High court decision opens way for Daily News to reappear

first_img Receive email alerts Welcoming a Harare high court decision that ordered the governmental Media and Information Commission (MIC) to reconsider an application by the independent Daily News for an operating licence, Reporters Without Borders today urged the MIC to comply with the order at once.“This ruling revives hope of seeing the Daily News on the news stands again,” the press freedom organisation said. “The supreme court already issued a similar decision on 14 March 2005 without the MIC complying. As a matter of urgency, the MIC must conform to these court rulings and issue accreditation to the Daily News’ journalists at once.”In its ruling yesterday, the high court set aside the MIC’s decision to deny a licence to Associated Newspapers of Zimbabwe (ANZ), the publisher of the Daily News and its sister Daily News on Sunday. The decision was issued in response to a complaint filed last July by ANZ’s lawyers pointing out that the MIC’s chairman had refused to recuse himself from the case although the supreme court had found him to be biased.The high court judge in charge of the case, Rita Makarau, said the MIC’s refusal to approve the ANZ’s licence request was biased and that it should therefore reconsider the request.Jonathan Maphenduka, the press representative on the MIC board until he resigned on 18 August, had submitted a statement to Judge Makarau in November claiming that the MIC originally agreed to issue the Daily News with a licence but changed its mind as a result of pressure from the government’s Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO).A milestone in the drawn-out legal wrangle between the Daily News and the government was reached on 14 March 2005 when the supreme court quashed the MIC’s September 2003 ban on the newspaper, forcing the MIC to reconsider the ANZ’s request for a licence within 60 days. Although the deadline expired on 15 May, the MIC waited until 16 June to consider the ANZ’s request. After two days of deliberations, the MIC’s chairman refused to make any statement, saying the newspapers would be notified when a decision had been made, without explaining what he meant. The MIC finally announced its refusal to give the ANZ a licence on 18 July, as a result of which the ANC immediately challenged the decision before the Harare high court.The legal battle between the ANZ and the MIC has gone from court to court ever since the Daily News and its Sunday edition were banned in September 2003. In February 2004, the battle reached the supreme court, which took a year to issue a ruling. Because of enormous financial difficulties and its desire not to expose its journalists to the possibility of arrest, the Daily News decided to stop publishing pending a resolution of the dispute. RSF_en Organisation ZimbabweAfrica News The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Zimbabwean court must free imprisoned journalist who is unwell November 27, 2020 Find out more News February 9, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 High court decision opens way for Daily News to reappearcenter_img News to go further Help by sharing this information Zimbabwean journalist Hopewell Chin’ono denied bail Reports ZimbabweAfrica November 12, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Zimbabwe September 1, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Academics back private equity allocation for Norway’s SWF

first_imgPrivate equityIn their report, Trond Døskeland, associate professor at the Norwegian School of Economics, and Per Strömberg, professor at the Stockholm School of Economics, made three arguments in favour of a private equity allocation – although they stopped short of explicitly advising the ministry to permit the GPFG to invest in such assets. Per Strömberg Norway’s giant sovereign wealth fund would benefit from investing in private equity, according to an academic report commissioned by the country’s Finance Ministry.A second government-commissioned report, which analysed the performance of the fund’s active management, advised sticking with this approach rather than going passive – even though such a switch has been advocated by some expert observers.The NOK8.5trn (€883bn) Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) is managed by Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM), a department of the country’s central bank.Last week the chairman and chief executive of NBIM co-signed a letter to the Finance Ministry advocating an allocation of up to 4% to private equity.center_img Trond DøskelandThe fund’s unique characteristics – its large size, capacity to take on liquidity risk, need for transparency and its strong reputation – had several implications for private equity investment, according to the report.Døskeland and Strömberg implied that the GPFG should have a comparative advantage of building strong in-house teams for private equity investment, given its scale, reputation, and track record in asset classes such as real estate.Secondly, the fund could take on liquidity risk, enabling the GPFG to invest more aggressively in private equity during market downturns when the liquidity premium was high, they said.As the third point, Døskeland and Strömberg said: “[GPFG’s] strong reputation and record for transparency and ESG should make it a prestige partner for large private equity firms, particularly in the buyout segment. This, together with its size, should give GPFG strong bargaining power with such funds when it comes to negotiating fees and other fund terms.”The authors also advised against the fund rushing into the asset class, should the ministry allow such investment to begin.Strömberg is quoted in Norwegian business daily DN as saying the GPFG should wait until the next financial crisis to start any private equity investment programme.“Then the liquidity premiums rise, which is a compensation you get to invest in less liquid markets,” he told the newspaper.Active management The review group tasked with analysing the performance of NBIM’s active management included Magnus Dahlquist, professor at the Stockholm School of Economics, and Bernt Arne Ødegaard, professor at the University of Stavanger. They were also asked to recommend whether the fund’s expected tracking error limit should be changed. Dahlquist and Ødegaard said the traditional view of active management was that delegated fund managers on average added no value to investors, and that the managers who did add value could have simply been lucky.“Does this imply that the fund should refrain from seeking active management itself and/or delegating assets to other active fund managers? Not in our opinion,” they said. “First, the fund is not an average investor. It has certain comparative advantages – and disadvantages – that suit it for different kinds of strategies.”Dahlquist and Ødegaard said the oil fund’s external mandates had outperformed their benchmarks by approximately 2% per year after costs, “contributing substantially to the fund’s total performance”.They emphasised the strong historical relative results NBIM had generated in listed equity, but the weakness of its performance record on fixed income.“The equity portfolio has outperformed its benchmark, whereas the performance of the fixed-income portfolio has been neutral or negative,” they said.Regarding the current tracking error limit set by the Finance Ministry, the academics said it might be “worthwhile to focus on using ranges in asset weights rather than the tracking error to better set risk limits”.They continued: “We also wonder whether it would be worthwhile to have an absolute return target, a benchmark outperformance target, and/or a tracking error target.”last_img read more

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Fitness for Everyone

first_imgFinding a program to keep fit can be a challenge but here are some thoughts on how to start a healthy, sustainable exercise program.
 Fitness goals should be attainable and you should have some forethought and preparation for each workout. If you’re coming off the couch, there are some factors to keep in mind.Your body may feel fine when not exercising, but many people experience injuries from the first couple of workouts. Who wants to warm up slowly and properly when you can just jump on a treadmill or lift some weights? The truth is that an exercise program should start with some foam rolling (for self-massage to release muscle tightness), then progress to some dynamic stretching and low impact heart rate elevating exercises.After muscles are warmed up and body temperature is elevated, the body is better prepared to handle smart exercise stress. Injuries are what most often keep people from reaching their fitness goals.Starting out with lofty or unattainable goals compounded with an injury is a recipe for failure. An adage to remember is that a body in motion stays in motion, unless it has a sprained ACL or torn meniscus.Not to get too philosophical, but we know for a fact that a better diet and regular exercise combats a plethora of diseases and helps you live a healthier happier life. Improving your appearance and the way you feel is inevitable only with consistent smart exercise. The point is that it’s hard to get in shape and maintain a healthy, focused mindset with reoccurring or initial injuries. Doing what you can to prepare the body for what you’re asking it to do is a recipe for success!The other thing to keep in mind that is vital to a good exercise experience is proper fuel. This is a broad complex topic, but generally speaking, a light meal consisting of low-glycemic carbs approximately 1 to 1-1/2 hours before exercise is ideal for most. Even with the perfect pre-workout meal, that plus exertion can lead to mild or moderate nausea, especially in a de-conditioned state. Sometimes it takes a few workouts to learn how certain foods react with your body when followed by exercise. You want your blood sugar level and have some stored fuel, but beyond that there are too many factors affecting dieting considerations to generalize. One tip however: Water must reach body temp to pass through stomach. Cold water has a tendency to slosh around and cause a stomachache. Try drinking water at room temperature to help avoid nausea and cramps.Another thing to keep in mind: accountability when starting an exercise program, makes it easier to stay consistent. There are many different fitness professionals with many different philosophies on how to get fit. Beyond credentials, personality and energy should be determining factors when choosing a personal trainer. Can this person motivate and inspire you to help reach your goals? Also make sure you trust the way your body feels. The best trainer with the most credentials and kinesthetic awareness still doesn’t know how your body feels and responds to exercise. If it feels wrong, chances are it is wrong for your body. It might even be just that particular exercise or just that session. Either way, voicing your concern allows your fitness professional to make a better decision based on how an exercise is affecting you. Good pain must be separated from bad pain.Exercise keeps people feeling passionate and grounded. Readers should be encouraged and inspired to know that there is a way for anybody to get and stay in shape.”Dan Weltman, who owns and operates Rumson Personal Fitness with his wife Darleen, has been working with clients to get their desired results for more than 25 years By Dan Weltmanlast_img read more

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No joy in Boundary Country, Leafs pound Bruins 15-0

first_imgIt’s easy to say Carsen Willans likes playing the Grand Forks Border Bruins.As a matter of fact, so do a lot of Kootenay International Junior Hockey League teams.Willans, a Nelson Minor Hockey Association grad, scored four times as the Nelson Leafs shocked it to the Bruins 15-0 in Murdoch Division play Thursday in the Boundary City.Despite winning its first of the season last week in the Invermere, there’s not much positive to report for interim coach Matt Zamec.The former assistant was elevated prior to the win after head coach and GM Brent Batten was relieved of his duties by team executive.Nelson scored five times during the first eight minutes of the opening period to literally put the game away after 20 minutes.During the first frame the Leafs outshot the Bruins 21-5 en route to a 57-shot barrage at the Grand Forks tandem of Jeremy Mandoli and backup Nathan Nicloson.Grand Forks also surrendered three power play goals in the contest.Along with Willans padding his stats, a host of other Leafs also filled the stats bucket.The game’s first star Brett Norman scored three times while adding two helpers for a five-point night.Former Trail Smokie defenceman J.J. Beitel also had a breakout game, with two goals and three assists along with center Nik Newman, one goal four assists.Nelson defenceman Walker Sidoni had four assists as well as Nelson native Dallon Stoddart, also finishing with four points on a goal and three assists.Other goal scorers included Matthew Naka, Julian Davis, Eric Spring and Matti Jmaeff.Patrick Defoe had a relatively easy time in the net, stopping 27 shots.The only real bright spot for the Bruins came in the third period when Grand Forks fired 14 shots — more than the first two periods — at the Leaf goal.LEAF NOTES: Nelson, 18-9-0-2, climbs into a second-place tie with idle Castlegar Rebels, each team now has 38 points. However, Castlegar has played two less games. . . .The night was cut rather short for Leaf center Matthew Naka. After scoring Nelson’s fifth goal of the opening period, the Vanderhoof native was handed a game misconduct for an illegal check to the head later in the first frame. . . . In four games against the Bruins Carsen Willans has accumulated 17 points, including seven goals. . . . Grand Forks has yielded league high 253 goals in 27 games for an average of almost 10 per game. . . .Thursday’s game was the lone contest of the weekend for Nelson. The team returns to action Friday, December 9 at the NDCC Arena when the Rebels visit in a Murdoch Division showdown. Game time is 7 p.m. . . . After playing 19 games in seven weeks, Nelson’s schedule is back to somewhat normal as the Leafs have eight games in December. Seven of the eight are against Murdoch Division opposition, including two each against powers Castlegar and Beaver [email protected]last_img read more

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3 Inventive DIY Camera Sliders

first_imgLearn how you can create your own DIY camera slider in these informative how-to videos!A professional camera slider will set you back a few hundred bucks – out of reach for some newbie shooters and hard to justify the cost if you won’t be using it often. Get dramatic, moving shots by creating your own DIY camera slider!  Although there are quite a few DIY slider projects online, these 3 were featured because:The steps to create your own are well laid outThe parts can be found at a local hardware storeThey are all VERY inexpensive to buildIf you’re looking for a DIY slider option for your own shooting, see if one of these homemade projects fits the bill!PVC SliderCost: $20  The guys from Backyard FX have put together this instructional (and funny!) how-to video for their wood and PVC camera slider.  This DIY slider balances on top of a tripod, so you can easily adjust the height.  Two PVC pipes are screwed down onto a 1X4 and used as rails for the sliding camera platform.Steel DIY SliderCost: Under $50  This DIY camera slider utilizes steel rods and sheet metal for a strong sturdy design.  Using products found at his local hardware store, shooter Austin Wilson created this tripod mounted camera slider that looks and functions similar to many pro models.  Spray those rails down with WD40 and you’ve got really smooth slides!Gutter SliderCost: $13  This may be the most low-tech camera slider of the three, but if you’re in a pinch you can build it quickly and for VERY little cost.  Using rain gutter parts you can create this DIY slider that runs the length of the gutter.  Definitely not as stable as professional camera slider models, but major points for ingenuity!last_img read more

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ODI 2: Indians aim to strengthen hold

first_imgIt was not the most comprehensive of wins but having taken a morale-boosting 1-0 lead in the series, India would look to press home the advantage against a nervy West Indies in the second one-dayer, here on Wednesday.The four-wicket win in the first one-dayer came after a wobbly start and the second-string Indian team would be aiming to plug the loopholes as the series progresses.Missing key players Sachin Tendulkar and regular captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the young team led by Suresh Raina benefited from the West Indians’ follies in the lung-opener.The Caribbeans, on the other hand, would hope to tilt the scale in their favour by picking up on the few positives they gained from the four-wicket loss at the Queen’s Park Oval here last night.The hosts might have lost the first game by four wickets but they were probably 30 runs and a wicket away from walking away as winners.Even though the pitch was sluggish, West Indies could have tested India with a score of 250-plus. That score was a possibility till key men Ramnaresh Sarwan (56) and Marlon Samuels (55), after an 82-run fourth wicket stand, departed in the final overs.And when the Indians batted, another wicket around the midway stage with the visitors struggling at 104 for 4, could have brought them to their knees.None of it happened and West Indies went down with five overs to spare.Encouragingly for the hosts though, experienced batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan showed signs of returning to his best and there was much heart to be drawn in the performance of young spinners Devendra Bishoo and Anthony Martin.advertisementWest Indies could do with a little more firepower at their command in the second match and it wouldn’t be a surprise if Kieron Pollard figures in the starting XI.The all-rounder, without a fail, is an asset on the field and on his day, can win a game for the side with either bat or ball.Pollard was left out of the game probably as a slap on his wrist for not preferring regional competition over the IPL. Now that the point has been made, he could be asked to bolster the side.West Indies would also be encouraged by the lack of firepower at the Indians’ command.Even though the visiting spinners are difficult to get away, they are more economical than destructive in their spells.Only if West Indies could rotate the strike — they played no less than 29.2 overs as dot balls on Monday — they could yet push Indians into disarray.For Indians, the worry is the apparent lack of class among openers. Parthiv Patel and Shikhar Dhawan have been pitch-forked to fill in for the injured duo of Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir and their start was not too impressive.But India’s strength lies in its middle-order which has a talented bunch of batsmen including Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. In fact, both of them came good in the opening match with half centuries.Only if West Indies could get into India’s middle order quickly and strike one or two fortuitous blows, they could still get the Indians in a spot.Even though spinners are a strength for the Indians and the hosts are playing into their hands, the visitors would be happy if openers could inspire faith and there is more firepower in their bowling attack.Leg-spinner Amit Mishra, preferred ahead of R Ashwin, was impressive and so was Harbhajan Singh but there was little to suggest the visitors have the necessary edge to their attack.The pace department is missing Zaheer Khan and Munaf Patel would have to produce a special effort to prove himself a worthy replacement.But given that the West Indians are desperately missing a certain Chris Gayle, the odds still favour the Suresh Raina and his men.SquadsWest Indies: Darren Sammy (capt), Lendl Simmons, Kirk Edwards, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Carlton Baugh (wk), Andre Russell, Anthony Martin, Devendra Bishoo, Ravi Rampaul.India: Shikhar Dhawan, Parthiv Patel, Virat Kohli, Subramaniam Badrinath, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Yusuf Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Ramachandran Ashwin, Munaf Patel, Praveen Kumar and Ishant Sharma.The match starts 6.30 pm (IST)last_img read more

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Lambert impressed by ‘absolutely terrific’ Ndiaye

first_imgPremier League ‘Absolutely terrific’ – Lambert impressed by Ndiaye’s debut despite Stoke loss Matt Dorman 05:00 2/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Badou Ndiaye - cropped Getty Images Premier League Stoke City AFC Bournemouth v Stoke City AFC Bournemouth The Potters fell to a disappointing defeat on Saturday despite taking the lead, but their Scottish boss was quick to take away some positives Stoke City manager Paul Lambert hailed Badou Ndiaye’s eye-catching debut as a silver lining to Saturday’s late 2-1 loss away to Bournemouth.Senegal international Ndiaye was lively throughout his first Premier League appearance before being withdrawn on 71 minutes at the Vitality Stadium.A deadline day arrival from Galatasaray for a fee of £14 million, the midfielder supplied the cross for Xherdan Shaqiri’s early opener and went close to scoring midway through the first half. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player And despite seeing his side slip back into the bottom three, Lambert found plenty of positives in Ndiaye’s encouraging performance.”I thought he was excellent. The lad just came in and I thought he was absolutely terrific for us,” Lambert told Sky Sports.”He has only trained with us once and that was [Friday]. I knew he would tire because he hasn’t trained or played for a little bit, but we have got a really top midfielder on our books.” Paul Lambert rues defensive mistake that saw @afcbournemouth clinch all three points this afternoon.Full interview on Stoke City+  https://t.co/swhXHS9zRU#SCFC  pic.twitter.com/13n5ic2Suc— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) February 3, 2018Stoke had looked on course to maintain their unbeaten run under Lambert when Shaqiri nodded them ahead in the fifth minute.But the former Norwich City and Aston Villa boss was left frustrated by the collapse which saw the Potters concede twice in the space of nine second-half minutes.”I thought we were excellent. How we lost it I don’t know,” he said.”At the very least we should be leaving here with a draw.”The progress has been excellent and I’m delighted with the way the lads played, but I’m gutted for them because I don’t think they deserved [defeat].” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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10 months agoDONE DEAL: Marco Baroni named new coach of Frosinone

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL: Marco Baroni named new coach of Frosinoneby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMarco Baroni has been named new coach of Frosinone.Baroni replaces Moreno Longo after the latter’s sacking yesterday.The 55-year-old is best known for his stints in charge of Juventus Primavera and Benevento, the latter of whom he guided into Serie A for the first time in their history.He takes over a Frosinone side already five points adrift in 19th place after just one win all season. last_img read more

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10 months agoGenoa, Frosinone in contact with Newcastle wing-back Lazaar

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Genoa, Frosinone in contact with Newcastle wing-back Lazaarby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United wing-back Achraf Lazaar is closer to a return to January.Lazaar spent last season on-loan at Benevento.And TMW says Genoa and Frosinone are now in contact about bringing Lazaar back to Serie A next month.Both Serie A clubs would seek to take the 26 year-old on-loan.Lazaar has been frozen out by Toon boss Rafa Benitez this season as he has been encouraged to find himself a new club. last_img read more

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Federal Court of Appeal narrows release of Senatescandal documents

first_imgOTTAWA — The Federal Court of Appeal says the government does not have to release parts of a government memo about the Senate’s expense scandals in 2013 because it constituted legal advice for then prime minister Stephen Harper.In a ruling dated April 24, a three-judge panel says the document from the clerk of the Privy Council is subject to solicitor-client privilege even though the clerk at the time wasn’t a lawyer, because Privy Council lawyers helped write it.The court ruling says some emails, letters and details in the July 2013 package must be released, including the decision Harper made based on the advice he got.That’s less information than a lower-court judge said had to come out.The decision is the latest twist in a nearly four-year legal battle between the Prime Minister’s Office and the federal information commissioner stemming from an access-to-information request from The Canadian Press.The information commissioner’s office says it is still deciding whether to appeal.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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