12 Jun

Italy: Police search violates confidentiality of anti-mafia reporter’s sources

first_img ItalyEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsProtecting sources Organized crimeJudicial harassmentViolence to go further News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns last week’s police search of the home of SalvoPalazzolo, an investigative reporter who specializes in covering the Sicilian mafia andother criminal networks for the Rome-based newspaper La Repubblica. Palazzolo is accused of revealing, in an article in March, information about the investigation into the 1992 “Via d’Amelio bombing” in the Sicilian city of Palermo, which killed anti-mafia judge Paolo Borsellino and five of his police bodyguards and which is blamed on the Sicilian mafia. November 23, 2020 Find out more Palazzolo has been summoned to appear before the regional anti-mafia commission this week, amid a continuing outcry about the search of his home, in which he has received the support of all the media and journalistic organizations. Follow the news on Italy Help by sharing this information For years, Palazzolo has been writing about the many ploys allegedly used by the authorities to prevent the public from knowing if the mafia acted alone when they murdered Borsellino, or if they had accomplices within the police force.“We call on the relevant authorities to account for this grave violation of the confidentiality of a journalist’s sources,” said Pauline Adès-Mével, the head of RSF’s EU-Balkans desk. “The core of an investigative reporter’s work is to provide the public with useful information. Journalists such as Salvo Palazzolo, whose professionalism is well established, must be able to continue investigating without being harassed by the authorities. They should never be treated like the criminals they are investigating.” Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union Covering organized crime exposes journalists to deadly danger in Italy, which is ranked 46th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. Around ten Italian journalists are currently receiving around-the-clock police protection because of the threats they have received in connection with their coverage of organized crime. News September 16, 2018 Italy: Police search violates confidentiality of anti-mafia reporter’s sourcescenter_img ItalyEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsProtecting sources Organized crimeJudicial harassmentViolence Receive email alerts Organisation Salvo Palazzolo / Facebook On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia December 2, 2020 Find out more News RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive November 19, 2020 Find out more Police searched Palazzolo’s home on 13 September on the orders of prosecutors in the Sicilian city of Catania as part of an investigation into a suspected leak violating the confidentiality of a judicial investigation. They also examined the contents of his mobile phone and computer. RSF_en Newslast_img read more

23 Sep

Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights win at Park Jefferson is Gustin’s tour career 10th

first_imgAlready on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot, Gustin earned $1,500. The tour is at Buena Vista Raceway in Alta on Wednesday, July 24 and at Kossuth County Speed­way in Algona on Thursday, July 25. Gustin won his IMCA Modified tour career best 10th feature at Park Jefferson Speedway, follow­ing his opening night tour checkers with a second consecutive Dirt Knights victory. JEFFERSON, S.D. (July 22) – Richie Gustin had to rate Monday’s Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights Tour main event as a “10.” Winners of Iron Cup/Midwest Madness Tour features were Sobbing in the Modifieds and Aaron Cain in the Stocks. The second installment of the 2019 tour brought 37 IMCA Modifieds, representing seven states, to town.  Richie Gustin won Monday’s Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights Tour main event at Park Jefferson Speedway, earning $1,500 for his IMCA Modified tour career 10th victory. (Photo by Jim Steffens) Feature results – 1. Richie Gustin, Gilman, Iowa; 2. Jesse Sobbing, Malvern, Iowa; 3. Josh Most, Red Oak, Iowa; 4. Joel Rust, Grundy Center, Iowa; 5. Chris Abelson, Sioux City, Iowa; 6. Chris Mills, Sioux City, Iowa; 7. Shane DeMey, Denison, Iowa; 8. Todd Boulware, Jefferson; 9. Jim Thies, Mapleton, Iowa; 10. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa; 11. Bob Moore, Sioux City, Iowa; 12. Jus­tin Sackett, Pierson, Iowa; 13. Ricky Stephan, South Sioux City, Neb.; 14. Lance Mari, El Centro, Calif.; 15. Alan Bohlman, Cambridge, Minn.; 16. Kollin Hibdon, Pahrump, Nev.; 17. Jay Noteboom, Hinton, Iowa; 18. Al Hejna, Clear Lake, Iowa; 19. Karl Brewer, Vermillion; 20. Kevin Bliese, Bath; 21. Derrick Stewart, Ainsworth, Iowa; 22. Brock Bauman, Eureka, Ill.; 23. Travis Hatcher, Honey Creek, Iowa; 24. Ethan Braaksma, Newton, Iowa.center_img Travis Barker topped the scheduled IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature and Craig Clift captured the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock main. Rounding out the top five were Joel Rust and Chris Abelson. Rust had won his ‘B’ feature and started 13th; hard charger Shane DeMey started 19th and ended in seventh. Jesse Sobbing got the best of Josh Most in a lengthy battle behind Gustin to finish second. Early leader Most ended in third. Pit gates open at 5 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 6 p.m. Hot laps are at 7 p.m. with racing to follow. Stock Cars, Hobby Stocks and Northern SportMods complete the card with the program to be broadcast by IMCA.TV. The Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights Tour is at Hancock County Speedway in Britt, Iowa, for a Tuesday, July 23 event that pays $1,500 to win.  John Cain was first to the Hobby Stock checkers and national points leader Cody Thompson paced both Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod features. last_img read more

16 Sep

3 takeaways from Syracuse’s 21-14 season opener win against Colgate

first_imgJamie Trimboli gave a slight shrug to his teammates as he stood up from the Carrier Dome turf. He’d just fallen to his knees after a dodge but still beat the Colgate goalie to make it 18-12 for Syracuse. Unlike last year, Syracuse avoided an upset at the hands of Colgate, holding the Raiders off, 21-14, to start the season on Friday. Chase Scanlan scored seven goals in his Syracuse debut as the new No. 22, and the Orange could seemingly do no wrong, never relinquishing the lead after a little more than 10 minutes had been played.  Here are some takeaways.Shots galore In the first quarter, any opening, even for just half-a-second, meant a Syracuse shot on offense. The Orange outshot Colgate 20-13 in the opening frame but scored just four goals. SU’s shots went high and wide or right into the midsection of the Colgate goalie. Last weekend, North Carolina took just 10 shots in the first quarter but led 7-0 at the end of it. Syracuse toned down its shooting rate and took smarter looks from the second quarter on. The shots came from closer and less from on the run. The Orange didn’t capitalize backside as much as UNC did against the Raiders, but ball movement, which was preached by the coaches before the season, became a focal point when Syracuse set up in the offensive zone.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFor the game, SU outshot Colgate, 65-44, and reached UNC’s total of 42 with 14:09 left in the fourth quarter. Last year, the Orange averaged 43.8 shots a game and had 36 against Colgate in the 2019 season-opener.  Midfield madnessSyracuse’s first four goals were all off broken plays or in transition, and that came as a result of forcing turnovers and picking up ground balls at midfield. Chase Scanlan would be the beneficiary multiple times throughout the game. First, Lucas Quinn found him backside with no defender close enough to make a play after a quick stop-start left Colgate unprepared. Then, Colgate’s Marshall Terres was met by Scanlan and two other Syracuse players when trying to clear, and going the other way, Scanlan found open space to the left of the cage before showing his quick hands in a one-on-one situation with the goalie. The early run was instrumental in giving the Orange a 4-3 lead at the end of the first quarter while their half-field offense stuttered. In the second half, Griffin Cook dislodged the ball from a Colgate stick, and Stephen Rehfuss picked it up. Scanlan was ahead of the play, this time with a defender back, but it didn’t matter. He bounced it past the goalie for his fifth of the game. Scanlan got his seventh, again from Cook, but this time when an errant pass to the Colgate goalie was snagged by Cook and fed out to the new No. 22. It was an impressive debut for Scanlan, and much of it came from what the midfielders and his fellow attack did on the ride. No Mellen, some problemsNick Mellen went down with an apparent lower body injury about seven minutes into the third quarter with Syracuse leading 13-8. He was able to limp off the field but did not return the rest of the afternoon. The defense without him gave up six more goals with one coming on a man-down situation. But Brett Kennedy, who’ll shift around depending on the game per head coach John Desko before the season, stabilized the new group of close defenders.Grant Murphy proved a capable close defender, knocking the ball away from a Colgate midfielder on one play and taking it upfield in transition immediately after. Kennedy did the same on another play in the fourth quarter and nearly scored on a give-and-go but couldn’t catch the pass back to him. All three new defenders looked good all game, hardly getting beat one-on-one. It’ll take time for the slides to perfect themselves. But for now, even if Mellen’s injury keeps him out for a couple of weeks, Syracuse’s defense is in good hands, especially against nonconference foes.   Comments Published on February 7, 2020 at 6:29 pm Contact Arabdho: [email protected] | @aromajumder Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

30 Aug

Sun Bingo targets two Guinness World Records in Blackpool

first_img Share Related Articles B2B and SNAITECH growth gives Playtech confidence in future prospects August 22, 2019 Bingo: Why diversification is key to breaking from the crowd January 15, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Winning Post – Covid-19… Testing the industry to its breaking point? March 30, 2020 Submit Sun Bingo has procured 75 oversized bingo balls (70cm) and a 4×4 metre bingo card, as the company prepares to break two GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS ™ in Blackpool on Saturday 3 June.The UK-based bingo site, established in 2008, has targeted the current world records for the largest set of bingo balls and the largest bingo card. The event will be hosted by Sun Bingo ambassadors Rustie Lee and Chico, who will be joined by up to 400 Sun Bingo players from across the country and an official GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS ™ adjudicator.The first record attempt will be played out with 1 metre square bingo balls on the sea front, while the second will take place in Blackpool Tower with 4×4 metre cards. The day will also see all players involved in two standard games of 75-ball bingo, with prizes up to £30,000.Tom Ustunel, Sun Betting & Gaming Director, said: “Sun Bingo is known for having the biggest balls in the industry so it makes sense that we set the record straight. Bingo is all about bringing people together to enjoy some fun and be sociable, so it’s great that we can celebrate this day with a host of our most valued customers.”last_img read more

20 Dec

Labanc lifts Sharks past Blues in OT

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSAN JOSE — Kevin Labanc scored with 1:39 left in overtime, propelling the Sharks into first place in the Pacific Division.Labanc scored the decisive goal in a 3-2 overtime win over the St. Louis Blues on Saturday by burying a seam pass from Logan Couture, allowing the Sharks to complete their four-game homestand at SAP Center with a perfect record.Martin Jones made 18 saves to secure the win that catapulted the …last_img read more

19 Dec

Elephant Trunk Inspires Robot Arm

first_imgA German company took inspiration from the soft, supple, yet powerful trunk of the elephant and built an arm to imitate it.  Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, a company engaged in “research of practical utility,” rhapsodized on the abilities of the elephant trunk:It is long, gray, soft and – endowed with no fewer than 40,000 muscles – extremely agile.  An elephant uses its trunk to grasp objects and for drinking.  With their trunks, the pachyderms can tear down trees and pull heavy loads, and yet are also capable of performing extremely delicate manipulations.  Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA in Stuttgart have used the elephant’s trunk as a design model.  “Its suppleness and agility gave us the idea for a bionic robot arm, ISELLA,” recounts Harald Staab, the IPA researcher who invented and developed the technology.The ISELLA arm uses a new kind of servo motor system with pairs of motors, each with a high transmission, attached to cords that twist in a helical shape when moving.  The motors are paired to prevent each other from going into wild, uncontrolled movements.  “What we can learn from elephants,” the title said.  The answer is low-cost, flexible prosthetic devices.  The article was echoed on Science Daily.    The article did not mention if the arm can pull down trees, drink, or pick up peanuts out of a child’s hand.… or reproduce itself.  This arm only has 10 of the paired servo motors, not 40,000.  Oh well, progress takes time.  The press release mentioned nothing about how evolution could have achieved the remarkable elephant’s trunk.  That in itself was inspiring.(Visited 30 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

18 Dec

South Africa takes stock of its farmers

first_img“Currently, challenges facing the department are in delivering and monitoring on land redistribution, tenure, and restitution targets,” Zita said in a statement last week. “Also, the development of black South African farmers cannot be properly measured owing to a lack of statistics on these small-scale farmers.” Informed policy development The census-styled Farmer Register initiative, which will start in the Mgungundlovu District Municipality and eventually cover the entire country, is expected to contribute to informed policy development and improved planning, decision-making and service delivery across the entire agricultural sector. Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries Director-General Langa Zita said that a regularly maintained Farmer Register would help the department and other government institutions to measure the sector’s performance accurately, and make informed decisions on priority settings and resource allocation. The completion of the Farmer Register will improve communication with farmers in terms outbreaks of diseases, measures that can be taken, and existing opportunities, and make it easier to estimate the impact of damage at any given time. A team of eight department representatives and 100 contracted field workers are already in KwaZulu-Natal and will be visiting each farm and farmer to capture information on ownership, demographics, employment, production capacity and the type of products produced per geographical area. KwaZulu-Natal is set to become the first of South Africa’s nine provinces to establish an accurate register of all its agricultural producers.center_img SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Local agricultural officers 11 October 2011 This follows a call to roll out a national farmer registration process aimed at establishing a central database to overcome data shortfalls and baseline information challenges on farms and farmers that interact with the government. The data collectors will be in the company of local agricultural extension officers who are familiar with producers.last_img read more

17 Dec

VMware Acquires SpringSource for $420 Million

first_imgLeading virtualization company VMware announced today that it’s acquiring SpringSource for $326 million in cash, plus another $58 million worth of stock and options. SpringSource will retain its executives and become a division within VMware. SpringSource is used in many top companies to manage the full lifecycle for Java applications in the enterprise, on the Web, and in enterprise integration. The purchase merges VMware’s focus on infrastructure with SpringSource’s expertise when it comes to enterprise application and rich Web development. For VMware, it’s the beginning of a complete platform as a service offering for Java. Will It Stay Open?SpringSource is highly influential in open source communities such as Apache Tomcat and Groovy and Grails, and it recently acquired Hyperic, a popular open source systems and server monitoring solution for IT. Since it will retain its top talent and operate as a separate division within VMware, SpringSource will be able to continue to remain open and fully support its community, said CEO Rod Johnson in a blog post today. Java PaaSSpringSource was founded by the lead developers on the Spring Framework, which is one of the most popular for Java programming. SpringSource’s core mission surrounds how streamlining enterprise applications are built, but they also have customers from hugely popular Web properties such as Wired.com and LinkedIn. It might seem strange for a company focused on cloud computing and virtualization to buy up one whose core is enterprise application management. But according to a blog post by VMware CTO Steve Herrod, the aim of this acquisition is to provide a comprehensive platform as a service (PaaS), which can be run either in datacenters or external service providers. In other words, VMware wants to place itself alongside platforms such as Force.com or the Google AppEngine, but with a stronger focus on enterprise applications. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…center_img steven walling Tags:#enterprise#news Related Posts last_img read more

15 Dec

Microsoft Mixes Apps And The Web With Its HTML5 Port Of “Contre Jour” Game

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Contre Jour site went live on Tuesday. According to Gavin, the experience isn’t “locked” to IE10, it’s playable by any browser that can support HTML5. I could play a preview version of the site using my up-to-date Google Chrome browser on a Chromebox, although touch obviously didn’t work on my standard LCD monitor.Gavin said that Maksym (Max) Hryniv, the creator of Contre Jour, and the team at Mokus needed some convincing before Hryniv agreed to allow Microsoft to port the game. Once persuaded, however, Hryniv designed the ten “Machine” levels that form the third chapter of the game.Those levels essentially serve as an introduction of sorts to the app itself, which will be available as a Metro app for both Windows 8 and Windows RT, Gavin said. “If there’s an app available, a little message will light up and say, ‘There’s an app available,’ and it will take you to the [app] store,” Gavin said. “So we’ll actually detect if there’s an app available and draw you right into that.”Unfortunately, saved games will not carry over from the website to the app, a Microsoft spokesman said in an email.Touch Is The New Fast“It used to be three, four, fie years ago that it was all ‘fast, fast, fast,” and browser performance was sort of the conversation du jour, with benchmarks and all that,” Gavin said. Now, he said, “fast” has become the table stakes of the browser market. (Last week, Google released the RoboHornet benchmark, which Microsoft’s IE10 topped according to one report; that benchmark later generated its own criticism from Microsoft and Mozilla.) First, there was the Web. Then there were apps. Then there was the Web – plus apps. That’s the message behind Microsoft’s porting of the award-winning Contre Jour game to the Web in HTML5, intentionally blurring the line between the Web and apps.Contre Jour is the next step in Microsoft’s “Beauty of the Web” campaign, centered around its browser, Internet Explorer; its search engine, Bing; and the multitouch “Surface” tablet, all due this fall. Contre Jour is designed for the multitouch environment exemplified in both Surface and IE. The idea is to create a seamless transition between the operating system and the Web, according to Ryan Gavin, the general manager of Internet Explorer for Microsoft.Unlike Flash games, Contre Jour does not sit within a browser “box;” there’s absolutely no indication – not one pixel – of a browser framework surrounding the game. “One of the cool things of the experience is that people instantly forget that this is a website, and that’s the point,” Gavin said.  Tags:#Microsoft#mobile#web What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … markhachman Related Posts There’s been a constant struggle between apps and the mobile Web, with apps recently winning the war. (See  Why Facebook Ditched The Mobile Web & Went Native With Its New iOS App.) Raj Aggarwal, CEO and co-founder of Boston-based Localytics, a mobile analytics and engagement platform, recently called the mobile Web the “lowest common denominator, so it works across a large number of platforms.”In some sense, Gavin said, the Web has become a second-class citizen – and that’s the attitude Microsoft is working to overcome. Combining the Web and apps not only helps developers to push their content to new users, but also provides a bridge to a native application. “How do we make those sites, from a performance, from an experience, from a touch perspective, as good as native apps?” Gavin asked. “And there’s partners on the other end of the spectrum that are just going to have apps. But there’s a lot in the middle, with sites and apps.”Microsoft isn’t the only browser maker trying to show off games that started as apps and have moved to the Web; Google, for example, persuaded Rovio to develop a browser-based, socially connected version of its Angry Birds franchise for its Chrome browser and Google+ social network. In fact, Google offers a number of games from Zynga and other developers. It’s just that Microsoft is now using games to show off its implementation of the Web to best effect, with sites like the Atari Arcade and a Web-based version of Cut the Rope. Physics Is The Soul Of The GameThe game charts the progress of a “Little Prince”-like spherical monster, and his quest to collect water droplets for his friend, a rose. The game plays out using a mostly grayscale palette, save for the brilliant blue of the water. Players don’t control the monster, Petit, directly; instead, they manipulate his environment, “pulling” the ground upward to create inclines, and stretching tentacles for Petit to grab on to. Instead of using sprites, Contre Jour stitches together four or more canvases at a time, meaning that the physics are calculated in real time, tapping into the PC or tablet’s native hardware acceleration to process the calculations. Browser performance levels have become consistent, Gavin said. “What is not consistent, however, is level of touch.” “The reality is that people are touching the Web more than they have been, and the reality is that that just doesn’t work today.”Contre Jour doesn’t necessarily require multitouch to play; a mouse and keyboard works fine, although users may have to click quickly in spots. The exception, of course, is in the custom-designed third chapter, where the initial level requires the user to touch three points simultaneously – something users can do only with IE10, Gavin said. At that point, a message does appear noting that the level requires multitouch.Gavin said Microsoft intends to continue showcasing the Web’s innovative content: “We believe the browser is the theater, and the sites you go to is the play. Our job is to provide comfy seats, the building, a drink at the right time, and make your experience awesome. But when you’re driving home at night with your wife, you’re talking about the contents of the play. It’s Facebook. It’s Gmail. It’s whatever sites and apps I’m going to.” Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more