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Partial freedom for young blogger after months in jail

first_imgNews October 28, 2016 Partial freedom for young blogger after months in jail RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” Follow the news on Belarus Receive email alerts Organisation “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says After ten months in provisional detention, young Belarusian blogger Eduard Palchys finally left prison as a partially free man at the end of his trial today before a Minsk court, which found him guilty of “inciting hatred” and “distributing pornographic material.”The court sentenced him to 21 months of “release under surveillance” but, on the grounds of his time in pre-trial detention, reduced this to one month. This means he can live at home but for the next month will have to respect a curfew and report regularly to the police, and will not be able to leave his home town without police permission.The court convicted him in connection with blog posts criticizing Russian foreign policy in Ukraine and Belarus.“We are relieved that Eduard Palchys is finally out of prison and reunited with his family,” said Johann Bihr, the head of the Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk at Reporters Without Borders (RSF).“But we are appalled by the court’s decision to convict him. This blogger should never have been prosecuted for his posts, which come under the right to free speech, and should not have spent a single day in detention.”Palchys is the founder of 1863x.com, a blog that is often critical of Russian foreign policy. He was arrested in January in Russia and was extradited in May to Belarus, where he remained in detention until today.Belarusian human rights groups regarded him as a political prisoner and campaigned energetically for his release. Demonstrations were held every day outside the court during his trial, which began on 14 October.Palchys has announced his intention to resume posting on his blog as soon as the authorities return his computer. However, another complaint against him is due to be examined on 3 November and could lead to 1863x.com being banned for “extremism.”Asked about the state of freedom of expression in Belarus, Palchys replied: “That depends on how many years you are ready to spend behind bars.”Andrey Bastunets, the head of the Belarus Association of Journalists (BAJ), told RSF that Palchys’ arrest, trial and conviction were typical of the drastic curbs on free speech in Belarus. The relatively mild sentence was linked to the government’s current desire for rapprochement with the European Union and showed that a dialogue on human rights was possible, he added.Belarus is ranked 157th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index.See RSF’s previous press releases on this case: https://rsf.org/en/belarus Help by sharing this information BelarusEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesOnline freedoms Judicial harassmentPredatorsImprisonedFreedom of expressionCitizen-journalistsInternet June 2, 2021 Find out more Credit: Radio Svaboda (RFE/RL) BelarusEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesOnline freedoms Judicial harassmentPredatorsImprisonedFreedom of expressionCitizen-journalistsInternet News Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown to go further News RSF_en News May 28, 2021 Find out more May 27, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Humboldt State quarterback Robert Webber ‘honored’ to add another record to his name

first_imgArcata >> It was a text from his parents that tipped Robert Webber off to his history-making night in Southern California this past Saturday.“It was mentioned over the summer, but I had totally forgot about,” Webber said with a grin. “I didn’t know until I was on the way back up here. My mom and dad and one of my friends texted congratulations, and it kind of caught me off guard because I totally didn’t even think about it.”Webber might not have been aware of the fact that he needed all of 15 …last_img read more

Matt Chapman extends hot streak, looks to Opening Day after final Japan exhibition

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceTOKYO — Matt Chapman may never want to leave the Tokyo Dome.Recording an out against the A’s third baseman has proven to be impossible over the A’s first two games in Japan. Chapman went 2 for 2 with a walk in Sunday’s night’s 6-6 exhibition draw with the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters. He reached base in all eight of his plate appearances over the A’s two exhibition games, looking every bit like the darkhorse MVP …last_img read more

SA city to host 2014 MTB World Cup

first_img‘Important’ 2014 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Calendar World cycling’s governing body, the UCI, released the 2014 Mountain Bike World Cup calendar last week, with Pietermaritzburg, South Africa included as host of the opening round of the global cross-country and downhill season. 05-06 April: Pietermaritzburg (RSA) XCO/XCE/DHI26-27 April: Cairns (Aus) XCO/XCE/DHI 24-25 May: Nove Mesto na Morave (Cze) XCO/XCE31 May – 01 June: Albstadt (Ger) XCO/XCE07-08 June: Fort William (GBR) DHI14-15 June: Leogang (Aut) DHI02-03 August: Mont-Sainte-Anne (Can) XCO/XCE/DHI09-10 August: Windham (USA) XCO/XCE/DHI23-24 August: Meribel (Fra) XCO/XCE/DHI 1 July 2013 Alec Lenferna, who has organised every one of the UCI events, told SAinfo on Monday that following the World Championships with the World Cup was an important step. “I think it is important to have continuity,” he said. “The cross-country eliminator has been launched by the UCI and, for us, it replaces the four-cross, which was never hugely popular here in South Africa,” Lenferna commented. “We will be one of only five venues to do the triple,” he added. That means that Pietermaritzburg will host downhill, cross-country and cross-country eliminator racing. “It is part of the plan that we put in place in 2009, that we would continue to have World Cup events after the World Championships,” Lenferna said. ‘The triple’ Contested on tracks shorter than classic cross-country race tracks, the event pits four riders against one another, with the two fastest riders progressing to the next round and the other two riders eliminated. Previously, the city hosted the World Cup in 2009, 2011 and 2012, and will this year host the World Championships, the biggest event on mountain biking’s world calendar. “I think with the cross-country eliminator the people can identify with it more and will be able to understand the format a lot easier. It is also right in among the main viewing area, so it’s really exciting racing. Next year’s World Cup stop in Pietermaritzburg will for the first time include the cross-country eliminator. “I think it is also important relative to the Cascades MTB Park, which is a legacy project, which is linked to the international mountain bike programme, that it continues to be used for major international events.” The event will take place at the Cascades Mountain Bike Park in KwaZulu-Natal’s capital city on 5 and 6 April. (XCO – cross country, XCE – cross country eliminator, DHI – downhill) Format The 2014 calendar comprises nine rounds in nine different countries, featuring two new World Cup destinations in Cairns in Australia, and Meribel in France. In addition to to short course and gravity mountain bike racing, Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg will also welcome mountain bike marathon contenders for the 2014 UCI MTB Marathon World Championships, which will take place from 27 to 29 June. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Key 2015 lessons will help Ohio growers prepare for 2016

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Winter is a good time to reflect on the previous season in order to prepare for the upcoming one. The Marysville, Ohio, Grow More Experience site improved an understanding of how various Syngenta products can help growers in the area improve their crops’ productivity.The Grow More Experience isn’t just another field day, as it offers season-long opportunities for growers and retailers to see visual effects of test plots and relate those outcomes to their individual farms.“We prefer that area farmers stop by to visit these sites more than one time a year,” said Derrick LeBeau, a Syngenta agronomic service representative in Ohio. “We always try to make sure that something is visually showing so that growers and retailers can get a good look and get a feel of what may be going on in their fields in early season, mid-season, late season or even at harvest time.”In 2015, Ohio farms saw a wide array of yield results from well below average to the north and northwest to above average to the south. LeBeau says that the Marysville area ended the year with what would be considered an average year. The one constant throughout the state, which was also noticed at the Grow More Experience corn plots, was disease pressure.“We had anything from gray leaf spot to northern corn leaf blight show up and that gave us an opportunity to emphasize the importance of scouting fields,” LeBeau said. “We already had set dates and growth stages in our protocol of when we were going to spray our corn. That allowed us to show our guests that at different timings the plant will go through different stress environments.”Producers that visited the Grow More Experience were able to see the differences of applying fungicide to the crop in the early stages and going back during the reproductive stages of the season and help with grain fill, test weight and moisture and protect the yield that’s there.Testing at the Marysville location also looked at pest pressures and the performance of Syngenta’s Agrisure Viptera trait, which control 16 above and below ground insects.“That site was affected by corn earworm and fall armyworm and Agrisure Viptera performed very well,” LeBeau said. “We also had some non-traited corn in plots, which had significant damage to the ears and those ears lost one-third to a half of their full potential due to insect feeding.”“The competitor traits on site that did stack up and offered some protection, but when we stepped back and looked at the big picture, the Viptera trait had the least amount of visual effect of damage to the actual ear and to the ear tip.”Visit KnowMoreGrowMore.com to find out more about the 2015 results from the Grow More Experience site in Marysville and to find out about 2016’s research and schedule of events.last_img read more

Resource Discovery: Why Does He Do That? Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men

first_imgbooks.google.com[why does he do that book cover]It’s already March and that means that Family Development’s first webinar of 2017 is just around the corner. On March 30, Dr. Alaina Szlachta with the National Domestic Violence Hotline will be facilitating On Solid Ground: Exploring Strategies to Help Clients Create and Maintain Healthy Relationships. Dr. Szlachta will lead participants in an in-depth conversation about the dynamics of healthy, unhealthy, and abusive relationships and they ways in which healthy relationships can be promoted. Dr. Szlachta has recommended the book Why Does He Do That? Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men by Lundy Bancroft to compliment work surrounding abusive relationships. Lundy Bancroft is a counselor who has written this book to assist partners of abusers to gain the ability to “recognize when they are being controlled and devalued in a relationship, to find ways to get free of abuse if it is happening and to know to avoid getting involved with an abusive man.”  Whether you are a practitioner working with clients in abusive relationships or you have personal experience with abusive relationships, this book may offer some insight to you.ReferencesBancroft, L. (2002) Why Does He Do That? Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men. Penguin Group. New York, New York.This post was written by a member of the MFLN Family Development Team. The MFLN Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development team on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.last_img read more

Halifax police arrest Hells Angels member in significant hit to biker gang

first_imgHALIFAX – Police say they believe organizing efforts by the Hells Angels in Nova Scotia have taken a “significant hit” with the arrest of an alleged member in a drug raid.David James Bishop, 35, was arrested along with two women at a home in the Halifax suburb of Cole Harbour last Wednesday. All three now face a string of drug and firearms-related charges.“His (Bishop’s) role within the organization is significant, especially here for the London-East chapter out of Musquodoboit Harbour, N.S.,” said RCMP Cpl. Mike Kerr of the combined forces special enforcement unit in Halifax.“He comes with an outlaw motorcycle gang background and he’s got a history of drug trafficking and violence, therefore I’m quite confident that we delivered a blow to the local Hells Angels here in Nova Scotia.”Bishop — who police had previously described as having ties to the Bacchus motorcycle gang — was taken into custody and appeared in Dartmouth provincial court on Wednesday.Two women, Jacquelyne Anna Brophy, 33, and Sara Michelle Walker, 28, were released and are to appear in court Aug. 30.Police said they found a large quantity of drugs along with outlaw motorcycle gang-related paraphernalia, firearms and ammunition in the raid. Kerr said the search warrant was obtained after police investigators received information from sources.The lengthy list of charges against the trio includes trafficking in cocaine, ecstasy, and cannabis resin, and two counts of possession of a loaded restricted firearm. Bishop is also charged with two counts of possession of a firearm while prohibited.Kerr described Bishop as a “hangaround” member, which is one of the steps in becoming a full-patch member of the Hells Angels.“The whole process can take anywhere from three to five years … but for all intent and purposes he is a member of the Hells Angels.”Police have been warning over the last few years that Canada’s most notorious biker gang has been trying to reassert its influence over the Atlantic region drug trade, after the former Halifax chapter was smashed by law enforcement in 2001.The Angels have since set up a number of affiliate or so-called “puppet clubs” in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.Last year, the affiliate club in Musquodoboit Harbour outside Halifax threw a high profile “welcome home” event attended by as many as 150 bikers.Kerr said the club started off with 16 members — three from the Darksiders and 13 from the Gatekeepers clubs.“That number dwindled down to a dozen or so,” said Kerr.last_img read more

Researchers achieve nearperfect absorption of sounds waves

first_img(a) Schematic cutoff view of the flat panel composite absorber. Based on the parameters in Table I , the associated responses are given by Eqs. (2) and (4) as shown in (b) for the dipolar response and (c) for the monopole response. Solid curves stand for theory, and open circles are predictions based on parameters retrieved from experiments. Credit: Appl. Phys. Lett. 107, 104104 (2015); DOI: 10.1063/1.4930944 Journal information: Applied Physics Letters Explore further Materials scientists devise window that mutes sound but allows air to pass through Citation: Researchers achieve near-perfect absorption of sounds waves (2015, September 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-09-near-perfect-absorption.html (Phys.org)—A team of researchers at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology has found a way to create a material that is near perfect at preventing sound waves from passing through it. In their paper published in Applied Physics Letters, the team describes the theory behind their idea, the technique they used, two products they produced and how close to near perfection they came.center_img Technically, the material created by the team does not absorb sound, instead it scatters sound waves and then dissipates them, resulting in sound wave reduction of 99.7 percent. To achieve this feat, the team used two decorated membrane resonators (DMRs) built together, both of which were tuned to the same frequency. The impedance of both was set to match the environment, which was normal air.Typically, materials used to prevent noise from passing from one environment to another combine several ingredients, each of which is designed to absorb a certain frequency—the problem with this approach is that it does not stop all frequencies, because that would require too many ingredients (causing the thickness of the finished product to grow beyond usefulness). Using resonators allowed the researchers to get around this limitation—those used were made to vibrate naturally based on the object to which they were affixed. The first resonator caused sound waves to be canceled out, but because it also scattered some of its own frequencies, a second resonator was added to scatter those from the first. The result was a single layer material that offers near perfect absorption of sound waves, notably, including those at very low frequencies.The team assembled two sound muting materials based on their concept, both of which used DMRs. The first consisted of a flat panel along with dual coupled DMRs—the second one was based on a ventilated short tube that contained a DMR and a DMR backed cavity sidewall. Both achieved near perfect absorption, proving their theory correct.Presumably, materials created using the new technique could be used in situations that require restriction of a wide range of frequencies, such as recording studios, audio laboratories or even perhaps in headphones, speakers or earbuds. More information: Subwavelength total acoustic absorption with degenerate resonators, Appl. Phys. Lett. 107, 104104 (2015); dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4930944ABSTRACTWe report the experimental realization of perfect sound absorption by sub-wavelength monopole and dipole resonators that exhibit degenerate resonant frequencies. This is achieved through the destructive interference of two resonators’ transmission responses, while the matching of their averaged impedances to that of air implies no backscattering, thereby leading to total absorption. Two examples, both using decorated membrane resonators (DMRs) as the basic units, are presented. The first is a flat panel comprising a DMR and a pair of coupled DMRs, while the second one is a ventilated short tube containing a DMR in conjunction with a sidewall DMR backed by a cavity. In both examples, near perfect absorption, up to 99.7%, has been observed with the airborne wavelength up to 1.2 m, which is at least an order of magnitude larger than the composite absorber. Excellent agreement between theory and experiment is obtained. © 2015 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more