News RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Iraq Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan IraqMiddle East – North Africa “We offer our condolences to the friends and families of these two media workers and we condemn this attack with the utmost energy,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Journalists are among the leading victims of renewed sectarian violence in Iraq, which has been revived by the crisis in Syria and which could tip the country into civil war at any moment. We have repeatedly drawn the government’s attention to the dangers that journalists face and we have asked in vain for adequate measures to protect them.” According to the information obtained by Reporters Without Borders, the two Al-Iraqiya TV employees worked for its Babel province bureau and were on duty when they were killed.Fourteen Iraqi media workers have been killed in the past five months. Six of them were personally targeted, five were killed in a suicide attack on Salaheddin TV in Tikrit in December, and three were the collateral victims of suicide bombings or car bombs. Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” Reporters Without Borders is saddened to learn that two employees of state-owned Al-Iraqiya TV, Muthanna Abdel Hussein and Khaled Abdel Thamer, were killed in a suicide bomb attack on a police checkpoint at Hala, 70 km south of Baghdad, yesterday morning. IraqMiddle East – North Africa News News Receive email alerts December 28, 2020 Find out more February 15, 2021 Find out more RSF_en March 10, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two media workers killed in suicide bombing to go further News Organisation December 16, 2020 Find out more
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Your daily outdoor news bulletin for July 22, the day Alexander Mackenzie reached the Pacific Ocean, became the first Euro-American to cross the continent north of Mexico, a decade before Lewis and Clark and with no financial backing:Birthplace of Rivers National Monument ProposedIt’s known colloquially as the Birthplace of Rivers, but it could soon have an official designation from the official source of designations: the United States Government. There is currently a push to create West Virginia’s first national monument from land in Monongahela National Forest that makes up the headwaters of the Cranberry, Williams, Cherry, Greenbrier, Gauley and Elk rivers. If you are a paddler or fly fisherman, these names should be familiar to you. The plan calls for 123,000 acres in and around the Cranberry Wilderness to be designated the Birthplace of Rivers National Monument and be managed by the U.S. Forest Service. National Monument status would give the area more flexibility in regards to uses like mountain biking, trout stocking, stream restoration and forest restoration, most of which is prohibited by the current definition of “Wilderness,” while also allowing rules to limit fossil fuel extraction. The plan is supported by the big hitters in W.V. including Trout Unlimited, International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA), and the West Virginia Wilderness Coalition.The Dam Fish Making a Comeback?The removal of two dams along the Chattahoochee River along the border of Georgia and Alabama has been a big deal in the South. The dam removal combined with the creation of the Whitewater Columbus – the longest whitewater rafting course in the U.S. – has brought world class paddling, and everything that goes with it to the area. What goes with it is an economic boost desperately needed in a part of the country that has seen hard times. The new stretch of river is estimated to bring at least 700 jobs, thousands of tourists, and up to $42 million annually. With the creation of a new riverwalk and a general embrace of the riverfront, the project could be the beginning of a wholesale change in the attitude of residents toward conservation. We have seen this model work in the South, most notably in Chattanooga, TN and on a smaller scale in Roanoke, VA.This is all good, but one of the lesser known benefits of the dam removal is the restoration of spawning habitat for Alabama Shad and striped bass, both great gamefish, and the results are already being seen as fish populations are increasing at the sites of the 175-year-old dams. This is no surprise as I’m sure the fish were eager to get upstream after nearly 200 years of being blocked off.Wagons EastIt seems as though the Great Western Migration is making a reverse pilgrimage back to the East in recent years, and the trend continues as a Colorado based outdoor company is planning to put down roots in Asheville. First it was Oskar Blues, Sierra Nevada, and New Belgium brewing companies opening major beer plants in the Asheville area, and now Boulder, CO, based Sport Hansa is planning on relocating their entire operation to the area. Sport Hansa specializes in importing and distributing European brands including Helle Knives (Norway), Kupilka camping dishware (Finland), Wetterlings axes (Sweden), and Montane outerwear and Terra Nova tenst (both of England). Sport Hansa should slip in nicely with the rapidly expanding outdoor retail and manufacturing sector that has taken hold in Buncombe County over the past decade, and could bring as many as 10 new jobs to the region.
Saturday night in a highly anticipated match-up between No. 12 University of Michigan and the No. 15 University of Wisconsin, the Badgers couldn’t crack the code that was the Wolverine’s top-ranked defense in the nation.An anemic aerial attack from Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrook (7/20, 100 yards, 1TD, 2 INT) could not be overcome by running back Jonathan Taylor’s 101 yards on 17 carries as they failed to match Michigan’s steady offensive night.Taylor opened up the game for the Badgers with three consecutive carries for a total of 17 yards, as the UW offense hoped to set an aggressive tone early against the touted Michigan run stopping force.After a short run by running back Taiwan Deal, Hornibrook let fly an ugly attempt that was nearly picked off, but instead deflected into the hands of receiver Kendric Pryor short of the first down, forcing the Badgers to punt, bringing the promising opening drive to a screeching halt.This would be a sign of things to come.Football: Wisconsin’s path to playoff anything but unprecedentedAfter the gut-wrenching loss to Brigham Young University, it’s easy to see how one could assume that the Badger’s season Read…On the ensuing Michigan possession, quarterback Shea Patterson got off to a hot start.He went 5/5 with 46 yards as he picked apart the Badger zone defense with short, quick passes that aided Michigan on their 13-play drive, though it culminated in a missed 41-yard field goal.The first quarter would wind to a close after another fruitless Badger drive ended when punter Anthony Lotti sending one deep into Michigan territory.Starting from the 14-yard line, Patterson fooled the Badger defense with play action, then took off for an 81-yard gut-punch to bring the Wolverines to within striking distance, setting up an easy two-yard touchdown from running back Karan Higdon.The Badgers would respond promptly, in proper Wisconsin fashion with the run game.Following a few classic Taylor runs up the middle for 5, 10 and 23 yards a piece, Pryor would take an end-around and finish up the quick Badger scoring drive with a 33-yard, game-tying touchdown.The momentum seemed to carry over to the Wisconsin defense, as they stuffed Michigan on the next drive for three straight incomplete passes and a punt.The Badgers wouldn’t be able to capitalize.Despite facing a second and two yards, a muffed snap and a sack would keep the game knotted up at 7-7, and gave Michigan the ball back after a 38-yard punt.Football: Takeaways from narrow escape in Iowa CitySaturday night, the University of Wisconsin Football Team, seeking redemption from last week’s loss, went to work at Kinnick Stadium against Read…The Wolverines looked poised to reach the end zone, led by Shea Patterson’s smart decision-making as the Wolverine’s plodded downfield.Instead, Badger linebacker T.J. Edwards landed a timely sack to force third and long, and allowed UW to hold Michigan to a field goal.They would not relinquish the lead for the remainder of the game.The Badgers gave up the first turnover of the game on an ugly Hornibrook interception, and Michigan would come back for their second field goal in just 1:01 to extend their lead to 13-7.The Badgers continued their offensive struggles, once again going three-and-out and extending their third down drought to 0-4.Despite a 52-yard Lotti Punt, Michigan receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones neutralized the fight for field position with a 26 yard return to give the Wolverine’s possession on the Wisconsin 49 yard line.Before the half Michigan Head Coach Jim Harbaugh trotted out kicker Quinn Nordin to nab yet another field goal, but the 54-yard distance stumped him and the Badgers would remain down six entering halftime.A costly mistake on a roughing the snapper penalty scrapped a strong Badger defensive stand to open the second half, giving Michigan a new set of downs, which they would make the most of.Thanks in large part to a 25-yard run by Higdon, as well as a change-of-pace from the secondary running back Chris Evans, Patterson was able to polish off the fortuitous drive with a seven yard touchdown scramble.After an easy two-point conversion, Michigan jumped out to a 21-7 lead.Football: Saturday’s win at Iowa a glimmer of hope (Let me convince you)Sometimes you gotta know when to cut your losses, give up and temper your expectations. Sometimes you gotta hold fast Read…Wisconsin was unable to find retribution on their next drive, as Hornibrook continued to flounder, bringing his stat line to an ugly 3-9, for 25 yards.Then it would go punt, punt, punt as both teams failed consecutively to create anything on offense.Entering the fourth quarter Michigan held their two score lead in large part thanks to the ineffectiveness of the Wisconsin offense.Michigan plowed on, relying heavily on Higdon who eclipsed the 100-yard mark, they tacked on another field goal and put the Badgers in crisis-mode: down 17 with an offense that’s been disappointing all night long.Disappointing became an understatement when Hornibrook was stuck with his second interception of the night. This time it was brought back for a score which increased the Michigan lead to 31-7 and all but sealed the game.Garbage time touchdowns from both sides brought the final score to 38-13 Michigan, Wisconsin faces Illinois next Saturday at Camp Randall.
1 Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has again outlined his desire to play in his native Argentina before his career ends, but insists he has no immediate desire to leave the Nou Camp.The five-time Ballon d’Or winner began his career with Argentinian outfit Newell’s Old Boys before being snapped up by Barca’s academy in 2001.The 28-year-old has since gone on to win seven Primera Division titles, three Copa del Reys and four Champions League winners’ medals and could add to that tally this season.Primera Division leaders Barcelona are currently on a 34-match unbeaten run in all competitions and hold a 2-0 lead over Arsenal after the first leg of their last-16 tie in the Champions League.And while Messi has no intention of leaving Spain now, he does concede a move back home appeals at some stage.“It’s something that I would still like to do. I don’t know when, but it’s a possibility,” he told Argentinian magazine El Grafico.“I haven’t set myself any goals, short or long term, but I’d like to keep playing whilst my body allows it and I have something to offer the team. When I know that it’s time, I’ll make a decision.”The Argentina captain has scored 49 international goals and is closing in on Gabriel Batistuta’s record of 57.Yet Messi, who guided his country to the World Cup final in 2014 before being beaten in extra time by Germany, admits he would rather win team accolades.“I prefer to win something with the national team,” he said. “I am not interested in records. They are there, but that does not make you win titles.“I get upset whenever we lose with Argentina because I know that we should have won. We did enough to win the World Cup and the Copa America.” Barcelona and Argentina superstar Lionel Messi
South Africa’s traffic officials will now enforce the points demerit system. (Image: Bongani Nkosi)Habitually reckless drivers will soon be banned from South Africa’s roads in a bid to help reduce fatalities and promote responsible motoring.This was Minister of Transport S’bu Ndebele’s warning as he announced the driver’s licence demerit system at an event in Pretoria on 26 January. It will come into force on 1 April.Drivers will start on a clean slate with 12 points each year. All traffic offences – including speeding, not wearing a seatbelt, drunken driving or jumping a stop street – carry a penalty, and once caught for committing such an offence, a driver will have a set number of points knocked off his or her total.When a driver has lost all 12 points and another one his or her licence will be suspended for a minimum of three months. Losing a further two, in other words having 14 demerits, will lead to a six-month ban.When a driver’s licence is suspended for a third time, it will be cancelled.The system is aimed at encouraging people to respect the rules of the road at all times and therefore reduce accidents. It forms part of the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) Act, which was approved by Parliament in 1998.“Aarto is about changing the behaviour of South African drivers. Habitual offenders may even find themselves being deprived of the convenience of driving a car,” Ndebele said.“If you want to continue driving a car, you must behave responsibly and considerately. If you don’t, we will take away your driving licence.”Good driving rewardedThe system does not exempt offenders from having to pay fines and, in extreme cases, undergo arrest. For example, someone caught driving 115km/h in a 60km/h zone will be fined R1 250 (about US$165) and get four demerits. Those who drive more than 35km/h over the legal speed limit will be arrested immediately.Responsible drivers, however, will be rewarded. If someone keeps all 12 points during the year he or she will kick off the new year with an additional 12 points plus a bonus point, leading to a total of 25 points.The system has drastically reduced fatalities in countries such as Australia and England over the years, Ndebele noted. “If you go to Australia, if you go to England, [you will see] it has changed the behaviour of drivers. That’s what will happen in South Africa.”At the same event Ndebele announced that the country recorded a total of 1 582 road deaths in its nine provinces between 1 December and 11 January. These figures are noted and discussed annually in an ongoing effort to curb the number of fatalities, which always swell due to heavy traffic during the festive and summer holiday season.Reducing the burden on courtsAarto, which has been allocated R300-million ($39.5-million) to implement, will also help reduce the burden on South Africa’s courts as traffic offences will now be handled within the department under the stewardship of the Road Traffic Infringement Agency. Offenders, however, will still have the option of taking the matter to court to appeal against the rulings.Ndebele said court rolls across the country are currently clogged by traffic charges, and because these take so long to be heard, “the lawlessness on our roads is exacerbated further”.“The implementation of [Aarto] will relieve the burden from the court system and allow the courts to focus on more urgent matters,” Ndebele said. “It will also contribute to more effective and efficient finalisation of road traffic cases.”Taking dangerous drivers off the roads will also have a positive impact on South Africa’s economy as every year the country’s Road Accident Fund spends millions compensating people who have been involved in accidents, Ndebele pointed out.Helping youngsters get their licencesNdebele also announced that government will soon include road safety education in South Africa’s school curriculum. With the help of government, pupils in Grade 11 will be able to get their learner licences and by the time they complete matric they will have their full driver’s licenses.“We will mobilise our learners to come forward for this exciting programme,” said Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga. “As we teach them to respect the rules of the road they will become responsible drivers.”Promise of safe roads during the World CupNdebele has promised 2010 Fifa World Cup visitors to South Africa that they will be safe on the country’s roads. During all major sporting events that South Africa has hosted – including the 1995 Rugby World Cup and last year’s Fifa Confederations Cup and Indian Premier League – only one fatal accident involving a visitor was reported, the minister said.“South Africa has never had as many visitors and road users as we will experience during the 2010 Fifa World Cup. Our obligation is to ensure that all those who use our roads are able to do so safely.“During both international and local events South African road users generally behave well and no major road crashes have been reported. We want to commend them for this and urge them to keep this record,” said Ndebele.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jim Noel, NOAAThere is good news as it appears we will not have an early freeze in Ohio in September.Below normal temperatures will be with us to end August and possibly into the first half of September per the NOAA/Climate Prediction Center Week 2 early September temperatures.Rainfall will likely be normal or above normal in August, but the trend will be normal to below normal to start September.You can keep up with the two week freeze risk at:https://www.weather.gc.ca/ensemble/naefs/produits_e.htmlYou need to select the minimum temperature for 0C and push your end date 16 days into the future.Looking further ahead, models continue to support a switch to wetter weather in harvest season. It is not clear whether that occurs in October or November, but like last year the timing could challenge later harvested crops. Since crops went in late, harvest season could become a challenge. We will update this as we get closer. Check here: https://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/predictions/long_range/lead01/off01_prcp.gifhttps://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/predictions/short_range/NAEFS/Outlook_D264.00.php.Even though we will favor below normal temperatures into the first half of September we will see bursts of warm weather too.The September outlook calls for below normal temperatures first half switching to above normal second half of the month. This will help support no early freeze. Rainfall will switch from below normal first half of September to above normal second half.The probability of a freeze through September 10 from the North American Ensemble Model is 0%.
Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#e-commerce#Features#NYT#Recommendation Engines#Trends#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Open Web: More Data About You, Better PersonalizationAnother aspect of personalization is the increasing prevalence of open data on the Web. A lot of companies make their data available on the Web via APIs, web services, and open data standards. And as we discussed in the first post in this series, much of that data is structured – allowing it to be inter-connected and re-used by third parties.How does open data lead to personalization? Simply put, the more data about you and your social graph that is available to be used by applications, the better targeted the content and/or service will be to you. There are non-trivial privacy issues about this, however the personalization benefits can be significant.There are a whole host of open data standards on the Web now. They include:Data portability – taking your data and friends from one site to another.OpenID – portable identity; single sign-on.OpenSocial – Google initiative for social networks, enabling developers to create widgets with one set of code; MySpace a member, Facebook isn’t.APML – growing ‘Attention’ standard; Your Attention Data is all the information online about what you read, write, share and consume. Recommendation EnginesMany consumer products on the Web aim to recommend you things that you may like. A couple of years ago, Alex Iskold outlined what he saw as the 4 main approaches to recommendations:Personalized recommendation – recommend things based on the individual’s past behaviorSocial recommendation – recommend things based on the past behavior of similar usersItem recommendation – recommend things based on the item itselfA combination of the three approaches above Amazon is probably still the best example of recommendations on the Web, but an example of something new from 2009 was Netflix launching better personalization features in March. They included new taste preferences, allowing users to (for example) choose between movies that are romantic, suspenseful, or dark. Other additions included a personalized homepage and a feature enabling users to mix and match genres.ConclusionPersonalization has shown slow but steady progress in 2009. It hasn’t been as wild a ride as Structured Data or Real-Time Web, but we consider personalization to be a key facet of the evolving Web.ReadWriteWeb’s Top 5 Web Trends of 2009:Structured DataThe Real-Time WebPersonalizationMobile Web & Augmented RealityInternet of ThingsImage credit: davepatten richard macmanus 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market This week ReadWriteWeb is running a series of posts analyzing the five biggest Web trends of 2009. Our first post was about Structured Data, our second about The Real-Time Web. The third part of our series is on Personalization. Personalization has long been a buzzword on the Internet. With the glut of information on the Web circa 2009, personalization in this era means providing effective filters and recommendations. Ultimately personalization is about websites and services giving you what you want, when you want it. That’s the long-standing dream anyway. Let’s see if the products of 2009 are fulfilling it.Editor’s note: This story is part of a series we call Redux, where we’ll re-publish some of our best posts of 2009. As we look back at the year – and ahead to what next year holds – we think these are the stories that deserve a second glance. It’s not just a best-of list, it’s also a collection of posts that examine the fundamental issues that continue to shape the Web. We hope you enjoy reading them again and we look forward to bringing you more Web products and trends analysis in 2010. Happy holidays from Team ReadWriteWeb!All of the trends that we’re profiling overlap. This is particularly so with personalization, as we’ll see.Filtering the Real-Time FirehosePersonalization is often used to provide an organization layer for users on top of real-time data. As Ken Fromm put it in his primer on the Real-Time Web: “The Internet is shifting from discrete units of websites and Web pages to discrete units of information […] organized in ways that are relevant and personal to each individual, using data gleaned from social graphs as well as recommendation and personalization services that allow users to set their preferences.”If you use a dashboard product like TweetDeck, Seesmic or Peoplebrowsr to use Twitter, then you’re able to group people, keywords and topics. This is effectively personalization at work. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…
BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next All seemed well once he made it out to Court 6 on Tuesday, though. There was del Potro, pounding those intimidating forehands and big serves and only showing signs of his years of wrist troubles when trying to hit his backhand while advancing to the second round with a 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 victory over qualifier Guido Pella in an all-Argentine matchup.“He played better than me,” Pella summed it up.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSimple enough explanation for the result.Del Potro, the 2009 U.S. Open champion, is seeded 29th at the clay-court Grand Slam tournament he last entered five years ago, when he reached the quarterfinals. Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV “I was able to show today that my weak point, which used to be my weak point until recently — my backhand — has got better. I think his strategy was to force me into using the backhand, and he was able to see that it was no longer my weak point and that I was able to use my backhand quite well,” del Potro said about Pella, a Davis Cup teammate.“But it’s true that sometimes I was a little upset, because I know that my backhand is not quite what it used to be.”Clay has never been del Potro’s best surface — his power-based game is better suited to faster surfaces, such as hard courts — but he did reach the French Open semifinals in 2009 before losing to Roger Federer.“That year,” del Potro said, “I thought it was my year.”Now, at age 28, he takes things slowly, knowing he has room to improve as he tries to return to the upper reaches of his sport.Del Potro will face Nicolas Almagro in the second round, with a potential matchup against No. 1 Murray in the third.“I have adopted a sort of wait-and-see attitude. We’ll see,” del Potro said. “I try not to make things too complicated, and I try not to set long-term objectives. I really play match by match.” Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes Argentina’s Juan Martin Del Potro returns the ball to compatriot Guido Pella during their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, Tuesday, May 30, 2017 in Paris. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)PARIS — Back at the French Open for the first time since 2012, Juan Martin del Potro encountered a bit of trouble navigating the grounds, getting lost a few times as he walked around Roland Garros.“I never find the place where I have to go,” he joked.ADVERTISEMENT The Finals: It’s now NBA All-Star War BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds MOST READ Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Against Pella, he finished with 13 aces and nearly twice as many total winners, 33-17.Of note: Only one of those winners for del Potro came off his backhand wing, the side he has more problems with after multiple operations on his left wrist. He is right-handed but uses both hands for his double-fisted backhands, which often are reduced to slices.“He has a weakness,” Pella said. “I tried to find that weakness.”Del Potro missed 2½ years’ worth of major tournaments because of three operations on his left wrist, returning to Grand Slam action at Wimbledon in 2016.His comeback really showed progress at the Rio Olympics, when he stunned Novak Djokovic in the first round and wound up with a silver medal, losing to Andy Murray in the final.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR View comments