RSF urges Madagascar to let journalists cover Covid-19 freely Reporters Without Borders welcome’s Radio Mada reporter Evariste Ramanantsoavina’s release on 20 May. He had been held since 5 May, when soldiers arrested him in order to force him to reveal the location from which the station was broadcasting in defiance of a closure order.“We are relieved to learn that Ramanantsoavina is free at last,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It is nonetheless deplorable that he spent two weeks in detention although the authorities had no substantive evidence that he had committed any crime.”An Antananarivo court ordered his release at a midday hearing on 20 May after acquitting him on five charges, including “inciting revolt,” and fining him 371 euros on a sixth charge of disseminating false information. Many journalists were in the courtroom for the hearing, but Ramanantsoavina remained in prison and was finally released at about 5 pm.Arrested at his home by masked soldiers at 5 am on 5 May, he had been charged on 7 May and incarcerated in the capital’s Antanimora prison.Radio Mada supports the exiled former president, Marc Ravalomanana. After Ramanantsoavina had been forced to reveal the secret location from which it had been broadcasting since the change of government, soldiers then went to the location, dismantled the transmitter and seized equipment.————————-07.05.09 – Detained Radio Mada reporter is charged and transferred to prisonReporters Without Borders is alarmed by today’s decision to keep Radio Mada sports reporter Evariste Ramanantsoavina in detention and charge him with “inciting revolt against the republic’s institutions,” defamation and disseminating false information. He was arrested on 5 May and forced to reveal the location from which the radio was broadcasting in defiance of a closure order.“Even if one could understand why the authorities wanted to prevent a radio station from continuing to broadcast clandestinely in violation of an official ban, the way they singled out one of its journalists and the manner of his arrest are shocking and incomprehensible,” Reporters Without Borders said, calling for Ramanantsoavina’s immediate release.Ramanantsoavina was taken this evening to the prosecutor’s office in Antananarivo, where he was formally charged and an order was issued transferring him to prison. He will now have to spend the weekend in prison pending a trial hearing on 11 May.He was arrested at his home at 5 a.m. on 5 May by masked soldiers as his daughters looked on, and was taken to the National Mixed Committee for Investigations (CNME), which is located in the suburb of Ambohibao, in premises that used to be the headquarters of the former domestic intelligence service, the DGID.There he was made to reveal the secret location from which Radio Mada, which supports the exiled former president, Marc Ravalomanana, has been broadcasting since the change of government. Soldiers then went to the location, dismantled its transmitter and seized equipment under communication ministry closure order 01/096mcc of 27 April accusing the station of “inciting civil disobedience and undermining public confidence in institutions.”The decision to bring charges against Ramanantsoavina contradicted an initial statement by communication ministry secretary-general Charles-Aimé Randriamorasata that the authorities had arrested him simply to find out where Radio Mada was broadcasting from.His arrest just 48 hours after World Press Freedom Day stunned journalists in Madagascar and was immediately condemned by the Order of Madagascar Journalists, which called for his unconditional release.Aware that Madagascar is currently in a difficult period that has given rise to cases of unprofessional behaviour by some news media, Reporters Without Borders reiterates its call to all the country’s journalists to provide responsible, objective news coverage and not take sides in the ongoing political power struggle.The previous Reporters Without Borders press release on Madagascar April 30, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News MadagascarAfrica May 22, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Radio Mada reporter freed after two weeks in detention News April 16, 2020 Find out more The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Madagascar : Sabotage silences TV channel that criticized coronavirus measures November 27, 2020 Find out more Organisation Reports to go further RSF_en Receive email alerts News MadagascarAfrica Follow the news on Madagascar
Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Facebook 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Twitter Newsx Adverts Twitter Pinterest Google+ 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Donegal South West by-election, Thursday 25th November – the candidates Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry By News Highland – November 4, 2010 WhatsApp Google+ Previous articleDonegal South-West by-election date set – Thursday 25th NovemberNext articleNot too late for people to register to vote in by-election News Highland Apart from Fianna Fail, all the other major parties have selected their candidates, with Fianna Fail confirming this afternoon their convention will take place in Glenties on Sunday.So far there are four decalred candidates for the Donegal South West by-election.Donegal County Councillor Barry O’Neill will contest for Fine Gael, Frank McBrearty Junior will run for Labour, while Senator Pearse Doherty will contest for Sinn Fein.Indendent County Councillor Thomas Pringle, from Killybegs, has also confirmed his intention to run.Tom Conoghan, based in Donegal Town, is expected to throw his hat into to the ring as an independent.Fianna Fail are the only main political party not to have selected a candidate – it is understood that their selection convention will be held this weekend when Senator Brian O’Domhnaill is the odds on favourite to get the nod.As confimed today, the writ has been moved with the public going to the polls on Thursday the 25th of November with counting to take place on November the 26th.Legislation states that nominations to contest the elections must be recieved by 12 noon on the 7th day after the writ is issued excluding Sunday – so the closing date as a result of today’s developments will be Friday week at 12 noon.However, a comment by Tanasiste Mary Coughlan during her speech this afternoon suggests that the outcome of Sunday’s selection is a foregone conclusion.[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/coughbod.mp3[/podcast]
Engineers from some of the world’s biggest tech firms, including Microsoft, Facebook, Google, Snap and Twitter, worked for 2 days at a hackathon in the United States co-hosted by the Home Secretary and Microsoft, which tasked industry experts to come up with tools to identify online child grooming.A prototype tool has been developed that can be used to automatically flag potential conversations taking place between child groomers and children.Home Secretary Sajid Javid said: Hackathon participants analysed tens of thousands of conversations to understand patterns used by predators. This enabled engineers to develop technology to automatically and accurately detect these patterns.Potential conversations between a groomer and their victim will be flagged so a moderator can investigate further.Further work will take place on the prototype. Once completed it will be licensed free of charge to smaller and medium-sized technology companies worldwide.During his trip to the United States the Home Secretary met major tech firms so he can be updated on their efforts to tackle the crime. He used the meetings to explore how companies could make greater use of technology to proactively find and remove abusive content from their sites.He noted that, while some progress had been made, companies still had to go further and work faster to tackle online child sexual exploitation (CSE). The Home Secretary was thanked for his leadership and commitment to the issue of CSE.Online child sexual abuse will be the focus of the next Five Country Ministerial meeting in London in summer 2019, bringing together interior ministers and attorneys general from the UK, US, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.Last week the government announced a package of measures to tackle online CSE. This included: We all have a responsibility to tackle online child sexual exploitation and the new tool developed during the hackathon is a positive step forward. Once complete, it will be rolled out for free to other tech companies that want to deploy it. This is just one thing we can do together to combat this appalling crime. commissioning the Internet Watch Foundation to investigate how advertising is funding CSE activity a taskforce, chaired by the Home Secretary, bringing together representatives from ad agencies, trade bodies and brands to ensure criminals don’t have access to this funding stream a £250,000 innovation call for organisations to bid for funding to assist them in developing innovative solutions to disrupt live streaming of abuse new tools to improve the capabilities of the Child Abuse Image Database (CAID) – the database used by the NCA and UK police forces to search for indecent images of children and increase the ability to identify victims
A team was en route a warehouse in Mexico yesterday to find and destroy a sample that had just been located, Stohr said. April 19, 2005 (CIDRAP News) What began as a routine attempt to measure laboratories’ testing proficiency has become a mission to track missing shipments of potentially lethal influenza viruses in Mexico, South Korea, and Lebanon. In South Korea, investigators were puzzling over conflicting accounts. Officials at three labs said they had never received shipments made last year, but the shipper had signatures showing they had been delivered, Stohr said. Canadian researchers discovered in March that the virus they had been sent was the same that emerged in 1957, prompting the call for the samples to be destroyed immediately. All three countries have made progress in tracing the missing shipments, and total destruction of the samples remains possible, Klaus Stohr, the influenza program chief for the World Health Organization (WHO), told the Associated Press (AP) from Geneva yesterday. In Lebanon, the shipper of a missing sample had released the virus to another shipper for local delivery, but it never arrived at the lab, Stohr told the AP. People were trying to locate the test kit and destroy the sample. The virus in question, influenza A(H2N2), was responsible for the flu pandemic of 1957-58, which killed an estimated 1 million to 4 million people. Samples of the pandemic virus had inadvertently been sent to 3,747 labs in 18 countries for a routine assessment that usually relies on more benign flu strains. All but about 75 labs that received the samples are in the United States, according to earlier reports. Fourteen labs are in Canada and 61 are in other countries. Most laboratories quickly complied with the WHO request on April 12 to destroy the samples. Labs in the United States had destroyed 98% of their samples as of yesterday, the AP reported. The College of American Pathologists paid a private company, Meridian Bioscience Inc. of Cincinnati, to prepare and send the samples. Why Meridian used the H2N2 virus has not yet been fully explained. Labs use such test kits to check their ability to identify viruses.
How many can tell me when the Indiana All-Stars play the Kentucky All-Stars in basketball this year? Most of you will say June, and you are correct. But, when in June, at what facility, at what time, etc.? It wasn’t too long ago when this game was sold out a few hours after the tickets were put on sale, and every paper in both states carried stories about the players who would make up each All-Star team.Today you will have to go through the major papers with a fine tooth comb to find more than one or two stories about the whole process. In fact, I am willing to bet that most people in the state of Indiana don’t know there is even is a basketball All-Star game any more. There is a simple reason for this–it is called Class Basketball!The last several years Indiana has even had players who have refused to play in this game with such weak excuses as “it might jeopardize my relationship with the college I am going to” or “I haven’t signed yet and I don’t think this will help my cause”. Oh, have times changed!
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Our forecast for this week is not as wet, and the biggest headline: significantly warmer (at least for a couple of days)!We have a pretty nice day today, and it will not feel quite as chilly, due to northwest winds not being as strong as yesterday. High pressure settles in, parking directly over north central to NW Ohio tomorrow morning and then moves off to the east. South winds up the backside of the high will allow for additional moderation in temps tomorrow. We will be dry both days, although clouds will start to build late tomorrow.Wednesday kicks off a period that features scattered precipitation over several days. There is a massive and powerful storm complex coming out of the plains and lifting northeast at midweek. The track is well away from us here, and as such, we only have to worry about rain. In addition, the storm is so powerful, that it likely draws in a big batch of dry air in its circulation, and that starves out some of the moisture that was originally headed towards us. So, here is our update. On Wednesday we have scattered showers over about 60% of the state, bringing a few hundredths to .4” of rain. Scattered showers are back for Thursday and can trigger a few hundredths to .25” over about 30% of the state. Then for overnight Thursday night through Friday can’t rule out showers over about half of the state. Right now, we think these will be relatively minor again, but there is the potential for thunderstorms in southern Indiana. For that reason, we will allow for a few hundredths to half an inch but will refrain from ramping up our totals too much just yet. The map above right shows potential rain totals through Friday evening. The main takeaway here is that we are looking for light on and off moisture through the second half of the week with decent combined coverage but nothing too dramatic on any given day. The biggest headline for the second half of the week will be temps…as we could see the warmest air in months coming across the region. 50s and 60s are possible Wednesday, and 70s Thursday thanks to strong south winds circulating around that strong, powerful storm. The map below right shows potential high temps on Thursday. Those temps fall off back closer to normal to close the week and for the weekend.For the weekend, we likely keep more clouds than sun in the forecast, at least on Saturday where we can’t rule out a few spits and sprinkles. Sunday has a better chance of some sun. Dry weather settles in for next Monday and Tuesday. We finish the 10 day window next Wednesday with some clouds in the north and east and perhaps a few hit and miss showers. But a large part of the state stays dry, and we have better sunshine potential the farther south and west across the state you go.
In April at Software 2006, McKinsey/IDC reported statistics from their SaaS survey. Now McKinsey has updated the numbers in a new report due to be released soon. Their new report shows that 61% of North American companies with over $1 billion in sales plan to adopt one or more SaaS applications in 2007. This is compared to only 38% of companies having any plans for SaaS in 2005.But it’s hard to know whether or not software SaaS vendors can match the hype and expectations of analysts like McKinsey. What is true is that SaaS software offerings are growing quickly. ThinkStrategies has put together a catalog of SaaS companies and categorized them by application category. The list includes 1200 companies in 79 categories.Somewhat of a surprise, PLM-vendor PTC shows up on the list, and other notable entries in this category include CrownPeak and SpringCM. But looking through the list of Content Management companies doesn’t turn up many well-known or long-established companies. The trend towards SaaS has clearly started, but whether it will move as quickly as predicted is not as clear.All of the SaaS offerings on the ThinkStrategies list appear to be targeting content management from a very generic perspective, but one size seldom fits all, especially in the enterprise. For large enterprises, more than likely, customization will be required.That leads to something that is being called SaCS — Software as a Customized Service. Hosted solutions, but packaged and customized for companies. This approach captures much of the flavor of SaaS, treating IT as a utility, but it also reflects accurately the business processes within the organization.SaCS is more descriptive of the model that Formtek has pursued in creating our on-demand solutions. Formtek works closely with our customers and provides hosted solutions tailored to their processes.viagraorder xanax
For a lot of homeowners, the complexities of energy efficiency upgrades can be as daunting as their cost, so it’s no surprise many builders and remodelers long ago became adept at demystifying and managing the entire process for their clients, from audit to final finish work and testing.Now, that full-service strategy is being embraced by building-products giant Masco Corporation, whose Masco Home Services division this week launched an energy efficiency home-improvement program, called WellHome, in Austin, Dallas, Orlando, Phoenix, Tucson, and Ann Arbor, and in Nashua, New Hampshire.“Our approach to home performance is to conduct a thorough assessment and diagnose the issues, but to also fix them, and then guarantee the energy savings,” WellHome’s president, Larry Laseter, said in a press release. “This full-service approach to comfort and home energy efficiency is unique to WellHome and will be the model as we grow nationally.”Homestar compatibilityHigh up in the press release, Masco makes a point of noting that WellHome would mesh well with the ambitions of Homestar, a White House legislative proposal designed to create weatherization jobs and offer rebates for energy efficiency improvements for homeowners at any income level.WellHome is an offshoot of Masco’s Environments For Living program, which offers an array of services – from plan reviews, training, and field testing to certification and marketing – aimed at helping residential builders add green construction and energy efficient performance to their projects.As a consumer-oriented service, WellHome relies on Masco’s building-science expertise to analyze audit data and help homeowners use it to prioritize possible improvements based on the client’s budget and available tax credits, rebates, and other incentives. WellHome also offers financing and what it calls a Whole Home Energy Savings Limited Guarantee on energy savings generated by the improvements. Call 877-721-5907 for details. The WellHome website (which was not fully launched when we checked late Friday) is at http://www.wellhome.com
By Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhDCreative Commons [Flickr, Nadine Maternity03, July 9, 2010]Research suggests that pregnant women with deploying military husbands have greater difficulty adapting to motherhood than women without this stressor. Weis and Ryan  evaluated the effectiveness of a mentoring program designed to promote fetal attachment, adaptation, and self-esteem for pregnant military wives.For all new mothers or moms having another child, the family and social support that the mother receives during her pregnancy influences adaptation to motherhood. Support from the husband is the most significant factor in adaptation, but another important factor is the role of the maternal grandmother of the unborn child. When the maternal grandmother is not available to act as a role model, other women such as the paternal grandmother may serve as that role model. Frequently, military families are geographically separated and may not be available for mentoring the new mom. In these instances, providing a mentor with experience as a mom and a military wife may enhance the new mother’s adaptation to motherhood.In this study, the researchers conducted a randomized controlled study of women in their first trimester of pregnancy at Elgin Air Force Base to evaluate the effect of providing a mentoring relationship to pregnant women in the military. At total of 65 women were included in the study. Twenty-nine women participated in the Mentors Offering Maternal Support (MOMS) program, consisting of 8 group sessions following the MOMS curriculum. The groups were led by a trained mentor (all with experience as mothers) and unlimited support. Classes were structured so that the women could talk about their pregnancy experiences, reflect on motherhood, discuss coping with the changes experienced during pregnancy, and provide support for each other. Pre-natal maternal adaptation, maternal/fetal attachment, self-esteem, perceived community support, and program satisfaction were measured, corresponding with each trimester of the pregnancy.Women with the most contact with their husbands showed significantly higher levels of self-esteem. Women who maintained contact with their husbands also reported lower levels of anxiety related to their relationship, fostering a sense of worthiness and understanding from their husbands. The women participating in the MOMS program did not show a significant difference in adaptation, attachment, or self-esteem when compared with the women who did not participate in the program. It is possible that factors such as the short duration of the program, and relationships with mentors and participants could have affected the results, or that measures used could assess impact. It also may be that the curriculum does not effectively assist women in the areas of interest.Support from husbands and from a mentor, whether another mom in the family or another mother, can potentially provide a lot of support to new mothers. Adjusting well to motherhood can ultimately benefit the child. Source of support for pregnant and new mothers should be considered when working with this population.References Weis, K. L., & Ryan, T. W. (2012). Mentors Offering Maternal Support: A support intervention for military mothers. JOGNN: Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing, 41(2), 303-314. doi:10.1111/j.1552-6909.2012.01346.xThis post was written by Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhD, members of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.
There’s one DaVinci Resolve feature that I keep in my back pocket for dealing with footage with messy blacks. In this video tutorial learn Chroma Dark!There are a lot of hidden features in DaVinci Resolve, and some that are downright confusing. The average Resolve user may have little use for “Printer Lights Hotkeys,” the “easyDCP” tab, or the Resolve Live features. However, there’s one feature called Chroma Dark that I keep in my back pocket for dealing with footage with messy blacks, often found in the blue channel.Chroma Dark is a preset in DaVinci Resolve, but it’s different from the presets found in the Gallery page. This preset serves to modify part of the image as opposed to applying a stylized grade to an entire shot. Think of it as a node, not a look. To see what it does, go ahead and perform a primary correction on your shot, and create a new Serial Node. Assuming you’re in the Color page, Chroma Dark is under the Color menu, then under Presets, and then “Preset – Chroma Dark.” This applies to both Resolve version 10 and 11.Chances are you won’t like what the resulting image looks like, and that’s fine…in fact it’s normal. Good practice dictates we should always tweak a shot after we apply a general preset. You can see what Chroma Dark does at the middle bottom of the screen inside the Qualifier tab. The preset pulls a luminance key on the bottom half of the image, and desaturates that bottom half completely. For Chroma Light, this effect is essentially reversed, although the cutoff point for the luminance is a little different. The effect is simple, but we also only want it to do one thing: control that volatile, noisy blue channel. The saturation at zero is not going to help in most contexts, but it allows us to analyze what the effect is doing.The blue channel has always been the weakest of the three color channels, based on the way camera sensors are constructed and capture imagery data. This is part of the reason why professionals shoot using greenscreen more than bluescreen. Check out the video tutorial below for a demonstration of the preset at work. I use a clip from Gramatik’s music video for “Solidified” which you can enjoy here.The noise in the blacks is pretty nasty. When we apply our preset, the noise gets a little less rowdy, but it goes too far and needs tweaking. I find that moving the saturation back to about the 20-25 range cleans the image but puts a healthy amount of saturation back in without looking artificially processed.Try combining this preset with the temporal noise reduction (not available in the Lite version) which has become awesome over the past few versions. It’ll really clean up your footage, especially night exteriors that use a lot of natural lighting.Have you had success using Chroma Dark? Have you found any other applications for it? Let us know in the comments.