First week of monitoring public media during election campaign shows relatively fair coverage but adjustments needed

first_img Help by sharing this information RSF backs joint op-ed by 120 West African media and journalists calling for Beninese journalist’s release May 20, 2021 Find out more RSF_en After its first week of monitoring media coverage of Mauritania’s election, Reporters Without Borders today said it was pleased to report that the public media are apportioning their coverage of the 19 candidates in a relatively equitable manner. Adjustments are nonetheless desirable. News Organisation The role of public media journalists assigned to cover candidates often lends itself to confusion, with some broadcast journalists speaking on behalf of candidates in the free spots. In the absence of any clarification, viewers and listeners are not in a position to say whether these journalists are acting in a personal capacity or as public media representatives.RecommendationsIn the light of the results obtained during the first week of the campaign, Reporters Without Borders recommends that:- Aside from the individual candidate spots and announcements, the air time and newspaper space assigned to candidates should be adjusted by public media editors during the second week of the campaign so that it is distributed more equally. They should also pay particular attention to the “minor candidates” whose campaigns were not adequately covered during the first week.- The HAPA and radio and TV directors should ensure that journalists assigned to cover candidates refrain from promoting any of these candidates.____________________Monitoring role. Reporters Without Borders is monitoring the electoral coverage of the public media – the public radio and TV stations, the Horizons and Chaab daily newspapers and the Agence Mauritanienne d’Information – from 24 February and until the end of the presidential election. The public media have been chosen because they are subject to the electoral law, which guarantees equal access to all the candidates and parties participating. As a public service financed by the state, they have to a duty to behave in an exemplary manner during the elections. News News Mauritanian reporter held for two days over Facebook post MauritaniaAfrica Receive email alerts After its first week of monitoring media coverage of Mauritania’s election, Reporters Without Borders today said it was pleased to report that the public media are apportioning their coverage of the 19 candidates in a relatively equitable manner. This is reflected in the implementation of the requirements of the High Authority for Press and Broadcasting (HAPA), above all that each candidate should receive free newspaper space and air time.Also the government has complied with the requirement to adopt a lower profile during the campaign, which has been reflected in the fact that the broadcast media have dedicated more of their news programmes to the candidates (41 hours, 56 min, 53 sec) than to government activities (28 hours, 44 min, 38 sec).Adjustments are nonetheless desirable. Aside from the individual candidate spots and announcements, there has been a slight imbalance in favour of certain candidates in air time and newspaper space in the public media.- RADIO AND TV: The state TV news programmes gave more air time to two candidates – Sidi Mohamed Ould Cheikh Abdellahi (44 min, 11 sec) and Messoud Ould Boulkheir (44 min, 4 sec). Overall, they had a total of 15 minutes more than the other candidates during the week, a little more than two minutes a day. The state radio’s “Campaign Report” gave most time to Ould Abdellahi (27 min, 43 sec) but not a lot more than the others.- PRINT MEDIA AND NEWS AGENCY: The Arabic-language daily Chaab and the French-language daily Horizons assigned slightly more of their available space to Ahmed Ould Daddah – 10.32 per cent, against 9.50 per cent to Mohamed Ould Mohamed El Mokhtar Ould Tomi and 9.40 per cent to Mohamed Ould Maouloud. The state news agency AMI evinced a similar bias, with 14.14 per cent of its dispatches referring to Ould Daddah, as against 11.11 per cent to Ould Abdellahi and around 8 per cent to most of the other candidates.- Finally, some candidates received little media coverage aside from the individual spots and announcements. This was above the case with Isselmou Ould El Moustapha, Ba Mamadou Alassane, Rachid Moustapha, Mohamed Ould Ghoulam Ould Sidati, Sidi Ould Isselmou Ould Mohamed Ahid, and Ethmane Ould Cheikh Ahmed Ebi El Maali. The imbalance was attributable in part to the fact that these candidates or their parties had fewer campaign activities.It should be noted that one candidate used the national flag during his free television spots. The electoral law forbids this, and it was stopped after the HAPA intervened. to go further News Follow the news on Mauritania Method of working. Reporters Without Borders calculates the time candidates are being covered and the time they are speaking on the air on all Mauritanian TV and radio news programmes. The organisation also measures the square centimetres of page space they are assigned in the Horizons and Chaab daily newspapers, and the number of references made to them in AMI dispatches. Air time: Includes speaking time and the duration of all forms of coverage (quotes, reports, comments, studio interviews and so on). Speaking time: Time spent by candidates or their representatives speaking directly on the air.The monitoring is being carried out with financial support from the European Union and the International Organisation of Francophone Countries (OIF). Journalists face archaic sanction of capital punishment in some parts of the world July 6, 2020 Find out more MauritaniaAfrica March 6, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 First week of monitoring public media during election campaign shows relatively fair coverage but adjustments needed March 13, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Teething problems blamed for traffic gridlock in Letterkenny

first_img Teething problems blamed for traffic gridlock in Letterkenny Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA By News Highland – May 7, 2019 Facebook AudioHomepage BannerNews Facebook Google+ Teething problems as part of planned works by Irish Water are to blame for long delays experienced by motorists travelling into Letterkenny this morning.Traffic gridlock was reported on the main approach road into the town as only one out of four lanes was open between the Dry Arch and Polestar roundabouts.The traffic management plan was to have two lanes open at all times on a rotating basis to facilitate effective traffic flow.Speaking on today’s Nine Till Noon Show, Spokesperson for Irish Water John McElwaine admitted that the plan was not implemented this morning:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/waterresghgfhgfhgfponse1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApp Twitter Twitter Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme center_img Pinterest WhatsApp Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Previous articleDonegal continues to be the Joule in Irish Rallying in 2019Next articleJPC Chair calls for more Community Gardai to be allocated to L’Kenny News Highland Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterestlast_img read more

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Ocean City School Board Approves New Policy for Overdose Antidote

first_imgBy Donald WittkowskiJoseph S. Clark Jr., the president of the Ocean City Board of Education, says he knows of five people who have died of a drug overdose in just the past few months.Although none of those people were local students, the possibility of drug overdoses occurring in Ocean City’s schools prompted the Board of Education to adopt a new policy Wednesday night to equip the school district with a potentially life-saving opioid antidote.“We have to be proactive,” Clark stressed.Cecilia Gallelli-Keyes, a school board member, said the policy recognizes the drug crisis in other parts of Cape May County and the possibility it could spread to Ocean City.“We don’t have a problem,” she said, referring to Ocean City. “But Cape May County has a big heroin problem. We want to prepare ourselves.”Both Clark and Gallelli-Keyes said the opioid policy has been met with widespread support in the local community.“I’m glad that we, as a district, are doing something,” Gallelli-Keyes said.The new policy, she added, is effectively “opening our eyes” to the scourge of drugs and what can be done to potentially save lives.Board of Education members Joseph Clark and Cecilia Gallelli-Keyes said the new policy is proactive.Now that the board has approved the policy, the next step calls for the Ocean City school physician to prescribe which antidote will be used for drug overdoses and to determine who will administer it, Clark said.School officials have discussed the possibility of equipping the school nurse with the antidote, but the physician still must finalize the overdose procedures, Clark explained.“This is the beginning of the process. We’re not there yet,” he said.Narcan, the brand name for the opioid antidote naloxone, is widely used by Cape May County police departments to treat overdose victims. Narcan blocks the effects of heroin or other opioids on the brain and can quickly restore breathing.During a drug forum in October, Cape May County Prosecutor Robert Taylor said heroin deaths have been declining in the county largely due to the use of Narcan by police. Overall, 60 overdose victims in the county were saved by Narcan in 2015 and another 61 through the first nine months of 2016, according to Taylor.Ocean City is following the recommendations of the New Jersey School Boards Association by adopting the opioid policy. Other school districts throughout the state have approved similar policies, Clark said.In another vote at its meeting Wednesday, the Board of Education introduced the school district’s proposed 2017-2018 budget, which calls for a slight increase in the local school tax.The $42.2 million spending plan is about $1 million higher than last year’s budget. Under the plan, the school tax rate would rise by one-tenth of a penny, resulting in an extra $5 in school taxes annually on a home assessed at $500,000.Timothy E. Kelley, school board administrator, outlined the proposed 2017-2018 budget.Timothy E. Kelley, the school board administrator, said the principal reason for the tax increase was a decline in tuition revenue from two of Ocean City’s sending districts – Upper Township and Sea Isle City – caused by their falling student population.In his budget presentation to the board, Kelley said tuition revenue is dropping to $11.7 million in 2017-2018 compared to $13.3 million in the 2016-2017 school year.To help offset the decline in tuition revenue, the district will tap about $2.1 million from its fund balance, essentially its savings account, Kelley said.School districts are required to have balanced budgets. For 2017-2018, Ocean City is receiving the same amount of state aid, about $3.8 million, as last year to help pay for its expenses.Maintenance and capital projects at Ocean City’s primary, intermediate and high schools will add to the budget. Among them, sewer repairs at the intermediate school will probably cost in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, Kelley said.The school board has scheduled a public hearing and final vote on the budget for its April 26 meeting.Jacqueline McAlister, the board’s vice president, said the budget maintains Ocean City’s high quality of education while increasing taxes by only a small amount – a feat she called “superb fiscal management. Ocean City High School last_img read more

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The biggest mistakes we are STILL seeing with credit union websites

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Meredith Olmstead Meredith Olmstead is the CEO and Founder of FI GROW Solutions, which provides Digital Marketing & Sales services to Community Financial Institutions. With experience working with FIs in markets of … Web: www.figrow.com Details Believing that New Websites Don’t Need Regular UpdatingHonestly, as a digitally savvy society, we are long past the redesign it and forget it for two to four years phase of website design. Like any high performing bank or credit union branch, your website needs regular maintenance. Now you might be able to get away with not conducting daily maintenance, but at a minimum it needs to be cleaned up and updated weekly and monthly.In an ideal world your blog content should be updated 2-3x per week and your product and service content should also be optimized on an on-going basis. These revenue generating pages should also have educational content for users who aren’t quite ready to apply now. And smart content on high traffic pages that changes depending on any known characteristics of the user.Having Websites that aren’t SEO OptimizedIf people couldn’t find your brick-and-mortar branch locations you’d take action. You would make the signage more visible, make sure the address was clear from the street, or even add some additional elements to make the location stand out from its surroundings. Optimizing your website for search is no different.Search engine optimization (SEO) is the practice of making sure your website can be found online, and way too many credit unions are still missing the mark on this. Not only are website’s missing key on-page SEO elements like header tags, meta descriptions and alt tags, but they also lack a search strategy around what terms or phrases consumers are using to find financial products or services. And don’t count on your web design company to know all the in’s and out’s of this process… they are experts at programming, but you need help from someone who knows your industry and can help you craft content on your website that is user friendly AND works well with Google.Not Having Dynamic Content for Each UserMore and more we ARE seeing smaller financial institutions attempting to implement personalized experiences, but you can’t just insert someone’s name on a page and call it a day. The actual content and calls-to-action should shift based on user characteristics.If a user has visited a specific product or service page in the last week or two show them content pertaining to that topic when they return to your homepage. Or show them a rate special when they log into online banking. If they are a known customer you can even send them an email with these details. People want what they are looking for WHEN they are looking for it… so help them find more details. Be helpful, informative and specific. That will always win you trust and business.Websites are STILL Not ADA CompliantBelieve it or not this is still an issue. We are seeing many developers who remain unaware of how to design for WCAG 2.0 standards. Colors aren’t high contrast, PDFs are prevalent throughout the sites, and tables and accordions aren’t always readable. There’s just too much on this now to be creating websites that aren’t easier to navigate.To learn more visit our FGS blog or website today!last_img read more

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