News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the appalling conditions in which journalists are detained in Iran and calls on the authorities to stop denying them medical attention. June 9, 2021 Find out more to go further RSF_en IranMiddle East – North Africa News January 21, 2016 – Updated on March 8, 2016 Iran must stop denying medical care to imprisoned journalists Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Help by sharing this information Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Receive email alerts IranMiddle East – North Africa February 25, 2021 Find out more March 18, 2021 Find out more RSF is very concerned about the state of health of some of these detained journalists, and already wrote to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on 14 March 2015 urging him to intercede.The victims include Hossien Ronaghi Malki, a citizen-journalist who has had several kidney operations. Originally arrested on 13 December 2010 and granted a medical parole on 18 June 2015 on bail of 1.4 billion toman (500,000 euros), he was recalled and reimprisoned yesterday to resume serving a 17-year sentence in defiance of medical advice. His life is now in danger.He should have been freed under article 134 of the Islamic criminal code (as amended in 2013), which stipulates that a defendant convicted on several criminal charges serves only the main sentence.Said Razavi Faghih, a journalist detained since 24 February 2014, should have been released on completing a one-year sentence in March 2015 but, at the end of a an unfair trial, he was given a new sentence of three and a half years in prison on charges of anti-government publicity and insulting Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and the Assembly of Experts.After undergoing a heart operation on 12 January 2015, he awoke in a pool of blood on his hospital bed and demanded to be returned to his cell in Rajaishahr prison. His brother said: “We alerted the judicial authorities about his alarming state of health on several occasions and, if anything happens to him, we will regard it as murder.”Narges Mohammadi, a journalist and spokesperson for the Centre for Human Rights Defenders, was arrested on 5 May 2015 to serve a six-year sentence in Tehran’s Evin prison, where she is not getting the medical care she needs. Her husband Taghi Rahmani, a fellow journalist now living in exile in France, said: “She does not have regular access to medicine. This could endanger her health.”She is supposed to be tried again on various charges including “cooperating with Islamic State,” but the trial has been postponed three times since June. In October she was taken to a Tehran hospital, where she spent ten days handcuffed to a bed before being returned to prison against the advice of her doctors. She has not been allowed to contact her husband or children.Roya Saberi Negad Nobakht, a citizen-journalist with dual Iranian and British citizenship who is serving a five-year sentence, has fainted several times in her cell in the women’s wing of Evin prison. After falling as a result of one of these fits on 7 December, she was taken to the prison infirmary where a doctor found her condition to be “normal” and injected with a tranquilizer. The next day she had convulsions and lost consciousness. A neurologist said her fainting was due to a “drug prescription error by the infirmary” and requested her transfer to a specialized hospital. Prison officials refused, presumably to cover up the prison’s mistakes.“We point out that under articles 102 and 103 of Iran’s prison regulations, adopted by the judicial body that oversees the prison system, prison officials must provide detainees with any medical care they need,” said Reza Moini, the head of RSF’s Iran/Afghanistan desk.“And according to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Iran is party, depriving detainees of medical care constitutes a violation of the ban on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.” After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists News Follow the news on Iran Organisation News
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For those who need another morbid bakery fix following Halloween, a novel twist has been organised by the Met Bar in London, which this year celebrated the Mexican Day of the Dead festival (Dia de los Muertos) on 2 November, including coffin shaped chilli-chocolate mud pies (A)… bit.ly/9tTuZgCheese and wine is so passé, especially now that the world has its first cupcake, beer and wine bar in New York. Called Sweet Revenge, it pairs cupcakes with booze for connoisseurs of cupcakery (B)… www.sweetrevengenyc.comPie or cake? For those people who are confounded by choice when confronted with delicious bakery goods, a new trend is emerging: two-in-one cakes this one is an apple and pumpkin pie crossed with a chocolate and vanilla cake, held together with a trowel-load of icing (C)… bit.ly/aNLepMHere’s a mesmerising ticking counter of the number of overweight people in the world right now. It was 1,156,028,075 at the last count (D)… www.worldometers.info
New Dell Technologies solution with Boomi Data Catalog and Preparation server appliance accelerates business outcomes by enabling diverse users to gain insights from data.Here are a couple of numbers that should cause concern for IT leaders: By 2025, we will be creating 463 exabytes of data every day. Data scientists already spend 45 percent of their time on data preparation tasks, such as loading and cleaning data. In light of findings like those, we clearly need more efficient ways to manage the data deluge that is hitting all organizations.So, what’s wrong with today’s approaches? For starters, even as enterprises are producing, capturing and storing more data than ever before, many potential users can’t find critical information and don’t have the tools they need to turn data into actionable insights and drive business outcomes. That’s because over 60% of enterprise data can be unknown, dormant or underused.Here’s another challenge. For many organizations, the move to big data technologies has created barriers to information for business and data analysts. Worse, data opacity and analytics complexity put the burden on IT to provide data extracts because most business users lack the required source system access and coding skills to independently explore the data.To enable a broader community of data consumers, a fresh approach is needed— one that enables efficient and secure access to data, no matter where it resides, for everyone with a business need. This brings us to the launch of Boomi Data Catalog and Preparation (DCP) software on Dell EMC PowerEdge servers.This new offering from Dell Technologies can be a game-changer for organizations working to become more data driven. It enables people in your organization to derive business value from practically any combination of enterprise data sources — without learning to program.Boomi Data Catalog and Preparation is a platform that provides value for both IT and the business analyst community. The Data Catalog features can provide a central repository of all the data sources and detailed meta-data that bring that unknown or underused data to the attention of business analysts. IT can enable data preparation capabilities for business users by simply adding a Boomi DCP node to a new or existing big data cluster. IT staff responsible for data governance can configure the right data access for the right users, using DCP role-based security integrated with existing source systems controls.Business analysts using DCP can create powerful data transformations and summaries, with basic relational data knowledge and some and common SQL commands. These jobs are then run using highly scalable Hadoop services to produce new data artifacts for analysis that replace traditional “data extract” requests. The artifacts are suitable for use with many popular reporting and visualization tools, both inside and outside of the Hadoop ecosystem.Even better, Boomi DCP on Dell EMC PowerEdge servers is easy for IT to install and manage, easy for use in data governance management and easy for business analysts to use. This combination enables organizations that are investing in big data technologies to safely expand the end-user base, provide more value and improve the ROI of data-driven initiatives.Ready for a deeper dive?For a close-up look at the capabilities of Boomi Data Catalog and Preparation software on Dell EMC PowerEdge servers, read or download this white paper.This document describes an end-to-end use case that demonstrates a typical Boomi DCP workflow. The use case example addresses the different types of problems that can be solved using the Boomi DCP toolset and shows how the data discovery, data cataloging and data transformation capabilities of Boomi DCP can be combined into an integrated business solution.
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Last night the 7th Grade St. Louis Lady Cardinals fell to the St. Lawrence Lady Panthers 32-10.Leading scorer was Grace Mack with 4 following with 3 points each Grace Eckstein and Grace Laudick. Leading in rebounds was GiGi DreyerThe Lady Cardinals play again Thursday at home.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Erin Trenkamp.St. Louis 8th Grade Girls Basketball team lost to St. Lawrence Tuesday night by a final score of 35 to 9.Despite the lopsided score the Lady Cardinals continued to battle the much taller Panthers from St. Lawrence to the final buzzer.Courtesy of Cardinals Mike Burkhart.
Nigel Hayes spoke at the “Future of College Sports: Reimagining Athlete Pay” panel The Aspen Institute hosted in Washington D.C. Tuesday. Here, Hayes discussed the future of college athlete compensation alongside a panel of front office executives for different college programs.But perhaps the biggest surprise of the night came partway through the conversation where Hayes recalled a specific instance in the 2016-17 season where he tried to organize a boycott of the Syracuse game in November. At the time, the game made big headlines as a statement 77–60 win for the Badgers, but the story would have been much bigger had the team sat out the primetime contest.“I presented it to our guys as we had our goals that year and it wouldn’t impact any of the goals because it was a non-[Big Ten] game which doesn’t affect the [conference]. It’s not in the NCAA Tournament so it’s not like we can lose that. And it doesn’t hurt our record because it’s more of a forfeit kind of thing than it is a loss,” Hayes said.A look back at this semester in sports: Performances, seasons, careers that defined spring 2018This semester is almost through — I know this because I saw the sun last week and haven’t been to Read…Hayes ultimately opted against the decision, as the entire team wasn’t comfortable with forfeiting the match.Hayes also talked about one instance of hypocrisy within the NCAA’s student-athlete policy that occurred during the Badgers championship game run in 2015.In April 2015, the University Book Store stopped selling a t-shirt that had something Hayes said during a press conference. Selling the t-shirt was not a good move for UW because, under NCAA rules, Hayes could not be compensated at all for a shirt with a direct quote from him.Men’s Basketball: Tai Strickland, Joe Hedstrom, to join 2018 Badger recruiting classIncoming freshmen, Tai Strickland and Joe Hedstrom will be joining the 6-foot-8 forward Taylor Currie in the Wisconsin basketball 2018 Read…Despite the bookstore mishap, Hayes made clear earlier in the discussion that former Coach Bo Ryan and the University of Wisconsin program have always supported his efforts to get just compensation for his performance. The former Badger is still involved in two lawsuits against the NCAA he began as a freshman with the assistance of teammate Zach Bohannon.While you may agree or disagree with boycotting a game, the discussion Hayes is trying to have is important. Despite former players and pundits encouraging it, the discussion is yet to bring any significant change in the NCAA rulebook.
It was Konta’s first time in the last sixteen of a Grand Slam.The two-time Wimbledon champion beat her in straight sets, 7-5, 6-3. Meanwhile, Roger Federer’s through to the quarter-finals where he’ll meet Richard Gasquet. He was beaten by South African Kevin Anderson in four sets.The British number one failed to win a single point in the fourth set tie break.Britain’s Johanna Konta is out of the US Open at the fourth round stage at the hands of Petra Kvitova.
CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or videos on a mobile deviceThe Warriors finished with a 121-104 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series on Saturday. Stephen Curry (38 points) scored prolifically while staying efficient from the field (11-of-16), from 3 (8-of-12) and from the free-throw line (8-of-9). Kevin Durant shifted from facilitator back to scorer (23 points) and Draymond Green offered a mix of scoring (17 points), …
Human language evolved after our ancestors learned to throw a spear, according to William H. Calvin, in his new book A Brief History of the Mind: From Apes to Intellect and Beyond (Oxford, 2003). Robin Dunbar is not too sure about this, in a book review in the Feb. 26 issue of Nature.1 Although he respects Calvin, he is not convinced of his thesis for the origin of human language:I found the themes of the book, broadly speaking, congenial, and the account well informed and authoritative, as one might expect from a neuroscientist and science popularist of Calvin’s stature. However, there are aspects of this particular book that I found less satisfying. Calvin’s insistence on the importance of a gesturally based phase to language evolution does not, I think, make sense. Language is a parsing skill, and, even though parsing is a hierarchical process, it seems to me to be a very different kind of skill from that used in coordinated throwing. Manipulating concepts is not the same kind of activity as manipulating muscle masses. Nor does the timing really work. The evidence, as Calvin himself notes, points to a period about 500,000 years ago as the likely timing for the origin of speech, if not full-blown language. But the archaeological record is very clear that real projectile-based hunting did not become widespread until the Upper Palaeolithic revolution, which kicked in around 50,000 years ago (perhaps a little earlier in Africa). The evolution of speech, then, pre-dates the fine muscle control of aimed throwing by a very wide margin.He also found Calvin’s look into the future “unconvincing.” Nevertheless, Dunbar is glad that “After a century of neglect, the mind has suddenly become an issue of evolutionary interest once again.”1Robin Dunbar, “Could throwing spears have laid the foundations for language acquisition?”, Nature 427, 783 (26 February 2004); doi:10.1038/427783a.Dunbar is way too polite with his criticism. Why? Darwin Party members are loathe to call each other stupid. It might provide fodder for those darned creationists. In support of evolution, all Calvin provides is a just-so story that spear throwing evolved our brains into speech machines. How can that be? It violates the principle learned by every child: “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” One would think that words, the later weapon, would be more effective in the struggle for survival. What Calvin lacks in evidence for evolution he makes up for in evidence against it. Dunbar states:Notwithstanding the enthusiasm in the 1970s and 1980s for the similarities between humans and our primate cousins, both in popular culture and among academics, the fact is that humans are very different from even our ape sister species. William Calvin’s latest book looks at how different we really are. The essence of Calvin’s argument is that the difference between humans and other animals comes down to what he calls “structured stuff” (that is, coordinated, structured task processing). One of the most obvious examples is the way we deconstruct sentences to expose their meaning.Apes, of course, have no such abilities, nor are there any transitional forms between us (see 01/20/2004 entry). From this clear statement declaring the gulf between apes and man, he launches into the JSS (just-so story):We can do this, he argues, because we evolved the capacity to coordinate fine-tuned movements in the context of throwing. The great revolution in human evolutionary history stems from the shift from the older forms of heavy-duty hunting, mostly by dint of thrusting spears, to projectile hunting (throwing spears or using bows), which required careful aiming and much finer coordination. Practice at these activities fine-tuned the neural machinery that allowed the delicate motor control required for speech and language. Much is made, in this respect, of the growing evidence for the brain’s ability to coopt neural circuits. For example, the neural substrates for reading have different location in the brain in different individuals, as one might expect of a skill that does not have a long evolutionary history. This ’softwiring’, as Calvin calls it, is clearly of major importance in human cognition.Convinced? This is so lame. So Lamarckian. Even if practice stretched a hunter’s brain, it would not help his kids any more than a giraffe stretching its neck would promote the inheritance of that acquired characteristic. The trait has to get into the gametes. No problem, we’ll just modify the JSS a little. Presumably, a chance mutation gave a hunter a more complex brain, granting him better aim at spear-throwing. He brought more meat back to the cave, which made him more attractive to the females. So he had more kids bearing the same mutation, who survived to reproductive age while all the others starved. Isn’t evolutionary storytelling fun? You never have to prove your JSS. As long as it keeps the Darwin Party in power, it is such a dreamy, endless pastime.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Wade scored 17 in the quarter, 11 on free throws, as he was able to draw fouls with drives and extra-effort plays.“He continues to play the same way and that’s what you need from vets and future Hall of Famers,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. “Guys like that who understand the game and when it gets tough, don’t panic and continue to play the same way.”UP NEXTClippers: Continue road trip on Saturday in Charlotte.Cavaliers: At Detroit on Monday. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA View comments Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Trump welcomes college sports champions to the White House Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES MOST READ “They made some big 3s,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “You have to give them credit. That’s why they’ve been in a lot of Finals.”The Cavs spent all night chasing the Clippers and caught them at 105-all when Love grabbed an offensive rebound and fed James, who dropped an uncontested 3-pointer with 47 seconds left.Griffin missed tough shots on consecutive possessions, giving Cleveland one last chance in regulation but James missed an off-balance left-hander just before the horn.James made a free throw to open OT — he went 1 of 5 at the line — and give Cleveland its first lead. Then, after Love made his two 3s, James sealed the Cavs’ fifth win in six games with a jumper.“Well defended,” Rivers said. “It’s LeBron James.”TIP-INSClippers: Jordan made his first eight shots, three on dunks. … G Patrick Beverely (sore right knee) missed his fourth straight game. … Rivers is “amazed” by James, who just over a month shy of his 33rd birthday, hasn’t slowed physically. “Most players when they get to his age are smart enough now they see everything,” he said. “But usually when they get to that age, they’re too old to do anything about it. He has both going for him. He can beat you with his brain. He can beat you with his power. It’s a daunting task when you watch him on film.”Cavaliers: PG Derrick Rose will miss at least two more weeks with a nagging left ankle injury. Rose’s ankle will be immobilized in a boot for the next week and he could undergo treatment for as many as three more weeks. … Iman Shumpert started again at point, but left in the first quarter a sore left knee and didn’t return. … G Jose Calderon played his first minutes since Nov. 1. … Working toward his return from a hip injury, G Isaiah Thomas got in two on-court workouts before the game. … Cleveland has won 33 of its last 39 home games against Western Conference teams.D-WONDERFULWade’s aggressiveness in the second quarter helped the Cavs shake off an atrocious start. Down 10 points, Cleveland chipped away and despite some defensive lapses, the Cavs somehow tied the Clippers 56-all at halftime. Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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(AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — LeBron James knows about the narrative bouncing around the NBA that Cleveland can be dethroned in the East.He’s ignoring it, and slowly changing it.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort “You know I could care less what people say,” James said. “I’m so far beyond that. I don’t care what people say.”Just to make sure everyone understood him, James asked his two sons waiting for him in Cleveland’s locker room to chime in on whether he was concerned about outside voices.The boys had dad’s back.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJames had another of those games that he only seems capable of, scoring 39 points with 14 rebounds in 46 minutes as the Cavaliers continued to improve from a shaky start with their fourth straight win, 118-113 in overtime on Friday night over the skidding Los Angeles Clippers, who dropped their seventh in a row.Kevin Love scored 25 and drained a pair of 3-pointers in OT, when the Cavs, who didn’t take the lead until the first minute of the extra session, outscored the Clippers 13-8. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Dwyane Wade gave Cleveland a huge spark, scoring 23 points with 11 rebounds in 37 minutes. The Cavs’ win wasn’t eye-pleasing, but it was another step in the right direction for the three-time defending conference champions, who went 3-1 on a just-completed road trip.On Thursday night, James said he watched Boston beat Golden State to improve to 14-2, a stunning start that has prompted discussion about Cleveland’s vulnerability.James dismissed any concern about the Celtics’ early burst.“I’ve got too much to worry about around here right now trying to get our ship going in the right direction,” he said.The Clippers’ ship is taking on water fast. Los Angeles has lost nine of 10 since a 4-0 start.Blake Griffin scored 23 and DeAndre Jordan had 20 points and 22 rebounds for Los Angeles, which didn’t give up the lead until the first minute of overtime.The Clippers had chances to put the Cavs away in regulation, but they didn’t execute down the stretch and then had defensive breakdowns in overtime.ADVERTISEMENT