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Threat to local broadcasts by foreign radio stations

first_img Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Azerbaijan AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Reporters Without Borders condemns the government’s threat to stop foreign radio stations from broadcasting on local frequencies from the start of next month under a law requiring them to sign a contract with the Azerbaijani authorities in order to be able to continue. The Azeri-language programmes of Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty, BBC and Voice of America are the most likely to be affected.“The threat to these radio stations completely contradicts the commitments Azerbaijan gave when it joined the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the Council of Europe,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We call for the maintenance of foreign news broadcasts in Azerbaijan. If the solution is signing a contract with the state, we hope this will be possible. It if is not, it will clearly have been a political decision.”Azerbaijan undertook to democratise itself when it joined the OSCE in 1992 and the Council of Europe in 2001. Local broadcasting by RFE/RL, BBC and Voice of America has been under threat since last summer. The National TV and Radio Council is due to reach a final decision on 25 December. If it allows them to continue broadcasting, it is expected to request content changes. RSF_en “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Receive email alerts Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh News Newscenter_img News News RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan June 4, 2021 Find out more to go further December 22, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Threat to local broadcasts by foreign radio stations June 8, 2021 Find out more Organisation April 9, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

WEEKEND “READERS FORUM”

first_img WHAT ON YOUR MIND TODAY?FOOTNOTES: Our next “IS IT TRUE” will be posted on this coming MONDAY ?Todays “READERS POLL”  question is: Do you feel that members of the Evansville Police Department are doing a good job protecting the citizens of Evansville?Please take time and read our newest feature articles entitled “HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributedFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

NDSP investigates crime

first_imgNotre Dame Security Police (NDSP) is investigating the second incident of alleged forcible fondling reported on campus within 24 hours, according to an email to the student body Tuesday evening. The incident occurred early Sunday morning outside a residence hall on South Quad, police said. “The victim had recently met the suspect while walking to her residence hall from another hall on campus,” the email stated. NDSP is also investigating another incident of forcible fondling in the early hours of Sunday morning, and the department alerted students to that report via email Monday evening. The Tuesday email warned students to be aware of their surroundings and watch out for friends to reduce the risk of sexual assault. “Forcible fondling and other sexual assaults can happen to anyone,” the email stated. “College students are more likely to be assault by someone recently met than a stranger. This means the person perpetrating the assault could be part of the campus community.” The email also warned students that perpetrators may target victims after giving them drugs or during excessive consumption of alcohol. Information about sexual assault prevention and resources for survivors of sexual assault is available from NDSP at ndsp.nd.edu and at the Committee for Sexual Assault Prevention at http://csap.nd.edu.last_img read more

DSME to Build Submarine Rescue Vessel for ROK Navy

first_imgDaewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) said it has secured a contract to design and construct a submarine rescue vessel for the Republic of Korea Navy.The contract is valued at approximately 444 billion Korean won ($395 million).The new submarine rescue vessel will be equipped with the latest diving system capable of diving up to 300 meters and a new deep sea diving rescue (DSRV) capable of rescuing the crew of the distressing submarine up to 500 meters.The remotely operated vehicle to be installed on the vessel will be able to operate at depths of 1,000 meters.DSME said it will complete the vessel by the end of 2022 and deliver it to the ROK Navy.last_img read more

Mrs. Fredia Faye (Shelton) Curlin

first_imgMrs. Fredia Faye (Shelton) Curlin, age 82, of Hope, Indiana, formerly of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on April 16, 1935, in Lawrence County, Indiana, the loving daughter of the late, Harry Ray Shelton and Mary Alice (Henson) Shelton-Wayt. She was raised in Medora, Indiana, where she attended high school. Fredia was united in marriage on October 19, 1973, in Newport, Kentucky, to Robert G. “Bobby” Curlin. Fredia and Bobby shared nearly 44 years of marriage together until her death. Fredia was employed as a seamstress for Excelo in Seymour, Indiana and was a waitress for several years. She was also employed in the laundry and activities department for Hoosier Christian Village in Brownstown, Indiana, for many years. Fredia resided in the Switzerland County community since 1993. She was a member of the Vevay American Legion Post #185 Ladies Auxiliary. She attended the Fredonia Baptist Church and Medora Pentecostal Church. Fredia enjoyed gardening, sewing and crafts and was a wonderful homemaker, wife, mother, grandmother and sister. Fredia passed away at 1:07 am, Monday, July 17, 2017, at the Millers Merry Manor in Hope, Indiana. Fredia will be dearly missed by her husband: Robert G. “Bobby” Curlin of New Richmond, OH; her daughter: Jo Ann Blevins of Columbus, IN; her son: John Eric Klimczewski of Vevay, IN; her step-daughters: Alice Welty and her husband: Don of Sunman, IN and Lydia Burger and her husband: Scott of Valparaiso, FL; her step-sons: Alvin Robert Curlin and his wife: Connie of New Richmond, OH and Adrian Frank Curlin and his wife: Robin of Hamilton, OH; her four-grandchildren, eight-step-grandchildren, seven-great-grandchildren and five-step-great-grandchildren; her sisters: Carolyn Crippin and her husband: Tom of Lighthouse Point, FL and Roberta Ann West and her husband: Carl of OK; her sister-in-law: Judy Shelton of Clearwater, FL; her step-brother: Leland Wayt of Medora, IN and her several nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her parents: Harry Ray Shelton and Mary Alice (Henson) Shelton-Wayt; her step-father: Price Wayt; her son: John Carroll Roberts; her daughter: Kim Foutch and her brother: Larry Shelton.Funeral services will be conducted Friday, July 21, 2017, at 1:00 pm, by Rev. Wayne Daugherty at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043. Interment will follow in the Fredonia Cemetery, Vevay, Indiana.Friends may call 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, Friday, July 21, 2017, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043. Memorial contributions may be made to Fredonia Baptist Church or Fredonia Baptist Church Cemetery Fund. Cards are available at the funeral home.last_img read more

Male Nipples: Two Views

first_imgIs there a beachgoer who has not wondered why men have nipples?  Since Live Science brought it up, let’s use this as a case study on how evolutionists and creationists explain things.The Evolutionist View:  Live Science claims we all start out as females in the womb, and only after about 60 days the testosterone kicks in if it’s a male.  By then, the nipples have already formed and don’t get deleted.  As to why there are nerves and blood vessels serving them, the writer appeals to the old vestigial organ argument.  There is no reason for male nipples, it’s just that natural selection hasn’t removed them yet.  The article denies that early males once suckled the young on the grounds of lack of evidence.  “Brace yourselves for a low blow, tough guy,” the article begins, hinting that the evolutionary answer won’t help a man’s self-esteem; at least it calls the nipples “harmless.”  The article ends with a link to a list of other alleged vestigial organs, including the coccyx, appendix, wisdom teeth and body hair.The Creationist View:  A creationist sees a phenomenon and looks for a design or function.  Several creation sources have addressed this particular feature of the male anatomy: for example, Answers in Genesis gives a brief explanation, with reference to the book Vestigial Organs Are Fully Functional by Bergman and Howe.  These authors point to the fact that the nipples are very sensitive to touch and therefore act as erogenous zones, contributing to the pleasure response during sex.  Creationists have also argued that the single developmental plan for human embryos, which later differentiates the sexes, is an example of design economy.  We don’t all start out as females.  It’s more accurate to describe the early embryo as sexless in terms of the genes expressed; males, after all, contain an X chromosome.  At the right developmental stage, the sexual differentiation genes are expressed.  AIG also has posted a debate over the issue of male nipples.Creationists have long pointed out that the vestigial organ argument for evolution, of which this is one famous example, has been discredited (e.g., AIG and True Origin).  They say it also is a “science show-stopper.”  By assuming these traits are useless rather than applying good research to figure out what they are there for, evolutionists have hindered and delayed key insights into physiology that could have advanced medicine and increased understanding of biological design.  Some 180 body parts were considered vestigial as recently as the 1930s.  The list included organs as vital as the pituitary gland and thymus.  This fact was not mentioned on the Live Science link.    Creationists also argue that just because a person can live without a part, like the appendix, that does not mean it is useless.  Many people alive today had their tonsils removed as kids.  Science now understands better their role in the immune system and recommends keeping them unless seriously infected.  One can live without an arm, too, and without eyes or ears, but is generally better off with everything intact.  Furthermore, some parts may be useful at different stages of life.  A part that was functional in the embryo cannot be considered vestigial if its remnants no longer function in the adult.Let’s think outside the Darwin box, shall we?  Nipples don’t have to be for suckling the young to have a purpose.  Every human knows these points are very sensitive to touch; that’s true in both sexes.  Sex is a whole-body response God made to be pleasurable as well as procreative.  We can’t rule out, too, that certain traits have value just for decoration – that is part of their function.  Just as a navel can serve as a reminder that we all have an intimate tie to our ancestors, nipples help remind a man that he shares many traits with the female of the species, as well as having his own distinctive attributes.  Even the shared traits, though, are expressed in distinctive man-ifestations.  Women and men both have hair, too, but are the differences not interesting?  Do they not add color and variety to life?  Why does everything in nature have to be explained in terms of survival?  Some things might be part of the costume, and that is good.  A man’s chest would look kind of monotonous without those designer buttons there.  Look at them as ornaments on a fine suit.  (Looks best, guys, surrounded by lots of pectoral muscle; see YouTube.)    This example shows that creationists and evolutionists deal with the same observational facts but look at them through different lenses.  The evolutionist sees millions of years of waste and struggle, with us latecomers having to deal with the leftovers.  Every trait must be interpreted in terms of survival and reproduction.  Sex is only to generate more aimless, purposeless carbon units.  That is a very cynical, demeaning approach to science and to life.  A creationist, by contrast, believes the Creator designed every part for its own purpose and function.  When a creation scientist doesn’t know the function, he or she is motivated to find it out.  This can and should make science a liberating and joyful exercise.  Many great scientists approached nature in just this spirit.    Each of us, too, should strive to get over the bad vibes Darwin gave us about our bodies, and look at them in a new, positive way.  Every part is good and useful and respectable because it was designed by a Genius and Artist.  If you are embarrassed by male nipples and think they were some kind of mistake, you are disparaging the Creator.  According to the Genesis account, God looked at man and everything He had created and said it was not only good, it was very good.  Then God created woman and man said oo-la-la! where you been all my life, baby?  It’s OK to feel good about your body the way God made it.  A strong, manly chest is honorable and worthy of respect, no less the gentle curves of the woman’s bosom nursing a baby.  For each sex, for every age, there is something to honor and cherish and be thankful for.  Man or woman, boy or girl, God wants you to enjoy your body, nourish and cherish it, and use it for good.  Let’s take off the Darwin glasses and begin again to have a constructive, positive, joyful view of life.  I Timothy 4 is a fitting passage to consider along these lines, especially verse 4.(Visited 46 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Celebrating, empowering SA’s women

first_img4 August 2010South Africa’s public sector is making “steady progress” in securing senior positions for women in the workplace, Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities Noluthando Mayende-Sibiya said at the launch of Women’s Month 2010 in Pretoria on Monday.Although the entire month is dedicated to women, the public holiday on 9 August is particularly significant, as it marks the 54th anniversary of the Women’s March to the Union Buildings in Pretoria, at the time the headquarters of the apartheid government.MediaClubSouthAfricaFree high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service. More than 20 000 women took part in this march to protest against racial segregation and the discriminatory pass laws, which restricted the movement of black people within declared “white areas”.This year government will use August to reflect on efforts made since then to empower women in South Africa’s rural areas, townships and cities.Women now occupy about 36% of senior-level jobs in government, Mayende-Sibiya said at the launch. “There is steady progress in the representation of women at senior levels of public services.”According to the minister, there are now more women in decision-making roles than there were in 1994, the year South Africa held its first democratic elections.Up to 44% of members of the legislature, on a national and provincial level, are women – this puts South Africa in third position worldwide for the greatest number of females in Parliament, Mayende-Sibiya said.The number of women ministers and deputy ministers has more than doubled over the past 16 years, growing from 18% in 1994 to 40% in 2010, she added.Transformation slow in private sectorWhile the South African government works hard to empower women and positively influence their role in society, other employers are lagging behind.According to the country’s affirmative action policy, the employment of women and previously disadvantaged individuals should be prioritised, but top private-sector positions are still dominated by white men, the government says.Black, Indian and coloured South Africans fall into the “previously disadvantaged” category.At present, white men hold about 63% of senior management jobs in the private sector, while black, Indian and coloured women only account for 5%.While massive progress has been made in boosting female access to education, South Africa has to “ensure that skills development programmes focus on empowering women”, so they are able to follow “careers that are still male-dominated”, Mayende-Sibiya said.Speeding up transformationThe Department of Women, Children and People with Disabilities is planning to introduce a new policy to “enforce gender parity measures across all sectors of society”.The Gender Equality Bill should be tabled by next year, Mayende-Sibiya said.The Bill reflects the government’s realisation that it needs to act decisively to enforce change in the workplace. “Our analysis of various studies available indicates that if we continue at the current pace of transformation, it will take us almost 40 years to attain 50-50 gender parity.“We cannot allow that. Measures have to be taken to hasten the process of gender and racial transformation in our country,” the minister said.Empowerment projects in AugustThe government is planning to launch a number of countrywide initiatives to empower women this August.Mayende-Sibiya said their projects are aimed at tackling challenges facing women, reducing poverty and improving the socio-economic status of women in South Africa.The Gauteng provincial government said it will launch 200 women-only schemes across the province from 9 August.The schemes will take the form of cooperatives offering cleaning and catering services in hospitals, according to Simon Zwane, spokesperson for the Gauteng Department of Health and Social Development. “This is part of our agenda to empower women,” he said.Both the public and private sector will support the Take a Girl Child to Work initiative on 19 August, as has been done since the drive was launched in 2003.“To enforce mentoring of girls into various careers, we will all be supporting the campaign,” Mayende-Sibiya said.First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

A look at corn basis values

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jon Scheve, Superior Feed Ingredients, LLCThe futures market continues to face an uphill battle with demand while the USDA’s reported supply indicates carryout could be back to burdensome levels. This is keeping a lid on futures prices. Corn basis valuesRight now, farmers are unhappy with cash prices, so they aren’t selling. This is making basis stronger. End users can’t control futures prices any more than farmers. The only way an end user can control how much supply they can source is to adjust basis. When supply is easy to source (i.e. harvest time), they’ll lower the basis bid. When it’s difficult meeting demand (i.e. planting time), they will increase it.The basis market can be as complex as the futures market for two big reasons. One, there are many companies trading grain by basis and moving product by vessel, barge, rail or truck from one basis market to another looking for inefficiencies in the cash market and trying to maximize profits from it. Two, the freight movement and the costs associated (i.e. fuel costs, back-haul rates, and regional freight demands) from this movement can vary a lot from region to region for many different reasons.For instance, if an end user has difficulty procuring supply, they’ll raise their basis. This can have several different possible outcomes. It may encourage local farmers to sell some grain. But it also could entice the transport of grain from outside of the end users local growing area from other farmers or grain elevators. It’s the process of moving grain from a lower-priced basis area to a higher-priced basis area.This constant bushel shifting and shuffling creates basis opportunity and why the basis values are always moving. Corn might be moving in one direction during the year, and a different direction months later. There’s also no guarantee grain will move the same direction or to the same end user every year. Why are basis levels so high right now?Reason 1: The addition of on-farm storage (i.e. bins, bags, etc) decreased the anticipated pressure at harvest on the whole grain complex and has continued on until now. Many elevators across the U.S. were reporting less grain delivered at harvest than many were expecting. Initially many believed it was due to lower yields; however, the March 29 USDA stock report suggests more farmers have stored more of their own grain at home. Reason 2: Farmers aren’t selling at these lower futures values, because historically if farmers wait long enough prices, specifically futures, have usually rallied. In 10 of the last 12 years, July futures eventually were above $4 after April 1. In 2017 (after the ’16 crop), July futures topped out at only $3.87 in June. And in 2010 (after the ’09 crop), July futures topped out at only $3.78 in May. As of Friday, July futures were at $3.69.These strong basis values may last until farmers know if they will have a good crop year, which is usually sometime after July 4. Market action — Basis saleIn the last 10 years, I’ve sold my cash corn to 8 different end users. Following lists all possible end users available near my farm in Southeast Nebraska:Two shuttle loaders within 10 milesTwo feed mills within 20 milesOne dry milling plant within 30 milesTwo ethanol plants within 60 milesMany large cattle feed yards are about 200 miles awayThe chicken industry is 400 miles away.It’s difficult to determine which end user will have the strongest bid until late spring or summer. I also rarely sell my grain to the same end user as the year before, because of the reasons listed above (i.e. different freight rates, regional growing conditions, export sales, ethanol demand, etc.).On our farm we almost never haul our own grain off the farm. While occasionally we will hire commercial truck drivers for local and long distant hauls, most of the time end users provide better bids when they pick up the grain on our farm directly. That could be because they have better freight rates or because they want flexibility to take the grain to different locations and look for the inefficiencies in the market.For our farm, basis levels are the best I’ve seen in several years. With farmers generally not selling throughout the U.S., it’s created good opportunities for me to maximize my basis profit potential. Usually, two of the end users listed above will have matching bids that provide the best opportunity for me to set my corn basis at any one time. In the last month my best bids were from four different end users. I have never seen such strong demand from so many end users at one time.While basis levels are strong, I still want to keep my grain stored as long as possible to capture as much market carry profit I can. However, I need to be sure the grain I’m storing every year stays in good condition. So, I usually core out the middle of my bins in late winter or early spring to remove the fines and check the condition of my stored corn.At the end of March, before the upcoming busy planting season, I set my basis at -28 against May futures with four different end users on 25% of my ‘18 production. This is much better than my -42-cent average basis for the last 3 years picked up on my farm. Since the March 29 futures collapse, basis in my area, as well as across the whole Corn Belt, has improved at least another 5 cents. This means my remaining stored bushels still have some opportunity left for potentially even higher basis prices than this recent trade. I’m not disappointed that I sold early because I needed to core the bins and the price was still better than what I was looking at even a month earlier. I always want the sale I make to be the worst sale of the year because I always have more grain to sell down the road.While futures prices may be disappointing right now the basis prices are very good. This is another example of why it’s important to maximize the profit potential within each factor that makes up the cash price (i.e futures, carry and basis) independently. Focusing only on the cash price limits farmers’ opportunity. Separating futures from basis allows me to maximize basis potential now, while futures values are down.Some in the industry are saying a significant futures rally could hurt basis values. Maybe, but last year futures rallied 30 cents in the spring, and basis went up too. Basis is a better indication of actual grain movement. As a general rule, when basis drops, grain is moving or demand is weakening. When basis is up, there is lack of movement or supply is limited. Basis can occasionally be a good indicator of potential futures market direction. Please email [email protected] with any questions or to learn more. Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction. The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC is merely providing this information for your general information and the information does not take into account any particular individual’s investment objectives, financial situation, or needs. All investors should obtain advice based on their unique situation before making any investment decision. The contents of this communication and any attachments are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should they be construed as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation to buy or sell any future, option, swap or other derivative. The sources for the information and any opinions in this communication are believed to be reliable, but Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information or opinions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC and its principals and employees may take positions different from any positions described in this communication. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results.last_img read more

9 months agoRabbi Matondo rejects Man City contract offer

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Rabbi Matondo rejects Man City contract offerby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRabbi Matondo has rejected a new contract offer from Manchester City.The Sun says he could be the next youngster to leave the Etihad.Pep Guardiola has lost Brahim Diaz to Real Madrid and now has one of his brightest Academy prospects targeted by German clubs.The 18-year-old, capped by Wales, has a full season left on his current deal but fresh terms have not been agreed.Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Borussia Monchengladbach, and RB Leipzig all watched the forward play in a UEFA youth clash against Hoffenhiem earlier in the season.And City ideally don’t want youngsters running down their contract like Spain Under-21 star Diaz. last_img read more

Petroleum analyst optimistic for the price of oil after government moves

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) – The markets are now open and we will soon see if the Alberta government’s actions to cut oil production in the province will help with the price of oil.On Sunday, Rachel Notley announced an 8.7 per cent cutback on production across the province.Dan McTeague is a petroleum analyst.He believes whether or not the government made this move, there would be job losses.“For many companies, this may not be the outcome that they wanted, but spreading around the pain seems to be the only thing you could do with an environment where doing nothing would only lead to further catastrophe.”While this was certainly not the government’s first choice of action, McTeague believes it is the right course of action.“I think jobs would be affected either way,” he said. “We have to look at the absolute carnage in jobs that have taken place up to now. I think it’s short-term pain for long-term gain.”He notes the short term success on the markets will also be heavily impacted by some global moves.He sees the thawing of the trade war between the U.S. and China as a major factor.“There is also a likelihood that OPEC will cut back dramatically on production along with Russia.”last_img read more