RSF launches International Appeal for support for The Intercept Brasil’s staff

first_img Alarm after two journalists murdered in Brazil April 27, 2021 Find out more BrazilAmericas Protecting journalistsMedia independenceProtecting sources CorruptionInternetFreedom of expressionJudicial harassmentViolence Organisation RSF_en Since then, the staff of The Intercept Brasil and in particular, its founder Glenn Greenwald, have been subjected – especially on social networks – to countless insults, slurs and death threats accompanied by false information designed to undermine the credibility of its reporting. This harassment is symbolic and symptomatic of the difficulties encountered by all media workers who investigate sensitive stories in Brazil, where the journalists are often the targets of intimidation and persecution campaigns. We remind the authorities that the Brazilian state has a duty to guarantee the protection of journalists and to investigate the serious threats received by the journalists at The Intercept Brasil and its partners. The Intercept Brasil’s revelations about the “Operation Car Wash” corruption case triggered a wave of verbal attacks and threats against the website’s representatives. The most serious recent attacks include Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s public threat on 27 July to imprison The Intercept Brasil founder and editor Glenn Greenwald.This International Appeal is also being published in French, Spanish and Portuguese……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………July 31st 2019International call for press freedom in Brazil amidst attacks against The Intercept journalists to go further May 13, 2021 Find out more News The 29 press freedom and human rights organizations and media outlets named below strongly condemn the recent wave of attacks and threats against the investigative news website The Intercept Brasil. We call on the authorities to ensure respect for the constitutionally guaranteed right of journalists to protect the confidentiality of their sources. Freedom of the press and information are pillars of democracy. They transcend political divisions and must be protected and guaranteed at all costs.Signatories:Agência Pública de Jornalismo InvestigativoAmnesty International BrazilArticle 19 BrasilAsociación de la Prensa de Madrid (APM)Associação Brasileira de Imprensa (ABI)Associação Brasileira de Jornalismo Investigativo (Abraji)Associação dos Correspondentes Estrangeiros (ACE) de São PauloCommittee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)Eldiario.esFederação Nacional dos Jornalistas (FENAJ)Federación de las Asociaciones de Periodistas de España (FAPE)Freedom HouseFreedom of the Press FoundationGlobal Editors Network (GEN)Human Rights WatchIFEXIndex on CensorshipInstituto Vladimir HerzogInteramerican Press Association (IAPA/SIP)International Press InstituteIntervozesMediapartObservatório da ImprensaPEN InternationalPEN AmericaReporters sans frontières (RSF)The GuardianWitness BrasilWAN-IFRA BrazilAmericas Protecting journalistsMedia independenceProtecting sources CorruptionInternetFreedom of expressionJudicial harassmentViolence In a message published today (31 July) and co-signed by leading international and Brazilian free speech organizations, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) appeals for support for the staff of The Intercept Brasil, a Rio de Janeiro-based investigative news website that has been the target of a fierce campaign of harassment and intimidation since 9 June. center_img Help by sharing this information Reports Receive email alerts The attacks began on 9 June after The Intercept Brasil published the first of a series of reports revealing apparent irregularities in the “Operation Car Wash” investigation, one of the most important corruption investigations in Brazilian history. To publish these revelations, which are based on documents provided by an anonymous source, The Intercept Brasil partnered with several Brazilian media outlets including the Folha de São Paulo newspaper and Veja magazine. July 31, 2019 – Updated on August 13, 2019 RSF launches International Appeal for support for The Intercept Brasil’s staff Follow the news on Brazil Related documents International call for press freedom in Brazil amidst attacks against The Intercept journalistsPDF – 571.4 KB 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America News News Regardless of their provenance, the attempts to undermine and attack the credibility of The Intercept Brasil and its partners are viewed by the signatories of this appeal as a grave threat to the freedom to inform. Not only are they designed to deflect the public’s attention from the content of the revelations but above all, they reinforce an increasingly hostile work environment for the media and especially for investigative journalism. April 15, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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For Efforts that Ended Ebola, Nyenswah Commends AU

first_imgTolbert Nyenswah, Deputy Health Minister and head of the Incidence Management System has commended the African Union through the Union’s Support to the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa (ASEOWA) for the interventions they made at various levels to end the Ebola transmission in Liberia.Mr. Nyenswah made the commendation over the weekend in Monrovia at AU’s Commission dinner for Media practitioners hosted by ASEOWA. The ceremony brought together high profile individuals including medical doctors who study diseases and their origins (epidemiologists) Dr. Shikanga O-tippo as scores of local and international journalists many them assigned at the AU Headquarters in Ethiopia, Addis Ababa.The team is headed by Mrs. Wynne MusabayanaAfrican Union Commission Deputy Head of Communication and Information. While in the country, the team will visit, carry out assessment of impact of ASEOWA in the schools and interview headmasters as well as selected medical facilities, etc and will depart for Sierra Leone and Guinea on May 19.However, in his statement which catalogued AU’s contributions to the Ebola fight, Mr. Nyenswah said, the organization strongly collaborated with authorities at the Ministry of Health to ensure that Ebola Treatment Centers (ETUs) recorded a zero percent, thereby making the country Ebola transmission free.After passing 42 days without recording new cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD), The World Health Organization (WHO) on May 8 declared Liberian Ebola-free, but the official celebration marking that occasion was held on May 11 to the joy of every Liberian and their international partners.Mr. Nyenswah recalls how ASEOWA team was involved in vigorous community engagement and information dissemination to enable communities to protect themselves.The exercise was initiated with the aimed that achieved timely respond; weakened the transmission of the EVD and save lives.The African Union Commission (AUC) initiated preparations for the ASEOWA as a contribution to efforts that addressed the EVD outbreak in West Africa.The ASEOWA psychosocial team too that aimed to maintain a reliable data of survivors separated their groups into other units, “and in the end, the job was well coordinated and ended so well with the back of Ebla to the ground.” Other speaker who catalogued AU Commission efforts that ended the Ebola crisis in Liberia was Dr. Julius Okatta, who paid respect to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and all Liberians for the collective support that brought the health crisis to an end.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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A Letter to Google’s David Girouard: 100% Web is Not Such a Great Idea

first_imgTags:#cloud#cloud computing 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market alex williams Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Dear Mr. David Girouard,I decided to write you a quick note after reading your post about 2011 as the year there will be nothing but the Web. I am not so sure that is a great idea.I’ll give you a few reasons: WikiLeaks, Delicious and YouTube.WikiLeaksWell, we know the sad history and precedent caused by Amazon Web Services dropping Wikileaks. Amazon did not show much thought for due process. Instead, AWS shut down WikiLeaks citing its terms of service. That should be a concern to any business when considering using a cloud service. We can’t trust the Web 100% if there is that threat of closure without any way to appeal.DeliciousHow many people do you know who lament today’s announcement by Yahoo! that it is closing Delicious? The service it provided had many a bit confused when it launched. Technologists scratched their heads. Tags? What do they do?People still adopted the service and became passionate about its applications. Millions of people provided a wealth of links that companies used to create tools and processes. Now Delicious is going away. That’s the nature of Web services. But if you use the Web as a place to store information then it kind of hurts when a service closes. The outcome can be disastrous. Big Web companies like Google do not do a good job of providing ways to export data. Sometimes it makes sense to avoid services that don’t export well. Google’s own Vint Cerf touched on the issue when he spoke last winter about the lack of standards in the cloud. It needs to get better.YouTubeThis is a tough one. The YouTube service rocks. Yet you have a community guidelines policy that is causing serious disruptions to companies that rely on YouTube for income. We talked to Christian Cantrella a few weeks ago who said that YouTube shut his company’s account for weeks. The company does reviews about watches. What could be so objectionable? He had to blog about it to get some attention to the matter. Ironically, I was on the phone with Chris when YouTube restored the company’s account. That does not reflect well on Google, YouTube or other services that people and small businesses rely upon.Looking to 2011I hope you know that I love Google’s services. I used your service while writing this letter. Your team at Google Apps has done incredible work. The people at your company are a fantastic community. They are recognized all over the world for their brilliance. Like other large Web companies business issues seem to be clouding judgement. That can cause issues with communities. I agree that 2010 is the year of the cloud. I am not so sure 2011 should be the year we see nothing but the Web. I think of that especially after reading an interview with someone like Chris Anderson. I’m thinking it should be the year about everything and the Web. Let me know what you think.Feel free to ping me anytime.Thanks. Alex.Alex [email protected] 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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10 months agoJuventus clear Higuain to join Chelsea

first_imgJuventus clear Higuain to join Chelseaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveGonzalo Higuain has requested a transfer to Chelsea.Sportmediaset says the striker has asked Juventus for permission to make the move to Stamford Bridge.The Argentinian striker has flattered to deceive on loan at AC Milan, where he has scored just five Serie A goals in 14 games.The 31-year-old is desperate to reunite with former boss Maurizio Sarri.Higuain banged in 38 goals in 42 matches under the tutelage of Sarri in their only season together at Napoli, before he jumped ship to sign for the Old Lady.And the Italian news outlet also claims that Juve have given the World Cup runner-up the green light for the deal to go ahead. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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CBS investigates misconduct claims following report on CEO

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – CBS says independent members of its board of directors are investigating personal misconduct claims after reports that the company’s chief executive, Les Moonves, is the subject of an upcoming New Yorker story detailing sexual misconduct allegations.The media company says it takes all allegations of personal misconduct seriously. It says the independent directors are “investigating claims that violate the company’s clear policies in that regard.”CBS did not name Moonves but said it issued the statement Friday in response to the upcoming New Yorker article.Shares in CBS tumbled when the reports of the misconduct allegations began to circulate around noon Friday, as investors worried that Moonves might be forced to step down. They closed down 6 per cent, the company’s worst one-day loss in more than six years.last_img read more

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Vacant office parks find new life as schools colleges

first_imgFAIRFIELD, Conn. – On the new satellite campus of Sacred Heart University, the helicopter landing pad remains as one of the few reminders that the wooded, 69-acre property served until recently as the global headquarters for General Electric.Where Jack Welch sat at the pinnacle of corporate America, professors now lead classes inside the sleek, 1970s buildings on the campus purchased by the university following GE’s departure for Boston in 2016.Across the country, office parks that have lost their lustre with employers are being repurposed as school buildings. Colleges and school districts willing to think beyond traditional school settings are retrofitting office space to help them deal with growing enrollments and a scarcity of land in urban and suburban areas.Sacred Heart computer science professor Bob McCloud said he likes the natural light the floor-to-ceiling windows bring into the classrooms. And the leftover cubicles outside his office leave plenty of room for his graduate students. But he is still adjusting to the former GE site.“It’s a little corporate,” he said.A 28-bedroom guesthouse with a ballroom has been kept by the university to support a new hospitality program. Renovations are still underway at the two main buildings, but the university already has moved the education, computer science and engineering departments to what it is calling its West Campus, a short shuttle ride from the main campus.Michael Kinney, a university administrator, said the $31.5 million paid for the property was a bargain when compared with the cost of new construction.A similar idea has been under consideration a few miles down the Connecticut shoreline in Stamford, where the school district was looking at an unoccupied building that once housed Xerox as the potential site of an elementary school.Some other examples:ATLANTAWhen Atlanta Public Schools decided to build a high school inside a 11-story office tower that once housed IBM, designers found classrooms fit well within the column structure. But there was plenty that needed changing.A nine-story building on the 56-acre property was torn down to make room for a gymnasium and auditorium. Stairs were installed to create double-level common areas for each grade level and reduce logjams on the elevators. And laminated glass was installed in all the floor-to-ceiling windows to keep students from falling through if any were to crash into them while roughhousing.IBM’s kitchen and cafeteria were kept in place — with some modifications.“You can’t have chandeliers in a kids’ cafeteria,” said Bob Just, an architect with the firm Cooper Carry in Atlanta.North Atlanta High School opened in the new space in 2013. IBM once employed over 5,000 people at the site but that had number had dwindled to less than a thousand as more were working at home or customer sites.ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIAWith a fast-growing student population, and little available land, the city of Alexandria saw opportunity in a cheap, vacant office tower that had once housed the National Diabetes Association headquarters.In September, the building reopened as the Ferdinand T. Day Elementary School, named for a civil rights advocate who worked for desegregation in Alexandria.The school district bought a parking garage adjacent to the building for playground space, including a basketball court on the roof. A footbridge was built to allow children to walk from the third floor of the school to the building with play areas.The bottom four floors make up the school, with the top two reserved for school office space. With large windows that let in abundant natural light, school district spokeswoman Helen Lloyd said the building lent itself well to a school setting, and the retrofit took much less time than it would have to build a new school.“We went to the planning council in September, and 11 months later the building opened, all glossy and gorgeous,” Lloyd said.HOUSTONAs the Awty International School was looking for room to expand its early learning centre, the Houston neighbourhood was seeing business parks give way to more condos, apartments and retail development.When an office park across the street became available for sale, the private school in the city centre bought the five-acre property. It opened in September 2017 as a campus for preschool through first grade students. A playground replaced a parking lot in an interior courtyard, and the ceiling was raised in one building to accommodate a gym.The 30-year-old development had been home to businesses including a bicycle maker and a tax office before being sold. The school renovated the entire property, adding colour to the brick facade with new resin panels, and they were on track for significant savings compared to the costs of new construction before running into challenges with the remodeling.“I’m not sure in the end we really realized those savings,” said Don Davis, the school’s director of facilities, “but it turned out to be a very nice project.”___This story has been updated to correct “he said” to “she said” in the attribution of the quotation beginning, “We went to the planning council …” .last_img read more

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Theyre coming Flying cars may appear in urban skies by 2023

first_imgThe flying cars depicted in science fiction classics such as “Blade Runner” and “The Fifth Element” have long been seen as flights of fancy, but their arrival is closer than you think. At least a dozen companies are prototyping or testing flying cars or passenger drones, according to a Deloitte report from January.Air taxis will number 15,000 and become a global market worth $32 billion by 2035, with aerial delivery and inspection services adding on another $42 billion, a study by Porsche Consulting predicts.Vertical takeoff and landing craft (VTOLs) carry the promise of delivering people and goods across congested urban and suburban areas in a fraction of the time a driver would need, taking cars off the road in the process. But technological and regulatory hurdles remain. And whether aerial vehicles can substantially change commuter behaviour and emissions — or overcome questions of safety and public perception — is still up in the air.Most VTOLs — or eVTOLs if they are electric-powered — resemble an oversize drone, sporting a halo of small rotors around a passenger pod and taking off and touching down like a helicopter. But they will be quieter, cheaper and greener than their heli-cousins, experts say.“Instead of this deep, guttural, penetrating-through-walls sound, you have a much more acceptable sound, similar to a ceiling fan,” said Nikhil Goel, head of product at Uber Technology Inc.’s aviation team, dubbed Uber Elevate.Uber hopes to start hauling passengers in five-seat, hybrid VTOLs above Los Angeles, Dallas-Fort Worth and a third city outside of the U.S. by 2023.“The vehicles are real. They’re coming. I think it’s going to be faster than anybody thinks is possible,” Goel said.He sees the first wave of aerial taxis providing a shuttle service between major airports and downtown vertiports that integrate into the mass transportation system, rather than leapfrogging from block to block — a hub-to-hub travel option akin to a monorail.“We are not building this product for the elite,” Goel said.A few years after the launch of Uber Air, as it’s dubbed, the cost of an aerial trip will be the same as one on the asphalt, he said.He calculates that an aerial taxi would cut a 90-kilometre commute between the downtowns of San Francisco and San Jose to 15 minutes, down from an hour and 40 minutes.Uber is not alone in setting its sights on VTOLs. Chinese drone manufacturer Ehang carried out flight tests with a single-passenger drone earlier this year, according to the company’s website. German startup Volocopter has produced an air taxi prototype, taking to the skies above Dubai in 2017. And Kitty Hawk, a California-based company funded by Google founder Larry Page, produced a sleek, one-seat VTOL prototype this year.Bell (formerly Bell Helicopter), is one of five companies Uber has teamed up with, along with Karem, Pipistrel and aerospace rivals Embraer and Boeing’s Aurora Flight Sciences.Scott Drennan, Bell’s vice-president of innovation, sees 2025 as a more realistic commercial launch target than Uber’s goal of 2023.Battery life is one area that needs to advance, with lithium-ion packs today lasting for between 50 and 100 kilometres on a multi-rotor electric propulsion system, he said.Regulations are another obstacle. To avoid crowding urban skies, VTOLs could trace existing airplane takeoff and landing routes, but at a lower altitude, buzzing along at between 150 and 330 km/h.Western aviation regulators bar out-of-sight drone operations for the most part. Discussions are ongoing with the U.S. Federal Aviation Authority and the European Aviation Safety Agency, said Drennan, who said he has also met three times with Transport Canada regarding VTOLs.Mark Cousin, chief executive of Airbus’s A3 unit, stressed the traffic management hurdles on the horizon.“The vehicle is the easy bit,” he said. “The real challenge lies in integrating thousands of these vehicles into an urban air mobility system within cities.”A3 has put out an electric-powered VTOL dubbed Vahana. The autonomous prototype launched its first vertical flight in February.Drones would typically beat other modes of transportation, such as taxis, at distances of 20 kilometres or more in congested areas, according to the Porsche study.The report notes the technology’s limited potential, stating that it can relieve some pressure from congested urban hot spots — “but only some.”“If one tried to solve all traffic problems on the ground by moving into the air, the myriad take-off and landing spots would become the new choke points.”A city with more than five million inhabitants will likely have no more than 1,000 passenger drones in operation by 2035, the study predicts. That would make a relatively small dent in ground traffic.Uber cited Los Angeles as an appealing launch city in part because of the abundance of flat roofs there — a long-standing fire safety regulation required helicopter landing pads atop tall buildings.“But they’re actually not that well suited, because it’s not just a pickup and drop-off point,” said Robin Lineberger, head of aerospace and defence at Deloitte.“It has to be a place where people come, get ready to get on the aircraft…the vehicle has to land, recharge, refuel, maybe light maintenance and inspection going on. If you think about it, it really needs to be a small, multi-function airport service area.”Large parking lots downtown are ripe for conversion into vertiports, complete with conveyor belts, charging stations and hangars, he said.Insurance would function in ways similar to a helicopter manufacturer or transport service, Lineberger said, with premiums hinging on the probability and severity of accidents.However, public perception will be an issue for the foreseeable future. Fewer than half of respondents in a Deloitte global survey of 10,000 people this year were convinced that aerial passenger vehicles would be safe, with one-third undecided and one in five disagreeing. Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Union calls strike by security staff at Berlin airports

first_imgBERLIN — A German labour union is calling on security staff at Berlin’s two airports to stage a strike Monday amid ongoing pay negotiations.The ver.di union said Saturday it’s urging workers to join a four-hour walkout starting at 5 a.m. (0400 GMT) that is likely to cause disruptions for airline passengers.The strike will affect both the capital’s Tegel and Schoenefeld airports.Ver.di says employers “provoked” the strike by offering a pay increase of 2 per cent over two years.The union wants hourly pay for all workers conducting security checks to rise to 20 ($22.81) euros. The employers association BDLS says this could amount to an increase of 30 per cent in some cases.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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HIDCO to launch pilot project to check wastage of water

first_imgKolkata: In a significant stride to check wastage of water, West Bengal Housing & Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) will start a pilot project using state-of-the-art technology and IoT sensors to detect leakages and monitor flow in pipes in New Town.The technology that will be adopted after the elections will be able to detect even hairline cracks in the water supply pipeline and hence the engineers will be addressing the issues at a fast pace. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”It costs around Rs 1 crore a month to meet the operating expense for supplying water to households in New Town. So, it is important to prevent water loss, leakages and quality deterioration. Hence, we will be embracing this technology,” a senior official of HIDCO said. It may be mentioned that water in New Town comes from the Hooghly river located around 10 km away and then it is treated using the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) enabled plant in New Town, to supply pure potable water to all. The entire water supply network is underground and houses built on 6 acres and less is exempt from paying water charges. 24/7 treated water is provided to all citizens. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayRecently, a national-level workshop on smart water was held at Biswa Bangla Convention Centre, which was attended by Mohan Kumar of the civil engineering department of IISc Bangalore. NKDA chairman Debashis Sen mentioned that reject water from RO units (Reserve Osmosis water purifiers: for example the Water ATM in Eco Park Gate 2) and condensed water usually drained out from air conditioners in HIDCO Bhavan, will be stored in tanks for use in lawns or parks. The design process has been started by the engineering wing of HIDCO. Sen also talked about attempts in New Town to use rejected water from Sewerage Water Treatment Plant to water road-median plants through tankers. He also suggested organising a hackathon to get such solutions on the ground.last_img read more

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3 lakh students pass BSEs HSC exam in Odisha

first_imgBhubaneswar (Odisha): Girls outshone boys in the High School Certificate (HCS) examination results declared by the Board of Secondary Education (BSE) Odisha on Tuesday. Announcing the results at the BSE Headquarters in Cuttack, School and Mass Education Secretary Pradipta Mohapatra said the pass percentage was 70.78 per cent, which was over five per cent lower than last year’s pass percentage of 76.23 per cent. Out of the total 5,87,720 students who took the exam 3,97,125 (1,91,655 boys and 2,05,470 girls) cleared it. The exam was held at 2,953 centres between February 22 and March 8. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad The Regular and Ex-Regular pass percentage was 72.35 and 37.43 respectively. While 82 schools recorded nil results, 289 schools scored cent percent results. Jharsuguda district scored the highest 85.48 pass percentage, while Koraput district scored the lowest 50.61 per cent. Similarly, the pass percentage for this year’s Madhyama (Sanskrit) examination was 84.62 per cent. Out of 3,563 students who took the exam, 3,015 cleared it. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik congratulated the students for their performance. “Congratulate all students who matriculated today. Best wishes for your future,” he tweeted.last_img read more

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