12 Jun
2021

Blogspot.com blocked again

first_img Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire News News The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) seems to have changed its mind because on 6 May it reinstated the blocking of blogspot.com (or blogger.com) that it had suspended just four days earlier. As a result, this blog tool is once again inaccessible within Pakistan.The PTA gave no reason for lifting the blocking on 2 May. In the view of Don’t Block the Blog, a new Pakistan-based collective, it was done “to appease the United Nations” during World Press Freedom Day on 3 May. The authorities are playing “cat and mouse game,” the collective said.Don’t Block the Blog campaigns for online free expression. It was formed on 3 March, a few days after the PTA blocked access to blogs that posted the controversial Mohammed cartoons.Reporters Without Borders supports the bloggers and other Internet users who are combatting Internet censorship in Pakistan. Follow the news on Pakistan to go further Organisation Receive email alerts News June 2, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information The Don’t Block the Blog banner ————————-3.05.06Blogspot.com accessible in Pakistan againReporters Without Borders today welcomed the action of five ISPs including Paknet, a subsidiary of the Pakistan Telecommunication Company, yesterday in ending the blocking of blogspot.com (or blogger.com). This blog service had been filtered as a result of a ban by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) in February on blogs that had posted the controversial Mohammed cartoons.In a more recent move, the PTA banned four Baluch nationalist websites on 25 April (see http://www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=17508). Reporters Without Borders condemned all of these bans, which were imposed with obtaining a court order.————————–6.03.06Twelve websites, including blogger.com, blocked for posting cartoonsReporters Without Borders is concerned about the decision of the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA), to block access to twelve websites which posted the cartoons of the prophet Mohammed which appeared in the Danish daily Jyllands-Posten. The PTA on 28 February ordered Internet Service Providers to block the website blogspot.com (or blogger.com), taking down thousands of weblogs hosted by this tool.“We believe that the decision to ban a website should only ever be taken by a judge, at the end of a fair trial. It is moreover unacceptable that the order to block a site should go through the PTA, which while apparently aiming at one blog hosted by blogger.com, led to the filtering of all websites sharing the same domain name,” said the organisation.This order from the PTA comes around ten days after a petition calling on the government to ban the spread of “blasphemous content” through the Internet, was submitted to the Supreme Court. The court on 2 March formally asked the government to take such a step.The bloggers network Global Voices, which revealed the case on its site, has been posting information about campaigns launched by bloggers to condemn the filtering.Local access providers have applied the PTA decision by blocking access to all sites whose URL incorporates blogspot.com, that is all sites hosted by this service. It is however technically possible to ban access solely to a blog causing a problem.Go to Reporters Without Borders’ Handbook for Bloggers and Cyberdissidents, that gives practical advice about how get round Internet filtering:center_img News The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) seems to have changed its mind because on 6 May it reinstated the blocking of blogspot.com (or blogger.com) that it had suspended just four days earlier. As a result, this blog tool is once again inaccessible within Pakistan. ————-Create your blog with Reporters without borders: www.rsfblog.org PakistanAsia – Pacific RSF_en Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists May 10, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Blogspot.com blocked again April 21, 2021 Find out more PakistanAsia – Pacific Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder January 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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18 Jan
2021

Kinky’s Summer Shakeup: Jeanna de Waal to Take Hiatus for Neverland

first_img View Comments With a score by Cyndi Lauper and a book by Harvey Fierstein, Kinky Boots follows Charlie Price as he is forced to step in and save his family’s shoe factory in Northern England after the sudden death of his father. Help comes from the unlikeliest angel, a fabulous drag performer named Lola. Together, this improbable duo revitalizes the nearly bankrupt business and transforms an entire community through the power of acceptance. In addition to de Waal, the tuner currently stars Tony winner Billy Porter as Lola and Andy Kelso as Charlie. Show Closed This production ended its run on April 7, 2019 De Waal played Glinda on the Wicked national tour and has been seen off-Broadway in Carrie and in the West End in We Will Rock You. She made her Broadway debut in American Idiot. In addition to Violet, Buton has appeared on Broadway in Shrek, Legally Blonde and Rent. She recently starred in the off-Broadway musical Disaster!. Related Shows Kinky Boots star Jeanna de Waal will take a hiatus this summer to appear in the American Repertory Theater production of Finding Neverland. A spokesperson for Kinky Boots has confirmed that Haven Burton, currently on Broadway in Violet as the titular character’s standby, will step in as Lauren from June 24 through September 28. According to a spokesperson for Violet, Jennifer Blood will begin as the new standby in the Roundabout production next week. Kinky Bootslast_img read more

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17 Dec
2020

Financial marketers see pros and cons in marketing’s changed role

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Banking is undergoing some of the most sweeping changes in its history and financial marketers are in the thick of it. The challenges their institutions face from fast-moving, tech-savvy competitors are putting enormous pressure on Marketing.At the same time, technology is providing greatly enhanced marketing tools and many more options. Used effectively, these can enable bank and credit union marketing executives to accomplish more and be far more precise and accountable in what they deliver. This is helping to raise the profile of a discipline that used to be considered more art than science.“Marketing is completely different now,” says Steve Hildebrand, SVP Marketing, Freedom First Credit Union, Roanoke, Va. “Marketers have to be scientists, innovators and creators. We need to be well versed in psychology and technology. We need a mathematics degree and an English degree. We need to innovate and cultivate.”last_img read more

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8 Sep
2020

Peter Rufai Heads ASFU Organising Committee

first_imgAs the much anticipated preliminary round of matches of the maiden African Students Football Union (ASFU) Championship kick off in Ijebu Ode and Ibadan from tomorrow, former Super Eagles captain and goalkeeper, Peter Rufai Has been nominated as the chairman of Main Organising Committee.According to the President of ASFU, Professor Seun Omotayo, other notable former internationals involved in the project as ambassadors include; Julius Aghahowa and Seyi Olofinjana are ambassadors. The programme is expected to attract students from other countries especially along the west coast of Africa.Professor Omotayo disclosed that the duo of Aghahowa and Olofinjana had donated trophies for the highest goal scorer and that if he overall winner of the tournament. Peter Rufai Omotayo said the championship, which is an invitational one, would be used as a qualifier for the World Students Football League which will come up later this year.According to the organisers, Group A, has teams from Tai Solarin University of Education, Edo State University, Kenyatta University, Lagos State University and the University of Lagos. They will play their matches at the Dipo Dina International Stadium, Ijebu Ode.In Group B which will be based at the Adamasingba Stadium, Ibadan teams from University of Ibadan, Ahmadu Bello University, Ayo Babalola University, University of Tamale from Ghana and a university from Zimbabwe.Semifinals and the final matches would be held on 26 and 27 January at the Agege Stadium respectively.The participating institutions are; Lagos State University, University of Ibadan, University of Lagos, University of Development Studies, Tamale, Ghana, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Kenyatta University, Kenya, Joseph Ayo Babalola University, University of Zimbabwe, Bulawayo and Edo State University.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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12 Aug
2020

Finnegan passes test, Royals stop Giants in Game 3

first_imgThe Kansas City Royals celebrate after their 3-2 win over the San Francisco Giants in Game 3 of baseball’s World Series Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. The Royals lead the series 2-1. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Summoned in a tough spot, Royals rookie Brandon Finnegan trotted in from the bullpen, threw his warmup pitches and then did something curious.He walked behind the mound, took off his hat, rubbed his hair and looked at the right-field foul pole.Nervous about being in the World Series? Naw.“That’s just what I do,” he said.With a rollicking crowd at AT&T Park ready to erupt, Finnegan made it all look routine.Only four months after he pitched in the College World Series, the 21-year-old lefty got two key outs in the seventh inning and helped Kansas City hold off the San Francisco Giants 3-2 on Friday night to take a 2-1 edge.Just like that, the Royals were halfway to the championship, boosted by a dominant bullpen, several nice defensive plays and barely enough hitting.Credit manager Ned Yost, too, for a series of moves that paid off. Even when he let reliever Kelvin Herrera bat for the first time in his major league career, it all came out OK.“54 outs to go,” Herrera tweeted later.Game 4 is Saturday night, with Jason Vargas set to start for Kansas City against Ryan Vogelsong. Rain is forecast for most of the day in the Bay Area.Yet nothing could dampen what Finnegan accomplished.Back in June, he threw for TCU in the College World Series. This time, it was a little bigger. He became the first to play in both events in the same year.“I feel like I’m still in college,” Finnegan said. “It’s no different. It’s still baseball.”Of course, no one from the Hall of Fame ever asked for his hat when he was in school. Finnegan agreed to donate the cap he wore on this night to Cooperstown.“My time came, and luckily I got the job done,” Finnegan said. “This is the real deal, y’know?”His parents knew.Outside the Kansas City clubhouse, surrounded by a bevy of Royals rooters, Betty and Gary Finnegan tried to absorb what they’d witnessed.“It is a dream …” she said, some of her makeup washed away by tears. Without a pause, her husband finished the sentence, adding, “… that you don’t want to wake up from.”Ah, youth.Finnegan was called on to replace Herrera with a runner on first, one out and the Royals clinging to a one-run lead over the rallying Giants.All of Kansas City infielders huddled behind the mound as Finnegan loosened up, realizing the most important point of their season was being entrusted to someone who recently was taking tests in a college classroom.Right before pinch-hitter Juan Perez stepped up, Finnegan went into the routine he uses to steady himself.Then it was time for business. Finnegan delivered, retiring Perez on an easy fly. When he fell behind in the count 2-0 to Brandon Crawford, All-Star catcher Salvador Perez went to the mound.The message: “Be aggressive, not nervous,” Perez said.Finnegan came back to strike out a swinging Crawford on a full count, headed to the dugout and was congratulated by Herrera and several other Royals.“I’m very proud of him,” Royals ace James Shields said. “To be able to keep your composure on this big of a stage the way he’s doing, it is very impressive.”“He’s pitching well beyond his years. If he keeps that up, he’s going to have a really good career,” he said.A lot of Royals are having a really good October.Already the MVP of the AL Championship Series, Lorenzo Cain put the Royals ahead for good with an RBI grounder in the first inning.Shifted over to right field to help the defensive alignment, Cain also made a couple of fine catches, prompting Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie to take off his hat in tribute.Guthrie kept the Royals ahead and four relievers combined for four hitless innings.Herrera struck out to end the seventh — Yost wanted to keep him in the game. After Finnegan finished the bottom half, Wade Davis worked the eighth and Greg Holland pitched the ninth for a save.In a postseason filled with tight games, Kansas City had won another one.“This is the way our games have gone all year,” Yost said. “I’m getting really good at protecting a one-run lead because a lot of times that’s exactly what we have to deal with. But I have the necessary tools to be able to do that.”Giants starter Tim Hudson made the first World Series appearance of his 16-season career. He gave up a double to Alcides Escobar on his first pitch.“That’s not how I drew it up. But it was a great experience,” Hudson said.last_img read more

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4 Aug
2020

Little Silver’s Riccio Lauded in Sports Betting Decision

first_imgBy Jay Cook |LITTLE SILVER – Ronald J. Riccio can recall spending days at Monmouth Park as an eight-year-old boy, watching alongside his father and his father’s best friend as thoroughbreds sprinted around the track.The racetrack’s never been more than a few miles away from his Little Silver home.But Riccio, now 71, has supported the Oceanport racing institution in a different manner over the past few years. He had turned his weekend racing program in for an extensive law brief as the lead counsel for the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, representing Monmouth Park, through the Murphy v. NCAA Supreme Court case fighting for legalized sports betting.After a decision disbanding the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) of 1992 was decided Monday from the court – meaning all states can have a legal and regulated sports wagering industry – Riccio was relieved to know his beloved venue will not be shuttering any time soon.“I know so many people over there, many of my best friends I met at Monmouth Park,” Riccio told The Two River Times on Tuesday. “To be able to have a hand in keeping a place that holds so many memories for me alive and to help it flourish is just icing on the cake.”Riccio is a former dean of Seton Hall University School of Law from 1988 to 1999 and has been practicing law for well over four decades. Murphy v. NCAA was his first case in front of the Supreme Court, but Riccio said he never felt the nerves nor wavered in his support of Monmouth Park.The crux of the case was based on overturning PASPA, a federal law which allowed sports betting only in Nevada and three other states. New Jersey had tried since 2011 to permit legalized sports betting after a statewide referendum permitted lawmakers to legalize it but was challenged twice by the four major professional sports leagues and the NCAA in the coming years. Lawmakers had crafted two bills and even suffered a veto from then-Gov. Chris Christie throughout that time.Though above all, Murphy v. NCAA “is a landmark decision,” said Riccio. “The effect of the decision is to narrow the federal government’s power and to expand the state’s sovereign rights to regulate its people as it wants to regulate them.”Riccio, who taught constitutional law for over 20 years at Seton Hall University, said this case could have major implications with future states’ rights issues currently in the news. Decisions down the road on marijuana legalization, sanctuary city creation and environmental regulations could reference this sports betting case.But the immediate impact will be on Monmouth Park as it’s set to take New Jersey’s first legal sports wagers later this summer. Predictions are that sports betting in New Jersey could be a $10 billion industry, some estimate.“Monmouth Park has been for several years trying to stay alive as a viable, self-sustaining racetrack that employs hundreds of people, that has a huge impact on the state economy, on the preservation of open spaces,” said Riccio.“Just to be able to relieve the anxiety that all the workers over there were feeling about the future of Monmouth Park, to me, that’s as gratifying as anything else,” he added.While the four major sports leagues and the state’s high-priced legal representation captured interest, it was Riccio and his team at McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney and Carpenter who helped lay the legal groundwork for the case, said Edward B. Deutsch, founder and managing partner of the firm.“Ron and our people, the brief work and the strategy, was brilliant,” Deutsch told The Two River Times this week. “I think that he and our team, more than anybody, is responsible for this result.”Deutsch said Riccio is “the best constitutional lawyer in New Jersey.”Former state Sen. Joseph Kyrillos Jr., who sponsored state bills in support of legalized sports betting, said the Supreme Court decision “will create jobs, revitalize our horse industry and boost tourism for the areas surrounding Monmouth Park.”Kyrillos added that “few understand it was Dean Ron Riccio and the McElroy Deutsch law firm that forced this outcome.”last_img read more

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3 Aug
2020

Hawks, Heat faceoff in KIJHL Final

first_imgThe Beaver Valley Nitehawks will meet the Chase Heat to determine the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Champion after the Hawks and Heat outlasted Kimberley and Osoyoos in deciding Conference Final games Friday.Beaver Valley scored four times in the opening frame to dump Kimberley Dynamiters 5-2 in the Kootenay Conference fifth game.Tyler Ghirardosi got the party started for the home fans with two goals seven minutes into the first period.Devon Langelaar stopped the bleeding with a goal two minutes later.However, Ghirardosi, with his third of the period, and Dylan Heppler scored before the period concluded to give the Hawks the early lead. Beaver Valley then rode the netminding of Tallon Kramer to a berth in the KIJHL final which begins Monday in Fruitvale.Meanwhile, the Heat completed the comeback in Game five at Osoyoos.Two second period goals by Kaden Black and Zachary Fournier powered Chase past the Coyotes.Osoyoos won the first two games of the series.However, the Heat won two games in overtime at home before pulling off the shocker in the South Okanagan City.Game two of the KIJHL Final best-of-five series goes Tuesday before the series shifts to Chase for Games three and four, Thursday and Friday.If necessary, Game five is Sunday, April 2, in Fruitvale.The KIJHL Champion represent the league at the Cyclone Taylor Cup April 6-9, 2017 in Creston.last_img read more

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31 Aug
2019

NY Times is the new sponsor of a rockpaperscissors supercomputer

first_img © 2010 PhysOrg.com Evolutionary game of rock-paper-scissors may lead to new species This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. So simple that you need a supercomputer to win it. The New York Times has created a “You vs. The Computer” game of Rock-Paper-Scissors that pits your ability to play the game versus the supercomputer.The computer has two different modes: The novice mode and the veteran mode. On the novice mode the system has no access to the data about previously stored games. It simply adapts to your style of game play and it makes a set of educated guesses about what you are going to do next. Then it takes its best guess and declares what it thinks will be the winning move. When you play on the the veteran mode, the system has not only your own play style data to work from, but it also has access to data from thousands of games that it has played against other real people. That data is used in a process of recall and comparison to determine what its next move should be. If you want to get an idea of how the system makes these determinations just click on the “See what the computer is thinking” and you will be able to see what the common responses are.For the record, this reporter beat it first time out, in a set of 20, on the veteran level, and I’ll tell you how to do it too. Since the system makes its prediction based on your past moves, and data on other strategy, the best way to beat it is to be unpredictable. Throw strategy out the window and indulge your random side for a while. Citation: NY Times is the new sponsor of a rock-paper-scissors supercomputer (2011, March 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-03-ny-sponsor-rock-paper-scissors-super.html Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — You probably played at least a few games of Rock-Paper-Scissors as a kid. In this game you pretty much have three options, and each of them has both an item to beat, and an item lose to lose to. Rock beats scissors, scissors cut paper and paper covers rock. All you have to due is choose and see how it falls out. It all seems so simple.last_img read more

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3 Aug
2019

An investigation is underway after a womans arres

first_imgAn investigation is underway after a woman’s arrest is caught on video. Questions about whether it was a clean arrest or excessive force remain.The video above shows Tuscaloosa police arresting a woman on Friday on the 1700 block of McFarland Boulevard near T-Mobile. A spokesperson for TPD said it happened when police tried to stop a woman who then tried to run from officers.In the video, the woman is struggling with the officers on the ground and the police officer is hitting the woman with his police baton. TPD sent a statement yesterday saying they were aware of the video and have begun an investigation to determine the full details of the incident.Lt. Teena Richardson said there will be a meeting today about the video.last_img

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