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CNN journalists Scott Bronstein and Taryn Fixel briefly detained

first_img CNN journalists Scott Bronstein and Taryn Fixel were briefly detained while interviewing Nabeel Rajab, the head of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, at his home. RSF_en Help by sharing this information Organisation center_img News March 29, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 CNN journalists Scott Bronstein and Taryn Fixel briefly detainedlast_img

Reporters Without Borders shocked by 11-year prison sentence on journalist

first_img News News After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists Follow the news on Iran   Reporters Without Borders expressed shock today at the jailing for 11 years of 71-year-old Iranian journalist Siamak Pourzand (see photo) and said it was very concerned about his plight since it was not known where he was being held.”The Iranian authorities are once more showing their very great contempt for human rights,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard. “This complete lack of information about such an elderly journalist, who is also very ill, is unacceptable. The authorities must say where he is being held.”Iran has the dubious title of being the biggest prison for journalists in the Middle East, with 11 imprisoned. In the past month, four jail sentences have been imposed on journalists. RSF, which has called for their immediate release, has put Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Guide of the Islamic Revolution and the country’s supreme spiritual leader, on its worldwide list of predators of press freedom.Judge Jafar Sabri, of Court 1610, told the daily newspaper Iran in an interview published on 15 May that Pourzand had been jailed for 11 years, not eight, as had previously been reported. Pourzand was convicted on 3 May of having “undermined state security through having links with monarchists and counter-revolutionaries.”” His court-appointed lawyer filed an appeal. The head of the Iranian prison system, Morteza Bakhtiari, said the journalist was not being held in any of the country’s prisons.Iranian officials have made no comment in the wake of the many protests by international human rights organisations and very few reformist newspapers have mentioned Pourzand’s plight.His family has had no news since his sister visited him at the Amaken detention centre, near Teheran, in early March, when he seemed very ill. His sister was recently refused permission to visit by the authorities, who said he was too ill.Pourzand was seized by security police on 29 November last year and held in a secret place for four months without access to a lawyer or a doctor. The authorities said nothing about his disappearance. He was head of Teheran’s artistic and cultural centre and also a cultural commentator for several reformist newspapers that have since been shut down. Receive email alerts RSF_en June 9, 2021 Find out more Organisation Help by sharing this information to go further March 18, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders expressed shock at the jailing for 11 years of 71-year-old Iranian journalist Siamak Pourzand (see photo) and said it was very concerned about his plight since it was not known where he was being held. Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 News May 17, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders shocked by 11-year prison sentence on journalist News IranMiddle East – North Africa IranMiddle East – North Africa Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists February 25, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Silk Series expansion welcomes four new tracks into the fold

first_img Related Articles Share William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 Share StumbleUpon An expansion of the Silk Series has been revealed by the Arena Racing Company (ARC), with races from an extra four tracks set be encompassed into the 2018 offering.Ahead of International Women’s Day tomorrow (March 8), Goodwood, Hamilton Park, Musselburgh and York Racecourses have been announced as joining the initiative, which launched in 2017 across nine ARC tracks.The enterprise gives female jockeys a chance to compete for a share of £150,000, including the £20,000 final which will take place once again on Ladies Day of the William Hill St Leger Festival at Doncaster Racecourse, on Thursday 13 September 2018, Held across thirteen popular summer racedays, with points accrued at each depending on finishing positions, the series also raises funds and awareness for Cancer Research UK.Susannah Gill, ARC Director of External Affairs, said, “We were all absolutely delighted with the reception that The Silk Series got from the racing community and wider sports industry last year, and we are very pleased to welcome our new racecourse partners in Goodwood, Hamilton Park, Musselburgh and York.  “All four racecourses will help to increase the opportunities for female jockeys to compete on popular racedays and give a valuable contribution to raise the profile of The Silk Series. “We hope interest in The Silk Series will continue to grow this summer, and look forward to competitive racing as we did last year, with Megan Nicholls a very worthy winner of The Tufnell Trophy”Jockey Hollie Doyle, who passed the 100 career wins barrier in January, acts as a Silk Series ambassador, and commented: “Last summer, The Silk Series offered a number of the female jockeys the opportunity to ride that they might not have had before, and the chance to ride for new trainers as well, which is key to helping progress your career. “I’m absolutely delighted to be involved again this year and look forward to sharing my thoughts and views on being a professional jockey with my blog” ITV secures three-year British racing broadcast deal August 5, 2020 SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

Washington Center announces Contestants for Dancing with South Sound’s Stars

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by The Washington Center for the Performing ArtsThe Washington Center for the Performing Arts is thrilled to announce our contestants for Dancing with South Sound’s Stars!  Saturday May 16 is the night to be in downtown Olympia, as six local celebrities spin around the dance floor with their professional partners from The Utah Ballroom Dance Company.  Please join us in welcoming to our Mainstage:Greg Allison- Olympia School DistrictThane Bryenton- RelyLocal OlympiaCasey Cochrane- Yelm Chamber of CommerceRenee Sunde- Thurston Economic Development CouncilBecci Syrek- Olympia Lacey Tumwater Visitor & Convention CenterDeborah Vinsel- Thurston Community TelevisionThese local stars were chosen for their charm, of course, but also for their dedication and everyday hard work in making our community a great place to live.  They will spend a week in rehearsal with the professional dancers, preparing for their dancing debut.  The audience will be casting votes during intermission, along with three local judges who are representing our sponsoring businesses.Tickets are already on sale through the box office at 360-753-8586 or online here.last_img read more

The Evolution of School Boards

first_imgA press release from Michigan State University encourages scientists to run for school boards on a pro-evolution platform.  Alarmed that 40% of students are doubting evolution, Jon Miller encourages his fellow evolutionists to get involved in improving “science literacy.”  He sees this as a necessary counter to “other special interest groups, often conservative or religiously fundamental, highly organized in training and supporting candidates.”    There’s a price to pay for involvement beyond the 15-hour-a-week commitment.  “No scientist can run on a pro-evolution platform and not expect to find themselves engaged in other issues,” Miller said.  In his 3-year stint on the DeKalb County school board, “he learned more about school finances than he had thought possible.”It’s a free country and whoever has the time, money and talent can give it their best shot.  But would you vote for the Stalin Party for Congress?    It’s not like the Darwinists don’t already have a complete monopoly on textbooks, curriculum and media with the ACLU-KGB at their beck and call.  Isn’t it interesting that, after decades of government-funded indoctrination, this very one-sided situation in their favor has still not enabled them to convert more students.    Don’t think the pro-evolution candidates want to just add their voice to a fair and balanced democratic process.  They want to protect the Charlie Temple Mount from entry by other religions.  That’s what happened in Kansas this month (see ARN).(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Animals Got Rhythm; Scientists Don’t

first_imgHere’s a biological puzzle with plenty of room for young researchers to solve: the workings of biological rhythms.  All animals respond to rhythms in periods of hours, days, weeks, months, and years, but as George E. Bentley (UC Berkeley) wrote in Current Biology,1 how they do it is only partially understood.  “Sometimes the questions are simple and the answers are complicated,” he ended his article.    And complicated it is.  Here’s just a portion of the caption to one of his diagrams called “Proposed novel pathways of photoperiodic timing in birds and mammals” to glaze your eyeballs:(A) A diagrammatic representation of the proposed novel pathway for photoperiodic timing in birds.  (1) The light signal enters the brain via the skull and is detected by extra-retinal, deep brain photoreceptors (2), the exact identity and location of which are not yet known.  Long day lengths induce TSH and Dio2 expression (3) in the pars tuberalis (red) and mediobasal hypothalamus, respectively, thereby causing a local increase in T3.  This increase in T3 is conveyed via an unknown pathway to promote the release of gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) from neurons (4) in the pre-optic area.  GnRH then induces the release of gonadotropins luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) from the pituitary gland into the bloodstream to cause gonadal activation (5).  Note the lack of involvement of melatonin in this proposed pathway, even though the pineal gland in birds is light-sensitive in its own right. (There will be no quiz.)  That was just the bird part.  A different complex system exists in mammals.  But the complexity does not end there.  Animals, with their widely differing gestation periods, exhibit many variations on the theme.  Some respond to melatonin and thyroid hormones in different ways, at different rates, and from different parts of the brain.  There appears to be no unifying mechanism.  From hamster to elephant, animals have not told evolutionists what rules or natural law govern their rhythms (see footnote 3 for two attempts). Bentley commented, “However exciting and potentially important these recent findings might be from the perspectives of ecology, physiology and evolution, it’s obvious that they do not provide us with the full picture.  For example, how is this common mechanism tweaked so as to cause short-day breeding in some species and long-day breeding in others?”  He did not explain who or what does the tweaking.    Bentley’s article was one of several in a special issue of Current Biology devoted to the phenomenon of animal and plant rhythms.  In an Editorial in the same issue,2 Albert Goldbeter (U of Brussels) began, “The development and harmonious functioning of an organism depend on the exquisite coordination of myriad intertwined biological processes.”  Just one of those is biological timing.  Animals need to know when to eat, when to sleep, when to hibernate, when to reproduce, and much more.  “The period of biological rhythms spans more than ten orders of magnitude, from a fraction of a second up to tens of years,” he added.  These rhythms are tightly coupled to regulatory processes in the cell and the animal as a whole.    Only now are scientists beginning to understand the multiple feedback loops and regulatory processes that begin at the molecular level and extend up to the visible behavior of a whole population.  This is a field ripe for systems biology – a new approach to biology that keeps the big picture in mind.  Goldbeter explained: “Because rhythmic behavior cannot be ascribed to a single gene or enzyme, and rather constitutes a systemic property originating from regulatory interactions between coupled elements in a metabolic or genetic network, cellular rhythms represent a prototypic field of research in systems biology.”  For instance, the big-picture look has revealed a phenomenon called the limit cycle.  This concept is a central figure in the study of biological rhythms, he said.  How do limit cycles work? Models help unraveling the dynamics of cellular rhythms and show that sustained oscillatory behavior often corresponds, in the concentration space, to the evolution toward a closed curve known as a limit cycle.  Cycling once around this trajectory takes exactly one period.  The closed trajectory is generally unique in a given set of conditions, and is particularly stable as it can be reached regardless of initial conditions.His use of evolution here (one of only two mentions in the two papers) does not refer to Darwinian evolution, but to the unfolding of the limit cycle as a consequence of multiple inputs.  The only other mention of evolution, by Bentley, was only a passing reference – and that in the most general terms (see quote in paragraph 2, above).  Other papers in the series mentioned evolution only in passing; only two tried to discuss it in some detail, with questionable success.3    In his final paragraph, Goldbeter described the pervasive and intertwined nature of biological rhythms with an analogy.  Again, don’t cram for a quiz.The ubiquity and physiological significance of biological rhythms can be illustrated by one last example, which shows how rhythms are often nested in a manner reminiscent of Russian dolls.  In the process of reproduction, several rhythms play key roles at different stages and with markedly distinct periods.  Fertilization of an egg triggers a train of Ca2+ [doubly ionized calcium] spikes that are essential for successful initiation of development.  Prior to these Ca2+ oscillations of a period of the order of minutes, ovulation requires appropriate levels of LH and FSH established through pulsatile signaling by GnRH with a period close to one hour (the response of pituitary cells to GnRH also involves high-frequency Ca2+ oscillations).  The ovulation cycle is itself periodic, and takes the form of the menstrual cycle in the human female.  Capping these various periodicities, in many animal species reproductive activity varies according to an annual rhythm controlled by the photoperiod, through modulation of the circadian secretion of melatonin.  In a final manifestation of the ticking of the biological clock, ovulation stops at menopause.  At the very core of life, the reproductive process highlights the deeply rooted links between rhythms and time in biological systems.1.  George E. Bentley, “Biological Timing: Sheep, Dr. Seuss, and Mechanistic Ancestry,” Current Biology, Volume 18, Issue 17, 9 September 2008, Pages R736-R738.2.  Guest editorial by Albert Goldbeter, “Biological rhythms: Clocks for all times,” Current Biology, Vol 18, R751-R753, 09 September 2008.3.  A quick word search on “evolution” in the other six papers in the series found only two discussing it in some detail.  One European team’s analysis, however, did not explain how these complex systems actually originated by mutation and natural selection.  They provided only a just-so story on how the different mechanisms in different groups of animals might have been related ancestrally.  Their language glossed over the origin of a multitude of complex systems with phrases like “the evolution of” and “the development of” sprinkled with doubt-words like probably, likely, may have and our interpretation.  They also spoke of the “flow of information” and repeatedly mentioned function without explaining those design-theoretic concepts in Darwinian terms.  Overall, it was clear they were assuming evolution rather than demonstrating it; they assumed that natural selection was capable of providing whatever structure that the “evolutionary pressures” were demanding.  Here is their complete citation (reiterated with diagram in their Figure 4); it can be considered representative of the other 5 papers in the series that mentioned evolution (most of them with just a passing reference that was not germane to their subject matter, and some with contrary evidence and damaging admissions). The unusual direction of information flow described here probably reflects an ancestral mechanism preceding the evolution of a separation between the hypothalamus and pituitary and the development of a local portal blood system linking the tissues.  In ancestral vertebrates (Figure 4, left), it is likely that photoreceptor expression in multiple sites in the central nervous system (CNS) served discrete principal functions: control of vision (lateral eyes), circadian rhythms (pineal structures), and photoperiodism (deep brain and pituitary).  In mammals (Figure 4, right), photoreceptor loss has led to the lateral eyes’ assuming all light-sensing functions, with pineal melatonin secretion becoming a humoral relay for photoperiodic information to pituitary and deep-brain sites.  Additionally, distinct regions of the ancestral brain have become specialized for different functions, notably the hypothalamus for integration of environmental cues and the pituitary for hormone production.  Our interpretation is that photoperiodic control has been assumed by TSH expression at the PT-brain interface, allowing information encoded in the melatonin signal to reach hypothalamic sites.  Birds may be viewed as an intermediate scenario in which compartmentalization of endocrine control into sites of integration (hypothalamus) and output (pituitary) has occurred, but extraretinal photoreceptor sites persist.  The highly derived state of the photoperiod-transduction pathway in mammals may well reveal the constraints imposed by their nocturnal ancestry.Hanon et al, “Ancestral TSH Mechanism Signals Summer in a Photoperiodic Mammal,” Current Biology, Volume 18, Issue 15, 5 August 2008, Pages 1147-1152.The other paper that discussed evolution in detail arguably only spun just-so stories uneasily in the face of contrary evidence:A re-evaluation of the role of the TTFL [transcriptional/translational feedback loops] in eukaryotes is underway.  Can the cyanobacterial clock system [a complex clock in the simplest of unicellular organisms] tell us anything about clocks in eukaryotes?  Eukaryotic circadian genes have no detectable homology to kaiABC sequences, so if there is an evolutionary relationship between the bacterial and eukaryotic systems, it is so diverged as to be genetically invisible.  But what about the possibility of convergence to a fundamentally similar biochemical mechanism?  It might seem implausible that clocks of independent origin would converge upon an essentially similar core PTO [post-translational oscillator] made more robust by an overlying TTFL.  However, the advantages that accrue to the cyanobacterial system by having a post-translational mechanism at its core are also relevant to eukaryotic clocks.  For example, individual mammalian fibroblasts express cell-autonomous, self-sustained circadian oscillations of gene expression that are largely unperturbed by cell division in a fashion reminiscent of cyanobacteria.  Could the necessity for imperturbability, even when buffeted by the massive intracellular changes provoked by cell division, provide an evolutionary driving force for circadian clock mechanisms to converge on a relatively similar core mechanism?  The results from cyanobacteria, combined with recent results from eukaryotic systems that do not easily fit into the original TTFL formulation, embolden such speculations.Foster and Roenneberg, “Human Responses to the Geophysical Daily, Annual and Lunar Cycles,” Current Biology, Vol 18, R816-R825, 09 September 2008.Clocks within clocks within clocks – wouldn’t William Paley be astonished.  Pay no mind to those Darwinian storytellers in the footnotes; they are assuming 99% of what they need to prove, and still scrambling to come up with plots that thinking people would not laugh at.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

South African animation awarded at prestigious festival

first_imgStick Man is the story of a happy-go-lucky father’s epic journey to make it home in time for Christmas. (Image: Triggerfish)A South African animation company has won a top prize for a TV production at a premier animation festival.Stick Man won a Le Cristal d’Annecy award at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival in France. The short animation is a collaboration between South African animation studio Triggerfish’s and UK-based Magic Light PicturesThis is not the company’s first award. It recently received accolades at the BANFF World Media Festival, the Shanghai International Film and TV Festival, and two British Animation Awards.Previous Le Cristalwinners include the films Room on the Broom, The Amazing World of Gumball, Shaun the Sheep and Peppa Pig.Triggerfish CEO Stuart Forrest was delighted with the recognition, saying “this was Africa’s strongest showing at Annecy yet. In addition to Stick Man winning the TV category, our collaborator Clea Mallinson won the Animation du Monde pitching forum for her short film Fairy Wheels.”Other African winners this year included South African Naomi van Niekerk’s stop-motion animation short, ‘n Gewone Blou Maandagoggend. It won the Jean-Luc Xiberras Award for a First Film in the short film category.Adama, a film set in West Africa, won the André-Martin Award for a French-language feature film.Forrest said: “We also had a great response to the four TV series we’re developing from last year’s pan-African Triggerfish Story Lab, so it is an exciting time for African animation.”About Stick ManStick Man is based on Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s much-loved children’s picture book about a happy-go-lucky father’s epic journey to make it home in time for Christmas.The 26-minute film was directed by London-based Jeroen Jaspaert and South African Daniel Snaddon.“I’m so proud of the team who went beyond the call of duty to bring Stick Man to life, thanks to Jeroen for bringing out the best in us,” said Snaddon.Watch the trailer:The film features an all-star voice cast that includes Sherlock’s Martin Freeman, Hugh Bonneville from Downtown Abbey and comedienne Jennifer Saunders.The film was shown on the BBC during Christmas 2015 and was watched by over 10-million viewers.Co-producers, Magic Light Pictures is an Oscar-nominated, BAFTA and International Emmy winning production company.Triggerfish’s next project is another collaboration with Magic Light Pictures, and will be Christmas special for the BBC based on Roald Dahl’s popular Revolting Rhymes books.Nathi Mthethwa, South Africa’s minister of arts and culture, congratulated Triggerfish on Twitter:Congratulations to Triggerfish Animation Cape Town, for winning the overall Cristal for best TV production at the Annecy/MIFA awards.— Min. Nathi Mthethwa (@NathiMthethwaSA) June 20, 2016last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — June 13, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Ryan Martin, Ohio Ag Net Chief Meteorologist Scattered, light moisture should continue to hold over a large part of Ohio today. This will promote an overall damp feel once again, as temps stay at normal and even slightly below normal levels across the state and we can’t rule out a few hundredths to perhaps a quarter of an inch across about 70% of the state. Generally, though, we should see limited rain activity, with most of the moisture just getting held up in the atmosphere. We will start to see some changes to the pattern starting tomorrow.Tomorrow looks to dry down for most of Ohio. We may still have some lingering moisture trying to exit far eastern parts of the state early in the morning, but dry, sunny, warmer weather is the theme going forward. Southwest winds bring some higher temperatures to closer the week. We can expect temps to be above normal for Friday, Saturday and into Sunday. With the warming, it would not be out of the question for a few pop-up showers or thunderstorms to develop but that looks to be a bigger threat farther west, at least on Friday. Saturday late afternoon and evening show some better potential for pop up shower and especially thunderstorms, mostly over the northern third of the state. Keep an eye out for that action from US 30 northward, but also don’t limit it to just specifically that area. Instability will be a large issue in many areas for the weekend.Dry weather returns with another hot afternoon on Sunday, and temps ease a bit on Monday, while we likely stay dry. There is still the potential for a good chunk of next week to have moisture around, but it is shifting later in the week by a day or two.We can’t rule out showers moving into the state late Tuesday afternoon, then we have rain chances for Wednesday and Thursday. However, these are not rains that develop with a sweeping type front. Rather, moisture is going to try and slowly lift up into the eastern corn belt, and we will see multiple lines of action rotating through, circulating around a low to the south. This set up means we see largely hit and mis rains each day, but the areas that get rain can get a lot. Think of it as a bunch of striated bands of moisture training over the same area for a while before leaving. This will promote rain potential for the 2-and-a-half-day period of as little as .25”-.5” all the way up to 2 inches or more. So, we still have the potential for a very wet week next week. Combined coverage though will be only around 70%, with daily coverage at 40%. Dry weather makes a comeback late next week. The map shows 10-day cumulative rainfall potential across the state.In the extended window, one main front now arrives around the 26th that can bring rains of .25”-1” over about 80% of the state.Temps will be a story going into the weekend. We are already hearing folks talk up very warm air in the plains and western corn belt this weekend. We will see warming as well and can see some upper 80s to lower 90s. However, we need to stress that this is not a major problem. It is Summer, and summers have some hot spells, usually. This warmth will be coming after a relatively wet period over most of the corn belt, including Indiana. So, crops should handle 3 days of warm air just fine. As to the increasing fearmongering over a blazingly hot rest of June and all of July…we find nothing to support that kind of talk and consider it foolishness. For the next 10 days to 2 weeks, at least, we see conditions good for crop growth and development. Not perfect, but good.last_img read more