ALERT – US: Whistleblower Reality Winner pleads guilty to violating Espionage Act

first_imgNews Organisation NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the 63-month prison sentence a federal court imposed on National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Reality Winner, who pleaded guilty on June 26 to violating the Espionage Act. Winner is the first of two whistleblowers prosecuted under the Trump administration. April 28, 2021 Find out more RSF_en June 27, 2018 ALERT – US: Whistleblower Reality Winner pleads guilty to violating Espionage Act Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says The United States ranks 45th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. Reality Winner pleaded guilty in a Federal District Court in Georgia to one felony count in violation of the Espionage Act, reaching an agreement with prosecutors that calls for 63 months in prison and an additional three years of supervised release. Winner’s sentence is the longest-known term a federal court has imposed for a violation of the Espionage Act in connection to a leak. If she had been convicted in trial, which was set for October, she could have faced up to 10 years in prison. Less than six months into President Donald Trump’s presidency, Winner, a former NSA contractor, was arrested on June 3, 2017, and charged with gathering, transmitting, or losing defense information under the Espionage Act. The charges against her came shortly after online investigative news outlet The Intercept published a story featuring a leaked NSA document showing Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Since Winner’s initial arrest, the Trump administration has made a sustained effort to crackdown on whistleblowers. Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information June 3, 2021 Find out more to go further United StatesAmericas Whistleblowers United StatesAmericas Whistleblowers Follow the news on United States WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists June 7, 2021 Find out more News “Reality Winner’s long prison sentence is proof that the US government cares more about hiding information from the public than it does about its citizens’ rights to the First Amendment,” said Margaux Ewen, Director of RSF’s North America bureau. “The use of the draconian Espionage Act against whistleblowers is a growing threat to the future of investigative journalism under an administration that has vowed to double down on government leaks. RSF condemns this sentencing.” News News For the latest updates, follow RSF on twitter @RSF_en. SAUL LOEB / AFP last_img read more

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Festival of Football underway in Tipp

first_imgThe highlight of the first day is a match between the Republic of Ireland Masters side and a Tipp Legends selection.The likes of Damien Duff, Ray Houghton, Keith Andrews, Mark Kinsella and Stephen Hunt are set to line up against ex-players from St Michael’s, Clonmel Town, Cashel Town and others at Cooke Park in Tipp Town from 7.30 this evening.last_img

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Biking help to remote communities

first_img24 March 2005A South African manufacturer has secured a contract to export 58 purpose-built utility motorcycles to South East Asia.The eRanger Lifecycle is designed for cost-effective use as a stretcher ambulance, mobile clinic, water purification and audio-visual education unit in remote rural areas.Terrence Harmse, director of Ranger Production Company SA, told Beeld newspaper that the order comprised 53 motorcycle ambulances with side-mounted stretchers and five motorcycle immunisation units capable of carrying two people plus all the equipment needed to set up a mobile clinic.The eRanger is designed to reach areas that may be inaccessible to all but four-wheel drive vehicles, but at a fraction of the cost. An eRanger ambulance costs little more than R30 000; a four-wheel drive ambulance costs in the region of R500 000.SA, UK joint ventureManufacture of the vehicle was transferred to King William’s Town in the Eastern Cape following a joint venture deal struck in 2003 between UK-based Ranger Production Company and South African engineering company Fabkomp.The deal, representing R3-million in British investment, was endorsed by Nelson Mandela, an early sponsor of what was initially called the Ranger Lifecycle project.The utility vehicle, the brainchild of British businessman Mike Norman, has been successfully deployed in rural areas in Malawi and South Africa.Three eRangers were delivered to the Malawi Safe Motherhood Project in 2000 for transporting pregnant women to clinics. In 2002, Malawi’s department of health placed an order for a further 10 vehicles.Also in 2002, Ranger Lifecycle and Nelson Mandela launched a project involving 17 of the utility vehicles in the Oliver Tambo District in the Eastern Cape.As part of the project, a workshop was set up in Umtata and fully equipped with parts needed for the bikes. Local mechanics were trained in repairing the vehicles, and the riders, both male and female, were trained to service the bikes and carry out emergency repairs, in addition to being medically trained.In 2004, the Eastern Cape department of transport bought a fleet of 22 eRangers to help combat cholera outbreaks in remote parts of the province.Adaptations, collaborationsRanger Production Company has also collaborated with UK-based firm Agri-Visual in developing the MediaCycle, which comes equipped with everything needed to put on a video screening for an entire village.Another collaboration, with South African fire and rescue group Fire Raiders, has produced the eRanger emergency response vehicle, combining ambulance, police and fire services in one flexible unit that is lightweight and nimble enough to traverse the narrow lanes of an informal settlement.A trial eRanger Mobile dog-patrol unit has also been put to the test by the East London police – and the vehicle’s versatility doesn’t end there.“eRanger can also be used by entrepreneurs”, says Fabkomp CE Brian Harmse. “It would be a great tool for self-employment opportunities.“Corporate business, on the other hand, could find this bike effective in reaching people on the streets and outside urban areas, and as a convenient and cost-effective tool for transporting their products directly to the people.“There is great potential for transporting products such as food, ice-creams and soft drinks.”SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

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Miscanthus: Ohio’s winter harvest

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As planting season is just getting started in Ohio, one harvest is just getting finished up in northeast Ohio. Miscanthus harvest has been taking in Ashtabula and surrounding counties. Due to the milder winter, the 2016 harvest of miscanthus is nearly five weeks ahead of last year’s harvest. By mid-March the harvest of 4,000 acres was around 30% completed. Since miscanthus is the newest agronomic crops grown in Northeast Ohio and Northwest Pennsylvania, there have been numerous questions about how miscanthus is harvested.What is miscanthus?Giant miscanthus (Miscanthus x giganteus) is a sterile hybrid perennial warm-season grass that grows relatively fast on less-than-ideal soils and can be used either as a biofuel or to make bio-based products. This grass, as with many grasses, grows very well in Ashtabula County. Currently Aloterra Energy is the major grower of miscanthus in the United States and has nearly 4,000 acres growing under contract with landowners in Northeast Ohio and Northwest Pennsylvania. The planting of this acreage was spurred on by NE OH/NW PA being chosen by the United States Department of Agriculture as a BCAP (Biomass Crop Assistance Program) project area in the summer 2011 to encourage the planting of renewable biomass crops. The BCAP was re-authorized in the summer of 2015.When is miscanthus harvested?Unlike, traditional agronomic crops which are harvested in the fall, miscanthus must be harvested in winter during its dormancy period which ranges from after a hard-killing frost in the fall (could be in late November) and before the emergence of the new shoots in the spring (which is typically in early May). The plant needs to have had time to send nutrients down to the root system in the fall to spur the next year’s growth. Harvesting in the winter, especially in Snow Belt, conditions can prove to be a challenge.So, how is miscanthus harvested?One of the challenges for harvest is that it must be accomplished during the wet, cold, damp winter. Work must be accomplished around winter storms. In the first few years, the miscanthus was cut into windrows, raked and then baled into large bales of miscanthus. This process was conducted much like traditional hay harvested is completed during the summer months. However, this approach led to a few issues. Besides the major issue waiting for favorable weather (which can change hour by hour), a major obstacle arose as the miscanthus was picking up too much moisture while sitting on the ground waiting to be baled. This excessive moisture led to delays and too much moisture leads to storage losses. The target moisture percentage for the harvesting of miscanthus is 15%.Photo by Aloterra EnergyIn 2015, Aloterra Energy made major in-roads to the successful harvest of miscanthus by switching from baling the miscanthus to chopping the miscanthus like livestock farmers harvest haylage or corn silage. The miscanthus is being harvested with a CLAAS chopper which cuts, chops and blows the miscanthus into silage wagons driven along side the chopper. An average of five tons of miscanthus can be loaded on each wagon.In order to negotiate the wet soils prevalent in winter and to reduce compaction, all of the harvest equipment has been placed on tracks.After it is loaded on the silage wagons, the miscanthus is handled in two main ways. The first way is to directly off-load the miscanthus to semi-truck, which then is taken directly to one of the storage and processing sites in Andover or Ashtabula. About 14 tons of the chopped miscanthus will fit in a standard semi-trailer.If the miscanthus is not immediately trucked to one of the processing facilities, it is placed in silage bags for storage. The bags are left on the perimeter of the field until it is needed by one of the processing plants.What happens to the miscanthus after harvest?There are two main products being produced from the miscanthus. Aloterra, in cooperation with foodservice ware innovator, World Centric, have developed a new line of certified compostable foodservice ware made from Miscanthus plant fiber. The line is designed to displace similar products made from foam and plastic, which create millions of tons of waste each year. This product is made in the Ashtabula Township plant.The second product being made by Aloterra is MxG Natural Absorbents, which has a wide range applications including spill management of water, hydrocarbons, and automotive fluids and even sludgePhoto by Aloterra Energysolidification applications. The product is safe, clean, and will dissolve back into the soil within days of application or may be landfilled or incinerated in accordance with federal, state, and local requirements.More informationMore information about Aloterra Energy can be obtained at:http://www.aloterrallc.com/last_img read more

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Half of All Americans Worry About Climate Change

first_imgMisunderstanding the views of scientistsWriting at The Huffington Post, Tom Zeller Jr. said “a far more troubling metric” was that only about 42 of those polled believe that climate scientists are in agreement on the problem.“A full 33% of respondents are convinced that there remains ‘widespread disagreement’ among scientists on the issue,” Zeller wrote. “This is a problem — both because it is so at odds with reality, and because it likely helps prevent more Americans from recognizing and accepting some pretty straightforward scientific realities.”Zeller said researchers reviewed abstracts of thousands of scientific articles published in the two decades between 1991 and 2011 and found that less than 3% rejected the idea of climate change caused by humans or were undecided about the connection.Results of this study were published in May in the journal Environmental Research Letters.“Scientists are no more divided on the basic mechanics of the greenhouse effect than they are on questions of evolution (sorry folks) or other elementary concepts,” Zeller said. A chilly winter and spring have apparently affected the way some Americans think about global climate change, according to a study by the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.In a paper called “Climate Change in the American Mind”, researchers report that 63% of all Americans are convinced that global climate change is taking place. But that number is 7 percentage points lower than it was just last fall, probably due to a cold winter and an unusually cold March.Other findings:About half of all Americans (51%) say they are “somewhat” or “very worried” about global warming, a 7 percentage-point decline since last fall.Just 16% of those polled do not think the planet is warming up, and 20% say they don’t know.Slightly less than half of those polled (49%) think global warming, assuming it is taking place, is caused mainly by human activities, a decline of 5 percentage points since last fall.The number of people who think global warming is due “mostly to natural changes in the environment” has increased by 3 percentage points since last fall to 33%.last_img read more

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La Salle’s Mbala leading Cameroon’s bid in Fiba Afrobasket

first_imgView comments Mbala is leading the way for Cameroon, which advanced to the quarterfinals. The 6-foot-7  Mbala is averaging 18.3 points and 9.0 rebounds per game.In his last outing, Mbala posted 16 points and 15 rebounds in an 81-77 victory over Rwanda.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe 22-year-old Mbala and the rest of the team face a tall order in the quarterfinals as they take on reigning champion Nigeria on Thursday. Slaughter shrugs off matchup with Fajardo: ‘It’s team-on-team’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo from Fiba.comBen Mbala may have missed La Salle’s win over Far Eastern University on Sunday, but the reigning UAAP MVP is still flexing his muscles in a different basketball stage.The 22-year-old Mbala is leading his home country Cameroon in the 2017 Fiba Afrobasket in Tunisia.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Tendulkar’s toe injury flares up, to meet surgeon

first_imgThe Indian cricket team’s injury woes were on Saturday compounded with senior batsman Sachin Tendulkar forced to sit out of the opening one-dayer against England here due to a toe injury.Tendulkar has been carrying this injury for quite a while but the problem aggravated before the opener of the five-match series.The 38-year-old Tendulkar will meet a surgeon, either on Sunday or on Monday, before a final call is taken on his availability for the series, according to team sources.The batting maestro, who is just one short of completing the incredible milestone of 100 international centuries, may have to wait just a little longer with this latest injury.It has been a wretched tour so far for India, who lost the Test series 0-4 before being handed a defeat in the lone Twenty20 match as well.The team is already missing key players such as Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Ishant Sharma and Zaheer Khan due to injuries and if Tendulkar is also ruled, it would be yet another massive blow for the visitors.While Sehwag is out because of hearing problems, Gambhir has been forced to go back due to blurred vision following an awkward fall during a Test. Zaheer, on the other hand, has already undergone an ankle surgery.last_img read more

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India as the cynosure of all eyes

first_imgDesi mania, Hindustani furore, or desi fever, call it what you will but India is in fashion. Currently India is the biggest international trend. Once a far dream, the transition from “trendbots” to trend-setters is now a reality. Brand India is in vogue, it is the flavour of the season across platforms- whether it is fashion, music, celebrities or sports.The IT revolution, “India shining,” the call centre craze and luxury brands were phase one that positioned us as an important global face; but a new era ushers in a fresh focus.International designers, celebrities and musicians are all trying to make in-roads into our urban hubs. The latest wave of global names that have recently launched their stores in the country include brands like Hackett, Simon Carter, Roberto Cavalli, to name a few. Renowned musicians and DJs are booking gigs here as well. The prestigious lineup boasts of big names like Enrique Iglesias, Norah Jones, Pitbull and Sean Paul who will perform this year while Megadeath, Lady Gaga, Avici, David Guetta, and Shakira have already seen packed houses. 2011 saw the successful launch of Formula 1 and its second season has all eyes focused on us.Conversely, fashion weeks abroad boasted of designers who featured India inspired collections for Spring/Summer 2013. Haute couture fashion labels and celebrity favourites like Marchesa, Vera Wang, Jean Paul Gaultier, Mathew Williamson, Joseph Altuzarra and Etro all presented India inspired collections. The sexy sari, the slinky churidar and the humble kurti were introduced in a unique avatar.While it’s not the first time that India has inspired fashion what was first a one-off thing is now a mainstream rage. Desi celebrities like Sonam Kapoor and Kangana Ranaut are getting front row seats at London, Milan and Paris fashion weeks. Even footwear, and ethnic Indian jewellery like Polki necklaces and earrings are a favourite on the international red carpet.The obsession with Frieda Pinto may very well be replaced by a fascination for actress Priyanka Chopra, Bollywood’s latest entrant on the international circuit. Piggy Chops launched her singing career with an international debut, being signed by an international record label.China may very well be eons ahead of us in the superpower race but we might just beat them when it comes to fashion and accessories. It’s designers of Indian origin like Prabal Gurung, Rachel Roy, Manish Arora and Bibhu Mohapatra that are dressing political heavyweights across the world and by the looks of it 2013 is all set to be an Indian summer.Ash has runway ablazeBollywood’s leading celebrities are busy attending Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor’s wedding, however, tinsel town’s favourite bahu, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is busy at work.The leading actress was in the capital on Monday to unveil the new Longines Saint Imier Collection of watches and celebrate its 180th anniversary.The leading actress walked the runway looking absolutely glamorous in a body hugging black gown.Ash seems back in shape and well on her way to regaining a sexy and slim figure. Silencing her critics, Aishwarya showed off a toned fit figure and even flaunted enviable curves in this floor length number.A silly slanging matchStolen designs and spiteful words are a regular feature in India’s fashion story.The latest scandal involves two leading designers, Manish Malhotra and Ritu Kumar; their sorry saga revolves around the Saifeena wedding. Both maintain they designed Kareena’s much talked about wedding ensemble.First it was Ritu Kumar who released a sketch of the ensemble to the press but Manish Malhotra countered her claim. “I am doing Kareena Kapoor’s wedding not Ritu Kumar… For the past two weeks, workers in my unit have been restoring Sharmila ji’s old wedding lehenga that Bebo will wear for her nikaah on the 16th,” he told a daily.While Ritu Kumar remains tight lipped, actress and Saif Ali Khan’s mother Sharmila Tagore came to her defence, stating, “I had given Ritu my mother in law’s wedding gharara to be restored and embellished and she has been working on it for a while now. Kareena is wearing that for the wedding ceremony. As for Manish Malhotra, he is a dear friend of hers (Kareena) and is doing the other wedding outfits, as well as some for different functions.”PM’s dressing sets the tone for her visitAustralian Prime Minister Julia Gillard arrived in the capital on Monday on a three-day official visit to the country.While the diplomatic talks being held between the two nations are aimed at improving bilateral ties, diplomatic fashion may well be the very first step.Dressed in a formal black skirt-suit, paired with a royal blue blouse, it was clearly evident that Gillard means business.It is a fact well known that power dressing ostensibly plays a big part when trying to project a certain image; this official deglamorised first look served that purpose to the T. Gillard is famous for her prim and proper attire and usually sticks to business suits. Even on day two, for a visit to a cricket camp for underprivileged kids at Asha project site, she stuck to her signature style, opting to wear a chic white jacket paired with navy blue trousers. She was spotted cheering on young girls while they played a game of cricket.Just when one thought that Ms Gillard would keep up the strong look and dress in monotones for the duration of her visit, later in the day she surprised everyone by wearing a bright orange blazer.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

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