Reporter gunned down in Veracruz while under state protection

first_img News July 22, 2016 Reporter gunned down in Veracruz while under state protection Tamayo, who worked for two dailies, Al Calor Politico and Piñero de la Cuenca, was shot by two unidentified gunmen outside his home in front of his wife and two children. He left Tierra Blanca for the neighbouring state of Oaxaca on 25 January, after being threatened, and was subsequently placed under the protection of the Commission for the Attention and Protection of Journalists of Veracruz, which moved him to the northwestern city of Tijuana. After several months, he decided to return to Tierra Blanca, where he continued to receive Veracruz state protection. This consisted of a police patrol car that drove past his home from time to time. Tamayo’s family said the gunmen had no problem getting away although a police car was only ten metres away at the time. The police took no action aside from delaying the arrival of an ambulance by twice giving the wrong address to emergency services. “We urge the authorities to carry out an exhaustive investigation into Pedro Tamayo’s death and to prioritize the probable link to his journalistic work,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of RSF’s Latin America’s desk “The level of violence against the media in Mexico, and especially in Veracruz, is overwhelming. Journalists are killed even when they are under state protection. Under these circumstances, how is it possible for reporters to continue covering sensitive local stories?” Tamayo covered local crime-related stories and kept a Facebook page called En la linea de fuego, los riesgos de la noticia (In the line of fire, the risks of reporting). He was the third journalist to be murdered in Veracruz this year. The previous victims were Anabel Flores in February and Manuel Torres González in May. When a suspect was arrested three months after Flores’ murder, the state prosecutor confirmed that she had been killed in connection with her reporting, which had angered a local criminal organization, he said. Veracruz is regarded as Mexico’s most dangerous state for journalists, with at least 17 murdered there since 2010. Mexico is ranked 149th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state May 13, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts MexicoAmericas Condemning abuses Organized crimeViolence Organisation to go further Follow the news on Mexico MexicoAmericas Condemning abuses Organized crimeViolence News Reports Help by sharing this information News 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say May 5, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Newspaper reporter Pedro Tamayo Rosas was gunned down on 20 July in Tierra Blanca, in the eastern state of Veracruz, although he had been receiving Veracruz state protection ever since being the target of threats in January. April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Every Syracuse head coach’s opinion on paying college athletes

first_imgAmong the biggest controversies in sports is the ongoing debate over whether the NCAA should compensate college athletes.Across the country, states are beginning to pass legislation that would force the NCAA to reform its structure and redefine amateurism. In California, the recently passed Fair Pay to Play Act allows college athletes to hire agents and make money off endorsements. That and other ongoing proposals, including in New York, forced the NCAA — which annually reports more than $1 billion in revenue — to respond.In late October, the NCAA’s board of governors unanimously voted to move toward allowing players to profit off their names, image and likeness. Syracuse Director of Athletics John Wildhack said in a statement, “We appreciate and support the NCAA Board of Governors’ recent action that paves the way for student-athletes to benefit from the use of their name, image and likeness in a manner consistent with the collegiate model.”As it stands now, college athletes aren’t allowed to receive compensation aside from their scholarships. In 2017, Central Florida’s kicker was ruled ineligible because he made money off his YouTube channel. After the NCAA’s October decision, Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim addressed the issue after a preseason scrimmage against Carleton for five minutes and nine seconds, then walked away from the podium without taking follow-up questions. He called the situation a “real difficult puzzle” and said allowing players to profit would stir more inequality and other unintended consequences.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text “It’s a good idea, but it’s a bad idea if it gets to a point where people are getting $20,000 here, $10,000, $15,000, $20,000,” Boeheim said. “If they go here, they’re going to get a $40,000 commercial. Because that’s what’s going to happen.”“I don’t see it,” Boeheim added. “I don’t see how it’s good.”Here’s how the rest of the head coaches at Syracuse see it. Dino Babers, Football“First of all, I think it’s good that people can use their own likenesses for financial gain,” Babers told Brent Axe on ESPN radio in October. “That’s awesome, and kind of the American way.”“From the NCAA standpoint, we gotta be careful, because it’s going to be really interesting how they balance it out for everyone,” Babers said in that interview. “Because if you’re talking about a quarterback or running back getting benefits, you know, it’s interesting that they probably wouldn’t get those benefits if it wasn’t for an O-lineman.John Desko, Men’s Lacrosse“I guess we’ve talked about that a little bit, not a lot because I’m not sure it would affect our sport,” Desko said. “I’m not so sure how many would pay for the likeness of a lacrosse player, but I’m sure maybe there’s a couple locally that would be interested. But it’s all speculation for me at this point.”Gary Gait, Women’s Lacrosse“I actually haven’t even thought about it, so it doesn’t affect our team. So haven’t even worried about it, haven’t really put any time into that,” Gait said.Quentin Hillsman, Women’s Basketball“The hard thing about college is this: You come to college, and you’re an athlete, and you work hard, play for your university,” Hillsman said.“I have no problem with players being compensated fairly. And I believe in that. I think that some of the things that they’re doing for cost of attendance and things like that has accomplished that. So, whatever the powers that be rule on that, I’m good with it,” Hillsman said.Nicky Adams, Women’s SoccerAdams has been involved in college sports for more than 20 years. As a player in the late-1990s, Adams led Texas A&M to two Big 12 titles and was nominated for the Herman Award — the women’s soccer version of the Heisman Trophy — twice.Despite her experience, Adams said she doesn’t have a strong opinion on the issue, calling it a “crazy topic where there’s so much that goes into it.”“We’re still trying to figure everything out,” Adams said.Brien Bell, Cross Country/Track and FieldBell said his view aligns with Wildhack and he takes the university’s stance on the issue. When asked about the proposed legislation in New York that would pay college athletes evenly based on each athletic department’s annual revenue, Bell had no comment.Ange Bradley, Field HockeyBradley has been coaching college field hockey since 1991, but she said she’s “really not familiar with the rules or laws” of paying college athletes. Bradley noted that paying players is “beyond what we do,” but “to have an education is an outstanding opportunity for anyone in life.”As a non-revenue sport, field hockey likely wouldn’t be a sport significantly affected by college athletes being able to profit off their names, images and likenesses. The proposed legislation in New York, though, would make Bradley’s players compensated just as much as Boeheim’s. Still, Bradley said she hasn’t thought about that possibility. Paul Flanagan, Ice Hockey“I don’t look at it probably like coach Boeheim, coach Babers and coach Desko, I guess. In our sport I don’t think it’s that much of an issue. So, do I think that some of these kids in these more high-profile sports are deserving of some type of remuneration? I don’t know,” Flanagan said.Flanagan added: “You look at a school like ours, or just down the road a school like Colgate, that’s got all these Division I sports, how are schools going to do it financially?… In some way shape or form some of these elite athletes, they’re rewarded eventually…I think that somewhere in there maybe there will be a compromise, but I don’t have the answer to that.”Leonid Yelin, Volleyball “I know what you want to ask, but you know, I don’t even have (an) answer,” Yelin said. “You can ask, but I don’t have – I don’t think so, not me. I don’t think anyone has (an) answer (right) now.”“I’m just telling you in the future. You can ask anyone (on the team). I can tell you, nobody is going to give you an answer just because nobody knows (the solution),” Yelin said.Shannon Doepking, Softball“I think softball is so far off from that, that it is not really something that we think about, to be honest. I think softball is just a different beast in its own that it is not something that I think is going to affect us in any way,” Doepking said. “So honestly, it is not something that I think about ever.”Younes Limam, Tennis “Quite honestly, right now, we have more things to worry about,” Limam said. “I haven’t really thought about it too much.”Dave Reischman and Luke McGee, Men’s and Women’s RowingReischman “respectfully” declined to comment, and McGee did not respond when asked whether college athletes should get paid.Syracuse men’s soccer head coach Ian McIntyre could not be reached for comment. Comments Published on March 8, 2020 at 11:16 pm * * indicates requiredcenter_img Sign up for The Daily Orange Newsletter Email Address * Relation to SU Current StudentEmployee of SUAlumniParent of Current/Former StudentLocal CNY ResidentOther Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Blood and sport: the samurai slashing that brought rugby to Japan

first_imgThe founders of the Yokohama club proposed that “hacking”, or kicking opponents, be banned, while early match reports underlined the prevalence of drop-kicking in those days.“Mr. Abbott having caught the ball made a good run through his opponents and, with a fine drop kick, scored a goal,” reads one report from the 1873 Japan Weekly Mail.Rugby gained a more solid foothold in Japan at the turn of the century when two Cambridge University alumni, Edward Bramwell Clarke and the Japanese player Ginnosuke Tanaka, introduced the game at Keio University in Tokyo.With more Japanese taking up the game, the sport’s popularity grew quickly with crowds of 20,000 attending matches in the early 1930s, according to Galbraith.– ‘Not so healthy’ –The Japan Rugby Football Union was formed in 1926 and a national team played its first overseas matches on a tour to Canada in 1930.In modern history, the Japanese team have been ever-present at the Rugby World Cup since the first edition in 1987, where they narrowly lost to the United States before suffering a 60-7 hammering at the hands of England.The World Cup has seen extreme highs and lows for Japan, from a record 145-17 loss to the All Blacks in 1995 to the competition’s greatest ever upset when the “Brave Blossoms” beat the mighty Springboks 34-32 in 2015 — dubbed the “Miracle of Brighton.”Organisers hope hosting this year’s competition will accelerate the development of rugby in Japan and Asia more widely, but low attendances for club rugby and the ejection of the Tokyo-based Sunwolves from Super Rugby have raised doubts.And what of rugby now at the Yokohama club, where it all began?“The status today is not so healthy,” sighs Galbraith speaking to AFP at the club, which proudly displays Japan’s oldest rugby trophy and numerous team photos on its wood-panelled walls.A dearth of members from traditional rugby-playing nations has hit the club hard, he says. “It’s more difficult to put out a 15-a-side team to play rugby.”Share on: WhatsApp The Yokohama Club is one of the world’s oldest rugby clubsYokohama, Japan | AFP | When 70,000 fans cram into Japan’s Yokohama stadium for the Rugby World Cup final, few will be aware of the area’s rich rugby history which stretches back more than 150 years and includes one of the world’s oldest clubs.It all started in the early 1860s when Britain sent troops to Yokohama to protect its subjects after samurai warriors slashed to death a British trader — and some of their 19th century officers turned out to be rugby fans.According to historian Mike Galbraith, who has extensively studied Japanese rugby’s early history, the first mention of the game being played dates to 1863, only 40 years after Rugby School student William Webb Ellis famously “took the ball in his arms and ran with it”, giving birth to the sport.As military tensions eased, the bored officers — many of them from British public schools like Rugby — took to the oval ball to pass the time.“They started playing every afternoon because the troubles subsided and so they didn’t really have anything to do. In December 1864, there’s evidence they were playing every afternoon with a few of the civilians,” Galbraith told AFP.Two years later, in 1866, more than 40 of these early rugby players banded together to found the Yokohama Foot Ball Club. A Japanese newspaper report from January 26, 1866, records the official establishment.“As we happen to have two or three Rugby and Winchester men in the Community, we may be certain that we shall have really good scientific play,” said an editorial in the Japan Times.This evidence leads Galbraith to claim that Yokohama may be one of the world’s first “Open” clubs — meaning that unlike a university or school, anyone can join.“The Yokohama Country and Athletic Club appears at present to be the oldest open club in the world with contemporaneous documentary evidence of its founding,” he said.– ‘Very unique’ –There are rugby clubs that are older, acknowledges Galbraith, but they lack such strong evidence describing their creation.“In the case of the Yokohama Foot Ball Club, there is a newspaper printed that very day describing what time it was and who the key people were and what the motions were. That’s very unique,” he said.The game then was very different to the fast-flowing sport played by professional athletes on display during the Rugby World Cup, which culminates on November 2 in Yokohama.last_img read more

MTN-Qhubeka ready for Tour du Suisse challenge

first_img “There are some serious mountains there, so there are some good opportunities there [to do well]. Hopefully the legs and the form will be good, so that I can see what I can do.”Television coverage South African and African cycling fans will be able to follow the fortunes of Team MTN-Qhubeka in the Tour du Suisse on SuperSport, which will deliver a delayed broadcast of Saturday’s first stage, followed by live coverage of every other day, through until the finish on Sunday, 22 June. SAinfo reporter 11 June 20134 South Africa’s Team MTN-Qhubeka will be on the starting line of the 78th Tour du Suisse on Saturday, eager to test their mettle against many of the world’s leading cyclists over the course of nine days. The challenge will be great, as many of those riders will be in peak physical condition ahead of the Tour de France. ‘Incredibly important race’ “The Tour of Switzerland is an incredibly important race for Team MTN-Qhubeka,” Team Principal Douglas Ryder said in an interview on the team’s YouTube channel on Tuesday. “The Tour of Switzerland is the fourth-biggest stage race in the world of cycling. It has huge media coverage around the event,” Ryder said. “It is one of the final preparation races for the big teams in terms of the Tour de France, and so it was critical for us to get into that event. “We’ll bring a fantastic team there, because it is the kind of event that suits our riders. It’s very hilly and it’s good for our African and European riders.”Vuelta a Espana preparation MTN-Qhubeka will be using the Tour du Suisse to prepare for the Vuelta a Espana, which along with the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia make up the sport’s three Grand Tours. The Vuelta will be raced for the 69th time this year, taking place from 23 August to 14 September. One of the major aims of the team’s participation in the Tour du Suisse, besides good results, will be to run a smooth operation ahead of the three-week race around Spain.Making a mark Assessing where Team MTN-Qhubeka could make its mark in Switzerland, Ryder said: “In the first few days, we’ll look for Gerald Ciolek to potentially win a stage because he can really get over the mountains and the smaller climbs. “Going towards the end of the tour, the last two stages, which are mountain-top finishes, we’ll be looking to Sergio Padilla, Linus Gerdemann and, obviously, Louis Meinjties [to excel].”Testing oneself against the best Meintjies, the silver medal winner in the under-23 road race at the UCI World Championships in September 2013, said in a Soundcloud interview released on Tuesday that he was eager to test himself against the best. “I’m really looking forward to racing the Tour of Switzerland. It will be my first World Tour stage race, so that will be something new for me,” Meintjies said. “I am really looking forward to seeing how I cope with that level [of racing] day after day.last_img read more

Eskom’s Medupi power station produces first electricity

first_img3 March 2015The first power has been produced out of the Medupi power station’s Unit 6, South Africa’s energy utility Eskom announced on Monday morning.“Eskom is pleased to announce that first power was produced out of Medupi’s Unit 6 today at 11.03am, making it the first of Medupi power station’s six units to be synchronised,” Eskom said.Synchronisation, or first power, is the process in which the unit’s generator is electrically connected to the national power grid in such a way that its power is aligned with all the other generators to generate and deliver electricity into the national power grid.According to Tshediso Matona, Eskom’s chief executive, this is the final stage marking an exciting milestone towards full commercial power of the plant located in Limpopo.Celebration“Today, we celebrate the achievement with Team Medupi. The electricity flowing into the grid marks a new beginning. Within the next three months, South Africa will see Medupi Unit 6’s full potential of 794MW being fed into the South African national grid. I congratulate Team Medupi, for their efforts in achieving this important milestone for South Africa.”In anticipation of commercial operation, a power station manager has been appointed. The past six years have been spent training and developing a core set of people who will operate the power station’s cutting-edge technology.“Approximately 350 men and women are waiting to join the force of South Africans making history when the unit gets operational,” said Matona. “While Unit 6 is the first of Medupi’s six units, it should be noted that all required auxiliary services for the entire power station are ready to ensure that Medupi’s total output of 4&nbsb;764MW is fully synchronised to the South African power grid.”ContributionPublic Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown said: “The synchronisation of Unit 6 at Medupi Power station is a step towards full-power generation (794MW) and, therefore, a step closer to alleviating some of the energy challenges currently faced by South Africa. This will contribute significantly to South Africa’s and the region’s economy in the long run.“We recognise that this is only the beginning, but I am confident that achieving this significant milestone will sustain the dedication and commitment of the Eskom team as they work towards the completion of the project.”Source: read more

Which Countries Have the Strictest Internet Censorship?

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#censorship#help for censorship#media censorship#Online Censorship URL filtering – Certain pages can be filtered out if they contain sensitive terms in their URLs. Removing pages from search engine results – The authorities can pressure search engines to exclude specific websites from their results. This makes them essentially impossible to find unless a user already knows the URL. Resetting the network connection – When a connection is blocked by a filter, it can be cut off on both the client and server sides for a set amount of time. This can prevent other visitors from reaching the site, as well as stop the offending individual from accessing other websites. How Data Analytics Can Save Lives AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage The internet’s instant access to information is crucial for education, spreading ideas and activism. This makes it a significant threat to authoritarian governments, leading many countries to strictly censor websites, content, and communication. But, which countries have the strictest internet censorship? Platforms like Twitter and Facebook were central to the uprisings of 2011’s Arab Spring, a critical part of the Venezuelan protests, and have also been key aspects of many other political actions. In response, some countries have adopted even more stringent controls to try to stem the unrest. But, which countries have the strictest internet censorship?Because internet censorship is a threat to democracy and freedom of expression, let’s take a look at which countries have the strictest controls, what measures they have in place, and how their citizens can get around these systems.How is the internet censored?The internet can be censored in several different ways. In the most extreme examples, such as North Korea, the majority of the population is cut off from the internet, and only a small portion of society can access its tightly controlled intranet. This system makes it virtually impossible for average citizens to access the free internet.If adequate internet infrastructure is in place for the majority of the population, there are still ways that governments can restrict it. The two most common techniques are site blocking and content filtering. These involve entirely blocking access to websites that regulators don’t approve of and removing any information on specific topics, respectively.These techniques can be used to suppress criticism of the regime, block resistance movements, ban ideas and content that are deemed inappropriate, stop the flow of information during political turmoil, and much more.Sites and content can be restricted either manually or automatically with algorithms that detect and stop access to controversial material. They can also be blocked and filtered on either a permanent or a dynamic basis. Some governments may choose to block certain content during elections, political scandals, or other events when they perceive that the regime could be harmed.Technical measures for blocking or filtering content.Censorship rules and regulations are generally enforced by governments, but it’s often ISPs, apps, and websites that are charged with implementing them. There are some different techniques that can be used to block and filter websites:DNS filtering – The authorities can block access through DNS hijacking, which returns the wrong IP address, or by not resolving the domain. Disconnecting the network  – Connections can be prevented in an even more comprehensive way by blocking access to routers. This can be done by turning off the hardware, or through various software-based techniques. Disconnecting the network, which completely restricts internet access in the area, and it is sometimes used by governments to shut down communication during political turmoil.Countries with strict internet censorship.Most countries have some level of internet censorship, but covering every single one in detail would get repetitive. Instead, we’ll just talk about the standouts – those who have the strictest systems that prevent their citizens from accessing the internet freely.ChinaWhile China has widespread internet access, it also has one of the world’s most advanced and extensive censorship systems. To start with, it blocks many foreign websites such as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Wikipedia.Instead, China has many of its own tightly controlled platforms such as Youku Tudou (video hosting), WeChat (social media, messaging and mobile payments), and Baidu (search engine). Each of these platforms is pressured to restrict content far more stringently than their western counterparts, which hampers the flow of information on a wide range of important topics.According to researchers from WeChatScope, some of last year’s most censored subjects included the China-US trade war, US sanctions against ZTE, and the arrest of Huawei’s CFO in Canada. These are in addition to its usual taboo topics like the Tiananmen Square Massacre, pornography, the Dalai Lama, the independence of Tibet and Taiwan, freedom of speech, and much more.Not only are these and other topics tightly controlled on Chinese platforms, but site blocking and content filtering is also in place to prevent Chinese internet users from accessing the information through other avenues.Blocking access to controversial material isn’t all that the Chinese authorities do. They also extensively monitor the internet access of their citizens. These capabilities are often used to prevent protests and jail dissidents.North KoreaChina may have the most advanced censorship systems in place, but it’s North Korea that offers its citizens the most limited access. Because the country is so insular, it’s hard to find accurate numbers of internet users. It appears that access is still limited to the elite class and specific institutions.Although many North Koreans now have mobile phones, it’s thought that most of these users still aren’t connected to the internet. Of those who do have access, it is limited to a national intranet known as Kwangmyong.This intranet offers access between universities, libraries, government departments, and a few locally hosted websites. The available content seems to be severely restricted, much of it infused with North Korean propaganda.According to Business Insider, an even tinier fraction of the upper echelon have access to the open internet as we know it. It seems like its use is limited to high government officials and the military.CubaUntil recently, Cuba also had very limited internet access for the bulk of the population. One of the most significant steps forward came in 2015 when the government began its roll-out of-of public Wi-Fi hotspots.In late 2018, 3G was also introduced, allowing Cubans to access the internet through their data plans. Despite the increased availability, the internet is still costly compared to the average salary.There is also strict censorship in place, including blocks against publishers and bloggers that cover Cuban human rights abuses or criticize the political system. This mainly seems to affect local organizations, while many foreign outlets are permitted.Social media platforms like Facebook and WhatsApp are allowed, however, Skype is blocked for some strange reason. Even the Tor network is accessible in Cuba, so those that can afford the internet have ways of getting around the restrictions.IranThe Iranian Government tightly controls its citizens’ internet access. It blocks many western platforms, such as YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook, with others banned on occasion as well. On top of this, pornography and gambling sites are also forbidden. Users who try to access this content over the regular internet will first receive a warning. Subsequent attempts may lead to prosecution.The authorities restrict access to many foreign media channels, as well as sites that express criticism of the government. Several sites that are considered anti-Islamic or taboo within the culture, such as those that discuss LGBT issues, are also forbidden.Citizens are heavily monitored, and the authorities also restrict access during times of unrest, such as when Instagram and Telegram were temporarily blocked in 2017. Iran also throttles its internet during times of protest to limit communication. Many privacy tools are also banned.The future of Iranian internet censorship is not looking positive, with a new government department that seems to be tasked with exerting even more control over the internet. On top of this, the Iranian government is almost ready to unveil its national intranet, which could restrict content even further and make it easier for the authorities to throttle access to international mediaSaudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia also has high levels of internet censorship. All international traffic is channeled through the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, where it passes through a content filter that removes information deemed inappropriate by the government for either moral or security reasons. Note that the regime’s definitions of immoral or dangerous content are far more extensive than how most people in the west would define them.The filter restricts sites about Shia Islam, drug use, LGBT rights, pornography, gambling, circumventing the filter, criticism of the Kingdom, and much more. More recently it has also been censoring news about the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey’s Saudi Arabian embassy.Progressive activists are monitored and have even been detained for their social media posts. Wikipedia has been blocked in the past, although it’s currently available. On top of this, the government previously blocked apps like Viber, WhatsApp, and Facebook, but they are now available again.VietnamThe Vietnamese Government has incredibly tight control of the flow of information within the country. Its systems may not be as sophisticated as China’s, but its heavy-handed punishments help to stem dissent and controversial opinions.The government blocks a broad range of content under two separate wings. The Ministry of Public Security restricts access to politically controversial content such as the websites of banned political parties, human rights organization and those that are critical of the government. The Ministry of Culture and Information blocks content that features high levels of violence, pornography, and superstition.Both organizations and individuals are liable for any content they create, share or store, and could face severe repercussions if it is deemed to affect the nation’s security, social order, economy, or its DNS servers. The censor’s often target prominent websites or blogs, including both domestic and international publications.Censorship is mostly performed at the ISP level, which involves putting content deemed inappropriate on blacklists. When someone visits a blocked page, they may either see an error message or a notice that the page has been blocked.The government has also pressured companies to remove content deemed inappropriate. In 2018, it had Facebook remove 670 accounts, and Google take down 5,000 YouTube videos. Both Facebook and Instagram have also been periodically blocked during protests. However, they are generally available at other times.In 2010, the government passed a law requiring public WiFi providers – such as internet cafes, hotels, and other businesses – to track their users with monitoring software.One of the most worrying developments is a law passed in 2018 that went into action at the start of this year. The regulations further limit online expression, particularly those activities which are deemed as antithetical to the state.The law will also force social media organizations to store their Vietnamese data within the country, and it obligates them to remove offending content within one day of receiving notice. The legislation also pressures them to hand over user data.On top of these strict laws, the Vietnamese authorities have also imprisoned countless activists for such minor infractions as posting social media statuses that were critical of the regime. These strict punishments compliment the technical restrictions, helping to limit the flow of information within the country.Other countriesIf you’re not from one of the above nations, you may be misled into thinking that you have access to free and open internet. For the most part, this is not the case, because even the most progressive nations have their own restrictions.Countries such as the UK, Sweden, and others block child pornography, while both France and Germany restrict access to hate speech. While many would view these restrictions as healthy for society, it’s still important to be aware that blocks and filters are used in even the most democratic countries.How to get around internet censorship.If you are a resident or just traveling through one of these heavily censored countries, you may want to take measures so that you can reach the free internet. Be aware that doing so may be illegal, so do some research on the relevant nation’s laws and weigh up the risks beforehand.Alternate locationsIn certain situations, censorship can be circumvented by either the source of the information or the individual seeking it out. It all depends on how the content is being blocked. If a specific website URL is being filtered out by the censorship system, site administrators may be able to get around it by hosting the content at another location. This isn’t the best solution, because censor’s can just block the new URL as well.Sites can also be copied, cached or mirrored and stored elsewhere. If the original has been blocked, users can seek out these alternatives.Proxy serversIf a website is blocked, proxy servers may provide another way to access the content. When a user visits a proxy website such as, they can seek out whatever content they are looking for through the proxy.Instead of directly loading the content from the server it is hosted on, they load it through the proxy server instead. This obscures the actual site from the filter, which can allow users to reach blocked content. However, most restrictive governments also block proxy sites, so it can be challenging to find one that still functions.SSH TunnelsSSH is a protocol that can be used to circumvent censorship. It encrypts data between the client and the server, so filters can’t actually see what a user is accessing. While the authorities can’t access the encrypted data, in countries such as China, SSH connections can still be disrupted.VPNsA VPN is similar to an SSH tunnel in that they both provide encrypted tunnels between the client and server. However, they rely on different protocols. VPNs are one of the most commonly used tools for getting past online censorship.Be aware that some governments use more advanced detection and blocking mechanisms, so you may find that it’s more difficult to circumvent censorship in some countries than in others.China has one of the world’s most advanced systems when it comes to blocking VPNs, so potential users in China need to be particularly careful when selecting their VPN service. Not all VPN services are created equal, and many may not work.Because China’s systems are more sophisticated than most others, it’s generally a safe bet that if it works in China, it will probably work in your country. Despite this, if possible, it’s best to test a service before you commit to a providerThis list of VPNs was working in China when the article was published, but you need to be aware of its limitations. VPNs can be finicky, and whether they work in your case can depend on your exact location, internet service, and configuration.It’s also important to note that China is continuously adapting and improving their systems, so a VPN that makes it through the Great Firewall today could hit a brick wall tomorrow. If using a VPN is essential for your daily life in China or any of the other countries, you may want to avoid a long-term subscription – changes in a country’s blocking systems could lead to you paying a monthly fee for a VPN that you can’t even use.TorTor is another system that enables users to get around censorship. It encrypts data in layers and sends it through a series of random nodes, each one stripping off a layer of encryption. This process prevents the censor’s from being able to see what content a user is accessing, which allows them to visit restricted sites freely.Many countries block standard configurations of Tor, so accessing the network may not be so straightforward. In a country with advanced censorship systems such as China, users may be able to access the Tor network through a meek bridge, although many people report difficulties in getting it to work.Should you circumvent censorship?In most countries, internet censorship can be avoided relatively easily. All it takes is a little bit of technical know-how and maybe a subscription service. Since the systems in place generally aren’t too difficult to get around, the biggest question isn’t whether you can slip past the filters, but whether you should.Censorship is undoubtedly harmful to democracy and limits freedom of expression, however, it’s crucial to consider whether circumventing it is genuinely worthwhile. In some cases, slipping past filters is illegal. While most governments don’t seem to punish minor infractions, there can be severe repercussions if these tools are used to criticize the government or spread controversial content.In some cases, avoiding censorship can do tremendous amounts of public good. Despite this, people need to be aware of the risks involved and make their decisions accordingly. Leveraging Big Data that Data Websites Should T… Packet filtering – Another technique involves monitoring keywords and ending TCP packet transfers if certain words are detected.IP address blocking – This involves blocking the connection to individual blacklisted IP addresses. It can also affect other websites hosted on the same server, even if they don’t include any inappropriate content. Paul Bischoff Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You…last_img read more

Carlo Lastimosa signs with Kia

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netCarlo Lastimosa gets a new lease on life as he was signed to a one-conference contract with Kia.Team governor Bobby Rosales confirmed the news to as the Picanto gets a big boost on offense with the signing of the former St. Benilde stalwart.ADVERTISEMENT Lastimosa last played for NLEX where he averaged 8.8 points, 1.4 rebounds, and 1.7 assists in 16.9 minutes of action.Despite his impressive showing, the Road Warriors bought out the 27-year-old guard and went on their separate ways before the start of the 2017-2018 season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThrough his four-year career, Lastimosa averaged 10.0 markers, 1.9 boards, and 1.5 assists in 17.8 minutes of play in his stops in Barako Bull, Blackwater, and NLEX.His entry is a shot in the arm for Kia, which is drawing the bulk of its offense from Rashawn McCarthy, who leads the team with 15.75 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 5.0 assists. Read Next View comments Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities The Picanto have yet to notch a victory in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup, going 0-4 so far. They seek to end to their 16-game losing streak on Saturday against Rain or Shine. PBA Season 43: Kia Picanto PLAY LIST 03:11PBA Season 43: Kia Picanto00:50Trending Articles05:25What we ought to know about Filipino Sign Language01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed D-League: Marinero loses 17-point lead but holds off Zark’s-Lyceum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

Family of pilot killed in Honduras trying to piece together the tragedy

first_imgTRUJILLO, Honduras — A 32-year-old British Columbia pilot who was killed in a plane crash in Honduras on Saturday is being described by his father as a spontaneous person who was a happy child.Larry Forseth said in a phone interview with The Canadian Press from Honduras that he had spoken with his son Patrick earlier on the morning of the crash.Patrick Forseth, who also goes by Danny, told his father of a “minor issue with a battery terminal,” he said.“The cable to the battery was loose so the plane would not start … and he had a mechanic come … and he fixed the problem,” Larry Forseth said.“That was fine and the plane started and everything was normal. And shortly after departure this horrible, horrible tragedy happened.”Larry Forseth said the family is not sure what happened but believes it was a private flight, and that the plane crashed into the water just off the shore of Roatan.Global Affairs Canada confirmed Sunday a Canadian citizen had died in the crash, but did not identify the person due to privacy concerns.Stefano Maron said consular officials in the capital, Tegucigalpa, were in contact with local authorities and were providing assistance to the victim’s family.The Piper Cherokee Six plummeted into the Atlantic shortly after takeoff from Roatan en route to Trujillo, a port city on Honduras’s northern coast.The Associated Press reported that the other victims of the crash were four American passengers, citing an Armed Forces spokesman.The Honduran military said in a statement that rescue boats with police divers and firemen recovered four bodies within minutes of the crash and transported another to a hospital, where he died shortly after of internal injuries.The U.S. State Department also confirmed the deaths of four American citizens.Larry Forseth said the family is trying to piece together the tragedy.His son was a “very experienced” pilot who had trained at the Coastal Pacific Aviation school in Abbotsford, B.C., he said, adding that Patrick had also flown for companies in Canada.“I’ve been a commercial pilot all my life and I’ve spent many hours in the air with him and he’s a very capable, very professional pilot.”The family is “not doing good,” Larry Forseth said.“We are taking it very badly,” he said. “He was way too young …. It’s a horrible thing to lose your child and he was a very special child. And we are a very close family.”Patrick Forseth has a number of friends in the area and was loved by everyone, he said.The father described his son as a “happy child, always smiling” growing up. He said his son loved to build tree forts and was good with his hands.Forseth also described his son as a jokester, saying he was the life of the party.“So spontaneous … and he would talk about anything and everything and have people laughing and having fun,” he said wistfully. “He was a very social, outgoing person.”Forseth’s remains were cremated Monday, and a few pilots in the area gathered later in the day to pay tribute.His ashes will be taken to the little town of Trullio for a celebration of life, and after that the family, who spends a few months in B.C. and a few in Honduras, plans to return to Canada for a similar gathering with relatives and friends.“It’s very difficult. You should not lose a child. They should not pass away before their parents,” Forseth said breaking down.“It’s just not right. You should not have to bury your child. Oh, it’s hard.”—By Hina Alam in Vancouver with files from Associated PressThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

Kashechewan First Nation gets agreement from feds Ontario to relocate

first_imgThe Canadian PressThe Kashechewan First Nation in northern Ontario has an agreement with the federal and provincial governments that lays out a plan to move the reserve annually threatened by flood waters.Kashechewan, located north of Fort Albany, Ont., along the James Bay coast, has had to repeatedly evacuate from flooding and infrastructure problems, including last month when a state of emergency forced more than 2,500 members to fly to other locations across the province.“I hope that the people of Kashechewan, who have been evacuated for several weeks now as a precautionary measure, will soon be able to return home safely, knowing that we hear them and are acting,” said Indigenous Services Minister Seamus O’Regan.The First Nation has been asking for years to be relocated to higher ground.In front of 300 community members today, the federal and provincial governments signed an agreement with the First Nation to commit to moving the reserve.Indigenous O’Regan said the relocation process will likely take around eight years under the terms of the agreement that he hopes assures the community that it will not face flooding issues forever.“I would like to thank Chief Leo Friday, Regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald, Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler and Grand Chief Jonathan Solomon for their efforts to advance this crucial work together,” said O’Regan.“With this Framework Agreement in place, we have a clear path forward to meet the needs of the community, both in the immediate and long term.”NDP MP Charlie Angus, whose riding includes Kashechewan, calls the deal a very important step and says it is the result of pressure from the community who are tired of spending their springs in evacuation centres.Ontario’s Minister of Indigenous Affairs Greg Rickford says the province is on board.“The Ontario Government is committed to do everything in its authority to support the relocation of Kashechewan First Nation,” Rickford said in a [email protected]last_img read more