OAS Condemns Zambrano’s Arrest

first_imgBy Juan Delgado/Diálogo May 30, 2019 On May 13, the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) unanimously condemned the detention of Édgar Zambrano, vice president of the Venezuelan National Assembly. The document, which was requested by Venezuela’s permanent representative, was approved during an extraordinary session at OAS headquarters in Washington D.C. “The political situation in Venezuela has been a subject of continual concern for the OAS, which has repeatedly issued statements in defense of the rule of law, upholding democratic order, human rights, and the guarantee of due process,” said the official resolution of the regional bloc. The document goes on to demand the immediate release of Zambrano and “a halt to the persecution and harassment of unduly prosecuted representatives, as well as to demand guarantees for the protection of their physical safety and that of their families.” Agents of the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (SEBIN, in Spanish) arrested Zambrano on the evening of May 8, charging him with “high treason” for supporting Operation Freedom of April 30, an effort led by Interim President Juan Guaidó. The legislator’s detention is part of the offensive the Nicolás Maduro regime launched against 10 lawmakers who support Guaidó’s efforts to restore constitutional order. “Zambrano was kidnapped in a most arbitrary way, in his car. SEBIN acted in a highly irregular way, which is a violation of the Constitution,” said Gustavo Tarré, Venezuela’s permanent representative to the OAS. Carlos Trujillo, the U.S. representative, called Zambrano’s situation unacceptable. “We join in condemning Maduro’s despicable act. It is an illegitimate action and an attack against independence of an elected legislative authority. Zambrano must be released immediately,” Trujillo said. “We reject the violation of parliamentary immunity and condemn Zambrano’s arrest,” said Argentine representative Paula María Bertol. “We denounce that Maduro does not represent a democratic government at all.” “Maduro’s dictatorship has violated people’s rights. This repressive measure executed by the political police is a continuation of infringements of fundamental rights,” said Chilean Ambassador Hernán Salinas. “This is a new affront to human rights.” For his part, Brazilian Ambassador Fernando Simas Magalhães said that the violation of parliamentary immunity is an attack against the people whom the National Assembly represents. “Maduro does not represent Venezuela; on the contrary, he is usurping sovereign power.” Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay, Peru, and the United States presented the resolution the OAS approved.last_img read more

PREMIUM2019 sees fewer corruption cases but bigger state losses: ICW

first_imgTopics : Log in with your social account Forgot Password ? LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Fewer corruption cases were brought to court in 2019, but total state losses incurred nearly doubled to Rp 8.4 trillion (US$614 million), the highest in five years, according to antigraft watchdog Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW).An ICW survey found that 580 individuals were prosecuted in 271 corruption cases investigated by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), the police and the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) last year, compared to 1,087 individuals and 454 cases in 2018.Yet, the drop in the number of cases does not mean Indonesia has managed to root out corruption, the ICW report says.“Indonesia has not yet succeeded in eradicating corruption,” ICW activist Wana Alamsyah told a press conference on Tuesday.Wana pointed out that Indonesia ranked 97th of 126 surveyed countries in the Rule of Law Index by the World Justice Project, which … Google Linkedin Facebook #corruption corruption KPK #KPK ICWlast_img read more

Courting plenty of interest

first_img55 The Esplanade, PallarendaMr Torrisi said sale by tender was a great way to sell a unique home and was less intimidating for buyers than having to bid at an auction.“With sale by tender people have got time to do their own research and put a price in whereas with an auction you can get caught up in the moment and pay too much or pay too little and miss out.“It is very favourable to do it with unique properties or where you know there will be high demand.” 55 The Esplanade, PallarendaThe property will be open for inspection on Sunday from 10.45am-11.30am.Tenders will close on Monday, April 16, at 4pm.For more information, call Mr Torrisi on 0407 636 259. 55 The Esplanade, PallarendaCentury 21 Belgian Gardens principal Mario Torrisi said properties along the Esplanade at Pallarenda offered great value for someone wanting a waterfront property.“Properties there are very affordable for the views and lifestyle you get and Pallarenda is just one of those suburbs that families really want to live in,” he said.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“The house itself will cater for good sized families. The half-size tennis court is a unique feature and is really great for exercise.“The house inside is very large and spacious.”center_img 55 The Esplanade, PallarendaA WATERFRONT Pallarenda home complete with a tennis court is expected to draw a lot of buyer interest thanks to its prime location.55 The Esplanade, Pallarenda is being sold by tender and enjoys uninterrupted water views.The home has four bedrooms, two bathrooms and two car spaces, an inground pool and half tennis court.last_img read more

Usain Bolt wins Diamond League Paris 200m in fastest time of year

first_imgUsain Bolt recorded the fastest time of the year as he won the 200m at the Diamond League meeting in Paris.The six-time Olympic gold medallist clocked 19.73 seconds to beat fellow Jamaican Warren Weir (19.92) and France’s Christophe Lemaitre (20.07).Olympic champion Greg Rutherford pulled out of the long jump, little more than a month before the World Championships, after sustaining a hamstring injury.The Briton later wrote on Twitter there was “plenty of time” to recover.Rutherford initially said: “Looks like bad news people. The old injury strikes. Hamstring pull.”But the 26-year-old added: “Just realised worlds is still five and a half weeks away. Plenty of time for this old hand.“Flash back to 2009. I tore my hamstring three weeks before worlds in Berlin. First round of the qualification I broke the British record.” Rutherford jumped 7.99m in round three before withdrawing from the event, which Jamaican Damar Forbes (8.11) won from Briton Chris Tomlinson (8.08).Bolt, meanwhile, showed there was no reason to be concerned about his slow start to the season.This was the Jamaican’s second outing over his favoured distance this year after clocking 19.79 in Oslo on June 13.“I’m happy with myself,” said the 26-year-old, the world record holder in both sprint events.But he added: “I still need to work on a few mistakes.”American Tyson Gay, Bolt’s main sprint rival, won the US World Championships trials in 19.74 last month.He was also victorious in the 100m at the Diamond League meeting in Lausanne on Thursday in the second fastest time of the year.Britain’s European indoor 400m champion Perri Shakes-Drayton clocked 53.96 seconds to finish second in the women’s 400m hurdles behind Olympic bronze medallist Zuzana Hejnova (53.23).Shakes-Drayton, 24, ran 53.82 in her victory in Birmingham last week, and was disappointed with her performance in Paris. “I have two more races to go,” the Londoner told the BBC as she continues herpreparations for the World Championships in Moscow.“I am going to the trials next weekend, I have not made the team yet so that will be important, then I have the Anniversary Games in London.”Another Briton, Marilyn Okoro, achieved the World Championship A standard in the 800m, her one minute 59.76 seconds enough for fifth place behind winner Francine Niyonsaba (1:57.26) of Burundi.“I am really happy,” Okoro said. “It has been an interesting few months, but my coach said I was ready.“A tremendous amount of pressure comes off now ahead of the trials. Now I have got the A standard, I just have to focus on finishing in the top two.”Okoro’s Great Britain team-mate Steve Lewis finished sixth in the pole vault, equalling his season’s best of 5.60m, with France’s Olympic champion Renaud Lavillenie (5.92m) claiming victory. World and Olympic champion Kirani James, from Grenada, won the head-to-head with American Lashawn Merritt in the 400m, clocking the first time under 44 seconds in the world this year.James (43.96) was followed home by Merritt, who finished second in a season’s best 44.09, with American Tony McQuay (44.84) in third.Reigning 10,000m Olympic champion Tirunesh Dibaba, of Ethiopia, won the 5,000m in 14 minutes 23.68 seconds, the fastest time in the world this year, while Britain’s Stephanie Twell (15:18.60) ran a season’s best to finish 11th.Jamaican double Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce also ran her best time of the year, 10.92 seconds, to win the 100m, while Olympic champion Robert Harting, from Germany, claimed victory in the discus with a throw of 67.04 metres.last_img read more

2018 Ohio State Fair Commercial Cattle Show results

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 2018 Ohio State Fair Commercial Cattle Show participants exhibited 25 pens of three for a total of 75 head of commercial steers and heifers on July 29, 2018 during the fair. Judging the event were Joseph Higgins, Wisconsin and Jacob Mikel, Iowa. The show was managed by United Producers, Inc., and the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, Ohio State Fair and United Producers, Inc. served as sponsors.In the junior division live evaluation, Austin Wiseman of Malta, Ohio, exhibited the Champion Lot of 3 Steers and Champion Lot of 3 Heifers which earned the titles of Grand Champion Overall Lot of 3 and Reserve Champion Overall Lot of 3, respectively. Wiseman’s lot of 3 steers had an average weight of 1,319 pounds and his lot of 3 heifers had an average weight of 1,208 pounds. Allison and Ryan Bowsher, Laurelville, Ohio, exhibited the Reserve Champion Lot of 3 Heifers averaging 1,219 pounds. Garrick and Cayden Prosser, Springfield, Ohio, exhibited the Reserve Champion Lot of 3 Steers with an average weight of 1,322 pounds.In the open division live evaluation, the Grand Champion Overall and Champion Lot of 3 Steers was awarded to Glen Feichtner of New Washington, Ohio with an average weight of 1,366 pounds. Wiseman also exhibited the Reserve Champion Overall and Champion Lot of 3 Heifers with an average weight of 1,208 pounds. Wiseman also hung the banner for the Reserve Champion Lot of 3 Steers weighing in with an average of 1,319 pounds. The Reserve Champion Lot of 3 Heifers went to Phelps/O’Connor Farms Limousin, weighing in at an average weight of 1,217 pounds.Winners of the live show received nearly $5,000 in premiums from the Ohio State Fair. Tyson harvested the cattle and supplied the carcass data for the 2018 Ohio State Fair Commercial Cattle Carcass Contest. Hot carcass weights ranged from 669 pounds to 958 pounds. Yield grades ranged from 1 to 5. Over 95 percent of the contest entries fell into the Choice or higher category, with 43 percent grading Prime – well above the USDA average. This year’s show had zero dark cutting carcasses.In the Junior Division, the Grand Champion Carcass honor was awarded to Wiseman with pen 13 and Reserve Champion Carcass honors went to Allison and Ryan Bowsher with pen 15. In the Open Division, Grand Champion Carcass honors went to Fred Voge, West Alexandria, Ohio, with pen 23 winning the carcass contest. Voge also earned the title of Reserve Champion Carcass with Pen 26. All six carcasses from both the Grand and Reserve Champion lots graded Prime and were yield grades 2 or 3.The awards banquet for the carcass competition was held in conjunction with the OCA Young Cattlemen’s Conference on August 9, where $3,000 was awarded to the carcass winners.last_img read more

Who’s Hiding in Your GPS Device?

first_imgWho’s in your GPS device? Your GPS device is hiding a cast of tens of thousands. Every time your GPS device blinks to life, pioneers, innovators and at least one Chinese explorer blink back.  The journey to help you walk out your front door and find a geocache begins way back in 1400.There were clearly no GPS devices then. Magnetized needles were used to find direction for more than a thousand years. But it wasn’t until the 14th century that an admiral in China put the innovation to another use.  Zheng He is reported to be the first person to use the compass as a navigational aid. The Chinese explorer and diplomat employed the compass to direct ocean expeditions to the South and West of China beginning in 1405.Chinese magnetic compass (pbs.org)Over the next two hundred years others, including Galileo and Amerigo Vespucci, the namesake of America, further researched navigating by latitude and longitude. But there was still far to go.It wasn’t until the 1884 the International Meridian Conference adopted a universal Prime Meridian – or zero point of longitude.Less than a hundred years later, in the 1970’s, a constellation of GPS satellites was launched into orbit.  They provided never-before-realized navigation accuracy to the U.S. military.  The rest of us began enjoying that accuracy on May 2nd, 2000 when the order was issued to stop intentionally degrading the GPS signal available to the public. GPS accuracy instantly improved tenfold.One day later the first geocache was placed.Think of the scientists, politicians and navigational crusaders behind the ideas of navigating by latitude and longitude.  Every time you power up your GPS their ideas boot up too. There’s a lot going on inside your GPS.In addition to all those innovators, don’t forget the 40-some Lackeys at Groundspeak, 200-some volunteer Reviewers and four to five million other geocachers who drive this activity.   Each of these people and events make your geocaching adventure a reality.Now don’t you want to put them all to the test and go grab a geocache?Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedHelp Save Our GPS! Geocachers Rally to Stop Potential GPS Signal InterferenceJuly 26, 2011In “Geocaching.com Souvenirs”Before GPS and Geocaching Existed: Three Navigation SystemsNovember 18, 2014In “Geocaching Info”Motorcycle Geocaching – Two Wheels, One Mission to ExploreJanuary 31, 2012In “Community”last_img read more

Open Thread: Pitch Your Panel for SXSW!

first_imgRelated Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… jolie odell Tags:#conferences#Open Thread#SXSW 2010#web center_img In just a couple more days, a healthy section of the RWW team – and a good number of our friends and fans – will be convening in Austin for South by Southwest Interactive. A couple of us have been asked to speak on panels; we wanted to share that information with you and ask you to share your panels and talks with us (and the rest of our readers, too).Leave a comment telling us – and the rest of the world – about your SXSW Interactive panel. Let us know who’s going to be talking and what you’re talking about, plus where and when to show up. We’re sure you’ll find a few kindred spirits who’d love to attend and ask questions – and maybe offer some pre-show feedback for tweaking your notes!Our own Marshall Kirkpatrick will be moderating a panel with Scott Raymond of Gowalla, Brett Slatkin of Google, Dare Obasanjo of Microsoft and Jack Moffitt of Collecta – talk about an all-star cast! – on real-time technology. Marshall’s especially suited to this task since he’s the man behind RWW’s mammoth state-of-the-industry report, The Real-Time Web and Its Future. Here are the gory details:Can the Real-Time Web Be Realized?“The emergence of the real-time web enables an unprecedented level of user engagement and dynamic content online. However, the rapidly growing audience puts new, complex demands on the architecture of the web as we know it. This panel will discuss what is needed to make the real-time web achievable.”When: Saturday, March 13, 11:00 amWhere: Hilton H And I, Jolie O’Dell, will be moderating a panel of entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and startup incubator-types on whether or not startups need traditional, Sand Hill Road VC in the first place. Sure to be contentious, this panel is something I’ve been looking forward to for a while, and I hope you’ll make it out! I’ll be talking with Mike Trotzke of SproutBox, Mitch Lasky of Benchmark Capital and Dave McClure of the Founders’ Fund.Who Needs Venture Capital?“Only a fraction of business financing comes from Sand Hill Road. Yet entrepreneurs still obsess over traditional big meeting/big money Silicon Valley venture capital. This heated panel debates what types of companies actually benefit from VC and reviews concrete examples of alternatives to traditional venture capital.”When: Monday, March 15, 12:30 pmWhere: Hilton D Also, for those of you who read along last year during my cross-country travels through the tech scenes in Nashville, Omaha, Chicago, New York and beyond, there’s the RoadTwip core conversation with our brothers-in-tech Dave Delaney and Kurt Daradics (also a co-founder of CitySourced).RoadTwip“Last Spring, three kids set out in one car for two weeks. Their mission was to discover the emerging future for a new America, one town at a time. While they captured and produced plenty of content along their roadtwip.’ The most valuable thing was the relationships they established. This panel is about getting out of dodge, it’s about going offline – where true friendships are solidified. In the flesh.”When: Friday, March 12, 5:00 pmWhere: Austin Convention Center 8A Those are our panels! What do you think so far? And please do share the details about your – or your friends’ – panels in the comments. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Skitch Listens To Users, Revives Old Version After Controversial Redesign

first_imgIT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#Evernote#images#photography 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Perhaps the biggest fear for app developers is that when they come out with a new version of their product, the people who already use it don’t like the changes. It does happen – just ask Facebook.Sometimes, people eventually get used to the new design and plow ahead. Sometimes they hate the new version so much they hang on to the old one as long as they can, and completely drop the service when they can no longer do so.That was precisely the scenario facing Skitch, a photo/screenshot capturing and photo-hosting app that is now part of the Evernote family of products. Skitch is great for taking screenshots and resizing them to fit in articles and blog posts and hosting them online with custom URLs. Skitch has been a favorite of ReadWrite staffers for years because it made it easy to grab screenshots and resize them quickly for publication. But when Skitch released its new Skitch for Mac version 2.0 recently, several of us at ReadWrite freaked out about the changes to its user interface (OK, it was mostly me). The screen-capture app we relied on had been borked. We found resizing much more difficult – and other features that we had grown accustomed to also changed. It got to the point that I refused to update Skitch on my MacBook after using the new version on my iMac.Listening Is ImportantOne mark of a good company is how well it listens to its customers. If a new release collects criticism, some companies just tell their users, “this is our new product and we are sticking to it, so get used to it.” Smarter companies pay attention to user concerns and respond accordingly. Skitch did it right.On Wednesday, Skitch co-founder and chief designer Keith Lang responded to users upset with Skitch for Mac 2.0 by providing a roadmap for how his team is going to improve the app going forward. Just as important, in a blog post, Lang promised that the previous version of Skitch for Mac will remain available for download, “until the new version fits into your workflow.”I could not be happier.Where Skitch Is GoingLang’s roadmap shows a variety of features that will eventually come to Skitch for Mac. Some of those features are old Skitch standbys that were removed from version 2.0, such as auto-creation of URLs for sharing, shortened URLs and streamlined cropping and resizing. Skitch will also have direct hosting of images (like it used to) and storage and synchronization options accessible from any Evernote-enabled device. It will also get the ability to create multiple file formats from the app’s “Drag Me” tab. When Evernote bought Skitch in August 2011, ReadWrite thought it was a perfect match. Evernote promised to bring Skitch mobile (which it has) So far, the companies have worked well together. Just as important, it is nice to see that despite being subsumed by a much larger company, Skitch can still be nimble and responsive to its users. center_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… dan rowinski Related Posts last_img read more

8 Screenwriting Tips for the Emerging Writer

first_imgThese screenwriting tips are fundamental, simple, and have worked for many writers time and again.Whether you are searching for your next great idea, developing a multifaceted protagonist, or finding a plot twist no one saw coming, the source of greatness for all screenwriters comes from the same place: a sheer passion for storytelling. With this passion comes the desire to get better and better at your craft.If you want to tell great, emotive stories then you must write about what moves you, what makes your blood boil or infuses you with great energy. Therein lays one of the great challenges of screenwriting: communicating your story, characters and message to an audience in such a way that makes them feel. After all, we want our stories to leave imprints on the mind once the story has been consumed and left behind.Below are 8 tips that I recommend for the beginner or intermediate screenwriter. By following these ideas your final screenplay will be that much more true to your own vision, and ideally more sellable.1. Read Screenplays of your Favorite FilmsThere are endless amounts of screenplays available online to the general public. If you’ve recently watched a movie you enjoyed, or have a few all-time favorites, track down the screenplay online and get reading.There are many moving parts to how a film gets made and watching that film, will help you to partially understand why it was so successful – the acting, the set design, direction, etc. – however, it is even more helpful to see the film in its original form. When you see the film’s blueprint, you’re able to visualize what has changed since the script was originally written (what worked and what didn’t). Knowing what translates well to the big screen is a very valuable tool to have. It’s also helpful to see the style in which films of different genres are written so that you can apply some of those techniques to your own work.2. Have Something to SayThe best movies are the ones that give you something to think about after the credits have rolled and you’ve left the theatre. This a direct result of the writer having something to say, and having a clear message to send. Not only will this give you, the writer, great direction in creating your story but it will also help you to achieve the goal all writers and filmmakers have: making a film that leaves it’s mark in history.3. Every Scene Needs an Intention or GoalIf you ever come out of a theatre underwhelmed by the film you saw and hear yourself thinking “that was long”, what you actually mean is that you found yourself bored at times (most likely, many times). In most cases, if you find yourself bored then you weren’t given much from your main character(s) by way of their goals or intentions, which is one of the most important elements in writing your story – your characters must have goals!Once you know what your characters aim to achieve you must make sure that every scene in your screenplay acts as a means to your characters end. Further, your audience must be able to identify these intentions throughout the film. It is when your audience can no longer identify what your character has set out to do that they begin to disconnect from the film, look at their watches, and start heading for the car. Ensure that all your scenes layout goals for your characters and upon that goal’s completion, set up another one and so on.These goals will work to support the development of your character, place them in a position to make decisions (hopefully tough ones) and help build their character. Subsequently, this allows the audience to understand what your characters are “made of” and what they stand for, which gives us something to chew on while your story unfolds.4. Make Your Protagonist Likeable Early OnWhile plot points are of course an integral part of a successful screenplay, it is your characters that truly drive your story – specifically your protagonist. It is through their eyes that the story unfolds for an audience, and that the viewer has someone to cheer for. Therefore, when creating your protagonist, audience connection is vital. As a writer, you must get to know your protagonist early on in the writing process and do everything you can to translate their nature/desires/problems on page 1 of your script. Your hero must have hopes, fears, dreams, challenges, etc. and we (the audience) must feel their despair and achievements early on and throughout the duration of the film.5. Less is More When it Comes to TextA screenplay is not meant to read like a novel. At all costs, avoid lengthy paragraphs and overly descriptive writing. First and foremost, a good script should be no more than 120 pages and ideally, should be about 110 pages in length. Therefore, there’s only so much room to work with.A good rule of thumb: if you can’t show it on the screen, then avoid putting it in the script. There is no need to write your characters thoughts or feelings into your screenplay. After all, your audience isn’t reading your script, they are watching a motion picture. Therefore, leave out what can’t be shown visually or revealed in dialogue – it will only throw off the pacing and lead to unnecessary re-writes down the the road, when you could have spent that time revising other elements of the screenplay.6. Avoid Forced Exposition at All CostsThere are few things worse than the sight of constant exposition in a film. Sometimes when you’re in the thick of writing a great story, you feel it’s hard to omit a good portion of it from your script. However, forced exposition must be omitted at all costs.If you have trouble identifying what ‘must go’, understand that your writing will feel forced if 1) your characters are engaged in a conversation about subject matter in which they should obviously already be familiar; and 2) your characters bring up crucial information about the story out of nowhere, for the sake of informing the audience about key facts, which are integral to our understanding of the film. These awkward ways of feeding the audience information will not reflect real human behavior or interaction and will profoundly affect the ways in which your audience must relate or empathize with your characters. Audiences are generally quite smart and will pick up on things naturally, so always remember that you don’t need to shove it down their throats.7. Write DailyIt can be a challenge to consistently write, which is why even for the best writers out there it requires focus and discipline. As a professional writer, you must commit to writing/working on your script each and every day. Set your intentions early on in the writing process and commit to your goals. Writing can be an arduous task but if you set an intention to write every single day, then two things will happen: you will become a better writer and you WILL finish your script.8. FinishWhen it comes to screenwriting, many people will argue what the “hardest part” is. Is it the simple act of getting started? Or is finding a unique story that is different than what we’ve seen before? Maybe it’s letting go of scenes that you like, but just aren’t working.In my opinion, one of the hardest parts of the process is knowing when to stop. Hanging on to your screenplay and making revision after revision (beyond the scope of what’s necessary) renders your script overworked, and ultimately makes the story feel tired. Of course, take the required time to get your ideas down on paper, and make as many edits as you (and those helping) deem necessary, but know when to let go and identify when you’ve got a product that is ready to be shot and seen.There is no question that as a screenwriter, you are passionate about storytelling. If your goal is to write screenplays at a professional level, then you must consider the dangers that prevent you from telling a great story, as well as the techniques available to help your story transcend the realm of text to motion pictures. You need to do your homework, dedicate yourself to your craft, have a clear message to send, make your characters as human as possible (people with dreams that must be realized in spite of conflict), and know when your text begins to compromise how your story will be interpreted and felt by your audience. Above all, you must be willing to do whatever it takes to tell a complete story and be open to the constructive feedback that will make your script a success.last_img read more