PREMIUMJokowi calls on journalists to step up fight against hoaxes

first_imgLOG INDon’t have an account? Register here President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has urged journalists to tackle the rampant spread of false news in the media through reliable and accountable journalism work.Journalists, he said, should be at the forefront of eliminating hoaxes and easing people’s anxieties as a result of misleading news.”The press’s role in conveying reliable information is extremely needed, especially when the country is facing such unexpected situations like the coronavirus outbreak,” Jokowi said on Saturday while attending a celebration for National Press Day in Banjarbaru, South Kalimantan.“A healthy society is a society that is exposed to healthy and [accurate] information; this information comes from good journalism.”House of Representative Speaker Puan Maharani said on the sidelines of the commemoration that “a professional and accountable press is incr… Forgot Password ? Google press journalism #Hoax hoax Jokowi #Jokowi false-news #FakeNews Linkedin Topics : Log in with your social account Facebooklast_img read more

Yankees pitcher Dellin Betances (shoulder) will start season on IL, report says

first_img MLB 2019 preview: Projecting the AL East New York also lost star prospect Estevan Florial to a fractured wrist, but he was not expected to make the Opening Day roster. Related News Betances shoulder inflammation impingement. #yankees— Kristie Ackert (@Ackert_Kristie) March 19, 2019Betances start the season on dL. #yankees— Kristie Ackert (@Ackert_Kristie) March 19, 2019Betances joins Luis Severino, Aaron Hicks and CC Sabathia as Yankees who will start the season on the IL. Betances, 30, is coming off an up-and-down season in which he posted a 2.70 ERA while striking out 115 batters in 66 2/3 innings, but he is a vital cog in the Yankees bullpen they will need down the stretch.Fortunately, the Yankees kept reliever Zack Britton and added Adam Ottavino, so New York has plenty of depth in what is probably the best bullpen in MLB. The Yankees have suffered another injury.Reliever Dellin Betances has a shoulder inflammation impingement and will start the season on the injured list, according to the NY Daily News.last_img read more

Hard work by NDBA executive pays off in new Lions Park diamond

first_imgAll Terrain Landscaping came in with a great plan for the upgrade and the local Lions Club were on also board with the improvements. NBA meet with the city staff and eventually the city council to talk about the upgrades throughout 2011 on how the improved diamond fits with the cities recreational plan. The final go ahead was given in late November of 2011All Terrain started the project once the snow melted in mid April.Due to the wet spring and other minor delays, turf was not ready to be laid until early September.“Thanks to All Terrain Landscaping, Karen McDonald and the staff at Nelson public works and to Mayor John Dooley and Councillor Bob Adams for championing this project,” Martel said.“The field looks amazing and will be a great place for local athletes to play for many years to come.” There’s a new ball diamond in Nelson . . . which has the feel of Boston’s Fenway Park.The Nelson and District Baseball Association recently took the wrappings off the new diamond at Lions Park in Uphill.“The new diamond is ready for ready play for the 2013 season for our 11 and under baseball players in the Little League Minor and Youth Baseball Rookie and T-ball divisions which is about 85 players in 2012,” said Larry Martel of the NDBA.Martel said the new diamond has been in the planning since 1997.  Money was raised through donations from local businesses and grants from the BC gaming grants.The NDBA considered other locations in the city but those proved to be suitable or cost effective so Lions Park was put back into the mix.The Lions Park diamond was in the NDBA system for 20 years before it became unsafe and for two years sat unused by local baseball.  last_img read more


first_imgKENT DESORMEAUX, WHAT A VIEW, WINNER: “He was coming off the bridle today, there’s no way in the last month or two that he let me ride him like he let me ride him today. I think the horse is starting to figure (Kenny and me) out more than the other way around. He can obviously run and the time on the track shows you how tough the going is today. He ran a mile in 1:35 last time and he stuck his neck out and got a mile in 1:39 today. True champion, heart of a champion.“I’m feeling like more trainers ought to put me on more horses (laughs).” JUDY JOHNSTON, PART OWNER/BREEDER, WHAT A VIEW, WINNER: “I feel fantastic. He likes the rain, he likes everything. The rain didn’t bother him one bit.(On seeing the red and white silks coming in first) . . . “It gives you a little thump in your heart. It’s always just as exciting as our first race. It really is just unbelievable. That horse, when he’s going around there, it’s just like the first time you ever saw him. Just as exciting as when I was only 13 years old.” JOCKEY QUOTES TRAINER QUOTES  center_img KENNETH BLACK, WHAT A VIEW, WINNER: “What a ride. I would have never given those instructions. I didn’t give him instructions – he knows the horse better than me. But going into the first turn, I was questioning his tactics. There was no speed in the race, and he’s sitting fifth or sixth and three off him. I would have bet every dime I had that he’d be on the lead when he turned down the backside. I think this horse will run longer if we want him to. We aren’t going to fix what’s not broken.” NOTES: The winning owners are Sal Berumen, Robert Riggio and the Elwood Johnston Trust, et al.last_img read more

Dip in gold reserves is strategic trading – Central Bank

first_imgThe Bank of Guyana (BoG) has defended its decision to sell off portions of Guyana’s gold reserves, saying the move was reflective of “strategic trading”.In a statement on Thursday, Central Bank clarified that it trades gold and replenishes the stock based on market opportunities. The bank noted that gold is not managed as an exclusive reserve asset for holding, but as part of a portfolio of assets.“Gold may be sold for a number of reasons; including maximising profits, rebalancing of the portfolio, meeting liquidity needs, or optimising opportunities in other asset classes. With the price of gold as high as US$1364 recently, the bank has been trading gold as any bank worth its salt will do,” BoG posited.To this end, it added that “Dips in the reserves therefore, reflect strategic trading rather than any involuntary disposal of gold.”As such, the Central Bank assured that the benchmark for the holdings of international reserves are vigilantly adhered to and upheld. It further stated that the domestic market has an excess supply of foreign currency to meet domestic demand while maintaining a stable foreign currency exchange rate.On Wednesday, read more


first_imgThe Department for Social Protection has received scathing criticism following news that the Community Welfare service is to be removed from Annagry and Gaoth Dobhair and moved to offices further away such as the public services centre in Dungloe.Speaking of the move, local community activist Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig said the move was a blow to local families and that consultation with the community was needed before such decisions were made.“Moving these services out of the rural areas and into the larger towns will only cause more hardship on families who already find themselves in difficult times” Mr Mac Giolla Easbuig said. “There is stress enough for people having to ask for help in the first place and this will only now be exacerbated by having to make their way to a town even further away.“The public transport in these rural areas is not adequate enough for people to make the journey from the rural areas to these new offices and what transport is available will cost the people more money to make the longer return journeys.”Speaking of the decision Mr Mac Giolla Easbuig said that the government had no understanding of rural communities in Ireland. “There has been no consultation with the local people of these rural areas in regard to this decision and there never is in such matters. These decisions are made by people who have little or no understanding of what living in rural Ireland is like and making such decisions would leave people to believe that the government are intent in stripping back the rural communities in this country.“So I would insist that the Department of Social Protection halt this move and and have a proper and public discussion with the communities that the move will affect. It is only right that the people are consulted on matters that will impact on our communities and it is time that the government began seeing the realities and hardships of life that the ordinary people have to face on a day to day basis.” ANGER AS WELFARE OFFICES IN WEST DONEGAL TO CLOSE was last modified: September 26th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Annagrydole office closuresdonegal daily newsdungloeGaoth Dobhairlast_img read more

Top-class education for rural poor

first_img2 August 2005Over six years, the Winterberg School Trust has integrated 12 basic farm schools scattered across the Eastern Cape into a single organisation providing quality education for rural children. The vision of two farmers’ wives and a host of donors have transformed the school, nestling in a valley 25km from the town of Tarkastad, into a top facility offering skills-based development to parents, teachers and children.For many years, farm schools were scattered throughout the 100 800 hectare district. Each school provided rudimentary education in mixed-grade classes, and then only up to grade seven.For those children wanting to extend their education to grade eight and beyond, it meant locating to township schools in larger towns far from their homes, which for most parents was unaffordable and unsafe.It has taken more than six years to amalgamate 12 farm schools into the Winterberg School Trust, which provides quality education to learners from grade R (reception year) to grade nine in single-grade classes.Registered as a non-profit organisation in 1990, the trust was initiated by local farmers’ wives, Barbara Scott and Joanne King, along with some of the current trustees, notably Prof Paul Webb of the University of Port Elizabeth.With generous financial help from both local and international corporations and individual funders, the school now has a complex of modern face-brick buildings with facilities to provide academic and skills-based development of children, parents and educators in the community.“It has taken commitment, hard work and dedication to achieve all this,” says trust director Joanne King. “Without our financial funders none of it would have been possible.“Our reward? The academic results we are achieving, pupils’ pride in their school, and happy parents who appreciate what we’re doing to better their lives.”With financial help from local and international corporations and individual funders, the school now has a complex of modern face-brick buildings, as well as transport for the children (Photo: First Rand Foundation)An impressive educationFifty pre-school children and 220 learners from grades one to 10 are taught by 11 permanently employed qualified teachers, accommodated at the school. The full-time teachers are helped by a full-time director, assistant director, administrator and seven part-time staff who provide specialist skills in extra-curricular tuition.Many of these part-time teachers are local farmers’ wives with impressive academic qualifications.Parents are also encouraged to participate in the seven community projects that have developed over time in response to the needs of families living in the Winterberg. All interconnected and interdependent, they share resources, transport facilities and the expertise of both the Winterberg School Trust staff and external service providers.These projects range from HIV/Aids education, early childhood development, effective parenting, skills development, teacher development and youth empowerment.The Department of Education also offers support, paying 10 of the teachers’ salaries.Local farmers have supported the trust from its inception and have become actively involved in fund-raising projects and providing transport and farm facilities for projects.The success of the school trust is a superb example of what South African rural communities can do to uplift the lives and futures of their people.Derek Christopher is a correspondent for Farmer’s Weekly.This article was originally published in Farmer’s Weekly, South Africa’s premier national agricultural magazine, and is reproduced on with kind permission. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Stars To Shine At GLSEN Respect Awards

first_imgHollywood will come together at the 9th annual GLSEN Respect Awards this month.Award-winning actress Kerry Washington, star of the hit ABC-TV series Scandal and feature films Django Unchained and Ray, and openly gay LA Galaxy soccer player Robbie Rogers will serve as Honorary Co-Chairs for this year’s GLSEN Respect Awards – Los Angeles presented by Target and Wells Fargo, to take place at The Beverly Hills Hotel on Friday, October 18, 2013.Jim Parsons will be honored with an Inspiration Award.“GLSEN is on the front lines of keeping kids safe from bullying in our schools. That’s absolutely a cause that I support and believe in,” said Ms. Washington.“GLSEN levels the playing field for kids who are bullied simply for being themselves,” said Mr. Rogers. “Any help I can lend to that effort…any way I can make these kids lives a little bit easier, that’s what I’m going to do.”In addition, the organization also announced the impressive Host Committee for the event, which includes Betsy Beers (Executive Producer – Scandal; Grey’s Anatomy; Private Practice); Dan Berendsen (Creator/Executive Producer – Baby Daddy; The Nine Lives of Chloe King); Greg Berlanti (Executive Producer – Arrow; Brothers and Sisters, Golden Boy; Political Animals); Linda Bell Blue (Executive Producer, Entertainment Tonight); Matt Bomer (Actor – White Collar, Magic Mike); Kevin Brockman (Executive Vice President, Global Communications, Disney/ABC Television Group); Donald De Line (Film Producer – Pain & Gain; Green Lantern; I Love You, Man); Robert Greenblatt (Chairman, NBC Entertainment); Simon Halls (Partner, Slate PR); Dave Karger (Chief Correspondent, Fandango); Carlos Lopez (Events and Special Projects Manager, The A List); David Phoenix (Interior designer); Shonda Rhimes (Creator/Executive Producer – Scandal; Grey’s Anatomy; Private Practice); and Chip Sullivan (Head of Publicity, DreamWorks Studios).The GLSEN Respect Awards, held annually in New York and Los Angeles, showcase the work of corporations, individuals, students and educators who have made a significant difference in the areas of diversity, inclusion and the safe schools movement, and who serve as exemplary role models.“We are grateful for the generous support from this year’s event co-chairs as we honor a group of outstanding leaders that are strongly committed to our belief for schools that teach respect for all,” said Eliza Byard, GLSEN’s Executive Director. “Our event co-chairs generate increased awareness and support for GLSEN that ultimately make it possible for us to focus on ending bullying and harassment in K-12 schools.”last_img read more

Minerva train but miss prematch meet AIFF calls it blatant disregard

first_imgBhubaneswar: Barely hours before the tournament’s scheduled kick-off, the Super Cup was shrouded in uncertainty with Minerva Punjab FC giving the customary pre-match conference and meeting a miss, prompting the All India Football Federation to label it as “blatant disregard”. A cloud of uncertainty hung over the fate of the tournament after eight I-League clubs Tuesday pulled out citing unfair treatment by the All India Football Federation (AIFF). “While representatives from three clubs — FC Pune City, Kerala Blasters FC and Indian Arrows — were present on both occasions, Minerva Punjab FC did not attend either despite being present in Bhubaneswar,” the AIFF said in a statement. “This is extremely disappointing, and a blatant disregard for the federation,” the apex body added. As per the schedule, former I-League champions Minerva Punjab are slated to play Indian Super League franchise FC Pune City on Friday, the opening day of the qualifiers. In case Minerva Punjab stick to their decision to withdraw, the AIFF said the “rules and regulations of the tournament will be invoked”, and the matter forwarded to the relevant authority for further action and decision. The Super Cup is scheduled to be held in Bhubaneswar, with the qualifiers starting from March 15. The final is slated for April 13. Minerva, along with seven other teams, had Tuesday pointed out that the I-League clubs are being neglected in all aspects by the country’s football federation. The clubs said it had written a letter to the AIFF in February regarding multiple concerns such as the future of the league but they are “yet to hear back” from the federation. Minerva also highlighted how the AIFF has “not provided any financial assistance to the participating teams” despite having a title sponsor for the event. With no AFC competitions also on offer, the club felt the competition lacked any incentive for the teams.last_img read more