GermanyEurope – Central Asia Online freedomsProtecting sources German BND Act: A missed opportunity for press freedom News to go further In the run-up to the adoption of a new law on the foreign surveillance activities of the German foreign intelligence service (BND), Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is launching a campaign #NotYourSource to call for an end of foreign journalists’ surveillance. RSF_en June 2, 2021 Find out more May 31, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Germany GermanyEurope – Central Asia Online freedomsProtecting sources March 30, 2021 Find out more Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU News RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum February 8, 2021 RSF calls for journalists protection against BND surveillance News News Organisation Receive email alerts With its “Not Your Source” campaign starting on February 8th, RSF is asking for a more effective protection for foreign media workers and their sources against intelligence agencies’ surveillance. RSF calls on anyone who supports this cause to join the campaign and call on members of the German Bundestag via social media or email to revise the draft act accordingly.As a result of the successful constitutional complaint brought by RSF and the Civil Rights Society (GFF), the parliament has been instructed to create a new legal basis for the intelligence service’s work, including tougher measures to protect confidential communications from state surveillance. The Bundestag’s Committee on Internal Affairs is likely to reach a decision on the proposed legislation as early as this March. In RSF’s view, the new draft of the BND Act still leaves media workers and their sources vulnerable to surveillance.”Journalists must no longer be used by intelligence services as involuntary sources of information because of their political interest,” RSF Germany’s Executive Director Christian Mihr said. “The judgment of the Federal Constitutional Court has clearly shown how intelligence work can be carried out effectively without systematically violating press freedom and fundamental rights. The new BND Act must create safeguards and oversight mechanisms that are proportionate to the vast capabilities of digital surveillance. With an appropriate law, Germany could set an international precedent for human rights instead of heading towards another constitutional complaint with a superficial reform.”RSF recently voiced strong criticism against the federal government’s draft act. Although it establishes formal requirements for the protection of confidential communications, it also undermines it by implementing inadequate measures for their application and oversight. This draft does not shake the foundations of modern mass surveillance, as exposed by Edward Snowden in 2013. Through the unrestricted analysis of traffic data, the BND would likely be able to continue to gather information on media workers’ contact networks and interests on a massive scale, and pass it on to other intelligence agencies with no regard for the dangers this entails for media workers in repressive states.Germany is ranked 11th out of 180 countries in RSF’s World Press Freedom Index. Help by sharing this information
By News Highland – May 25, 2012 Donegal set to lose a TD as commission recommends constituency merger 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal There could be major political upheaval on the way in Donegal, with the two Dail constituencies set to be merged and the total number of TDs cut from six to five.Nationally, it’s reported the number of TDs in the Dail will be cut by 8 under new recommendations to be published next month by the Constituency Commission.The Irish Times reports that the commission will recommend major changes which will see seats being lost in Dublin, Munster and Connaght-Ulster. Twitter WhatsApp Google+ Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Facebook Facebook Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Newsx Adverts Previous article36.7 is now the average age in Donegal – CSONext articleSeafood jobs on the way to Donegal News Highland Pinterest Twitter Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th
Stuff co.nz 3 August 2020Family First Comment: No surprises and it will get worse as we undermine parents and criminalise them for simply wanting to raise respectful obedient childrenTeachers are experiencing significant levels of stress, burnout and in-classroom violence, a new report for NZEI Te Rui Roa has shown.Thirty per cent of teachers reported seeing violence in the classroom, and were experiencing negative health impacts compared to the rest of the population.NZEI president Liam Rutherford described the results of the health and wellbeing survey, published Monday, as alarming.It is the first year teachers have been involved in the study, which has been surveying school leaders for four years.Rutherford said the results backed up what the sector has been saying for years.“New Zealanders would have heard us talking consistently about teacher and principal workload during our collective negotiations last year, and the data in this survey starkly illustrates our concerns.”“From all of the conversations I’ve had with members, the stress of workload and associated health impacts are big issues for our schools. They’re crucial to solve for the sake of tamariki and their learning.”The second year of teaching was found to be the most stressful.Teachers came off worse than school leaders when it came to health and wellbeing measures.READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/education/122327413/violence-long-hours-and-stress-the-state-of-new-zealands-teaching-workforce
Roberto Di Matteo says Chelsea are in excellent spirits ahead of their vital Premier League match against Newcastle.The games are coming thick and fast for Di Matteo’s side, who are in the finals of the Champions League and FA Cup as well as being involved in a fight for a top-four finish.But they showed no signs of fatigue while walloping neighbours QPR 6-1 on Sunday and are full of confidence ahead of the Magpies’ visit.Di Matteo said: “There’s a good spirit at the moment in the dressing room and that’s connected to the positive results we’ve been getting lately.“There’s not much time between games, which is challenging but also exciting because we have so many targets to play for and it’s better to be like this than to not have targets.“Results are good so we are pleased with that. The players have been really working hard to get those results and we have to continue that because ultimately we have not achieved anything so far.“We are in a good moment. We have a good momentum going and the players are enjoying themselves when they go onto the pitch.”Click here for Tuesday’s Chelsea quizSee also: Di Matteo hopeful injured Chelsea duo will be fit for WembleyFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Joel Lynch was included in the starting line-up for QPR’s pre-season friendly against FC Groningen in the Netherlands, where the Dutch side lead at half-time.Summer signing Lynch, who did not feature in Friday’s game against PSV Eindhoven, lined up in a back four which also included young full-backs Darnell Furlong and Cole Kpekawa.Juninho Bacuna opened the scoring on 13 minutes when he slotted home the loose ball after keeper Matt Ingram did well to deny Tom van Weert, who had managed to sneak behind Steven Caulker.Rangers, demonstrating a pressing, high-tempo style boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has been keen to introduce, have created some openings.But Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and Tjaronn Chery were both unable to find a way past the goalkeeper after finding themselves through on goal.Rangers midfielder Chery, playing against his former side, then teed up Michael Petrasso with a clever pass and the winger fired low into the net but was offside.Petrasso picked up a knock and went off five minutes before the break.QPR: Ingram; Furlong, Caulker, Lynch, Kpekawa; Henry, Doughty; Petrasso (Kakay 40), Chery, El Khayati; Emmanuel-Thomas.Subs: Lumley, Onuoha, Hall, Polter, Borysiuk, Gladwin, Grego-Cox, Bidwell, Luongo, Prohouly, Shodipo.See also:The QPR youngsters trying to make their mark during pre-seasonFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Corning >> The Flex Fastpitch softball team of Corning, competing in the US Specialty Sports Association, took first place in the FAB 5 Tournament Aug. 27-28 and the Queen of the Hill tournament Sept. 10-11, both in Sacramento.In the Bee Sting tournament in Elk Grove in mid August, Flex Fastpitch came in second place out of more than 12 teams from Sacramento, Reno, the Bay Area and Modesto.Flex Fastpitch players are Lillee Olague, Shelby Flournoy, Lynnea Swearinger, Lyndee Flournoy, Macie …
Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.SAN JOSE — It’s hard to imagine how Game 5 of the Western Conference Final could have gone any worse for the Sharks.They were outworked and outclassed to start what was a decisive second period. They finished Sunday’s game with just 14 skaters, as Erik Karlsson, Joe Pavelski, Tomas Hertl and Joonas Donskoi all had to leave early, due to various injuries. Donskoi eventually came back, but Evander Kane was both given …
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Imagine yourself as a student on the campus of The Ohio State University. It’s a nice, sunny day outside. Students are walking to class, others are having conversation beside Mirror Lake, and in the distance, you see your entomology professor running around with a crazed look in his eyes while waving a comically-sized insect net.Yes, the latter really happened. The man in question is known as the BugDoc, professor emeritus of entomology at The Ohio State University, Dr. David Shetlar. I had the pleasure of visiting with him recently to ask him something that bugs my brain every year at this time, no pun intended.Old wives’ tales are something of a hobby for farmers in Ohio it seems, especially when it comes to predicting winter weather. Everything in the Lord’s creation is up for grabs when it comes to telling us how bad the upcoming winter will be. Whether its corn husk thickness, leaf amounts, or wool growth on sheep, something somewhere will tell us winter is coming.That leaves one logical question for the BugDoc. Are the stories I’ve heard all my life about woolly worms predicting the weather really true?“The true banded woolly bear is the larvae of a moth. Most caterpillars are either the larvae of a butterfly or a moth. Generally, the hairy ones are going to turn into moths,” Shetlar said. “The moths are actually called Tiger Moths. The moths themselves are highly collected by entomologists and amateur collectors because they usually have bright, striped markings on them so that’s where they get the name Tiger Moth. There’s a lot of these woolly bear caterpillars out there. People may see them in weedy fields. There’s a yellow woolly bear, a red woolly bear, and so forth. But the one that gets most of the notoriety this time of year is the banded woolly bear.”The black, brown, then black again bands are supposed to reflect what the following winter will be like in length and intensity.“The normal statement is that the length of the black is supposed to predict the strength or the severity of the winter, which I find is kind of interesting because the natural color bands of these is black at the front, brown in the middle, and black at the back. If I were really going to say that it would be a predictor, I would say that it ought to be brown in the front, black in the middle, and brown at the back. I think there are some local variations. There are some people who say it’s the brown in the middle that predicts the the winter. That would be more correct in terms of the timeline we’re talking about. But the reality is there were some entomologists who a few years ago that actually did some regional studies. What they find is that there’s a significant amount of variability, even within a population in the local region,” Sheltar said.”To give you an example, I had a person here in central Ohio send me a picture of a banded woolly bear that was mainly black in the front and a little tiny narrow brown band in the middle and mainly black at the back. He said, ‘Boy this one’s predicting a harsh winter.’ But then I returned and said well here are two of the caterpillars that one of the local weathermen and I collected. And it had just a bare hint of black at the front, which meant there would be an early cold snap. I think we’ve already had that. And then it had almost two thirds of the body was brown, which means it’s going to be a long mild winter. And then another little black band at the end which means there would be a late cold snap in the spring time. And I said, ‘My woolly bear’s not predicting what your woolly bear is predicting.’ Especially since they were collected in the same county, that seems a little bit odd.”Here is a summary of the legend from the National Weather Service Forecast Office out of La Crosse, Wis. that appeared in a former article.According to folklore, the amount of black on the woolly bear in autumn varies proportionately with the severity of the coming winter in the locality where the caterpillar is found. The longer the woolly bear’s black bands, the longer, colder, snowier, and more severe the winter will be. Similarly, the wider the middle brown band is associated with a milder upcoming winter. The position of the longest dark bands supposedly indicates which part of winter will be coldest or hardest. If the head end of the caterpillar is dark, the beginning of winter will be severe. If the tail end is dark, the end of winter will be cold. In addition, the woolly bear caterpillar has 13 segments to its body, which traditional forecasters say correspond to the 13 weeks of winter.“As with most folklore, there are two other versions to this story. The first one says that the woolly bear caterpillar’s coat will indicate the upcoming winter’s severity. So, if its coat is very woolly, it will be a cold winter. The final version deals with the woolly bear caterpillar’s direction of travel of the worms. It is said that woolly bears crawling in a southerly direction are trying to escape the cold winter conditions of the north. On the other hand, woolly bears crawling on a northward path would indicate a mild winter.”The winter weather predicting abilities of the woolly bear have been the source of discussion since colonial times, but got a boost when C.H. Curran, the curator of insects at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, took a more scientific look at the legend in 1948. Curran examined autumn woolly bears in Bear Mountain State Park and applied the theory to make a winter weather prediction. He repeated the experiment for eight years and, with the help of publicity in The New York Herald Tribune, the fuzzy caterpillar was made famous.But why does this happen? Shetlar has some thoughts.“The current thinking of this is there are regulatory genes, just like we know that certain animals will take darker colors if their skin is exposed to colder temperatures. Now the obvious reverse of that is the arctic fox. That one, when the skin is exposed to cold weather, the hair turns white, because it wants to be white during the winter time not to stand out in the snow,” he said. “These genes regulate the expression of color in the body. The current thinking is these caterpillars are actually expressing the colors from the temperatures they were exposed to back in July and August when they were small larvae or even eggs developing as an embryo. So what they’re really telling you is what they’ve been already exposed to not what they’re going to predict coming up.”Woolly worms are not the only insect thought to predict the weather. The amount of spider webs seen before the upcoming winter is a sign to some, taking that as an indicator of hard times ahead.“People have heard the term gossamer thread and they might not know what that is. It has sort of lost favor as people get out of the rural and agricultural areas. But the vast majority of spiders actually are like Charlotte in Charlotte’s Web. If you remember the sort of tear-jerking part of that story, Charlotte dies at the end of the season but she lays an egg case. That’s what most spiders do. At the end of the season, the females will mate, and they’ll lay an egg case. For about half of the species of spiders, those eggs will hatch in the fall and those little spiderlings will climb up to the tops of grasses and shrubs, spin out a thread of silk, which is a gossamer thread, and they’ll actually do what we call ballooning. If there’s enough wind, that wind will pick up the little thread of silk with a little spiderling on the end of it and they’ll go for a ride to try to find new territory and get away from all their siblings that hatched out of that same egg mass,” Shetlar said. “Gossamer threads are just one of the things that occur in the fall, and in reality what it usually means is we have a warm spell with some wind in it. And I noticed this a couple of weeks ago when we had our last warm spell. It was a nice sunny day and I could look out over a field and there were just these hundreds of little shimmery threads that were glistening in the sun. Those were the gossamer threads of the little spiderlings.”Scientific or not, it’s always a good time to find our furry caterpillar friends crawling away from the winter ahead. From what I’ve seen, we’re looking at a rough winter ahead. But isn’t it supposed to be every year?Only time will tell.