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Number of citizen journalists killed and arrested rises daily

first_img February 3, 2021 Find out more Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law March 8, 2021 Find out more News Suhaib Dib was the victim of a targeted killing by the security forces in the Damascus suburb of Al-Meliha on 4 July. Although still a secondary school student, he was one of the city’s most energetic activists, and was always circulating news reports and content about the uprising and the government crackdown.Omar Al-Ghantawi, 19, was killed by a sniper while filming the shelling of the districts of Jobar and Al-Sultaniyeh in Homs on 21 June. He had given up his job as a mobile phone technician in order to cover the revolution and had shot hundreds of photos and videos documenting the Assad regime’s atrocities.Ghantawi was previously shot and wounded in the chest by a sniper after tearing down a poster of the late President Hafez Al-Assad, the father of the current dictator, Bashar Al-Assad, in the district of Baba Amr. After being confined to bed for three months, he had resumed filming as soon as he recovered.Reporters Without Borders has been able to confirm that Ghias Khaled Al-Hmouria was shot dead while filming an operation by the rebel Free Syrian Army in the Damascus suburb of Douma on 25 June.The deaths of citizen journalist Mohamed Hamdo Hallaq during the shelling of Azaz, a town to the north of Aleppo, on 2 July and citizen journalist Samer Khalil Al-Sataleh during the shelling of Douma on 28 July have also been confirmed but Reporters Without Borders has not yet been able to establish the exact circumstances.ReleaseReporters Without Borders is relieved to learn that Abderahman Matar, a reporter for the pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat, was released on 9 July after being held for a month. Anti-government sources said he was arrested because of his coverage. He was reportedly accused of publishing false information, undermining national sentiment, attacking the government’s image and participating in unauthorized demonstrations.Matar’s release should not eclipse the fact that dozens of other professional and citizen journalists continue to languish in Syrian jails. They include the blogger Hussein Ghreir, who was arrested along with 15 other activists during a raid on the Damascus-based Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression on 18 February.According to Front Line Defenders, he recently began a hunger strike in protest against the fact that the authorities continue to hold him incommunicado.Reporters Without Borders reiterates its call for the immediate and unconditional release of all the professional and citizen journalists held in Syria and points out that the Syrian authorities undertook to release all political detainees under Kofi Annan’s peace plan.———————————————–07.07.2012 – At least seven more citizen journalists killed since late MayReporters Without Borders is appalled to learn that five other Syrian citizens have been killed in the couse of pursuing journalistic activities since late May. They are:- Wael Omar Bard, who was shot dead in the northern city of Jarjanaz on 26 June.- Hamza Mahmoud Othman, who was shot by a sniper in the central city of Homs on 21 June.- Bassim Barakat Darwish, who was injured during an air raid in the northern town of Rastan on 13 June and died two days later.- Ayham Youssef Al-Hariri, who was fatally injured by a shell in the southern city of Deraa on 13 June.- Abdelhamid Idriss Matar, who was fatally injured by a shot fired from a tank in the central town of Al-Qussair on 31 May.Reporters Without Borders has also learned that two citizen journalist died in detention – Hassan Mohamed Al-Azhari on 17 June and Rami Ismael Iqbal shortly after his arrest on 21 December 2011.For more information about these people and how they died, read our 7 July press release.——————————————————19.06.2012 – Two citizen journalists killed while filming army shellingRead in Arabic / بالعربيةReporters Without Borders condemns the deaths of two citizen journalists, who were killed by government forces in the cities of Homs and Al-Qassir in the past nine days while trying to cover the continuing ruthless crackdown on the Syrian population.“Their names will be added to the grim list of all those who have fallen with their cameras in their hand,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We offer our heartfelt condolences to the victims’ families and we urge the international community to do what is necessary to ensure that the Annan peace plan leads to a ceasefire without delay.” Ahmed Hamada, a 26-year-old cameraman, was fatally shot by a sniper in Homs on 16 June while filming on a street in the district of Bab Amr during heavy shelling and while trying to rescue a fatally-injured friend, Abd Al-Hadi Al-Qoumali (video with sensitive content).Hamada was always patrolling the city’s streets with his camera and had filmed hundreds of videos showing the regular army’s shelling, especially its shelling of the old town and the district of Khaldiyeh.Khaled Al-Bakir, 30, was killed by a shell in Al-Qassir (about 10 km south of Homs), while covering the army’s shelling of the town on 10 June. Also known as Abu Sliman, he used to film the army’s bombardments and atrocities against the civilian population, as well as the street demonstrations held every Friday in Homs. Khaled Al-BakirReporters Without Borders also strongly condemns the targeted shooting of a foreign journalist in the north of the country four days ago.Ahmed Bahaddou, a Belgian freelance cameraman working for the Associated Press, sustained a gunshot injury on 15 June, 13 days after arriving in Syria with two colleagues. He was flown to London on 17 June and is now being treated in a hospital there.————————-05.06.2012 – Citizen journalist arrested nearby RaqqahRead in Arabic / بالعربيةReporters Without Borders is very worried about Ibrahim Hajji Al-Halabi, a citizen journalist also known as Abou Al-Tayeb Al-Souri, who was arrested at dawn on 12 May in Tel-Abyad, near the Turkish border, and was taken to the nearby northern city of Raqqah. Halabi’s fate since then is not known.The police seized his camera, laptop and three memory cards at the time of his arrest. They also searched his home, confiscating another laptop.Civilian detainees are often tortured and it is feared that Halabi has suffered the same fate, if not worse. Reporters Without Borders calls for his immediate release, and for the release of all the professional journalists, citizen journalists and netizens currently detained in Syria.Born in 1981, Halabi is the opposition spokesman in the northeastern province of Al-Hasakah and a member of the Syrian Revolution General Commission. He often appeared on TV stations describing what was taking place in his region. The Union of Syrian Writers called him “the voice of the revolution in the Jezireh (northeast).”Halabi is from the Raqqah region but he and his family were relocated to Al-Hasakah after their land was expropriated to build the Tabqa Dam on the Euphrates.——————-01.06.2012 – BloodbathRead in Arabic / بالعربية 27.07.2012 – Citizen journalist held since her arrest in Latakia a month agoRead in Arabic / بالعربية Reporters Without Borders has learned that Fatima Khaled Saad, a young citizen journalist based in the port city of Latakia, has been held for the past month following her arrest on 28 June.“We constantly discover violations of freedom of information that have been concealed by the regime,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It seems that Saad’s only crime was to have possessed recordings of songs praising the uprising by Syria’s youth. “She has been subjected to a great deal of physical and psychological violence during her arbitrary detention, which must end. We call for the immediate and unconditional release of Saad and all the other journalists and citizen journalists detained in Syria.”Security officials arrested Saad, her father, Khaled Saad, and her brother during a search of their home in 28 June in which they seized her digital camera, memory card and telephone. Her father and brother were released but Fatima Saad was rushed to Latakia military hospital after being mistreated during a lengthy interrogation by intelligence officers.On 17 July, she was transferred to the headquarters of the military intelligence branch in Damascus where, according to some sources, she is being held in Section 291. Reporters Without Borders is very concerned about her present physical condition.The way the regime tends to treat its opponents is grounds for concern about Saad’s fate. It is clear that the nature of her past activities is such that her life could now be in danger.—————-24.07.2012 – State TV presenter kidnappedRead in Arabic / بالعربيةReporters Without Borders is worried about TV presenter Mohamed Sayeed, who was kidnapped from his home in the southwestern Damascus district of Jaydet Artoz on 20 July. His family has received no word of him since then and no one has claimed responsibility for his abduction. He hosts a current affairs programme on the Syrian state TV station.Reporters Without Borders urges Sayeed’s kidnappers to release him and points out that news media and journalists – both professional and citizen journalists – should not be targeted by any of the parties in a war or civil war. Organisation July 27, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Number of citizen journalists killed and arrested rises daily ———–17.07.2012 – Syrian citizen-journalist arrestedRead in Arabic / بالعربيةSyrian security officers have seized citizen-journalist Salim Qabbani, who has played an active role in first-hand reporting on that country’s conflict.Qabbani, 23, was arrested on July 14 while on assignment in Damascus. A member of the Local Coordination Committee in Homs, Qabbani has made regular appearances on news broadcasts, as we can see on this video on Al-Jazeera. He was an important source of news, reporting on the repression and fighting taking place in his city, a centre of the Syrian insurrection.Reporters Without Borders expresses its grave concern for Qabbani’s safety. These concerns also apply to dozens of other citizen-journalists and media professionals who are detained in Syria – a country where security services are notorious for torturing prisoners.———–12.07.2012 – Targeted murders of citizen journalistsRead in Arabic / بالعربيةReporters Without Borders is deeply saddened to learn of the murders of two more citizen journalists. Confirmation has also been received of the deaths of three others, of whom at least one lost his life in the course of journalistic activity. Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria March 12, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Syria SyriaMiddle East – North Africa center_img The young Syrian filmmaker Bassel Shahade was shot dead by a sniper in the Bab Saba district of Homs two days ago. Shahade studied photography in the United States before returning to Syria at the start of the popular uprising. For the past three months the talented photographer and filmmaker had been covering the clashes in Homs and was one of the principal citizen journalists reporting on, among other things, the shelling of the Baba Amr district in February. His assistant and fellow director, Ahmed Assam, was also killed. Two days earlier, three media activists of the Sham News Network (SNN) were shot dead by government forces in the Khaldieh district of Homs. The circumstances of their deaths are still unclear:- Ammar Mohamed Souhail, director and Khaldieh correspondent for SNN.- Ahmed Adnan Al-Ashlaq, an engineer working for the network.- Laurens Fahmi Al-Naimi, media activist and filmmaker for SNN in Khaldieh. He was also its director of live broadcasting.Reporters Without Borders has also learned of arrests on 27 May of two journalists, Mohamed Omar Al-Khatib and filmmaker Bilal Ahmed Bilal, by air force intelligence in Damascus. Al-Khatib was arrested after being shot and wounded. Reporters Without Borders is concerned about his medial condition. According to our information, Bilal was reported to have been taken from the capital’s Mezzeh airport to Sednaya prison. Both journalists had already been detained by syrian security in the past year.The writer Khaled Khalifa, author of “In Praise of Hatred” published in 2006, was arrested on 25 May while he was attending a funeral and released three days later.In February, he published an open letter to journalists and fellow writers criticizing the Chinese and Russian vetoes of a U.N. Security Council resolution on Syria. 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Underwater Borrower Rate Drops Below 17 Percent

first_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago  Print This Post Home Equity Home Values Underwater Mortgages Zillow 2014-12-18 Brian Honea in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News The number of U.S. homeowners who owe more on their mortgage than their home is worth has fallen off by nearly half in the last two years, but third-quarter data shows millions are still close to slipping back under.In a report released this week, property data company Zillow estimated that 8.7 million homeowners living in the nation’s top housing markets were underwater on their mortgage as of the end of the third quarter, putting the country’s negative equity rate at 16.9 percent. The U.S. underwater rate peaked at 31.4 percent in 2012’s first quarter.”The market has made terrific strides since bottoming out in late 2011 and early 2012, with millions of underwater homeowners freed in just the past few years, and millions more set to surface in coming months and years,” said Dr. Stan Humphries, chief economist at Zillow.By the end of Q3 2015, the company expects negative equity will drop further to a rate of 15.2 percent.While improving trends in home values and foreclosures have helped push more homeowners into positive equity positions, many are still barely afloat, possessing too little equity to realistically afford the cost of selling their home and buying a new one. Because they’re essentially locked into their houses, those homeowners are unable to contribute to their local stock of for-sale homes and are stuck in the way of entry-level or move-up buyers.Factoring in that group, Zillow estimates the “effective” negative equity rate is closer to 35 percent.On top of that, most of the improvement in home values has happened in the housing market’s highest price tier, where homeowners are only about one-third as likely to be underwater as those in bottom-tier homes (9.3 percent compared to 27.4 percent).The gap is even greater in some of the nation’s still-struggling markets—like Detroit, where nearly 50 percent of homes valued in the bottom price tier were underwater, while 7.6 percent of the highest-priced homes were upside down.Humphries says those problems are partly a reflection of some of the housing market’s current challenges, including low inventory, rapid value appreciation, and weak sales.”None of these problems will be solved overnight, in large part because negative equity will likely be a part of the housing market for years, and easily into the next decade in some hard-hit areas,” he said. “But we’re moving in the right direction, and time will heal all wounds.” About Author: Brian Honea Underwater Borrower Rate Drops Below 17 Percent Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Tagged with: Home Equity Home Values Underwater Mortgages Zillow Share Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago December 18, 2014 891 Views Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily center_img The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Previous: HUD Secretary Vows to Make Greatest Use of Allotted Resources in 2015 Next: Fannie Mae Forecasts Economic Growth in 2015 Despite Ending Year On a Low Note The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Home / Daily Dose / Underwater Borrower Rate Drops Below 17 Percent Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

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Brave New Herd.

first_imgAfter almost two years of research, University of Georgia scientists have successfully cloned eight healthy calves.Unveiled at a June 26 press conference in Athens, the calves will help pave the way for improved cloning technology, say experts with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.The improved technology, scientists say, will allow the livestock industry to efficiently meet consumers’ growing demand for consistent, quality meat products.”To produce offspring and develop methods to improve the efficiency of the cloning process has been our goal,” said Steve Stice, lead scientist for UGA cloning research.About 200 cloned embryos are produced in Stice’s lab each day. Only 10 to 20 percent of those embryos make it through the first seven days to be then transferred into recipient cows, he said.But with the development of the eight full-term, healthy calves, “we’ve shown significant improvement in the process,” Stice said. “We’re all very pleased.”Stice is a professor and Georgia Research Alliance eminent scholar with the UGA animal and dairy science department.Over-the-Hill Cow CloneThe calves are clones of a cow that had grown too old to reproduce but had desirable traits worth preserving, he said. The cloning process doesn’t change the genetic makeup. It repeats it, just like an identical twin in nature.”Improvement in the efficiency of cloning will allow us to reproduce those individuals, bulls or cows, that have lost the ability to reproduce because of age or accident,” said Larry Benyshek, CAES animal and dairy science department head.”If we can spread improved genetics at a faster rate,” Benyshek said, “this will be a great benefit for producers. That has ramifications for consumers and the public in general.”Cloning won’t replace sexual reproduction, the scientists say.Improvements Still NeededEstablished breeding programs lead to the genetic traits farmers want, such as quality consistent meat and better breeding and nurturing characteristics, Stice said. Cloning allows a way to more easily duplicate those traits.But there are still improvements to be made. “The next step is to take it further and make additional jumps in pregnancy rates,” Stice said.The UGA calves were cloned using technology developed in collaboration between the UGA animal and dairy science department and Athens-based ProLinia, Inc. The technology will be patented by UGA and licensed by ProLinia.Cloning BusinessProLinia is not only developing its own cloning technology but is also combining and cooperating with other companies to further develop of the cloning process, said ProLinia president Mike Wanner.One of the eight calves was cloned using a combination of the technology developed in Athens with technology developed by Geron, the company that produced Dolly the sheep, Wanner said.”We were very pleased with the results with a (cloning) process that has not been used before,” Wanner said.Consumers should be able to find out easily the animal’s breed and genetics and what it was fed, Wanner said.”There is a need for consumers to know when they’re at the meat counter exactly what kind of meat they’re buying,” he said. Consumer Is King”The cattle industry is becoming more and more a consumer-driven industry,” Benyshek said. “Everybody realizes that in today’s market, the consumer is the king. … Genetics has an important part to play in improving those qualities (the consumer wants). We know we can do that.”Cloning, like the research done in Athens, could help the livestock industry meet the consumer demand for niche markets for specific products, Benyshek said.”It gives us another tool to enhance and provide a way to further spread desirable genetics and meet the demand,” he said.’Fantastic Breakthrough'”I’m excited about it,” Benyshek said. “It (the cloned calves) was a fantastic breakthrough. It’s right in line with many breakthroughs in animal biotechnology. It will be very good for animal production for Georgia, the country and the world.””The demand for animal products is directly proportional to the economic well-being for humans,” Benyshek said. “We’ll have to become more efficient so there is more product to meet demand without harming the environment and to allow us to produce more on a smaller quantity of land. This research is certainly a step in that direction.” By Brad Hairelast_img read more

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Memorial days

first_imgHey, I am age 58 with serious back and spinal problems. I receive steroid injections every three months (which is the maximum allowable dosage). My health care package cannot even remotely approach the health care that Dwight had. I often wonder, that being the case, is there a day coming sooner than later that I will enter the “hospice” reasonably healthy only to be carried out of the back door by the undertaker’s assistant and loaded into the hearse?The family of Dwight White does not appear to have been bamboozled either. According to a Feb. 2, 2010 Huffington Post article; “The family of former Pittsburgh Steeler Dwight White [filed a lawsuit against] the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and three doctors, claiming negligence contributed to his death. [According to Allegheny County court records] one of White’s doctors was out of town and another prescribed an over-the-counter medication when he weakened after being discharged from back surgery in May 2008. White’s wife took him to an emergency room when his condition worsened. A blood clot was diagnosed in his lung, and he died June 6, 2008, at UPMC Presbyterian hospital. White family attorney Art Schwarzwaelder [said]; “the athlete’s doctors missed chances to save his life.”Can you imagine how many lives of the poor and disenfranchised have been lost because a doctor refused to cancel a golfing date? I am afraid, really afraid that the premature mortality of I, and many others like me, is just a foregone conclusion. Does poverty almost equal certain death when seeking treatment in the hospitals of America? If it happened to Dwight White, well you get the picture.In May of 2008 a young man named Justin Jackson was shot and killed after he shot a K-9 police dog. According to police and eyewitness accounts, Jackson’s parents said their son was walking along Arlington Avenue near South 18th Street, in the Mount Oliver section adjacent to Pittsburgh when a police dog came after him. He fired at the dog and police shot at him, hitting him in the head. He died at the scene. Could I be in error or am I missing something? I was and continue to be under the impression that one can only be charged, tried, convicted sentenced and put to death after killing a human being, a human being! I am holding my own private vigil and march for peace for Dwight White and Justin Jackson. Why aren’t any parades being held for them?What about Flo Jo; young beautiful, super fine Flo Jo? On September 21, 1998, Florence Griffith-Joyner died in her sleep at the age of 38. The unexpected death was investigated by the sheriff-coroner’s office, which announced on Oct. 22 (over a month later) that the cause of death was suffocation during a severe epileptic seizure.Where is all of this great health care that the Tea Party has been raving about?Millions of young American men from WWI to Afghanistan, Libya and wherever the bell of freedom has tolled, have been naïve and misguided just like the rest of us when it comes to the reasoning of war and social injustice. The beaches and gutters of the streets of Europe ran with the blood of those fighting to sanctify and maintain the ideals of freedom, all the while on the home front American citizens have been placed in and continue to be confined to social and economic dungeons hidden far away from the light of prosperity.I cannot remove the images of some of the late great ones out of my head. My recollections and the information that I have regarding the past has morphed into pure torture. But there can be no honor without memories. All of the athletes and individuals that I now name have gone on to join the ancestors. Jack Johnson, Joe Louis, Roberto Clemente, Jackie Robinson, Ernie Holmes, Florence Griffith Joyner, Arthur Ashe, Eugene “Big Daddy” Lipscomb, Steve Courson, Mike Webster, Joe Gilliam, Steve McNair, Chris Henry, Darrent Williams, Sean Taylor, Charles “Chuck” Tanner, Thomas Herrion, Reggie Lewis, Ernie Davis, Walter Payton, Hank Gathers, Len Bias. I know I missed many and for that I apologize but those who were not mentioned above will still be honored daily in our hearts, because memorial day is really memorial days.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at [email protected]­pittsburghcourier.com or 412-583-6741.) Hey guys and dolls you have to hang in there with me as far as this “piece of work” goes because this past memorial day, I was a piece of work. I need all of you who read these words to be my therapist this week. If I appear to be discombobulated as I vent then please consider this; looks are not deceiving. This is not a column about sports, but a reflection of life with sports being interwoven as part of the fabric. I woke up Sunday morning and my heart was extremely heavy as I thought about former Steelers defensive end Dwight White. How in the hell could anyone go to the hospital for a simple back ailment, have an operation, be cleared to go home; go home and then be readmitted for complications and then freakin’ die at age 58?last_img read more

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Social Network Users Reportedly Concerned About Privacy, but Behavior Says Otherwise

first_imgRelated Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… sarah perez Recently, new data from security solutions company Webroot revealed some interesting insights into the thoughts and behaviors of users on social networking sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace, Twitter, and others. According to their survey, a majority of users (78%) reported concerns about their social network profiles’ privacy, but when asked about specific behaviors it was apparent that “concern” didn’t translate into action. In fact, it didn’t even seem to translate into a basic understanding of how to use the privacy tools already in place on the networks today.Is Your Profile Public? Err…I Don’t KnowSeeing that a majority of social networking users expressed concerns about the information they shared in their profile, it’s somewhat surprising to find that 80 percent of those same users allow their profiles – or at least, part of them – to be indexed by public search engines like Google. And 66% of users don’t restrict any profile information from being publicly searchable. Those numbers are based on the realities of the situation as tracked by Webroot, but when asked directly about their profile’s publicity, a lot of respondents didn’t even know the answer. A whopping 59% of the 1100 surveyed said they weren’t sure who could see their profile. To top it off, 32% of users shared at least three pieces of identifiable information on their profile pages and 28% accepted friend requests from complete strangers. These sorts of behaviors show a distinct lack of understanding about the risks of sharing personal information with those you don’t know. It also certainly shows that being concerned about privacy hasn’t been enough of an incentive for users to take any action to change their behavior. The Younger You Are, the More You Share TrustWebroot also found that younger social networking users took more risks than any other demographic. Those users ages 18 to 29 tended to use the same password across multiple sites (51% versus 36% overall), accepted friend requests from strangers (40% versus 28% overall), and shared more personal information online. In this age group, 67% shared their birthday (vs. 52% overall), 62% shared their home town (vs. 50% overall), and 45% shared their employer (vs. 35% overall). Not surprisingly, this overly trusting group also reported more security attacks than others with nearly 40% having experienced an attack versus 30% overall. Are Privacy Settings Too Hard to Use?What’s surprising about these findings is that most of today’s modern social networks provide privacy settings that allow you to keep your personal information from being indexed or viewed by anyone except those you choose. Even simple social networks, like microblogging site Twitter, let you set your feed to private, if you so desire. Facebook, now the largest social network in the U.S., offers robust privacy settings and is working on making them even more reflective of our real-world relationships. But clearly, there’s a disconnect between what tools are out there and the users’ knowledge of what’s available or how to use them. What can social networks do, though? Is it enough to simply offer the tools then put the onus on the users to dig around until they find them? Or should there be more guides and wizards provided in order to make turning on privacy settings a chore that even the less technically-inclined can handle? As it stands today with so many mainstream users joining social networks, it may be time that social networks stopped hiding privacy options features deep within the settings (an area we’d wager the everyday user rarely accesses). Networks need to start highlighting your options or at least linking to the settings, somewhere a bit more obvious – like the profile page itself, for example. Of course, even if social networks did so, there would still be a subset of users who were simply uninterested in doing anything about it. We suppose they would still have to learn the hard way about the risks of over-sharing, but at the very least, a larger part of the online population would be able to protect themselves and their personal info. Tags:#Trends#web center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

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Paul Finebaum Tabs Jim Harbaugh As His Choice For National Coach Of The Year

first_imgPaul Finebaum on FSU on ESPN.Paul Finebaum FSUThere are a number of very worthy candidate for national coach of the year in college football. Once-embattled Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz engineered an impressive turnaround from 7-5 to 12-0, and has his Hawkeyes on the verge of a College Football Playoff berth. Bob Stoops and Mike Gundy each have their teams battling for a conference championship in Bedlam today. Who does ESPN/SEC Network analyst Paul Finebaum have as his coach of the year? Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh.Paul Finebaum just said on CGD that Harbaugh is getting his vote for coach of the year, and is the favorite to win at this point.— Ben Fidelman (@bfidelman) November 28, 2015Harbaugh is definitely a worthy candidate, though fans of the Hawkeyes don’t seem to agree.Finebaum cant even say Kirks name!! ” A coach at Iowa” my butt!! Wow— Leo Doyle (@ledoylinator) November 28, [email protected] harbaugh for coach of the year??? #kirkferentz turned a 7-5 team into a #12-0 team. Harbaugh took over a team with a lot of talent— Clint Birkenholtz (@hawkeyegold03) November 28, [email protected] that coach from Iowa is Kirk Ferentz. Can’t believe you don’t even know his name. Wow.— Kevin Isaacson (@isaacsonbooks) November 28, 2015We expect that Harbaugh and Ferentz will each get plenty of love.last_img read more

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Wärtsilä Tests Wireless Charging for Hybrid Coastal Ferry

first_imgzoom Finnish technology group Wärtsilä has tested its automatic wireless induction charging system on a hybrid-powered coastal ferry.“This is the first commercial ferry in the world operating with high power wireless charging capability for its batteries, and the successful project represents a notable breakthrough in the evolution of plug-in electrically operated vessels,” Wärtsilä said.The tests were carried out on the 85-meter-long MF Folgefonn in Norwegian waters during the end of August/early September this year. The 1,182 gross ton ferry is owned by Norled, one of Norway’s largest ferry operators.Wireless charging eliminates the cable connection between the vessel and shore, thereby securing and facilitating safe connections and disconnections. It also reduces maintenance since wear and tear to physical connection lines is eliminated, as explained by the company.The Wärtsilä system is based on inductive power transfer and is capable of transferring more than an MW of electrical energy. The system is designed to maintain efficient power transfer at distances of 50 centimeters between the two charging plates built into the side of the vessel and the quay, according to Wärtsilä.“During recent years, wireless charging has been introduced for cars, busses and trains. We have now made this possible for marine vessels. The main benefits … are up to 20 percent more utilisation of the available charging time, increased operational safety, and greater system reliability,” Ingve Sørfonn, Senior Technical Officer E&A, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions, commented.“There is an ongoing trend to equip coastal ferries with battery powered and hybrid propulsion since they are particularly affected by environmental regulatory demands. Wireless charging will, therefore, create considerable value for operators of hybrid ferries,” Sørfonn added.The project has been partly funded by Innovation Norway, a Norwegian funding institution.last_img read more

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Silence Breakers named Time magazines Person of the Year

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – The “Silence Breakers” — those who have shared their stories about sexual assault and harassment — have been named Time magazine’s Person of the Year.Numerous women have spoken out publicly since October about sexual misconduct by dozens of high-profile men in entertainment, media, business and sports. Time praised those who have given “voice to open secrets, for moving whisper networks onto social networks, for pushing us all to stop accepting the unacceptable.” The magazine’s cover features Ashley Judd, Taylor Swift, Susan Fowler and others who say they have been harassed.Time’s announcement was made Wednesday on NBC’s “Today” show, where longtime host Matt Lauer was fired last week amid harassment allegations. “Today” host Savannah Guthrie acknowledged Wednesday that this year’s winner hits “close to home” and mentioned Lauer by name.Women who spoke out, initially against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein and then others, helped to spawn the #MeToo movement, with millions of people telling stories of sexual misconduct on social media.The tweets, Instagram and Facebook posts began after actress-activist Alyssa Milano followed on a suggestion from a friend of a friend on Facebook and tweeted: “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet.” The hashtag was tweeted nearly a million times in 48 hours. #MeToo was actually founded by activist Tarana Burke a decade ago to raise awareness about sexual violence. Milano has said she wasn’t aware of Burke’s contributions when she made her initial tweet and has since publicly credited her.Milano and Burke appeared together Wednesday on the “Today” show.“This is just the start. I’ve been saying from the beginning it’s not just a moment, it’s a movement,” Burke said. “Now the work really begins.”“As women, we have to support each other and stand together and say, ‘That’s it. We’re done. No more,’” Milano said. “It’s vital to me that we really set in some actionable things that we can do to continue this momentum.”Wednesday’s winner differed slightly from how it was described the shortlist of finalists, which mentioned only the #MeToo movement. Time has made such changes before. The 2014 winner, “The Ebola Fighters,” was listed as “Ebola Caregivers” in the shortlist.German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Time’s 2015 Person of the Year, said through a spokesman that this year’s winners should be thanked for “having the courage to break the silence on sexual assaults and for the worldwide discussion that they have launched.”The two runners-up for Person of the Year were Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Donald Trump, himself accused of sexual misconduct by numerous women. He has denied any wrongdoing.Trump, Person of the Year in 2016, tweeted recently that the magazine had told him he “probably” would be named again if he agreed to an interview and photo shoot. Trump added that he “took a pass.” Time has disputed his account.___This story has been corrected to show that Time magazine’s Person of the Year is the silence breakers. The #MeToo movement is a part of that group.last_img read more

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Court tosses DeLorean widows Back to the Future lawsuit

first_imgNEWARK, N.J. – A federal court has dismissed a lawsuit brought by the widow of automaker John DeLorean over royalties stemming from the “Back to the Future” movies.Sally DeLorean claimed a Texas company using the DeLorean name had illegally accepted royalties from Universal Pictures for the promotional use of images of the iconic car. But a judge ruled Friday that a 2015 settlement agreement in a separate lawsuit over trademarks prohibited her from suing for the royalties.The sleek, angular car with gull-wing doors was featured in the movie franchise starring Michael J. Fox about a kid who travels back in time to engineer his parents’ meeting.In her lawsuit filed in April, Sally DeLorean, who lives in New Jersey, claimed the Texas-based DeLorean Motor Co. had illegally profited from a 1989 agreement between her late husband and Universal. That agreement gave John DeLorean and his heirs 5 per cent of net receipts for any merchandising and promotions that featured the car and logo “as a key component.”The Texas company isn’t affiliated with the one John DeLorean started, but under the 2015 settlement agreement was allowed to use the DeLorean name and trademarks.Sally DeLorean claimed in the current lawsuit that the Texas company had illegally represented to Universal that it had the right to the royalties and had already received “a substantial payment” from Universal. She argued in the lawsuit that the 2015 settlement didn’t transfer contractual rights to the company.In his opinion, U.S. District Judge Jose Linares wrote that the 2015 settlement agreement covers the Universal agreement even though it doesn’t mention it explicitly.“As both agreements apply to the use of the word ‘DeLorean’ and the DMC logo, and relate to the DeLorean automobile’s image, the Court concludes that the subject matter of the agreements overlap,” he wrote.Attorneys for the two sides didn’t respond to requests for comment Monday.John Z. DeLorean left General Motors in the 1970s to start his own company and eventually produced the distinctive DMC 12, which became known simply as “the DeLorean.” Only about 9,000 of the cars were produced before the company went bankrupt in the early 1980s, but it attained cult status due to its inclusion in the “Back to the Future” movies.DeLorean died in 2005. His former estate in the rolling hills about 50 miles (80 kilometres) west of New York was converted into a golf course by then-developer Donald Trump in 2004.last_img read more

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