“Independent journalism – a combat sport”

first_img Organisation The result of a visit to Sochi in mid-September, this report examines the methods of dependency and intimidation that induce most of the local media to censor themselves. It documents specific freedom of information violations, including journalist Nikolai Yarst’s detention. It also looks at the conditions in which the media will be operating during the games.This report, like the international communication campaign being launched today, is also intended to pay tribute to all those who help to maintain a degree of diversity and independence in the news and information available in this unwholesome environment.Economically precarious and subject to every kind of pressure, independent journalism is a combat and endurance sport. Those who practice it do so out of a strong personal sense of civic responsibility. They deserve our attention and support.Reporters Without Borders will wage its 2014 Sochi campaign until the games start on 7 February 2014. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.For more information, contact Johann Bihr, head of RWB Eastern Europe & Central Asia desk: +33 1 83 84 67, [email protected] News News Receive email alerts Reports May 21, 2021 Find out more October 8, 2013 – Updated on June 8, 2019 “Independent journalism – a combat sport” Help by sharing this information Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption to go further News June 2, 2021 Find out more Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown Today, the seventh anniversary of independent journalist Anna Politkovskaya’s murder, the Sochi Winter Olympics torch began its journey across Russia, the longest of any host country in Olympic history. Reporters Without Borders has chosen this day to release a report about freedom of information in the region hosting these games. RSF_en Follow the news on Russia RussiaEurope – Central Asia RussiaEurope – Central Asia May 5, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Records show that India is officially the most successful ODI team in the decade!

first_imgImage Courtesy: ESPNcricinfo/ReutersAdvertisement 6t2NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs4dzzWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E89b( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 89p9Would you ever consider trying this?😱des0xCan your students do this? 🌚5aj5nRoller skating! Powered by Firework The decade is about to bid goodbye in just eight days, and the last ten year have been very dramatic for the world of cricket. Looking back at how the cricket teams around the world performed on the 22 years, Team India has emerged on top in the One Day International cricket, and its no surprise, because the Men in Blue have shown absolute dominance and unmatched consistency in the format!Advertisement Image Courtesy: ESPNcricinfo/ReutersAlthough currently ranked 2nd, the Indian cricket team has undoubtedly the reigning champions of the ODI format in the last 10 years. With yesterday’s win against West Indies at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack, Kohli and his boys are ending this decade with a victory in their last ODI series.With a record 157 ODI wins, India has topped the lists in several different categories. between 2010 and 2019. Lets check them out-Advertisement Highest win-loss ratio: In the ODI format, Team India has won 157 matches out of 249, while only losing just 79. This clocks their win-loss ratio at a monumental 1.987, heaps ahead of Australia, trailing in second place with a win-loss ratio of 1.582. While the Aussies had the highest win-loss ratio of 3.060 between 2000 and 2009,ODI series wins: In the last decade, India has been decisive champions of One Day series, 3 more than second place England.ICC Cricket World Cup: After a break of 28 years, The Men in Blues started the decade with lifting their second ICC Cricket World Cup trophy in 2011. Under the guidance of Gary Kirsten and leadership of the legendary Mahendra Singh Dhoni, India defeated Sri Lanka in the final at the Wankhede Stadium. They also reached the semi finals of the consecutive tournaments in 2015 and 2019.ICC Champions Trophy: Just two years after the World Cup, India went onto win their second Champions Trophy tournament in 2013. They defeated the hosts England in the final match at the Edgbaston Stadium in Birmingham.Yesterday’s match saw India successfully chasing the 315 total made by the Windies in the first innings with captain Kohli smashed a blistering 85 runs off 81 balls. The win has registered a 2-1 series victory over the visitors in their last ODI series of the decade.Also read-Advertisement One of India’s best ever ODI players: India was ‘very poor’ in the field against West Indies!Cricket: India have the highest win percentage since the 2017 Champions Trophy… but the true shocker is who has the lowest Advertisementlast_img read more

Olympic letter to Rossland 3

first_imgMy usual strapping process creates a situation where I am cold before I even start, so in an effort to get more runs in I spent the week strapping in while inside (ski and all attached), then my staff would throw me on a luggage cart and straight out to the snow; I love making a spectacle of myself!  I managed to work out a couple of more kinks with my gear and actually spend a few days skiing.  Yes, I was skiing in previous camps, but when you adjust something every run, it doesn’t do much for building the miles.  My shoulder did not bother me too badly while I skied… just the rest of the time.  Maybe I should just ski for 12 hours a day; then I could live pain free!Over the past 10 days I have spent some time at Red Mountain: in the rain, in the powder, and above the Kootenay sea…  it’s always nice to ride at home!  I’m trying to be on for a couple, off for a couple, to make sure I get some rest before race season. I leave to Austria for the first two (primarily technical) races of the World Cup circuit on Jan 3rd.  From there we will head to Sestriere, Italy for a few speed events.  It should be a comfort to put on the long boards on a hill I am so familiar with; I think this is the 5th time I will have raced in Sestriere.  I will be back in Rossland at the end of January just in time for the best snow of the season, I am sure!For anyone paying attention to the Rossland Olympic Challenge… Please save the date and look for flyers:  January 30th !!!  This will be the final event, and a big party for George and I at the Miner’s Hall.  There will be music by many of the local favorites, bevies, draw prizes, etc.  Please drag out everyone you know, and come out to support us.  I will be there, having just returned from being on tour, and would love the opportunity to party with everyone before the big event~!Bye for now.  Wishing you all the best for the New Year,Kimberly Hey Rossland,I hope that your Christmas holidays all went extraordinarily well!  I ate too much turkey of course… and continue to.  As the family guests are heading out of town, I thought I should take a spare moment to catch up with you.  In a week I will be heading to Europe for the first part of the World Cup Tour; so it may be a while before I have the chance to write again. Since my last entry, I endured another ski camp at Panorama.  I say endured because the temperature on the ski hill was -29 (before wind chill) for 3 days straight, preceded by one at -25 and followed by a balmy -22.  Nothing like a little athletic tape across your face to avoid the frostbite. last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Glacier Gym Club

first_imgMallard’s Source for sports staff applaud the dedication of the Glacier youth with Team of the Week honors.Mallard’s would like to spotlight the entire Glacier Club, but the membership is too large for a team photo. So Mallard’s staff has select a group of young, up-and-coming gymnasts in the Team of the Week honour — Ava Anast, Shelbi Van Hellemond, Neve Hamilton, Ally Nicholson and Eden Bellman.The complete list of results are listed below:Results from the Key City Invitational in Cranbrook Girls Provincial Level 1 (9 years old) Alexa Anast- Silver on Beam, Bronze on Floor (10 years old) Brynn McTague – Gold on Floor  (11 years old) Elisa Clark – Gold All Around, Gold on Beam, Gold on Floor (12-13 years old) Sarah Quinn – Best Beam ChoreographyGirls Provincial Level 2 (12-13 years) Sara Tolles – Gold on Floor, Silver on Vault and Beam, Bronze All Around and on Bars. (14-and-up)  Hailey Lothrop – Gold All Around and on Bars and Floor, Silver on Vault and Beam Meagan Poetsch – Silver on Beam, Bronze All Around and on Floor Girls Provincial Level 3 (All Ages)   Kylee Dyck – Gold All Around and on Beam, Silver on Floor, Bronze on Bars     Ella Keelan – Gold on Bars and Floor, Bronze All Around     Victoria Lawrence-Jeffery – Silver on BeamGirls High School Level 1 Nieve Harris – Gold All Around and on Vault and Bars, Silver on Beam Heather Potkins – Silver All Around and on Vault and Bars, Bronze on Floor Taila Lancaster – Gold on Beam and Floor, Silver on Bars, Bronze All Around Erika Bennett – Gold on Floor Peyton Whitaker – Bronze on Vault and BeamGirls High School Level 2 Emma Willow – Gold All Around, Silver on Beam, Bronze on Bars Samantha Garbula –  Gold on Vault and Floor, Silver All Around, Bronze on Beam Kano Major – Gold on Bars, Bronze All Around and on Floor Maya Bennett – Silver on Floor, Bronze on Vault Katie Poetsch – Gold on Beam, Silver on VaultGirls High School Level 3 Julie Poetsch – Gold All Around and on Vault and Floor, Silver on Bars and Beam Casmin McCatty – Gold on Beam and Floor, Silver All Around, Bronze on Vault and Bars Chultim O’Neill – Gold on Bars, Silver on Vault, Bronze All Around and on Beam and Floor Surrey Invitational Boys EventBoys Level 1 Cameron Bibby-Fox – Gold on Vault and Horizontal Bar, Silver All Around Sam Kitch – Silver on Floor and Rings, Bronze All Around Boys Level 3 (Under 13 years) Chris Lawrence-Jeffery – 4th on Horizontal Bar River Murphy – 4th on Vault, 5th on Horizontal Bar Matthew Bullen – 9th on Horizontal Bar More than 40 Glacier gymnasts were in action recently at two competitions in Cranbrook and Surrey.Thirty-plus, including a squad of girls in the Level 1 division, athletes returned from the Key City meet in Cranbrook while five boys were in Surrey.last_img read more

Meteorites Shock Plant Material in Time Capsules

first_img(Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Bits of organic matter, leaves, and cells have been preserved in glass shocked by meteor impacts.  Could they last millions of years?In Geology, a scientist from Brown University with three colleagues reports finding glass spherules containing organic plant material:Impact cratering can destroy life from local to global scales and result in sudden turnovers of dominant genera and/or species. Here we report that it can also preserve components of the local biology present at the time of impact. We have investigated floral matter encapsulated within Cenozoic Era impact glasses produced by separate bolide impacts into the loessoid sediments of Argentina that occurred between 9.2 Ma (Miocene) and 6 ka (Holocene). The encapsulation preserved not only macro-scale morphological biosignatures such as vascular bundles, veins, phytoliths, and papillae, but also structures down to the cellular level. In the best-preserved samples we also found evidence for organic matter. While fossilization typically occurs over an extended time period as minerals slowly replace organic matter and the host rock lithifies under pressure, the process documented here is instantaneous.A press release from Brown University, titled “Impact glass stores biodata for millions of years,” claims that at least 7 impacts have occurred in the study area in Argentina between the 6,000 and 9 million year dates.  “These glasses preserve plant morphology from macro features all the way down to the micron scale,” lead author and Brown U. geologist Pete Schultz said. “It’s really remarkable.”The team found “Bundles of vein-like structures found in several samples are very similar to modern pampas grass, a species common to that region of Argentina.”   Schultz likened the preservation process to deep-frying: “The outside fries up quickly but the inside takes much longer to cook,” he explained.  Yes, but even then, the inside gets hot.The BBC News added more information, such as quoting Schultz that “sensitive chemicals” were preserved in the glass.  If the material is from multiple impacts, there were too many events in that area (about the size of Texas) by a factor of three, according to models.After explaining the findings, the paper and the press release both launched into pure speculation, adding that if this process can preserve living material on Earth, it might have done it on Mars, too.  Schultz got titillated by the thought.  “Impact glass may be where the 4 billion-year-old signs of life are hiding,” Schultz said. “On Mars they’re probably not going to come out screaming in the form of a plant, but we may find traces of organic compounds, which would be really exciting.”Someone get radiocarbon dates on this!  How come the secular scientists never think of that?  The moyboy dates are imposed on the data, not extracted from the data.  Anyone see any evolution in the 9 million imaginary years?  The same pampas grass is found living in that area today.  Nine million years is plenty of time for Darwin to work his magic.  If a chimp became a man in just 6 million imaginary Darwin years, a plant would have plenty of time to grow legs or a brain.last_img read more

The law (and more) of manure management and water quality

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A conversation with… Bill Knapke, Ohio Pork Council PresidentOCJ: First, could you outline some of the specifics of the recently passed Senate Bill 1 that pertain specifically to manure?Bill: There are a number of parts to the bill that pertain to manure. To summarize, a person may not surface apply manure in the Western Lake Erie Basin under the following circumstances:• On snow-covered or frozen soil;* When the top two inches of soil are saturated from precipitation; or* When the local weather forecast for the application area contains greater than a 50% chance of precipitation exceeding one-half inch in a 24-hour period, unless the manure is injected into the ground, incorporated within 24 hours of surface application, or applied onto a growing crop. As part of this law, there are exemptions based on operation size and for emergencies. For more information, please visit www.ohiopork.org. OCJ: The law clearly includes more regulations for livestock producers, so why was the livestock industry as a whole so supportive of Senate Bill 1?Bill: While I cannot speak for Ohio’s livestock industry as a whole, after the water supply situation in Toledo, new regulations were inevitable. Regardless of whether livestock producers were a significant contributor to the problem or not, becoming involved in SB1 was an opportunity to be a part of the discussion and work toward common sense stewardship solutions. Working closely with legislators, we advocated for changes that would have a positive impact on the environment and are manageable for producers. At the same time, we used this opportunity to educate legislators on modern livestock production. The end result of these discussions was a bill based upon best management practices that permitted operations have been following for years, as such we were able to support the legislation. OCJ: Complying with this law will require some livestock producers to modify their manure handling systems or add storage. What provisions are in place to accommodate those changes? Is there any type of financial assistance available?Bill: Some changes will be necessary for some farmers in the Western Lake Erie Basin. To allow farmers to come into compliance, the legislation includes a provision allowing small and medium operations temporary exemptions. Small operations may apply for a two-year exemption, and medium operations may apply for a one-year exemption, through their local soil and water district office. Operations that do not apply, or qualify, for the exemption will still be able to comply with the law by injecting the manure, incorporating it within 24 hours, or applying it to a growing cover crop as the law allows. The law made no special provisions for financial assistance to come into compliance, but producers are still able to apply for Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funding through the NRCS if additional assistance is needed. OCJ: How does manure fit into the overall nutrient management challenge within Ohio agriculture as a whole?Bill: Livestock manure, and more specifically pig manure, is a relatively small percentage of total nutrients applied to Ohio crop ground. Yet, the entire agricultural community had an opportunity, as part of this legislation, to lead on the issue of nutrient management. Now that agriculture has taken leadership on the issue of nutrient management, we look forward to other contributors to the challenge following our lead. OCJ: Aside from the regulation requirements, what are some key practices livestock producers should consider moving forward?Bill: Manure is a vital part of many farmers’ nutrient budgets, and needs to be managed and applied responsibly. This includes following best management practices, as outlined by OSU Extension, such as regular soil testing to maximize nutrient utilization by crops. Regular soil tests should be conducted to avoid over-application. OCJ: What key messages need to be shared about the role of livestock farms in nutrient management and the broader water quality issues?Bill: Livestock farmers are a vital part of Ohio’s Ag and rural community, and the economy. For thousands of years, farmers have recognized the value of livestock manure as a resource and have continually been improving our handling and application practices to maximize its potential. Through nutrient management plans, record keeping, and training and certification programs, as are required by facilities permitted through the Ohio Department of Agriculture, livestock farmers have been leaders in caring for the environment. Continuous improvement of best management practices is key to livestock farmers in their effort to safeguard our state’s natural resources.OCJ: How do you see the regulatory framework on this issue evolving in the future?Bill: We can never be 100% sure of how regulations will evolve, as often they are subject to the issues of the day. We do know that best management practices are continually evolving, as science develops, and livestock organizations will work hard to ensure regulations also evolve based on science.  It would not be unreasonable for these same regulations to be taken statewide in the future and we encourage producers to abide by these best management practices, regardless of their location in Ohio. OCJ: Can Ohio’s water quality problems be solved by agriculture alone? Why or why not?Bill: Ohio’s water quality concerns cannot be solved by agriculture alone. While agriculture will play a role, because of the large land base, everyone will need to make changes. The research is ongoing and we have a lot to learn about water quality. Though, through these regulations, livestock agriculture has agreed to make necessary changes, we now look forward to municipalities and other point and non-point source contributors following our lead. OCJ: What is the best thing that has been done by the livestock industry in recent years to address water quality concerns?Bill: Ohio’s livestock industry continues to base management practices on proven science. In our effort to be better stewards of the land and improve our businesses, we have made strides in efficiencies that have been beneficial for water quality. The livestock industry has been at the forefront of understanding nutrient placement and nutrient movement in the soil from a water quality perspective, and has become more efficient in using feed and nutrients, as well as nutrient placement. In the pork industry alone, farmers have reduced their water usage by 41% and land use by 78%, while increasing the number of hogs by 29%. This dedication to continuous improvement has been tremendous for water quality. OCJ: What is the biggest public misperception you run into with regard to manure?Bill: There are several misconceptions farmers deal with, though some are more impactful than others. The most pressing misconception is that manure is a waste product with little to no value, and as such farmers don’t properly dispose of it. Those of us in livestock agriculture understand the value of manure and its ability to offset the costs of commercial fertilizer. As such we have been incorporating and injecting the manure directly into the soil for years because we understand the importance of keeping the nutrients in the soil.   Manure nutrients when properly applied are a more stable fertilizer for crops and water quality.last_img read more

Alaskan Glaciers Are Rapidly Melting

first_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in I recently returned from a two-week family vacation trip to Alaska. This was my first trip to Alaska; of course, two weeks is a very brief time to visit such a vast state. We were able to spend some time in Fairbanks, Denali National Park, Anchorage, and Seward. We also spent several days fishing along the Salcha River and at Lower Paradise Lake on the Kenai Peninsula.My visit to Alaska sparked ideas for several possible blogs:But all of these topics have been pushed to the back of my brain by a more serious issue: Alaska’s shrinking glaciers.In Alaska, we got close to at least five glaciers: Exit Glacier, Holgate Glacier, Mother Goose Glacier, Surprise Glacier, and Wolverine Glacier. It was a rare privilege to crawl out of our tent on a bright July morning on the shore of a remote Alaskan lake to see sunlight playing on the blue and white surfaces of a mountain glacier on the other side of the lake. A visit to Alaska sharpens the pain I feel when I learn the facts about climate change, because I have a better idea of what is now at risk.When I looked at these impressive glaciers, I had no way to determine (like most tourists to Alaska) whether these glaciers are growing, stable, or shrinking. However, at the most visited of these glaciers, Exit Glacier, the National Park Service has provided a graphic way of displaying how quickly Alaska is losing its ice. Rangers have installed a series of signs, stretching over more than a mile, showing how much the glacier has shrunk in the last 100 years. The signs indicate the edge of the glacier at various times, beginning in 1899.In recent decades, Exit Glacier has been retreating at a rate of 43… Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.center_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberslast_img read more

10 months agoWolves defender Coady on England coach Southgate’s radar

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Wolves defender Coady on England coach Southgate’s radarby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves defender Conor Coady is on England coach Gareth Southgate’s radar.Southgate was at Molineux on Monday night to watch Wolves defeat Liverpool in the FA Cup third-round.He attended the game specifically to monitor central defender Coady, says the Daily Mail.The 25-year-old, who started his career at Anfield, has earned rave reviews for his displays in the heart of Wolves’ defence this season.His performance against his former club on Monday will have done his cause no harm at all. last_img read more