Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts IraqMiddle East – North Africa News News Reporters Without Borders is very concerned about a new culture ministry bill that aims to ban certain websites as its scope is too vague and it needs to be more clearly defined. The bill is due to be examined by parliament shortly.“We are very worried about the abuses that will be possible under this bill as a result of vague and imprecise wording,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It is legitimate to want to regulate the Internet sector but it would be unacceptable if this proposed law were to restrict freedom of information.”The government wants to step up control of website content and Internet cafés. “All websites that glorify terrorism and incite violence and sectarianism, or those that violate social morals with content such as pornography will be banned,” communications ministry spokesman Sameer Al-Hasoon was quoted as saying. Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” The Iraqi Journalistic Freedom Observatory said the bill would open the door to tighter control of political debate and issues that are regarded as sensitive by the government.The proposed law has been fiercely criticised, especially by free speech groups which see it as a first step towards political censorship and a threat to the democratic process in Iraq. Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki has also voiced concern that it violates articles 38 and 40 of the 2005 constitution. Internet café owners say the proposed controls could slow down the Internet and jeopardise online searches and chat forums.Meanwhile, there has been an increase in attacks on Internet cafés in recent months. Around 10 people were wounded in the bombing of an Internet café in the southwest Baghdad district of Saha on 16 July that was claimed a religious extremist group.Iraq has benefitted from favourable free speech legislation since Saddam Hussein’s overthrow in 2003. Several dozen Internet Service Providers have been established and hundreds of Internet cafés have been opened throughout the country. All this could be threatened by the new bill. December 28, 2020 Find out more IraqMiddle East – North Africa RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” December 16, 2020 Find out more to go further News Follow the news on Iraq RSF_en Organisation Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan News August 10, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Governement bill seen as opening way to online censorship February 15, 2021 Find out more
Load remaining images Twiddle wrapped up their Thanksgiving 2016 Tour with a two-night escapade at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston, MA this past weekend, November 25th and 26th. In similar fashion as last year’s run at the same venue, Twiddle brought the Thanksgiving cheer to an eager crowd to celebrate the holiday weekend.Opening night one was The Jauntee, a band local to Massachusetts who have a psychedelic sound truly unique in the northeast. The quartet got the weekend off to a great start before Twiddle took the stage around 10:30 pm.Twiddle started their weekend catalog with the warm tones of “Dusk Til’ Dawn” with drummer Brook Jordan on lead vocals. They meandered their way into a strong “Doink n Boink” before settling in and jamming fluidly through the rest of set one which ended with an emotional “White Light.” Going into the first set break of the weekend the message to “Love Relentlessly” echoed through the crowd, and it was no question that the love would permeate through every soul in the building all weekend.“Brown Chicken Brown Cow” set the tone for a fun and bouncy second set with “Mamunes the Faun” and “Fire on High” being clear highlights. The band encored with “Daydream Farmer” before the crowd headed back to their homes and hotels to rest up and prepare for a second night of music ahead.Night two opened up with lespecial, a 3-piece band heavily influenced by Primus with a hint of electronic and reggae beats. Their set made for very identifiable and enjoyable sound.Twiddle gave a friendly nod to lespecial when they included “Too Many Puppies,” a Primus cover, into their first set of the night, keeping the heavy rock vibes going strong. Mihali Savoulidis continued to shred his way through the night before ending the set with the vocally driven songs “Five” and “Every Soul,” which can be tear jerkers for many and were an appropriate way to end an emotional set.Check out Twiddle’s extended jam on “The Box” in set two, with a cover of Daft Punk’s “Robot Rock” sandwiched in the middle.The weekend ended with a touching cover of Grateful Dead’s “Eyes of the World”, with Savoulidis playing a 50th Anniversary Garcia Tiger beautifully crafted by Lieber guitars.The weekend was one not soon to be forgotten, but fans have much to look forward to with yet another two night run set for the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY this December! Check out the setlists from each night below, courtesy of uTwiddle, as well as a full gallery from ATS Photography.Setlist: Twiddle at Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA – 11/25/16Set 1: Dusk ‘Til Dawn, Doinkinbonk!!!, Hattibagen McRat, Tom’s Song, Amydst The Myst, White LightSet 2: Brown Chicken Brown Cow, Laughable Butane Bob > Mamunes The Faun, Grandpa Fox, Fire On High > Best FeelingEncore: Daydream FarmerShow Notes: This show was a part of the 2016 Thanksgiving Tour. This was the first of a two-night run at the Paradise Rock Club. The Jauntee and lespecial opened the show. “Fire On High” was last performed on 2016-07-29 (42 shows). “Laughable Butane Bob” was last performed on 2014-11-26 (204 shows). “Tom’s Song” contained “Polluted Beauty” teases.Setlist: Twiddle at Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA – 11/26/16Set 1: Blueberry Tumble, Gatsby The Great, Second Wind > Too Many Puppies > Second Wind > ApplesSet 2: Indigo Trigger > Wasabi Eruption -> The Box > Robot Rock > The Box > Boom Boom Boom > The Box, Five, Every SoulEncore: Eyes Of The WorldShow Notes: This show was a part of the 2016 Thanksgiving Tour. This was the second of a two-night run at the Paradise Rock Club. The Jauntee and lespecial opened the show. “Robot Rock” was last performed on 2015-12-31 (92 shows). “Gatsby The Great” contained “Divided Sky” (Phish) and “Too Many Puppies” teases. “Boom Boom Boom” (The Outhere Brothers) was a debut.
Conte on his and Terry’s future, Barca being linked Blues trio, and not playing Mourinho’s mind games
Embed from Getty ImagesChelsea boss Antonio Conte was asked about a number of issues at his pre-match press conference ahead of Monday’s FA Cup quarter-final against Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United. Here is some of what the Italian had to say.Team news“Today, all my players are available for sure. Tomorrow and Sunday we have training sessions and I hope to have all my players in the best condition.“I have to decide the starting 11. I will try to make the best decision for the team because we want to go into the next round.”Could it be John Terry’s final FA Cup game at Stamford Bridge?Embed from Getty Images“I hope not. I don’t know about this. The player’s situation, my situation, every situation, I prefer to face at the end of the season when it will be the right time for everyone.“John is doing great work this season on and off the pitch. For me he is very important. He is the captain and giving me a lot in the changing room. He is an important player for us.”Conte’s own future“It is the same situation. I think now we must be focused on the present. The players and I must be focused on the present and when the right moment comes to face a situation you talk with the club. Now it’s important to be focused.”Not playing Mourinho’s mind gamesEmbed from Getty Images“The most important thing is (what happens on) the pitch – to prepare your team the right way, with the right organisation.“The important thing is to work to try to improve my players. These are the most important things for me and for any coach.“My players and I are focused on the game on the pitch, on the work and to try to improve every day.“The mind games? Don’t think you have to win the mind games. A person who is focused a lot on the pitch is one you can trust with his work.”Reports Barcelona are interested in Nemanja Matic, Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos AlonsoEmbed from Getty Images“In this moment there is a lot of speculation about players and sometimes me.“We are doing a good job – my players and my staff. We are doing well and it’s important to continue in this way.“It’s normal for my players to be linked with other teams, but don’t forget that Chelsea is a great team in the same way Barcelona, Real Madrid and other teams are.”See also:Conte on Pedro, Morata, Wenger’s comments and Chelsea’s search for players Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
USDA funds participatory organic corn breeding and testing network initiative at Illinois with $2 million
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The United States Department of Agriculture announced that it will invest nearly $2 million toward a University of Illinois project that will allow farmers, researchers, and consumers to participate in breeding corn optimized for organic production. Farmers will help test maize germplasm developed at U of I and the Mandaamin Institute in Wisconsin, and consumers will give their opinions on the quality of the grain and products made with each line of organic corn.“The project is unique because it integrates all the components of the food chain, from the field to table, connecting researchers, producers, and consumers,” said Carmen Ugarte, research specialist in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences at U of I, and the lead investigator on the project. “Traditionally, farmers stop worrying about what happens to their corn after it is delivered to the grain elevator. But we’re trying to breed with the end product in mind, and we are keen to connect producers and consumers.”Martin Bohn, corn breeder and geneticist in the Department of Crop Sciences at U of I and co-principal investigator, notes this project will provide the scientific insights needed to design cutting-edge breeding strategies for the development of cultivars wanted in the organic market.“To be successful, each breeding program needs well-defined objectives, and in the organic marketplace, it isn’t only about yield. Processing and nutritional quality are of great importance for the consumer, and the farmer needs cultivars that compete well with weeds, are resistant to pests and diseases, and tolerate stresses like drought, heat, and low nutrient availability,” Bohn said.Bill Davison, a U of I Extension educator and co-investigator on the project, says that growers currently do not have many choices in the marketplace when it comes to organically produced corn. But, he says, some top-performing genetic lines have been tested at U of I. These need to be evaluated across a variety of conditions to make further improvements, and that’s where participating farmers come in.The project will develop a participatory testing network with farmers from Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin, and New York.“At each location, our researchers will work with farmers to establish variety trials to assess the agronomic performance of elite corn hybrids developed at U of I and the Mandaamin Institute, with co-investigator Walter Goldstein,” Ugarte said.The researchers will also evaluate the influence of soil health on yield and grain quality and processing characteristics. “This will let us test theories about the ties between soil and crop health,” said Michelle Wander, co-principal investigator and soil scientist in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences at U of I.All materials tested under field conditions will also be evaluated for quality and performance of the end products. Corn will be processed into several different types of food products, such as corn bread or tortilla chips, at the Pilot Processing Plant on the U of I campus and then tested by consumers and researchers. Co-investigator Juan Andrade from the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at U of I will evaluate nutrient content and things like volatile aromatic compounds that influence our sensory experience of food.Finally, co-investigator Bryan Endres, a professor in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at U of I, Wander, and others will work with private breeders and processors and an advisory board consisting of industry leaders to identify and promote organizational structures and legal agreements that support participatory breeding networks to improve the organic seed supply. Materials produced by the effort will be made available through eOrganic, eXtensions’ organic community of practice.
Any way you slice them, borders can be a touchy subject. They’re disputed and fought over, with one country claiming one border and a neighboring country claiming another, putting cartographers in a tricky position – where to draw the line. Today, Google announced on its Lat Long blog that it had drawn those lines a little more clearly for more than 60 countries and regions, with the changes already live on Google Maps and coming shortly to Google Earth.Some of the changes better follow geographic features, such as rivers or mountain ridges, while others attempt to portray geopolitical disputes, a feat that the company acknowledges can be a complex process and, already, is running into complaints about. Tech blog Pluggd.in is already calling Google out for misrepresenting some geo-political borders, an issue for which it says Google PR already apologized before. The blog accuses Google of showing different maps to different countries, with Google Maps India showing a different border than Google Maps China. While one blog notes that Google simply shows these entire regions surrounded by dashed lines – to indicate the dispute over these borders – the country specific versions of Google Maps do not have the same image. Charlie Hale, a geo-policy analyst for Google, explains many of the difficulties faced in creating a global map:Making Google’s mapping tools as accurate as possible is a complex process, especially when a map’s accuracy has both quantitative and qualitative aspects. We receive spatial data of all kinds – imagery, boundaries, place names, etc. – from a variety of sources worldwide, and we review them carefully before integrating them into the best representation of a given location in Google Earth and Maps.In the case of geopolitical features on our maps, the depiction of borders is something upon which local authorities, governments and internationally recognized bodies often disagree. Our goal is to provide the most legible and accurate maps we can given the information available in these oft-changing areas of geopolitical disagreement. Like most maps, ours include symbology that makes borders and other geopolitical features clearer to users. Tags:#Google#Location#news#NYT#web Could this be a case of catch up, where Google has not updated its maps worldwide? Or is Google really catering to geopolitical concerns by showing different maps to different regions?We’ve asked Google for comment, but have yet to receive an answer. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting mike melanson Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Coach Chito Victolero, however, downplayed the Hotshots’ dominating performance, saying things just fell into place against the Picanto.“Actually those kinds of things just happen,” said Victolero, who once served as coach for the KIA franchise. “We had a good mindset and we played together as a team. Both the offense and defense were rolling tonight.”“We needed this game very badly in order for us to have a slim chance for the top four and we knew KIA wouldn’t give this game that easily.”Kristoffer Acox led the Hotshots with 19 points and 15 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight The Picanto, meanwhile, exited the tournament without a win, signing off with a 0-11 card, but the 47-point defeat was an added blow for KIA as it suffered its worst loss in franchise history.Later in the night, Meralco strengthened its bid for a top two finish after holding off GlobalPort, 100-93.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 shutoutThe Bolts tied Ginebra at the top of the ladder at 8-2 while the Batang Pier, who are already out of the playoffs, ended their conference with a 3-8 slate.Star used a huge second quarter to put the game away, overpowering KIA there, 33-12, to take a 65-36 lead going into the halftime break. Ding ousts So, faces Aronian for title MOST READ Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/PBA IMAGESStar kept its faint hopes of nailing a top four berth alive by capping KIA’s horrendous showing in the PBA Governors’ Cup with a 128-81 rout Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Hotshots nailed their sixth win in 10 outings. And while they are assured of a semifinal berth, tabbing a twice-to-beat edge in the playoffs still hangs in the balance for the squad.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
Wolves striker Raul Jimenez feels comfortable at Premier League levelby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves striker Raul Jimenez is pleased with his form this season.The Mexico international is happy with the way he settled in the Premier League.Jimenez said, “It has been good. If I’m good, the team is OK. I like to create opportunities for my teammates – if I can create an assist, if I can score a goal, or if my movement can help my teammates score a goal, it’s good for me because I’m doing things well.“I think I’m an important part here, but I want to give more. The fans want it and I think they deserve it. All of us want to give more and we want to start the year with a win and make it count.“For the rest of the season we want to do a good job, play good matches, and be up in the table.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Napoli coach Ancelotti opens door to signing Ibrahimovicby Carlos Volcano6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli coach Carlo Ancelotti has opened the door to signing LA Galaxy star Zlatan Ibrahimovic.Ibrahimovic told Gazzetta dello Sport that he would love an experience at Napoli, especially as he already worked with Ancelotti.After victory over Hellas Verona, Ancelotti joked: “I’ll call him tonight and say we’re waiting! “I have a great deal of affection for him, I saw he scored 29 goals in 30 MLS games. Tomorrow, after I’ve called him, I’ll let you know how it went!”The Swede will be a free agent when his LA Galaxy contract expires in December.
Auburn Sand Pit WorkoutToday was definitely not a lazy Sunday for some of Auburn’s football players. Tigers’ wide receiver Dhaquille Williams and a couple of his teammates spent some time working out in a sand pit. It’s 92 degrees in Auburn, Ala., today. So it was probably a pretty rough workout. “It’s going to pay off,” Williams said. Auburn opens its 2015 season Sept. 5 against Louisville in the Georgia Dome.