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New spate of repressive laws in Russia

first_img Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the latest attack on press freedom in Russia, where the Duma (the parliament) last week passed amendments under which failure to remove prohibited content will be punishable by imprisonment. More draconian legislation is being considered. Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption to go further “These latest amendments will make Russia’s draconian defamation laws even tougher,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “The totally disproportionate penalties will inevitably reinforce the already oppressive climate of intimidation and further restrict debate on matters of public interest. Organisation “Offending the feelings of believers,” “propaganda in favour of non-traditional sexual relations” and “separatist propaganda” have all been criminalized. Media outlets can be branded as “foreign agents.” The grounds under which websites can be blocked without a court order keep on being extended. Technical intermediaries have increasingly been brought under control. News RSF_en RSF_EECA Читать на русском / Read in RussianLong dubbed the “mad printer” because of the furious pace at which it produces repressive laws, the Duma has again been living up to its nickname since the end of the summer break. The telecommunications ministry has meanwhile proposed that reference to a judge should not be needed in order to block any content deemed to “support or justify committing an extremist act or terrorist act or both.” This wording is even vaguer than the one already widely used to jail people for online posts of political or social content. “As a result of these increasingly repressive laws, Moscow keeps straying ever further from its international obligations and the principles proclaimed in the Russian constitution. It is high time to halt this disturbing trend.” Related documents cp_russia_24-09-2018_rus.pdfPDF – 63.36 KB May 21, 2021 Find out more September 24, 2018 New spate of repressive laws in Russia RussiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Council of EuropeInternetFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment The legislation applicable to news and information has been getting steadily tougher ever since defamation was recriminalized in 2012. May 5, 2021 Find out morecenter_img These amendments introduce a sliding scale of penalties for violations. Entities can be fined up to 200,000 roubles (2,500 euros), ordinary individuals can be jailed for up to one year, and officials or representatives of “commercial or other” organizations can be jailed for up to two years. RussiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Council of EuropeInternetFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Russia On 20 September, the Duma’s members unanimously passed two bills imposing harsh penalties for failure to take down or retract content within the specified deadline after it has been banned by a court. Their approval by the upper house and ratification by Vladimir Putin are regarded as just a formality. Since April, the authorities have been able to block any website that has not removed content deemed to be defamatory. Under another law due to take effect at the end of this month, search engines will be subject to fines if their results still include links to banned content. News Credit: Yuri KADOBNOV / AFP Receive email alerts Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing Russia is ranked 148th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. News News June 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Kristallnacht anniversary: ‘We were frightened for our lives’

first_img– Advertisement – – Advertisement – A Jewish witness to the violent attacks carried out during Kristallnacht is sharing his experiences to help educate future generations.On 9 November 1938 more than 1,000 synagogues were attacked in Germany and Austria. It was the outbreak of mass violence against Jews which was to end in their mass murder. It became known as Kristallnacht – ‘The night of broken glass’.- Advertisement –center_img To mark its anniversary, 96-year-old Jakob Sanger is working with Jroots, a charity that specialises in Holocaust education using accounts of survivors.last_img read more

Capitals’ Tom Wilson will not be disciplined for blindside hit on Devils’ Brett Seney

first_img Capitals’ Tom Wilson ejected for illegal check to the head on Devils’ Brett Seney Wilson was ejected for an illegal check to the head and assessed a match penalty after he hit Seney, who had his back turned. The play happened with 2:21 left in the second period. Seney appeared injured, though he returned to play 3 minutes and 20 seconds in the third period. Tom Wilson hit on Brett Seney pic.twitter.com/1DSpoctEnc— Rob Taub (@RTaub_) December 1, 2018Tom Wilson is given a match penalty for this hit on the @NJDevils ‘ Brett Seney. #NJDevils pic.twitter.com/LM6Oc3vmPk— MSG Networks (@MSGNetworks) December 1, 2018Capitals coach Todd Reirden expressed frustration with the call after the game, saying Wilson wasn’t trying to make a hit. “This guy’s doing everything he can to try to play the right way and this is how things are happening and it’s a tough situation,” he said, via NBC Sports Capitals.”This guy’s doing everything he can to play the right way…” Todd Reirden went off after the game when asked about the Tom Wilson ejection. 🗣️ pic.twitter.com/TNXX8sdRZN— NBC Sports Capitals (@NBCSCapitals) December 1, 2018Wilson, 24, has a history of making controversial hits as he has been suspended four times since September 2017. He was last suspended for a hit to the head of St. Louis Blues forward Oskar Sundqvist in a preseason game on Sept. 30, which resulted in a 20-game suspension from the NHL that was later reduced to 14 games.Wilson has seven goals and six assists (including a goal against the Devils) over the past nine games since returning from his suspension. Capitals winger Tom Wilson will not face supplemental discipline for his hit on Devils winger Brett Seney during Friday’s game. According to TSN, Washington was informed Saturday there will not be a hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety for Wilson’s controversial play.  Related Newslast_img read more

Ranney Students Present ‘Man of La Mancha’ Friday and Saturday

first_imgTINTON FALLS – Ranney International Thespian Troupe No. 630 presents Man of La Mancha, at 7 p.m. through March 9 in RSPA Panther Hall.The five-time Tony Award-winning show will be directed by John Doyle, with musical direction by Tess Nielsen, performing arts director, and Kevin Cotter, conductor.“To reach the unreachable star…” best describes the dramatic and song-filled message of the musical adventure that retells the story of Don Quixote and his quest for truth and valor.Performed with a live orchestra, the imaginative storyline creates a highly theatrical experience, making it a must-see production for all ages. The Impossible Dream is but one of many inspiring tunes that complement the equally poetic script.Tessa Payer from Wall portrays Antonia and Jack Fink from Middletown, Dr. Sanson Carasco, in the Ranney School production of Man of La Mancha.Inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’ 17th-century masterpiece, Man of La Mancha is an epic story of knight-errant Don Quixote (Noah Goldstein ’14), his servant and trusty sidekick Sancho (George Timmins ’15), the leader of the muleteers, Paco (Ben Puvalowski ’13) and the woman of his dreams, the lovely Aldonza (Peri Rohl ’16) also affectionately known as Dulcinea. Taking place during the Spanish Inquisition, the play is filled with drama, suspense and passion.The Ranney School performance is appropriate for all ages. Tickets are $10 at the door.last_img read more

Resilient Design: Natural Cooling

first_imgAlex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. To keep up with his latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed. Over the past month and a half, my blogs been focusing on resilient design — which will become all the more important in this age of climate change. Achieving resilience in homes not only involves keeping them comfortable in the winter months through lots of insulation and some passive solar gain (which I’ve covered in the previous two blogs), it also involves keeping them from getting too hot in the summer months if we lose power and our air conditioning systems stop working. This week, despite the freezing weather, we’ll look at cooling-load-avoidance strategies and natural ventilation.Orientation and building geometryWith new houses, we can relatively easily control orientation and geometrical form to minimize unwanted solar gain.The optimal orientation for a house is with the long axis running east-west, so that the longer walls face south and north. This allows the house to benefit from the sun when we want that heat, but keep it out when we don’t want it.The sun always rises in the east and sets in the west, but in the summer it rises much higher in the sky. By having more windows facing south, most of the sunlight will glance off that glass during the summer when the sun high overhead, while in the winter, with the lower-angle sunlight, most of that sunlight shines through those windows — providing passive solar heating (see last week’s blog).At the same time, having fewer windows on the east and west makes sense relative to summertime overheating. Significantly more sunlight shines through a square foot of east- or west-facing window during the course of a day in the summer than through a square foot of south- or north-facing window, so limiting east and west windows helps to prevent overheating.Window selectionThe type of glazing in our windows has a major impact on how much sunlight is transmitted through them. This is why it almost always makes sense in well-insulated buildings to “tune” the windows by orientation. By this, I mean using glass (glazing) on the south that transmits a high percentage of the sunlight striking it and glass on the east and west that transmits less sunlight. We refer to this property as the solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC); it is the fraction of total solar energy transmitted through the glass (assuming the sunlight strikes the glass at a normal (perpendicular) angle.A good rule of thumb is to select south-facing windows that have SHGC values of 0.6 or higher (0.5 or higher with triple-glazed windows), and east- and west-facing windows with SHGC values of 0.3 or lower.Windows with SHGC values of 0.6 will transmit twice as much solar energy as windows with SHGC values of 0.3. The beauty of recent advances in glazings it that we can now have fairly large window areas (to provide views and natural lighting) without nearly the energy penalty (both from heat loss and unwanted solar gain) we had two or three decades ago.Shading windows from direct sunOn the south, we can also use simple overhangs or awnings to block virtually all of the direct sun. On the east and west, different shading strategies are better, because the sun is lower in the sky. For these windows, exterior shade screens or roller blinds can be very effective. So can plantings of tall annuals like hollyhocks or vines like clematis, morning glory, and grape.Designers and builders in the south learned the principles of shading windows long ago. Traditional architecture in hot climates often included wrap-around porches that kept direct sun out of the house, while providing pleasant outdoor living space. (Part of resilient design is looking at how our grandparents or great grandparents built — and returning to some of this vernacular architecture that is so well-adapted to the local climate.)Reflective roofs and wallsLight-colored roofs and walls reflect, rather than absorb, most of the sunlight striking them. By not heating up as much, less heat is transmitted through to the interior. With high insulation levels in roofs and walls (see below), the need for reflective exterior surfaces is less important, but this strategy can still make a difference.High insulation levels and tight constructionJust as an energy-efficient building envelope reduces heat loss in the winter, it also reduces unwanted heat gain during the summer — thus helping to control cooling loads and maintain comfort.If we follow the sort of recommendations for insulation levels for resilient homes that were outlined a couple weeks ago, unwanted heat gain will be very effectively controlled in the summer — as long as windows are closed during the hottest days.Natural ventilationFinally, we can achieve resilient homes that won’t get too hot if power is lost and air conditioning doesn’t work through natural ventilation. This strategy is particularly effective at night, when it’s cooler outside than in.Simple operable windows with screens offer the primary strategy here, but we can go further. In hot, sunny climates, such as the Southwest, one can build solar chimneys that use the natural buoyancy of warm, rising air to pull in cooler outside air — sometimes through inlet tubes buried in the ground (earth tubes). Operable windows high on a wall or skylights can also serve as solar chimneys.All of these natural cooling strategies can keep a house safe and reasonably comfortable in the summer during power outages. During normal times, such measures will significantly reduce the amount of time an air conditioner has to operate, while keeping the house more comfortable.last_img read more

Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari invites BJP to form government

first_imgGovernor of Maharashtra Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Saturday asked leader of the elected members of the single largest party, BJP, and its legislative leader Devendra Fadnavis to indicate willingness and ability to form government.Also Read With no new govt. in sight, Maharashtra Assembly to be in ‘suspended animation’ Elections to the Assembly were held on October 21 and results declared on October 24, in which the BJP had emerged as the single largest party with 105 seats and Mr. Fadnavis was elected its legislative party chief on October 31.Mr. Fadnavis will have to prove majority in the House of 288 members by 8.00 P.M. on November 11. Despite the passage of 15 days, no single party or alliance of parties has come forward to form government, the Governor office said.The BJP now has the option to prove they have the numbers or decline the invite. It can also request time to show the support of 145 MLAs either in writing or on the floor of the House. “In a scenario BJP conveys its response in a negative, the Governor will have to explore other options. The moment Mr. Fadnavis says yes, he would effectively take oath as Chief Minister along with an essential Council of Ministers. A Speaker will be appointed and the House called where the first business would be that of a confidence motion,” said former Maharashtra advocate general Shrihari Aney.Sources said the Governor had begun consultations with Advocate General Ashutosh Kumbhakoni on the process early on Saturday after the five-year term of the Assembly had ended. Earlier, the law and judiciary submitted a report to the Governor on the “order of preference” set out by the Sarkaria Commission Report, which gives four options to the Governor as ratified by the Supreme Court: inviting a pre-poll alliance of parties 2) inviting the single largest party which stakes claim to form government 3) inviting a post-poll alliance of parties, with all the partners in the coalition joining the government or 4) inviting a post-poll alliances of parties, with some becoming part of the government and some supporting from outside, as per the report.Sources close to Mr. Fadnavis said he was expecting the invitation and would respond at the earliest. “We had feelers he would invite us today or on Sunday, having explored step one — inviting a pre-poll alliance of parties. We were expecting him to move to step two soon: that is an invitation to us,” said a BJP leader.“The invitation will be decided at the BJP core committee meeting on Sunday. There is no option other than the BJP. We are ready for talks with Shiv Sena anytime. The mandate is for the grand alliance. Talks will take place when we sit across the table. Receiving invitation from the Governor is part of constitutional process. Shiv Sena should respect the mandate,” he said.last_img read more

Höegh LNG Names Its Ninth FSRU

first_imgNorway-based Höegh LNG has named its ninth floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU).The naming ceremony was held today at Hyundai Heavy Industries’ shipyard in South Korea.The newbuilding, Höegh Gannet, is the largest capacity FSRU ever built with 1bcf/d and with a record construction time of 23 months, the company said.With a length of 294 meters and a width of 46 meters, the FSRU has a capacity of 170,000 cbm.The 81,500 dwt Höegh Gannet is scheduled for delivery in December this year.In August, Höegh LNG received commitment letters for a USD 177 million debt financing for its ninth FSRU. The loan comprises a 12-year tranche of USD 132 million guaranteed by South Korean export credit agency K-SURE and a five-year non-amortising commercial bank tranche of USD 45 million.A month later, the company inked a time charter contract with Naturgy Energy Group for FSRU #9. The time charter is expected to commence in December 2018 and has a term of 15 months. Under the contract, FSRU #9 will earn a fixed daily charter rate which is in line with the current medium-term market for DFDE LNG carriers, according to the company.last_img read more

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