RSF new scholarship program trains journalists in digital security

first_imgUlrike Gruska / Christoph Dreyer / Anne Renzenbrink / Juliane Matthey German BND Act: A missed opportunity for press freedom Follow the news on Germany “Across the globe, journalists are increasingly being monitored by governments and intelligence agencies. This jeopardizes their own security and that of their sources,” said RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire. “We want to support these brave colleagues by providing them with security training. From now on, journalists who fear to be victims of digital surveillance will be able to turn to the RSF Emergency Help Desk in Germany. That’s a new example of the RSF innovation spirit in order to address the key challenges of our times.” May 31, 2021 Find out more With this scholarship program Reporters Without Borders is expanding its current range of Berlin-based programs aimed at protecting journalists. Together with the taz panter foundation, the organization is also organizing a rest and refuge scholarship (http://ogy.de/jd68) which offers journalists from war and crisis regions the opportunity to spend a rest period of three months in Berlin. So far scholarship holders from Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Burundi, Zimbabwe, Turkey, Uganda and Ukraine have been invited. From 2013 to 2016 Reporters Without Borders, in cooperation with the Tactical Technology Collective and with funding from the German Federal Foreign Office, invited journalists from several countries including Azerbaijan, Bahrain and Myanmar to Berlin and trained them in digital security (http://ogy.de/16u9). – German section March 30, 2021 Find out more In parallel with the scholarship program, Reporters Without Borders is setting up a digital help desk in Berlin which journalists from all over the world can contact with enquiries about digital security. At the end of their scholarship, participants in the program will spend time working at the help desk and applying their newly acquired knowledge. The scholarship program is initially planned for a period of one and a half years. During this time, a total of 16 journalists from all over the world and three journalists working for Berlin-based exile media will be trained in a series of four separate rounds. The program covers the travel and visa costs of scholarship holders, their rent in Berlin and their health insurance costs. In addition, participants will receive a monthly allowance of approximately 1,000 euros. Exiled journalists who work for Berlin-based exile media will also be included in the scholarship program and trained in digital security. Berlin has become an important location for exile media outlets from all over the world, including the Azerbaijani television channel Meydan TV, the German-Turkish website taz.gazete and the online magazine Syria Untold. These media are published almost exclusively online while some of their employees continue to work anonymously from their home countries. This renders them particularly vulnerable to digital threats. A large number of whistleblowers and hackers have sought refuge in Berlin over the past few years, leading to the emergence in the German capital of a web activist scene that is unique in Europe. Help by sharing this information Reporters without borders July 24, 2018 RSF new scholarship program trains journalists in digital security “In many countries, journalists and bloggers are intimidated, threatened and persecuted because of their work,” said Senator for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises, Ramona Pop. “Berlin has established itself in recent years as Europe’s ‘web activism capital’, where a significant digital activist scene has developed. Now we are inviting digital media journalists who are under threat in their home countries to Berlin and supporting them with a scholarship program. Berlin as a city of freedom exerts a strong attraction, and we assume our responsibility to defend freedom of expression and the press.” The scholarship program will begin with a rest period during which journalists from crisis regions in particular can relax and acclimatize to Berlin. After that the participants will receive several weeks of intensive training in digital security during which they will learn, for example, how to communicate safely and protect themselves against hacker attacks. One of the objectives of the scholarship program is for the journalists to pass on the knowledge they acquire to colleagues in their home regions and become local contact persons for issues related to digital threats. The program therefore also includes didactic training. [email protected] June 2, 2021 Find out more Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises T: +49 (0)30 60 98 95 33-55 center_img There have been repeated instances of journalists all over the world being targeted for digital surveillance. In Bahrain, the authorities use the Internet for the systematic surveillance of dissidents. The phone connection of Bahraini journalist Nazeeha Saeed, for example, was deliberately and repeatedly infected with malware (http://ogy.de/lds5). In Morocco, spyware was installed on the computers at the editorial offices of the anti-government website Mamfakinch. Because its informants were also affected by the measure, other sources lost confidence in the website. (http://ogy.de/sza4). In China, the government has created a sophisticated system of surveillance and online censorship. In Turkey, around a year ago opposition members and activists were targeted by a professional surveillance campaign. Using spyware, hackers gained access to the address books, photos and videos on their mobile phones and also listened in on phone calls (http://ogy.de/zxru). Svenja Fritz / Matthias Borowski Receive email alerts T: +49 30 9013-7418 / +49 30 9013-8112 [email protected] to go further GermanyEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsOnline freedomsEvents Internet Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum GermanyEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsOnline freedomsEvents Internet News News News Organisation RSF_en www.reporter-ohne-grenzen.de/presse News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) Germany is launching a new scholarship program in response to the increasing digital surveillance of journalists worldwide, supported by the Berlin Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises. The program aims to give media professionals from war and crisis areas the chance to take time out in Berlin and train them in digital security. The first four scholarships are now being advertised (http://ogy.de/evnx). Journalists from all over the world can apply.last_img read more

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Chinese companies take aim at Japan’s growing battery storage market

first_imgChinese companies take aim at Japan’s growing battery storage market FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Nikkei Asian Review:Chinese energy companies are making a push into Japan’s storage battery market, expanding their reach in the renewable energy sector after establishing dominance in solar panels.China’s electric car leader, BYD, will start selling storage batteries for factories and power plants in 2021, while CATL ‒ the world leader in vehicle batteries ‒ plans to offer low-cost storage batteries for residences and businesses starting next year.Chinese companies have come to claim 70% of the global solar panel market, including a 50% share in former leader Japan. Now, noting an increasing need among Japanese households to store spare energy they generate, players from China are moving to fill that need as well. The resulting competition is likely to lower prices, spurring demand further.BYD plans to sell stationary units using its lithium-ion battery technology. The company is expanding its reach in stationary batteries at home as well as in markets like the U.S., claiming a roughly 10% global share in the sector behind South Korean players like Samsung SDI and LG Chem.CATL, or Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd., has teamed with Japanese solar power equipment builder Next Energy & Resources on storage batteries for Japan’s market, aiming to sell the products for about 50% cheaper than competitors.Fellow Chinese companies Trina Solar — the world’s No. 3 player in solar panels — and 10th-place Suntech Power aim to move into the Japanese stationary battery market as well.More: China’s BYD and CATL eye Japanese storage battery marketlast_img read more

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Newcastle v Liverpool: Champions can reach points milestone

first_imgKampala, Uganda | PREMIER LEAGUE | A win for Liverpool will make them just the second team to reach 99 points after Manchester City in 2017/18.Newcastle United will hope to end a run of five matches without a win and beat the champions for the first time since December 2015.Team newsNewcastle could have midfield duo Isaac Hayden and Sean Longstaff available but Emil Krath is a doubt with an ankle injury.Liverpool have no new injuries, meaning only Jordan Henderson (knee) and Joel Matip (foot) remain out. Did you know?Newcastle have won their final league match in each of the last five seasons by an aggregate score of 17-1. Their last such defeat came with a 2-1 loss to Liverpool in 2013/14.Jonjo Shelvey is Newcastle’s highest Premier League goalscorer this season with six goals. As it stands, it will be the lowest figure  since 2000/01 when Carl Cort and Nolberto Solano also netted six goals.A Liverpool win would make them just the second team in English top-fight history to reach 99 points.Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah has been involved in five goals in his last four Premier League outings against Newcastle (4 goals, 1 assist), finding the net in each of these matches.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg hospitalized

first_imgSeveral reports are stating the Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been taken to a hospital for treatment for a possible infection.Spokeswoman Kathleen Arberg released a statement about Ginsburg’s condition saying:“Justice Ginsburg was admitted to The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland early this morning for treatment of a possible infection,”Arberg said. ” She was initially evaluated at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C. last night after experiencing fever and chills. She underwent an endoscopic procedure at John Hopkins this afternoon to clean out a bile duct stent that was placed last August. The Justice is resting comfortably and will stay in the hospital for a few days to receive intravenous antibiotic treatment.”No other information has been given at this time.last_img read more

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GUNS LOADED FIRES ON EIGHT DAYS REST TO WIN $75,000 JOE HERNANDEZ STAKES BY 2 ¼ LENGTHS UNDER GONZALEZ; O’NEILL TRAINEE GETS 6 ½ FURLONGS DOWN HILLSIDE TURF IN 1:12.60

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 28, 2016)–An allowance winner on dirt just eight days ago, the Doug O’Neill-conditioned Guns Loaded transitioned back to the turf in fine fashion on Sunday, as he took Santa Anita’s featured $75,000 Joe Hernandez Stakes by 2 ¼ lengths. Ridden by Santiago Gonzalez, Guns Loaded negotiated 6 ½ furlongs down the Camino Real Turf Course in 1:12.60.“All the credit goes to Doug,” said part-owner and O’Neill assistant, Steve Rothblum. “If you’re a numbers player, on the Ragozin Sheets, if you run them back off a good race, within nine days, they run great. If you wait longer, they don’t. It’s either run them back quick or run them back after 30 days.  “We lost this horse for 32 (thousand, dollars) at Del Mar (Nov. 5) and when we took him back in December (6, at Los Alamitos), Pete Miller did us a favor, ’cause he castrated him and it really helped him. He’s a neat little horse that tries his guts out. He can run on dirt or on grass, it’s so cool to watch him progress like that.”Second, about a length and half behind favored Rocket Heat crossing the dirt at the top of the stretch, Guns Loaded rallied powerfully to overhaul “Rocket” a furlong out and won as much best. Off at 6-1 in a field of seven, Guns Loaded paid $14.80, $6.00 and $3.20.“When we put him on the grass (three starts back, on Dec. 27) he ran huge,” said O’Neill. “But, he ran big last time when they took the race off the grass as well. He’ll definitely get a breather now. He’s done a lot here in eight days, so he’s deserving of a month off or so. What an honest, nice horse.”Owned by Westside Rentals.com, Neil Haymes, Leo Rodriguez and Steve Rothblum, Guns Loaded, a 5-year-old Florida-bred gelding by D’wildcat, he’s now two for five down the hillside turf and is 25-7-3-4 overall. With the winner’s share of $47,100, he increased his earnings to $346,570.Off at 9-5, the aptly named Rocket Heat showed the way early under Rafael Bejarano and proved game for second money, prevailing by a head over Irish-bred Hunt. Rocket Heat paid $3.80 and $2.60.Ridden by Flavien Prat, Hunt was the second choice in the wagering at 5-2 and paid $2.80 to show.Fractions on the race were 21.32, 43.14 and 1:06.31.last_img read more

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Three New Fossil Finds Challenge Evolution

first_imgThree fossil discoveries challenge evolutionary dogma, and the articles admit it.Turtle: Bone BedTurtle stasis:  A pile of Jurassic turtles turned up in China.  It’s another case of earlier animals displaying no evolution.  The “Huge Deposit of Jurassic Turtle Remains” (Science Daily) more than doubles the number of turtle fossils known from that time.  Some 1800 specimens were found all jammed together, stacked on top of one another in a “bone bed” said to be 160 million years old. Live Science says that some of the densest concentrations contain 36 turtles per square meter.The locale, now one of the world’s driest regions, has also yielded fossils of sharks, crocodiles, mammals and several dinosaur skeletons.  A local flood was invoked to explain the deposit: the turtles, waiting at a waterhole for the rains, died.  “Many of the turtles were already dead and their bodies rotting. When the water arrived, it came with a vengeance: a river of mud, washing the turtles and sediments along with it and dumping them in one place, as the paleontologists read the site and its layers of stone.”  In a separate piece, Live Science posted five photos of the bone bed.Wikipedia says that turtles are “believed to have existed” in the late Triassic (220 million years ago), but the only candidate transitional form in the fossil record is one that already had a backshell and an incomplete carapace, “similar to an early stage of turtle embryonic development” – i.e., pretty far along toward turtledom.  “Prior to this discovery, the earliest-known fossil turtles were terrestrial and had a complete shell, offering no clue to the evolution of this remarkable anatomical feature. By the late Jurassic, turtles had radiated widely, and their fossil history becomes easier to read.”Coelacanth: Living FossilCoelacanths again:  The bony-finned fish Coelacanth “has one of the longest lineages—400 million years—of any animal,” PhysOrg reported.  A new fossil turned up in Texas, dated 100 million years old, though members of the family extend back into the Devonian.  Because of its bony fins, it was long thought to be the closest fish to humans (echoed in the PhysOrg article).  It was also thought to have gone extinct 70 million years ago.  Reports of its rediscovery as a “living fossil” in 1938 are well known.  The fins are not used for anything like walking, though.The article points to the serious questions about evolution and geologic history, without doubting evolution itself:  “The discovery of living coelacanths in the Indian Ocean after being presumed extinct for 70 million years highlights one of the great mysteries of ocean life. Where were they all that time?”  Not wanting to leave evolution in doubt, the statement continued, “The new fossil from Texas is a step toward understanding this fascinating history.”  How big a step on how long a path was not delineated.  Note: the diversity of coelacanth species was much higher in the past, another contradiction to evolution.Priapulid: Living Fossil Wrongly ClassifiedShaking the tree of dogma:  Priapulids are penis-shaped worms from the Cambrian explosion that survive to the present in essentially unchanged form.  A study of the embryological development of these animals now “Shakes Evolutionary Tree” (Scientific American) and “Pokes holes in evolutionary dogma” (Nature News).  How?  It’s going to require a reclassification of categories at the root of Darwin’s tree unquestioned since 1908: the split between protostomes and deuterostomes.Contrary to assumptions by early evolutionists, priapulids are deuterostomes – the anus develops before the mouth as the embryo develops (humans and other vertebrates are deuterostomes).  Protostomes develop mouth-first.  “Just as molecular techniques have revealed data that triggered revisions in cell biology, techniques to sequence genes and observe their activity are now challenging long-standing evolutionary scenarios,” Scientific American‘s short article stated.  That’s because this worm is now having to move from proto- to deutero.  As Nature News explained, taxonomists have long classified animals based on their embryos, because small things in an embryo can produce big changes in adult.So how does this finding “poke holes in evolutionary dogma” and “shake the tree” of life?  The article continues,“Evolutionary biologists will need to rename the protostomes. To do that, “we need to rethink how our earliest ancestors developed,” says Andreas Hejnol, an evolutionary developmental biologist at the University of Bergen in Norway and lead author on the report.”…Now, using molecular techniques to analyse gene expression, Hejnol and his team have revealed that a primitive protostome, the priapulid Priapus caudatus, develops like a deuterostome. These ‘living fossils’ look nearly identical to their priapulid ancestors, which littered the ocean floor during the Cambrian period, when protostomes originated (see ‘Protostome outlier’). That their development does not follow the protostome pattern suggests that early protostomes might also have developed differently. The order of the origin of the mouth and anus is now uncertain.“Here is an animal that is the poster child for early protostomes, and it develops just like a deuterostome,” says Mark Martindale, a developmental biologist at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu. “We’ve been using the name protostome for 100 years, and now it’s clear that it doesn’t mean anything.”Taxonomists are going to have to come up with a new name, and evolutionists are going to have to come up with a new explanation.  In the last paragraph, Nature News probably didn’t intend to make evolution look this bad, but…Just as molecular techniques have revealed data that triggered revisions in cell biology, techniques to sequence genes and observe their activity are now challenging long-standing evolutionary scenarios. “At the turn of the twentieth century, embryologists drew what they saw. But their microscopes stunk and they didn’t know about genes,” Martindale says. “Now we’re finally able to look closer, and we’re finding that they’re often wrong. But if you think about the tools they had, maybe it’s more surprising that anything is right at all.”Creationists could grab that fumble and run with it.  This goes to show that gaffes did not first evolve in Joebidenus vicepresidentus.Can anyone find anything in these observations that contradicts creation?  (No).  Can everyone find lots of things in these articles that contradict evolution?  (Yes, yes, yes…..).   For more on “surprise effects,” see “How to Translate Darwinese” (3/06/2008).  For another surprising story of stasis, read about lampreys (10/20/2006), or search on “living fossils” in the search bar.  And no, we’re not going to repeat the turtles all the way down joke. (Visited 39 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Hyderabad has a better sex life than other Indian cities: Survey

first_imgWhich is the sexiest city in India? Believe it or not, it’s Hyderabad. That’s the finding of a recent poll on sexual habits in India which came up with some surprising statistics.In fact, the traditional image of India as a deeply conservative society, where Bollywood films even shy away from,Which is the sexiest city in India? Believe it or not, it’s Hyderabad. That’s the finding of a recent poll on sexual habits in India which came up with some surprising statistics.In fact, the traditional image of India as a deeply conservative society, where Bollywood films even shy away from showing couples kissing, is clearly a cover-up.The survey, conducted by the manufacturers of Kama Sutra condoms, says the incidence of pre-marital sex is almost 43 per cent.But the survey, conducted in 10 cities with 3,500 respondents (87 per cent of them male), has its down side: it showed that Indians, like in other contact sports, will never win a gold medal in the sexual Olympics.The Big O still eludes Indians with only 57 per cent admitting to having had orgasms.Hyderabad has a better sex life than other cities. About 32 per cent of its respondents admitted to having daily sex.last_img read more

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Cricket : Smriti Mandhana equals fastest Women’s T-20 half century record

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementIndian batswoman Smriti Mandhana equals the record for the fastest T20 half-century in Women’s T20 cricket during a Kia Super League encounter between Western Storm and Loughborough Lightning.New Zealand’s Sophie Devine holds the record of a half-century off 18 balls, set against India during a T20 International in 2015, which has been equalled by Smriti. The Indian blasted a 19 ball 52 overall.Her team beat the league leader by 18 runs in a curtailed six over-a-side match on Saturday night. Western Storm posted 85 for two in six overs as Mandhana blasted four sixes and five fours during her 19-ball knock.She started with a sixer and then hit Devine over long-on for another maximum in the next over and then drove Jenny Gunn to the long-off boundary, followed by an exuberant drive through covers at the expense of Kirstie Gordon. Mandhana hit another big six off Georgia Elwiss over long-on and her fourth maximum off Lynsey Smith took Mandhana equal with the fastest half-century record. Also Read :Cricket: MS Dhoni doing stunts on a bicycle goes viral on the internetCricket: Little Master praises Virat Kohli’s work ethics ahead of the 1st testlast_img read more

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Ashish Nehra set to retire from international cricket on November 1

first_imgAshish Nehra has decided to retire from competitive cricket after the first T20 International against New Zealand at his home ground, Feroz Shah Kotla, on November 1.According to a senior BCCI official privy to the development, the 38-year-old Nehra has intimated his decision to chief coach Ravi Shastri and skipper Virat Kohli.With ICC not slotting any World T20 in 2018, Nehra apparently told the team management that it is only fair that performing juniors have a longer rope.It is understood that Nehra won’t play even in the Indian Premier League’s next season. Making his India debut back in 1999 under Mohammed Azharuddin, Nehra has so far played 17 Tests, 120 ODIs and 26 T20 Internationals for the country.He has picked 44 Test wickets, besides 157 ODI and 34 T20 scalps.”Yes, Ashish has told both Ravi and Virat that he does not want to continue beyond November 1 when India plays New Zealand at the Feroz Shah Kotla. Obviously, there is some element of surprise. One thought that he would like to continue till the home season against Sri Lanka. But he feels, it’s the right time to move on,” the senior official told PTI today.Nehra was recently picked for the three-match T20 International series against Australia but everyone was surprised when he did not figure in the playing XI for the first two matches.”Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah are form bowlers and Ashish felt that it’s only fair in the interest of the team that they continue.”Bhuvi has improved as a T20 bowler in leaps and bounds and Ashish said that the pair should continue. Had there not been a match at Kotla next month, Ashish would have retired after playing the third T20 International at Hyderabad on October 13,” the official said.advertisementThe Kotla T20 will give Nehra a chance to finish his injury-plagued career at his home ground.He is best remembered for his 6 for 23 against England at Durban in the 2003 World Cup, a match he played despite being unwell and frequently throwing up in between his overs.He was also a part of the 2011 World Cup-winning squad with a match-turning performance in the semi-final against Pakistan. He missed the final due to a finger fracture.It is learnt that a few IPL franchises want Nehra as their bowling coach-cum-mentor as his expertise and knowledge with white ball is considered to be unparalleled.last_img read more

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9 months agoAinsley Maitland-Niles: My ideal position at Arsenal…

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ainsley Maitland-Niles: My ideal position at Arsenal…by Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAinsley Maitland-Niles sees his future at Arsenal on the wing.The Gunners and England have high hopes for Three Lions’ U21 prospect.”I’d like to be a winger,” Maitland-Niles told Sky Sports. “I feel comfortable there and I’ve been playing there this season.”I was a striker growing up. Thierry Henry was the perfect role model at the time.”Then everybody started growing but I was still a bit short. As I was still quick, direct and could run at players they thought they would put me on the wing. So up until the age of 16 I was a winger.” last_img read more

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