Why Giants’ Brandon Belt is miffed at home plate umpire Doug Eddings

first_imgClick here if you are having trouble viewing this gallery on a mobile deviceSAN FRANCISCO — The Giants made enough of their own mistakes to contribute to a 6-3 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday, but Brandon Belt was more concerned with the brevity of home plate umpire Doug Eddings.With Brandon Crawford on first base, two outs and a full count against closer Raisel Iglesias, Belt was rung up by Eddings to end the game.And the end of the game was precisely what Belt believes Eddings had …last_img read more

Have We Been Sold a Bill of Goods About Feathered Dinosaurs and Bird Evolution?

first_imgMost people remember the poignant moment at the end of Jurassic Park when the professor, on a flight away from his harrowing experiences on the island of dinosaurs run amok, sees a flock of modern birds and ponders their peaceful existence as descendants of the velociraptors and tyrannosaurs that nearly killed him and his friends.  The story of birds evolving from dinosaurs has taken on the status of confirmed truth in the minds of many.  This has been reinforced by repeated announcements of alleged “feathered dinosaur” fossils being uncovered in China.  Yet Alan Feduccia, a paleontologist at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has long contested this view.  He and his colleagues have just come out swinging against his fellow evolutionists, accusing them of easy-believism and wish-fulfillment in spite of the evidence.  According the U of NC press release:“The theory that birds are the equivalent of living dinosaurs and that dinosaurs were feathered is so full of holes that the creationists have jumped all over it, using the evolutionary nonsense of ‘dinosaurian science’ as evidence against the theory of evolution,” he said. “To paraphrase one such individual, ‘This isn’t science . . . This is comic relief.’”   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)Feduccia has published 150 papers and six major books, including one The Age of Birds (Harvard, 1980) and The Origin and Evolution of Birds (Yale, 1996).  He and his colleagues have published these attacks on bird-from-dinosaur evolution in the Journal of Morphology.  His views were also reported by EurekAlert that asked, “Did feathered dinosaurs exist?”    Although Feduccia believes birds and dinosaurs had a common reptilian ancestor, he argued, “to say dinosaurs were the ancestors of the modern birds we see flying around outside today because we would like them to be is a big mistake.”  His team, using powerful microscopes, compared the skin of reptiles, the effects of skin decomposition, and the alleged “protofeathers” on fossils.    Here are some of the reasons in the press release for doubting the dino-to-bird evolution story:Resemblance only:  “They found that fossilized patterns that resemble feathers somewhat also occur in fossils known not to be closely related to birds and hence are far more likely to be skin-related tissues….”Taxonomy confusion:  “Much of the confusion arose from the fact that in China in the same area, two sets of fossils were found.  Some of these had true feathers and were indeed birds known as ‘microraptors,’ while others did not and should not be considered birds at all.”Preservation bias:  Because collagen has low solubility in water and is tough, “we would expect it to be preserved occasionally from flayed skin during the fossilization process,” Feduccia said.Wanting to believe:  The strongest case for feathered dinosaurs was Sinosauropteryx, found in 1996, which sported a coat of “dino-fuzz.”  Some concluded this fuzz provided insulation and pointed to the possibility dinosaurs were warm-blooded.  Major journals presented Sinosauropteryx as definitive evidence for feathered dinosaurs, complete with artist renditions of colorful feathery coats on the creatures.  “Yet no one ever bothered to provide evidence — either structural or biological — that these structures had anything to do with feathers,” said Feduccia.  “In our new work, we show that these and other filamentous structures were not protofeathers, but rather the remains of collagenous fiber meshworks that reinforced the skin.”Fumble fingers:  The most critical link between dinosaurs and birds, according to Feduccia, has been the three-fingered hand pattern.  Dinosaurs used digits 1, 2, and 3, but the team found that developing bird wings in the embryo derive from digits 2, 3 and 4.  “To change so radically during evolution would be highly unlikely,” the article states.Back to the future:  The earliest known birds predate the feathered dinosaurs.Also, the current feathered dinosaurs theory makes little sense time-wise either because it holds that all stages of feather evolution and bird ancestry occurred some 125 million years ago in the early Cretaceous fossils unearthed in China.    “That’s some 25 million years after the time of Archaeopteryx, which already was a bird in the modern sense,” he said.  Superficially bird-like dinosaurs occurred some 25 million to 80 million years after the earliest known bird, which is 150 million years old.”Feduccia himself had studied Archaeopteryx in detail.  “He determined its flying ability by observing that the fossil’s feathers had leading edges significantly shorter than their trailing edges, which is characteristic of all modern flying birds.”With all these evidences against bird-from-dinosaur evolution, why would the story take hold so deeply in the popular mind and in scientific circles?  Feduccia argues that the promoters simply wanted to believe it.  In a ruthless attack, he claimed that the desire to believe and promote this story indicates a serious collapse of credibility in the field of paleontology:Feduccia said the publication and promotion of feathered dinosaurs by the popular press and by prestigious journals and magazines, including National Geographic, Nature and Science, have made it difficult for opposing views to get a proper hearing.    “With the advent of ‘feathered dinosaurs,’ we are truly witnessing the beginnings of the meltdown of the field of paleontology,” he said.  “Just as the discovery a four-chambered heart in a dinosaur described in 2000 in an article in Science turned out to be an artifact, feathered dinosaurs too have become part of the fantasia of this field.  Much of this is part of the delusional fantasy of the world of dinosaurs, the wishful hope that one can finally study dinosaurs at the backyard bird feeder.”So what does Feduccia himself believe about the evolution of birds?  “It is now clear that the origin of birds is a much more complicated question than has been previously thought,” he said.Is it possible that the leading scientific journals in the world, including Nature and Science – both of which highlighted artwork of feathered dinosaurs on their covers – were capable of falling for and promoting a “delusional fantasy”?  Does this mean that major museums, like the Natural History Museum of Washington DC and many others, with their “Birds are Dinosaurs” displays, are promoting falsehoods based on flawed evidence?  Does this mean the traveling museum exhibit of feathered dinosaurs is a fraud?  Is it possible that evolutionary paleontology is imploding from the credibility gap caused by this lapse of rigor?  Does this raise the possibility that Darwinists are wrong about other claims?  You heard it right here – from an evolutionist – chagrined at the fact that these “wishful hopes” touted as fact have given ammunition to the creationists.  We hope you enjoyed the comic relief.  Relief from comedy posing as science would be better.Project:  Print out copies of this press release and take them to your nearby natural history museum docent staff (see 09/22/2005 story).(Visited 23 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Indigenous music finds a home

first_img16 October 2003The Limpopo government has launched a R1.3-million project to build a central library in the province to store, preserve and provide information and services on indigenous music.The library project, which will be based at the University of Venda, was initiated by the departments of sport and recreation and of arts, culture, science and technology as part of efforts to preserve music facing extinction.George Mugovhani, head of the university’s music department, said the library will showcase South Africa’s different types of indigenous music, their instruments and their history. “The project will help in researching, documenting and preserving music in all the indigenous languages that are spoken in the province,” he said.Mugovhani said the project would also help build awareness of the diverse cultures in the province and the country.This is the third such project in South Africa, after funding was received for similar projects at the University of Fort Hare in the Eastern Cape and University of Zululand in KwaZulu-Natal.Mugovhani said few people realise that some genres of South African music are on the verge of extinction because no one is interested in learning how to play or sing them any more.He said the library would also provide extensive information on the instruments used in the making of indigenous music.“Once the people who know our music die, and we have not recorded it, part of our history will also die,” he said, adding that part of the R1.3-million will be used to fund oral history research projects on all the languages spoken in Limpopo, such as Xitsonga, Tshivenda, isiNdebele and Sesotho sa Leboa.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

How Abdul-Jabbar became Kareem and decided to talk about it

first_imgGlobe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Radio host loses job after sexual comments on teen Olympian 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting And although he didn’t realize it until looking closely at a class photo taken in the third grade, he was often the only black kid in class, a circumstance that in later years would expose him to repeated episodes of ugly racism, no matter his fame or success, that would leave deep emotional scars that sometimes took decades to heal.So he kept his game face on, both on and off the court, and persevered through setbacks and successes.“I did the book because I thought that the process that I went through could be very useful for young people right now,” Abdul-Jabbar told The Associated Press during a wide-ranging interview this week at the offices of the Skyhook Foundation, the charitable nonprofit he created several years ago to provide educational opportunities for elementary school children, the same group he targeted his book for.After its publication, sports broadcaster Roy Firestone, a longtime friend, suggested he share those experiences directly with live audiences, telling him his words would not only resonate with young people today but provide a chance for Abdul-Jabbar to clear up some lingering misconceptions dating to his playing days. The clipped, seemingly curt answers he often gave during postgame interviews, for example, frequently came across not as shy but as surly, especially coming from someone who stood an intimidatingly tall 7 feet, 2 inches.“And that was very unfortunate,” Abdul-Jabbar says softly now. “I think it kept me from a head coaching job and commercials and stuff because people wanted to assume the worst.”ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises “Well, you know, seeing how there is no alternative — I’ll take it,” he says of turning 70 last year. “But I don’t know about that ‘life begins at 40’ stuff. What happened at 40 is I started getting old.“There is something wrong with that scenario,” he adds, laughing again. In this Monday, Feb. 12, 2018 photo, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar poses in his office, in Newport Beach, Calif. Abdul-Jabbar has been a best-selling author, civil-rights activist, actor, historian and one of the greatest basketball players who ever lived. This fall Abdul-Jabbar will embark on a cross-country tour as part of “Becoming Kareem,” a stage show in which he’ll discuss his life, answer audience questions and talk about the key mentors in his life he says helped him achieve his goals along the way. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has been a best-selling author, civil-rights activist, actor, historian and one of the greatest basketball players who ever lived.One thing Abdul-Jabbar has never been — at least not in public — is chatty.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencerscenter_img “I’m not known for being a blabbermouth, you know?” the soft-spoken Abdul-Jabbar concedes with a smile, something else he was never particularly known for during his playing days. But, he adds, still smiling, his public can expect to see that change — and soon.This fall Abdul-Jabbar will embark on a cross-country tour as part of “Becoming Kareem,” a stage show in which he’ll discuss his life, answer audience questions and talk about the key mentors he says helped him achieve his goals. Among them: civil rights heroes Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, his legendary college coach and lifelong friend John Wooden, and fellow superstar athletes Muhammad Ali and Wilt Chamberlain.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe tour was inspired by the 2017 best-seller “Becoming Kareem,” a memoir of his years from childhood to age 24.Inspirational, poignant, funny and occasionally heartbreaking, it recounts the coming of age of a bright and hardworking but painfully introverted kid, one who was always the tallest in class. Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES MOST READ Not that he hasn’t had a storied life and career before and after basketball.Abdul-Jabbar played on six NBA championship teams, was an assistant coach for two others, won a record six MVP awards and is the leading scorer in NBA history with 38,387 points, a mark that’s never been seriously challenged in the 29 years since he retired.He’s written more than a dozen books ranging from children’s adventure novels to histories of prominent African-Americans to crime novels featuring the adventures of none other than Mycroft Holmes, older brother of Sherlock.“I enjoyed Sherlock Holmes from when I was a kid,” he recalls, adding with a robust laugh that until high school he actually believed the master detective was a real person. Learning he was Arthur Conan Doyle’s creation, he concluded the author gave short shrift to Mycroft and set out to fix that a few years ago. His second Holmes book came out last year, and he’s working on another.“That and this tour will hopefully keep me pretty busy,” he said as he sat in a chair in his spacious office.It’s an office filled with memorabilia commemorating not only his basketball career but his African-American roots and his work as a civil-rights advocate. Sitting near NAACP Image Awards are dozens of basketballs, many autographed by members of the Showtime-era Los Angeles Lakers teams he helped lead to five championships in the 1980s. On the walls are posters of him launching his signature skyhook shot over the likes of Charles Barkley and guarding Bill Walton.The sounds of jazz, the beloved soundtrack of Abdul-Jabbar’s life, play softly through the office until he silences them to talk. (His father, Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor, whose name he shared before changing his in his early 20s upon his conversion to Islam, was not only a New York City police officer but a talented jazz musician.)If not as shy as he once was, Abdul-Jabbar is still somewhat guarded in conversation, although he can be playfully funny as well.Yes, he confirms with a grin, it’s true that after President Donald Trump sent him a name-calling note for criticizing Trump, he crumpled it into a ball and skyhooked it into a wastebasket.Although he suffered from leukemia that’s now in remission and underwent quadruple bypass surgery three years ago, Abdul-Jabbar looks little different than he did during his playing days, appearing trim and athletic in Tommy Hilfiger jeans and an open-necked shirt. AFP official booed out of forum Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Glasgow CWG: World No.1 shooter Jitu Rai not to take part in pistol event

first_imgShooter Jitu RaiIt’s another one of the supreme ironies that dot the landscape of Indian sport-the world No. 1 in an event will not compete in it at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.The saving grace for sports administrators in this instance is that it’s not their fault-Jitu Rai did not qualify for the 10m air pistol event before the cutoff date, as per the National Rifle Association of India’s score-based, transparent selection policy.It was only after the trials for the CWG had ended and the team selection had taken place on May 31 that Rai hit his stride.He won a gold and a silver medal in back- toback ISSF World Cups in Munich, Germany, and Maribor, Slovenia, thereby climbing to the world No. 1 spot in air pistol.In addition, he also clinched a silver in the 50m ‘free’ pistol event in Maribor to cap a tremendous run of form.Rai, who will compete in free pistol at the Dundee shooting range later this month, says he isn’t disappointed.”It’s amusing that I’m world No. 1 but not in the squad for air pistol. The [selection] policy was such that whoever shot the best up to the selection trial was selected, and I did well only after that. But it doesn’t matter, I’m going to compete there and I’m not disappointed,” Rai said.”I am very strong in free pistol too. I get a great feeling from shooting that event. Air pistol has only lately become my strongest event.” Asked what had stopped him from getting selected ahead of P. N. Prakash and Om Prakash in air pistol, armyman Rai had an interesting story to narrate.advertisement”I had shot well in the free pistol, and then did well on the first day of air pistol too. But on the second day, I was going on leave. Now being in the army, I hadn’t been home for a long time, so I was very excited and eager to finish up and leave. My mind got distracted because of that, and I could only shoot 576,” the 26-year-old shooter said.With the crucial World Championships coming up in September, Rai wants to keep calm and carry on the success.”Win or lose, I don’t like to take things to heart. Whether the event is small or big, I just want to do my job and shoot high scores.”I have trained well for the CWG and my ultimate focus is obviously on a medal at the World Championships in Granada, Spain,” he said.last_img read more

Graham Nash To Exhibit Photos For Charity

first_imgGraham Nash has helped shape the world around him through ideas, innovations, and influential works of art for more than four decades. A legendary singer-songwriter, Nash is also an internationally renowned photographer and digital imaging pioneer whose work is represented—by a classic 1969 portrait of David Crosby—in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.Nash’s latest exhibition of photography, “This Could Be You,” opens September 1 at Santa Monica’s Gallery 169 (www.gallery169.com). There will be an artist’s reception from 5-8PM.Widely known as an activist in support of causes related to social justice, peace, environmental stewardship, and progressive politics, Nash addresses these issues in the twelve previously un-exhibited, large format photo assemblages comprising “This Could Be You,” also the title of one of the works. Each hand-embellished mixed-media piece examines and questions contemporary political events and societal mores.“I believe that knowledge is power, that information and ideas are vital to our very survival, that our many problems should be faced, and can be dealt with,” says Nash. “As an artist, I need to reflect my concerns regarding certain aspects of society facing me today. I want to express my personal opinions about what goes on around me. My intent is not to alienate, but to engage. No one has to agree with me, but let’s keep an open mind. After all, this could be you.”A portion of proceeds from sales from the opening reception of Nash’s work at Gallery 169 will benefit the Bradley Manning Support Network and the Veterans For Peace Los Angeles. In 2011, Nash wrote the song — and released the video — “Almost Gone” to support the cause to free PFC Bradley Manning, an Army intelligence analyst arrested near Baghdad in July 2010 under suspicion of leaking classified information—including a video showing the killing of civilians in Iraq—to WikiLeaks.Currently, Nash is touring the U.S. with Crosby, Stills and Nash. CSN 2012, a 25-song set presenting the group’s first live performance film in more than 20 years, was released earlier this summer. Captured in high-definition during the early portion of CSN’s 2012 world tour, the set is available worldwide from CSN Records in Blu-ray, DVD/2CD (3 discs), and Digital formats.Born in Blackpool, England, Nash was appointed OBE by Queen Elizabeth in 2010. He first rose to fame with British Invasion hit makers The Hollies, and went on to form Crosby, Stills & Nash in 1968. Nash has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, and is in the Songwriters Hall of Fame.With his photography, Nash has exhibited worldwide. His work is collected in the book Eye to Eye: Photographs by Graham Nash; he curated others’ work in Taking Aim: Unforgettable Rock ‘n’ Roll Photographs Selected by Graham Nash. In 1990, he established Nash Editions, now one of the world’s top photographic printmaking houses — and recognized by the Smithsonian Institution for its role in the invention of digital fine art printing.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Actor Colm Feore and Newsman Tom Clark are on the panel to

first_imgAdvertisement The panel has been asked to assess potential board members based on criteria published on the Governor-in-Council website and to consider seven factors, including whether potential candidates reflect regional and cultural diversity and whether they have contributed to the development of a shared national consciousness and identity. Long-time television news broadcaster Tom Clark will head the advisory committee that’s designed to fulfil a Liberal campaign promise to overhaul the process for appointing board members at CBC/Radio-Canada. Under the Broadcasting Act, CBC/Radio-Canada must have 12 directors on its board, including a chair and a president. Each is expected to serve a five-year term. But the terms of at least four of the remaining seven sitting board members aren’t scheduled to expire until beyond the end of this year. Other members of the nine-member committee include theatre and television actor Colm Feore, known for his Gemini Award-winning portrayal of the late prime minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau in the TV mini-series Trudeau, as well as his role as a detective in the movie Bon Cop, Bad Cop. Candidates will also be assessed on whether they have an understanding of the impact digital technology is having on broadcasting and the consumption of news and entertainment content. Joly said she expected those members to remain on the board until their replacements are nominated.BY TERRY PEDWELL – THE CANADIAN PRESS LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The advocacy organization Friends of Canadian Broadcasting launched a social media campaign a year ago, calling for an overhaul of the board selection process. Critics have for years complained that the process for choosing board members at the CBC left the public broadcaster open to political interference. While the Liberal party’s election platform promised “merit-based and independent appointments,” the heritage minister will ultimately make the final choices of new board members from the advisory panel’s list of recommended candidates. “This new committee will recommend qualified candidates for a selection process that is open, transparent and based on merit,” Joly said in a statement.center_img The panel will provide Heritage Minister Melanie Joly with a list of qualified candidates for each vacant position, as well as the names of supplementary qualified candidates the government can consider to fill posts in the future. Advertisement The committee also includes Winnipeg Franco-Metis film producer Janelle Wookey, British Columbia digital media specialist Prem Gill, Quebec digital visionary Monique Savoie and indigenous documentary filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin. Facebook OTTAWA — The federal Liberals have put together a star-studded cast to help choose new members of the public broadcaster’s board of directors. Advertisement Many have also recently noted that the current board, which is already short several members, doesn’t reflect Canada’s diversity and lacks experience outside of the broadcasting sector. The Canadian Media Guild, which represents most English-language employees at the CBC, also actively campaigned for a change of leadership at the Crown corporation when the previous Conservative government was in power. Login/Register With: The term of the current chair, Remi Racine, was to end Tuesday. Hubert Lacroix’s term as president is set to expire in October. Twitterlast_img read more

SHOCKER Smith lawyer to put US on the stand

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp David Smith returns to court in January; heads back to HMP in Grand Turk TCI Residents not affected by US ESTA Notice Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 09 Apr 2015 – David Smith’s Lawyer says he wants to ‘cross examine’ the United States before they try to extradite the former Olint boss, who is convicted in the US of running a Ponzi Scheme. In a surprise move and likely a last ditch effort, Smith’s legal team is trying to block an extradition order by challenging the US courts affidavit. During proceedings Wednesday, Magnetic Media learned that the document will expose detailed information on Smith’s crime, arrest, charges, conviction, sentencing and even his plea deal with American authorities. Oliver Smith, attorney for David Smith was reminded that his client is already convicted; sentenced to 30-years for bilking over six thousand investors of a reported $220 million. Soon after David Smith had completed his sentence in the Turks and Caicos for the same charges, he was re-arrested and picked up by TCI Police. The US reportedly did not present the correct documents to extradite David Smith immediately after serving six years in HMP; the matter was taken to local court and the US was given about a month to make a proper representation. Oliver Smith will get his chance to question American authorities on the so called validity of the Extradition Order; proceedings were to resume today, but the hearing was adjourned. Recommended for you Related Items:David smith, olint, US Missick & Co Defendants and David Smith all in Court this Weeklast_img read more

TS Danny forecast to gain strength Category Two

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:hurricane, Tropical Storm Dann Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 19 Aug 2015 – Magnetic Media is watching Tropical Storm Danny in the Atlantic Basin, once upgraded by the National Hurricane Center. By weekend, the storm is expected to become a category two hurricane. It has shifted back to west northwest, now a little faster at 14mph. TCI Governor issues Salt Cay evacuation order TCI participates in CDB sponsored disaster strategy workshop TCI Disaster Office launches Hurricane Prep Monthlast_img read more

Latest Internet Watch Foundation report shows Europe now hosts 60 of child

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppUnited Kingdom, April 5, 2017 – London – Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) today releases its latest global data on the identification, hosting, distribution and removal of child sexual abuse images and videos.  The report reveals Europe now hosts the majority of child sexual abuse webpages (60%), with North America moving to second place (37%). In contrast, UK now hosts less than 0.1% of child sexual abuse imagery globally, and this is due to the zero tolerance approach the internet industry in the UK takes.Among the key findings of the report, IWF found a 258% increase in the abuse of new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) being used to show child sexual abuse imagery compared to 2015. Furthermore, 94% of URLs were hosted on a free-to-use service where no payment was required to create an account or upload the content.Criminals are increasingly using masking techniques to hide child sexual abuse images and videos on the internet and leaving clues to paedophiles so they can find it – hidden behind legal content. In 2016, The IWF found 1,572 websites using this method to hide child sexual abuse imagery. This is an increase of 112% on the 743 disguised websites identified in 2015.Further key findings include:92% of all child sexual abuse URLs identified globally in 2016 were hosted in five countries: Netherlands (37%), USA (22%), Canada (15%), France (11%), and Russia (7%).Social networks are among the least abused site types. Image hosting sites (72%) and cyberlockers (11%) were the most abused services.57,335 URLs contained child sexual abuse imagery and these were hosted on 2,416 domains worldwide. This is a 21% increase from 1,991 in 2015. Five top level domains (.com .net .se .io .cc) accounted for 80 per cent of all webpages identified as containing child sexual abuse images and videos.Recognising that the internet has no borders, IWF opened additional reporting portals* in 16 countries, offering more people worldwide the chance to rid the internet of this content.  Susie Hargreaves OBE, IWF CEO, said: “The shift of child sexual abuse imagery hosting to Europe shows a reversal from previous years.  Criminals need to use good internet hosting services which offer speed, affordability, availability and access.  Services which cost nothing, and allow people to remain anonymous, are attractive.“The IWF offers a quick and effective system of self-regulation; we work with our Members to make the internet safer and we do this on the global stage.“Whilst it’s positive that the UK continues to remain hostile to child sexual abuse material, the global picture isn’t good. We’ve opened reporting portals across the globe with more planned. In other countries, internet companies are exploited and, worst of all, children who have been sexually abused are further exploited.  Internet companies and large businesses who are doing nothing, or too little, to address online child sexual abuse imagery need to step up and work with us.”Mary Durham, Inspector in charge of Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Unit in the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force said, “Since the introduction of the portal in the TCI we have not received any reports but it has shown that a number of persons have visited the site and are aware of the mechanisms that are in place for anonymous reporting of child sexual abuse images and videos. We have been educating the public about the use of the portal through presentations and via social media.“We will continue to work towards promoting the portal and the importance of it as we aim towards protecting and safeguarding our children.”Anyone can report suspected child sexual abuse images and videos anonymously at www.iwf.org.uk/tc.Press Release: RTCIPFlast_img read more