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first_img @Benin State House RSF_en @RSF_Inter Organisation News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on Benin’s High Authority for Broadcasting and Communication (HAAC) to stop refusing to renew the licence of Soleil FM, an opposition radio station that has had to suspend broadcasting. December 18, 2019 Popular opposition radio station forced off the air in Benin Benin urged to implement findings of Working Group on Arbitrary Detention BeninAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Freedom of expressionJudicial harassment November 7, 2020 Find out more News Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” Newscenter_img News November 11, 2020 Find out more Op-ed urges Benin to end Digital Law threat to journalism The privately-owned radio station had to stop broadcasting at midnight on December 18 on orders from the HAAC, which notified it in a letter on the same day that its permit had “expired” because its renewal application, although submitted in good time, was not successful.  The HAAC said the person who signed the application, Soleil FM manager Jérôme Kassa, was not authorized to do this because the original permit was issued to the station’s owner, Sébastien Adjavon , a government opponent now living in self-imposed exile.  “We call on the authorities to rescind this decision at once,” said Assane Diagne, the director of RSF’s West Africa office. “It is clear that Soleil FM’s criticism of the government has been a source of annoyance, and that the grounds given for this decision are just a crude pretext for depriving the public of a source of information and for silencing dissent.”  Soleil FM is a very popular opposition station and this is not the first time it has had problems. Its signal has often been jammed in the past.   Benin is ranked 96th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. May 4, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts BeninAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Freedom of expressionJudicial harassment to go further Follow the news on Benin Help by sharing this information last_img read more

first_imgLocal News Previous articleOAT052619 Margulies_C20190522Next articleFundraiser Odessa American By Odessa American – February 24, 2021 Pinterest Britney Salinas A man stated his common law spouse of three years choked and punched him over an argument about unfaithfulness, an Odessa Police Department affidavit detailed.Britney Nicole Salinas was charged with assault family violence with impeding breathing and circulation, a third-degree felony.The reported assaulted happened at 9:39 p.m. Monday at the Quail Run Apartments located at 5335 N. Grandview Ave., the affidavit stated.Officers responded to the disturbance call and they reportedly heard a woman screaming “let me have my keys” repeatedly. Officers made contact with 22-year-old Angel Vela that stated he and his common law spouse, Salinas, gotten into an argument about unfaithfulness.Vela stated he had attempted to take the keys to his vehicle from the bedroom and Salinas jumped on his back and began to choke him until the point that he couldn’t breathe, the affidavit stated. Salinas also reportedly struck Vela on the head several times.Vela stated he was able to get Salinas off him and after some more arguing, Salinas jumped back onto his back and choked him again. Officers saw redness on Vela’s neck along with friction burn marks in the same area. Officer also saw several scratches on Vela’s right hand that were fresh and bleeding.Salinas was arrested, charged and transported to the Ector County Law Enforcement Center. She has one bond totaling $25,000 and was still in custody on Wednesday morning, jail records show. Twitter WhatsApp Woman charged with choking and punching boyfriendcenter_img TAGS  Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgHarvard University has joined a coalition of 30 colleges and universities in a new initiative to expand the number of talented low- and moderate-income students at undergraduate institutions with the highest graduation rates.The American Talent Initiative brings together public and private institutions united in a common goal to enhance their own efforts to recruit and support lower-income students, learn from each institution, and contribute to research that will help other colleges and universities to expand opportunity.“Higher education creates possibility. It opens opportunities for young people to explore the meaning of their lives, to understand the lives of others, and to discover interests and ambitions across a remarkable array of fields and disciplines,” said Harvard University President Drew Faust. “The American Talent Initiative will help to ensure that more of the most talented students in the nation have access to colleges and universities — and have the chance to realize their extraordinary potential to shape our country’s future.”Aiming to welcome more of the 270 institutions with graduation rates of 70 percent or higher over the next few years, the members of the initiative have set a goal to substantially increase the number of high-achieving, lower-income students that the participating colleges and universities attract, enroll, and graduate by 2025.Participating colleges and universities will further the national goal of developing more talent from every American neighborhood by:Recruiting students from diverse socio-economic backgrounds through robust outreach;Ensuring that admitted lower-income students enroll and are retained through practices that have been shown to be effective;Prioritizing need-based financial aid; andMinimizing or eliminating gaps in progression and graduation rates among students from low-, moderate- and high-income families.Members will share lessons learned as well as aggregated institutional data. The Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program and Ithaka S+R, the two not-for-profit organizations coordinating the initiative, will study the practices that lead to measurable progress and disseminate knowledge to the field through regular publications.Catherine Bond Hill, Ithaka S+R managing director and former Vassar president, noted that “this Initiative speaks to fairness and equal opportunity for thousands of students who currently can’t claim either, and to the enormous societal benefit that comes from nurturing all of our most talented young people. Recent research suggests that at least 12,500 high school seniors per year have SAT scores in the top 10 percent with 3.7 grade point averages or higher — and still do not attend the top 270 colleges. If each of these institutions commits to do its share, an additional 50,000 talented students — 12,500 in each grade level — will benefit from the incredible opportunity these colleges and universities offer and that these students have earned.”The initiative seeks to ensure that these “missing” students have a path to attend and thrive at the institutions with the highest-graduation rates and best track records for post-graduate success.“If we’re serious about promoting social mobility in America, we need to ensure that every qualified high school student in the U.S. has an opportunity to attend college. I’m so glad that so many great colleges and universities have stepped up today and committed themselves toward that goal. This is a vital first step toward creating a more meritocratic society,” said Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies and former three-term mayor of New York City.This initiative is funded with an initial $1.7 million, multi-year grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies. Grant funding will be used for research and dissemination of best practices, convenings of college presidents and staff, and data analysis and reporting.last_img read more

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Ings not interested in leaving Saints, Southampton manager says Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte has had a knee surgery after damaging his cartilage and lateral meniscus in their 4-0 victory over Brighton and Hove Albion last weekend, the Premier League champions said on Wednesday. The 25-year-old, who had been called up by France for their Euro 2020 qualifiers against Albania and Andorra, was carried off on a stretcher after upending Brighton’s Adam Webster and coming off worse. “Aymeric Laporte has undergone surgery on his knee after damaging his cartilage and lateral meniscus during Saturday’s win over Brighton,” City said in a statement. “The surgery, carried out by Dr Ramon Cugat in Barcelona, was successful and a more detailed prognosis will be provided in due course. Everyone at City wishes Aymeric a full and speedy recovery.” Laporte established himself as a key player in manager Pep Guardiola’s back line last season, playing 35 league matches and started all four of their matches in the current campaign. The Frenchman’s injury means that City only have Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones, who is battling a thigh issue, as their senior central defenders, following the departure of Vincent Kompany in the closed season. City return to league action against promoted Norwich City on September 14. Reuters/NAN.Tags: AlbaniaAndorraAymeric LaporteBrighton and Hove AlbionEuro 2020Manchester CityNicolas OtamendiPremier LeagueVincent Kompanylast_img read more