RSF_en January 22, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Four journalists threatened and expelled from Nakhchivan for trying to investigate disappearance of mother and son Reporters Without Borders deplores the fact that four journalists – Malahat Nasibova of the news agency Turan, Hakimeldostu Mehdiyev, Mahman Mehdiyev and Elman Abbasov of the Institute for Reporter Freedom and Safety (IRFS) – were prevented from working on 16 January in Nakhchivan, an autonomous region that is separated from the rest of Azerbaijan by a strip of Armenian territory.They were threatened and then expelled from Nakhchivan after trying to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a mother and her son two weeks ago in the town of Sadarak, in the northwest of the region.“The way these four journalists were mistreated and threatened is unacceptable,” Reporters Without Borders said. “They were prevented from doing their job for no valid reason. The Azerbaijani authorities are clearly determined not just to obstruct but also to crush press freedom. We appeal to the government to allow independent news media the freedom to choose the stories they cover.”The four reporters went Sadarak to look into the disappearance of Khanymzer Huseynova and her son Elvyn. As they approached the Huseynov family home, they were insulted by men in civilian dress and were told they needed a “permit” to visit the province. One of the journalists, Hakimeldostu Mehdiyev, was threatened with physical violence. They were then put on a bus and expelled from the province.The journalists think the men in civilian dress were officials as they all wore badges with the photo of former President Heydar Aliyev, the father of Ilham Aliyev, who succeeded him as president in 2003.Elvyn Huseynov was one of seven young people who were arrested on 24 December for allegedly trying to disconnect the lights of a New Year’s tree in Sadarak. The parents initially filed a complaint against the arresting police officers, but they all later retracted, with the exception of Elvyn’s parents, who were themselves then arrested. Elvyn’s father was subsequently placed in a psychiatric hospital but Elvyn and his mother have been missing since 8 January. Follow the news on Azerbaijan AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia June 8, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts News Help by sharing this information June 4, 2021 Find out more News Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says to go further AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan News Organisation April 9, 2021 Find out more
This post is currently collecting data… This is placeholder text continue reading » In a recent podcast episode, Katie Couric interviewed Bob Iger, executive chairman and former CEO of Disney. Couric remarked that Iger has a reputation in the business industry of being a nice guy. She asked him how he can be nice and also make the tough decisions that are required as a leader of a global company.His reply was profound.Iger said that he doesn’t think he is nice—rather, he is kind. Nice is avoiding confrontation and sometimes avoiding the truth. It’s telling people what they want to hear, even if it’s not honest. Being nice can get in the way of effective leadership.Kindness is recognizing the human being in everybody—the person who you are firing or giving bad news to is still a good person. Iger said he tries to demonstrate fairness and empathy when delivering bad news. 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Topics : “The effects of the [COVID-19] pandemic continue to be felt, impacting prices and demand in some of our markets,” Srivastava said in an official statement on Monday.The miner’s coal sales volume rose 3 percent to 21.5 million tons in the first quarter, but higher sales were offset by a 6 percent drop in prices to US$49 per ton, said Srivastava. Prior to the pandemic, Bumi expected coal prices to remain between $51 and $53 per ton.Bumi booked a $35.1 million loss in this year’s first quarter, down from $48.5 million in profit in the same period last year, the company’s latest financial report shows. To alleviate the impacts of the pandemic, Bumi is also looking into metal mining and chemical production. Through subsidiary PT Bumi Resources Minerals (BRMS), the company plans to intensify its gold mining in Palu, Central Sulawesi, and zinc mining in Dairi, North Sumatra, starting next year, according to Srivastava.The firm also plans to become one of the coal suppliers to a multi-billion dollar coal-to-methanol processing plant in East Kalimantan. Methanol is commonly used in biodiesel production.The plant, being developed by affiliated financing firm Bakrie Capital Indonesia (BCI), is estimated to require 6 million tons of coal each year once operational in 2024.“There is strong momentum for this project, which will produce high-value methanol from abundant, low-value coal reserves,” said BCI chief executive officer Adika Nuraga Bakrie, in a joint statement on May 15.Developing downstream mining industries is part of the government’s vision to capitalize on Indonesia’s underground wealth.The government, through the new Mining Law, even plans to guarantee mining permit extensions for coal miners that develop downstream operations.Bumi recorded a 97 percent drop in profit last year, one of the steepest among coal miners publicly listed on the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX).The company’s profits this year were also pinched by rising production costs, as the company raised its strip ratio – the volume of waste material removed to obtain a given volume of coal – to produce higher quality coal. Production costs rose 38 percent year-on-year (yoy) to $238.17 million in the first quarter. Raising its strip ratio contrasts with Bumi’s competitors PT Adaro Energy and PT Bukit Asam, Indonesia’s first and second most profitable coal miners last year, which lowered their strip ratios to cut costs. Indonesia’s most productive coal miner PT Bumi Resources has lowered its sales target for 2020 after its profits dipped into the negative in the first quarter this year, amid continued global market pressures.The publicly listed firm aims to sell up to 90 million tons of coal this year, down from an initial target of 93 million tons, the firm’s corporate secretary Dileep Srivastava told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.The lower sales target follows weakening coal prices and demand, particularly from partially-locked down India, Indonesia’s second largest coal buyer.
Seventy potential buyers checked out 95 Sinnamon Rd, Sinnamon Park.The renovated five-bedroom house in Windermere Estate had two registered bidders and was passed in at $980,000.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019NGU Real Estate agents Emil Juresic and Nhan Tran worked with one of the auction bidders for three weeks to secure the sale at $985,000 as a cash unconditional offer. It turns out the gavel wasn’t the best way to sell this stunning home with its roomy tool shed, luckily, it wasn’t the only tool in the shed.A THREE week negotiation has secured the sale of 95 Sinnamon Rd, Sinnamon Park, after it was passed in at auction. SEE WHAT ELSE IS FOR SALE IN SINNAMON PARK There are tools in this room too, but some rooms don’t need to brag.Seventy parties went through the property prior to auction including three interstate buyers.“The buyers put their offer in after the auction and then it took three weeks to sell,’’ Mr Tran said.CoreLogic data shows the median house price in Sinnamon Park is $732,500, a 4.8 per cent increase in the three months to August. The suburb is split into the Windermere and Edenbrooke estates where properties can sell for well over $1 million, and the more established areas where houses can still be found in the $500,000s to $700,000s.“There are determined buyers in the market,” Mr Tran said.“Certain properties are taking longer to sell but if you have the right buyer you’ll sell.” <<
Corning >> It’s been more than five years since the Corning Cardinals football team beat its neighbor and rival Orland Trojans and Friday night they were due.It took every second of the game, but the Cardinals didn’t disappoint the home crowd, taking 27-25 win on a Junior Gonzalez field goal at time ran out. The team rushed the field and mobbed Gonzalez at midfield as the grandstands roared.“They’ve been really strong but our kids battled hard,” said coach John Studer after the win. “It’s not …
Tonight is the first round of the NFL Draft, the day every team has the chance to redefine itself. That’s a more pressing desire for some teams than others and with the second pick, the Niners fall into that camp after a 4-12 season.With such a high-leverage pick coming, let’s take a look back at the three biggest draft picks in 49ers history:The 1979 draft1-2: James Owens (bust), Joe Montana (boon) It’s not often you see a colossal washout selected in the same draft as a …
Hundreds of flowering plant seeds from early Cretaceous strata on two continents show exceptional preservation; how can they be 125 million years old?A paper in Nature reports another example of “exceptional preservation” of biological material, this time of plant seeds. The seeds were found in Portugal and in the eastern United States. They contain embryos and nutritive material, the paper says, yet are thought to be 125 to 110 million years old, the time in the evolutionary story when angiosperms (flowering plants) were rapidly diversifying. Here are some quotes from the paper:Here we report the discovery of embryos and their associated nutrient storage tissues in exceptionally well-preserved angiosperm seeds from the Early Cretaceous.…we analysed the internal structure of mature seeds from about 75 different angiosperm taxa recovered from rich assemblages of angiosperm flowers, fruits and seeds in 11 mesofossil floras from eastern North America and Portugal, ranging in age from Barremian-Aptian to early or middle Albian, about 125–110 million years ago.SRXTM revealed exquisite preservation of three-dimensional cellular structure, often including traces of nuclei and subcellular nutritive bodies. In mature fossil fruits and seeds, the seed coat is generally well-developed and cellular preservation is usually excellent. Softer tissues such as embryo and nutrient storage tissues may be degraded or distorted, but of the roughly 250 Early Cretaceous mature seeds examined about half show cellular structure inside the seed coat.In about 50 seeds, complete or partly preserved embryos occur along with remains of the surrounding nutrient storage tissue. Minimal shrinkage of the seeds during preservation is indicated by the typically straight cell walls and the fact that the nutrient storage tissue often fills out the whole seed volume inside the seed coat.Cellular preservation of the embryos in all six taxa [i.e., those shown in a figure] is excellent.[Figure 4 caption]: …Surface rendering of embryo showing the two small cotyledon primordia. c, Detail of endosperm with nutritive bodies (protein and lipids).Mesofossils preserved in these floras are often exquisitely preserved in three dimensions as charcoalified or lignitic specimens and include complete and fragmentary flowers, as well as abundant fruits and seeds.The authors make a big deal of the fact that the seeds are tiny, as if this represents a primitive condition before the evolution of modern flowering plants. Other statements, however, make it hard to imagine 130 million years going by. Some aspects of these seeds compare well with those found in modern plants:Cells in the nutritive storage tissue often contain small rounded structures (Figs 2a, c and 3) that are most probably remains of the protein and lipid bodies that occur in the equivalent seed tissues of many extant angiosperms.In each cell there is typically a central body about 4–6 μm in diameter (Fig. 2b) that is similar in size and position to the nuclei seen in the embryo cells of extant early diverging angiosperm lineages.Very similar cellular differentiation occurs in the endosperm of modern Sarcandra (Fig. 4a, c) and other extant early diverging angiosperm lineages.As in extant taxa, the contents of the cells immediately around the embryo were apparently consumed very early in the development of the young plant.The distinctive exotestal seeds of taxon 1 and taxon 3 are also indicative of a relationship to Schisandraceae or Nymphaeaceae, and the broad embryo of taxon 3 is very similar to the embryos in seeds of extant Nymphaeaceae.Canrightiopsis is phylogenetically close to the common ancestor of extant Ascarina, Sarcandra and Chloranthus (Chloranthaceae). Comparison of the almost spherical Canrightiopsis embryo with that of extant Sarcandra shows strong similarities and the same cellular features. However, the seeds and embryos of Canrightiopsis are much smaller.The differences between fossil and extant seeds appear slight. The authors confess the “limitations of inferring ancestral characteristics solely by extrapolation from the features of extant taxa.”Again, the authors are frustratingly equivocal about whether the remains are composed of original biological material or lithified remains. It would be helpful if they would state clearly whether the “proteins and lipids” are just that—proteins and lipids—or if they are minerals that replaced them. It seems reasonable to infer, though, that these structures are the original material. The authors say that some of them are “decomposed” but do not say they are lithified. For instance, they say, “The nutrient storage tissue immediately around the embryo is often partly or fully decomposed, but in seeds with particularly good preservation these cells are usually distinguished by their smaller size, thinner walls and lack of nutritive bodies.” Even decomposed biological material is still biological. Given the hubbub over original soft tissue found in dinosaur bones and fossils older than 100 million Darwin years, it would seem they would brag that the fossils are fully replaced by rock if they could. Also, it seems unreasonable to expect that structures as small as subcellular units and nuclei could be lithified. The clearest reference to original biological material is that “Mesofossils preserved in these floras are often exquisitely preserved in three dimensions as charcoalified or lignitic specimens and include complete and fragmentary flowers, as well as abundant fruits and seeds.” (See Field Museum discussion of mesofossils.) The Methods section suggests the specimens are not mineralized: “Fossils were isolated from the sediments by sieving in water, remaining mineral matrix was removed using hydrofluoric and hydrochloric acids, and the fossils were then rinsed in water and air-dried.“Assuming, then, that the fossils are composed of original biological material, is it reasonable to expect it would be preserved for 110 million years or more? Even if it were permineralized, how could such detail be preserved that long? Remember, evolutionists believe that a major catastrophe struck the Earth just 65 million years ago. Undoubtedly there were smaller catastrophes across the eastern US and Portugal from the time those seeds were laid down till now. A lot of geological change can happen in even 1 million years, or 100,000, or 10,000 years. The logical conclusion is that the “Cretaceous” strata containing these fossils are young, not millions of years old. Until that sinks in to open-minded scientists, we can add this paper to the pile of evidence for exceptional preservation of original biological material that cannot be anywhere near as old as claimed. (Visited 27 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest They say the dog days of summer are a good time to spend on the water. My brothers and I would agree, though we’ve learned some lessons the hard way in recent years through our adventures in boating.There’s something about sailing that has always called out to me. That’s a problem for a midwestern farm kid whose biggest interaction with the sea in his formative years was swimming in the waterway behind our house after a heavy rain — hardly a suitable body of water for the magnificent ship I envisioned sailing.A couple of summers ago, while working at the Ohio State Fair, I came across an ad on craigslist for a small sailboat in the Columbus area up for sale. The sky opened up and cherubs seemed to sing when my wandering eyes found the advert. A sailboat that I could afford! After a quick trip to the seller’s house I was back to the fairgrounds with a boat stuffed in the back of my S-10 and a slightly lighter wallet, even though the vessel was just as long as my entire truck.My magnificent craft immediately became a source of intense ridicule from my fellow barn workers at the State Fair. My shoestring budget at the time was enough to buy what I called a boat, but what many others saw as more of a board of Styrofoam with a hard plastic shell and a wooden rudder — and they would be right.Nonetheless, my dreams of sailing the high seas were coming to fruition. It had just so happened that my family was making an excursion up to the islands of Lake Erie in the coming weeks. The Sea Snark (the brand of boat) had to go with us.I immediately enlisted the help of my two older brothers to get it into working order. They shared my enthusiasm for the boat — as well as the jeers and laughter from our family and friends.Days later we were at the shore of a friend’s small farm pond who only agreed to allowing us on the water under the condition that if we drowned, he wouldn’t be liable. With that confidence boost, we were off! The sails were up, the crew was ready, and the winds were…nonexistent. “No worry,” we thought. We were sure our time on the water that day was educational enough to prepare us for everything that could come our way.(In the coming weeks, the farmer whose pond we docked at was approached on several occasions being asked whether or not he knew there seemed to be some large item in his pond with a big red sail. “Funny you mention it,” he said. “I thought something was different out there.”)The next several weeks were filled with ideas of sailing. Countless hay bales were tossed while daydreaming about the time we’d be enjoying on the water.Fast forward a couple weeks and there we were on the north side of Kelley’s Island during what seemed to be one of the windiest days on record. Perfect, we thought, for sailing. We set the boat in the water and pushed her off.What followed I cannot properly describe. Between the white water, broken wood, high seas, panic, profanities, and Coast Guard — the day was…educational. Somewhere around the fifth capsize, we figured out that these farm boys just weren’t prepared for the bigger waters. That’s not to say we didn’t have a blast.Soon we were back at the farm pond. And yes we did find wind. The intrepid Penhorwood boys have since worked to hone our nautical knowledge. We do still capsize, though our righting abilities have gotten considerably faster. An old fertilizer jug tied to the top of the mast keeps the entire sail from going into the water, a major hindrance when bringing the boat back topside, we’ve learned.I have also found that it is sometimes better to start off small and not get ahead of myself. How often do we tackle things the size of Lake Erie when really we need to spend more time at the farm pond level, appreciating and mastering the little things? I have tried to follow my dreams even when people laugh at them (which I admit still happens quite often with the Sea Snark).So the next time you’re driving the back roads of Ohio and see a farm pond, be sure to look a bit closer. You might just see a red piece of Styrofoam with a fertilizer jug tied to the mast, tie-down straps for pulleys, and a few farmer-tanned sailors manning its stern.