Twitter, Facebook suspend accounts linked to Indonesian army’s Papua campaign

first_imgTwitter and Facebook have suspended more than 80 accounts following a Reuters investigation that linked them to a network of news sites backed by the Indonesian army that publish pro-government propaganda about the restive region of Papua.The 10 sites in the network appear to be independent news outlets. But registration records and Reuters interviews with website editors and a special forces intelligence officer showed they are funded and coordinated by an Indonesian army corporal.Materials from the websites were spread by a network of Twitter and Facebook accounts. Some of them used profile photos or cartoons that made them appear to be the work of Papuan residents or “Free Papua” activists, even as they promoted material that praised the army and criticized advocates of Papuan self-determination.Reuters flagged more than 80 accounts to both social media platforms following publication of the story. Twitter subsequently took down more than 60 accounts that appeared to be using the fake personas, Reuters checks showed.”Account suspended. Twitter suspends accounts which violate the Twitter rules,” read the message displayed on the platform in response to Reuters’ efforts to access the accounts.A Twitter spokesman declined to comment on the reasons for the suspensions.A Facebook spokesman said the platform had removed “a number of accounts” flagged by Reuters for being in violation of its community standards, adding its “investigations are ongoing”.Facebook previously took down a network of fake accounts and pages posting content on the Papua Independence movement in October 2019.A spokesman for the Indonesian military did not immediately respond to requests for comment.Topics :last_img read more

Impuls 97 – Bahn 2000’s first wave

first_imgINTRO: SBB will celebrate 150 years of railways in Switzerland with the biggest jump in train-km since 1982. This first manifestation of Bahn 2000 marks the start of real improvements in what SBB can offer the passengerBYLINE: Nicolas PerrinDeputy Delegate, Bahn 2000Swiss Federal RailwaysIT IS 15 YEARS since Swiss Federal Railways set a world standard for passenger convenience by introducing an integrated regular-interval timetable. Development and implementation of Bahn 2000 has now reached the stage where the benefits of new trains and infrastructure are becoming tangible.In the early 1980s, the aim of the Taktfahrplan was to attract more passengers by providing connecting trains at hourly intervals across most of the country. Its success is demonstrated by the fact that Swiss people make more rail journeys than any other Europeans.Taktfahrplan spawned the Bahn 2000 concept, presented to the nation in 1985. The idea was simple – ’more often, faster, more direct and more comfortable’ – a national hub-and-spoke service, with journey times between hubs cut to just under an hour.New construction would only be needed to ease bottlenecks, or where inter-hub times were in excess of 60min. Shorter overall journey times would come largely from reduced waiting time between connections. Benefits would be spread over the whole network, rather than just core routes.Approval by referendum on December 6 1987 began a period of development and construction; many of the original concepts were modified as a result of higher demand forecasts, tighter restrictions on new civil works, and cost underestimates.A revision of the project, applying new technology to rolling stock design, allowed some costly infrastructure work to be dropped, keeping the modified Bahn 2000 within the original budget. Parliamentary approval for revision of the phasing of the programme was granted in 1994. Since then SBB has been working on the first phase, keeping to cost and schedule.Trains before trackPressure to keep costs down saw iterative optimisation of the overall passenger offer against the cost of rolling stock and infrastructure. Priority was given to improving service through better organisation, then through better rolling stock. Lastly, new infrastructure would be considered.The advantage of new trains against new infrastructure is that benefits to the passenger are more immediate and tangible. Rolling stock can be adapted to suit market conditions, and the changed priorities should also help reduce operating costs and environmental impact.A vital aspect of the deal for the passenger is high punctuality – essential for reliable, but short connecting times. SBB aims to run 95% of trains within 3min of booked timing, and 75% within 1min.Rolling stock measuresImpuls 97 will be implemented with three rolling stock innovations.IC2000 double-deck trains will raise passenger capacity without using additional paths. The first two rakes will go into service this summer between St Gallen and Interlaken; three more sets will be deployed later this year. They offer 40% more seats per coach than a standard Mk IV, and raise the maximum number of passengers that already busy routes can handle. Per seat purchase price and maintenance costs are lower, though comfort is higher.Push-pull operation has spread from S-Bahn and regional trains to InterCity and fast services. A fleet of 60 MkIV driving trailer cars from Schindler has allowed fixed-formation operation, cutting light locomotive movements at busy stations like Zürich and Luzern. This has freed capacity for additional trains.Key to reducing the need for new lines is the use of tilting trains, able to cut inter-hub journey times to under an hour over existing alignments. SBB ordered 24 sets last July from a consortium of Adtranz, Schindler and Fiat-SIG, the latter supplying tilt technology. The prototype set is due to be delivered by mid-1998, with fleet service on the Lausanne – Biel – Zürich route due in 2001 (p325).Infrastructure impactEven with innovative rolling stock and careful planning, Bahn 2000 still requires around 100 infrastructure projects, ranging from optimising the layout of points and crossings to reduce conflicting movements, through extra platforms and multi-tracking, to completely new main lines.Biggest of all is the 46 km Mattstetten – Rothrist route between Bern and Olten (RG 6.96 p319). Work is already under way at both ends, where short cutoffs have already been completed (the Grauholz and Born tunnels). Boring of the 4·7 km Murgenthal tunnel is in hand. Concerns remain over the environmental impact of the rest of the line, and so the government has established a procedure for objections to be raised through the national court. When complete, the line will allow InterCity trains to run at up to 200 km/h, cutting the Bern – Zürich journey time to 57min.Although upgrading and multi-tracking will ease congestion on main routes, the node stations will become increasingly busy. The problem is especially acute at Zürich, where surface platforms must accommodate 26 arrivals and departures in a 22min period of each half-hour. SBB timetable compilers are already working on the timetable for 2005 to ensure its smooth operation. But as traffic grows, an increasing problem will be the number of passengers changing trains, placing considerable strain on the station’s circulating areas. A SFr475m expansion and rebuilding of Zürich HB will see construction of further walkways connecting the platforms.Other stations to be expanded include Aarau, being rebuilt as part of the main line quadrupling project, and Olten, where SFr255m is being spent on squeezing four new platforms onto railway land on the west side of the station and rebuilding existing platforms.Signalling is also being upgraded, with remaining mechanical signalling being replaced by 1999 under a SFr174m programme. Electronic interlocking has allowed capacity increases, with 2min headways lifting the number of trains through a double track line to over 350 per day.Total infrastructure spend on works completed, under construction or committed is around SFr3bn.ImplementationImpuls 97 goes live with the timetable change in June, an appropriate way to celebrate our jubilee. It puts into service a number of individual Bahn 2000 projects as early as possible, so that passengers begin to benefit.SBB will increase its train-km run by about 4%, with frequency stepped up to half-hourly on the Zürich – Bern, Zürich – St Gallen, and Bern – Fribourg routes, with consequential timetable restructuring.Capacity will be augmented between St Gallen and Interlaken when the first two rakes of IC2000 double-deck coaches are put into service. Structure gauge enlargement, including a week-long closure of the Spiez – Interlaken line, has been undertaken over the last year to give sufficient clearance for the new trains. A spin-off benefit is that these routes are now available for 4m-high piggyback traffic. The rest of the fleet of 58 vehicles will be phased in during this year.New infrastructure coming on line with Impuls 97 includes the four-tracking between Aarau and Rupperswil, sections of double-tracking, such as Luzern – Zug, and station rebuilds at Aarau and Lausanne.After ImpulsStage two of the Bahn 2000 project comes in 2001, to coincide with the national EXPO. This will include the completion of the Lausanne – Biel – Zürich corridor upgrade. The fleet of tilting trains on this route will cut 20min from the Lausanne – Zürich journey time, and, when combined with the main line via Fribourg, will give a high quality, half-hourly interval service between eastern and western Switzerland.Double-deck trains cannot run beyond Bern on SBB’s east-west main line because of insufficient gauge clearance throughout much of the Kreis I western region. Work to improve this will be carried out over the next two or three years. This includes an intense two nights and a day blockade of Perraudettaz tunnel between Fribourg and Lausanne, with profile enlargement work due to be shown on national television.Further double-deck coaches are due to be ordered in 1997-98 to increase capacity on services from Bern to Lausanne and Genève.Original goals achievedFull implementation of Bahn 2000 will see significant service improvements. Long distance train frequency on a further seven routes linking pairs of ’hub’ stations will be doubled to half-hourly, with connecting travel times cut by an average of 8%, and new through routes launched.Centrepiece of this last phase will be inauguration of the Mattstetten – Rothrist new line, and expansion of the Zürich hub to give more, shorter connections each half-hour. Reducing the time between Switzerland’s political and economic centres of Bern and Zürich to just 57min embodies the original aims of the Taktfahrplan: more often, faster, more direct, and more comfortable. oCAPTION: Vital infrastructure for Impuls 97 was the completion of quadrupling from west of Aarau, through the rebuilt station (top) and east (above) to RupperswilCAPTION: Murgenthal tunnel forms one end of the Mattstetten – Rothrist new line between Bern and OltenCAPTION: Work on the Adler tunnel between Mutttenz and Liestal near Basel is well under way. It will divert traffic from Bern and the Llast_img read more

Auckland rates hike: How much more will you pay?

first_imgNZ Herald 26 June 2015About 34,000 Auckland households will pay more than $500 when they open their latest rates bills in six weeks, according to council figures.Council estimates released today show about one-in-13 of the city’s 454,000 households will pay more than $500 and of those 9000 households will pay more than $1000.The figures reveal the impact of Mayor Len Brown’s controversial new budget, which was passed by a single vote yesterday.The bottom line is an average 9.9 per cent rise in residential rates costed at $214 for the average household.Today, the council released the estimated impact of rates changes for the new financial year, starting on July 1.Family First national director Bob McCoskrie said it was time councils, including Auckland Council, followed family and made sacrifices.“They have not had the luxury of raising their income by 10% with a simple vote. They should not pass on out-of-control spending to families. It’s time that they too tightened their belt.,” he said.“For many families, an increase in rates will put them under huge pressure – an increased cost which they cannot simply pass on to others, as councils can do.”“Families, local bodies and government cannot simply spend spend spend without accountability for that spending and without facing the consequences of an out-of-control budget – family or otherwise,” Mr McCoskrie said. read more

State Champs

first_imgIf you didn’t read the Batesville Herald Tribune, you may not know that the Batesville Bats (an 8 and under local baseball team) won the state championship on June 26.  They won the championship in a thrilling come-from-behind win over a team from Terre Haute, Indiana.  The final score was 13-7.The state championship team in the double A division took place at the Center Grove Little League Complex in Greenwood, Indiana.  The Bats scored the last 6 runs of the game to send the Batesville crowd home with the state championship.  The 11 member local All-Star team was made up of boys who play at the Plex in Batesville.  Congratulations to the Bats and their coaching staff.last_img read more

Forced turnovers lead to points on the field and food in the bank

first_imgPictured: Norman Knudson – Holton Food Pantry Bob McCreary-Holton Christian Church Christian Prickel-#24 Josh Maple-#57 Trey Heidlage-#12 Logan Meers-#32 Joe Bruns-#74 Paul Ketcham-Superintendent BCSC Andrea Hartman-Batesville Food PantryBatesville, In. —  The Batesville High School Varsity Football team used the 2017 season to help feed Ripley County’s hungry.  Throughout the season, the team collected pledges from their fans through which the fans agreed to donate money for every turnover the Varsity Team forced throughout the season; all in the name of supporting local food pantries.  Thirty-one turnovers later the team had raised $983.  Over spring break the Varsity Football Team came together and delivered their Turnover Hunger donations to the Batesville Food Pantry and the Holton Food Pantry. This donation allowed these two food pantries to feed approximately 250 families over the Easter Holiday.“The Ripley County Community Foundation works hard to assist every individual or group in their quest to give back to their community.  The RCCF Board of Directors immediately recognized the Turnover Hunger initiative as a way for the community foundation to empower local youth with the tools needed to fulfill their charitable wishes.  The Community Foundation is proud to administer this program for the Batesville Varsity Football team and hopes the seed planted in 2017 will grow in 2018 and will become a countywide initiative in the future,” stated Amy Streator, RCCF Executive Director.last_img read more

First in non-fendered voting goes to McGee’s Modified

first_imgGALESBURG, Ill. – No doubt readers of the Inside IMCA newsletter with good memories will remember Dean McGee as the winner of the November, 2009 best looking car contest. More recently, his IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified was voted the top non-fendered entry in this month’s Sybesma Graphics IMCA Facebook Fan Favorite contest for August. He’ll receive a mini-mod door from Sybesma. Unfortunately, race fans at Davenport Speedway and 34 Raceway may not be seeing that car on the track this weekend. “The car is in pieces at the moment. I tangled with a lapped car and met the wall a week ago Saturday,” said McGee, who has taken advantage of the time away from the track to enjoy his grandchildren more. “I’m hoping to get the car ready but it was pretty well mashed.” The son of two-time Illinois state champion “Fibber” McGee, he started his career in 34’s super modified class in 1973. He drove a sprint car and then a late model at Illinois and Iowa speedplants before moving to Florida in 1982. He returned home to the Midwest and jumped into a Modified beginning in 1987. McGee has partnered with car owner Mike Horton Sr. for an incredible 24 seasons. His son Dean and grandson Michael help on the crew, making for four generations of the family involved in racing on the track or in the pits. McGee’s crew includes his wife Pam, son Dean and grandson Michael, brother-in-law Charles Rosenberg, Mike Horton Sr., Mike Horton Jr., Dick Walsh, Robert Horton and Jeff Horton. Primary sponsors are Performance Bodies of Cedar Falls, Iowa; Lacky and Sons Monuments, Glass Specialty and Rheinschmidts Carpet Center, all of Galesburg; Rage Chassis of West Union, Iowa; Aftershock Racing Decals of Fairbury; Wehrs Machine of Bngor, Wis.; Eibach Springs of Corona, Calif.; and Liquid Herbal Nitro of Riverside, Calif.last_img read more

One-half of Batesville Seniors will graduate with a full year of college credits

first_imgBatesville, IN— Through an innovative partnership with Ivy Tech in Batesville, one-half of Batesville High School (BHS) seniors graduating in May 2020 will also have earned enough credits to equal one full year of college—at virtually no cost to them.With a steady upward trend in the number of BHS students earning an entire year’s worth of college credits and unique work-based cooperative programs, the partnership between the Batesville Community School Corporation and Ivy Tech is a model for providing comprehensive career pathway options, according to Batesville Community School Corporation (BCSC) superintendent Paul Ketcham.  Because the Ivy Tech course enrollment is provided at no cost to the student, each of them can potentially save between $15,000 and $20,000 on future college expenses.“We are in the seventh year of this partnership with Ivy Tech and, each year, the program gets stronger,” Ketcham said. “Others look to us as a model of how to make this work for students, both in regard to the opportunities offered and the cost (free except for textbooks).“Next May, we expect 80 of our seniors—50 percent of the class—to earn 30 college credits, which is equal to one year of college,” Ketcham explained. “If the students didn’t have this opportunity and instead had to take those classes at a typical four-year institution, the total cost associated with them earning those credits could have approached $1.6 million. That savings proves that this is a worthwhile venture. Like other creative partnerships in Batesville, this cooperative funding effort by the City of Batesville, the school corporation, and Ivy Tech is yet another huge accomplishment for our small city.”Students interested in Ivy Tech programs may participate in two different ways. First, for those who plan to pursue further education after high school, Ivy Tech offers BHS students 16 different college-level courses, some taught at Ivy Tech and some at BHS.  Thanks to the Statewide Transfer General Education Core (STGEC) program, credit for these classes is guaranteed to transfer to all public four-year colleges in the State of Indiana. Students earning 30 hours are often eligible to enter college as sophomores via this transferability agreement. This enables some BHS graduates to gain a college degree in just three years.“We usually have about 170 juniors and seniors who are enrolled in an Ivy Tech class during any given academic year,” Ketcham said.  “Before this program started in 2012, students were lucky to have taken one or two college-level courses. Now, we’re sending them to college as sophomores, at virtually no cost to them. That’s an amazing accomplishment.”last_img read more

Liverpool move on from Cup victory

first_imgLIVERPOOL’S Carling Cup triumph must be consigned to the trophy cabinet as the players prepare to “sacrifice” themselves for the club again, manager Kenny Dalglish said. A first piece of silverware in six years was secured at Wembley after a physically draining Carling Cup penalty shoot-out win over Cardiff, but the players barely had chance to celebrate as they raced off to join their international teams for the various midweek friendlies taking place around the world. With fourth-placed Arsenal visiting Anfield on Saturday, Dalglish wants his players fully focused on a match which could impact on their aspirations for Champions League qualification, and said: “We don’t want to sound as if they shouldn’t have enjoyed themselves – I hope they have because we have – but we’ve had the enjoyment and now it is back to work.” Press Associationcenter_img He added: “We know the hard work which was involved in getting to Wembley. The players were prepared to sacrifice themselves for the benefit of the club and we just need more of that. “We will now go for whatever we can in every game. It is nice to be in the Europa League but it is even nicer if we can progress and build on what we did last Sunday. “I am sure it has whetted their appetite. Our season is not finished because we won the Carling Cup.” Questions were started to be asked of some of Dalglish’s signings, particularly those who arrived in the summer, prior to the win in Cardiff, with the likes of Stewart Downing, Jordan Henderson and Charlie Adam coming in for criticism. However, Downing produced his best display in a red shirt at Wembley and Dalglish will hope winning something early in their Liverpool careers will give a boost to the summer signings. “I think for everyone who has come in you don’t realise how big and important and how difficult it is to change your circumstances,” he added. “It is not only yourself but your family who have to settle down. “But they have now contributed to the fantastic history this club has and they have a place in a lot of people’s hearts that maybe wasn’t there on the Saturday.” last_img read more

Cricket News IPL 2019: No slouch with white ball: Ravichandran Ashwin

first_imgRavichandran Ashwin echoed the same sentiments as Ishant Sharma. Ravichandran Ashwin will be seen captaining Kings XI Punjab in the upcoming IPL.Kings XI Punjab will play their first game against Rajasthan Royals at Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur.  highlights New Delhi: This year, though the focus would still be on the twelfth edition of the Indian Premier League, the primary focus will be on the most prestigious tournament of the year – ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Almost every team is trying to tick every box and have the best combination which eventually can help them get close to the coveted title. For India, the spin sensation Ravichandran Ashwin, who has been exceedingly successful for India in all three formats of the game but hasn’t featured in the limited overs arena ever since the introduction of two young spinners – Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav. With the World Cup squad yet to be announced, Ravichandran Ashwin echoed sentiments reminding that he is “no slouch with white ball”.“I don’t know, it is a perception. I am no slouch. In the white ball format, my records are not as bad as what it is perceived to be. It is out of the perception that wrist spinners are required in modern one day cricket that I am sitting out,” straight-talking off-spinner said when asked about the challenge of concentrating on one format. He also pointed out that in his last ODI game for the country against the West Indies in North Sound on June 30, 2017, he had returned with figures of 3 for 28.“The last ODI I played, I got 3 for 28. I would always look back at my career and I would like to believe it’s not due to my efforts that I am sitting out (but) it is due to the supply and demand that the team requires,” he said. Ashwin is happy with his performance in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy where he got seven wickets from six games at a decent economy.“I went and played the Syed Mushtaq Ali (T20 tournament) and I had a decent outing. That’s how I look at it. I am playing cricket and it is not like I need to specialise in one particular format. It is the challenges of the modern day game, I will be looking forward to doing whatever I can do best,” explained the 32-year bowler.On the issue of limiting the workload on India players in the IPL ahead of the World Cup, Ashwin said it’s not easy to look too far ahead and also mentioned that the players knew about how to maintain fitness.“I don’t think as a cricketer you can look far ahead about what needs to be done and how you can manage it. As a cricketer or as a sportsperson, you just concentrate on what happens today. The franchise has invested money on you. Obviously, it is a massive tournament, everybody plays for pride, everybody wants to perform and excel.”However, he agreed that the workload factor will always stay at the back of their heads.“It definitely stays at the back of the head because it is being spoken about a lot more right now. I am sure the players are responsible enough and more fitness-aware and be able to handle it than they ever were. I don’t think going into the tournament people will be thinking about it but as the tournament pans out and the way it goes for each and every franchise and for each and every player, they will take decisions wisely.”But at the same time, he said the World Cup is huge and no one wants to miss it.“Probably because of the number of injuries and the number of premium players that are right now available for the country and how important every spot is. It is a dream for every cricketer to represent his country at the World Cup, it is a big stage. Obviously, bowlers have more chances of succumbing to injuries because of the workload they go through It is physically harder on the body than the batters. Probably from that point of view, if you look at a (Jasprit) Bumrah or a Bhuvneshwar – Bumrah has been fine but Bhuvneshwar has had a few (fitness) concerns over the last year or so. I think from that point of view the bowlers need to be taken good care of,” he added.Ashwin also said that there has been no communication with the franchises about the chances of some players missing part of IPL, commencing on March 23, owing to the World Cup that follows from May 30 in England.“No, we have no intimation regarding any such player policy or anything like that and they have been very clear in terms of communication with regards to whatever needs to be communicated to the franchise so far. Yes, the schedule is not out yet like we all know but the elections are something that is more important than anything else,” he concluded.center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Leicester Coach, Rogers, Confirms Ndidi’s Four-week Injury Sideline

first_img“It was just unfortunate, he nicked his meniscus just changing direction. You’re looking at around three or four weeks (out), so he’ll probably miss most of January and early February, and then he will be back by then.”Rodgers deployed Youri Tielemans in Ndidi’s position before bringing on Hamza Choudhury in the second half and the latter made the crucial interception that allowed Kelechi Iheanacho to grab an equaliser.“Hamza Choudhury made a huge difference,” Rodgers added. “It’s my fault that I didn’t start him tonight. We could see that we needed him and he gave us our identity back.”Leicester, second in the standings, resume their league campaign on Saturday when they host Southampton – a team they beat 9-0 in the reverse fixture in October.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Leicester City’s defensive midfielder Wilfred Ndidi will be sidelined until February after sustaining a knee injury which requires surgery, manager Brendan Rodgers confirmed yesterday.Ndidi has been crucial to Leicester’s fortunes this season and the influential Nigerian leads the Premier League in both tackles and interceptions.“Wilf (Ndidi) took a knock in training yesterday (Wednesday) which unfortunately means he might need a slight operation,” Rodgers said when explaining why he missed Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with Aston Villa in the first leg of their League Cup semifinal. Wilfred-Ndidilast_img read more