Chadian journalist arrested two days after launching new magazine

first_img Help by sharing this information Many historic publications threatened with closure in Chad Receive email alerts Follow the news on Chad News ChadAfrica Condemning abuses October 7, 2020 Find out more February 23, 2018 Chadian journalist arrested two days after launching new magazine News Chadian radio stations on strike in protest against violent raid ChadAfrica Condemning abuses Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the arbitrary detention of Chadian journalist Martin Inoua Doulguet, the publisher of a new quarterly magazine called Salam Info, who was arrested yesterday, just two days after the magazine appeared for the first time on newsstands in the capital, N’Djamena. The police arrested him on a forgery charge on the grounds that he launched his news and analysis magazine in N’Djamena after obtaining the required publishing permit in the southern city of Bongor. He was interrogated by a prosecutor yesterday and is currently in the custody of the N’Djamena judicial police. “We call for Martin Inoua Doulguet’s immediate release because the accusation brought against does not, under any circumstances, constitute grounds for prolonged detention,” RSF said. “The authorities have a duty to encourage journalists to publish, not to censor them. ”Chad is ranked 121st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. to go further News Martin Inoua Doulguet, directeur de publication de Salam Info, présentant son premier numéro © Reports The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa December 1, 2020 Find out more RSF_en Organisation November 27, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Uptake of LNG as Fuel Slower than Expected. Will It Finally Pick Up?

first_imgBoxship breakthroughThe concept is increasingly appealing to container lines, with several now giving serious consideration to LNG for their newbuild fleets. Maersk Line raised many eyebrows when it publicly stated it views ‘alternative fuels’ as a better long-term solution to meet tougher environmental regulation than exhaust gas scrubbers in combination with conventional engines running on heavy fuel oil (HFO).In addition, CMA CGM said that it will equip nine 22,000 TEU vessels with engines burning LNG, thereby improving their EEDI by some 20% over comparable HFO fuelled tonnage.Endorsements for LNG by such major operators could serve as the catalyst that triggers a stampede, according to DNV GL.“While speculation about orders for large LNG fuelled container ships on the Far East-Europe route had been mounting, few had expected a breakthrough contract to arrive this year. It marks a significant turning point for LNG as a fuel and the shipping business more generally,” Wold said.SEALNG’s Esau believes there is considerable scope for refinements and improvements to be made.“Advances in dual fuel technology and propulsion, enhanced control systems and future use of gas turbines present further opportunities for greater GHG reductions.”Engine manufacturers have invested huge sums in R&D to improve the efficiency and environmental performance of conventional HFO burning engines, spurred by a combination of regulatory push and demand from end users for better fuel consumption. With a similar level of focus and engineering ingenuity, there is little reason to doubt they could achieve major advancements for engines operating on LNG.In the longer term, the possible addition of renewable natural gas – or biomethane – into the energy mix could offer further benefits. Today, biomethane is only produced in small quantities. However, as the incentives and momentum for reducing GHGs grow, production is likely to grow as well. Notably, the Port of Rotterdam is already exploring its potential. It is too early to say whether enough can be produced to fuel more than a handful of vessels, nonetheless Esau believes this is an opportunity that must be “vigorously pursued”.While conventional LNG alone cannot cut CO2 to the extent required by the COP21 agreement, it remains the best commercially available and proven technology to reduce CO2 emissions for most ship types and trades, says Wold. In 2012, DNV GL predicted that by 2020, the LNG-fuelled fleet would comprise around 1,000 vessels. Three years later, this figure was revised downwards to between 400 and 600 vessels, with low oil price and slower than expected development of bunkering infrastructure cited as key reasons.Today, there are 117 vessels burning LNG, of which more than two-thirds are operating in Europe. A confirmed order book of 111 vessels will see that figure double. In addition, there are 114 vessels that are classified as LNG-ready.This sets the stage for the long-awaited quicker uptake of LNG as a fuel for shipping, according to DNV GL’s Senior Consultant for Environmental Advisory Martin Christian Wold.In particular, bunkering options are expanding on a global scale. Today, there are 60 supply locations worldwide, including Singapore, the Middle East, the Caribbean as well as Europe, according to the latest data in DNV GL’s LNGi business intelligence portal. A further 28 facilities have been decided and at least 36 are under discussion.By the beginning of 2018, six LNG bunker vessels will be in operation globally, and four more projects are confirmed. Major players including Total, Shell, Gas Natural Fenosa, ENN and Statoil have announced plans for new LNG bunker vessels, which, according to Wold, are likely to materialize in the near future at key locations in northern Europe, the Middle East, the Gulf of Mexico, Singapore, and the Mediterranean.“For suppliers, it’s very much a question of timing. They won’t bring these facilities online until they see sufficient confirmed orders for LNG-fuelled tonnage to justify the investment. Yet, they are also jostling to secure an anchor customer and gain first-mover advantage to deter their rivals from setting up nearby,” Wold explains.Shell, for example, has just signed a long-term charter agreement for a 4,000m3 bunker barge to supply LNG bunkers along the U.S. east coast. Meeting growing demand for LNG from cruise lines was cited as the major impetus behind the decision.The regulatory outlook too is now much more certain, thanks to IMO setting 2020 as a fixed date for the introduction of its global cap on fuel sulphur content.“Evaluating whether LNG as a fuel will provide a competitive edge is difficult enough for ship owners. Having to anticipate various regulatory scenarios on top of that complicated matters further. IMO’s decision brings much-needed clarity to owners considering switching to LNG and other alternative fuels,” says Wold.Inflection pointBoth SEALNG, a multi-sector industry coalition working to facilitate and accelerate the widespread adoption of LNG as a marine fuel, and the Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel (SGMF), a non-governmental organisation dedicated to promoting the safe handling of LNG as a fuel, believe that an inflection point for LNG uptake is closer than ever.SEALNG General Manager Steve Esau says that the pivot will hinge on global availability of bunkering infrastructure close to traditional bunkering ports. “Nine of the top ten oil bunkering ports already offer LNG or have firm plans to do so by 2020,” he says.Slicing the statistics another way, there are already large scale terminals nearby 24 of the world’s top 25 ports ranked by trade volume. With a little more investment in the ‘last mile’ to bring LNG from the bulk infrastructure to ships, he believes the foundations are in place for a wider switch to LNG from 2020.“Right now just 0.2% of the addressable global fleet is running on LNG. But with regulatory clarity and established standards for safe handling of gas as a marine fuel, I believe we will see LNG fuel for ships become a mainstream option within the next five to seven years,” SGMF’s General Manager Mark Bell said.last_img read more

Boeheim rants on NCAA graduation rates

first_imgThree minutes into his postgame press conference on Tuesday, Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim switched topics to his team’s graduation rate.He stayed on it for four and a half minutes.“I’d like to address one thing. I think there’s something in terms of people’s opinions,” Boeheim said calmly.The NCAA released its annual graduation rates of Division I member institutions on Oct. 24. It revealed the men’s basketball program graduated 45 percent of its players from 2003-04 to 2006-07, while Syracuse as a whole graduated 87 percent of all athletes in that span.“We had six guys stay out of the 12, five graduated. The other six, a couple for the NBA, a couple who weren’t playing enough and transferred, one guy was hurt and just didn’t play anymore,” Boeheim said. “So if somebody can tell me how we’re supposed to graduate a guy who leaves, I would love for somebody to come tell me that, and explain how we can do that.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBoeheim said this isn’t a new issue. There’s been an “obsession” surrounding it during the last 20 years, he said.“There’s an obsession that if somebody comes here they should graduate,” Boeheim said. “It’s an obsession. Some kids obviously want to play more so they leave.“When they made the decision, prior to leaving, some kids when they make that decision they just leave, so they become ineligible because they’re not going to finish the course work and not count toward graduation. “There’s not much you can do in those cases.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 6, 2013 at 3:17 am Contact Stephen: [email protected] | @Stephen_Bailey1last_img read more

Steve Garvey’s first pitch is a brash prediction come true for Dodgers

first_imgSteve Garvey participated in the ceremonial first pitch at Dodger Stadium — via relay throw from first base — but that’s not the kind of thing he knew would really gets Dodgers fans energized.The former Dodger decided he should kick it up a notch when given the microphone for the usual welcome mantra before Monday’s Game 4 of the National League Division Series. “Welcome to the final game of the NLDS,” Garvey shouted.He then pumped his fist. And Dodgers fans roared. This was an elimination game for Atlanta, but if the Braves had won, there would have been a Game 5 Wednesday in Atlanta.The Braves dugout was quiet, but Atlanta catcher Brian McCann surely had to resist the impulse to block Garvey’s way back into the stands.“I said to myself, ‘What can I say to really get the crowd going?’” Garvey said in a phone interview Tuesday. “I’ll just say, ‘Welcome to the last game.’ I’ve had more response from that. The Braves didn’t like it, but that’s OK. The ends justifies the means. I’m just surprised (at the response).”“It was just one of those things. It was spontaneous.”Garvey — who was on the World Series championship team in 1981 — clearly still bleeds Dodgers blue. He last worked for the organization in 2011 under previous owner Frank McCourt, and Garvey was part of a group that tried to buy the Dodgers. Even though he commutes to games from Palm Desert, Garvey and his family stayed to watch the Dodgers celebration, and when he returned to the parking lot, his car — sporting a Dodgers decal — had a cracked windshield.“Maybe they took (my speech) personally,” Garvey said with a laugh. He tweeted a picture of the windshield in daylight and figured a Braves fan was responsible. Garvey didn’t think anyone would’ve known it was his car. “It’s a big parking lot,” Garvey said. “After all these years, I’ve had a cracked windshield and door bent. Those aren’t bad odds.”The 64-year-old former first baseman couldn’t be more pleased the Dodgers beat the Braves 4-3 in Game 4 and won the series 3-1 to advance to the National League Championship Series.“It’s just nice to see the resurgence,” Garvey said. “It’s nice to see the commitment by the Guggenheim Partners. It’s extremely difficult to take over the franchise in the middle of the year like they did last year.”“You’re really only new once. They put money into the structure of Dodger Stadium and stood up and did all these things.”The Dodgers have done plenty of things, rebounding from a disastrous start to the season with a 42-8 run and the National League West title. The fun is back at Dodger Stadium.“When the game was over, everyone lingered. You want to absorb these victories,” Garvey said. “It’s fun watching these guys.”Garvey and his family arrived home to Palm Desert at 1 a.m., and the kids were late to school by 30 minutes. “Some mornings, you have a pretty good excuse,” Garvey said. Garvey is doing well after a health scare last year when he learned he had PSA (Prostate-Specific Antigen). Garvey said he took the PSA test early, it was detected and he had a radical prostatectomy in October. He’s in the works to host a prostate cancer awareness speaker series at UCLA in January. “I’m virtually clean, but you’re always guardedly optimistic,” Garvey said. “I’m doing a lot of work with prostate cancer awareness now. You do what you can to help out.”“With breast cancer awareness, there are pink ribbons, but guys aren’t like that. They don’t want to talk about it. It needs a voice just to get guys to start a dialogue and to understand to take the PSA every year.”Garvey isn’t afraid to talk about anything.Especially not to make a bold prediction before a playoff game.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more