WSIS media and human rights caucuses protest exclusion of Reporters Without Borders

first_img The human rights and media caucuses of groups represented at the World Summit on the Information Society announced on 19 September their support for Reporters Without Borders, which has been banned from the Summit. Here is the joint communiqué put out by the two caucuses:”The media and human rights in the information society caucuses, present in Geneva for PrepCom 3 of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) express their astonishment and consternation over the communication by the Executive Director of the Summit to Reporters Without Borders of the refusal to allow the press freedom organization to participate in this meeting and the Summit.The procedural reason given should not override the principle at thecore of the Summit : an Information and Communication Society should have as its basis the respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, notably freedom of expression and freedom of the press.We strongly urge the Summit’s Executive Secretariat to abrogateimmediately its administrative decision to exclude Reporters Without Borders from the work of the WSIS.Failing that, the image of the WSIS and of the UN system could only be tarnished as to their attachement to freedom of expression and its determination to include civil society in its deliberations”.The human rights and media caucuses. 18 September 2003. The human rights and media caucuses of groups represented at the World Summit on the Information Society announced on 19 September their support for Reporters Without Borders, which has been banned from the Summit. RSF_en Help by sharing this information News September 23, 2003 – Updated on January 25, 2016 WSIS media and human rights caucuses protest exclusion of Reporters Without Borders Organisation last_img read more

The 10 priciest Hamptons homes sales of 2020

first_imgMessage* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Full Name* Tags2020 in Reviewhamptons-weeklyLuxury Real EstateResidential Real EstateThe Hamptonstristate-weekly Ken Griffin and 650 Meadow Lane (left) and 15 West Dune Lane (Photos via Google Maps; Compass; Citadel)UPDATED Dec. 21, 2020, 6:40 pm: It’s no secret that Hamptons buyers went ham this year.Wealthy New Yorkers fled the city in droves, flooding into surrounding suburbs and vacation destinations and setting those housing markets on fire. Sprawling oceanfront homes in the Hamptons were an immediate target of the influx of deep-pocketed buyers willing to pay sky-high prices for an isolated oasis.The most 10 expensive deals this year came to a total of $450.55 million, up 48 percent from the $303.5 million for the top 10 in 2019. The Real Deal’s analysis of deals in the Hamptons through Dec. 15 relied on data from Redfin and OneKey and confirmation from Saunders & Associates and Compass.To illustrate the difference a pandemic makes: The top home sale last year was $39 million by natural gas billionaire Michael S. Smith in an off-market deal. In 2020, the priciest was a stunning $84.4 million sale to real estate-hungry billionaire Ken Griffin, who last year bought the most expensive home in the U.S. for $238 million in Manhattan’s 220 Central Park South.Here is more on that sale and the rest of the Hamptons’ 10 priciest of the past year:1. 650 Meadow Lane | $84.4 millionBillionaire Ken Griffin went into contract to buy Calvin Klein’s Southampton compound in February just as the pandemic was beginning. The 7-acre property includes a modern-style home that Klein built from the ground up and was said to be “all about the views.”2. 15 West Dune Lane | $67 millionThe 3.4-acre East Hampton estate includes two mansions boasting a combined 14,000 square feet and 14 bedrooms. When the unknown buyer went into contract in September the price tag was $70 million. The compound includes a waterfront pool and frontage along Wiborg Beach.Read more220 Central Park South dominates NYC’s priciest resi sales of the yearKen Griffin in contract for Calvin Klein’s Hamptons compoundThe 10 priciest Hamptons home sales of 2019center_img 3. 26 & 32 Windmill Lane | $45 millionThe former beachfront getaway of the late Union Pacific chairman James H. Evans sold in April. The property spans 6.7 acres and comprises two lots. The main house is 5,500 square feet, though the undisclosed buyer may view it as a teardown as zoning now would allow a home up to 12,500 square feet, according to the Wall Street Journal.4. 1050 Meadow Lane | $40.9 millionThe 3.4-acre estate in Southampton Village sold at the end of January, according to 27 East. The property features 535 feet of ocean frontage, a heated outdoor pool, a chef’s kitchen and an elevator that goes to all three floors of the 9,000-square-foot home. Built in 2003, the not-so-humble abode has six bedrooms and a private dock.5. 1400 Meadow Lane | $39.5 millionThe nine-bedroom home in Southampton sits on a roughly three-acre lot. The oceanfront house sprawls over 11,000 square feet and was built in 2018. The home has a 2,870-square-foot marble terrace, a tennis court and infinity pool overlooking the ocean, according to the listing.6. 24 and 28 Gin Lane | $38 millionThe two parcels formerly owned by a Woolworth heiress traded in February. The property’s main house spans 7,300 square feet with 12 bedrooms, with a nearby carriage house and a protected beachfront, according to the listing, which marketed the property as a “development opportunity.” The unknown buyer could build a home up to 15,000 square feet and add a pool and tennis court.7. 1116 Meadow Lane | $36 millionJust down the road, the eight-bedroom residence on this nearly three-acre estate spans 12,800 square feet. The two-level home was built in 2012 with an open floor plan, according to its listing. The estate has an oceanside pool and a multitude of terraces and decks.8. 27 Drew Lane | $35.75 millionDesigned by architecture firm COOKFOX, the 13,600-square-foot mansion on the East End of Long Island sits near a smaller residence for a caretaker, a yoga pavilion and lap pool. The home was built in 2007, according to the architect.9. 317 Murray Place | $35 millionThe Southampton mansion styled like a French chateau, complete with imported stone, is part of the Murray Compound with 200 feet of beach frontage and a 2.8-acre lot. The 9,200-square-foot home has an elevator and wine cellar. The property includes a heated pool and room for the new owner to build a tennis court, according to the listing. It was initially marketed in conjunction with a second home that had made up late financier John F. Sullivan’s six-acre compound. The second home, previously listed for $35 million, was not on the market at the time of the sale, according to the Wall Street Journal.10. 55 Coopers Neck Lane | $34 millionThe 11-bedroom mansion was built this year on a 4.5-acre estate. The Southampton Village home spans 12,400 square feet and includes a gym, home theater, pool and tennis courts, according to its listing.Honorable mention | 91 Fowler Street | $33 millionThe 13,000-square-foot mansion includes eight bedrooms, four fireplaces, double-height living areas and a roof deck overlooking the ocean. The newly-built home faces Phillips Ponds. The 3.2-acre property has a heated infinity pool, spa building and tennis court. It was last asking $42.9 million before going into contract, according to 27 East.Contact Erin Hudson Email Address* Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

Judicial Administration and Evaluation Committee formed through merger

first_img May 1, 2004 Regular News Judicial Administration and Evaluation Committee formed through merger The merger of the Judicial Evaluation Committee and the Judicial Administration, Selection, and Tenure Committee has been approved by the Bar Board of Governors pursuant to a recommendation from the Program Evaluation Committee.PEC Chair Hank Coxe brought that recommendation to the board at its recent Pensacola meeting. PEC had discussed the matter with the board at the board’s January meeting.Coxe said PEC was recommending against including the Judicial Nominating Procedures Committee in the merger, because its duties were different enough to leave it separate.The new committee will, for the moment, be called the Judicial Administration and Evaluation Committee (JAE).The merger shows “the Bar is capable of streamlining and reducing size and numbers when it’s appropriate,” Coxe said.He also recommended waiving the term limit requirements for the leaders of the JEC to provide continuity during the merger, and the board agreed to that as part of the PEC recommendation.On other matters, Coxe said the PEC is continuing to review the Bar’s Clients Security Fund program.It is also looking at the Citizens Forum, “which was characterized as cost efficient and very valuable to the board,” Coxe said.Board member Mike Glazer, who has served on the forum, noted it has between 11 and 14 nonlawyer members from different constituencies, as well as several member. They frequently examine major issues coming to the board and have provided insightful and critical feedback on issues ranging from lawyer regulation, court funding, this year’s For The Children campaign, and other matters.“They’re input has been invaluable,” Glazer said. “If anything, we need to find ways to use them in more and better ways.”The PEC also at the board’s May meeting will be bringing recommendations from it review of the Equal Opportunities in the Profession Section and on a petition filed by Bar members to create an animal law committee, Coxe reported.center_img Judicial Administration and Evaluation Committee formed through mergerlast_img read more

Canete makes good on promise to help save PH polo

first_imgCutting through the water with strong strokes and then rising for accurate shooting, Canete scored six points in the Philippines’ surprising 9-7 win over Thailand.Canete, a single parent with two teenaged boys, was working as a swimming instructor in Dubai for six years.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’READ: PH opens SEAG bid on high note, nips Thailand in water poloBut last year, the team asked him to come back. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) “In Singapore we didn’t get a medal (and went home without a win) I heard they are going to disband the team if we lose here now,” said Canete. “So I decided to help.”Head coach Rey Galang lavished praise on Canete for taking care of the offense while team captain and goalie Tani Gomez Jr., was in charge of defense.READ: SEA Games special siteAlso scoring for the Philippines were Mico Anota, Reynaldo Salonga Jr., and Mummar Alamara.“I think we are in a much better shape now than when I came back,” said Canete. “We just need to sustain this and remain focused.”ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Teen gunned down in Masbate PH water polo top scorer Roy Canete. Photo by Marc ReyesKUALA LUMPUR—Teodoro Roy Canete had to make a big decision to leave a lucrative job in Dubai to “help save” Philippine water polo.That started to pay off Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings The Philippines also had a help from the bench from Hungarian coach Eggidy Gabor.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas LATEST STORIES Thailand silences PH to advance to AVC semislast_img read more

Get ready for Baker Mayfield starting against Raiders in Week 4

first_imgYOU GOT WHAT IT TAKES?Make your Raiders-Dolphins pick & challenge our pros***ALAMEDA — Hue Jackson is playing it coy, but you can bet Cleveland quarterback Baker Mayfield will be making his first NFL start in Oakland on Sept. 30.According to the sports online site, Mayfield is a 1-to-100 favorite to face the Raiders in Week 4, with the odds on 2018 starter Tyrod Taylor 50-to-1.Jackson declined to state the obvious after the Browns, with Mayfield coming to the rescue, beat the …last_img

Underwater Forest Discovered: How Old?

first_imgSixty feet down in Gulf waters off the coast of Alabama, stumps of an old cypress forest have appeared.  How can they be 52,000 years old when the wood still smells like cypress?The discovery was reported by Live Science.  It includes a five-minute video tour of the area which the discoverers are keeping secret till it can be thoroughly documented.  Hundreds of Bald Cypress stumps as large as two meters in diameter are found over a half-square-mile area, several miles from the coast of Mobile, Alabama in the Gulf of Mexico.  Fish, anemones and other marine creatures have taken up residence in the forest, causing it to decay more rapidly.The video clip claims the stumps are 12,000 years old, but the text says they have been radiocarbon dated at 52,000 years old.  The article claims that they might have been uncovered by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.  Before that, they may have been covered in sand, preventing oxygen from accelerating decomposition.Yet it appears incredible the trees could be that old.  For one thing, “The forest contains trees so well-preserved that when they are cut, they still smell like fresh Cypress sap,” one of the divers said.  For another, are scientists ready to claim that no hurricane of Katrina’s proportions occurred in the alleged 12,000 years since the trees sank below the surface?  Now, the trees are decaying so rapidly, the discoverers fear scientists only have two years to examine the site and perform more radiocarbon or tree-ring date calculations.  Divers said they could break off chunks of the wood with their hands.Update 7/30/13: Live Science reported that the wood is so fresh, efforts are underway to protect the forest before developers start harvesting it!  “If salvage companies get their way, an underwater forest of 50,000-year-old trees only recently discovered could be destroyed to make high-end coffee tables.”  No one is questioning the credibility of the date.  “The trees were in such pristine condition that fresh sap oozed from the stumps when they were cut,” the article said.Learn to ask the questions the reporters don’t ask.  None of them ever questions the evolutionary dates, even when they lead to absurdities, like expecting fresh-smelling wood to be 52,000 years old, or asking people to believe thousands of years went by with no hurricanes strong enough to expose the forest.  And how did the forest last as it gradually sank, unless a catastrophe buried it rapidly?  The presence of this preserved forest silently cries for a recent catastrophe.Creationists argue that radiocarbon dates are unreliable before the Flood, because the atmosphere changed drastically.  Putting that together with the evolutionary absurdities, we can reason that the forest was probably buried around the time of the Flood or after.  It’s a stretch, though, to think five thousand years went by without a disturbance, so it may be younger than that.  The old date for such fresh wood, though, is clearly incredible. (Visited 40 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Gecko Gripper Picks Up Anything

first_imgThe gecko gripper is just one of many exciting developments in the field of biomimetics: the imitation of nature’s designs.Watch this video clip at PhysOrg: a new gripping device can pick up anything from a basketball to a water bottle without squeezing it. It relies on Van der Waals atomic forces, just like the spatulae on gecko toes. Think of the applications for this surprising substance. “Using a glove with this material, a child could palm a basketball, but could still toss an air-filled balloon without having it stick. It’s super-grippy, but not sticky at all.”Living cells have molecular pumps that are inspiring work at Northwestern University. PhysOrg reports on the first artificial molecular pump inspired by nature.Is hemp good for anything beyond altering people’s consciousness? It could join wheat straw as an ingredient in the rapidly expanding field of “bio-based materials,” the “construction industry’s best-kept secret,” PhysOrg reports.“Auxetic materials” is a new term for new lifelike materials that get fatter when stretched and thinner when compressed—opposite most artificial materials. Inspired by seashells, these materials “are inspiring a new wave of safety gear in sport” (PhysOrg).Got teeth? If you’d like to keep them, be glad that researchers are on the verge of creating “Revolutionary therapeutic dental adhesives with the aptitude to remineralize the resin-dentine bonding interface through biomimetic processes,” Science Daily reports happily.  This won’t just fill teeth; it will rebuild them. Medical Xpress adds that the “natural reparative capacity of teeth” is being elucidated at a Paris university.Spider silk has long been a biomimetic favorite. How about the web structure itself? Nature reports that MIT’s wizards have 3-D printed a web out of resin that “could be used in applications such as reinforcing industrial materials.” Lab tests showed that “they could strengthen the web by adjusting the diameter of the threads radiating out from the middle, and that of the threads that spiral around the web.” How did spiders figure that out?As for spider silk itself, despair not: Science Daily brings good news from MIT: “After years of research decoding the complex structure and production of spider silk, researchers have now succeeded in producing samples of this exceptionally strong and resilient material in the laboratory. The new development could lead to a variety of biomedical materials — from sutures to scaffolding for organ replacements — made from synthesized silk with properties specifically tuned for their intended uses.” No spiders were needed for the simulation.Robotics is a major field that relies on biomimetics. Some recent examples:Nature writes about Europeans building “Robots that can adapt like animals” including responding to injuries. “Experiments reveal successful adaptations for a legged robot injured in five different ways, including damaged, broken, and missing legs, and for a robotic arm with joints broken in 14 different ways. This new algorithm will enable more robust, effective, autonomous robots, and may shed light on the principles that animals use to adapt to injury.“Science Daily writes about robots that master skills by trial and error, “using a process that more closely approximates the way humans learn, marking a major milestone in the field of artificial intelligence.”Humans are at the frontier of cyber-physical systems, PhysOrg says. Researchers got a $8.75 million grant, part of which is for developing “microrobots with synthetic cells to perform functions that may one day lead to tissue and organ re-generation.”Nature published a Review article about the status of “probabilistic machine learning and artificial intelligence.”Christoph Adami, one of the promoters of computer evolution models, is working on robots, too. Nature reports that he is using “evolutionary algorithms” to create robots with instincts. Like the ID community keeps pointing out, though, the researcher is sneaking information into the algorithm. Dembski has proved that no evolutionary algorithm is superior to blind chance unless extra information is intelligently supplied (Law of Conservation of Information; see latest explanation in his new book Being as Communion).Evolution is to biomimetics as fly is to ointment. Keep out, Darwin; your age has passed. It’s the information age now.Young people need inspiration to get into science. Biomimetics is a golden pathway into a new scientific age of inspiration, understanding, and wealth, yielding practical applications that can help the whole world. (Visited 22 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

World Cup mobisite launched

first_imgFootball fans are now able to get thelatest on everything relating to the WorldCup, such as information about theMbombela stadium in Nelspruit.(Image: For morefree photos, visit the image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Wolfgang Eichler, Fifa media officer+27 11 567 2010 or +27 83 2010 471• Delia Fischer, Fifa media officer+27 11 567 2010 or +27 11 567 2524• Jermaine Craig, media managerLocal Organising Committee+27 11 567 2010 or +27 83 201 0121• Tyrone SealeGCIS 2010 Project Management Unit+27 83 575 7440Source: GCISThe Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) has launched its 2010 Fifa World Cup website on a mobile platform, allowing fans access to football information from their mobile phones.The official government 2010 mobisite is a handy mobile service that gives fans access to host city and stadium information, Park and Ride/Walk locations, tourist information, Fifa Fan Fests and public viewing areas.It also includes the match schedule together with updates on match results and news.Government spokesman Themba Maseko said the mobisite can also be accessed by sending an SMS with the keyword 2010 to the number 34747.Alternatively people can simply type the address – – into their mobile browsers.“By extending the website onto a mobisite, fans both locally and internationally can access a host of information about the World Cup directly from their mobiles, from wherever they are,” he said.The mobile site is continually updated, said Maseko, ensuring that fans are kept up to date with all the latest World Cup news. They can also explore government’s involvement in the first Fifa World Cup on African soil.“Those with mobiles that cannot access the mobile web, can still access essential information through dialling *120*12010# from anywhere in South Africa,” said Maseko.“The mobisite is packaged into three easy-to-use sections: SA 2010 Fan Guide, Information and SA communities.“The site facilitates two-way communication between government and the people using the service, and aims to supply interesting content, along with useful location-relevant information for wherever they are in South Africa.”While use of the site is free, data charges do apply. It costs 20 cents (3 US cents) for 20 seconds on the USSD menu with the SMS service costing R2 (US$2.6). read more

China teams up with HSBC, Arup to launch smart cities hub

first_imgA partnership including global bank HSBC launched a UK-China development and investment hub focused on fostering smart cities. The banking giant teamed up with the China Centre for Urban Development and engineering firm Arup Group in the initiative.The UK-China Smart City initiative will allow private companies to work with the Chinese government on challenges stemming from rapidly growing cities around the country.“Tireless collaboration between national and municipal governments, and between the public and private sectors, is needed to address the challenges arising from rapidly growing cities and society’s requirements for low-carbon infrastructure,” said HSBC Group Chairman Douglas Flint.“This new initiative will enable municipal authorities and businesses in both the UK and China to work more closely together to develop smart cities which meet our economic, environmental and social objectives,” added Flint.In a previous study by Arup researchers determined that the global smart cities market could grow to $408 billion by the year 2020. And China’s economy was identified as a major driver of growth in the global smart cities market.The launch of the new smart cities platform follows China’s heightened interest in smart cities, as highlighted in its recent five-year plans, where the sector was earmarked for government support.China has big smart cities plans in next five yearsDuring its 13th five-year plan that covers 2016 to 2020, China has committed $72 billion for smart city projects around the country.“The establishment of a ’hub’ to address issues around project scope and financing will help cities enormously in their efforts to address issues around traffic management, air quality, climate change, citizen engagement and economic development,” said Arup’s Volker Buscher.He adds that strong international relations between China and the U.K. provide “a unique opportunity to address, in a very proactive and collaborative way, some of the challenges around smart cities.”Recently China flagged northern city Yinchuan as a blueprint “smart city” for all the urban metropolises across China.  With a population of 1.5 million people, Yinchuan was chosen because of its relatively manageable size compared to huge metropolises like Beijing and Shanghai. Donal Power How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic …center_img Related Posts Tags:#Arup#China#HSBC#IoT#Smart Cities#smart city#Yinchuan For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In…last_img read more