On 19th January a research project which invites people to debate global free speech in the internet age was launched in Oxford.The launch featured Oxford Professor of European Studies Timothy Garton Ashton in conversation with Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales. The talk was streamed just a day after the Wikipedia Blackout, a protest against internet anti-piracy laws proposed within the US Congress.Free Speech Debate aims to encourage people to discuss the opportunities and limits of free expression. On the website ten draft principles are listed concerning global free expression. Added to these are explanations, expert analyses and case studies, with the information being translated into 13 different languages in the hope of stimulating a trans-cultural debate.A team of more than thirty graduates and researchers at Oxford University are involved in the project, which has received the backing of notable figures including Indian writer Arundhati Roy and Iranian activist Mohsen Kadivar. Both have interviews and commentaries included on the site.Professor Garton Ash commented, ‘Freespeechdebate.com is a website for the discussion of free speech in the age of mass migration and the internet. From yesterday’s Wikipedia protest to the role of social media in the Arab Spring, every day brings a free speech controversy to the headlines. Our project aims to contribute structure, depth and detail to this global debate, as well as openness to the views of netizens from different cultures and perspectives.’Ash emphasised that when all 13 languages are in action, the information will linguistically be accessible to 80% of the two billion people online. This would allow people speaking in different tongues in different parts of the world to engage with each other through the internet in a ‘spirit of robust civility.’The talk will be online later this week and will be digitally archived by the Bodleian Libraries.
One of the most successful car racers in BiH has attracted the attention of Red Bull scout which applied him for Red Bull F1 talents, confirmed Dino Čolaković, manager of communications for BiH and Croatia to PunGas.com and announced big Red Bull event in Banja Luka at Zalužani track, and confirmed that Red Bull is especially interested in Sarah Delić.‘After success of Vettel which was discovered in a similar program, Red Bull started investing in this program of search for F1 talents. So far we didn’t searched for talents in BiH, but after writing of PunGas.com on Sarah Delić and Boris Miljević we’ve seen that there are talents that need to be included in this program. If they show good results, they might have a career in one of Red Bull F1 teams’, said Dino Čolaković.He confirmed that the trainings will be held on Zalužani track this summer in Banjaluka, and after Sarah Delić and Boris Miljević go through the test, all interested will have the opportunity to drive GP 2 model if they pass the karting with good time.
“It is past time for change to be made to the flag of the State of Mississippi,” SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said in a recent statement. “Our students deserve an opportunity to learn and compete in environments that are inclusive and welcoming to all.”In the event there is no change, there will be consideration of precluding Southeastern Conference championship events from being conducted in the State of Mississippi until the flag is changed.”MORE: Why Florida banned its “Gator Bait” cheerThe NCAA has banned postseason events in Mississippi for the same reason.The SEC’s two schools in the state, Mississippi State and the University of Mississippi, have not displayed the flag since 2016. Both released statements of support in the wake of Sankey’s threat to keep conference championships out of the state until its flag is changed. Almost 20 years after the people of Mississippi voted to keep its state flag featuring the Confederate symbol, Mississippi legislators are proposing another bill that would remove the stars and bars from the upper corner of the banner.And in order for the state to host future Southeastern Conference championships, as it last did in 2016 with the SEC softball tournament, it will need to pass. From Mississippi State president Mark Keenum: “Clearly, the current national climate is such that this debate may produce unintended consequences for our student athletes here at Mississippi State University and those at the University of Mississippi. Since 2015, our Student Association, Robert Holland Faculty Senate and university administration have been firmly on record in support of changing the state flag. I have reiterated that view to our state’s leaders on multiple occasions, including during face-to-face discussions in recent days and hours.”On June 12, I wrote to the governor, lieutenant governor and speaker of the Mississippi House reaffirming that support. The letter said, in part, that our flag should be unifying, not a symbol that divides us. I emphasized that it is time for a renewed, respectful debate on this issue.”I support President Keenum. At Mississippi State University I embrace the inclusion of all People and open dialogue on all issues. Hail State! https://t.co/iFCssa3EwF— Mike Leach (@Coach_Leach) June 19, 2020From Ole Miss chancellor Glenn Boyce and athletic director Keith Carter in a joint statement:”The University of Mississippi community concluded years ago that the Confederate battle flag did not represent many of our core values, such as civility and respect for others. In 2016, the university stopped flying the state flag over our campus. Mississippi needs a flag that represents the qualities of our state that unite us, not those that still divide us.”We support the SEC’s position for changing the Mississippi State flag to an image that is more welcoming and inclusive for all people.”According to WAPT in Jackson, Miss., the legislature that would change the state’s flag is in danger of not making it past committee. State Sen. Derrick Simmons, who filed the resolution, did say he is hopeful the flag will eventually change.