News Help by sharing this information United StatesAmericas Protecting journalistsMedia independence Citizen-journalistsPhotoreportage Organisation United StatesAmericas Protecting journalistsMedia independence Citizen-journalistsPhotoreportage RSF_en October 1, 2018 US – RSF concerned about Congress’ counter-drone proposals and their impact on media coverage News Follow the news on United States NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say June 7, 2021 Find out more The US ranks 45th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index after falling 2 places in the last year. If enacted, these proposals would allow the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice to track and potentially destroy drones that operate near “covered facilities and assets,” which include courthouses, public protests, prisons, and disaster areas. Other press freedom organizations have expressed similar concerns, including the National Press Club and the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA), which recently published a list of amendments to the proposed legislation.“The counter-drone proposals could severely inhibit journalists’ ability to safely gather information and could have a serious impact on journalists’ ability to obtain critical information, particularly in times of crisis,” said Margaux Ewen, Director of RSF’s North America bureau. “Many journalists use drones to gather information that would be otherwise difficult to access to share with the public in the United States and abroad. Before approving these amendments, Congress must address the concerns of our organization and other press freedom groups, including the NPPA and the National Press Club.” Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says to go further Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is concerned about the counter-drone proposals in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act put forth by the United States Congress, which could prohibit journalists from using drones for news-gathering purposes and impede public access to important information. The proposed US legislation represents just one of many impediments around the world to journalists who use drones in their newsgathering. News These concerns come at time when journalists around the world have been increasingly detained or jailed for using drones in relation to their work. This includes the arrest and detention of an Australian filmmaker in Cambodia, that of three Al Jazeera journalists in France in 2015, of Malaysian and Singaporean journalists in Myanmar last October, and of a Vietnamese blogger last November. WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists June 3, 2021 Find out more News At the Parc de Saint-Cloud, southwest of Paris (AFP Photo / Dominique Faget) April 28, 2021 Find out more
Coachella has come out of the gates swinging with an incredible 2017 lineup. Once again spanning across two weekends–April 14th-16th and April 21st-23rd–the beloved mega-festival spared no expense this year, delivering a lineup filled with the best and brightest musical talent that 2017 has to offer. Topped by Radiohead, Beyoncé, and Kendrick Lamar, the festival boasts three of the biggest and most popular artists in the world today.They’ll be joined by a massive grouping of artists from across the musical spectrum. The xx, Father John Misty, Empire Of The Sun, Phantogram, Little Dragon, Bonobo, Big Gigantic, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard are among the many artists that will join Radiohead on Friday’s lineup. Saturday boasts an impressive roster of Bon Iver, Future, Two Door Cinema Club, Nicolas Jaar, Tycho, Local Natives, Four Tet, Classixx and Thundercat alongside Beyoncé. Sunday’s lineup is also remarkable, with Lorde, Justice, New Order, Porter Robinson & Madeon, Hans Zimmer, Marshmello, Grouplove, Kaytranada, Toots & The Maytals, Real Estate, What So Not, Lee Field & The Expressions filling out the bill alongside hometown hero Kendrick Lamar.Coachella is the first “major” festival of the U.S. festival season, and it has become the go-to event for fans, artists, and celebrities to see the best music of the year. Consider this year’s lineup a major win for promoters Goldenvoice, who’ve once again knocked it out the park with one of the best and most diverse lineups of the year. Learn more information about Coachella, including how to acquire tickets, go to the festival’s website. The festival usually sells out within minutes, and, with such a huge lineup, you should make sure to act fast if you want to be there this year!
Last fall, the 2013 NDnano Undergraduate Research Fellowship (NURF) was dedicated to Saint Mary’s sophomore Ziqi Zhang, who died when she was struck by a car near the College’s entrance in October 2012. This spring, Saint Mary’s junior Rachael Bridgman received the fellowship in Zhang’s memory. Zhang participated in the NURF program during the summer of 2012, and Bridgman said she “[hopes] to do her name justice.” “It is a true honor to be able to continue down the path that Ziqi loved, which was research,” Bridgman said. “I am happy to do this summer job in part on her behalf because this is what she would have done this summer. I have heard only wonderful things about her.” Bridgman she said she didn’t know she was under consideration for the fellowship until recipients were announced on April 12. “I think I was chosen because I am from Saint Mary›s and also have a great deal of passion for the research I am doing,” she said. “I have also shown a lot of dedication to the lab. I have been working there all year and have put in many hours and come in on the weekends as well to do work.” This grant, offered by the University of Notre Dame Center for Nano Science and Technology, provides Bridgman, a molecular cell biology major, with an opportunity to experience her first paid research position this summer. “It covers a 10-week research opportunity with [Notre Dame biochemistry professor] Dr. Zach Schultz in his biochemistry lab and weekly seminars with other undergraduate researchers,” Bridgman said. The 28 recipients of the award will receive a total of $5,250 for their participation in research this upcoming summer, but Bridgman said she looks forward to benefits beyond the paycheck. “I get the chance to explore research as a career and participate in high caliber research,” Bridgman said. Bridgman’s unpaid research was driven by a genuine desire to gain a deeper understand of proteins, she said. “To be honest I have always been very interested in proteins because they are the building blocks for life after the nucleotides that create them,” Bridgman said. “Single protein detection using probes is useful for a wide range of applications. It has been used to sequence DNA, differentiate between strains of the influenza and analyze movement of molecules across cell membranes in real time. All these applications can lead to medical therapeutic and diagnostic research as well.” The undergraduate researchers will present the results of their research at the end of the 10 weeks, she said. “I have to do a presentation at a poster session on my work at the end of the summer,” Bridgman said. Haley Gordon, a sophomore chemistry and chemical engineering major at Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame, respectively, said Bridgman’s fellowship was well-deserved, and notable because it was given to a Saint Mary’s senior. “She’s one of the most hardworking students I know,” Gordon said. “She’s incredibly diligent.” Bridgman said she plans to pursue a career in cancer research and oncology. Contact Rebecca O’Neil at [email protected]
Local, state winners, tooThe contest is open to Georgia students ages 9 to 14.Before the national winners can be selected, first- andsecond-place local and county winners are selected in two categories,computer-generated and hand-drawn. Two state winners and fourrunners-up receive trophies and gift card prizes at an awardsceremony presented by the Georgia Radon Education Program.If a county doesn’t have a contest, a student may submit a posterdirectly to the state for judging. The top three state posters ineach category are submitted for judging on the national level.The national winners, their parents and sponsoring adults receivean all-expense-paid trip to the awards ceremony in the nation’scapital.The winning entries are printed on posters, bookmarks and bookcovers distributed nationally in Radon Action Month each January.The deadline for the state contest is Oct. 9. For moreinformation on the contest and complete details on how to enter,see the NSC Web site at www.nsc.org/issues/radon. Local and statecontest rules can be found on the Web atwww.fcs.uga.edu/ext/housing/radon.php. By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaGeorgia students can win a trip to Washington, D.C., and helpspread the word about the dangers of radon gas through a postercontest offered by the National Safety Council.Each year the NSC presents the National Radon Poster Contest inpartnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and theU.S. Department of Agriculture. In 2005, Clavert’s younger sister Abbi was named the nationalwinner in the same category. She was a fourth grader at the time. Raising national awareness”The goal of the contest is to raise awareness about the harmfuleffects of elevated levels of indoor radon gas,” said GingerBennett, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension radoneducator. “The poster contest is also a way to increase thenumber of homes tested for radon.”Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the UnitedStates and the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers. It isan invisible, odorless, radioactive gas that occurs naturally inrock and soil. It enters homes through cracks and other openingsin home foundations.Radon kills more than 600 Georgians each year. The state is hometo the 2004 and 2005 national contest winners. In 2004, MarkiClavert of Loganville, Ga., was the national winner in thecomputer-generated category. She was then a sixth-grade 4-H’er.
Students, professors, and administrative personnel from the Chilean Naval War College (Academia de Guerra Naval) visited the U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) on 16 August, as part of a 12-day tour of U.S. military and government installations. During their visit to Southern Command headquarters, in Miami, Florida, the more than 40 Chilean military personnel participated in a roundtable discussion moderated by Ambassador Paul Trivelli, USSOUTHCOM civilian deputy commander, who answered questions about the Command’s mission and its relationships with friendly countries in the region. Capt. Guillermo Díaz Avello, director of the Naval War College, located in Valparaíso, Chile, explained that the objective of this visit is to familiarize students with the work done by the Southern Command. “We could say that USSOUTHCOM is involved in an ongoing fight to solve a conflict that affects millions of people. Participation by only one country is not sufficient, and cooperation among all is an essential element,” he commented. The group, which is about to complete the General Staff Course, left Viña del Mar on 7 August and has toured facilities such as Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, Virginia, and the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, as well as the Capitol, the Pentagon, and Arlington National Cemetery, among others. “For our students, it’s very important to get to know all aspects of the U.S. military and the close academic, professional, and operational relationship that exists between us. The students have learned the U.S. vision of its relationship with Chile,” Díaz Avello indicated. The meeting was also attended by Capt. David Cinalli, representing the U.S. Coast Guard, and Capt. Felipe Bravo, who as a Chilean liaison officer at USSOUTHCOM offered his own perspective on the role played by the Command and its ties of collaboration with friendly nations in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. “This visit complements what we’ve learned up to now in the General Staff Course,” affirmed Lt. Cmdr. Hugo Moya, a student at the Chilean Naval War College. “For me, it was impressive to see how the Southern Command has an area of responsibility that encompasses more than you can imagine and that takes into account the principle of democracy. This doesn’t always come through clearly in our countries, since it’s not the same from a distance,” he added. In the last item on its itinerary before departing for Chile, the group will stop in Key West to visit the headquarters of the Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF-S). Under USSOUTHCOM’s direction, JIATF-S works with liaison officers from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Mexico, the Netherlands, Peru, Spain, and the United Kingdom to combat illicit trafficking. By Dialogo August 18, 2011
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Powerball jackpot soars to $600 millionLong Islanders now have 600 million reasons to test their luck Saturday and join in on the Powerball craze.The popular lottery game has soared to $600 million this week as lottery hopefuls descended on stores across the country looking for that one lucky ticket in advance of Saturday’s much-anticipated drawing.The jackpot is now the largest ever in the game’s history, surpassing the previous record of $587 million in Nov. 2012.Sales in recent days have soared. Wednesday’s drawing came and went with nobody claiming the $360 million jackpot and by Thursday morning the jackpot had climbed to $475 million. By that afternoon, it had already reached $500 million and was well on its way to record-breaking territory.Powerball has gained in popularity recently, partly due to the $1 million second place prize.Two Long Island stores—one in Southampton and the other in Massapequa—both sold the second place prize during Wednesday’s drawing, which is awarded to ticket buyers who match the first five winning numbers.The cash payout for Saturday night’s drawing is $376.9 million, according to Powerball’s website.
Oct 16, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Production delays are cutting into federal pandemic vaccine–supply projections at a time when virus activity is widespread in 41 states and children’s deaths are spiraling, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.Since August, federal officials have predicted that 45 million pandemic vaccine doses would be available by mid October, but today the CDC said the total so far is 11.4 million.The slow start is complicating the launch of pandemic flu vaccine campaigns for state and local public health departments as well as school districts. Some have postponed or cancelled events because they don’t know when they will receive their vaccine supplies. For example, the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, based in Lawrence, Kansas, recently cancelled Oct 30 clinics at the fairgrounds and the University of Kansas because it wasn’t sure when the vaccine would arrive.Anne Schuchat, MD, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said some manufacturers are reporting delays because antigen yields are lower than expected. She also said it takes time to conduct potency and purity tests on each lot of the vaccine.”We are not cutting any corners. It’s very important that this process be done safely and carefully,” she stated.Schuchat acknowledged the effect that the slower-than-expected trickle of pandemic vaccine is having on state health departments, and she warned that the next 2 weeks will be challenging. “We’re all going to have to bear with the situation,” she said, adding that supplies will likely become more plentiful by the end of October and into November.States have ordered 8 million of the currently available doses, and half of it is injectable vaccine, Schuchat said, which is good news because it gives authorities more flexibility in delivering doses to some high-priority groups. Certain groups couldn’t receive the very first doses, which were the live attenuated intranasal form of the vaccine, made by MedImmune, which is recommended only for healthy people aged 2 through 49 years.Federal officials are also anxious about the slow start to pandemic vaccine distribution. “It’s hard to see the illnesses rise,” Schuchat said.She acknowledged that the situation puts public health officials in a difficult position when communicating the vaccination message to members of the public, who are being urged to obtain the vaccine at a time when delays are hampering the launch of immunization campaigns.The number of states reporting widespread activity is unprecedented for this time of year, she said. The percentage of doctor visits for influenza-like illnesses continues to rise and is well above the national baseline; for the first time this flu season the mortality rate from pneumonia and influenza has risen above the epidemic threshold.”This is a very busy and difficult flu season,” Schuchat said.Ten more pediatric deaths were reported to the CDC over the past week, raising the number of fatal pandemic H1N1 cases in children to 86, she said. The number of deaths in September alone is more than the total for some entire flu seasons, Schuchat added. Since Aug 30, the CDC has received reports of 43 pediatric deaths; 38 have been confirmed as pandemic H1N1, and five are still undergoing subtyping.About half (19) of those deaths occurred in teens, which appears to be a shift from earlier in the outbreak when most pediatric fatalities were in the youngest age-groups.”These are very sobering statistics, and they’re likely to increase,” said Schuchat. Some of the young people had underlying conditions, but others did not.Meanwhile, some sites are reporting shortages of seasonal flu vaccine, Schuchat noted. So far, 82 million doses have been distributed, which is 5 million more than the previous week. Federal officials have said they expect producers to make 114 million seasonal flu vaccine doses.See also:Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department Web site
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‘Highly opaque’ Two widows, a Nigerian and an Egyptian working in the kingdom, furiously speculated whether they had been denied the chance to attend the ritual because they had not registered a male guardian to accompany them.Others wondered if several slots had been reserved for diplomats and business and royal elites.The ministry, which did not respond to AFP’s request for comment, said Saudi pilgrims were selected from a pool of health practitioners and military personnel who have recovered from COVID-19.One man, who said he had survived the disease, tweeted: “I am a health practitioner and I had contracted coronavirus… I don’t understand why I was not chosen.”The government invited online applications from foreign residents, saying they would make up 70 percent of the pilgrims, but did not explain how many applied or how they were picked.”Saudi authorities kept the selection process highly opaque since it is a sensitive matter,” Umar Karim, a visiting fellow at the Royal United Services Institute in London, told AFP.”Keeping it hidden from public scrutiny is meant to generate less noise about who got selected and who didn’t.”Just a week before the haj, an annual global media event, it remained unclear whether it would be open to the foreign press. A Jordanian couple in Saudi Arabia burst into tears of joy to be among the chosen ones for next week’s scaled-down haj pilgrimage, but countless rejected applications have stirred resentment.For the first time in modern history, millions of pilgrims outside Saudi Arabia have been barred from the haj — a key pillar of Islam and one of the world’s largest mass gatherings — because of a coronavirus surge.But even the dramatically curtailed ritual in the holy city of Mecca has drawn a huge rush of applicants. Saudi officials said residents from 160 countries competed in the government-run lottery that many described as an opaque selection process — bringing elation to up to 10,000 people while leaving the vast majority disappointed.”With so many applicants, we hardly had a one percent chance of being selected,” said a Riyadh-based Jordanian engineer, 29, selected for the pilgrimage along with his 26-year-old wife, a health worker.”We were shocked and overjoyed.”Also among the chosen few is Nasser, a Riyadh-based Nigerian expat, euphoric at winning what he called the “golden ticket” to haj. Health hazard For Saudi Arabia, curtailing the haj was a decision fraught with political and economic peril.Selecting a few from a vast pool of contenders risks further roiling public sentiment.To be among the chosen ones adds an aura of religious prestige to this year’s pilgrimage, applicants say.Despite the pandemic, many pilgrims consider it is safer to participate in this year’s ritual without the usual colossal crowds cramming into tiny religious sites, which make it a logistical nightmare and a health hazard.Even in a regular year, the haj leaves pilgrims exposed to a host of viral illnesses.”A lot of people want to do the haj this year as it will likely be less burdensome and more organized due to a smaller crowd,” said Karim.Authorities said pilgrims will be tested for coronavirus before arriving in Mecca and are required to quarantine before and after the ritual.Pilgrims will be provided with bottled holy water from Mecca’s Zamzam well and sterilized pebbles for a stoning ritual, they added.”The only consolation,” said Farah Abu Shanab, a Riyadh-based Palestinian whose haj application was rejected, “is that the government is pressing ahead with the pilgrimage, even if in a limited way.”Topics : “This feeling cannot be described,” he told AFP.But the Jordanian engineer, who declined to be named, said he felt compelled to delete his social media post announcing his selection, fearing he and his wife would attract the ire and envy of rejected applicants.Pilgrims typically wait for years to be chosen through a strict quota system for haj, which last year drew some 2.5 million people.Saudi authorities initially said only around 1,000 pilgrims residing in the kingdom would be permitted for haj, but local media reports say as many as 10,000 will be allowed.The haj ministry has fielded a deluge of anguished queries on Twitter.”Why reject me without giving a reason?” a woman asked the ministry, posting a screenshot of her rejected online application.”Everyone around me has been declined.”