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Published October 21, 2014

Oct. 20, 2014: Two Canadian F-18 Hornet jets were scrambled from the Siauliai Air Base in Lithuania on Monday to intercept a Russian Ilyushin-20 surveillance aircraft, which they shadowed for some 15 minutes, NATO said(The Associated Press)

A member of the ground crew installs the protection pin onto a Canadian Air Force F-18 Hornet’s missile at Siauliai Air Base in Lithuania Monday Oct. 20, 2014 . Two Canadian F-18 Hornet jets were scrambled from the Siauliai Air Base in Lithuania on Monday to intercept a Russian Ilyushin-20 surveillance aircraft, which they shadowed for some 15 minutes, NATO said. (AP Photo/Canadian Air Force, Cpl Gabrielle DesRochers)(The Associated Press)

HELSINKI NATO scrambled fighter jets twice in two days to intercept Russian military aircraft over the Baltic Sea, it said Tuesday amid reports that Russian military activity in the region is increasing.

Lt. Col. Robert Gericke said the Russian aircraft were flying in international airspace and had not violated the territory of alliance members.

Two Canadian F-18 Hornet jets were scrambled from the Siauliai Air Base in Lithuania on Monday to intercept a Russian Ilyushin-20 surveillance aircraft, which they shadowed for some 15 minutes, NATO said.

“Once identification was successful, the intercept mission was completed and the two Hornets returned to their base,” a NATO statement said.

Earlier, the Latvian military tweeted that NATO F-16 jets were dispatched on Tuesday to intercept a Russian Ilyushin-20 surveillance aircraft over the Baltic Sea. Gericke confirmed that NATO jets had also intercepted a Russian aircraft that day, but could not immediately provide more details.

NATO, which has 16 fighter jets in the region monitoring Baltic airspace, said it regularly launches jets to identify “unknown or potentially hostile aircraft” in the proximity of national airspace.

There were two similar incidents in the region on Oct. 7 and Sept. 11, but on neither occasion did the Russian aircraft constitute a threat to NATO forces, the alliance said.

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NATO will stand by member state Turkey if it comes under attack as a result of the fighting just across the border in Syria, alliance Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Monday. ISIS militants on Monday raised their flag on the eastern outskirts of the Syrian town of Kobani, six miles from Turkish territory. Stray fire from fighting around the town has hit Turkish land.

“The main responsibility for NATO is to protect all allied countries. Turkey is a NATO ally and our main responsibility is to protect the integrity, the borders of Turkey and that is the reason why we have deployed Patriot missiles in Turkey to enhance, to strengthen the airfence of Turkey,” Stoltenberg told a news conference during a visit to Poland.

A senior NATO official told NBC News: “Turkey, as a Member of NATO, is under the protection of Article 5 of the Washington Treaty so of course NATO would be prepared to assist if Turkey asked NATO to invoke Article 5.”

Reuters contributed to this report.

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WARSAW (Reuters) – New NATO secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg said on Sunday that the Western alliance could deploy its forces wherever it wants, apparently calling into question post-Cold War agreements that have been shaken by Russia's actions in Crimea and Ukraine. Stoltenberg was visiting NATO member Poland to reassure it that NATO would provide the protection it sought against its former …

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Today, the Surfrider Foundation , the largest grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our oceans, waves and beaches, launched its fourth annual Rise Above Plastics …

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Senate Votes Against Fourth Amendment Protection Act
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Open Internet activists manhandled out of the FCC headquarters in Washington, DC
On May 15, activists demanded for the protection of the open internet and free speech during the FCC's commission meeting on the open Internet. FCC Chairman orders police to forcefully remove…

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Crash Test 2011 Subaru Legacy Liberty Whiplash Protection JNCAP
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Bay of Islands community group Fish Forever has published a community consultation document that proposes the protection of 10% of the enclosed waters of the Bay of Islands with no-take marine reserves. Two potential marine reserve sites are put forward and Fish Forever intends to generate constructive public discussion around these sites. The potential sites, named the Waewaetorea Reserve and …

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Floyd Abrams Discusses Free Speech – 2014 Va. Festival of the Book
In a panel discussion about freedom of speech sponsored by the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression and moderated by the center's di…

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Urgency of Protection of Camp Liberty Refugees – Geneva
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WASHINGTONThe Radio Television Digital News Foundation honored the Associated Press and four journalists for their commitment to press freedoms at the 24th Annual First Amendment Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C., at the Grand Hyatt Hotel.

This gathering is a wonderful opportunity to show support for the First Amendment and to provide scholarships to a new generation of journalists, said RTDNF Executive Director Mike Cavender

First Amendment Leadership Award: David Lougee, Gannett Lougee is president of the broadcasting division of Gannett Co., Inc. He joined Gannett in 2007, after working as a senior executive at Belo Corporation. He was a television news director in Seattle, Washington and Denver. He now serves on the NBC affiliate board and the board of the NAB.

The organization presents this award to a business or government leader who has made a significant contribution to the protection of the First Amendment and freedom of the press. The award was presented by Rob Mennie, Gannett vice president and senior news executive.

Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment Award: Lester Holt, NBC News Holt is the weekend anchor of NBC Nightly News and co-anchor of the weekend edition to Today. He joined NBC News after working as an anchor and reporter in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles.

RTDNF presents this award to a journalist or executive who has made a major contribution to the protection of First Amendment freedoms. It is named for late Broadcasting & Cable senior correspondent Leonard Zeidenberg. The award was presented by David Corvo, senior executive producer primetime for NBC News.

First Amendment Service Award: Robin Sproul, ABC News Sproul has been vice president and Washington bureau chief for ABC News since March 1993. She joined ABC in 1981 as D.C. bureau chief for ABC News Radio. She and her teams have won multiple major awards, and she is a former trustee of RTDNF.

The award honors professionals in local or network news who work in an off-air, management capacity. It was presented by Martha Raddatz, chief global affairs correspondent, ABC News

First Amendment Award: The Associated Press CEO Gary Pruitt CEO will accept the award. Prior to leading AP, he was president, CEO and chairman at The McClatchy Co. He has served on the AP board and is a former chair of the Newspaper Association of America.

This award honors an individual or organization, which champions the First Amendment and press freedoms. It will be presented by Tom Curley, former AP President and CEO.

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Nixon Vetoes Second Amendment Protection Act 2013
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The goal of these elite international criminals (Rockefeller, Rothschilds) is to microchip the entire population of earth and to eliminate all those who resist.

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— David Rockefeller, CFR/Bilderberg/TC, 5 June 1991.

Left to right: billionaire Warren Buffet, Arnold Schwarzenegger and trillionaire Jacob Rothschild on the latter’s estate in 2002. Arnold was chosen to be governor at this meeting.

Wont Get Fooled Again? PDF Rixon Stewart – November 28, 2003 – Thus, the Rothschilds and their allies are able to choose political leaders and dictate what direction they will follow, while the public remains blissfully unaware of who is really calling the shots.

With no hesitation, Franklin replied, A republic Ma’am, if you can keep it.

Well we couldnt. We lost it long ago. Well before Madonna lost her virginity. I would make a case that the republic ceased to exist on Dec 23, 1913 with the enactment of the federal reserve act. The few remaining Congressmen that hadnt left on their Christmas break usurped the Congress authority to coin money and regulate the value thereof.

This is the time we let the ruthless bastard bankers take control of the government. The day we lost the republic. After that day, America morphed into a democracy then a plutocracy and now a slave state, a host to the parasite Israel.

Still, it is worth looking at the difference between a republic and a democracy so we can see in retrospect where we went wrong.

A Republic controls The Majority strictly, as well as all others among the people, primarily to protect The Individuals God-given, unalienable rights and therefore for the protection of the rights of The Minority, of all minorities, and the liberties of people in general.

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MCLEAN, Va., Nov. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – Dave Lougee, president of Gannett Broadcasting, was honored today by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) with a First Amendment Leadership Award. The award is given annually by the Radio Television Digital News Foundation to a leader who has made significant contributions to the protection of the First Amendment and freedom of the …

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By John Eggerton — Broadcasting & Cable, 11/13/2013 8:51:01 PM The Radio Television Digital News Foundation has named its First Amendment award winners and Lester Holt of NBC is this year’s Leonard Zeidenberg Award winner, named for the late B&C senior Washington correspondent.

The award goes to a journalist or news executive who has made a “major contribution to the protection of First Amendment freedoms.”

RTDNF’s Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Bill Plante, CBS News White House correspondent.

Holt and Plante were among five winners who will be saluted at RTDNF’s annual awards dinner March 12 in Washington for their contributions to protecting speech.

Other winners were David Lougee, president of Gannett’s broadcasting division, who will receive the Leadership Award, which goes to a business or government leader; Robin Sproul, VP and Washington bureau chief for ABC News, who will get the Service Award for those in an off-air, management role; The Associated Press gets the First Amendment Award for “an outstanding individual or organization which champions the First Amendment and press freedoms.”

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Oct. 25, 2013 Protection in the Medes Islands marine reserve started more than 25 years ago. Dusky grouper, zebra seabream and European seabass have practically reached their carrying capacity, whereas brown meagre is still approaching population stabilization and common dentex is still increasing. One exception to these trends is gilthead seabream, which decreased probably due to fishing just outside the borders of the reserve.

These are the conclusions of an article published recently on the journal PLOS ONE; the research is based on the scientific surveillance of species of fish strongly affected by fishing practices in the Medes Islands between 1992 and 2009. The article is signed by Bernat Hereu and Miquel Zabala, from the Department of Ecology at the Faculty of Biology of the University of Barcelona, and Antoni Garcia Rubies, from the Centre for Advanced Studies of Blanes (CEAB-CSIC).

It is one of the most comprehensive studies carried out in a protected marine area on the Mediterranean coast; it is focused on six littoral fish: dusky grouper (Epinephelus marginatus), common dentex (Dentex dentex), European seabass (Dicentrarchus labrax), zebra seabream (Diplodus cervinus), brown meagre (Sciaena umbra) and gilthead seabream (Sparus aurata). Professor Bernat Hereu points out that “these fish species are good indicators of protection effects as they vulnerable to fishing, they have long lives and a common habitat and, due to protection, they are more abundant in the protected area than outside.”

What are the effects of the protection carried out in the Medes Islands?

The research compares abundance and size between some vulnerable to fishing species in the marine reserve, partial reserve and the unprotected area. Authors affirm that the effect of protection varies among species. Dusky grouper and zebra seabream, which are sedentary species, have a positive answer towards protection; they have practically reached carrying capacity. However, the effect of partial reserve is not so effective because these species do not export biomass. Dusky grouper population is extended to new areas within the reserve; that gives birth to smaller individuals. In the case of common dentex, the effect of protection is clear too: even if it does not reach carrying capacity, there is a general recovery of populations along the Catalan coast.

Gilthead seabream, threatened with fishing

Gilthead seabream is an exception as population is decreasing even in the protected areas of the Medes Islands. This phenomenon may be consequence of their movement from the protected area to the coast, named ‘spillover’. “Gilthead seabream — says Hereu — is a species that live in different habitats. In autumn, it aggregates to spawn. One of these aggregations is situated very close to the marine reserve and is well known by fishermen in the area. An overfishing of aggregations for reproduction may reduce gilthead seabream populations.” More information about gilthead seabream biology, where and when do they form aggregations, may contribute to protect them and promote their conservation.

Population recovery: a long-term process

The study alerts that the total recovery of fish populations in the Mediterranean coast lasts for decades; it opposes other studies that hold that recoveries are quicker processes. “Total recovery of populations is a long-term process,” affirms Bernat Hereu. “They are long-lived species which only reach total recovery (carrying capacity) after many years of protection.” Carrying capacity, also described in other Mediterranean marine reserves, depends on several factors related to marine coast: natural habitat, depth, substrate, currents, productivity, etc.

Antoni Garcia Rubies explains that research concludes that “those species which are more vulnerable to fishing need longer protection in order to recover totally.” “If protection is not ensured — adds the expert — , populations will be destroyed in a matter of days. The comparison between protected and exploited populations gives us an idea about how much these species are exhausted in areas open for fishing” To know these data will enable administrations to select those marine areas that most need to be protected.

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Questions about media freedom in South Africa is far from certainty
The questions about media freedom in South Africa is far from certainty. With the parliament still bogged down in discussion about the Protection of State In…

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Facebook Like Entitled to First Amendment Protection Appeals Court Rules
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Dubai beaches get global quality mark

(Wam) / 24 June 2013

Blue Flag ensures beaches have high standards

Dubai Municipality and the Environmental Centre for Arab Towns have jointly launched the Blue Flag Programme of the Foun-dation of Environmental Education to ensure the safety and cleanliness of beaches in the Emirate of Dubai.

Mohammed Al Noori, Director of Corporate Marketing and Rela-tions Department, presented the programme at the 100th meeting of the Technical Committee of the civic body.

The Blue Flag Programme is the international quality mark awarded by which beach users can ensure that the marina or the beach adheres to the highest global stan-dards. To get this flag, beaches should comply with 32 standards under four main categories, name-ly: water quality, environmental education information, eco-friend-ly management, and safety and services, Noori said.

The Jumeirah and Mamzar beaches are already certified by FEE and are flying the Blue Flag. Other beaches in Dubai are in the process of registration under the Blue Flag Programme and hopefully will have the flag soon, he said.

The programme contributes to the sustainable development of the beach and waterfront projects, as well as the protection of marine environment and public health.

It encourages the community to participate and maintain beaches and marinas, raising the level of awareness of environmental issues.

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