first_img News July 23, 2019 Find out more News Organisation Three journalist arrested, two radio stations closed in Gambia GambiaAfrica to go further Help by sharing this information June 24, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Fears of judicial onslaught on independent press as laws amended January 27, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Gambiacenter_img News Gambia still needs to address challenges to press freedom GambiaAfrica News RSF_en Receive email alerts Gambia: former president must stand trial for journalist’s murder Reporters Without Borders voiced new concern about government tactics as the National Assembly amended libel and sedition laws bringing in crippling fines against newspapers or increased prison terms for journalists.It appealed to the international community and in particular Britain, which takes over the rotating presidency of the European Union on 1 July, to make the defence of freedoms in The Gambia one its major diplomatic initiatives.The changes to the criminal code come six months after the still unpunished murder on 16 December 2004 of Deyda Hydara, co-founder and editor of the tri-weekly The Point and correspondent for Agence France-Presse (AFP) and Reporters Without Borders, and while the government, rather than hunting his killers, has launched a campaign to discredit him.The organisation said that while The Gambia’s government had never made use of its anti-freedom legislation, it interpreted the adoption of these amendments as a sign that it had decided to go on the offensive against the independent press.”These apparently innocent changes appear intended for immediate use, the moment President Yahya Jammeh promulgates them,” it said. “The international community must react before independent journalists are thrown in prison for being unable to pay fines or newspapers close to save their journalists from prison.”According to local sources, the National Assembly on 23 June adopted an amendment to the criminal code establishing the “option of a fine” as an alternative to prison, from 50,000 dalasis (1,460 euros) to 250,000 dalasis (7,300 euros) for “defamation” and “sedition”. In addition it hiked the minimum prison sentence from six months to one year.Against this background, Reporters Without Borders restated its “unshakeable commitment” to the Hydara family and journalists working in The Gambia’s privately-owned press. August 6, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

first_imgThe fatal shooting of Arbery apparently recorded on video in February and posted online Tuesday by a local radio station host, will go to a grand jury in coastal Georgia, according to a district attorney.These are the two murderers of #AhmaudArbery. They are STILL walking free. Their names are Gregory and Travis McMichael.— zellie (@zellieimani) May 6, 2020 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery, an African American man in Georgia, was shot and killed by two white men who thought he was a criminal, he was not. He was simply jogging down the road in broad daylight on a Sunday afternoon in February.The video of #AhmaudArbery sickens me to my core.Exercising while Black shouldn’t be a death sentence.— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) May 5, 2020 WARNING: Violent Targeted Shooting of an Unarmed Black ManTwo extremists targeted & murdered Ahmaud Arbery, 25 of GA., whose family says he was out for a run.This is a modern day lynching. Utterly horrifying. My God.— Qasim Rashid for Congress (@QasimRashid) May 5, 2020center_img Elements of the disturbing video are consistent with a description of the shooting given to police by one of those involved in the incident.Ahmaud Arbery, 25, was jogging in a neighborhood outside Brunswick on February 23 when a former police officer and his son chased him down, authorities said. According to a Glynn County Police report, Gregory McMichael later told officers that he thought Arbery looked like a person suspected in a series of recent break-ins in the area.After they chased down Arbery, McMichael told police, Arbery and McMichael’s son Travis struggled over his son’s shotgun. McMichael said two shots were fired before Arbery fell to the street, the report said.Wanda Cooper, Arbery’s mother, says that when police notified her of her son’s death, she was told her son was involved in a burglary and that there was a confrontation between her son and the homeowner and a struggle over a gun.“He was not armed,” Cooper said. She said she never worried about him jogging because she said he wasn’t bothering anyone.Defenders of the men are pointing to a shoplifting conviction in Arbery’s past.“The reference to … alleged conduct from high school or shoplifting is absurd and has nothing to do with his murder,” according to the family’s attorney.last_img read more

first_imgTURIN, Italy (AP):Italy midfielder Claudio Marchisio will miss the European Championship after injuring his knee while playing for Juventus yesterday.Marchisio was stretchered off in the 15th minute in visible pain after making a tackle. Tests revealed he has torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.Juventus beat Palermo 4-0 to move nine points clear in Serie A, with five rounds remaining.”Just got back home,” Marchisio said later in a post on his Instagram account. “The news from the scan obviously hurts me, but these are the risks of our job. I have strength and so much desire to get back well and as soon as possible.”Meanwhile, inside of me there is great joy for this win. We’re ever closer to the great aim. Well done lads. Until the end, we never give up.”Juventus said Marchisio will be operated on “in the next few days”. It is not clear how long he will be out for, but it normally takes around four to six months to recover from such an injury.Italy kicks off its Euro 2016 campaign against Belgium on June 13. It also faces Sweden and Ireland in Group E.valuable playerMarchisio is a fundamental part of the Italy team. The 30-year-old midfielder has made 54 appearances for the Azzurri since his debut in 2009, scoring five goals.”It will be a huge loss,” Juventus and Italy team-mate Leonardo Bonucci said. “Claudio is a leader in this dressing room and that of the national team, apart from being a really great footballer.”Bonucci also wrote on his Instagram account: “An important victory, but there is nothing to celebrate. Today, we lost, for several months, an important player for Juve and the national team. Stay strong Marchisio. We will win for you and we’re expecting you (back) stronger than ever.”last_img read more

first_imgATLANTA — The Giants will play their final road game of the season on Sunday, wrapping up a successful year away from Oracle Park.Yes, a club that will miss the postseason for the third straight year and is destined to post another sub-.500 record can take pride in what it accomplished on the road.In a third consecutive frustrating season, the Giants managed to secure a winning road record with a blowout victory over the Red Sox on Wednesday. Regardless of Sunday’s outcome in Atlanta, the …last_img read more

first_img(Visited 42 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Fossils have been such a mainstay of evolutionary theory for at least two centuries, one would think we have a pretty good picture of the process.  An article by Sid Perkins in Science News1 is revealing: “Only in the past decade or so have people begun to study in detail what happens to organisms after death,” the article states.  That’s surprising in a world where death is pervasive.    Some research teams have actually done science projects on taphonomy, the study of fossilization.  They have buried everything from birds to rhinos and exhumed them a few years later to see what happens.  In most cases, much of the animal is gone.  Consider what happens to birds.  Perkins shows a picture of Archaeopteryx and puzzles not why only 10 have been found, but why any have been preserved at all:Most carcasses that harden into fossils, including those of birds, were deposited in a body of water and then buried by sediment, says David A. Krauss, a paleobiologist at City University of New York.  However, the irksome fact that dead birds float conflicts with this observation.  In fact, bird carcasses float for quite a while, according to the results of experiments conducted by Krauss and his colleagues.  The researchers reported their findings last October at a meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology in Mesa, Ariz.    In their tests, conducted outdoors during the summer, Krauss and his colleagues placed carcasses of doves, swallows, and blackbirds in tanks filled with water.  Every one of the dozen birds floated.  By the end of the third day, a thick film of bacteria had formed on the carcasses.  Soon thereafter, the birds’ remains became infested with bugs and maggots.  Over the next 3 to 4 weeks, the carcasses decayed, lost some feathers, and began to fall apart—but they still floated.    Only after decomposition breached the birds’ internal air sacs and permitted water to flow into those cavities did the body parts finally sink, says Krauss.  At that point, the remains certainly wouldn’t have made informative fossils. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)They did get better results when sand or silt in the water impregnated the feathers, but still, the remarkable preservation of Archaeopteryx and many of the bones in China is startling considering the odds.    Other than bones and teeth, which already contain minerals, most of an animal’s carcass is soft tissue which decomposes rapidly.  Buried eggs, for instance, are rapidly consumed by bacteria, yet fossils are known.  Rare are the chemical conditions, such as acidity, which allow for preservation.  Scientists are still not sure which conditions can avoid the usual decompositional processes.    In 1983, a team from U of Wisconsin-Madison buried a white rhino that had died in a local zoo.  They checked how the fossilization was going after about eight years, and then a few years later.  The limbs had detached and much of the flesh on the legs had disappeared, but surprisingly, some of the muscles from forelimbs and shoulders looked fresh, “like [they] came out of a butcher’s shop” a team member commented.  Most of the skin was missing and a coating of a hard, grainy substance called “grave wax” coated the body cavity.    In short, very little is known about fossilization.  Plants and animals have a variety of tissues, so there is “no single route” to becoming a fossil.  “In a sense, fossilization is as much a process of elimination as an active means of preservation,” Perkins stated, referring to how taphonomy needs to take into account what vanishes as much as what remains.  In one memorable line, he said, “Most organisms live, die, and disappear without leaving any hints that they ever existed.”1Sid Perkins, “Modern science investigates the initial stages of how fossils form,” Science News, Week of Jan. 28, 2006; Vol. 169, No. 4 , p. 56.No, we are NOT going to say “billions of dead things buried in rock layers laid down by water all over the earth,” but think about this; it must require unusual conditions to get an Archaeopteryx and all the fine detail of preservation of feathers and soft tissues seen in many famous museum pieces, especially those coming out of the Liaoning Province of China.  Think of the dramatic fossil graveyards around the world where large mammals, dinosaurs or whales are buried in huge expanses of strata.    Perkins speaks glibly about this 570-million-year-old embryo, or that 150 million year old Archaeopteryx, and such, but how can he know?  All this research is relatively new, and shows rapid decay within less than 20 years.  How is it possible to claim what a fossil will look like in millions of years?  Think of how little remains when coroners exhume famous remains like Jesse James to look for clues in some historical mystery, and yet fossil embryos and jellyfish have been found, and things as ephemeral as footprints, raindrops and even dinosaur vomit.    This is a good area of research for a budding young scientist who has some decades of useful career ahead to work.  Since so many claims are made based on assumptions of long ages, it would be useful to know the requirements for fossilization with actual field testing, and get some numbers on how long various features can be expected to last even if completely mineralized.  We wonder if Harry Truman has fossilized at Mt. St. Helens under the ash at Spirit Lake.  Probably so; he was a pretty hard cuss already.last_img read more

first_imgWhat would Max Planck think?  The Institute named after him put out a press release, “Evolution in the Nanoworld,” that claims that synthetic molecules can organize themselves by an evolutionary principle of selection:The automatic molecular assembly and selection steps exhibited by the molecules, which start as random mixtures, demonstrates a fundamental step in the evolution of life.  The organization is activated by instructions which are built-in to the molecules.  During assembly, molecules exhibit active selection: those in incorrect positions move to make room for others which fit properly.  The molecular-level observation of such self-selection gives, for the first time, direct insight into fundamental steps of the biological evolution from inanimate molecules to living entities.Dr. Klaus Kern added, “The ability of molecules to selectively sort themselves in highly organized structures is a fundamental requirement for all molecular based systems, including biological organisms.”  Yet it becomes clear from reading the details that the researchers at the Max Planck Institute had pre-programmed the molecules to assemble into the patterns:Dr. Mario Ruben’s research team at KIT [Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, a partner in the research] is responsible for designing molecules with built-in instructions, which when read out activate the self-selection process.  He comments: “Spontaneous ordering from random mixtures only occurs when built-in instructions are carefully designed and sufficiently strong to initiate successful self-selection.”So this was a form of determinism, like crystallization, not natural selection.  Also, the resulting structures lacked any significant coded information content as in the genetic code.  Genetic instructions are different from molecular “built-in instructions,” because they can be translated and conveyed in ways that do not depend on the particular molecules used.    Any analogy to living organization was further stretched by the fact that they used highly specialized conditions unlike anything in a plausible prebiotic scenario: “The molecules are placed on ultra-clean metal surfaces and heated gently to enable motion, sorting, and organization,” the press release said.  Furthermore, the molecules, once locked in place, were incapable of further evolution.Note: The following commentary should not be perceived as anti-research.  On the contrary: we want a return to rational science that follows the evidence and avoids making preposterous metaphysical claims.  The press release contained an escape clause: “The resulting nanostructures also hold great promise as an efficient avenue to new catalysts, nanotechnologies, and surface applications.”  Great!  Focus on those goals, without the evolutionary nonsense, and you can get positive vibes here.  The evolution-talk has absolutely nothing to do with the nanotechnology.  Like a parasite, it only hangs on and saps the energy.    OK, what is wrong here?  Making a connection from this research to the origin of life is so far-fetched, it is patently absurd.  ID people and creationists have been pointing out for decades the difference between the biological genetic code and crystallization, but no creationist should be required – the fallacy should be obvious to any thinking person, especially a scientist.  A grade-school child could understand the difference between a snowflake and a book.    Notice that these researchers are esteemed men at Germany’s highest ranking research institute.  We’re not talking about intellectual slouches here.  This is the degree of absurdity you get in scientific reasoning and explanation when science becomes so entrenched in a materialistic paradigm it is incapable of thinking outside of it.  These guys have chained themselves in Plato’s fun-house, thinking the warped mirrors represent reality.    Meanwhile, the incorrigible Darwinists at Univ. of Georgia are still at it, according to EurekAlert, thinking abiotic adenine is a step toward the origin of life (see 10/22/2007 entry), and EurekAlert gives them full court press.    How do you get scientists to stop making absurd claims?  Two suggested therapies: (1) shame, and if that doesn’t work, (2) cut off the funding.  If the mad scientists still won’t change their evil ways, well, then we have Max Planck’s own view on scientific progress.  The renowned physicist, a Christian through his life, once quipped, “A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.”  ID needs about 30 more years for the attrition in the Darwin Party to clear the field.  (And the air.)(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_imgFor Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… The introduction of self-driving vehicles will not automatically solve all congestion problems and some studies say traffic levels could rise as young teens, elderly, and disabled swap public transport for their own autonomous vehicle.Anthony Barrs and Baiyu Chen, two research students from the University of California, Berkeley, have published a system that could reduce the level of traffic and give drivers added incentive to switch to a safer mode of transport.See Also: I’m riding here! New York City prepares for autonomous carsIt is called the Hyperlane, a super-fast lane exclusively for self-driving cars.Similar to dedicated toll lane, Hyperlane allows riders to exceed the normal speed limits, reaching potentially as high as 120 mph, according to The Guardian. In return, they must cede control of the vehicle to a centralized computer that connects with all of the autonomous vehicles.The duo sees this as a potential solution to the traffic problems plaguing the Los Angeles to San Francisco route. They claim that the cost per mile would be $127 million cheaper than the already exuberant California bullet rail project.Speeds will ramp upSpeeds would be slower than the bullet train, at least initially, although once 5G networks are in place and the centralized system becomes more sophisticated, it could theoretically run cars at much higher speeds than 120 mph.The Hyperlane model could be adopted by other metropolitan areas that fit the framework, according to the researchers. Dallas to Ft Worth and Baltimore to Washington were two suggested routes, though New York City to Philadelphia wouldn’t work as it requires enough space to create a new lane.It is not the first concept proposed as a counter to California’s expensive rail project, currently estimated to cost $64.2 billion. Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla and SpaceX, proposed an entirely new system of transportation called the Hyperloop, theoretically capable of reaching speeds faster than commercial airliners. IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… David Curry 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…center_img Tags:#Autonomous#Berkeley#California#congestion#driverless#Hyperlane#Internet of Things#IoT#roads#Self-Driving#traffic#University of California Related Posts Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and…last_img read more

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Monday rejected bail pleas of DMK MP Kanimozhi and Kalaignar TV managing director Sharad Kumar in the 2G spectrum allocation scam case.A bench of Justices G.S. Singhvi and B.S. Chauhan pronounced its verdict after hearing arguments of the accused and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for one-and-a-half hours.The apex court asked the duo to approach the CBI special court once again for bail after framing of charges. It observed that under Section 437 of the CrPC, the accused could re-apply for bail before the lower court.During the arguments, Kanimozhi’s counsel submitted that she would abide by any condition that might be imposed by the court while granting bail to her and insisted that she should not be deprived of her son’s company.Opposing her plea, the CBI said original documents regarding the illegal financial transaction of Rs 200 crore to DMK chief’s family-run Kalaignar TV was yet to be recovered and the accused might tamper with evidence if released on bail.The bail pleas of the 43-year-old daughter of DMK chief M. Karunanidhi and the chief of Kalaignar TV were earlier rejected by the special CBI court and thereafter by the Delhi High Court. They have been lodged in Tihar Jail since May 20.The CBI has named Kanimozhi as a co-conspirator along with former telecom minister A. Raja in the case. It has been alleged that the kickbacks from 2G scam were routed through a maze of companies, but rested finally with Kalaignar TV channel.advertisementKanimozhi and Kumar have been accused by the CBI to be involved in the illegal transaction of Rs 200 crore to Kalaignar TV which was alleged to be a bribe given by a telecom operator which had benefited in the scam.The apex court had on June 13 agreed to hear the bail pleas and asked the CBI to explain where the Rs 200 crore has gone and also to file a response on their bail pleas in a week’s time. It had also asked the CBI to come out with a status report on the loss to the state exchequer due to the award of 13 licences to one of the telecom operators and trial proceedings in the special court.Kanimozhi and Kumar had moved the Supreme Court seeking bail on June 10 challenging the Delhi High Court verdict that rejected their bail on the ground that they have strong political connections and the possibility of them influencing witnesses could not be ruled out.Earlier, two judges – P. Sathasivam and A.K. Patnaik – before whom the matter was listed had recused themselves from the high-profile case.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

first_imgGrace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations LATEST STORIES FILE – Errol Spence Jr. celebrates with fans after knocking out Carlos Ocampo in the first round of a IBF Welterweight Championship bout at The Ford Center at The Star on June 16, 2018 in Frisco, Texas. Tom Pennington/Getty Images/AFPIt seems like almost everyone wants a piece of Manny Pacquiao nowadays.Undefeated American Errol Spence Jr., one of the top 10 pound for pound fighters today, too wants a crack at the Filipino legend even if it means fighting in the Philippines.ADVERTISEMENT “I’ll fight Manny Pacquiao anywhere. Definitely in the Philippines or anywhere else,” Spence told Fight Hub TV recently.But a fight with Pacquiao will have to wait first.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSpence still has a title bout lined up as he is scheduled to defend his IBF welterweight title against Mikey Garcia next month in Arlington, Texas.The 28-year-old Spence, who boasts a record of 24 wins with 21 knockouts, can’t afford any form of distraction and not to look too far ahead of his March 16 showdown against Garcia. ‘Happy development’ for PH sports as Duterte signs Philippine Sports Training Center Act Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Garcia is a four-division champion and like Spence, he is also unbeaten with 39 wins and 30 knockouts and a pound-for-pound boxer.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more