“Decision to try two Reuters reporters shows Myanmar court is following orders”

first_img MyanmarAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expression A Myanmar judge announced today that the journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo are to be tried under the Official Secrets Act (photo: STR / AFP). RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum News News After more than 200 days in detention and months of preliminary hearings, Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, are to face the possibility of up to 14 years in prison for investigating an army massacre of Rohingya civilians in Inn Din, a village near the Bangladeshi border in Rakhine state, in September 2017.Arrested on 12 December after being lured into a trap by police and given supposedly classified documents, they are to be tried under Myanmar’s colonial-era Official Secrets Act, which the military uses whenever they want to prevent journalists from covering certain subjects.“The refusal to dismiss the case against the journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo is indicative of a judicial system that follows orders and a failed transition to democracy in Myanmar,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said.“As a result of the decision to proceed with this trial, despite the many inconsistencies and the undeniable evidence of the two journalists’ innocence that came to light in the preliminary hearings, the chances of seeing a free and independent press emerge in Myanmar have declined significantly.”RSF regards the detention of Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo as patently arbitrary and calls for their immediate and unconditional release.Myanmar fell six places in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Indexand is now ranked 137th out of 180 countries. MyanmarAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expression RSF_en Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns this morning’s decision by a Yangon judge to go ahead with the trial of two Reuters journalists on a charge of possessing secrets and calls again for their immediate release. May 31, 2021 Find out more News July 9, 2018 – Updated on August 23, 2019 “Decision to try two Reuters reporters shows Myanmar court is following orders”center_img May 26, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Myanmar to go further News Organisation US journalist held in Yangon prison notorious for torture Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar May 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Adris is investing HRK 3 billion in the tourism part of its business

first_img“All our companies have an organic growth strategy, and support for this is a strong investment cycle worth almost four billion kuna”Vlahovic pointed out. At a meeting held yesterday in Rovinj, the Supervisory Board of the Adris Group discussed the business plan for 2020 and the strategic business plan for the next three years. As a member of the Supervisory Board, Vlahović will deal with strategic consideration of further growth and development of the Adris Group, the company he headed for a full 25 years. As pointed out by the President of the Management Board, mr. sc. Ante Vlahović, Adris has completed the transformation of its business and today has three growing and long-term sustainable jobs, which are determined by a clearly defined business policy and the necessary management knowledge. In the last fifteen years, Vlahović pointed out, Adris, with extremely low indebtedness, has invested more than 10 billion kuna in the development of its businesses and the acquisition of ownership stakes in tourism, healthy food and insurance. It has strong financial potential for a new investment cycle – worth almost four billion kuna.  In the next three years in the tourist part of its business Adris plans to invest almost three billion kuna, more than 220 million kuna in healthy food, and 290 million kuna in insurance, which will generate stable revenue growth and growing profits. Considering that the mandate of the President of the Management Board expires on 31 December 2019, mr. sc. Ante Vlahović, who was elected a member of the Supervisory Board by the decision of the Assembly on 11 June 2019, starting on 1 January 2020, the Supervisory Board appointed the current member of the Management Board, Marko Remenar, as the President of the Management Board of Adris Group 1 Marko Remenar new President of the Management Board of Adris Grouplast_img read more

Right to buy on the cheap

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Warriors don’t have much time to solve their DeMarcus Cousins conundrum

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile deviceIt wasn’t solely DeMarcus Cousins’ fault that the Warriors lost on Tuesday. To allege as much would be ridiculous.The Dubs — to a man (well, at least the men that talked) — said after the game that the Warriors’ issue in their 33-point blowout loss was their collective effort.Indeed, no one can reasonably claim that the Warriors brought it in the blowout. It was another apathetic performance from a team …last_img

Rwanda uses drones for good

first_imgDespite a reputation more for combat and commercial applications, drone technology can offer constructive and positive uses to the world, especially to Africa. Various drone projects are being used for meteorological research, environmental and animal conservation and, in particular, healthcare support.A new drone delivery venture between the Rwandan health department and an American technology company is bringing the country’s rural and urban regions closer together.Drone technology was originally developed by the US military for unmanned combat. Zipline, an American technology company made up of former innovators from SpaceX, Google and aircraft developer Lockheed Martin, has modified the technology as a transport delivery system. The Silicon Valley company has partnered with the Rwandan government to trial a system that delivers medical equipment, primarily blood supplies, to the country’s western rural areas.“The inability to deliver lifesaving medicines to the people who need them the most causes millions of preventable deaths each year around the world,” Zipline CEO Keller Rinaudo said in a launch statement: “This instant delivery system… allows medicine to be delivered on-demand and at low-cost, anywhere.“The company not only builds and supplies the unmanned aircraft but also trains Rwandan pilots in using the drones to transport resources from urban hospitals to remote clinics across the country. It is expected to be particularly useful during the country’s rainy season, when ground delivery of supplies proves the most difficult.According to Zipline, the drones are able to travel up to 150 kilometres, with a payload of one to two kilograms.President Kagame launching a Zipline medical delivery drone now in Muhanga #Rwanda pic.twitter.com/D9rHG4WlN4— Presidency | Rwanda (@UrugwiroVillage) October 14, 2016Rwandan President Paul Kagame called the system a “milestone” for Rwanda and Africa at the project’s official launch and the first successful delivery in October 2016.The fixed-wing drones are flown automatically via GPS positioning over a predetermined course, taking into account weather and geographical conditions. Flying well below commercial airspace, the drone then releases its payload, which is parachuted into a pick-up zone without the need to land.Currently, the project uses 15 drones, operating around the clock, delivering vital blood products, including plasma and coagulants, to 21 rural clinics.Both the company and the Rwandan government hope to improve on the pilot project, experimenting with larger payloads and longer distances, as well creating job opportunities for the manufacturing and maintenance of drone equipment, and even a drone pilot-training project.Source: BBC NewsSouthAfrica.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

SA relegated after Davis Cup loss

first_img“It was an eye opener for my young guys, who have never played tennis at this level. Dean, Japie and Tucker will have to step up their physical ability if they want to compete at this level. They are just not used to five sets of top class tennis at this level. We will have to keep track of the young guys and make sure their coaches do the right things with them and insist they stay in good shape,” he said. With matches reduced to the best of three sets, Kuznetsov cruised to a 6-2, 6-3 victory over O’Brien, while Kravchuk, who starred in Russia’s doubles win, took on De Klerk. That match also took little time to complete as the South African retired at 4- 1 down as a result of a knee and quad strain injury he suffered in his first singles match on Friday. Russia outplayed South Africa 5-0 in their Davis Cup clash in Moscow over the weekend, thus relegating South Africa to Euro/Africa Group II for the 2014 competition. The win guaranteed Russia a place in Euro/Africa Group I next year. South Africa, meanwhile, dropped to Group II. Later, they were seeded and drawn to face Monaco at home from 31 January to 2 February 2014. World number 80 Alex Bogomolov junior then overcame Japie de Klerk, who was playing his first Davis Cup tie, in four sets, winning 6-7 (3) 6-0 6-4 6-1. DoublesThat result meant the Russians would clinch the tie with victory in the doubles on Saturday. The match was closely contested, but the home team nonetheless came away with a straight sets victory, with Konstantin Kravchuk and Andrey Kuznetsov beating Raven Klaasen and Tucker Vorster 6-3 7-6 (4) 6-2. ‘Our guys have potential’Despite the loss, De Jager said he was still positive about the future of the South African team. “We started in Group III, now we played in Group I. I think our guys have potential,” he explained. Afterwards, O’Brien described the loss as “brutal”. Very disappointedSouth African Captain, John-Laffnie de Jager declared himself very disappointed with the result, even though, for various reasons, he had been unable to select any of South Africa’s six highest ranked singles players. center_img 29 October 2013 The two sides have played each other twice previously, in 1967 and 2008, with South Africa winning 5-0 in 1967 and 3-2 in 2008. Both ties were played in Monte Carlo. Russian changesWith the outcome of the tie in Moscow already decided, Russian captain Tarpischev changed his singles players for the last two matches on Sunday. World number 138 Andrey Kuznetsov replaced Alex Bogomolov junior, while Konstantin Kravchuk took over from Karen Khachanov. “I just couldn’t get myself to play well, no matter how hard I tried,” he admitted. “I just feel that Japie, Tucker and I need more experience at this level to give ourselves any possible chance.” The hosts’ captain, Shamil Tarpischev, opted to start Karen Khachanov in the first singles match. The 17-year-old came into the tie fresh off a win over world number 28 Janko Tipsarevic on his way to a place in the quarterfinals of the the Kremlin Cup. Khachanov responded well to the responsibility handed to him by defeating Dean O’Brien 7-5 6-1 6-3 to put the Russians ahead. “We knew this tie would be a challenge for us. We are upset we lost and have dropped to Group II. Our team did not have any experience in playing at this level. The Russian team was stronger and deserved this win,” he concluded.last_img read more

Robots in the Field

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Russ QuinnDTN Staff ReporterOMAHA (DTN) — The “Silicon Prairie” is alive and well in Lincoln, Nebraska, which is good news with an ever-increasing world population to feed.Research at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) is pushing the boundaries of precision agriculture. These discoveries could alter the way farmers operate and monitor crops, allowing them to become even more efficient in the future.FITBIT-LIKE SENSORJames Schnable, assistant professor in the UNL Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, and colleagues from Iowa State University are working on creating sensors that can measure how much water an individual plant is using. This technology is similar to popular personal monitoring systems such as Fitbit.These products use wireless-enabled wearable technology devices that measure such things as number of steps walked, heart rate and other personal metrics. These plant-mounted sensors will measure sap flow, according to Schnable.Sap flow is an important indicator of how much water a plant is using as leaves open pores to allow carbon dioxide in. However, water can be lost in the photosynthesis process. More water lost will ultimately lower yields, he said.Schnable said measuring sap flow hourly or even minute by minute could help researchers better understand how crops respond to stressful conditions such as drought. This data could not only help plant breeders develop different genetic lines more efficiently, but it could also assure farmers they are applying enough irrigation water to their crops.“It’s like a snapshot of a bank account,” Schnable told DTN. “We want to monitor how much is being pulled out of the account.”Schnable said farmers are using some sensor technology, such as those gauging how much fertilizer/irrigation water has been applied or needs to be applied. Individual plant sensors would represent another level of this technology.SEVERAL CHALLENGESThe challenge in creating stalk-worn sensors are two-fold, he said.One issue is creating a device that could stretch around the stem of the plant but still be light enough to be removable. Another issue is creating sensors small enough to fit on a plant stem.About a year ago, Schnable received an award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to measure rates of sap flow in real time. He then contacted Liang Dong, a professor of electric engineering at Iowa State, to create a design that could work.After some brainstorming, they came up with a low-cost sensor that could be used in a field setting.“Dr. Dong came out of the biomedical field, which is why he knows how to build wearable sensors,” he said. “We’re coming at the same problem from completely different backgrounds.”Schnable said the first sensors will be applied to plants in a UNL greenhouse this December. This setting will allow researchers to double-check the data from the sensors by weighing plants and soil to figure out how much water is lost, he said.If this process works well, the sensors will then be put on plants in small research plots in various research farms in different parts of Nebraska next spring. This will be done to catch drought conditions in at least one location, he said.As for the future, Schnable said it’s difficult to predict if this technology could someday be applied to commercial agriculture. However, the fact both plant breeders and farmers could benefit from this data does lead one to believe this product could have a place in agriculture in the future.“I think the infrastructure is there for a product like this to be a great value to farmers someday,” he said.ROBOT INVADES FIELDAcross campus Santosh Pitla, associate professor of advanced machinery systems, and master’s grad students have spent four years developing Flex-Ro. Short for Flexible Robot, the device has four wheels and a 60-horsepower Kutoba gas engine weighing about 3,000 pounds, which can be controlled remotely and is capable of being fully autonomous.The Flex-Ro uses a design in which each wheel can be controlled individually that allows for different types of steering. This spring marks the first time the Flex-Ro has been present in a one-acre plot at the UNL research farm near Mead, Nebraska.Pitla said the idea behind the Flex-Ro is making the robot as useful as possible. It could help in crop scouting as well as actual operations in crop production, he said.The device can collect data through onboard sensors used to measure such things as reflectance, plant height, temperature and humidity. Other possible applications include targeted spot spraying or weeding and even planting operations.“These machines could work 20 hours a day all throughout the growing season looking for problems and then solving the problems,” Pitla said.SUPERVISED AUTONOMOUSPitla said he envisions the machines could be fully autonomous while being supervised by a person. The Flex-Ro has obstacle sensors on it to prevent the robot from running into objects and would need to be trailered to a field, he said.A supply truck could be parked near the field and a person would still need to be present to load both fuel and seed in a possible two-row planter Flex-Ro. This would still save some labor as just one person will be needed, he said.Pitla said five Flex-Ro machines could be someday working in a field in five different zones, each programmed to work on a task. The challenge would be if these five machines were all doing different tasks instead of all five doing the same task such as planting or spraying.“Multiple robot systems have to communicate with each other and all doing the same job would be easier to establish while machines accomplishing different tasks would be more challenging,” he said.Pitla believes the Flex-Ro could be a product which, in the future, could aid both researchers with a few acres of plots to farmers with thousands of acres. However, there are some hurdles to overcome, he said.More testing in real field situations would be needed as the proof of concept would have to be shown, he said. In addition, there is the question of obtaining the funding needed to build these machines.Still it is an interesting idea with many possibilities, Pitla said.“We have had a lot of positive feedback,” he said.Russ Quinn can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @RussQuinnDTN(BAS/CZ)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

The Root Cause of Failing Sales Reps (And How to Help)

first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now Almost without exception, the root of cause of failing sales reps is the same: too few opportunities (we’ll stick with “opportunities” here instead of the many root causes of this root cause). Here’s what to do to help.More—and More Effective—ProspectingMost failing sales reps could easily improve their performance by increasing the amount of time they spend prospecting for new business. This is why, despite there being so much resistance to managing activity, sales managers ask for more activity; they know that increased activity is what is necessary. But more prospecting by itself isn’t the right answer.Much of the time the reason failing salespeople don’t prospect is because they aren’t good at it, they haven’t been trained, and they aren’t confident. It’s not enough to just require more activity. You also have to improve the salesperson’s effectiveness when prospecting. This means more training, more development, and more coaching. It also means more tools, including planned dialogues and an effective campaign that they can execute against.If you really want to help a failing salesperson, you need to be demanding when it comes to your expectations around prospecting. But you also have to provide the help.More Opportunity CoachingImproved prospecting results in more acquired opportunities. But failing sales reps can’t afford to lose opportunities while they don’t have a healthy pipeline. They need more coaching around the opportunities they do create.This starts with preparing the struggling salesperson to create value during every sales interaction. It also means helping them through the sales process, sometimes making calls with them and helping manage the opportunity.If you are going to help a poor performer become successful, you have to make the investment of time in coaching them through opportunities. This sometimes means you have to give them more time than you would like to—or more time than you can easily afford. But if they are willing to do the work and willing to grow, the investment of time in coaching pays dividends later.Improving opportunity acquisition quickly improves poor performing sales rep’s numbers. It’s worth the investment.QuestionsWhat would improve a failing salesperson’s results?How do you help an opportunity-starved salesperson?Why isn’t activity alone the best way to improve results?How do you ensure that all opportunities are pursued effectively?last_img read more

More comfort, more control, more traction

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIES ONE: Aoki ‘really good’ opponent for Askren’s swan song CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA CURRY 4 AVAILABLE IN ALL UA BRAND HOUSES AND SELECTED MULTIBRANDED SPORTS STORES:UNDER ARMOUR BRAND HOUSES;BONIFACIO HIGH STREETMEGAMALLUP TOWN CENTERGREENBELTTRINOMAROBINSONS MAGNOLIAAYALA CENTER CEBUMULTIBRRANDED:SECONDWIND – AYALA 30THLANDMARK MAKATIOLYMPIC VILLAGE- SELECTED STORES ONLYROYAL DUTY FREE SUBICRUNNR ATC AND BGCPLANET SPORTS ROCKWELLTOBYS MOA, AURA AND MEGAMALLRUSTANS ATC AND MAKATISPORTSCENTRAL MOA, BAGUIO AND AURAADVTADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games The Curry 4 is all about more – Stephen’s insatiable desire to win more, to play more and to achieve more. The shoe was designed from the ground up with one thing in mind – to help Stephen get more, from the first ideation conversations, to sketches, to design iterations and beyond.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101center_img Read Next The Curry 4 offers more control, via continuity; a seamless feel between the foot and the shoe, and that is evident when putting on the footwear. Immediately, the shoe conforms to your foot, with no break in period, offering more comfort than ever before.Traction is critical to Stephen’s game; the ability to grip the hardwood with no slippage and ensure the quickest, cleanest cuts to offer that extra sliver of space gives Stephen all he needs to unleash the fastest, deadliest release in the league. Concentric circles, inspired by gravitational waves, achieve more traction, beyond any prior Curry footwear iteration.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAdditional tech details driving the Curry 4:Knit internal sleeve creates a structural fit around the collar & forefoot for an amplified performance feelMicrofiber synthetic quarter panel is bonded to the knit material giving the ideal balance of support with reduced weightDynamic seam taping merges the knit sleeve & synthetic quarter panel without adding any stitchingSpeed plate for underfoot structure & performance containment built to handle explosive movementsCross-centric traction pattern is designed to optimize on forefoot-to-heel traction & provide amazing grip on any courtProprietary foam compound for responsiveness under footStephen has helped redefine what success looks like in professional basketball – being quick and light is the name of the game, and Under Armour has applied that approach to the design and functionality of the Curry 4. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ View commentslast_img read more