Two more victims of information war in Ukraine

first_img August 8, 2017 – Updated on December 27, 2017 Two more victims of information war in Ukraine Help by sharing this information The most recent of the information war’s two latest victims is Muravitsky, who was placed in pre-trial detention in Zhytomyr, 150 km west of Kiev, on 3 August on charges of high treason, endangering Ukraine’s territorial integrity, inciting hatred and supporting the activities of terrorist organizations. Held for working for Russian media? The more detailed allegations made against Muravitsky by the authorities nonetheless indicate that he was arrested above all for working for Russian state media. The prosecutor’s office and the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) have accused him of being an “information mercenary,” of carrying out “subversive activities against Ukraine for the benefit of a foreign state” and most specifically of “creating and posting content online with elements aimed at manipulating opinion psychologically and inciting hate.” The evidence against him includes a contract linking him to the Russian state media group Rossya Segodnya. He is being held under a two-month pre-trial detention order that excludes release on bail. Aged 32, he is facing a possible 15-year jail sentence. “We are all aware of propaganda’s destructive effects and its role in the tragic turn that events have taken in Ukraine, but the mere fact of working for a media outlet or expressing unwelcome opinions must not be criminalized,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “Inciting hatred or violence must obviously be combatted, but on the basis of specific evidence and respecting international law. From the evidence so far produced, Vasily Muravitsky’s detention appears to be neither necessary nor proportionate. We call for his immediate release.” According to article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which Ukraine has ratified, any restrictions on freedom of expression must be strictly legal, necessary and proportionate. The Johannesburg Principles specify that, if authorities want to restrict freedom of expression on national security grounds, they must be able to establish a direct link between the offending comments and potential violent actions. Blogger sentenced by separatists Nedeliayev was meanwhile sentenced to 14 years in prison in eastern Ukraine’s “Lugansk People’s Republic” (LNR) on 28 July, eight months after his arrest. Blogging as “Edward Ned,” he used to comment on daily life in Lugansk, a city controlled by separatists for the past three years. The LNR’s self-proclaimed authorities accused him of “defaming citizens,” “inciting hatred of the Russian nation” and “endangering national security by providing data to foreign agents.” Eastern Ukraine’s separatist jails are currently also holding Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty correspondent Stanislav Aseyev,who went missing on 2 June. The Donetsk People’s Republic acknowledged a month later that it was holding him on a spying charge. The separatist regions are no-go areas that have become news and information “black holes.” Critical journalists have to operate clandestinely and few foreign observers are admitted. Crimea has also been purged of its critical journalists and media since annexation by Russia in 2014. Ukraine is ranked 102nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. March 26, 2021 Find out more UkraineEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expressionInternet Receive email alerts RSF_en News to go further Ukraine escalates “information war” by banning three pro-Kremlin media UkraineEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expressionInternet Follow the news on Ukrainecenter_img Organisation Crimean journalist “confesses” to spying for Ukraine on Russian TV Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the immediate release of Vasily Muravitsky, a journalist working for Russian media who is being held by the Ukrainian authorities, and Eduard Nedeliayev, a blogger who has been sentenced to 14 years in prison by pro-Russian separatists in the eastern city Lugansk. Credit: KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP News February 26, 2021 Find out more News Ukrainian media group harassed by broadcasting authority News September 7, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

No Nigerian Will Make Heaven

first_imgBy Tayo BalogunI actually believe that if the qualification marks are not considerably lowered, no Nigerian will qualify for heaven on Judgment Day. Mainly because we lie so much and have collectively chosen to make lying a national culture. No one really? Well, may be a few. Just a few. And these would not be the world famous pastors or Imams you know. Not the so-called miracle working MOGs who inundate us with claims of their special status with a fiery God, nor those who persistently persecute you for not being part of their maddening crowd.Also not one of those few would be a politician. We all know you cannot trust them so how will they get past the Gatemen of Heaven? I am told that All Nigerian politicians already have their seats in hell fire marked. Their place is the hottest part. Mechanics? Just don’t think of seeing one in Paradise. What panel beating of our body the politicians forgot to complete, the mechanics see through. They lie so much that they cannot remember the truth. All of them.And our judges! Ha ha ha. They have a supersonic chariot already waiting just for the trumpet to sound before they ferry them, all of them to the second hottest part of the bottomless pit.Journalists? Don’t go there. For them truth is relative. Manipulated to be so. Some social scientists have insisted that our society has become this bad because of the dubious nature and tendency of our men who peopled the Fourth Estate of the Realm. Our journalists do almost everything for the love of lucre. Gone in them is the traditional value of seeking only after truth and serving as a mirror of the society. Now they foist their ‘truth’ on you, ram it down your throat till you either choke or swim in falsehood patented as the truth.Now we have a society that does not know when black is black or when white cannot be anything but white. Now we have been turned to doubt even our senses.If you have been following the ongoing FIFA Under-17 World Cup from the Nigerian point of view you are likely to be more confused than sad. Since we deservedly lost to Australia, our country-men have been subjected to some media abuse by those who are waiting in dark alleys to ridicule the team and what is left of Nigeria. Our players were accused of being over the required age. Some alleged that some players in the team bought their ways. I am not worried about the veracity of the allegations but the vehemence behind them is absolutely baffling. Those who spread these ‘news’ that often turn out to be false are so unashamed to dish out falsehood.I have been around for quite a while and as a reporter I can truthfully say some falsifications have been done in the past. I can give at least two specific instances in my early days as a reporter that reflect some sort of malfeasance. Along the line some improvements have been made. I am in a position to state that now most, if not all our boys, are within the stipulated FIFA age range. Are there possible instances where influence peddling or monetary gratification would influence choice of players? Yes. The target I feel is to reduce or completely remove such possibilities. This would be helped if cases found are reported and investigated. We must stop these mud slinging and put on a proper road map for success in our sporting endeavors.For the U-17 competitions handlers of our national teams must do the needful. Scout round our country for talents that abound. Pay more attention to the Channels TV Kids Cup Competition where primary school pupils compete for honours every year. Discovered talents could then be groomed in a two-year programme that would make them world-beaters.How well will this present Golden Eaglets team do? Had to say. But the truth is that they have not been adequately prepared. Success in the FIFA U-17 competition has made us complacent so much so that we don’t adequately prepare for the biennial event adequately. This particular team has not shown either individual brilliance by players or cohesion as a team. And this situation can’t be remedied in a few matches! It is the fear of failure that has propelled this team so far. Their handlers have not had enough time to build a smooth playing team. So if they go far we would have been effective and not efficient because we really have not worked for ultimate success.May GOD bless our country, Nigeria.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Silly Stories About Early Man

first_img(Visited 235 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The few fossils of alleged human ancestors leave a lot of room for imagination.We lead off with Live Science‘s super-silly headline, “Nom Nom! Paleo Diet Helped Humans Evolve Speech.” To say this right, you need to use the caveman accent: Nom nom. Meat help man evolve speak. Harvard evolutionary anthropologists used a form of torture to get their story going:Scientists who forced volunteers to chew raw goat flesh (yes, chew) have found that such meat-gnawing likely caused human teeth and jaws to shrink throughout our evolutionary history.Slicing raw flesh into smaller pieces and then chewing would have helped ancient hominins spend less time and energy eating than their ancestors. These changes, in turn, might have supported the evolution of speech and language by changing human facial anatomy, scientists added.Oh. Well if scientists said it, then—wow. They must know. It’s not Lamarckian, is this? someone whispers. PhysOrg tries a more scholarly headline: “Processing food before eating likely played key role in human evolution, study finds.” Oh. Well if a study found it, then—wow. The BBC News showed no restraint, posting “Meat eating accelerated face evolution” in large font over artwork of naked apemen scavenging a carcass.Big brains make big bodies. Mark Grabowski at the American Museum of Natural History has a new evolutionary twist: as early man’s brain grew, it “pulled along” a body size to match. Science Daily explains his idea. This new just-so story may get him in trouble with other Darwinians. “While selection no doubt played a role in refining the physical changes that came with larger body sizes, my findings suggest it was not the driving force behind body-size evolution in our lineage,” Grabowski said. “Therefore, evolutionary models for the origins of Homo based on an adaptive increase in body size need to be reconsidered.” Will this ever happen to Grabowski’s own story? Will it need to be reconsidered? Why not now? Maybe he could explain why bigger is better. Wouldn’t there be a “driving force” to miniaturize the brain for energy cost savings, and pull the body down to a smaller, more maneuverable size? Maybe he could also describe this pulling force. Could he measure it like a good physicist?Genes determine your virginity. This idea is making the rounds: Cambridge researchers have identified 38 genes that influence when you will lose your virginity (see Live Science and New Scientist). But so what? New Scientist comments, providing an interview with the researchers. They admit that social influences (e.g., religion, social mores) have much more influence on the age of first sex. That being the case, how can anyone measure such a moral choice in material genes? By comparison, genes for tallness may influence a 7-foot man to bump his head on doorways, but that doesn’t mean he is going to walk around with bruises all his life. And that’s an obvious case. While genes undoubtedly affect our dispositions, genes for personality type and maturity are notoriously hard to measure. An impulsive, early-maturing teen still has the capacity (and responsibility) for self-control.Everything you know is wrong (again). This is the lament uttered after almost every new find in paleoanthropology. New Scientist gives us the latest version: “Oldest ever human genome sequence may rewrite human history.” The latest puzzles, overturns of convention, and alterations of the timeline come from a new Neanderthal genome echoed by Science Daily and Nature News. The new anomalous dates require modern humans and Neanderthals to have diverged 430,000 years ago. Odd, isn’t it, that after being so long distinct, they could still have sex and produce fertile offspring just a few tens of thousands of years ago in the evolutionary scheme? Get the full theory rescue story in Nature. More about this in Science Magazine from the usual suspects. Another Nature paper’s authors look familiar.Neanderthal matches. It’s also odd that it took the Neanderthals 390,000 of those years to figure out how to use manganese dioxide for fire making. That’s a long science experiment for such smart hominids. PhysOrg says,The selection and use of manganese dioxide for fire making is unknown from the ethnographic record of recent hunter gatherers. This knowledge had been lost. This unusual behaviour holds potential significance for our understanding of Neanderthal cognitive capabilities through the extent of their knowledge and insights. The actions involved in the preferential selection of a specific, non-combustible material and its use to make fire are not obvious nor intuitive. The knowledge and insights suggested by Neanderthal selection of manganese dioxide and use in fire-making are surprising and qualitatively different from the expertise commonly associated with Neanderthals.Interestingly, whilst Neanderthals may have sourced and used manganese dioxide in fire making 50,000 years ago, manganese dioxide has important uses today in energy storage (batteries) and potentially in future clean energy production systems.Next just-so story. Whenever you see “likely” you know the storyteller is making things up. Here’s a headline from Live Science: “Why Neanderthals Likely Fathered Few Kids with Modern Humans.” The story hinges on analysis of Y chromosome differences between Neanderthals and modern humans. Supposedly, the differences led to more miscarriages. One wonders why the parents didn’t figure out that mixed marriages were not working well. One also wonders whether the scientists considered the possibility of genomic damage in the samples over time. Problem #3: this article pushes the Neanderthal-modern split back even further, to 590,000 years, and with it, the problems of genetic incompatibility and delayed technology.Insert miracle here. In a letter to PNAS, Ajit Varki ponders “Why are there no persisting hybrids of humans with Denisovans, Neanderthals, or anyone else?” After all, if they got together and had grandkids, one might expect some enduring lineages today. Insert miracle here, as we observe Varki’s perhapsimaybecouldness index skyrocket:Although genomic evidence indicates interbreeding, the number of functional genes incorporated is limited, resulting in a “leaky replacement”, without persistence of true hybrids. Thus, our single BMH [behaviorally modern human] (sub)species was the “winner” in every contact/replacement event, spanning tens of thousands of years. I cannot find any other example wherein a single (sub)species from one geographic origin completely replaced all extant cross-fertile (sub)species in every planetary location, with limited introgression of functional genetic material from replaced taxa, and leaving no hybrid species. Typically, one instead finds multiple cross-fertile (sub)species, with hybrid zones in between.Although this apparent one-of-a-kind phenomenon could have occurred by chance, the singularity allows one to posit a uniquely complex genetic/biological/cultural transition of BMHs. As Pääbo suggested, adaptive accumulation of an “explosive constellation” of genetic variants (alleles) could have endowed BMHs with an unparalleled combination of cognitive features, guaranteeing success at every subsequent encounter with other hominins.Unique happenstances are generally frowned on in scientific explanations. They lead to embarrassing admissions such as, “This explanation works, except when it doesn’t.” Varki’s particular miracle also runs afoul of political correctness:Such “human exceptionalism” is currently frowned upon, as are extraordinary explanations of evolutionary events. However, unless there are other clear examples of such complete replacement of all related taxa by one single (sub)species, BMHs may indeed be a rare exception.Varki is not done with miracle stories yet. He’s got a lottery encore. The scenario “suggests an improbable BMH transition through a long-standing “psychological evolutionary barrier”–– possibly involving initially maladaptive features such as reality denial and mortality salience, which conspired to generate the winning combination.” Ummm… “reality denial.” Interesting choice of words.The Hobbit. Along with older dates for the extinction of so-called Homo floresiensis (see BBC News) come a flurry of new stories. The revised date (50,000 years instead of 12,000) is closer to the alleged arrival of modern humans in their Indonesian territory. Aha! This must mean that those mean modern humans are responsible! Altogether now: one, two, three, four,Did humans drive ‘hobbit’ species to extinction? (Ewen Callaway in Nature)Did Modern Humans Wipe Out the ‘Hobbits’? (Adam Hoffman in National Geographic)Did hobbits live alongside modern humans? (Charles Q. Choi in Live Science)Indonesian ‘Hobbits’ may have died out sooner than thought (Science Daily)Below its artwork contrived to make the naked hobbits look as ape-like as possible, the BBC quotes an Australian anthropologist about the earlier “head-scratcher” situation, i.e., “how it was possible for floresiensis to survive for 30,000 to 40,000 years after modern humans are believed to have passed through Indonesia.” Turn on your Aussie dialogue: “Well, it now seems we weren’t living alongside this little species for very long, if at all [mate]. And once again it smells of modern humans having a role in the downfall of yet another species.” Here’s how it works. You get the blame even though you weren’t there. Why? You’re a member of a privileged class. Even though you love The Hobbit, your race caused their downfall along with many species, so you must bear the guilt. Pay up those reparations! “But to whom? They’re all gone,” you protest. That’s been pre-arranged. You must pay in the form of higher taxes to fund evolutionary anthropologists so that they can continue their storytelling.Now that we’ve shown how to respond to silly stories, try your hand at these others:Australopithecus fossils found east of the Great Rift Valley: New remains demonstrate early hominid’s adaptability (Science Daily)A world map of Neanderthal and Denisovan ancestry in modern humans (Science Daily)Five matings for moderns, Neandertals (Ann Gibbons in Nature)How extinct humans left their mark on us (BBC News)Ancient DNA identifies ‘early Neanderthals’ (BBC News)Asian stone tools hint humans left Africa earlier than thought (New Scientist)When humans split from the apes (PhysOrg)last_img read more

Ross fined for ‘detrimental’ comment; Refs, barker suspended for blunder

first_imgCold-blooded Dela Virgen, clutch Pontejos carry JRU to second win Referee Jerry Borja, the calling official who is responsible for knowing the designated shooter, was handed a three-week suspension, while fellow umpires Noy Guevarra, who was the one who handed the ball to Chris Ross for the free throw, crew chief Jimmy Mariano and fourth official Mardy Montoya were also suspended for a week.Book scorer Lito Mendegoria and barker Noel Zarate also weren’t spared as they will serve a week of suspension for their participation in the confusion.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutControversy marred the tussle etween the two powerhouse teams when, with Ginebra leading 98-95, Borja gave the ball to Ross to take the free throw attempt with 4.5 seconds remaining — a shot that was supposed to be for teammate Chico Lanete, who was fouled on the prior rebound play.Zarate even announced that Ross was taking the shot before the Beermen sued for time and before the mistake was pointed out. ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance02:46Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Read Next NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa The infraction led to LA Tenorio’s technical freebie that iced the Gin Kings’ 100-96 victory.Troy Rosario was also slapped with a P5,000 fine for a landing spot foul in TNT’s game against Magnolia last Saturday.Lee sprained his left ankle after the foul, but the Hotshots were still able to hold on to the 91-83 win over the KaTropa.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments MOST READcenter_img Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH LATEST STORIES 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netOn the heels of the controversial fracas late in the Ginebra-San Miguel last Sunday, the has PBA suspended all four referees officiating the game and two table officials.Beermen guard Chris Ross was also fined a total of P25,800 for his action late in the duel— P20,000 fine for issuing statements detrimental to the league, and P5,800 for the two technical fouls he incurred in the game.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Another Year of Rave Reviews for TCI Move A thon 2018

first_img New TCI Kidfit to benefit from Move-a-thon 2018 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, January 17, 2018 – Providenciales – Another successful Move-A-Thon in the Turks and Caicos Islands which offered four different distances to participants who believed the cooler temperatures were ideal and the movement is worthy to be held more than one time a year. We spoke to a lady who said the one mile, half mile and 10k were not for her… she got moving at 5 kilometers.“I woke up early in the morning to come out to this 5k walk because I can’t handle the 10k one right, I wake up early because I need to exercise and I think this is a good way for us to get up early in the morning and get our day started. And it’s not cold, it’s cool, this is just good weather, I like this weather and even if somebody could just do this every month or something, it will be better instead of just once for the year, like every January and that’s it. We should have somebody who could do this like every month, it will be much better. I’m asking for more because walking is healthy. Every time you go to the doctor he says to walk, so I think walking is very healthy and I love walking.”Move-A-Thon 2018 continues a fitness campaign which benefits healthy eating programs for islanders it was started by #TamekaHandfield, Nutritionist and owner of Nutrition in Demand.“I am superexcited, #MoveAThonTCI2018 is a wrap and even though I am over the moon tired, I am also over the moon excited about the huge success that I think this event was this morning. We had a large turnout from the community, a large turnout of course from our sponsors and of course a large turnout from all of the volunteers who gave up their time so early in the morning. And so because of this we are excited, we are grateful, we are very humbled by this show of support from the community.”A few veteran athletes joined the early morning Move-A-Thon, which also featured a health fair, fun on the beach for children and saw its first international registrants. Scores of sponsors support the event, which is the first fitness festivity on the activity calendar for the Turks and Caicos.“I love running….it’s great for cardiovascular health, it’s great for bone strength, a lot of people say what about your knees, running doesn’t hurt your knees, it’s how you run. So if you are running efficiently, and I teach a method call T-running, which teaches you to run efficiently with less energy and injury prevention. So if you’re running properly anybody can do anything they set out to achieve, it just takes a while to get there for some people. I just encourage everybody to just get out there and run, it’s a good over all fitness, it doesn’t matter how fast or how slow you are, just get out there and exercise, it’s good for you health, and you feel amazing afterwards.” Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #MoveathonTCI2018, #TamekaHandfieldlast_img read more

City of Del Mar expands when and where dogs can be without

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: April 4, 2018 Dan Plante, Dan Plante City of Del Mar expands when and where dogs can be without leashescenter_img April 4, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsDEL MAR (KUSI) — For the first time in 30 years, doggies at Del Mar’s dog beach will be able to run free, during the summer months.“I thinks it’s fabulous, It’s about time. We’ve been coming down here for 15 years so this is awesome,” said Holly Hatt from Poway.Normally, when the visitors arrive, the dogs are put back on a leash. Del Mar is a huge tourist destination during the summer. Among other things, the San Diego County Fair, The Del Mar Horse Races and the regular summer rush.After getting pressure from local dog owners, the city council voted 4 to 1 in favor of loosening up the leash laws. But there’s a catch. It’s only in effect until 8 a.m. when the lifeguards arrive for duty.“For me, this is the best beach for the dogs. There are other dog beaches, but this is the best,” said Barbara Yanni.The new leash law goes into effect on June 15th, when the summer rush begins. Updated: 10:48 PMlast_img read more