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Gabon : Information restricted in Gabon after coup attempt

first_img January 8, 2019 Gabon : Information restricted in Gabon after coup attempt December 31, 2019 Find out more Help by sharing this information Soliders standing in front of the RTG offices in Libreville this 7th January 2019. Crédit: Steve JORDAN / AFP News GabonAfrica Condemning abuses InternetFreedom of expression Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Gabonese authorities not to restrict the flow of news and information and to guarantee the ability to journalists to work amid the turmoil following a coup attempt early yesterday morning, in which soldiers stormed into the national radio and TV station, RTG, and broadcast a call for an uprising. The authorities quickly announced the arrest of the mutineers’ leader and said the situation was “under control.” But the Internet, which was disconnected early yesterday, had not been restored by the end of the day. RTG eventually resumed its regular programming yesterday evening.According to the president’s office, the five journalists and technicians who were at RTG headquarters when the soldiers arrived were not allowed to leave and were forced to broadcast the communiqué read by their leader, Lt. Obiang Kelly, who identified himself as the Republican Guard’s deputy commander. News “We condemn the use of force against journalists and the restrictions on news and information,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “The restoration of order announced by the authorities must be accompanied by an effective restoration of the Internet in Gabon. In the current fluid situation, Gabonese need more than ever to have access to credible media coverage, and journalists must be able to do their job to report the news.” Follow the news on Gabon Gabon is ranked 108th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. Organisation Reports Receive email alerts RSF_en to go further Weekly seized from Gabon’s newsstands November 27, 2020 Find out more The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa The communiqué called for a popular uprising in response to the “pathetic spectacle” offered by the country’s president, Ali Bongo, who broadcast a New Year message from Morocco in a bid to reassure the Gabonese public about his state of health and ability to run the country. Bongo has not returned to Gabon since suffering a stroke in Saudi Arabia in October and is now convalescing in Morocco. News GabonAfrica Condemning abuses InternetFreedom of expression Gabonese journalist could spend New Year’s Eve in prison January 24, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Martens files for Clerk of Superior be removed from case

first_imgFacebook TAGSfeaturedJason CorbettlimerickMolly martensmurdernorth carolinaThomas Martens Email Murder accused Molly Martens Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Print Murder accused Molly MartensMOLLY Martens’ lawyers have filed a motion seeking to remove Clerk of Superior Court Brian Shipwash from the Jason Corbett case amid claims that he and a lawyer for the Limerickman’s estate held “unethical secretive converstions”.The legal team for Ms Martens, who has been charged with second degree murder and voluntary manslaughter, has sought that the Clerk of the Superior Court hand over all his communications regarding the decision made to award guardianship of Jason’s children Jack and Sarah to his sister Tracey Lynch.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Walter Holton, lawyer for Ms Martens, said that “conduct by the the Clerk is so egregious as to necessitate the disqualification of Mr Shipwash from any future proceedings in the matter.”Murder accused Molly Martens, is currently within a 30 day period where she has been ordered to return the items that she had taken from the home where Jason Corbett was murdered last August.Molly, (32) who together with her father Thomas Martens, (65) have been indicted in the US courts with the manslaughter and second degree murder of Jason on August 2 last when he was bludgeoned to death.Mr Corbett was found dead in the bedroom of his North Carolina home that he shared with his children, his second wife and former nanny Molly Martens.The father and daughter pair were charged and released on bail bonds of $200,000 each.Last September, a court order was put in place preventing Ms Martens from removing anything from the home at Panther Creek, Wallburg, North Carolina.However, on January 21 last, Ms Martens is understood to have taken the “majority of the tangible personal property located in the home and placed that property storage” according to court documents filed.Ms Martens argued that she only took items that she had paid for with a credit card in her sole nameHowever papers filed in court showed that the card was financed from the couple’s joint account which contained mostly money earned by Mr Corbett. Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Linkedin Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” WhatsApp Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Advertisement WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads NewsMartens files for Clerk of Superior be removed from caseBy Staff Reporter – March 18, 2016 838 Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Previous articleLimerick student is All-Ireland Youth Volunteer of the YearNext articleLimerick woman highlights plight of circus elephants Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie last_img read more

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Sleep Tight, Learn Better

first_imgAlmost any teacher in America can look at her class and know which kids went to bed too late the night before.Sometimes the students are grumpy. Sometimes they’re drowsy. Sometimes they’re just not as attentive as they usually are. The symptoms are varied, but they’re all caused by a lack of sleep.Many kids — and adults, for that matter — don’t get enough sleep. On average, high school students need between seven and 11 hours of sleep. For younger kids, even more time is needed: 12 hours for school-aged kids, 13 hours for preschoolers and close to 14 hours for toddlers.With homework, after-school activities, increased screen time and other demands, it’s harder than ever to make sure children get enough sleep, but it’s vital to their development. Sometimes behavior problems or problems at school seem to come out of nowhere, but often it’s as simple as sleep deprivation, said Diane Bales, an associate professor of human development with the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences and UGA Cooperative Extension.Signs and symptoms of sleep deprivationThere are several symptoms that can clue parents into whether their child is getting enough sleep.“Irritability, being hard to wake up in the morning, complaining about being tired, falling asleep in the middle of things and lack of concentration are all symptoms of sleep deprivation,” Bales said. “Even excessive energy can be a mechanism that kids use to keep themselves awake.”Even for young people, it can be hard to set aside enough time for sleep each night and maintain a healthy bedtime routine.“Lots of kids of many different ages do a lot of things,” Bales said. “But a lot of people don’t understand the importance of sleep, and how damaging it is to not get enough sleep, so they don’t prioritize it.”Technology also plays a growing role in keeping kids up too late, she added.                                                                                           Light from cell phones and other electronic devices can make falling asleep difficult. Things seen or read online can create overstimulation.It’s easy for kids and adults to get drawn into games, conversations and other sources of online engagement before bed. That time online can eat into sleep time and make it harder for adults and children to fall asleep after they turn off their devices.Even without electronic interference, sometimes it’s simply hard to wind down after sports practice or hours spent on homework, even if enough time is allotted for sleep.Sleep solutionsStrengthening routines is key to making sure that kids get enough sleep. Parents should establish this by counting back from the time the kids need to wake up for school.“If the child needs 10 hours of sleep, you have to back up 10 hours from that wake-up time, and the child needs to be in bed by then,” Bales said.Another piece of the bedtime puzzle involves setting up routines that help kids relax.“It’s key to plan out when they need to have a bath, when to turn off electronics and what routine is going to help the child wind down,” she said.Building a bedtime routine will also help kids ease back into school.“Parents need to start early in the summer,” Bales said. “A lot of times, kids get off their normal sleep schedule during summer break. Parents shouldn’t wait until school starts to make that adjustment back to the school-year bedtime routine.”Bales suggests backing up the bedtime by 15 minutes every few days for a few weeks.When parents create a bedtime routine, they should think back to advice from their parents and grandparents.“It’s about turning down the lights, reading a book, taking a warm bath and having some kind of a ritual that’s part of bedtime,” she said.last_img read more

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Talk of the towns

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