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first_img RSF condemns latest attempt to murder Syrian journalist in Turkey December 28, 2015 Find out more News RSF_en The court passed two life sentences on Yusef Hamed Al-Shefreihi on 9 June, one for Naji Jerf’s murder and one for “trying to overthrow the constitutional order” by joining Islamic State. Three other suspects were acquitted of Jerf’s murder for lack of evidence.The trial, which began on 5 October 2016, was held behind closed doors. Jerf’s family, who are refugees in France, were not represented by a lawyer, relative or representative of any Syrian organization. So the family had no direct access to the case and was only able to follow it through Turkish media reports.“Although this verdict constitutes a first step in rendering justice for this murdered journalist, we condemn the failure to involve the family in the trial,” said Alexandra El Khazen, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk. “As a result of the trial being held behind closed doors, many questions have been left unanswered, including the motive for the murder, how it was carried out, the convicted murderer’s profile and the possible involvement of other individuals.”A documentary filmmaker and editor of the monthly magazine Henta, Jerf was gunned down on a Gaziantep street on 27 December 2015, shortly before he and his family were due to have flown to France because of the threats he had received in Turkey.Originally from Salamiyah, in the Syrian province of Hama, Jerf fled Syria in late 2012 after his office was ransacked but continued his journalistic activities after basing himself in Gaziantep.The threats against Jerf resumed in Turkey and increased in the course of 2015 because of his coverage of atrocities by Islamic State. His film “IS in Aleppo,” which documented Islamic State’s execution of many Syrian activists, was released in November 2015.Jerf was also in contact with Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS), a citizen-journalist collective whose members were being pursued by Islamic State, which declared them to be “enemies of God.”RSF has registered other Islamic State attacks on Syrian journalists in southeastern Turkey. IS claimed responsibility for TV presenter Zaher al-Sherqat’s murder in Gaziantep in April 2016 and citizen-journalist Ibrahim Abdelqader’s murder in Sanliurfa in October 2015. Abdelqader’s brother Ahmed Abdelqader escaped several murder attempts in Sanliurfa, the last in June 2016. Four months later, he found refuge in France, where he is now working for the Ain Ala al Watan news website.Turkey is ranked 155th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. October 30, 2015 Find out more News Help by sharing this information Syrian citizen-journalist murdered in Turkey June 14, 2016 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has learned that a court in Gaziantep, in southeastern Turkey, has just convicted a member of Islamic State of murdering Syrian journalist Naji Jerf in Gaziantep in December 2015. Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia TurkeySyriaEurope – Central AsiaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses Organisation News to go further Receive email alerts Syrian journalist murdered in Turkey, wrote premonitory letter TurkeySyriaEurope – Central AsiaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses June 12, 2017 – Updated on June 13, 2017 Turkish court convicts IS member of Syrian journalist’s murder in 2015last_img read more


first_imgThe Beaver Valley Nitehawks regained home-ice advantage in the Murdoch Division Semi Final against the Nelson Leafs Monday night at the NDCC Arena.Beaver Valley scored five times in the third period to post a 5-2 to Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoff victory over the Green and White before a crowd of more than 500 fans.The Hawks take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series with game four Tuesday in Nelson.Puck drop is 7 p.m.Nelson appeared poised to ride a first period goal by Dylan Williamson to the series lead after scoring the all-important road victory — 5-4 in overtime — Saturday in Fruitvale.Williamson, a marked man on the Leafs roster all night, opened the scoring in the first period.The speedy winger took a pass at the blueline before speeding past the Beaver Valley defence and depositing a backhand shot past netminder Carsen Schamerhorn. Nelson missed a great opportunity in the second period when Reid Anderson was whistled for a five-minute major for boarding.However, the Leafs failed to increase their lead as Schamerhorn came up big in the Beaver Valley nets.The opportunity cost the Leafs in the third as the game quickly changed in favour of the Hawks.Spencer McLean and Taylor Stafford, his first of two in the game, scored 73 seconds apart to turn a deficit into a lead for the visitors.Beaver Valley kept the pressure on the Leafs scoring two power play goals 12 seconds apart by Andrew Miller and Mitch Foyle.Nelson cut the margin to 4-2 when Brendan Smith scored.But Stafford ended any comeback with his second goal, also on the power play, in the final minutes of the game as the Hawks out shot Nelson 15-9 in the third period.Nelson ended the game with a 31-29 advantage in shots thanks in part to a 16-9 margin in the second frame.Schamerhorn registered the win, while Jason Mailhoit took the loss in goal after a stellar performance Saturday in Fruitvale.BLUELINES: The Leafs dressed 16 players and two goalies, including three from the Kootenay Ice of the BC Major Midget Hockey League — netminder Jason Mailhoit, forward Tanner Costa and Aigne McGead-Bruce. Hawks had a full roster of 20 players. . . . Leaf defenceman Darnel St. Pierre served the second game of his two-game suspension for check-to-head hits. St. Pierre will be a welcome edition to the Leaf blueline, that saw Nelson move forward Blair Andrews back to bolster the defensive core. . . . Before the game Nelson Leaf president Larry Martel presented Bill McDonell and Denis Kleine with a cheque for $500 in support of the purchase of the “Man in Motion” bronze sculpture located at the NDCC entrance. A replica is on display in the Nelson Leafs cabinet next to the Sound Booth. . . . In Spokane, Castlegar scored twice in the third period to edge the Braves 2-1 and grab a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven Murdoch semi. Yannis Soukas, on the power play, and Darren Medeiros scored for the Rebels. Game four is Tuesday in Spokane.last_img read more


first_imgThe golf season may be in the rearview mirror, but before the weather turned frightful players took to Granite Pointe to participate in the City of Nelson Tournament.The tournament was a fundraiser for the Angelo Mastorbuno Bursary, handed out yearly to a student at L.V. Rogers High School in Nelson.Mallard’s Source for sports would like to salute the players, and the organizing commmittee with Team of the Week honours. The tournament was a hit with the players and goes onto honouring the City of Nelson worker.last_img read more


first_imgLiverpool will offer Raheem Sterling a contract worth around £30,000-a-week, the Daily Mirror say.There has been speculation about Sterling’s future, with other clubs reported to be showing an interest in him.It was previously claimed the 17-year-old from Harlesden wanted £50,000-a-week, which he dismissed on Twitter as ‘stirring’.It is now suggested that Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is keen to offer him an improved deal with his salary rising according to how he progresses.It comes after Rodgers responded to the speculation about Sterling by insisting the player would be staying at Anfield.Meanwhile, Mark Hughes is fighting to heal a dressing-room rift as well as save his job as QPR manager, according to The Sun.Several senior players believe the blame for Rangers’ problems lies with their more recent signings, the paper reports.A source is quoted as saying: “The players who have been here a while resent the new boys coming in and not shaking a leg for the cause.“They actually do not resent the new boys coming in and accept the club have to sign new players to become established in the Premier League.“But they believe that some — by no means all — have taken the p*** with their performances and attitude this season.“A lot of boys have sweated blood to get this club into the Premier League and keep us here.“And they are angry that some of the new boys are only here for the money and don’t care about the club or the manager.”The Mirror report that QPR owner Tony Fernandes is expected to fly into London this week to tell Hughes his fate.The Daily Mail say Fernandes was upset at the manner of Saturday’s loss to Southampton but is leaning towards giving Hughes more time, unless other directors can persuade him otherwise.The Daily Telegraph also suggest Hughes is likely to be granted a stay of execution until at least the game against Manchester United on Saturday.Meanwhile, Roberto Di Matteo is fighting to save his job as Chelsea manager, according to the Mail.It is claimed the Blues’ recent run of three wins in their last seven games is causing owner Roman Abramovich to lose his patience.And goalkeeper Petr Cech is said to have been at the centre of a heated dressing-room row following Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at West Brom.This page is regularly updated.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more


first_imgBiomimetics is a cutting-edge branch of applied science that looks for ways to imitate nature to solve engineering problems.  Sometimes, though engineers invent things then find that nature had a similar solution all along.  Other times, there is overlap, with engineers inventing things that affect nature, or nature guiding engineering that is already in progress.  And sometimes nature and the human body merge with solutions from nature for health’s sake.Using chance by design:  Humans invented computers without help from nature, but inventors are looking over their shoulder at bacteria and viruses for ways to improve them.  Computer chips are getting so small they are approaching the nanotechnology threshold – the size range of DNA molecules.  As size decreases, thermal noise and randomness become bigger issues for inventors.  What is it about viruses and bacteria that allow them to thrive in the noise?    “By striving for control and perfection in everything from computer chips to commercial jets, scientists and engineers actually exclude a fundamental force that allows nature to outperform even their best efforts,” a press release from Oak Ridge National Laboratory began.  “Although it may appear to defy logic, imperfections and the seemingly [sic] randomness among even the lowly bacteria help keep nature a couple of steps ahead according to Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Peter Cummings and Mike Simpson, co-authors of a paper published in ACS Nano.”    Through a strategy of “contrarian bets”, bacteria and viruses explore opportunities in the noise to evade man’s strict on-and-off logic.  Human logic requires more and more power to get rid of the noise by brute force, because engineers want their computer chips to be perfectly predictable.  “In contrast to the computer chip, the bacterial cell has imperfect chance-ridden switches, and through these imperfections, the bacteria can do things the computer chip cannot.”    So maybe it’s time to rethink our designs by imitating the ways of the “lowly bacteria.”  After all, as the headline read, “Nature still sets standard for nanoscience revolution.”Sea squirt rejection:  Organ rejection is a major problem for transplant operations.  Can the lowly sea squirt help?  Scientists at UC Santa Barbara are asking, because they have noticed that sea squirts colonizing next to one another are able to recognize self or non-self and fuse safely if related.  Researchers think if we could imitate the sea squirt’s method of recognition and manipulate it, we might be able to help more patients accept organs from others.Ant Facebook:  Ants “friend” each other just like people do with Facebook.  They build social networks that extend out into hubs of connections, using chemical signals instead of texting.  That’s what researchers at Stanford University found out, according to PhysOrg, when studying red harvester ants in the southwestern desert.    Like people, some ants appear more popular than others.  “On average, each ant had around 40 interactions,” the scientists found.  “However, around 10 percent of the ants made more than 100 contacts with other ants.”  Apparently ants and humans have hit on this strategy independently.  The research can be found on the Royal Society interface.Catalytic converters:  Science Daily reported that researchers at New Jersey Institute of Technology are working to “develop biologically-inspired catalysts.”  Motivated by how heme enzymes do it, they are looking into “the replacement of carbon-hydrogen bonds with a combination of aromatic and aliphatic carbon-fluorine bonds.”    This ability would help “sweeten” petroleum products “by the transformation of smelly and corrosive thiols into disulfides.”  Work by this team “was of great interest to the fragrance industry.”Humans are a part of nature, yet apart of nature in the sense of studying it as an object.  While animals may employ strategies such as mimicry to attract mates or escape predators, only humans study nature with a designer’s mind, looking for designs and seeking to learn the design principles and how they might be applied in radically different ways.Anybody see Charlie around?(Visited 31 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


first_imgRelated Posts klint finley A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Like any other social network, the value of an enterprise social network is tied to the number of active users. In general, the more users the more value – more knowledge shared, more questions answered and more connections made. In this case, does the per-user pricing model of many enterprise social software tools make sense? Enterprise microblogging provider Socialcast doesn’t think so, and today the company announced a new pricing plan to deal with that fact.“Our most successful deployments are those that are enterprise-wide and boasting the largest, most comprehensive internal networks,” Socialcast CEO Tim Young writes. “As more people join the network, greater value is created – with every new member that joins comes another potential answer, knowledge source, and idea.”Socialcast will now offer an enterprise-wide license that will let organizations pay a single annual fee for the product without worrying about how many users are being added. In contrast, Yammer charges $5 per user per month and Salesforce.com Chatter costs $15 per user per month. Socialcast hasn’t disclosed the cost of an enterprise-wide license, and we’re not sure how it will compare with volume licensing agreements with other vendors.The company will include its Reach extension, which we covered last year. Reach enables customers to embed Socialcast in existing browser-based enterprise applications.Will flat pricing encourage companies to roll-out social features to more employees? It’s too early to say, but it seems like a step in the right direction. I suspect social roll-outs may be hindered by the idea that some employees don’t “need” to be on the enterprise microblog. But the decision to leave some employees behind probably isn’t improved by those per-user license fees. A big factor in whether this will be successful is how the cost compares to per-user licensing.Socialcast was founded in 2005. It’s funded by Menlo Ventures and True Ventures. Socialcast has solid traction in large enterprises. CEO Tim Young says 15 of the Fortune 100 are customers.In addition to Yammer and Chatter, Socialcast competes with a plethora of enterprise social software vendors, including Blogtronix, Qontext, Socialtext, StatusNet and TIBCO tibbr.center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#cloud#Trends 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more


first_imgBreak the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… Tags:#autonomous vehicles#Donald Trump#driverless cars#Internet of Things#IoT#Self-Driving#unemployment Related Posts For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Highly automated vehicles will positively benefit society in a myriad of ways, but there is also a concern that these vehicles will cause job displacement. We recently sat down with Elliot Katz, chair of McGuireWoods’ Connected and Automated Vehicle practice, to talk about highly automated vehicle deployment and concerns surrounding job displacement, and what the government should be doing now to address this potential issue.ReadWrite: I have heard that, despite the many benefits that highly automated vehicles will bring to society, many people are concerned about the potential impact these vehicles may have on our workforce. Any thoughts?Elliot Katz: Highly automated vehicles (HAVs) will benefit society by reducing traffic fatalities, decreasing congestion, reducing air pollution, opening up travel time to productivity and family enjoyment, providing true mobility for all, and creating new jobs. However, you are correct that the introduction of HAVs has raised job displacement concerns, both from labor unions and our government. For example, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao has said she is “very concerned” about the impact of HAVs on U.S. jobs.RW: Do you believe these concerns are warranted?EK: I believe that the transition to driverless vehicles and other technological advances will create new employment opportunities, and that with the right policy and institutional responses from our government, HAV deployment will lead to enhanced levels of employment.The issue is not that HAV deployment will render individuals whose jobs may be displaced unemployable. Instead, it is that those individuals – without proper occupational training – may lack the skills necessary to successfully transition into the high-quality jobs created by HAV deployment.RW: Has our government taken any actions to proactively address potential job displacement in our driverless future?EK: Not directly, no. One thing the government has done – which is highly problematic – is limit the amount or type of HAVs that can be deployed, due to the fear that HAV deployment will cause unemployment. For example, the House included a 10,000-pound weight limit in the Self Drive Act, so that highly automated semi-trucks could not be deployed the way passenger vehicles could be under the bill.RW: Why is that type of government action highly problematic?EK: Because we need all types of HAVs deployed to curb traffic accident fatalities, which are on the rise. Last year, an estimated 40,000 traffic accident fatalities occurred in the U.S., and because NHTSA estimates that HAVs could prevent 19 out of every 20 traffic accidents, we cannot afford to limit the amount or type of HAVs deployed on our roads.By limiting the type or amount of HAVs deployed due to potential unemployment concerns – an issue that can be ameliorated with proper governmental response and action – the government is tempering the life-saving benefits of HAV deployment, while not addressing potential job displacement. According to the Department of Commerce, over 15 million U.S. workers are employed in occupations that could be affected by HAV deployment. That’s why potential job displacement is a critical issue that must be addressed now. By simply limiting HAV deployment in the near term, the government is not addressing the core underlying issue of job displacement that may result from the inexorable and ubiquitous advancement of HAV technology. At some point, humans will no longer drive vehicles, and our government needs to prepare for that time now.See also: How autonomous vehicles could lead to more jobs in DetroitRW: What actions do you believe the government should take to proactively deal with this potential issue?EK: I believe the government should implement occupational training programs to ensure that people have the skills needed to transition to the jobs borne out of HAV deployment.RW: Do you believe that is possible?EK: Very much so. In line with his economic agenda, President Trump signed an executive order in June to support the flexibility and growth of workforce development programs and apprenticeships across the country through increased federal funding, new industry-led apprenticeship program guidelines, and a task force responsible for promoting apprenticeship programs. The transition to driverless vehicles will create new employment opportunities, and President Trump’s executive order provides a perfect opportunity to create and implement the training programs needed to ensure that HAV deployment leads to enhanced levels of employment.RW: Why do you believe that it is important for the government to act now?EK: President Trump has routinely criticized companies for purportedly shipping jobs overseas, and if nothing is done to retrain U.S. workers, it may only be a matter of time before he turns his attention to potential job displacement in a driverless future. HAVs will have such a net positive impact on society that we cannot risk having government inaction jeopardize the deployment of these vehicles.Just a few weeks ago, India’s transport and highways minister stated that driverless cars would not be allowed in India, precisely because he believes the technology will take away jobs and lead to unemployment. I strongly believe that is the wrong approach for all the reasons I stated earlier – especially given that, tragically, there were nearly 150,000 traffic accident fatalities in India in 2015 – and I do not want to see the U.S. similarly limit the deployment of these life-saving vehicles.Elliot Katz is the chair of McGuireWoods’ Connected and Automated Vehicle practice. In that role, Elliot counsels automakers, global tech companies, ridesharing companies, and municipalities on legal and policy issues pertaining to these types of vehicles, and the greater mobility ecosystem. An advocate who recognizes the important societal and economic benefit of highly automated vehicles, Elliot regularly speaks at connected and automated vehicle events across the U.S. and throughout the world. center_img Trevor Curwin 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle… IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A…last_img read more


first_imgJaylon Smith helped off the field by trainers.Jaylon Smith Injury Jaylon Smith InjuryJaylon Smith InjuryFew players had a worse NFL Combine than Notre Dame’s Jaylon Smith, through no fault of his own. Smith was failed by multiple teams on his physical due to potential nerve damage stemming from the significant knee injury he suffered against Ohio State, which included a torn ACL and LCL.Smith, once viewed as a potential top 10 draft pick, will probably fall out of the first round altogether, but he’s doing whatever he can to prove that he is healing up. In an interview with Yahoo Sports, he revealed that he is currently leg pressing over 600 pounds, and squatting over 400.Can Smith feel a tangible difference physically in the past five weeks?“Oh yeah, absolutely,” Smith said. “A few weeks have made a huge difference, even the past two weeks. I can feel it.“Rehab is going great. I am leg-pressing over 600 pounds right now. I am squatting over 400 pounds. I am getting that strength back. It’s just a matter of time.”Asked whether it has been determined if he suffered nerve in the injury, Smith was a bit vague, but he remained upbeat.“We’ll see when I go back there [to the medical recheck],” Smith said. “We’ll see what the doctors say then. I feel like I’ve regained some of it. I’m happy where I am at right now.”When healthy, Smith is an incredibly impressive prospect. Hopefully he finds a team that will take a chance on him.[Yahoo Sports]More: Vote In Our “Most Annoying People In Sports Media” Championship >>>last_img read more