Cyberdissident Kamal Sayid Qadir released

first_img April 3, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Cyberdissident Kamal Sayid Qadir released News News Organisation December 28, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders welcomed the release on 3 April 2006 of jurist Kamal Sayid Qadir, an Austrian national of Kurdish origin, arrested on 26 October 2005 for posting “defamatory” articles about the authorities in Kurdistan. The cyberdissident had been sentenced to 18 months in prison just a few days earlier. Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan IraqMiddle East – North Africa RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” Receive email alerts Follow the news on Iraq ————-Create your blog with Reporters without borders: www.rsfblog.org center_img News News Help by sharing this information February 15, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” Reporters Without Borders welcomed the release on 3 April 2006 of jurist Kamal Sayid Qadir, an Austrian national of Kurdish origin, arrested on 26 October 2005 for posting “defamatory” articles about the authorities in Kurdistan.The cyberdissident had been sentenced to 18 months in prison just a few days earlier. At a first hearing, he was sentenced to 30 years in prison on the basis of the same charge.Welcoming his release, the press freedom organisation said, “We met the Iraqi ambassador in Paris last week and Kamal Sayid Qadir’s case was raised. We asked for the urgent release of the cyberdissident, stressing our concern about the constant adjournments of his case.”Reporters Without Borders also sent an open letter to the UN in Iraq and the Austrian president urging them to interene on his behalf.Qadir had been charged with posting articles on a Kurdish website implicating the president of Iraqi Kurdistan, Massud Barzani, in a corruption case. He was also accused of insulting and defaming the head of state.”This release show the determinaton of the government to suport democracy in this region,” said a local spokesman, Mohammed Khoshna.Qadir had been on remand in Erbil prison since 26 October 2005, in the autonomous region of Kurdistan in the north of Iraq. He was sentenced on 19 December 2005, for “defamation of public institutions”. In a statement posted on the site kurdishmedia.com, the jurist accepted that he had made “inappropriate” comments about certain people referred to in his articles. IraqMiddle East – North Africa to go further December 16, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Former CMU teammates Heitman, Sabbag transfer due to Wheddon’s ‘keep it and play it’ style

first_imgBrielle Heitman told her Central Michigan teammate Skylar Sabbag that she heard the Syracuse coach was looking for players. Now, less than a year after the conversation, the players are joining each other on the field once again. This time at Syracuse. The Central Michigan transfers were looking for a different system, and head coach Phil Wheddon had exactly what they were looking for. Heitman and Scabbag bought into Wheddon’s mentality at Syracuse. The ‘keep it and play it’ style the coach advocates may not be explosive or aggressive, but it has worked for SU this season. ‘We’re a team with some talent, we try to keep the ball on the ground as much as possible,’ Wheddon said. ‘I would say that we are a pretty technical team, so possessing the ball is important because it’s a lot more fun to be possessing the ball than chasing it.’ Wheddon’s mentality enables the players to have more command on the field. The scheme also provides the players with the ability to create plays and space to move the ball.Advertisement The long ball is exciting for some, but it may only work in certain situations. Wheddon has implemented a more controlled style of play for Syracuse. The focus is on making short, crisp passes and opening up the field. For certain players, the system plays right into their abilities. The approach may not be thrilling, but it enables the team to manage the game. And it motivates certain players to come play for the Orange. ‘I like the possession style of play, passing the ball around, moving, and keeping it,’ Sabbag said. ‘At Syracuse I knew that with Phil, one of the big aspects of his team was to keep the ball possessed.’ Heitman and Sabbag played a very different style in their first season at Central Michigan. The Chippewas were more concerned with scoring goals quickly, rather than methodically. They looked to score goals by moving the ball as quickly up the field as possible and getting it to the forwards. This was a contrast to what Wheddon preaches at Syracuse. Heitman and Sabbag have had to adjust their style of play upon arrival at SU. Luckily, they have both found their niche with the Orange this season. ‘When I talk to these players, one of the questions they ask is, ‘What kind of system do you play? What’s your philosophy on playing?’ And stuff like that,’ Wheddon said. ‘Their philosophy and what they’ve used really blends into ours, and that’s why they decided to come here, as opposed to some other places.’ Heitman and Sabbag saw the style of play as something that played into their strengths. The same is true for most of the players on the team. Players view Wheddon’s style of coaching as beneficial to the team. It’s possessive rather than direct. Wheddon would rather see the team work the ball up the field, leading to fewer turnovers and counter-attacks. ‘I love the way he coaches. I think he brings out the best style of soccer,’ senior forward Megan Bellingham said. ‘It’s been fun to watch the program develop under how our style of play has changed.’ In his third season with the Orange, Wheddon has implemented his approach, and players have followed suit. Heitman and Sabbag knew that the style of play here at Syracuse was going to be vastly different from how they played at Central Michigan, and both have fit the mold of Wheddon’s style. ‘It’s just a case of fitting into the philosophy,’ Wheddon said. ‘As with transfer students, they’re usually unhappy with a place because they are not getting playing time or the style of play is not conducive to what they prefer. Now, obviously, here we play more possession, and Skylar and Brielle have fit in very nicely.’ [email protected] Comments Published on September 15, 2010 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Tickets penalized for violating code

first_imgAfter deliberations that began at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and concluded around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, the Undergraduate Student Government elections commission determined both presidential tickets had committed violations of the elections code.Matt Arkfeld and Alex Cascante were cited for not using the “Vote On” logo on their campaign shirts, the elections and recruitment committee wrote in its decision. USG Election Code article VII, section D2 stipulates that all candidates are required to display a “Vote On” logo on their campaign shirts.Campaigning · USG Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates Matt Arkfeld-Alex Cascante (left) and Christian Kurth-Ryan Park were forced to remove all of their campaign materials from Trousdale Parkway by 8 a.m. Wednesday after complaints were filed against both tickets. The Arkfeld-Cascante were barred from campaigning Wednesday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m on Trousdale Parkway. — Ani Kolangian | Daily TrojanArkfeld and Cascante were also cited for violating Election Code article VI, sections A, B and C for distributing campaign photographs online during the research period, which is prior to Feb. 4 at midnight, when campaigning officially began.Christian Kurth and Ryan Park were cited for violating article II, section A3 and article IX, section C by communicating with a currently seated USG member, who was copied on an email between supporters. They were also cited  for violating article IX Sections E and F by implying that Program Board, the Black Student Assembly and USG endorsed the candidates in using USG’s pin maker to make campaign pins and using USG’s oversized Tommy Trojan logo.The sanctions stipulate that both presidential and vice presidential tickets must remove all campaign material along Trousdale Parkway for the remainder of the campaign period. The material had to be removed by Wednesday at 8 a.m.The Arkfeld-Cascante ticket and their team members will also not be allowed to campaign Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Trousdale Parkway between Child’s Way and 34th Street or in front of the Ronald Tutor Campus Center.The two sets of complaints were filed on Tuesday. Kurth said earlier that day 11 Kurth-Park signs were removed or stolen from Trousdale without the campaign’s permission.“It was not our intention to turn this into a campaign of people sanctioning each other,” Kurth said. “We’re running a very clean campaign but, when there’s sabotage happening, we had to take action. This is very important to me.”Arkfeld said the photographs for his campaign were not published online before campaigning began and the “Vote On” logo was on the T-shirt design sent to the printer, but was not printed accordingly.“It was an honest mistake and we handled it accordingly,” Arkfeld said. “We were very transparent and upfront about it.”Cody Rapp, campaign manager for the Kurth-Park ticket and a former Greek senator, filed the official complaint against the Arkfeld-Cascante ticket. The Arkfeld-Cascante ticket brought the complaint against the Kurth-Park ticket.Any USC student who is not on the USG elections commission is allowed to file a complaint. After a complaint is filed, the elections commission takes a vote to determine if it is worthy of having a trial. If the commissioners decide it is worthy, a trial is set at a time when all parties can meet.“We have this process in order to guarantee a fair race and make sure that people are held accountable,” said Alex Sellers, co-director of USG elections and recruitment. “Then, each candidate has the opportunity to do their best.”Sellers noted that violations during presidential campaigns have occurred in past elections.“Violations have occurred previously,” Sellers said. “But they have not happened to this magnitude before. We have never had so many complaints filed in one day.”Despite the sanctions, Kurth said he will not let the penalties to deter their campaign efforts.“We will be campaigning [Wednesday],” Kurth said. “We’ve been out here every single day and longer than anyone else.”Arkfeld plans to continue campaigning as well.“We’re trying to have a positive experience for both parties and play by the rules,” Arkfeld said. “We want to maintain honesty and a genuine attitude as we have this entire election.”Online voting for the election closes Thursday night at 8 p.m.Correction; A published version of this incorrectly stated that Arkfeld said the photographs for his campaign were published online before campaigning began, but they were not published online before campaigning began. The Daily Trojan regrets the error.last_img read more

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Articles

first_imgThe cover story of World Magazine for April 3 is a series of prophetic articles for the Year 2025, called “Darwin’s Meltdown: Intelligent Design scientists … ponder a future free from the dogma of evolution.”  Looking back on how and why Darwinism declined into the “dustbin of discarded ideologies”, four intelligent design leaders, Phillip E. Johnson, Jonathan Wells, Jeffrey M. Schwartz and William Dembski place themselves 21 years into the future and look back on what happened since 1859, 1925, 1990, 2000, 2004 and beyond.Get the magazine just for the artwork: a forlorn-looking Darwin and his pet fish sinking into an ooze of Campbell’s primordial soup.  (The articles are entertaining and enlightening, too.)  These articles could backfire if they make readers complacent, causing them to think the demise of Darwinism is already a done deal.  Right now, the Darwin Party is still a totalitarian regime giving little indication of relinquishing the power it usurped in Huxley’s era (see 01/15/2004 entry).  For the prophecies to come true, remember what Doc said in Back to the Future III: “Your future hasn’t been written yet … Your future is what you make it.  So make it a good one!”(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Return of the Peppered Mice

first_imgSlight changes in the coat color of deer mice is the latest triumph of evolutionary theory, if we are to believe the BBC News and New Scientist.   The BBC announced, without apologies to Jonathan Wells, that “A tiny pale deer mouse living on a sand dune in Nebraska looks set to become an icon of biology.”  But wasn’t a similar case argued six years ago? (see the 04/18/2003 entry).  Actually, one of the researchers in the current story was involved in that case, too.    The new work published in Science alleges that a team has discovered a new mutation for coat color that spread throughout a population of deer mice in Nebraska.  Since those mice live on light-colored sand dunes, this supposedly gives them a survival advantage.  It seems strange to make such a big deal of this given the variation already known in fur color in mice, rats, cats and dogs, but the BBC said that this is the first time a gene that mutated has been associated with a trait that appears to confer a fitness benefit.  “That makes the fast-evolving deer mouse one of the best examples yet studied of ‘true’ natural selection in action.”  It’s not much of an advantage, though: just 0.5 percent.  Time is the hero of the plot.  Hopi Hoekstra said, “It doesn’t seem that much, but multiplied over thousands of individuals over hundreds of years, it makes a huge difference.”  The sand dunes are thought to have formed 8,000 to 15,000 years ago.    New Scientist noted that the mutation consisted of a single amino acid deletion within one gene known to be responsible for coat color in many mammals.  So if natural selection did anything, it deleted something; it did not invent something new (certainly not a new protein or enzyme from scratch).  Calling it a “beneficial mutation,” therefore, seems a stretch.  Presumably “Any cases where you can find positive selection for a mutation are interesting,” according to Ron Woodruff of Bowling Green State University.    To sound sufficiently Darwinian, the paper in Science began with “On the origin” and spread of this mutation.  It mentioned selection often.  The authors rigged an artificial test area with owls and mice where they believe the predatory birds attacked the darker mice more often, but admitted that their tests of fitness were overestimated, “given that predation rates were most likely artificially inflated in the enclosed arena tested.”  They also were unable to establish how the mutation actually produced the phenotypic change.  Nevertheless, they feel that a new mutation did arise and spread through the population and gave the light-colored mice a slightly better chance to avoid being eaten by owls.1.  Linnen, Kingsley, Jensen and Hoekstra, “On the Origin and Spread of an Adaptive Allele in Deer Mice,” Science, 28 August 2009: Vol. 325. no. 5944, pp. 1095-1098, DOI: 10.1126/science.1175826.Evolutionists get so excited about the silliest things.  Even a staunch young-earth creationist like Ken Ham would yawn over this story.  He readily shows in Powerpoint slides how all the variety of dogs could have easily arisen since the Flood by mutations and selection.  In fact, the BBC News just reported that only three genes are involved in the wide variety of fur styles in dogs.  The article said nothing about evolution.    These mice did not really evolve in the sense Darwin wanted to explain.  Was any new function created in these mice?  No.  Was a new gene, or a new protein, or a new molecular machine invented?  No.  Did the mice grow new organs, like wings, and take to the skies?  No.  Did the scientists explain how the gene actually functioned in the mice, and how it interacted with the other genes?  No.  There are many more questions that could be asked.  Did this lighter coat color having some drawbacks, like making it harder for the mice to find each other to mate?  Did the increase in light-colored mice stimulate a corresponding increase in visual acuity in the owls, making this a zero-sum game?  Was there slippage on the treadmill (03/17/2003)?  What is the big deal, anyway?  And why would any Darwinist wish to associate this study with the shamed and discredited case of the peppered moths (07/05/2002, 06/25/2004)?    The change in the mice is so trivial, it hardly deserves to be celebrated at all, even by evolutionists.  Yet the Darwin-drunk media are telling us this is destined to become a new icon of biology and is “one of the best examples yet studied of natural selection in action.”  If they think this is the best, we would like to see the next best, and so on.  We would like to ask how all the animal phyla, with all their complex and integrated body plans, arose without any evidence of selection, or how life itself arose in the first place.  It doesn’t help a theory when the data needing to be explained are orders of magnitude more complex than one feeble case held up as one of the best examples ever found.  Find an example that makes Ken stop yawning and then we might pay attention.(Visited 25 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Killing Them Softly Promotion

first_imgThanks to our friends at Hoyts Distribution, Touch Football Australia has 10 double passes to give away to see the new Brad Pitt film ‘Killing Them Softly’, which is only at the movies from Thursday, 11 October. When their illegal card game is held up, and the life blood of the criminal economy is on the verge of collapse, the mafia calls in enforcer Jackie Cogan (Brad Pitt) to fix the situation. Navigating between his indecisive crime bosses and the dim witted lowlifes behind the heist, Cogan moves to restore order, and protect his interests before the situation spirals out of control.For your chance to win a double pass, either ‘like’ us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and tell us why you’d like to see this film. The best 10 answers will receive a double pass and TFA will be in contact with you if you are a winner. Please click on the links below to be directed to our social media pages:www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliawww.twitter.com/touchfootyaus Related LinksKilling Them Softlylast_img read more

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10 months agoExciting youngster Quina wants Watford stay

first_imgExciting youngster Quina wants Watford stayby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford winger Domingos Quina is very pleased with life at the club.The youngster was seen as someone for the future when he was bought from West Ham United this summer.But he has already impressed in the games where he has gotten a chanceWhen asked where he sees himself next year, Quina said: “Watford. Definitely Watford.”And the Portuguese midfielder is excited at the chance to face his old club West Ham.The two sides meet in the Premier League on Saturday.He said to the Watford Observer: “I’m excited to go back there. I want us to go there and I want to do well.”I want to play as many games as I can, not just against West Ham, I want to try to do my best in all of them, so I’m excited to go back there and I hope I play and do well.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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10 months agoDONE DEAL: Leicester midfielder Iborra says ‘right time’ to join Villarreal

first_imgDONE DEAL: Leicester midfielder Iborra says ‘right time’ to join Villarrealby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester midfielder Vicente Iborra has joined Spanish side Villarreal for an undisclosed fee.The 30-year-old Spaniard joined the Foxes from Sevilla in July 2017 after winning the Europa League three times.Iborra made 37 appearances, scoring four goals, but started only three league games this season. “We feel that it’s time to come back home,” he said. “I’ve felt privileged for wearing this jersey and playing beside these great supporters. “You made me feel one of yours, thanks from my heart for your unconditional support.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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Vine: Duke’s Justise Winslow High-Fived A Guy In An Ohio State Shirt After An And-1 During Today’s Game

first_imgDuke and UNC get set for the tip.DURHAM, NC – FEBRUARY 07: A general view of the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Duke University Blue Devils tip off at center court to begin their game on February 7, 2007 at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, North Carolina. North Carolina won 79-73.(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)No. 4 Duke routed Clemson 78-56 at Cameron Indoor Stadium this afternoon. Freshman forward Justise Winslow was a force for the Blue Devils, scoring 20 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. In the first half, Winslow racked up 17 of his points. He was unstoppable in the open court, and on one occasion, he converted a fast break bucket and was fouled. That’s where things got interesting. Take a look at the shirt on the fan Winslow celebrates with. It’s an Ohio State shirt.An OSU shirt in Cameron is a random sight. Perhaps the man was just at the game with friends who are Duke fans, and he decided to mesh with the crowd and root for the home team. Either that, or he’s a legitimate Duke supporter, which makes him an exceptionally fortunate college sports fan who has seen a wealth of success from his favorite teams this century.last_img read more

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What Cleveland Would Look Like With LeBron James And Kevin Love

Update (July 11, 12:30 p.m.): It’s official: LeBron James is going back to the Cleveland Cavaliers.Perhaps we should collect data on what percentage of NBA rumors on Twitter turn out to be true. But as of late Thursday afternoon, the Internet was abuzz with speculation that LeBron James will return to Cleveland.If it happens, the Cavaliers may need some additional help to build an instant championship contender for LeBron. In an article earlier Thursday, I projected the Cavaliers’ record should they sign James and Ray Allen but otherwise stand pat. It wasn’t so great: 52-30. That would be enough to make them one of the better Eastern Conference teams but probably not good enough to win a championship.But one of the reasons for James to choose Cleveland over Miami is that the Cavs have a lot more flexibility in how they might build a team around him. The Cavaliers also have some young assets — including No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins — who could be traded for another star.So let’s imagine that not only the LeBron rumors but also those involving Minnesota’s Kevin Love are true. Cleveland, after signing James, uses Wiggins as the centerpiece of a package that goes to Minnesota for Love. It also gives up Anderson Varejao and Anthony Bennett, and gets Ronny Turiaf in the deal — the salaries look like they’d work out.Also, in addition to Allen, the Cavs bring in friend-of-Lebron Mike Miller. That would allow them to construct a 12-man roster that looks something like this:It’s a slightly weird roster, with players splitting time between several positions. But because James could be an All-Star at any of the five positions, that’s as much a feature for Cleveland as a bug — the Cavs could go big, small or anything in between. This roster could use a defensive specialist or two off the bench, and a true backup point guard, but those are fairly petty complaints.How would this team perform? Using the same process from Thursday’s article, which projects a team’s win total based on a system called Statistical Plus Minus, it’d be on track for a record of 63-19.This would be a much better opportunity for James than anything likely in Miami, which finished with a 54-28 record last year and which would probably have about the same record if the Heat brought back James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. A 54-win team has less than a 5 percent chance of winning an NBA title; a 63-win team has about a 40 percent chance.The Cavs could be better than this still — perhaps in the range of 65 to 67 wins — if they managed to acquire Love without giving up Varejao. read more

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