Organisation December 15, 2010 – Updated on January 25, 2016 News media and websites censored and blocked for carrying leaked cables Reporters Without Borders condemns the measures being taken by governments and government agencies to censor websites or news media that have published details of the US diplomatic cables leaked by WikiLeaks.“Knee-jerk censorship is an inappropriate and dangerous response,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Attempts to block the dissemination of sensitive material that is already widely available on the Internet are doomed to failure and violate the right to be informed.”According to the Wall Street Journal, the US Air Force has taken drastic measures to prevent employees lacking special authorization from seeing the leaked cables, blocking access to the websites of the New York Times and at least 25 medias and blogs that have been publishing them, including The Guardian, Le Monde, Der Spiegel and El Pais.The Wall Street Journal obtained a copy of the web page to which US Air Force staff are sent when they try to connect from their office computers. A message on the page says: “ACCESS DENIED. Internet Usage is Logged & Monitored.”A US Air Force spokesperson, Lt. Col. Brenda Campbell, told the New York Times: “News media websites will be blocked if they post classified documents from the WikiLeaks website. This is similar to how we’d block any other website that posted classified information.” She added that only sites posting entire cables are being blocked, not those that are just publishing extracts. A Department of Defence spokesman said the Pentagon was not behind this initiative, adding that neither the Army, Navy nor Marines had adopted similar website blocking measures. The White House issued a directive on 3 December forbidding unauthorized federal employees from accessing classified documents available on WikiLeaks. The Library of Congress responded a few hours later by blocking access to WikiLeaks from its computers. “Each federal employee and contractor is obligated to protect classified information,” the directive from the White House Office of Management and Budget said, stressing that the fact that documents had been leaked did not mean they had been declassified.The same day, the US Army posted the following message on NIPRNet, the Internet network used by its troops in Iraq: “Department of Defence military, civilian and contractor personnel should not access the WikiLeaks website to view or download the publicized classified information.” Newspapers containing coverage of the WikiLeaks cables are also being censored. Morocco blocked distributing of the 12 December issue of the French daily Le Monde as well as issues of the Spanish daily El País and the pan-Arab daily Al-Quds Al-Arabi earlier in the month. All of these newspapers referred to a December 2009 cable from the US consulate in Casablanca about alleged corruption by associates of King Mohammed, especially in connection with real estate deals.Agence France-Presse quoted a Moroccan communication ministry official yesterday as saying that these issues “were forbidden entry for publishing libellous information about Morocco from the WikiLeaks website.” The ban was issued on the basis of “an article in the press code stating that the communication ministry has the right to ban any publication whose stories attack religion, territorial integrity and the monarchy,” the official added.Countries where access to WikiLeaks is blocked include China and Thailand. The site can be accessed from Pakistan not the pages containing the cables about Pakistan. RSF_en Help by sharing this information News
Switzerland County, In. — Indiana Department of Transportation officials say work on a $1,710,218 small structure project impacting four sites along State Road 156 in Switzerland County will begin in early 2019.Sunesis Construction Company of West Chester, Ohio, has been contracted to replace a concrete box culvert north of Patriot, install a pipe structure south of Patriot and fit two drainage pipes with liners—one at Markland, the other south of Rising Sun. The culvert and pipe replacements will require closures of S.R. 156 for a total of 45 days. The highway at both locations will not be closed at the same time.S.R. 156 culvert removal and replacement—6 miles east of S.R. 250 at Forty Wink Creek and a tributary to the Ohio River. The new installation will be a 12- X 8-foot reinforced concrete box structure measuring 94 feet in length. Traffic count at the site is 1,130 vehicles per day.S.R. 156 pipe replacement—8.7 miles east of S.R. 101 at a tributary to the Ohio River. The new installation is a 60-inch drainage pipe measuring 73 feet in length. Traffic count at the site is 880 vehicles per day.S.R. 156 pipe lining—4.8 miles east of S.R. 56 at a tributary to Log Lick Creek. An existing 72-inch pipe measuring 105 feet in length will be lined to maintain structure integrity and extend service life. Traffic count at the Markland site is 4,835 vehicles per day. Traffic impact will be minimal.S.R. 156 pipe lining—5.2 miles east of S.R. 250 at a tributary to the Ohio River. An existing 72-inch pipe measuring 97 feet in length will be lined to maintain structure integrity and extend service life. Traffic count at the site south of Rising Sun is 1,130 vehicles per day. Traffic impact will be minimal.All four project locations are in Posey Township.The contractor plans to be onsite for pipe lining operations during February and March. Culvert and pipe replacements are scheduled to be done in April and May. Construction signs will be put in place on January 7.
The wind played a large part in many of today’s games, seeing teams racking up huge scores in one half, only to see their opponents claw back in the second.At a blustery McDonagh Park in Nenagh, there were two Seamus O Riain hurling quarter finals taking place.In the early game Toomevara were up against Silvermines, and at half time Toomevara had a commanding lead built up – it was 13 points to 1. However, that pattern continued in the second half with Toomevara running out convincing victors – 22 points to 1-6.The 3 o’ clock throw in saw Templederry Kenyons up against Roscrea.Templederry had the breeze in the first half, and at half time they led Roscrea 2-13 to 2-7.However, the scales tipped in Roscrea’s favour in the second half, where they got off to a blistering start, scoring two goals early on.That game finished up Roscrea 4-19 to Templederry Kenyon’s 2-19.In the other two quarter finals, JK Bracken’s face Lorrha Dorrha in Cloughjordan, and Holycross Ballycahill play Clonakenny in the Ragg.Both those games throw in at 5.30.There was also one Seamus O Riain Relegation game down for decision this afternoon.Moycarkey Borris were up against Borrisokane in Templemore.At half time, Moycarkey-Borris led 2-9 to Borrisokane’s 1-6.While Borrisokane did make a comeback of sorts, Moycarkey-Borris still ran out winners on a scoreline of 4-16 to 2-14.The other relegation game sees Knockavilla Kikhams play Ballingarry in Cashel at 5 o’ clock.
Anna Rafferty (Senior Lifeguard Waterworld), Daimon Fergus (Helm Bundoran RNLI with soapbox perpetual cup) and Colleen Granaghan (reigning Belle of Bundoran).June bank holiday weekend in Bundoran is shaping up to be a fun filled family occasion with three major events happening in the seaside resort.Friday 31st May sees the return of the Belle of Bundoran fundraiser in aid of Bundoran GAA Club. The glittering event will once again happen at the Great Northern Hotel as 14 girls battle it out to become the 2nd Belle of Bundoran and follow in the footsteps of Colleen Granaghan.Paul Clark from UTV returns to host the proceedings while a star studded judging panel will make their deliberations on the night. Donegal GAA Allstar Karl Lacey will make a return to the judging panel and will be joined by iRadio’s Oonagh O’Carroll, Love/Hate actor Chris Newman, TV3’s Noel Cunningham and Shane McLaughlin from The Voice Of Ireland. More details are available on www.belleofbundoran.com On Saturday 1st of June Waterworld hosts its annual charity day whereby the admission paid by everyone into the popular water complex is given to over to the nominated charity.General Manager of Waterworld, Anderson Keys said ‘the annual charity day is something we look forward to each year and we’re thrilled as Ireland’s Premier Indoor Aqua Adventure Playground to be able to give something back to the community. As well as experiencing the 5 new features we would encourage families to come down and join in the fun on the day while supporting a great charity!’Bundoran’s Big Weekend wraps up on Sunday 2nd June with the second annual Bundoran Lifeboat Soapbox Race staged by the volunteer crew of the local RNLI. A crowd of up to 2,000 people watched the event last year with the fun filled family day providing a thrilling spectacle of soapbox racing right in the centre of town on Astoria Road.This year promises to be bigger and better than ever as the competition will be fierce to win the title! The race will culminate with the ball race where 3000 balls will be dropped down the hill with the first one home winning €1000 cash. More details on www.bundoranlifeboatsoapboxrace.com . Bundoran Tourism Officer Shane Smyth said ‘it’s going to be a busy, exciting fun filled bank holiday weekend in Bundoran! These three events have something for everyone and we look forward to welcoming both regular and new visitors to town to experience all the facilities and atmosphere that Bundoran has to offer’. Check out all the details in full at www.discoverbundoran.com. IT’S JUST A GREAT BUNDORAN HOLIDAY WEEKEND – WITH BELLES ON! was last modified: May 21st, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:IT’S JUST A GREAT BUNDORAN HOLIDAY WEEKEND – WITH BELLES ON!
A local fishing crew caught a lot more than they bargained for when they caught a glimpse of a humpback whale in Donegal Bay on Tuesday.The mighty creature was spotted off South Donegal among schools of dolpins and bluefin tuna.The whale wasn’t shy either, as it surfaced only a few feet away from the fishing boat. The amazing marine moment was caught on camera and shared by the Donegal Irish Whale and Dolphin Group, but viewers are advised that the video contains expletives:Video: Donegal IWDGThese events follow another sighting of a humpback whale off St John’s Point on Sunday. Sightings are expected around the Irish coast at this time of year as whales come to their seasonal feeding grounds. However, two whales in Kerry baffled researchers after returning to the region together 20 years after their first recorded sighting.The Donegal branch of IWDG advised that there is a good chance of seeing the humpbacks off the north west coast at St John’s Point, Sliabh Liag and Carrick. If you do see the whales, the public is asked to report all sightings to the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group. Watch: The humpback is back for an amazing encounter with fishermen was last modified: September 26th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CoastfishHumpback WhaleMarine
The KAT-7 radio telescope array isoperational and has produced its firstimages. The SKA site, near Carnarvon in theNorthern Cape, is in the middle ofa proclaimed radio astronomy reserve. No mobile phones or other electronicdevices are permitted in the reserve. Prof Justin Jonas is optmistic about SouthAfrica’s chances of winning the SKA bid.(Images: Janine Erasmus) MEDIA CONTACTS • Tommy Makhode Dept of Science and Technology +27 12 843 6793 or +27 82 379 8268• Marina Joubert SKA South Africa communications +27 83 409 4254 RELATED ARTICLES • SA’s SKA takes another step forward • MeetKAT in demand among scientists • Space science thriving in SA • Gallery: the KAT-7 radio telescope • SA assists with Nasa’s Mars missionJanine ErasmusSouth Africa is one of two finalists bidding to host the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), and with its rival Australia is awaiting the recommendation of the SKA Site Advisory Committee, due in February 2012.But whether or not the US$1.9-billion ($15.9-billion) project goes ahead, the local astronomy sector has already made huge strides.Speaking in Cape Town in December, South Africa’s deputy science and technology minister Derek Hanekom said that the SKA project has got the country’s brightest young minds excited about astronomy.Hanekom added that the SKA is a major catalyst for human capital development in relevant fields, and with over 300 bursaries already awarded to students from around the continent, has been a scientific boon for South Africa and other African countries.“With the equipment already developed and built, South Africa has proven its scientific capability,” he said, “and has shown that it is a country that can play a pioneering role in science.”When complete, the SKA will comprise some 3 000 radio antennae, spread out over a vast area of Southern Africa. South Africa will host the core of the array, comprising about half the dishes, and it and eight partner countries in the region will accommodate the remainder.The first astronomical observations, expected in 2019, will help to answer long-standing questions such as the formation of the universe; why it’s expanding; the possibility of life on other planets; and the mystery of dark energy and dark matter.Ground-breaking technologyAt the isolated Northern Cape site which has been set aside for the SKA, an array of seven dishes is already operational – this is the Karoo Array Telescope, or KAT-7.The KAT-7 is a precursor to the larger 64-dish MeerKAT array, which itself is a precursor to the SKA.A ground-breaker in its own right, KAT-7 is the first radio telescope to consist of fibreglass dishes.These were produced on-site from a mould, and the same manufacturing facility will be expanded to accommodate the larger MeerKAT dishes, using local ingenuity and skills.MeerKAT is Afrikaans, meaning “more KAT”, but is also the name of an endearing little mongoose-like mammal that is indigenous to the Northern Cape and other Southern African regions.When completed in 2018, MeerKAT will be among the five largest radio telescopes in the world.Hanekom stressed that the MeerKAT construction will go ahead, whether or not the SKA is awarded to South Africa.“Great astronomy work will be done, with or without the SKA,” he said.Hanekom also said that the knowledge that has already been amassed is invaluable, and that the project has given rise to a new generation of scientists. The unprecedented scientific opportunities are expected to keep South African talent in the country, and attract expertise from overseas.The KAT-7 has caused much excitement in the local astronomy community with the capture of images of the Centaurus A galaxy and its associated black hole, located 14-million light years from Earth.But scientists are looking further ahead, and are queuing up to book research time on MeerKAT, which will be the largest radio telescope in the southern hemisphere. Already five years’ worth of observation time have been allocated to ten research projects, ranging from a study of radio pulsars to a high-frequency survey of the galactic plane.South Africa leading the wayProfessor Justin Jonas, SKA associate director for science and engineering, and head of Rhodes University’s physics and electronics department, is excited about the opportunities that lie ahead.He said that astronomy has been identified by the government as one of the fields in which South Africa is likely to succeed, because of geographic, natural and knowledge advantages.“We must have aspirations for cutting-edge science,” he said, “or we will always be viewed as a second-class nation.”Jonas said that South Africa’s government is wholly committed to the SKA and its related projects. The African Union has also stated its support for the project, and it is hoped that this will be one of a number of factors that gives South Africa an edge over Australia.The government has declared the entire Northern Cape province to be an astronomy advantage area, through the Astronomy Geographic Advantage Act of 2007. The only exemption is the Sol Plaatje Municipality, which encompasses Kimberley.Within the province, an area of 12.5 million hectares was proclaimed a radio astronomy reserve, and anyone entering must switch off their mobile and other electronic devices. Survey results show that the reserve is one of the quietest environments on earth, in terms of radio frequency, for radio astronomy. This makes it an ideal location for the sensitive SKA.The legislation means that any development that might interfere with the reception of radio signals must first be carefully considered.This high-level support has enabled South African scientists to leap ahead of their international colleagues in areas such as rapid prototyping.“For example, with our dishes we can now go from an engineering diagramme to an on-site antenna in less than a year,” said Jonas.Innovations in astronomy, he said, are helping to drive development in other industries.He mentioned another significant South African achievement – the second-generation Roach board, designed and produced locally.Roach is the reconfigurable open architecture computing hardware board that can be adapted to all kinds of digital signal processing requirements, including medical or telecommunications applications.“Roach 1 is now being used in every radio telescope in the world,” said Jonas. ”It can replace an entire rack of computers, and use a twentieth of the energy.”Because the development team has released the Roach design under an open source licence, the plans can be freely downloaded and used for an increasing number of applications, while the international development community grows.“The software is the key to getting the most out of Roach,” said Jonas.The KAT-7 uses Roach 1, but MeerKAT will most likely use Roach 3. Roach 1 was developed in collaboration with engineers from the University of California, Berkeley.
The annual World Economic Forum is an opportunity for dialogue, debate and problem solving on a global level between political leaders, business experts, and civil society. Held in Davos, Switzerland, this year’s theme is “Mastering the Fourth Industrial Revolution”. When Nelson Mandela attended Davos in 1999, he spoke of fostering acceptance and democracy. (Image: WEF, Facebook)Compiled by Priya PitamberThe Swiss village of Davos is once again hosting the annual World Economic Forum (WEF). From 20 to 23 January, it is a platform for global political leaders, business and industry experts, academia and civil society to come together to discuss the world’s economy.Numerous things have been said about Africa and the state of the continent by its leaders and others. We look back on some of the more compelling statements from previous WEFs.Images sourced from: WEF, Facebook
Are you a photographer or videographer in the market for a Canon 5D Mark IV? Here’s everything you need to know in order to maximize your investment.The Canon 5D has historically been one of the most successful DSLRs. Its reputation rests on years of quality and strong digital performance. Built for photographers and videographers alike, the Canon 5D has stayed at the forefront of modern technology for both, and the Canon 5D Mark IV is no exception.Even while other cameras have risen to challenge the 5D, the Mark IV is still a powerful video option. Once you fully maximize it, it can run with the best of them and be a great tool for all your film and video needs. Let’s look at what to consider when renting or buying the Canon 5D Mark IV, and how to get the most out of your camera investment.Canon Brand FamiliarityFor me, I upgraded from a Canon 7D, which I had used for the better part of a decade. It was the camera I learned on — the camera I took into shoots big and small. It was an absolutely reliable workhorse from the very first moment I turned it on. So, it came down to brand familiarity and loyalty to upgrade to the Canon 5D Mark IV. But just because it was right for me doesn’t mean it’s right for you. There’s a lot to consider, but if you’re a fan of Canon’s DSLR line, it’s currently one of the best.Here’s a more in-depth write-up on why I upgraded from the 7D to the 5D Mark IV — and what you should consider.Consider the LOG UpgradeWhen considering investing in the Mark IV, it’s important to note that if you’d like to record LOG video footage, it requires an upgrade. You can either buy the camera with the upgrade, or you can send your camera in to have Canon to install it for you. Either way, it’ll cost you another $99, so be sure to keep that in mind when crunching your budget numbers.However, I do highly recommend the upgrade. Canon’s LOG recording is a huge help for shooting cinematic footage that allows greater dynamic and color ranges in your edits. The upgrade gives you two LUTs and helps you maximize your camera’s capabilities.Here’s more info on the LOG upgrade, what it does, and how to send your 5D Mark IV in to the Canon store.Auto-Focus for Shooting VideoAuto-focus technology has advanced at a pretty incredible rate, especially for video. While I’ve always used auto-focus for photography, it really wasn’t part of my video recording workflow with the Canon 7D. Auto-focus for video was something you did when just learning in film school. However, the technology has become so advanced it is more than just a gimmick. It’s now a highly functional tool for all types of video projects.The Mark IV’s auto-focus is some of Canon’s greatest tech yet. And, if you’re looking for some tightly controlled focus elements in your shoots, or need extra help in keeping an interviewee focused on a solo shoot, it really is handy. Here’s more info on how to fully utilize auto-focus when shooting video with the Mark IV.Fully Sync Your 5D Mark IVAnother technology that seemed crazy to me when first starting out is the rise of Wi-Fi syncing and the possibility of controlling your camera remotely — through your smartphone! Being able to sync your camera with your smartphone opens a lot of doors. If you’re shooting solo (like recording a vlog), having remote access to start, stop, and review/monitor your shot is huge. It can also help you set shots that are hard to reach or in tight quarters.Whatever your needs, syncing your Mark IV with your phone can be very helpful. Here’s a complete breakdown of how to do it.Set up the Built-in IntervalometerThe time-lapse shot is a powerful too for both photographers and video professionals. Many cameras require you buy a third-party intervalometer to take controlled time lapses; the 5D Mark IV comes with one built-in!Here’s a step-by-step guide to get your intervalometer set up. It’s pretty straightforward, but there are many customizable variables to help capture some spectacular and diverse time-lapses in all types of settings.All images via Canon.For more camera guides and filmmaking advice, check out some of these articles.The 5 Best Cameras to Rent or Buy for Any Video Shoot1080p vs. 4K with The GH53 Reasons Why the Sony a7S Isn’t the Perfect Camera for FilmmakersThe Cameras Behind Netflix’s Original Films and SeriesFilmmaking Advice: Why You Should Consider Shooting in Black and White
By BEN HARRISSydney Rebels got win number 34 but only just.The three-time defending mixed open champions were pushed to the edge by ACT Pirates on day two of the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League at Coffs Harbour.After racking up consecutive win number 33 by downing North Queensland Tropical Cyclones 9-4, the Rebels had to dig deep to defeat the Pirates 12-11 in round four.Rebels lead Pool A by four points and will meet second-placed Sydney Mets on day three.The Pirates and Cyclones are third and fourth followed by Hunter Western Hornets and Japan.In Pool B, Brisbane City Cobras are five from five and lead the group.South Queensland Sharks were circling the Cobras as the two teams were undefeated, however last year’s runners-up hammered their southern neighbours 12-3 to go it alone on top.Behind the Sharks are Sunshine Coast Pineapples in third and Northern Eagles in fourth. They are followed by Northern Territory, Defence Warriors and Sydney Scorpions.Five Queensland sides dominate the men’s T-League division.South Queensland Sharks (A) lead Pool A and Brisbane City Cobras are in front in Pool B.But closing the gap are Central Queensland Bulls and Sunshine Coast Pineapples – both in Pool A – and South West Queensland Swans in Pool B.Rebels and Scorpions are the only NSW sides putting up a fight to the Queenslanders while the international teams, Japan and Papua New Guinea, continued to impress.It’s tight in Pool A of the women’s T-League division with Hornets, Swans, Cobras, Victoria and Northern Territory all within eight points of each other.It is a little spread out in Pool B with Scorpions and South Australia leading the way.The Sharks remain unbeaten following six matches of the men’s 30s division.They are in front of Pineapples, Hornets and Scorpions.Scorpions have their own problems as ACT and Sydney Mets are on the same points as Scorpions but behind on percentages.Swans finished on top in the women’s 35s and will play the winner of the Hornets-Pirates preliminary final match.Cyclones and Northern Territory play in the other preliminary final with the loser eliminated from the title race.Scorpions and Sharks are equal on points in the men’s 40s but the Sydney side has a game up their sleeve.Defence Warriors are third, and Hornets and Cyclones are in a battle for fourth spot.Scorpions will be hard to beat in the women’s 40s after winning all their round matches.They will meet Hornets or Northern Eagles in a qualifying final tomorrow. Western Tigers take on ACT in the other qualifying final.Men’s 45s seems to be a two-horse race with Scorpions and Hornets undefeated.The men’s 50s is set to go down to the wire with four points separating the top four.Mets, Pineapples, Sharks and Hornets occupy the top four positions in the division.Eagles, Cyclones and Scorpions will be battling each other for the two spots in the men’s 55s.In the senior mixed, Sharks have all but confirmed their spot in the grand final but the Hornets and Cobras are going head-to-head for the last spot.You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League in the following ways:Websiteswww.ntl.mytouchfooty.comwww.austouch.com.auSocial MediaFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2014)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksNTL results day two
zoom Tanker owner and operator d’Amico Tankers has signed a memorandum of agreement and bareboat charter contract for the sale and leaseback of one of its medium-range product tanker vessel for a consideration of USD 28 million.The deal, reached with an undisclosed Japanese company, is related to the 49,990 dwt MT High Discovery, built in 2014 by South Korea’s shipbuilder Hyundai-Mipo.d’Amico Tankers said that the transaction would generate around USD 10.7 million in cash for the company, net of commissions and reimbursement of the vessel’s existing loan, contribute to the liquidity required to complete DIS’ fleet renewal program and allow the company to benefit from the anticipated market recovery.Additionally, d’Amico Tankers will maintain full control of the vessel, since a 10-year bareboat charter agreement was also concluded with the buyer, with a purchase obligation at the end of the tenth year of the charter period. The company has the option to repurchase the tanker starting from the third anniversary of its sale at a competitive cost of funds.