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Limits of Christmas magic – RSF’s new campaign video

first_img Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is today launching an end-of-year holiday campaign video to raise awareness of media freedom violations and to appeal for donations. The video shows some of the world’s best-known press freedom predators disguised as Father Christmas to remind the public that, for journalistic freedom and independence, “the magic of Christmas sadly has its limits” in many countries. Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Predators December 15, 2017 – Updated on January 27, 2020 Limits of Christmas magic – RSF’s new campaign video Denouncing attacks on the freedom to informWith nearly 70 journalists killed worldwide in 2017 and more than 300 currently detained, the threats to media personnel keep on growing. This short video reflects this reality in an incisive and ironic way by showing Kim Jong-un (North Korea), Donald Trump (United States), Recep Tayyip Erdogan (Turkey), Vladimir Putin (Russia) and Xi Jiping (China) in Father Christmas costumes.The solidarity campaign starts 15 DecemberProduced by RSF and its ad agency, BETC, the campaign video will begin screening on French TV channels today (15 December). As every year, RSF counts on the general public’s generosity in order to continue its work.Help us to support information and journalists all over the world: https://donate.rsf.org/b/my-donation Campaigns Organisation Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Predators RSF_en last_img read more

Vintage plane erupts in flames after crashing onto freeway in Southern California

first_imgObtained by ABC News(LOS ANGELES) — A small, vintage plane crashed on a busy freeway in Southern California Tuesday, causing traffic to be backed up for miles.The fiery crash was reported shortly before 2 p.m. in the westbound lanes of the 101 Freeway. The aircraft came to rest against the center divider of the freeway, ABC News owned station KABC-TV reported.Los Angeles County firefighters managed to pull the pilot out of the aircraft before it erupted in flames. No other passengers were traveling on board the aircraft.No vehicles were involved in the crash and no injuries were reported, authorities said.The burning wreckage prompted officials to shut down both sides of the freeway, which will remain closed until further notice.The aircraft — a North American SNJ-5 — is owned by Condor Squadron Officer’s and Airmen’s Association, according to the FAA.KABC-TV spoke with the pilot, who only identified himself as Rob. He explained that the plane engine failed.“I picked a spot on the freeway, where I knew there was a big section of cars that weren’t there, but the engine completely failed,” Rob told KABC-TV. “Fortunately, I was able to not hurt anybody – other than the airplane.”The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the NTSB and the FAA.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Antarctic clouds

first_imgSensitivity studies with global climate models show that, by their influence on the radiation balance, Antarctic clouds play a major role in the climate system, both directly at high southern latitudes and indirectly globally, as the local circulation changes lead to global teleconnections. Unfortunately, observations of cloud distribution in the Antarctic are limited and often of low quality because of the practical difficulty in observing clouds in the harsh Antarctic environment. The best surface observations suggest that the fractional cloud cover at the South Pole is around 50-60% in all seasons, whereas the cloud cover rises to around 80-90% close to the coast of the continent. Microphysical observations of cloud parameters are also very sparse in the Antarctic. However, the few measurements that do exist show predominantly ice-crystal clouds across the interior, with mixed-phase clouds close to the coasts. Crystal sizes vary from 5 to 30 mm (effective radius) in the interior to somewhat larger ice crystals and water drops near the coast. A wide range of crystal shapes is observed at all sites. This review considers the available cloud observations and highlights the importance of Antarctic clouds and the need for better observations in the future.last_img read more

Kentucky Unemployment Rate Remains Steady in November

first_imgKentucky Unemployment Rate Remains Steady in NovemberDECEMBER 21ST, 2018 TYRONE MORRIS KENTUCKYIn Kentucky, the state’s unemployment rate remained steady in November. The Kentucky Center for Statistics says November’s unemployment rate was 4.5 percent which was the same figure as October.Officials say last month the business services and manufacturing sectors saw the greatest job growth.Whereas the financial and construction sectors saw a decrease in employment.Workforce officials say the November 2018 jobless rate was the same as in November 2017. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare TwitterFacebooklast_img

60-second sales pitch

first_imgSo, what are Butter Buds?Butter Buds are natural dairy concentrates that can either replace butter, cream, cheese, olive oil and cocoa butter without loss of flavour, richness or quality.Why are they so special?They’re created from actual butter, cream etc, so they deliver an authentic dairy flavour with either a natural or extract declaration. They’re also healthy; at typical application levels, they contribute less than 0.1% fat!Why should bakers buy this?More than just a flavour, they deliver quality characteristics of dairy fat, adding mouthfeel and body to the products at a much lower cost than the dairy fat itself. They’re shelf-stable for 12-18 months, non-GMO and kosher certified and can be declared as “natural flavour” for a clean label.So explain the techie stuff.At the heart of every Butter Buds product is a carefully tailored enzyme blend. These are added to 100% natural butter (or other dairy fat) and put through a tightly controlled time/temperature process. The enzyme blends selectively break the molecular bonds and release the full flavour potential of butter. The result is concentrated dairy flavour, converted to either free-flowing powders or convenient pastes.Bottom line, what’s this product worth to the baker?We have recently done a cost-saving exercise in butter biscuits, showing a 30-35% cost reduction on the butter flavour component of the recipe formulation, but with the flavour, mouthfeel and texture intact!last_img read more

Exclusive Videos! Get a Front-Row Seat to the Bombshell Concert

first_img View Comments Star Files Megan Hiltycenter_img Unless you were one of the lucky few to score a ticket to the Bombshell concert on June 8, you were probably sitting home on the couch weeping and cursing your bad luck. Dry your eyes—Broadway.com has two exclusive videos and an awesome montage of the big night at the Minskoff Theatre, featuring clips from “They Just Keep Moving the Line,” “The 20th Century Fox Mambo,” “Big Finish,” “I Never Met a Wolf Who Didn’t Love to Howl,” “Don’t Say Yes Until I Finish Talking,” “On Lexington and 52nd Street,” “Cut, Print…Moving On,” “(Let’s Start) Tomorrow Tonight,” “The Right Regrets,” “Hang the Moon” and “Let Me Be Your Star.” You’re welcome!last_img

Appalachian Seed Saving

first_imgGold may be rare in the north Georgia mountains, but now the region boasts a seed bank that might be worth just as much to Appalachian natives and local gardening enthusiasts.Becky Griffin, community and school garden coordinator for University of Georgia Cooperative Extension, has partnered with the University of North Georgia (UNG) to host a secondary site for heirloom seeds from the mountain region at the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Mountain Research and Education Center in Blairsville.Beginning in 2006, UNG’s Saving Appalachian Gardens and Stories project has collected, grown and shared seeds to preserve the area’s heritage as part of the Appalachian Studies Center in UNG’s College of Education.“The Upland Mountain South is home to some of the highest levels of agrobiodiversity in North America,” said Karrie Ann Fadroski, the project founder and UNG senior lecturer in biology. “Here, many gardeners continue to maintain their folk crop varieties that have been passed down through their family and community.”Seeds for cultivars like ‘Mr. Lovell’s Wintergreens’, ‘Aunt Cora’s Sunburst Tomatoes’ and ‘Lillian Marshall Bean’ that have been passed down for generations will now be stored in refrigeration at UGA’s Mountain Research and Education Center.Expanding to a second location is critical to ensure there are plenty of seeds available as a backup.“Some of these seeds that have been collected might be the only ones that are left,” said Griffin, an active seed saver and part of the Seed Savers Exchange and Community Seed Network nonprofits.“Seed saving and sharing can be an important way for many cultures to preserve their heritage,” she explained. “What makes people feel like they’re at home is what’s in their garden.”Seed saving can also be taught in collaboration with school gardens and intertwined with history lessons, Griffin noted.Blairsville’s Georgia Mountain Research and Education Center is an hour north of UNG’s main campus in Dahlonega. It’s been a center of agricultural research since the 1930s and is a fixture of the mountain community.“We have a long history in preserving our mountain heritage with native plants and promoting their use in the landscape through social programs,” said center Superintendent Ray Covington. “It is our pleasure to continue this tradition by providing a secondary site to save and preserve historic Appalachian seeds.” Learn more about the CAES Mountain Research and Education Center at gamountain.caes.uga.edu. For more information about saving and storing seeds, see UGA Extension Bulletin 1486, “Variety Selection and Seed Saving for Organic Growers,” at extension.uga.edu/publications.last_img read more

Froome claims fourth Tour de France title

first_imgBy Julien PretotPARIS (Reuters) – Chris Froome put on a near-perfect performance to claim his fourth Tour de France and move within one title of cycling’s greatest on Sunday as Team Sky tightened their grip on the classic race.The Briton suffered a few wobbles throughout the 3,540-km race but was always in control over the three weeks thanks to his high-calibre team mates who sheltered him when it mattered in the mountains, leaving the lanky rider to make the difference in the time trials that book-ended the 104th edition.Sky, who have the biggest budget of the peloton, have now snatched five of the last six titles and came within a whisker of placing two riders on the podium as Spain’s Mikel Landa missed out on the top three by one second.Froome is now one title behind all-time greats Belgian Eddy Merckx, Spain’s Miguel Indurain and French duo Jacques Anquetil and Bernard Hinault.He is the first to win three consecutive titles since Indurain, who prevailed from 1991-95.The disgraced Lance Armstrong’s seven titles since then have been erased from the record book.“I’m speechless, it’s amazing,” Froome said after getting off his bike and hugging his wife Michelle and son Kellan.“The Champs Elysees never disappoints, there is something magical when you have spent three weeks thinking about this moment, it’s just so rewarding every time.“Each win has been so unique, such a different battle and this will be remembered as the closest and most hard-fought.”Colombian Rigoberto Uran finished second overall, 54 seconds behind, and France’s Romain Bardet, runner-up last year, was third, 2:20 off the pace after both riders lost time to Froome in Saturday’s final time trial.Sky’s team principal Dave Brailsford said there was no reason Froome could not add to his tally and become the most successful rider in the race’s history.“I think Chris can go on, there is no reason to think that he can’t,” he said. “Physically he has got what it takes and I don’t think that’s going to diminish in the next year or so.”Sunday’s largely processional stage from Montgeron — where the first Tour started in 1903 — to the Champs Elysees in Paris was won by Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen in a bunch sprint.The 103-km ride was the occasion for Froome to sip rose Champagne with his team mates as the real racing began only when the peloton, who went through the Grand Palais, reached the Champs Elysees and the sprinters wound it up.Froome’s victory was the first one achieved with a gap of less than a minute and while there was no repeat of last year when he had to run up Mont Ventoux without a bike, he did have mechanical scares that his rivals failed to exploit.Slowed DownIn the ninth stage, they slowed down for him after Fabio Aru attacked near the top of the final climb with Froome waiting for assistance. A week later his main rivals did not go for the throat when the Briton broke a spoke in his rear wheel and found himself trailing by 45 seconds.He also lacked his usual dominance in the climbs and was beaten in a brutal uphill finish in Peyragudes as the 26-year-old Bardet won the stage to fuel hopes of a first home champion since 1985.Froome always had the safety net of Saturday’s 22.2-km sprint around the streets of Marseille where Bardet cracked and almost lost his podium place.France had a great Tour with five stage wins, including a double by Warren Barguil, who won the polka dot jersey for the mountains classification, reviving memories of Richard Virenque.Australian Michael Matthews’s versatility earned him the green jersey for the points classification, helped by the fact that world champion Peter Sagan was kicked out of the race for causing a crash that ended Mark Cavendish’s race.Germany’s Marcel Kittel won five stages but crashed a few days before the finish.Britain’s Simon Yates won the white jersey for the best under-25 rider after finishing seventh overall, one year after his twin brother Adam achieved the same feat.last_img read more