to go further RSF’s recommendations for protecting press freedom during Côte d’Ivoire’s elections Organisation News Côte d’IvoireAfrica News The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Threats against journalists in run-up to Côte d’Ivoire’s presidential election Côte d’IvoireAfrica Reports Receive email alerts October 29, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information RSF_en On 9 September 2002, uniformed police officers raided theoffices of two dailies with links to the opposition, “Le Patriote” and”Tassouman”. An article published that morning in “Tassouman” reported onthe theft of Interior Minister Emile Boga Doudou’s vehicle.”This police raid raises concerns about press freedom in Côte d’Ivoire. Wehope that it will remain an isolated act,” stated Reporters Without Borders Secretary-General Robert Ménard in a letter to Laurent Gbagbo, president of Côte d’Ivoire. Reporters Without Borders asked the president to respect the promise he made when he took office not to harass in any way journalists who are carrying out their work. “You must call your ministers to order if they do not live up to your promises and ensure that those responsible for this raid are punished,” added Ménard.At about noon (local time) on 9 September in Abidjan, uniformed policeofficers burst into the offices of the Mayama press group, which publishesthe dailies “Le Patriote” and “Tassouman”. The newspapers have links to theopposition Rally of Republicans (Rassemblement des républicains, RDR) led byAlassane Dramane Ouattara. The offices were ransacked, tear-gas canisterswere thrown and four people received minor injuries. The police officersaccused “Tassouman” of publishing an article on the theft of the interiorminister’s car. The newspaper made a parallel between this event and “theregime’s impotence” in the face of urban crime and insecurity. It called theincident a “humiliation” for the police. The information proved to beincorrect and the editorial staff were preparing to publish a correction: inreality, it was the minister of solidarity and health’s vehicle that hadbeen stolen. The interior minister released a communiqué stating that he wasin no way involved in this case.Reporters Without Borders notes that, in January 2001, several journalists from the daily “Le Patriote” were summoned by the police’s research squad due to “investigation requirements.” They were accused of publishing articles quoting people who doubted whether an attempted coup had really taken place. A few days later, the home of “Le Patriote”‘s publication director was ransacked byunidentified persons. Follow the news on Côte d’Ivoire November 27, 2020 Find out more News October 16, 2020 Find out more September 12, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Police raid editorial offices
Privately owned bakeries are increasing in value faster than their corporate competitors, making them potential takeover targets.This is the finding of a new report, Portfolio Analysis of the Bakery Industry, from Plimsoll Publishing, that highlights exclusivity, niche products and unique services as other potentially attractive features of independent bakeries.Another more practical factor is the increasing age of the owners and principals at some of the companies, which is causing them to consider their choices.”While many family firms have succession plans in place,” explained market analyst David Pattison, “an offer for the company at the crucial moment is often listened to sympathetically, as the new generation review their options.”The report gives detailed value and performance ratings for 980 companies in the bakery sector, of which 752 are privately-owned. It is priced £350, with a 10% discount available to British Baker readers. Call 01642 626422 for more details.
Phone abuse is real; let’s stop it already. Choose the Right Route One of the delights of living in the Appalachian mountains is the natural beauty all around, and with so much scenery to explore a hike in the Blue Ridge is the perfect way to discover if a new relationship has a chance to gain any long-term traction. A romantic walk in the woods shouldn’t be a test of athletic prowess where you challenge each other to full-tilt it up a mountain. Don’t make your date play keep-up. It’s not fun nor impressive that you walk fast. Also, if you’re not happy with the pace, doing the “pause and sigh” is not a good look, and it is antithetical to the whole “date” part of the “hike.” A Hiking Couple Shares Do’s and Don’ts of Trail Romance Gain Perspective from the Summit Be present. Having your phone on your person is perfectly fine, especially for safety reasons. But stopping every half-mile to take an unimportant call implies that the person you’ve invited is even more unimportant. Also, selfies are the heroin of narcissists. They are a nice memento, nothing more, nothing less. Documentation of each step demeans the experience. Put Away the Phone It is not the destination but the journey. John Muir wrote: “I don’t like the word hike. People ought to saunter in the mountains – not ‘hike!” Be Mindful of Pace So you’ve reached the summit or a cascading waterfall, or the vista overlooking the majesty of a forest of swaying trees. Those are best-case scenarios. But, if the view you’ve ultimately found is not what you expected, it is all okay. A bad date looks for what is wrong, and a good date sees what is right. If your date at this point is unimpressed then that means something, because the view is secondary to the company you are sharing it with. Be Reasonable with Chatter On a similar note, the degree of difficulty is also something to consider. Trying to knock out a 15-mile circuit or tackle a 3,000-foot ascent might be a little much for a first-date hike. Choose a moderate yet enjoyable trail that’s conducive to getting acquainted. The sign of a start to a good relationship is having the ability not to talk. On a hike, you are surrounded by the sounds of nature. Don’t talk over the chattering of birds, the water gurgling under frozen brooks, the sounds of your footsteps crunching through the frost together. It’s a hike: Not the dissertation of why you and Brenda at work no longer get along. To really put someone off, read every single trail sign out loud. Nothing says “I respect you,” like assuming they can’t read it for themselves. Morgan Freeman, you are not. During trail time together, we’ve often laughed about bad hiking dates from our pasts, and we’ve realized that an afternoon in the woods can tell you a lot about the chemistry you could have with a prospective partner. With that in mind and Valentine’s Day on the horizon, we’ve compiled tips on what to do and what not to do on a first hike with a potential love interest. This advice, though trivial for some, is actually general trail etiquette that applies to all who want to cultivate a romance in the great outdoors. It’s best to let your date set the pace even if you want to be the one leading the way. Leaving the other person in the dust screams, “I’m rude and I don’t care,” and combined with the “pause and sigh” lets them know what they are in store for later on. The bottom line is a hike is a chance to learn about each other through some mild exertion which can lead to taking the relationship to the next level. Even if the rain pours down on the two of you it is still okay. Reaching the summit means you achieved a goal together. Walking home wet can be the most memorable of unplanned things that could ever happen on a date-hike. We once found walking in the rain down a mountain supplied an impression of each other’s character, and we still joke about it to this day. Admittedly we’re amateur hikers who didn’t meet on the trail. But regular hikes by the New and Roanoke Rivers and trips to the Cascades in Giles County, Va., allowed us time to really get to know each other, free from distraction, and we’re celebrating two years this coming spring.
– Advertisement – Connecticut, Utah, Iowa, Nevada, Arkansas, Mississippi, Kansas, New Mexico, Nebraska, Idaho, West Virginia, Hawaii, New Hampshire, Maine, Montana, Rhode Island, Delaware, South Dakota, North Dakota, Alaska, Vermont, and Wyoming. Connecticut’s population is around 3,563,080 and Wyoming’s is around 567,025. In fact, you could take the populations of South Dakota, North Dakota, Alaska, Vermont, and Wyoming, add them up and still not reach the difference in people who have preferred Joe Biden to Donald Trump.If (and when) Joe Biden becomes the 46th president of the United States of America, the Republican Party will predictably do what they have always done for the last 40-odd years or so, and pretend that new rules of compromise exist and, most importantly, that the Democratic Party and Joe Biden does not have a mandate. However, this lie, while repeated often by GOP operatives, is still a lie. The numbers and the facts are in. The majority of the country wants new leadership and it is the Republican Party that needs to find compromises it can live with or we will be forced to go it alone. As of right now, the list includes in descending or from largest population to smallest:Campaign Action- Advertisement –
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAtlanta — Hope Shores Alliance threw a celebration in honor of 40 years of service to northeast Michigan by opening the Montmorency County Outreach & Services Center.The festivities coincided with domestic violence awareness month, so many wore purple or stuck purple ribbon stickers on their shirts. This marks the fourth Hope Shores Alliance location in Northeast Michigan and the first in Montmorency County.“To have people in your community near your house that you can safely go to to get help is a really big deal,” said Hope Shores Alliance Board President Esther Hines-Ableidinger. “They don’t need to travel so far, and you still feel welcome in your community so to have those services here means a lot to many people to have more access.”The nonprofit was founded in 1977 in Alpena as Shelter Inc. Hope Shores later expanded to serve Alcona, Alpena, Iosco, Montmorency, and Presque Isle Counties. In 2016, Shelter Inc. went through a rebranding process to be called Hope Shores Alliance.The organization credits the Sexual Assault Demonstration Initiative (SADI) for helping enhance sexual assault outreach and services. Hope Shores was one of six agencies in the nation to receive funding and guidance from this SADI back in 2011. In the 2017/2018 year, Hope Shores Alliance provided service for 292 domestic assault cases and helped 34 adults and 72 children transition into new homes.“To see the successes from the work and people’s lives get better and relationships get repaired,” said Hope Shores Alliance Board Member Mike Kelly on what this means to the organization. “I think those are the biggest things and that’s really, at the end of the day, our mission and purpose.”To learn more about Hope Shores Alliance, visit the link http://hopeshores.org/AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Agency, Atlanta, Briley Township Park, domestic violence awareness month, Hope Shores Alliance, Montmorency County, nonprofit, purple, Shelter Inc.Continue ReadingPrevious Hillman Area Schools placed in secure mode after students talk of knifeNext New Book Bistro offers students a taste for reading
Joey Chestnut has been a force at the annual Coney Island event, winning each of the last three in commanding fashion and setting a new record of 74 hot dogs consumed in 10 minutes at last year’s event. Miki Sudo, a five-time champ, has ruled the women’s division in similar fashion after finally dethroning Sonya Thomas in 2014.The winner of both the men’s and women’s division each take home a cool $10,000 prize along with a fancy championship belt, but the monetary prizes don’t have to be limited to just the contestants. Below are some of the odds and prop bets that can be wagered on by fans looking to make an extra dollar during Independence Day.(All odds per MyBookie Sportsbook)Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest odds 2019It’s no surprise that 11-time champion Joey Chestnut is the heavy favorite to claim his 12th Mustard Belt. Chestnut’s 74 hot dogs at the 2018 contest were a full 10 more than runner-up Carmen Cincotti, who won’t even be participating in this year’s contest. Will Joey Chestnut win?Yes -900No +500Miki Sudo has a winning streak even longer than Chestnut, and the odds reflect it. Sudo defeated runner-up Michelle Lesco by nine hot dogs last year.Will Miki Sudo win the women’s division?Yes -1200No +600Prop bets for the 2019 hot dog eating contestChestnut set the bar high last year by setting a new world record with 74 hot dogs. He has increased his total amount consumed every year since 2016. Sudo ate 37 hot dogs last year, but has consumed at least 38 1/2 hot dogs in two of the last three years.Hot dogs consumed by the men’s winnerOver 73 1/2 +120Under 73 1/2 -160Hot dogs consumed by the women’s winnerOver 38 1/2 -120Under 38 1/2 -120Will PETA interrupt a contestant? (Bovada)Yes +700No -1600This isn’t that crazy of a notion. A PETA supporter interrupted the contest in 2016, throwing fake blood all over one of the contestants. Here’s the video of the PETA attack, probably would have hit 80 Hot Dogs without that lost time #JustSaying pic.twitter.com/iy27TW57VF— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) July 4, 2016Can you bet on the hot dog eating contest?The annual hot dog eating contest occurs in New York, but those watching in New Jersey will not be able to gamble on the event after the state’s Division of Gaming Enforcement opted not to allow sportsbooks to take bets despite several requests. If there’s one thing more American than eating gluttonous amounts of hot dogs on the Fourth of July, it would be gambling on eating gluttonous amounts of hot dogs during the Fourth of July.Thanks to a few online sportsbooks, the latter is a possibility during the 2019 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. That hasn’t stopped, however, several gambling websites from making the contest a little more interesting for those looking to wager a buck or two.Has anyone ever beaten Joey Chestnut eating hot dogs?While Chestnut’s reign as Major League Eating’s top-ranked competitor does seem daunting, you only have to go back to 2015 when Matt Stonie upset Chestnut to win the contest. Stonie ate 62 hot dogs to Chestnut’s 60 and will be competing in this year’s contest.2015 marks the only blemish for Chestnut since his first Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest victory in 2007. Chestnut ended the reign of Takeru Kobayashi who had previously won six straight contests.
Facebook8Tweet0Pin0Westport Winery more gold medals or higher than any other winery at the 2017 Savor NW Wine Competition held the first week of March in Cannon Beach, Oregon. This competition is a precursor to the popular Savor Cannon Beach Food & Wine Festival that will be held on March 9-12. Westport will be pouring all of their award-winning wines at their Cannon Beach tasting room during this event.The Best of Class Gewurztraminer medal was awarded to Captain Gray. The grapes for this wine were harvested in 2015 at Red Willow Vineyard in the Yakima Valley AVA. A portion of the proceeds from this wine benefits the Grays Harbor Symphony and Bishop Performing Arts Center in Aberdeen. The sculpture commemorating this wine was created by Westport ceramic artist Kimmi Kerns. The label is a portrait of the winery by watercolorist Barbara Sampson. Rapture of the Deep, Westport’s 100% sparkling cranberry wine, earned Best of Class in the non-grape wine category. The photograph on this wine’s label is by winery co-owner Blain Roberts. Its sculpture was created by Johnny and Darlene Camp of Opal Art Glass in Cosmopolis. This wine benefits Harbors Home Health & Hospice. Double gold medals were bestowed upon Maritime Sparkling Riesling, Ancient Mariner Pear Riesling, and Swimmer Petite Sirah. The Riesling grapes were also harvested at Red Willow Vineyard, while the Petite Sirah was hand-picked at Olsen Brothers Estate Vineyard near Benton City, Washington. These wines benefit the Northwest Carriage Museum, Coastal Animal Rescue & Adoption (CARA), and the Grays Harbor Children’s Advocacy Center, respectively. Both the Maritime and Ancient Mariner labels were painted by watercolorist Darryl Easter, while the Swimmer label features a childhood photo of Dana Roberts, Westport’s director of winemaking.Additional gold medals were earned by Shiver Me Timbers, a blend of Riesling, passionfruit, orange and guava; Lighthouse, a dry Riesling from Red Willow Vineyard; and Charterboat Chick, the winery’s rich Cabernet Sauvignon. In 2016 Westport Winery was honored as one of the top twenty most admired wineries in North America by Winery & Vineyard Management Magazine. It was named 2011 Washington Winery to Watch by Wine Press Northwest. They have been voted Best Winery by King 5 Evening Magazine six times. They were named the Best Washington Family Business Silver Medal winners in 2012, received the Grays Harbor Environmental Stewardship Award in 2015, and were name Best Winery, Best Wine Shop, and Best Boutique Winery for 2016 by South Sound Magazine. Family-friendly Westport Winery Garden Resort, is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. The resort (including the restaurant, bakery, plant nursery and 15-acre display garden) is open daily or breakfast, lunch and dinner from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Westport Winery’s second location, TASTING @ Cannon Beach, is located at 255 N. Hemlock. The Oregon tasting room is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information or reservations call 360-648-2224.
A late goal may have denied the Nelson U14 Selects the gold medal at the recent Pend Oreille Cup soccer tournament in Sandpoint, Idaho, but it did not stop staff at Mallard’s Source for sports to honour the squad with Team of the Week status.The Selects finished second in Sandpoint after surrendering a late goal to the Spokane Breakers to grab the silver medal. Nelson defeated Coeur d’Alene Sting 3-0 and registered a 1-0 win against the Breakers before surviving a shootout to advance to the final.The U14 Nelson Selects team includes coach Lyle Hill, Blake Markin-Hellekson, Josh Yasek, Luka Eyre, Cody St. Thomas, Keanu Tromans, Ezra Foy, Milo Baranyai Sheppard, coach Kerry Dyck, Thomas Baxter, Jahmal Truth-Verville, Josh Schacher, Ernesto Archambault, Jaden Dyck, Jesse Thurston, Grayson Hill, Aidan Mushumanski, Angus Paterson, Jacob Erickson and keeper Bradey Sookero.
_This podcast series is excerpted from a two-day class called “Building Science Fundamentals” taught by Dr. Joe Lstiburek and Dr. John Straube, of Building Science Corporation._For information on attending a live class, go to BuildingScienceSeminars.comLast week Dr. John covered the common causes of air movement in buildings and touched on the consequences. This week, Dr. John goes into more detail on the issue of air leakage condensation.This two-part podcast series on how air works has been refined into a feature article, called Air leaks Waste Energy and Rot Houses . It is the new ‘Air Barriers’ section of the Green Building Encyclopedia.__________________________________________________Why should we care about relative humidity?So basically if moist air contacts a cool surface condensation will occur. And an air barrier is one way of stopping humid air from getting to cold surfaces, because in any building in cold weather you will have a cold surface. The cladding, the exterior sheathing—and if indoor air can contact that cladding or sheathing, condensation can occur. So what we’re trying to do when we’re installing an air barrier is to prevent that cold surface from being in connection with humid air.So we need to understand a little bit here about water vapor to go a little bit further and quantify this. Water vapor in air has a maximum storage capacity, if you will, depending on temperature. Warm air can store lots of moisture as vapor in the air; cold air can store only very little. And that is summarized in the psychrometric chart. How many people have seen the psychopathic chart? Most people have. Willis Carrier, from Carrier Air Conditioning, invented this in 1904.How to look at air moisture content If you want to understand psychrometrics you only need three lines actually. You need to know that the vertical axis is the moisture content. The units don’t really matter; we can measure them in a whole bunch of ways; but it’s the air moisture content. It’s measured in things like it in ounces of water per cubic yard—very rarely, because that actually has some physical meaning to most humans. Whereas what mechanical engineers like to use, and it’s questionable if they’re even a subset of humanity, they like to use inches of mercury, or grains of moisture per pound of air. So how much is ten grains of moisture? And how much really is a pound of air? Those are completely meaningless physical units to most of us. And so everyone blanks out and doesn’t understand because they’re not given real units. But actually the good news is that you don’t even have to care what the units are—for most of the work. On the bottom I have temperature, which is obviously important, and the third thing that matters is the maximum moisture content that air can have as a function of temperature. As we go from 90 degrees down to 20 degrees, the amount of moisture that can be stored in the air changes by about an order of magnitude—a factor of 10. That’s a big change. So this is like a gas tank that shrinks, as the temperature gets colder. So when it’s hot you can store a lot in this tank, but when it’s cold you can’t store much at all. And if you were to have a large gas tank filled with gas and you shrunk it, eventually, you’d fill up and spill over. And that’s condensation.Now if air is completely saturated, completely full, they call that saturated air. They also have these neat terms that if it’s half full the air is 50% relative humidity. And if it’s one quarter full they call that 25%. And if it’s three quarters full, it’s 75%. Right? So that’s what that means, it’s how full it is. Just 50% relative humidity or 75% relative humidity doesn’t tell me how much moisture’s in the air, it only tells me how close I am to full. So if I want to know what the actual moisture in the air is I need to know both the temperature and the relative humidity. If I put those two pieces together—temperature, relative humidity—then I can go across and figure out how much moisture I have in that air.Living in homes makes them wetterAnother important aspect to understanding this chart is that here’s a typical wintertime condition in Kansas, or in Minneapolis, or in Boston: it’s around freezing outside—30 degrees, 32 degrees; and it’s snowing. And because it’s snowing it means that the relative humidity outdoors is 100%. If you sprinkle water all over the air for a long time, it’s fully saturated. Right? That’s how it works. So if I take that air, and I heat it up and bring it into the building, like I’d like to do on a cold day—heat it up to 72 degrees—the amount of moisture in the air stays exactly the same. All I did was heat it. I didn’t add any moisture; I’m just heating it. But because the storage capacity of the air has increased with temperature, the relative humidity drops. And we can get down to under 25% relative humidity. But, we don’t just leave it there. Most of us do stuff like: breathe; and produce moisture and sweat; some people actually boil cabbage, and spaghetti; and vent their clothes dryers into their homes to save energy; or dry a cord of freshly cut lumber in the basement of their house—which means all that moisture is being dumped in; or grow pharmaceutical plants in one of the bedrooms under lights; and all of that generates moisture. And, therefore, as we add moisture, the relative humidity rises. And the absolute moisture content rises as well. Both relative and absolute humidity move.Why is indoor humidity a problem?Well, it matters in that now as that air leaks out of the building, and it passes thorough the building enclosure, If it sees a surface colder than say 52, 53 degrees in this example, it will reach its full capacity to store moisture, and after that condensation will ensue. And so if the cladding is somewhere around 30 degrees, as well as the outdoor air temperature, the air, if it were to contact the outside sheathing, would drop all of this moisture, that it gained, on the way out, and it would dump it on the cold sheathing surface. So that’s a typical air leakage condensation cycle that we’re trying to avoid. It’s absolutely that straightforward. This, by the way has nothing to do with vapor barriers. It has nothing to do with vapor diffusion. It has to do with a packet of air—one cubic foot of air—that I actually take, and I push it through that hole in the wall, and it gets cool. And as long as it gets cool, it’s going to follow this chart. So how can I avoid it getting cool and condensing? Well one thing is I can shoot it through that hole so fast that it goes outside before it cools down. And then we see fog coming out. That’s what we see when we have a natural gas furnace or something like that. They fire that stuff out and you see this fog forming in the air next to it. Well when you breathe on a cold winter pretty day, you’re producing humid air, and it right away fogs up. If on the other hand, you take your woolen mitts and blow the air slowly into them, it’ll condense on the inside and it’ll be a really yucky stinky mitt, because it will have all my fog in it. Right? So that’s what I used to do to my sisters, I used to blow into their wool en mitts—see I learned that about building science when I was about 6, and I learned the whole air leakage condensation thing.Air conditioning causes condensation on the insideThe same thing happens in reverse in the summertime. Let’s say the outside conditions are 85 degrees and pretty humid—75% relative humidity. If that outdoor air leaks inward until it contacts a surface below about 76 degrees it will condense.So how many of us work in areas where it can be more then 86 degrees and 75% humidity in the summertime? I mean I certainly do in Toronto. Buffalo, Minneapolis—basically the rule is that anything that’s east of the Mississippi you should expect to have a significant number of hours above 75 degrees and 75% relative humidity. And if you’re further south in that zone, you’re not just going to have 500 hours a summer; on the Gulf Coast there are 3000 hours a year. You know, a third of the year is above those conditions. So if you are actually going to have an exhaust fan in one of those hotels Joe described, and build it in Galveston Texas, you’re truly screwed, because all that air leaking in is going to condense on all the air conditioned surfaces it can see. Now hopefully the only air you draw in goes through your air conditioner because then the first cold surfaces it sees are the coils on your air conditioner, and that condenses the moisture off where you have control. But if it leaks in through the wall or through the roof or in that entrance canopy on the hospital, that’s not good.Leaky homes didn’t have this problemNow here’s something that’s important about the cold weather condition. Many times we didn’t have problems with air leakage in cold weather because our buildings were so well ventilated—meaning leaky—that the relative humidity in the home would rarely rise above 25%. So where I grew up, in an old farm house, it was leaky like crazy; we had two wood stoves in it that ventilated the home; it was so dry that my eyeballs would shrivel up and hang by the optic nerves during the whole cold period of the winter.As we have tightened up homes and not provided guaranteed ventilation, the result has been that the relative humidity has gone up. Then the amount of moisture in the air, in absolute terms, and the amount of condensation that can occur is dramatically different. And it’s not just condensation on the exterior sheathing, it’s now condensation on the inside face of the window; it’s now condensation inside the wall, wherever it can find a cold spot. So not having control of your indoor humidity in cold weather is amazingly important to how much condensation you get for how long, and weather or not you get it at all. And very dry interiors have saved us for a long time, allowing us to ignore this problem.Is there air leakage condensation in my home?If air leaks through, you usually can’t see the condensation, unless you’re a forensic engineer like Joe and I, and you go around and cut holes in walls. It can happen in walls, it’s just that we don’t often get to see inside. But we know it happens. But, where you get to see it a lot is in attics, because all you have to do is pop the hatch and see the frost forming on the underside of the OSB or plywood sheathing. And it doesn’t take much of a hole in a humid house to result in the condensation accumulating as frost. And then when the sun comes, warms up this black shingle roof, of course the water all comes out in a couple of hours, and then you have a “roof leak”. Then you call the roofer and he puts on a new roof and it doesn’t fix a damn thing because that wasn’t the problem.