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EVENTS: Children's Rights Festival (CROATIA)

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Children's Rights Festival celebrates and promotes children's creative work, as well as the creative work of adults that aims at promoting children's rights. The main purpose of this Festival is to draw attention of the public to the messages that children convey through films, and also to put an accent on the changes that are necessary in order to ensure a better life for all children.

The Festival is organised in cooperation of UNICEF, Croatian Film Association, Children's Ombudsman Office and our long-term sponsors and partners Blitz Cinestar and Croatian Telecom (T-HT).

The Festival was started in 2009 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, world's most widely adopted legal document by which the world pledges to ensure the best possible conditions for every child.

Festival website in English and Croatian

ARTICLES: Govt and Parents Urged to Keep Kids Safe on the Internet


More monitoring and supervision is needed from both the government and parents to protect children from objectionable online content and cybercrimes, as a growing number of Indonesians gains access to the Internet. 

Linda Amalia Sari Gumelar, the minister for women’s empowerment and child protection, said in Jakarta on Monday that the government and the community needed to work “hand in hand” on the issue.

full article on the Jakarta Globe website

NEWS: Young Chinese Journalists Travel Regionally to Research and Report on Industrial Production

Tuesday, 30 October 2012



Tough questions and stone-faced rebuttals from authorities don’t deter Wang Jing, a young journalist at China’s New Century magazine. "I feel I am a representative of the public,” said Jing, explaining her recent persistent enquiries of Thai officials. “If I must, I can apologize in private for aggressive questioning."
Jing was one of six Chinese journalists who took part in an October reporting trip through Thailand and Vietnam, where the journalists had opportunities to meet with and question government, industry, and NGO leaders involved in industrial production, essentially tracing the life cycle of products like plastics and liquefied natural gas and learning about the impacts of industrial production on health and the environment. The Chinese journalists clearly enjoyed the rare opportunity to ask questions freely and aggressively.
full article on the Internews website

NEWS: Teenager Ciara Ierace appointed Children's Commissioner for a day (AUSTRALIA)


BE true, to be you - that's the message from the Perth teen who was appointed WA's Children's Commissioner for the day this week.
As part of a campaign to promote positive body image for youngsters, 13-year-old Ciara Ierace worked with brand and communications agency Meerkats to produce a print advertisement.
Ciara said she wanted to spread the message to young people to be happy with who they are and not to feel the need to become unhealthy or fake.
“You need to remember you are beautiful in every way, no matter what you look like,” she said, after being selected from more than 70 applicants for the Commissioner for a Day Challenge.
Ciara said she learnt that being the Commissioner is a very busy job, but she loved every minute of it.
“It’s hard work but in the end it’s worth it because you get to see kids smile and being happy.
“I could probably see myself doing this job in the future.”
Visiting Meerkats, Ciara worked with creative staff to produce a print advertisement promoting her message to encourage children and young people to be happy being themselves.

NEWS: Ghana: Media Urged to Protect Rights, Interest of Children (AFRICA)


Kumasi — THE ENVIRONMENTAL Protection Association of Ghana (EPAG) and its partners, Ghana NGOs Coalition on the Rights of the Child (GNCRC) and Plan Nederland have introduced: "The Girl Power Project", to improve the alarming situations of exposed children in Ghana.
The Girl Power Project is currently implemented in 5 communities, and will be running until 2015, with the aim of educating communities on violence against children and women, meeting with boys and men to make them understand their role in empowering girls and women, capacity building for girls and women, meeting with community and district child protection committees, and many other activities, according to EPAG.
full article

NEWS / EVENTS: Youths gather to focus on child issues



Twenty-one participants from the Pacific region have gathered in Suva to address issues related to children and youths using the media.
The workshop has been organized by UNICEF,PACMAS and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community.
UNICEF spokesperson, Tomas Jensen says the participants will be engaged in group activities.
“We are going to be producing between 15 and 20 radio, tv, print and social media production that are focusing on topics relevant to young people in the pacific and we are also going to try to establish partnership with the media so that young people continue to do production after the workshop."

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Friday, 26 October 2012


With computer models locked in on the eventuality of a punishing blow for East Coast from Hurricane Sandy - with the latest model runs favoring the northern mid-Atlantic, analyses suggest this storm may be unlike anything the region has ever experienced.
Model simulations have consistently simulated minimum pressures below 950 mb, which would be the lowest on record in many areas.
“MODELS SHOW PRESSURE WELL BEYOND WHAT HAS EVER BEEN OBSERVED NEAR THE NJ/NY COAST (EVEN EXCEEDING THE 1938 LONG ISLAND EXPRESS [HURRICANE])”, writes NOAA’s Hydrometeorological Prediction Center (HPC).
Connecticut meteorologist Ryan Hanrahan noted there has only been one tropical storm with the pressure below 960 mb in the last 60 years in the Northeast.
While a couple of hurricane landfalls in Florida have produced pressures in this range, most cities in the Northeast have never reached such values, as is evident in this state-by-state roundup. The region’s lowest pressure on record occurred with the 1938 hurricane at Bellport, Long Island (946 hPa).
In the mid-Atlantic region, here are some record low pressures, which could be blown away - depending on the track of the storm:
Baltimore: 971 mb
Richmond: 966 mb
NOAA’s HPC cautions that sometimes models lower pressure in these storms too much, and favors Sandy to bottom out near 965 mb on its approach to the East Coast - which would still be in record territory in many areas.
You might ask yourself, aren’t hurricanes supposed to weaken as they head north? Why are these pressures so low? Or as the Weather Channel’s Bryan Norcross put it: “What the hell is going on?”
Norcross’ answer: “This is a beyond-strange situation. It’s unprecedented and bizarre.”
He then offers a hypothesis (which I agree with):
The upper-air steering pattern that is part of the puzzle is not all that unheard of. It happens when the atmosphere gets blocked over the Atlantic and the flow over the U.S. doubles back on itself. Sometimes big winter storms are involved.
The freak part is that a hurricane happens to be in the right place in the world to get sucked into this doubled-back channel of air and pulled inland from the coast.
And the double-freak part is that the upper level wind, instead of weakening the storm and simply absorbing the moisture - which would be annoying enough - is merging with the tropical system to create a monstrous hybrid vortex. A combination of a hurricane and a nor’easter.
A simpler explanation: the clash of the cold blast from the continental U.S. and the massive surge of warm, moist air from Hurricane Sandy will cause the storm to explode and the pressure to crash.
These historic low pressure levels simulated by the model are equivalent to a category 3 or 4 hurricane, which have peak winds over 115 mph. But Sandy’s winds will not be that high, because as it transitions into this hybrid hurricane-nor’easter, its core will unwind. So its peak winds will diminish, but strong winds will be felt over a vast area. Think of a compressed slinky expanding as you let it go.
WJLA meteorologist Ryan Miller notes 66,549,869 people live in the National Hurricane Center’s track zone for Sandy. A large percentage of these people will likely contend with tropical storm force winds - over 40-60 mph, if not somewhat greater.
I’ll conclude with this note posted in the blog by AccuWeather senior Vice President Mike Smith:
A very prominent and respected National Weather Service meteorologist wrote on Facebook last night,
I’ve never seen anything like this and I’m at a loss for expletives to describe what this storm could do.
....

ARTICLES: UNICEF uReport gives remote youths a voice

Thursday, 25 October 2012

In most of the developing world, people who have mobile phones don't have Internet service but have only voicemail, text and spotty reception. But that doesn't stop citizens from using them in the most innovative ways.

In a project called uReport, UNICEF has partnered with local organizations that work with children and youth, such as the Scouts Association and faith-based organizations, and together they are using basic mobile phone technology to hear from young people in remote areas who can answer weekly SMS polls through their phones about community services and youth issues.

Recent polls have included questions about healthcare, girls in sports, students with disabilities, the youth fund, school dropouts, teen pregnancy, mosquito net usage and youth employment.

full article

Mars today from oppy

After more than 35 km & 3,110 sols (8+ years!) Oppy'... on Twitpic

Frankenstorm coming to the east coast

http://www.wtop.com/884/3092498/Mega-storm-could-bring-snow-to-DC

The above is the finishing of the mega storm on Saturn that started in Dec of last year..now that's a storm

Mars weather today

Sol 77 (Oct 24, 2012): Sunny, high -1C/30F, low -72C/-97F, pressure higher at 7.93 hPa, wind E at 7.2kmh/4.5mph, daylight 6am-5pm Keri Bean working the mastcam today..she's on the weather team

NASA solar exploration at 50




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ARTICLES / NEWS / PROJECTS: Kids' cameras roll for season two of 'Marblehead Youth News'

MYN, the only youth news-magazine show on the North Shore, covers a wide range of youth-selected topics and events in Marblehead and is produced — with support from MHTV’s staff and a parent-volunteer base — by 18 elementary-and-middle-school-aged kids. The show features stories that "inspire and impact" youth in their age group, according to the show’s website (mhdyouthnews.com).

"We’ve got some kids on board from last year and a few new ones," said Jennifer Winch, the program’s public relations chairwoman, whose son, Cameron, 11, is currently working on a segment showcasing Village School’s organic garden.

At the beginning of each month, a meeting is held at the MHTV studio in the Veterans Middle School, where youth pitch stories for the upcoming show, according to Winch.



Read more: Kids' cameras roll for season two of 'Marblehead Youth News' - Marblehead, MA - Marblehead Reporter http://www.wickedlocal.com/marblehead/news/x1826359870/Kids-cameras-roll-for-season-two-of-Marblehead-Youth-News#ixzz2AK5uw1BQ

a zombie planet?



Someone who made this clip has a sense of humor and sc fi history..yup that's the robinson's Jupiter 2 heading towards that exo planet..Danger Will Robinson Danger

Ugly


The BBC's former director general, Mark Thompson, has spoken of his regret over the Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal.
Speaking to The Times, Mr Thompson said he regretted that the dropping of an investigation into the presenter by the BBC's Newsnight may have delayed the launch of a police inquiry.
Mr Thompson is due to take up the chief executive post at the New York Times.
He has said he played no part in the Newsnight decision and did not know the full nature of the Savile allegations.
Police have launched a criminal investigation into Savile, who died last year aged 84.
They have described him as a predatory sex offender and believe he may have abused many people - including young girls - over a 40-year period.
In the interview with the Times, Mr Thompson said: "Manifestly, I would rather that this very important journalistic story had been brought to air by the BBC rather than ITV. Moreover, that it could have been brought to air sooner.... in such a way that the authorities could move sooner.
"In so far as that happened that's clearly a matter of regret."
He said he had "formed the impression" in December 2011 that Newsnight was investigating "allegations of abuse of some kind" relating to Savile, but was assured the research had been shelved for editorial reasons.
But, he said, it "would have been a good idea" for his press office to draw his attention to articles in six national newspapers in January and February this year which suggested Newsnight had been told to drop the investigation so the BBC could run tribute programmes to Savile over Christmas.
"Trying to understand why there was a row and looking at the decision that was made and doing that some months earlier would have been good," he said.
Mr Thompson is due to begin work at the New York Times in November,but the paper's public editor, Margaret Sullivan, has said it is "worth considering whether he is the right person for the job".
In an interview with the Guardian newspaper, Mr Thompson said Ms Sullivan's view was "completely correct", and that it was "totally reasonable for institutions like the New York Times and the BBC to be free to examine everything, including subjects of corporate interest in the institution itself".
Police have launched a criminal investigation into Savile, who died last year aged 84.
They have described him as a predatory sex offender and believe he may have abused nearly 300 people - including young girls - over a 40-year period.

Sandy go away

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111904006104576499992600842556.html?mod=e2tw

Docking of Soyuz to ISS


ONEMINUTESJR / AWARDS: OneMinutesJr Awards 2012 - Nominees announced

AMSTERDAM/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 23 October 2012 - UNICEF and the One Minute Foundation today announced the nominees for this year's OneMinutesJr Award. 15 young people from eight countries have been chosen with their 60-second videos from several hundreds of entries to the OneMinutesJr competition this year.

The nominated films were produced at workshops in 2012 in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Romania, Montenegro, the USA, India, Madagascar and Kiribati.


full article

ARTICLES: Average teenager has never met quarter of Facebook friends (UK)

Wednesday, 24 October 2012


The average 12- to 15-year-old has never met one in four of their "friends" on social networking websites such as Facebook, according to new research.
Telecoms and media regulator Ofcom's annual Children and Parents: Media Use and Attitudes Report also found that teenage girls are the UK's texting champions, sending more than 220 a week – a third more than boys.
The regulator's latest research revealed that 12- to 15-year-olds on average spend 17 hours a week on the internet, matching TV viewing for the first time, and that potentially well over a third of three- and four-year-olds use the internet for TV and games.
More than 40% of five- to 15-year-olds who have internet access have a social networking profile, rising to 80% among 12- to 15-year-olds.
The latter age group has an average of 286 online friends and 93% of them claim they are confident they know about online safety.
full article on The Guardian website

AWARDS: BAFTA Announces 2012 Children's Awards Nominations


The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced the nominations for the 2012 British Academy Children's Awards, which take place on Sunday, November 25 at the London Hilton, Park Lane.

Children’s BAFTA winner and Blue Peter presenter Barney Harwood will return to host the Awards that celebrate the very best in children’s media, including television, film, video games and online.

X 37 b launch pushed back

Tuesday, 23 October 2012


 The first repeat flight of a reusable military mini-shuttle is being pushed back to Nov. 13 to allow more time to investigate engine trouble on a recent Delta IV rocket launch.
The Air Force X-37B, also known as the Orbital Test Vehicle — or OTV — had been slated to launch Oct. 25 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
That target date subsequently slipped to Oct. 30.
The move to Nov. 13 allows two more weeks to investigate reduced thrust levels experienced during the Oct. 4 launch of a Delta IV rocket and a Global Positioning System satellite.
The $122 million military navigation spacecraft was delivered to its intended orbit despite the trouble encountered during the operation of a second-stage Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne RL 10 engine.
The engine problem was the first of two experienced by U.S. rockets in the first week of October.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lost one of nine engines during the Oct. 7 launch of a Dragon spacecraft on the first commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station.
The Dragon spacecraft was successfully berthed at the station, but a secondary payload owned by ORBCOMM did not reach its intended orbit.
It re-entered the atmosphere a few days later.

MARS TODAY WEATHER

Sol 75 (Oct 22, 2012): Sunny, high -1C/30F, low -73C/-99F, pressure higher at 7.91 hPa, wind E at 7.2kmh/4.5mph, daylight 6am-5pm

DRM Dead Issue


Once touted as the “Savior of Shortwave,” Digital Radio Mondiale has not lived up to its hype. Proposed in 1988, with early field-testing in 2000, inaugural broadcasting in 2001 and its official rollout in 2003, DRM has had a lackluster career over the last decade.
With the allure of FM-quality audio and fade-free operation, it had appeared that DRM might revive the shortwave community. Unfortunately, it has been overcome by other events, some technical and some social. The main weakness has been alternate sources of information and entertainment, fueled by the very technology that gave DRM hope.
Additionally, in areas of the world without ubiquitous social media, DRM has yet to realize receivers at a moderate cost with adequate battery life. The very processing technology that allows improved operation using the more complex DRM waveform costs more and consumes more power than the standard AM receiver. A quick look at standalone DRM receivers over the past decade shows almost a dozen companies entering the market, only to retreat when the promise didn’t materialize.
A DEMAND AND A HOPE
If you mention “shortwave,” the average person pictures a wiry-looking “ham radio operator” in a basement or attic. But in fact, most of the less-developed world listens to shortwave. Outside the U.S., shortwave has been, and probably will continue to be, a serious contender for disseminating entertainment and information.
The rise of the Internet has influenced many broadcasters to cease their shortwave transmissions in favor of broadcasting over the World Wide Web. When BBC World Service discontinued service to Europe, North America, Australasia and the Caribbean, it generated many protests. The shifting of resources from shortwave to Internet and television by the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which oversees U.S. international broadcasting, further reduced broadcasting hours in the English language. With recent budget slashings of 70 to 80 percent, resulting in announcements of closing large stations such as the Radio Netherlands Bonaire and Radio Canada Sackville sites, increased pressure has been placed on shortwave to perform. Although most of the prominent broadcasters continue to scale back their analog shortwave transmissions or completely terminate them, shortwave is still common and active in developing regions, such as parts of Africa and South America.
Examining both the location of DRM stations and target areas, Fig. 1 shows that most DRM shortwave stations and target areas are in Europe. Until an inexpensive, battery-conscious receiver is available, continents such as South America and Africa won’t be viable target areas.
 
Fig. 1: Number and target areas of DRM shortwave stations.

Adil Mina, VP of business development for Continental Electronics, chairs the DRM USA Group. He has written on its website that “the receiver that all of us are looking for is still the small receiver, the inexpensive receiver that will have a good battery life. That’s what most people are looking for. It’s the one that should be like your BlackBerry, your telephone, that can sit for two days, three days, without you having to go back and charge it.”
IN PURSUIT OF QUALITY
The main requirement of DRM development was to ensure that far greater audio quality could be achieved whilst keeping the transmissions in a form to operate alongside existing AM transmissions. This meant having the ability for the transmissions to occupy a variety of different bandwidths dependent upon the location and frequencies in use.
There are two main elements to the DRM waveform: audio coding and RF modulation. Along came several leaps in technology to compress CD audio into a manageable size. Improved computer technology also provided the necessary processing speed to adopt a complex waveform. However, with higher processing speed comes increased cost and battery consumption.
AUDIO CODING AND COMPRESSION
DRM’s audio compression system employs two main techniques. The first is called Advanced Audio Coding. The brain does not perceive all the sounds that are heard by the ear. A strong sound on one frequency, for instance, will mask out others close in frequency that may be weaker. AAC analyzes the audio spectrum in sections and only encodes those sounds that will be perceived. However AAC on its own does not provide sufficient compression of the data to enable the transmissions to be contained within narrow shortwave bandwidths.
To provide the additional data compression, a scheme known as Spectral Band Replication is employed. This analyzes the sounds in the highest octave, which are normally from sounds such as percussion instruments of those that are harmonically related to other sounds lower in frequency. SBR analyzes them and sends data to the receiver that will enable them to be reconstituted later.
COFDM
The DRM transmitted signal uses a form of modulation known as Coded Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing, as seen in Fig. 2. It is resilient to many common forms of interference and fading. Its main drawback has been that it requires a significant level of signal processing to extract the data from the carriers and reassemble it in the correct fashion. Signal processing ICs are now sufficiently powerful and are at a reasonable cost to make the use of this form of modulation viable.
 
Fig. 2: The COFDM Spectrum of a DRM signal

COFDM uses a large number of closely-spaced carriers that are modulated at a low rate data. Each carrier is modulated with Quadrature Amplitude Modulation using a selectable error coding. Normally, closely-spaced signals would be expected to interfere with each other, but by making the signals orthogonal to each another, there is no mutual interference. This is achieved by having the carrier spacing equal to the reciprocal of the symbol period. The data to be transmitted is split across all the carriers. By using error correction techniques, if some of the carriers are lost due to multi-path fading effects, then the data can be reconstructed.
COFDM has gained a significant presence in the wireless market place. It is now popular with wideband digital communication, digital television and audio broadcasting, DSL broadband Internet access, wireless networks and 4G mobile communications. The combination of high data capacity, high spectral efficiency and resilience to interference as a result of multi-path effects makes it ideal for the high data applications that are becoming common in today’s communications scene.
This signalling and detection technique incorporates kinematic filtering and signal multiplexing, aptly named “kineplex.” In the early 1950s Collins Radio foresaw the need to transmit data over relatively narrow channels. The 16-tone Tactical Digital Information Link, TADIL-A, is used by the U.S. Navy to share radar tracking data, which makes a classic buzz sound like an alligator happily making little ’gators. It’s one of the more distinctive sounds on shortwave. The receiving end of the link used a bank of 15 extremely-sensitive electromechanical resonators, housed in an equipment cabinet six feet high by three feet wide by two feet deep.
Receivers have come a long way since then.
NEW MODELS
DRM receivers evolved from front-end down-converters feeding personal computers. Later, digital signal processor manufacturers started producing chip sets containing both the DSP and the RF digitizer. Standalone receivers used these chip sets or modules without the PC.
 
Fig. 4:The DRM software radio uses an RF down-converter ahead of the sound card in a standard PC.

Initially, many firms tried to “seed” the shortwave market by offering “add-on” accessories to use the down-converter of existing higher-end receivers and adding a complex processor at the IF, as shown in Fig. 4. The bandwidth of a DRM signal varies from 9 kHz to 20 kHz, and the number of carriers used in the COFDM-modulation is relatively small (a maximum of 460 at the highest bandwidth vs. lowest carrier spacing options). These features motivated a real-time software implementation of a DRM-receiver on a conventional personal computer using the sound card as the input and output device. A long-, medium- and shortwave front end with an intermediate frequency (IF) between 5 kHz and 15 kHz is used to receive the DRM signal. This addressed the technically-adept, but didn’t apply to the villager starving for entertainment.
 
Fig. 5:The Coding Technologies Digital World Traveller was a convenient shortwave accessory for the traveler with a PC on the go.

One of the more-interesting DRM modules was the Digital World Traveller, Fig. 5, by Coding Technologies introduced in 2004. This handy little module was connected to the USB port of a PC or Notebook. Priced at $260, the device came with software capable of receiving DRM, FM and AM radio programs without any additional power supply or battery.
 
Fig. 3:The evolution of DRM ‘standalone’ shortwave portable receivers has left many artifacts behind.

Around 2007, a few manufacturers started selling standalone receivers (Himalaya Electronics, Technisat, Morphy Richards, Starwaves, UniWave, Sarapulsky Radiozavod). Most of the receivers were based upon the discontinued Radioscape RS500 module. The standalone models relied on household electricity and thus were not portable, as seen in Fig. 3. We do see a steady price reduction headed for the magic $100 goal (in production quantities, and not including taxes, V.A.T. or shipping).
PROCESSING GIANTS
DSPs can be found in most of our day-to-day consumer devices, including mobile handsets, digital cameras, navigation devices, TVs, DVD players and game consoles. They are ubiquitous in multimedia, telecommunications and networking applications. These products use a variety of hardware approaches to implement DSP, ranging from the use of off-the-shelf microprocessors to field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) to custom integrated circuits.
Programmable “DSP processors,” a class of microprocessors optimized for DSP, are a popular solution for several reasons. In comparison to fixed-function solutions, they have the advantage of potentially being reprogrammed in the field, allowing product upgrades or fixes. They are often more cost-effective (and less risky) than custom hardware, particularly for low-volume applications, where the development cost of custom ICs may be prohibitive.
The lowest complexity processors are “hard-wired” or dedicated processors such as FPGAs, lacking the flexibility to be reprogrammed should the DRM specification change. This was the nemesis for Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB, Eureka-47), where dedicated chip sets specifically developed for DAB were termed worthless when the standard was updated, leaving receiver manufacturers reluctant to enter an immature arena.
Cutting-edge technology can allow a DSP to have lower power than the equivalent ASIC, due to the ASIC using older technology. Also, the DSP can usually be controlled to minimize clock speeds when the processing load allows.Alternatively, the power in an ASIC is minimized by ensuring that the signal-processing operations are dimensioned correctly, particularly in terms of the bit widths being processed.
FUTURE OF DRM?
The success of DRM is dependent on a combination of satisfying a need and technology arriving with the ability to fit that need. In order to provide better quality, a more complex carrier signal and additional processing was required. The need was to provide a better service, but the very enabling technologies also provided alternate forms of entertainment and information. Within the last decade’s window of opportunity DRM took one step forward and other mass media took several steps forward.
In a developed country, the speed of development favors the Internet because of rapid acceptance of service. The hardware is inexpensive, the bandwidth is expanding and the social media networks have been providing the individualized services that people demand. Given a limited budget for a household in an undeveloped country, they will try to maximize their “bang for the buck.”
With the advent of the Internet and SmartPhones and social media networks, all bets are off. We have recently seen the value of social media networks in social uprisings in the Middle East and Africa. People can get the same shortwave information over social media with the uncensored spontaneity of amateurs.
Without a viable (cost and battery-conscious) receiver, DRM has a hazy future.

Launch of ISS exp 33 34


A Soyuz spacecraft carrying three U.S. and Russian astronauts sped toward an early Oct. 25 docking with the International Space Station and a planned five month stay, following a trouble free lift off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan early Oct. 23.
Oleg Novitskiy, the Soyuz TMA-06M commander, Evgeni Tarelkin and NASA's Kevin Ford were accompanied by 32 Medaka fish as they lifted off from pad 31, a newly refurbished launch complex, at 6:51 a.m., EDT, or 4:51 p.m., local time.

Interesting contract terms

Monday, 22 October 2012


The contract for the sale of Religion WFME/NEWARK-NEW YORK to CUMULUS by FAMILY STATIONS shows that CUMULUS is using "RADIO LICENSE HOLDING X, LLC" to buy the station at a price of  $40 million plus Country WDVY (simulcast of WDBY (KICKS 105.5))/MOUNT KISCO, NY (WESTCHESTER COUNTY).  
The price will increase by $8.5 million if WFME can be moved to within the five boroughs of NEW YORK as a Class A or B1 facility within five years, or by $10 million if it can be moved to the city at a classification higher than Class B1.  The deal also includes a provision that if FAMILY STATIONS resells WDVY before an upgrade triggers a payment for WFME, the amount owed by CUMULUS for the upgrade will be reduced by the sale price of WDVY above $1 million.  
FAMILY STATIONS will retain the WFME call letters, and CUMULUS will retain the WDVY calls.

AWARDS: Kara David, I-Witness receive UNICEF prize in Korea

Sunday, 21 October 2012


GMA Network television host Kara David and her "I-Witness" team received the prestigious UNICEF Child Rights Award this week at the Asia Broadcasting Union awards ceremony in Seoul, Korea for the documentary "Alkansya."

GMA News TV will show the“Alkansya” I-Witness documentary in a special, primetime airing on October 27, Saturday, at 10:00 p.m. on Channel 11.  
David’s “Alkansya” stood out from over 40 entries from the Asia and Pacific region as the besttelevision documentary on children’s rights. 
“Alkansya” tells the story of Anthony, a 12-year old boy from Eastern Samar who has to dive for sea cucumbers everyday. 

full article

AWARDS: Philippine documentary on education wins 2012 Asia-Pacific Child Rights Award

Friday, 19 October 2012

“I-Witness: Piggy Bank”, a ground-breaking documentary by producer Kara David of GMA Network of the Philippines, has won the 2012 Asia-Pacific Child Rights Award for broadcasting. The award was given out in Seoul, during the ABU Prizes ceremony, which took place alongside the ABU 49th General Assembly.

Filmed in a far-flung village in the Philippines, the 50-minute long film tells the story of 12-year old Anthony, who works hard every day and night to fulfil his dream of getting an education. From catching fish and washing cars to scouring for sea cucumbers at night, he saves every penny he earns in his piggy bank with the goal to be able to go to school.

In the Philippines, there are more than 3 million children who are not in school because of poverty, the demand for child labour, poor health and nutrition and low preparedness for school. Of every 1,000 entrants in Grade One, only seven graduate from Grade Six with sufficient mastery of English, mathematics, and science.

“Poverty, child labour and lack of education are common problems in the Philippines,” said Kara David, the presenter. “Through research, we found out that in Eastern Samar, several minors have little choice but to help their parents earn income --- day and night. When Anthony dives and scours the seabed all night to search for a sea cucumber used in Chinese traditional medicine, every breath he holds when diving for sea cucumbers is worth another penny, which would bring him closer to his dream.”

full article

ARTICLES: Kids as young as nine using social media

London - More than one in four nine and ten-year-olds use social networking websites, a major study has found.

Primary school pupils are routinely lying about their age to circumvent rules designed to ban them from sites such as Facebook.

Many have hundreds of online “friends” or contacts, which can include complete strangers.

With social networks admitting that information given by users about their age is not routinely verified, there are fears that even younger children could be using the websites and putting themselves at risk of online grooming.

The concerns follow one of the most wide-ranging and comprehensive studies ever conducted on children’s use of the internet, spanning 33 European countries.

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