News Help by sharing this information SomaliaAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists March 2, 2021 Find out more Without giving any grounds, the court sentenced Astaan TV owner and CEO Abdimanan Yusuf to five years in prison and a fine of the equivalent of 200 euros, and closed his very popular TV channel indefinitely. Yusuf, who is an Ethiopian citizen, has been held since 17 July.Among the various accusations initially brought against him was the claim that he had entered Somaliland illegally. “This is completely false, because he has a proper entry visa which we have seen,” RSF was told by Yayhe Mohamed, the head of the Somaliland Journalists Association (SOLJA).It was also alleged that he collaborated with the Somali intelligence services and that his TV channel was not properly licenced. But no evidence was produced at the trial to support these claims or justify the sanctions. The National Unions of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ), RSF’s partner organization in Somalia, said the accusations were “fabricated.”“The opaqueness of this case – which began with this media executive’s suspicious arrest and has ended with his TV channel being shut down without any grounds being given – no longer leaves any doubt about the gravity of the press freedom violations involved,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk.“There is no evidence that even the slightest offense has been committed. We therefore call on the authorities to release him and to allow his TV channel to resume broadcasting in Somaliland, as it does elsewhere in Somalia.”Nearly a third of the press freedom violations committed in Somalia in 2019 took place in Somaliland, which the international community does not recognize as a separate state. Somaliland’s authorities often arrest journalists and close media outlets, as RSF has repeatedly reported.At meetings last week in Mogadishu with Somali President Mohamed Farmaajo and his new prime minister, Mohamed Hussein Roble, RSF and NUSOJ called for concrete measures to improve the very hostile environment for the media in Somalia, where 25 journalists were arrested in 2019. The prime minister told RSF and NUSOJ that the moratorium on arrests of journalists, which they have been recommending, would be adopted and implemented soon.Somalia is ranked 163rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. News RSF_en Follow the news on Somalia News Radio reporter gunned on city street in central Somalia RSF and NUSOJ call for release of a journalist held in Somalia’s Puntland region January 8, 2021 Find out more to go further The extremely harsh sanctions that a court in Hargeisa, the capital of northwestern Somalia’s self-proclaimed independent republic of Somaliland, imposed yesterday on a media executive and his TV channel for no clear reason constitute very serious press freedom violations, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said. SomaliaAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Receive email alerts RSF requests urgent adoption of moratorium on arrests of journalists November 5, 2020 Somaliland court closes TV channel, jails owner for five years February 24, 2021 Find out more News Organisation The director of Astaan TV, Abdimanan Yusuf, detained since July 17 and sentenced to five years in prison, a 200 euros fine and the suspension of the channel.
For an overview of the Solar Decathlon teams, see GBA’s 2011 Solar Decathlon Resource Guide In terms of climate, there isn’t much difference between living in South Florida and some of the more inviting parts of the Caribbean just to the south, where the rhythms of warm, sunny, often humid summer days seem to stretch on indefinitely, and where summer-afternoon thunderstorms, an assortment of aggressive insects, and seasonal hurricanes break up the quiet. The Solar Decathlon team representing Florida International University, in North Miami, has designed the “PerFORM[D]ance House,” its entry for the 2011 competition, to exploit the pleasures of this climate while protecting the home’s occupants from its drenching and sometimes buggy outbursts. With about 800 sq. ft. of photovoltaic panels mounted on its flat roof, this square pavilion features folding glass doors (backed by similarly configured screen doors) on all four sides for maximum cross-ventilation. A wide bamboo deck surrounding the entire building is shaded by louvered aluminum panels which can be manually tilted to further block the sun or, in advance of hurricane-force winds, lowered to completely cover the windows. MORE INFORMATION GBA’s 2011 Solar Decathlon Resource Guide Florida International’s Solar Decathlon Web page The PerFORM[D]ance House on Facebook DOE Web page for Florida International’s team Live at the International Builder’s ShowThe name PerfFORM[D]ance is, in fact, intended as a play on the adjustability of the overhangs, the large deck, the simple shape of the shell, and the easy access to the uncluttered interior, which is serviced by a ductless heating and cooling system. “The idea is the pavilion performs and dances to the interior conditions of its inhabitants, but also the exterior conditions of the local environment,” Manny Dorticos, one of the FIU team’s leaders, explains in the accompanying video. A green take on tradition A south-facing solar thermal array mounted on the grounds near the house provides hot water, reducing the potential load on the PV system. But Dorticos points out that a large portion of the energy savings in a setting such as South Florida is expected to come from the cross-ventilation allowed by building’s open design and the shading options provided by the panel system. The four-square house, with its full-perimeter deck, in fact is a contemporary echo of many traditional Southern homes that include spacious porches with large overhangs. With the aim of landing a LEED for Homes rating, the FIU team has been choosy about the materials used. These include American hardwoods (for the kitchen cabinets) and lots of recycled wood for the rest of the interior. Another feature of the PerfFORM[D]ance project is its rainwater management system, which includes graywater bio-filtration swales and planters populated by local plants (such as tickseed flower, mint, sedge grass, switchgrass, buttonbush, and swamp milkweed) and an edible-plant garden. Water collected on the roof flows into the swales and planters via pipes hidden in the exterior walls and in the landscape. What about the cost? Dorticos noted that while the team is pushing to bring construction costs closer to the $250,000 goal identified in the affordability contest – one of 10 Decathlon competitions – at this point PerfFORM[D]ance is pricing at just under $350,000, a figure that, under the circumstances, the team considers “very acceptable.” “Unfortunately there isn’t enough (real-world market) competition to make this technology affordable to the public,” he said. “The idea of this competition as a whole is … so that sustainable design is really part of our lives and becomes the norm for construction.”
A season after the Boston Red Sox won the World Series, there’s no getting around how lousy the team has been. With a record of 43 wins and 52 losses, the Red Sox entered the All-Star break in last place in the American League East — nine-and-a-half games behind the division-leading Baltimore Orioles and eight games out of the league’s final wild-card spot. Naive estimates of playoff probability, which treat every future game on the schedule as a coin flip, peg Boston’s chances of qualifying for the postseason at just 3.7 percent.For a team in such a predicament, the media’s attention usually turns to which players it should sell off at the July 31 trade deadline. Sure enough, Red Sox General Manager Ben Cherington was asked Thursday about deadline plans, to which he responded:“We’re going to do whatever we feel gives the Red Sox the best chance to be as good as possible as quickly as possible. And we are not conceding 2014 with that statement. … We’ve put ourselves in this position, so the math is working against us a little bit. But stranger things have happened. We don’t see why we can’t win more games than most of the teams ahead of us.”That’s pretty standard fare; Boston wasn’t the only team in such straits to deny the obvious about its deadline-day status. But in Cherington’s case, such a statement might not merely be a case of brazen self-deception. Beneath the Red Sox’s terrible record, there might lurk a good baseball team.The baseball statistics website FanGraphs.com has a mechanism by which it projects — based on the talent of players — the number of wins above replacement (WAR) each team is likely to accrue over the remainder of the season. This process incorporates updated forecasts for each player (using the ZiPS and Steamer projection systems) and playing-time estimates from the site’s depth charts (which take injuries into account).By this measure, the four teams projected to produce the most WAR from the All-Star break onward are the Washington Nationals, Detroit Tigers, Oakland Athletics and … Boston Red Sox.The first three teams on that list have won 58.4 percent of their games this season; Boston has won 45.3 percent. But, as Cherington alluded to, the Red Sox do have the talent to play better. Compared to their preseason (per-plate appearance) ZiPS and Steamer projections, Boston’s batters have produced 4.7 fewer WAR than would have been expected before the season, and that doesn’t even take into account injuries suffered by Will Middlebrooks, Shane Victorino and Mike Napoli during the season. (Interestingly, all of the Red Sox’s WAR shortfall has come on the position-player side; the team’s pitchers have exceeded expectations by 1.8 WAR.)A study by sabermetrician Phil Birnbaum showed that teams frequently see their players’ performances vary wildly around projections due to chance alone. In Birnbaum’s data, there were 1.5 teams per season from 1960 to 2001 who, through simple bad luck, undershot their “true” talent by the equivalent of 11 wins per 162 games — a hypothesis the FanGraphs numbers are asking us to believe about this Red Sox team. (Note as well that Major League Baseball had 17 percent fewer teams per season over the span of Birnbaum’s data than it has today, so the number of teams falling short because of luck in a 30-team league is even larger than the study’s seasonal average.)Birnbaum’s “luck-adjusted” wins from the previous season track much more closely with a team’s wins in the following season than its actual wins from the previous season, which attests to the value of projections that attempt to filter out random variance. That’s a big reason why FanGraphs’ projections expect Boston to post the seventh-best record in the major leagues from today onward, despite its poor record to date. It’s also why, after adjusting for the Red Sox’s projected talent level (instead of treating future games like coin flips), FanGraphs’ playoff-odds report bumps their postseason probability up to 6.6 percent.It’s always possible that in the roller-coaster world of the Red Sox, last year’s World Series winning squad might be the outlier sandwiched between two terrible seasons. But the best public sabermetric projections available agree with Cherington — this team is much better than its record would have us believe (even if it’s still unlikely to make the playoffs).
Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #twomarinesarrestedforganjapossession Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 19, 2017 – Nassau – More Defense Force marines caught up in crime, this time two were arrested for drug possession. Both instances were caught by the Tourism Policing Unit on Malborough Street in Nassau. One arrest was made Thursday night, the other on Friday night – in both cases, there were two men in vehicles behaving erratically and forcing a search of the cars they were in and that’s when the marijuana was found.On Thursday a civilian and the Defense Force officer were arrested and on Friday, the same – a marine and a civilian with possessing drugs. They will face charges in court this week.#MagneticMediaNews#twomarinesarrestedforganjapossession Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp