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RSF reiterates call to UN on Bayeux journalists memorial anniversary

first_img Events Organisation RSF is using this occasion to reiterate its call to the United Nations to create the position of special representative of the secretary-general for the safety of journalists.The Memorial for Journalists in Bayeux consists of a landscaped promenade with white stones bearing the names of journalists killed throughout the world since Bayeux’s liberation in 1944. When it was inaugurated on 7 October 2006, there were just under 2,000 names. Hundreds have been added in the past ten years.RSF will be joined on 6 October by Claudine Kent, close relative of David Gilkey, a photo-journalist killed on 5 June 2016 in Afghanistan; Boshra Jerf, Naji Jerf’s wife (syrian journalist murdered in Turkey in December 2015), Maryvonne Lepage, the mother of Camille Lepage, a French photographer murdered in the Central African Republic in May 2014; Deo Namujimbo, the brother of Didace Namujimbo, a Radio Okapi journalist murdered in Bukavu, in the east of the DRC, in November 2008; and Elena Milashina, a journalist and close friend of Anna Politkovskaïa, a newspaper reporter murdered exactly ten years ago, on 6 October 2006, in Moscow. Milashina has continued the work of Politkovskaïa, whose investigative coverage of the Chechen conflict exposed many human rights violations and atrocities by the Russian army.A total of 110 journalists were killed in connection with their work or for unclear reasons in 2015, according to the tally kept by RSF, which is in a position to say that 67 of them were targeted because of their work or were killed while reporting. The total number of journalists killed in connection with their work since 2005 currently stands at more than 800.Hundreds of citizen journalists and media workers have also been killed. These disturbing figures are indicative of an escalation in deliberate, targeted violence against journalists and the long-term inadequacy of the initiatives taken to protect them.“The creation of a concrete mechanism for enforcing international law on protecting journalists is essential,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “Non-state groups are now perpetrating atrocities against journalists while many states are not respecting their obligations. The more than 800 journalists killed in the past ten years call for reactions commensurate with the urgency of this situation. A special representative of the UN secretary-general for the safety of journalists must be appointed without delay.” RSF will inaugurate a new monument to journalists “Missing reporters’ monument”. Located on the left as you enter the memorial garden, it was created at the request of the families of reporters and photographers who went missing while on assignment. It shows the silhouette of a reporter-photographer, symbolizing the physical absence of those whose bodies were never found and of whom the memories will never fade in part because they could not be mourned properly.See more : Prix Bayeux-Calvados’s website News RSF_en Help by sharing this information The loved-ones of five journalists killed in connection with their work will join Reporters Without Borders (RSF) at the Memorial for Journalists in the northern French city of Bayeux on 6 October, the eve of the 10th anniversary of the memorial’s inauguration. September 28, 2016 – Updated on October 3, 2016 RSF reiterates call to UN on Bayeux journalists memorial anniversary Events last_img read more

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Awilco finds another job for WilPhoenix as Alpha deal falls through

first_imgTalks between UK-based offshore driller Awilco Drilling and oil company Alpha Petroleum related to the hire of the WilPhoenix rig have come to naught but Awilco has found another operator interested in hiring the rig. Awilco received a letter of award from Alpha Petroleum Resources for the WillPhoenix rig back in September 2017. The rig was supposed to drill 18 development wells on the Cheviot field in the northern part of the UK North Sea, starting in the second quarter of 2018.The minimum contract value for the firm term of 1080 days was valued at around $126 million.In November, the start date was pushed to the third quarter of 2018 prompting Awilco to seek infill work for the period between this program and the end of the Apache contract, which expires in April.On Thursday, February 15 Awilco said that, following revisions to the project schedule, the letter of award from Alpha Petroleum Resources did not result in an agreed contract for WilPhoenix.However, Awilco Drilling has signed a letter of intent with an undisclosed operator for the provision of WilPhoenix. The program is expected to start around September 1, 2018, with an estimated duration of 450 days for an undisclosed dayrate.WilPhoenix is one of Awilco Drilling’s two enhanced pacesetter semi-submersibles and is equipped for drilling in water depths up to 1,200 ft. The rig is currently under contract with Apache.The company’s other rig, the WilHunter, has been cold stacked in Invergordon for a while now with no near-term employment prospects.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

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Elections 2019: Delight in Glenties as all 6 councillors announced

first_imgWe officially have our six Donegal County Councillors as the counting comes to a close at the Highlands Hotel.Sinn Féin’s Brian Carr lost out on the ninth, and final count for Glenties LEA securing 1,290 votes.The final figures for the six elected councillors are as follows: Micheál Choilm Mac Giolla Easbuig (Independent) … 2,007John Sheamuis Ó Fearraigh (Sinn Féin) … 2050Marie Theresa Gallagher (Sinn Féin) +25… 1658Michael Mc Clafferty (Fine Gael) +78 … 1799Noreen McGarvey (Fianna Fáil) +7 … 1506Anthony Molloy (Fianna Fáil) +11 … 1713There were jubilant scenes as the final results were announced as cheers erupted throughout the ballroom of the popular Glenties hotel.Marie Therese Gallagher celebrates with family, friends, and colleagues. Photo by Elaine Mc CalligFormer Donegal GAA Manager Anthony Molloy. Photo by Elaine Mc CalligElections 2019: Delight in Glenties as all 6 councillors announced was last modified: May 28th, 2019 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal County Councilelection resultselections 2019last_img read more

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‘I hope we gave them a show’: Gillette hits game-winner at the buzzer, Redwoods erases double-digit halftime deficit in win

first_imgDrew Gillette connected on a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer, the Corsairs erased a double-digit halftime deficit, and the College of the Redwoods men’s basketball received a standing ovation from its home fans after downing visiting Southwestern Oregon 91-89 on the final day of the Coach Treggs Corsair Classic, Saturday afternoon at CR.“It felt like the last nine seconds of that game were a blur,” Gillette, who finished with 22 points half-a-dozen made 3-pointers, said. “It means a lot …last_img read more

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Soil Health Partnership urges farmers to take USDA cover crop survey

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Whether you are a longtime advocate of cover crops-or have never even considered using them-the Soil Health Partnership is encouraging all farmers to participate in the USDA’s 2017 Cover Crop Survey.In its fifth year, the survey helps the USDA’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program understand why farmers choose to use cover crops, or the reasons that they don’t. The information will help guide cover crop research, policy and education nationwide.“The experienced voices of all farmers are critical to the effectiveness of this survey,” said Nick Goeser, director of the Soil Health Partnership, and National Corn Growers Association director of soil health and sustainability. “We are encouraging our farmers enrolled in the Soil Health Partnership to participate in the survey, but all farmer views and experiences are relevant to USDA in understanding the real-life benefits and challenges of cover crops.”An NCGA initiative, the Soil Health Partnership is in its fourth year, working to quantify the benefits of improved soil health practices from an economic standpoint, showing how healthy soil benefits the bottom line in addition to the environment. Cover crops are one of the practices the SHP measures and encourages.What’s your cover crop story?  Share it here! The SARE survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete, but ends in mid-May. SARE will issue a summary and report.The Conservation Technology Information Center and the American Seed Trade Association are partners in the survey.last_img read more

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SUNS SEND WARNING TO NTL OPPOSITION

first_imgIn an ominous sign for rival NTL teams, the Southern NSW Suns Mens and Womens team took centre stage at the Yass Touch Knockout, winning both the Mens and Womens A Grade divisions last weekend.The Suns Mens Open side defeated the Dusty Camels from Sydney’s Western Suburbs 11-10 in the final.Led by quality players including Matt Curran, Joel Willoughby, Brad Holden and Andrew Baggio, the Suns held off strong opposition to take the title.Young guns Jaden Kelly, Scott Naughton and Christian Lotter all debuted for the Suns at Open level, impressing coach Ian Stanley.For the Dusty Camels experienced Australian representative Tony Eltakchi, along with Nathan Jones and Daniel Rushworth, challenged the Suns into the dying seconds, thrilling the crowd.The Suns Womens Open team, coached by Tracey Bills, defeated the Subs from Castle Hill 10-7 in their final. Stacey Lapham, Nola Campbell, Debbie Steinhardt and Kerry Wardle led the way for the Subs.Australian Junior representatives Nicole Beck, Amanda Skwarko and Ashleigh Dobbins all made their debuts at Open level and played extremely well.In other NTL preview action, the Suns Womens 30’s and ACT Womens 20’s were both knocked out in the semi finals of the Womens Open, perhaps indicating their preparations for NTL are well on track. In the Mixed division final the Guns, who had traveled from Bondi for the knockout, proved too strong for Off The Hook from Gosford.With South Queensland Sharks representatives Amy Fong, Tara Mako and Riki Best in the Guns lineup, as well as Tony Eltakchi and Brad Davids, they took the final 16-7.Despite the large scoreline, the final was action packed with Off the Hook’s quick stepping players such as Dylan Hennessey and twins John and Maurice Kennedy dazzling the crowd, as well as their opposition on several occasions.In the Mens B Grade final the Hookies Heroes from Temora defeated the Bowral Boys 11-6 for back-to-back titles in the division.In the Mixed B Grade final Rip It from Penrith defeated the Incredibles 8-5 in the final.Reperchage Finals results:Womens division: Suns Womens 40’s team def the Chosen Few from Greenfield Park 11-2Mens B division: Mush Nush from Yass defeated the DHL Redbacks from Yass 8-7 Mixed A division: UNSW Bullets defeated the Misfits from Dapto 12-5Mixed B divisions: Bowral Brumbies defeated the Chosen Few 9-6Tournament organisers would like to thank the referees who all did a fantastic job over the weekend and helped the event continue it’s success. The Knockout was a great benefit for the Yass community bringing an estimated $250,000 in business to the area.last_img read more

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The Final College Football Playoff Rankings Contradict History

The field for the inaugural College Football Playoff (CFP) was finally set Sunday, but — in true college football style — it wasn’t without controversy. The 12-person CFP selection committee chose Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Ohio State, arguably snubbing Big 12 co-champions Baylor and (especially) TCU.The last four teams standing are exceptional. The Ducks, Crimson Tide and Buckeyes rank Nos. 1, 2 and 3, respectively, in ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI). And although the Seminoles have been unconvincing throughout the season, it would have been difficult to justify leaving the undefeated, defending national champion out of the playoff — No. 10 FPI ranking be damned. So, the committee may well have made the best decision it could have, according to its mandate to select the nation’s four best teams.But by ranking TCU third (ahead of both Florida State and Ohio State) the week before the conference championships, the committee also set itself up to violate the precedent of how college football rankings have always worked. That’s why, even after previous No. 5 Ohio State rolled over No. 13 Wisconsin 59-0, the FiveThirtyEight College Football Playoff model — which is based on a historical analysis of Coaches Poll voters’ tendencies — saw little chance that TCU would drop from third place to fifth or lower in the committee’s final rankings.Using the traditional media polls as a guide, that was a reasonable assumption. Since the advent of the Bowl Coalition in 1992, only four times (in 214 opportunities) did the third-ranked team in the AP poll drop below fourth place the week after it won a game over an FBS opponent. All four of those teams (Florida State in Week 1 of the 2002 season, Ohio State in Week 3 of 2003, Tennessee in Week 1 of 2005 and Ohio State in Week 2 of 2008) posted victory margins that underwhelmed their pregame FPI expectations. By contrast, TCU beat its pregame expectations by 19 points in thrashing Iowa State. (And it bears repeating that none of those cases took place any later than the third week of a season, when you would expect voters to still be sorting out the order of teams.)And yet TCU did drop in the committee’s rankings — from third place to sixth, below Florida State, Ohio State and even Baylor (whom the committee had controversially slotted beneath TCU in every previous edition of its rankings, seemingly ignoring the Bears’ head-to-head victory over the Horned Frogs on Oct. 11). It was a stunning fall that, for better or worse, seemed to contradict the way college football teams traditionally move in the rankings.TCU’s exclusion also broke with tradition from another standpoint. Using poll data since 1992, I ran a logistic regression attempting to predict whether a team would finish the regular season in the AP’s top four based on various “résumé” statistics provided by ESPN’s Stats and Info Group. The factors that emerged as significant were a team’s winning percentage (modified slightly by Laplace’s Rule of Succession), its average points-per-game margin, its strength of schedule (according to the average FBS team’s expected winning percentage against its schedule using FPI), and whether it won its conference or not.This year, those criteria would have yielded the following probabilities of making the top four (assuming the committee would follow the pollsters’ traditional logic):(Note: Baylor and TCU were co-champions of the Big 12; for the purposes of the regression, they were each treated the same as a team that was sole champion of its conference.)It’s not outside the realm of plausibility that historical voters would exclude TCU and include Ohio State on the basis of their résumés alone (this method shows there was a 16 percent chance that would happen). In fact, the real AP poll dropped TCU from fourth to sixth, with two teams (Baylor and Ohio State) hurdling the Horned Frogs.It is, however, another way to underscore that the playoff committee may be rethinking the way college football teams have been ranked at the end of the season. As FiveThirtyEight’s editor in chief, Nate Silver, wrote in his final assessment of the committee’s selection, the sport’s old algorithm rarely entailed a top-to-bottom reassessment of the field this late in the year (voters usually just made slight adjustments to teams’ rankings after losses or big wins; otherwise the current rankings were basically enslaved to the previous rankings). The committee’s final rankings, on the other hand, suggest it sorted the teams from scratch after the conference championships, with no allegiance to its previous choices.That’s not necessarily a bad thing. But, like the existence of a playoff in the first place, it’s a new thing. read more

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Why The Warriors Are So Tough To Beat

The Warriors were 17-4 during the regular season with average shooting. That equals a .810 winning percentage — tops in the the NBA — or the equivalent of a 66-16 record over an 82-game schedule.The reason for the Warriors’ strong record with average shooting is simple: They also play great defense. It gets overlooked because they play at a frenetic pace, but the Dubs held opponents to a .514 TS% during the regular season, the third-best figure in the league after Chicago and Portland.It can get even worse for opponents, and it often does: The Warriors went 46-3 with good shooting during the regular season. But “pretty good” shooting — average shooting, even — is usually plenty good enough for the Warriors. They’ll need to throw up a lot of bricks the rest of the way. Otherwise, James — as brilliant as he’s been — may become the first finals MVP in a losing cause since Jerry West in 1969. Through the first three games of the NBA Finals, the storylines were intricate and rich:Could LeBron James carry one of the worst supporting casts in recent finals history to an NBA title?Was James’s experience — and sheer force of will — trumping the Golden State Warriors’ youth?Was Steph Curry just in a shooting slump, or was he rattled by his scary injury against the Houston Rockets?Could the Cleveland Cavaliers keep playing stifling defense, or might Golden State’s smallball lineup be its ace in the hole?Were Cleveland’s poor finishes — it was outscored by a combined margin of 105-84 in the fourth quarter and overtime of the first three games1And if you include Game 4, it’s now been outscored 132-96 from the fourth quarter onward. — the sign of a spent team?Was Kevin Love’s injury (suffered in the opening round against the Boston Celtics) the ultimate example of Bill Simmons’s Ewing Theory? And maybe Kyrie Irving’s injury too?Is Matthew Dellavedova the Australian Tim Tebow?Does God hate Cleveland?But after a 103-82 Golden State win in Game 4, it all seems so simple.The Warriors are really, really good. You have a shot at beating them if their shooting goes ice-cold. Otherwise, it’s next to impossible.Let’s review the series from the standpoint of true shooting percentage (TS%), a relatively simple stat that gives appropriate credit for 3-pointers and free throws along with 2-point shooting attempts. Golden State led the NBA with a .571 TS% during the regular season, while Cleveland (.557) ranked fourth. The adjacent table lists each team’s TS% in each finals game so far, along with its percentile rank as compared to all NBA games during the 2014-15 regular season.Game 4 was the first time we’ve seen the Warriors shoot like they typically did during the regular season. Their .579 TS% was close to their regular-season average, and — since an average Golden State performance is so good — ranks in the 77th percentile as compared to all NBA games.But the Warriors’ defense has also been very good. It held Cleveland to a .409 TS% in Game 4, which ranks in just the 1st percentile. And it kept the Cavaliers to a .441 TS%, in the 6th percentile, in Game 2 on Sunday night.Wait — didn’t the Cavs win Game 2? They did (in overtime). The team with the higher TS% wins about 85 percent of the time2Based on the 2014-15 regular season. — this was one of the exceptions. Cleveland was able to take seven more field-goal attempts and 15 more free-throw attempts than the Warriors as a result of rebounding, turnovers and fouls. You can win as the slightly less efficient team when there’s a big differential in those categories.Still, Cleveland wouldn’t have won Game 2 had Golden State shot a little better. If the Warriors had hit shots at the NBA average TS% of .535 (never mind that the team’s TS% is typically way better than that), they’d have scored an additional eight points and won 101-95.And that’s the thing: The Warriors don’t have to shoot the lights out to win. If they shoot as well as the average NBA team, they’re very likely to win also.In the next chart, I’ve tracked each team’s record based on its TS% during the regular season. I divide games into three categories, which include about a third of regular-season games each:Good shooting — a TS% of .560 or higher.Poor shooting — a TS% of .510 or lower.Average shooting — anything in between. read more

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Barun Ray to take charge of state monitoring cell

first_imgKolkata: The Mamata Banerjee government on Tuesday appointed an IAS officer to take charge of the recently constituted monitoring cell for proper implementation of government schemes and to probe allegations of taking money (referred to as cut money) against giving benefits under the schemes.IAS Barun Ray, the 1992 batch officer who has been given the charge of the cell, was posted as commissioner, Malda division. Ray has also been transferred to the post of commissioner, Burdwan division. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataHe will hold the charge of OSD at the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) in the rank of principal secretary in charge of Monitoring of Programme Implementation and Grievance Cell. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had opened the cell for “Programme Implementation of Government Schemes and Redressal of Grievances/Complaints” and announced a toll-free number for lodging complaints. The cell has received 1,500 complaints so far. Once a beneficiary from the districts raises his/her issue with the CMO through email at [email protected], it will be thoroughly examined and replied to within 10 days. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe new and unprecedented approach is aimed at refining the whole delivery mechanism system of the schemes in the state. The fundamental objective of the move is to reach out to the marginalised benefici- aries. Colonel (retired) Diptangshu Chowdhury, who heads the cell, has visited the districts and interacted with the beneficiaries who have been denied government welfare scheme benefits or harassed while receiving such benefits. The state government has asked police superintendents to initiate cases on complaints of accepting cut money under Section 409 of the Indian Penal Code, which calls for a maximum punishment of life imprisonment.last_img read more

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