RSF_en July 7, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 RWB hails creation of Vietnam’s first independent journalists association News News Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison Organisation April 27, 2021 Find out more RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang Reporters Without Borders hails the creation of the Independent Journalists Association of Vietnam (IJAVN), the country’s first such organization. Its launch on 4 July in Ho Chi Minh City saw the biggest-ever gathering of journalists to promote freely reported and politically independent information.Well-known journalists are IJAVN members. Its president, Pham Chi Dung, and one of its vice-presidents, Le Ngoc Thanh, are Reporters Without Borders “Information Heroes.” The number of members has already risen from 42 on 4 July to 64 today.The IJAVN’s goals are to:- Honestly reflect profound and burning societal and national issues- Criticize the state’s irrational policies regarding social management and media freedom- Host exchanges and dialogues with the authorities on media freedom and social management whenever possible- Support physical, spiritual and active mutual assistance and solidarity among its members- Take whatever action is necessary to defend those who are harassed, arrested, imprisoned or terrorized for promoting social progress in what they write- Attract young writers and train them to contribute to Vietnam’s future professional journalism- Create a favourable environment for all journalists, whether contributors to independent news sites or employed by state-controlled media.Based in Ho Chi Minh City, the IJAVN plans to organize seminars, cooperate with NGOs and launch an online news outlet to which independent journalists and others will contribute.“This association’s creation is excellent news for freedom of information in Vietnam,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Asia-Pacific desk. “It will act as an additional shield for independent news providers and will clearly encourage the flow of information free of any state control. It can already count on our unconditional support.”Dung, the IJAVN’s president said: “We are looking for international support and hope to get concrete assistance from Reporters Without Borders, the Committee to Project Journalists and PEN International.”Asked about the 35 journalists and bloggers currently detained in Vietnam, Dung told RWB: “We are disappointed that the sentences of Pham Viet Dao and Truong Duy Nhat were upheld on appeal last month. We will send a petition to the government calling for their immediate release and we will urge international NGOs to put pressure on the Vietnamese authorities.”Dung added: “We will also draw the media’s attention to Nguyen Huu Vinh, Dieu Cay and Ta Phong Tan, the three detained bloggers who set up the Free Journalist Club.”The IJAVN intends to cover the entire country. Dung will be assisted by three vice-presidents based in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Dalat respectively. Le Ngoc Thanh will coordinate the IJAVN’s activities in the south, Nguyen Tuong Thuy in the north and Bui Minh Quoc in the centre. The IJAVN says it will function according to democratic principles, including the free flow of information and decision-making by consensus or majority vote, and that it will act in accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.Vietnam is ranked 174th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. With many members, including well known journalists, it intends to defend detained colleagues, train young reporters and operate a news website Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information VietnamAsia – Pacific to go further News Follow the news on Vietnam Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam April 22, 2021 Find out more News VietnamAsia – Pacific April 7, 2021 Find out more
Berkeley >> One of the themes coming out of the North Coast Section Meet of Champions track and field competition on Saturday at Edwards Stadium in Berkeley is that the Fortuna Huskies’ high-jumpers can dominate.Huskies track and field star Katie Hurst’s leap of five feet, five inches earned her the NCS title in the girl’s high jump on Saturday, joining teammate Jevin Kitchen, who won the boys event on Friday.Hurst cleared the mark on her first attempt to cruise to victory over Encinal’s …
The fourth factor is the growth of internet access via mobile phones in South Africa – although the report notes that this is not yet as big a factor as the media hype suggests. The mobile web New telecoms licences The third factor is the rapid rate at which smaller South African businesses are migrating from slow dial-up connections to faster ADSL lines. “Four major factors will drive this growth,” World Wide Worx MD Arthur Goldstuck said in a statement. These networks would be able to take advantage of the new undersea cable, which will allow service providers to buy bandwidth capacity at wholesale prices and repackage and resell it as they wished. The report shows that the number of internet users in South Africa grew by 12.5% to 4.6-million in 2008 – the first time since 2001 it has grown by more than 8%. The increased growth rate is expected to continue for the next five years, taking the internet user population to the 9-million mark by 2014. Small business switches to ADSL “The first and most obvious development is the arrival of a new undersea telecommunications cable at the end of June. It will increase South Africa’s maximum international bandwidth fivefold, and the actual capacity that was available until the end of last year will increase 30-fold. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material This is among the conclusions contained in the Internet Access in South Africa 2008 report, released this week by researchers and consultants World Wide Worx. New undersea cable “This means that the new generation of service providers will be able to introduce business models that were never possible before.” 26 March 2009 Goldstuck noted, however, that the arrival of the new cable would bring down bandwidth costs and increase capacity gradually – not overnight. “The cellphone right now is a very crude device for accessing the internet,” says Goldstuck. “We will need to see great improvements in both usability and people’s ability to use advanced features on their cellphones, and that will take another few years.” SAinfo reporter South Africa’s internet population is expected to grow as much in the next five years as it has in the 15 years since the internet became commercially available in the country. “This means that SMEs have taken over from large businesses as the biggest driver of internet access in South Africa.” “The impact of these lines goes much further than merely the number of small businesses that connect,” Goldstuck said. “Our research shows that every small and medium enterprise (SME) using ADSL is connecting anywhere between one and 20 additional individuals to the internet. “While we won’t see even a tenth of the 600 existing ISPs setting up networks, enough of them will emerge from under the radar to give consumers and business a new world of choice,” Goldstuck said. The second factor driving South Africa’s internet growth was the granting of telecommunications licences to all internet service providers (ISPs) who wished to upgrade their existing licences, allowing them to build their own networks.
The green charcoal will be made from agricultural waste such as the invasive typha weed. (Image: Wikipedia) An environmental NGO in northern Senegal is about to go to market with “green charcoal” – a household fuel produced from agricultural waste materials to replace wood and charcoal in cooking stoves.With Senegal’s trees disappearing, finding viable alternatives is a must. At least half the country’s 13-million people rely on wood and charcoal for household fuel, and 40% use petrol products like butane gas, according to the Ministry of Energy.“You need to cut down 5kg of wood to produce only 1kg of charcoal,” said Ibrahima Niang, an alternative household energies specialist at the energy ministry.“Less than 30 years ago, charcoal consumed in Dakar came from 70km away, from the Thiès region. Now you have to go 400km from Dakar to find forests.” Dakar is the capital of Senegal.According to the country’s Department of Water and Forestry, 40 000 hectares of forest are cut every year for fuel and other commercial uses.Deforestation is said to exacerbate soil erosion – already a considerable problem in parts of Senegal. The country is part of the Sahel, a region where erratic rainfall, land degradation and desertification are constant setbacks for a population largely dependent on agriculture and livestock.The “green charcoal” is produced by compressing agricultural waste, such as the invasive typha weed, into briquettes and then mechanically carbonising. The product has the look and feel of traditional charcoal and burns similarly.“The technology is efficient, effective and economical because we can produce a substitute for charcoal at half the price,” Guy Reinaud, director of Pro Natura International, the French NGO that has partnered with the Senegalese government on the green charcoal initiative. The project is based in Ross-Bethio, a town 300km north of Dakar in the Saint-Louis region.Environmental firms and governments have long been working to transform plants and natural waste materials into energy, such as water lilies in the Philippines.Tough sell or consumer demand?Despite the apparent advantages, marketing the green charcoal in Senegal is a challenge, according to Mireille Ehemba, specialist in alternative household fuels at the Programme for the Promotion of Rural Electrification and the Sustainable Supply of Domestic Fuels (Peracod), a joint Senegalese and German renewable energy initiative and another partner in the green charcoal project. “We have not been able to penetrate the charcoal market in urban areas. People are very attached to charcoal,” said Ehemba. “Much more [education] is needed, including cooking demonstrations that explain how this new fuel works, if we want people to make the switch.”Not only buyers need to be convinced. Identifying distribution networks and responding to the needs of charcoal vendors are also major challenges, Ehemba said. For 1kg of green charcoal, a vendor makes a profit of 5 US cents (about 9 South African cents), whereas conventional charcoal brings in almost 20 cents (R1.80) per kilogram.“We must talk to producers to get them to increase the scale of their operation in order to increase the profit for vendors if this is to work,” Ehemba said.On the other hand, Senegalese consumers may be tempted to switch to the new product because it is the cheapest fuel. One kilogram of green charcoal sells for just 20 cents (R1.80), whereas traditional charcoal currently costs three times that. A 6-kg bottle of butane gas costs about $5 (R45.50).Fatou Camara from Ross-Bethio has tested the new fuel when cooking for her family of 10. “I can use 1kg of green charcoal and that will cook the dinner. It is cheaper than normal charcoal.”Camara said she used to use butane gas for cooking, but recurrent gas shortages pushed her to switch to green charcoal.In the past, butane gas was heavily subsidised and promoted by the government as an alternative to charcoal. But such measures are no longer sustainable, according to the energy ministry’s Niang. The government plans to phase out butane subsidies in July.Peracod’s Ehemba is concerned the move will put more pressure on Senegal’s forests as poorer households return to traditional fuels like charcoal.“It is now very important that we propose alternatives like improved stoves and bio-charcoal so that people have affordable ways to cook cleanly,” she said.ProNatura and the Senegalese government plan to turn the project into a profit-making venture called Green Charcoal Senegal that will produce up to 800 tons of the green fuel a year for sale in the Saint-Louis region.ProNatura will soon start a project in Mali, transforming cotton stems into green charcoal, and plans similar projects in Niger, Madagascar, China, India and Brazil.“It has global potential in terms of its adaptability to different local environments, and it uses local waste materials,” said Reinaud.Added the energy ministry’s Niang: “It is not possible to completely replace charcoal. But even if we can replace 10% or 15% that is good. It will preserve the forests.”Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected]: Irin NewsRelated articlesMount Mabu yields hidden bounty Using waste to save the world Corking carbon emissions Africa’s carbon-trading potential Useful linksPeracod (French)Pro-Natura
How to Make the Most of Your Software Developer… Sandi Lin Sandi Lin is the CEO and Co-Founder of Skilljar, the leading customer training platform used by companies like Cisco, Verizon, and U-Haul to accelerate product adoption and deepen customer engagement. Related Posts Product engagement is one of the most reliable predictors of high customer lifetime value. Unfortunately, the existing industry data shows that 71 percent of B2B customers are disengaged with the software their companies use, and 28 percent of software licenses go completely unused (Gallup). The first 90-days are absolutely critical when it comes to onboarding customers and driving product engagement. Research from the Technology Services Industry Association (TSIA) has found that trained customers are 68 percent more likely to use a product than their untrained colleagues.The onboarding experience can set the tone for the rest of the customer and company relationship. Training at this stage of the lifecycle assists new customers with launching for initial success, a critical step to achieving long-term product adoption, usage, and renewals.6 Key Steps for Customer OnboardingBased on Skilljar’s experience with hundreds of customers, we’ve identified 6 key steps to develop an onboarding program that drives product engagement and generates high customer lifetime value.1. Clearly Define Customer ValueBefore you develop any content, it is important that you understand how your customers define value and the behaviors that generate this value. Look at the journeys and actions of your best customers – what features of your product are they using regularly? What path are they taking to get there? How are they integrating your product into their day-to-day activities? Once you’ve established where your best customers find value, you can then develop a strategy that encourages the adoption of these same behaviors among the rest of your customer base. 2. Identify the Drivers of ChurnWhile some churn is inevitable, it should be treated as an opportunity to learn and identify patterns. Facilitating a process to identify and address causes for churn can help identify at-risk accounts and prevent future churn. Assessing churn will also enable you to gain insight into areas for either improved education, or the creation of new training modules.3. Focus on Reducing User Friction In most cases, customers are voluntary learners so the learning experience needs to be intuitive and easily accessible in order to engage them throughout the training program. The customer experience starts with the registration process. Keeping login and registration steps as simple as possible will enable you to maintain a smooth experience from initial sign-in through completion. Making content easily discoverable and ensuring that the value of a course is obvious (and relevant) to the customer also helps drive customer engagement. In situations where training is required for customers, such as certification programs or security protocol like HIPAA, the customer experience remains paramount as completion of training modules may directly impact the safety and security of the company. 4. Develop Multiple Learning Paths To create a truly effective onboarding program, consider working backwards from the goals and value you would like your customers to accomplish. Given the complexity that often accompanies SaaS platforms, as well as the variety of job roles that may use a particular software, it is important that each role or team in an organization is presented with a training program that addresses their specific needs and goals. By customizing training paths by job role, knowledge-level and goals, you can improve everything from course registration and completion rates, directly product adoption. 5. Integrate Customer Education Data with Existing SystemsAn effective training platform does not exist in a vacuum – it is integrated with your systems of record and action across teams and departments. Incorporating customer onboarding, training and certification data into your other business systems will enable you to track the impact of education on customer health and engagement, not to mention allowing education teams to evaluate how their program is contributing to the bottom line. Common integrations for customer education data are customer relationship management, customer support, marketing automation, and customer success platforms.6. Adopt a Continuous User Onboarding MindsetTo create a long-term, successful customer training program, you need to enable continuous learning for your customers as their needs evolve, their expertise grows, and as the software itself changes. Also, although the first 90 days of a customer’s journey are critical, you also need to be prepared for the turnover of product users due to role and employment changes. An on-demand training program will let you engage with customers as their needs change and also as new individuals come online. ConclusionWhile virtually every organization can benefit from offering training during customer onboarding, there are a few use cases that are especially relevant. For complex products, products that require group adoption, and business-critical products, speed and effectiveness of customer onboarding are particularly important. When done right, customer education can help you create engaged product users and a higher resulting customer lifetime value. WordPress for Enterprise – How This Open-… What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… Kickstarting a Stagnant Company
Even the newest filmmaking technology relies on the oldest. Learn how to tie these four essential knots.Film production is a fascinating dichotomy of digital technology and the art of tying 5,000-year-old knots. Isn’t filmmaking fantastic?We embrace new technology only if it’s better than what we already use — and if it makes financial sense. Most “on set” technicians will know if a new “great” thing will help the equipment team after just a few hours of use. We want time-tested technology that works and is hard to replace. Knots fall into this category, and filmmakers on sets all over the world use them every day. They’re also free!In the following video tutorial, I’ll detail four essential knots that everyone should learn. Connect with antiquity and improve your work on set without spending a dollar.Here are the four essential knots we will be covering:The Bowline The Clove HitchThe Double Sheet BendThe Trucker’s HitchLet’s get started. Which knots do you rely on? Let us know in the comments.
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The Couriers missed a chance to clinch a quarterfinal seat as they suffered a monumental collapse against Marinerong Pilipino, 83-82, on Thursday to finish their eliminations campaign with an even 5-5 slate.But with victories over teams that are still in the thick of the race of the playoffs, Lucas has his reasons for keeping the faith even with Wangs’ outside chance.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsWangs Basketball beat Racal, 93-84, and topped Centro Escolar University, 88-87, but fell in close defeats to Batangas, 81-79, and Marinerong Pilipino.“It’s tough that we’re going to depend on the other teams, but it’s a good thing that we were able to invest in our five wins and in the end, we’re all be having identical records,” he said. O.J. Simpson asks parole board to set him free Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES Michael Juico. PBA IMAGESWangs Basketball coach Pablo Lucas is staying optimistic as his team awaits its fate in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup.“I hope so,” he said in Filipino when asked if he believes that his side can still make it to the quarterfinals. “The standings are still too close.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lucas thinks that the Couriers’ tight losses will be beneficial for his crew if they do end up with a seat in the top six.“If we make it, I’m sure that the team will have a better run because we already learned our lessons. If we make it to the quarterfinals, I believe that we have a chance to advance to the semis,” he bragged.Nonetheless, Lucas is already content with what the team has achieved after setting a franchise-best record since it joined the PBA D-League in 2013, thanks largely to the contributions of guys like Robbie Herndon, Michael Juico, and Chris Bitoon.“This is already history for Wangs. We learned a lot in the years that we’ve joined and we can’t bring back the past, but we’re just hoping for the best,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ View comments
Jonathan Kodjia to be fit for Aston Villa clash with Brightonby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJonathan Kodjia could be fit for Aston Villa’s clash with Brighton.The striker has not featured for more than two months after suffering an ankle injury in the 3-1 opening day defeat at Tottenham, before then breaking a cheekbone in a freak training ground accident. The Express & Star says Kodjia has now been training for more than a fortnight wearing a specially designed mask and is ready to fight for a place in the squad for the match against the Seagulls.The 29-year-old is now behind both Wesley and Keinan Davis in the pecking order but will provide boss Dean Smith with further competition up front.Villa are stepping up preparations for the weekend as they look to kick on after their excellent 5-1 win at Norwich prior to the international break. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Predicting every team’s first loss. Every college football team is currently undefeated. And, in the minds of many of these teams’ fan bases, their team will still be undefeated once September, October and November come to an end. Predicting every team’s first loss.They are wrong, though. Pretty much every college football team will suffer at least one loss during the 2016 season. Only one Power 5 team went undefeated through the conference championship games last season, Clemson. And the Tigers, of course, didn’t end their campaign unblemished, falling to Alabama in the College Football Playoff title game. So a loss is coming, at some point, for all of your teams. We’re going to predict when that first loss is coming for every Power 5 team (and Notre Dame). Here are our predictions. Start With The ACC >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6