to go further Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders calls for the abolition of jail sentences for journalists, more proportionate fines and damages in defamation cases and a clearer wording of the more repressive provisions such as article 41, which leaves too much room for arbitrary decisions by the courts. The 2002 press code reform was the first sign of a tougher attitude after the relaxation that had followed Mohammed’s accession to the three years earlier. An anti-terrorism law adopted in May 2003 increased the media’s fears because vaguely-worded passages about news coverage of terrorist activities could be interpreted in an arbitrary fashion. Combined total of nearly 25 years in prison for journalists since 1999 The following day, the monthly Economie et Entreprises was ordered on appeal to pay 5.9 million dirhams (531,000 euros) in damages for supposedly libelling a holding company owned by the royal family. Receive email alerts Moroccan journalists are undeniably freer to work now than they were 10 years ago and fewer subjects, if any, are still taboo thanks to the independent press’s tenacity and King Mohammed’s desire to ease restrictions. Despite the risk of lawsuits, journalists can tackle stories that were completely off-limits 10 years ago such as the monarchy, the government, Islam, sexuality and Western Sahara. Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists Although Morocco now tolerates more media criticism and more editorial freedom, the Palace still does not accept that the media have an important role to play. It allows some leeway to print media journalists because only 1 per cent of the population buys newspapers and magazines. And only a few newspapers such as Tel Quel and Le Journal hebdomadaire are really independent. The media still has to face obstacles, archaic laws and arbitrary reactions. Policemen often assault reporters and photographers and confiscate their equipment. Twenty policemen raided the Arabic-language weekly Al Ayam on 10 February just because of a photo of a member of the royal family which it had requested permission to publish. RSF_en Journalists can still be jailed under the Moroccan press code. The media were angered by the code’s latest revision, in May 2002, because the possibility of prison sentences was maintained even if the maximum terms were cut significantly (for example, from 20 to five years for attacks on the king’s honour). Help by sharing this information The number of daily and weekly newspapers has grown dramatically since 1999 and several new radio and TV stations were given licenses when state control of broadcasting began to be relaxed in May 2006, offering Moroccans some diversity in this sector for the first time. Despite the impartiality of the High Council for Broadcasting (CSCA), there was widespread disappointment that no new TV stations and only four new radio stations (either regional or specialist ones) were awarded licences in a second wave in February of this year. There had been 23 applicants. A decline in the number of jail sentences in the past four years has been offset by an increase in the number of lawsuits against newspaper editors, whether brought officially by the palace or not. These lawsuits have resulted in the imposition of disproportionate and exorbitant fines designed to stifle the newspapers targeted. July 22, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Advances and reverses for press freedom during King Mohammed’s first decade April 15, 2021 Find out more More than 2 million euros in fines since 1999 There are other problems. Access to government information continues to be difficult. And neither the courts nor the police respect the principle that journalists’ sources should be regarded as confidential. Al Massae and its editor, Rachid Nini, were fined 6 million dirhams (550,000 euros) in October 2008 for allegedly defaming several prosecutors in the Ksar El Kébir region. Three daily newspapers, Jarida Al-Aoula, Al-Ahdath Al-Maghribia and Al-Massae, were ordered to pay a total of 3 million dirhams (270,000 euros) in damages to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi on 29 June for publishing opinion pieces that allegedly libelled him. Real progress at the start of King Mohammed’s reign has been followed by reverses and tension, especially from 2002 onwards, Reporters Without Borders said today in an evaluation of the state of press freedom in Morocco on the eve of the 10th anniversary of Mohammed VI’s accession to the throne on 23 July 1999. The priority continues to be a thorough overhaul of the press code, which is much too severe, the press freedom organisation stressed. In the past 10 years, Moroccan journalists have been sentenced to a total of 25 years in prison and news media have been fined a total of 2 million euros. Conclusion While more liberal than his father Hassan, King Mohammed has given contradictory signals as to whether he really wants to democratise the regime and the country. A thorough reform of the press code would clearly be a positive step in this direction. Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara Judicial independence, better training for journalists, a commitment to human rights on the part of the security forces and more governmental transparency would help to achieve these goals. And the palace should begin regarding press freedom as essential to Morocco’s democratisation and modernisation rather than a Pandora’s box that threatens the monarchy. April 28, 2021 Find out more News More recently, the 9 July issue of the French weekly Courrier International was banned by the communication ministry on 16 July. Issues of foreign publications are still sometimes banned because of content that upsets the authorities. Distribution of the 30 October 2008 issue of the French weekly L’Express was banned under article 29 of the press code outlawing attacks on “Islam, the monarchy, territorial integrity and due respect for the king and public order” because of a cover story headlined: “Jesus and Mohammed – their itinerary, their message and their vision of the world.” It was also banned in Algeria and Tunisia. News Government officials and journalists began discussing a proposed new reform of the press code in 2007 but thereafter the talks ground to a halt. Reporters Without Borders also hails the fact that no journalists are currently in prison for press offences even if there are many prisoners of conscience. NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say June 8, 2021 Find out more RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance The Lmrabet case was a front-page story in 2003. The editor of Morocco’s first satirical publications, Demain magazine and Douman, Lmrabet was given a three-year sentence on charges of attacking the monarchy, insulting the king and endangering Morocco’s territorial integrity. He was given a royal pardon on 7 January 2004, but his publications are still banned and he is forbidden to work as a journalist for 10 years from 12 April 2005. The most draconian article, 41, extended the defamation law’s applicability to Islam and Morocco’s territorial integrity, while the courts, in addition to the executive, were given the power to suspend or close newspapers. The latter provision would arguably have been a move in the right direction if it had not been for the fact that Morocco’s courts are not independent. Organisation Provisions in the press code concerning “offensive” or “insulting” comments about Moroccan or foreign officials, “attacks” on the monarchy, Islam or Morocco’s territorial integrity, “false information” or “disturbing public order” should either be scrapped or the penalties should be reduced. News The repressive and vaguely-worded press code continues to represent the biggest problem for the Moroccan media. The most urgently-needed change is the decriminalisation of press offences. The possibility of imprisonment is a permanent threat hanging over journalists. Ali Lmrabet, Abderrahmane Badraoui, Anas Tadili, Mustapha Hormatallah, Younès Erraji and Fouad Mourtada are among the journalists and bloggers who have been given jail terms in the past few years. News
VEDA BOARD APPROVES $2.6 MILLION IN BUSINESSPROJECT FINANCING STATEWIDE Montpelier, VT A Bennington manufacturer will add almost 100 new jobs within three years and a growing Essex Town company will acquire its own facility with financial assistance approved by the Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) Board of Directors. The Directors approved loan financing requests of $2.6 million to support business development projects totaling $7.8 million statewide. It is gratifying to all of us to see businesses investing in solid growth and good-paying jobs in Vermont, and VEDA is pleased to help these companies achieve their goals, said Jo Bradley, VEDAs Chief Executive Officer. Projects approved by the VEDA Board are:” Vermont Composites, Inc., Bennington VEDA will guarantee $1 million of an increased $3.5 million working capital line of credit issued to Vermont Composites, Inc. (VCI) by Key Bank National Association. VCIs sales are growing rapidly, and the increased credit capacity will help the company meet the growing demand for their carbon composite products. VCI currently employs 148 people, and expects to boost that number to 241 in the next three years as a result of the project investments. VCI is a leader in the carbon composites field, producing customized parts for the aerospace, defense, medical, automobile, and sporting goods industries.” FoodScience Corporation, Essex Town An $800,000 loan was approved, leveraging an additional $1.6 million in private investment, to finance the purchase by FoodScience Corporation (FSC) of the former Belden Wire facility. The companys move from currently leased space to the 18.4 acre, 77,000 square foot facility will provide FSC the inventory and distribution space it needs to continue growing over the next several years. FoodScience Corporation, established in 1972, packages, markets and distributes nutritional supplements for animal and human consumption to the medical professional and retail consumer markets. Banknorth is also participating in the $2.4 million property acquisition project. The VEDA Board also approved $730,000 in Vermont SBA 504 Program loans to support $1.8 million in project costs associated with purchases of several hospitality and retail establishments. In addition, an agricultural loan of $80,000 was approved through Vermont Agricultural Credit Corporation (VACC), VEDAs farm financing assistance program. VEDAs mission is to promote economic prosperity in Vermont by providing financial assistance to eligible businesses, including manufacturing, agricultural, and travel and tourism enterprises. Since its inception in 1974, VEDA has made financing commitments totaling nearly $1.2 billion. -30-
St. Valentine’s Day is back, which means it’s once again time to buy overpriced chocolates and bouquets of red roses to celebrate a holiday that many view more to do with consumerism than romance.But, instead of contributing to the $18 billion that Americans are estimated to spend this year on their valentines with predictable gifts, why not change it up this year? Long Island is home to a host of unique events for those looking to do something different with their dates.Take advantage and explore some of the best events on LI happening this Valentine’s Day.Valentine’s Night CabaretJoin cast members of award winning Broadway musicals for a special Valentine’s cabaret performance. Featuring Tony winner Jefferson Mays, Bryce Pinkham, Lisa O’Hare and Catherine Walker, these talented cast members of the Tony-winning Broadway production of “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” will reunite to perform witty songs, and join guests for cocktails, dinner and dessert. Hempstead House, 127 Middle Neck Rd, Sands Point, NY 11050. 516-304-5076. thesandspointpreserve.org. $125. 7 p.m. February 13.Valentine’s Laugh, Dine, and Dance Stand-upIf you are looking for a laugh in an easy-going atmosphere, come laugh the night away with a line up of Long Island’s top stand-up comedians. Featuring George Rini, Talia Reese and Gary Vider, you can eat while you watch, and there will also be a dance floor for those inclined. The Suffolk Theater, 118 E Main St, Riverhead. 631-727-4343. suffolktheater.com $35. 8 p.m. February 13.3rd Annual Louder Than Love Valentine’s Day ConcertMusic lovers prepare to dance the night away. With a varied line-up, this concert features groups like TKA, and an appearance by DJ Chef. NYCB Theater at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury. 516-247-5200. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $45-115. 8 p.m. February 13. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Couples Massage at Hand and StoneIf relaxation is something you are looking for on Valentine’s Day, Hand and Stone is the place to go. It offers private rooms so you and your loved one can enjoy some pampering and relaxation together. Hand and Stone,16 Wall St., Huntington. (also has locations in Jericho, Port Washington, Levittown). handandstone.com Prices vary depending on duration and location. Love on IceWant to include the kids on this special day, or just looking to skate with your loved one? Either way, “Love on Ice” celebrations are taking place at the Cantiague Park, Christopher Morley Park and Grant Park ice rinks. Free hot chocolate and cookies will be available for attendees, and there will be a DJ and prizes for children. Ice rink admission will include a free skate rental. Cantiague Park, Christopher Morley Park and Grant Park. Free children 3 and under, $6 4-17, $8 Adults. 1 p.m. February 14.Annual Historic Mansion Valentine’s Day DinnerDine where Hollywood stars, Long Island’s rich and famous, and European royalty once supped in a glamorous and romantic mansion overlooking Northport Bay. Those looking to get a taste of the glamorous past will get a tour of the mansion, including exclusive collections accompanied by Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. A gourmet dinner in the storybook atmosphere will follow. Tickets are by reservation only. Vanderbilt Mansion Museum, 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport. 631-854-5579. Vanderbiltmuseum.org $100. 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Feb. 14.Valentine’s Day Comedy Show Starring Jim BreuerLaugh the night away with your loved one or laugh away your unsuccessful love life at this special comedy event. Starring radio host, stand up comedian, and SNL cast member Jim Breuer, you are sure to be kept in stitches. Cabaret tables sold with roses, chocolates, and champagne. The Paramount, 370 New York Avenue, Huntington, NY 11743. 631-673-7300. paramountny.com $30-100. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14.The Way We Were Film ScreeningEnjoy flowers, chocolates, and a special screening of The Way We Were, a story of star crossed lovers (who certainly prove that opposites attract) Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford. Starting with a reception featuring roses and chocolates, this special screening is sure to get you in a romantic mood. Perfect dinner and a movie date opportunity, Valentine’s edition. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. 631-423-7611. Cinemaartscentre.org $12 members, $17 public. 3:30 p.m. February 14.Dinner at the Glen Cove MansionTreat your Valentine to a delicious dinner, followed by live music and dancing. Champagne specials, roses, and the beautiful atmosphere will give you a night to remember. Tickets are by reservation only. Glen Cove Mansion, 200 Dosoris Lane, Glen Cove, New York 11542. 516.671.6400. glencovemansion.com $89 .6, 8:30 p.m. Feb. 14.
The Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult has launched a new research programme aiming to accelerate Chinese offshore wind development with the help of UK companies.The International ORE Research Platform, funded by Innovate UK, links UK-based technology developers with Chinese authorities including the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), major Chinese wind farm developers and the Chinese Wind Energy Equipment Association (CWEEA).The research platform will initially see UK companies working on technical solutions for the newly proposed Shandong offshore wind farm in the South China Sea, which will have more than 200MW installed. Working with Chinese developers and technology partners, the platform will set specific challenges for UK companies to address at a series of workshops to start in December 2017.According to ORE Catapult, the developers of these solutions will have the opportunity to supply the new wind farm, as well as source funding to demonstrate their technology in the rapidly increasing South China Sea offshore wind market.“There are major opportunities for high-tech companies in the UK offshore wind supply chain – with the Chinese government announcing it wishes to invest USD 100bn in wind power projects by 2020,” James Battensby, ORE Catapult’s Technical Bid Manager and Project Leader, said.In addition to the Chinese opportunities, the international research platform is reviewing opportunities for UK companies in the United States, which currently has plans for the expansion of new offshore wind farms off the east coast of Massachusetts, the company said.According to China’s National Energy Administration (NEA), the country plans to invest CNY 2.5 trillion (USD 361 billion) in renewable energy projects by 2020.The investment is part of the country’s 13th Five-Year Plan for Renewable Energy Development which is expected to ensure that renewable energy projects contribute to half of the country’s electricity generation by 2020.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has described the goals his wards scored against Chelsea on Monday as fantastic. “Well, we kept another clean sheet, that’s four on the bounce now. We’re getting better defensively and [we scored] two very good goals. I’m very happy with the goals. I think we were a bit leggy. Sometimes it takes time to blow the cobwebs off. The players had a week off and we trained for a week. We were better in the second half, in the legs, in the first half I thought we looked cumbersome.” “There were some good individual performances, at times. I thought in the first half we were too negative, we played it back too many times; and we made technique errors that we normally don’t do. But the goals were fantastic. Aaron has been working on his crossing and Anthony has been told x amount of times to get in that box. We’ve had an ongoing joke with Harry about his headers, so it’s about time.” “You want the right decisions to be made and we’re happy they were made, because they weren’t being made without that help. It’s been shown a few times this year that we’ve needed that help. I don’t know why that is. [The Giroud goal], that’s offside. [For Zouma’s goal] I just looked at the screen and it looks like a push in the back. So, for me, that’s not a goal.” On Maguire potential dismissal, he said: ~I wouldn’t think that’s a red card. He’s just protecting himself. He’s got a lad [Michy Batshuayi] standing over him and he’s got his legs where it does hurt.” Read Also:Chelsea 0-2 Man United: Ighalo makes history with Man Utd DEBUT On the Champions League spots, he said: “It gives us confidence and it gives us a chance. It’s going to be a tight race; we’re not going to get help from anyone because we played tonight and we’ve already got a game on Thursday night [in the Europa League]. I cannot, for the life of me, understand why we didn’t play on Saturday. We’ll just have to dust ourselves off and get going again, and recover as quick as we can.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The coach said he was delighted Manchester United made a winning return to the Premier League after our mid-season winter break. The Reds played our first match in 16 days when we travelled to face Chelsea on Monday night, and the three points gained at Stamford Bridge are a huge boost to our hopes of gaining a Champions League spot for next season. Speaking after the game, Ole said he felt his team improved as the game went on and believed the three major VAR decisions were all correct during the course of a huge win. Here are the main points from his post-match interview with Sky Sports Promoted Content20 “The Big Bang Theory” Moments Only A Few Fans Knew AboutTop 10 Disney Male Role Models13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hoot6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True9 Iconic Roles Nobody Wanted To Play7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise You10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way Loading…
Manager Mike Mutebi giving instructions to Ivan Ntege before the latter was introduced in the CAF Confederation tie against Club Africain at Lugogo. KCCA face the same side Friday. PHOTO KCCA MEDIAMUTEBI: We shall play against Africain in our way… 11pm – KCCA FC ?? vs Africain ??Tuni, Tunisia | KCCA FC MEDIA| Kampala Capital City Authority Football Club (KCCA FC) will not change their style of play against Club Africain in their last Group A game of the CAF Confederation Cup on Friday in Tunis.“We are not going to Tunisia to sit back and defend, we are going to play our way. And our way is to attack but remain organised defensively,” manager Mike Mutebi promsied.Mutebi was speaking to www.kccafc.co.ug before the team’s last training session on Tuesday morning. A historic place in the quarter-finals is at stake on Friday.“We can’t mortgage our identity, that business of parking the bus, is not our way, we have to frustrate them even if they are home because I believe we have the players to match them.”Group A is already intriguing as KCCA of Uganda, Club Africain of Tunisia, Rivers United of Nigeria and FUS Rabat of Morocco can qualify.Africain host KCCA and FUS have home advantage over Rivers and in a mini-league where nine of 10 matches produced home wins, the north Africans sides are poised to triumph and advance.Standings (played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points)Africain 5 3 0 2 9 6 9KCCA 5 3 0 2 7 8 9FUS 5 2 0 3 7 6 6Rivers 5 2 0 3 5 8 6CLICK TO READ FULL STORY Sadam Juma celebrates after scoring as KCCA FC destroyed FUS Rabat 3-1 at Lugogo on Sunday. PHOTO BY KCCA MEDIAHolders Mazembe must win to ensure survivalCAF Confederation Cup title-holders TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo must defeat visiting Horoya of Guinea this weekend to be sure of a quarter-finals place, reports AFP.Every Group D match between leaders Mazembe, Horoya and third-place SuperSport United of South Africa has been drawn, setting the scene for a thrilling finale.Mazembe and Horoya have nine points, with the Congolese occupying first place on goal difference, and SuperSport seven.The Pretoria outfit complete their mini-league schedule at home to Mounana of Gabon, who have lost all five matches and conceded five goals at home to SuperSport. Share on: WhatsApp Should Mazembe and Horoya draw in Lubumbashi and SuperSport win in Atteridgeville, there will be a three-way tie on 10 points.A 0-0 or 1-1 draw in DR Congo would eliminate Mazembe while a 2-2 or higher-scoring stalemate would spell the end for SuperSport.South Africa midfielder and SuperSport captain Dean Furman believes his team are too good to fail at the mini-league stage.“Our back-to-back draws with Mazembe have given us a lot of confidence — we can compete successfully with the giants of African club football,” he told reporters.SuperSport came from two goals behind to draw 2-2 at Mazembe and had the better of a 0-0 deadlock in a return match dominated by defences.“There were a lot of positives for us from outplaying the Confederation Cup title-holders for large parts of both matches.“We did not want a three-team race to the wire in the group, but that is what it has become,” said the midfielder whose primary task is to disrupt opposition attacks.“Being eliminated this weekend would be a huge disappointment as the boys feel they can do better than that,” said Furman.Victories for Mazembe and SuperSport are the likeliest outcomes of the Saturday matches, saving officials from scrambling for CAF rules books.Al Hilal Obeid of Sudan, one of the surprise sides of the Confederation Cup this season, have secured qualification from Group C, and will play a role in who advances with them.Zesco United of Zambia will go through if they defeat the Sudanese in Copperbelt city Ndola and avenge a 1-0 away loss.If Zesco lose or draw, the door opens for Recreativo Libolo of Angola and Smouha of Egypt, who clash in Calulo, southeast of Luanda.Leaders Mouloudia Alger of Algeria and record three-time Confederation Cup winners CS Sfaxien of Tunisia have booked last-eight places from Group B. RELATED
However, the weekend didn’t start off well for the Leafs losing 4-2 to the Wildcats. The loss represented the first setback of the season for the Leafs.But the Leafs were able to rebound in the next contest, dumping Trail 4-1.Sunday morning, Nelson continued the run, edging Spokane Chiefs 3-2 in a semi final thriller setting the stage for the rematch against the Cats.The team includes coaches Greg Andrusak (Head Coach), Sandy Boyd (Trainer), Shandy Mowery (Asst Coach), Pete Quinn (Asst Coach) and Lisa Quinn (Manager).The players are, Pax Arrowsmith, Ethan Bennett, Seamus Boyd, Kaleb Percival, Joe Davidson, Dylan Mowery, Matt Erickson, Bryce Sookro, Mason Scott, Andrew Brabender, Nolan Dergousoff, Callum Cutler, Noah Quinn, Amran Bhabra, Kelton Forte and Rhett Hamilton. Add another banner to the walls of the NDCC Arena.The Nelson Atom A Leafs shutout PW Wildcats 5-0 to capture the West Kootenay Minor Hockey Atom Championship Sunday in Fruitvale.
The Maternity Unit of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) is expecting a revamp of the facilities and capacity, with an injection of $50 million to conduct much-needed works.An artist’s impression of the upgraded maternity wing once completedFunded by the Guyana Lottery Company under the Canadian Bank Note, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on Monday. The project features an increase in bed capacity by 27 per cent and a 40 per cent total space capacity.The construction works are pegged at some $31 million, while $19 million will be used to procure pertinent medical equipment.Chief Executive Officer of GPHC, George Lewis emphasised the importance of this initiative to reduce overcrowding at the facility. In 2017, there was a total of 8324 admissions to the maternity wing with 5515 deliveries. In 2018, some 8277 admissions were recorded with 5547 deliveries.“Quick mathematics would suggest that we deliver approximately 16 babies per day within the Georgetown Public Hospital. Because of the high amount of admissions and deliveries, we are constantly challenged to find in-patient beds, particularly between the periods of September to February when there are more deliveries,” Lewis said.Over the years, the maternity wing was modified to facilitate a few more beds, but this is always outnumbered by expectant mothers. Additionally, there are no rooms should patients require isolated treatment.“To address this situation, the Corporation included in its 2019 budget, additional extension works. The first extension was in 2016. While it provided for critical care services such as the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the expansion did not alleviate the issues of overcrowding. In both the prenatal and postnatal wards, there are about 75 beds. Currently, there are no facilities for the isolation of patients who require special needs and attention,” the CEO explained.Meanwhile, Public Health Minister, Volda Lawrence posited that the services offered by the maternity wing will be improved. Negative statistics are also expected to be lowered. However, many attempts at lowering these statistics have proven futile in the past.From the Canadian Bank Note, Managing Director Tracey Lewis informed that her agency will continue to manage the facility upon completion.“The Guyana Lottery Company would also like to commit to the general maintenance of this facility, as we know that this will become an important factor after the works are completed…This expansion will enhance and complement the existing maternity services and provide additional accommodation, private rooms, office space and specialist services,” she noted.The GPHC is Guyana’s main referral medical institution.
An autopsy conducted Monday determined that Clary had died of blunt-force injuries to her head, officials said. Clary taught at Valencia High since 1999, when she transferred from Saugus High, said Principal Paul Priesz. In addition to traditional academic subjects, Clary also taught her students to become self-sufficient. She also took them on field trips – to Disneyland, to see “The Lion King” and to a Dodgers game. “Travis became a Dodger fan because of her,” said Penny Young, the teen’s mother. alex.dobuzinskis @dailynews.com (661) 257-5253 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VALENCIA – LaWana Clary’s special-needs students at Valencia High had been scheduled to visit Olvera Street on Monday – one of many field trips their teacher planned for the school year. Instead, the teens spent their first day back from spring break meeting with grief counselors and making cards and a poster for the family of their beloved Mrs. Clary, who was found bludgeoned to death last week in her Castaic home. For Travis Young, 16, and other special-needs students, the 51-year-old educator was like a second mom. “I started to cry,” Travis said after he learned of Clary’s death. “I think she’s a good teacher.” And student Jeffrey Krinkel, 18, drew inspiration from his teacher as he worked on the poster the class created for Clary’s family. On it, he drew a flower and a bird – explaining that Clary had smelled like a flower and was friendly like a pet bird. “I felt happy she was gone to heaven,” he said. Aides in Clary’s special-education class recalled that Clary was a Dodgers season-ticket holder and loved visiting Hawaii and Yosemite National Park. “(She) loved getting in touch with earth; she loved God,” said Vicki Stewart, who described Clary as a friend as well as a co-worker. Clary’s body was discovered about 5:20 p.m. Thursday by her husband, Dave Clary, 38, said authorities, who declined Monday to release any information on their homicide investigation.
9 October 2012South Africans should start getting excited about hosting what will be the world’s largest radio telescope, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), says President Jacob Zuma.Zuma, making his first visit to the site where the core of the SKA will be constructed, in Carnarvon in the Northern Cape, said on Tuesday that hosting the SKA meant the country was on the cutting edge of science, adding that the project was receiving the full support of the government.Earlier this year, the SKA Organisation announced that South Africa and Australia would share the hosting of the most advanced scientific project in the world. The two biggest components of the SKA will be built in Africa, while one will be built in Australia. About 70% of the facility will be built in Africa.Both South Africa and Australia have been working on precursors to the SKA, the MeerKAT telescope and the six-dish SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP) respectively.‘On the cutting edge of science’Zuma said that few would have thought such a massive development could take place in an area as remote as Carnarvon. He said it was proof that as a country, “we have made it”.SKA project director Dr Bernie Fanaroff told SAnews that with the completion of the SKA telescope, South Africa would be rated among the best in the field of science and technology, adding that the project would attract lots of foreign investment into the country.Fanaroff described the SKA project as the world’s biggest scientific instrument. “The project is going to reveal new things globally, and our young people will no longer have to travel to overseas to study science.”MeerKAT project taking shapeThe MeerKAT telescope is currently taking shape in South Africa’s Karoo region, with close to 100 young scientists and engineers working on the project. It will be the largest and most sensitive radio telescope in the southern hemisphere until the SKA is completed around 2024.Currently, seven fully operational dishes have been built in Carnarvon. By 2016, there will be about 64 dishes completed and operational and by 2024, it is expected that there will be about 2 000 dishes.Asked about the benefits of the project for the local community, Fanaroff said many residents had been employed to the project, and local businesses were receiving a boost by the many visitors to the area. Many tourists who wanted to visit the SKA were also supporting local accommodation establishments.Seventeen-year-old Jason Slaverse, a Grade 12 student at Carnarvon High, told SAnews on Tuesday that the SKA project had sparked his desire to pursue computer science as a career, although he has had a passion for science since he was young.Source: SANews.gov.za