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Burmese journalist Kyi Tin Oo free after 10 years

Burmese journalist Kyi Tin Oo free after 10 years

first_img MyanmarAsia – Pacific Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association welcomed the release of Burmese journalist and poet Kyi Tin Oo after more than ten years in jail, but expressed concern about his state of health and of those still in prison.The 60-year-old journalist said after his release on 26 March 2004, “I need to rest at home for a while because my health is still fragile. I want to get myself into better physical condition so that I can visit my son in prison. We haven’t seen one another for six years,” he told reporters on the newspaper Democratic Voice of Burma. Kyi Tin Oo is suffering from diabetes and high blood pressure. He underwent an operation on his legs a few months ago but they have not healed properly because of his diabetes and poor prison conditions.Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association have both deplored the fact that, not content with failing to respect free expression – by throwing political opponents in prison for years – the Burmese authorities then leave them to die by inches in appalling prison conditions.”I should be happy, but I am sad,” said Kyi Tin Oo, as he left prison. “I have seen the suffering of all these people with my own eyes and I would like to see all political prisoners amnestied.” Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association support his appeal and call on the Burmese authorities to include a general amnesty for political prisoners in their “road map to democracy”.The journalist and poet was sentenced in March 1994 to ten years in prison. He had been accused of writing political articles in the monthly Moe Wai (closed for financial reasons in 1996) and the magazine Tha-bin, banned in 1988. According to one journalist who is now living in exile in Thailand, “Kyi Tin Oo was known in journalistic circles for his columns on everyday life in Burma. He wrote lyrical articles full of compassion for those who suffer”.Kyi Tin Oo is married to Daw Than Yi, writer and librarian. They have four children. One of his sons, Aung Kyaw Hein, is serving a 14-year sentence for membership of a banned student movement. Held in the same jail for some of the time, the father and son were separated six years ago.Kyi tin Oo was jailed for three years in the 1960s, then for seven years between 1978 and 1985 and for a few months after the 1988 coup. Receive email alerts News Organisation News News RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum May 26, 2021 Find out more April 1, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Burmese journalist Kyi Tin Oo free after 10 years US journalist held in Yangon prison notorious for torturecenter_img Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Myanmar MyanmarAsia – Pacific May 31, 2021 Find out more to go further RSF_en News Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar May 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Is Darwinism Useful Explaining Cognition?

Is Darwinism Useful Explaining Cognition?

first_imgOne would think the evolution of mind involves a straightforward account of improving cognition as one progresses up the evolutionary tree.  It’s not so simple, said two researchers in a Nature essay:1 Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection is broadly accepted among biologists, but its implications for the study of cognition are far from clear.  Few within the scientific pale would argue against the proposition that life on Earth has evolved and that this general principle can be extended to the process of thought.  But in taking an evolutionary approach, biologists have tended to assume that species with shared ancestry will have similar cognitive abilities, and that the evolutionary history of traits can be used to reveal how we and other animals perform certain mental tasks.  A closer analysis suggests things aren’t so simple.Johan Bolhuis, a biologist at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, and Clive Wynne, a psychologist at the University of Florida, asked, “Can evolution explain how minds work?”  It’s not that they were denying Darwinism and Darwin’s insights – it’s just that there are no simple evolutionary explanations for the observations, and the explanations provided are not all that helpful in guiding research.  Some birds, for instance, are better at cognitive tasks than chimpanzees.  It appears that convergence is more important than common ancestry and natural selection.    Don’t we want to understand functions and causes more than some tale of an animal’s evolutionary history, anyway?  These questions are intertwined, they claimed; “It is unclear, however, what an analysis of the evolutionary history of cognitive behaviours could add to our understanding of how they work, even if such an analysis were possible.”  So it’s not only incredibly difficult to come up with an evolutionary analysis, it’s not clear it would help.  Their conclusion warns against Darwinist na�vet�:We are not suggesting an abandonment of Darwin’s insights.  Rather, we call for care in their application.  When reconstructing the evolutionary history of cognitive traits, there is no a priori reason to assume that convergence will be more important than common descent or vice versa.  In addition, evolutionary theory may suggest hypotheses about the mechanisms of cognition, but it cannot be used to actually study these mechanisms.    As long as researchers focus on identifying human-like behaviour in other animals, the job of classifying the cognition of different species will be forever tied up in thickets of arbitrary nomenclature that will not advance our understanding of the mechanisms of cognition.  For comparative psychology to progress, we must study animal and human minds empirically, without naive evolutionary presuppositions.1.  Johan J. Bolhuis and Clive D. L. Wynne, “Can evolution explain how minds work?”, Nature 458, 832-833 (16 April 2009) | doi:10.1038/458832a.Can anyone find a reason in this article to waste precious scientific resources on evolutionary explanations?  Rescuing Eugenie Scott and Ken Miller from embarrassment doesn’t count.  A little red flush would look becoming (11/03/2006 commentary).  They could use a change of face (03/03/2009 commentary).  About face.(Visited 18 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

10 months agoSpurs matchwinner Kane: A clear penalty

10 months agoSpurs matchwinner Kane: A clear penalty

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Spurs matchwinner Kane: A clear penaltyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham striker Harry Kane insists they deserved their winning penalty for the first-leg of their Carabao Cup semi against Chelsea.Kane converted the first-half spot-kick after a VAR delay.He said, “I played to the whistle and nicked it round the keeper, it was a clear penalty. VAR is there for a reason and they got it right.”I’ll have to watch it back and see. I’m used to it after the World Cup, it’s a big part of football going forwards. From our point of view it doesn’t change much [waiting to hear if it was a penalty.]”Chelsea had a point to prove, they didn’t play well last time they were here. It was important we won the game going into the second leg.” last_img read more

Kacie McDonnell And Aaron Murray Have Reportedly Ended Their Engagement

Kacie McDonnell And Aaron Murray Have Reportedly Ended Their Engagement

first_imgFans of the Georgia Bulldogs watch play against the Mississippi Rebels.ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 29: Fans of the Georgia Bulldogs watch play against the Mississippi Rebels at Sanford Stadium on September 29, 2007 in Athens, Georgia. Georgia won 45 – 17. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)Sad news, Georgia fans. Former Bulldogs quarterback Aaron Murray, who is now a backup signal-caller for the Kansas City Chiefs, is no longer engaged to television anchor Kacie McDonnell. McDonnell, who moved from Philadelphia to Kansas City to be closer to Murray, told Philly.com that the engagement is off. Their love affair had been highly publicized over the past few years. Via Philly.com:“I’m loving my career in Kansas City. I’m really committed to being a part of this community for the time being. The engagement is off. I wish him the best, it’s best to part ways. I’m moving on my with life.”Oddly enough, McDonnell posted an Instagram video of the two kissing at a concert just last week. Murray has not yet addressed the news publicly.last_img read more

Former AFN regional chief wins NDP nomination in Alberta riding

Former AFN regional chief wins NDP nomination in Alberta riding

first_img(Former AFN Regional Chief Cameron Alexis is now an NDP candidate in Alberta. Photo courtesy: Alberta Native News)Brandi Morin APTN National NewsFormer Alberta Assembly of First Nations Regional Chief Cameron Alexis has won the NDP nomination battle for the riding of Peace River –Westlock in Alberta.Alexis is also the former chief of Alexis Nakota Sioux First Nation.Alexis did not seek re-election for AFN regional chief last May because he was helping to care for his wife who was ill.He told APTN that since then, his wife’s health has significantly improved and he is ready to spend long stretches of time away from home.Alexis said he was approached by more than one party to consider running, but chose the NDP because of its track record on Aboriginal issues including its stance against Bill C-51 and improving on childcare services.“I’ve come to respect the NDP not only from a First Nations perspective but also on Canadian issues,” said Alexis.Alexis was also impressed by the late Jack Layton’s support of Indigenous people and took notice of Thomas Mulcair’s presence at the recent TRC events in Ottawa.He said it’s time Canada’s Indigenous people get engaged in politics.“We have to participate in order to affect change. With Prime Minister Harper and all of the bills and legislation they are presenting, it’s affecting our Treaty and Indigenous rights. We have to start standing up and running for office.”Alexis is hopeful that if the NDP is successful in winning enough seats to lead the country that they will take serious the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP).“I think Tom Mulcair has a wealth of political experience and he can deliver leadership to this country. And with the provincial NDP Premier Rachel Notley, she has stuck by her word and is implementing UNDRIP. That is something Prime Minister Harper called aspirational, but I’m hoping the federal NDP will implement it as well.”Alexis is married with two sons, a daughter and 12 grandchildren. He served two years as AFN regional chief, six years as chief of his home community and before that served a 23 year career as an RCMP officer.Ultimately, he encourages Indigenous people to get to the polls and make their voices heard this fall.“I’m asking First Nations and Indigenous people to step up, stand up and be counted. We have to make a difference otherwise we’ll be continued to be dictated to and unable to participate in how this country operates.”So far, Alexis is facing Conservative Arnold Vierson. The Liberals and the Greens have yet to field a [email protected]last_img read more

Enbridge restores smaller natural gas pipeline in BC after main line blast

Enbridge restores smaller natural gas pipeline in BC after main line blast

first_imgIt damaged the company’s primary natural gas pipeline linking the Fort Nelson area to Vancouver and south to another 750,000 customers in the northwest United States.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – The company that shut down its main natural gas pipeline through British Columbia following an explosion and fire Tuesday night says it has restarted a smaller line running beside the damaged pipe.Enbridge says it has received National Energy Board approval Wednesday night to restart its 76-centimetre line, which was shut down as a precaution because it is in the same path as the 91-centimetre line that ruptured and exploded near Prince George.The Calgary-based energy supplier says the line was carefully checked before permission was received to restart it at about 80 percent of normal capacity. Fortis BC, the company that depends on the Enbridge line for about 85 percent of the gas it delivers to its one million customers, says in an online notice that gas is now flowing, but customers are still asked to cut back.It says restoring flow in the smaller line is a positive step, but until the damaged larger line is repaired, a shortage of natural gas continues.In response to the call for conservation, the B.C. Institute of Technology has tweeted that heat is off on the north side of its Burnaby campus until further notice, while the University of B.C. has told researchers and other non-essential users to immediately stop using natural gas.The UBC bulletin says although gas use should still be restricted, “UBC buildings that use natural gas for heating, hot water and cooking are no longer expected to be impacted.”In an earlier news release, Enbridge said it is working with other companies to find alternate supplies of gas to meet demand.Investigators are still searching for a cause of the blast just outside Prince George.last_img read more

Ohio State athletics selfreported nearly double violations compared to others in Big

Ohio State athletics selfreported nearly double violations compared to others in Big

The Ohio State athletic department self-reported 24 minor violations in the latter half of 2013, about double the amount reported by any of five other Big Ten schools.The Lantern requested all self-reported NCAA violations occurring from June to December 2013 for every Big Ten school except Northwestern, March 16. As of Monday, records were received from Michigan State, Wisconsin, Purdue, Illinois and Minnesota.Northwestern is a private university and is not required to provide public records.Representatives from Michigan, Indiana and Iowa acknowledged and were still processing The Lantern’s request as of Monday. Penn State representatives did not respond to multiple emails requesting the records. Nebraska denied the release of records.“Such records are not subject to disclosure under the Nebraska public records statutes, and therefore, will not be provided to you,” John Wiltse, acting records director for the University of Nebraska said in an emailed statement.Of the records received, the vast majority — totaling 22 violations — were for impermissible contact to prospective student athletes and/or prospective athletes’ parents by an athletic department staff member. BenefitsAside from communicating with prospective student-athletes, there were eight reports of NCAA violations related to athletes receiving impermissible benefits. OSU did not report any violations involving impermissible benefits during the final six months of 2013.At Wisconsin, four incoming freshmen men’s and women’s golf student-athletes participated in a free round of golf before classes began, thus they were still considered potential student-athletes.Illinois, Purdue and Minnesota each reported two violations related to benefits.An Illinois women’s tennis coach provided a prospective athlete with a personalized cookie cake who then tweeted a picture of it resulting in a reported violation.Also at Illinois, a university employed tutor loaned a book to a non-scholarship football student-athlete.Purdue reported an incident in which a student-athlete shipped personal belongings using a university-expensed FedEx account and a second where the university paid for lodging for the parents of a prospective student-athlete before the athlete’s official visit.A Minnesota men’s golf coach bought a meal for a club coach and a women’s golf coach gave a prospective athlete’s father a shirt during a visit. However, the father sent payment for the shirt the following day.Michigan State reported one benefits violation where a high school coach received more than two complimentary admissions to a home athletics event.Though OSU did report any improper benefits in the second half of 2013, the university is familiar with this type of violation.OSU created an Office of Compliance in February 2012 following the “Tattoo-Gate” scandal, which led to the resignation of football coach Jim Tressel, the departure of former Buckeyes quarterback Terrelle Pryor and a list of NCAA sanctions which included a one-year bowl ban and vacated all wins from the 2010 season.On Dec. 23, 2010, the NCAA suspended Pryor, running back Dan Herron, receiver DeVier Posey, offensive tackle Mike Adams and defensive end Solomon Thomas – all of whom played for the Buckeyes at the time – for the first five games of the 2011 season for selling memorabilia and receiving improper benefits from Eddie Rife, owner of Fine Line Ink tattoo parlor. Linebacker Jordan Whiting also received a one-game ban. Text messagesIn addition to phone calls, 10 reported violations from the five other schools in the conference were for text messages, compared to one for OSU.A women’s volleyball coach reportedly replied to a text message from a prospective student-athlete, mistakenly thinking the message was an email.Wisconsin and Purdue each reported one impermissible text message, while Minnesota and Illinois each reported two, and Michigan State reported three. VisitsNine violations were reported in relation to prospective student-athletes’ official visits. Purdue reported one. Minnesota, Illinois, Michigan State and OSU each reported two violations.Illinois, Michigan State and OSU reported visits with prospective student-athletes that were made public through social media, in violation of NCAA policy.Don Gerard, the mayor of Champaign, Illinois, and a facilities manager at the university, tweeted about a men’s basketball recruit visit.Members of the OSU synchronized swimming team posted photos of a prospective student-athlete they were hosting on Facebook and Instagram that a coach also commented on.In addition, Purdue and OSU both hosted potential athletes on official visits before those students were registered either with the NCAA Eligibility Center or the university’s institutional request list. Email and social mediaIn the way of digital communication, OSU, Illinois and Wisconsin each reported one email correspondence in violation of NCAA policy.Minnesota also reported two incidents of coaches reaching out to prospective athletes on Facebook prior to the allowed date for communication to be made.Similarly, OSU reported a women’s golf coach accepting a Facebook friend request from a 2016 prospective student-athlete before the permissible date for such communication. MailOSU reported two impermissible mailings sent to prospective student-athletes while Minnesota reported one.An OSU men’s volleyball coach sent letters to two prospective athletes that promised them athletic-related financial aid before they were high school seniors and a field hockey coach “inadvertently” sent recruiting materials to a 2016 prospective student-athlete.Minnesota marketing sent impermissible recruiting material to a potential student-athlete. Phone callsThere were 11 total reported violations for impermissible phone calls, six of which were reported by OSU.The OSU Compliance Office determined there were multiple phone calls by football team staff members to prospective student-athletes and/or their parents. The report says they were the result of inadvertent “pocket dials.”OSU’s women’s soccer, wrestling, women’s lacrosse, field hockey and women’s volleyball teams all reported at least one occurrence of an impermissible phone call to a prospective student-athlete.Minnesota reported two events of impermissible phone calls to prospective student-athletes and Illinois reported one which was an accident.Michigan State reported two impermissible phone calls, one for an assistant women’s track and field coach who exceeded the number of permissible phone calls to a prospective student athlete.A Michigan State assistant coach also placed an impermissible call to a prospective student-athlete. Other ViolationsThe Minnesota Office of Student Finance did not have squad lists signed and on file prior to the first competition for women’s tennis, women’s golf and men’s golf.A Wisconsin assistant coach posted a link on an online wrestling forum to an article stating that a potential student-athlete made a verbal commitment to the university.A member of the OSU football coaching staff reportedly used smokeless tobacco product during a game, violating NCAA bylaws.Michigan State reported a violation after a news article involving a prospective student athlete were posted to Michigan State’s Pinterest page. EligibilityWisconsin reported two violations in relation to players’ eligibility while Illinois and OSU each reported one.Two incoming prospective OSU student-athletes, one in men’s soccer and the other in women’s volleyball, participated in voluntary workouts conducted by an OSU strength coach while not enrolled at the university.An Illinois football player competed in the first five games of the season while not eligible because he didn’t have the necessary percent of degree completed to meet requirements.A football player and a member of the men’s basketball team at Wisconsin each competed while enrolled in less than 12 credit hours. At Wisconsin, a member of the women’s swimming team practiced with the team more than 45 days after she did not have certification of amateur status. read more

Football Ohio State quarterbacks flash potential but lack consistency in Spring Game

Football Ohio State quarterbacks flash potential but lack consistency in Spring Game

Sophomore quarterback Justin Fields (1) runs down the field in the first half of the 2019 Spring Game on April 13. Gray beat Scarlet 35-17. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorSophomore Justin Fields and redshirt freshman Matthew Baldwin traded their final blows of the spring in the quarterback battle Saturday, although the “blows” were few and far between.Fields completed less than half his throws but flashed great running ability, while the Baldwin fared better through the air in terms of yardage and completion percentage, but threw two interceptions and recorded a fumble.“They both flashed at times, still a work in progress,” head coach Ryan Day said. “I thought that they gave some of the receivers a chance at times.”Both athletes provided inklings of their full potential.Fields connected with senior wide receiver Binjimen Victor for a 98-yard touchdown in the second quarter. The pass traveled 38 yards downfield, thrown up the right sideline directly into Victor’s arms overtop diving sophomore cornerback Lloyd McFarquhar.This came a few drives after Fields showcased his running potential by outracing Team Scarlet’s defense for a five-yard read option touchdown run. “I feel like I’ve only scratched the surface,” Fields said. “I know I can be better, I’ve done better at practice, of course there’s always room to improve so I’m just gonna continue to work.”Baldwin threw a solid downfield pass of his own in the back of the endzone to freshman wide receiver Garrett Wilson, and finished the more accurate passer, connecting on 20 of his 36 pass attempts.Inconsistencies persisted in a number of Baldwin’s throws, however. A 40-yard pass to redshirt senior wide receiver K.J. Hill was underthrown, even though it was caught. Another ball intended for Wilson went sailing out-of-bounds a few plays later.That’s without bringing up the two interceptions, one thrown behind freshman H-back Jaelen Gill and another ill-advised toss into double coverage.“I thought Matthew made a couple really nice throws down the field,” Day said. “We turned the ball over, threw it to them, which is good for the defense.”While Fields threw likely the best pass of the day on the Victor touchdown, a 4-of-13 finish through the air leaves much to be desired. The “thud” tackling design of the Spring Game also limited what he could do on the ground, but Fields finished with 38 yards rushing, 30 of which came on one play, and the score.“Sometimes it’s hard when you’re not in the tackle situation, is it a sack, is it not,” Day said. “Justin, he can kinda create on the edge a little bit, didn’t get a chance to see that as much.”Baldwin’s never taken a snap in a collegiate game, and Fields hasn’t started in any. Consistency takes refinement, and Day recognizes both quarterbacks are still new to the collegiate game.That greenness likely contributed to many of Saturday’s struggles in the passing game.“It’s one thing to say it, it’s one thing to see it on film, it’s another thing to do it in the 7-on-7 when there’s no rush, and then when the rush is going,” Day said. “There’s nothing that replaces experience. The more these guys get a chance to play and run the offense, the better they’ll be.”Both quarterbacks will try and continue improving heading into the fall. Day says the competition is still open.“I don’t really know right now [who the leader is],” Day said. “I don’t think, right now, that we’re gonna make a decision on that. I think it’ll continue through the preseason.” read more

Senegal boss pledges to help Mane recover

Senegal boss pledges to help Mane recover

first_imgSenegal boss Aliou Cisse has pledged to do all he can to ensure that Sadio Mane is fully recovered for their World Cup campaignThe Liverpool forward is being viewed as the nation’s main hope at Russia after an impressive season which saw him score 10 goals in both the Premier League and the Champions League this season.The Lions of Teranga are hopeful that Mane will be able to carry on with his fine form at the World Cup by emulating former Liverpool forward El-Hadji Diouf at the 2002 World Cup, where he led Senegal to the ­quarter-finals.The good news is that Cisse usually adopts a similar 4-3-3 formation that Mane has at Liverpool.Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, LiverpoolMo Salah laughs off Sadio Mane incident with a brilliant video Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Mohamed Salah laughed off his little spat with Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane by posting a brilliant video showing they’ve made up.The 26-year-old has a reputation for scoring in big games and, along with Napoli’s ­Kalidou Koulibaly in defence and Everton’s Idrissa Gueye in ­midfield, Senegal are hopeful of doing well at Russia.“We have been setting up special training for him to rest and recover, so that he can have time to breathe,” said Cisse, according to the Daily Mirror.After defeating South Korea 2-0 in the final warm-up game, Senegal will now face Poland in Group H for their opening World Cup game.last_img read more

Inter got the worst of it Fabio Capello

Inter got the worst of it Fabio Capello

first_imgThe former Milan, England and Real Madrid manager has spoken about what he thinks is the hardest group in the UEFA Champions League.Inter Milan landed in Group B of the 2018-2019 UEFA Europa League along with Spain’s Barcelona, England’s Tottenham Hotspur, and Netherland’s PSV Eindhoven.And to many people, this is the most difficult group in the competition.“Inter really got the worst of it,” Capello told Sky Sports Italia as quoted by Football Italia.“Napoli had a very bad draw too and I think in both those groups it’ll be a three-way battle for the two qualifying spots.”Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“It’ll need a great Napoli and Inter from the very start to put themselves in a good position to go forward,” he added.“Roma and Real Madrid are favorites to go through from their group, while Juve needs to be wary of Valencia in Spain, as they are strong on their own turf.”“Having said that, Juve seems superior to all their opponents in that group,” he commented.“Liverpool and Napoli are two sides who both play very attacking football.”last_img read more