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first_img to go further Receive email alerts Related documents Letter to Tunisian minister of justicePDF – 229.26 KB Organisation News December 26, 2019 Find out more Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard wrote to Tunisian justice minister Béchir Tekkari yesterday calling for human rights activist Khedija Arfaoui’s conviction to be quashed. On 4 July, a Tunis court sentenced her to eight months in prison on a charge of “disturbing public order” for posting a message about the rumoured abduction of children for their organs on the social-networking website Facebook.“The rumours about children being kidnapped had already circulated widely in Tunisia and had already been reported in the press,” the letter said. “Ms. Arfaoui did not start the rumours but she was the only person to be prosecuted and we believe she has been made a scapegoat.“In response to our 13 July press release on this subject, a Tunisian government official was quoted by Agence France-Presse as saying that Ms. Arfaoui’s conviction was ‘fully justified in legal terms.’ (…) “Disturbing public order is punishable by six months to five years in prison and a fine of 120 to 1,200 dinars (72 to 720 euros) under article 121 of the criminal code, which forbids the distribution, sale or display, or possession with a view to distribution, sale or display, of leaflets, newsletters or stickers of foreign or national origin liable to disturb public order or decency. “This article applies to public spaces whereas Facebook is regarded as a private space. The indictment itself violated the confidentiality of correspondence. This is guaranteed by article 9 of the constitution, which says: ‘Domestic inviolability, the confidentiality of correspondence and the protection of personal data are guaranteed, except in particular cases specified in the law’.”Julliard added that Tunisia had no law governing the Internet and that Reporters Without Borders therefore regarded Ms. Arfaoui’s conviction as baseless. Follow the news on Tunisia July 21, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Letter to justice minister about eight-year jail sentence for Facebook post Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” November 12, 2019 Find out more TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disorder Help by sharing this information Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalists News News News TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa November 11, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more


first_imgSouthampton recovered from what looked to be a serious injury to goalkeeper Fraser Forster to beat Burnley 2-0 and keep their Premier League top four ambitions alive. Burnley broke on the counter-attack and Ings got in behind the Saints defence, only to see his curling shot brilliantly kept out by Davis, who was showing no signs of rustiness. Davis may have been making a difference in the Saints goal but it was nice namesake Steven Davis came close but saw his looping header kept out by a mixture of back-tracking Tom Heaton and the crossbar before Vokes’ header on half-time was turned behind by the inspired Davis. Dyche’s men were still working hard to get back into the game but Southampton were producing more moments to suggest they could move further clear, Long whistling an arrowed shot just wide with Heaton sprawling to his right. The second goal did come shortly afterwards as Ryan Bertrand’s near-post cross was turned into his own goal by Clarets’ skipper Shackell – who could only steer the ball past Heaton with Pelle in close company. The goal allowed Southampton to take the sting out of the game and Burnley could not force any clear opportunities to reduce the deficit and remain in the bottom three as Saints continue fighting for a top-four finish. Forster was left flattened in the opening minutes of the contest and was replaced by the experienced Kelvin Davis, who produced a number of top saves to prevent Sean Dyche’s visitors picking up a second impressive result in a week. Dyche named the same starting line-up that had triumphed over reigning champions Manchester City last weekend but saw decent chances for Sam Vokes and Danny Ings kept out by the impressive Davis. His counterpart Ronald Koeman, celebrating his 52nd birthday, saw his side move onto 53 points courtesy of a first-half goal from Shane Long and an unfortunate Jason Shackell own goal – keeping Saints within three points of the Champions League positions. The game began in an even fashion but was stopped when England international Forster was left in agony and stretchered off after appearing to have his ankle caught by the onrushing Vokes. Davis came on in his place to make his first appearance in 13 months and he was soon called into action as Burnley steadily continued to grow into the game. George Boyd found Ashley Barnes whose cross ended up dropping to Vokes – with Davis able to keep out a low drive from the Clarets striker. The resulting corner fell to Boyd, with Graziano Pelle this time in the way of his shot, before the Scotland international had a strong penalty shout turned down by referee Roger East as Jose Fonte slid in to challenge. The visitors enjoyed more of the ball but could not create any chances to take advantage of what was turning into a quiet first half for Koeman’s side. The deadlock was broken eight minutes before the interval as Long was on hand to finish from five yards out, turning in Nathaniel Clyne’s misplaced effort after Pelle had failed to make contact. Pelle, without a league goal in 2015, should have doubled Southampton’s advantage but could only rattle the crossbar with a close-range volley and he almost paid the price for his miss. Press Associationlast_img read more


first_imgNew Delhi: Veteran India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh and wife Geeta Basra on Sunday pledged to distribute ration to 5,000 families.”Geeta_Basra and I pledge to distribute ration to 5000 families from today May waheguru bless us all,” Harbhajan said in a tweet.Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan had paired up with former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi to help those in need during the coronavirus pandemic which has claimed thousands of lives across the world.Harbhajan had also praised Afridi for the valuable social work he was doing in these trying circumstances.The pair were criticized for their effort by a section on social media. Harbhajan reacted by uploading a video on his Twitter handle showing Sikhs preparing and distributing food to needy in England. “No religion, no caste, only humanity…that’s what it is…stay safe, stay home…spread love not hate or virus…let’s pray for every single one…May Waheguru bless us all,” he wrote. IANSAlso Read: Harbhajan starts new innings with Geeta BasraAlso Watch: War against COVID-19: Assam Health Department signs 22 MoUs with private hospitals in Silcharlast_img read more


first_imgThe Angels designated Ian Krol for assignment a day after he pitched two scoreless innings. They recalled right-hander Akeel Morris to take his place. The Angels needed bullpen coverage after the relievers had worked 5-2/3 innings on Sunday. …Justin Upton returned to the lineup after missing a game with a contusion of his left forearm. Upton was hit by a pitch on Saturday night. …Luis Valbuena saw his hitless streak extend to 0 for 21, with 13 strikeouts. He did draw a walk. …Tyler Skaggs gave up five earned runs, the first Angels starter in May to allow more than four.UP NEXTAngels (Nick Tropeano, 2-3, 3.86) at Tigers (Michael Fulmer, 2-3, 4.08), Tuesday, 4 p.m., Fox Sports West, KLAA (AM 830) DETROIT — Shohei Ohtani is “putting on his pitching cap” again, to use a phrase Mike Scioscia has often repeated.Ohtani threw a full bullpen session before Monday’s game. After the game, Scioscia said Ohtani was “penciled” in to start on Wednesday, although they wouldn’t make anything official until Tuesday.Sign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Ohtani was expected to start on Sunday in New York, but the Angels pushed him back a few days because of what they called “workload management.” Ohtani suggested it had something to do with the season-high 110 pitches he threw his last time out.Meanwhile, Ohtani had been getting plenty of work at the plate before finding himself out of the lineup on Monday, ending a six-game streak as the DH. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros The Angels had two singles against Boyd. Andrelton Simmons and Chris Young, who each had one hit and one walk, were the only Angels who seemed able to figure him out.“He did a good job of changing speeds,” Scioscia said. “We didn’t get a lot of good looks at him early. We got his pitch count up a little bit, but he put up zeroes for those guys.”The Angels have been held to three runs or fewer in 12 of their past 16 games.ALSORelated Articlescenter_img Scioscia said there were “a lot of things” that went into the decision to keep Ohtani out of the lineup on Monday. It is likely that one of them was the Detroit Tigers starting left-hander Matt Boyd. The days when Ohtani has been healthy and available and still not started have all been when the opponents started lefties.Ohtani was coming off an 0-for-9 series, with four walks, over the weekend in New York. Scioscia said he didn’t see anything of concern in his at-bats, though.“I think his process is really good,” he said. “He’s taking his walks. He hit the ball hard. You are going to go through these stretches. It’s the first time he’s hit six straight days (in the majors). I thought his at-bats were good.”TOUGH BOYDAlthough many fans may not be familiar with Boyd, he has been the Tigers’ best starter this year, including former Rookie of the Year Michael Fulmer. Boyd brought a 3.29 ERA into the Monday’s game, and he lowered it to 3.00 by shutting out the Angels over five innings.“He’s sneaky,” Martín Maldonado said. “He’s got a little funkiness. He kept us off balance. He never gave in. He was throwing any pitch at any time. That’s why you get a guy like that who has those low numbers.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak last_img read more


first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – An annual report that ranks each state for indicators of child well-being says Iowa has fallen behind in some areas.The 2020 KIDS COUNT report says Iowa has slipped from number three in the overall rankings to tenth in the nation. The indicators that make up the rankings include economic stability, education and health.The report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation says access to early childhood education and eighth-grade math proficiency are particular trouble spots for the Hawkeye State. Anne Discher, executive director of the Child and Family Policy Center in Des Moines, says the pre-K barriers are especially concerning.“You know, a lot more four-year-olds go to pre-school than three-year-olds,” says Discher. “But the fact is, we’re leaving out lots of kids, our early-education system is missing lots of kids; not accessible to a lot of kids to get that quality, early-childhood experience.”The report says 53% of three- and four-year-olds in Iowa are not enrolled in school. Discher says it’s an area where more state funding would help with access issues.And while Iowa usually fares better than the national average on several key indicators, Discher says the new data was compiled before the COVID-19 crisis, so the gaps might run even deeper. And no matter the timing, she says there are still too many kids in Iowa who are left behind.“Fourteen percent of kids were living in poverty,” says Discher. “That’s pretty substantially better than the national average, but it still translates to 97,000 children. If that were a city, it would be the fourth-largest city in the state.”Past reports from the Casey Foundation have also shown that poverty rates in Iowa are much higher for Black and Latino children.last_img read more


first_imgIn this May 2, 1963, file photo, St. Louis Cardinals’ Stan Musial sits in the clubhouse after he tied Babe Ruth’s extra-base-hit record, against the Chicago Cubs in St. Louis. Fans of Cardinals great Stan Musial will get a chance to own a piece of his personal collection _ items ranging from game-worn jerseys to championship rings to harmonicas _ through an online auction that’s now under way. Musial died in January at age 92. (AP Photo/File)  by Jim SalterAssociated Press WriterST. LOUIS (AP) — Who wouldn’t love a baseball team from the quaint Heartland, the team that produced gentlemanly Stan Musial and fans so friendly they sometimes cheer opposing players?Apparently, a growing legion.As the World Series moves to St. Louis on Saturday, vast regions of the Midwest and South still love their Cardinals. But nationally, there are signs that Cardinals fatigue has set in.That’s not completely unexpected given the team’s recent omnipresence in the postseason. All the Haterade was probably inevitable with the emergence of snarky websites and social media — though Twitter co-founder and St. Louis native Jack Dorsey surely didn’t envision all the 140-words-or-less nastiness directed at his beloved team.It began in the first round of the playoffs with some national commentators openly rooting for the Pirates to beat St. Louis. It was more about Pittsburgh’s storybook emergence after a two-decade playoff drought than hate of the Cardinals, but it didn’t go unnoticed in Cardinals country.Then there are the online barbs. In a recent column on the website Deadspin, Drew Magary called St. Louis a “dump” and took particular exception to the team’s fervent fan base.“Wanna know who you really are, Cardinals fans?” Magary wrote. “You are this. You are poorly disguised Yankees fans in ugly Christmas sweaters carrying a Jell-O mold to your neighbor’s door.”Another website, Buzzfeed, ran a story headlined, “23 Reasons It’s Perfectly OK To Despise The St. Louis Cardinals.” Among the reasons: No. 20 — Yadier Molina’s neck tattoos.When their run of success began in 2000, the Cardinals were the happy story — red-clad fans with high school football-like enthusiasm for their overachieving Midwestern mid-market team.Since then, the Cardinals have become as common in October as falling leaves and pumpkins on the porch. Ten of the last 14 postseasons have included them. They’ve played in the National League championship series eight times in the span. This World Series appearance is their fourth since 2004.Some are literally tired of seeing red.“I think to a certain extent that part of the life story of being a sports fan is the struggle, the sense of grinding it out with your team. When your team is in the playoffs 10 of the last 14 years, that can come in conflict with people’s ideas of what a real fan is,” said Annemarie Farrell of Ithaca College, who has done research on the behavior of sports fans.Fans in St. Louis write off the criticism as jealousy.“Once you start winning the tide turns,” Cardinals season ticket holder Mark Shevitz, 58, said as he shopped in the team store at the ballpark. “Now everybody kind of wants to knock you off the pedestal. People are tired of seeing you win.”True enough. Any list of sports teams that draw the ire of fans of other teams is top-heavy with frequent winners — the Yankees, NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers, the NFL’s New England Patriots, even the Cardinals’ World Series opponents, the Red Sox.The disdain for the Cardinals has extended to some opponents. National League Central foes have for years felt the Cardinals sometimes came across as self-appointed proprietors of baseball’s unwritten rules on etiquette.After the NLCS, some Los Angeles Dodgers feel the same way. When Dodgers slugger Adrian Gonzalez was demonstrative after a key hit in Game 3, Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright called the behavior “Mickey Mouse.” Gonzalez responded later by feigning Mickey Mouse ears after another big hit.St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Bernie Miklasz found the derision ironic.“Cardinals and their fans were depicted as a stern colony of baseball Amish because they prefer solid fundamental play, gentlemanly superstars such as Stan Musial and success with reasonable dignity,” Miklasz wrote in a column after the Cardinals eliminated the Dodgers in Game 6.All is not negative for the Cardinals, who remain beloved at home, with a fan base that extends over several states. The team draws 3 million-plus fans to Busch Stadium every year and supporters often turn out in the thousands for road games.Meier Raivich of Fanatics, the largest online retailer of licensed team gear, said that during the regular season, Cardinals merchandise was the third-most popular among major league teams, topped only by the Yankees at No. 1 and the Red Sox.Farrell said the Cardinals and their fans shouldn’t make too much of the criticism.“The Cardinals are such an iconic baseball brand, and they’re also a team that’s hard to hate,” she said. “If you’re going to find a reason to root against them, maybe it’s because they’re always good.”last_img read more


first_imgBRADENTON, Fla. — Exactly 24 hours later, the 49ers’ inability to come through in the clutch at Baltimore still stung, and coach Kyle Shanahan acknowledged as much.“We had our opportunities there at the end,” Shanahan said on a media conference call Monday. “Big miss not being able to convert that fourth-and-1.”When Jimmy Garoppolo’s fourth-down pass got batted away by Ravens 6-foot-5 lineman Chris Wormley, the 49ers never got the ball again, and the Ravens responded with a field goal as …last_img read more


first_imgScientists want to copy animal skills.  The new science of biomimetics is on a roll (11/30/2010), looking to living things for design inspiration.  Here are a few of the latest organisms giving inventors and engineers goose bumps.Bird gloss:  Ravens have what scientists at the University of Akron in Ohio want: glossy materials.  Nevermore shall ravens be despised members of the bird order; according to PhysOrg, their feathers have thin layers that cause light interference, producing a sheen that glistens even though the surface is rough.  That could be useful to inventors needing a glossy look for materials that cannot be polished.Honeybee aerobatics:  By imitating the optical flow of honeybee eyes, researchers at the University of Queensland are inventing plane navigation systems that can perform complex maneuvers, PhysOrg reported.Fly navigation:  With help from the Air Force, Caltech scientists, similarly, are studying fly vision to learn better flight attitude control.  It would be enough to improve flight stabilization and navigation from our tiny winged neighbors; “However, with a tiny brain they are able to perform a variety of tasks such as finding food and mates despite changing light levels, wind gusts, wing damage, and so on.”Bird-o-soar:  Soaring is better than flapping, reported PhysOrg.  Researchers at Hebrew University of Jerusalem are equipping birds with transmitters to learn more about their flight efficiency.  They are finding that small birds benefit from gliding as much as large birds.Bacterial biofuel:  A subset of biomimetics is employing organisms directly.  Science Daily said that scientists at Concordia University are trying to engineer Lactobacillus lactis, the organism that helps make cheese from milk, into a workhorse “to transform plant material into biofuels or other chemicals.”Bacterial sensors:  Scientists at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution are recruiting bacteria to test water quality.  According to Science Daily, their “revolutionary Swimming Behavioral Spectrophotometer (SBS) … employs one-celled protozoa to detect toxins in water sources.”  The contraption, which monitors the swimming ability of the germs as indicators of water quality, could some day monitor all the drinking water in the world, with instantaneous feedback and continuous response.  The Department of Defense is very interested. Butterfly medic:  “Butterfly-Inspired Patch May Alert Soldiers to Brain Injury” reads a headline on Live Science, describing how “A color-changing patch modeled after the iridescent wings of butterflies could give soldiers a heads-up on the severity of injuries sustained on the battlefield,” thanks to work at the University of Pennsylvania.Silk drop control:  Remember how spider webs collect dew by causing water droplets to bead up due to the nature of the proteins in the silk? (see 02/04/2010).  Nature reported that Chinese scientists are trying to imitate this trick with synthetic silks.Earthworm biohazard sensors:  Why build electronic sensors to detect hazmat (hazardous materials), when earthworms can be hired to do it?  Science Daily reported that researchers in Venezuela and Argentina are studying the “viability of using earthworms to process hazardous material containing high concentrations of heavy metal for the bioremediation of old industrial sites, landfill and other potentially hazardous areas.”  This offers an “alternative to complex and costly industrial cleanup methods, the team suggests.”Neuron computers:  Live Science reported how researchers at Boston University are bringing the world closer to silicon-free computers that use memristors, which “behave like neurons in many ways,” toward new digital brains.Bacterial computers:  Imagine being able to program bacteria to act as logic circuits for organic computers.  That’s what researchers at the University of California at San Francisco are counting on, according to Science Daily.Ant computers:  How do ants solve puzzles so well?  They can always find the shortest route to a target, even when a barrier is put in the way.  Scientists at the University of Sydney are curious, so they have built mazes to learn how the “humble ant is capable of solving difficult mathematical problems.”  The headline reads, “Next generation of algorithms inspired by problem-solving ants.”  Supercomputer programmers who humble themselves like the ant might learn how to adapt to changing conditions and barriers, both by exploratory behavior and signals left in the path, such as the pheromone molecules that help ants remember previous trials without backtracking.  One team member commented, “Even simple mass-recruiting ants have much more complex and labile problem solving skills than we ever thought.”Viral batteries:  “Viruses have a bad rep–and rightly so,” began an article on PhysOrg, but researchers at the University of Maryland are “turning the tables, harnessing and exploiting the ‘self-renewing’ and ‘self-assembling’properties of viruses for a higher purpose: to build a new generation of small, powerful and highly efficient batteries and fuel cells.”Starfish medical breakthrough:  Watch a video at BBC News to learn how asthma, hay fever and arthritis may get new effective treatments, thanks to starfish.  Imitating the slimy goo on starfish surfaces could help reduce inflammation on blood vessels, researchers at King’s College London said.  “The starfish have effectively done a lot of the hard work for us.”    This is just one example of promises from sea creatures.  The article said that scientists envision an “underwater pharmacy” of useful medical products coming from organisms as diverse as sea cucumbers and seaweed.  “Some of the most widespread, widely used medicines come from nature,” said David Hughes, an ecologist from the Scottish Association for Marine Science.  “Penicillin is a mould that grows on bread, aspirin comes from willow trees, so it’s not too surprising turning to nature to find useful drugs.  But we’ve only very recently begun to look to the sea for a useful source of medicines.”  The huge diversity of life in the oceans that cover nearly 3/4 of the earth’s surface promises a vast research area for years to come.Bones and cones:  From the spiral cones of molluscs to the bones and teeth of vertebrates, biominerals form a variety of lightweight yet tough materials.  Science Daily discussed how researchers at the Ohio Supercomputer Center are studying “nature’s ability to form complex structures, such as bones, teeth and mollusk shells, from peptides.”  This could lead to breakthroughs in “bone replacement, sensing systems, efficient energy generation and treatment of diseases.”Very few of these articles mentioned evolution.  Of those that did, evolution was a side dish, not the entree.  In the raven feather article (bullet 1 above), for instance, the suggestion was made that the peculiar feather structure “may represent an evolutionarily intermediate step between matte and iridescent colors,” and in the starfish story (bullet 14), Clive Page at King’s College London injected purpose and design into a Darwinian answer by saying, “The starfish is effectively providing us with something that is giving is different leads: it has had billions of years in evolution to come up with molecules that do specific things.”Go biomimetics!  The biomimicry revolution is making science fun again.  Reporters and scientists who are tired of Darwin, this is a way for you to get out of the kingdom of the DODOs (Darwin only, Darwin only) without jeopardizing your career.  Just study the living subject and apply it to real world problems.  Storytelling about “billions of years in evolution” is superfluous and will not be missed.    Parents and teachers: consider inspiring your precocious students’ next science project with biomimetics.  It could be a first-prize winner and open up a young person’s mind to an exciting, productive career that could improve human life and health without harming the environment.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


first_imgChelsea boss Lampard pleased with 2-goal Batshuayi: We need himby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard was pleased with striker Michy Batshuayi for his two goals in their Carabao Cup win over Grimsby.The Blues ran out 7-1 winners to set up a round of 16 tie with Manchester United.Lampard said, “He has worked hard and trained well. He came on at Wolves and made an impact, came on against Liverpool and nearly made an impact and that is great for me when you give a message and someone shows they can train daily and improve there. “Michy has talent, he can hold the ball up and use both feet and can score goals, and he is important for us. He got his chance and scored goals tonight which is good because we need options up front.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more