In Azerbaijan, A Leader Of Aliyev’s Old Guard Lashes Out. Is It Just His ‘Last Role’ For The Regime?

Noble Horvath

A public rift has widened between Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev’s dynastic administration and one of its longest-serving and most powerful former figures.

The gray cardinal who midwifed Aliyev to power as his autocratic father lay dying in 2003, Ramiz Mehdiyev, posted on a state-backed website an attack on “our authorities and the media” — which is nearly all state-controlled in Azerbaijan — for allegedly harming the country.

The 82-year-old’s outburst followed the leak of embarrassing videos of his son-in-law in handcuffs after a lavish wedding reception hosted by Mehdiyev that flouted the anti-pandemic measures weighing so heavily on ordinary Azerbaijanis.

Mehdiyev’s public attack marks a conspicuous challenge to Aliyev’s yearlong push to replace some of the regime’s old guard with new faces to usher in fresh economic and managerial thinking.

But the spat has also spawned questions as to how, in a country so tightly controlled by formal and informal

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SCORE Manasota Launches New 4-Part Marketing & Technology Webinar Series

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Take Advantage of Digital Marketing Channels and Search Engine Optimization (SEO) During COVID

SCORE Manasota Launches New 4-Part Marketing & Technology Webinar Series

Sarasota, FL, September 24, 2020 –(– SCORE Manasota will give local entrepreneurs and small business owners the opportunity to get answers to their Marketing & Technology questions with its new 4-part Marketing & Technology Webinar Series in October 2020. Speakers will cover the following topics:

1. Thursday, October 1, 2020, 5:30 P.M. – 7:30 P.M., Marketing to Your Target Market and Research Tools: Discover the true potential of your company’s success in your local market and easily explain why you are better than the competition by creating a Unique Selling Proposition (USP).

2. Wednesday, October 7, 2020, 5:30 P.M. – 7:00 P.M., Technology and Cybersecurity for Small Businesses: Learn how to do business safely online. Take steps toward mitigating the risk of falling victim to cyber-attacks.

3. Thursday, October 15, 2020, 5:30 P.M. – 7:30 P.M., Effective

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University subject profile: computer science and information systems | Computer science and IT

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What you’ll learn
At its heart, computer science is about problem-solving. Students study the design of software and hardware used to provide solutions for business, scientific and social problems.

Most computing courses focus on software engineering – things like database design, websites, network systems and the internet. But there are other options, such as virtual reality, artificial intelligence, cyber security, multimedia and games design, and app design.

Specialisms, facilities and course content vary. Kingston University has partnered with Sony, so its students have the opportunity to develop games for the PlayStation 4, while Nottingham Trent University has a robot arena.

These are practical, skills-based courses, so depending on your temperament you may consider combining your degree with something more academic. Advancements in tech and computing have brought myriad moral and ethical questions, so now universities such as Oxford, St Andrews and Stirling offer courses combining computer science with philosophy.


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Internet watchdog warns on live broadcast of terror attacks online

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Behind the outsized online presence of the global social media giants sits a counter-terrorism agency that is forging a fightback against the spread of extremism.

Eighteen months after the attack on mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, was broadcast live online by the gunman, few doubt the challenge a similar episode would pose for the major social media companies.

For Nicholas Rasmussen, executive director of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism, the shock waves from Christchurch still haunt those who police online content.

“Christchurch could certainly happen today but I think what could happen today would be you would get a co-ordinated, cohesive response that would narrow the window, not maybe to zero or five seconds, but would narrow the amount of time that awful content would be available to a global audience on mainstream platforms,” he told The National.

Director of the National Counterterrorism Center Nicholas Rasmussen believes the Christchurch attack being live-streamed to a global audience has acted as an accelerant on his work. AFP
Director of the National Counterterrorism Center Nicholas Rasmussen believes
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How to use Bluetooth headphones with any device that has a headset port

Noble Horvath

Zune Surface HeadphonesSource: Dan Thorp-Lancaster / Windows Central

Like it or not, wired headphones are a dying breed. At least, wired headphones with a 3.5mm jack are. It may be many years from now, but the trend towards “all-wireless-everything” is in full effect, outside of specialist cases where audio quality is absolutely critical.

With that switch, we’ve seen an absolute bonanza of “true wireless earbuds” pop up in recent years. For better or worse, all of them use a Bluetooth connection to keep tunes flowing. Sometimes, as is the case with Apple’s AirPods, there’s a little extra magic thrown in with a custom chip.

But what if you have some old gadgets lying around that don’t have Bluetooth built in? Whether you, like me, are still holding onto your aging Zune collection, or you just want to add some wireless audio to an old stereo, there’s no

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