Reporters Without Borders rebuts President Erdogan’s virulent criticism

first_img Help by sharing this information December 23, 2014 – Updated on May 6, 2019 Reporters Without Borders rebuts President Erdogan’s virulent criticism April 2, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Türkçe / read in TurkishAfter attacking the European Union for criticizing this month’s police raids against supporters of Islamic cleric Fethullah Gülen, President Erdogan delivered a lengthy, frontal attack on Reporters Without Borders (RSF) at a news conference on 20 December, four days after the release of RSF’s annual round-up.Erdogan accused RSF of pillorying Turkey by classifying it as one of the countries where journalists suffered the most threats and physical attacks this year while saying nothing about the abuses committed by the Israeli or Egyptian authorities or by European Union member countries.“We can provide President Erdogan with details of the 117 cases of attacks and threats against journalists registered this year in Turkey,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “Do we need to point out that RSF is an independent and impartial NGO whose findings are based on precise methods and facts it can support? The Turkish president’s comments show yet again that he thinks a conspiracy lies behind every criticism. His accusations against us betray the same hostility to pluralism that he shows towards Turkish journalists who are not fortunate enough to please him.”A point-by-point rebuttal of Erdogan’s claims follows:President Erdogan criticized the round-up for reporting that “seven journalists were killed in Palestine” without stressing Israel’s responsibility, which “created the impression that these journalists were killed by Palestine.” Saying “Israel is to blame for the deaths of 16 journalists,” he suggested that RSF tried to spare the Israel military by saying nothing about its role and minimizing the number of its victims. FALSEIn press releases published at the time, RSF clearly pointed out the Israeli military’s responsibility in the deaths of 15 journalists and media workers during its operations in the Gaza Strip in July and August of 2014. These press releases condemned the targeted and indiscriminate air strikes and bombardments affecting the media and demanded proceedings against those responsible. In accordance with its usual procedure, RSF established that, of these 15 victims, seven journalists and two media workers were killed in connection with their work. As clearly stated, it is these nine journalists and media workers who are included in the RSF “press freedom barometer” and annual round-up.Both the barometer and round-up classify journalists killed under the name of the country where they died. This statistical convention assumes nothing about the responsibility of the authorities that control these territories. At no time did RSF imply that the Palestinian authorities were to blame for these deaths. “Why didn’t you make a fuss when dozens of journalists, including Turkish reporters, were detained in Egypt, when the Anatolia news agency’s journalists were attacked or harassed? Erdogan asked. FALSE Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor Organisation Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit News Follow the news on Turkey RSF_en center_img The annual round-up that is the target of Erdogan’s anger points out that the second largest number of journalists arrested in 2014 was in Egypt. RSF issued 18 press releases this year about abuses against journalists by Egyptian President Sisi’s government. RSF is taking an active part in the worldwide campaign for the release of Al-Jazeera journalists who have been jailed as part of the Sisi regime’s witchhunt against the Muslim Brotherhood. And RSF often highlights the fate of other detained journalists who have received less media attention.It is also wrong to say that RSF ignored the harassment of the Anatolia news agency’s reporters, who are regarded as Turkish officials by the Egyptian government. RSF has also condemned the physical attacks that Anatolia journalists have suffered at the hands of the Turkish police when protests were being brutally dispersed – attacks that we have not heard Erdogan comment on.RSF “defends members of illegal organizations who are guilty of killing a police officer in Turkey and restricting the freedom of persons, but it turns a blind eye to what happens within the EU.” FALSEWhat is he talking about? If the president, who is supposed to be the constitution’s guarantor, is referring to the arrests of journalists and a media owner during the raids on pro-Gülen media on 14 December, he has a strange view of the presumption of innocence. You just have to visit the RSF website to see that we often draw attention to violations of freedom of information within the European Union. In November and December, we put out press releases about Italy, Greece, France, Bulgaria, the United Kingdom, Poland, Iceland, Portugal and Spain.Reporters Without Borders defends freedom of information in Turkey regardless of who is in power. It defended it when there was a military government and it has continued to defend it ever since the Justice and Development Party (AKP) came to power. During Erdogan’s initial terms as prime minister, RSF often hailed his government’s reforming agenda. In recent years, RSF has also taken note of the various judicial reform packages and the conditional release of most imprisoned journalists. But despite these gestures, freedom of information has declined considerably in Turkey, which is now ranked 154th out of 180 countries in the Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.(photo : TurkeyEurope – Central Asia to go further News April 2, 2021 Find out more News Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has lambasted the 2014 Reporters Without Borders round-up of abuses against journalists, accusing the Paris-based NGO of criticizing his country as part of a political “campaign” that it is said to be orchestrating against him. News April 28, 2021 Find out more TurkeyEurope – Central Asia last_img read more

EDITORIAL: Method Used To Convey Ideas About The Revitalization Effort Of Mesker Amphitheater…

first_imgWith great skepticism, we attended one of the sessions that the Mayor is sponsoring to hear what the public wants to do with Mesker Amphitheater.  The session began with a “tour” of what remains of the historic landmark that holds a special place in the hearts of many Evansvillians.  It was very similar to visitation at a funeral home when a friend has passed on, with shared memories and a sense of melancholy.If the tour was like viewing a corpse, the discussion held afterward was like a session with a grief counselor. Led by Lynn Miller Pease of Leadership Evansville, it felt like an exercise in futility for anyone who came there with a viable plan for making Mesker a lively outdoor venue for music and entertainment again.  Participants were encouraged to “think outside the box” and were asked not to argue amongst themselves.Participants were given four topics of discussion, including what we wanted the site to be and how the project could be financed. The process seemly  took on the pointless, too cute by half characteristics typical of the “brainstorming” sessions Pease is known for facilitating. Instead of inviting people to publicly speak to the group, we were instructed to write or draw our ideas on Post-It-Notes and stick them on larger papers headed with the suggested topics.There was at least one person in the group who has a great deal of technical knowledge in the field of media and entertainment production who chose to walk away from the process.  She felt if the quest to save Mesker was legitimate, then serious input from knowledgeable individuals would be sought instead of exposing them to the dog and pony show.  She also felt this method made it impossible to openly convey a coherent comprehensive ideas about the revitalization effort of Mesker Amphitheater.She also wonder what would have been wrong with offering an open mic and logical discourse, instead of cutesy gibberish that can be easily dismissed. Given the opportunity, she would have suggested that the City take a look at the new “Carl Black Chevy Woods Amphitheater” in Nashville. It has no concession stands or restrooms. Port-a-johns and food trucks take their place. Dressing rooms are replaced by trailers, and band buses have convenient parking. The bulk of the money spent at Fontanel went into making it a great venue for artists, with good acoustics, state-of-the art technical hook-ups, and functional equipment loading docks. “Carl Black Chevy Woods Amphitheater” minimalist approach appears to quite successful.  Bottom line, her idea is seemly is an affordable way to save Mesker Amphitheater from the wreaking ball and is worth exploring.Evansville is a strong market for Country and Western acts, and it has become clear that most bands prefer outdoor venues in summer. If something similar to Fontanel was done on Mesker Park Drive, the word would get out among touring acts and Evansville could again have great summer entertainment. We now know that the Ford Center is not going to attract acts that tour in the summer, so this wouldn’t really compete with it.We hope that we will not be told that the public failed to offer a way to save Mesker Amphitheater, and that it will fall to the wrecking ball in the same way Robert’s Stadium did.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Unlimited Rides for $15 on Thursday to Benefit Veterans’ Families

first_imgAn unlimited rides event 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday (Aug. 7) at Playland’s Castaway Cove (10th Street and Boardwalk) will benefit Operation First Response, which supports wounded veterans and their families with personal and financial assistance.A $15 per person wristband purchased on the day of the event is good for unlimited rides for the three hours between 2 p.m and 5 p.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult.Operation First Response is the beneficiary of the annual Walk for the Wounded on the Ocean City Boardwalk, which is scheduled for Sept. 27 this year.For more information, call Playland at 609-399-4751.__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter“Like” us on FacebookDownload (PDF, 369KB)last_img read more

Schererville family gets eviction warning due to “too many kids”

first_img Google+ By Network Indiana – January 14, 2021 7 584 WhatsApp Twitter Schererville family gets eviction warning due to “too many kids” Facebook Google+ WhatsApp (95.3 MNC) Some people are concerned with getting evicted because of the coronavirus pandemic.One family in Schererville is afraid of losing their home, even though they pay rent. The reason, they were told they have too many children.Deborah Rangel told CBS 2 that when she moved into their Lakewood Lane condo in 2017 it was just her, her two kids, and her husband. Now, the family has grown by two more, and lease says that two people max can sleep in each bedroom.Rencon Property Management alerted the family of the violation in August, 2020, but still allowed the family to sign a new lease in September. In October, they were given an eviction notice.CBS 2 tried to ask the company why they allowed the family to re-sign, but have not heard back.Rangel said because of the pandemic she lost her job, and finding a new place to live isn’t that easy. She said she understands her family is bigger than what is allowed, but she doesn’t see why they can’t work something out.She says they had an eviction hearing scheduled for Wednesday. IndianaLocalNews Pinterest Twitter Facebook Pinterest Previous articleSouth Bend’s trash pickup pushed back for MLK holidayNext articleIndiana turned 2020 into its 4th straight year of record economic growth, despite COVID Network Indianalast_img read more

Press release: Report your lost or stolen passport

first_imgAll passports are inspected at the border, either in person by Border Force officers who are rigorously trained to prevent the holders of fraudulent documents from entering the country or through e-Passport gates which use facial recognition technology to provide identity and security checks in a matter of seconds.Between 2010 and March 2018, Border Force officers denied entry to over 144,000 people.Director of Action Fraud, Pauline Smith, said: Her Majesty’s Passport Office and Action Fraud have teamed up to urge people to report their lost and stolen passports to prevent unrecovered and unreported documents from being abused and used to commit identity crime or facilitate illegal travel across borders.Almost 50 million people hold a UK passport of which just under 400,000 are reported lost or stolen each year. This represents less than 1 percent of all passports in circulation, yet despite the risks associated with lost or stolen passports, people are waiting on average 73 days before making a report.Once a passport is reported as lost or stolen, HM Passport Office cancel it, and share the information within 24 hours with the National Crime Agency to record the loss or theft on Interpol’s stolen and lost travel document database.By sharing the details of lost or stolen passports, law enforcement agencies including border and immigration control officers are able to keep ahead of the criminals who attempt to get a UK passport illegally. This also ensures action can be taken against anyone identified as having obtained a passport by fraudulent means.Immigration Minister, Caroline Nokes, said: Immigration Enforcement also constantly monitors and identifies emerging threats in relation to the production and supply of false travel documents, including the use of the internet to facilitate the trade in passports and identity cards.A range of interventions to target the criminals involved are used by Immigration Enforcement, including prosecution of crime groups in the UK and overseas.All lost and stolen passports can be reported online, making the process quick and simple to use.The Home Office will also be sharing a series of images and animations across its social media platforms.The campaign is supported by Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre.You can report fraud and cyber crime to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or online. To speak with an Action Fraud adviser, please visit the Action Fraud website for their 24/7 web chat service. I know we can all get excited about going on holiday, and it can be easy to forget to take care of your passport, but the consequences of losing your passport can be severe. Not only will you find you have to pay the costs of replacing it, you may also fall victim to identity fraud. Passports have all the information that fraudsters need to steal your identity and start setting accounts up in your name. This summer, I’m urging people to protect themselves from fraudsters by looking after their passport, so that they don’t have to worry about it falling into the hands of criminals during the holiday season. Fraud and cyber crime is increasing and therefore there hasn’t been a more important time than now, to protect your identity from criminals. When you lose your bank card, the first thing you do is contact your bank and have it cancelled, yet people don’t treat lost or stolen passports with the same urgency. But not reporting a lost or stolen passport can have severe consequences, such as people using your identity or attempting to use your documents to try to enter the country illegally. That is why it is absolutely vital you report your lost or stolen passport immediately: to help law enforcement agencies prevent people from entering the UK illegally, and to protect yourself from becoming a victim of identity crime.last_img read more

Testing and Validation – The Secret Sauce of True Convergence

first_imgIn early 2011, a colleague and I published a book called Enterprise Network Testing.  We were both working for the Cisco Performance and Validation Testing Services team.  We never believed the topic would be a gripping page-turner for readers, but we had several customers – working for some of the world’s largest companies – ask us for advice on how to do systems testing in their complex environments.A few years have passed and now I work at VCE, but the importance of systems testing has not diminished. In fact, I believe that testing is a big part of the “secret sauce” that makes the Vblock System such a successful product. The VCE Release Certification Matrix (RCM) is published regularly to document software versions that have been fully tested and verified for Vblock Systems, and it’s our way of keeping track of all the updates VCE investor partners make to their various products that are included in Vblock Systems.  The RCM is the result of thousands of engineering man-hours and it saves VCE customers time and money while improving availability during the patch management process.In order to understand why VCE pre-integrates, pre-tests and pre-validates every Vblock System, we need to compare component or software testing to full-system testing and certification.Component testing makes sure that an individual component works as expected. For example, when the code on a single Cisco Nexus 5500 is upgraded, engineers may ask, “Can I still connect to it?” or “Does it still pass traffic?” These questions are important and valid for component testing.However, let’s look at how that same validation test would work when we add a second Nexus 5500, a pair of Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnects, some upstream switches, a large number of VLANs and typical IP traffic loads. All of a sudden the testing is much more complex and also much more valid for a real-world use case, especially when you add in the EMC and VMware components that complete a Vblock System, which all need to work together seamlessly.The VCE RCM validates dozens of different hardware and software components to work together.  This includes the software/firmware of Cisco UCS and all of its parts (CNAs, FIs, BIOS, UCSM, etc.) as well as the Cisco network software, the EMC storage firmware, backup software and hardware, the VMware virtualization software and many other integrations. There are numerous Vblock System configurations that can be manufactured for a customer.Testing all of the components in this complex system together, and certifying that they will all work together seamlessly, is not an easy task.  We dedicate a lot of hardware, test tools, engineering time and expertise to this endeavor so that our customers don’t have to do it themselves – this is a key differentiator for VCE as it removes what otherwise would be a complex infrastructure maintenance process.As part of the RCM process, VCE also does testing for integrating new hardware and software features from Cisco, EMC and VMware in order to make our customers more agile when deploying them into their Vblock Systems.Along with validating that the Vblock System will perform as expected, the Release Certification Matrix can also be used as a troubleshooting tool to increase Vblock System uptime, as described by Greg Lyon in his recent blog post: Beat the Clock.Today’s IT organizations spend a big part of their budgets and time on “keeping the lights on” in their data centers. Leveraging the work that goes into the VCE RCM can save VCE customers money and time so they can shift their focus away from basic maintenance toward innovation that drives business value for their organizations, and they don’t even need to buy a book about testing to do it.last_img read more

Consecrated virgin speaks on vocation at SMC

first_imgJessica Hayes, who is the first consecrated virgin in the diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend in the last 25 years, spoke about her journey discerning her vocation during the latest installment of Theology on Fire at Saint Mary’s on Wednesday.Hayes said during her time in Catholic grade and high school, she only met two religious sisters.“I remember them being there,” she said, “but it didn’t teach me much about what religious life was like because they were on their own and they didn’t really talk about it. There was also nothing that striking about what they were doing or who they were.”She said what drew her away from the religious life of sisters was the fact that the sisters she met were from her grandparents’ generation.“To me, it looked like the religious life was something that people didn’t really do anymore,” she said. “That’s not a bad thing. It’s just not something that young women chose.”Hayes visited religious communities to see if that path was for her, but she did so half-heartedly — in the same manner that she dated, she said.“I could see marriage and religious life as good,” she said. “In the deepest part of my life, I knew neither one of those were for me.”She believed her vocation was to marry and have children since she was young, she said. As her life went on, she met more women in religious orders and started to see the religious life as a possible path for her, though it was not something she truly wanted, Hayes said.“I knew it was a good thing,” she said. “It was a beautiful vocation and I was seeing women live it joyfully, but at the same time, I knew that wasn’t where my heart was.“For me, for all of this time, there was either life in a religious community or married life. So I thought, ‘If I’m not called to [the religious life,] then I must be called to marriage and I just haven’t found the person yet.’ That was my attitude for some time.”According to Hayes, the main role for a consecrated virgin is to commit her life to prayer above all else. Hayes is able to hold any occupation, and throughout history, consecrated virgins have been doctors, teachers, accountants and other odd jobs, but the job the women choose cannot take precedence over the life of prayer, she said. She also has to be of service to the parish and her community, Hayes said.Hayes, who is a teacher of theology at Bishop Dwenger High School, did not want to live in a religious community because she wanted to continue being a spiritual mother to her students, she said.“I really enjoyed my students,” she said. “All of us are called to mentor some people. My students were allowing me to guide them in that life. They had good questions about prayer, and I really enjoyed being a mentor to them in that way.”According to Hayes, she was guided to her consecration by studying the Theology of the Body during her later life.“That’s when I started realizing how much I love learning about the faith,” she said. “I think learning the truths about the theology of the body and how stamped it is into our very being teaches us much about how we are called to love and be loved.”Hayes found a spiritual director to help her navigate through the difficulties in life regarding her occupation, she said, but he recognized his guidance was needed to help Hayes figure out her vocation, instead.“He really challenged me to think more deeply about how I was going to give myself,” she said. “I had someone posing challenging questions and then holding me accountable for those answers. I couldn’t just think about them and then not get anywhere — he wanted an answer.”According to Hayes, her decision to become a consecrated virgin came through the process of trying to figure out what she truly loved. She realized she loved the faith, teaching teenagers about the faith and being around her parish community.“There were so many things about my life that I already liked, and I think this priest could see that in a way that I couldn’t, because, to me, there was still this one unanswered question that I didn’t want to talk about,” she said. “He could see there were places of joy for me and wanted to help me to draw those out.”She had to think critically about whether her life plans were what she wanted or what others wanted for her, she said.“There [was] so much pressure, which I didn’t notice up to that point, to marry and have kids,” Hayes said. “They’re all really good things to want, but I could finally explain that these were not the things I wanted. … I needed to have the courage to take the next step forward.”This decision helped her fill in the gaps she had been trying to fill throughout her life, Hayes said.“For a really long time, I had tried to get myself to accept that I was going to be single,” she said. “I moved from accepting it and putting up with it … to a whole-hearted desire that this is all I really wanted in my life is to be united with Christ in a spousal way, where I give myself completely and publicly over to him, but also in the world, so that I can continue living in the way that has brought me so much joy, but now with that extra step … because I choose to.”Hayes said she wants to be an example for women to demonstrate there is another way to fulfill their vocation.“We know what marriage is, and we know what the religious life is, even if we haven’t experienced it by living around religious communities,” she said. “But there is this other way, this union with Christ, but where we live in the world.“I think [with] the witness of women living in the world as consecrated virgins, there’s this constant reminder that living a chaste lifestyle is one that brings great joy and it looks really weird because no one thinks about living that way by choice — it’s more by consequence. But I think that kind of a witness is really powerful, because it makes a woman available to those around her in a way that she can’t be if she’s living in a religious community, where she has those responsibilities to community life or to the life of a family.”According to Hayes, people have thanked her for her courage and for giving her life away, though she believes it is the easiest and most natural part of her life.“In any discernment, what is really is more than anything is knowing yourself,” she said. “Whenever it is, we find what God is calling us to — there’s really no sense of loss. It’s like he’s offering you the opportunity to be yourself in the greatest way possible, in the greatest joy possible.”Hayes said she feels she truly found her vocation in becoming a consecrated virgin.“In my discernment, I feel what happened is it opened up my whole heart,” she said. “Now, I live with my whole heart and it’s a much better live than not really knowing ourselves.”According to Hayes, looking into the life of Mary and Mary’s acceptance and willingness to be the mother of God helped her realize this was what she truly wanted and what God wanted for her.“I feel like for me, a common thing with Mary’s annunciation was that I had that one moment of absolute clarity that this was what the Lord was asking of me and this was what I most desired,” she said. “I don’t know that I’ll ever have that for the rest of my life, but I don’t know that Mary did either. But she was absolutely certain that this was what the Lord wanted. … That was true with me, too.”Tags: consecrated virgin, religious calling, saint mary’s, theology on firelast_img read more

Daily Dirt: Outdoor News for May 8, 2013

first_imgYour outdoor news bulletin for May 8, the day Spanish conquistador Hernando De Soto reached the Mississippi River just south of modern day Memphis, Tennessee, on his quest to find gold and silver in the new world – and we all know how that turned out:Great Smoky Mountains National Park Hands Out HonorsShe may not be a backcountry ranger or a superintendent, but Heather Wood knows how to make an impact. On Monday, Wood was honored as the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Employee of the Year for 2012 for her work as an administrative support assistant for the park’s resource and visitor protection division. Woods, chosen from a pool of five candidates nominated for the award, was acknowledged for her character, hard work, and “willingness to assist any employee within any division at any time.” For her service, Woods received a monetary gift from Friends of the Smokies, a gift basket, engraved clock, and two paintings from the local communities. Not a bad haul for doing something she says comes naturally. Congratulations to Heather and all the other nominees.Speaking of GSMNP, they are still looking for volunteers at the Clingmans Dome Information Center. More details here.Asheville Up for Beer Honor AgainConsidering we just released our annual Southern Brew Guide, and one of our offices is in this town, this story is super relavant. Asheville, North Carolina is once again up for the honor of BeerCity USA in the annual Examiner poll, now in its fifth year. Last year’s poll saw undefeated, 4-time champion, Asheville split the title with Grand Rapids, Michigan, a newcomer. In the article on the BeerCity USA poll, the Examiner emphasizes the poll is “not a measure of beer quality, number of breweries, volume of beer enjoyed nor any kind of ‘best-of-show’ measurement.” So what is it, if not all those things? Good question, and I’m not sure we have an answer. The official word is “it’s an indicator of the coherent nature of beer communities.” Say what? Whatever it is, Asheville has been dominating so scoot over to the poll and vote for your favorite beer city before Friday. Blue Ridge towns also included in the list are: Raleigh, N.C. and Richmond, Va.Got a Green Idea? Call YvonPatagonia has been on the giveback kick pretty much since its inception, with founder Yvon Chouinard at the forefront. It gives one percent of profits to grassroots environmental organizations, last year told outdoor folks to quit buying their stuff unless they really, really need it, and now they are really putting their money where their mouth is while trying to get a little back – they still are a major retail company after all. Monday, Patagonia launched what they are calling $20 Million and Change, an in-house venture capitalist entity that will invest in start-up, for-profit, sustainable, businesses involved in food, water, energy or waste. Companies elegible for the investments – ranging from $500,000 to $5 million depending on company needs – will need to have $1 million in revenue or capital (hedge those bets) and obviously have some sort of green angle. Through this effort, Patagonia will certainly help fund a company that could eventually become a direct competitor, which is crazy enough that it just might work (see the “don’t buy our clothes” movement they started). With over $400 million in annual sales, and a business plan virtually unaffected by the economic downturn (profits have tripled since 2008 and last year was the companies best in terms of sales), Patagonia continues to prove that doing the opposite of what makes sense, makes the most sense.last_img read more

Brookhaven, Nonprofit Seed Moriches Bay With Shellfish, Eelgrass

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Environmentalists and the Town of Brookhaven are joining forces to seed Moriches Bay with clams and oysters as well as plant eelgrass in an effort to improve the degraded local water quality.The Moriches Bay Project Initiative, a program developed by a Westhampton Beach-based nonprofit, announced the plan along with town officials at a news conference Tuesday at the Forge River Marina in Mastic.“We started this project a few years ago, and we look forward to this partnership to make the water here as beautiful as its surroundings,” said Aram Terchunian, a co-founder of the project along with Laura Fabrizio. “It is such a gorgeous area. It’s got such a rich heritage; there’s no reason that the water quality shouldn’t match.”The initiative is one of many similar projects across Long Island that aim to simultaneously revive the shellfish industry and rid local bays of nitrogen pollution from cesspool runoffs that cause harmful algae blooms.Thomas Carrano, the assistant waterways management supervisor for the Town of Brookhaven, estimated that each year the town grows two million oysters, one million clams and 70,000 scallops. Shellfish such as oysters and clams are beneficial to the environment due to their ability to filter water and reduce the levels of nitrogen in the water, which helps to prevent algae blooms.“These animals are vitally important to the ecosystem of Great South Bay; they’re what we call ‘keystone species,’” Carrano said. “We need to restore the industry to restore the health of the bay, and to restore a fishery that is vitally important to the economics of the Town of Brookhaven. These partnerships with the not-for-profits have allowed us to expand our capabilities.”Carrano explained that the oysters are put into floating cages in groups when they are “seeds,” or juvenile oysters. They remain in these cages until they’re fully grown, which takes about two years. Then they’re released so they can benefit the environment.“Each oyster filters 50 gallons of water,” said Carrano, “and our goal is to create a self-sustaining oyster population in the bay so that we can restore the filtering capacity of the bay.”So far the town has planted 20,000 oysters, but officials want to expand this number to 90,000 or higher.Eelgrass also has many ecological benefits, such as stabilizing seafloor sediments and shorelines, cleaning coastal waters and providing habitat for a diversity of marine life.Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine has submitted a grant to fund the expansion of the Brookhaven oyster and clam-growing facilities. He also said the town might pass legislation in the coming months to limit the amount of nitrogen derived from human waste that could be dumped into the bay. Romaine did not provide specifics at this time but he indicated that this was an important step.“This partnership is vital to the preservation of the water quality in the bay,” Romaine said. “Our waterways have been severely impacted over the years, and it is time to take action and clean them up before it’s too late.”last_img read more

DJI Mini 2 With 4K Video Support and 31 Minutes Flight Time Launched

first_imgThere is no information about DJI Mini 2’s international availability so far.DJI Mini 2 features, specificationsDJI Mini 2 supports up to 4K video resolution, at 30 frames per second at a 100MBps bitrate. It supports HD video transmission at a distance of up to 10 kilometres. The drone has a 12-megapixel camera. You can choose from wide-angle mode, 180-degrees, and sphere panoramas. It is also possible to click RAW photos from the DJI Mini 2, not just JPGs. QuickShot Modes in the drone consist of Dronie, Helix, Rocket, Circle, and Boomerang.The drone has a maximum flight time of 31 minutes and uses a 2250mAh battery. DJI Mini 2 can resist 29-38kmph winds, as per the company, and take off at a max altitude of 4,000 metres. It weighs less than 249 grams, making it compact and convenient.- Advertisement – DJI Mini 2 has been launched, offering 4K video support and 4x optical zoom. The lightweight drone comes with OcuSync 2.0, which is the company’s data transmission technology. DJI Mini 2 has upgraded features and improved flight capabilities as compared to the DJI Mavic Mini. The maximum transmission range between the drone and controller has been extended to 10 kilometres. DJI Mini 2 has a three-axis motorised gimbal, ensuring solid stabilisation.DJI Mini 2 priceThe new drone by DJI is available for $449 (roughly Rs. 33,400) from the DJI store. You can also opt for purchasing the DJI Mini 2 Fly More Combo, priced at $599 (roughly Rs. 44,500). The combo comes with a propeller holder, a two-way charging hub, DJI 18W USB charger, and a shoulder bag. It also includes two more sets of battery and spare propellers and a bunch of extra spare screws.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img When DJI Mini 2 is close to your smartphone, the DJI Fly app will automatically recognise it and synchronise selected photos and videos at 20MBps. With the trimmed download feature, you can cut out a segment of the footage to edit and download. You can also share videos directly on social media. The app can also be used to add soundtracks and filters.Are iPhone 12 mini, HomePod mini the Perfect Apple Devices for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.last_img read more