Authorities block Neweurasia blog platform

first_imgNews July 27, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities block Neweurasia blog platform RSF_en Organisation Uzbek blogger facing possible 10-year jail term News UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia News New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council Reporters Without Borders today condemned a new wave of Internet censorship in Uzbekistan, where Neweurasia, a website that hosts a network of blogs about Central Asia and the Caucasus, has been inaccessible for several weeks. The government probably ordered local ISPs to block the domain name after it launched Russian and Uzbek-language versions. “This is the third case of this type we have registered this month,” said Reporters Without Borders, which has identified Uzbekistan as one of the Internet’s 15 worst enemies. “First it was independent news websites. Now it is blogs that have been added to the government blacklist.”The organisation added: “We point out that it is still possible to get round the government’s filtering. We hope Uzbek journalists and bloggers will not be discouraged and will continue to use the Internet to publish independent news and information.”A blog platform created last year, Neweurasia aims to offer alternative news coverage in a part of the world where the traditional media are under government control. By partnering with the Prague-based NGO Transitions Online at the start of this year, it was able to set up a programme for training local bloggers. Anyone now trying to connect to from within Uzbekistan is automatically redirected to the MSN search engine.This latest case of censorship comes after the blocking of the website on 26 June and the decision by the editor of to suspend web activities on 4 July as a result of harassment.Since last November, all local ISPs have had to be connected to the state-owned Internet operator Uzbektelecom, which facilitates the enforcement of government blacklists. For information about ways to get round censorship, consult the Reporters Without Borders Handbook for Bloggers and Cyber-Dissidents (in Russian). ————-Create your blog with Reporters without borders: UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia center_img More than six years in prison for Uzbek blogger who covered corruption Receive email alerts May 11, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Uzbekistan to go further Help by sharing this information February 11, 2021 Find out more News October 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Unannounced hospital inspections to be introduced in Northern Ireland

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Twitter Twitter Facebook Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Facebook Google+ Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Pinterest By admin – October 21, 2015 WhatsApp Pinterestcenter_img 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry, the Cayseway Hospital in Coleraine and the South West Hospital in Fermanagh are to be included in a new programme of unannounced acute hospital inspections being rolled out in Northern Ireland.The BBC reports this morning checks will be operated by the Regulation, Quality and Improvement Authority, an independent health and social care regulator.The inspections will focus mainly on what improvements are needed in emergency services, with each hospital being inspected at least twice in every three year period. Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Google+ Unannounced hospital inspections to be introduced in Northern Ireland Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Previous articleDail discusses Mac Lochlainn’s call for a Cross Border unit to tackle crimeNext articleLarge deputation from Donegal, Derry and Strabane at Golden Bridges Conference in Boston admin last_img read more

Grizzly bear attacks biker in Montana

first_imgBILLINGS, Montana (AP) — Authorities say a mountain biker was attacked by a grizzly bear Monday near the southern Montana community of Big Sky.,Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks spokesperson Morgan Jacobsen told the Billings Gazette that the man was able to walk away and find help.,The man, in his 60s, was airlifted to a hospital with injuries to his face and back and is stable in critical condition.,Jacobsen said the attack did not appear to be predatory. The trail is closed during the investigation. Authorities are not searching for the bear.,Jacobsen reminded people in bear country to carry bear spray, stay in groups, watch for signs of the animals and keep away from areas with animal carcasses.last_img read more

Steelers trying to shore up leaky run defense

first_imgBaltimore Ravens running back Justin Forsett (29) runs away from Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward (97) and free safety Mike Mitchell (23) during the second half of an NFL football game Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, in Baltimore. The Ravens won 26-6. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)PITTSBURGH (AP) – Two weeks into his NFL career, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier is already well versed in what’s troubling a defense that hardly looks like its old self.“Sometimes we take bad angles, sometimes we use the wrong technique for tackles,” the rookie linebacker said. “We’ve got to wrap up and grab cloth instead of trying to use our shoulder and go through people.”Too often through eight bumpy quarters the Steelers (1-1) have let an opposing running back bounce off them for big plays. Pittsburgh has allowed 340 yards on the ground and an alarming 5.0 yards per carry so far – hardly the return to physical dominance the team promised after an uncharacteristically sloppy 2013. Last season, the defense finished outside the top 10 against the run for the first time in a decade.Oh, and Cam Newton and the unbeaten Carolina Panthers (2-0) await Sunday night.“We getting two hands or one-and-a-half and a lot of the guys just aren’t making the tackles we need to make,” Shazier said. “A lot of times we get the guy stood up but don’t get him to the ground. There is a lot of yards after contact. We’ve just got to do the job.”Something the Steelers struggled to do against Cleveland and Baltimore. The Browns used rookie running backs Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West to key a 24-point second-half comeback in the opener. The Ravens pushed the Steelers at key moments in a 26-6 romp last Thursday night.Pittsburgh anticipated some adjustment issues following an offseason overhaul that included drafting Shazier and defensive tackle Stephon Tuitt, adding free agent safety Mike Mitchell and nose tackle Cam Thomas. What the Steelers didn’t expect were the same fundamental mistakes that cost them so dearly during an 8-8 season in 2013.And while it’s far too early to panic, there is cause for concern.“I think it’s new faces, new guys understanding new techniques, new responsibilities and having habits you’ve had all your football life,” defensive end Brett Keisel said. “And trying to change those to the techniques and role that this team puts you in.“It’s a hard transition, but it’s a transition that has to happen.”Better hurry.“We have to work things out on defense or else we’re going to be up and down like we were last year,” safety Troy Polamalu said.The roller coaster is already underway. The Steelers aren’t getting gashed so much as they’re letting little plays turn into big ones. They’ve already given up 13 runs of 10 yards or more. On the other 53 rushing attempts they’ve allowed all of 108 yards.And that’s the frustrating part.“If you watch the games from the beginning to the end, you can see we’re really stopping the run,” Shazier said. “It’s just that teams have splash plays on us.”Most of them look like the 41-yard sprint by Baltimore’s Justin Forsett in the fourth quarter that set up Justin Tucker’s fourth field goal. Forsett dashed right, then cut upfield through a gaping hole. Mitchell had Forsett lined up only to whiff as the running back dashed by him. Forsett wasn’t touched by a Steeler until just short of the end zone.It was the combination of a perfect play call and shoddy defensive pursuit, the kind of mistake the Steelers successfully avoided for years. Now they’re starting to pop up with regularity.“Teams are going to continue to run the same plays you struggle with,” Keisel said. “It’s a copycat league, and so in order to shut those things down you just have to stop them.”There’s little they can do during the season to address the tackling issue because of the practice guidelines set in the collective bargaining agreement. The work needs to be done in training camp, and Mitchell insists the Steelers did not skimp during their three weeks at Saint Vincent College.“We went live more than any other team I’ve been with,” Mitchell said.Mitchell remains confident the corrections will be relatively easy. He likened tackling to having somebody take a dollar from your hand. If you want the dollar bad enough, you’ll go and get it.“Whatever we have to do in games to get that mentality to just get people on the ground,” he said, “that’s what we have to do.”___AP NFL website: and read more

Country Managers

first_imgBrand South Africa has country offices in the UK (London) and the US (Washington).The objective of country offices, led by country managers, is to promote South Africa’s global reputation in line with Brand South Africa and strategic national goals, as alive with possibility for trade, tourism, investment and other forms of co-operation that will benefit the country.Country offices assist both public and private stakeholders to achieve this objective in a consistent, co-ordinated and effective manner, tailored to specific audiences.Country managers play five key roles: communication; networking: inbound and outbound; mission development and support; brand co-ordination, and media-related counsel.The country managers also work closely with the Department of Foreign Affairs’ missions in their countries. Country Managers’ contact detailsUnited Kingdom: John BattersbyUnited States: Simon Barberlast_img read more

Call to action for a green economy

first_img6 December 2011Brand South Africa and the Financial Times hosted a roundtable discussion at COP 17 on the weekend, highlighting the importance of working towards a green economy by setting emission reduction targets with strong implementation plans.Under the theme of “Opportunities and challenges of the Green Economy”, the event comprised a panel discussion between government and business leaders, including Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa, City of Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau, Eskom’s executive director of resources and strategy Dr Steve Lennon and CEO of the Chamber of Mines Bheki Sibiya.The panel was chaired by Andrew England, Southern Africa bureau chief of the Financial Times.The discussion was attended by various stakeholders from business, academia, government and civil society.Complex balancing actAt the heart of the COP 17 negotiations are drastic changes in projected and real climate patterns and the increasing levels of carbon emissions which cause it.Reducing these emissions is a key component of worldwide strategies to combat climate change. Broadly termed “greening the economy”, reduction efforts are characterised by governments trying to balance the needs of their economies, people and the health of the planet – far from a straightforward business.Minister Molewa opened the event with a keynote speech highlighting the importance of working towards a green economy by setting emission reduction targets with strong implementation plans.This is directly in line with the National Green Economy Accord that was signed in Pretoria recently. The accord focuses on the move to a low-carbon economy, while creating substantial employment within this transformation.Figures around the 300 000 mark have been mentioned in terms of job creation, linked to a time frame of 10 years to make this a reality.During the discussions England posed a question around the feasibility of the targets set in the accord.South Africa is aiming for a 40% reduction in carbon emissions by 2025. Fourteen years to reduce carbon emission by almost half the current levels, without compromising on employment rates and economic profit, is a tall order – further compounded by the fact that 90% of the country’s energy today comes from coal.Molewa stressed that while targets were high, they were based on sound study. “We will be getting into sustainable development that talks to our people, our economy and takes care of our environment,” she said.Cleaner coal and more renewable energyDr Lennon of state power utility Eskom was quick to defend government strategy in utilising a variety of energy production methods in its steps of transformation, and insisted that coal burning is not prioritised over other methods of energy production.While the government is investing heavily in wind and solar energy, with a resultant expansion in job numbers in these sectors, Lennon pointed out that Eskom is also investing in technology to produce more efficient and cleaner coal-based energy. Additionally, 20 000 new jobs will be created when the Medupi Power Station in Limpopo province comes online in 2012.Employment and the expansion of the job market is heavily linked to the greening of the economy, and in countries like South Africa – currently battling an unemployment rate of about 25% – it’s highly necessary that the government’s ambitious planning pays off, without compromising on the environment.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Minister Jeff Radebe shares details of 30 day payment plan

first_imgSmall business is big business, minister Jeff Radebe said on Tuesday, 6 September, at an imbizo held at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg.“A total of 47% of our country’s people are employed by the small business sector. That is 7,3-million people,” said Radebe.As Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation and Chairperson of the National Planning Commission, he is tasked with giving life to the vision of the National Development Plan’s (NDP) Vision 2030 which includes the creation of 11-million jobs by 2030. “This cannot be possible if we don’t support the small business sector. The government is aware of this.”A major focus of the imbizo was the challenge small businesses faced when it came to payment for services delivered to government. The minister promised a 30 day payment intervention to fast-track the payment of suppliers. The 30 day payment intervention is created in line with the NDP’s priorities to reduce poverty, unemployment and inequality.Radebe said the government is aware of the frustrations entrepreneurs have, especially relating to red-tape and policies. “Small businesses remain vulnerable… We [the government] shall continue to put measures in your sector to thrive.”The 30 day payment-programmePart of the intervention is to roll out supported programmes, said Radebe. “This includes visits and inspections being done [at departments] to address the issues relating to non-payment. “We will assist government departments to put measures in place to make sure payments are done.”A study will be conducted on why payments are not done accordingly. Additionally, Radebe said his department will work together with the Department of Treasury to attend to queries. “There will be a walk-in office at the department of treasury.”He urged the public, especially suppliers, to also play a role and added that corruption,no matter how small, should be reported.Livelihood affectedIn one instance, an entrepreneur [a supplier] from KwaZulu-Natal told Radebe and the panel that he lost his house and cars because of late payments. Another entrepreneur has been waiting for payment for two years.Radebe said it is not right that suppliers are paid long after 30 days, because their livelihoods are affected. “The 30 day payment has to be adhered to. People [in government] need to be charged for financial misconduct if they don’t adhere to the 30 day payment period. Small business [suppliers] should be paid within 14 days.”Radebe said the problem of small business owners receiving late payments is not unique to the government. Private sector is just as guilty.Mzwandile Masina, executive mayor of Ekurhuleni Municipality, appealed to entrepreneurs to make sure that they deliver quality services. “Work with us to provide quality services. If you build a house, do it the best you can. Someone is going to live in that house.”In a speech about his 10 year plan, Masina said one of his plans is to help people in townships to realise their dreams. He said there will also be a policy implemented to encourage people to buy local products or services.Any queries relating to the 30 day intervention can be sent to the email address [email protected] you like to use this article in your publication or on your website?See Using materiallast_img read more

A Closer Look at Facebook’s New Privacy Options

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Analysis#Features#NYT#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img marshall kirkpatrick Chances are you wouldn’t tell grandma about the wild party you went to last Saturday night. Likewise, you might have spent Sunday evening at home knittin’ a mitten and only feel secure enough in your manhood to share pictures of your fiber craft with family. While real life communication lets us share different things with different people, online social networking has tended to have two modes: public or private. Last week, Facebook announced a move to support a much more sophisticated understanding of privacy that’s more like what real people have in real life. It’s a major shift in how Facebook works. We think the initial reporting on the news missed the point (ours certainly did) and the new privacy features are poorly implemented so far – but the changes being made on Facebook are important.When Facebook announced last week that users will now have a new set of privacy options for sharing content, we got the story wrong. We thought everyone’s shared items were going to be changed to public by default, but Facebook HQ emailed to tell us that only people with public profiles would see that happen. Those are the only people to see the new interface so far. Users whose privacy settings are set to friends only will maintain that as their default setting in the future, the company says.We think most other reports on the news missed a key point, too, though. Everyone focused on the new option for shared messages to be publicly visible outside the constraints of a Facebook user’s friends network – people called it a shot at the wide open paradigm of Twitter. In fact, the biggest change may be that sharing options are becoming much more granular – more human.A Different Understanding of PrivacyHow can anything shared on the internet be considered private? University of Massachusetts-Amherst Legal Studies student Chris Peterson tackles the contemporary reality of privacy on Facebook in a very readable new draft thesis paper titled Saving Face: The Privacy Architecture of Facebook (PDF).Peterson argues that the idea that anything published ought to be understood as intended for public distribution is an antiquated understanding from the era when publishing was expensive and required a lot of effort. The opposite is true today. Likewise, Peterson argues that the dominant legal framework today “recognizes as private only that which is completely secret.”Instead, Peterson says that a more appropriate understanding of privacy today is based on context. We expect our communication to go on in an appropriate context (no drinking in church or praying in the bar) and we expect to understand how our communication will be distributed. If a college friend took photos of you drinking in a bar and showed them off to people in church, you might feel your privacy has been violated in both appropriateness and distribution. The bar is a public place, though, and not completely secret. Thus the need for a more sophisticated understanding of privacy that is more than mere secrecy.Privacy on FacebookFacebook to date has not supported such a sophisticated understanding. It has prided itself in talking about privacy and limiting visibility of user messages to a user’s friends. Are all your friends in one big bucket, though, in real life? Now that grandma, the boss, younger siblings, clergy, cops, creeps and others are all on Facebook – the only safe way to communicate in this all-or-nothing privacy environment is to be very bland and only share things that will be appropriate for everyone.“…the privacy architecture of Facebook destroys contextual integrity, because almost every aspect of its design directly con?icts with norms of distribution.” Peterson writes. “The way information ?ows through Facebook is nothing at all like the way information ?ows through the corporeal world. It is an ‘environment that is fundamentally unnatural, in con?ict with the one we evolved to live in.’ This tension between individual and environment causes the most common privacy problems experienced by members of Facebook…Facebook is a ‘system that communicates everything to everyone at the same time’ and in the same space.”Now: The New Privacy on FacebookPerhaps no longer! The new Facebook publishing feature lets users share things with just a particular list of their friends. (Or with the public at large if they so choose.) The contexts are un-collapsed. Communication is human again. That’s a very big deal and is the kind of change that could make far more people comfortable sharing far more information about their lives on Facebook. It’s also a feature that no major competitor (namely Twitter) offers.Facebook may be solving one of the biggest problems in social networking – the unnaturally uncontrollable nature of communication. This new feature is clearly still in its infancy; even users who are able to control who sees their messages can’t control visibility of other actions, like joining groups. Mobile clients remain dumb “all or nothing” publishing tools when it comes to privacy.We still stand behind what we have said in our previous coverage of Facebook and privacy – that the walled-garden approach of the site represents a huge loss of opportunity in innovation in tracking public sentiment and data mining. Looking elsewhere for now, though, it’s very interesting to note positive developments towards a more sophisticated privacy policy. Once this feature is rolled out to all Facebook users, we expect that group creation and curation will become more common activities and we also expect that net effect on public messaging will be a big increase. There may be something in it for everyone, privacy minded people, people who want to discuss things in appropriate contexts and conversation scientists wanting more public messaging to analyze.Too Bad It’s So ConfusingUnfortunately, it’s very difficult to manage the new privacy settings as they are currently constituted. Several members of our staff struggled to make changes to message-specific and default privacy settings really stick. The feature is confusing if not outright broken. A lot of messages intended for limited distribution are going to be sent out wider than the author intended. That’s not good.Ultimately some more clarity around just what Facebook wants to do with privacy would be really helpful. The company tends to talk in very simple terms to its users but has recently hired professional lobbyists in both the US and Europe to advance its privacy agenda. But what is that agenda? From the UK Guardian last week:According to Chris Kelly, the Californian web company’s chief privacy officer, the five-year-old startup has been engaging in talks with government officials in various countries for some time, but its growing size and importance means it is essential they “understand our philosophy”.He said: “There is a concern we’ve had for some time that – in a well-meaning attempt to protect consumers – legislators or regulators would end up passing laws that would keep people from the beneficial sharing of information.” We emailed Facebook last week to ask “what is that philosophy?” and the usually responsive communications team there has sent no reply. Update:Facebook has replied and we’ll be interviewing Chris Kelly as soon as possible in our ongoing coverage of these issues. The company’s privacy policy is readily available but that doesn’t speak to some of the most important nuances when it comes to a new form of communication for hundreds of millions of people.This newest change in the privacy options for sharing content on Facebook represents a major change to the nature of communicating on the site. If it’s implemented well it could make a dramatic difference in the way people use the site. Given the change underway and the company’s move to lobby governments around the world in favor of its privacy philosophy, we think it would be a good idea to have a more thorough public conversation about what that philosophy is. Related Posts last_img read more

NBA: Celtics to play 76ers in London

first_imgNew York, United States — The Boston Celtics will meet the Philadelphia 76ers at the O2 Arena in London in January for a regular NBA game, league officials announced Thursday.The game, to be played January 11, will be the Celtics’ second trip to London, having played Minnesota there in a 2007 pre-season contest, and the first for the 76ers, whose prior British experience was a 2013 pre-season game at Manchester against Oklahoma City.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games Valdez, Reyes say PH team can do better after win WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses The NBA announced its five Christmas Day match ups Thursday with an NBA finals rematch between the Cavaliers and host Warriors representing the marquee contest. The two teams have met in each of the past three finals.The remainder of the NBA schedule will be announced next week. The October 17 opening is the earliest start since the 1980-81 campaign began on October 10, 1980. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief The Celtics feature two-time NBA All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas, who led Boston with a career-high 28.9 points a game last season, plus newly acquired All-Star Gordon Hayward from Utah and four-time NBA All-Star Al Horford, the team’s top rebounder, from the Dominican Republic.“It’s very exciting for our team and the whole Celtics organization to compete in front of our loyal fans in London,” Thomas said. “I can’t wait to connect with them at the NBA London Game 2018 and hopefully make new fans in the process.”Counting pre-season contests, it will be the NBA’s 16th game in London.“Our events have become an annual opportunity for basketball fans across Europe to come together and share their passion for the NBA,” league commissioner Adam Silver said.The Houston-Golden State contest will not only feature nine-time all star Paul in a new uniform but the Warriors will receive their NBA championship rings for the second time in the past three seasons.Gordon Hayward’s Celtics will also take on LeBron James’s Cleveland Cavaliers on opening night in a NBA playoff semi-final rematch.ADVERTISEMENT The league announced the London game, its opening night contests and Christmas Day games as part of a partial release of its 2017-18 schedule on Thursday.Chris Paul will make his debut with Houston on October 17 when the Rockets visit the Golden State Warriors on opening night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 76ers boast some of the NBA’s top young talent, including 2016 NBA Draft top pick Ben Simmons of Australia, who missed all of last season with a foot injury, and 2017 top draft selection Markelle Fultz as well as 2016-17 campaign All-Rookie selections Joel Embiid of Cameroon and Dario Saric of Croatia.“I look forward to coming back to London with the Sixers after visiting for the first time this summer,” Embiid said. “We are a young, hungry team and will be sure to give the fans an exciting game against Boston in January.” MOST READ Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more