Help by sharing this information The nominees for this year’s prize were Yoani Sánchez (Cuba), Tan Zuoren (China), Tamer Mabrouk (Egypt), Ingushetiyaru.org (Russia) and Nguyen Tien Trung (Vietnam). Accepting the award, Parvin Ardalan said: “This prize is not just for single website. It rewards the efforts of all those who fight for free expression in Iran. Some of them are in prison. I dedicate this prize to them.” World Day Against Cyber-Censorship is celebrated every 12 March with the aim of rallying support for a single Internet without restrictions and accessible to all. Reporters Without Borders marks the event by issuing an updated version of its “Enemies of the Internet,” a list of the countries that are the worst offenders as regards restricting online access. Organisation RSF_en News Google senior vice-president David Drummond said: “Freedom of expression is fundamental for empowering individuals. At Google, we are working so that Internet users are given more information, more choice and more control in as many countries as possible. Supporting the Netizen Prize with Reporters Without Borders and rewarding the courage of the Change for Equality collective offer a new opportunity to promote what we believe in deeply.” Change for Equality was launched in September 2006 by a group of about 20 women, mostly bloggers and journalists, to promote a campaign for changes to laws that discriminate against women. Three and a half years later, the site has become an authoritative source of information about women’s rights in a society ruled by fundamentalists. The achievements of these online women’s rights activists include helping to challenge a bill making polygamy easier in September 2008 and helping to develop Iranian civil society. More than 50 of the movement’s activists have been summoned, arrested and jailed since the site’s launch. March 12, 2010 – Updated on January 25, 2016 Iranian women’s rights activists win first Reporters Without Borders netizen prize with support from Google More and more governments threaten online free expression and take concrete measures to limit it. Access to Google and YouTube is currently blocked in 25 countries. The press freedom organisation added: “The Iranian blogosphere is every active and deserves strong support. Without these courageous and determined netizens, we would be deprived of information that is essential for understanding our world.” The Reporters Without Borders Netizen Prize will be awarded annually to a blogger, online journalist or cyber-dissident who has helped to promote freedom of expression on the Internet. On the eve of World Day Against Cyber-Censorship and with support from Google, Reporters Without Borders today awarded the first “Netizen Prize” to the Iranian women’s rights activists of the Change for Equality (www.we-change.org) website. Journalist, blogger and activist Parvin Ardalan, one of the site’s founders, received the prize from French journalist Jean-Marie Colombani in a ceremony at the Paris headquarters of Google France. “We are very pleased that Iran’s women bloggers have been recognised by the first Netizen Prize,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The Internet has been of enormous help in defending freedom and democracy in Iran since President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s disputed reelection last June. Most of the photos and video we have seen of the events in Iran were sent via the Internet.”
Advertisement Print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Previous articleMount Trenchard issues raised at report launchNext article#Win Tickets for The Rubberbandits at Lime Tree Theatre John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Linkedin NewsNew guide helps parents support studentsBy John Keogh – May 13, 2015 666 Email Tom Boland, chief executive of the Higher Education Authority; Patrice Twomey, director, Cooperative Education & Careers Division, UL; Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan and Prof Don Barry, President UL launched ‘Aiming Higher: a Guide for Parents and Guardians’ at the University of Limerick.Pic Sean Curtin FusionshootersMINISTER for Education Jan O’Sullivan this week launched a new guide aimed at helping parents and guardians support prospective third level students.‘Aiming Higher: A Guide for Parents and Guardians’ was launched at the University of Limerick on Friday.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The guide is by Patrice Twomey, director of the Cooperative Education and Careers Division at UL and funded by the Higher Education Authority.The new publication aims to give parents and guardians a practical understanding of the higher education system in Ireland and to help them to support their child in making informed decisions around third level courses and career choices.It is the first guide of its kind that is specifically targeted at parents and extensive consultation with parents drove much of its content.“Aiming Higher” makes a hugely practical contribution in setting our young people on the pathway to success, armed with a very clear picture of the expectations and demands they will face during their higher education experience. It will equip parents with the knowledge that they need to help their children make the right choices,” said Minister O’Sullivan.Patrice Twomey commented: “Parents are the most significant influence on their children’s third level and career choices. They don’t need to have all of the answers. What ‘Aiming Higher’ does is that it helps parents to frame the questions that will prompt their daughter or son’s thinking around their individual talents, strengths and interests, and ultimately their chosen course.“We hope that the guide will help parents to approach the ‘third level conversation’ with a greater and more informed confidence. In a broader context, we hope that Aiming Higher will contribute to the successful transitioning from second level to third level education, an area of strategic priority for the University of Limerick.”Copies of the guide will be circulated to all second level schools in the country and it will be available on the UL website www.ul.ie/careers/aiminghigher.
Tags: Italian Serie Apremier leaguetop VAR is a feature in all the other top five leagues in the world apart from the Premier League1- Premier League Needs VAR: Manchester City fans are livid for multiple reasons. Wolves defender Willy Boly was in an offside position and used his hand to give Nuno Esperito Santo’s newcomers a go ahead goal at the Molieneaux on Saturday.Anger turned to incandescence when nothing was given for Ruben Neves’ wrestle on City skipper David Silva. Video Assistant Referees (VARs) could have and should have prevented the injustice Pep Guardiola’s side felt at two points denied.At St James’ Park, similar misfortune nearly befell Chelsea as Olivier Giroud was elbowed in the build up to Joselu’s leveler. I don’t buy the argument that VARs introduction will slow the game and deny us talking points. Football is a big industry in which we justice must be seen to be done. The technology is already doing wonders in the Bundesliga, Ligue One, Serie A and Primera Liga. Richard Scudamore ought to push for its introduction before January. 2- How To Stop Manchester City: In the euphoria of City’s epoch making season, scant credit was given to Championship sides Bristol City and Wolverhampton Wanderers that pushed the PL champions to the limit in the Carabao Cup. Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo is now unbeaten in three games against City, evidence that there is a way to prevent them from thriving. To avoid being on the receiving end of tennis scores, teams ought to study footage of how Wolves do it.3- Sarri-ball Delivering Early Dividends: To best appreciate how difficult the trip to Newcastle United is, it’s fitting to highlight the fact that in his five trophy laden seasons at Chelsea, not once did Jose Mourinho pick up maximum points at St James Park. Maurizio Sarri did so at the first attempt because the Magpies couldn’t cope with Chelsea’s possession based game. Headlines like ‘Chelsea Scrape to Victory over Newcastle’ are off the mark because they don’t take into consideration Chelsea’s total domination of this matchup:Chelsea broke their own club record for possession, overall passes completed and individual passes made. The 81 percent possession is second only to City’s 82 in a victory over Queens Park Rangers a few seasons ago. The 913 passes made is joint fourth on the all time EPL list along with Liverpool who made the same number against Huddersfield Town in 2017, and 62 less than City’s all time record of 975 set against Chelsea last season. Meanwhile, Jorginho’s 158 is in the top five, just 17 less than Ilkay Gundogan’s peak of 175 last season. It may be early days but Chelsea fans are happy bunnies.4- Napoli Remain Serie A Force: They may have lost manager Sarri and midfielder Jorginho, but Napoli remain Serie A’s best bet of ending Juventus’ seven-year monopoly of the Scudetto.After two games, Carlo Ancelotti’s Neapolitans have a one hundred percent record after outmaneuvering Lazio and AC Milan, two of the would be title rivals. Allan is already excelling in the role vacated by Jorginho, whereas Ancelotti, has correctly, refused to dismantle a modus operandi that has delivered two second place finishes in the last three years.5- Arsenal Players Only As Good As West Ham’s: Unai Emery has his work cut out. Inspite of the Gunners’ 3-1 victory over West Ham United that temporarily lifted the gloom enveloping Emirates Stadium, there was nothing to in their performance to suggest Arsenal challenge for the title, or even a Top Four place.West Ham were Arsenal’s match in every department apart from finishing. If Marco Arnautovic hadn’t left his shooting boots home, I might have been penning a different story. Arsenal’s cause hasn’t been helped by dodgy summer recruitment. Mateo Guendouzi remains a work in process. Luca Torreira is a shadow of the Uruguayan terrier we saw at Russia 2018. Keeper Bernard Leno can’t dislodge dinosaur Petr Cech from goal whereas Sokratis hasn’t found his bearings. Arsenal need three seasons of rebuilding to challenge for silverware.Comments
McKinleyville >> Bailey Cherms and Faith Schneider-Reuter scored a goal apiece and Skaidra Pulley recorded 12 saves as the Arcata Tigers defeated the Fortuna Huskies 2-0 in the semifinal round of the inaugural Humboldt-Del Norte League Soccer Tournament on Thursday at McKinleyville High School.Schneider-Rueter scored on an assist from Audrey Shelton and also assisted on Cherms’ goal. Though the Tigers were outshot by the Huskies 12-10, Pulley stopped all shots she faced to keep a clean sheet. …
… Rather than have a flood of “Dump Derek Carr” or “Keep Derek Carr” questions, this week’s mailbag posed the question of coming up with a replacement if you want him gone.For the record, I think the most likely scenario is Carr stays and a young quarterback arrives in the draft with one of the five of the top 90 picks the Raiders have in the draft.Some submissions on the Carr question below, plus a few other questions:@paulinwaban: Tom Brady? He wants out here is word on the street.
17 August 2005The Paddle Cruiser, South Africa’s only paddle-driven ship – and the Western Cape coastal town of Knysna’s newest tourist attraction – is proving a model for black economic empowerment.“We knew from the start that the vessel would have to be managed by a crew of highly skilled and dedicated people,” says William Smith, director of the Featherbed Company, which owns and operates the Paddle Cruiser.“But the problem was that South Africa had never had a vessel like this one – so we had to train new people from scratch.“We recruited and began training the boat’s managers – the men who would become its skippers – while it was still under construction,” says Smith. “Because we’re good corporate citizens, we made sure the successful candidates came from previously disadvantaged backgrounds.”Neither Floyd Herwels nor Stanley van Rooyen had had any maritime experience when they started with the Featherbed Company, but both have taken to life afloat with gusto.“I applied for the job because I wanted a change from the admin work I was doing for an insurance company,” says Van Rooyen. “And I took it on because it was a challenge.“Our training took nearly two years and earned me a Class 6 port operations license – a qualification recognised around the world.”Van Rooyen and Herwels are now equipped to take responsibility for the safety and smooth operation of the vessel and for the comfort of its passengers. This they do at least twice a day, almost every day of the year.The Paddle Cruiser experienceBuilt over a period of 18 months by Two Oceans Marine Manufacturing and launched in Cape Town in October 2003, the Paddle Cruiser was delivered to Knysna by sea.The boat is 22.7 metres long, 7.5 metres wide in the beam and has a draft of 1.4 metres. Her propellers are powered by twin Caterpillar 3056 turbodiesel engines. Electrical energy for the paddles – the boat can make four knots on its paddles alone – is supplied by two 70kVA generators.“The Paddle Cruiser has become a must-do attraction in Knysna,” says Featherbed marketing manager Debbie Stanley, “and a popular fine dining experience.“A team of top chefs prepare Mediterranean style meals: a limited Tapas menu at lunch time and an extensive hot and cold Tapas buffet at dinner. The boat is becoming increasingly popular for functions, product launches and – a trend we didn’t expect – as an unusual conference venue.”In addition to the Paddle Cruiser, the Featherbed Company operates the John Benn and Three Legs cruise boats – as well as catamaran sailing – on the Knysna lagoon, and offers visits to the Featherbed Nature Reserve at the river mouth.SouthAfrica.info reporter
Former NBA player Chauncey Billups DONALD MIRALLE/Getty Images/AFPMost NBA fans were completely blindsided by news of Kyrie Irving’s displeasure with the Cleveland Cavaliers and his demand to be traded elsewhere.READ: Cavs star Kyrie Irving reportedly requests tradeADVERTISEMENT FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments Although he anticipated it to happen sooner than later, the 40-year-old player-turned-analyst admitted he remained baffled by Irving’s decision.“That would be alarming to me if I was a team looking to get him because if it’s all about winning—I mean, man, you got a chance to win every single year,” he said.“And not only that, you’re getting everything you want. You’re getting the shots you want. You’re playing for a great coach who’s letting you go to work,” he said.“The game’s on the line, they coming to you. You playing on (national) TV every week. To me, I don’t get it,” he added.Billups, on the hand, turned down the Cavs’ GM position, which was recently awarded to Koby Altman. Khristian Ibarrola. /raADVERTISEMENT Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ RELATED STORIES:NBA: Cavs’ Irving irked being included in off-season George, Butler trade talks—reportIrving trade demand surprises former Cavs teammate DellavedovaLeBron denies Irving trade rumors: ‘#NotFacts, get another source’Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next However, retired NBA player Chauncey Billups said he knew it was coming.The former NBA Finals MVP, who was interviewed for the then vacant Cavaliers General Manager position last month, said he was aware of the brewing “trouble in paradise” in the Ohio-based franchise.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“It didn’t really surprise me,” Billups said of Irving’s wish to play for a different team.“Obviously I knew. As they were doing their due diligence on me, I was doing the same thing. I knew so much about the situation that the rest of the world doesn’t know,” he said during a recent appearance on the Vince Lombardi Show. LATEST STORIES Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NLEX stays hot, fends off Rain or Shine in 2OT MOST READ
By Ossie MichelinAPTN National NewsATTAWAPISKAT, Ont.-It’s -20C in Attawapiskat First Nation.And as November turns to December, it’s only getting colder.Many people here live in shacks with no insulation, in over-crowded trailers and dilapidated housing built decades ago.People do what they can to stay warm.While this may shock many Canadians in other parts of the country, here, this is the way of life.This is a life where many go without running water and the bathroom is a slop bucket.“People think we’re so rich on. On paper we are, but in reality we wouldn’t be in this crisis right now if we had a good deal,” said Chief Theresa Spence, who lost control of administering the band’s finances after the Conservative government put the community under the management of an outside consultant called third-party management.While life is not easy here, people maintain their dignity and friendly manner.People here want a better life for themselves and for the next generation.Stella Wheesk and her newborn daughter live in a trailer complex with ninety other people – and only four bathrooms.“When they open that door, there’s a big draft coming in. In the winter time there’s no heater in the hallway and the drafts come in through and the baby gets sick.”Many of the buildings here are not fire safe and toxic mould creeps up the walls and ceilingsThe elderly and the young are hit hardestShort term relief has comes with Canadian Red Cross volunteers handing out sleeping bags and heaters.But long term solutions are caught in the slow moving gears of Aboriginal affairs“This is Canada’s Haiti, except it’s -20 right now,” said NDP MP Charlie Angus, whose riding of Timmins-James Bay includes the community.Angus, who has almost single-handedly made Attawapiskat a household name, visited the community this week with NDP interim leader Nycole Turmel.Spence says Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan should come to the community and see for himself what things are like on the ground.“He needs to come visit our community and get the true colour picture of what’s going on with the First Nations,” she said. “It’s not just Attawapiskat, it’s all over First Nations. He needs to really improve the funding, if he doesn’t our situation is going to get worse.”[email protected]
More information: John L. Hoogland et al. Prairie dogs increase fitness by killing interspecific competitors, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (2016). DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2016.0144AbstractInterspecific competition commonly selects for divergence in ecology, morphology or physiology, but direct observation of interspecific competition under natural conditions is difficult. Herbivorous white-tailed prairie dogs (Cynomys leucurus) employ an unusual strategy to reduce interspecific competition: they kill, but do not consume, herbivorous Wyoming ground squirrels (Urocitellus elegans) encountered in the prairie dog territories. Results from a 6-year study in Colorado, USA, revealed that interspecific killing of ground squirrels by prairie dogs was common, involving 47 different killers; 19 prairie dogs were serial killers in the same or consecutive years, and 30% of female prairie dogs killed at least one ground squirrel over their lifetimes. Females that killed ground squirrels had significantly higher annual and lifetime fitness than non-killers, probably because of decreased interspecific competition for vegetation. Our results document the first case of interspecific killing of competing individuals unrelated to predation (IK) among herbivorous mammals in the wild, and show that IK enhances fitness for animals living under natural conditions. (Phys.org)—A pair of researchers, one with the University of Maryland, the other the University of Tulsa, has found that white-tailed prairie dogs living on the North American prairie, sometimes kill ground squirrels that live in the same area. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, John Hoogland and Charles Brown describe their multi-year study of the prairie dogs, their observations of squirrel killing, and why they believe it occurs. Prior to this new effort, there had never been an observation of a mammalian herbivore killing another herbivore without eating it—and it was not a one-off situation. The researcher pair recorded multiple instances of squirrel killing over the course of their study covering the years 2003 to 2012 which consisted of sitting in tree-stands watching the activities of the creatures below. They report that they were astounded to witness a prairie dog killing a squirrel four years into their study and thereafter made it a priority to look out for another such instance.They did not have to wait long, squirrel killing, it appeared was a natural part of the lives of prairie dogs. Over the course of the remainder of their study, they witnessed 101 instances of prairie dogs intentionally killing ground squirrels, and noted the carcasses of another 62 squirrels they believe were the victims of prairie dog attacks. They also identified 47 individual prairie dogs that killed squirrels—11 male and 36 female, and 19 of the animals that killed squirrels multiple times.The researchers suggest that the prairie dogs kill the squirrels because they see them as a competitor for the same resources, not as a threat. Prairie dogs and squirrels eat the same foods, and in many cases squirrels take over abandoned prairie dog tunnels. Taking their study further, they found evidence that showed that mother prairie dogs who killed squirrels tended to have more offspring than did those that did not and that their overall ‘fitness’ levels were much higher than non-killing females.The researchers also note that it is surprising that the killing of squirrels by prairie dogs has gone unnoticed for so long, which suggests that it is a possibility with other mammalian herbivores as well. Multiple mates worth the risk for female prairie dogs © 2016 Phys.org Photo courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Researchers have found that those who suffer defeat or are in negative emotional states tend to crave sweets more than those in a positive frame of mind.The research published in the journal Appetite focused on how a person’s emotional state—particularly in the competitive world of sports — affects the perception of taste.“We found how emotions arising from the outcome of college hockey games influenced the perception of sweet, salty, bitter, sour and umami (savory) taste. In addition to hedonic responses—or how much they liked or disliked the foods,” said Robin Dando, assistant professor of food science at Cornell University in the US. Emotions experienced in everyday life can alter the hedonic experience of