World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Caleb Jakana Linkedin Previous articleAnn Louden’s LegacyNext articleSizzle Reel (Ep. 18 – Oscar Predictions, March Netflix Releases and more) Caleb Jakana RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ReddIt TCU revamps Garvey-Rosenthal Soccer Stadium Caleb Jakanahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/caleb-jakana/ A guide to on campus fun Caleb Jakanahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/caleb-jakana/ TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history + posts Twitter Kenny Hill disappoints in 2018 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl Facebook Facebook Caleb Jakana is a senior news and media studies major and criminology minor from Flower Mound, Texas. When he is not reporting, he is either playing basketball, watching a sporting event or just eating food. Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Photo courtesy: TCU ASO Caleb Jakanahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/caleb-jakana/ Linkedin printA show of African heritage can be seen on TCU’s campus weekly thanks to the African Student Organization.For “Dashiki Tuesday,” TCU students of African descent take a break from American attire and try dashikis– traditional African attire in order to display their heritage. This weekly tradition was started by the African Student Organization two years ago. (Photo courtesy: TCU ASO)Philip Kafuluma, president of ASO, said weekly traditions like dashiki Tuesday gives students an opportunity to show their appreciation for African culture. “It gives them an opportunity to express their love for their roots and it’s also an opportunity for non-Africans because there are a lot of American people who have bought dashikis,” Kafuluma said. “It’s a time where members of ASO and non-members can show we care about Africa.”Kafuluma said that when he wears a dashiki, it gives him an opportunity to teach people more about the attire and why people wear the item. “Personally, every single time I’ve worn it I’ve had someone either compliment me or ask me ‘what are you wearing?’” Kafuluma said. “I usually take that opportunity to tell people where I am from and also to tell about the dashiki itself.”Claire Janat, a member of ASO, said by wearing her dashiki that she can express her culture by displaying her roots, without a verbal explanation. “It is a way to express my African culture without explicitly saying ‘I am African,’” Janat said. More than anything, the dashiki embodies African culture, and it is a great conversation starter, Kafuluma said.“People always associate African culture with lots of color, lots of flash,” Kafuluma said. “The dashikis usually represents that.”The History of The DashikiThe garment that originated in Africa and has become popular throughout the United States. The dashiki has a myriad of meanings from fashions statements, to a form of rebellion and, for today’s owners, a form of pride or appreciation for the culture and history. The dashiki is a bright, colorful garment that usually covers the torso, but there are also versions of the dashikis that are in the form of dresses and suits. The suit dashiki reaches the knees and is traditionally worn with slacks.The dashiki originated from West Africa, specifically Nigeria and is seen as a unisex garment.The name dashiki comes from the word “dan Shiki” or “ dan ciki”, which means “shirt” in Yoruba and Hausa, languages spoken in West Africa. Oba, meaning King in Yoruba, Ofuntola Oseijeman Adelabu Adefunmi, also know as Walter Eugene King, was the man who started the circulation of the garment in the United States in the 1960s; King left America to go to Haiti to be immersed into African culture from indigenous Africans. King returned to America and started the small-scale manufacturing of African attire in the United States, including the dashiki. Jason Benning, Milton Clarke, Howard Davis and William Smith started the large-scale production of the dashiki in America under their brand New Breed Ltd, which was based in Harlem, New York. Jason Benning was the man who coined the modern term “dashiki”. During the civil rights movement, the dashiki went against the men’s fashion status quo with its bright colors and the piece not being tucked into the pants; the dashiki was used to protest against the injustices against minorities and society’s flippant attitude towards African Americans. Prominent figures who wore the piece, during the political struggles of the 1950s and 1960s, include Jim Brown, Sammy Davis Jr. and many more; the dashiki also made appearances in movies and weekly TV shows: Soul Train, Uptight and Putney Swope. The Dashiki TodayAs time has progressed, celebrities and prominent music figures have worn the dashiki as fashion statements because of the dashiki’s bright colors or to show their African roots– such as Beyonce, Rihanna, Chris Brown, Zendaya, Wale and Sarah Jessica Parker.Today, the dashiki is seen on special occasions such as weddings, graduations, church and Kwanzaa.To learn more about the dashiki or ASO contact TCU’s ASO’s page. Caleb Jakanahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/caleb-jakana/ Class of 2017 alumnus Kenneth Ankoma-Sey Twitter ReddIt
RSF_en Time is pressing, 20 years after Burkinabe journalist’s murder News Two Spanish journalists killed in eastern Burkina Faso Receive email alerts – In December 1997, David Ouédraogo and two other people were handed over, by François Compaoré, to members of the Conseil de l’entente at their premises, a military barracks. The President’s brother accused his chauffeur and the two other people of stealing money from him.- On 13 January 1998, Norbert Zongo wrote in his diary: “We are not trying to determine whether there was theft; that is not our problem. (…) What worries us is that the suspects are being held at the Conseil (…) we are supposed to be in a constitutional state. Until proven otherwise, the Conseil is not a gendarmerie brigade, nor a police force nor a police station. Who in this place is investigating this theft? How are they doing it? Where are the suspects being held?”- On 18 January 1998, David Ouédraogo died in the presidential infirmary, probably from torture caused by members of the president’s security corps who were investigating a case of money stolen from the wife of François Compaoré. Compaoré claims that he told both the gendarmerie and sergeant major Marcel Kafando, assistant head of the president’s security corps. Marcel Kafando confirmed this, saying, “François Compaore asked me to look into this theft, the very day it occurred.”- On 13 December 1998, journalist Norbert Zongo and three others were found dead in a burning car about 100 km south of Ouagadougou. He had been investigating the death of the president’s brother’s chauffeur, who died after being tortured by members of the president’s security corps.- In the following days, thousands of people demonstrated in the country’s main cities to call for justice. Symbols of power, such as the headquarters of the former single party, were sacked.- On 18 December 1998, a decree created an “Independent Committee of Inquiry” to investigate the death of the founder of L’Indépendant. It had the necessary resources and investigative authority. Reporters sans frontières (Reporters without Borders, RSF) was the only international organization on this committee.- After three months of investigation and testimony from more than 200 witnesses, the report of the Independent Committee of Inquiry, published on 7 May 1999, said the following:- Norbert Zongo was indeed murdered, he was “ambushed”.- the motives for this murder undoubtedly lie in “the investigations carried out over the years by Zongo, and, especially, his recent investigations into the death of David Ouedraogo, the chauffeur of François Compaoré, a presidential advisor” and the president’s brother.- there is no “formal evidence” allowing the committee to designate who committed the crime, but that there are, nevertheless, “contradictions and inconsistencies in the testimony of some of the suspects concerning their alibis for 13 December 1998.” It also mentions six members of the presidential security corps, and concludes, “This does not make them guilty, but they are serious suspects.”- As soon as the report was published, le Collectif, which includes several human rights organizations and opposition parties, called for “conservatory measures” against the members of the military suspected of killing Norbert Zongo. Skirmishes broke out in Ouagadougou between police and students, who called for “the suspects’ arrest.” Several political leaders were arrested, and a curfew was imposed in Koudougou, an opposition stronghold.- A special cabinet meeting was held on 10 May, but the government only decided to “immediately pass on” the committee’s report to judicial authorities.- On 9 May, the Minister of Security put the RSF representative under house arrest before expelling him. He was accused of calling members of the presidential security corps who tortured and killed David Ouedraogo “thugs” on local radio stations.- In early June, the president created a “council of elders” responsible for “working to achieve the reconciliation and the consolidation of social peace.”- On 17 June, the council of elders called for “the arrest of those persons whose responsibility in the David Ouedraogo case has been clearly established.” On 20 June, soldier Yaro Ousseini, sergeant Edmond Koama and sergeant major Marcel Kafando were arrested and placed in Ouagadougou prison (MACO).- On 2 July, the Minister of Security, Djibrill Bassolé, asked Reporters sans frontières to put off its planned voyage to Burkina Faso; RSF was planning to “examine the latest progress in the investigation of the murder of Norbert Zongo, on 13 December 1998”.- On 9 July, the French Minister of Cooperation declared that France had “a positive opinion on the way Blaise Compaoré is handling this case, and hopes that the investigation will be completed, and that the perpetrators be sanctioned.”- On 2 August, the council of elders presented its report to the authorities. They asked for the designation of a “government of national union and broad openness”. They also called for the implementation of a “truth and justice committee for reconciliation”- On 17 September, two RSF representatives were expelled from Burkina Faso. When the RSF general secretary and the head of the Africa desk arrived at the Ouagadougou airport, police arrested them. With no explanation, nor any written orders, the RSF delegation was forcibly put on an airplane.- On 23 September, the French Minister of Foreign Affairs called on Burkina Faso for “the fullest transparency”, after the expulsion of RSF’s representatives.- On 14 October, a new government was named, which contained no members of the opposition party, the Groupe du 14 February. Only two moderate opposition groups were part of this government.- On 13 December, on the first anniversary of Norbert Zongo’s death, RSF published a report about the Norbert Zongo case and its ongoing investigation by authorities in Burkina Faso. “The fact that none of the six suspects mentioned by the independent committee of inquiry have been charged, and that the president’s brother, François Compaoré, has not even been questioned by magistrates, shows that the regime, in spite of its declarations, has still not decided to fully examine this case.”RSF also carried out a press campaign in 20 newspapers in 7 West African countries, who provided free space and printed pictures of Norbert Zongo’s burned car with the legend: “Mr. President of Burkina Faso, you made promises about Norbert Zongo’s murderers. Will they go up in smoke as he did?”According to AFP, 30,000 people demonstrated in Ouagadougou on 13 December 1999 calling for justice.- On 8 February 2000, Alpha Blondy released a single entitled “Journalistes en danger”. This song is an homage to Norbert Zongo.- On 17 August, five members of the presidential security corps, accused of “torturing to death” the chauffeur of the president’s brother, appeared before a military tribunal.- On 19 August, sergeant major Marcel Kafando and sergeant Edmond Koama were sentenced to 20 years in jail, and soldier Ousséni Yaro to 10 years. Two other soldiers, Christophe Kombasséré and Marcel Kabré, were acquitted. Reporters sans frontières called on Burkina Faso authorities to put an end to the impunity of those who ordered the murder of David Ouedraogo, the chauffeur of François Compaoré, the president’s brother, and try and convict all those responsible for the death of journalist Norbert Zongo.- On 14 December, police prevented the first international festival for freedom of expression and press in West Africa from taking place. According to the organizers, the police occupied the meeting hall where a colloquium was to take place. A delegation of more than 60 people from neighboring Ghana, led by professor Kwamé Karikari, of the journalism department of the University of Legon, and executive director of the Media Foundation for West Africa, was prevented from entering Burkina Faso. – On 17 January 2001, François Compaoré, the younger brother of president Blaise Compaoré, was questioned by the magistrate investigating the murder of Norbert Zongo, according to the AFP in Ouagadougou and the Minister of Justice Boureïma Badini. François Compaoré was questioned on 17 January by magistrate Wenceslas Ilboudo, said Baldini.- On 2 February, sergeant major Marcel Kafando was charged with “murder” and “arson”, in the Zongo case, by the attorney general Abdoulaye Barry. Marcel Kafando was one of the six “serious suspects”, all members of the RSP, mentioned by the independent committee of inquiry set up by the Burkina Faso government. – On 11 October 2001, at the time of his official visit to France, RSF filed a suit against the president of Burkina Faso, Blaise Compaoré. RSF asked French courts to open an investigation of the president of Burkina Faso. Represented by their council, Sophie Coupry, RSF hopes that French courts will examine Blaise Compaoré’s responsibility in acts of torture committed by members of the presidential guard, that is under his responsibility. Since French legislation has integrated the 1984 convention against torture in its internal laws, French courts have the competence to judge those responsible for acts of torture, even if these acts did not occur on its territory or to one of its citizens. 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Use a focused sales and service culture to attract and retain your most important members, says Denny Graham, president/CEO of FI Strategies LLC, a CUNA strategic partner.“Everybody out there wants a share of the member,” Graham said about building and maintaining a service-oriented strategy during CUNA’s Sales & Service Culture Institute. “It is not enough to just give good service. Everybody gives good service.”Credit unions must define for their employees and members what makes their financial institution unique in the marketplace.Nearly 40 credit union professionals gathered in Madison, Wis., in October for the institute to learn how to establish a sales and service culture within their credit unions and improve their workplace culture. Graham was one of the primary presenters. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Image source: MTCCThe Maldives Transport and Contracting Company (MTCC) has won a contract to construct a harbor at L. Maavah, one of the Laamu Atoll islands in the Maldives. Permanent Secretary of Planning, Zeeniya Ahmed Hameed, signed the agreement yesterday on behalf of the government and the MTCC COO, Shahid Hussain Moosa, put his signature on behalf of the company.Under the agreement, the construction activities for the L. Maavah harbor project will involve:dredging of 15.300 cubic meters of material;construction of a 284 meter long breakwater;a 40 meter long of revetment;a 110 meter quay wall;10 mooring blocks and a ramp.According to MTCC, the project also includes the construction of 550 square meters of pavement and the installation of harbor lights.The project, expected to be completed in 330 days, is estimated to cost $1.7 million.