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Share Tags: NULL KCS-content whatsapp Thursday 9 September 2010 8:25 pm Show Comments ▼ by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastNoteabley25 Funny Notes Written By StrangersNoteableyMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBemoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite Heraldautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comDrivepedia20 Of The Most Underrated Vintage CarsDrivepedia BARCAP WINS BRAGGING RIGHTS IN A SQUARE MILE RELAY VICTORY whatsapp TO THE heart of London’s financial community last night for one of the most eagerly-anticipated competitive moments of the year – the annual Bloomberg Square Mile Relay.No less than 100 teams of ten runners thronged the streets to take part in the relay, after months of boot camp-style training regimes to win bragging rights over their City rivals.Since the event’s inception in 2007, the crown has been passed between Legal & General and Barclays Capital, with the latter taking the honours last year by a minute and a half.This year saw a bit of a shake-up at the top – BarCap remained king of the track, storming in to win with a combined time of 47 minutes and 45 seconds, but Macquarie pinched the runner-up spot ahead of Legal & General in third place.BarCap captain Stephen Whitehead said the team, including David Peters, John Kettle, Nick Altmann and Andrew Lawrence, had been kept on their toes by Macquarie and were “delighted” with the result.STUNT RUNJaded City types looking for a flight of escapism this weekend need not even leave the confines of the Square Mile. Word reaches The Capitalist of preparations for a movie crew to descend upon the area around St Paul’s on Sunday, ready to capture a few daredevil stunts on camera for the forthcoming second Johnny English film.Celebrity-spotters hoping to catch a glimpse of comedian Rowan Atkinson in action might be disappointed, though – the stunts in question sound far too treacherous to be entrusted to a precious actor.According to leaflets dropped around the area yesterday, the scene being filmed constitutes motorbikes and cars haring after Johnny as he manoeuvres a motorised wheelchair from Carter Lane onto Ludgate Broadway. Residents have been warned not to panic if they spot clouds of smoke or the dummy handguns being carried by two characters posing as agents.LOAD OF BULLBull semen group Genus – a company which can always be relied upon to bring a childish chuckle to those trawling through endless RNS announcements of a morning – has a new chairman. The lucky fellow, Bob Lawson, ambles over from rather more conventional pastures – recruiter Hays, to be exact, where he will shortly retire as chairman. Apparently, the prospect of the move leaves him suitably “excited”.SWEET TOOTHTo a breakfast seminar yesterday morning to discuss the consultation on proposed alterations to the Takeover Code, where pearls of wisdom were imparted by distinguished speakers including Centrica chairman Roger Carr, Slaughter & May partner Stephen Cooke, Herbert Smith partner David Paterson and Morgan Stanley investment banker Suniti Chauhan.Carr, of course, is something of a veteran in the M&A arena, having most recently extracted 840p per share from consumer goods giant Kraft for Cadbury, where he was chairman up until February.Cooke, meanwhile, was also heavily involved in the takeover, advising Carr and the board on their defence. Perhaps, in light of their combined experience, organisers MergerMarket might have thought to provide a Dairy Milk for all participants instead of a packet of Starburst chewy sweets?“I see we’ve been brought to you today courtesy of the Wrigley company,” noted Cooke, wryly.WOMAN’S WORLDAn astonishing find, courtesy of blogger David Xia over the pond, who’s unearthed a laminated card with, er, advice for ladies looking to get ahead in the business world. Apparently, the card was found lying around on a desk in HR at Citigroup in the States – with ten tips for women on what NOT to do to “sabotage” their careers.“1. Women tend to speak softly – you are not heard,” the list begins. “2. Women groom in public – emphasises your femininity and deemphasises your capability. 3. Women sit demurely – the power position when seated at a table is forearms resting on a table and resting forward…”On and on goes the list, from asking permission, to apologising, to smiling inappropriately and not offering “one good pump” as a handshake. If any creative ladies out there feel like composing a comeback with gems of similarly clichéd advice for the gents – testicle-scratching, expletive-laden outbursts of anger and all – The Capitalist is sure those HR gurus would be only too happy to pass them on to the male contingent.SIX IN THE CITYAnd finally, while many of their colleagues sweated it out in their running shoes yesterday, teams from Linklaters, Deutsche Bank, Ashurst, M&G Investments and PwC, among others, were at the crease battling it out for supremacy on the cricket pitch at the annual “Six in the City tournament”.Kudos goes to Linklaters, captained by Chris Allfrey, which beat M&G in the finals.
Please enter your comment! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. By Dianne Bystrom, Former Director of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics, Iowa State University and Karen M. Kedrowski, Director of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center, Iowa State UniversityOne hundred years ago, the 19th Amendment enfranchised millions of women across the United States following a seven-decade campaign. The struggle to expand voting rights to women resonates today as the country continues to debate who should vote and how.As scholars of civic engagement and women’s suffrage, we have compiled “19 Things to Know” about this landmark amendment. Together they reveal the strength and determination of the suffrage movement as it battled for this fundamental right of citizenship.Many early suffragists were also abolitionists. They include Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Lucy Stone, Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman.2. The first women’s rights convention took place in Seneca Falls, New York, on July 19-20, 1848. Of the 11 resolutions demanding equality – in the workplace, family and education, for example – only women’s right to vote drew opposition before it was approved. Although abolitionists had called for women’s voting rights before 1848, suffragists later viewed the convention as launching the U.S. women’s suffrage movement.3. In 1869 the movement split over disagreements about the 15th Amendment, which granted voting rights to African American men but not women.The National Woman Suffrage Association lobbied for a federal amendment, while the American Woman Suffrage Association pursued a state-by-state strategy. Recognizing that a divided movement was hurting their success, the groups merged in 1890 as the National American Woman Suffrage Association, or NAWSA.4. Suffrage was a mass movement with diverse voices. They included the National Association of Colored Women, the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union, farmers’ organizations and the Women’s Trade Union League. Most of these organizations became active in suffrage after the creation of NAWSA.5. Women’s suffrage depended on male supporters, among them state legislators and members of Congress. Only men could vote in state referenda to extend the vote to women. Men did so in Colorado, New York and Oklahoma. Meanwhile, thousands of women opposed suffrage. They thought it would undermine women’s influence in the home and family.6. Several political and social movements during the Progressive Era, 1890-1920, prioritized suffrage. Women realized they needed voting rights to reform child labor laws, promote public health, and prohibit alcohol and prostitution. These suffragists framed their roles, as wives and mothers, as political virtues to advance a more moral government.7. Besides the leadership provided by the national women’s suffrage associations, hundreds of local and state organizations engaged thousands of volunteers as well. Some of the earliest state associations were organized in Kansas in 1867, Iowa in 1870 and Washington state in 1871.8. African American women reformers saw suffrage as an important goal. They began forming their own clubs in the 1880s and founded the National Association of Colored Women in 1896. Unlike predominantly white suffrage organizations, the NACW called for other reforms to address the economic, educational and social welfare of African American women and children, such as job training programs, fair wages and child care.9. Millions of women enjoyed the right to vote before the 19th Amendment was ratified. Women had full voting rights in 15 states and the Alaska territory, and limited suffrage, including voting in presidential elections, in another 12 states before 1920. Their influence helped build momentum for the 19th Amendment.10. In 1913 Alice Paul organized NAWSA’s first women’s suffrage parade in Washington, D.C. The police failed to provide the suffragists with adequate protection, and spectators attacked the marchers. Paul formed a rival suffrage organization, the National Woman’s Party, in 1916.Alice Paul, 1920, celebrating the passage of the 19th Amendment.Photo12/Universal Images Group via Getty Images11. In a speech titled “The Crisis” at NAWSA’s 1916 convention, president Carrie Chapman Catt outlined her “Winning Plan” to focus efforts on a federal amendment while encouraging women to work in their states for the level of suffrage that could be achieved.12. In 1916 Jeannette Rankin, a Republican from Montana, became the first woman elected to the U.S. Congress. Lawmakers greeted her with a standing ovation when she was introduced in the House of Representatives. A committed suffragist, Rankin voted for the 19th Amendment in 1918.13. In 1917 the National Woman’s Party organized protests outside the White House to pressure President Woodrow Wilson to support women’s suffrage. For several months, suffragists protested in silence six days a week. Wilson initially tolerated the demonstrations but later became embarrassed by them.14. Thirty-three suffragists picketing outside the White House on Nov. 10, 1917, were arrested and jailed. They were fed maggot-infested food, beaten and tortured. The suffragists protested with a hunger strike and were brutally force-fed. They were released after the Washington, D.C. Court of Appeals declared their arrests unconstitutional.15. The Republican Party was viewed as more supportive of women’s suffrage than Democrats until 1916, when both parties publicly supported state suffrage.Congress approved the 19th Amendment in 1919 with bipartisan support: 83% percent of Republicans in the House and 82% in the Senate, and 53% of Democrats in the House and 54% in the Senate. Some Democrats from the South opposed voting rights for African American women.Carrie Chapman Catt, women’s suffrage leader and advocate for world peace, in the mid 1910s. PhotoQuest/Getty Images Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your name here 16. Carrie Chapman Catt founded the League of Women Voters on Feb. 14, 1920, at the NAWSA convention. Tennessee became the final state needed to ratify the 19th Amendment six months later.17. Some 500,000 African American women could vote in states where their male counterparts were enfranchised, according to the 1920 U.S. Census. But in the South, African American men and women remained disenfranchised through state-imposed literacy tests, poll taxes and violence.African American women continued the fight for voting rights. In 1920 Mary McLeod Bethune of Florida led voter registration drives while risking racist attacks. Fannie Lou Hamer of Mississippi organized African American voter registration efforts in the South in the early 1960s. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 outlawed discriminatory voting barriers adopted in many Southern states after the Civil War.18. Some 10 million women voted in 1920, a turnout rate of 36%, compared to 68% for men. Women voter turnout rates have gradually increased and exceeded male turnout rates since 1980, when 61.9% of women voted compared to 61.5% of men. In 2016, 63.3% of women voted compared to 59.3% of men.19. In January Virginia became the 38th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, following Nevada, in 2017; and Illinois, in 2018. The ERA was first introduced to Congress in 1923, approved in 1972 and ratified by 35 out of constitutionally required 38 states by 1974.The recent resurgence of women’s activism has refocused attention on gender equality issues, including the ERA, which supporters argue is needed to protect women’s rights. Although the U.S. House voted in February to remove the original deadline set by Congress and pave the way for its final approval, no action is expected in the Senate this year.This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 TAGS100th Anniversary19th AmendmentSuffrage MovementThe ConversationWomen’s Voting Rights Previous articleProtests and a pandemic: Facial recognition gets another close-upNext articleOrange County Update: Curfew lifted; Orange CARES assistance grants for individuals and families opens again Tuesday 8am Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Women portraying suffragettes walk with the Pasadena Celebrates 2020 float at the 131st Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply The Anatomy of Fear You have entered an incorrect email address! 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Sunset House / Mcleod Bovell Modern HousesSave this projectSaveSunset House / Mcleod Bovell Modern Houses WHM Structural Engineers Products used in this ProjectExterior DeckingAccoyaAccoya® DeckingGeotechinal Engineer:Horizon EngineeringEnvelope Engineer:JRS EngineeringMillwork:CN Architectural Millwork & ConstructionPool Construction:Alka PoolsGlazing::Atlas Meridian GlassworksDesigners In Charge:Matt Mcleod, Lisa BovellCity:West VancouverCountry:CanadaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Ema PeterText description provided by the architects. Situated on a steep and technically challenging site, this single family home was designed to capture views of the outer harbour and heavy marine traffic along the jagged West Vancouver coast line. The home’s irregular shape traces the site boundary, coming to an angled blinder that provides privacy from tight adjacent properties. A natural, minimalist palate of raw concrete, steel, leather and wood creates a calm interior space that doesn’t distract from the framed ocean view beyond. Save this picture!© Ema PeterSave this picture!Floor Plan 02Save this picture!© Ema PeterMovement into the house is carefully choreographed to disguise the considerable elevation change from street to living space – no individual stair run is greater than 1/2 story, allowing an unobstructed sightline from the oversized pivot entrance door through to the terrace. Similarly, the split level arrangement allows for generous volumes in the main living spaces and a closer connection between upper and main floor, while also providing dramatic elements such as the 40 foot elevation drop from the suspended deck and plunge pool to the rear garden below. Save this picture!© Ema PeterDue to its concrete construction, the home has a cave-like feeling with carefully carved spaces that feel intimate. Limited materiality creates a meditative and calming experience, with contrast between solid and soft elements throughout. Board-formed concrete mimics the texture of the wood siding both on the exterior and interior of the home, its directionality used to either elongate surfaces or emphasize double height spaces between floor levels. Leather pulls on white millwork panels are paired with carved wood handrails, and hand-scraped wide plank oak flooring. The palette has been stripped to the essentials, allowing the home to feel cohesive and solid. Save this picture!© Ema PeterProject gallerySee allShow lessDavid Chipperfield’s West Village Apartment Complex Finally Given GreenlightArchitecture NewsExperimenta 21 Tower / MORINI ArquitectosSelected Projects Share Products translation missing: en-US.post.svg.material_description ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/805749/sunset-house-mcleod-bovell-modern-houses Clipboard Manufacturers: Atlas Meridian Glassworks, Benjamin Moore, Caesarstone, Ergon, Gandia Blasco, Innowood, Lightolier, Montauk Sofa, Paini, Resysta, Escenium HAUS, INNTEC, Kentwood, MP Lighting, Quartzform Countertops, Windowworks Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/805749/sunset-house-mcleod-bovell-modern-houses Clipboard Architects: Mcleod Bovell Modern Houses Area Area of this architecture project 2015 CopyHouses•West Vancouver, Canada General Contractor: Photographs: Ema Peter Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Houses Photographs Structural Engineer: Canada Area: 6300 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project Save this picture!© Ema Peter+ 20 Share “COPY” View Point Construction, Claudio Fischer ArchDaily Year: “COPY” Sunset House / Mcleod Bovell Modern Houses CopyAbout this officeMcleod Bovell Modern HousesOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesWest VancouverCanadaPublished on February 22, 2017Cite: “Sunset House / Mcleod Bovell Modern Houses” 22 Feb 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Home Indiana Agriculture News Minimal Drying Forecast for the Next Week Minimal Drying Forecast for the Next WeekRyan MartinA week a heavy rains, topping over 10 inches in some locations, has led to flooding in many areas. In the Seed Consultants Planting Forecast for the coming week, chances of dry down do not look good. Swollen rivers, flash floods, and newly planted crops under water are occurring across the state. As HAT chief meteorologist Ryan Martin points out, the issue now is dry down.Martin does see some dry days occurring next week, “The weather systems we will see this next week will not be as intense or produce as much rain as those this last week, but they will also not allow us to dry out very much.” What we need to dry things out quickly are several back to back dry days, but Martin does not see that happening this coming week, “We have rain moving back into the state on Tuesday and Wednesday, a dry day on Thursday, and then more rain on Friday and Saturday.” He sees rain totals of up to ¾ of an inch with 60% coverage around the state, “That is not a lot of moisture, but we are also not drying out this soil very much.”The long range forecast is much the same story. According to Martin, “We have another rain system in the state the 16th-19th that could produce up to 1½ inches of rain.”Martin says temperatures will remain cool and that too will not help with fast dry down, “When you have overnight lows in the 40s and daytime highs in the 60s, and you have saturated soils, you do not get a lot of soil warm up or dry down.” He sees this pattern slowing germination of newly planted crops. He added that air temperatures will warm later next week, but soils will be slow to warm because of the excessive moisture that is in the soil.You can get a free copy of Ryan Martin’s planting forecast for the coming week e-mailed to you tomorrow morning along with some helpful agronomic advice from Purdue. Simply sign up today here. This planting forecast is made possible by Seed Consultants and Kokomo Grain. SHARE Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Previous articleVincennes Farmer is Finalist for America’s Farmers Mom of the YearNext articleRyan Martin’s Indiana Ag Forecast for May 5, 2017 Gary Truitt Minimal Drying Forecast for the Next Week SHARE By Gary Truitt – May 5, 2017
Facebook TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Linkedin Twitter Men’s tennis clinches consecutive Big 12 titles with win over No. 4 Baylor Equestrian upsets No. 1 Baylor, swept by Texas A&M at NCEA Championships Facebook Dean Strakahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/dean-straka/ TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Dean Straka is a senior journalism major from Lake Forest, California. He currently serves as Sports Line Editor for TCU 360. His passions include golf, God, traveling, and sitting down to watch the big game of the day. Follow him on Twitter at @dwstraka49 Twitter Dean Strakahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/dean-straka/ Norrie climbs to No. 1 in national rankings + posts printTCU Soccer finally pulled through on Sunday afternoon, defeating Illinois State 2-0.Sophomores Allison Ganter and Emma Heckendorn each scored in the shutout win over the Red Birds. The team was riding a three-game losing streak to open the season before Sunday’s victory.“Today was a true team effort. We showed our depth, which was important on a hot day,” coach Eric Bell said. “We were able to come through with a couple goals and get the win.”Defense was one of the big stories for the Frogs in Sunday’s contest. The team only allowed four shots on goal the entire match, and only one in the second half. TCU out-shot Illinois State 14-4 for the match.It was the second career shutout for junior goalkeeper Shannon Coffer, who was making her first appearance with the team since November 2013. Coffer tallied her first shutout in October that same year.Bell said the past three games motivated the team to come out stronger on Sunday.“We talked at half about what happened on Friday and we didn’t let that happen today,” Bell said. “I thought we came out of the half with more energy and great intensity. Even with all the substitutions, the group responded with the same level of intensity if not higher.”The victory capped off a four-game road trip to the start the season. TCU will take the field at home at 7 p.m. on Friday against Maryland for their next match.“We are looking forward to being home,” Bell said. “We will have the comfort of our stadium and good crowds. We are excited and looking forward to it. Hopefully our fans are excited to see this edition of TCU soccer.” Equestrian defeated in Big 12 Championship Dean Straka Linkedin Dean Strakahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/dean-straka/ ReddIt Dean Strakahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/dean-straka/ Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Previous articleWomen’s soccer struggles against IllinoisNext articlePrinting stations show new format Dean Straka RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ReddIt
North MacedoniaEurope – Central Asia June 25, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Never-ending decline of Macedonia’s media Follow the news on North Macedonia May 29, 2015 Find out more News Journalists repeatedly attacked in Macedonian political crisis April 22, 2015 Find out more Help by sharing this information News News Organisation Outspoken columnist threatened, his car torched to go further Receive email alerts March 8, 2017 Find out more News RSF_en North MacedoniaEurope – Central Asia Sinister threat to Macedonian journalist and his family A year after the shockwaves from the closure of the opposition TV station A1 and several leading national dailies, Reporters Without Borders reiterates its deep concern about freedom of information in Macedonia.The country has entered an area of turbulence with no end in sight. The media landscape is marked by the appearance and disappearance of newspapers in a manner totally unrelated to the needs of the market. At the same time, the fundamentals remain the same – journalists with no economic security and polarized media that are funded from unclear sources.Against a backdrop of an increasingly common hate messages and mounting community tension between Macedonians and Albanians, two recent developments have reinforced concern about media freedom – the withdrawal of A2 TV’s licence and the flawed decriminalization of media offences.A1’s closure followed by A2’s“The reason given by the Broadcasting Council for withdrawing A2’s licence was absurd and dishonest,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It was forced to close on the grounds that it was not broadcasting enough news at precisely the moment when it was going to produce more news!This only reinforces suspicions about the independence of the council, which was brought under the government’s control by a reform in July 2011.”The Broadcasting Council withdrew A2’s licence on 13 June on the grounds that it had not respected its licensed status as a TV news channel. A1’s little sister, A2 was an over-the-air channel owned by Velija Ramkovski, whose arrest last year on tax fraud and money laundering charges paralyzed the activities of a third of the country’s media, all controlled by his company,Plus Produkcija.A2 was forced to concentrate on music and entertainment programmes by a lack of cash because, like A1, its bank accounts were frozen. A2’s accounts have continued to be frozen although the courts have since ruled that it is not subject to a tax adjustment.Despite its funding problems, A2 had announced last month that it intended to resume broadcasting news and current affairs programmes with an editorial line critical of the government, in order to fill the gap left by A1’s sudden disappearance. It had begun to recruit journalists to broadcast news bulletins and political talk shows.It was at the end of May, around 10 days after this announcement, that the Broadcasting Council took A2 to task for “not respecting its official status as a news channel” and ordered it to dedicate at least 5 percent of its airtime to news programmes. Its licence was withdrawn three weeks later as it was unable to comply within such a short period.Like A1, which launched the A1 ON (www.A1on.mk) web TV station, A2 is now limited to posting its content online.Decriminalization agreement – an illusory reform?After six months of intense debate, the government and Association of Macedonian Journalists reached an agreement on a proposed legislative reform that would decriminalize defamation and insulting comments. The bill will be examined by the Council of Europe and will be the subject of a public debate before being submitted to Macedonia’s parliament.“The decriminalization of media offences is a big advance but it would be largely negated by the deterrent effect of the size of the fines that would replace prison sentences,” Reporters Without Borders said. “While we welcome the bill’s promotion of media self-regulation and the fact that fines are envisaged only as a last resort, the international principles to which Macedonia has subscribed would still not be translated into national law.“The European Union, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights all stress that the fines imposed for insult and defamation must be proportional both to the harm caused and to ability of the journalists and media to pay. How would badly-paid journalists be able to combat the already widespread scourge of intimidation and self-censorship when faced by the possibility of a fine that is ten times the size of their average monthly salary?”According to the bill, defamation would no longer be a crime punishable by imprisonment and the publication of an apology or retraction could pre-empt a lawsuit. With the aim of limiting the potential for arbitrary decision-making by judges, the bill sets ceilings for fines but they are very high – 2,000 euros for the journalists who writes the offending article, 10,000 euros for the editorwho publishes it and 15,000 euros for the media owner.“A lot depends on how the courts implement a law but the law should at least minimize the dangers,” Reporters Without Borders added. “We urge the Council of Europe to ask Macedonia to ensure that fines are proportional to the ability of journalists and news media to pay.”Several other legislative proposals crucial for the media are languishing. A proposed media law that would replace the one in effect since 2005 is still being drafted. At the same time, no timetable has been made public for the adoption of a proposed foreign media law. Opposition parliamentarians have filed amendments to article 18 of the bill, implying a ban on opinion polls,and article 21, under which any foreign TV station wanting to send a crew to Macedonia would have to request permission from the foreign ministry a month in advance.
Receive email alerts September 25, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Legion of Honour award for Putin condemned as “unworthy of France” RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” News RSF_en BelarusEurope – Central Asia to go further June 2, 2021 Find out more “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says News Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown News BelarusEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information News Reporters Without Borders voiced outrage today that French President Jacques Chirac bestowed the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honour – one of the highest decorations awarded by a country that considers itself the birthplace of human rights – on Russian President Vladimir Putin on 22 September.An Elysée Palace spokesman said the award, given on the penultimate day of a visit by President Putin that ended with a French – Russian – German tripartite summit on 23 September in Compiègne, was given for his contribution to friendship between Russia and France.“The dismantling of civil liberties in Russia, the gagging of the press and the state terror and news blackout policies being implemented in Chechnya were not mentioned in any official statement issued during this visit,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The French government’s decision to award Putin the Legion of Honour is a shocking endorsement of his policies.”The organisation added: “Elevating a press freedom predator to the rank of Grand Cross of the Legion of Honour is an insult to all those in Russia who fight for press freedom, the freedom to be informed and the survival of effective democracy in their country.”Reporters Without Borders has registered many serious human rights violations in Russia since the start of the year. Two journalists have been murdered. Self-censorship prevails as a result of lawsuits and administrative harassment. The purchase of news media by pro-government business groups such as Gazprom, which already owns NTV and the newspaper Izvestia, is reducing the amount of independent news and information available to the public. The influential opposition daily Kommersant was sold on 31 August to a metalworking industry magnate who heads a Gazprom subsidiary.The Internet is not excluded from this drive to gag the press, as seen in the trial of Vladimir Rakhmankov, the editor of the online newspaper Kursiv, which began on 22 September. He is accused under article 319 of the criminal code of “insulting a state official” because he headlined one of his articles: “Putin, Russia’s phallic symbol.” He could be sentenced to 12 months of hard labour. Follow the news on Belarus May 28, 2021 Find out more France awarded the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honour to Russian President Vladimir Putin on 22 September. Reporters Without Borders is appalled that this decoration has been bestowed on the leader of a country where all press freedom indicators are in free fall. Organisation May 27, 2021 Find out more
STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Subscribe Science and Technology JPL’s Venus Rover Challenge Winners Announced An overwhelming response to the competition will help advance the design of a mechanical rover concept that could one day explore the hellish surface of Venus. By NASA/JPL-Caltech Published on Monday, July 6, 2020 | 4:05 pm Make a comment CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Business News This collage shows all 15 finalists for the “Exploring Hell” competition. In all, 572 entries from designers, makers, and citizen scientists were submitted from 82 countries. Credit: NASA/HeroXHow do you design a vehicle that can withstand the furnace-like heat and crushing pressures of Venus?One idea being explored by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is a wind-powered clockwork rover, and it’s just been given a boost by designers, the maker community, and citizen scientists from around the world. In February, NASA launched a public competition to seek ideas for a mechanical obstacle-avoidance sensor that could be incorporated into the novel rover’s design. And today, the winners have been announced.“The response from the community was incredible and better than I ever dreamed,” said Jonathan Sauder, a senior mechatronics engineer at JPL. “There were so many great ideas and well-developed concepts that in addition to first, second, and third place, we decided to add two finalists and another 10 honorable mentions in recognition of the amazing work people put into this project.”The brilliance of the ideas is matched by the harrowing challenge facing future robotic explorers of Venus. The longest any spacecraft has survived on the surface of Venus is a little over two hours – a record set by the Soviet Union’s Venera 13 probe in 1981. And the last spacecraft to land on Venus was the Soviet Vega 2 mission in 1985. It survived only 52 minutes.Venus may be known as Earth’s “sister planet,” but to develop machines that can better withstand its harsh environment, we’ll obviously need a different approach.Enter AREE, a project being led by Sauder at JPL. Short for Automaton Rover for Extreme Environments, AREE is a rover concept with a mechanical locomotion approach capable of performing complex sequences of operations and instructions autonomously. The concept originated as a NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) study, which funds early-stage technologies that may support future space missions.AREE would use a small wind turbine and a system of springs to generate and store mechanical energy that could power its locomotion. Think of how a wind-up pocket watch stores energy and drives the motion of its internal gears to keep the time, and you have a basic idea about how this machine would operate.By replacing sensitive electronics and delicate computers with gears, components made from advanced heat-resistant alloys, and limited-capability high-temperature electronics, a more robust machine can be built – one that might last for months in the punishing environment.But how would such a machine navigate the terrain without advanced electronic sensors? That was the question behind NASA’s “Exploring Hell: Avoiding Obstacles on a Clockwork Rover” challenge. In all, 572 entries from a mix of teams and individuals were submitted from 82 countries, with ideas that ranged from systems of rollers to detect hazards to oversized fenders that would snap the rover in reverse should it hit a boulder.The first-place prize is $15,000; second place wins $10,000; and third place, $5,000. The two additional, unplanned finalist prizes for the entry that was the most innovative and the entry with the best prototype are $2,000 each. The grant money was provided by NIAC and NASA Prizes and Challenges programs.But the biggest prize for the finalists? Being considered for inclusion in AREE’s design as the rover concept continues to develop.Final Awards• First Place: “Venus Feelers” by Youssef Ghali• Second Place: “Skid n’ Bump – All-mechanical, Mostly Passive” by Team Rovetronics• Third Place: “Direction Biased Obstacle Sensor (DBOS)” by Callum Heron• Best Prototype: “AMII Sensor” by KOB ART• Most Innovative: “ECHOS: Evaluate Cliffs Holes Objects & Slopes” by Matthew ReynoldsHonorable Mentions• “CATS – Cable Actuated Tactile Sensor” by Team – Spaceship EAC• “Mechanical Logic Obstacle Avoidance Sensor” by Christopher Wakefield• “Clockwork Cucaracha” by Michael Sandstrom• “Vibrissae Inspired Mechanical Avoidance Sensor” by ARChaic Team• “V-Track with Scotch Yoke Clinometer – Prototype” by Jason McCallister• “SPIDER (Sense, Perceive, ID in Exploration Rover)” by Ryan Zacheree Lewis• “The Double Octopus” by Thomas Schmidt• “Mechanical Sensor for Avoiding Compound Obstacles” by Aurelian Zapciu• “DEMoN Fire Sensor” by Santiago Forcada Pardo• “Cane and Able” by Martin HolmesJPL worked with the NASA Tournament Lab to execute the challenge on the HeroX crowdsourcing platform. The NASA Tournament Lab is part of NASA’s Prizes and Challenges program within the agency’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD). The program supports the use of public competitions and crowdsourcing as tools to advance NASA research and development and other mission needs.For more information about the challenge and the winning entries, including videos and photos of the designs, visit:https://www.herox.com/VenusRover/128-meet-the-winnersYou can also participate in a moderated discussion with Jonathan Sauder and the winners of the “Exploring Hell” Challenge, hosted by HeroX, on July 23 at 10 a.m. PDT (1 p.m. EDT). Register here.AREE is an early-stage research study funded by NIAC. NIAC is a visionary and far-reaching aerospace program within STMD that has the potential to create breakthrough technologies for possible future space missions; however, such early-stage technology developments may never become actual NASA missions.Learn more about opportunities to participate in your space program: www.nasa.gov/solve Herbeauty7 Tips To Rejuvenate Winter Dry, Chapped LipsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHow To Lose Weight & Burn Fat While You SleepHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Is What Scientists Say Will Happen When You Eat AvocadosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWeird Types Of Massage Not Everyone Dares To TryHerbeautyHerbeauty Community News Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Your email address will not be published. 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