In continuing persecution, newspaper publisher arrested and beaten up

first_img Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information to go further RSF_en Chadian radio stations on strike in protest against violent raid Reporters Without Borders condemns Chadian journalist Stéphane Mbaïrabé Ouaye’s arbitrary arrest last week in N’Djamena and the mistreatment he received while detained. Organisation November 27, 2020 Find out more The publisher of Haut Parleur, an independent fortnightly, Stéphane Mbaïrabé Ouaye was arrested by judicial police with no warrant on the night of 2 October and was held in a detention centre attached to N’Djamena police headquarters.While he was handcuffed and blindfolded, plainclothesmen beat him up in an attempt to make him reveal his sources for a story in last week’s issue criticising President Idriss Deby and his brother, customs director-general Salay Deby. It was headlined “Salay Deby, national thief.”Then released without any explanation, Ouaye still bears the marks of the blows he received. He is now waiting to be given a date to appear in court on a defamation charge.“The mistreatment of this journalist is a disgrace and is yet one more example of the government’s persecution of the media,” said Reporters Without Borders “Ouaye is the victim of horrible practices that recall those of former President Hissène Habré’s political police, the DDS. If President Deby or his relatives think Ouaye has defamed them, they should refer the matter to the judicial authorities.”This is not Ouaye’s first run-in with the judicial police. He was arrested without a summons on 12 June after Salay Deby filed a defamation suit against him.Chad is ranked 135th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. ChadAfrica October 7, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 In continuing persecution, newspaper publisher arrested and beaten up News Reports News December 1, 2020 Find out more ChadAfrica The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa News Many historic publications threatened with closure in Chad Follow the news on Chad October 7, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Orange noodles?

first_imgUsing pasta as the vehicleHuang chose to make a pasta product because it’s a common food.The resulting sweet-potato pasta is orange and has a slightlysweet taste.”Some people don’t like the sweet taste of a sweet potato, and that sweet taste isn’t as strong in the pasta,” Huang said.”Plus, you can counteract the sweet taste with the otheringredients you add to your pasta dish.”Huang envisioned the sweet-potato pasta being used as a coldsalad pasta, but says it can be used for hot dishes, too.”Adding a hot sauce would be another way to mask the sweet flavorif that aspect didn’t appeal to your palate,” he said.Most pastas are wheat-based, but pasta is also made from rice,corn, mung beans and other crops, Huang said.”We didn’t set out to compete with any other pastas,” he said.”But the sweet-potato pasta should be a healthy alternative forthose who can’t eat wheat-based pastas.”For now, Huang has made the sweet-potato pasta in flat noodleform, but he says it can easily be made into spirals or seashells with the proper equipment. Like other pastas, the sweet-potato pasta can also be made in either wet or dry pasta form. What will consumers think?The next step in the project is to see if the new product passesconsumer taste tests.”The folks in my lab love it,” Huang said. “But we’ll have towait and see what other consumers think and see if it appealsmore to a certain market group.”The sweet-potato pasta needs support from the food industrybefore you’ll see it on your area supermarket shelf.”As food scientists, we develop the products,” Huang said. “Thenwe hope the food industry or an entrepreneur picks up on theproduct and produces it commercially.”If the new product is successful, Georgia farmers would be moreapt to grow sweet potatoes here. Georgia now grows only about 500acres of sweet potatoes annually. By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaA University of Georgia food scientist has developed a new pastaproduct that’s chock-full of health benefits and offers a newmarket for sweet potatoes.The new pasta is created from the often forgotten, but oh-so-good-for-you cousin to the Irish potato.”Nowadays people in the U.S. eat sweet potatoes around theholidays and just a few other times in the year,” said Yao-WenHuang, a food scientist with the UGA College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences. “They have great, beneficial nutritiousqualities if we could just get people to eat them more often.”Other countries rely heavily on sweet potatoesMany countries in Asia and Africa, unlike the United States, relyheavily on the sweet potato, Huang says, as a highly stable food.”They eat the whole plant — the roots and the leaves,” he said.”Here in the U.S., the leaves are rarely found outside ofspecialty farmers markets, where they’re viewed as a delicacy andare quite costly.”In his Athens, Ga., lab, Huang used sweet potatoes grown inAlbany, Ga., to create a sweet-potato flour. He then modified andfortified the flour with soybean flour.”I use the whole sweet potato, not just the starch,” he said.”This creates a flour that’s low in fat and high in fiber,beta-carotene, vitamins and minerals.”Huang says sweet potatoes, like carrots and citrus fruits, are anexcellent source of beta-carotene.The soybeans in the new pasta flour add even more healthfulqualities.”Studies show 25 grams of soybean protein per day can preventcancer and is good for your heart,” he said. “They also containflavonoids and other healthy antioxidants.”last_img read more

10 questions to ask before your next credit union strategic planning session

first_img continue reading » What is the most important thing to do before problem solving? Gain perspective.The only way to gain perspective is to ask a lot of questions. It’s one of the rules we emphasize with boards and leadership teams prior to facilitating strategic planning sessions for credit unions. Before throwing ideas out, you must gain perspective on your credit union’s growth strategies.Before your next credit union strategic planning event, use our free Strategy on Speed videos to spark conversation and gain perspective. Address the list of 10 questions below.Do your goals still make sense? Chances are, you set goals in your last strategic planning prior to the topsy-turvy reality of 2020. Are your credit union’s goals still relevant? ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Come clean on avoidance

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Veritas, Estonia’s LHV back new €70m Baltic private equity fund

first_imgShe added that Veritas did not usually back inaugural fund launches, but that Livonia was “very well connected within the local economies.”She added: “Building regional champions instead of country-specific winners makes a lot of sense. Economic growth in the Baltic region is among the strongest in Europe and the fundamentals are in good shape.”Kristo Oidermaa, portfolio manager at LHV Pension Funds Oidermaa added that the fund commitment fit well into its existing strategy, allowing it to benefit from growth in the Baltic market.“Our investment strategy has a small home bias and we regard all three Baltic countries as our home markets,” Oidermaa said. “Over the last few years, we have considerably increased our allocation of alternative assets, with commercial real estate and timber and now private equity funds.”Kaido Veske, co-founding partner of Livonia Partners, said that the fund would focus on mature companies with a track record of up to 5 years and an annual turnover starting at €5m, but up to €40m.He added that the fund is looking for companies with an export focus and which were undercapitalized, and that while earnings volatility in the region would still be higher than elsewhere in Europe, the countries in question also boasted higher growth than Europe as a whole. Finnish pensions insurer Veritas and LHV Pension Funds, Estonia’s second largest pension fund manager, are among six investors committing €70m to a pan-Baltic private equity fund.Domiciled in Latvia, the Livonia Partners-managed fund will invest €3-15m of equity and mezzanine capital per investment in up to 12 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) active largely in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The first investments will be made in the next few months, with the possibility that firms in adjacent countries could also receive funding.Livonia Partners Fund I will acquire a blend of majority and minority stakes, acting as a hands-on investor and holding the stakes for around 5 years. Though it has a generalist mandate, the fund’s initial focus will be on manufacturing, business services and consumer companies, reflecting the management team’s experience.The €2.8bn Veritas has committed €5m from its private equity allocation. Ilona Karpinnen, portfolio manager, private equity, Veritas, told IPE: “Livonia fits well into our private equity portfolio, as European small and mid-market buyouts are the backbone of our private equity programme.last_img read more