CISPA: Who’s For It And Who’s Against It

first_imgTags:#CISPA#privacy#security CISPA OpponentsAmerican Civil Liberties Union: “The bill would create a loophole in all existing privacy laws, allowing companies to share Internet users’ data with the National Security Agency, part of the Department of Defense, and the biggest spy agency in the world—without any legal oversight,” the ACLU warned in 2012. With the new version still failing to addressing these concerns, the organization is asking supporters to sign its petition calling for the President to veto the bill.Electronic Frontier Foundation: When CISPA was reintroduced in February 2013, the EFF joined the ACLU and Fight for the Future in combat. The Internet advocacy group is vehemently against the bill for a slew of reasons, including that it gives companies the right to monitor users and share that data with the government without a warrant. Transparency and accountability are also undefined by the bill, which creates a “broad immunity from legal liability for monitoring, acquiring, or sharing” communication and overriding “privacy laws like the Wiretap Act and the Stored Communications Act.Center For Democracy And Technology: The Center’s serious concerns include an “unlimited definition of the information that can be shared with government agencies notwithstanding privacy and other laws,” which the CDT says will likely “shift control of government cybersecurity efforts from civilian agencies to the military.”Cato Institute: The public policy institute raises issues of hype and misinformation related to cybercrime causing a skewed perception of the problem. “Among dozens of surveys, from security vendors, industry analysts and government agencies, we have not found one that appears free of this upward bias.”Fight For The Future: The non-profit has setup a site to inform and protest the bill, calling CISPA “the end of meaningful privacy for anyone with personal data on U.S. based services.”Free Press: The media reform group acknowledges the need for protection, but warns> “CISPA could lead all too easily to governmental and corporate violations of our privacy and attacks on our right to speak freely via the Internet.”Mozilla: In a 2012 interview with Forbes, Mozilla’s privacy and public policy office called the language of the bill broad and alarming and said it “infringes against our privacy.”Cheezburger Inc.: Chief Executive Ben Huh told ProPublica in 2012 that CISPA is “SOPA’s cousin who works for the CIA.”Reddit: Although previously undecided, on Friday at SXSW, Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian called his local congressman to protest CISPA. He says he won’t invest in Facebook because of the company’s support.The White House:Last year, the President voiced his strong opposition to the bill, saying it failed to bridge the gap between privacy concerns and limiting sharing of personal information. “Citizens have a right to know that corporations will be held legally accountable for failing to safeguard personal information adequately. The government, rather than establishing a new antitrust exemption under this bill, should ensure that information is not shared for anti-competitive purposes.” However, with Obama’s new cybersecurity mandate and renewed talks and pressure from the House Intelligence Committee, that position could change.Other individuals and organizations opposed to CISPA include Tim Berners-Lee, Bruce Schneier, Ron Paul,  Demand Progress, Entertainment Consumers Association, Free Market Coalition, Reporters Without Borders, Access Now, Sunlight Foundation and the American Library Association.   One major online player missing-in-action stance wise is Twitter. While the microblogging platform is a hotbed of activism and campaigns for both sides, the company itself has not taken a public stand.Tell us in comments: Where do you stand?Photos courtesy of DonkeyHotey and Paul Swansen. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market What if all of your online communication could be monitored and shared without a warrant? That’s what’s at stake if the latest version of CISPA, the controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, is approved by Congress.After CISPA was shot down in 2012, a revised bill has been introduced that would let private companies and the government monitor Americans under the auspices of sharing intelligence about cyber threats. The intentions behind the bill may be noble, but the bill’s language is packed with privacy problems and vague notions that give the government big loopholes through which to watch what people say and do online.(See also Obama, Cybersecurity And The Return Of CISPA)In the wake of a spate of hacking attacks and talks between House Intelligence Committee Chairman (and CISPA co-author) Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and the White House, the bill is seeing forward movement. Talks are centering on whether or not companies will be allowed to share peoples’ identities with the government. Those results, plus an upcoming special cybersecurity hearing by the House Committee on Homeland Security, will likely influence the bill, which is expected to make its way back to the House in April.For or against, the lines in the sand are being drawn. Supporters include a slew of technology companies and interest groups. Dissenters comprise an equally deep set of advocacy organizations and Web heavyweights.Here’s a quick breakdown of who is on which side:.CISPA SupportersAT&T:Interprets the bill as promoting “private sector innovation, and protects fundamental American values.”Facebook: Supports enhancing “the ability of companies like Facebook to address cyber threats” and feels the bill would not make the company share any more of its own data than is currently required.Comcast: “Preventing, detecting, deterring, and responding to cybersecurity threats are therefore fundamental requirements for our continued business success,” David L. Cohen, the company’s executive vice president wrote on February 13.IBM: CISPA “would greatly improve the government and private sector’s ability to mitigate cyber threats by enabling better information sharing,” Christopher Padilla, vice president, IBM Governmental Programs, wrote on February 13.Intel: Combating online threats requires “cooperative efforts of government and NGO stakeholders working together to improve cybersecurity in a way that promotes innovation and protects citizens’ privacy and civil liberties,” said Peter M. Cleveland, the company’s director of global policy.Time Warner Cable: The telecom giant supports the bill because it wants to protect its 15 million plus customers and feels CISPA enables a “shared responsibility born in partnership by the public and private sectors.”Verizon: Echoing other support sentiments, the company is pushing for the bill to bridge the private-public sectors and be able to share data to “secure private networks” and protect customers.Oracle: Supported last year’s version of the bill, stating that CISPA would remove the legal obstacles inherent in sharing data with the government.Symantec: Defending information sharing, the company wrote in 2012 that this tactic is “not an end goal, but rather a situational tool to provide awareness.”Microsoft: Previously vocal in its support that the bill would “eliminate barriers and disincentives that currently prevent effective information sharing to guard against cyber attacks.” Since then, Microsoft has clarified its position to say that it would move to “ensure the final legislation helps to tackle the real threat of cybercrime while protecting consumer privacy.”Google: The Mountain View company tried to steer away from taking a public stand, but last year, lawmakers in Washington alluded to having Google’s support.Other notable supporters include the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, USTelecom, the Broadband Association, Edison Electric Institute, Financial Joint Trades, Financial Services Roundtable, Internet Security Alliance, Juniper Networks, National Cable & Telecommunications Association and TechAmerica. adam popescu A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Villagers protest outside Vedanta refinery against ‘death in custody’

first_imgTension prevailed in the Lanjigarh area of Kalahandi district on Saturday after a large number of residents sat on a dharna outside the main gate of the Vedanta alumina refinery demanding compensation of ₹10 lakh for the death of a fellow villager in judicial custody.Patnaik Harijan, a resident of Rengapalli village under Lanjigarh block, died early on Saturday at a government hospital in Burla where he was admitted by the Kalahandi jail authorities a day earlier.Body at protest siteThe agitating villagers had kept Harijan’s body at the dharna site. To avoid any untoward incident, the local administration imposed prohibitory orders in the area.Arrests after clashHarijan (45) was in judicial custody following his arrest four months ago in the wake of a clash between villagers and personnel of Odisha Industrial Security Force outside the refinery main gate on March 18. Dani Batra, a villager, and Sujit Minz, an OISF constable, were killed in the clash which broke out when the villagers were staging a demonstration demanding employment for locals in the refinery.A group of concerned citizens and organisations demanded a judicial probe into the circumstances leading to Harijan’s death. In a statement, as many as 23 activists, writers and lawyers alleged that while 29 people had been arrested in connection with the constable’s death, no proper investigation had been conducted to bring to light the manner in which Batra succumbed to injuries inflicted on him by the OISF men.The activists demanded punishment for all erring officers for their acts of negligence leading to the death of Harijan and a compensation of ₹50 lakh to his family.They further demanded withdrawal of all cases against those who are still in jail, a probe into the death of Batra and withdrawal of Central Reserve Police Force personnel from the Niyamgiri region.last_img read more

Jazz wallop Wizards to start crucial road trip in NBA playoff race

first_imgUtah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27), from France, gets away from Washington Wizards forward Bobby Portis (5) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 18, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)WASHINGTON — With Utah beginning a four-game trip while jockeying for position in the tight Western Conference playoff race, the objective in its first game was clear — contain Wizards All-Star guard Bradley Beal.Beal had posted back-to-back 40-point games for the Wizards, who are clinging to the slimmest of playoff hopes.ADVERTISEMENT Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag LATEST STORIES View comments MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Beal missed his first three shots and managed just five points in the first half.“They did a good job when (Beal) was open, they sent another guy,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. “When he was driving the lane they had the big buy down there. That’s how they play. They’re a good defensive team.”Washington shot 42 percent for the game and 30 percent from long distance. Utah shot 54 percent from the field and made 14 3-pointers.TIP-INSJazz: Gobert joined Mitchell on Monday as the second Utah to player to earn Western Conference Player of the Week honors this season. … Gobert had his 55th double-double of the season. … Thabo Sefolosha returned after missing Saturday’s game against the Nets with left hamstring tightness and had six points in 12 minutes. … Dante Exum missed his second straight game after partially tearing his right patellar tendon on March 14.Wizards: Beal earned his second Eastern Conference Player of the Week award on Monday. … Have lost three straight at home to Utah. … Brooks picked up a technical foul in the second quarter.MESSAGE RECEIVEDAfter the Wizards hit 3-pointers on three consecutive possessions — two by Bobby Portis — to trim a 12-point deficit to nine early in the third quarter, Snyder called timeout and yelled at his stars.“We were bad,” Snyder said. “A couple of them Rudy didn’t get back to Portis and he’s been shooting the ball well. We had a couple breakdowns that weren’t acceptable, not just to me but to them, too. I thought Donovan and Rudy really needed to pick it up.”The pair responded and just over three minutes later the lead was up to 19. The Jazz were up to the task on Monday night as Beal managed only 15 points and failed to hit a 3-pointer for the third time this season in Utah’s 116-95 win over Washington.Rudy Gobert had 14 points and 14 rebounds and Donovan Mitchell scored 19 as Utah won its fourth straight game and sixth overall against Washington.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsGobert, the reigning Western Conference Player of the Week, was perfect from the field (6 of 6) for Utah, which remained seventh in the West, one-half game behind San Antonio and Oklahoma City.“We had some guys that guarded (Beal) that worked and you’re not going to guard a player of his caliber with one guy,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. “We had a good awareness.” SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Nuggets clinch first NBA playoff berth in 6 years after overcoming Celtics Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Google Philippines names new country director HOWARD UNLIKELYAsked if Dwight Howard was being shut down for this season, Brooks said: “Not officially.”Howard (back surgery) has played just nine games this season for Washington and is now dealing with a hamstring issue.“The season is winding down. It’s going to be tough, but you never know,” Brooks said.UP NEXTJazz: Visit New York on Wednesday.Wizards: At Chicago on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Jae Crowder had 18 points and Joe Ingles scored 16 as each spent time trying to frustrate Beal. Kyle Korver added 10 points off the bench, and Ricky Rubio had eight points and 10 assists.Jabari Parker led Washington with 19 points while Beal finished shooting just 4-of-12 as the Wizards wrapped up a five-game homestand at 3-2.Beal said he hadn’t been defended like he was on Monday since high school.“They face guarded me the whole game,” Beal said. “You know I’m not going to score 40 points every night, everybody knows that. I’m not Superman.”Washington fell 4½ games behind eighth-place Miami in the Eastern Conference with 11 games remaining.ADVERTISEMENT Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrantslast_img read more

India Bags Bronze in World Archery Youth Championships

first_imgMadrid: The Indian team of Sukhbeer Singh, Sangampreet Singh Bisla and Tushar Phadtare clinched a bronze medal in the junior compound men’s team event in the World Archery Youth Championships here on Friday.Trailing by one point till the penultimate end, the Indian trio made a spectacular recovery, shooting a flawless final end with two Xs (closer to centre) to defeat Colombia’s Jagdeep Teji Singh Mejia, Gomez Zuluaga Felipe and Toro Vasquez Manuel 234-231. In the final, the Indians shot 60 out of 60 while the Colombians made 56 to lose the battle in the bronze play-off.The compound junior mixed team of Raginee Markoo and Sukhbeer Singh also assured India of a second silver medal, beating their Iranian opponents Geesa Bybordy and Danial Heidarzadehdehkordi 154-151.The Indian team will face Switzerland for Gold on Saturday.On Thursday, 17-year-old Komalika Bari had assured India of a silver medal after she reached the final in the recurve cadet section.Bari will face Sonoda Waka of Japan in the fight for the gold on Sunday. Archerycompound men’s teamIndiaindian archery First Published: August 23, 2019, 7:15 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

PHOTOS: Akshay Kumar, Mouni Roy and Farhan Akhtar let their hair down at Gold wrap-up party

first_imgAkshay Kumar is on a roll these days. From biopics to social issues to patriotism, Kumar is busy bringing everything to the table with his films. He is awaiting the release of R Balki’s Padman, but before that Bollywood’s Khiladi Kumar has wrapped up the shooting of Gold. A biopic based on the life of hockey player Balbir Singh, Gold has been in news for quite some time. Be it his collaboration with ‘Farhan Akhtar camp’ or the intriguing storyline or his first look for the film, everything about Gold has grabbed eyeballs. And Akshay along with Mouni Roy and Kunal Kapoor had a blast at the wrap-up party of Gold. Mouni, who is making her Bollywood debut with Reema Kagti’s film, took to Instagram to share some inside photos from the fun night. Clad in a black outfit, Mouni looked stunning. Akshay, on the other hand, was seen sporting a buzz cut.  Gold will tell the story of the Indian hockey team, led by Kishen Lal, which won the country’s first Olympic medal as a free nation in 1948 at the 14th London Olympiad.  Directed by Reema Kagti, Gold, which will also feature Kunal Kapoor and Amit Sadh, is scheduled to release on Independence Day next year. (Photos: Yogen Shah)ALSO WATCH: Akshay Kumar is the real ‘Khiladi’ of Bollywoodlast_img read more

Ranveer’s mantra: Say ‘yes’ to everything wife says

first_imgMumbai, Dec 2 (IANS) Newly wed Ranveer Singh knows the secret for a happy married life: Say ‘yes’ to everything your wife says.He made the remark while looking at his wife Deepika Padukone at their wedding reception here on Saturday night that brought together a host of personalities ranging from Bollywood megastar Big B to cricketer M.S. Dhoni.Amitabh danced to his song “Jumma Chumma” and superstar Shah Rukh Khan hit the dance floor with actress Malaika Arora on their hit track “Chaiyya chaiyya” at the star-studded gala which saw the stars letting their hair down.Ranveer and Deepika hosted a wedding reception, a black-tie industry party night at The Grand Hyatt on Saturday in Mumbai, where well-known personalities from Bollywood, sports and political background were present.From the pictures and videos of the party circulated on social media, it seems the celebs had a gala time at the event, which has rounded up days of celebrations around their nuptials which took place in mid-November in Lake Como, Italy.Not only Big B and SRK, actors like Karisma Kapoor and Varun Dhawan danced their heart out with Ranveer on a song from “Judwaa”. In one of the videos, the “Band Baaja Baaraat” actor can be seen rapping along with rapper Divine.But it was Ranveer’s speech which added a spunk. Though new to married life, Ranveer already seems to know what it takes to have a happily ever after.Actress Shilpa Shetty Kundra’s husband Raj Kundra uploaded a video in which Ranveer can be seen sharing words of wisdom.”The key to success in life is to say yes to everything that she says,” he said, pointing at Deepika.”So when baby says, Baby, change the vibe of the music’, I have to oblige,” Ranveer said.The list of attendees also included actor Hrithik Roshan, Sara Ali Khan, Ishaan Khatter, Disha Patani, Tiger Shroff, Aditi Rao Hydari, Radhika Apte, Jim Sarbh, Lara Dutta along with husband Mahesh Bhupathi, Vidya Balan with Siddharth Roy Kapoor, Hema Malini with son-in-law Bharat Takhtani, producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra and his wife Anupama Chopra, Vicky Kaushal, Rekha, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Kalki Koechlin, Nimrat Kaur, R. Madhavan and his wife Sarita Birje.For the evening, the couple arrived looking nothing short of regal. Ranveer wore a classic black piece suit with a bow tie designed by Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna. Deepika was dressed in a deep red Zuhair Murad ensemble.–IANSsim/rbadvertisementlast_img read more

Juve held at home as Inter stay top

first_imgJuventus 0 Inter 0: Nerazzurri stay top as Derby d’Italia ends in stalemate Rob Lancaster Last updated 1 year ago 05:47 12/10/17 Juventus v Inter_cropped Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images Mario Mandzukic hit the crossbar but Juventus drew a blank in Turin against Inter, despite the late introduction of Paulo Dybala. Inter kept Juventus at bay to retain top spot in Serie A as the 169th Derby d’Italia finished in stalemate at the Allianz Stadium on Saturday.The Nerazzurri barely tested stand-in goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny – who was once again filling in for the injured Gianluigi Buffon – but showed their resilient side to shut out the reigning champions in Turin.While third-placed Napoli could take over at the summit with a win over Fiorentina on Sunday, Luciano Spalletti’s side demonstrated why it looks set to be a three-way race for the title. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Mario Mandzukic hit the woodwork in the first half as Juve huffed and puffed in the hope of finding a way past Samir Handanovic in the away goal.Massimiliano Allegri caused a stir by leaving Paulo Dybala out of his starting XI, but not even the late introduction of the team’s top scorer could inspire the Bianconeri to a fourth straight win in all competitions.FT: All square at the Allianz.#JuveInter #FinoAllaFine— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) December 9, 2017With Dybala watching on from the bench, Mandzukic twice had chances to break the deadlock in a first half that saw two of Italian football’s heavyweights struggle to land a telling blow on their opponent.The Croatian saw a crisp half-volley kept out by Handanovic and while he quickly seized on the rebound, his reactionary header was drifting wide before the retreating Miranda hacked the ball clear.The forward came even closer to scoring in the closing minutes of the half, only to head Juan Cuadrado’s deep cross from the right against the crossbar.Sami Khedira also forced Handanovic into a save – albeit a comfortable one low to the goalkeeper’s right – but an Inter side who put five past Chievo last time out failed to even manage a shot in the opening 45 minutes They had started brightly but found a Juve defence marshalled superbly by Giorgio Chiellini, who – in the absence of the injured Buffon – wore the captain’s armband on his 450th appearance for the hosts.0 – For the first time since May 2014 (vs AC Milan), Inter have failed to attempt a single shot in the first half of a Serie A game. HT. #Juventus— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) December 9, 2017If the opening half was a tactical battle between two well-drilled teams, the second became all about Inter surviving wave after wave of attacks.At times they looked set to crumble under the pressure, only to come through the odd scary moment and maintain their unbeaten record this season.Handanovic tipped over Cuadrado’s looping header but was fortunate soon after when a poor decision to come for a cross went unpunished, Miralem Pjanic driving the loose ball across the face of goal and beyond the far post.Dybala’s introduction galvanised one final push, both from his team-mates and the crowd, yet Juve could not land the knockout punch as they failed to score in the league for the first time since October 2016. Key Opta stats: – Juventus failed to score after 44 consecutive league games in which they found the net – it was the longest streak ever in Serie A history.- This is the first league game that Juventus have drawn 0-0 since February 2016 (against Bologna): 65 games ago.- Inter have failed to score in only two of their last 19 league matches: against Napoli and Juventus on the road.- Mario Mandzukic fired five shots on target, at least four more than any other player.  read morelast_img read more

Brolly’s for the Boys

first_img 7 Tips for Planning the Perfect Last-Minute Summer Vacation Why Every Man Should Care About Slow Fashion Editors’ Recommendations 10 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes You Can Mix at Home Are Fermented Pizzas a Trend to Watch? We Asked a Pro to Find Out How to Properly Polish Your Own Shoes Over a lifetime, what might the typical American spend on unforgettable, disposable umbrellas? $500? $750?  Perhaps, if you live in a city with street vendors, MUCH more.  April brings more than it’s fair share of rain. The well known saying “April showers bring May flowers” goes back to 1557 and a poet named Thomas Tusser.  In his writing, Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandry, he uses a variation on the rainy flowery theme. Today, the quest to stay dry is a bit more, shall we say, practical, functional and stylish. Umbrellas come in all styles, colors and many, not disposable!BluntFed up with the dysfunctional design of the traditional umbrella? Well the founder of Blunt Designs, set out to make a better one, that won’t poke your eyes out. This high-tech model has been tested to withstand winds up to 70 mph and is made of strong materials that will last for years.DavekPerfect for keeping two people dry, The Davek Duet is a foldable, extra-large style. Extremely sturdy, it features a 55″ coverage arc diameter spacious canopy. With it’s 190-thread count micro-weave fabric, and unconditional lifetime guarantee, this is lightweight and perfect for travel.Birkiland UmbusterThis umbrella with silver knuckles as a handle may come in handy when fending off obnoxious subway riders.   Attached to a small umbrella, this is far more of a conversation starter with your fellow commuters, than for keeping you dry.Fox Sterling SilverThe sterling silver handle and black beech wood shaft umbrella from Fox, is a splurge indeed.  At about 36 inches and when opened, and is about 50 inches in diameter, the polyester fabricated beauty is made in England.In Washington D.C., Sterling & Burke, one of the fine men’s haberdasheries. They range in price, style, detail, but the most popular color, here, and around the U.S., is black. Are you surprised?last_img read more

Creep Catchers sting leads to sex charge against PEI man police

first_imgCHARLOTTETOWN – A sting by the controversial Creep Catchers vigilante group has led to the arrest of a 31-year-old Charlottetown man.The man set up a meeting with what he thought was a 14-year-old girl on a dating site called Skout, Det. Sgt. Walter Vessey of the Charlottetown police major crime unit said Wednesday.It wasn’t a girl, though — it was a member of the Cape Breton Creep Catchers.“The suspect in this case initiated contact … started conversation and eventually it led to making arrangements to get together for a sexual purpose,” said Vessey.The man — a non-citizen who has lived in Canada on a work visa for about four years — was charged with making an agreement or arrangement to commit a sexual offence against a child.Vessey said the man travelled to Sydney to meet a girl behind the Mayflower Mall in Sydney. Instead, he was confronted and filmed by the Creep Catchers. The man was apologetic, and said he wouldn’t do it again, said Vessey.The Creep Catchers alerted Cape Breton Regional Police Service, who ended up handing the case to Charlottetown, site of the alleged offence.“It’s my first involvement with the group and I know there is controversy around the way they operate, but in this particular case, they made a complaint to the Cape Breton police, they provided supporting information, and the information resulted in laying a charge against a person who it looks like intended to victimize a child,” Vessey said.“Certainly we’re not in business with the Creep Catchers … we just treated this case the same as any other tip that came in.”The Creep Catchers are known for targeting people they allege are child sexual predators by posing as minors online, arranging to meet their targets and filming the encounters, which are then published on the internet.Law enforcement officials across Canada have expressed concern about the groups, warning the public that confronting alleged child predators could put people in danger and compromise police investigations.Desiree Vassallo of Cape Breton police said the force was contacted in April with “some information about a possible luring incident.” Once it was determined that the alleged crime occurred in P.E.I., the case was handed to Charlottetown.“We don’t support or condone the actions of any type of vigilante groups, generally speaking. That said, when information comes to our attention about a possible criminal offence, we will follow up on it because it’s important to do so,” she said.Vessey said Charlottetown officers reviewed video of the Mayflower Mall confrontation, along with chat logs and text messages, before laying charges.Vessey said the man has been released after surrendering his passport under orders not to communicate with anyone under 18 for a sexual purpose.“He works in the service industry, where he has contact with members of the public,” said Vessey. “So if in the course of his job he needs to talk to a customer who may be 17 about serving them, then that is OK, but there can’t be any sexual purpose in the communications.”Police say the accused will appear in court on Aug. 28.Last month, British Columbia’s information and privacy commissioner ordered the Surrey chapter to stop posting personal information about two men the group alleges are linked to child luring.Drew McArthur investigated complaints from two people and says the group used deceptive or misleading practices when it communicated with them and made video recordings of their meetings.McArthur’s decision says the recordings were posted to social media along with added allegations that the men had attempted to lure and meet with a minor for sexual purposes.last_img read more

American Express posts 4Q profit that tops forecasts

first_imgNEW YORK — American Express swung to a fourth-quarter profit, the credit card company said Thursday, helped by a lower tax rate and more spending on the company’s namesake credit cards.The New York-based company earned $2.01 billion, or $2.32 a share, compared with a loss of $1.21 billion, or $1.42 a share, from the same period a year earlier. Like other financial companies, American Express’ results a year ago were impacted by the passage of the new tax law, which required AmEx to make an accounting adjustment.AmEx’s net income for the latest quarter came in well above analysts’ expectations, which were looking for the company to earn $1.80 a share, according to FactSet.American Express continues to face a much more competitive industry, with big banks such as JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup creating their own premium credit card products to compete with AmEx.In response AmEx has had to offer more rewards and perks with its cards. It spent $2.52 billion on rewards in the fourth quarter, up 11 per cent from a year earlier.But in the fact of more competition, AmEx has been able to encourage more customers to open accounts and spend more on its cards. AmEx card members spent $309 billion on their cards in the quarter, up 6 per cent from a year earlier, charging an average fee of 2.36 per cent on each transaction. It earns a fee every time its cards are used at a merchant. Total cards issued by AmEx were up 7 per cent in the U.S., the company’s largest market.AmEx also has been encouraging its existing customers to revolve a balance as well, a change from the company’s historic business model that focused on getting customers to pay their full balance each month. U.S. card member loans were $72 billion in the quarter, up from $64.5 billion in the same period a year ago.But as the company has allowed more borrowed money on its cards, it has had to set aside more money to cover potential losses. Provisions for loan losses rose 14 per cent to $954 million in the quarter.Revenue in the quarter was $10.47 billion, less than the $10.58 billion that analysts had been looking for.AmEx gave a forecast for its full-year 2019 earnings, saying it expects to earn $7.85 to $8.35 a share. Analysts are expecting $8.15 per share, according to FactSet.The company’s stock slipped $1.73, or 1.7 per cent, to $97.76 in after-hours trading following the release of the earnings report.Ken Sweet, The Associated Presslast_img read more

UN Mission condemns attack on headquarters of Afghan electoral commission

“The Mission denounces this latest violent attack on a civilian location. It reiterates that electoral institutions and their staff should not be the targets of deliberate attacks,” UNAMA said in a statement, which confirmed that while its own neighbouring base in Kabul was hit by small arms fire during the attack, all UN staff members are accounted for and reported safe. According to media reports, suicide bombers were among those who attacked the IEC headquarters. Thus far, no injuries have been reported from in the initial stage of the attack. This latest incident follows a deadly assault on another election office in Kabul this past Tuesday. Civilians were said to be among those killed in that attack, for which the Taliban reportedly claimed responsibility. The attacks targeting the IEC are the latest in a series of recent violent incidents – including a deadly attack on a hotel in the capital and a suicide bombing of a market in Faryab – ahead of the 5 April elections, which will lead to the country’s first democratic transfer of power. “Resorting to violence to intimidate citizens from exercising their democratic rights is an admission that you have lost the ability to win over people through political persuasion,” said the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan and acting head of UNAMA, Nicholas Haysom. “The UN remains undeterred in carrying out its work and I am confident that the IEC is as equally determined,” Mr. Haysom added. “More importantly, I am sure that ordinary Afghans remain undeterred in their desire to have their say on the future direction of their country.” Just yesterday, Hervé Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General for UN Peacekeeping Operations visited Kabul to express solidarity with the Afghan people on the eve of next week’s elections and reaffirmed the world body’s support for the country through the polls and beyond. “The upcoming elections are a crucial part of Afghanistan’s political transition. I am here to underscore the UN’s commitment to transparent elections and to show solidarity with all those Afghans determined to take part and make them work,” he said as he wrapped up a three-day visit.“I want to send out a clear message of solidarity with the people of Afghanistan,” said Mr. Ladsous. “The targeting of IEC premises and its staff by enemies of democracy is repugnant” he declared, and underlined that violence will not deter the UN’s resolve to support Afghanistan. read more

Naomi Cermak legacy will continue to inspire through memorial scholarship

“My sister battled her cancer for 13 months and one day from the date of her diagnosis. She never had the chance to participate in her last triathlon. Today, I’m doing it because she couldn’t.”Carly Cermak spoke those words after completing a triathlon to honour of her late sister Naomi on Thursday, July 21 at Brock University.More than 70 participants, from all over Ontario, were involved in the inaugural Naomi Cermak Tri to Inspire.“Our goal for this event was to honour the memory of Naomi and to begin raising funds for a Graduate Student Scholarship in her name,” says Department of Kinesiology Chair Brian Roy.The event raised $13,100 through the combination of a generous $10,000 donation from the Cermak family, money raised through the triathlon registration and support from the community of people who knew and loved Naomi.To be able to see the kind of legacy Naomi has inspired, and to know that future students who share her passion for learning will benefit from this event is really special.“The funds raised will provide a solid foundation to ensure the longevity of the Naomi Cermak Graduate Student Memorial Scholarship. With matching dollars available through the Ontario Graduate Fellowship Program (OGFP), we are fortunate to say we have been able to establish an endowed fund to support this award, one that will continue to grow with annual donations and from funds raised at the Tri to Inspire event,” says Roy.For all involved, this event was more than just raising funds for a scholarship fund, it was about recognizing an accomplished young woman whose life ended far too early.“After the race, while Carly Cermak was addressing the participants and supporters, it was easy to appreciate that everybody in attendance was impacting somebody’s life through their involvement and contributions,” says Athletics and Recreation Fitness Manager Eric Walter.“To be able to see the kind of legacy Naomi has inspired, and to know that future students who share her passion for learning will benefit from this event is really special,” says Walter.In total, the event saw more than 120 people come out to show their support.“By having people here and learning about my sister, a ripple effect is created. The more people who learn about Naomi and her accomplishments, as an athlete and a researcher, will hopefully inspire others to achieve as well,” says Carly.The Cermak family were appreciative of the participants, organizers, volunteers and supporters who came out and helped make the event a huge success.“I am overwhelmed, as you can imagine, today has made me both happy and sad,” says Naomi’s mother Tineke Cermak.Jacob Campbell came in first place in the 150m at 32:18 and Kevin Turner earned the top spot in the 400m finishing at 35:33.To make a contribution to the scholarship visit and select Naomi Cermak Graduate Student Scholarship on the gift designation drop down menu. Every dollar donated will be matched through the Ontario Graduate Fellowship Program (OGFP). read more

Dubliners Never mind the seagulls come sort out our rat problem

first_imgIT WAS SEAGULLS last week, but this week South Dublin residents say council officials must take urgent action against the presence of rats in their estate.Rat sightings in an estate in Clondalkin has angered local residents who say that not enough is being done by South Dublin County Council to solve the problem.Local councillor Trevor Gilligan said that rats have been spotted at the local bus stop at the Glenfield estate, while residents have also seen rats in the nearby field where children often play.Speaking to, Gilligan said the sightings of rats is “a regular occurrence”.“One only has to wait five minutes to see the rodents,” he said, adding that residents are unhappy with the council’s response to the problem.Illegal dumping Gilligan said:The council have said that illegal dumping in the area is the main contributing factor to the presence of rodents, however, residents dispute this. While illegal dumping could be aggravating the situation, it is the bushes where the rats are residing which is the biggest concern.Local resident Stephen Sheridan said his wife, who is seven months pregnant, is terrified to use the bus stop. “She has to use it every day and every day she sees a rat at it,” said Sheridan, who said that as she is so heavily pregnant she can not walk to the next stop.“The bushes where the rats are residing border the Font Hill Road. They are extremely overgrown. On Saturday, four rats were seen at the edge of the bushes where there were ten kids playing in the field where the bushes are,”he said.This image from a video captured by children in the area shows a dead rat on the side of the road: Children at play “We have warned the children not to go near the rats if they see them, but kids are kids. This is a health and safety issue that needs action now,” said Sheridan.A statement from South Dublin County Council to said they are aware of the situation.The claim that “dumping of waste”  is occurring in the area near the hedge and is attracting vermin.In the statement the council suggest that local residents should “part take in Community Cleanup effort. Support is available through for local groups through the Social Credits scheme. Local participation and ownership of areas reduces the occurrence of casual dumping”.The council said that the Public Realm Section will continue to litter pick and collect dumped material. “Where material is found that could be used as evidence to prosecute those responsible, this will be forwarded to the Litter Wardens for attention,” they said.“The hedge will be listed for works in the Arboricultural Program of 2014 and 2015,” they concluded.Hedge cutting Residents have been informed that hedge cutting takes place in the winter months and that none will be done this summer.Sheridan said the response by the council is “not acceptable”.“If we wait until winter to do anything it will be too late. Their plan to wait until wintertime is just not adequate. As the temperatures drop the rodents will be looking for shelter and they could try and get in somewhere. Our major concern is that they will get into homes,” said Sheridan.Gilligan said “while the Tidy Town Group do great work in the area, it shouldn’t be the job of the residents to pick up litter where rats are living”.“We are looking for removal of these bushes and not trimming. The council are the ones who planted them in the first place, and if they can’t maintain them, we want them gone”.Read: A senator wants something done about ‘raucous seagulls stealing children’s lollipops’>Read: 8 creatures who are making your life hell at the moment>last_img read more

Heres What Happened Today Thursday

first_img Short URL Mar 28th 2019, 9:17 PM Share1 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: Richard Chambers/Twitter By Cormac Fitzgerald Thursday 28 Mar 2019, 9:17 PM No Comments NEED TO CATCH up? brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND People enter the sea from Sandycove pier in Dublin this afternoon as temperatures reached 16. Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ieA majority of the Dáil voted to ban oil and gas drilling in Irish waters today, despite government opposition.A total of five men have been arrested by gardaí investigating feud-related activity in the Dublin area.Gardai have warned people that traffic diversions come into effect along the M7 from 9pm on Friday night. A recording of Mary Lowry having a conversation with the man she started seeing after Bobby Ryan went missing was recovered from a computer found in murder accused Patrick Quirke’s home, the Central Criminal Court has heard.A toddler died after getting caught in a blind string in her bedroom when she was put down for a nap, an inquest heard. A report on how Ireland should tackle greenhouse gases has been passed by the Joint Oireachtas Climate Action Committee, RTE reports.The cost of providing “out-of-cycle” smear tests is €9.6million, the Department of Health confirmed to the Public Accounts Committee.Icelandic airline WOW Air has ceased operation, cancelling all flights and disrupting thousands of passenger’s travel plans. Uefa opened disciplinary proceedings against the Republic of Ireland after Irish fans threw tennis balls on the pitch as part of a protest during Tuesday night’s game against Georgia.Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy criticised after the number of homeless people, as measured by the State, rose above 10,000 for the first time.The Irish Wildlife Trust lodged an objection with An Bord Pleanála over plans to develop a windfarm with 24 turbines in Co Longford. Carbon tax should increase to €80 per tonne by 2030, the Special Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action agreed today.Health Minister Simon Harris announced an independent review will be carried out into the death Marie Downey and her son, Darragh, in Cork University Maternity Hospital.WORLD  Here’s What Happened Today: Thursday Third Brexit vote tomorrow, Climate Action committee publishes report and five men arrested by gardai in gangland crackdown – It’s The Fix. 10,984 Views The scene of a fire that tore through a Dhaka office block today in Bangladesh. Source: Mahmud Hossain Opu/AP/Press Association Images#BREXIT: The House of Commons will debate and vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal tomorrow at 2.30pm, it’s been confirmed.  #BANGLADESH: At least five people died after a huge fire tore through a Dhaka office block.PARTING SHOTDonald Tusk was among those who rose to their feet for this political speech from SNP MEP Alyn Smith about why his party are opposed to leaving the European Union.(You can watch the video here) Get our daily news round up: “Scotland is a European nation… Leave a light on so we can find our way home.”Donald Tusk among those on his feet for this remarkable political speech by SNP MEP— Richard Chambers (@newschambers) March 27, 2019last_img read more

Bahamas Minister of National Security Pursues EvidenceBased Strategies for Correction from UBIDB

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 7, 2017 – Nassau – Minister of National Security the Hon. Marvin Dames told participants at ‘Our Prisoners: A Symposium’ on October 4, 2017, that he believed that the information disseminated at the event would “go a long way in providing good and holistic analysis about offenders, their criminogenic (‘causing or likely to cause criminal behavior’) needs” and the underlying challenges within The Bahamas’ correctional system.“As I have indicated in my communication on crime (in the House of Assembly) a few weeks ago, my Ministry has reached out to researchers at the University of The Bahamas to explore ways in which your institution can assist in finding more evidence-based strategies to combat crime,” Minister Dames said at the event held at the University of The Bahamas (UB) Performing Arts Centre and facilitated by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in conjunction with UB.“Furthermore, I am moved by the willingness of your institution to assist with evaluating anti-crime programs to determine what impact they are having on crime and public safety indicators,” he added.Minister Dames said that the emphasis of the discussion that day focused on the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services and the need to facilitate alternatives to imprisonment and conditional release for non-violent offenders.   He noted that, over the past four years, the correctional services had been transitioning from a “punitive base to corrections.”“During this process, the enactment of new legislation to govern the service and changing the name of the institution was achieved,” Minister Dames pointed out.   “However, the process fell short of establishing a clear correctional strategy, that will benefit staff and offenders.”Minister Dames stated that, at that time, The Bahamas ranked third in the region in incarceration rates – 439 per 100,000 in 2016.“This rate reflects the challenges of crime, punishment and recidivism that exist within the Criminal Justice System in The Bahamas,” he said.In 2016, he added, Inmate Admissions at the correctional facility were 2,528, with male offenders continuing to remain the larger gender group admitted into the institution, exceeding female offenders by 93% in total inmate admissions.“Particularly, young males between the ages of 18–25 [who] represent the largest age group at 41%,” Minister Dames said.   “These trends suggest that we must engage dialogue relative to Corrections, alternatives to incarceration and their role in the Criminal Justice System of The Bahamas.“We must define exactly what should be accomplished while offenders are incarcerated.   At this point we need to understand what works and whether punishment, rehabilitation and reintegration are impactful within our system.”    Minister Dames said that, within that context, the correctional institution faces a myriad of challenges and the need for clear evidence-based practices must now be considered.“Evidence-based practices, as a part of the criminal justice system in The Bahamas, can mean revolutionizing the Correctional Services and developing much-needed community supervision programs for offenders,” he pointed out.   “Moreover, these objectives can only be ascertained through making organizational decisions and directing policy-making initiatives based on measurement, research and evaluation.”Minister Dames said that a very important step of our government’s crime focus is the rehabilitation and re-integration of offenders.“Noting that current incarceration and recidivism rates are at unacceptable levels, we understand that recently-released inmates – who are typically males in the prime of their lives – seem to have very few viable options to be successfully rehabilitated and re-integrated into society,” he said.   “As a result, Government will be enacting legislation shortly to address the conditional release of offenders into society through a Parole and Probation System for first time non-violent offenders.“The new process of parole will address rehabilitation, reintegration, re-offending/recidivism and reduce the costs associated with incarceration.”Minister Dames said the goals of the initiative will also include the following: assisting ex-offenders in functioning in the community without becoming involved in further criminal activity; providing supervision or monitoring; and providing support to inmates enabling them to be reintegrated in the community through a productive and crime free lifestyle.Minister Dames commended the “committed support” of the IDB, which had demonstrated its assistance by providing funding and other pertinent resources to the project, and looked forward to initiating further collaborative efforts.“I also commend the faculty and support staff of University of The Bahamas that have committed long, sacrificial hours in the work that will be presented today,” Minister Dames said.   We anticipate information revealed in this study will be useful in modernizing and strengthening correctional outcomes for the 21st century.”Minister Dames gave the full assurances of the government that his Ministry is a willing and committed partner and they were confident that underpinning the discussions at that dissemination exercise was the resolve to formulate data that will “chart the course of response to findings about offenders incarcerated in The Bahamas.”Press Release: BISPhoto caption:  Minister of National Security the Hon. Marvin Dames speaks, on October 4, 2017, at ‘Our Prisoners: A Symposium’, an event held in the University of The Bahamas (UB) Performing Arts Centre and facilitated by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in conjunction with UB.(BIS Photo/Eric Rose) Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Soy Growers Attend World Food Prize Symposium

first_imgSoy family leaders are in Des Moines, Iowa this week for the World Food Prize Symposium.The World Food Prize is the foremost international award recognizing the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world. The Prize was founded in 1986 by Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, recipient of the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize.Since then, the World Food Prize has honored outstanding individuals who have made vital contributions throughout the world. Thirty-nine laureates have been recognized from Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, China, Denmark, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Israel, Mexico, Sierra Leone, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United Nations and the United States.The World Food Prize annually hosts the Borlaug Dialogue international symposium and a variety of youth education programs to help further the discussion on cutting-edge hunger and food security issues and inspire the next generation to end hunger.This week’s Thursday soy luncheon for around 1,100 people was sponsored by the United Soybean Board (USB), the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA), The Soyfoods Council and the American Soybean Association/World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (ASA/WISHH) program.On Friday, after the Borlaug symposium closes, a number of participants will tour Iowa farms, including ASA Director Dennis Bogards’.Attending the events this week are, Wayne Fredericks, ASA director and president of Iowa Soybean Association (ISA); Rolland Schnell, president elect of ISA; Kirk Leeds, ISA CEO, John Becherer, USB CEO, Jim Hershey, executive director of the WISHH Program and Karey Claghorn, ISA COO.last_img read more

Landslide On Sterling Highway

first_imgFor up to the further  information check, or call 511. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Department of Transportation reported a landslide effecting the Sterling Highway from mile post 49 to 50 in Cooper Landing early Friday evening at approximately 4:55pm. The Sterling Highway remains open to traffic while the clearing is in progress. DOT advises drivers to be aware of the rough gravel surface, obstructions and maintenance equipment on the roadway, to use caution while traveling through the area, to expect delays, and not to stop in the impacted area.center_img This is an ongoing story, refresh for updates.last_img read more

Cyberabad Traffic Police issues advisory to citizens

first_imgHyderabad : In view of heavy traffic snarls being witnessed in Madhapur and Hi-tech city areas during rains, the Cyberabad Traffic police issued an advisory to the citizens on Sunday on the major waterlogging locations, and alternate routes to be followed to stay away from the heavy traffic jams. They announced the major waterlogging locations near Nectar Gardens on the road connecting Madhapur to Road No 45, near City Wines, Ayyappa Society, Madhapur. Also Read – Heavy rains lash erstwhile Khammam district Advertise With Us The road connecting Cyber Towers junction to Neeru’s and Kavuri Hills junction and vice versa, near Shilparamam on the road between Hitex and Metal Charminar and Cyber Towers junction and near Raheja Mindspace campus entrance at Underpass on the road between Cyber Gateway and Mindspace. Police said traffic snarls were occurring as the recession of storm water at the above places is taking its time and consequently the traffic geting piled up on the roads. Also Read – Thimmapur villagers pledge to go plastice-free Advertise With Us Approximately, half-an-hour of waterlogging at Shilparamam would lead to congestion at Kothaguda, Botanical Gardens, Gachibowli for almost 2-3 hours. It would take 2-3 hours of hard work by traffic police in regulating and normalising the traffic. Since the areas are connecting airport, ORR, hospitals it is suggested that during rainy season, it is better to avoid the Durgam Cheruvu – Road No 45 route from Hi-tech city and suggested to take the alternative routes at Hitech city – Cyber Towers – 100 ft road – Kavuri Hills junction / Neerus- Road no 36 and Hi-tech city – Bio diversity – Khajaguda – Dargah – Film Nagar – Banjara Hills. Advertise With Us Further it is better to avoid Gachibowli / financial district- Kothaguda – Hitex – Cyber Towers- Kavuri Hills/Neerus – Jubilee Hills and suggested to take alternative routes at Gachibowli-Bio diversity- Khajaguda-Dargah-Film Nagar – Banjara Hills. The commuters should avoid Gachibowli / financial district- Kothaguda – Hitex- JNTU / Kukatpally and suggested to take alternative routes at Gachibowli – Kothaguda – Kondapur – Hafeezpet – Allwyn junction – Miyapur junction – Kukatpally/ JNTU. They also requested to avoid Hi-tech city- Cyber Towers- Malaysian township – JNTU and suggested to take alternative routes at Hi-tech city – Kothaguda – Kondapur – Hafeezpet – Allwyn – Miyapur – Kukatpally/ JNTU. Traffic police urged the citizens to follow the directions and not to go in opposite directions.last_img read more

Woman burnt to death

first_imgLogo of fire IllustrationA housewife was burnt to death in a fire that broke out at her house at Ramchandrapur village in Bheramara upazila of Kushtia early Wednesday, reports UNB.The deceased was Saleha Begum, 55, wife of Ansar Ali of the village.Prabir Kumar Debnath, station officer of Kushtia Fire Service and Civil Defence, said the fire originated from husk and broke out at the cowshed of Ansar Ali around 2:00am and soon engulfed his residence.Saleha died in the fire while she was trying to bring out valuables from the house.The fire gutted three houses, three cattle and valuables of the house.On information, a firefighting unit went to the spot and extinguished the blaze.last_img read more