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On the sixth anniversary of Jean Dominique’s murder, Haiti’s new president urged to reopen the case

first_img Receive email alerts News Organisation Another journalist murdered in Haiti On the eve of the sixth anniversary of radio Haïti Inter director and political commentator Jean Dominique’s murder on 3 April 2000 in Port-au-Prince, Reporters Without Borders today added its voice to all the tributes being paid to Dominique and urged President-elect René Préval, who will be sworn in on 14 May, to give a solemn undertaking to reopen the case.“The scandal about the way the Dominique murder case has been handled for the past six years is all the greater as his suspected killers have been identified but none of them has been brought to trial and three of the alleged hit-men are currently on the run,” the press freedom organisation said.“This case highlights the scale of the police and judicial reforms that will have to be tackled by the government that emerges from the second round of the parliamentary elections on 21 April,” Reporters Without Borders continued. “Meanwhile, we call on Préval to pledge to reopen the case, especially as he was a personal friend of Dominique. The victory of justice over impunity is at stake.”The investigation into Dominique’s murder concluded on 21 March 2003, three years after he and Haïti Inter caretaker Jean-Claude Louissaint were gunned down in the radio station’s courtyard . It resulted in six men being charged and arrested: Dymsley “Ti Lou” Milien, Jeudi “Guimy” Jean-Daniel, Philippe Markington, Ralph Léger, Freud Junior Demarattes and Ralph Joseph. The charges against the last three were dropped on 4 August 2003, after they appealed against the indictment.Former Port-au-Prince deputy mayor Harold Sévère and Ostide “Douze” Pétion were arrested on 14 March 2004 as the suspected instigators of the murder. Annette Auguste, who was already being held in connection with other criminal activity, was also accused of involvement on 10 March 2005. But none of these three has ever been interrogated. There has never been any attempt to verify presumed hit-man Ti Lou’s statement that he was paid 10,000 dollars to murder Dominique. And the death of two witnesses in suspicious circumstances has never been explained.Ti Lou, Guimy and Markington managed to escape during a prison mutiny in February 2005. Markington fled to Argentina, from where he contacted Reporters Without Borders to insist on his innocence. During a visit to Port-au-Prince in September 2005, a Reporters Without Borders delegation was told by several sources close to the Dominique case that Ti Lou and Guimy were circulating with complete impunity in the Port-au-Prince neighbourhood of Martissant, where they were running a gang.After a previous Reporters Without Borders visit to Port-au-Prince, the supreme court ordered the case reopened on 29 June 2004. But it took nearly a year for a new investigating judge to be appointed, on 3 April 2005, exactly five years after the murder. The new judge has not had access to the files and has not been given the necessary resources, so absolutely no progress has been made with the reopened investigation. Violence against the press in Haiti: RSF and CPJ write to Minister of Justice Six years have elapsed since radio Haïti Inter director and political commentator Jean Dominique was gunned down in the radio station’s courtyard in Port-au-Prince on 3 April 2000. Reporters Without Borders appeals to President-elect René Préval, who will take office on 14 March, to ensure that his friend’s murderers are brought to justice. March 31, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 On the sixth anniversary of Jean Dominique’s murder, Haiti’s new president urged to reopen the case RSF_en News News to go further November 14, 2019 Find out more News Help by sharing this information HaïtiAmericas Journalist shot dead amid anti-government protests in Haiti October 11, 2019 Find out more HaïtiAmericas Follow the news on Haïti June 11, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

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Millennials have less debt overall now than they did in 2003

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr It’s a familiar stereotype by now: College graduates so burdened by their mountain of debt that they’re living in their parents’ basement, unable to take the next steps into adulthood.Except that it’s not quite accurate.It is true that student loan debt has ballooned since 2003. Back then, borrowers in their late twenties held a little more than $20,000 in student debt on average, according to data from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. In 2015, those loans topped an average of $50,000.But at the same time, young people lowered their holdings of every other major type of debt: credit cards, auto loans, mortgages and home equity loans. The result, according to the New York Fed, is that millennials have less debt overall now than they did in 2003. continue reading »last_img read more

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Baggies play down bust-up claims

first_img A club spokesman said: “Tensions were understandably running high in the dressing room after Cardiff’s late equaliser, but the incident has been sensationalised in the media. “What happened is not uncommon in a dressing room and shows that the players care. “The players involved have apologised. The club has drawn a line under the matter and is now fully focussing on Saturday’s important game at Norwich.” Tempers flared after Saturday’s 3-3 draw with the Bluebirds at the Hawthorns after Mats Daehli snatched a last-gasp equaliser for the visitors. However, the Baggies have insisted the incident was nothing out of the ordinary and has been dealt with. West Brom have played down claims of a dressing room bust-up in the wake of their dramatic Barclays Premier League draw with Cardiff. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Can You Heat a House with Air Ducts in a Concrete Floor?

first_imgConcrete floors with high thermal mass are often at the heart of passive solar designs. The density of concrete helps it store thermal energy and helps to reduce uncomfortable swings in indoor temperatures.Slabs collect some heat from the sun through south-facing windows, often supplemented by radiant-floor heating systems that use a network of embedded plastic tubing to circulate hot water.Nothing unusual here. But in a recent Green Building Advisor Q&A, Jay asks about the possibility of inserting air ducts directly in concrete to keep it warm.“I’m interested if there is any added efficiency in passive solar applications where air is circulated through the slab,” Jay writes. “My impression is that this technique opens you up to a lot of potential moisture/mold scenarios. Does anyone know of any research that looks at the implications of this technique?”As usual, there’s no lack of opinion on the topic, although scientific studies that might answer Jay’s question definitively don’t seem to exist.Some builders use this approachAJ Builder points to the work of Bruce Brownell, who, he says, has “spent a lifetime designing, refining and building” this type of house. GREEN PRODUCT GUIDE HVAC Ducts and Casings Cost-Effective Passive Solar Design A Contrarian View of Passive Solar DesignAll About Radiant FloorsAll About Thermal Mass Think Spot: Passive House 2: Reader Questions and ResponsesSiting with the Sun: Passive Heating and DaylightingSolar HeatQ&A: Thermal Mass “I have been in two of them,” AJ adds, and they are very livable environments. The owners almost heat alone with very small heat sources, hot water tanks, woodstoves or just the sun at many times…I think ducted slabs are a great choice among many.”AJ includes a link to Adirondack Alternate Energy, presumably Brownell’s Edinburg, N.Y., company, which describes how the houses are heated. A small fan gathers heat at the peak of the house and distributes it through “a heavy (70-100 ton) mass storage system under the lowest floor, and back to the house interior perimeter.”Houses built this way will never freeze in winter, maintain a healthy indoor humidity level of between 45% and 50% in winter, and indoor temperatures that never fluctuate more than 6 degrees, the company claims. Moreover, indoor air is filtered three times per hour to eliminate most dust.The company says it’s built more than 300 such houses.Chris R says a Canadian builder by the name of Don Roscoe has built a number of similar passive solar homes in Nova Scotia in which 5-in. air ducts are incorporated in an 8-in. slab.So widely used or not, the technique is not unheard of.But where’s the science?Daniel Ernst was among the first to jump in with concerns about a lack of data that would support claims for how well these buildings perform, and in particular how much heat would be contributed by windows.“But do you know of any controlled studies that compare House A (with ducted slab) to House B (without ducted slab)? Where are the BTU measurements? The hygothermal models? The documentation?” Ernst asks.“But no matter what climate or window or house, you can’t create a system that uses passive solar gain to heat air, and then use that air to heat 70-100 tons of masonry to any meaningful extent,” he adds. “The physics and calculations don’t support the concept. There is no evidence that it works.”One of Brownell’s houses is described in more detail in a link Ernst supplies. But, he adds, maybe Brownell should be encouraged to monitor and post actual energy data to make his case?Two other points: the minute a design incorporates a blower, you’re no longer talking about a simple passive design, says Kevin Dickson. Plus, a slab as thick as Brownell suggests may crack where it changes in thickness around ducts.Do alternate views get a fair shake?Brownell’s designs have been steadily improved over the years, replies AJ, and besides, what’s wrong with considering alternate views?“Seems like every time I mention Bruce there are ‘attitudes’ here at GBA,” he adds. “What’s with that? Is this a little cliquish group of greenies or something? Bruce started down the road of green before I bet many, many here, and for sure before most of us in this country. He should be applauded for all his efforts over all these decades.”Hang on, says James Morgan.“It’s always been my assumption that the fundamental premise of green building is mindful and appropriate use of the materials and processes we employ for our shelter,” he says.“Whatever the norm may be in your area, suggesting there might be data to justify a triple-thickness slab is jumping down no one’s throat. Environmental benefit returned for environmental cost invested is not a difficult concept.”Morgan, who works in North Carolina, says he’s built many more than 350 energy efficient projects and says the value of high thermal mass is overrated.“I would be intrigued to know why so many architects, designers and builders in the green building movement do seem to worship at the altar of generic high thermal mass,” he says. “The theory seems to make sense only for a few very specific climates (hot dry days, cool dry nights, most days of the year). “Building science has moved onSorry, but this approach really is typical of early mistakes that many passive solar designers made in the 1970s, says Robert Riversong.“Some of the early experimentation, including air ducting in the floor and between double walls and roofs (the envelope house) or excessive or inadequate thermal mass, has been rendered obsolete by better design and a more comprehensive understanding of thermodynamics and building science,” Riversong writes.In addition, claims that the building envelope with walls of R-26 are far better than conventional houses is “absurd,” he says.Finally, a house built that tight requires heat- or energy-recovery ventilation. “Such a non-breathable house also likely violates hygro-thermal engineering principles that are essential to incorporate into a healthy and durable home, including a breathable envelope and hygric buffering,” Riversong writes.The discussion might go in different directions with the participation of Bruce Brownell himself. AJ writes he’s extended the invitation. PODCAST: Architects Discuss Passive Solar Design RELATED ARTICLES MULTIMEDIA last_img read more

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SUV owners should pay full diesel price: Ramesh

first_imgTraining his guns again on sports utility vehicles (SUVs), Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh on Tuesday asked the users of these fuel-guzzling cars to pay full market price for diesel, which is subsidised for the benefit of farmers.Ramesh, however, made it clear that his “deliberate” criticism of the SUVs need not be seen as him being against the automobile sector.He had recently called SUVs as “criminals” and “Socially Useless Vehicles” for being bad emitters, fuelling a controversy in the auto sector. Germany, which is home to auto major BMW, had also taken strong exception to the remarks.”Why should they get subsidised fuel meant for farmers,” Ramesh asked, while speaking at a conference on 5th Sustainability Summit organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).”We introduce the (diesel) subsidy for a certain economic purposes but have ended up with a wholly different purpose,” he said, favouring incentives to the firms aiming at sustainable development.Ramesh, however, also made it clear he is not trying to hurt the growth of the auto industry in the country.”I am not knocking the growth of the automotive industry, but those who want to use diesel cars must pay the full market price for the fuel. Why should they get subsidised fuel meant for farmers?” he said.The environment minister also said there was a need for creating an incentive structure from a fiscal point of view, particularly which rewards.”We need to move to a system which looks at rewarding or incentivise those companies that actually promote the objective of sustainable development, that promote energy conservation, water conservation and protection and preservation of natural resources,” Ramesh said.advertisement- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

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WORLD CUP TOURNAMENT TAKES SHAPE

first_imgThe 6th Federation of International Touch (FIT) World Cup is set to become one of the most exciting and successful events in the sport’s history.61 team nominations from 20 different Countries have been received by the global governing body of the game to compete across 7 divisions in Stellenbosch, South Africa from 17-21 January 2007.FIT President, Mr Cary Thompson, is delighted with the growth of the game since the last World Cup staged in Kumagaya in Japan in 2003.“In 2003 we had 9 countries fielding 23 teams across 5 divisions, now we have 20 countries with 61 teams across 7 divisions – we are certainly looking at considerable global growth in the sport and it is indeed an exciting time for Touch.” Mr Thompson said. The 1999 World Cup held in Sydney remains the largest event of this type in the history of the sport with 69 teams from 20 countries competing. With 34 official FIT member nations presently registered, and the potential for many more, these figures are likely to be eclipsed in the future as the sport continues to rise in popularity and development across the World. Australia completed a clean sweep of the five contested divisions on offer at the 2003 FIT World Cup, but is destined to face fierce opposition from perennial Trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand.The Kiwis performed well at the 2005 All Nations tournament and have been building strongly off the back of an impressive junior development program which saw them claim 4 out of 6 divisions at the 2005 Youth World Cup and have further advanced their World Champion nation aspirations with the formation of the Touch New Zealand Elite Academy in 2006.A host of developing touch nations will also be keen to make their mark on the game on the biggest stage the sport has to offer. The growth of the game in South Africa and in Western European nations has been an exciting development and a just reward for the effort the sport’s World governing body and foundation nations have invested into the game on a global scale.Australia and New Zealand, in particular, have been pivotal in providing technical knowledge, resources, and development initiatives and exchanges with developing Touch nations in the interim period between the most recent World Cups.Invitational teams from Switzerland and China will also be competing in various divisions of the World Cup in 2007, with a view to attaining fully-fledged membership of FIT in the future.Australia will defend its World Champion tag in the Men’s Open, Women’s Open, Mixed Open, Men’s 30’s, and Men’s 35’s divisions, with the Men’s 40’s and Mixed 30’s divisions back on the World Cup competition program after an absence since 1999.Meanwhile, preparations for the FIT World Cup are progressing well, with referee nominations for the tournament to be reviewed by FIT officials and invitations extended to referees in the near future. Australian Open Teams will assemble in Sydney on 4-5 November for the next World Cup Team Training Camp to continue their build up towards the January 2007 World Cup tournament.   Touch Football Australia will keep our members updated on all the latest developments and information about the tournament as it comes to hand.last_img read more

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22 days agoSpurs midfielder Sissoko slams Pochettino tactics: We’re exhausted!

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Spurs midfielder Sissoko slams Pochettino tactics: We’re exhausted!by Freddie Taylor22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham Hotspur midfielder Moussa Sissoko has questioned Mauricio Pochettino’s tactics after the 7-2 loss to Bayern Munich on Tuesday.The home side looked ran off the feet as Bayern scored three goals in the final ten minutes.And Sissoko claims Spurs’ midfielders are worn out by Pochettino’s formation.”We get tired too quickly physically when we play with a diamond midfield,” Sissoko told RMC.The Argentine is under growing pressure as Spurs continue their spluttering start to the season. last_img read more

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THE FLASHSUPERGIRL DIRECTOR KEVIN SMITH TWEETS HE SUFFERED A MASSIVE HEART ATTACK

first_imgKevin Smith says he has suffered and survived a “massive heart attack,” tweeting a photo from his hospital bed just after midnight Pacific time on Monday. The Clerksand Chasing Amy filmmaker was shooting a new standup special, Kevin Smith Live!, at the Alex Theatre in Glendale on Sunday night.After the first show this evening, I had a massive heart attack. The Doctor who saved my life told me I had 100% blockage of my LAD artery (aka “the Widow-Maker”). If I hadn’t canceled show 2 to go to the hospital, I would’ve died tonight. But for now, I’m still above ground! pic.twitter.com/M5gSnW9E5h— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) February 26, 2018READ MORE Kevin Smith survives ‘massive heart attack’ after being rushed to hospitalAmerican filmmaker Kevin Smith — best known for helming Clerks and Chasing Amy — says he only just survived a “massive heart attack” over the weekend.The 47-year-old Tweeted a picture of himself from a hospital bed covered with tubes. Smith had performed earlier that evening, and was due to perform again but cancelled the second show. READ MOREKevin Smith Tweets About ‘Massive Heart Attack’ and TreatmentKevin Smith (“Clerks”) has told fans on Twitter that he suffered a massive heart attack and would have died if he had not canceled a comedy special and gotten to hospital for treatment.“After the first show this evening, I had a massive heart attack,” Smith wrote on Twitter in the early hours of Monday morning, with an accompanying picture of him in a hospital bed covered in tubes. READ MOREKevin Smith Tweets He Suffered a “Massive Heart Attack”“If I hadn’t canceled show 2 to go to the hospital, I would’ve died tonight. But for now, I’m still above ground!” he posts along with a selfie from his hospital bed.Kevin Smith (Clerks) in the early morning hours of Monday tweeted a selfie from a hospital bed, saying he had survived a “massive” heart attack.The photo he posted on Twitter shortly after 3 a.m. ET/midnight PT showed him covered in tubes and wearing a hospital gown. READ MORE Advertisement Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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Buckeyes rely on defense to start 30 in the Big Ten

The Buckeyes got a very important victory on Saturday: 31-13 over Wisconsin. The win was anything but conventional, but it did solidify the Buckeyes as the leaders of the Big Ten.“It was a little bit different ball game than I think any of us anticipated,” coach Jim Tressel said in his weekly press conference. “We knew Wisconsin was a heck of a football team, and we knew we were going to have our hands full.”Once again, the defense led OSU to a comfortable victory by several scores, but offensively the Buckeyes have more questions than answers.OSU (5-1, 3-0) now prepares for the Purdue Boilermakers (1-5, 0-2) on Saturday.Defense comes up big yet againAll season, the Buckeyes’ defense has made plays when necessary. Saturday wasn’t any different.Senior captain Kurt Coleman returned from a one-game suspension and wasted little time returning to form. His 89-yard interception return stopped a driving Badger team and shifted momentum into the Buckeyes’ favor for the remainder of the game. His 14 tackles were also a career high.“The funny thing about it, I was joking with my teammates and they were telling me that because I missed a game I needed to have double the production, and it just so happened that I happened to have double the production. It was a great feeling to come back and help this team, especially in that kind of fashion. I was just happy to be out there playing with my teammates again.”Tressel said the Badgers played up to his expectations, but the Buckeyes “came up with some plays that are game changers.”“Obviously, Kurt Coleman’s play and the pressure that was put on the quarterback, his being where he was supposed to be, and then I thought the execution on the interception return was outstanding,” Tressel said. “You always say when an interception is thrown, if you can block the intended receiver and you can block the quarterback and then get everyone else running down the sideline, you have a chance, and they did that just as you would hope they would do.”OSU got another interception for a touchdown in the second half. With the game still in doubt, junior safety Jermale Hines put the Buckeyes up two touchdowns with a 32-yard interception return.The defense will look to control Purdue’s high-powered offense on Saturday. The Buckeyes have held all but one opponent to under 20 points, including back-to-back shutouts of Toledo and Illinois.Pryor takes a step backAfter having nine touchdowns in the last three games, quarterback Terrelle Pryor saw his production drop significantly against the Badgers.The sophomore completed 5 of 13 passes for only 87 yards with one touchdown and an interception. His one bright spot for the afternoon came right before halftime, when he led the Buckeyes 88 yards for the go-ahead score. A run of 27 yards and a touchdown pass for 32 yards to DeVier Posey were the highlights of the drive.The offense struggled to find a rhythm because of three touchdown by the defensive and special teams. However, OSU would have liked to see more consistency from its quarterback.The problems on offense do not begin and end with one guy, Tressel stressed. The lack of production was an offensive problem, not just a problem with his quarterback.“I think the thing you do with any of us is understand that when things go just right, I probably didn’t do it by myself, and when things didn’t go the way you’d like, it probably didn’t have everything to do with me,” Tressel said.No Boom, only ZoomThe depth at running back is quickly depleting for OSU. Daniel “Boom” Herron did not play against Indiana on Oct. 3 but returned against Wisconsin. Unfortunately for the Buckeyes, he re-injured his ankle and most likely will not be available against the Boilermakers.Freshman Jamaal Berry, who was a prized recruit for the Buckeyes this season, has also been injured. Whether he will make an impact this season remains to be seen.“I’m the eternal optimist. I keep waiting for Jamaal Berry to be healthy because when he’s been healthy, he’s been very, very good,” Tressel said. “Right now, it’s Brandon and Jordan.”Small finally makes large impactSenior wide receiver and returner Ray Small has spent his fair share of time in Tressel’s doghouse. The Glenville product, who many thought would be the next Ted Ginn Jr., has not lived up to expectations, and it was unsure whether he would even play this season.However, when he took a Badger kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown on Saturday, he put defenders and past troubles behind him. He said there is no better feeling than making an impact again.“It means a lot. I play the game as if it’s my last play, no matter if it’s practice or if it’s the game,” Small said. “This year I came in and take it a lot more serious.”Small said he has no regrets and would love to have another big game this weekend to show how far he has come. read more