The United States ranks 41st in Reporters Without Borders 2016 World Press Freedom Index

first_img April 20, 2016 The United States ranks 41st in Reporters Without Borders 2016 World Press Freedom Index News 2016 World Press Freedom Index: a “deep and disturbing” decline in media freedom Organisation United StatesAmericas Judicial harassmentEconomic pressureFreedom of expression 2016 World Press Freedom Index ­– leaders paranoid about journalists Follow the news on United States Receive email alerts The United States has gone from 49th to 41st place on the World Press Freedom Index, the latest version of which was published by RSF on April 20. The United States now ranks higher than France (45th), but still ranks lower than Canada (18th).After months of US government consultations – which included RSF – President Barack Obama met in June 2015 with former hostages and the families of US citizens held hostage abroad and unveiled a new hostage policy. RSF hailed the policy improvements, including provisions for involving the families more and the possibility of negotiating with hostage-takers, but RSF reminds US authorities that they must continue to live up to expectations generated by the announcement. Austin Tice, the last American journalist missing or held hostage abroad since Jason Rezaian’s release from Iran, is still missing in Syria.In January 2015, the Department of Justice (DOJ) stopped its harassment of New York Times’ journalist James Risen. The DOJ had tried for years to force him to reveal his sources for the book he published on the CIA, State of War, and threatened jail time if he refused. Furthermore, the increase in the US’ ranking is also due to the fact that all journalism-related charges in the case against former Vanity Fair and Guardian contributor, now The Intercept contributor Barrett Brown were dropped in March 2014 ; he is no longer in jail for his activities as a journalist.The main cause for concern for RSF continues to be the current administration’s obsessive control of information, which manifests itself through the war on whistleblowers and journalists’ sources, as well as the lack of government transparency, which reporters have continually criticized. The Obama administration has prosecuted more whistleblowers under the Espionage Act than all previous administrations combined. Jeffrey Sterling, a former CIA operative, was convicted solely on the basis of metadata in January 2015 of disclosing classified information to James Risen and is now serving a 3.5 year prison sentence.The US presidential election has also been cause for concern. Since the primaries began last summer, journalists have seen their access to campaign events regularly restricted by candidates from both political parties and have been insulted and even bullied on social media. RSF is also still troubled by the arrest of journalists during #Blacklivesmatter protests in Baltimore and Minneapolis. “There is still room for improvement in the country of the First Amendment,” says Delphine Halgand, RSF’s US Director. Published by RSF every year since 2002, the World Press Freedom Index measures the level of freedom of information in 180 countries using a series of indicators (pluralism, media independence, media environment and self-censorship, legislative framework, transparency, infrastructure, and abuses and acts of violence against journalists). to go furthercenter_img April 13, 2016 Find out more News Reports RSF_en April 20, 2016 Find out more Help by sharing this information United StatesAmericas Judicial harassmentEconomic pressureFreedom of expression The United States’ ranking improved in Reporters Without Borders (RSF) World Press Freedom Index, published on April 20. At 49th place in 2015, the country now ranks 41st out of 180 countries. This improvement in ranking is, however, quite relative, as in this section of the Index surrounding countries’ scores are close and small improvements are enough to drive such a positive evolution. This relative improvement by comparison hides overall negative trends.last_img read more

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Local and remote influences on the heat content of the Labrador Sea: an adjoint sensitivity study

first_imgThe Labrador Sea is one of the few regions on the planet where the interior ocean can exchange heat directly with the atmosphere via strong, localized, wintertime convection, with possible implications for the state of North Atlantic climate and global surface warming. Using an observationally‐constrained ocean adjoint model, we find that annual mean Labrador Sea heat content is sensitive to temperature/salinity changes (1) along potential source water pathways (e.g. the subpolar gyre, the North Atlantic Current, the Gulf Stream) and (2) along the West African and European shelves, which are not significant source water regions for the Labrador Sea. The West African coastal/shelf adjustment mechanism, which may be excited by changes in along‐shelf wind stress, involves pressure anomalies that propagate along a coastal waveguide towards Greenland, changing the across‐shelf pressure gradient in the North Atlantic and altering heat convergence in the Labrador Sea. We also find that non‐local (in space and time) heat fluxes (e.g. in the Irminger Sea, the seas south of Iceland) can have a strong impact on Labrador Sea heat content. Understanding and predicting the state of the Labrador Sea and its potential impacts on North Atlantic climate and global surface warming will require monitoring of oceanic and atmospheric properties at remote sites in the Irminger Sea, the subpolar gyre, and along the West African and European shelf/coast system, among others. Plain Language SummaryThere are only a handful of locations on Earth where natural processes can rapidly inject heat and carbon into the interior ocean, where it can remain for decades to centuries, potentially slowing global surface warming. One of these locations is the Labrador Sea, which features strong exchanges of heat with the atmosphere and exceptionally deep mixing between the surface ocean and interior ocean. In this paper, we examine the factors that influence the heat content of the Labrador Sea. Using a numerical model, we find that although the heat content is most sensitive to local exchanges with the atmosphere, there is an unexpected connection between the heat content of the Labrador Sea and wind strength along the coast of West Africa and Europe. Sustained changes in wind strength in those regions can change the large‐scale circulation of the entire North Atlantic, ultimately changing the amount of heat that gets transported into the Labrador Sea and potentially impacting North Atlantic climate and global surface warming.last_img read more

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Stanleybet Group’s Magellan Robotech B2B division targets international growth

first_img StumbleUpon Christian Maglia recently moved from WeAreCasino to become Chief Commercial Officer of Magellan Robotech, the B2B division of Stanleybet Group, and SBC News caught up with him to find out about his new role and plans to grow the business. Maglia is also set to speak at Betting on Sports 2019, the leading international event for the sports betting and igaming industry, where he will share his insight into regulation and opportunities in the Latin American region as part of the Emerging Markets conference track.He will be part of a notable Stanleybet Group presence at the event, which has its strongest ever speaker line-up of 300 high-level experts and will be attended by more than 3,500 industry professionals from around the world.Stanleybet Group is to sponsor the VIP Networking Area at Olympia London from 17-20 September, while its IT Director Pierluigi Chiusolo will take part in the CTO Panel as part of the Technology in Focus conference track. SBC: How excited are you to be starting out with Magellan Robotech and Stanleybet Group?       CM: I still can’t believe how inspiring and rewarding it is to be working for a company as innovative as Magellan Robotech, part of the prestigious Stanleybet Group. During my onboarding, I have travelled around Europe to visit the group’s various companies and partners. From Liverpool to Brussels, Rome to Malta, Bucharest to Cyprus and Zagreb, the group’s culture is thoroughly oriented toward teamwork, know-how and shared objectives. Some of the people I have worked alongside or collaborated with in previous roles and some I have met for the first time, but the whole team is remarkable and I’m certain this accomplished group can achieve great things.I have to mention Giovanni Garrisi (CEO of Stanleybet Group). It was thanks to him that, even though I had no intention of moving and changing jobs, I fell in love with this project, the objectives and his vision for the company and for the future of betting.SBC: What is the growth plan for Stanleybet Group’s B2B division Magellan Robotech?  Christian Maglia, Magellan RobotechCM: Our main client, of course, is Stanleybet, but for some years Magellan Robotech has been working to become a leader in the B2B sector. We also collaborate with and offer our products – online and retail betting platforms, self-service betting software, virtual sports, keno and lotteries – to companies such as Novomatic, to name just one of the biggest. We are established in Denmark, Belgium, the UK, Italy, Romania, Cyprus and Nigeria, and are building a strong presence in numerous other countries.In an increasingly regulated sector, Magellan pays a great deal of attention to its partners and processes, to compliance and security. This means we won’t do business just anywhere and that we will focus on regulated markets. Nevertheless, I can say with certainty that in the next 12 to 24 months we will extend our presence to at least three other continents.     SBC: What can you take from your time with the likes of Sportradar, BetGames.TV and WeAreCasino to help put this plan into action?CM: No doubt I take my suitcase, since I spend at least five or six days a week travelling! And with it something from each of these past experiences. The importance of networking, organisation and professionalism is a cultural baggage of sorts that I bring with me from the years I spent at Sportradar. BetGames.TV opened my eyes to the need to merge gaming, gambling and entertainment. The industry often takes itself too seriously, and some operators have become quite dull and boring with offerings that are mere imitations of their main competitors. This Lithuanian company brings joy, fantasy, life, imagination and beauty to the sector. Everything is built on the big idea of offering fixed-odds betting on the outcome of various live-presented games, from poker to lotteries, to dice to wheel of fortune.From WeAreCasino, I bring with me the awareness that, even in a multimillion sector such as gaming, you can make a name for yourself on a minuscule budget as long as you have good ideas.SBC: You will be joining a Betting on Sports panel looking at regulation in Latin America; how difficult is it for international companies to find the right way in?CM: Being able to have a truly international approach is not at all easy. We need to be ready to receive every type of signal from the various countries. Only in recent months, since the opening of the US market, have strong signals or openings arrived from Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Poland and Switzerland, to name just a few. It is certainly necessary to have a team that is capable of managing all the processes without neglecting the various facets of compliance and the legal requirements. The certifications are often similar but vary from country to country, which also affects the available budgets.The South American market, together with Mexico and the Caribbean, is likely to be much more important in terms of economic impact than that of the United States. Brazil has more than 180 million inhabitants. Buenos Aires alone comes in at 15 million.The passion of these countries for football and sports in general is something closely linked to their culture. Sports betting will undoubtedly be the gateway for many operators, but we must then find the right balance of products to offer. Some big brands operate in Brazil without offering bingo, and video bingo in particular. This happens when the customer and the customer’s needs aren’t fully considered.Magellan Robotech and the Stanleybet Group will approach these markets with great care, working with important local partners so as to avoid arriving as complete outsiders.SBC: How has the landscape changed for B2B service providers in the industry? Do you think the speed of innovation has slowed in recent years?CM: I think that technological barriers have been lowered and this has encouraged the entry of many small companies with innovative ideas and products into the market. My previous experience was with a small company with innovative ideas and products that rapidly became quite popular within the industry, but often this isn’t enough. To be able to offer products to operators, one must have a solid organisational structure and IT department with hundreds of developers and engineers. One must be capable of developing innovative solutions, but also of delivering maximum security, and proven and certified processes. As time passes, the companies that remain standing will be those with all their certifications in order. I’m not just talking about certifications related to the games and platforms, but also to processes and security. At Magellan we have achieved ISO27001, which demonstrates the seriousness of our approach.Regarding the slowdown in innovation, I’m not certain this is something that has actually happened. Just a few years ago, the mobile sector was less than 20 or 30 per cent of the overall share and products were neither responsive or in HTML5. There have been numerous advances in terms of technology, but most companies have focused predominantly on product improvement, user experience optimisation, and usability of their products on different platforms and operating systems. This is a slow but essential process.In my opinion, the next cycle of innovation will lead to greater use of the data stored in our databases. Data drilling will grow up AI applications and will bring the creation of new gaming offers and custom bets.SBC: Finally, what do you think will be the biggest new trend to emerge in online gaming over the next 12 months?CM: I don’t think it’s necessarily possible to find a single ‘next big thing’ among the products offered today in the various markets. You should probably look at the world in its regional particularities, facets and diversity. Certainly, there are products that will perform incredible numbers as soon as the right markets become legalised. One example is the success of games such as Teen Patti and Andar Bahar in India. Whoever is capable of offering them in exchange mode (with back and lay) will most likely hit the jackpot in that region.There are different products and trends for each region. Virtual sports, virtual football leagues such as our Trident, are already breakout hits in Europe, the Middle East and especially in Africa. I also expect a similar trend in South America. The same goes for numerical games such as bingo, keno and lotteries. In my view, the key word is ‘glocal’. We talk about it a lot in other industries, but we won’t be able to do without it in ours either. The global must be engaged with the local. Responding to local tastes, culture and traditions with a global approach will be the real answer to continued growth and expansion – it’s what we’re preparing ourselves for.Finally, I think the real game changer in the coming years will be the use of Artificial Intelligence and Robots. I can’t share any details at this stage, for obvious reasons, but what is being prepared in our offices in Liverpool could definitively change the way we are accustomed to betting. However, I think that before we see robots in action in our stores, steps will be needed to prepare us for the ‘revolution’. And in my view this will take longer than 12 months to happen.See Christian Maglia discuss regulation in Latin America at Betting on Sports 2019. Domenico Vacchiano joins Magellan Robotech April 14, 2020 SBC to host first dedicated virtual event for Latin America May 19, 2020 Related Articles Submit Golden Race continues LatAm expansion through Universal Soft May 26, 2020 Share Sharelast_img read more

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How have Jon Gruden’s Raiders cast-offs performed elsewhere?

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile deviceOAKLAND — Disclaimer: Obviously hindsight is 20-20. Jon Gruden had his reasons for making each of the decisions below, and this isn’t to knock him for players that have gone on to perform better elsewhere. Some, like Bruce Irvin and Marquette King, have been equally or even more ineffective in their new uniforms.Simply for fun, or something like that, let’s have a look at some notable ex-Raiders Gruden …last_img

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BT unveils R27m empowerment deal

first_img7 November 2008UK-based multinational telecoms company BT has unveiled an empowerment deal under which Sekunjalo Investments will acquire a 30% stake in the company’s South African business for R27-million in cash.According to BT, the company has been operating in South Africa for more than 16 years, and the deal, for which it is providing vendor financing, demonstrates the company’s commitment to black economic empowerment.Its local business currently serves over 300 clients, including several locally based multinational companies.“We are delighted to be able to partner with such a high-profile empowerment group as Sekunjalo,” BT Middle East and Africa vice-president Brian Armstrong said in a statement this week.“This clearly represents another milestone in BT’s development in South Africa and opens a whole raft of new business possibilities for BT.”Top empowerment companyThe JSE-listed Sekunjalo was established in May 1996 as a black-controlled economic empowerment group to benefit previously disadvantaged individuals and community organisations – who make up over 80% of the company’s shareholder base.In 2006, Sekunjalo was recognised as South Africa’s Top Empowerment Company by the authoritative Financial Mail/Empowerdex Survey of Top 200 listed companies. The following year, the company was selected as one of the top 125 New Champions Global Growth Companies by the World Economic Forum.“We are extremely excited to partner with BT, one of the world’s leading providers of communications solutions and services,” said Sekunjalo Investments CEO Mo Kajee. “BT has a long track record of success not only in South Africa, but Africa as a whole, and we are excited about the new opportunities this partnership brings to both BT and Sekunjalo.”Following the transaction, which is subject to South African Reserve Bank approval, Sekunjalo will be able to appoint two representatives to BT’s South African board, with the remaining five members being BT-appointed representatives.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Anthony Wayne FFA makes testimony at House committee meeting

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio House of Representatives Agriculture & Rural Development Committee met on August 26th at the Shisler Center on the Ohio State University’s Agricultural Technical Institute (ATI) campus.The committee met to hear testimonies regarding agricultural education from people across Ohio.Whitney Short, agricultural education teacher and FFA advisor at Anthony Wayne High School, was asked to give a testimony. She covered current happenings in Ohio agricultural education, Anthony Wayne’s specific program growth, and issues facing this specific area of education – such as the shortage of agriculture teachers.Following her testimony, the members of the committee asked questions to gain more information about the issues mentioned. Chapter Reporter Marleigh Kerr and Anthony Wayne FFA Parent Karen Kerr attended the hearing and also answered questions asked by the representatives.“I really enjoyed going to speak to this committee; it gave me a unique experience on what goes on in the committee,” said Marleigh of her experience. “I also enjoyed being able to give the committee a unique perspective into an FFA member’s life.”last_img read more

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Foreign media hail Romeo as tournament best scorer

first_imgFilipinos drop to battle for 7th Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Photo from Fiba.comGilas Pilipinas has taken the Fiba Asia Cup by storm in Beirut and one man who helped put away all pre-tournament talk on how mighty China is has been heaping praises from international media there.Terrence Romeo, who exploded for 26 points in a 97-86 upset of the defending champion Chinese last week, is being described as possibly “the best scorer” in the tournament after being the only player in the Top 7 to come off the bench.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. An article at Fiba.com on Wednesday was dedicated to the 5-foot-10 Romeo, who is averaging 17.7 points in the Filipinos’ first three games. He is also averaging the least minutes among the top scorers.Lebanese legend Fadi El Khatib is shooting an average of 24.3 points in 30 minutes to be at No. 1, with former PBA import Michael Madanly tossing in a shade over 20 points in 29 minutes, counting a 35-point explosion versus China.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingBut Romeo has been hailed as this tournament’s biggest star and labeled by the article as the Philippines’ new face in international basketball because of his “overflowing swagger, slick ball-handling and streaky shooting,” according to the article.It also narrates how Romeo and the rest of the team sulked in the locker room after losing to the Chinese in the finals in Changsha in 2015, and how Romeo vowed that no one from the Chinese national team would be able to touch him when a return bout happens.last_img read more

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S African driver claims Guinness world record for car drifting

first_imgBy Fakir HassenJohannesburg, Jun 13 (PTI) A South African journalist has set a record for drifting, a sport genre using a technique where the motorist deploys skill to drive a long distance with the front wheels pointing in the opposite direction of the turn he is taking.Jesse Adams drove 165 kilometres in 1,000 laps at the internationally-acclaimed Gerotek testing facility for motor vehicles in Pretoria in a time of 5 hours 6 minutes to better the three-year-old record set by the German Harald Muller in Turkey, when the latter completed 612 laps of a 235.5-metre course in 2 hours and 25 minutes in his second attempt.Both drivers used a Japanese-built Toyota GT86.Although four official witnesses were among the crowd at the event, official verification of the record from Guinness is still awaited.Adams admitted there were at least two stages in the test of endurance when he considered giving up.”At about 400 laps I started to think to myself, what excuses can I give because I wanted to give up, and at 600, I wanted to give up again when the rear wheels started to do funny things,” Adams told fellow motoring journalists.”I didnt think I was going to make it, but I did, and probably could have done another 200,” he added.Drifting competitions started in Japan in the 1970s and today are held worldwide and are judged according to the speed, angle, showmanship and line taken through a corner or set of corners. PTI FH ABHlast_img read more

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Three RCMP officers injured arresting Trans Mountain pipeline demonstrators

first_imgAt least 28 demonstrators were arrested at the site over the weekend after they zip-tied themselves to a gate.A B.C. Supreme Court judge issued an order preventing protesters from being within five metres of two works sites at Trans Mountain terminals in the Metro Vancouver city.The injunction is indefinite, allowing Trans Mountain to continue work that was approved by the federal government to twin the existing pipeline from Edmonton to Burnaby. BURNABY, B.C. — The RCMP say three officers suffered minor injuries while making arrests Monday evening at demonstrations against the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline in Burnaby, B.C.The Mounties say one officer suffered a head injury after being kicked, another suffered a knee injury and a third injured a hand.The four arrests between 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Monday evening were in addition to 15 made earlier in the day.last_img read more

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Four militants killed three Army jawans injured in Pulwama encounter

first_imgSrinagar: Four militants were killed while three Army jawans and a police personnel were injured in an encounter in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir on Monday, police said. On a credible input about presence of militants in Lassipora area of south kashmir’s Pulwama district, security forces launched a cordon and search operation there this morning, a police spokesman said. He said during the searches, militants fired upon the search party of the forces. The fire was retaliated, leading to an encounter, the spokesman said. In the ensuing encounter, he said, four militants were killed and their bodies were retrieved from the site of the encounter. The identities and affiliations of the slain militants are being ascertained, the spokesman said. He said in the initial exchange of firing, three Army jawans and one policeman sustained injuries. The injured were hospitalised and are stated to be stable, he added. The spokesman said it was a clean operation and no collateral damage took place during the encounter. Incriminating material, including arms and ammunition, was recovered from the site of the encounter, he said.last_img read more

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