first_img to go further SyriaMiddle East – North Africa News Reporters Without Borders today called on the Syrian authorities to specify charges against writer and cyber-dissident Habib Saleh, who was arrested by security agents on 6 May 2008 without any explanation.Saleh, 61, who has been arrested three times in seven years, was picked up while visiting markets in Tartus in the country’s north-west. His wife said his arrest was linked to publication of online articles on various websites, particularly Elaph (, which is censored in Syria because of its independent approach to news. “He was writing an article a day after coming out of prison. The Syrian authorities consider that he is breaking the rules imposed on subjects like religion, politics or repression on the part of the Syrian regime,” she told Reporters Without Borders.“Habib Saleh has already spent 27 months in prison because of articles he has posted online,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “He is once again being held secretly, after only eight months of freedom. We ask the authorities to provide information about the charges against him.”Saleh was sentenced to three years in prison during the “Damascus Spring” in 2002 and was released on 9 September 2004. He was again sentenced to three years in jail on 15 August 2006, under Article 286 of the criminal code for “publishing false news” in relation to articles posted online. He was released on 12 September 2007.Syria has a deserved listing on Reporters Without Borders roll of “Internet Enemies”. The country still applies state of emergency legislation established 45 years ago. The law on the Internet is very strict. Telecommunications minister, Amr Salem, decreed on 25 July 2007 that owners of websites must keep personal information about authors of articles and columns. Three cyber-dissidents are currently behind bars for having exercised their right to free expression on the Internet. March 12, 2021 Find out more SyriaMiddle East – North Africa News May 9, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for charges against cyberdissident Habib Saleh to be spelled out News Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria Follow the news on Syriacenter_img Receive email alerts RSF_en Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law News February 3, 2021 Find out more March 8, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists Organisation last_img read more

first_img6 November 2013South African scientists are to lead two of the 10 teams involved in the design of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope, the international SKA Organisation announced on Monday.The SKA’s global partners have committed €120-million to the three-year design phase, which will involve more than 350 scientists representing 18 nations and drawn from nearly 100 institutions.The SKA project is an international effort to build the world’s largest radio telescope, to be co-located in South Africa and Australia.SKA South Africa said in a statement on Monday that the telescope’s design had been broken down into various modules called “work packages”. Each of these packages, of which SKA South Africa has been selected to lead two, will be managed by a team of international experts.Dr Richard Lord, of SKA South Africa, will head up the team that deals with the “assembly, integration and verification” element, which involves the planning of activities at the sites needed to incorporate the SKA into existing infrastructure.Tracy Cheetham, also of SKA South Africa, will head up the team charged with all the infrastructure-related work for the telescope.In addition, various South African companies and universities are playing key roles in the design of numerous elements of the other work packages, including dishes, telescope manager, science data processors, central signal processors and signal and data transport.SKA SA general manager for science computing and innovation, Jasper Horrell, told Business Day that seven South African companies and two local universities were involved in the design work at this stage.Professor John Womersley, chairman of the SKA board, said in a statement: “This multi-disciplinary team of experts has three full years to come up with the best technological solutions for the final design of the telescope, so we can start tendering for construction of the first phase in 2017 as planned.”Deploying thousands of radio telescopes, in three unique configurations, the SKA will enable astronomers to monitor the sky in unprecedented detail and survey the entire sky thousands of times faster than any system currently in existence. It will be able to detect very faint radio signals emitted shortly after the Big Bang.The international SKA organisation has 10 member countries: Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, South Africa, Sweden, the Netherlands and the UK. India is an associate member.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

first_imgChina and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … Guest author Michael Hughes works on business development and marketing at CoFoundersLab.In today’s uber-connected digital world, software has become the backbone of innovation, and it plays a major role in virtually every business. From high tech to clean tech to healthcare to physical products, almost every business needs someone with at least some technical chops.High-tech startups need technical co-founders more than just about anyone else. But with demand for technical talent at an all time high, your startup doesn’t stand much of a chance of finding a first-class technical co-founder. Instead, you need to focus on attracting one.The first step is getting into the right mindset: Stop right now with thinking you have the best idea and that this is all it takes. You may very well have the next game-changing idea, but that’s missing the point. A technical co-founder wants to build your company with you, not for you.Repeat this to yourself until you believe it in your bones: Your idea isn’t the best idea, and a technical co-founder doesn’t want to work for you on your idea.You need to show prospective co-founders more than simply an idea, and you need to make them feel like they will be part of that idea, not just working for you. In-demand technical types aren’t going to work their fingers to the bone for very little money on nothing more than someone else’s idea.At a recent Co-Founders Wanted Brooklyn Meetup, Greg Whalin, one of the co-founders and former CTO of Meetup, recounted how after leaving Meetup after 10 years, he had lots of requests to join other people’s startups as a technical co-founder. The only ones he took seriously were from people with something more tangible than simply an idea. Greg looked for founders who wanted him to build something with them, not for them – who were looking for a true partner.So how do you demonstrate those things to potential co-founders? You can start with these three tips:1. Build A PrototypeNothing shows commitment like actually building a prototype – or at least some initial wireframes. Having something tangible, whether a first pass at a website, app or physical product is the only real way to show passion and commitment. Not only will this bring your idea to life, but it will also help you stand out from the other hustlers with nothing more than a PowerPoint deck. If you can’t get this far, you probably aren’t ready to find a business partner.2. Talk To Potential CustomersAn idea without customers is simply that: an idea. Do your homework and reach out to potential customers to get feedback on your product or company. Show them your prototype or wireframes and ask them if they would be willing to pay for your product or service. Customers who are willing to pay are the key to every successful business, and demonstrating this through real research and outreach can make a big difference to potential partners.3. Learn To CodeIf you can learn to code, even a little, you will gain a measure of respect from potential technical co-founders. There’s no better way to relate to someone than to speak their language. Learning to code will also help you gauge just how talented a potential technical co-founder really is. If you don’t understand anything about programming, how can you evaluate someone else’s skills? Learning the basics has never been easier, with resources like Codecademy, Skillshare, Starter League in Chicago, in Boston and General Assembly. There are also plenty of free, open courses from top universities.Remember, you need to treat a technical co-founder like a true partner, not just the person who will write your code. The key to attracting talent is to show real, tangible progress and commitment. Good luck!Image courtesy of Shutterstock. michael hughes Related Posts Tags:#app developers#developers#Entrepreneurs#startups center_img How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture How to Get Started in China and Have Success What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star…last_img read more

first_imgView comments Apart from the overwhelming talent at all posititons, the biggest problem the Beermen pose is size.“Well, our work just got harder,” quipped Alaska coach Alex Compton. “San Miguel’s clearly the best team in the league. I wish San Miguel has a weakness but they don’t. So our job, the rest of us coaches, is try to find a way, but it’s not gonna be being taller than San Miguel. So we’ll just work and try to make a way.”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 shutout“It’s going to be nice to see June Mar and Christian play together, but my tweet was specifically for the Gilas program,” shared TNT coach Nash Racela. “I was hoping to see them play together in Gilas but it will happen in the PBA with San Miguel. This just makes it harder for all the other teams.”“The job gets harder because the disparity just got wider. That’s going to be our task, to compete with teams as strong as San Miguel,” said new Phoenix coach Louie Alas. Christian Standhardinger. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAlready with formidable starting five bannered by four-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo, San Miguel just got a lot  stronger after it traded for the number one pick in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft and selected Christian Standhardinger.Now the onus on the rest league to figure out how to stop the three-time defending Philippine Cup champions this coming PBA season.ADVERTISEMENT Meanwhile, NLEX coach Yeng Guiao said that the controversy surrounding the trade between Kia and San Miguel casts the PBA in a bad light.“I’m saddened more than angered. I’m just sad over the situation because everyone who I talked to had some misgivings about the situation, and I can’t explain it enough because I’m also part of the PBA,” he said.The Beermen acquired the Picanto’s top overall pick in this year’s annual rookie selection in exchange for Ronald Tubid, JayR Reyes, Rashawn McCarthy, and a 2019 first round pick, a deal which PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa green-lighted on Friday.“We have an intelligent basketball public. They know what’s happening. The sad thing for me is we’ve already been judged,” he said.Now the only thing left to do for the 11 other teams in the PBA is to be on  their 100-percent or more whenever they play San Miguel.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “Maybe it’s time to move on. The more we give reasons, the more the people will be angered. We just have to live with that,” he said. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:55Cops raid Manila office of Bayan, nab 3 activists for guns, explosive01:37Protesters 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 Helterbrand finds perfect time to call it a career Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READlast_img read more

first_imgThe overwhelming feeling I got from Saturday’s loss to Baylor wasn’t one of sadness. I wasn’t mad or upset or even disappointed. The thing I kept thinking over and over again was, “man, winning the Big 12 is really difficult.”For the College Football Playoff committee to discount whichever team wins the Big 12 championship is laughable. That’s not to say winning the Big 10 or Pac-12 or SEC isn’t difficult. It’s just to say that winning the Big 12 might be the most difficult.Here’s why. Not only do you have to perform at the highest level for 14 weeks. You have to keep 85 dudes healthy while playing far more plays than teams across the nation play. There are more variables in play in the Big 12. You have to run two or three or four deep at QB. You have to change defenses like hockey teams change lines.The committee might scoff at the fast-paced nature of football in flyover country, but it’s not a joke.“People around the nation have no idea (about the challenges of playing defense against Big 12 offenses like OU’s, Baylor’s and TCU’s),” Glenn Spencer told the Tulsa World. “They won’t know probably until the bowl games, and they won’t be happy when they (face Big 12 offenses).“With that being said, how do you deal with it? Kids have got to be mentally tough. They’re going to hurt and their bodies are going to try and shut down on them. That’s why I’m so proud of them. There are some creative offensive minds in this league. Our guys have got to be in tremendous condition. Probably even more than that, just the mental toughness involved in it. I’ve talked to other coordinators, and they all agree.”I agree too. And not only is it difficult, but it’s actually fun to watch unlike whatever it was I watched in Columbus, Ohio leading into the OSU-Baylor game on Saturday evening.So don’t let the committee steer you the other way. The Big 12 can bang with anybody in the country. In previous years, I would have bemoaned Baylor (formerly lowly Baylor!) coming into Stillwater and laying the smack down. Now? I respect it. Because a rising tide lifts all boat (maybe except Kansas’ dinghy) and as long as teams at the top of the Big 12 keep recruiting stud QBs, the league’s performance is going nowhere but up.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

first_imgGraduate transfer U continues to build it’s already impressive resume. For a fourth straight year, the Cowboys are expected to add a veteran defensive player to the group in Louisiana-Monroe cornerback Lenzy Pipkins. Pipkins confirmed to PFB that he does intend to transfer to OSU. The transfer was first reported by there ever was a year when a veteran presence will be needed at cornerback, it’s this year. The Cowboys return several players with experience at the position in Ashton Lampkin and Ramon Richards. But beyond that, the group of cornerbacks is extremely young and inexperienced with the biggest loss being all Big 12 performer Kevin Peterson from last years crew. The 2016 recruiting class consisted of a large haul at the position with three true freshmen in AJ Green, Madre Harper and Rodarius Williams, and also junior college transfer Malik Kearse joining the program. But another veteran presence in Pipkins is a big get for Gundy and the gang.Pipkins was a late bloomer on the recruiting radar, which explains why he only held one offer coming out of high school. He played just one season of high school football, where he recorded 52 tackles, seven pass breakups and an interception as a senior for Mansfield.Last season, Pipkins had 48 tackles, played in 13 games and made 10 starts. He had three interceptions during his time as ULM, per his athletics dept. bio. He is expected to graduate in May and will be eligible via the graduate transfer rule for next season.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

first_imgREVEALED: Spurs were keen to keep new Napoli hero Llorenteby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham were prepared to hand Fernando Llorente a new deal this season – but delays allowed Napoli to snap him up, it has been revealed.Llorente already has three goals with Napoli and is fast proving a transfer coup.Gazzetta dello Sport says Llorente, having seen his contract expire, was informed by Spurs that a new deal would be tabled before the start of the season.But having learned it would be on reduced terms, the veteran started shopping himself around and was soon convinced after a series of phone calls with Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti.With the Azzurri offering €5m-a-year and Spurs dithering, Llorente was persuaded to move to Naples.The former Juventus striker has made an instant impact and is already being celebrated across the national press. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgplain NCAA Logo.NCAA.It appears we’re only a short time away from learning what kind of trouble North Carolina’s athletic department is in with the NCAA. According to, the Tar Heels have received their Notice of Allegations from the NCAA, but won’t be releasing the details of the report until a later date. The NCAA re-opened its 2011 investigation into North Carolina’s athletic department in 2014. BREAKING: #UNC Notice of Allegations has arrived from NCAA. Story:— InsideCarolina (@InsideCarolina) May 22, 2015It’s probably time to start crossing your fingers and hoping for the best, North Carolina fans.last_img read more