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first_img Reporters Without Borders is yet again a partner in the international weblog competition, the “BOBs – Best of the Blogs,” which Germany’s public broadcaster Deutsche Welle is today launching for the fourth year running. What are The BOBs?For the next four weeks, Internet users are invited to go to www.thebobs.com to nominate the best blogs in 15 categories. The competition is open to blogs, podcasts and videoblogs in the following 10 languages – Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, English, Farsi, French, German, Portugese, Russian and Spanish.The BOBs are the world’s biggest international blog awards and offer a broad overview of the blogosphere, the rapidly evolving world of weblogs, videoblogs and podcasts. The winners are chosen by the public and a jury. Last year, more than 5,500 blogs were nominated and more than 100,000 Internet users took part in the online voting. RSF_en The timelineAll bloggers and blog fans can go to the BOBs website until 30 September to nominate their favourite blogs. An international jury of journalists, media specialists and bloggers will then sift through the nominations and choose a shortlist of finalists. The winners will be determined by a combination of online voting from 23 October to 15 November and jury decision. The awards will be announced at a public ceremony on the evening of November 15 at the Museum for Communication in Berlin. Organisation August 31, 2007 – Updated on January 25, 2016 Deutsche Welle’s annual search for the best blogs – Reporters Without Borders again a partnercenter_img For more informations, see :www.thebobs.com/englishwww.dw-world.de/english News Reporters Without Borders urges Internet users to participate in the international weblog competition which Deutsche Welle is organising for the fourth year running. The “BOBs – Best of the Blogs” offer a broad overview of the rapidly-evolving blogosphere and enable blog fans to share their favourites. Help by sharing this informationlast_img read more


first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Houston Chronicle:A north Texas coal-fired power plant will shut down in 2020 after it couldn’t make money in the Texas power market.The nearly 700 megawatt Oklaunion plant near Vernon couldn’t compete in the market run by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas or ERCOT said AEP Texas spokesman Greg Blair.“The owners voted to close the plant between April and Oct. of 2020. There’s a lot more approvals that need to be gotten before that happens, but really the plant was no longer competitive in the ERCOT market,” Blair said.He added that approximately 80 workers would be affected by the closure. AEP and its subsidiaries own a 70 percent stake in the plant, with the City of Brownsville and Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority owning 18 percent and 12 percent, respectively.It would grow a list of at least five coal-fired power plants that have either closed or announced their closure date. Three were shut down by Luminant in early 2018, which cited low prices as the reason for closing the plants. Another run by San Antonio’s city-owned utility, CPS Energy, will close by the end of the year instead of spending hundreds of millions of dollars on environmental controls.While there are no current deals to sell the power plant, Blair said the company is “always looking for opportunities.”More: Texas coal plant to shut down by 2020 AEP will close 680MW Texas coal plant in 2020last_img read more


first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion President Trump and the NRA both seem to agree that we should arm our teachers to protect our students from another mass shooting. To see if the NRA is serious about the value of this idea, all we need do is look at their annual meeting to see if they allow concealed and open carry in this convention. They don’t.Arming teachers is a very dangerous idea on many counts, as it would be to allow NRA members to carry weapons at their convention. Yet, if teachers were used as part-time, armed protection, this would further the NRA’s main objective of increasing gun sales for all the manufacturers it represents.STEPHEN ANDERSONCharltonMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsPolice: Schenectady woman tried to take car in Clifton Park hours after arrest, release in prior the…EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more


first_imgIn a sign of unity, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas and Basketball Australia released a joint statement condemning the terrible actions of their respective national teams during the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers last Monday.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Fiba U17: Batang Gilas bows to Canada in 40-point thrashing Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding SBP president Al Panlilio and BA president Ned Coten said the two governing bodies “deeply regret the events that took place during the game, the actions displayed have no place on any basketball court.”“We wish to apologize to the entire basketball community worldwide—and in particular to our fantastic fans in the Philippines and Australia—for the behavior displayed by both teams and for bringing the game of basketball into disrepute.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Gilas Pilipinas and the Boomers were playing their second group stage match when uncontrolled physical play boiled over into a free-for-all melee.It all started when Roger Pogoy and Chris Goulding got into each other’s skins with the former eventually pushing the latter to the ground. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West View comments MOST READ LATEST STORIES Daniel Kickert then threw a forearm to Pogoy’s jaw, resulting in the ugly fight that saw nine players from the Philippines getting ejected and four from Australia tossed.Australia’s Kickert, Goulding, Thon Maker, and Nathan Sobey were ejected while the Philippines lost Andray Blatche, Calvin Abueva, Terrence Romeo, Jayson Castro, Pogoy, Troy Rosario, Japeth Aguilar, Matthew Wright, and Carl Bryan Cruz.Only June Mar Fajardo, Baser Amer, and Gabe Norwood were left to play for the Philippines in a game that ended at the 1:57 mark of the third and Australia winning by default, 89-53.“We fully accept our responsibility and are collaborating in the ongoing proceedings to investigate the incidents,” said the two officials. “We will do everything in our power to prevent this from happening again.”“Basketball has a unique power to unite and we look forward to continuing bringing people together in the true spirit of friendship and sportsmanship in future games.”ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense teamlast_img read more


first_imgDrug and drink driving numbers in the county have accelerated with Gardaí in Donegal arresting 25 people over the last three weekends for the offence. New figures revealed today (Tues) show over an 11-month period there has been a 24% increase in the number of arrests for the offence.The statistics revealed between September 2018 and August 2019 there were 416 arrests in Donegal for driving under the influence, which is an increase of 80 people arrested compared to the previous year. In the last three weekends alone, there have been 25 arrests in the county, with five arrests last weekend, 10 the weekend before and 10 the weekend before that here in Donegal.A Gardaí spokesperson said the figures showed how the public were simply not listening to warnings over the crime.Garda Grainne Doherty said: ” I attended the Roadsafe roadshow the other day at the Aura leisure centre and it gave out a very powerful message to the young students who perhaps are going to start driving in the near future.“I would doubt very much that anyone present at that Roadshow will ever drive whilst under the influence. “I thought it was extremely interesting to listen to Gerry Lane, the A&E consultant, at the roadshow and he said that people think that the worst news that he can give to a family is that their loved one has died as a result ofa collision but that it is not.“He may have to break the news that the person is alive but that they are totally trapped in their broken body and will remain like that for the rest of their days in a hospital bed or in a wheelchair unable to communicate or care for themselves.“The message we want to send out is clear and it is a simple one. If you drive under the influence of drink or drugs you could end up spending the rest of your days in a rehab centre regretting it or your family might spend the rest of their days regretting your bad decision at your graveside.“It is just not worth it!”Shock as drink driving arrests spiral across Donegal was last modified: October 17th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more


first_imgAn exhibition at the British Museum is showcasing South Africa’s diverse history, heritage and art from thousands of years ago up until today. It is the first time the golden treasures of Mapungubwe are leaving South Africa. They are part of South Africa: The Art of a Nation.The gold rhino of Mapungubwe, the centre of an ancient southern African kingdom, leaves South Africa for an exhibition at the British Museum called South Africa: The Art of a Nation, from 27 October 2016 till 26 February 2017. (Image: © University of Pretoria)Priya PitamberThe gold treasures of South Africa’s Mapungubwe, fashioned after animals such as a rhino, a cow and a wild cat, as well as objects such as a sceptre and a bowl, bring forth visions of a fanciful city of gold. But this is, in fact, reality.These treasures form an integral component of a new exhibition at London’s British Museum, titled South Africa: The Art of a Nation. It opens on 27 October 2016 and runs until 26 February 2017.Four of these gold creations will be leaving the country for the first time to be exhibited alongside other South African artwork.“The exhibition will shed light on the varied artistic achievements of South Africa with around 200 objects arranged chronologically across seven key episodes from the country’s history, from ancient history to the present day,” explains the museum.“Each section is illustrated with artworks by contemporary artists that provide new perspectives regarding South Africa’s past.”The exhibition is a chance to explore the long and diverse history of South African art and challenge audience preconceptions in the way visitors have come to expect from a British Museum exhibition, says museum director Hartwig Fischer. It’s #HeritageDay in South Africa – discover the country’s fascinating history in our #SouthAfricanArt exhibition https://t.co/JSkxXdXhrX pic.twitter.com/RSzMJEpXwS— British Museum (@britishmuseum) September 24, 2016African kingdomAbout a thousand years ago, Mapungubwe – in today’s Limpopo – was the centre of a thriving kingdom in southern Africa, with robust trade with China and India.Mapungubwe is the earliest known site in southern Africa with evidence of a class-based society. The kingdom’s leaders were separated from the rest of the inhabitants, and the golden figures were discovered in three royal graves.It proved there were developments and artistic productions at the start of the second millennium. It also showed that complex societies existed before the arrival of colonial Europeans.“This history was hidden during the apartheid era, when the colonial concept of ‘terranullius’, the myth of an empty land, was used to legitimise white rule,” says the museum.The gold rhino of Mapungubwe has become a feature on the country’s national orders, the Order of Mapungubwe. The rhino is also a symbol of leadership among the Shona people of Zimbabwe.An ancient shell bead necklace, dating from about 77 000 years ago, will also be in the exhibition. It was discovered at the Blombos cave in the Western Cape“People used to think that real artistic practice began in Europe 30 000 or 40 000 years ago; they typically cite the French cave paintings,” John Giblin, head of the British Museum’s Africa section, told UK newspaper The Guardian.“These kinds of finds really push that back a lot earlier, and it is only really in the last couple of decades that the tradition has been identified, so it is a really nice time to be telling this story.”Watch:Other items on displayMeasuring 2m wide, a tapestry called ‘The Creation of the Sun’ (2015) will also be on display. It is a collaborative piece from the Bethesda Arts Centre, in the famous village of Nieu Bethesda in the Karoo.“The artists at the centre are descendants of South Africa’s first peoples, San/Bushmen and Khoekhoen, who have been inspired by archival recordings of their ancestors’ beliefs to produce contemporary representations of their founding stories, such as the creation of the sun,” says the museum.‘The Creation of the Sun’ is to be in the South Africa: The Art of a Nation exhibition at the British Museum, from 27 October 2016 till 26 February 2017. It is a collaborative piece from Bethesda Arts Centre, in Nieu Bethesda in the Karoo. Jeni Couzyn is the artistic director and Sandra Sweers is lead artist. (Image: © The Bethesda Foundation)Other historical works and contemporary art will join the exhibition. There will be a self-portrait by Lionel Davis, a video featuring Candice Breitz, and a 3D installation by Mary Sibande, as well as pieces from respected artists such as Willie Bester, William Kentridge and Santu Mofokeng.The museum notes that the contemporary art scene in South Africa is dynamic and has a rapidly growing global reputation.A nod to diversityGiblin says the exhibition has a such a variety of South African art, which he hopes will reflect the country’s diversity. “What underlies the story is that South Africa’s art heritage is the art heritage of many: many different peoples, whether South Africa’s first peoples, San bushmen or Khoekhoen herders. Or the Bantu language speakers who arrived around 500AD and are responsible for the Mapungubwe gold objects, and their descendants who make up the majority of black South Africans today.“Or European and Asian people who arrived from the 17th century, including Dutch, British, Indian, Indonesian and Chinese and all of their descendants.”Summing up, the museum says the exhibition will be an eye-opener for visitors of South Africa’s long and diverse history. “Through the exploration of key episodes and objects from throughout the country’s history, it will reveal unique insights into South Africa today.”last_img read more


first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham boss Pochettino: Liverpool have title advantage playing at Anfieldby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino fears new stadium delays will wreck their title bid.He feels Anfield gives Liverpool the advantage as his second-place side battle for glory.Liverpool beat Newcastle 4-0 at home on Boxing Day and Poch said: “I saw the highlights, the Anfield crowd are desperate to win and are showing their support to the team.“Anfield was amazing, every game Liverpool are at Anfield is a party and that sometimes makes a difference.”Pochettino and his players are still having to play matches at Wembley as their new £850million stadium — which was supposed to open in September — is not yet finished.Pochettino said: “We cannot ask more from our fans, they are doing a fantastic job. The circumstances of this period in the club, we need to be strong and we cannot complain.“It’s not easy to get to Wembley on public transport, it’s not easy.“Our fans tried to raise the atmosphere but in a 90,000 stadium we’re limited to 51,000. We had 45,000.“That is why when I was asked before, ‘Do you want to move into our new stadium as soon as it is ready?'”I said ‘Of course, as soon as possible,’ because it’s going to be a massive boost for the team. It’s going to be a place where the fans can help the team achieve more. There is no doubt.” last_img read more


first_imgJerusalem: Israeli vote results on Friday confirmed a deadlock in the country’s general election and put Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party as the second-largest, leaving him with a tough battle to extend his long tenure in office. The near-complete official results from Tuesday’s election gave ex-military chief Benny Gantz’s centrist Blue and White alliance the most seats, with 33 out of parliament’s 120. Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud won 31 seats, but neither had an obvious path to a majority coalition. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportIn a stark admission on Thursday, Netanyahu acknowledged he was unable to form a right-wing coalition as he hoped and called on Gantz to join him in a unity government instead. Gantz responded by saying he would have to be prime minister in a unity government since Blue and White was the largest party. The standoff has even raised the possibility of yet another election — which would be the third to be held in a year following April polls that also ended inconclusively. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsIsraeli President Reuven Rivlin plans to begin consultations with all parties voted into parliament on Sunday to decide who to choose to try to form a government. Major developments were not expected before then, particularly with the Sabbath, or weekly Jewish day of rest, beginning at sundown Friday. Final results will be published on Wednesday and there could be changes before then, Israel’s election committee said. The committee said the results did not include 14 polling stations where verifications were still ongoing. Israeli media said more than 99 percent of the votes had been counted. The third-largest total was for the mainly Arab Joint List alliance, which won 13 seats. Its strong showing opened the possibility that its leader Ayman Odeh could become the country’s first Arab opposition chief if Likud and Blue and White form a unity government. A number of analysts attributed the Joint List breakthrough to anger with Netanyahu over actions and rhetoric seen as demonising the country’s Arab population helping spur turnout. Following the Joint List, the country’s two main ultra-Orthodox Jewish parties, Shas and United Torah Judaism, won nine and eight seats respectively. Ex-defence minister Avigdor Lieberman’s nationalist Yisrael Beitenu party also won eight seats, and he could potentially play a kingmaker role. He has called for a unity government between his party, Likud and Blue and White, excluding the ultra-Orthodox parties, which he accuses of seeking to force religious law onto the country’s secular population. On Friday, he said he had not spoken to either Netanyahu or Gantz yet and did not plan to do so until next week. He laid out his requirements for joining a coalition, including a demand for legislation to have the ultra-Orthodox perform mandatory military service like most Jewish Israelis. Lieberman’s refusal to budge on that issue caused coalition talks to fail after the April election. “We will not accept any less than that even at the cost of sitting in the opposition,” he said of his list of demands, which included other issues related to religion and state. But the main focus in the coming days will be on Netanyahu, Israel’s longest-serving prime minister but who is facing potential corruption charges in the weeks ahead. He was widely seen as hoping to have the new parliament grant him immunity from prosecution, but that may now be impossible even if he does manage to remain premier. “During the elections, I called for the establishment of a right-wing government,” Netanyahu said in a video message on Thursday. “But unfortunately the election results show that this is not possible.”last_img read more


first_imgGurugram: Over 1.2 million voters from Gurugram will be eligible to vote on October 21 when Haryana will go to the polls. In a district where voting percent has traditionally been more than 60 percent, the challenge for the district administration is to increase the voting count for which the new experiment is being tried. For this assembly election, the practice of giving a token to voters at the booths where there are high voter turnouts will be tried. The practice has already been done before in Hamirpur area of Himachal Pradesh to tackle the booths that had a high voting percentage and where the voting can be done without hassles. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesAccording to Deputy Commissioner, under this process, the voters will be given a token and will be asked to wait in the nearby waiting room. They will be then asked to cast their votes when their time comes to vote. As of now, it has not been mentioned that in which booths this new process will be implemented. The following process being implemented is among various new experiments that have been tried by the district administration to improve, increase and harness the voting process in the city. In the Lok Sabha elections, various new schemes like a selfie with the inked wards, model wards, and pink booths were tried by the district administration. Moreover, the district administration also actively promoted one of its famous citizen Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli coming out and voting. “Gurugram district has always voted proactively. In the last General elections, the voting percentage was over 70. We would want this healthy trend to continue. We have provided facilities by enhancing the communication channels so that the eligible voters do not face any hassles,” said a senior public official. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarFor making the voting process comfortable and easy for the women voters there are also plans to deploy all-omen employees on the polling booth meant only for women voters. The impending elections will also lead in deployment of sizeable forces to ensure safety and security. “Around 9,000 to 10,000 employees and officers have been deployed on election duty to conduct elections peacefully. Of these, 5,000 security personnel will be deployed during the elections,” said Deputy Commissioner Amit Khatri. Like the Lok Sabha elections, the counting of votes is expected to be held in the government college Sector-14.last_img read more

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