Internet censorship stepped up in anticipation of next year’s presidential election

first_img Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists February 25, 2021 Find out more Internet censorship is being stepped up in preparation for next year’s presidential election, Reporters Without Borders said today. Online journalist Massoud Heydari was given a three-month jail sentence two days ago for allegedly getting his facts wrong while, two days before that, the conservative news website Entekhab ( was blocked for the fifth time in two years.“Government censorship of the Iranian media has been increasing for some months and even the conservative media are being targeted,” the press freedom organisation said. “President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is tolerating criticism less and less in the run-up to the 2009 presidential election. We urge the authorities to restore access to Entekhab and to stop harassing outspoken journalists.”A Tehran court sentenced Heydari on 28 July to three months and one day in prison and a fine of 15 million rials (slightly more than 1,000 euros) for publishing “false information” in several articles on the website of the news agency ILNA which elicited complaints from the ministries of labour and health and Tehran’s Amir Kabir University.A news agency that support’s Iran’s reformers, ILNA was created by Heydari in 2002. It has given a great deal of coverage to the crackdowns on women’s movements, students and workers. Heydari resigned as its editor when it was banned by the authorities on 3 July 2007. to go further News Receive email alerts News After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists Organisation Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Iran June 9, 2021 Find out more Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 IranMiddle East – North Africa News IranMiddle East – North Africa Entekhab, the news website that was blocked yet again on 26 July, criticises President Ahmadinejad from a conservative position and is known to have strong support in conservative and religious circles.Its editor, Mostafa Faghihi, was summoned before a court last week and accused of publishing “false information” and “insulting what is sacred.” On 6 July, he published an article quoting Hojatoleslam Ali Akbar Mohtashami, a former interior minister and follower of Ayatollah Khomeiny, as saying there was no difference between the “sect” led by Ayatollah Mohammad Taghi Mesbah (President Ahmadinejad’s spiritual mentor) and the Taliban or “the ignorant ones of Islam’s beginnings.” Faghihi said: “Whenever an article critical of Ayatollah Mohammad Taghi Mesbah is published, it is filtered and no one will explain to us why.”Iran is ranked 166th out of 169 countries in the Reporters Without Borders world press freedom index and is on the organisation’s list of “Internet Enemies.” March 18, 2021 Find out more July 31, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Internet censorship stepped up in anticipation of next year’s presidential election RSF_en Newslast_img read more

Israeli army blows up The Voice of Palestine building in Gaza

first_img to go further Organisation February 21, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Israeli army blows up The Voice of Palestine building in Gaza Help by sharing this information On 19 January, the Israeli army had blown up the Palestinian broadcasting building in Ramallah. A column of Tsahal tanks had surrounded the seven-story building that housed The Voice of Palestine. The Palestinian employees had left the building a few minutes earlier. The Israeli army had confiscated some of the equipment. Then soldiers had carried out a bomb attack on the studios and offices. The explosion had destroyed most of the building. Despite this attack, The Palestinian radio station had continued to produce and broadcast its programming from private radio stations in the West Bank. News RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes According to RSF’s information, on the morning of 21 February, the Israeli army blew up the building that housed the broadcasting system of the Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation in eastern Gaza. Khaled al-Siam, the director of the station, told the Agence France-Presse that Israeli soldiers had placed explosives on two floors of the building after having taken out the documents and technical equipment. The explosion was so strong that the entire building collapsed. At night, Israeli tanks had penetrated two kilometres into the Gaza city, entering from three different directions, according to the heads of the Palestinian security services. The Israeli authorities often accuse The Voice of Palestine of encouraging violence against Israel. Receive email alerts IsraelMiddle East – North Africa IsraelMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en News In a letter addressed to Defence Minister Benjamin Ben-Eliezer, Reporters sans frontières (Reporters Without Borders – RSF) expressed its indignation at the destruction by Tsahal of the Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation building, The Voice of Palestine, in Gaza. “We are protesting against this policy of deliberate elimination of any official Palestinian viewpoint of the conflict. A month ago, the Israeli army destroyed the building of the Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation in Ramallah; today the Gaza station has been blown up. The Israeli government is really doing everything to silence the media of the Palestinian Authority”, declared Robert Menard, secretary general of RSF. May 28, 2021 Find out more Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists June 3, 2021 Find out more Tsahal has yet again attacked the Palestinian media by blowing up The Voice of Palestine’s building in Gaza. RSF is indignant at this deliberate policy aimed at muzzling the Palestinian Authority’s media. News May 16, 2021 Find out more WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists News Follow the news on Israellast_img read more

Pasadena Police will Join Santa Claus and Spread Christmas Cheer

first_img Business News More Cool Stuff Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday The Pasadena Police Department and Santa will join forces tomorrow, Saturday December 20, at 9:00 A.M. and give away Christmas baskets to members of the community. Each year the Community Services Section participates in this special program which helps brighten the holiday for about 100 families in our community.The program will begin at 9:00 a.m., and recipients have been advised to come to the Police Department. If you would like to assist to this effort, we encourage the Community’s participation and feel free to stop by with a new unwrapped gift or food item. Santa will be visiting as well! Subscribe Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Make a comment Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * First Heatwave Expected Next Week center_img Top of the News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News Herbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyBaby Boom: The Stars Are Getting Busy In QuarantineHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Biggest Signs You Want To Be With Your Girlfriend ForeverHerbeautyHerbeauty Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes 11 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Uncategorized Pasadena Police will Join Santa Claus and Spread Christmas Cheer Published on Friday, December 19, 2014 | 11:42 amlast_img read more

Living fossil

first_imgBy Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaHomeowners may soon be able to own a miniature version of a living fossil thanks to a University of Georgia horticulturist and his research team of high school students. UGA Cooperative Extension specialist Paul Thomas and Houston County student Shireen Dhir successfully propagated rare dwarf dawn redwood trees this past summer. The tiny rooted cuttings are now spreading roots in Thomas’s greenhouse.“Shireen was able to take a real-world project that was likely to fail in the short run because of its complexity,” Thomas said, “and as a scientist, she was able to solve the problem quickly.”Mini meThe dawn redwood tree was once thought only to exist as a cemented shadow of itself. But a few were found growing in China in the 1940s. Horticulturists brought seeds to the U.S, where it now flourishes throughout the country.Reaching heights of 100 feet, the tree didn’t make for a good landscape plant. That is until a genetically deficient one was found growing among seedlings in a Georgia nursery.That dwarf tree is now 13 years old, 11 feet tall and unlikely to get much taller. With its wispy leaves and spreading branches, it’d be an attractive addition to landscapes. Nurseries would like to sell dwarf dawn redwoods because they conserve space compared to regular dawn redwoods and, like their taller parents, they are pest- and disease-free, requiring little maintenance. They live longer, too, relative to other plant species.But there is just one problem: There’s only one known dwarf tree. “You’ve got this living fossil and this cool rare dwarf tree, but the problem is no one’s been able to propagate it,” Thomas said.As part of his job, Thomas helps Georgia nurseries solve problems. With the dwarf dawn redwood, he was able to figure out how to grow the rare plant and help Dhir learn the world of horticulture.High school helpThis past summer, Dhir participated in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Young Scholars Program, which pairs high school students with UGA mentor-researchers. With Thomas’ help, she figured out how to propagate the dwarf tree. “It felt like I was contributing, really engaging in history,” she said. “If someone has a dwarf dawn redwood in their yard, it’s not just another tree. It’s a living fossil.”Dwarf trees aren’t able to make a lot of hormones, she said, which keeps the trees short and can stop plant breeders from being able to grow more.Direct attentionWith a little patience and a lot of rooting hormones, Dhir and three fellow Young Scholars were able to grow tiny trees from the 60 cuttings they took from the dwarf dawn redwood.They used two kinds of rooting hormone – one a powder and the other a liquid – and rooted the plants using the highest concentration of the hormones that they could.“We altered light levels, mist system volumes and hormone application rates to gain success in one month. Normally, it takes six to eight months to complete a typical woody tissue rooting protocol,” she said.“The students turned out market-ready seedlings in 10 weeks, which is outstanding,” Thomas said.The next step is for the nursery owner to make the dwarf dawn redwood available to the public.“In a few years, Georgia consumers will be able to own a part of plant history and a gorgeous tree,” Thomas said. “It’s been a fun project, and I’m glad we were able to help the nursery industry bring a new plant to the market, hopefully to be sold in the near future.”Now a freshman at UGA, Dhir plans to study horticulture as a result of her research.(Stephanie Schupska is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

HR Answers: Leveraging AI to its full potential

first_img This post is currently collecting data… This is placeholder text continue reading » While many credit unions already leverage artificial intelligence for chatbots and handling simple member-facing questions and interactions, AI’s applications can—and should—be much broader. Innovative credit unions are incorporating AI into their member service strategy in new and expanded ways, including agent training and coaching or support, positioning them to more effectively serve their members. Utilizing this technology in such a manner leads to both increased efficiencies and reduced costs.Leveraging AI to assist member service representatives can be a win-win for credit unions and members. AI-driven bots can surface relevant information to agents during member interactions, relieving them from having to retrieve data from backend systems and ultimately speeding up interactions. In addition, bots can scan chats with members in real time and present suggested answers or prompts, which can be accepted, discarded or modified by the service representative, reducing time and effort for employees while improving service for members.Another key benefit of using AI coaching bots is their ability to oversee member interactions. The bots can monitor agents to make sure they are responding to members in a timely manner, help them overcome roadblocks and answer their questions correctly. This also can help keep everything running smoothly from a compliance, security and accuracy standpoint.center_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Road To Riches and Apache Stronghold to duck Durkan, says Noel Meade

first_img Press Association Apache Stronghold, one of last season’s leading novice chasers, has not yet made his comeback after suffering a minor injury. Meade said: “We’ll run Texas Jack in the Durkan. “Apache Stronghold won’t run. He just had a very slight setback, so we’ll look towards Christmas for him now. “Road To Riches will be out over Christmas somewhere as well, hopefully. “We’ll see where we go nearer the time.” Noel Meade is set to rely upon likely outsider Texas Jack in the John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase on Sunday after the trainer confirmed Road To Riches and Apache Stronghold will miss the Grade One.center_img Cheltenham Gold Cup third Road To Riches heads the ante-post betting for the two-and-a-half-mile contest after he made an impressive reappearance in the Clonmel Oil Chase earlier this month. But he is instead being held back for an appearance over the Festive period, with the William Hill King George VI Chase at Kempton and the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown among his options. last_img read more

Robben, Ribery playing for new Bayern deals

first_imgThey are part of a group of four players, alongside goalkeeper Sven Ulreich and defender Rafinha, whose contracts expire in June.“We need some time, then we will make decisions,” Rummenigge told Sky.“What is required of us is to create a gentle transition.“We have already made a first (round of talks), when the second will follow, we will see.”According to daily newspaper Bild, a decision will be made by the end of March at the earliest, leaving the quartet with just a few months to convince the German champions — currently 18 points clear in the Bundesliga — of their continued worth.Dubbed ‘Robb-ery’, Robben and Ribery have been stalwarts at Bayern for a decade © AFP / KARIM JAAFARBetween them Robben and Ribery — part of the team that won the 2013 treble of Champions League, German Cup and Bundesliga — have made nearly 650 appearances for Bayern and scored exactly 250 goals.However, both are injury prone, especially Ribery, who tore a knee ligament last October.Yet, when fit, they continue to perform.Robben scored two late goals in Tuesday’s 6-0 thrashing of minnows Paderborn in the quarter-finals of the German Cup.Ribery netted a rare Bundesliga goal in Bayern’s 2-0 win at Mainz last Saturday.Bayern will not want to leave themselves light on the flanks and Kingsley Coman is the only other winger in the squad, although Germany forward Thomas Mueller can play out wide.Bayern host Schalke in a crunch Bundesliga match on Saturday and face Besiktas in the last 16 of the Champions League in a fortnight.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arjen Robben is playing for his Bayern future alongside Franck Ribery © AFP/File / Patrik STOLLARZBERLIN, Germany, Feb 8 – Veteran wingers Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery are effectively playing for new contracts after Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge admitted the club are in no rush to extend their deals.Robben and Ribery, both 34, are out of contract at the end of the season and a primary round of extension negotiations has already begun.last_img read more