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“We urge you, on March 12th, to champion the vision of the Internet as a free space for everyone”

first_img RSF_en On 12th March, World Day Against Cyber Censorship is a day to advance and celebrate a free Internet as an open window to the world and denounce the attacks made on the free flow of information online. In the spirit of fostering freedom of expression, Reporters Without Borders and Amnesty International are asking Google, Yahoo! and Mircosoft to not censor any of their search engines or blog platforms anywhere around the world. WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says News We are writing to you on behalf of Reporters Without Borders and Amnesty International regarding World Day Against Cyber Censorship, on March 12, 2009. As you know, Reporters Without Borders is an international press freedom organization that defends the right to inform and to be informed; Amnesty International is a Nobel prize winning international human rights organization with over 2.2 million members worldwide.World Day Against Cyber Censorship is a day to advance and celebrate a free Internet as an open window to the world and denounce the attacks made on the free flow of information online. In the spirit of fostering freedom of expression, we are asking that you do not censor any of your search engines or blog platforms anywhere around the world on this day.Your companies have grown on the concepts of open platforms for interaction, communication, idea development, and exchange. However, these concepts remain merely unfulfilled dreams for millions of people who live in countries where freedom of expression, creativity, and peaceful thought are not respected or protected. Related documents RWB-AI_.pdfPDF – 1.36 MB Organisation News NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Follow the news on United States June 3, 2021 Find out more News April 28, 2021 Find out more to go further June 7, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information Currently there are more than two dozen countries restricting Internet access on a regular basis. Authoritarian regimes are becoming increasingly efficient at blocking any material they deem “objectionable.” Your assistance allows states, such as China, to out-right ban access to information on “human rights”, “dalai lama”, “Charter 08” or “democracy”, as well as to respected human rights websites, including those of Reporters Without Borders and Amnesty International.Especially after having participated, for months, within a multi-stakeholder initiative with your firms, our organizations understand the challenges of operating in countries that restrict Internet access; these countries are trying to pressure you to obey local laws that do not comport with international law and standards that protect freedom of expression. But complying with local demands that violate international law does not justify your actions. We urge you, on March 12th, to champion the vision of the Internet as a free space for everyone, regardless of nationality or geographic location, and fulfill the idea of a truly worldwide web– even if just for one day. This would send a strong message to all “netizens” – individuals, organizations and states alike – that censorship online is not the only way forward. We thank you in advance for considering our request and are available to you should you have any questions or desire to discuss this further. Sincerely,Jean-Francois Julliard Secretary-General (Reporters Without Borders) Larry CoxExecutive Director (Amnesty International)”Download the letter March 6, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 “We urge you, on March 12th, to champion the vision of the Internet as a free space for everyone” United StatesAmericas Receive email alerts United StatesAmericas “Dear Mr. Schmidt, Ms. Bartz and Mr. Ballmer: To :Eric Schmidt, Chief Executive Officer, Google Carol Bartz, Chief Executive Officer, Yahoo!, Inc.Steve Ballmer, Chief Executive Officer, Microsoft Corporationlast_img read more

Assistant Professor

first_imgJob DescriptionThe Kevin T. Crofton Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineeringat Virginia Tech seeks applications for two tenure-track facultypositions at the level of assistant professor effective August2021. We are seeking candidates in all areas relevant to Aerospaceand Ocean Engineering with particular interest in the areas ofstructures and materials, multidisciplinary design andoptimization, hypersonics, constellations of small satellites,position/navigation/timing, and data science and analytics. We areseeking candidates motivated to contribute to a collegial,interdisciplinary community with a strong tradition of bothfundamental and applied research.The Kevin T. Crofton Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering(http://www.aoe.vt.edu/) includes 42 faculty members overseeingmore than $12M in annual research expenditures, with approximately250 full-time graduate students and 700 undergraduate students. TheAerospace engineering undergraduate and graduate programs areranked 15th and 13th, respectively, in the nation (2021 U.S. Newsand World Report). Our online master’s program in Aerospaceengineering is ranked #1 (2020 Guide to Online Schools) and TheCenter for World University Rankings (2017) ranks the Aerospaceengineering program at #5. Additionally, with its highly regardedteaching and research programs in Ocean Engineering, the Kevin T.Crofton Department provides a unique environment for collaborationbeyond the traditional boundaries of aerospace engineering.Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed toteaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealthof Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of UtProsim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated toInclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, andexcellence. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum ofcandidates to join our community in preparing leaders for theworld. The College of Engineering undergraduate program ranks 13thand the graduate program ranks 31st among all U.S. engineeringschools (USN&WR). The Mission of the College of Engineering isto educate and inspire our students to be critical thinkers,innovators and leaders. Our core values are inclusiveness,excellence, integrity, perseverance and stewardship.Virginia Tech’s main campus is located in Blacksburg, VA, in anarea consistently ranked among the country’s best places to live.In addition, our facilities in the Washington, D.C. area offerunique proximity to government and industry partners and are alsoexpanding rapidly, with Virginia Tech’s exciting new InnovationCampus in Alexandria, VA, slated to open in 2024. The Aerospace andOcean Engineering faculty also benefit from a number ofuniversity-wide institutes such as the Institute for CriticalTechnology and Applied Science (ictas.vt.edu), the Hume Center forNational Security and Technology (www.hume.vt.edu), and the Centerfor Space Science and Engineering Research, or [email protected](www.space.vt.edu); College-level centers include the AdvancedPropulsion and Power Lab, the Center for Renewable Energy andAerodynamic Technology, the Pratt & Whitney Center ofExcellence, and the Rolls-Royce University Technology Center.Applicants must apply online at www.jobs.vt.edu ( job 514776): application materials will include a cover letter, curriculumvitae including a list of published journal articles andpedagogical achievements, a one-page teaching statement with anindication of teaching preferences, a statement on contributions toadvancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, and contact informationfor at least three references. Review of applications will commenceon February 1, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.Questions regarding the position should be directed to Dr.Michael Philen at [email protected] .The department fully embraces Virginia Tech’s commitment toincrease faculty, staff, and student diversity; to ensure awelcoming, affirming, safe, and accessible campus climate; toadvance our research, teaching, and service mission throughinclusive excellence; and to promote sustainable transformationthrough institutionalized structures.Required QualificationsApplicants must hold a Ph.D. in aerospace or ocean engineering or aclosely related field; a strong record of scholarlyaccomplishments; a proven ability to work collaboratively;experience with and commitment to interdisciplinary research andinstruction; and a willingness to expand disciplinary boundaries toaddress complex technical and societal challenges. They will beresponsible for mentoring graduate and undergraduate students,teaching courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels, anddeveloping a externally sponsored research program.Appointment TypeRegularReview Date02/01/2021Additional InformationThe successful Candidate will be required to have a criminalconviction checkAbout Virginia TechDedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve),Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking ahands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to beleaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institutionthat enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout theworld, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicatedto knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers morethan 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eightundergraduatecolleges , a school ofmedicine , a veterinarymedicine college, Graduate School , and Honors College . The universityhas a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campusin Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus inRoanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices andresearchcenters . A leading global research institution, Virginia Techconducts more than $500 million in research annually.Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, orapplicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (includingpregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, geneticinformation, national origin, political affiliation, race,religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwisediscriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about,discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation ofother employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected bylaw.If you are an individual with a disability and desire anaccommodation, please contact Cory Thompson [email protected] during regular business hours at least 10business days prior to the event.Advertised: December 17, 2020Applications close:last_img read more

Becker and Charles pick up first wins of 2014 at Thunder Hill

first_imgBy Larry Lowrey, Jr.MAYETTA, Kan. (Aug. 16) – Justin Becker was able to hang on through a bunch of yellow flags to win his first BSB Manufacturing IMCA Modified feature of the season Saturday night at Thunder Hill Speedway.Becker, who started sixth in the main event, shot out to the early advantage and extended it to a considerable margin only to see it erased by several yellow flags. Becker met all challenges on the restarts to drive away to the win.A third generation driver piloted to his first win in the Belleville Motor Sports IMCA Northern SportMods. Austin Charles, son of Danny Charles and grandson of Tom Charles, put another good run together that lasted until the finish.Charles, who started seventh, was challenged in the late stages by Bryan Rigsby, but coming to the white flag Rigsby’s rear end gave out to bring out a green, white, checkered scenario. Charles survived the restart to earn the milestone win.Marvin Griffith Jr. headed into the night the points leader in the Heinen Repair Service IMCA Stock Cars. He didn’t lose any ground in the standings as he drove to his third win of the season.Raymond Bosch was the first across the finish line in the Bad Boyz Bail Bonds IMCA Hobby Stock feature, however he was disqualified during post-race inspection. Patrick Thyfault was declared the winner.last_img read more

Guardiola’s birthday ruined, Arsenal held as Chelsea have the blues

first_imgGuardiola. PHOTO @mancityLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Pep Guardiola’s 49th birthday celebrations went flat as Fernandinho’s late own goal forced Manchester City to settle for a 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace, while Chelsea’s top-four bid was dented by a surprise 1-0 defeat at Newcastle on Saturday.On a busy day of top-flight action, the pitchside VAR monitor was used in the Premier League for the first time at Norwich, with Tottenham forced to settle for a goalless stalemate at Watford and Arsenal held to a 1-1 draw by Sheffield United.It was the drama at the Etihad Stadium that took the spotlight as Fernandinho’s last-gasp blunder left Guardiola in no mood to party after City’s faint hopes of retaining the title suffered another hammer blow.The champions trail Liverpool by 13 points ahead of the runaway leaders’ clash with rivals Manchester United on Sunday.“It was a tight game. It’s difficult to analyse when they shoot from one corner and have no more chances,” Guardiola said.“We had many chances, unfortunately we could not win.”Cenk Tosun marked his first league start since his loan move from Everton with his maiden goal for the Eagles, the Turkish striker netting a close-range strike from Martin Kelly’s flick in the 39th minute.Sergio Aguero appeared to have turned the game on its head in the 82nd minute when the Argentine striker bagged his 250th goal in 360 games for the club.Aguero put City ahead in the 87th minute with a typically predatory header from Benjamin Mendy’s cross.But there was a sting in the tale for Guardiola as Fernandinho turned Zaha’s cross into his own net in the 90th minute to end second-placed City’s run of three successive league wins.– Chelsea downed late on –Chelsea would have cemented their grip on fourth place with a win on Tyneside, but they were unable to muster the cutting edge required to break down stubborn Newcastle and fell to Isaac Hayden’s header with just 20 seconds left in stoppage-time, losing 1-0.Chelsea’s first defeat in four league matches leaves them five points clear of fifth-placed Manchester United.After four league games without a victory, this was a much-needed success for Newcastle, but a wasted opportunity for Chelsea to open up a bigger gap in the race to qualify for the Champions League.“We can’t work anymore in training on finishing. You need to have that killer instinct in front of goal. We need to score more goals from front-line areas if we are going to get to where we want to be,” Lampard said. “It’s quite clear from what I am saying now that we know where we need to strengthen but we shall see.”At Vicarage Road, Troy Deeney’s 70th-minute spot-kick was saved by Paulo Gazzaniga before Tottenham’s Erik Lamela was denied a last-gasp winner by Ignacio Pussetto’s goal-line clearance.With England captain Harry Kane sidelined after hamstring surgery, Tottenham have gone three league games without scoring.Jose Mourinho’s side are without a win in four league matches since December 26 and sit eight points behind Chelsea.Toothless Tottenham thought they had stolen the points in stoppage-time when Lamela flicked Serge Aurier’s cross towards goal, but Watford’s new signing Pussetto cleared off the line, with goal-line technology showing just 10.04mm of the ball had not gone over.Arsenal are 10 points adrift of the top four after the Blades continued their superb first season back in the Premier League.Gabriel Martinelli, 18, broke the deadlock in first-half stoppage-time at the Emirates Stadium with a clinical finish from Bukayo Saka’s cross.But Chris Wilder’s side snatched an 83rd-minute equaliser when John Fleck lashed home after Arsenal failed to clear.Bottom of the table Norwich’s vital 1-0 win over fellow strugglers Bournemouth saw the pitchside monitor finally used to decide a red card call.Norwich took the lead when Bournemouth defender Steve Cook was sent off after flinging himself across the goal to block Teemu Pukki’s shot with his hand.Pukki fired home the resulting penalty in the 33rd minute, but the Canaries had to survive a tense finish after Ben Godfrey was sent off in the 76th minute.Godfrey’s foul on Callum Wilson was ruled a red card by referee Paul Tierney after he checked with the monitor, a move that followed advice to officials from Premier League chiefs this week to use the screen more often.Wolves climbed to sixth after a 3-2 win at Southampton, Everton drew 1-1 at West Ham and Brighton shared a 1-1 draw with Aston Villa.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

North Allegheny becomes first Quad-A team to win back-to-back-to back championships

first_imgFriday’s WPIAL title for North Allegheny was the fifth overall for Tigers coach Art Walker – three at North Allegheny and two at Central Catholic. That comes within one of the number of championships won by his father, also named Art Walker. The dad won five at Mt. Lebanon and one with Shady Side Academy.Alex Beasley, a Woodland Hills senior linebacker, had something he’d been itching to tell any member of the media willing to listen. “Our success came because we had a family atmosphere—there were no superstars on our teams, no one thought they were better than anybody,” Beasley said. “We have a Wolverine motto and that’s ‘To achieve, you must endure.’ Nobody thought we would be where we were today.”Woodland Hills has always been known as a team that gives excuses whenever they lose.North Allegheny opened the scoring when Quarterback Mack Leftwich threw a 44-yard touchdown pass to Zach Lyon. Woodland Hills took a 14-7 led after quarterback Cody McClelland threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to star receiver Tom Greene and freshman sensation Miles Sanders scored on a 1-yard run.Leftwich, a Stephen F. Austin recruit and the son of a college football coach, hit Lyon for a five yard touchdown in the third quarter to tie up the game 14-14.Gregg Garrity, whose dad is a former Penn State and Pittsburgh Steelers receiver, caught the winning 32 yard touchdown pass from Leftwich.Elijah Zeise, son of sports writer Paul Zeise, led the Tigers in receiving yards for the second consecutive game with 89 yards on five catches.North Allegheny’s best player is two-way lineman and Michigan recruit Pat Kugler. Kugler is a three-year starter and he is the son of Steelers offensive line coach Sean Kugler.“To win 3 straight championships required a lot of work and commitment from the kids. Mack Leftwich is a quarterback who wants the ball in his hands. He has been great for us for two years,” said coach Art Walker. “We don’t care who we play next. Just tell us where we need to be and we will be there.”The debate as to who is the greatest— WPIAL team rages on like a Rush Limbaugh monologue. If you want to find out who the best baseball hitter in history, the thing to do is go to the experts, the ones who really know the game: the players, past and present.If you want to find out who is better Aliquippa or Clairton?Ask former Gateway and legendary Hall of Fame coach Pete Antimarino.That’s a question that can only be answered on the football field,” said coach Antimarino. “In 1986 North Hills was USA Today’s No. 1 team in the country and we were ranked No. 3 in the country and we settled things on the field. We knocked off North Hills to win the championship.” In the game of bowling, three strikes in a row is termed a “turkey” and North Allegheny (13-0) celebrated Thanksgiving Day weekend by stuffing Woodland Hills (10-3) 21-14. The Tigers became the first team in the history of Quad-A to bag the “turkey”, three straight WPIAL championships. OUT AT THE ONE—Elijah Zeise of North Allegheny is pushed out of bounds at the one yard line by Trevon Mathis (3) of Woodland Hills. Zeise had 5 catches for 89 yards in the Tigers 21-14 win over the Wolverines in the WPIAL Class AAAA championship game. last_img read more