June 12

Report handed in to “Internet Enemy” embassies on eve of Online Free Expression Day

first_img March 12, 2009 – Updated on January 25, 2016 Report handed in to “Internet Enemy” embassies on eve of Online Free Expression Day Help by sharing this information RSF_en Reporters Without Borders yesterday handed in copies of its 2009 “Internet Enemies” report at the Paris embassies of the 22 countries identified as an “enemy” or source of concern in the report, issued to mark Online Free Expression Day today. The Tunisian and Burmese embassies refused to take its copy. “Online censorship today concerns every kind of user of the Internet, from the person who posts a comment on a website to journalists and other content producers,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Any attack on this space is an offence against free expression.” News The report identifies 12 countries as “Enemies of the Internet.” They are Burma, China, Cuba, Egypt, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam. For the first time, the report also includes two democracies in the 10 other countries that are “under surveillance” for adopting or considering measures that could open the way to abuses of online freedom of information. (Download in PDF).To mark Online Free Expression Day, Reporters Without Borders today also released a film illustrating the situation that some users face when they connect to the Internet. One of the Internet’s founders, Google vice-president Vinton Cerf, also talks about the way the Internet is evolving in an interview during the LIFT 2009 Conference of new technology experts held in Geneva from 25 to 27 February.Vinton Cerf on free speechenvoyé par rsf_internet Organisation last_img read more

January 18

No New Emojis In 2021 Due To COVID

first_imgJAMESTOWN – Smart phone users won’t have new emojis to select in 2021.It’s yet another result of the Coronavirus Pandemic.A non-profit group called the ‘Unicode Constortium’ oversees the creation of emojis.They usually get approved in January for release in September. But, the group relies on volunteers. It says people have too much to deal with right now, so it’s pushing back the release date.Some new emojis will come out this year. Those are from this past January’s batch. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

January 18

Janie Dee on How Friday Night Lights Helped Her in London’s Hand to God

first_imgJanie Dee in rehearsal for ‘Hand to God’ Janie Dee has won two Olivier Awards and moved from classics to new plays, Shakespeare to musicals. But the protean talent is shifting gears big-time to inherit 2015 Tony nominee Geneva Carr’s role as the Texan mom Margery in the British premiere of Robert Askins’ subversively funny Broadway play Hand to God at the Vaudeville Theatre. Broadway.com met the ever-spirited Dee prior to the start of previews to talk sock puppets and more.Did you know much about Hand to God before the role of Margery came your way?The first I heard of it was when they asked me if I would come and meet the team. I read it at home and was sort of agog. At the end, my mouth opened and my jaw dropped. I’d never read anything quite like it!The play is set in and around the world of a Christian puppet ministry in Texas, which must seem a world away.What’s interesting as an actor is that your mind does things for you, and it’s pretty well painted on the page. More challenging in a way was that people kept saying to me “it’s a comedy” when in fact any good play has everything: in Shakespeare’s comedies, there can be moments of great sadness and in his tragedies moments where you want to laugh.This play gets very dark.It does, and our job is to set the audience up to go on that journey. Moritz [von Stuelpnagel], our director, keeps emphasizing with our characters that they don’t think what’s happening is funny. The audience may laugh, but the people in the play aren’t finding it funny.Faith is hugely important to you, so did that make it difficult to sign on to a script that some might find blasphemous?I do go to church and more than anything I feel close to God and don’t know what I would do without God: I talk to Him a lot. So I was worried about what the play might be saying about God, and it was wonderful to have Rob [Askins, the playwright] here to talk about it.How then did you make the decision to join the show?One thing I did was speak to my vicar. The wonderful thing is that whenever I told him anything I was worried about, he just wasn’t phased by it, and that gave me great hope. Good plays are always about holding up a mirror to nature and asking what are we and how are we behaving and how are we lying sometimes to ourselves—Hand to God does all of that.Will your fellow congregants be in attendance?Well, most are my age or around that, so they’ll be on the same page. And besides I’ve already done a TV thing called Crashing, which really has no boundaries and goes further than I’ve known comedy to go on telly. And yet I like it because somehow it holds on to humanity, and that’s what I feel Rob [Askins] has done. Do you know the terrain that this play inhabits?Mostly from watching Dallas or Friday Night Lights [set in a fictional town called Dillon, Texas]. Friday Night Lights is probably closer and more accurate to where we are in the play. For me personally, going to church is the closest kind of idea I have of the situation Margery is in. I totally get her.She’s a pretty extraordinary character.She is, and I get the feeling a quite lonely one, too. She seems to be pretty alone with this boy [her son Jason, played by Harry Melling of Harry Potter fame] but for all the wrong reasons. I think she feels like a failure and as if she is trying to prove herself and that is proving very difficult for her. Even her Christian puppet ministry is not going very well, so I’ve got loads of backstory for why she is how she is.How is Harry coping with the dual demands of Jason and his rather outspoken sock-puppet alter ego, Tyrone?He is absolutely brilliant! He’s been compulsive about working on it while managing to be very laidback, as well. He’s got a lovely balance. There are times when I forget it’s him and I think he’s become Tyrone—it’s like a wonderful magic trick. View Commentslast_img read more

September 25

10 die in road mishaps each month in Iloilo

first_imgThe top violations of motorists, hesaid, were driving without a license, not using seatbelts, failure to carry orhaving expired Certificate of Registration of vehicles, and not wearing helmets(for motorcycle riders). According to Vilela, most of thevehicular accidents involved motorcycles but there were also passengerjeepneys, private vehicles and taxis, among others. The 150 cops came from 42 towns andthe component city of Passi. ILOILO – Each month an average of 10persons die in vehicular accidents in this province, data from the IloiloPolice Provincial Office (IPPO) showed. Apprehending persons not licensed todrive and unregistered vehicles were ways to address the problem, he said. Allmust follow Republic Act (RA) 4136 or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code,stressed Police Executive Master Sergeant Pedro Pericon, officer in charge ofthe Provincial Highway Patrol Team – Iloilo. “We intend to remove all illegalvehicles and unauthorized drivers from our highways,” stressed Vilela. Last month, according to Vilela,police units under the IPPO were able to apprehend 4,010 traffic violators. FromJanuary to September over a hundred vehicles (including motorcycles) have beenissued with notices of violation by the HPG’s Provincial Highway Patrol Team –Iloilo.  The training was held in CampSumagaysay in Santa Barbara town, the IPPO headquarters. For two days, Oct.15 and 16, LTOtrained 150 policemen in the enforcement of traffic rules and regulations.center_img Periconsaid the Provincial Highway Patrol Team – Iloilo goes around and checks roadsand the traffic situation in Iloilo city and province. Early this month, the Highway PatrolGroup (HPG) in Iloilo of the Philippine National Police appealed to drivers tofollow traffic rules and regulations. RA4136 is the law on traffic violations, traffic management and traffic enforcement.It also gives mandate to the Land Transportation Office (LTO) to “get rid ofall illegal parkings and traffic obstructions along the highways.” He also agreed that the Land TransportationOffice (LTO) deputize IPPO policemen to enforce traffic laws. Periconobserved that what’s mostly lacking among drivers is awareness on the properuse of public roads. “We must do something to stem therising statistics on vehicular accidents and deaths,” stressed Police ColonelRoland Vilela, provincial police director. To date since Jan. 1 this year, theIPPO already recorded 102 road mishap fatalities. Yes,he said, there are indeed “pasaway”drivers. “Indi man tanan pero maymga drivers kulang gid ‘ya sang education with regards sa paggamit sang karsada. Like mayma-overtake sa solid line whichis indi puede. Pag-abot sa city may ‘Slowdown’ sign pero sige or wala sila naga-respond.May ‘No Parking’ sign pero naga-park gid,” lamented Pericon./PNlast_img read more

September 25

NegOcc cops gird for holiday season crimes

first_img“The entire police force has beenplaced on red alert status and police chiefs from various cities andmunicipalities will enhance their anti-crime patrols, especially in crowdedareas,” said Baleros. NOCPPO chief Police Colonel RomeoBaleros said they are on the lookout for streetcriminals and deny them the opportunity to strike through maximum policevisibility. Among these street criminals arepickpockets, snatchers and burglars. BACOLOD City – The Negros OccidentalPolice Provincial Office (NOCPPO) is now focused on lawless activities usuallyassociated with the holiday season. The province’s top cop added that theyare now finalizing the security plan which will be rolled out by Dec. 15 – aday before the first day of the nine-day misade gallo or pre-dawn mass. center_img Baleros also said they areanticipating possible attacks from the New People’s Army (NPA) especially sincethe insurgents will celebrate the founding anniversary of the Communist Partyof the Philippines this month.  He said police chiefs should adopt atight defensive posture, be more vigilant and coordinate with other friendlyforces. “Yes we are always expecting for enemyassaults because of the series of encounters in Himamaylan and Isabela, plusthe arrest of NPA supporters in Bacolod City last month,” he said./PNlast_img read more

August 28

African stars in Europe wrap: Aubameyang hattrick, Ivorians on fire

first_imgGabon star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang continued his red-hot scoring form on Thursday when he bagged a hat-trick to help his club Borussia Dortmund to a 1-3 victory over Azerbaijani side Qabala in the UEFA Europa League.The 26-year-old striker scored twice in the first half and once in the second before Brazilian forward Dodo netted a consolation in stoppage time.The three goals take his tally to an astonishing 18 goals in 16 games for his club in all competitions this season.Elsewhere in the same competition, Nigerian striker Kehinde Fatai scored a goal for Serbia’s Sparta Praha as they drew 2-2 with German hosts Schalke 04.Cote d’Ivoire striker Lacina Traore scored the only goal of the match for French club Monaco as they defeated another Azerbaijani side Qarabag 1-0. It was his second goal in the competition this season. Sao Tome striker Luis Leal was the hero for Portuguese side Belenenses as they came from behind to beat Swiss hosts Basel 1-2. Leal scored his side’s first goal to level the score in the 27th minute, before adding the assist for the second goal just before the break.Congo DR striker Cedric Bakambu scored twice in the first half for Spanish hosts Villarreal in a 4-0 thumping of Belarusians Dinamo Minsk. Cote d’Ivoire defender Eric Bailly capped the win in the 70th minute.Rising Egypt striker Ahmed ‘Koka’ Hassan scored the opening goal for Portuguese side Sporting Braga as they edged French visitors Olympique Marseille 3-2. All goals were scored in the second half. MORE FROM IVORY COASTMeanwhile in the Champions League, Cote d’Ivoire stars lit up games for their clubs on Wednesday. In England, Yaya Toure, starting alongside compatriot Wilfried Bony, inspired Manchester City to a dramatic 2-1 victory over Sevilla. The visiting Spaniards grabbed the lead in the 30th minute, but City were level six minutes after a miscued attempt by Bony was deflected in.On a day City were largely average, former Arsenal and Manchester City striker, now football pundit, Niall Quinn, attributed the win to the dominance of Yaya (above, pictured).Manchester City, the rest of them struggled, it was a nervy night and the fans didn’t get going at all. How they’ve (won) is beyond me,” Quinn said on Sky Sports.Manchester City find themselves in the Champions League at this time, Yaya Toure can hurt teams. “When he plays as cover for the defence you lose so much of what can happen at the other end.”It was like watching a big, strong kid in the playground, running through players. He can’t be as effective playing 40 yards out playing the ball out to the right-back or the left-back.”On Tuesday, flying winger Gervinho posted another impressive display for Italian side Roma as they drew 4-4 with German hosts Bayer Leverkusen. The former Lille and Arsenal star set up Roma’s fourth goal to make it 2-4 on 73 minutes before the Germans found two late goals.–Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmith. Get more updates on Facebook/Twitter with the #JoySports hashtaglast_img read more

December 21

Bulldogs complete 10-0 season; Cards and Spartans advance to playoffs

first_imgLos Molinos >> The Los Molinos Lady Bulldogs closed out a perfect season Thursday night with a straight set win over the Burney Raiders, 25-18, 25-12, 25-18.The Corning Lady Cardinals beat the Oroville Tigers in 4 sets to claim the No. 5 seed in the post season and the Red Bluff Lady Spartans fell on the road in Chico to the Pleasant Valley Vikings, but earn the No. 4 seed in the playoffs.Rachel Rogers was named player of the match for the Bulldogs with 13 kills, 5 aces, 2 blocks and 7 digs; …last_img read more

December 20

A’s four-run lead goes poof as Red Sox take opener at Fenway

first_imgBOSTON – An early four-run lead was not nearly enough for the A’s on Monday night at Fenway Park as they dropped the opener of their three-game series versus the defending World Series champion Red Sox, 9-4.After a scoreless first, the visitors came out swinging in the top of the second inning, plating all four of their runs in the frame to gain the early advantage.Jurickson Profar sparked the rally with a pulled single into the left-field corner which one-hopped the Green Monster, scoring …last_img read more

December 19

TB vaccine in SA clinical trial

first_imgA doctor examining chest X-rays at aTB clinic in Cape Town. (Image: USDepartment of State official blog) Educational poster for TB, publishedby TB Care in Cape Town.(Image: World Lung Foundation) A rural health clinic, where patients aretreated for, among others, TB. (Image:Damien Schumann, World Lung Foundation)Janine ErasmusSouth Africa is the setting for a phase II clinical trial of an advanced new tuberculosis vaccine. The trial is to be conducted by the non-profit Aeras Global TB Vaccine Foundation, which is supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Its local partner is the South African Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative (Satvi), based at Cape Town University. Satvi is the largest dedicated TB vaccine research group in Africa.Currently there is only one TB vaccine available worldwide – the Bacille Calmette-Guérin or BCG vaccine, developed back in 1921. This is the drug administered to infants at birth. With TB evolving in recent years into drug-resistant and extensively drug-resistant strains, the almost century-old BCG is no longer as effective as it once was.According to Aeras, the BCG vaccine provides protection against severe forms of infant TB but cannot be relied upon for the adult form of the disease. Since TB is most prevalent in adults it is imperative that a vaccine be developed that is effective in combating all strains of TB, including drug-resistant versions. BCG is the most widely-administered vaccine in the world, says Aeras, but still the TB burden is increasing.According to Tony Hawkridge of Satvi, BCG is also dangerous for those suffering from Aids, and may also be unsafe for HIV-positive patients. This is because BCG is a live vaccine that may further compromise an already-weakened immune system.However, the new vaccine works alongside BCG and is intended to enhance the body’s immune response, which will have already been activated by the administration of BCG. It does this by using a protein from the pathogen, the Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacterium, to boost production of T-cells, a type of white blood cell that defends the body against infection.Collaborative effortAeras is also working with the Oxford-Emergent Tuberculosis Consortium in development of the new vaccine. This is a collaborative effort between researchers at Oxford University and US-based Emergent BioSolutions, a pharmaceutical company that specialises in the development of vaccines against killer diseases such as anthrax, botulism, tuberculosis, typhoid, and hepatitis B.The new vaccine, known as MVA85A/AERAS-485, was developed by Wellcome Trust senior research fellow Dr Helen McShane and her team at Oxford’s Jenner Institute. McShane commented that this is the first experimental TB vaccine to advance to phase II of a clinical trial in more than 80 years.“It’s the first of new-generation TB vaccines to go into this kind of study looking at efficacy in infants,” she said. “It’s enormously exciting, and I sincerely hope we will see some efficacy.”The cost of the study is estimated at US$14-million (R124-million) and will be carried by Aeras and the Wellcome Trust, a UK-based charity that funds biomedical research around the world. Previous trial phases have already been carried out South Africa and the Gambia, with promising results.The trial, which involves some 2 750 South African children, will be based at the Brewelskloof TB Hospital in Worcester, Western Cape. Researchers are currently in the process of selecting the participating infants. All children will already have received BCG at birth, as is the standard practice, and at 18 weeks half of them will get MVA85A while the other half will be given a placebo.According to McShane, the team is hoping for at least a 60% reduction in the incidence of pulmonary TB among children who receive the vaccine, compared with children who get the placebo. She added that initial results may be available as early as 2011 or 2012.“There is still a long road ahead,” remarked Aeras CEO Jerald Sadoff, “but this marks an important milestone toward the goal of a more effective TB vaccine.”“We believe this is the most exciting advance in the field of TB vaccines for over 80 years,” said McShane. “We have shown that this vaccine is safe and stimulates strong immune responses. This trial will hopefully show that the vaccine can protect people from getting TB and enable the global community to begin to control this devastating disease.”Global scourgeThe World Health Organisation (WHO) reports that about one third of the planet’s entire population is infected with TB. Despite the fact that TB is treatable and curable, of these roughly 2-billion people about 1.8-million succumb to the disease every year. A large number of them are children.TB is also a major killer of people with HIV and Aids, according to the WHO. There are about 33-million people living with HIV, of whom about a third are also infected with TB. Because their immune systems are weakened by the primary infection, around 90% of these people die within two to three months of contracting TB – unless they are treated.The incidence of TB is widespread in South Africa, and each year another 250 000 new cases are recorded in the country. According to Satvi, South Africa carries the seventh highest TB burden of all countries. Approximately 80 people die of the disease in South Africa every day, a figure that has been accelerated by the concurrent HIV epidemic.With 25% of all cases but only 10% of the population, the Western Cape is the hardest-hit by TB, which is one of the reasons the trial is taking place in that province.Between 15% and 20% of TB cases in South Africa are children. These young patients have contracted TB only recently, which demonstrates that current TB control measures are not doing what they should.Extensive testingNo medicine can be released for public consumption without undergoing extensive clinical trials, which are conducted on human subjects over a period of time. A clinical trial can only be started once sufficient preliminary information has been collected on the non-clinical properties of the medication or device, and permission has been obtained from the health authority in the country where it is to take place.There are several phases to a clinical trial, which can take years to complete.The pre-trial phase involves in vivo and in vitro testing to gather initial data on efficacy, toxicity and the body’s interaction with the drug. Only once all this data has been evaluated is the decision made on whether or not the product merits further testing.Phase 0 involves a trial with very small doses on just a few subjects to gather data on the interaction between the body and the drug or device.Phase I involves administration of the device or drug to a slightly larger group of patients. If the product is a drug, subjects are given a range of doses so that the most effective therapeutic dose can be established, although this is still a lesser dose than that which causes adverse effects in animals. Patients are typically healthy volunteers.Phase II extends phase one, with a bigger group of patients or volunteers. This is the make-or-break stage for a drug, as it often happens that during this period patients will show negative side effects, or the drug or device will not work as well as hoped.If, during the initial phases, a product proves itself to be effective and safe, it will pass into phase III, which is considered the definitive assessment phase of the safety and effectiveness of a drug or device. Subject groups of up to 3 000 are involved. This is usually the longest and most expensive phase of testing and having successfully proven itself, sometimes in more than one phase III trial, the drug or device is submitted for regulatory approval. Once approval has been obtained, the manufacturer may begin to market the product.Phase IV sees continuing monitoring of the product and ongoing technical support once the product is on the market.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at [email protected] articlesSaving more lives from TB, fasterSA, US join to fight tuberculosisTB diagnosis breakthroughUseful linksAeras Global TB World Health Organisation – TBBill & Melinda Gates FoundationWellcome TrustOxford-Emergent Tuberculosis ConsortiumEmergent BioSolutionsOxford UniversityJenner Institute – OxfordThe International Clinical Trials Registry Platformlast_img read more

December 16

Firefox Creative Lead Leaves to Launch Stealth Healthcare Startup

first_imgAza Raskin, the eccentric lead designer at Mozilla’s Firefox, announced today that he’s leaving his position to co-found a startup in the healthcare market with mobile entrepreneur Sutha Kamal and at least one still-unnamed co-founder.Already well funded by undisclosed investors, Raskin says the company, called Massive Health, will bring a User Experience designer’s sensibility to healthcare. “With health-case costs rising faster than inflation, a crisis is on the horizon,” he writes in a blog post announcing the move. “We need to apply cognitive psychology, the principles of design, and tighter feedback loops to our own health. Health care needs to have its design Renaissance, where products and services are redesigned to be responsive to human needs and considerate of human frailties.”Raskin is an accomplished technologist, having developed projects ranging from the Firefox Mobile concept to the original W3C Geolocation standard. A number of his projects never gained much traction, though; Ubiquity and Jetpack were Raskin-initiated Firefox technologies that never felt finished and didn’t seem to go anywhere.A frequent and fascinating public speaker, Raskin’s efforts to move into the much maligned health care sector could really shake things up. His move was first reported on TechCrunch, where Erick Schonfeld says they’ll be watching Massive Health closely once it launches. We’ll try to follow it more closely, here at ReadWriteWeb. See also: Your Memories Will Be Rewritten: Mozilla’s Raskin Says Product Placement is Coming Soon to Your Facebook Photos marshall kirkpatrick Related Posts Tags:#news#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more