first_img Help by sharing this information News Organisation September 29, 2009 – Updated on January 25, 2016 Maintaining status quo is lesser evilcenter_img RSF_en Reporters Without Borders prefers a continuation of the status quo in international Internet governance rather than the creation of an inter-governmental system to replace the existing oversight by ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), a California-based non-profit.ICANN has until now supervised the Internet under a contract with the US government, but the contract expires tomorrow and so far no announcement has been made as to what will happen next.Perpetuation of the ICANN status quo is vying with alternative models including one proposed by Viviane Reding, the European Commissioner for information society and media, who wants a fully privatised ICANN to be supervised by an Internet G12 that includes an independent judicial wing.“No one underestimates the risks of maintaining an Internet governance system controlled by a single entity,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard said. “But, given the current lack of a better solution, we think it would be better not to meddle with this mechanism. The EU proposal to create a sort of Internet G12 strikes us as dangerous. If it were implemented, nothing would stop countries that censor the Internet domestically, such as China, Saudi Arabia and Burma, from doing everything possible to restrict online access at the world level.”Julliard added: “It is out of the question that governments that prevent their citizens from having unrestricted Internet access should tomorrow become the big shots in a worldwide Internet system. We prefer the current system which, despite its faults and weaknesses, has never threatened the free flow of online information. We therefore urge President Barack Obama not to rush into any decision that could do considerable harm to everyone’s right to unrestricted access to online information. The utmost prudence is required in this matter.”Created by the US government in 1998 and progressively privatised by President Bill Clinton, ICANN manages the system of Internet addresses that connects millions of computers around the world. It also oversees the top-level domain name system, the address suffixes such as .com, .org, .fr, .uk and .nk The status quo is criticised for giving a single government too much power over a worldwide tool in which the financial and political stakes are considerable. It does represent a risk but until now it has favoured the Internet’s development. In fact, ICANN’s supervision has posed almost no problems and has worked well until now. There is no reason to think it could not continue after tomorrow.Reporters Without Borders has expressed its view on Internet governance in the past (see the releases http://www.rsf.org/spip.php?page=article&id_article=15564 and http://www.rsf.org/spip.php?page=article&id_article=24352), and has always taken the position that making no changes to a fairly good status quo – to a network that is single and indivisible, as worldwide tool should be – is preferable to imposing a dangerous new model. The continuing neutrality, oneness and indivisibility of this worldwide network depend on its oversight. The Chinese government, for example, could create its own system of domain names and thereby prevent access to its websites from abroad and access to foreign websites from within China. last_img read more

first_imgOn August 14-16, Asheville will host a celebration of the country’s top boundary-pushing adventure films. The festival weekend will kickoff with a free outdoor party before the films roll at 7pm on Friday. Saturday’s line up will include a community picnic, ice cream social, van life rally, dance party with DJ Marley, a youth adventure film program, and an amazing lineup of powerful films.Screen Shot 2015-08-10 at 10.47.59 AMBRO Editor in Chief Will Harlan will moderate a panel of top regional athletes on Saturday morning at the New Mountain Sol Bar—including elite triathlete and runner Jay Curwen, Girls at Play founder Anna Levesque, ultra running wild man Adam Hill, pro paddler Pat Keller, and champion mountain biker Sam Koerber—who embody the spirit of the film fest.GOING THE DISTANCE PANELUnlike other film fests, 5Point features films that are about more than heart-pumping adrenaline. They highlight people who go deeper and give voice to the places and issues that matter most.“We are so excited to bring 5 Point to Asheville and to become an ongoing part of the booming outdoor scene in this community,” said Executive Director Sarah Wood. “We are really striving to make 5 Point Asheville a local, community driven event!”5 point 3In addition to all the other festivities, 5 Point will be hosting a one of a kind ‘Van Life Rally.’ Like the Going the Distance Panel, the rally will take place at New Mountain and will showcase some of the Blue Ridge region’s best livable vehicles! BRO’s own Jess Daddio will even be on hand with her Sylvan Sport GO!Screen Shot 2015-08-10 at 11.26.41 AMFor more info including a detailed line up of films and events, check out them out on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or their website, and enjoy a sneak peak of coming attractions by watching the trailer below. See you there!5Point Film Festival Asheville from 5Point Film Festival on Vimeo.last_img read more

first_imgHunter Marriott was a three-time IMCA Modified series champion in 2018, with Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights Tour, Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Tour and Karl Perfor­mance Arizona IMCA Modified Tour crowns to his credit. (Photo by Layn Mud­der) BROOKFIELD, Mo. – Hunter Marriott set the bar high in 2017.He raised it again this season.Marriott raced to a trio of IMCA Modified special series titles in 2018, repeating as champion of the Karl Performance Arizona Tour and earning a third straight Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Crown before topping Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights standings for the first time.In all, the well-traveled Marriott raced at 28 different tracks in 11 states, winning 18 times before taking the checkers in the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational during the IMCA Speedway Moors Su­per Nationals fueled by Casey’s.“The All-Star race was pretty important for us,” said Marriott, from Brookfield, Mo. “It seems like we have never run well at Boone. To be able to win that race felt pretty good.”Marriott won three of eight Arizona Tour starts, then opened the Dakota Tour with back-to-back victories at Jamestown Speedway and Nodak Speedway.His Dirt Knights Tour wins came at Park Jefferson Speedway and Buena Vista Raceway.“We got to race with a lot of good drivers in these two tours, too,” Marriott said. “Being the first Modified driver to win three straight Dakota Tour championships and winning the Dirt Knights Tour are both special. The Dirt Knights Tour is another one that I always wanted to win.”Marriott’s single-season best win total put him at 55 for his IMCA career.“We keep working hard and we keep getting better,” he said. “We never sit down at the start of the season and map out our schedule. If we see a race that looks interesting, we go.”Arizona Starts-8                   Wins-3               Top Five Finishes-6Dakota Starts-4                    Wins-2              Top Five Finishes-4Dirt Knights Starts-5             Wins-2               Top Five Finishes-4HIS CREW: Tyler FralinHIS SPONSORS:  D & T Marriott Enterprises of Brookfield; Timberline of Lathrop; Tanner Racing of Smith­ville; Friesen Chevrolet of Sutton, Neb.; VP Race Fuels of Manhattan, Kan.; Bassett Wheel of Burling­ton, Wis.; Wehrs Machine & Racing Products of Bangor, Wis.; Strange Oval of Morton Grove, Ill.; Schoenfeld Headers of Van Buren, Ark.; Performance Bodies of Cedar Falls, Iowa; Rage Chassis of West Union, Iowa; Precision Performance of Oxford, Iowa; Widow Wax of Alta, Iowa; AFCO of Boonville, Ind.; Bilstein Shocks of Poway, Calif.; Stone Spreading of Atwater, Calif.; PFC Brakes of Clover, S.C.; Jones Racing Products of Ottsville, Pa.; and Driven Race Oil of Huntersville, N.C.last_img read more

first_img Published on April 6, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2 Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img Kailah Kempney didn’t feel Syracuse was at its best Thursday against Notre Dame.The freshman scored five goals and the Orange came away with a 16-10 victory over the No. 6 Fighting Irish, but Kempney wasn’t satisfied.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘We’re proud of the win, but it wasn’t a great win,’ the freshman attack said in a phone interview Thursday. ‘We know we could have done a lot better. We had a lot of mistakes.’No. 3 Syracuse (7-2, 2-0 Big East) will aim to fix those mistakes as it continues a grueling stretch of three games in five days. The Orange will play its second game in that span on Saturday at 1 p.m. when it takes on Rutgers (7-4, 2-1) in the Carrier Dome. SU caps off the five-day challenge against Dartmouth on Monday.The Orange has endured some challenging weeks so far this season, playing two games in four days three times already. The first time, SU dropped both games to then-No. 6 Virginia and No. 1 Northwestern in late February. Three days after losing to the Wildcats, the Orange edged then-No. 5 Florida in double overtime. And in March, Syracuse beat then-No. 4 Maryland and then-No. 20 Towson in a four-day stretch.The three-game stretch provides challenges for the Orange to remain sharp. Still, despite being the most difficult stretch in terms of frequency of games, SU head coach Gary Gait doesn’t feel it is the toughest Syracuse has faced this season.The Orange opened the season with five games against top-12 teams including three straight against teams in the top-five. Gait said facing that high level of competition in the Orange’s brutal early-season schedule was his team’s biggest test thus far.‘There were top-five teams we were facing back-to-back-to-back, three in a row and that was the toughest stretch of maybe any team in the country so far,’ Gait said. ‘Going from Northwestern to Florida to Maryland, that was a tough, tough stretch.’But SU attack Katie Webster said this series of games is just as difficult.And Webster said those first five games against top-five teams helped prepare Syracuse for anything it faces this season, including these three games.‘This stretch is going to be probably just as difficult,’ Webster said. ‘When we played the tougher teams we didn’t play as much. Still, these next two teams are very good and we’ve got to play with them and not get tired.’Syracuse has taken some unique steps to get ready for each game. With only one day off between games, the Orange has had to prepare a little for Notre Dame, Rutgers and Dartmouth.On Friday, SU will focus its preparation on Rutgers, watching some film of the Scarlet Knights. The Orange will also have a practice, though Webster doesn’t expect it to be overly intense as the team tries to stay fresh.And that could be good for Kempney. Even after scoring five goals against the Fighting Irish, the attack is still recovering from a knee injury suffered against the Wildcats on Feb. 29.Kempney said Thursday she still isn’t 100 percent, but the freshman is eager to get back on the field Saturday to help SU extend its six-game winning streak. The Orange’s game against Rutgers serves as a chance for the team to get better.‘Having a game on Saturday just gives us an opportunity to get back on track and get back to where we were and fix all those little mistakes that we made tonight,’ Kempney [email protected]last_img read more

first_imgThis is the moment you’ve all been waiting for — Tiger Woods is in contention heading into the final round of the Masters.The 43-year-old shot a 5-under 67 to move to 11 under for the tournament and in a tie with Tony Finau two shots back of the lead at the end of his round. Masters 2019: Webb Simpson charges up leaderboard with second-best round ever at Augusta National “After a bogey at 5, we got on a roll there and the only putt I (really) missed all day was at 8 for eagle and it was a good putt.”Woods used a splendid stretch for the 6th through the 16th in which he went 6 under with six birdies to get to 11 under.All of the excitement culminated with a beautiful iron at the 16th and perfect putt for birdie which tied him with Finau — at the time — for the lead.Tiger Woods is tied for the lead at #themasters pic.twitter.com/dC2JEODVSC— Masters Tournament (@TheMasters) April 13, 2019Just minutes after Woods tied the lead though, Francesco Molinari made a birdie to move to 12 under and one up on Woods. Molinari would also birdie the 15th to go up two on Woods.Molinari somewhat famously pulled away from Woods at the Open Championship last year and snatched away the 14-time major winner’s title in the process.If Molinari were to finish in the solo lead to end his round, he might play alongside Woods as a part of a threesome with Finau as the Masters has been forced to adjust its format on Sunday.With thunderstorms bound for Augusta late on Sunday, the final round has been moved up and golfers have been put in threesomes rather than pairs. Masters 2019: Fabulous Tony Finau shoots 64 to move into leadcenter_img “This will be different,” he said. “Normally we have a sleep in on Sunday if we play well, tomorrow (Sunday) it’s going to be an early wake-up call and get the body going and get the mind ready, and it’s going to be a little bit different going off of two tees, threesomes and, you know, it doesn’t feel like Augusta National, but I remember when Jack (Nicklaus) finished up his last round here he finished up on nine, so I guess the precedent has already been set.”As the tournament stands now, Molinari, Woods and Finau would play together on Sunday barring changes to the leaderboard.Woods has never won a major when trailing going into the final round. Several other players are still on the course, so this could change, but for now, Woods’ name is very near the top of the leaderboard.”I felt like if I just get the speed a little bit better than I did yesterday — because I had the lines — they’re going to start going in and they did,” Woods told ESPN after his round. Related Newslast_img read more

first_imgIt’s come to this for Chris Paul: dead wood.  Sigh. That’s where we’ll start this Rumor-ama. (SN Illustration) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/94/9f/chris-paul-nba-executive-quotejpg_2otjrqhxa7fy1ibznfwc6spga.jpeg?t=241727787&w=500&quality=80 For Houston, the issue is that the team would like to get assets back that can keep the team in contention and continue to maximize James Harden’s prime years. That is just not going to happen with a contract like Paul’s, though.Charlotte and Miami are among the teams that could be interested in Paul. Phoenix is weighing its options at point guard, but there is an outside chance they’d get involved. And keep an eye on the Lakers or Knicks — it’s likely that one of them will strike out in free agency and need a face-saving trade to rescue the summer. Paul is a face-saving trade target.But Houston is not going to get anything significant back from any of those teams, nothing that will truly benefit Harden. Goran Dragic and Kelly Olynyk? Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Nic Batum? Empty space from New York?Trading Paul won’t bring back the kind of pieces that keep the Rockets relevant. It will only (possibly) free up enough space to give Houston flexibility.”It will have to be a salary dump,” the front-office executive said. “You might get back a decent player and a draft pick. But mostly, it is getting that contract off your books for the next three years. Chris can’t stay healthy. He has not been the same player. It’s hard to imagine him going back to the way he was.”If you’re Houston, you’re happy just to move him along and let someone else pay him. But you’re going to have to take back a bad contract in the bargain.”NBA free agency rumors: Frank Kaminsky to the Bucks?The Bucks have a quandary in the frontcourt with the possibility that big man Brook Lopez was so productive this season that he played himself out of Milwaukee’s price range. We’ll dust off an old Badger favorite as a possibility to help replace him: former Wisconsin star Frank Kaminsky.Kaminsky was on the outs for most of the season in Charlotte, and according to sources, the Bucks attempted to trade for him at the deadline but were turned down and eventually acquired Nikola Mirotic. As free agency approaches, expect Milwaukee to have Kaminsky as an option again should the Bucks lose Lopez.MORE: Bucks must make moves now so Giannis doesn’t leave laterIt would take a bargain deal, much like Lopez signed last year. But returning to Wisconsin would give Kaminsky a chance to rebuild his value. Hornets coach James Borrego kept Kaminsky on the bench for most of the first four months of the season, but Charlotte would not trade him, insisting that he might yet play a role for the team.  Indeed, Kaminsky finally played down the stretch and responded with 12.8 points per game, 4.7 rebounds and 36.6 percent 3-point shooting in the final 21 games.The Bucks also have Mirotic on board, and he, too, will be a free agent. The team would need to stock up on bigs in the absence of Lopez and could keep Mirotic and add another to the mix.NBA Draft rumors: Pelicans avoid another Klutch problemThere was an enormous sigh of relief in New Orleans this week, when star prospect Zion Williamson — Pelicans-bound when draft night comes — finally picked an agent, signing with CAA.There had been talk earlier in the month that Klutch Sports was among those in contention for Williamson. Klutch, of course, represents Anthony Davis, and its primary agent, Rich Paul, became a thorn in the side of the Pelicans organization as he tried to force a trade of Davis at the February deadline. MORE: How LeBron’s agent made a damaging impact on Lakers’ seasonNew team vice president David Griffin, who dealt with Paul when he was the general manager of the Cavaliers and LeBron James (Paul’s primary client) played in Cleveland, has tried to smooth things over with Klutch Sports and the Pels. His attempts at talking Davis into staying in New Orleans have more to do with resetting relations with Paul than it does with actually keeping Davis in town, which is a longshot.There are many within the Pelicans organization who are still embittered by the way Paul manipulated Davis last season, particularly coach Alvin Gentry, and having Williamson lined up with Paul would have opened wounds that are only recently healed. That won’t be a problem with CAA. Paul is the Rockets star who hit the trade block with a thud this week when ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Rockets were looking to clean house this offseason coming out of a disappointing conference semifinal loss to the Warriors.According to one front-office executive, a trade for Paul would be “something where if I am taking back your dead wood, you’ve got to take back some of mine.”MORE: Mike D’Antoni reportedly ends contract talks with RocketsIt’s not that Paul is not a useful player. He averaged 15.6 points and 8.2 assists during the 2018-19 season and is still a good pick-and-roll point guard. The problem is, in the course of one season after he turned 32, Paul went from a top-tier star to an above-average point guard, shooting just 41.9 percent from the field and a so-so 35.8 percent from the 3-point line.”As a player, of course you would take him on,” one general manager told Sporting News. “He is experienced. He is a smart guy. He can be good for young point guards to be around the way he sees the floor. But he lost a step. At the same time, he is gaining a big, big contract.”Losing the step can be seen in his play in the pick-and-roll, always a staple of his game. In 2015-16, he put up 0.94 points per possession as a pick-and-roll ball hander, which was in the 89th percentile. In 2016-17, it was 0.96 points per possession, good the 83rd percentile. Last year, his first season in Houston, was one of his most efficient ever in the PNR: 1.02 points per possession, the 91st percentile.This year, Paul scored 0.87 points per possession, just the 59th percentile. He also missed 17 games with a left hamstring injury, the third time his left hamstring has been injured in the last three seasons. In all, Paul missed 24 games, the third straight season he’s sat out 20 or more times.And there is that contract, the four-year, $160 million deal last summer that most knew the Rockets would regret eventually. Few would have guessed that such regret would be only 10 months away.last_img read more