Radio journalist killed in Caribbean coast town

first_imgNews April 27, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts to go further RSF_en Reports RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America HondurasAmericas News 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies HondurasAmericas center_img May 13, 2021 Find out more July 6, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Radio journalist killed in Caribbean coast town December 28, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders is appalled to learn that journalist Gabriel Fino Noriega , the local correspondent of the national radio station Radio América, was gunned down on 3 July in San Juan Pueblo, in the Caribbean coast province of Atlántida. Both Radio América and the local police said they did not think his murder was in any way linked to the crisis caused by the 28 June coup d’état in Honduras.“We offer our condolences to Fino’s family and colleages, and we urge the police to assign enough resources to the murder investigation so that those responsible and their motive can be identified,” Reporters Without Borders said. “A journalist’s murder should not be allowed to go unpunished in a region of the country where there is a great deal of drug trafficking.”Aged 42, Fino was shot by an unidentified gunman was he left Radio Estelar, a local station on which he presented a daily news programme. He died while being taken to hospital. His colleagues said he had not received any threats.Fino is the third journalist to be killed this year in Honduras. Rafael Munguía, the correspondent of the privately-owned national radio station Radio Cadena Voces, was killed on 31 March in the northwestern city of San Pedro Sula. Osman López of La Tribuna was killed in Tegucigalpa on 18 April. News Organisation RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” Follow the news on Honduraslast_img read more

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Somalia investing in its army

first_img“..Our soldiers are underpaid, underfed and under-equipped, and yet they are expected to put their lives on the line for their country. This is unacceptable” – Somali Prime Minister, Omar Abdirashid Ali SharmakeFor many years the army of Somalia has been poorly equipped and underfunded an issue that the country’s Prime Minister is looking to change.The government through the Prime Minister has made a point of focusing on restoring the army to its former glory. The once powerful army will be facilitated with proper equipment and training. This investment will go a long way into combating and defeating the Al shabaab militia in the country.last_img

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Nick Mullens on facing Chicago Bears: “We’re pretty excited about what we have planned”

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Nick Mullens said it was his own fault last weekend that Seattle Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark was able to come free on a stunt up the middle and plant him into the Levi’s Stadium turf.Still, Mullens got the ball out, bounced right back up after the incomplete pass and stayed in the game that the 49ers went on to win 26-23 in overtime. Mullens didn’t commit a turnover and threw for 275 yards.“It’s just kind of how I’ve been raised and taught. Just get back up and play the …last_img

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Assessing hay quality

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Mark Landefeld, Ohio State University Extension ANR Educator, Monroe County“You gotta make hay while the sun shines”. How many times have you heard that said throughout the years? We’ve had some sunshine this spring/summer, but making first cutting “dry” hay has really been challenging for most farmers this year. Getting two or more days in a row without rain has been rare in the spring of 2018.Making timely first cutting dry hay in Ohio always has challenges with weather it seems, but this year it definitely has been more than usual. Extremely good, high quality hay is made from young leafy forage at boot stage, not fully mature long brown stems with dried up seed heads like we have been seeing everywhere now in July. The combination of maximum yield and highly digestible dry matter is usually obtained at the late boot, to early head stage of maturity for grasses and in the mid-to-late bud stage of maturity for our legumes. Forages that can be harvested at that time, most often meet nutrient requirements of beef cattle, but accomplishing that this year has really been the exception, not the rule for most producers.Beef cows do not require the same level of nutrition dairy cows need to maximize production. However, this year is going to be challenging to have enough nutrients in most beef producers first cutting hay to maintain the cow’s minimum requirements without grain supplementation, mixing in high quality stockpiled forage, or adding good quality second cutting hay into the feeding scheme this winter. Forage testing should be done so producers know what their hay quality actually is and if adjustments need to be made.Just because there is hay in the bale rings for the cows to eat does not mean she can eat enough, or that there are enough nutrients in the hay, for her to function properly. Extended periods of poor nutrition can lead to calving problems, weak newborns, poor quality milk, rebreeding problems and many other costly complications. The multiple costs associate with feeding poor quality hay for an extended period of time are hard to put a dollar amount on, but they certainly are there!Forage tests results may be extra valuable this year. With forage tests results we usually look at total digestible nutrients (TDN) and crude protein (CP) to determine the forage quality and use this information to calculate if there are enough nutrients to meet the livestock’s requirements in various stages of production. We may need to take a closer look at other information on the lab results this year as well.I expect neutral detergent fiber (NDF) content is going to be higher than normal in many producer’s hay bales because of the over mature condition of the hay. As forage plants mature, cell wall production in the plants increase and NDF content will increase, see Figure 1. As NDF content in a forage increases, dry matter intake decreases because it cannot pass through the cow’s system as fast. Therefore, with NDF percentages, we can accurately predict forage intake as it relates to bulk; or we could say, how much an animal will eat before its stomach gets full and stops eating. The higher the NDF value, the less the livestock can physically eat of that forage/day.Most mixed grass hay, after heading out, will have NDF values of 65% or greater. Beef cows can only consume about 1-1.2% of their body weight in NDF/day. So, a 1300 lb. beef cow could consume up to 15.6 lbs. of NDF/day on a dry matter (DM) basis. If our hay is 65% NDF a 1300 lb. cow can only eat 24 lbs. of this hay on a DM basis or approximately 27 lbs./day as fed. Without showing all the calculations in this article, this hay would cause more than a 2.2 lb. (±14%) deficiency in TDN/day for a superior milking, early lactating cow’s needs. This is why a cow can have a full stomach, but still lose weight.Ash levels in this year’s hay may be a concern too. As ash percentage increases, digestible dry matter decreases. I saw virtually no hay fields around my area this year without tracks left from equipment and areas of hay left unraked in the fields because the producer realized it was too wet to get through without excessively tearing up the field. Running equipment over hay, on ground that is wetter than usual, and around these wet spots for mowing, tedding and raking has undoubtedly caused dirt/mud to adhere, or splash in some cases, onto the forage that would not normally be there.Dan Undersander, Forage Agronomist from the University of Wisconsin–Madison provides the following information and table. “Ash in forage comes from two sources: internal, e.g. minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium and phosphorus, and external, e.g. dirt, bedding, sand, etc. The average internal ash content of alfalfa is about 8% and of grasses is about 6%. Additional ash in a hay or silage sample is contamination with dirt, sand, etc. As shown in Table 1, a summary of ash content of forage samples submitted to the University of Wisconsin Soil and Forage Analysis Laboratory, the average ash content of haylage is 12.3% and of hay is 10.3%. Assuming the silage is mainly alfalfa and the hay has a higher percentage of grass, forage samples are averaging about 4% ash contamination from external sources. Note that some samples have been as high as 18%. This means this farmer had fed almost 1 pound of dirt with each 5 pounds of hay or haylage!”Emily Glunk, Montana State University, explains, “On average, ash can take the place of nutrients such as energy, protein and even some of the vitamins on a 1:1 basis. If you increase ash by 0.1 percent, you are potentially decreasing digestible nutrients by 0.1 percent.” Putting this into perspective from a dairy producer’s standpoint, Glunk said, “Alfalfa with an ash content of 8 percent and relative feed quality rating (RFQ) of 164 will produce 2,826 pounds of milk per ton, whereas alfalfa with 15 percent ash and a 147 RFQ will produce around 2,362 pounds of milk.”Ash content is only one item listed in a forage analysis, but I am interested to see what our analyses will show this year compared to others in the past. Studies have shown cutting height and type of rake used in the haymaking process are big factors that can increase ash content, above what is considered normal in forages. Some studies indicate that leaving a stubble height of about 3” provides the best results for reducing additional ash content while yet maximizing quantity of forage for harvest. The lower a producer cuts their forage to the soil surface; the more ash ends up in the forage. Studies have also shown ground driven wheel rakes generally add a few percentage points to ash when compared to other type rotary or power take off driven rakes.Another point to consider this year is going to be heat damage to the forage. Many producers probably have hay that was baled wetter than optimum. In the June 13th issue of the Ohio Beef Cattle Newsletter Chris Penrose and Dan Lima provided information about dry matter percentages that are suggested for a variety of hay bale types when baling: Small squares to be 20% or less, Large round, 18% or less and Large squares, 16% when baling. Small bales dissipate heat faster than large round bales so small bales are less susceptible to longer periods of heating than large round bales. The goal for long-term storage and stability is a moisture content of <15%. The larger and denser a bale is, the less likely it is to lose moisture in storage and reach the stability desired, so the moisture at harvest becomes more critical.Penrose and Lima also provided information about what can happen when baling hay if it is too wet. Excessive microbial action causes hay to heat and if internal temperatures get above 150-160 degrees F, a call to the fire department may soon be needed because hay may ignite if exposed to air.Aside from hay bales that catch on fire, the potential heat damage I’m referring to is what can be measured, using a laboratory forage test, if crude protein is lost due to heat damage. This amount shows up in the adjusted crude protein percentage in the analysis numbers. This reduced number reflects what happens to bales that were baled wetter that optimum, but not wet enough to cause the fire problem. Once temperatures reach 115-120°F a chemical reaction occurs between the protein and carbohydrates present in the forage. This reaction, called the Maillard reaction (often referred to as the browning reaction), is responsible for the characteristic, sweet smelling cured tobacco odor you may notice around your hay bales. While cows seem to like the taste of this type hay, the process denatures proteins making part of them unavailable for digestion by our livestock. Laboratory testing can show if an adjustment has been made for excessive heat damage. All rations should be balanced using the “Adjusted Crude Protein” rather than the other protein values listed on your forage analysis.One more item producers may have to deal with this year is mold growth in hay bales. The presence of noticeable mold in stored forages indicates production problems, usually too much moisture. Once standing forage is cut, the moisture content of the plant starts to decrease. Bacteria and yeast populations, which were on the standing crop, are no longer as competitive as a new group of microbes that start to grow in the cut swath. These organisms feed off sugars and organic acids from the plant during the drying process. If hay is baled too wet, another group of microbes (mainly fungi and yeasts) starts to multiply, especially when the moisture content is between 20% and 30%. These new fungi outcompete the fungi that was on the forage in the swath or windrow because they can grow at a lower moisture level, but in higher temperatures that occur once the hay is baled. Each type of bacteria and fungi have their own ideal temperature and moisture level where they grow best, but none grow well at low moisture levels (<15%) and that’s why it is the stable moisture content goal we try to achieve.Mold and hay quality is a very difficult issue because the presence of mold does not necessarily mean that the feed cannot be use. However, poor palatability and lower intake can be an issue that results in lower performance of the livestock that eat it. In addition, problems from mold occur because mycotoxins are produced by certain mold fungi and can be harmful to livestock. This is part of the decision-making problem, since not all molds produce mycotoxins, and the amount produced by those that do is unpredictable.Mold spores can affect people too. Mold can cause a condition called farmer’s lung, where the fungus actually grows in lung tissue. So, always avoid breathing in spores if you have moldy hay. Horses are probably the livestock impacted most by moldy hay. It can lead to respiratory and digestive problems very easily, so do not feed moldy hay to horses.So, what is the quality of the hay you made? As we have discussed, several factors effect quality and intake, but a forage test is the best starting point to know how to feed the hay you produced. Sampling multiple lots of hay would provide the best picture of your overall situation and provide information for you to make the best use of the forages. Different production dates, variation in the amount of grass vs. amount of legume composition in the fields or different rates of fertilizer you applied this spring could all be reasons for sampling multiple lots of hay.One thing to remember, forage analysis results are only as good as the samples taken. Core samples should be taken with a forage sampler from 12-15 bales for each lot of hay being sampled. Place all of the core samples in a sealable plastic bag, taking care that fines material in the sample is not lost, which can skew the results.Laboratory analysis usually takes no more than about a week to get results back. Members of the OSU Extension Forage Team or Beef Team are willing to help you interpret your results or contact your local ANR Educator for assistance. Producers can then start planning for the winter feeding program to provide sufficient nutrients to all classes of livestock so maximum performance can be achieved.last_img read more

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Rocking start to the World Cup cup

first_imgThe rich and varied culture of the Indian sub-continent, mixed with a mesmerising fireworks and laser show, was exhibited in all its glory at the World Cup opening ceremony here on Thursday evening.World Cup opens with a spectacular showAnd world renowned musicians Bryan Adams, Sonu Nigam, Runa Laila, and Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy regaled the packed Bangabandhu National Stadium as Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina declared the 10th edition of the tournament open.The ceremony, which lasted about two-and-a-half hours, comprised songs sung by local artistes, with captains of all 14 competing teams making their grand entry into the arena in illuminated rickshaws in alphabetical order of the countries’ names.If the rickshaws were innovatively decorated, it were the numbers sung in four different languages – English, Hindi, Bengali, and Sinhalese – that drew maximum cheers from the crowd. While De ghumake, the official World Cup song sung by Shankar- Ehsaan-Loy of India, drew loud applause, legendary Bangladeshi singer Runa Laila’s all-time hit Dama dam mast kalandar was not far behind.There was a dash of colour as mostly Bangladeshi dances were performed by children and youngsters on the vast white circular carpet laid out in the field on which Bangladesh played their first ever Test match in 2000, against India.It was not mandatory for all 14 competing teams to be present at the ceremony, but the five teams – India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, England, and Ireland – that will play their matches in Bangladesh in the next few days were present in full strength.advertisementThe programme began with local songs before Sheikh Hasina arrived and soon Bangladesh’s national anthem was sung. After an audio-video clip, highlighting some of the memorable moments from previous World Cup tournaments, played on the giant screens, young local singers Mila, Kona, Elita, Balam, Hridoy Khan, Arnob, Ibrar and Topu took over.Then all the captains, accompanied by a young boy or a girl sitting with them in the rickshaws – the most popular and the cheapest mode of transport in Bangladesh – made their entry. As one of the co-hosts, Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan came in last, but he expectedly received the biggest cheer.Speeches by Bangladesh Cricket Board president Mostafa Kamal and sports minister Ahad Ali Sarkar, International Cricket Council (ICC) president Sharad Pawar, and Sheikh Hasina followed.Pawar termed Thursday as a historic day. “Today is a historic day when the people of Bangladesh join India and Sri Lanka together to host the ICC cricket World Cup, and make this tournament the most memorable yet,” he said.”Tonight we welcome the captains of the world’s top 14 teams to the opening ceremony of the 10th ICC cricket World Cup. One of these captains before us tonight will stand in the magnificent Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on April 2 and receive the World Cup trophy. On behalf of the ICC, I wish you all the best of luck.”Sheikh Hasina wholeheartedly welcomed all the guests. “It is my great pleasure to be present at this colourful opening ceremony of the ICC cricket World Cup 2011… We feel greatly privileged to co-host the cricket extravaganza in our beautiful country.I welcome the ICC officials, guests and spectators in this majestic ceremony,” she said.”I would like to extend my thanks to the ICC for selecting Bangladesh to host the opening ceremony and eight matches. My thanks go to the organisers and patrons for their immense labour to hold the ICC cricket World Cup successfully.I congratulate my cricket-loving countrymen for their great enthusiasm and cooperation to make this event a grand success,” she said. “Good luck to the players and I hope that fraternity among the nations will further be strengthened through this World Cup.”The prime minister declared the World Cup open by placing her hand on a palm-scanner after her speech.This was followed by an aerial and audio-visual cricket act on a nearby building, and cultural programmes. Expectedly, the Bangladesh cultural programme got more time than co-hosts India and Sri Lanka. Another innovative bit was when a person aimed a bow towards the sky and released the arrow, it turned into sparkling fireworks.last_img read more

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Michael Vick Will Not Return to Eagles Next Season

Michael Vick’s frequent injuries have turned off the Philadelphia Eagles, who have decided not to re-sign the quarterback who lost the starting job to Nick Foles last season.The Eagles will seek another backup to Foles, a veteran who will be comfortable in the role, according to cbssports.com.Vick has said he believes he is a starter, an indirect indication that he wanted out of Philly.Sources say Vick’s injury history has given Philly pause, and he will explore other options in free agency. The Jets, Raiders and other teams are monitoring Vick. Vick played previously for Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg in Philadelphia.Vick joined the Eagles in 2009. In 2010 he won the Comeback Player of the Year award after throwing for 21 touchdowns and running for nine to lead Philly to the playoffs. read more

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The NBA Is Giving Teams No Excuses To Sit Stars In Big

If you want a sense of what it was that forced the NBA to alter the way it schedules games, take a close look at a one-week stretch in mid-March.On March 11, the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs — separated in the standings by a mere game-and-a-half — each sat out their best players during a nationally televised Saturday game on ABC. A week later, the Cleveland Cavaliers did the exact same thing, sitting LeBron James among others in a marquee, ABC-carried game against the Los Angeles Clippers.1ABC is a part of Disney, the same parent company as FiveThirtyEight/ESPN.Asked whether the league contacted the Cavs about the team’s decision to rest its stars during the contest, David Griffin, Cleveland’s general manager at the time, said an NBA official called him almost immediately. “Seven minutes after it was announced. Yeah, they were not happy,” he said. “I feel bad for the league. I really do. But it is what it is from an injury standpoint.”In response to such concerns — including the fact that NBA teams have begun resting players earlier and earlier in the calendar each season, even when they aren’t in contention — the league made sure to build in a decent number of rest days around its biggest, most-hyped games this season to prevent clubs from using that rationale to sit star players in those contests.Perhaps the clearest shift in this regard: The league did its best to ensure that ABC will not be left showing the Warriors without Steph Curry, Kevin Durant or the Dubs’ other stars. Golden State, the NBA’s most televised team2This is the case again this year. They were the most-televised club last season, too., played five games on ABC last season, with four of those matchups being part of a back-to-back set.3A back-to-back is a stretch in which a team is forced to play games on consecutive days, without any true rest — a scenario that arguably waters down the quality of play, since players are fatigued for the second game. But this year, Golden State is slated to play six games on ABC with none of those being part of a back-to-back.More broadly, league officials were able to reduce each club’s number of back-to-back showings by beginning the season a week earlier than usual. The average team will now play just over 14 back-to-backs over the course of the season, down from 16 last season. And for the first time in league history, no team will be forced to play four games in a five-night span.Over the past few years, the notion of resting players has almost become commonplace, even after the Spurs got hit with a massive $250,000 fine in 2012 for holding out a number of its best players in a high-profile game against LeBron James and the Miami Heat. But there is an argument to be made that the league was overstepping its bounds in that case. After all, what if a team runs out of gas in the postseason, largely because it overexerted itself during a regular season in which players were all but forced to play in high-profile, nationally televised games? Aside from the injury risk, it’s also taking a key coaching decision — when and how to push your players, versus when to relax them — out of a coach’s hands.By striking the balance it did Monday night, the league may have found a way to keep players more happy, and fans at home more interested. read more

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Police seek publics help in two separate shootings

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, February 4, 2017 – Police are seeking the public’s help in two separate shooting incidents that has left a man dead and two others detained in hospital on Friday 3rd February 2017.  In the first incident, shortly before 7:30pm, two men were sitting in a vehicle on Durham Street off Mount Royal Avenue, when two males armed with handguns approached and shot them before fleeing on foot. The two men were taken to hospital where one of them later succumbed. The other man remains in serious condition.In the second incident, shortly before 12:00midnight, a man was sitting in his Honda Civic vehicle on St. Cecilia Street, Chippingham, when a man armed with a handgun approached and robbed him of cash and a gold chain. The gunman then took the victim’s vehicle and shot him before speeding off. The victim was taken to hospital where his condition is listed as stable.Investigations are ongoing in both incidents.#MagneticMediaNews Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Recommended for you ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

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Editorial Leadership Shuffle at Wiredcom

first_imgThrough a pair of tweets yesterday Mark McClusky and Evan Hansen announced a transition at the top editor spot at Condé Nast’s Wired.com. Hansen is departing and McClusky, formerly the editorial development director, will be taking over the position, a role that Hansen had filled since 2005. 

Hansen ambiguously broke the news about his departure on Twitter Monday tweeting “So long @wired it’s been fun.”  Shortly after, McCulsky followed up by tweeting, “Couldn’t possibly be more proud or excited to be named the new editor of Wired.com. Now, the fun starts.”No information has been given as to why Hansen is leaving, or who made the decision. However, a Condé Nast representative has confirmed that Hansen is out and McClusky is in. McClusky was just promoted to editorial development director at Wired.com last month.  Condé Nast also reports that Hayley Nelson will be joining Wired.com as director of product, a new position at the publication. Nelson joins from The New York Times. Both McClusky and Nelson will report to the recently named editor-in-chief at Wired magazine, Scott Dadich.last_img read more

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