SERBIA : Cartoonist fired then reinstated, both times at PM’s request

first_img Reporters Without Borders (RSF) regards well-known cartoonist Dusan Petricic’s dismissal by the leading Serbian daily Politiko – although later rescinded – as unacceptable political censorship by the government.When Politika fired Petricic on 30 September, editor Zarko Rakic said it was because of his “excessively high fees” and “delays in handing in his work.” But Petricic had previously refused to comply with verbal requests not to criticize Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic so often.After an outcry about Petricic’s dismissal, Politica did a U-turn and told him he could return to work at once. But the Serbian Independent Association of Journalists (NUNS) described Politica’s response as “trick” designed to defuse the controversy.The association said it was clear that both Petricic’s dismissal and reinstatement were orchestrated by the prime minister himself, who makes every effort to silence all journalists critical of the government.RSF regards the censorship of political cartoons and the Serbian government’s grip on the country’s media as intolerable.“The Serbian prime minister’s meddling in a daily newspaper’s internal affairs is extremely disturbing,” said Pauline Adès-Mével, the head of RSF’s Europe-Balkans desk. “The way the prime minister’s staff took the liberty of intervening in the running of a newspaper and the editor then complied is indicative of an outrageous level of collusion between the government and some of the media in Serbia.”Ironically, Petricic’s cartoons had been cited several times in the past by the prime minister, who insists there is no censorship. In July, Vucic went so far as to stage an exhibition of “uncensored lies.”It consisted of 2,523 cartoons, articles, tweets and TV broadcasts critical of the government that were carefully chosen by Vucic’s Serbian Progressive Party and were displayed in gigantic gallery in downtown Belgrade as evidence that there is no governmental censorship of the media.Serbia is ranked 59th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. June 7, 2021 Find out more Serbia and Montenegro: Are judges protecting journalists or their aggressors? Serbian daily newspaper Politika/ AFP SerbiaEurope – Central Asia Media independence Freedom of expression Follow the news on Serbia News Receive email alerts News July 2, 2020 Find out more SerbiaEurope – Central Asia Media independence Freedom of expression Help by sharing this information Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says Nearly half of UN member countries have obstructed coronavirus coverage October 7, 2016 SERBIA : Cartoonist fired then reinstated, both times at PM’s request Organisation RSF_en June 29, 2020 Find out more News to go further Newslast_img read more

Czech Republic beat BiH 85-80 in FIBA World Cup qualifier

first_imgSARAJEVO, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) — The Czech Republic upset Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) 85-80 in the second round of FIBA Basketball World Cup European Qualifiers here on Sunday.In the “Mirza Delibasic” hall in BiH’s capital Sarajevo, Jan Vesely from the visiting team scored the first point in the first minute, but the BiH team equalized soon. The first quarter saw a win by the visiting team, 22-18.In the beginning of the second quarter, the visiting team had 9-point lead. But Elmedin Kikanovic and Almir Hasandic narrowed the gap to 3 points. The second quarter ended by host team win of 19-16.The third quarter saw more active play by both teams, following one another and equalizing results, ending the third quarter with one point difference for the host team (23-22).In the fourth quarter, after Dzanan Musa’s from the host team several throw ins, the visiting team started to play aggressively, ending the final quarter with 5-points lead (25-20).Tomas Satoransky scored a game-high 22 points for the Czech Republic, while Jusuf Nurkic had 19 points for BiH.In Group K, France is on the first place with 15 points, followed by the Czech Republic with the same points. BiH is on the sixth place with 10 points, and will need to win the rest 4 matches in order to qualify for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup in China.(Photo:Fena, Haris Dedovic)last_img read more

Iguodala predicts Durant, Klay will be back with Warriors next season

first_imgAndre Iguodala has a pretty good feeling that Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson will both choose to return to the Warriors next season.Iguodala, appearing on CNBC’s “Power Lunch” to discuss his new book “The Sixth Man” and talk investments on Monday, was asked where the Warriors’ impending free agents Durant and Thompson will sign.Andre Iguodala told CNBC he thinks Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant will return to the Warriors. He also added “nobody’s going to the Knicks sorry” pic.twitter.com/jY …last_img read more

Ky Bowman to make G League debut Friday as Warriors eye two-way contract limits

first_imgWarriors’ two-way contract guard Ky Bowman has been assigned to the G League and will not travel with Golden State for Friday’s game in Utah. The move is aimed at maintaining Bowman’s few remaining days of NBA eligibility.Having already used 32 of the 45 days of NBA service allotted to two-way contract players, Bowman will play for the Santa Cruz Warriors in Friday’s game against Agua Caliente Clippers at Kaiser Permanente Arena. Not traveling with the team will save him up to three days.The …last_img read more

Pelleting and extrusion increase digestible and metabolizable energy in diets for pigs

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Scientists at the University of Illinois using co-products from the ethanol and human food industries are helping shed light on ways processing high-fiber animal feed ingredients can enhance pigs’ utilization of the nutrients and energy they contain. The co-products from these industries typically contain more fiber than the standard corn-soybean meal diet.“It is possible that the benefits of extrusion and pelleting are greater in high-fiber diets than in low-fiber diets. We set out to test that hypothesis, said Hans H. Stein, professor of animal sciences at Illinois.”Stein and his team tested effects of extrusion, pelleting, or extrusion and pelleting: using a low-fiber diet based on corn and soybean meal; a medium-fiber diet containing corn, soybean meal, and 25% distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS); and a high-fiber diet containing corn, soybean meal, 25% DDGS, and 20% soybean hulls.Each diet was divided into four batches. One batch was fed in meal form, one was pelleted at 85 degrees C, one was extruded at 115 degrees C, and the fourth was extruded at 115 degrees C and then pelleted at 85 degrees C.“Regardless of the concentration of fiber in the diet, pelleting, extrusion, and pelleting plus extrusion increased the digestibility of indispensable amino acids relative to feeding in meal form,” Stein said. “For most indispensable amino acids, extrusion or extrusion combined with pelleting provided a greater increase than pelleting alone. There was no interaction between processing techniques and fiber level.”Pelleting of low-fiber diets increased digestible energy by 1.9% and metabolizable energy by 2.1%. Extrusion did not increase digestible energy or metabolizable energy of the low-fiber diet. Combining extrusion with pelleting did not increase digestible energy or metabolizable energy compared with pelleting alone.For the medium-fiber diets, pelleting increased digestible energy by 1.9% and metabolizable by 2.2%. Extrusion increased digestible by 2.3% and metabolizable energy by 2.7%. The combination of pelleting and extrusion did not increase digestible energy or metabolizable energy in these diets.Pelleting did not increase digestible energy or metabolizable of the high-fiber diets. Extrusion increased digestible energy by 2% and metabolizable by 2.9%. The combination of extrusion and pelleting increased digestible energy by 2.9% and metabolizable energy by 3.7%.Hindgut fermentation was not increased in pigs fed extruded, pelleted, or extruded and pelleted diets. Instead, the increase in digestible energy and metabolizable energy appeared to be attributable to increased digestibility of amino acids and starch.Stein concludes, “These data indicate that energy utilization may be improved by pelleting or extrusion or by a combination of the two, but the response seems to be greater for extrusion in diets that are relatively high in fiber.”The research is supported by funding from the National Pork Board, Des Moines, IA, and by Bühler AG, Uzwil, Switzerland.“Effects of pelleting, extrusion, or extrusion and pelleting on energy and nutrient digestibility in diets containing different levels of fiber and fed to growing pigs,” is published in the Journal of Animal Science. Oscar Rojas, formerly of the University of Illinois and now of Devenish Nutrition, and Ester Vinyeta of Bühler AG are co-authors.last_img read more

Indian Navy officer

first_img“The soldier is the Army. No army is better than its soldiers. The Soldier is also a citizen. In fact, the highest obligation and privilege of citizenship is that of bearing arms for one’s country.” – George S. Patton Jr.The Indian navy:The Indian Navy is a well-balanced and cohesive three dimensional force, capable of operating above, on and under surface of the oceans efficiently safeguarding our national interests.Indian Navy officer- career:An officer at a very young age assumes the responsibility of commanding his men and use of latest equipment on the ships, submarines or even air-crafts. Working in the latest technology environment, the young officers are exposed to the very best in their field of operations.The cutting-edge technology and revolution in military affairs makes the career very challenging in the Indian Navy. It is the only service that operates regularly with the other navies of the world. This not only helps in professional expertise of an individual but provides opportunities to exhibit our talent with pride all across the world. Men in white command dignity and respect and are always in high spirits as the service offers personal, financial, emotional security and status in the society.Skills required: Adaptability to all aspects of lifeCourageLeadership skillsAbility to sacrificeStrong headedMasculine builtIndependentSocialDisciplinedPlacid and patientDeterminationFighting spiritClarity of thoughtExpressionResolveGroomedAware and knowledgeable about all technicalitiesApplication criteria:To join Indian Navy, apply in NDA exam held by the UPSC twice every year.If you are in 10+2, you can apply for NDA exam.Note that only unmarried male candidates are eligible to apply for NDA exam and you must have aged between 16.5 and 19.For qualifying this exam, you will have to pass three stages:Written ExamSSB InterviewMedical TestIf you have completed your graduation, then you can apply for CDS exam held by UPSC twice a year.advertisementCommands:The Navy has the following three commands, each under the control of a Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief:The Western Naval Command (Headquarters at Mumbai)The Eastern Naval Command (Headquarters at Visakhapatnam)The Southern Naval Command (Headquarters at Kochi)Careers:Executive Branch:As an officer of the Executive Branch, one can exercise command of ships, submarines and aircraft. Executive officers can specialise in the following:Gunnery & MissilesNavigation and DirectionAnti-Submarine WarfareCommunicationsPilotObserverSubmarineHydrographyDivingEngineering Branch:Modern ships, submarines and aircraft are fitted with advanced technology machinery and propulsion systems. As an engineer officer, you will be responsible for keeping all these hi-tech systems serviceable. Opportunities exist to work in gigantic naval dockyards and indigenous production units. In no other career is an engineer exposed to such a wide spectrum of opportunities and to keep abreast of modern developments. An engineer officer’s career is interspersed with technical courses up to post-graduation level in India/abroad.Electrical Branch:In addition, complex missile systems, underwater weapons, radar and radio communication equipment form major part of a warship’s equipment. A majority of these are either computer-based or computer aided and incorporate the latest trends in electronics engineering. For a ship to be able to fight effectively, all these equipment must be kept working at peak efficiency. Electrical Officers have this responsibility and other challenging tasks. To sharpen their skills, the Navy offers excellent opportunities for post-graduate courses in India/abroad to deserving candidatesEducation Branch:Any service will be as good as the training its officers and men receive. As an Education Officer you will play a major role in the training of naval officers/sailors. Education Officers are responsible for scientific and methodical instructions, including theoretical aspects of technical subjects of all branches of the navy and also for general education. An Education Officer can specialise in almost all specialisations of the Executive Branch.Where to study?Officer’s recruitment is advertised through the Employment News and all important national and regional newspapers/dailies. Selection for Permanent Commission through 10+2 NDA/Indian Naval Academy cadet entry and CDSE (Graduate) entry is through a written examination conducted by the UPSC followed by an interview by the Service Selection Board (SSB).For all other Permanent Commission entries and Short Service Commission entries there is no written examination. These applications are shortlisted as per the criteria laid down by the Naval Headquarters, Directorate of Manpower Planning & Recruitment. Selection is through merit alone.Cultural integration:India is a large country with diverse religion, culture, tradition and values. The Navy draws its immensely talented personnel from communities of all kinds from all across the country. In the Navy we have an ethos of equality and therefore men from different background and diverse culture who join the Navy are brought together without showing any bias to a particular person or group. The Indian Navy is resolutely committed to ensuring that all personnel are treated equally and equal opportunities are provided at work and training. The advancement in the career is based solely on individual merits and ability.advertisementPay:The pay of a Navy Officer depends entirely on the department he is working in and for whom. Also, gradually, as years pass by the serving officer’s pay increases with the ranks he upgrades to. When the officer decides to leave the service (after 20 years of serving the INF) he/she gets a pension plan which increases as an when the pay commissions increase. Benefits/perks: Free health and medical facilities for officer and familyMess, clubs, sports facilities at extremely cheap ratesFurnished government accommodation at best locationsPension with all benefits60 days of annual leave20 days of casual leaveLeave encashment up to 300 daysFree rationScope:Career scope in the Indian Navy is not only very high but the job is an extremely adventurous one! It is extremely easy to qualify through INF provided you are someone who physically and mentally unbeatable. A highly reputed job with numerous advantages. What more could one ask for.last_img read more

7 days agoEl Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid postponed

first_imgEl Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid postponedby Carlos Volcano7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveThis month’s El Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid has been postponed because of fears of civil unrest.The match was scheduled for 26 October but there have been days of protest in Barcelona after nine Catalan separatist leaders were jailed on Monday.Both Barcelona and Real Madrid disagreed with calls to switch the game to Madrid.The clubs must agree a new date by Monday.La Liga made the postponement request because of “exceptional circumstances beyond our control” as more protests are expected in Barcelona on the day of the match.Protests have continued into a fifth day in Spain’s Catalonia region with protesters clashing with riot police. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Michigan Cornerback Blake Countess One-Ups Jabrill Peppers With This Crazy Backflip Routine

first_imgMichigan Wolverines football players celebrating a sack.ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 12: Chris Wormley #43 of the Michigan Wolverines celebrates the sack on quarterback Marcus McMaryion #3 of the Oregon State Beavers (not in photo) with teammates Matthew Godin #99 and Mario Ojemudia #53 during the fourth quarter of the game on September 12, 2015 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines defeated the Beavers 35-7. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers is a crazy athlete, and may wind up as one of the best corners in the country if he pans out, based on his potential entering college last year. He proved that the injury issues that kept him from participating during most of the 2014 season are probably a thing of the past with this impressive backflip during drills yesterday. Fellow Michigan cornerback Blake Countess isn’t one to be overshadowed, however, and one-upped Peppers’ backflip with this wild routine, which he posted on Twitter this evening.Yall decide! its all fun tho! @JabrillPeppers pic.twitter.com/LGy4nhwQI8— Blake Countess (@TheeCount2) February 27, 2015Peppers is impressed…we think. We’re not actually sure what this response means.Light cheese “@TheeCount2: Yall decide!its all fun tho! @JabrillPeppers pic.twitter.com/Y00UE9OxwG”— Breez (@JabrillPeppers) February 27, 2015We can’t wait to see Peppers’ inevitable response the next time Michigan hits the practice field.last_img read more

Former vicepresident Al Gores antipipeline tweet irritates Alberta premier

first_imgCALGARY – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is shrugging off a tweet by former U.S. vice-president Al Gore that slams Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and calls the province’s oilsands dirty.Remarks like that are having an ever-shrinking impact, Notley said.“When those kinds of comments are made and they clearly demonstrate a lack of understanding about the overall issue and all the facts, I just think it’s starting to fall on a larger and larger number of deaf ears,” Notley said Friday at the grand opening of a new maternity unit at the Peter Lougheed Centre in Calgary.Gore tweeted Thursday that he stands with B.C. Premier John Horgan, Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson and all Canadians — including First Nations — opposed to the project.“The Kinder Morgan pipeline carrying dirty tarsands oil would be a step backward in our efforts to solve the climate crisis,” he wrote, along with the #stopKM hashtag.Tarsands is a term favoured by industry opponents.Notley said public opinion polls are showing growing support for the $7.4-billion project, which would triple the amount of crude shipped from the Edmonton area to B.C.’s lower mainland along an existing pipeline route.“We’re also seeing… previously less vocal people come forward now, saying ‘No no, this is good. We do need to stand up for this. We do need to make our voices heard.’”Opposition United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney called Gore’s remark “an inconvenient lie from a jet-setting millionaire.”“While the USA & OPEC countries ship more oil, this hypocrite who owns multiple mansions & flies private jets wants to landlock Canadian oil,” Kenney tweeted Thursday. “Canadians have had enough of your campaign of double standards & defamation.”Notley reiterated Friday that she’s confident talks aimed at getting construction of the pipeline expansion back on track will be successful before a May 31 deadline.Alberta and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government are in discussions with the company to strike a joint financial arrangement to ensure the project gets built. Trudeau’s government approved expansion of the Trans Mountain line in 2016, but the B.C. government has been fighting it.Last month, Kinder Morgan stopped all non-essential spending on the project and said it wants assurances by the end of this month that the expansion can proceed.(Companies in this story: TSX:KML)last_img read more

Northwestel reporting major network outage for landline customers in Northern BC

first_imgAt this time, there is no service for customers and an estimated time for when service will be restored is unknown.In the case of a fire emergency, affected customers in the Fort Nelson area are being asked to call 250-775-0796 or 250-321-0924.For police emergencies, affected customers are asked to call the Fort St. John RCMP detachment at 250-787-8100.For more information on this landline service outage, you can visit Northwestel’s website. UPDATE as of 1:20 p.m. – We have been advised that normal telephone service has been resumed.FORT NELSON, B.C. – As of Monday morning, August 12, phone service provider Northwestel is reporting of a temporary major network outage that is impacting landline service in Northern B.C. and Whitehorse.According to a post on the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality Facebook page, the company is working hard to locate and remedy the issue.last_img read more