News Reporters Without Borders condemned a renewed crackdown on the online press after the 10 October arrest of Omid Memarian on the orders of the 9th chamber of the Tehran prosecutor’s office, for posting articles on several reformist sites. Three more journalists are already in custody for the same reasons. Reporters Without Borders condemned a renewed crackdown on the online press after the 10 October arrest of Omid Memarian on the orders of the 9th chamber of the Tehran prosecutor’s office, for posting articles on several reformist sites. Three more journalists are already in custody for the same reasons.”In a country where the independent press has to fight for its survival on a daily basis, online publications and weblogs are the last media to fall into the authorities’ clutches. With eight months to go before the presidential elections, the Iranian authorities are now trying to spread terror among online journalists,” the organisation said.Omid Memarian, Shahram Rafihzadeh, Hanif Mazroi and Rozbeh Mir Ebrahimi are accused of “propaganda against the regime, threatening national security and incitement to rebellion and insulting leading figures in the regime.”Spokesman for the Iranian Justice Ministry, Jamal Karamirad, has said the journalists will shortly go on trial in Tehran. Their families have not been allowed to see them since their arrests and they have been denied legal representation.All four were referred to in an article in the conservative daily Kayhan, attacking support from certain foreign governments for a “network of webloggers seeking to overthrow the regime”.Former reformist deputy, Mohssen Armin, said that around 20 people, not just journalists, had been arrested in a “crackdown against Internet use”.Shahram Rafihzadeh, head of the cultural section of the reformist daily newspaper Etemad (Confidence), was arrested on 7 September 2004, apparently by the morals police, a Tehran police department that is linked to the intelligence services.Hanif Mazroi, former journalist on several reformist publications, was arrested after responding to a summons from the 9th chamber of the Tehran prosecutor’s office on 8 September.Rozbeh Mir Ebrahimi, former political editor of Etemad was arrested at his home in Tehran on 27 September 2004.Babak Ghafori Azar, arrested on 7 September 2004 suspected of contributing to reformist news sites, was released on 21 September. Organisation News IranMiddle East – North Africa to go further Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Help by sharing this information Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 IranMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Iran After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists June 9, 2021 Find out more October 14, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 New arrest of a journalist contributing to reformist websites March 18, 2021 Find out more RSF_en News News Receive email alerts February 25, 2021 Find out more
By admin – January 27, 2018 WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest OMTA celebrates annual piano competition Pinterest Local News Carolina Herrera and her brother Johany Herrera rehearse their dance routine at the Love to Dance Studio Tuesday evening. The Crisis Center of West Texas is staging the fifth annual Dancing with West Texas Stars on Feb. 9 at the MCM Grandé Hotel FunDome. Ten local celebrities have paired with their talented partners to dance the night away and raise funds to end sexual assault and domestic violence in West Texas. Odessa Music Teachers AssociationThe Odessa Music Teachers Association has scheduled the annual Jack Hendrix Piano Competition today.The winner’s recital will be presented at 2 p.m. and at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday at Jack Rogers Fine Arts Auditorium.The recital is open to the public.For more information, call 432-366-1994. Twitter Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Previous articleBOYS BASKETBALL: Permian overcomes challenges to take down Midland HighNext articleExhibit features poems from Texas and New Mexico admin
Two of five Georgia Bio Awards presented last month to University of Georgia faculty were programs either in or affiliated with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES).The association for Georgia’s life sciences industry, Georgia Bio members include pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies; medical centers; universities and research institutes; government groups; and other business organizations involved in the development of life sciences-related products and services.ArunA Biomedical, a biotechnology company that grew out of research by UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) faculty, received an Innovation Award.CAES professor Stephen Stice accepted the award for ArunA Biomedical, a biotechnology company he founded. ArunA Biomedical are experts in the design and scaling of a new class of cell-free biologic therapeutics and neural-specific drug delivery systems to treat central nervous system injury and neurodegenerative disorders. The Innovation Award honors those who are forging new ground by thinking outside traditional paradigms to create unique technology.One of two Deals of the Year awards was presented to the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center for Cell Manufacturing Technologies (CMaT), which received a $20 million grant. Stice, director of the Regenerative Bioscience Center, Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar and D.W. Brooks Distinguished Professor in the CAES is the UGA lead for CMaT.CMaT is a federally funded consortium based at the Georgia Institute of Technology and designed to lower the cost and improve the reliability and safety of advanced cell therapies for chronic diseases like heart disease and cancer.“Improving human health and welfare is a vitally important part of UGA’s land-grant mission in the 21st century, and we have worked hard to expand our capabilities in this regard,” said UGA Vice President for Research David Lee. “It is gratifying to receive these awards from Georgia Bio, as they testify to the impact of our programs and the success of the faculty responsible for them.”
Facebook released the data as part of its fifth Community Standards Enforcement Report, which it introduced in response to criticism of its lax approach to policing its platforms.In a blog post announcing the data, Facebook said the company had improved its “proactive detection technology,” which uses artificial intelligence to detect violating content as it is posted, before other users can see it.”We’re now able to detect text embedded in images and videos in order to understand its full context, and we’ve built media matching technology to find content that’s identical or near-identical to photos, videos, text and even audio that we’ve already removed,” the statement said.The company also said it put warning labels on about 50 million pieces of content related to COVID-19, after announcing at the start of the pandemic that it was banning misinformation about the virus that could cause physical harm. Topics : Facebook Inc on Tuesday reported a sharp increase in the number of posts it removed for promoting violence and hate speech across its apps, which it attributed to improvements made to its technology for automatically identifying text and images.The world’s biggest social media company removed about 4.7 million posts connected to organized hate organizations on its flagship Facebook app in the first quarter of 2020, up from 1.6 million pieces of content in the previous quarter.It also removed 9.6 million Facebook posts containing hate speech in the first quarter, compared with 5.7 million pieces of content in the fourth quarter of 2019.
ESI Birmingham – a one day exclusive esports conference tied in with the UK’s first major – has now been and gone, and it was a resounding success.Taking place at Arena Birmingham on Thursday, May 24th, the event acted as a perfect introduction to the industry and as a pre-cursor to ESL One Birmingham, the fastest selling Dota 2 Major. It was hosted with support from ESL UK, Intel, PwC, and the NEC Group.© R.Lakhani | ESL | eslgaming.comCallum Scott, National Events Manager, The Rank Group, stated: ESI Birmingham was by far one of the best networking opportunities I have had. The wide range of speakers and topics covered really gives a huge insight into the world of Esports. I can honestly say that without ESI events, I wouldn’t have made so many connections.“I had the opportunity to gain exclusive backstage access to the biggest UK Esports event. It was a fantastic experience which I would not of had without attending this ESI event. Professional, reliable, networking.”Our own Sam Cooke, Managing Director at Esports Insider added: “We had some fantastic feedback from the day, and it saw a brilliant turnout too. Thank you very much to all our event partners, speakers and of course attendees for making it happen. “A massive congratulations to ESL UK too for what ended up a top notch showcase of what the UK is capable of when it comes to esports. ESL One Birmingham was an exceptional event. Those who missed out on our ESI Birmingham, fear not, we are running the largest esports business event of the year, ESI London in September (18-20th) just ahead of the CS:GO Major in the city. You can find out more and pick up tickets (with an early bird price for now) right here.” With four panels, two keynotes, and plenty of opportunities to network with industry professionals, here’s exactly what went down.Community, the lifeblood of all things gamingModerator: Heather Dower, ESL UKSpeakers: Jon Winkle of epic.LAN, Jonathan Tilbury of NSE, Chris Murphy, of Square Enix Collective, Jorien van dear Heijden of Sheevergaming, Chris Archambault of JagexThe purpose of this panel was to explain how integral community is to esports as a whole. For example, Chris of Square Enix found his way into the games industry when he saw the community around a particular game – it helped him to later realise that working the community is a great way to generate much-needed interaction and engagement.Chris from Jagex went on to explain that the game Runescape is incredibly community-based, working with them closely to take in their ideas and input them into the game itself – something that creates a tight bond between the developers and the players.“Esports is so broad, everyone can be involved, we’re not all fighting over a slice of the audience.”Instant-messaging platforms such as Discord allow a brand, company, or individual to cultivate a community with strong engagement. They enable instant feedback and communication that helps the community to inform and advise, something that is key for Jonathan from NSE. This alone proves how invaluable it is to have a supportive community in the industry, as it truly allows companies to cater to their audience and strive.The panel discussed how esports is open to anybody getting involved in any capacity – fans of all backgrounds are welcome. If you have an internet connection then you can speak, watch, and play with other people and there’s nothing there to stop you from doing so. That’s why esports can become such a big, big industry: there’s no restrictions.Keynote – ESL UK & Intel UKSpeakers: James Dean of ESL UK, Mark Broom of IntelBoth ESL and Intel have a long-term partnership, having worked together since 2002. Together they created the flagship esports tournament series Intel Extreme Masters, and in 2017, Intel invested the most of any technology company when it become ESL’s official technology partner. Both James and Mark discussed the formalisation of this partnership, which took place at E3 in June last year.“Esports started global and now it’s going local.“Many exciting things were touched on during this keynote, from Sasha “Scarlett” Hostyn winning big at IEM PyeongChang to AnyKey, an organisation that “is dedicated to supporting diverse participation in esports. They explained how they “hope to foster welcoming spaces and positive opportunities for competitive players of all kinds.”Together they discussed the early globalisation of esports, and how now the focus is becoming more and more localised – developing players at grassroots levels. As a whole, both Mark and James divulged their thoughts on the past, present, and future of esports with a keen emphasis on diversity and grassroots development.UK Esports, a land of opportunity – © R.Lakhani | ESL | eslgaming.comUK Esports, a land of opportunityModerator: Rob Black, ESL UKSpeakers: Ben Woodward of Code Red Esports, Dr Florian Block of Digital Creativity Labs, Ian Congdon of NEC Group, Roy Meredith of West Midlands Growth Company, Daniel Wood of UKIEThis panel’s purpose was to look at the United Kingdom specifically with an esports-focused lens, pondering just how much potential the nation has in the industry and if it can stack up with the bigger regions where esports is perhaps more popular and established at this moment in time.It was said that ESL One Birmingham, and other Major tournaments that will hopefully follow, is a great way of proving to the rest of the world that the UK is a worthy host for such events. Just look at the success of the following event, it sold tickets quicker than any other Dota 2 event from ESL.“Esports isn’t just about games – don’t forget about universities, local economy growth, press & media, and community.“Roy exclaimed that “I’d love to see this region become the hub of esports in the UK,” backing it up by explaining that the region is young and diverse, and has more software developers and technology companies anywhere in the UK outside of the capital, London.One thing made very clear by this panel is that there’s a very low barrier to entry in esports, especially in the UK. If you have access to a computer, console, or mobile, then you can almost-instantly join a community and get involved in some capacity.Understanding the esports demographicModerator: Jacob Harrison, ESL UKSpeakers: Jurre Pannekeet of Newzoo, Joe Hills of Infinite Esports and Entertainment, Dan Matson of AMP Global Media, Summer Zemel of QLASH, Mike Murphy O’Reilly of DBLTAPIt’s hard to say exactly what the demographics are for the esports industry because it’s so wide open and accessible. Anybody from around the world can get involved with watching or playing a competitive game – it’s an industry that doesn’t discriminate. Despite this, it’s a male-heavy industry so far but it’s poised to change in the future.Demographics are difficult to pinpoint from game to game because it goes so much deeper than that. As mentioned in other panels, esports started globally and is now filtering down the local, more fine-tuned demographics. This means organisations are now hosting local activations more and more because they know their demographic, thus creating a better experience for everyone involved.Joe from Infinite Esports and Entertainment revealed that the Houston Outlaws – an Overwatch League franchise – has an 18% female demographic, something that is unheard of with an esports team.A good point made by the expert panel was that while not everybody has a console or PC, everyone has a mobile. The accessibility of mobile gaming is a huge factor to its growth, but that also makes it harder to identify key demographics – it’s wide open! China is the biggest demographic in mobile gaming by a long stretch, but that’s still fairly broad.The PwC Keynote Session – © R.Lakhani | ESL | eslgaming.comKeynote – PwCChaired by: Andrew Fahey of PwCSpeakers: Clive Reeves of PwC, Mette Muller of PwC, Morgan Furby of PwC, Adam Edelshain of PwCThe second panel of ESI Birmingham was full of key figures from PwC – a professional services firm – a sponsor of the event who is new to the space of esports.It’s easy to meet their new relationship with the industry with skepticism, but it actually allowed the speakers to discuss esports from an outsider’s perspective – something that’s still incredibly important.“Two or three years ago, no one would dare to think about the current scale of esports. Imagine what the next two or three years will bring.”The folks from PwC discussed the firm a little, explaining that they have a wealth of experience in technology, engaging audiences, driving growth, and assisting organisations in becoming more compliant from a tax and legal perspective – all of which are key components in ensuring the future of the esports industry.The panel went on to talk about Brexit and how, if at all, it could affect the industry. Perhaps fortunately, they don’t think it will be a big obstacle for esports at all – in fact, it’s only going to grow in the UK with events such as ESL One Birmingham and the upcoming FACEIT Minors and Major in London.Where is the revenue? – © R.Lakhani | ESL | eslgaming.comWhere is the revenue?Moderated by: Anna Baumann, Esports LawyerSpeakers: Tim Mangnall of Hugh Holland, Lenny Langenscheidt of BITKRAFT, Mathew Kemp of Jagex, Mark Reed of Heaven Media, Frederic Weil of FnaticThe big question for every company that’s considering entering the esports industry is “where is the revenue?” and rightfully so. We’ve all heard that the industry is growing at a ridiculous rate, but the dialogue doesn’t often switch to exactly how it’s growing.Frederic touched on the fact that Fnatic look at the spaces in which its fans – and prospective fans – occupy and try to occupy them. He believes it’s the smart way, and perhaps the only real way, to capture their attention and subsequently gain revenue.“We have our fans to answer to.”Partnerships such as that between PSG and LGD Gaming was given as an example of where revenue comes from. It saw a European football club teaming with a Chinese esports organisation, opening them up to the Chinese market. Mangnall said PSG is now the eighth most influential esports brand in China, and fully expects other sports clubs to follow suit since it was such a success.Franchised leagues were another hot topic on the panel, with the likes of the NA LCS and Overwatch League proving popular. It was said that these leagues are difficult to make profitable from smaller brands, especially if bigger brands such as the likes of Fnatic has occupied that space for a while. The main revenue stream from a franchised league is from the league itself, with profits filtering down to the teams involved.© R.Lakhani | ESL | eslgaming.comNetworking drinksThe closing portion of the day saw speakers, guests, and all attendees enjoy some drinks at the venue provided by ESI and the NEC Group, before heading to the Grosvenor Casino for some more networking complemented by a few more drinks and food courtesy of the Rank Group. It was ideal for establishing and cementing new relationships, as well as winding down after a jam-packed day.If you like the sound of ESI Birmingham, then you’ll love ESI London 2018. A three-day esports business conference, this is one event you don’t want to miss.The first day will have you networking with many figures from the esports industry in the evening, the second day is full of esports business focused workshops, panels and debates, and the third has a plethora of sessions on multiple topics around esports betting. Taking place at Olympia London, there is also an exhibition space and interactive zone on over two days, as well as networking evening activities across three evenings including a closing party at the Natural History Museum on the 20th September. All in all making this the largest esports business conference of the year. Want to know more about ESI London? Simply click below, or direct any questions to [email protected]