News The other variable on which RSF intends to question the Indian authorities is the alarming deterioration in the general working environment for journalists in recent months. Online hate campaigns and harassment by armies of trolls that promote the Hindutva doctrine, a mixture of Hinduism and pre-war western nationalism favoured by Prime Minister Modi, have reached unprecedented levels. The journalist Rana Ayyub has been subjected to a hellish nightmare since April after tweets falsely attributed to her were published, unleashing an outburst of hate messages posted on social media, such as sexist insults, faked pornographic videos, and calls for her to be gang-raped and murdered. Help by sharing this information On March 26, Sandeep Sharma, who had been investigating illegal sand mining, was crushed to death by a garbage truck in Madhya Pradesh state in central India. A day earlier, two other journalists, Navin Nischal and Vijay Singh, subeditors with the daily Dainik Bhaskar, were deliberately run over and killed by an SUV in Bihar state. February 23, 2021 Find out more In addition, there has been an increase in cases of police violence and attacks by security forces in Jammu and Kashmir, as well as violence by political activists. As a result, the indicator that records Abuses against journalists is likely to suffer. It accounts for one-fifth of each country’s assessment by RSF for the annual World Press Freedom Index. In 2017, at least three journalists were killed in connection with their work and a fourth case is still under investigation. In 2018, the situation appears to have worsened significantly. Four journalists were killed in the country in the first six months of the year. One-third of the assessment adversely affected Organisation A month later, the TV journalist Ravish Kumar disclosed that the death threats he had been receiving on his phone since 2015 had increased sharply in numbers and their level of hostility during the previous month. The start of the wave of threats against Kumar coincided with the publication of his book, The Free Voice, in which he describes the disturbing decline in press freedom in Modi’s India, which he describes as a “republic of fear”. Reporters Without Borders has for the first time issued an Incident Report, on freedom of the press in India, after the murder of a fourth journalist in less than six months and a sharp rise in hate speech. Surge in abuses He was one of India’s most renowned journalists and the fourth member of his profession to have been killed this year because of his work. @RSF In these circumstances, the Environment and Self-censorship indicator, which accounts for 13 per cent of the overall score for each country, is also likely to be affected. Together with Abuses, it represents 33 per cent of the overall evaluation. India currently lies in 138th position of 180 countries and is thus already in an adverse position. April 27, 2021 Find out more As a result, the Abuses and Environment indicators, which contribute to the country’s evaluation for the Index, show a negative trend and point to another decline in its ranking in the 2019 edition unless the authorities take steps to rectify the situation. News In view of the increase in breaches of press freedom in India in the past six months, the Incident Report examines the country’s ranking in the World Press Freedom Index, the global benchmark for media freedom.In the 2018 Index, published in April this year, India occupied the 138th position out of 180 countries, two places lower than in 2017, and the situation has continued to deteriorate. Receive email alerts IndiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence ImpunityViolence RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19 Broadly speaking, abuses against journalists have increased sharply in the past six months. On June 22, Satyendra Gangwar was shot and wounded in the north of Uttar Pradesh, near the Nepalese border, by members of the mining mafia, which he had been investigating and which was behind an earlier assault on him in March. July 4, 2018 RSF issues warning to India in first World Press Freedom Index Incident Report On July 3, RSF secretary-general, Christophe Deloire, wrote to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi telling him that the Incident Report had been issued in relation to press freedom in the country, and asking him to take urgent action. An Incident Report is issued when events are observed that could affect a country’s ranking based on one or more of the indicators that are used in the evaluation for the World Press Freedom Index. Recommendations Environment and self-censorship On June 14, the editor of the renowned newspaper Rising Kashmir, Shujaat Bukhari, was shot dead as he left his office in Srinagar, the capital of Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir state. IndiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence ImpunityViolence Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is introducing a new Incident Report procedure for cases where it has observed a deterioration in one or more of the indicators used to determine the positions of the 180 countries ranked in the World Press Freedom Index. It will issue a warning to the country concerned. RSF uses seven indicators: pluralism, media independence, abuses, environment and self-censorship, legislative framework, transparency, and the quality of the infrastructure that supports the production of news and information. To reverse this trend, RSF makes the following recommendations to the Indian authorities:The establishment of a system capable of ensuring the safety of journalists at risk and, especially, of providing proper protection for those who say they have been threatened. The swift and independent investigation of cases where journalists have been murdered, or have been the targets of attempted murder, in order to put an end to the impunity enjoyed by the perpetrators and instigators of such crimes. Better training for law enforcement officers in how to ensure the safety of journalists and to let them do their job, and to penalize appropriately any police officers and members of the armed forces who deviate from these rules, including those who give the orders.RSF also calls on the representatives of the government and the ruling party:To condemn in the strongest terms online campaigns of hate and harassment aimed at journalists.To show transparency concerning the BJP’s notorious IT cell and its activities. Furthermore, RSF recommends that commercial divisions of news organizations draw up a code of practice that allows journalists to do their work impartially and without fear of censorship. March 3, 2021 Find out more Finally, RSF calls on digital platforms to show greater transparency and responsibility in regulating their content, particularly concerning hate messages and threats directed at journalists. to go further In its letter, RSF notes that “in the first six months of 2018, at least as many reporters were killed as for the whole of 2017, while hate speech directed toward journalists has increased massively, causing serious concern for their safety.” Indian journalist wrongly accused of “wantonly” inaccurate reporting News RSF_en On June 18, Suman Debnath, who was investigating the theft of petroleum in Tripura state, was almost killed when two men tried to slit his throat. On April 17, in the neighbouring state of Meghalaya, the home of Patricia Mukhim, editor of the Shillong Times, was attacked with a kerosene bomb. Follow the news on India India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s media This kind of intimidation, which affects journalists expressing even the mildest criticism of the current government, creates a harsh climate of self-censorship, and even propaganda. This is what is suggested by an investigation carried out by the news website Cobrapost, dubbed Operation 136 after India’s ranking in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. It discovered that the commercial divisions of most of India’s leading media groups would accept substantial bribes in return for favourable coverage of the ruling party. Rather than publicising this scandal, the mainstream media largely ignored it, a symptom of the level of self-censorship that looms over the country’s news industry. News
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NOAA has received the congresswoman’s letter and the agency looks forward to discussing the topic with her, according to spokesman Christopher Vaccaro.Although several tropical storms have formed in the Atlantic Ocean before June 1 in recent years, most of them have been considered “marginal in their structure,” says Phil Klotzbach, a research scientist at Colorado State University.In addition, improved satellite monitoring has likely led to an increase in short-lived, weak storms being named by the National Hurricane Center during recent years.The only named hurricane before June since the satellites started being used in 1966 was Hurricane Alma, which occurred in 1970.“I don’t think there is any reason to lengthen the hurricane season, since we haven’t had a hurricane in May in 50 years,” Klotzbach said in an email. A Central Florida lawmaker is trying to convince the federal government to start the hurricane season earlier beginning next year.U.S. Democratic Rep. Stephanie Murphy, of Orlando, sent a letter this week to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, requesting that hurricane season officially begin in mid-May. The current season runs from June 1 through November 30.However, Murphy says there has been at least one named storm before June 1 during each of the past six years.She adds that were three tropical storms — Arthur, Bertha and Cristobal — formed in mid-May and the beginning of June this year alone.“This presents a practical problem, because government officials and residents in hurricane-prone states use this season to inform their funding choices, public awareness campaigns, and preparation decisions,” Murphy’s letter explains.It goes on to say, “Accordingly, an official season that does not accurately predict major storm activity could result in readiness being compromised and people and property being harmed.”
Tropical Storm Isaias formed south of Hispaniola Wednesday night and is tracking west-northwest at 20 mph with maximum sustained winds near 50 mph.The current track will take it over Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic by Thursday.Though South Florida is in the cone of concern the future track of Isaias is unclear.Because there is no defined center of circulation computer models are unable to forecast the potential track of the storm.Stay with 850 WFTL for the latest
19 Jun 2013 Women and girls’ teams named for European championships England Golf has named the team which will challenge for gold at the European ladies’ team championship at Fulford Golf Club, York, from July 9-13. The six players are: Sarah-Jane Boyd (Truro, image © Leaderboard Photography), Hayley Davis (Ferndown), Georgia Hall (Remedy Oak), Bronte Law (Bramhall), Meghan MacLaren (Wellingborough) and Lauren Taylor (Woburn). The reserve is Alex Peters (Notts Ladies’). England will take on 19 teams at the championship and will be aiming to win the gold medal for the first time in 20 years. The event is played simultaneously with the European girls’ team championship at Linkopings Golf Club, Sweden. The team is: Gabriella Cowley (Brocket Hall), Alice Hewson (Bekhamsted), Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe), Sophie Madden (West Essex), Amber Ratcliffe (Royal Cromer) and Olivia Winning (Rotherham). The reserves are Annabel Dimmock (Wentworth) and Samantha Fuller (Roehampton). The ladies’ team: Sarah-Jane Boyd, 21 (Truro, Cornwall) won the 2013 English amateur championship to add to the 2012 British women’s stroke play championship which secured her place in this year’s Ricoh Women’s British Open over the Old Course at St Andrews. Hayley Davis, 20, (Ferndown, Dorset) is a past winner of the English women’s and girls’ championships. She is a student at Baylor University, Texas and has won on the US women’s college circuit. She has played in two previous European Ladies’ Team Championships. Georgia Hall, 17, (Remedy Oak, Dorset) is the new British amateur champion and also holds the British girls’ title. She was Europe’s number one woman golfer for 2012 and is ranked sixth in the world. She won two gold medals at the 2013 Australian Youth Olympic Festival Bronte Law, 18, (Bramhall, Cheshire) was a member of the winning GB&I team at the 2012 Curtis Cup and she made the cut in last season’s Women’s British Open, finishing tied 33rd. Bronte won the Cartier Trophy at the 2013 French Lady Junior Championship. Meghan MacLaren, 19, (Wellingborough, Northants) is the new Irish stroke play champion, continuing the form which won her three titles on the US women’s college circuit during her freshman year at Florida International University. Lauren Taylor, 18, (Woburn) became the youngest-ever British amateur champion in 2011 at the age of 16. She is a student at Baylor University, Texas, and recently won her Conference championship, returning home to win the Astor Salver. Alex Peters, 19, (Notts Ladies’, Nottinghamshire) is the current English women’s stroke play champion and was runner-up at the recent English amateur championship. The girls’ team: Gabriella Cowley, 17, (Brocket Hall, Hertfordshire) won the 2013 Critchley Salver, was third in the English amateur championship and was in England’s winning teams at the 2012 girls’ and ladies’ Home Internationals. Alice Hewson, 15, (Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire) is the Scottish U16 open stroke play champion, a past English U13 titleholder and was runner up in last year’s U15 championship. Sophie Lamb, 15, (Clitheroe. Lancashire) won the girls’ championship at the 2013 Fairhaven Trophies and successfully played for England U16s against Spain last year. Sophie Madden, 16 (West Essex) is the English U15 champion, helped England win the team event at the Irish U18 stroke play championship and was tied second in the event. Amber Ratcliffe, 17, (Royal Cromer, Norfolk) was in the winning England teams at the girls’ and ladies’ 2012 Home Internationals and tied fourth in the recent English amateur championship. Olivia Winning, 18, (Rotherham, Yorkshire) is the 2012 Helen Holm Scottish open stroke play champion and was in England’s winning team at the girls’ Home Internationals. Annabel Dimmock , 16, (Wentworth, Surrey) enjoyed a successful run on this year’s Orange Blossom Tour in Florida, and was fifth in the 2012 English girls’ championship. Sammy Fuller, 14, (Roehampton, Surrey) recently won the Bridget Jackson Bowl and has had top ten finishes in recent English, Irish and Welsh championships.
Pedro Alvarez strikes out against Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Tony Cingrani in the eighth inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 17, 2013, in Cincinnati. Cincinnati won 4-1. (AP Photo/Al Behrman) As of Monday morning the Pittsburgh Pirates had a six game lead on the San Francisco Giants and the San Diego Padres as far as a claiming a potential wild card spot in the MLB National League race toward the post season.The only thing that worries me, I mean really really, worries me is the Bucs’ lack of consistency on offense. I am really concerned that once the offense catches up to the pitching there might be a slew of arms that might be too worn out to be effective even if Pittsburgh advances.Pirates manager Clint Hurdle continues to do a masterful and magical job in regards to gleaning all that he can from his slightly above average pitching staff. Now he must divert his attention to the “bats” of the Bucs’ so that they may become a force in the success of the team.The team has a good defense and a borderline great pitching staff but the pitchers have to have elevated blood pressure levels when they take the mound almost every game wondering if the offense is going to show up. Oh yeah, I have heard all of the glib and folksy sayings; “a good offense is a great defense. Defense wins championships, one less run scored on you means one less run that you have to score and so on and so on…But you know what guys and dolls? When you score runs in baseball that means your opponents are going to be forced to use their entire reservoir of athletes especially role players to pinch hit in the later innings when a team is usually in a catch up position and also having to use more relief pitchers than they have to. The more any team forces the opponent to deplete their reserves those players will not be as rested when the post season rolls around. When any team in any sports has a good offense the other team will always be back on their heels.When the Pirates had the “lumber company” one of the most feared lineups during the last 40 years in baseball, the Pirates pitchers could relax, gamble and take the mound and throw with confidence. Most of the time they did not worry too much about throwing a homerun ball or two because they understood that the seventh, eighth and ninth innings generally belonged to the boys’ “who ran hard and carried the big sticks.Pitchers did not have to fret and go into the dugout and bash water coolers and smash bats against the walls because they knew if they just relaxed and got their act together the Calvary was on the way led by five star General Clemente, four star general Wilver Dornell Stargell and the rest of the “green weenie” battalion there was bound to be a few “bugs loose on the rug” as the Bob “the gunner” Prince would say before the night was over.When your team can hit in baseball, that single component of the game can bring loads of confidence to your team and shivers of fear to the opponent. Nothing can shake a team on the field or in the dugout more than hearing an electric crack of the bat, followed by an outfielder not even moving an inch as he watches the baseball on a specific trajectory as it exits the ballpark. The Pirates have to put a complete team on the field if they are going to be successful in the short and long term. Pirates GM Neil Huntington has stopped the bloodletting as far as giving away all of the Pirates prospects and great talent is concerned but the Pirates have to put all of their marbles out there so they may have a maximum chance of winning everyday. This team is getting ready to blossom but the gardener has to keep fertilizing the rosebush.Gone but not unforgotten. There are athletes that never receive the accolades and credit that they deserve. Then there are everyday folks, our families, neighbors and friends that love and play sports for recreation, as a stress reliever or for just plain fun. Many of them are stars of the sidewalk sidelines and the asphalt courts of America. One such young man was “little” Robert Nichols. Robert was my neighbor, no correction he was more like a son to me for over a decade and he was afflicted with sickle cell anemia. To me he represented more than just constant hospital stays and blood transfusions.Although for most of his young life (he passed away less than a month after we celebrated his 21st birthday) he was far too ill and it was far too risky for him to participate in organized sports but it was always a beehive of neighborhood activity around the basketball hoop that his mother Leslie set up for him and his “boys” directly across the street from her garage. Robert had one of the sweetest jump shots I have ever seen, Michael J. and “Doctor J.” would have been impressed. And when football season rolled around out came the Black and Gold and man; I am convinced that with his “shake” move he could juke Darrelle Revis, or even my boy Ike Taylor out of their shoes. Robert is one of the fallen but he will not remain down or forgotten. I am going to miss his fist pumping after making a “3” but more than that, way more that that I am going to miss him. When you look up into the sky tonight and it appears that one of the stars is missing from the “Big Dipper” constellation don’t rub your eyes or think that you are confused because you are not having an illusion. A star was born but now a star is gone. (Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected] or 412-583-6741.)
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Mike Machat’s passion and knowledge for aviation is bettered by few. Pilot, author, artist, photographer, editor and commentator, Mike has done it all and then some. As the nephew of the chief engineer for Republic Aviation Corporation, he was inspired to his aviation career at an early age. Model building and endless hours sketching planes at New York airports gave way to flying, and he earned his private and commercial pilot licenses.Mike served in the U.S. Air Force and with the National Security Agency in Washington DC. After relocating to Los Angeles, he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from California State University, Long Beach, and was hired by the Douglas Aircraft Company as a technical illustrator. There, he quickly advanced through the ranks to become Staff Artist and Corporate Representative for the McDonnell Douglas Corporation.Moving on from the corporate world, Mike established his own independent aviation art studio and was elected first president of the American Society of Aviation Artists (ASAA). He also became a senior, flight-rated, member of the Air Force Art Program, contributing 21 original paintings to the national collection. His aviation artwork has won numerous national and international awards, and is displayed in many museums and airline headquarters.As an aviator, Mike has flown in more than 200 different types of aircraft, and every type of airliner from Ford Tri-Motor to Concorde. He has flown with NASA, the Blue Angels, and the USAF Test Pilot School, and was the first Air Force Artist to fly in the Rockwell B-1B Lancer and Grumman F-14 Tomcat in a U.S. Navy exchange program. An avid glider pilot, Mike has logged more than 2,100 flights in sailplanes.In 2001, Mike expanded his career to include writing and served as Editor-in-Chief for Wings & Airpower magazine as well as Acquisitions Editor for Specialty Press Aviation Publications. He has authored two best-selling books and countless magazine and website articles, and has contributed to another 25 books. Mike brings a wealth of editorial and literary knowledge to all of his aviation endeavors.Contact:Airline Ratings PTY Ltd.Newspaper House, 50 Hasler Rd.Osborne Park, 6017Western AustraliaPhone: +61 41 7936610Email:[email protected]
Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities Donal Power Related Posts How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … Data-related opportunities await Internet of Things (IoT) entrepreneurs in smart city water programs as top-down utilities allow smaller players to play.Ecopreneurist recounted some of the more interesting ideas to emerge from a recent MIT conference on smart city water issues.Smart water management is seen as a blooming opportunity for eco-startups, with the market expected to grow to $20 billion in 2021 from $8.5 billion in 2016.See also: Can IoT turn back climate change?Driving these opportunities is the emerging trend towards approaching city water utilities from a holistic perspective rather than from the traditional top-down approach.This means that utility managers are now turning to smaller players to boost efficiency and increase value through better use of IoT innovation.This opens the door for opportunities in the area of smart water metering, which can reduce carbon footprints, while enhancing management and operational efficiencies.“Cities need to identify endpoint leakage; gain clarity between leakage, non-revenue water and chargeable consumption; establish consumption patterns; use predictive analytics to regulate supply; and, set up adjustable alarm notifications to predict/prevent end point anomalies,” summarized Ecopreneurist from the conference.Conference speakers cited water leaks as the biggest problem facing city water managers, with leak detection as a critical opportunity area for IoT improvements.“Software can sync with meters and controllers on a customer’s property to remotely control outdoor irrigation use and monitor flow through pipes into a building,” said the article. “The impact can have up to 50% water savings and ongoing, real-time leak detection.”More opportunities in weather forecastingAnother opportunity area is weather anticipation and adjustment, powered by intelligent systems that can think on their own.In order to cope with fast changing weather-driven challenges, such systems will need to redesign themselves minute by minute to maximize efficiencies.And of course new software and hardware developments are enabling data opportunities that were previously unknown.Measuring detailed, time-based information is being powered by technological breakthroughs that enable remote communications and interval data measurement.For consumers, this can create capabilities to monitor water usage via smart sprinklers and faucets. Tags:#data analysis#IoT#Smart Cities#smart city#smart water How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In…
Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Dawn Macandili. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDawn Macandili really lived up to her nickname.The diminutive lass known as Ms. Everywhere once again etched her mark in sporting history when she earned the Ms. Volleyball laurel in the PSA Awards Night Tuesday at Manila Hotel.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico LATEST STORIES Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving And in another twist of fate, Macandili was the first libero to be given such an honor.“I still can’t believe that I would be given this award because liberos aren’t usually given recognition,” said Macandili in Filipino. “It’s just recently that our roles have been noticed.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I’m really thankful that, somehow, our efforts that we give to our teams are being highlighted.”Macandili first made history when she was named as the 2nd Best Libero in the AVC Asian Women’s Volleyball Championship and she carried that plum with her when the Philippines competed in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia. #KicksStalker: Curry to auction shoes in support of My Brother’s Keeper View comments Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. La Salle’s defensive dynamo added that the award was a testament to her belief in head coach Ramil De Jesus’ system and a program that has so far produced 10 titles in the UAAP.And Macandili wasn’t the first La Sallian to be given the Ms. Volleyball nod as former captain Mika Reyes was awarded the same trophy in 2017.“Of course I’m not the first athlete under La Salle that was produced under coach Ramil’s system that became a multi-awarded player,” said Macandili. “It’s like I’m just fulfilling coach Ramil’s prophecy.”ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AFP official booed out of forum