Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 January 20, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government filters an .ir website for the first time After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists IranMiddle East – North Africa to go further February 25, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders today accused the Iranian government of seeking to increase its control of the Internet in recent measures that have included contracting an Iranian company, Delta Global, to set up a new online censorship system. Organisation RSF_en News Follow the news on Iran The Entekhab website was made unaccessible yesterday. This is the first time that a site with Iran’s .ir domain suffix has been banned by the government. No official reason has been given but the case resembles that of another news site close to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Baztab.com, which was closed in October and reopened a month later.It seems that Entekhab was filtered for similar reasons, amid intense political struggle between rival conservative factions. Entekhab had referred to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s attempts to impose his mentor, Ayatollah Mesbah, as Khamenei’s successor.—————————–18.10.05Tehran seeking new ways to censor the Internet and track dissidentsMore sites banned, overhaul of filtering system plannedReporters Without Borders today accused the Iranian government of seeking to increase its control of the Internet in recent measures that have included contracting an Iranian company, Delta Global, to set up a new online censorship system.While developing a woefully oppressive model of Internet management, Iran is participating actively in international talks about Internet governance that are being held as part of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), the press organisation said.“These new measures point to an ideological hardening in the Iranian government and a desire by the new president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to centralise authority,” Reporters Without Borders said. “They also show that factions exist within the conservatives, as the latest website to be banned, Baztab.com, is run by supporters of the Islamic Republic’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei.”“We are also worried by statements coming from the company that seems to have been given the job of managing Iran’s Internet filters,” the press freedom organisation added. “If what this company’s chief executive turns out to be correct, online surveillance and censorship is to be stepped up. This is very bad news for Iranian bloggers and Internet users.”The head of Delta Global, Rahim Moazemi, told the local news agency ISNA in late September that his company had won a government contract for the management of the Internet control and censorship system. He said he wanted to put an end to “the anarchy of the Internet Service Providers (ISPs)” by centralising the filtering system. He also claimed that Delta Global’s technology was capable of blocking access to all the tools used to get round censorship.Iranian filtering currently uses the “smart filter” technology developed by the US company Secure Comuting, which claims the Iranian authorities never paid to license this software. Iranian Internet censorship is not homogenous and varies according to the ISP used, of which Iran has several hundred. So a website may be accessible in one city and blocked in another.Access to at least four websites that include coverage of Iranian women’s issues – www.womeniniran.org, http://irwomen.com, www.iftribune.com and www.womeniw.com – has been blocked since the start of September. Those in charge of these sites have reacted by launching an online petition at :www.petitiononline.com/mod_perl/signed.cgi?womeno .A court meanwhile on 12 October “provisionally” banned the news website Baztab.com although it belongs to former Revolutionary Guards commander Mohssen Rezai, a supporter of Ayatollah Khamenei, and is supposed to be backed by the Iranian intelligence services. Baztab published reports that were embarrassing for the president. The site’s editor, Foad Sadeghi, said it was banned as a result of a complaint by the secretariat of the High Council for National Security about its articles on the nuclear negotiations that are currently under way.The ban points to internal struggles within the conservative camp, between President Ahmadinejad’s supporters and those still loyal to Ayatollah Khamenei. It seems that the president, with the support of the military, is trying to take control of the internal state apparatus and impose his mentor, Ayatollah Mesbah, as Khamenei’s successor.During the preparatory meetings for the WSIS (which is to take place in Tunis on 16-18 November), Iran called for a “new model” of Internet governance that would put an end to the existing US hegemony.————-Create your blog with Reporters without borders: www.rsfblog.org Help by sharing this information IranMiddle East – North Africa News News Receive email alerts Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists March 18, 2021 Find out more June 9, 2021 Find out more News
Share this article View post tag: Sri Lanka Back to overview,Home naval-today Pacific Partnership 2018 arrives in Sri Lanka April 25, 2018 The humanitarian aid and disaster response exercise Pacific Partnership 2018 arrived in Sri Lanka on April 25.US and partner nation service members participating in the exercise arrived in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka, aboard the US Navy hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19).The mission in Trincomalee will continue through May 8 and will feature Pacific Partnership doctors and medical personnel working side-by-side with Sri Lankan medical professionals to exchange best practices. Additionally, US and partner nation service members will join their Sri Lankan counterparts in civil engineering projects, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR) readiness seminars, and public outreach engagements throughout the local community.“I am very excited to see our team working with side-by-side with the people of Sri Lanka,” said Capt. David Bretz, the mission commander for Pacific Partnership 2018. “Through Pacific Partnership, we are building bonds of trust, friendship, and partnership with the Sri Lankan people that will help us prepare together for a multitude of contingencies that our nations face with manmade and natural disasters. We are honored to be guests in this country and work beside our Sri Lankan counterparts.”Pacific Partnership is the largest annual multilateral disaster response preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Pacific. This year’s mission includes military and civilian personnel from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, France, Peru, and Japan.USNS Mercy made previous stops in the 2018 mission in Bengkulu, Indonesia and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. After departing Sri Lanka, USNS Mercy will make mission stops in Vietnam and Japan. View post tag: USNS Mercy View post tag: Pacific Partnership Authorities Pacific Partnership 2018 arrives in Sri Lanka View post tag: US Navy
The 24th-ranked University of Southern Indiana baseball team starts the 2017 post-season with the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament May 11-14 at U.S. Ballpark in Ozark, Missouri. The Screaming Eagles (32-17), who enter the tournament as the top seed from the East Division, begin tournament action against William Jewell College (21-25), the fourth seed from the West Division, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.Prior to the USI-WJC match-up on Thursday, the first round of the GLVC Tournament features the University of Illinois Springfield (31-18), the East’s third seed, versus Quincy University (17-10), the West’s second seed, at 9 a.m.; Bellarmine University (33-17), the East’s second seed, versus Missouri University of Science & Technology (26-21), the West’s third seed, at 12:30 p.m.; and Drury University (33-17), the West’s top seed, versus the Saint Joseph’s College (32-18), the East’s fourth seed, at 4 p.m.Live coverage of the Screaming Eagles baseball games this week can be found on GoUSIEagles.com, while GLVC Tournament information, including the bracket, ticket information, and directions to U.S. Ballpark, can be found at GLVCSports.com.SCREAMING EAGLES BASEBALL NOTES:USI versus the GLVC Tournament Field. USI is 11-7 against the 2017 GLVC Tournament Field (1-2 vs. Drury; 2-2 vs. Bellarmine; 3-1 vs. Illinois Springfield; 2-1 vs. Quincy; and 3-1 vs. Saint Joseph’s). The Eagles are hitting .277 as a team versus the field, led by senior designated hitter Jaylen Quarles‘ .355 average. Junior leftfielder Drake McNamara drove in a team-best 13 RBIs against the tournament field, followed closely by sophomore catcher Logan Brown and junior shortstop Sam Griggs with 12 and 11 RBIs, respectively.On the mound, senior right-hander Lucas Barnett was 4-0 against the field with a 0.84 ERA, while junior right-hander Kyle Griffin struck out a team-best 43 batters in games versus the field.USI in the GLVC Tournament. USI is 41-38 in the GLVC Tournament since 1980, winning the conference tournament championship in 1983, 1985, 1993, and 2010. The Eagles went undefeated in the tournament during 1985, 1993, and 2010.USI climbs national polls. The Screaming Eagles climbed into the Collegiate Baseball/ABCA Top 30 at number 24. USI also was ranked 20th last week in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Top 25.USI on a roll the last 2 weeks. The Eagles have won eight of their last nine games, winning a road game at Kentucky Wesleyan College; sweeping the University of Indianapolis at home; and taking three of four from Saint Joseph’s on the road. Junior leftfielder Drake McNamara led the team with a .429 batting average, while junior shortstop Sam Griggs drove in a team-best 15 runs.Eagles win GLVC East. USI won the GLVC East Division outright by taking three of four from Saint Joseph’s on the final weekend of the regular season. The Eagles, who clinched the East title on the final day for the second-straight year, finished with a two-game lead over Bellarmine.USI perfect at home in the GLVC with third sweep. The Eagles were a perfect 12-0 at home this season in the GLVC that included three conference sweeps.Leading the way in the GLVC, NCAA II. USI ranks first in the GLVC and 10th in the NCAA Division II with a 3.17 ERA. The hurlers also lead the GLVC and are eighth nationally with a 3.08 strikeout-to-walk ratio.The difference of a month. The Eagles went 21-5 in May and April with the team hitting .293 and posting a 2.43 ERA, compared to 11-12 in February and March with a team batting average of .259 and a 3.88 ERA. Senior designated hitter Jaylen Quarles has seen the biggest turn around amongst the players, going from .154 (3-19) in nine games during February/March to .388 (26-67) in 22 of the 26 games during April and May. On the mound, junior right-hander Kyle Griffin went from 2-3 with a 5.25 ERA to start the year to 4-0 with a 1.64 ERA in the last six weeks.Season hitting leaders. Junior designated hitter/leftfielder Drake McNamara (.360), senior designated hitter Jaylen Quarles (.337), junior first baseman Nathan Kuester (.302), and sophomore infielder Jacob Fleming (.300) are the Eagles hitting over .300 this season. McNamara leads USI with a team-best seven home runs and 42 RBIs.Season pitching leaders. Senior right-hander Lucas Barnett has the Eagles’ best ERA among the starting pitchers with a 2.18 ERA in 12 games, 11 starts, and 70.1 innings of work. Barnett, senior right-hander Colin Nowak, and junior right-hander Kyle Griffin all have six victories, while Griffin recorded a team-high 86 strikeouts in 12 games.Griffin posts single-game high; season record. Junior right-hander Kyle Griffin struck out a season-high 12 batters versus Saint Joseph’s and set a USI single-season record with 86 strikeouts this season. Griffin broke the record of 84 set by Jonathon Wandling during USI’s run to the national championship in 2014.Archuleta at USI. USI Head Coach Tracy Archuleta is USI’s all-time winningest coach with a record of 410-209 (.662) in nine-plus seasons and is 558-333 (.626) in 14-plus seasons all-time as a head coach. He has been named the ABCA Division II Coach of the Year twice (2010 and 2014) after leading the Screaming Eagles to a pair of national championships and the ABCA Division II Midwest Region Coach of the Year after leading USI to the regional crown in 2016. Archuleta also has earned a pair of GLVC Coach of the Year awards (2011 and 2014) at USI. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Pinterest Next chance to walk on Ball State graduation stage will be in spring By Jon Zimney – September 13, 2020 0 213 Twitter Pinterest Twitter IndianaLocalNews Google+ “BSU” by Daniel Hartwig, some rights reserved No one will walk across the stage with a cap and gown at Ball State University until the spring.Ball State has officially postponed all commencement ceremonies until May of next year.There was a plan for graduates to get their diplomas in ceremonies in both October and December this year. Unfortunately, Ball State University President Geoffrey Mearns says the state’s ban on crowds of more than 250 people makes it impossible to host a graduation ceremony.The Class of 2020, which was supposed to graduate a few months ago is being invited to be a part of the ceremony for the Class of 2021 next May. Google+ Previous articleWoman, 37, found dead on East Fairview Ave. in South BendNext articleUnemployment boost coming for out-of-work Hoosiers next week Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. WhatsApp Facebook WhatsApp Facebook
This is a fantastic opportunity, not only to be part of Dstl’s continued involvement with the carrier, but to join more than 1,000 military personnel on-board. It’s a huge craft and quite daunting – and also the first time I’ve deployed to sea, let alone on the Queen Elizabeth – but I’m very much looking forward to the tasks ahead and hopefully witness the F-35 jets on-board and in action off the flight deck for the first time. In addition to providing analytic support to the carrier strike group and commanders, analysis will include looking at the way manpower use can be improved, from how efficiently the vessel can be cleaned to the sortie rates the fighter aircraft can carry out.Tom added: Analysis at this level has never been done before, so we will be learning on task; helping to adapt and shape the way the ship will run come its first operational deployment in 2021. Dstl has been involved in the development of HMS Queen Elizabeth for the past 20 years, starting with the original study to replace the Invincible light carrier fleet. Dstl helped to define the size and shape of the ship and a specialist team investigated ship-air integration, which supported the design of the flight deck and ski-jump used to launch the F-35B Lightning II fighter jets.Currently on-board is Dstl operational analyst Tom, who will be joined later in September by Hannah, both of whom will provide vital analysis to the battle group and commanders during the voyage. It will be HMS Queen Elizabeth’s maiden voyage across the Atlantic as she prepares to embark her first F-35B Lightning II fighter jets. She is one of two new aircraft carriers built for the Royal Navy with the second, HMS Prince of Wales, nearing the end of construction in Rosyth.The aim of the flight trials is to use specially equipped test aircraft and sensors around the ship to work out the operating parameters of the aircraft and the carrier itself in a range of conditions. The carrier has already conducted similar trials for helicopters.During the exercise, Dstl scientists will focus on operational analysis, gathering data that will be used inform future operational activity.Tom said:
Councillor Daren Hale, Hull City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Economic Investment and Regeneration, said: It is great to see work starting in this area. It marks the beginning of an exciting journey ahead as we embark on an ambitious project to reconnect this part of the city centre with the waterfront, offering a new visitor centre and dry-berth for the Arctic Corsair telling the maritime story and important role this area played. As well as improving flood defences in the area we hope the scheme will help provide a springboard for development and help continue to attract tourists to the city following the success of Hull 2017 City of Culture. Northern Powerhouse and Local Growth Minister, Jake Berry MP, said: The Hull+ scheme – a collaboration between Hull City Council and the Environment Agency – will see an investment of up to £5 million in environmental enhancements to the Dock Office Row area, as well as reducing flood risk to businesses, providing greater economic and job security in the area.Funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the Environment Agency, it is envisaged that the work will generate additional investor confidence in the area.It will complement the £27.4m Hull: Yorkshire’s Maritime City project being delivered by Hull City Council. A grant of £15 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund helped enable the project.The Dock Street area is identified as having potential to be used as a tourist destination in the local plan and includes improved footpaths to the waterfront.Hull+ project manager Paul Ahdal, of the Environment Agency, said: I am really pleased to see this vital scheme coming together, delivering jobs and flood improvements for local businesses. It’s a great example of the Government working in partnership with the Council to stimulate growth through infrastructure and heritage investment in the Northern Powerhouse. The first phase of work will see the removal of silt from the dry dock area off Dock Office Row.This will allow the Arctic Corsair to be relocated to the area after being renovated by contractors for Hull City Council.The silt removed will be sent for recycling and used in the manufacture of building blocks.The Hull+ scheme compliments a number of other projects in the area which include the River Hull Defences, delivered by the Environment Agency, and the Hull: Yorkshire’s Maritime City project, delivered by Hull City Council.
Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe announced today that they will be coming to the historic Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY on September 24 for a special performance of Prince‘s third studio album, 1980’s Dirty Mind along with Angelo Moore of Fishbone. Denson has performed the album on a few previous occasions, including last Halloween at Brooklyn Bowl and San Francisco’s Fillmore Auditorium in May, and by all accounts, it’s a party that’s too funky to miss.Watch Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe Perform Prince’s ‘Dirty Mind’ On Halloween [Full Video]Tickets go on sale Friday, July 15th at 12pm here.
Today, Jon Batiste and The Dap-Kings have announced that they’ll join forces this summer for a limited-run of festival appearances. Jon Batiste is the acclaimed musician who serves as the bandleader for Stay Human, the house band for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. The Dap-Kings are a Brooklyn soul institution, best known for backing up legendary late singers Sharon Jones and Amy Winehouse and leading Daptone Records. Batiste, backed by the Dap-Kings, will play New Orleans-inspired soul music plus tunes by Allen Toussaint and more.In a press release, Gabriel Roth from The Dap-Kings confirmed, “We are thrilled to be returning to the stage and could not have found a more fitting collaborator than Jon, with whom we share a deep love and respect for New Orleans musical roots. He’s a distinctly talented dude with a rare feel for that music, and we can’t wait to tear up these tunes together.”Batiste added, “Thank God for funk and soul music—and The Dap-Kings. I’m suspect of anyone who isn’t moved by their live show! It reminds me of how my father and extended family presented this music when I was a kid. Now The Dap-Kings and I bring our collective experiences to the table. This is major.”Last Friday, Batiste and The Dap-Kings were announced for the Newport Folk Festival on July 29th, when they’ll perform a set titled A Change Is Gonna Come, most likely featuring protest songs from the Civil Rights movements. The joint tour will also be hitting half a dozen other music festivals from April to July, including New Orleans Jazz Fest, Atlanta Jazz Fest, Spoleto Festival, Milwaukee Summerfest, Saratoga Jazz Fest, and Indian Wells Music Festival. See the full list of dates below.For Jon Batiste & The Dap-Kings Upcoming Tour DatesApril 7 – Indian Wells, CA ￭ Indian Wells Music FestivalApril 29 – New Orleans, LA ￭ New Orleans Jazz FestMay 26 – Charleston, SC ￭ Spoleto FestivalMay 27 – Atlanta, GA ￭ Atlanta Jazz FestivalJune 24 – Saratoga Springs, NY ￭ Saratoga Jazz FestJuly 7 – Milwaukee, WI ￭ Milwaukee SummerfestJuly 29 – Newport, RI ￭ Newport Folk FestivalView All Tour Dates
By Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaWhen Ron Walcott talked to high school students at a recent Georgia Daze breakfast, he had five new ways to entice them to come to the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences – five, full-ride scholarships for minority students.The scholarships, funded by a U.S. Department of Agriculture multicultural scholars grant, are welcome news as the college and the agricultural industries they support work to recruit more minorities into agriculture-related careers.“There are all these jobs over here through our college, and all these people who need jobs who are not in our college. There’s a big disconnect,” said Walcott, who is the CAES assistant dean for diversity and multiculturalism and an associate professor of plant pathology. “The jobs that are here are very fruitful and rewarding.”CAES graduates are in jobs from Chick-fil-A corporate offices to Capitol Hill. They’ve gone on to work at top-level jobs in horticulture, poultry science, food science and engineering. They now work for various government agencies, in forensic pathology and as environmental advocates.When Walcott is talking to highly qualified minority students through various CAES programs like the Georgia Daze breakfast and the Young Scholars Program, a full ride from other universities is often what pulls them away from UGA. The summer-long Young Scholars Program allows high school students who show a high aptitude in math and science to intern in CAES labs. “We have to have something to offer them,” said Jean Bertrand, CAES assistant dean of academic affairs. “They’re going because of such good scholarships. Receiving these scholarships is the only way we could compete.”CAES has slightly higher minority numbers than other UGA colleges.“CAES is fortunate to have many talented faculty dedicated to diversity,” said Louise Wicker, a CAES professor of food science and technology. In the past year, CAES received two USDA grants – the $150,000 multicultural scholars grant and a $142,000 higher education challenge grant. The HEC grant, directed by Wicker, helps undergraduate minority students gain research and job experience in UGA labs at the Athens, Tifton and Griffin campuses. It also provides funds for faculty, staff and students to improve their mentorship skills in science, technology, engineering and math.Walcott is developing a network of high school teachers who serve underrepresented populations in Georgia’s metro areas. He wants to show them what agricultural careers really entail so they will send students his direction.In the past few years, CAES has seen a slight increase in minority populations. In 2007, CAES had 55 Asian students, or 3.9 percent of the population, up from 33 students in 2003. In 2007, the college had 62 African-American students, or 4.3 percent of the population, up from 35 students in 2003.In fall 2008, CAES had 1,588 undergraduate and 414 graduate students, a record enrollment. “We need a more diverse pool of students to serve the more diverse industry,” Bertrand said. “And we need our industry to become more diverse to serve our even more diverse society.”Walcott said one way to entice students into ag-related majors is to get agriculture on their radars. Most don’t know about agriculture or what they know is wrong. Whether they make it a career or are simply advocate for agriculture, he wants them to think, “Oh, ag. Oh, that’s so cool.”He sees education as the “only real way you can change your class, your chance to earn money and your outlook on life in your lifetime,” he said.Walcott grew up in Barbados. Instead of making basketball a career or becoming a medical doctor, he moved to Iowa State University and went into plant pathology.(Stephanie Schupska is a news editor for the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)