Swedish prosecutors again refuse to investigate Dawit Isaak case Reporters Without Borders today condemned the arrest and conscription into the Eritrean army of the local correspondent of the radio station Voice of America (VOA) and called for the immediate release of him and 18 other jailed media workers in the country, which it said was “Africa’s biggest prison for journalists.”The journalist, Akhilu Solomon, 32, was arrested at his home on 8 July and taken to an army camp to do his compulsory military service. However, VOA said he had already done part of it and been exempted from the rest on medical grounds.”After persecuting the local media, the government is now going after those working for foreign media,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard. “The latest arrest means 19 journalists are now in prison, making Eritrea by far the most repressive country in Africa in this respect.”The government shut down all privately-owned newspapers in September 2001 and arrested several journalists, leaving only the official press operating. Three foreign media – the BBC, Agence France-Presse and Deutsche Welle – have stringers in the country. The US embassy in Asmara said it had contacted the government about Solomon’s arrest.All Eritreans over 18 have been obliged since 1994 to do 18 months military service, including six months training at a military camp in the western town of Sawa. January 13, 2021 Find out more The correspondent in Eritrea of the radio station Voice of America has been arrested and sent to a camp to do military service despite being earlier exempted. Reporters Without Borders calls for his immediate release, noting that Eritrea is Africa’s biggest prison for journalists. October 27, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts to go further Prisoner of Conscience Since 2001 – Why has Sweden not managed to bring Dawit Isaak home? RSF_en Reports July 15, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Voice of America correspondent arrested News News Help by sharing this information April 14, 2021 Find out more RSF urges Swedish judicial authorities to reverse Dawit Isaak decision EritreaAfrica Follow the news on Eritrea News EritreaAfrica Organisation
Who wants to get sappy with a Tony winner…just in time for Valentine’s Day?! Tony and Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner Alan Cumming will head to Carnegie Hall for Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs with Friends on February 8, 2016. Who are said friends, you ask? None other than Darren Criss, Chita Rivera, the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus and Ricki Lake.Cumming won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for playing the Emcee in 1998’s Cabaret; he reprised his performance in 2014. His other Broadway credits include Design For Living, The Threepenny Opera and his (almost) one-man performance of Macbeth in 2013. His film and TV resume includes The Good Wife, X2, Spy Kids, Web Therapy, Burlesque, Spice World, Josie and the Pussycats, Annie and The Anniversary Party.The event, presented by Daniel Nardicio, will be musically directed by Lance Horne. Also on tap for Carnegie Hall in the coming months is the New York Pops’ It’s Christmas Time in the City with Stephanie J. Block and Brian d’Arcy James. View Comments Darren Criss Star Files
Mother Nature blessed Georgia row-crop farmers in 2009 with perfect weather, which helped bring record-setting results. This year, however, she wasn’t as cooperative and sent the hottest April through September on record – the kind of weather that can hurt.Heat makes diseases worse“It has been difficult to battle disease with this heat,” said Bob Kemerait, a plant pathologist with University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. “White mold, leaf spot disease, southern corn rust – it has been a bad year for disease for our row crop growers and a lot of that is tied to weather pattern.” Since July, white mold has caused the most problems for peanut growers. “The fungal structures of white mold were awakened by the extreme heat early in the growing season,” Kemerait said. “The scattered showers throughout the summer were like gasoline on a fire. This is the worst year for white mold in at least 20 years.” But tomato spotted wilt virus, a disease that threatened to cripple the peanut industry in the 1990s, will likely affect less than 1 percent of the crop this year, he said. Improved varieties and management decisions by growers have made the disease less of a threat.Peanuts need moisturePeanuts not planted in fields with irrigation “are a disaster in some areas,” said John Beasley, a UGA Extension peanut agronomist. “Even irrigated crops have heat damage, especially the farms in the northwest part of the peanut belt that missed some of the rains other areas received.”Without adequate moisture, peanuts can’t absorb the calcium they need to fully develop, he said. Farmers are harvesting peanuts now. The current clear skies, lack of humidity and breezy evenings are perfect for harvest. According to the Georgia Agricultural Statistics Service, growers expect to yield an average of 3,300 pounds per acre, 7 percent less than last year’s record 3,560 pounds per acre average.Growers are harvesting cotton now, too. “The yields are looking more and more optimistic as harvest progresses,” said Guy Collins, a UGA Extension cotton agronomist. “The hot, dry July could have severely reduced yield potential, but it doesn’t look as bad as we thought it would.” According to GASS, cotton yields will average 761 pounds per acre, 16 percent less than last year’s record 902 pounds per acre average.Heat affects cotton bloomingIntense July heat and dry weather shortened the bloom period for much of the crop, Collins said. A shortened bloom period, compounded by the return of rains in August, has caused new vegetative growth to develop. This is not good during harvest. New vegetation can stain or discolor cotton lint, resulting in a lower quality or higher trash content. The top bolls, or the fruits that eventually open to make the lint, are immature or are otherwise difficult to open in some fields, he said, compared to bolls lower on the plant. The cooler weather could be causing them to stay closed. “Hopefully, time and some warm sunny weather will help us out,” Collins said. “If it doesn’t open, it is rendered unharvestable. The top bolls mean more to the growers this year because prices are elevated. We are not dealing with exceptional yields in many cases. They are counting on those top bolls to earn a little more money.” Two leaf spot diseases are causing problems in some fields, Kemerait said. Stemphyllium leaf spot disease causes leaves to fall off before a plant is mature, which prevents bolls from fully developing. Corynespora leaf spot causes rapid defoliation of plants and doesn’t allow the bolls to open properly. It is hitting fields in southwest Georgia.Georgia soybean growers are expected to average 31 bushels per acre, 5 bushels off last year’s average. Soybean harvest is underway. Corn harvest is complete, and growers expect to average 140 bushels per acre, matching last year’s record-setting average.
MDP panel to discuss strategic alliances MDP panel to discuss strategic alliancesThe Special Commission on Multidisciplinary Practice and Ancillary Business is having a public meeting to discuss draft rules on strategic alliances.The meeting will be from at 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday May 7, at the law office of Steel Hector & Davis, 200 South Biscayne Blvd., Suite 4100, Miami. Several lawyers have been invited to speak to the commission, and other Bar members are invited to listen or address the panel. Those wishing to speak should contact Bar Ethics Counsel Elizabeth Tarbert at (850) 561-5780, or via e-mail at [email protected] A copy of the draft rules, which may be updated before the meeting, can be found on The Florida Bar’s Web site by clicking here. Strategic alliances are referral arrangements between lawyers and other professionals, such as engineers, accountants, or financial planners, with whom the lawyer has no other affiliation. The commission is seeking to clarify how lawyers can enter into these arrangements while avoiding financial entanglements of prohibited MDPs, preserving the lawyer’s independent judgment, and protecting clients. April 1, 2002 Regular News