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Get your Africa facts right: websites seek to stem flow of misinformation | World news | The Guardian

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Get your Africa facts right: websites seek to stem flow of misinformation | World news | The Guardian.

Inaccurate media reports are hardly limited to Africa, but there’s a greater chance of international newspapers getting things wrong – and not admitting so – when it comes to the continent, Seay said.

“When most western outlets have just two or three people covering a continent of 11 million square miles, it very easy to make mistakes, even unintentionally. It’s a recipe for disaster in terms of quality of coverage.”

Around half of Africa Check’s investigations are triggered by readers wanting to know anything from the veracity of claims made by pop stars to supposed disease-busting local herbs. Operating out of Lagos and Johannesburg, the not-for-profit organisation funded by grants and individual donations has a team of five full-timers working alongside volunteers and freelancers, and hopes to expand to Kenya and Senegal next.

Anton Harber, a highly-regarded South African former investigative journalist and co-founder of the project, explained its ultimate aim. “I imagine a situation in which every public figure and journalist feels nervous about what they say or write because Africa Check might just catch them out.”

′Deadliest year′ for migrants crossing the Mediterranean: IOM | News | DW.DE | 29.09.2014

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′Deadliest year′ for migrants crossing the Mediterranean: IOM | News | DW.DE | 29.09.2014.

More than 3,000 people have died trying to cross the Mediterranean this year, according to the International Organization for Migration. A report has been released showing more than 40,000 migrant deaths since 2000.

Plight of the migrant one of most critical issues of our time

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Plight of the migrant one of most critical issues of our time.

 

“…In the space of a week 150,000 refugees from Syria streamed into Turkey, adding to the million-plus refugees Turkey has accommodated in the three-and-a-half years since the devastating conflict in Syria began. In one 48-hour period more than 60,000 Syrians came over the border. In 2014 the number of people seeking asylum will hit a 20-year high, according to the UNHCR, the United Nations refugee agency. That 20-year anniversary relates to April 28th and 29th, 1994 on the Rwandan-Tanzanian border, when 250,000 people walked across the bridge at Rusumo Falls, as victims of genocide floated past in the river below.

 

As Syrian Kurds carried what little they had left into Turkey, the sea that borders the west of the country was in the midst of its own nightmare. The New York Times reported this month that at a funeral in Sicily of 18 migrants who died trying to reach Europe from Africa, Msgr Angelo Giurdanella said in his homily: “The opposite of love is not hatred, but indifference.” Around 120,000 migrants have been rescued by Italian ships in the Mediterranean this year. More than 2,200 have died trying to cross the Mediterranean this year. In a few days in mid-September, at least 750 migrants were feared to have died trying to make the crossing. To put those deaths in context in terms of media coverage, the Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster in January, 2012 claimed 32 lives. Nearly 70 times that number of migrants have died in the Mediterranean area trying to reach Europe so far this year…”

 

Hundreds feared dead as boat sinks off Libya – Middle East – Al Jazeera English

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Hundreds feared dead as boat sinks off Libya – Middle East – Al Jazeera English.

A boat filled with up to 250 migrants heading for Europe has sunk off the Libyan coast and many passengers have died, a spokesman for the Libyan navy has said.

Only 36 people, including three women, have been rescued after the boat sunk near Tajoura, east of the capital Tripoli, said navy spokesman Ayub Qassem.

“There are so many dead bodies floating in the sea,” Qassem told the Reuters news agency, adding that the under-equipped coastguard had few resources to search for survivors.

Migrants have been streaming out of Libya in boats in rising numbers for years, on their way to Europe.

So far in 2014, more than 100,000 have reached Italy’s shores, the Italian government said this week…

Strengths and Weaknesses of Bronze Eagle Flying Club PR

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Peter Singhatey:

Flying is just simply fantastic!

Originally posted on PR Programming Fall 11 a.m.:

By: Anisa Magallanes

Finding out where our help was most needed within the Bronze Eagle Flying Club was not very difficult once they became our client. Not only did we not recognize the name when we first heard of them, but we had no idea what their group or association did for the local Waco community. Even after searching their name on the internet, only to produce a very primitive and outdated website, I had hardly any of my questions answered.

While learning more about the Bronze Eagle Flying Club, we have come across multiple strengths and weaknesses. Some of which we could fix very easily in a matter of days and some which would need time and effort from multiple people.

Weaknesses:

  • Outdated and inefficient website
  • No social media
  • Contact info is outdated
  • Relevant information and event information is not listed
  • No change in recruitment techniques of volunteers or donors
  • Only…

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Aircraft Gallery: Harrier GR.1

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Great Pictures!

Originally posted on Defence of the Realm:

The Harrier GR.1 was the first operational version of the Harrier in British service. The first RAF squadron to be equipped with the Harrier GR.1 was No. 1 Squadron converting on to the radical new aircraft at RAF Wittering in April 1969. An early demonstration of the Harrier’s capabilities was the participation of two aircraft in the Daily Mail Transatlantic Air Race in May 1969, flying between St Pancras railway station, London and downtown Manhattan with the use of aerial refuelling. The Harrier completed the journey in 6 hours 11 minutes.

Two Harrier squadrons were established in 1970 at the RAF’s air base in Wildenrath to be part of its air force in Germany; another squadron was formed there two years later. The Harrier GR.1 was a fundamental part of British forces’ plan to counter a Soviet armoured invasion. The GR.1 version was relatively short lived as it was soon replaced…

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Volcanoes and Aircraft

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Originally posted on Püttmann's Blog:

In 2010 the Icelandic volcano Eyjyafjallajokull erupted. Although the eruption itself was small the ash cloud it produced caused major disruption to airline travel across much of Europe. Over 20 countries had to close airspace to commercial aircraft and more than 10 million passengers were affected. The cancellation of so many flights meant a huge number of airline tickets needed to be exchanged or refunded costing commercial aviation companies a lot of money.

Now another volcano in Iceland, Bardarbunda, is causing concern. Seismic activity has been recorded happening underneath the volcano. These earthquakes, with some measuring over 5 on the Richter scale, could leave the volcano unstable. The volcano is covered with a thick layer of ice meaning when the lava reaches it another huge ash cloud could be formed.

Airlines do not want to be caught out again. Some have already begun diverting flights away from the area and…

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