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

June 12

Jebali ends hunger strike after five weeks

first_img December 26, 2019 Find out more October 28, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Jebali ends hunger strike after five weeks November 11, 2020 Find out more Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalists News Imprisoned journalist Hamadi Jebali has called off the hunger strike he began on 15 September, Reporters Without Borders learned today in a phone call with his wife Wahida Jebali, who said she was allowed to visit him on 25 October. He ended his hunger strike on 21 October.She said the Tunisian government had promised to reconsider his case and open negotiations if he called off the hunger strike by 7 November. She added that he has lost lots of weight and is very weak, and has not yet been allowed a visit from a doctor. News RSF_en TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa ————————————————————————–05.10.2005 Concern about condition of Hamadi Jebali, on hunger strike for three weeks Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” Help by sharing this information November 12, 2019 Find out more to go further Over 15 years ago, Reporters without Borders created its “Sponsorship Programme” and called upon the international media to select and support an imprisoned journalist. More than two hundreds news staffs around the globe are thus sponsoring colleagues by regularly petitioning authorities for their release and by publicising their situations so that their cases will not be forgotten.Currently, Hamadi Jebali is sponsored by Le Club de la Presse de Toulon. Reporters Without Borders voiced concern today about the state of health of imprisoned journalist Hamadi Jebali, who began his second hunger strike this year on 15 September. His wife, Wahida Jebali, has not been allowed to see him for the past two weeks. He has been in prison since 1991.“Hamadi Jebali’s strength is weakened a little bit more by each hunger strike,” the press freedom organisation said. “We call on the prison authorities to let Wahida Jebali visit her husband so that she can verify his state of health.”Reporters Without Borders added: “We also reiterate our call to President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali for the immediate and unconditional release of this journalist. It is unacceptable that Tunisia, which is hosting the next World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), has kept him in its jails for more than 14 years.”Reached by telephone, Wahida Jebali told Reporters Without Borders that the last time she was allowed to visit her husband was on 20 September, when she saw him for 45 minutes. Since then, she had been denied the right to visit him twice, on 27 September and again yesterday. The guards claimed that he “did not want to come out” of his cell.Wahida Jebali sent President Ben Ali the following message by telegram today:”Mr. President, I would like to inform you that I went to visit my husband Hamadi at Mahdia prison yesterday (4 October) and for the second time I was told he could not receive visits. My daughters and I are very frustrated at the idea that Hamadi is in danger and we can only ask you, Mr. President to intercede and save the life of my husband, who has been on hunger strike for 21 days.Wahida Jebali”Aged 56, Hamadi Jebali previously staged a hunger strike from 9 to 25 April in protest against his being kept in a prison 250 km from his family. He was transferred on 22 April to Mahdia prison, which is 60 km from Sousse where his family lives.Jebali was the publisher of the weekly Al Fajr, the mouthpiece of the Islamist group An Nahda. He was arrested on 31 January 1991 and was sentenced the same day to a year in prison for libel after publishing an opinion piece by a lawyer, Mohammed Nouri, calling for an end to military tribunals.At the end of a trial that violated international standards, he was sentenced on 28 August 1992 to 16 years in jail for “belonging to an illegal organisation” and “seeking to change the nature of he state.” He is due to be released in 2007. TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disorder News Follow the news on Tunisia News Organisation Receive email alertslast_img read more

May 18

Hurricane Sally remnants to bring flooding rain to Georgia, Carolinas

first_imgABC NewsBy MAX GOLEMBO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Sally is now a tropical depression and is expected to become a remnant low as it moves from Alabama into Georgia and the Carolinas.As Sally remnants move east Thursday afternoon and evening, there is a threat for flooding rain from Atlanta to Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina. There is also a threat for tornadoes from central Georgia into Charleston, South Carolina, and into Wilmington and eastern North Carolina.Thursday night into Friday early morning, the flooding threat moves into southern Virginia, from Norfolk to Richmond.Tornadoes will be possible for eastern North Carolina.As Sally departs the Gulf Coast, a new tropical system is trying to develop in the southern Gulf. The National Hurricane Center gives this storm a 90% chance of becoming a tropical depression or Tropical Storm Wilfred.This next tropical system is expected to meander in the Gulf of Mexico for the next week or so, and then some of the long-term models are showing it coming north towards the Gulf Coast by the middle to end of next week, anywhere from Texas to Louisiana.Besides the new tropical threat in the Gulf, Hurricane Teddy is strengthening and heading close to Bermuda by early next week. Teddy is expected to become a major hurricane by Thursday night.Sally made landfall at 5:45 a.m. ET Wednesday, as a Category 2 storm with winds of 105 mph. This was the first hurricane to make landfall in Alabama since Ivan in 2004.The highest storm surge was in Pensacola, Florida, where Gulf water rose 5.6 feet. This was the third-highest surge in the city’s history.An estimated 30 inches of rain fell just north of Pensacola.The highest wind gust reported on land was 99 mph in Dauphin Island, Alabama.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

May 8

Take it from Olympic athlete Adam Rippon: ‘Don’t put a limit on your dreams’

first_imgDecember 21, 2018 /Sports News – National Take it from Olympic athlete Adam Rippon: ‘Don’t put a limit on your dreams’ Beau Lund Written bycenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailAdam Rippon and mom, Kelly, smile proudly as he displays his bronze medal from the 2018 Winter Olympics. (Courtesy Adam Rippon) (NEW YORK) — Adam Rippon has had quite a year.In 2018 alone, the 29-year-old figure skater from Scranton, Pennsylvania, made history and became the first openly gay U.S. athlete to medal at the Olympic Games; competed and won ABC’s Dancing With The Stars; and became a role model to many for his ability to combine humor, grace and style — inside and outside the skating rink.“There’s nothing like it,” Rippon told GMA about the feeling he gets when he skates. The athlete has burst into the pop culture scene after stealing the spotlight during the Olympics.Even though Adam Rippon’s life may look picture-perfect now, it took a lot of hard work and dedication (and a couple of faux-pas) to get there.We took a trip down memory lane with Rippon to learn more about his journey to success and the lessons he’s picked up along the way.1. You stop growing when you stop learning“I look like that one episode from Seinfeld where Jerry has to wear the puffy pirate shirt,” Rippon remarked. This photo is from one of his first skating competitions.The Pennsylvania native picked up his first ice skates when he was 10 years old.“I remember those feelings of it being new, it all being fresh and loving and enjoying what I was doing.”Rippon urged others to embrace the feeling you get when you master a new skill.“Don’t ever lose that, because you stop growing when you stop learning,” he said.2. Fear is your secret weaponJust this past year, Rippon was one of three male figure skaters selected to represent the United States at the Olympic Games in South Korea.Rippon called the Olympic experience both “amazing” and “awful.”“I was ready, I was prepared, but there’s always those moments of feeling so nervous,” he said.He was filled with confidence and fear, adding that at one point he wanted to hide in the bathroom before a competitions and “lock the door … maybe [the judges] will move right past me and not even notice.”“If you take that [fear], it can be sort of your secret weapon,” he added.Rippon won a bronze medal with his team in figure skating, making history as the first openly gay U.S. athlete to medal at any Winter Olympics.He announced his retirement from competitive skating in November after nearly 10 years on the ice.“Looking back at this photo … it’s a way for me to reconnect with skating in a way where it’s just for pure enjoyment,” Rippon said.3. Don’t put a limit on your dreamsFamily is important to Rippon. His mother, Kelly, is the one who introduced him to skating and the two are still close to this day.“The best lesson my mom ever taught me was to always dream big and always think big.”Rippon said that his mom always encouraged him that no goal was too big to achieve.“I never thought it would be impossible to go to the Olympics. I never thought it would be impossible to do any of the things I’ve gotten to do because my mom always taught me not to put a limit on what I was capable of,” he said.4. Embrace holiday traditionsRippon may be able to take a selfie like a pro now, but even he has a few “embarrassing” family photos from his childhood.This particular one of 5-year-old Rippon with his younger brothers brings a smile to his face.“This picture kind of shows one of the traditions we had growing up and that was we always wanted to take a holiday photo,” Rippon said.As part of tradition, “everyone needs a matching outfit,” he said of this mall photo shoot.Although getting the perfect shot could be “stressful” at times, Rippon remembers these moments with his family fondly.“Looking back, it’s probably some of the most fun and funniest memories I have from the holidays,” he added.5. Be grateful for your successSince the Olympic Games, Rippon has embarked on many different adventures outside the rink — from winning Dancing With The Stars to sponsorship deals with brands like VapoCool.“When I see this [photo], I see a businessman.”Like any good businessman, Rippon said he makes sure to work with companies whose products he would use himself.As an athlete who could rarely take a sick day and also had to deal with random drug tests, Rippon said VapoCool products were some of the only medicines he trusted to use throughout his career.“Take all the things that helped make your success possible; be thankful and be grateful for them,” he said.If you continue to have that mindset, “it will lead you to really great things in the future,” Rippon said. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

May 4

German Navy´s New K130 Corvette Receives RBS15 Mk3 Anti-Ship Missile

first_img View post tag: receives Share this article View post tag: K130 View post tag: RBS15 Equipment & technology View post tag: Anti-ship View post tag: Corvette View post tag: German German Navy´s New K130 Corvette Receives RBS15 Mk3 Anti-Ship Missilecenter_img The official roll-out of the RBS15 Mk3 heavy anti-ship missile for the German Navy took place at a ceremony of the Federal Office…By sukhoi-3omki (freerepublic)[mappress]Source: freerepublic, September 23, 2011 View post tag: Mk3 View post tag: Navy’s View post tag: New September 23, 2011 View post tag: Missile Back to overview,Home naval-today German Navy´s New K130 Corvette Receives RBS15 Mk3 Anti-Ship Missile last_img read more

May 4

NATO ships patrol western Mediterranean under Sea Guardian

first_img French Navy frigate FS Guepratte, Italian frigate ITS Scirocco and Spanish offshore patrol vessel ESPS Serviola came together on June 1 to perform patrol duties in western Mediterranean waters.The ships will be working under NATO’s maritime security operation Sea Guardian.The group was briefed by the Commander, Allied Maritime Command, Vice Admiral Clive Johnstone, on Monday at French Rapid Reaction Force (FRMARFOR) facilities at Toulon Naval Base in Toulon, France before getting underway later that day.Operation Sea Guardian is a NATO maritime security operation with three standing tasks of maritime counter terrorism, maritime situational awareness and regional maritime capacity building. Allied Maritime Command builds regular task group formations for operation Sea Guardian to focus on specific areas of the Mediterranean.This is the first time a task group has been led by a French Navy Captain and included a French frigate. While sailing to the focused operations area, the group conducted intensive training in seamanship, cross boarding and naval gunfire. View post tag: Sea Guardian NATO ships patrol western Mediterranean under operation Sea Guardian Authorities View post tag: ITS Scirocco June 2, 2017 Back to overview,Home naval-today NATO ships patrol western Mediterranean under operation Sea Guardian View post tag: NATO View post tag: ESPS Serviola View post tag: FS Guepratte Share this articlelast_img read more

May 3

Academic Multimedia Producer

first_imgDemonstrated skills in digital media production and at least 3years of relevant experience in this area.Ability to work in an environment with many simultaneousrequests for service and to prioritize tasks and to communicatethose priorities with tact to end users.Demonstrated knowledge and experience with technology-basedcourseware design and development techniques.Highly developed interpersonal skills are required includingthe ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing,as well as the ability to work effectively in a teamenvironment.Expertise with software applications including the full AdobeCreative Cloud suite of software, Microsoft Office, and otherdigital media production tools such as Camtasia, Articulate,etc.Ability to provide a comfortable and flexible productionenvironment with professional guidance and coaching.Problem-solving skills that include identification, analysis,and proactive solutions in support of University goals.Demonstrated technology skills and ability – LMS management,digital audio and video production, web programming, CSS, graphicdesign, motion graphics, web layout, and cloud storagemanagement.Strong attention to detail and quality control. Preferred Qualifications: Job DescriptionEmbry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Worldwide announces anexciting opportunity in the Department of Online Education. TheInstructional Technologist is responsible for digital media assetdevelopment in support of online course production. This positionwill use ERAU course developer content to produce state-of-the-artdigital media, audio, and visual material, in support of graduate,undergraduate and MOOC courses offered through the Online Educationdepartment. Examples include: graphics, infographics, interactivepresentations, animated videos, simulations, gamification, andreusable web-based interactive HTML5 content.This position provides professional coaching and guidance to coursedevelopers and course production staff to ensure quality of productby incorporating educational technologies that enhance learning.Additionally, this position will also coordinate productionschedules and scope with the Executive Director and courseproduction staff to insure timely delivery of coursematerial.*Applicants should include an updated portfolio with theirapplication materials to be considered for the position.QualificationsRequired Qualifications: Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:center_img Bachelor’s degree (Communications, Broadcasting, VideoProduction, Digital Media, Graphic Arts or related field)(3-5) years of work related experience Master’s degree in instructional technology or a related field(e.g., education, instructional design, technology ineducation)5+ years of experience designing and developing highly engaginglearning programs based on sound learning principles.Experience working with Canvas Learning Management System.Experience working with academic technologies in the highereducational field.last_img read more

May 2

Hoboken SantaCon leads to arrests, injuries, and a petition

first_imgHOBOKEN — On Saturday Dec. 16 Hoboken was flooded with men and women dressed as Santa, his elves, and reindeer during the annual bar crawl in the Mile Square City known as SantaCon.According to tweets from Hoboken’s Chief of Police Ken Ferrante, the day resulted in bars being closed down due to over occupancy and at least 17 arrests, 55 people transported to the local hospital, 32 moving violations issued, and 52 tickets issued for drinking and urinating in public.According to the tweets “one officer was punched in the face, one was spit on and one had blood get onto her hands. No victims or suspects sustained serious injuries even though there were many fights thru day & night!”Mayor-elect Ravi Bhalla said he would explore ways to end the bar crawl in the future and urged people to sign a petition asking bars not to participate.He tweeted “Enough is enough with SantaCon – in addition to exploring legislative options, please consider signing this petition which we will deliver to the participating bar owners, letting them know this event is NOT acceptable in Hoboken.”The petition had 446 signatures as of Monday morning.last_img read more

March 1

Augustus A. White III receives Tipton award for orthopedic leadership

first_imgAugustus A. White III, the Ellen and Melvin Gordon Distinguished Professor of Medical Education and professor of orthopedic surgery at Harvard Medical School, was recently honored with the fifth annual William W. Tipton Jr. M.D. Leadership Award for his work as an educator, mentor, and champion of diversity initiatives. The award, which includes a $5,000 honorarium, was presented to White at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Annual Meeting in New Orleans.“I am surprised, humbled, and inspired to be receiving this award,” said White. “I feel particularly honored to be recognized among so many individuals I admire.”Established by friends, colleagues, and organizations through AAOS and the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF), the Tipton Award honors the qualities exemplified by the late Dr. Tipton, including leadership, commitment to mentorship, diversity, bridge-building, and collaboration.White has served as a mentor to Harvard medical students as a former master of the Oliver Wendell Holmes Society, an organization committed to the promotion and support of the academic and professional development of Harvard’s medical students through a system of academic advising and a series of enrichment programs.“I’ve been very fortunate to have some world-class mentors, starting with my parents, then on to my professors and my peers,” said White. “I firmly believe that giving students the opportunity to find a mentor also gives them a greater opportunity to be successful.”In addition to his mentoring work, White dedicates much of his life to diversity-related issues. He is a founding member and founding president of the J. Robert Gladden Orthopaedic Society, a multicultural organization dedicated to advancing excellent musculoskeletal care for all patients, with particular attention to underserved groups. White also served as the inaugural chairman of the AAOS Diversity Committee.After being the first African-American to graduate from Stanford University School of Medicine and the first African-American orthopedic resident at Yale Medical Center, White served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps in Vietnam and received a Bronze Star Medal. He later earned his Ph.D. in research on biomechanics of the spine at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.last_img read more

January 18

Leapin’ Lizards! Casting Complete for the National Tour of Annie

first_img The show’s company includes Amy Burgmaier, Cameron Mitchell Bell, John Cormier, Brian Cowing, Todd Fenstermaker, Chloe Horner, Evan Mayer, Jake Mills, Meghan Seaman, Hannah Slabaugh, Lily Emilia Smith and Chloe Tiso. Annie remains one of the biggest Broadway musical hits ever. It ran for 2,377 performances after it first opened, and has been performed in 28 languages and has been running somewhere around the world for 37 years. The show’s beloved score includes “Maybe,” “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You” and the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.” In addition to Swickle, the cast of Annie features Gilgamesh Taggett as Oliver Warbucks, Lynn Andrews as Miss Hannigan, Ashley Edler as Grace, Garrett Deagon as Rooster, Lucy Werner as Lily and Allan Ray Baker as FDR. Sunny, a 4-year-old rescue terrier mix, stars as Sandy. The Orphans are Angelina Carballo, Adia Dant, LillyBea Ireland, Sydney Shuck, Lilly Mae Stewart and Isabel Wallach. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin for the 18th time, this production of Annie will be a brand new physical incarnation of the iconic Tony Award-winning original. Annie features a book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Charnin. All three authors received 1977 Tony Awards for their work. Choreography is by Liza Gennaro, who will incorporate selections from her father Peter Gennaro’s 1977 Tony Award-winning choreography.center_img Full casting has been announced for the national tour of Annie, which will launch on September 26 at the Fisher Theatre in Detroit before continuing to cities across the country. The title role of Annie will be played by Issie Swickle, a 9-year-old actress from Davie, FL, making her tour debut. Swickle’s casting was announced exclusively in the inaugural episode of Broadway Balances America, airing during The Balancing Act on Lifetime Television. View Commentslast_img read more