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first_img AustraliaAsia – Pacific AustraliaAsia – Pacific November 19, 2020 Find out more to go further RSF_en Receive email alerts January 21, 2021 Find out more On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia Help by sharing this information News News February 22, 2021 Find out more News The Broadcasting Services Act, which came into force on 1 January 2000, spells out material to be banned from websites, including pornography involving children, bestiality, excessive violence, real sex acts and information about crime, violence and drug use. The arbiter of this is the regulatory Australian Broadcasting Authority (ABA), which asks the ISPs of sites concerned to take reasonable steps to bar access to them.Civil liberty groups oppose these restrictions, as well as the obligation of ISPs to offer content filters to their customers. Most ISPs are refusing to comply and simply list sites that provide such products.In October 2001, the Cybercrime Act came into effect, allowing judges to force suspects to reveal their encryption codes. A few months later, the federal senate, rejected an amendment to the telecommunications law that would have allowed the security services to intercept e-mail without court permission.Eight major international media – including Yahoo!, CNN, Reuters and The Guardian – said on 28 May 2002 they would give legal support to an appeal by the Dow Jones US media group to the High Court against a libel conviction. The plaintiff was Australian businessman Joseph Gutnick, who said he had been libelled in an article on the website of the group’s Barrons magazine. The Victoria state supreme court, saying the article could be read in the state, convicted Dow Jones, whose lawyer warned that the ruling was a serious precedent that would threaten the online media worldwide.In November 2002, the ABA refused to censor three anti-globalisation sites that called on demonstrators against a World Trade Organisation meeting in Sydney that month to equip themselves with baseball bats and gas-masks. The authorities, especially the police, had asked for the censorship on grounds it was clear incitement to physically attack the police.The government responded to the ABA’s refusal by moving to set up a centre to combat high tech crime. The daily newspaper The Courier-Mail said it would give the federal government power to censor websites directly. Organisation News Google experiments drop Australian media from search results June 18, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Australia RSF condemns Facebook’s blocking of journalistic content in Australia Links:Electronic Frontier Australia, on Internet censorshipThe Australian Broadcasting AuthorityZdnet on new technology Follow the news on Australialast_img read more

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Blueberry boost

first_img(Stephanie Schupska is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) By Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaBlueberries may not be the cure-all for everything from cancer to economic instability, but they’re on the rise in rural Georgia. And health-conscious fans have a new twist: organic blueberries.The little berry bush, native to the U.S. Southeast, is hardy and disease resistant in a climate that hurts organic agriculture more than it helps. Where fruit crops such as peaches, apples and strawberries have a hard time surviving insects and diseases, blueberries thrive.And organically grown blueberries might be just the boost small towns in south Georgia need to thrive themselves.“A lot of areas where blueberries grow are economically depressed,” said Gerard Krewer, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension horticulturist in Tifton, Ga.Conventional blueberry farms are concentrated in south Georgia. Organic production “would perhaps keep people from moving away from the areas and would definitely benefit the local communities,” said Harald Scherm, a plant pathology professor in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Scherm and Krewer and Georgia county Extension agents are taking on the challenge of growing organic blueberries. Their research is designed to help growers manage weeds, insects and diseases to grow organic blueberries.“Organic production is harder,” Krewer said. “We don’t have magic silver bullets — the fungicide, insecticide and herbicide options — that make the job of growing so much easier.”For years, Krewer has studied organic blueberries on a shoestring budget. When he started working on larger projects in 2005, he started looking for more funding.He, Scherm and colleagues at the University of Florida were awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Integrated Organic Program. Their goal over the next three years is “to develop best management practices and economic cost analyses for organic blueberry production,” Scherm said.“Recently, organic produce has become much more widely available due to mass merchandising, chain stores and marketing,” Krewer said. “There’s been a real change in the mind-set as some of the growers realize the demand for organic produce.”The scientists are working closely with organic blueberry growers through Georgia Organics, Inc. Eight Georgia farmers grow organic blueberries now on 200 acres.“This isn’t some pie-in-the-sky research,” Scherm said. “It’s really happening.”Blueberries have their roots buried deep in Georgia soil. The rabbiteye blueberry is native to southeast Georgia and northeast Florida. It can grow organically despite pest and disease problems caused by the region’s high humidity.“Weed control is a major issue,” Scherm said, “especially when you’re establishing new plots. And with older blueberry plots, woody weeds are major problems.”Scherm is also looking at ways to fertilize blueberries organically. He’s testing such products as pasteurized chicken litter and bone meal.“We’re trying to see how farmers should use these products and developing a set of management guidelines for weeds and fertilizers,” he said. “We’re also looking at insect management organically, through biological controls and biopesticides.”They’re studying organic mulches, too, such as peanut hulls, pine straw, bark and organically approved plastic.And while they’re checking the scientific side, UGA economist Greg Fonsah is looking at the economic feasibility of organic blueberry production.“Much of the grant focuses on horticulture, what happens in the field,” Krewer said. “But what also matters in the long run is the economics of growing organic blueberries. Farmers have to make money to stay in business.”Georgia blueberry acreage has grown from 4,500 acres in 2002 to more than 6,000 acres in 2006, Fonsah said. “This acreage is expected to further increase in 2007,” he said. “More growers are getting interested in this crop, which is now ranked second in the state’s fruit and nut industry.”The demand for blueberries is partially due to their nutritional value. They contain vitamin C, and their antioxidants may help prevent certain cancers.“There has been a tremendous expansion of overall blueberry production as people realize the health benefits of blueberries,” Scherm said.last_img read more

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Long Beach Man Admits to Killing Teen

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Long Beach teenager has admitted to fatally beating and strangling an 18-year-old Lynbrook woman who was found dead in Rockville Centre nearly two years ago.Maxwell Sherman pleaded guilty Friday at Nassau County court to second-degree murder. A charge of sex abuse was dropped in exchange for his plea.Authorities have said that the 19-year-old killed Lauren Daverin, who was found by witnesses on the Mill Pond footbridge between Sunrise Highway and Merrick Road in August 2013.Sherman later told Rockville Centre village police that he had been assaulted on the footbridge that night and confirmed that he was the last person on the bridge with the victim after a group of other people left, prosecutors said.A witness also told investigators that he saw Sherman on top of Daverin on the bridge, authorities said. The witness later identified Sherman in a photo array.Judge Meryl Berkowitz is expected to sentence Sherman to 18 years to life in prison on June 11.last_img read more

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Saints look to ‘natural leader’ to lead Selkirk into BCIHL season

first_img“Logan is a natural leader who sets the tone every day with his high compete level and his enthusiasm for being at the rink,” said Saints head coach Jeff Dubois.”He’s a high character guy who played a key role within our leadership group on and off the ice last season and really distinguished himself as someone who had the respect and trust of his teammates. Logan was the ideal choice to take over the captaincy and lead our team this year.”Proulx is coming off a stellar rookie season for Selkirk that saw him tie for second in team and league scoring behind former teammate Jordan Wood. He was also named a BCIHL First-Team All-Star and helped lead the Saints to their first-ever league championship. Proulx’s junior playing career included stops in the Western Hockey League with the Edmonton Oil Kings and the British Columbia Hockey League with the Trail Smoke Eaters and Cowichan Valley Capitals. “It means a tremendous amount to me to be chosen as captain this year,” said the skillful sniper.”To be part of any leadership group is an honour and a privilege. I take a lot of pride in being a leader and it’s something that has always come naturally to me. Last year we set a high standard as a team with our work ethic and I think that was the start of something we now expect of ourselves and each other as Selkirk Saints.” “I’m really excited to have all the boys back in town and to get back on the ice with the team. I’m looking forward to welcoming the new guys to Castlegar and getting back into the swing of things,” he adds.”We had a very successful season last year and I know the guys want to compete for and win another BCIHL championship this year.” Selkirk’s leadership group will also include a pair of players — Scott Swiston and Dylan Smith — who are returning as assistant captains for a second season.The third ‘A’ will be worn by second-year forward Connor McLaughlin, who finished third on the team in points last season with 27. “Connor was one of our hardest workers and best conditioned players last season,” said Dubois of the former Nelson Leaf and Fernie Ghostrider.”He plays a gritty, responsible game and he’s going to be a great fit wearing an ‘A’ along with Scott and Dylan.” The Saints opened training camp Sunday evening at the Castlegar Rec Complex. The Saints, beginning another march to the top of the B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League Sunday in Castlegar, named Trail native Logan Proulx to lead them.The 22-year-old forward has been named captain of the Saints hockey club.Proulx will slip on the captaincy when Selkirk opens the exhibition season Tuesday in the Silver City against the Trail Smoke Eaters at 7 p.m.last_img read more

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Former LVR Bomber star inks deal in Romania

first_img“(CSM Oradea) were very successful last season and are going to be trying to get into EuroChallenge this season as well,” Denison said.“Their American point guard from last season, William Franklin, and their Australian shooting guard, Daniel Dillon, will be returning to play for them which shows they are a professional club that import players like to play for.”CSM Oradea plays in the 16-team Liga Nationala league.The team lost out in straight games during the 2012-13 playoffs to Gaz Metan after edging Ploiesti and U. Mobitel CN during the early round of the playoffs.“After talking to their coach and general manager it sounded like a good place to play and I’m looking forward to being a part of the team,” Denison said.“Last season they had five players average over 10 points a game and they averaged 15 assists a game as a team and I think this the reason why they were so successful last season.“I feel my play style fits in with a team oriented approach, I’m never selfish with the ball and if someone is open I will get it to them.”Last season Denison averaged 10.5 points per game while playing 20 minutes per game.Denison, who helped lead LVR (junior boys) and Trafalgar (juvenile boys) teams to provincial titles during his high school career, is penciled in to start on the bench for CSM Oradea.Franklin and Dillon join other starters shooting guard Radovan Markovic, center Bogdan Tibirna and power forward Vujadin Subotic.“When I talked to the coach it sounds like he runs a very structured system and I think this will help us win tight games,” said Denison, who spends the offseason living in Shuswap area near Salmon Arm. At least L.V. Rogers Bomber grad Sean Denison is getting to travel and see the world.The former Bomber basketball star recently signed on to play in the Romania League (Liga Nationala) with CSM Oradea after a stint last season in Russia.“I am really looking forward to this season . . . it looks like it could be good for me and fun to play,” the 6’11”, 245-pound power forward said before hopping a plane for Europe.Liga Nationala is the fifth team — fourth country — for Denison since graduating from a four-year NCAA Men’s Division One career with the Santa Clara Broncos.Denison, 27, had stops in Turkey, Germany and the past two seasons in Russia.Last season was a struggle just getting two the hardwood for Denison as the NBA lockout allowed the pros to take many of the jobs in Europe reserved for other players.“The lockout played a part but it wasn’t just that, my last season wasn’t as good as it could have been,” Denison explained. “There’s no telling all of the factors involved but this year it took longer to find something good.”In Romania Denison, who along with wife Trisha have two children, is excited at the team he is joining in the city of Oradea.last_img read more

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TRAX swimmer Ian Markus gets top level coaching at Prospects Training Camp

first_img  Anyone interested in joining the TRAX Swim Club please email: [email protected] The Monday after the Thompson-Okanagan-Kootenay Regional Age Group camp in Kamloops, Swim BC ran its first ever Prospects Regional Camp in the Interior with swimmers identified from the autumn Provincial Prospects selection from the Thompson-Okanagan and Kootenay regions invited to attend. TRAX Swim Club swimmer Ian Markus was chosen and attended the Regional (Okanagan/Kootenay) Prospects Training Camp in Kamloops.center_img Markus was fortunate to participate in the training camp which focused on all four swim strokes and had inspirational guidance from people such as former World Champion and Olympic medalist Brent Hayden.Video analyst and expert from Canadian Sport Institute – Pacific, Graham Olson provided swimmers with immediate and impactful feedback on their body position and stroke mechanics.Outside of the water swimmers received informative and engaging presentations with great examples of healthful and helpful foods to fuel performance.  last_img read more

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Concern after player verbally abused after GAA County Final

first_imgThere have been calls for improved stewarding at GAA games in the county after Gaoth Dobhair footballer Eamon McGee clashed with a spectator at the weekend.After Sunday’s drawn Donegal senior football championship final at Sean MacCumhaill Park, McGee was approached by the spectator.Some members of the media and other spectators were present as McGee was verbally attacked by the man. The incident happened on the pitch after McGee had conducted some post-match interviews with the media. The situation was defused, but McGee suggested on Twitter that his wife and young child were also targeted.“Didn’t mind him getting onto me but getting onto Joanne while she was walking off the field with Daisy isn’t cool. Thankfully she was well fit for him,” McGee Tweeted. McGee had just played for Gaoth Dobhair against Naomh Conaill in a game that finished 0-8 apiece.  It is understood that the individual does not have an affiliation to any of the clubs involved in Sunday’s final.The alleged abuse directed at the player was not connected to the game in any way.McGee was involved in the Donegal group that campaigned for a ‘yes’ vote in the referendum to repeal the 8th amendment and backed the ‘yes’ camp in the marriage equality referendum.The 2012 All-Ireland winner was criticised for his stance and has been previously the subject of social media abuse regarding his beliefs.  Some buck coming on roaring abuse about George Soros 🙄Didn’t mind him getting onto me but getting onto Joanne while she was walking off the field with Daisy isn’t cool. Thankfully she was well fit for him. https://t.co/jTqqSWfyQv— Eamon Mc Gee (@EamonMcGee) October 21, 2019Concern after player verbally abused after GAA County Final was last modified: October 24th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:2019 Donegal SFCBallybofeyEamon McGeeGaoth DobhairNaomh Conailllast_img read more

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Chelsea tipped to beat Liverpool to signing of PSV star

first_imgChelsea are being tipped to sign PSV Eindhoven winger Zakaria Bakkali. Metro have picked up a report on Spanish website Fichajes which has suggested that the Blues have moved ahead of Liverpool in a race to sign the 18-year-old.Other reports in Spain say Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan, Arsenal and Manchester United also want him.Meanwhile, The Express have added Manchester City to the list of clubs they say are looking to sign Barcelona’s former Manchester United defender Gerard Pique.Chelsea are said to be keen to buy the Spain international, who has also been linked with a return to United.It has been reported that Pique, 27, could be available for £24m.The player wants to stay at Barca and was this week quoted as saying: “At the moment I’m not thinking about leaving.“I’m a Barcelona fan, I have been since I was a kid. I want to stay here.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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NFL Week 7 picks: 49ers can’t upset Rams; Raiders idle

first_imgWhat to do when the 49ers and Raiders are twinning at 1-5? Get on with Week 7. Unless you’re the Raiders, who are on their post-London bye. Onward:Rams 33, 49ers 17: The 49ers try disguising themselves in 1994 throwback uniforms, only these don’t actually come with Steve Young, Deion Sanders, etc. Line: Rams -9Broncos 24, Cardinals 16: Von Miller promised the Broncos would end their four-game losing streak by kicking the Cardinals in their, um, tail feathers. Line: Broncos -1 1/2 C …last_img

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Selfish Genes Turn Cooperative

first_imgNature1 has reported evidence that transposons help to regulate gene expression.  Transposons are genetic material that insert themselves into the DNA of a host, and were thought to represent “selfish genes” that only had their own propagation in mind, “without regard for the consequences.”  Some new studies on the L1 retrotransposon, which makes up about 17% of the human genome (mainly within non-coding introns), have shown, however, that they may do us some good.    The studies “suggest that the insertion of L1 elements into introns can also diminish cellular gene expression in a graded fashion,” the News and Views piece says.  “In the words of Han, Szak and Boeke, such L1 insertions provide a ‘molecular rheostat’ with which to govern gene activity � and their bioinformatics analysis establishes that the mechanism is widely used.”  (For more on the molecular rheostat concept, see 01/10/2003 headline).  If the transposons were truly selfish, “responding individually to darwinian natural selection” “without regard for the consequences,” it has “long been a mystery” what keeps them “at bay.”  If the new studies “unveil a major control mechanism,” part of the solution may be to recognize synergy instead of selfishness.1Frederic Bushman, “Gene regulation: Selfish elements make a mark,” Nature 429, 253 – 255 (20 May 2004); doi:10.1038/429253b.How can a gene be selfish?  A gene has no concept of self.  It couldn’t care if it propagated itself or not.  The myth of selfish genes is a misleading anthropomorphism.  Only people are selfish.    On the other hand, genes are not altruistic, either.  The metaphors of rheostats, regulators and molecular machines imply intelligent design and programming.  That is not an anthropomorphism, because machines are not personal.  Consequently, one doesn’t have to demonstrate anything about the designer to see the evidence that a product was designed.  But observing that the design works so well (i.e., your senses are working as you read this thanks to the regulation provided by transposons), it wouldn’t hurt to ponder the subject a little.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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