Saturday, 8 March 2014
By Tania Branigan, Kate Hodal and Philip Oltermann
Distressed relatives of people on board Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 wait in Beijing. Photograph: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters
Mystery over Bejing-bound MH370 compounded as diplomats confirm two passengers travelling on stolen passports.
Hundreds are feared dead after a Malaysia Airlines flight vanished in the early hours of Saturday, with Vietnamese officials reporting oil slicks in the sea that could be connected to the missing plane. The mystery of Beijing-bound MH370's disappearance was compounded as diplomats confirmed that two passengers were travelling on stolen passports.
Five young children were among the 239 people on board the Boeing-777 when it vanished from radar screens, about 40 minutes after taking off from Kuala Lumpur at 12.41am local time.
Search-and-rescue teams from Vietnam and Malaysia have been searching waters in the South China Sea for any sign of the flight. Singaporean teams and ships and aircraft from China, the Philippines and the US are also at the scene or on their way to help.
By Lizabeth Paulat
A discussion on how the developing world spends its aid has run rampant the past few weeks. Not long after Uganda signed the infamous anti-homosexuality bill into law, Holland, Denmark and Norway pulled out millions in direct governmental aid.
Statements from John Kerry and Obama have put many in Uganda on the defensive with speculation that aid cuts are on the way.
Meanwhile, the U.S. ambassador in Uganda, Scott DeLisi, recently told The Daily Monitor that, “If Uganda doesn’t want our assistance, let the government tell us and we shall turn to another African country.”
President Museveni has previously stated he’s ready to stand up to the United States if they choose to withdraw aid over the law. With tension in Kampala reaching palpable levels, such exchanges have only inflamed the debate.
Friday, 7 March 2014
THE UNCOMFORTABLE TRUTH OF ELUSIVE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT- NIGERIA’S CENTURY OLD FAILURES AND PROSPECTS FOR A NEW NIGERIA.
Obiageli (Oby) Ezekwesili
Good afternoon, chieftains and members of the All Progressive Congress.
Thanks for inviting me as your Keynote Speaker at your Unveiling of Road Map Summit. I do not know how you decided to take this high risk of inviting me to your gathering, knowing full well that my zeal for candor can be generally unsettling for some people of your class and occupation.
Since you took the risk, I have assumed the liberty to speak boldly even to your discomfort especially considering that we live in a season of grim when our country is greatly troubled. In perilous times like this, Truth is the absolute freedom.
I shall be spurred on by the counsel of George Orwell who in honor of truth stated that “in a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act”. I further assume that if you wanted someone with the skills of deceit, it would not be me that you would have invited to your gathering. I therefore speak to you today not as a politician
By Kayode Ketefe
Today, the whole Nigerian landscape is brimming with countless educational institutions ranging from the primary to the tertiary and comprising both private and public establishments. But there is paradoxically growing illiteracy amidst growing number of these institutions.
The reason could be located in both the quality and nature of education being imparted. Every great nation on earth today has been able to achieve the feat through maximum acquisition of scientific knowledge and technological capabilities.
This fact admits of no exception in so far as our definition of greatness goes beyond mere material prosperity. This is because there are some affluent nations who, though don’t belong to the exclusive class of the scientifically competent, are nonetheless ostentatiously wealthy because they keep exhausting and selling their abundant, albeit exhaustible natural resources.
Wednesday, 5 March 2014
The Fellows would use social media and internet based platforms such as blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Instagram, Tumblr etc. to do round-the-clock reporting of what is happening at World Conference on Youth (WCY).
The team would use social and new media to translate the discussions taking place at WCY to youth-friendly, compelling and understandable language. They are also expected to use creative and new media such as info-graphics, memes, photo essays, video clips etc.
As a group of independent young people reporting from their own perspectives the Fellows would give a raw take on what is happening in Colombo and also help bring the voices of the many that can’t attend WCY to the discussion table.
The Intercultural Innovation Award is a partnership between the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the BMW Group that aims to select and support the most innovative grassroots projects that encourage intercultural dialogue and cooperation around the world.
Not-for-profit organizations that are active in promoting intercultural understanding, with a track record of managing intercultural projects and willingness to expand their range of action, are eligible to apply. These organizations should be working in the fields of: -migration and integration; -intercultural awareness; -education for intercultural citizenship; -and/or the role of specific groups (faith-based; women; youth; media).
Tuesday, 4 March 2014
By James Breiner
After years of predictions that this year would be the year of mobile, finally it has arrived. So here are some numbers that should prompt strategizing and action by digital media publishers.
1. Web traffic from mobile devices
Traffic via mobile devices was up 78 percent year over year in mid-2013, and 109 percent over 2011, according to Ayaz Nanji, writing in Marketing Profs.
To cite one prominent media example of the trend, ESPN has been registering more than half of its traffic from mobile. For publishers, the message is clear: you need a mobile app or mobile-friendly version of your content or your audience will leave you behind.
2. Time on mobile devices
In 2013, for the first time, Americans spent more time on their mobile devices every day than on the desktop, according to eMarketer. Mobile's share of daily time spent, 19.4 percent, is the only category that grew in the past year: television, desktop computers, print and radio all declined, as they have each year since 2010.
By Umar Cheema
In a 2011 Transparency International survey, more than 3,000 business executives from around the world were asked to assess the effectiveness of various approaches to weeding out corruption.
The result: nearly half (49 percent) indicated that investigative journalism played a critical role. Respondents from Pakistan (73 percent) and Brazil (79 percent), countries where the press reports fiercely on suspected acts of corruption, placed particular faith in the media’s ability to uncover wrongdoing.
Why did the participants feel so strongly that journalists can help? To answer this question, it is important to remember that rampant corruption in less-developed regions of the world is largely due to a lack of transparency and accountability.
Monday, 3 March 2014
By Jaye Gaskia
I have borrowed the title of my piece today from the title of one of the most significant films made in recent time: ‘12 years a slave’. For if it was true that the main character of the epic film based on historical fact was captured as a free man and sold for 12 years into slavery, then it can be said that it is also true of the people of this country called Nigeria.
We were once free peoples, before contact with Europe, before the slave trade, before colonialism, and before the flag independence that thrust within a global pecking order not within our capacity to influence or control. What is even more apt because of the symbolism of the parallelism involved is that for being free people we were captured and bound into a nation which for a hundred years has remained a gigantic failure.
Sunday, 2 March 2014
By Hanae Ait Hattani
Fez – Morocco: Since our early childhood, we have become literate by learning to read and write through the process of reciting the alphabet and recognizing when and how the alphabet and symbols come together to form words and sentences.
In today’s world, messages are not just words and symbols; they come in a variety of diverse sources such as radio, TV, and the Internet. On a daily basis, people world-wide find themselves bombarded with media messages, many of which are misunderstood, ultimately causing problems in terms of distinguishing truth and perception.
Hence, literacy in another set of symbols is necessary. It is crucial for society to become well-versed in the skills needed to recognize when and how this new set of symbols— the media— is put together to form messages; an objective that can only be achieved through Media Information Literacy (MIL).
The order as seen in this picture is Abdusalami Abubakar (Military Head of State, 1998-1999); Muhammadu Buhari (Military Head of State, 1983-1985); Yakubu Gowon (Military Head of State, 1966-1975), Goodluck Jonathan (President, 2010-date), Olusegun Obasanjo (Military Head of State, 1976-1979; President, 1999-2007), Shehu Shagari (President, 1979-1983); Ibrahim Babangida (Military President, 1985-1993) and Ernest Shonekan (Chairman of Interim National Government, 1993) - all male; three Southerners (one Minority), five Northerners (three Minorities); five military dictators and four civilian heads of state (with Obasanjo doubly counted).