News March 9, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 YouTube unblocked after withdrawal of videos insulting Ataturk News Follow the news on Turkey Receive email alerts News —————Court blocks access to YouTube because of videos “insulting” AtaturkAn Istanbul court yesterday ordered Internet Service Providers to block access to the US video-sharing website Youtube because of content deemed insulting to Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the modern Turkish state. After the site agreed to remove the offending videos, the same court lifted the order (but it was still blocked at 1515 GMT today).Reporters Without Borders said it viewed the court order blocking YouTube as disproportionate, pointing out that other countries such as Brazil and Iran have adopted this kind of measure in the past.“Blocking all access to a video-sharing site because of a few videos that are considered offensive is a radical and inappropriate measure,” the press freedom organisation said. “We hope the Turkish courts will behave with moderation, especially as regards presumed attacks on Turkish identity, as this kind of censorship will just exacerbate the tension surrounding the identity issue.”The court order was implemented by Turkey’s leading ISP, Turk Telecom, which immediately blocked the site. “We are not in a position to say if the YouTube video was insulting, we just respect the court’s decision,” the head of the company, Paul Doany, said. Reporters Without Borders verified that the site was still inaccessible in Turkey at 1515 GMT today.In some of the offending videos, Ataturk and the Turkish people were referred to as homosexuals. In others, insults had been affixed to the Turkish flag and Ataturk’s portrait. They may have been posted as part of a “virtual war” between Turkish and Greek nationalists. Thousands of emails were reportedly sent to YouTube by Turkish Internet users protesting against the videos. Insulting Ataturk is punishable by imprisonment in Turkey.Iran’s leading ISPs have been blocking access to YouTube since December because of “immoral” content. In January, a Brazilian court ordered the site blocked because of a video considered defamatory by a leading Brazilian fashion model. The blocking lasted just a few days.——————-Read our weekly “blog review” and create your blog with Reporters without borders: www.rsfblog.org TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Organisation News Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law TurkeyEurope – Central Asia RSF_en Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit to go further Help by sharing this information Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor April 28, 2021 Find out more April 2, 2021 Find out more The court order blocking access to YouTube was lifted today, and Reporters Without Borders has confirmed that the video-sharing website is once again accessible from within Turkey. Access was blocked on 7 March after the posting of videos that insulted Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Turkish republic. April 2, 2021 Find out more
RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa Amnesty International (AI) Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) CIVICUS World Alliance for Citizen Participation Front Line Defenders (FLD)Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR)Human Rights Watch (HRW)International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) under the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders Reporters without Borders (RSF) World Organization Against Torture (OMCT) under the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights to go further April 28, 2021 Find out more We are gravely concerned about the worsening situation of human rights defenders in Saudi Arabia as they continue to face severe risks for their peaceful activism. Many of them are still in detention on fabricated charges where they are inadequately protected from torture and other ill-treatment, and subjected to inhumane conditions. The right to freedom of expression is violated, as they are banned from freely expressing their opinions on the Internet or through other media, and face threats, intimidation, arbitrary arrests, prosecutions and harassment as a result. Both the cyber-crime and counter-terror laws, adopted in 2007 and 2014 respectively, are arbitrarily applied to target peaceful human rights defenders. We, the undersigned human rights organizations, are writing to ask you during this holy month of Ramadan, that you release all the detained human rights defenders and prisoners of conscience, including Walid Abu Al-Khair, Dr. Mohammed Al-Qahtani, Dr. Abdullah Al-Hamid, Dr. Abdulkarim Al-Khodr, Raif Badawi, Mohammad Al-Bajadi, Fadel Al-Manasef, Fawzan Al-Harbi, Sheikh Sulaiman Al-Rashudi, Issa Al-Nukheifi and all of their colleagues. This move will constitute a positive step and reassure the international community, as all of these activists have not committed any offense whatsoever and they have simply exercised their right to peaceful and legitimate work in the defense and promotion of human rights.We are very concerned about the physical and psychological integrity of these human rights defenders and prisoners of conscience in the wake of the many documented reports of their ill-treatment and lack of access to necessary health care. We consider that the situation of detained human rights defenders in Saudi Arabia is inconsistent with the United Nations provisions set forth in the “Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners.”This should also comprise the right for local human rights organizations to work legally in a safe and enabling environment without fear of reprisals and free from any form of intimidation and harassment. This requires the abolition of all laws that unlawfully limit or restrict freedom of expression through the traditional media or social media networks. As noted above, the cybercrime and counter-terrorism laws, in particular, have been applied in an arbitrary manner to silence human rights defenders and to unlawfully restrict freedom of expression. While we recognize the rights and duties of all states to fight terrorism, we believe as human rights organizations that it is essential to confront such threats in a manner which respects human rights and complies with Saudi Arabia’s obligations under international law. That means that human rights defenders must not be prevented or impeded from exercising their rights and responsibilities to defend human rights. We fear that the absence of a safe and enabling environment for the defense and promotion of human rights, and the repression and imprisonment of human rights defenders, has contributed some to resort to violence. We also strongly believe that a real national dialogue with the entire spectrum of peaceful views in the Kingdom is the safest way to accommodate and contain differences.Your majesty, you mentioned in your meeting with Saudi Arabian human rights bodies on 22 May 2015, that you are working to “achieve justice, and to ensure freedom of expression, and to address the causes of division and its reasons, and not to discriminate, as there is no difference between a citizen and another, or between one region and another, for sons of the nation are equal in rights and duties.” Unfortunately, these words have not yet reflected in practice. We urge you today to ensure that the values and principles you have clearly espoused and called for are upheld in reality.Finally, we call on you to guarantee in all circumstances that all human rights defenders in Saudi Arabia are able to carry out their peaceful and legitimate human rights activities without fear of reprisals and free of intimidation, including judicial harassment. Your majesty and royal highnesses, (Sent on 16 July 2015 and no reply has been received yet) Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts RSF_en News Follow the news on Saudi Arabia Organisation Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa His Majesty the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, King of Saudi ArabiaHis Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdul Aziz, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Interior MinisterHis Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, Second Crown Prince, Second Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister News September 1, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 A Closed letter from Human Rights Organisations to the Saudi leadership Saudi media silent on RSF complaint against MBS News June 8, 2021 Find out more NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say News The co-signed organisations: March 9, 2021 Find out more
A recent clinical practice guideline by NICE, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, has been published recommending that doctors should halve the threshold for starting preventative treatment of cardiovascular disease (CVD) from a 20% risk of developing these conditions over 10 years to a 10% risk following research by Oxford University.NICE have reported that although death rates from CVD have halved since the 1970s, it is still the leading cause of death in England and Wales. In 2010, 1 in 3 people died from CVD.CVD develops when fatty acid deposits, known as atheroma, build up in arteries and narrow them, leading to coronary heart disease and stroke. The risk of developing CVD is increased by lifestyle factors such as a high cholesterol diet and smoking. NICE recommends that people are assessed for their risk of developing cardiovascular disease using measurements of whether or not they smoke, their cholesterol levels, blood pressure and body mass index in order to calculate a percentage risk of developing CVD in the next 10 years.Professor Mark Baker, Director of the Centre for Clinical Practice at NICE, said “The risk is measurable and we can substantially reduce someone’s chance of a heart attack, angina, stoke and the other symptoms of cardiovascular disease by tackling the risk factors. We also recommend that statins are now offered to many more people- the effectiveness of these medicines is now well proven and their cost has fallen.”However, this guidance is by no means final. It is currently issued as a draft for public consultation until 26 March 2014. Baker has said “We now want to hear views on this draft guidance which recommends that people with a 10% risk of developing CVD within 10 years are offered statins.”This decision comes after a 2012 Oxford University study published in the Lancet, which showed that even very low-risk patients benefited from statins with almost no side effects. Currently, 7 million people in the UK take statins, at an estimated annual cost of £285 million. Professor Rory Collins, from the Oxford University team, said that the number of people who would begin taking statins as a result “would be in the order” of five million.Professor Collins maintained that taking statins “remains a choice for the patient, it’s not mandatory.”Professor Colin Baigent, another member of the Oxford University team, calculated that five million more people taking statins “would save 2,000 lives and prevent 10,000 heart attacks or strokes every year.”Of course, statins are most effective in conjunction with lifestyle changes.. Professor Baker said, “as well as taking statins, people with raised cholesterol levels and high blood pressure should reduce the amount of foods containing saturated fat they eat.”Marco Narajos, first year medical student and Online Editor of Bang! Science Magazine, said, “I think it’s a good idea, especially if the risk of side effects are low. However, even if the probability is low, some people could still be affected by the few side effects such as headaches and insomnia, especially if a large number of people take the drug. Whatever decision is made, every effort should still be made to ensure that people exercise more often and eat a healthy diet low in saturated fats, salt, and sugar, especially from a young age. The old proverb ‘An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure’ definitely holds true, even today.”
This year, the US Forest Service is releasing its updated draft on the next 15+ year management plan that defines the rules for all activities in Nantahala and Pisgah Forest.Over the next couple weeks, MountainTrue is hosting a series of events across Western North Carolina titled: The Future of the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests: An Expert Panel on the Forest Management Plan.Organized by Susan Bean, the Community Engagement Manager of MountainTrue, these events consist of a panel of representatives from various interest groups. They will take part in a constructive dialogue to determine the future of these forests.Planning For The FutureThe goal is simple: Create a win-win plan for everyone who relies on the forests, whether for recreation or business. You can view the latest draft of the Nantahala and Pisgah Forest Plan here. Keep in mind, this is the “big picture plan.” There are amendments added as time goes on and interests change.Both forests play host to millions of visitors every year. From outdoor recreation and conservation to timber companies and other interests, everyone is affected.Combined, the forests consist of twelve geographic areas across more than a million acres. Home to thousands of unique species of plants and animals, they are two of the most biodiverse temperate forests on the planet.The parties involved in the planning are as diverse as the forests themselves.So who is responsible for their future?The Nantahala Pisgah Forest PartnershipThe Nantahala Pisgah Forest Partnership is a collaborative group of representatives from cultural, timber, water, wildlife, recreation, wilderness and more. Members range from organizations and networks to individuals and of course, The US Forest Service. Together, they have an all encompassing vision for the future of the forests.We envision a thriving, resilient forest within its natural range of variation, able to support healthy ecosystems, wildlife populations, local economies, and traditional uses. We envision a forest with the connectivity and integrity to remain resilient in the face of the changes and challenges of the future.How You Can Get InvolvedThere will be four events held this month in where you can learn more about the proposed solutions for a multi-use, win-win forest plan. These are the combined efforts of MountainTrue, the Nantahala Pisgah Partnership, forest experts, and other participating groups. Each event will feature a constructive dialogue with the panelists and will be followed by a Q&A with the audience.Everyone who shares and loves these forests will be impacted by this plan. This will be an opportunity for the public to learn more about the plan and have their voice heard.For more information on each event, click on the links below:March 15 in Sylva at the Jackson County Public LibraryMarch 22 in Boone at the Watauga Public LibraryMarch 27 in Brevard at the Transylvania County Public LibraryMarch 29 in Andrews at the Andrews Community CenterJustin Forrest is an outdoor writer, fly fishing addict, and co-founder of Narrative North—based in Asheville, N.C. He posts pictures of cats and fishing on Instagram sometimes.
continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr In a blog post titled Full Stack Startups, Chris Dixon wrote:Suppose you develop a new technology that is valuable to some industry. The old approach was to sell or license your technology to existing companies. The new approach is to build a complete, end-to-end product or service that bypasses existing companies. Prominent examples of this full stack approach include Uber, Tesla, and Netflix. Most of these companies had partial stack antecedents that either failed or ended up being relatively small businesses. The problems with the partial stack approach include: 1) bad product experience; 2) cultural resistance to new technologies; and 3) unfavorable economics.The full stack approach lets you bypass industry incumbents, completely control the customer experience, and capture a greater portion of the economic benefits you provide. The challenge is you need to get good at many different things. The good news is that if you can pull this off, it is very hard for competitors to replicate so many interlocking pieces.”Most Fintech Startups are Partial StackDixon’s articulation of ‘full stack” versus “partial stack” startups helps explain why so many fintech startups–many of whom claim to be disruptive–are anything but disruptive. Plain and simple, they’re partial stack companies.
THE GRADE III EDDIE D. STAKES (1ST DIVISION) IN POST POSITON ORDER WITH JOCKEYS 7 WEIGHTSRace 6 (of 9) Approximate post time 3:30 p.m. PST Justin Squared: Lightly raced and quick from the gate in a race that would appear to have an abundance of early lick, this Bob Baffert trainee comes off a pair of disappointing finishes in graded stakes, as he was 11th in the Grade II, seven furlong Woody Stephens on June 11 at Belmont Park and most recently, sixth in the Grade I, six furlong Bing Crosby at Del Mar July 31. A scintillating winner of his first three starts, this 3-year-old Kentucky-bred colt by Zensational will hope to get back in the win column in his turf debut. Owned by Zayat Stables, LLC, he’s been ridden in all five of his starts by Martin Pedroza. LADY SHIPMAN: Bred by Randall E. Lowe and owned by Ranlo Investments, LLC, she’s enjoyed another outstanding year, winning five out of seven turf sprints, including her last two. An absolute gem of consistency, Lady Shipman is 19-13-2-2 overall, with nine of her wins coming at as many different tracks. Quick from the gate in all but one of her starts, she has amassed earnings of $896,042. Based most recently at Belmont Park, the Eddie D. will be her first start west of the Mississippi River. Irad Ortiz, Jr., who has won with three out five engagements with her, will fly in from New York to ride. Lady Shipman–Irad Ortiz, Jr.–122Iron Rob–Norberto Arroyo, Jr.–118Richard’s Boy–Victor Espinoza–121Mrazek–Mario Gutierrez–118War Envoy–Martin Garcia–121Clever Royal–Rafael Bejarano–121Justin Squared–Martin Pedroza–118Hunt–Flavien Prat–121Why Two–Kent Desormeaux–121Ambitious Brew–Mike Smith–121La Berma–Santiago Gonzalez–118Also EligiblesForever Juanito–Agapito Delgadillo–121Horse Laugh–Gary Stevens–121 ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 27, 2016)–Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin’s talented Lady Shipman will take on a 10 rivals (nine of whom are males) in Friday’s Grade III, $100,000 Eddie D. Stakes, Santa Anita’s Autumn Meet opening day feature at 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course. Oversubscribed, with a total of 26 three year olds and up entered, the Eddie D. will be run in two divisions, with Lady Shipman competing in the first, which has been carded as race six. (Each division will go with 11 runners and two horses on the Also Eligible list).Second, beaten a neck versus males in last year’s Grade I Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Keeneland, the 4-year-old Kentucky-bred filly by Midshipman will hope to use the Eddie D. as a springboard to this year’s Turf Sprint, which will be run over the course on Nov. 5. First post time on opening day, Friday, is at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m. For scratches, late changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com. AUTUMN MEET OPENING DAY CARD OFFERS NINE RACES, FIRST POST TIME AT 1 P.M.; ALL ON-TRACK ATTENDEES TO RECEIVE FREE CALIFORNIA CHROME POSTER –30–
TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say Uefa and Premier League liaise over Man City sponsorship dealsby Ian Ferris10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveUefa and the Premier League have agreed to share information from separate investigations into allegations surrounding the sponsorship deal Manchester City struck with the Etihad airline in 2015, reports SportBusiness.Football’s European governing body and the Premier League have been carrying out their own inquiries after allegations surrounding the agreement were published by German magazine Der Spiegel.It was claimed in the magazine that, according to leaked emails from executives involved in the deal, £59.5m (€66m/$76m) that was supposed to have been transferred to the club from the airline was in fact paid directly by City’s owners, Abu Dhabi United Group.The league and Uefa have now agreed to share their information and have also reached an arrangement to share any further information in the future.Uefa has been probing whether such actions may have breached Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules. Just days ago, AC Milan was sanctioned after falling foul of FFP regulations, with the Italian Serie A club told that it faces being banned from European competition for one season if it does not break even by June 2021.According to The Times, Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin expects the outcome of the case to be known “very soon”.
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth boss Howe plans lesson for booking-prone Jefferson Lermaby Freddie Taylor23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe insists he will teach Jefferson Lerma to avoid “needless bookings”.The Colombian grabbed his fourth booking out of seven Premier League games in Saturday’s draw with West Ham United.He told the Daily Echo: “Saturday’s (foul) he probably didn’t need to do. I think the majority of his tackles I’m with him on the pitch and he might be a split second late and it’s a yellow card. That’s the way he plays.”You wouldn’t want him to change that competitive style. Obviously we don’t want to lose him to suspensions and it would be a big blow if we did lose him.”It’s the needless ones (bookings). It’s the ones at the end of the game that he’ll probably look back at and think ‘I didn’t need to do that’. They’re the ones that you want to try and eradicate from his game.”Howe added: “It was well-documented, Harry Arter and our relationship with Harry and how many yellow cards he picked up. But you wouldn’t want to change Harry’s instincts and the way that he played because he wouldn’t be the player that made him what he was.”It’s the same with Jeff. That’s why we signed him. You don’t want to take that away, a lot of the attributes that he shows but it’s trying to educate him and show him maybe a different way at times will be key – talk to him and show him some things.”We want to keep him on the pitch for as long as we can.”
Incumbent councillors Betty Ponto, Brent Taillefer, and Dave Lueneberg have officially submitted re-election bids. The trio were all acclaimed in 2014 but will need to campaign in this year’s election after two other candidates officially submitted nomination papers.Sherry Davies and Michelle Turnbull will be looking to get elected to one of the four seats on Taylor Council.This year’s municipal election is taking place on October 20th, with advance voting days on the 10th and 17th. TAYLOR, B.C. – Voters will need to decide who will be the District of Taylor’s next mayor, and the race will be an interesting one.Incumbent mayor Rob Fraser will be looking to get re-elected to a second term in the upcoming election. Fraser served as a councillor in Taylor from 1994 to 2006 before being elected mayor in 2014 to succeed former mayor Fred Jarvis. Jarvis declined to run for re-election that year, after serving as the District’s mayor for 28 years.On Friday, Laura Prosko became the lone other candidate to file nomination papers in the mayoral race. Prosko was, until recently, the District’s Director of Community Services.