Government lifts ban on Freedom FM

first_img CameroonAfrica CameroonAfrica May 19, 2021 Find out more Cameroonian reporter jailed since August, abandoned by justice system RSF_en Receive email alerts News News Case against Amadou Vamoulké baseless, French lawyers tell Cameroon court Help by sharing this information to go furthercenter_img April 23, 2021 Find out more Cameroonian journalist Paul Chouta sentenced and fined in defamation case May 31, 2021 Find out more News July 19, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government lifts ban on Freedom FM Organisation News Follow the news on Cameroon Reporters Without Borders today hailed communication minister Pierre Moukoko Mbonjo’s decision to remove the government seals from the entrance to the studios of Freedom FM on 14 July, ending a two-year ban on the privately-owned radio station.”The end of this grim period for Freedom FM is good news for press freedom in Cameroon and we reiterate our support for Pius Njawé, the station’s founder, in his campaign to broadcast with complete freedom,” the organisation said.The station is to receive a provisional authorisation to resume broadcasting soon, following an agreement between its representatives and the government. The minister has withdrawn a complaint accusing the station of “illegally creating a communications company,” while Njawé has withdrawn a complaint to the African Commission for Human Rights.Njawé said being forced to close by the government since May 2003 has been a “financial catastrophe” for the station. Equipment has been badly damaged by water leaks that could not be repaired because no one was allowed inside. Two thirds of the equipment will have to be replaced, requiring an initial investment of 60 million CFA francs (about 92,000 euros).Members of the mobile intervention unit sealed Freedom FM’s studios on 23 May 2003, just as the station, which is part of the Le Messager press group, was about to begin broadcasting. Njawé has been imprisoned several times for criticising President Paul Biya and his government, above all in the late 1990s.last_img read more

Leaders or followers?

first_imgAll that work by helicopter parents to whip their children into Ivy League shape is a fool’s errand that perpetuates a flawed educational caste system where high-achieving “zombie” students train diligently for elite careers, but learn little of value about life or themselves.That’s author William Deresiewicz’s acidic assessment of top-tier universities, their students, and the admissions process. His contention has ignited widespread debate since an excerpt from his new book, “Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life,” appeared in The New Republic in July. It is reportedly the most widely read piece in the magazine’s 100-year history.A graduate of Columbia University who taught English at Yale, Deresiewicz based his book on ideas he first espoused in 2008. It has garnered praise from observers like David Brooks, the New York Times’ Op-Ed columnist, for raising important questions about the role that elite colleges and universities should play in shaping young lives, and the still-lagging effort to assemble an intellectually and socioeconomically diverse student body.But the book also has drawn criticism from others who say it is sometimes gratuitously caustic and simplistic, painting everyone with a broad brush. Among the critics is Steven Pinker, the Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology at Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences, whose blistering rebuttal of Deresiewicz’ work also ran in The New Republic earlier this month.“The book isn’t called, ‘Don’t Send Your Kids to the Ivy League’ or ‘Everything Is the Fault of the Ivy League,’ ” Deresiewicz said in an interview earlier this month from his home in Oregon, in advance of an appearance at Harvard Monday night. “Fundamentally, this is about the whole system that gets kids into the colleges, and even what happens to them afterward.”He criticized an admissions process that he said overvalues credentials — standardized test scores, grade-point averages, and resume-padding extracurriculars — and undervalues smart but creative or offbeat students who haven’t mastered the art of hoop jumping and can’t afford to get expert help burnishing their resumes.“What that process produces, and what I think the colleges don’t do nearly enough to disrupt, are the kinds of people whom I call ‘excellent sheep,’” he said. “They’re great students [who] become great at learning how to work the system; they become great at learning how to do the minimum they need to do in order to maintain their G.P.A. and the whole resume array.”Deresiewicz said many students over the years have admitted, fairly cynically, that they know “education is a code to be cracked.” They defend their laundry lists of activities as evidence of their intellectual passion, a claim Deresiewicz views with a jaundiced eye.“OK, maybe you chose the 12 [activities] you’re quote-unquote interested in, but that’s not the same as passion,” he said. “To me, a passion is something that seizes you so deeply that you don’t care about doing the other 11 things.“As critical as I am of the students, they’re not really my targets. My targets are the people who make them who they are. It’s the schools that create the criteria, not the admissions officers per se, and it’s the crazy, upper-middle-class parents who insist on inflicting this on their children because they would fall into a bottomless abyss of disgrace if their kid didn’t get into Harvard.”Deresiewicz lobbies for elite schools to return to emphasizing a thoughtful liberal-arts education, one that encourages students to find their passion, not their profession.He also takes issue with the persistent scarcity of students from poor and blue-collar backgrounds at elite schools. While it’s laudable that Harvard provides at least 60 percent of undergraduates with some form of financial aid, he said, that still means 40 percent — too many, in his view — have enough money that they don’t need help.“Listen, I think there are some very well-meaning people at Harvard and other schools, and they genuinely want to do something about this, and they’re genuinely trying, but this is the other reason why I say what we really need is free public higher education.”Now on a book tour that includes several Ivy League schools, Deresiewicz came to Harvard Monday night to square off with students and faculty for a question-and-answer session convened by Homi K. Bhabha, director of the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard. “I’m going to those schools because I think they’re the ones that need to hear what I’m saying,” he explained of his visit.Before a packed, tense Paine Hall, panelists including Harvard College Dean Rakesh Khurana; Diana Sorensen, the James F. Rothenberg Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and of Comparative Literature and dean of arts and humanities at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS); Fawwaz Habbal, executive dean for education and research at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), took aim at Deresiewicz’s depiction of college students as caricatures and disputed his view that universities must help students “build a soul,” not just train the next generation of leaders.“What gives me pause, and what gives other people pause, is when you go on to fault us for failing to ensure that all of our students develop souls, and that they do so on a four-year schedule” that might be better called ‘No Soul Left Behind,’ ” said English Professor Amanda Claybaugh. “What happens when you try to institutionalize what should be a fundamentally individual process? And I wonder if you worry about — if we make it clear to our students that what we’re trying to do is help them build souls — does soul-building become yet another box to check for them?”Bhabha told Deresiewicz that while he welcomed his frankness and support for the importance of the humanities, he found Deresiewicz’s view that students who go on to become bankers and lawyers are shallow careerists surprisingly “stereotypical” and amounted to little more than “finger-pointing and name-calling.”“Why do you assume that bankers aren’t interested in soul-making?” asked Bhabha.Khurana suggested that in this era of declining economic prospects, Harvard students and their parents reasonably worry about their future careers and that the University plays only one part in driving students’ choices and ambitions.Deresiewicz said that careerism at Harvard is a problem that long predates the current recession. “Nothing that I’m describing started in 2008. I think the place where that argument is least valid is here,” he said. “Because fairly or unfairly … if you get out of here with a degree,” you’re quite likely to enjoy, at a minimum, a comfortable, middle-class life, he added.“You may not be wealthy, but by any reasonable standard, the Harvard name is going to open any doors you want it to open.”last_img read more

A Ton of Cocaine Seized in the Colombian Caribbean

first_img The Colombian Coast Guard seized 956 kilos of highly pure cocaine valued at about $ 30 million, after intercepting a boat in Caribbean waters, in which four men were traveling with the drug, reported the Colombian Navy on September 11. The boat, Pez Caribe, was intercepted at four nautical miles to the east of the Colombian island of San Andrés, after a chase in which the crewmembers tried to escape and threw some packages of the alkaloid (cocaine) into the sea. The Coast Guard counted on the support of a Navy patrol plane, according to a statement from the Force. The four crew members, along with the cocaine and boat, were handed over to the authorities of San Andrés. By Dialogo September 13, 2012last_img

The managing director of construction company BMD Group has listed his Manly home

first_img41 Oceana Tce, Manly.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North1 hour agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Marketing agent Marc Sorrentino, of Place Manly, said the house was built to commercial standards with BMD laying all the footings, retaining walls, pool and tennis court. BMD Constructions head Mick Power has listed his Manly home.THE managing director of construction company BMD Group has put his architecturally-designed Manly home, complete with tennis court, sauna and sea views, on the market. Mick Power had the four-bedroom property built in 1983/84 with Delwyn Poulton as the architect and Ernest Day & Son as the builder. 41 Oceana Tce, Manly.“Mick’s favourite parts of the house are the entertaining areas (including) the oversized billiards room with bar, which opens up to the pool and tennis court where he and his family spent many years enjoying the company of their friends,” Mr Sorrentino said. 41 Oceana Tce, Manly.Mr Power is also a board member of the Brisbane Lions Football Club and an Honorary Ambassador City of Brisbane. 41 Oceana Tce, Manly.“Mick loves the area. He chose Manly as the place to live but also the place to set up his head office.”The three-storey home has with views over the Manly Yacht Club and Marina.It features a spa, sauna, swimming pool, tennis court and billiards room with built-in bar. last_img read more