Hardliners step up control of Internet

first_img Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Reporters Without Borders expressed concern today at the setting up of a commission dominated by religious hardliners to monitor Internet news websites considered “illegal.” Regime conservatives have kept the Internet and its freedom of expression under attack for nearly three years now. IranMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders expressed concern today at the setting up of a commission dominated by religious hardliners to monitor Internet news websites considered “illegal.” Some of its members were officials of the ministry of intelligence, it noted.Regime conservatives have kept the Internet and its freedom of expression under attack for nearly three years now. The latest measure is aimed at news sites that are thriving because of the closure of reformist newspapers. At least 90 papers, half of them dailies, have been shut down since April 2000.The new commission, which includes officials of the culture and intelligence ministries and the state broadcasting company, is to supply a list of “illegal” websites to the posts and telecommunications ministry. It was set up at a recent meeting of the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution, headed by the all-powerful head of the judiciary, Mahmud Sharudi.On 2 January, intelligence minister Ali Yunessi denounced what he called the undeclared war being waged through Internet websites that he said were putting out rumours and disinformation about all the regime’s officials and organisations.After the closure of a dozen newspapers in 2000, the reformists set up websites such as emrooz.org, rouydad.com and alliran.net which put out uncensored news. The regime’s conservatives set up propaganda sites, such as daricheh.org, jebhe.com and bionvan.com, to preach a hard line.The coming to power in 1997 of reformist President Mohammad Khatami raised hopes among Internet users in Iran, where service providers (ISPs) and cybercafés have sprung up everywhere (about 1,500 in the capital alone) despite censorship of their activities.Privately-owned ISPs must get permission to operate from the ministries of intelligence and Islamic guidance and use filters on website viewing and e-mail messages. About 400 cybercafés were shut down in Teheran in May 2001. Some have since reopened, but in November that year, the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution, chaired by President Khatami but dominated by hardliners, ordered all privately-owned ISPs to close or put themselves under government control. After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists June 9, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Iran January 6, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Hardliners step up control of Internet Organisation Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Receive email alerts IranMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information News to go further News News March 18, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en February 25, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Thierry Henry hits back at Kevin De Bruyne over Premier League assists record

first_imgAdvertisement Read More Full Screen Video Settings Comment Top articles Henry scored 24 goals and provided 20 assists in the Premier League in 2002/03 (Picture: Getty)Henry spoke with De Bruyne’s team-mate, Aguero, for PUMA Football this weekend and a whole host of topics were discussed, from the Frenchman’s initial struggles at Barcelona to the Argentinian’s admiration for Michael Owen as a youngster.The ex-Arsenal forward also lifted the lid on a conversation he had with De Bruyne following the Belgian’s recent comments and joked the midfielder needs to start chipping in with more goals – on top of the assists – before calling him out in public.‘When you see Kevin [De Bruyne]… because the other day he told me that he’s willing and trying to provide more than 20 assists,’ Henry said.‘He has 16 already, right? Yeah that’s right, 16, and the record in a season is 20. And I hold the record.‘So he said the other day that he wants to beat it. 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Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalAguero replied: ‘What I’ve seen from Kevin is just incredible. ‘From nowhere he gives you a pass that you weren’t even expecting.‘I don’t know if you had the same reaction with some players, perhaps at Barcelona? You’re just like, “Oh, I have the ball!”’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Patrice Evra reveals the only time Sir Alex Ferguson ‘screamed’ with joy in Manchester United dressing roomMORE: Tony Adams explains why he turned down Man Utd and Sir Alex Ferguson to stay at Arsenal Skip Metro Sport ReporterMonday 4 May 2020 11:31 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link9.1kShares Read More Aguero responded: ‘It’s complicated to do both, goals and assists. In the end, assists create goals. ‘Maybe in order to really get noticed you have to provide 30, 35 assists to compensate the goals.‘Kevin has goals too, though!’ SPONSORED Skip Ad Thierry Henry and Kevin De Bruyne worked together with the Belgian national team (Picture: Getty)Thierry Henry has revealed the perfect response he had for Kevin De Bruyne after the Manchester City star warned him he was ‘coming for’ his Premier League assists record.De Bruyne, regarded as one of the most gifted passers in world football, was just four behind Henry’s outrageous tally of 20 assists when the coronavirus crisis brought a English football to a halt last month.The Belgium international has made no secret of his desire to chase Henry’s tally down and recently admitted that he had been teasing the iconic former Arsenal striker that it was only a matter of time before his record would be wiped from the history books.AdvertisementAdvertisementRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news liveADVERTISEMENT Coming Next 1/1 De Bruyne has racked up 16 assists in the league this season (Picture: Getty)‘To be honest, I feel like I’m on 17 – I know they took one away from me at Arsenal. I don’t know why they did it, I still don’t understand it,’ De Bruyne told The Athletic last week.‘I always joked with Henry in the national team, even at Vincent Kompany’s testimonial this year. I saw him and said “I’m coming for you this year”. ‘To have 16 assists is really nice and speaks really well for a creative player. But if it doesn’t happen we still go on.‘When you get something it fills you with pride because I had it in Germany and it’s nice to see you broke some records.’ Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Thierry Henry hits back at Kevin De Bruyne over Premier League assists record Advertisementlast_img read more

Potters ruin Sherwood’s Villa debut

first_img The winger was brought down by Ron Vlaar – who was sent off – to win it for the Potters at the death. Scott Sinclair had headed Villa in front only for Mame Biram Diouf to level just before the break. Defeat kept the hosts in the bottom three of the Barclays Premier League and underlined the job Sherwood has to keep them up. He made his mark on the team by dropping Ashley Westwood and Tom Cleverley as Carlos Sanchez, Carles Gil, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Kieran Richardson, Sinclair and Brad Guzan returned. Jonathan Walters was back for Stoke after a knee problem with Asmir Begovic recalled after being rested in the FA Cup against Blackburn with Marc Wilson, Erik Pieters and Stephen Ireland available after injury. Sherwood had promised endeavour and goals in his pre-match programme notes but it was a quiet start from both sides. Neither took control of the game but Villa got the early goal Sherwood craved when Sinclair, who scored his first goal since 2012 last week, opened the scoring. Stoke wanted a foul after Sinclair and Phil Bardsley tangled from a corner but the ball fell to Fabian Delph who whipped a delightful cross in from the left for Sinclair to glance past Begovic from 12-yards. Ciaran Clark’s fine tackle denied Walters and Diouf fired straight at Guzan as Stoke responded but the teams cancelled each other out. Villa negotiated any problems without causing Stoke any of their own with Christian Benteke well marshalled by the visiting defence. If some Villa fans expected the floodgates to open after Sinclair’s fine header they were left disappointed with the spark leaving the the hosts. And the game was ambling towards half-time only for Stoke to level out of the blue seconds before the break. Walters teed up former Villa misfit Ireland and his cross was powered in by Diouf from seven yards. It was a shock to the hosts’ system and Ireland drilled over after the re-start with Villa still recovering from the late first-half blow. The disappointing Benteke remained isolated and unable to make a decisive impact while Sherwood replaced the ineffective Gil with Andreas Weimann. Combative and unflustered Stoke started to scrap Villa out of the game and, while there was little quality from either side, the visitors had the impetus. Guzan punched away Walters’ angled volley yet there was nothing to suggest either side would grab a winner. Villa lacked the skill or know-how to unlock Stoke again although Begovic tipped over Agbonlahor’s header with two minutes left. But Villa imploded in injury-time when Vlaar’s poor touch allowed Moses to steal the ball and burst into the area. Vlaar scythed the forward down, was sent off, and Moses then beat Guzan to snatch the win. Stoke dramatically spoiled Tim Sherwood’s debut as Aston Villa boss after Victor Moses’ injury-time penalty gave them a 2-1 win at Villa Park. Press Associationlast_img read more


first_imgThe amazing pictures show Cathy before and after she started to jive!A Donegal mum has revealed how she jived off an incredible SIX STONE in weight.Mum of two Cathy McGuigan form Letterkenny looks amazing after dropping from a generous size 22 dress to a jaw dropping slimline size 14.Cathy will feature on RTE Stetsons and Stilettos tonight at 6.30pm when she tells her story. And Cathy, 40, revealed how she would recommend jiving to anyone who wants to lose a bit of weight.“She said: “Jiving is a great way to lose weight. It’s such a full body workout. We call it body magic in Slimming World. Every muscle is being used. You’re out dancing to country music which I love.“I could dance all night and it reallly has helped me shift the pounds. People who haven’t seen me in a year see a total different in me and I put that solely down to the training the jiving.“I lost six stone. My body shape has changed dramatically over the past year or so due to the dancing. I’ve gone form a size 22 to 14. “People tell me I look years younger. When I turned 30 I looked 40 but I turned 40 this year and everyone has been telling me I look years younger. I look like a different person. I feel better than I ever have.”She said she was at her heaviest when she returned to Draperstown in Derry from living in the United States seven years ago.“I was very heavy then. I suffered from an under active thyroid condition which makes it very hard to lose weight. I used it as a crutch for a long time.”But Cathy, who has a 14 year old son called Ethan and a 7 year old daughter called Bethany, said her decision to join slimming world and take up the dance moves she learned as a child has helped the weight to fall off her over the past two years.She said: “I started Slimming World and exercising in the morning and jiving.“I have always loved to jive but when I was heavier it wasn’t fun. I was fit enough to do it. My father taught me when I was 10 or 11 and I actually taught people how to jive in America. “I was always a good jiver but being heavier slowed me down. Losing weight has given me a whole new lease of life. I can do so much more with the kids.“Country music is always on in my house and I’m jiving and singing. I do a bit of singing as well and hopefully this year I’ll make my own CD.“I did it for my own health. I wanted my children growing up with a healthy way of life.”The final episode of the RTE series entitled D.I.V.O.R.C.E follow Cathy and two other country music enthusiasts as they show there is life after marriage on Ireland country music scene. The separated Donegal mum said she would like to find romance while swinging through the moves of the energetic American dance.She said: “I think when you turn 40 and you are split up people expect you to knit. I like to go out. It’s a fun way to lose weight and a fantastic way to meet people. It’s a win win.“You would be hoping to maybe meet somebody out of it someday too.”Cathy, who is tee-total, said she is very choosy about her jiving partners when she goes to see country music stars all over the north of Ireland.She said: “I would be watching for the good jivers on the floor. If they are not a good jiver I won’t dance with them”, she said laughing.“You get injuries. It can be dangerous. If someone turns you and twists your arm the wrong way, it’s not easy.“I’ve a lot more confidence in myself. I don’t drink. I find the majority if young people in Northern Ireland are not drinkers. They go out to dance for the night. It’s great to see it coming back in.”She said the jiving craze has swept throughout the country through all age groups.“It’s 18 to 80. I’m from Letterkenny originally but I live in Draperstown. I jive from everywhere from Letterkenny to Omagh. There is somewhere every night if you wanted.“It’s amazing what has happened in the last year. People plan their holidays around the festivals. I think Nathan Carter coming on the scene as a modern country star and Lisa McHugh.”Stetson and Stillettos will be shown on RTE One tonight at 6.30pm.I JIVED SIX STONE OFF MYSELF – DANCING DONEGAL MUM was last modified: December 6th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Cathy McGuiganjivingletterkennylast_img read more

Almost half of speeding summonses in Donegal struck out in court

first_imgAlmost half of summonses for motorists to appear in court in Donegal for speeding offences since 2017 have not been served.The shocking extent of the problem is laid bare in data just released by the Courts Service. Independent.ie reports that, of 61,059 speeding offences listed in the courts over a 29-month period, some 27,899 – or 45.7pc – were struck out due to summonses not being served.In Donegal a total of 651 out of 1,413 speeding summonses were not served.The figures relate to 2017, 2018 and the first five months of 2019.The summonses were meant to be served on motorists who failed to pay fixed-charge penalty notices.But Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan has said a variety of issues, including the offenders evading service, can contribute to the summonses not being served by gardaí.A Department of Justice and Department of Transport-led working group last year said there had been “a notable improvement” in the rate of summons service for fixed charge penalty offences.While strides may have been made with the overall rate of summons service, the new data indicates a particular problem exists for speeding cases.In fact, the figures show little or no improvement since a previous analysis by the Irish Independent revealed 45.8pc of speeding cases in 2015 and 2016 were struck out due to summonses not being served.The new data, released to Independent TD Tommy Broughan, also lays bare wide geographical variations.Motorists in counties such as Wexford, Westmeath and Limerick were much more likely to be served with a summons than those in Monaghan, Sligo, Mayo and Kerry.Certain areas appear to have been blackspots when it came to serving summonses.In Killorglin, Co Kerry, 159 out of 165 speeding offences were struck out in the 29-month period due to summonses not being served.Three-quarters of speeding offences were struck out for the same reason in Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim.Monaghan was the county with the highest rate of non-service. Just over 60pc of speeding offences were struck out due to non-service in Carrickmacross and over 61pc in Monaghan town.In Sligo and Mayo, 55.1pc of speeding offences were struck out due to summonses not being served. Even in the best-­performing county, Wexford, a third of speeding cases were struck out for non-service.The Parc Road Safety Group expressed disappointment at the figures.“This is showing a lot of summonses are not being served. There are also massive disparities in service rates across the country,” said Parc spokesperson Susan Gray.“This is despite a working group being set up in 2014 to examine how the rate of summons serving could be improved and to regularly monitor the level of serving throughout the country.”Mr Flanagan said attempts to serve summons could be affected by inaccurate address data, persons moving home or persons living in multi-occupancy dwellings.“Certain persons will also take active steps to evade service. Such difficulties are experienced by many other police forces,” he said in a letter to Mr Broughan.The minister said that where a summons was struck out, gardaí could make an application to the court office to reissue the summons.The data released by the Courts Service also reveals two-thirds of people convicted in court of a speeding offence did not have their licence recorded so that penalty points could be applied – even though it is an offence not to produce it.Some 12,495 people were convicted of speeding offences during the 29-month period, but just 4,201 of them had their licences recorded.According to the Courts Service, licences could not be recorded where the driver did not attend and was convicted in their absence, drivers had no recorded licence, drivers had foreign licences, or drivers did not produce their licence to the court.Wild variations were seen in the rate of recording of licences, with 80pc recorded in Wicklow but just 13pc in Kerry.However, this does not necessarily mean everyone who did not produce their licence avoided points.The Road Safety Authority said that where a licence was not handed in to the court, all available information in relation to the convicted person was forwarded electronically by the Courts Service to the Department of Transport.This information is used in matching the person’s details to a driver record.Almost half of speeding summonses in Donegal struck out in court was last modified: September 24th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:courtdonegalspeedingstruck outsummonseslast_img read more

NBA free agency: DeMarcus Cousins agrees to deal with Lakers

first_imgAfter experiencing a depressed free-agency market for the second consecutive year, DeMarcus Cousins agreed to a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers. ESPN first reported the news.Cousins became a casualty on the free-agent market on four fronts. One, the Warriors became strapped for cap space after acquiring D’Angelo Russell in a sign-and-trade from Brooklyn as part of a consolation prize for Kevin Durant’s departure. Two, Cousins no longer appears as coveted as when he landed four …last_img read more

KZN kicks off 20 Years of Freedom celebrations

first_img11 March 2014 KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu, joined by leaders from various communities, released doves as a symbol of peace at the Mandela Capture Site in Howick on Monday to mark the official start of the province’s celebrations of South Africa’s 20 Years of Freedom. Mchunu also unveiled the symbolic 20 Years of Freedom Flame, which will criss-cross the province’s 11 districts over the coming months, with a series of activities been lined up in each district to welcome the flame. “It is impossible to talk about Tata Madiba’s vote in the first ever democratic elections in his lifetime without referring to KwaZulu-Natal,” Mchunu said at the unveiling: “The unpleasant fact is that at any mention of apartheid, the people of KwaZulu-Natal remember a period of great cruelty, the torture and killing of political activists, the break-up of families and the suffering of orphans and widows. “In sharp contrast, at any mention of Tata Nelson Mandela, the faces of the people of KwaZulu-Natal lighten up, as he represents the end of suffering and hope for a better future.” Mchunu said Mandela understood the suffering of the people of KwaZulu-Natal under apartheid, and would often travel to the then Natal province to meet with ordinary community members, political activists and leaders of the African National Congress (ANC). Mchunu urged the province to “hold each other’s hands and embrace this freedom, reconciliation, acceptance and respect for all communities. “Respect for human rights must be the new culture of our new South African nation. Let no one take away your right to be free and enjoy the fruit of this democracy. Let us work hard together to create this positive future for our children.” Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Nevermind Google, New Extensions Block Spam Across Browsers & Search Engines

first_imgmike melanson A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Yesterday, Google released a Chrome browser extension that lets users block certain websites from showing up in their Google search results. That way, if you never want to see an eHow article again, you don’t have to. Kynetx, a company that offers developers a single platform for building extensions for multiple browsers, saw the announcement and immediately offered $500 to the first person that could create an extension “with the same functionality for all 3 browsers and all 3 major search engines.”Less than a day later, the company has announced a winner and released the extensions.The company explained the reasons for the contest and the rules in a blog post yesterday after Google’s announcement:We think this is a very useful tool, we run into spam results way too often. The only problem is that this extension works only in Google Chrome on Google. Kynetx makes it brain-dead simple to build an extension for Chrome, Firefox and IE that will annotate search results on Google, Yahoo and Bing.Kynetx works by providing an AppBuilder tool and a rule-based language to create browser extensions that operate similarly to GreaseMonkey.The extensions, which are available for Internet Explorer, Chrome and Firefox, function nearly identically to the one put out by Google yesterday. When you get a page of search results, if you don’t want to see a certain domain any more, you simply click the “block” link next to that result. At the end of your search results, it will tell you if something has been blocked and you can click to see the blocked results (the highlighted entries in the screenshot below). The big difference, of course, is that these extensions work with the top three most used browsers as well as the top three search engines. If you block something on one browser, it automatically synchronizes and keeps that domain blocked in other browsers too. The same goes for search engines. If you block something in Bing, it will be blocked in both Yahoo and Google.Ed Orcutt, a developer based in Highland, Utah won the $500 prize by getting there first. This is the second time around for Orcutt, who also won another Kynetx contest by creating HoverMe, an extension that helps Twitter and Facebook users discover where their friends hang out on the social Web.All of the extensions are now available at PersonalBlock.com. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Browsers#Google#Microsoft#search#web center_img Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more