonment. If they are convicted of malicious use of fire, Reznicek and Montoya face a mandatory minimum of five years in prison and a maximum of 20 years in prison and not more than a $250,000 fine.Here’s the information from the U.S. Attorney: Pipeline charges PDFlast_img read more

Wild shocks Bombers in Kootenay Soccer Final

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily SportsThere will be no 15th consecutive trip to the B.C. High School AAA Boy’s Soccer Championships for the L.V. Rogers Bombers.
The Mount Baker Wild ended the illustrious streak by the Bombers, knocking off the perennial Kootenay champ 3-2 in Wednesday afternoon in the Cranbrook.“We played a good game but in the end a lack of experience and confidence caused us to come up short,” said Bomber head coach Keith Williams in a text message to The Nelson Daily following the game.Williams was looking for his tenth straight trip to taking a team from LVR to the prestigious tournament that features the elite high school players in the province.Most of the scoring came in the first half. After the Wild opened the scoring, Bomber midfielder Luke Mori was fouled inside the penalty area. Striker Mitch Melanson calmly stepped up to the spot and buried the penalty shot to even the score at 1-1.LVR took the lead when Mori converted a cross past the Mount Baker goalkeeper. However, the lead was short lived as the Wild tied the game at 2-2 minutes later.The teams exchanged body blows in the second half with each squad squandering significant chances.With the game in injury time, Baker made a last push as the host club pressured the Bombers. The push was too much as Baker scored with two minutes remaining in the contest.LVR attempted to counter but time ran out giving the Wild the Kootenay High School AAA Boy’s Soccer title — its first in 15 long years.“This is the best Mount Baker team we faced in nine years as LVR boy’s soccer coach,” Williams admitted. “They never let us get our game in order. (They had) very good defence pressure and strong long ball wing to wing movement.”Williams took the Bombers to a 12th place finish in 2009.During his time coaching at LVR the best finish came a few years ago when the likes of Mark Dodsworth, Isaac Rosenberg and Avery Bartels took the Bombers to a bronze medal finish.Prior to the nine-year run for Williams was the combo of Mike Sedlbauer and Hogue Tyler that took LVR to the championship tournament for five consecutive [email protected]last_img read more


first_img   THE $100,000 DREAM OF SUMMER STAKES IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTSRace 9 (of 10)     Approximate post time, 4:35 p.m. PDT ARCADIA, Calif. (March 24, 2016)–Three-time stakes winner Singing Kitty, along with sharp fillies Kiss At Midnight and Sheer Pleasure, head a field of nine California-bred or sired older fillies and mares going a flat mile on the main track Sunday at Santa Anita. KISS AT MIDNIGHT: Claimed 10 starts back for $25,000 on April 11, 2015, Kiss At Midnight has proven an astute purchase for trainer Richard Baltas and owners Marasa, Messineo, Robershaw and partners.  A close second in a one mile turf allowance here on Feb. 27, this 4-year-old filly by Decarchy has four lifetime wins, all of them coming from 11 starts on the main track. Second three starts back to the highly regarded Sunday Rules in the 6 ½ furlong Kalookan Queen Stakes on Dec. 30, Kiss At Midnight would be well served by a fast pace in her second try at the distance. She sports an overall mark of 13-4-6-2, with earnings of $292,260. SHEER PLEASURE: A two-time stakes winner versus statebreds, this 4-year-old daughter of Birdonthewire comes off a sharp second at 1 1/16 miles in open company here on March 5. In winning the 1 1/16 miles Melair Stakes six starts back on May 23, 2015, she stalked the pace and went on to an overwhelming 7 ¼ length win. Trained by Phil D’Amato and owned by Little Red Feather Racing and R/M Racing, Sheer Pleasure will be ridden for the first time by Martin Garcia. With an overall record of 10-3-2-0, she has earnings of $323,030.center_img SINGING KITTY: A three-time stakes winner on turf, this 4-year-old filly by Ministers Wild Cat comes off a close eighth place finish in the Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint, but retains the services of Gary Stevens. Trained by Matt Chew, Singing Kitty was never a factor when ninth two starts back in the Grade II Monrovia Stakes down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course Jan. 3, but was a close third three races back in the Grade III Autumn Miss down the hill Oct. 17. A storybook claim for just $32,000 in December, 2014, she banked $267,800 for owners Chris Aulds and Peter Jeong last year. Although she’s never tried one mile on dirt, she has two wins from four lifetime starts over the surface. She is 15-5-1-1 overall, with earnings of $333,488. Kiss At Midnight – Rafael Bejarano – 118Lucy in Diamonds – Felipe Valdez – 118Swissarella – Edwin Maldonado – 118Melanistic – Tyler Baze – 118Tiz a Kiss – Kent Desormeaux – 118Ashley’s Sassy – Alonso Quinonez – 118Light One – Drayden Van Dyke – 118Singing Kitty – Gary Stevens – 118Sheer Pleasure – Martin Garcia – 118First post time for a 10-race card on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more

US Beats Netherlands, 6-1

first_imgTAIPEI, Taiwan — Zack Segovia gave up one run on three hits over five innings as the United States beat the Netherlands 6-1 on Nov. 16 to advance to the semifinals of the Premier12 baseball tournament.Segovia recorded 15 outs, 10 via groundouts, to improve to 2-0 in the tournament.Team USA, made up of players not on 40-man major league rosters, took advantage of four errors by the Netherlands in the fifth inning to take a 3-1 lead.Jacob May had the lone hit in the fifth, an RBI single up the middle to score Elliot Soto, who reached on an error.Brooks Pounders took over for Segovia in the sixth and pitched four scoreless innings, allowing only one hit while striking out three.Adam Frazier doubled in a run in the seventh and scored from third on a sacrifice fly by Matt McBride to make it 5-1.The U.S. added another run in the eighth after Brett Phillips tripled to right field and scored on a sacrifice fly.“After we scored a few runs and got some momentum we were OK,” Team USA manager Willie Randolph said. “That inning snowballed a bit and once we saw they had trouble fielding bunts, we went back to it.”The U.S. will face Mexico in the semifinals. Mexico scored three runs in the eighth inning for a 4-3 win over Canada.Japan face South Korea in the other semifinal. Japan beat Puerto Rico 9-3 and South Korea defeated Cuba 7-2.The semifinals will take place on Nov. 19-20 at Tokyo Dome.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more