RSF pays tribute to Asma Jahangir, defender of the freedom to inform

first_img to go further Pakistani human rights activist Asma Jahangir died on 11 February at the age of 66 (photo: Arif Ali / AFP). News Asma Jahangir always fought for democracy and what guarantees democracy, starting with the press. Repeatedly detained, assaulted and threatened with death, she never stopped combatting Pakistan’s dictators, military and intelligence agencies with courage and determination, including as president of the Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan from 2010 to 2012.“The death of Asma Jahangir is a tragic loss for the entire human rights and press freedom movement,” RSF deputy director-general Antoine Bernard said. “With just her courage and the strength of her conviction, she achieved spectacular progress and won admiration in Pakistan and in all the countries where she worked. She truly embodied the universality of our struggle.”“Asma Jahangir was a towering figure in the defence of human rights, including press freedom and free speech,” said Iqbal Khattak, RSF’s representative in Pakistan. “Her sudden death is a major blow for the fight to enable the poorest sectors of the Pakistani population to fully enjoy these fundamental rights, which the powerful security forces and their religious supporters seek to deny the people. She embodied courageous support for journalists’ fight for freedom, and will endure as a powerful symbol of freedom.”As Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran for the UN Human Rights Council, Jahangir firmly condemned the harassment of journalists in Iran in an October 2017 report. In 1987, she co-founded the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, which included press freedom and the protection of journalists among its leading causes.Many Pakistani media and journalists’ organizations have paid tribute to this “human rights icon” on social networks and in the press since her death. The recipient of many awards including the 2014 Right Livelihood Award, she will continue as an emblem of the struggle for human rights and democracy in Pakistan.RSF shares the grief of this leading Pakistani activist’s family and offers its condolences to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan. Pakistan is ranked 139th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. PakistanAsia – Pacific Protecting journalistsInternational bodiesEvents Freedom of expression Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is deeply saddened to learn that Asma Jahangir, a Pakistani human rights lawyer who dedicated her life to defending the freedom to inform in Pakistan and then in the entire world, died of a heart attack on 11 February at the age of 66. News Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists PakistanAsia – Pacific Protecting journalistsInternational bodiesEvents Freedom of expression News June 2, 2021 Find out morecenter_img Help by sharing this information RSF_en Follow the news on Pakistan Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder February 13, 2018 – Updated on August 23, 2019 RSF pays tribute to Asma Jahangir, defender of the freedom to inform News April 21, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Organisation January 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Pliocene Model Intercomparison Project (PlioMIP) : experimental design and boundary conditions (Experiment 1)

first_imgIn 2008 the temporal focus of the Palaeoclimate Modelling Intercomparison Project was expanded to include a model intercomparison for the mid-Pliocene warm period (3.29–2.97 million years ago). This project is referred to as PlioMIP (Pliocene Model Intercomparison Project). Two experiments have been agreed upon and comprise phase 1 of PlioMIP. The first (Experiment 1) will be performed with atmosphere-only climate models. The second (Experiment 2) will utilise fully coupled ocean-atmosphere climate models. The aim of this paper is to provide a detailed model intercomparison project description which documents the experimental design in a more detailed way than has previously been done in the literature. Specifically, this paper describes the experimental design and boundary conditions that will beutilised for Experiment 1 of PlioMIP.last_img read more

Raider Richie Incognito on drugs, booze, fights and ‘crazy stuff’

first_imgIn a revelatory — and disturbing — new TV interview, controversial Raiders offensive lineman Richie Incognito insists that he’s not a “ticking time bomb.”“I hope not. I think history will suggest that I am,” Incognito tells reporter Bernie Goldberg during a segment for “Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel” that airs on Tuesday (10 p.m., HBO). “But I really am working hard to kind of differentiate from that person and really not make the same mistakes that I have made before to put me in those …last_img read more

How To Make Instant Petrified Wood

first_img“Want to petrify wood without waiting a few million years?  Try this,” EurekAlert teases.  The recipe: pick up some pine or poplar wood chips from your local lumber store, soak them in an acid bath for two days, then soak them in silica solution for two more.  Air dry, then put into argon-filled furnace at 1,400°C for two hours.  Let cool in argon to room temperature.  “Presto.  Instant petrified wood.”  The press release from the DOE Pacific Northwest National Laboratory states, “The acid-leaching method yields an identical, positive reproduction of the wood.”  One of the researchers concurs; it “replicates exactly the wood architecture.”    Nature, however, works much more slowly, according to the report:Yongsoon Shin and colleagues at the Department of Energy lab have converted wood to mineral, achieving in days what it takes nature millions of years to do in such places as the Gingko Petrified Forest, an hour up the Columbia River.  There, trees likely felled in a cataclysmic eruption and, buried without oxygen beneath lava, leached out their woody compounds and sponged up the soil’s minerals over the eons. (Emphasis added.)The article adds an interesting factoid about wood tissue.  “The intricate network of microchannels and pores in plant matter provide enormous surfaces—in wood, 1 gram of material flattened out would cover a football field,” it says.  Scientists are interested in creating ceramics that mimic these properties.  With instant petrified wood, they might be able to separate chemicals in the lab, or filter pollutants from escaping gas.A million years is an awful, awful, awful long time.  Think about everything that has transpired since the first record of human civilization: all the wars, natural disasters, climate changes, environmental and population shifts.  Now multiply that thought by a hundred – that is less than one million years, let alone 10 million or a hundred million.  Don’t you think in all that time, with all the volcanoes going off and continents drifting around, all the weathering and erosion, all the pressure and temperature changes, nature couldn’t figure out how to petrify wood a little faster, if we can do it in less than a week?  Why do you think this article claims it took millions of years?  Evidence?  … or maybe another reason?(Visited 4,498 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Nitrogen management and the complexities of the 4Rs

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest With the arrival of the 2016 growing season comes questions about how to best manage nitrogen (N). This annually vexing problem never seems to get any easier because there are so many moving parts to the complex decisions regarding the 4Rs (Right place, Right time, Right rate, Right source) and N.“I think we sometimes overlook that this is a very complicated system. The performance objective of N management is really important to consider. Is the goal to maximize yield, maximize economic return or minimize environmental loss? Sometimes these things do not go hand in hand,” said Josh McGrath, soil extension specialist with the University of Kentucky. “Sometimes we want to put out a positive story that if we minimize environmental loss, we also maximize economic return. That is not always the case. Sometimes you have to pick one as more important than the other. When you are at the economic optimum, your N losses might be higher than if you are taking an economic loss. Some of that has to do with the complexity of determining what the right rate really is. Sometimes even our best effort with N is still not going to be good enough.”In the end, the general focus needs to be on maintaining farm profitability with regard to N management and the 4Rs.“In general, I think folks are doing the best they can to maintain farm profitability, and that is necessary,” McGrath said. “Profitable farms can invest in more conservation practices. If we need to do better than what we are doing now environmentally, we need new technology and we need to invest in new methods in picking the right N rate, applying N to minimize the environmental impact, and we need to invest in developing new ideas about N management.”The immediate focus with improving N management should probably be on the timing of the applications, McGrath said.“The most important R without a doubt with N management is the right time. Timing is the one R we can best control. If we have the rest pretty good — if we are following good recommendations on our rate and we are placing it appropriately — timing is the low hanging fruit. Split applying or spoon-feeding to the crop is always going to increase efficiency and it is going to make you a smarter N manager because you’ve got more climate history behind you. You can adjust to what the weather has been,” McGrath said. “I think we also have to do a better job of adjusting our N rate for variability of what our N requirement is in space and time.”There are currently some tools to help improve the accuracy of rate decisions.“Some of the tools out there are the N sensors — GreenSeeker, OptRx or N Sensor are the three sensors on the market,” he said. “They can help us dial in that sidedress rate on the corn or the topdress on the wheat and do spatially variable applications and try and address the variability in N requirements. I think that now shows the most promise moving forward as far tools that are available out there.”last_img read more

Face Blur in Adobe Premiere Pro

first_imgShooting undercover? Didn’t get all the on-screen releases signed? Use this technique for blurring faces in Adobe Premiere Pro.In this video tutorial by GeniusDV you’ll learn a unique trick for using Premiere Pro to blur out faces in your video footage. In the past, I’ve always created blurs with masks, but this approach actually uses a shape in the title tool to isolate the blurred area of the frame.Once the blur is applied to the shape, you’ll add a position keyframe every few frames (or seconds, depending on the amount of movement in the shot). This will keep the blurred area centered over the face.GeniusDV is a great site to bookmark, as it is an excellent resource for video editing and post production training and tutorials. Now open up Premiere Pro and get to blurring!last_img read more

Indonesia angered after Malaysia puts wrong flag in SEA Games book

first_imgWATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Read Next Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Youth and Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi says the error is “very painful.”Indonesia’s Olympic Committee chairman Erick Thohir says the mistake “shows negligence” and demanded the guidebook be replaced.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIndonesia appears to have taken particular offense because the guidebook was distributed to VIPs at Saturday’s opening ceremony and only its flag was shown incorrectly.Malaysia and Indonesia are both Muslim majority nations and share a similar language but often trade accusations of stealing the other’s food and culture. CBB Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Indonesians were angered after Malaysian organizers for the Southeast Asian Games wrongly depicted the Indonesian flag (right) in a souvenir guidebook for the event. In the guidebook, the Indonesia flag was inverted, making it look like the flag of Poland (left). AFP FILESJAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesia is accusing the Malaysian organizers of the Southeast Asian Games of negligence after the Indonesian flag was printed upside down in a souvenir guidebook.The mistake, which makes the red-and-white Indonesian flag resemble Poland’s, has caused anger in Indonesia where “shameonyoumalaysia” has become the most popular hashtag on Twitter.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Macandili replaces Lazaro in SEA Games lineuplast_img read more

Vine: Buddy Hield’s Clutch Block Of Darrell Davis Helps Send Oklahoma To The Sweet 16

first_imgBuddy Hield blocks Darrell Davis.Vine/Dan LyonsOklahoma’s Buddy Hield is this year’s Big 12 Player of the Year, and for good reason. The junior shooting guard does everything for the Sooners, and in tonight’s Round of 32 game against Dayton, that includes making a crucial block on a fast break lay-up attempt that could have cut the Oklahoma lead to two points. Dayton guard Darrell Davis stole the ball from OU’s Jordan Woodard, and immediately took off for the hoop. As he released the ball, Hield made a fantastic play to reject the shot out of his hand. Instead of a two-point game, Oklahoma was fouled and extended the lead.Oklahoma finished the game with a 72-66 win, and will face Michigan State in the Sweet 16 at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, NY.last_img read more

Video: Deion Sanders Addressed The Florida State Team Today

first_imgDeion Sanders walks into the Florida State team facility.NFL Hall of Famer and Florida State legend Deion Sanders was back at his alma mater today. While Sanders was there, he gave a speech to the current crop of Seminoles. The central message of Sanders’ talk was the expectations players should have for themselves. There’s also some footage of Sanders’ NFL Network interview with FSU defensive back Jalen Ramsey, a projected top-10 pick in next month’s draft. “What do you expect from yourself?”@DeionSanders spoke to the team before practice.https://t.co/tyPuqF4vsT— FSU Football (@FSU_Football) March 30, 2016The ‘Noles would be wise to listen to Sanders and heed his advice.last_img read more

NYK Line Orders LNG Carrier from Hyundai Samho

first_imgzoom Japanese shipping company NYK Line has placed an order for a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier with Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries in Korea.The order is part of NYK Line’s contract with EDF LNG Shipping Ltd., a subsidiary of Electricité de France (EDF), to charter out a newly built LNG carrier for seven years, with optional extension periods for up to 13 additional years.The vessel is due to be delivered on April 30, 2020.NYK Line said that the vessel will be fitted to EDF’s specific requirements and will have a 174,000-cubic meter capacity.The LNG carrier will be fitted with a GTT Mark III Flex cargo containment system-a cryogenic liner directly supported by the ship’s inner hull and designed to store LNG at near atmospheric pressure.The newbuild will also feature a dual-fuel slow-speed engine (WinGD X-DF diesel engine) which is able to operate on marine gas oil or boil off gas stored as liquid at cryogenic temperatures.last_img read more