Unesco and the AU are to develop thegenre of science journalism in Africa overthe next three years. (Image: Unesco)Janine ErasmusFind out more about using MediaClubSouthAfrica.com materialThe United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) and the African Union (AU) Commission have signed a special agreement to strengthen journalism in Africa, particularly in science and technology.The special agreement will see the two organisations working together to enhance the skills of African journalists and other media professionals in a series of initiatives across the continent and internationally.The agreement is expected to improve the quality of African journalism in general, and science and technology reporting in particular.Beninese mathematician Jean-Pierre Ezin, the AU’s commissioner for human resources in science and technology, and Unesco’s assistant director-general for communication and information, Abdul Waheed Khan, signed on the line in Paris on 8 July, bringing the agreement into immediate force.The two organisations have also agreed to meet at least once a year to consult on and assess the programme. An action plan is expected within six months of the signing.Unesco and the AU have identified a number of priority areas for collaboration. These include knowledge sharing; the evaluation of previous similar initiatives; the implementation of capacity building programmes; and the joint financing of projects and possible involvement of other partners.Journalistic centres of excellenceIn 2007 Unesco undertook a study to identify and document the capacity of 96 journalism schools across Africa. Emphasis was placed on those schools that showed real potential to be so-called centres of excellence.The project was conducted with the help of the School of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province, and the ESJ International School of Journalism in Lille, France. Media organisations around the continent also added their expertise.A comprehensive list of the participating schools was assembled in a database, which is accessible on the Unesco website. Under the new special agreement, the schools involved will be enlisted as training venues.Science journalism on the riseWith the increasing realisation of the importance of technology in the growth of the African continent comes a parallel awareness of the need for quality journalism, especially in the field of science. Science journalism is a relatively new speciality, but a growing one.At an assembly of science journalists earlier in 2009, it was revealed that the genre is flourishing in developing nations, while at the same time diminishing in some developed countries.Delegates at the 2009 meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, held in February in Chicago, heard of a growing demand for science stories from both editors and readers in Africa and the Middle East. But in the US, media houses have cut back on their science reporters and some have even done away with their science departments altogether.Akin Jimoh of the Lagos-based Development Communications Network said that the developing world’s scientific loss was Africa’s gain. “Science journalism is growing [in Africa],” he commented. “Associations of science journalists are being formed in a number of countries. They have organised conferences in their countries to influence science policy.”Other reasons given at the recent Chicago gathering for the rise of science journalism included greater interest from the media in promoting science as a development tool, and the increased attention to issues of global interest, such as climate change.But in other more developed countries, the story has taken a different turn. US-based television network CNN is reported to have shut down its entire environmental, science and technology unit, while the respected Boston Globe publication is phasing out its science section over the course of a year.World science journalism conference for CairoLuckily for avid readers in the developing nations of Africa, South America and the Middle East, the future of science journalism is looking good – so much so that the next world conference of science journalists is to take place for the first time in Cairo. The conference is held under the auspices of the World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ).The Cairo bidding group fought off fierce competition from Finland, Uganda and Kenya to snatch the privilege of hosting the prestigious gathering. The Finnish Broadcasting Company’s Pirjo Koskinen was disappointed, but conceded that it was fitting that a developing country should next host the conference. “It’s very important for us to get to know Africa,” she added.Announcing the winning bid in June 2009, outgoing WFSJ president Pallab Ghosh expressed delight that Africa had been so strongly represented in the bidding process.Ghosh is succeeded as WFSJ president by Cairo-based Nadia El-Awady, a co-founder and past president of the Arab Science Journalists Association.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at [email protected] articlesPress freedom on Sanef agenda Africa’s new voiceYoung reporters go mobile Challenging media views of South Africa Media awards for SA womenUseful linksUnescoAfrican UnionAfrican Science Communication ConferenceWorld Federation of Science JournalistsNature News – science journalism special feature
This is Michael Phelps’ second DUI charge in Maryland following a similar incident in 2004Authorities say Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps has been arrested on a driving under the influence charge in Maryland.Transit police say they stopped the 29-year-old Phelps at the Fort McHenry Tunnel in Baltimore around 1:40 am Tuesday.Maryland Transportation Authority Police say Phelps was going 84 mph (135 kph) in a 45-mph (72-kph) zone. Police say officers stopped Phelps just past a toll plaza.Michael Phelps is the most decorated Olympian of all time with 22 Olympic medalsPhelps has been charged with driving under the influence and excessive speed. He was released after his arrest.This is Phelps’ second DUI charge in Maryland. The Olympic swimmer faced a DUI charge in 2004.Phelps is the most decorated Olympian of all time with 22 Olympic medals.
Parents feel Chelsea’s academy players now have chanceby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea’s academy players feel there’s now a genuine path to the first team.The Daily Mail says parents, coaches and players share the sense of excitement, according to those who frequent the matches for the youth sides at the training ground in Cobham. “People suddenly feel like that if their son is good enough, he’s going to get a chance in the first team,” said one watcher. “Before it was just about going out on loan.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Werder Bremen coach Kohfeldt: Grujic chase just about…by Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWerder Bremen coach Florian Kohfeldt admits their interest in Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic is over.The Serb chose to sign on-loan with Hertha Berlin this summer ahead of Werder.And Kohfeldt concedes: “You cannot rule out anything, but that would be pure speculation to think about it.”The coach also said: “He is a very good player, but he is now a player from Hertha and in the summer probably will again be a Liverpool. “This is not an issue for us now.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
MOOSE JAW, Sask. – A Saskatchewan family is once again searching for their missing dog after a case of mistaken identity.On Tuesday, Brennen Duncan was reunited with a white Kuvasz that was found near Moose Jaw.Duncan was certain that the dog was his beloved Georgia that had run off from his wife’s parents’ farm in July 2017 about 500 kilometres away during a thunderstorm.A vet said the big dog showed signs of starvation, has a tumour on her tail, a little bit of arthritis in her hips, and some sores around her eyes.But after CTV News broadcast a story about the reunion, Duncan’s phone rang — it was a woman from a farm in nearby Caron, Sask., who said she thought the dog belonged to her and is named Bella.Duncan says to be certain they met Wednesday morning and the dog went straight from him to her real master.“They have had her since she was a pup for 13 years now and when she got out of my truck, I could just tell that she knew the owner right away,” he said in an email.“She jumped into the car just like she had belonged all along.”Duncan says he shared pictures of Georgia with Bella’s owner and they couldn’t believe how much they look alike.He says right up to their meeting, he was very sure the dog was his, especially after how she responded to his two young sons.Duncan says it was a sad day for his family, but a happy one too, because the dog is really home.“We are happy for Bella to go back to her farm with her family. In a way, it was kind of like we got to spend one last day with Georgia.” (The Canadian Press, CTV Regina)
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On the panel will be Mayor Lisa Helps of Victoria, Mayor Josie Osborne of Tofino, Caitlyn Vernon with the Sierra Club and Blair King, achemistinlangley.net as well as Ackerman.Ackerman expresses she sees the topic of climate change as an ‘often-polarizing issue’ and that she feels it is imperative to respond appropriately to this ‘multidimensional problem’ as the topic is at the forefront of the collective global conversation.In her post, Ackerman goes on to share her perspective of the divide that has been taking place with lawsuits being filed by local governments, suing energy companies to pay for the costs of climate change.“These lawsuits are the embodiment of a divisive approach that pits energy companies against municipalities and hardens age-old divides: rural versus urban, province versus province, right versus left,” a direct quote from FB post.Ackerman expresses ‘collaboration must be at the centre of climate change strategy change’, to bridge the divide.“Mayor Lisa Helps of Victoria has taken critical steps to do just that earlier this year when she revoked her support for litigation and began to explore alternative options to prepare her community to deal with the costs of climate change. Mayor Helps and I often represent the opposite end of the spectrum when it comes to the divides I mentioned earlier – yet we both agree on the fundamentals,” posted Ackerman. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With the upcoming annual Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) Convention, Mayor Lori Ackerman shares on her FB page her participation during the Convention.The UBCM gives local municipal government leaders from across BC the opportunity to speak on issues that affect British Columbians.Mayor Ackerman shares, that during her attendance to the convention she will be sitting on a panel talking about climate change, and how communities will deal with its associated impacts. The panel discussion, we will delve into respective communities’ varying perspectives, shares Ackerman, to chart a consensus-oriented strategy to municipal action on climate resilience.The Mayor goes further to share, the oil and gas industry is a major job creator for Fort St. John, and it also provides modern energy to the greater Province. The Canadian energy sector is one of the cleanest in the world, and it is constantly developing new technology to improve operational efficiency and leave a lighter footprint. This innovative culture should be encouraged and is critical in finding solutions to climate change.“Vilifying an industry will not drive progress, and such a lawsuit would be neither time nor cost-effective. Government and industry must partner and work together to identify ways to address climate change. To achieve the best adaptation outcomes, we should engage in seeking solutions and the energy industry should be involved,” posted Ackerman.To read the entire post; CLICK HERE
Rabat – Morocco and France signed, on Thursday in Rabat, a statement of intent on funding small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to foster financial and technical cooperation and training.Signed by Economy minister Mohammed Boussaid and French counterpart Pierre Moscovici, on a working visit to Morocco, the statement provides for transferring resources from the French guarantee fund, amounting to 26 million euros, to the SMEs guarantee fund set up by the Moroccan economy ministry and managed by the central guarantee fund (CCG).This operation concerns redeploying financial cooperation resources worth 16 million euros from the financial restructuration guarantee fund and provides for a mechanism totaling 25 million euros to improve SMEs’ access to loans. Another cooperation protocol was inked by the French public investment bank, the French development agency and the CCG to reinforce cooperation to broaden the scope and efficiency of their Risk-Sharing Instruments, as well as the funding of Moroccan SMEs and French ones wishing to gain a foothold in Morocco.The agreement aims to facilitate the international development of enterprises of their respective countries, director general of CCG Hicham Zanati Serghini told MAP.
Things That Caught My EyeVirginia with the best shotThe bracket for the 2018 NCAA Men’s basketball tournament is out, and your top seeds are Virginia (which FiveThirtyEight gives a 18 percent chance of winning), Villanova (17 percent), Kansas (7 percent), and Xavier (er, 3 percent chance). Duke, which many basketball fans will recall as that school that lost to UNC this past weekend, has a 10 percent chance of winning to North Carolina’s 5 percent. [FiveThirtyEight]Mark it down: Florida State upsetAccording to FiveThirtyEight’s analysis of the bracket, the likeliest upset of the first round of the men’s tournament is 9-seed Florida State over 8-seed Missouri, where the lower ranked school has a 61 percent chance of winning. [FiveThirtyEight]Try out our interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?Philly rebuilt using the Chicago blueprintIn three of the past five years the Phillies got younger, in four of the five past years they improved their farm roster, and in four of the past five years they cut pay roll. If you look at the five year run from 2010 to 2014 when the Chicago Cubs rebuilt their roster, that’s the same thing that happened. Only five teams since 1988 have done that style of rebuild. [FiveThirtyEight]15 games too muchThe last team out of the March Madness tournament was Notre Dame, as the Fighting Irish had to deal with star Bonzie Colson’s 15-game absence that contributed to a few close losses. [ESPN]Losing 14 games used to mean something in this townIn the past 60 years, only 15 teams with 14 losses or more made their way into the tournament. Now nine of those teams have broken into the dance since 2011, and this year there are two, Alabama and Texas. It’s the second year in a row where there were multiple 14-loss teams, after Vanderbilt and Michigan State got their tickets punched last time around. [ESPN]Half the timeThe overall No. 1 seed in the tournament has a dicey record in March; in the 14 years since the NCAA spilled the beans on the overall No. 1, half of them have made it to the final four. Of those, only three won the title, which is exactly as often as the team was eliminated in the round of 32. [ESPN]Big Number26.8 percentThe Legion of Boom is over in Seattle, and what comes next is unclear. In 2012, 43.8 percent of Seattle offensive snaps came from players on rookie contracts, and five years later that figure was essentially unchanged at 42.5 percent. On the defensive side, though, the seasoned vets took over: 54.9 percent of snaps were from rookie deal players in 2012, but in 2017 that was down to 26.8 percent. With the legion dispersing, that leaves a gaping hole on defense. [ESPN]Leaks from Slack: neil:The verdict is in on Shohei Ohtani’s bat and it’s not goodrob:based on spring training?Predictions NBA See more NBA predictions All newsletters We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆 Join the squad. Subscribe Oh, and don’t forgetMy puny ape brain cannot comprehend perfection
Italy great Andrea Pirlo could be set for a shock playing return with Australian club Avondale in a cup fixtureThe 39-year-old hung up his boots at the end of last year after a glittering career that saw him claim a World Cup title, six Serie A crowns with AC Milan and Juventus and two Champions League trophies.Yet Fox Sports report that the Italian midfielder may be set for a return with Victorian outfit Avondale.The A-League side are hoping to add Pirlo to the squad ahead of their FFA Cup quarter-final against Sydney FC on September 19.Perth Glory boss warns squad to not get starstruck by United Andrew Smyth – July 12, 2019 Perth Glory manager Tony Popovic warned his players against getting starstruck ahead of Saturday’s friendly with Manchester United.The club are desperate to take any measures to ensure the deal goes through even though money is understood to be of no interest to Pirlo.Now, all that awaits is a final answer from his representatives.However, even with Pirlo in their ranks, Avondale will go into their meeting with A-League premiers Sydney as underdogs.Pirlo finished his career at New York City last year after two and a half seasons in the MLS.