to go further March 3, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government harasses daily newspaper Suara Timor Lorosae November 7, 2013 Find out more Help by sharing this information Timor-LesteAsia – Pacific Timor-LesteAsia – Pacific News Receive email alerts June 23, 2020 Find out more RSF_en News News Follow the news on Timor-Leste Organisation News RWB welcomes creation of press council and code of ethics Reporters Without Borders said it was dismayed by government harassment of privately-owned daily newspaper Suara Timor Lorosae aimed at bringing it into line, after it reported on famine deaths denied by Dili.Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri has taken a series of steps against the paper over several weeks, imposing a boycott, stopping government advertising and banning its journalists from attending official press conferences.He has also attempted to have the newspaper evicted from its offices. President Xanana Gusmao has offered himself as a mediator.”The boycott and threats against privately-owned publications are methods that are unworthy of a democratic government,” said the worldwide press freedom organisation in a letter to Alkatiri.”We urge you to put an end to all the restrictions imposed on Suara Timor Lorosae”.The prime minister imposed an indefinite boycott on the paper on 23 February. Members of the government and officials were ordered to break all contact with the daily’s journalists, not to buy it and not to read it. Its journalists were banned from attending official press conferences.The prime minister also incited people to stop buying the paper. Portuguese news agency Lusa reported him as justifying the boycott by saying, “We have the right to maintain relations with the serious and independent press but not with propagandists who have no objectivity.”The Land and Property department on 3 February ordered the paper’s management to quit within 60 days offices they have occupied in Dili since 1993. This was “an impossible deadline to meet” said deputy publisher and editor in chief Domingos Saldanha, who wondered why the government wanted to recover the building when “there are plenty of empty buildings in the capital”. It was all the more surprising since the daily had proposed a deal, following an earlier eviction threat in September 2003, under which it would pay rent to the state. According to Saldanha, Sergio Viera de Mello, former UN representative in Timor, had suggested reconstruction of the building that had been devastated by pro-Indonesian militia in 1999. The daily resumed publication nine months later, in June 2000, and President Gusmao even attended the inauguration of the premises, rebuilt with international aid.This harassment of the oldest and biggest-selling daily in East Timor is apparently mainly due to the publication of an article, quoting a local official, on the deaths from famine of 53 people in Ainaro district. The government in Dili denies the famine deaths. Domingos Saldanha said the prime minister had called him on the phone to complain to him about these “lies”.Two months earlier, Mari Alkatiri threatened the newspaper’s management after it published statements from a social-democrat politician criticising the sending of aid to tsunami victims.Saldanha said this was a violation of press freedom. “A prime minister should not telephone a journalist to express his discontent as Mari Alkatiri does.” The journalist was received by President Xanana Gusmao who proposed himself as mediator.On the other hand, the speaker of parliament, Francisco Guterres, was pictured on the front page of the 1st March edition of Suara Timor Lorosae next to two of the paper’s journalists. He said it was contrary to the constitution to boycott a newspaper.The paper’s management believes the problems have been partly caused by language problems. “The articles that have caused trouble recently have been published in Indonesian. The prime minister does not speak that language and must have a bad translator”, said Domingos Saldanha. The newspaper is produced in four languages: Tetun, Indonesian, Portuguese and English.The boycott has had far-reaching financial consequences for the newspaper, which has a circulation of 1,500. The management estimates monthly losses at more than 1,500 euros but Saldanha said that he would not give way to pressure, “wherever it comes from.”This harassment comes at a time when a number of voices have been raised to draw attention to the country’s poor governance. The bishop of Dili, Dom Alberto Ricardo da Silva, recently said that the country was suffering from corruption and a lack of openness and the Timorese Nobel peace prize laureat, Carlos Ximense Belo, has publicly expressed his concern about the famine problem. Radio reporter stabbed while working on corruption story Draconian bill would criminalize defamation in Timor-Leste August 13, 2012 Find out more
The jam scene has a relatively new supergroup and they’re ready to take the New York City music scene by storm. The DAB Sessions is a collaborative outfit which formed earlier this year and comprised of keyboardists Aron Magner of The Disco Biscuits and Jacob Bergson of JoJo Mayer’s NERVE, bassist Felix Pastorius, drummer Adam Chase from Chase Brothers, and versatile saxophonist Morgan Price of Antibalas. The band, which mixes funk and jazz with some added electronic elements, is preparing to make their Big Apple debut shortly after the start of the new year with a headlining gig at Brooklyn Bowl on January 10th.The DAB Sessions made their live debut earlier this year alongside members of Snarky Puppy with a performance at The Mint in Los Angeles in January, followed by an appearance at The Kind Mind Campout Music Festival in Minot, Maine back in late August. Their upcoming debut at Brooklyn Bowl will give New York-based jam fans another fantastic collaborative project to enjoy get familiar with. The DAB Sessions was initially conceived by Chase, whose fans will recognize from his work in unique tribute acts like Jazz Is Phsh and James Brown Dance Party.Another recognizable name in the band that immediately sticks out, especially in the jazz realm, is Felix Pastorius. Felix’s late father, Jaco Pastorius, is widely considered to be one of the most influential jass fusion bassists ever, and Felix has made waves of his own following in Jaco’s low-end footsteps. Don’t overlook Morgan Price’s contributions to the group either, as the tenor and baritone sax player has played and recorded with artists ranging from The Duke Ellington Orchestra to Pimps of Joytime to Beyoncé.Other artists who have joined The DAB Sessions in their prior two performances include Snarky Puppy’s Jay Jennings and Justin Stanton, Ghost Note‘s Sly5thAve, and the Eric Gales Band‘s Cody Wright, just to name a few, so fans who plan on attending their January 10th concert at Brooklyn Bowl could be set to see and hear a few special guests throughout the evening.Tickets to The DAB Sessions’ Brooklyn Bowl performance, presented by Instrument Find, are on sale now, and can be purchased here.
The University of Georgia’s newest pecan variety will be released next spring and has shown good resistance against scab disease so far, according to Patrick Conner, a horticultural scientist at the UGA Tifton Campus.“We always say ‘so far’ because the scab pathogen does tend to adapt to trees over time,” Conner said. “Currently, this variety has no scab in our sprayed orchards, and only trace scab in our unsprayed orchards.”The Avalon variety has been patented by UGA, and four nurseries in Georgia are currently licensed to sell Avalon trees. Conner said the variety is unique because of its size and quality combined with high scab resistance.“That combination of big size, high quality and high levels of scab resistance is fairly unique,” Conner said. “Most highly resistant cultivars are either small in size, or they don’t have the commercial quality we like to see.”The Avalon variety’s biggest benefit is the decreasing number of times growers will have to spray fungicides, which will save a lot of money. Conner said that growers of the Desirable variety, Georgia’s most widely grown variety, were spraying 12 to 20 times a season, depending on rainfall.“This variety would need only a couple of sprays per year,” Conner said. “It’s more profitable because you’re avoiding the expense of the fungicides.”Conner said the new variety will also help growers fight scab during a very wet growing season.“Even with full spray coverage on Desirable trees, in a really wet year, you could still get severe damage and crop loss,” Conner said. “Avalon gives you some assurance during a really wet year.”Avalon was developed by crossbreeding two scab-resistant varieties. Separately, the varieties lacked sufficient quality, but together they produced seedlings that performed much better. More than 100 seeds were planted from the cross.“We evaluated the trees in the field without spray,” Conner said. “The Avalon tree was the only one that had the combination of good nut quality and high levels of resistance. It’s really just a matter of making a cross, and then looking at enough seedlings to find all the traits you’re looking for.”Conner said that the Avalon variety should be adaptable to any part of the state. It will be most important to south Georgia growers because of the higher scab pressure in the southern part of the state that makes growing traditional varieties, like Desirable, very difficult.Pecans are a valuable Georgia commodity, worth more than $361 million in farm gate value in 2015, according to the Georgia Farm Gate Value Report, published by the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development.“I’m hopeful that Avalon will allow growers to plant something besides Desirable that would need far fewer spray applications,” Conner said.
The criteria according to which the park is included in the World Heritage List correspond to the criteria, which describe the area containing incomparable natural phenomena or areas of outstanding natural beauty, the criteria are areas that represent outstanding examples of important stages in the country’s history, including life records and significant shaping geological formations, or which have significant geomorphological features; and by criterion (ix) areas that are outstanding examples of a significant continuous ecological and biological process in the evolution and development of terrestrial, freshwater coastal and marine ecosystems and plant and animal groups. Also, the Plitvice Lakes National Park invites visitors to buy tickets online, and they also offered promotional prices in their accommodation facilities. So the bed and breakfast in a standard double room at the Hotel Lake amounts to from 294,00 kn per person, which is more than great value for money. Thus, from October 26 to December 31, the prices of one-day tickets will be HRK 80,00 for an adult, HRK 50 for students and HRK 35,00 for children (7-18 years). Also, in the same period, the prices of two-day tickets will be 120,00 kn for an adult, 70,00 kn for students and 60,00 kn for children (7-18 years). UNESCO DAY OF PLITVICE LAKES NATIONAL PARK In geological terms, Plitvice Lakes are divided into Upper Lakes located on a dolomite base and Lower Lakes located in a limestone canyon. The invaluable natural values of the Park area and its exceptional beauty go beyond national boundaries, which was confirmed on October 26, 1979 when the Plitvice Lakes National Park was inscribed on the UNESCO World Natural Heritage List, including 53 sites from around the world. Thus, Plitvice Lakes become a natural asset of all peoples of the world, under the protection of UNESCO. According to currently available data from the UNESCO website, 1121 properties have been recorded on the World Heritage List, of which 213 are natural. As they point out from the Plitvice Lakes National Park, the team of chefs from the Lika House has prepared new gastronomic offers for the autumn and winter seasons. Thus, visitors to the National Park will have the opportunity to order dishes such as traditional soup with lamb, potatoes and vegetables, tortellini stuffed with cottage cheese (handmade tortellini with pumpkin cream, arugula pesto, fried pumpkin seeds, sauteed mushrooms, ripe cow cheese) and many others . An important element of every tourist destination, which is so neglected. Also, from the Plitvice Lakes National Park, they have prepared a new gastronomic offer in their restaurants. By the way, in all facilities under NP PJ you can taste traditional Lika dishes, and the National Park cooperates with small family farms, as well as local producers gathered in the Lika Quality system, which consists of 57 producers with 160 products. Cover photo: Plitvice Lakes National Park / Author: Vedran Božičević Today, October 26, 2020, Plitvice Lakes National Park marks the 41st anniversary of its inclusion on the UNESCO World Natural Heritage List. “There are waters, lakes, waterfalls and forests elsewhere – and yet Plitvice Lakes are on only one for the whole world! ” (Ivo Pevalek, 1958) Photo: NP Plitvice Lakes Plitvice Lakes were declared a national park on April 8, 1949. This is certainly an opportunity for travel agencies to make interesting arrangements, and not one-day, but at least weekend trips, in order to offer a much broader tourist story of Lika. Anyone can come for a day to the Plitvice Lakes National Park, without the need for travel agency services. However, if the guest is offered a weekend experience in Lika, that’s something else. The continuous tempering process that creates travertine barriers is part of a unique universal value (OUV Outstanding universal value) due to which Plitvice Lakes became a World Natural Heritage Site. The area of the national park is one of the most impressive karst units in the world with specific geological, geomorphological and hydrological features. Although the water surfaces of the Park occupy less than 1% of its surface, Plitvice Lakes are the most recognizable and most striking towards waterfalls and lakes. Plitvice Lakes National Park lowered the prices of their tickets by the end of the year. Otherwise, Lika is slowly but surely developing from year to year, and thus offers a wide range of activities and facilities, from canoeing on the river Gacko, sleeping in tree houses, Deer Valley, House of Velebit, buggy rides, horseback riding tours, top Lika gastronomy, cheese roads, etc.… Also, if you are targeting Zagreb, you can offer a full day trip to Karlovac and the surrounding area. From the phenomenal freshwater aquarium Aquatika to the new beer tour in the city of beer, which is on your way to Lika. Opportunities are all around us. “Plitvice Lakes National Park is special in every season, and autumn has a special magic, so we invite everyone to discover it, surrounded by the colors and scents of forests and the sounds of waterfalls.”Point out from the Plitvice Lakes National Park.
It’s estimated nearly one third of the country’s population will have the disease by 2050 if current trends continue.(Image: Jane M. Sawyer/Morguefile)INDIANAPOLIS – An estimated eleven percent of Indiana residents have Type II diabetes, and during American Diabetes Month in November health experts are spreading the word about the importance of prevention.Laura Heinrich, section director of the Cardiovascular Health and Diabetes Program at the Indiana State Department of Health, says 500,000 Indianans have diabetes, and the toll on health can be significant.“If not taken care of, this disease can lead to multiple complications anywhere from the heart, the kidney, the feet, and the eye,” says Heinrich. “We need to raise awareness of both the control of diabetes and the prevention of diabetes.”Heinrich says about 95 percent of people with diabetes have Type II, which healthier lifestyle choices, better nutrition, and physical activity can help prevent. If current trends don’t change, estimates put the number of Americans with diabetes as high as 30 percent by 2050.Those most at risk of getting diabetes include people 45 and older, as well as those who are overweight, inactive, and have an unhealthy diet. Heinrich says lifestyle interventions can make a big difference.“If you’re overweight, lose five to seven percent of your current weight and become more physically active,” she says. “Just include 30 minutes of activity a day. By doing those simple things and continuing to do it over time your health improves and your risk of getting diabetes decreases.”Heinrich says with weight loss alone, a person can decrease their chances of getting diabetes by 58 percent.Hospitals and community health centers throughout Indiana offer diabetes education and support programs to help people prevent and manage the disease.Mary Kuhlman
Dr. Irwin Lanning, age 92, of Greensburg, passed away on May 16, 2016. Dr. Lanning was born on a small farm east of Brookville, Indiana on July 25, 1923, in the home of his parents, George C. and Stella (Loewe) Lanning.He attended a one room country school, having the same teacher for 8 years. He graduated from Brookville High School in 1941 and joined the Navy in 1942 where he spent three and a half years flying as an aviation radio man, radar operator, and gunner on a dive bomber. He served two tours of duty in the South Pacific, one land based and the other aboard the air craft carrier, the U.S.S. Hornet. He was discharged in 1946, married Dorothy Curran and started to college. He spent two and a half years at Miami U. at Oxford, Ohio and five years at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine where he graduated in 1953. Upon graduation he moved to Decatur County and started his veterinary practice in Clarksburg. After three years there, he moved to the present site of the Greensburg Veterinary Clinic. He humbly worked long hours, only recently telling of the many nights he would come home from getting called out and it was “too early to get up and too late to go to bed” so he’d work on paperwork for the practice till time to go to work again. He retired Dec. 31, 1990.He was a member of Springhill Presbyterian Church 60 years, serving as an elder several years.During his 38 years in practice, he served on the Decatur County Board of Health, the Greensburg Community School Board (was president of the board when the present High School was built and dedicated), served 8 years on the Indiana Board of Animal Health, (where he was Chairman 5 years.) and served on both the Union Bank and Main Source Boards of Directors for a total of 18 years. He was awarded the Sagamore of the Wabash in 1985 by Gov. Robert Orr.He enjoyed sports, especially watching baseball, basketball and football, and playing golf in his retirement years. Visiting with his family and friends was always a high priority for him.He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife “Dot” of 52 years and one brother, (Howard). He is survived by one brother, Kenneth (Marilyn) of Brookville, a son, Dr. George (Debra) of Avon, one daughter Brenda Wallace, a son James (Debbie) of Greensburg, and a son Wayne (Karen) of Batesville. In addition he is survived by 9 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, and longtime friend and companion, Louise Roach, of Hamilton, Ohio.A visitation for family and friends will be held at the Gilliland-Howe Funeral Home on Sunday, May 22, 2016 from 3:00 pm until 8:00 pm. Funeral services will be on Monday, May 23, 2016 at 11:00 am. Rev. Shannon Burford will be officiating. Burial will follow at the Kingston Cemetery. Memorials may be given to either the c/o The Decatur County Community Foundation, Inc. 101 East Main Street Suite 1, Greensburg, Indiana 47240, The Dr. Irwin and Dorothy Lanning Memorial Scholarship Fund or the Dr. Irwin and Dorothy Lanning Memorial General Fund; Springhill Presbyterian Church, 3954 E. County Road 640 N. Greensburg, Indiana 47240. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.gilliland-howe.com