Stressing need to end suffering in Northern Uganda Ban Kimoon hails talks

12 March 2007Stressing the need to end the suffering in conflict-torn Northern Uganda, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the latest pledges by the parties to hold their fire and voiced hope that formal peace negotiations will soon resume. Stressing the need to end the suffering in conflict-torn Northern Uganda, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the latest pledges by the parties to hold their fire and voiced hope that formal peace negotiations will soon resume.The Secretary-General’s Envoy for areas affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), Joaquim Chissano, yesterday chaired a meeting in Ri-Kwangba, Southern Sudan, with the main parties and participants to the “Juba Peace Initiative,” a process named for the southern Sudanese town which has played host to talks on the issue.Reacting to the latest diplomatic moves, a spokesman for Mr. Ban said he is “is pleased that all parties in attendance, including LRA leader Joseph Kony, reiterated their commitment to peace and stated their readiness to extend the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement to which they are currently bound.”Pointing out that those who have taken part in this conflict bear a responsibility to end the suffering in Northern Uganda, the Secretary-General voiced hope that the discussions begun yesterday “can lead in the near future to a resumption of the Juba peace talks,” spokesperson Michele Montas said.“The Secretary-General looks forward to further discussions on the situation of the LRA-affected areas when his Special Envoy visits New York later this month to brief the Security Council,” she added.Mr. Chissano has been in the region since February carrying on consultations with the rebel group’s leadership and northern Ugandan parties, as well as with concerned regional countries.Thousands of civilians have been killed or abducted since the LRA began its rebellion in 1986, and more than 1.5 million people have become internally displaced in Uganda. Humanitarian operations in southern Sudan, which the rebel group has often used as a base, have been severely disrupted.Mr. Chissano was named in December, 2006 as the Secretary-General’s envoy to help with efforts to speed up negotiations towards a durable peace deal. As part of his mandate, Mr. Chissano, a former President of Mozambique, will liaise with the International Criminal Court (ICC), which has indicted Mr. Kony and four other senior LRA figures for war crimes. read more

Israelis and Palestinians unite to protect Jerusalems Old City – UNESCO

23 April 2007The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today announced today that it has adopted a landmark decision reaffirming the universal value of the Old City of Jerusalem, marking the first time that Israelis and Palestinians had worked together to protect the World Heritage site. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today announced today that it has adopted a landmark decision reaffirming the universal value of the Old City of Jerusalem, marking the first time that Israelis and Palestinians had worked together to protect the World Heritage site. The decision adopted by consensus by UNESCO’s Executive Board also called for the safeguarding of the area, which is protected by the UN Convention the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (1972), and is inscribed on the UN World Heritage List and the List of World Heritage in Danger. This decision also is the first taken by Israelis and Palestinians to “work together constructively towards achieving consensus on this important and highly complex matter,” said Zhang Xinsheng, the Board’s Chairman. In February, Israel initiated a construction project in the Old City, prompting UNESCO to call for a halt to any action that could exacerbate tensions. The Islamic Waqf (religious authorities) of Jerusalem has called the work illegal since under international law no action should be undertaken in an occupied city. Israel captured the Old City in the 1967 war. The Waqf asked UNESCO to intervene, saying it also feared the excavations would destroy the last vestiges of an old Muslim quarter demolished after 1967. In late February, the agency dispatched a technical team to the site, which found after a four-day investigation that although Israeli archaeological work for an access pathway in the Old City does not threaten the Al-Aqsa Mosque and complies with professional standards, Israel should at once stop excavations and consult on a final plan with Muslim religious authorities and other parties. Of today’s decision, Mr. Zhang noted that “the ability of the parties involved to achieve what, at the outset seemed unachievable, demonstrates UNESCO’s unique ability… to build bridges, generate solidarity, and, most especially, to help in our own way towards building a harmonized world, thus creating greater peace and relieving tensions in the Middle East.” The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, hailed the decision, since “our determination to safeguard all cultural heritage properties – especially those in danger, wherever they may be, and in whatever circumstances – is an integral part of our mandate,” he said. In addition, the decision announced today recommends that the Bureau of the World Heritage Committee hold an urgent and informal meeting in early May to follow up on the findings of the technical mission, and also requests that the World Heritage Committee make certain that its decisions are properly implemented. read more

Sierra Leones socioeconomic situation hopeful Security Council told

7 May 2008Sierra Leone’s prospects of moving forward and boosting its socio-economic situation is “hopeful,” a senior United Nations peacekeeping official told the Security Council today. Sierra Leone’s prospects of moving forward and boosting its socio-economic situation is “hopeful,” a senior United Nations peacekeeping official told the Security Council today.“However, this will require the Government making tough economic and political decisions and implementing policies that promote transparency and accountability,” Assistant Secretary-General Dmitry Titov of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) said. “It will require sacrifice and patience on the part of Sierra Leoneans as the country continues its journey towards full economic recovery.”Mr. Titov, who briefed the Council on the work of the UN Integrated Office in Sierra Leone (UNIOSIL), said that the political and security situation in the West African nation is “generally calm,” but pointed out that there have been several violent incidents involving supporters of the ruling All Peoples Congress (APC) and the opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP).In July, the country will hold local council elections, which the official characterized as “another major step towards enhancing its democratic process.”But he warned that tensions between APC and SLPP supporters will rise in the run-up to the polls, and noted that UNIOSIL is working with many groups on the ground for a peaceful election.The Assistant Secretary-General said that surging staple commodities and fuel prices have led to there being little in the way of progress in Sierra Leone’s socio-economic condition, voicing concern that dissatisfaction over soaring prices could lead to unrest.He also cautioned that gains made in rebuilding the country could be reversed if more employment opportunities are not generated for young people.Meanwhile, the human rights situation has seen an improvement, given the bolstered respect for civil and political rights and the passing of legislation on women’s and children’s rights.“However, efforts to implement the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation are still very slow,” Mr. Titov told the Council.On the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) – established in December 2005 to help countries recovering from war avoid a relapse into violence and chaos – he observed that the adoption of a PBC Framework for Sierra Leone “has injected fresh impetus into the peace consolidation process.”The chair of the PBC’s Sierra Leone “configuration” said in his remarks to the Council that “impressive” steps have been taken in the areas of justice and security sector reform; anti-corruption; the development of the energy sector; and preparation for the upcoming elections.But “there are also a number of challenges which must be addressed in the next few months,” said Dutch Ambassador Frank Majoor, including the need to appoint a new head of UNIOSIL and to create a means to informally coordinate on PBC-related issues.In his most recent report on the UN mission, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wrote that UNIOSIL will withdraw in September and recommended that it be replaced by a UN integrated peacebuilding office, to be known as UNIPSIL, which “holistically addresses the political, economic and peacebuilding challenges facing the country.”At today’s Council meeting, Mr. Majoor stated that “the follow-on mission must also have adequate operational capacity and logistical support to effectively carry out its mandate,” urging that a new Executive Representative of the Secretary-General to head UNIOSIL – a position that has been vacant since December 2007 – be appointed as soon as possible.UNIOSIL was set up in 2006 to help the Government consolidate the country’s hard-won peace following a brutal, 11-year conflict, and to tackle a wide range of challenges related to good governance, security, human rights and development.In a related development, representatives of Sierra Leone’s Government and civil society are taking part in a UN-backed meeting which started yesterday on the country’s reporting obligations to global human rights treaty monitoring bodies.Participants at the event – sponsored by the Foreign Ministry, UNIOSIL, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone – conferred on adopting a national strategy to jump-start the reporting process by the Government.In addition, a two-day training scheme led by UNIOSIL’s Human Rights and Rule of Law Section began today for some 50 people to improve their understanding of the issues and the reporting process. read more

Lanka among poor paying countries

Sri Lanka is among the countries with exceptionally poor pay in the world, according to the annual International Geographic Salary Differentials report from Mercer.Five countries from 75 countries covered in a study have exceptionally poor pay rankings and sit at the bottom of the table. According to Mercer, the main reason for sending someone overseas is to provide specific skills not available locally. Other reasons cited for foreign assignments included career development, ensuring knowledge transfer and fulfilling a specific project. However, some countries are not popular with would be expats, most notably China, where people are worried about language difficulties, health care and education.There have been major changes in salaries in countries around the world at all career levels, especially for management, according to a new report. Several Latin American countries have risen up the net pay rankings while Eastern Europe has seen the sharpest drops, according to the annual International Geographic Salary Differentials report from Mercer. Switzerland remains the highest paying country with regard to net salary for four of the six career levels covered by the report. It fell to third place for upper middle management and second place for lower middle management. The countries that saw the sharpest drops in overall net pay rankings are mostly in Europe with Serbia dropping an average of 14 places across all six career levels. Indonesia, Lithuania, Spain, Algeria and Estonia also saw significant falls. (Colombo Gazette) They are mostly poorer countries with unstable political regimes; Algeria, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Vietnam, reported. The research comes at a time when more workers are getting the chance to work overseas. Separate research from the firm shows that China, the United States, Brazil, the UK and Australia are the most popular destinations for employers sending workers overseas. read more

Trump nominates NAFTA critic to handle United States Commerce post

by Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 30, 2016 7:19 pm MDT Last Updated Nov 30, 2016 at 11:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Trump nominates NAFTA critic to handle United States Commerce post Billionaire investor Wilbur Ross talks with reporters in the lobby of Trump Tower, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, in New York. A vocal critic of the North American Free Trade Agreement will be in charge of the U.S. commerce portfolio, with the nomination Wednesday of Wilbur Ross, a billionaire investor who condemns foreign sales taxes as a backdoor tariff on American goods. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Evan Vucci WASHINGTON – A vocal critic of the North American Free Trade Agreement will be in charge of the U.S. commerce portfolio, with the nomination Wednesday of Wilbur Ross, a billionaire investor who condemns foreign sales taxes as a backdoor tariff on American goods.The 79-year-old investor in manufacturing companies helped write Donald Trump’s trade platform — which accused U.S. trading partners of using value-added taxes as an economic weapon, to force American companies to move offshore.Ross co-authored an economic policy paper that proposed renegotiating NAFTA and included a call for combating the use of foreign consumption taxes that render American-made goods less competitive. Trump echoed the paper’s views in campaign speeches.The document argued that foreign countries offer a sales-tax rebate on their own goods shipped abroad, but then tax incoming products from the U.S., which does not have a value-added tax. The net effect, he said, is to invite U.S. companies to relocate.“Like many countries, Mexico has shrewdly exploited the (value-added tax) backdoor tariff to further its competitive advantage,” Ross wrote in the 31-page paper, co-authored in September with University of California business professor Peter Navarro.“It is thus not surprising that U.S. corporations want to move their factories offshore and then export their products back to the U.S.”Ross is one of several billionaires nominated to the new Trump cabinet.The latest additions to the administration on Wednesday included a treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin, who worked at Goldman Sachs and whom critics say was instrumental in introducing the creative debt-swapping instruments that contributed to the global financial crisis; and Ameritrade heir and Chicago Cubs owner Todd Ricketts, nominated as deputy commerce secretary.Trump has yet to name the next U.S. trade representative — responsible for executing his promise to renegotiate or cancel NAFTA.Yet some observers suggest he’s signalled his seriousness on trade by nominating a billionaire best known for buying struggling U.S. manufacturing companies, then either saving them, according to admirers, or brutally downsizing them, according to detractors.One observer voiced both opinions of Ross.Scott Paul, president of the Alliance for American Manufacturing, a coalition of steel industries and the United Steelworkers union, told the Wall Street Journal: “There are lots of jobs (in the U.S.) that are here now that would have disappeared forever if not for his interventions. … But he’s like dealing with a trauma surgeon: He can keep you alive, but it will cost you your leg.”Trump himself hinted Ross will be applying his negotiation skills.“Wilbur Ross is a champion of American manufacturing and knows how to help companies succeed,” Trump said in a statement.“Most importantly, he is one of the greatest negotiators I have ever met and that comes from me, the author of The Art of the Deal.”It’s unclear how Canada fits into the complaints about NAFTA.During the campaign, Trump almost never mentioned Canada. Ross did the same in the September paper he co-authored — it mentioned Mexico 10 times, and Canada just once, in passing, as one of the major countries contributing to the U.S. trade deficit.A leading expert on international tax policy says Canada could be affected by the trade talk.“I guess, probably, Canada should worry,” said Gary Hufbauer, a former U.S. federal official and now a fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics.“If Canada loves its value-added tax, or its GST as they call it … that’s fine. That doesn’t bother Trump at all.” But when it’s applied to imports, Hufbauer said: “He sees it as a tariff when you levy it at the border.”He said one of two things might happen: the U.S. will push for an end on tax rebates for products shipped into the U.S., or introduce its own rebates as suggested in a plan by Republican congressional leader Paul Ryan.Hufbauer said economists will conclude it’s no big deal — because currencies would adjust to the new reality and because Canada has a smaller trade surplus with the U.S. than Mexico, which would feel a deeper sting.“It’s not a big concern for economists at the University of Toronto who are going to say the Canadian dollar is going to offset (this),” Hufbauer said.“They’re going to go on TV and tell people not to worry. … But it’s a big concern for firms that (trade across the border).” read more

Theres no point in pretending that this is a Labour Govt Labour

first_imgA SERVING LABOUR TD has called on those who have left the parliamentary to rejoin, saying “there’s no point in pretending that this is a Labour Government”.Labour party TD Robert Dowds said that those that had broken ranks had “made their point” about the decisions that Labour had made while in government.The deputy’s statement comes less than 24-hours after Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams called on Labour to pull out of government, saying that a “real Labour Party with a principled leadership should not be in government with Fine Gael”.The recent resignation of Nessa Childers brought to seven the number of parliamentary party members who have left the party, including 5 TDs, one senator and one MEP including party chairman Colm Keaveney.Dowds said that it was pointless for those who had left to be “shouting in comfort from the opposition benches” and that they should come back “to strengthen the Party”. He went on to say:There’s no point in pretending that this is a Labour Government. Clearly it isn’t. However, we have been able to influence government in important ways.In another statement today, Labour TD Aodhán O Ríordáin hit out at Adam’s Ard Fheis speech, saying that walking away from government was “not part of the Labour Party make-up.”Read: Adams calls on Labour to leave government in Ard Fheis address >last_img read more

Twitter for Android gets updated

first_imgTwitter announced an update to its Android application that will give it the same look-and-feel as the Twitter apps for the iPhone and BlackBerry. It was easy for Twitter to give limited attention to its Android app until now–it even in the top 10 most-used Twitter solutions six months ago. That has changed in the last two months and now Twitter for Android is in the top five. The list also includes, and versions for the iPhone and BlackBerry.Design changes include a new Start screen that shows your timeline, along the top of which users will are able to quickly view @mentions, messages, and lists. @ Mentions include retweets so users can see both in the same place. Enhancements include the ability to use Twitter without having to sign in. This means even without an account you can view trends, browse interests and even view a list of suggested users by categories. If you’d like to sign up for a Twitter account you can now do that through the app as well.Another enhancement includes the addition of universal search. Using universal search, users can search tweets that contain any specific term. Lists can be filtered to include people near your location or even usernames which might include the term you are looking for. Speaking of search, the app now searches your address book to tell you which of your friends have a discoverable Twitter account during setup.Twitter for Android is a free download on the Android Market, but is only compatible with devices running Android 2.1 or higher.Read more at the Twitter Blog.Brian’s OpinionIt’s good to see that Twitter finally decided to give its Android app the same look-and-feel as its iPhone and BlackBerry versions. For awhile there, it was like Android was the black sheep of the family. Honestly, like I alluded to previously, the Android app wasn’t getting a lot of users initially so I can understand why Twitter didn’t take a look at the Android app until it appeared in the top five apps to put it more in line with its other mobile cousins.Out of all the enhancements, besides the overall design change, I would have to say I like the fact that you don’t have to sign into the Twitter app to use it. Yes, believe it or not there are people out there that don’t have a Twitter account and have no intention of ever getting one. That doesn’t mean they don’t have any interest in browsing Twitter. Personally, I have a Twitter account and I have primarily used it to simply follow other people rather than tweet every errand thought that’s popped into my head. After all, that’s what status updates in Facebook are for.last_img read more

Sudans military leader resigns after one day in power protesters celebrate

first_img Apr 13th 2019, 7:53 AM Share11 Tweet Email People celebrate outside the Sudanese army headquarters after Defense Minister Ahmed Awad Ibn Auf announced he is stepping down. Source: DPA/PA ImagesThe demonstrations against Bashir’s 30-year rule first erupted in December, triggered by a tripling of the bread prices in one of the world’s most impoverished countries.But vast crowds have been thronging outside the army headquarters since Saturday in unprecedented scenes.Sudan’s police said on Friday that 16 people were killed and another 20 wounded by “live ammunition” in Khartoum during protests over the past two days. Source: DPA/PA ImagesCall for aidAfter denying charges of a military coup, Abdin said the transitional military council, due to stay in power for two years, would “open dialogue with political parties”.There “will be a civilian government and we will not intervene in its composition”, he vowed.Multiple world powers have made calls for a peaceful transition.Washington urged the military council “to exercise restraint and to allow space for civilian participation within the government”.The European Union urged the army to carry out a “swift” handover to civilian rule.Britain’s Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said that a two-year transition overseen by the military “is not the answer.”“We need to see a swift move to an inclusive, representative, civilian leadership,” Hunt said.- © AFP 2019  Saturday 13 Apr 2019, 7:53 AM 10,916 Views SUDAN’S NEW MILITARY leader has resigned, a day after being sworn in, as the country’s army rulers insisted they would pave the way for a civilian government.The head of Sudan’s new ruling military council, General Awad Ibn Ouf, announced his departure after being sworn in late on Thursday following the ouster of long-time president Omar al-Bashir.His move came shortly after the council’s political chief Lieutenant General Omar Zain al-Abdin told Arab and African diplomats at a meeting broadcast on state television: “This is not a military coup, but taking the side of the people.”Ouf’s departure was an apparent sign of confusion among the northeast African country’s new leaders after Thursday’s ousting of iron-fisted Bashir. Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir attending a ceremony in Hasahisa, January 2017. Source: Depo Photos/ABACABut there was jubilation at the news on the streets of Khartoum.Tens of thousands of protestors had kept up a vigil at the army headquarters in the Sudanese capital Friday angrily demanding that the military make way for a civilian government.“I hereby announce my resignation as head of the Transitional Military Council,” Ibn Ouf said in an address to the nation, announcing he had chosen General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan Abdulrahman to replace him. Source: DPA/PA ImagesHe said he trusted in Abdulrahman’s “experience and suitability I trust to bring this ship to a safe shore”.The Sudanese Professionals Association which has spearheaded the nationwide protest campaign hailed Ibn Ouf’s departure as “a victory of the people’s will”.The umbrella group organising the protests called on newly sworn-in ruler Burhan to “transfer the powers of the military council to a transitional civilian government.”“If this does not happen we will continue with our sit-in in front of the army headquarters and other towns,” it said in a statement.center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Sudan’s military leader resigns after one day in power; protesters celebrate In a broadcast on state television, Sudanese citizens were told: “This is not a military coup, but taking the side of the people.” Short URL By AFP 4 Comments last_img read more

Harvard Professor gets top honour for promoting Greek literature around the globe

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Harvard University’s popular free online course, the Ancient Greek Hero, has taught literature to tens of thousands of people around the world over the last decade, and counting.The MOOC and surrounding body of research by Harvard Professor Gregory Nagy have been effective in promoting Greek culture and creating a ripple of appreciation for the country’s heritage. The exceptional work prompted Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos to honour the acclaimed professor with the Order of Honour during a special event held at the Presidential Mansion of Athens.The Harvard professor is also the director of the Harvard-affiliated Center of Hellenic Studies in Washington and is known for his special contribution to Archaic and Classic Greek Poetry and Literature, as well as to the ancient traditions and glossology.The Greek president referred to the academic’s extensive body of work. “Your iconic studies in Classic Greek Poetry have always centred on Homer’s epic poems, a fact that places you among the top Homeric scholars worldwide.”Professor Nagy expressed his gratitude for the honour and pledged to continue his work that promotes the global heritage of Greek civilisation.The Ancient Greek Hero  is an ongoing 17-week course that is offered for free by Harvard University to students around the world.last_img read more

Phobie sociale traitement symptômes questce que cest

first_imgPhobie sociale : traitement, symptômes, qu’est-ce que c’est ?La phobie sociale, aussi appelée anxiété sociale, est un trouble anxieux très répandu, caractérisé par la peur du regard de l’autre. Cette forme de phobie pouvant être particulièrement handicapante dans la vie professionnelle et familiale, il est recommandé de la combattre au plus tôt.Qu’est-ce que la phobie sociale ?La phobie sociale correspond à une peur excessive et irrationnelle du regard des autres : les personnes en étant atteintes sont extrêmement angoissées à l’idée de se ridiculiser en public, craignent d’être mal jugées par leurs collègues, leurs proches… Elles cherchent à éviter toutes les situations présentant, à leurs yeux, un risque d’humiliation : elles ont notamment beaucoup de mal à prendre la parole en public, même pour défendre une opinion ou un projet qui leur tient à cœur. Sur le long terme et en l’absence de traitement, la phobie sociale peut freiner l’évolution professionnelle, mais aussi entraîner l’isolement, une faible estime de soi et la dépression.Les symptômes de la phobie socialeConfrontée à une situation angoissante, la personne souffrant de phobie sociale est prise d’une peur panique et incontrôlable, pouvant s’accompagner des symptômes caractéristiques d’une crise d’angoisse,comme des vertiges, des palpitations, des sueurs, des tremblements et de l’hyperventilation. Le bégaiement et le rougissement sont d’autres manifestations possibles de la phobie sociale, tout comme l’impression d’être tétanisé. Plus rarement, une perte de connaissance peut aussi être observée.Les causes de la phobie socialeLa phobie sociale peut résulter de l’association de plusieurs facteurs :- troubles hormonaux (taux anormal de cortisol, surnommé « l’hormone du stress »),- dysfonctionnement de certains neuromédiateurs comme la dopamine, – surprotection parentale durant l’enfance du sujet,- événement traumatisant dans son passéDes facteurs génétiques sont également soupçonnés, car les risques de souffrir de phobie sociale semblent plus élevés quand un membre de la famille proche en est déjà atteint.Le traitement de la phobie socialeÀ lire aussiTrypophobie, l’étrange peur des petits trousSuivre une thérapie est recommandé pour vaincre la phobie sociale dès que possible : une thérapie comportementale et cognitive (TCC), par exemple, peut donner de très bons résultats. En groupe ou en séance individuelle, elle permet de se confronter peu à peu aux situations angoissantes pour apprendre à maîtriser sa peur. Bon à savoir : la réalité virtuelle est de plus en plus souvent utilisée dans cette forme de thérapie. Une psychanalyse peut également porter ses fruits : elle permet de se plonger dans son passé pour rechercher l’origine exacte de la phobie sociale.Des médicaments, du type anxiolytiques ou antidépresseurs, peuvent en outre être utilisés en parallèle, mais ce n’est pas systématique.Le 27 juillet 2017 à 12:03 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Cell Phone Privacy Will Soon Get Its Day in Court

first_img Yes, Your Xbox Was Spying on YouFaceApp Responds to (Mostly Unfounded) Privacy Concerns Stay on target The Supreme Court of the United States has agreed to hear a case about whether police can obtain your phone’s location data without probable cause. This is going to be a huge decision for all of us and could decide the future of American privacy laws.Explaining that will take some time, but the core of it is this: right now, police officers and investigators are able to obtain data without a warrant in some states. Some folks and organizations really don’t like this. They assert that it’s a breach of the US Constitution which protects against unreasonable searches, and generally requires that police officers obtain judicial approval to violate someone’s privacy. This means they need what’s called “probable cause,” or, essentially, a damned good reason, to go through your stuff. Phones are tricky, mostly because of the way US law often works.Laws are written to pertain to the current era, and since most of the founders couldn’t imagine supercomputers with connections to satellites that zoom about hundreds of miles above, they didn’t really account for that in the Constitution. Now because someone will always try to pull one over on someone else, in some areas, state and local governments have decided that the constitution’s limits only apply to physical things and not to certain kinds of data — like where you’ve been.This could get dicey fast, however. And circumstantial evidence like being in the wrong place at the wrong time, could seem stronger and end up as a piece in more cases. Obviously for some that could help — more information isn’t usually a bad thing — but it’s always worth considering how something like this could be misused.In the 2014 arrest of Timothy Carpenter, police used cell records to back up their claim that Carpenter had committed several robberies. Covering themselves with the Stored Communications Ask — which allows law enforcement to obtain some electronic data without demonstrating probable cause — Carpenter was later convicted and sentenced to 119 years in prison.Carpenter, as well as his co-counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union, have asserted that his data was unlawfully obtained and used against him. And, given how these types of cases go, whether he committed the crimes isn’t under debate here. Whether his civil rights were violated is, though. And this case matters. It’s the first of its kind, plus in the US court system, we tend to follow what’s known as the principle of stare decisis. In essence, it means that courts are told to respect the decisions of one another. Once an idea is enshrined in the courts — like Free Speech — it will tend to gain, rather than lose strength with time. Exceptions exist, of course, but they’re rare.And, making the case a bit more complex, is that this involves a legal third party — your phone provider.In US law, we also have what’s called the “third-party doctrine.” All that means is that unless you’re dealing with a special case — like your doctor’s office — when you give a third party your information, you do not get to claim legal protection for that data. You trusted someone else, and it’s not the government’s fault you made such a silly choice, you fool, you.The ACLU disagrees, saying that technology has wound itself so completely into our lives that this doctrine doesn’t acknowledge. As a result, the organization states that the whole idea is obsolete and antiquated.“Because cellphone location records can reveal countless private details of our lives, police should only be able to access them by getting a warrant based on probable cause,” Nathan Wessler, a staff attorney with the ACLU and representative for Carpenter, said in a statement. “The time has come for the Supreme Court to make clear that the longstanding protections of the Fourth Amendment apply with undiminished force to these kinds of sensitive digital records.”We won’t have a full decision for a while yet. Arguments won’t even be heard until October. But this is one to keep the eyes on, kids.last_img read more

Dockless Scooters and Bikes possible new regulations

first_imgDockless Scooters and Bikes possible new regulations Categories: KUSI, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Posted: February 16, 2019center_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) -Mayor Kevin Faulconer is proposing a new set of regulations for dockless scooters and bikes. This comes after a number of scooter and bicycle crashes that happened in 2018.Regulations for the scooters and bikes would include slowing down the devices in heavily trafficked public spaces and establishing clear rules of the road.Circulate San Diego’s director of policy, Maya Rosas stopped by to talk more about these new possible regulations. February 16, 2019 Updated: 8:04 PMlast_img read more

Suspect charged in attempted yacht theft in Miami Beach

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A man accused of trying to steal a yacht from the Miami Beach Marina before he came to a crashing halt nearly two months ago is facing some serious charges in connection with that incident.Twenty-four-year-old Anthony Jocelinn had been arrested in Pembroke Pines on Oct. 4 for unrelated charges. He is facing charges of grand theft in the first degree, burglary and criminal mischief.Police said Jocelinn tried to steal an 80-foot yacht docked at the marina, Oct. 2. The yacht slammed into multiple vessels, forcing the suspect to jump out into the water.The crash caused more than $10 million worth of damage.On Thursday, Jocelinn was transferred and booked into the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center.The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is investigating the crash.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

ARREST LOG Wilmington Police Make 4 Arrests Issue 3 Summons

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — According to Wilmington Police Logs, Wilmington Police issued the following arrests and summonses between August 23, 2018 and August 29, 2018:Thursday, August 23Corey M. Brennan — Warrant. (Arrest)Irving D. Garcia (33, Lawrence) — Warrant. (Arrest)Enid Kituku (26, Lowell) — Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle. (Summons)Vanessa C. Moreira (33, Saugus) — Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon on a Pregnant Victim. (Arrest)Nicholas J. O’Connell (21, Wilmington) — Operating A Motor Vehicle with a Suspended or Revoked License and No/Expired Inspection Sticker. (Summons)Friday, August 24Paul K. Fleming (57, Tewksbury) — Unlicensed Operation Of A Motor Vehicle, Number Plate Violation, No/Expired Inspection Sticker, Forge/Misuse of RMV Document, Unregistered Motor Vehicle, and Tire Tread Depth Violation. (Summons)Saturday, August 25Gregory Mercurio (29, Quincy) — OUI Liquor and Marked Lanes Violation. Mercurio was pulled over at Woburn Street and Andover Street. (Arrest)Sunday, August 26NoneMonday, August 27NoneTuesday, August 28NoneWednesday, August 29None(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 4 Arrests & Issues 3 SummonsesIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 2 Arrests & Issue 1 SummonsIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 5 Arrests & Issue 4 SummonsesIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Government hurting sentiments of Hindus says Siripurapu

first_imgGuntur: Brahmana Chaitanya Vedica state co-convener Siripurapu Sridhar criticised that the YSRCP government is insulting the sentiments of the Hindus. Addressing a press meet here on Friday, he said that APSRTC printed the matter relating to Jerusalem Yatra, Haj Yatra on the backside of Tirumala bus ticket and hurting the sentiments of the Hindus. Also Read – TDP to open shelters for victims of attacks Advertise With Us He further said that when Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy was Chief Minister the latter said two hills were sufficient for Lord Venkateswara Swamy. He said that Chief Minister YS Jaganmoahn Reddy is hurtling the sentiments of the Hindus. He questioned why Vizag Sarada Seer, Jeeyar Swamy and Ramanadeeshitulu maintaining silence. He demanded that the government order inquiry into it.last_img read more

Organic bromine compounds—another threat to the ozone layer

first_imgThe ozone layer of the lower stratosphere is an extremely diffuse abundance of O3 that absorbs up to 99 percent of incoming ultraviolet solar radiation, thereby creating the conditions that make known life possible. In the 1970s and 1980s, as scientists reported the dramatic thinning of stratospheric ozone, a regulatory push by governments around the world led to a reduction in the use of chlorofluorocarbons by industry. Nonetheless, other compounds released into the atmosphere have the effect of depleting ozone, though the dynamics are still the subject of study. More information: Maria A. Navarro et al, Airborne measurements of organic bromine compounds in the Pacific tropical tropopause layer, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2015). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1511463112 © 2015 NASA study shows that common coolants contribute to ozone depletion Until recently, scientists believed that only long-lived compounds like halons, chlorofluorocarbons or bromomethane contributed to global ozone depletion. Inconsistencies in stratospheric observations led researchers to look for another contributor, very short-lived brominated substances (VSLorg). These are generated by ocean biogenic sources with cyclic variabilities that are not well understood. However, activity that increases the production of VSLorg will also tend to accelerate the depletion of atmospheric ozone.Now, a cross-disciplinary collaborative of chemists and atmospheric researchers has reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on their analysis of data collected by NASA’s Airborne Tropical Tropopause Experiment (ATTREX) over the tropical Pacific region during 2013 and 2014. The experiment included measurements of organic bromine substances conducted with the Global Hawk Whole Air Sampler (GWAS). The researchers combined the aircraft observations with a chemistry-climate model in an attempt to quantify the total bromine load in the atmosphere.One surprising finding was the similarity of the amounts of bromine between the Eastern and Western Pacific Ocean, despite their different vertical transport mechanisms into the atmosphere. The study found ~6 parts per thousand to the stratospheric input at the tropical tropopause, the boundary between the troposphere and the stratosphere. The differences between the two regions were considered to be scientifically negligible. The authors write, “Based on the CAM-chem simulation results, the overall contribution of VSL substances to total stratospheric bromine, quantified at ~17 km, show 5.81 ppt over the Western Pacific and 6.20 ppt over the Eastern Pacific. These results point out that although the production of Bry seems to be slightly different between the Eastern and Western Pacific, the overall contribution of very short-lived substances to stratospheric bromine is similar in both regions.” They note that uncertainties remain in the characterization of the overall contribution of VSL substances to total stratospheric bromine because all of the results described by the study are derived from model calculations. However, comparing the results of the NASA sampling activities in 2013 and 2014 to other studies conducted in 1996 and 2006 reveals a global decline in the level of atmospheric methyl bromide; over the same period, halons increased, reaching a maximum between 2004 and 2008, with an ensuing slow decline. The researchers do not believe that this is a long-term trend, though, because patterns of variability have not been established for such compounds in the atmosphere. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Organic bromine compounds—another threat to the ozone layer (2015, November 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Scienceslast_img read more

Mamata remembers Vajpayee on his birth anniversary

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday remembered former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his 94th birth anniversary. “Tribute to Atal Bihari Vajpayeeji on his birth anniversary. He was a statesman who rose above partisan politics for the country’s good. We miss him a lot,” the Trinamool supremo, who once was part of Vajpaee’s cabinet, tweeted. Born in December 25, 1924, Vajpayee was the first Prime Minister, who was not a member of the Congress to have served a full five-year term in office. The administration of Narendra Modi in 2014 declared that Vajpayee’s birthday would be marked as Good Governance Day. He was conferred India’s highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna, by then President Pranab Mukherjee in 2015. Vajpayee passed away on August 16.last_img read more

People are warning a white supremacist rally in Portland could be this

first_imgPatriot Prayer and the Proud Boys are gathering on Saturday (4 August) in the Tom McCall Waterfront Park for the ‘Gibson for Senate Freedom March’.The rally is for Joey Gibson, the leader of Patriot Prayer, and a Republican from Washington running for Senate.Gibson announced the location of the park earlier this week. In line with local ordinances, and the state’s open carry law, members of the groups will legally be allowed to have guns on them.The groups have held rallies like this before for Gibson and they have a history of turning violent.Portland declared the last rally, on 30 June, a riot after numerous confrontations occurred. Six people were sent to the hospital, including one person with a brain hemorrhage. Police arrested another nine people.This is some footage from that rally.Wild brawl, explosions, beatings at the Patriot Prayer rally and march.— PDX Mike Bivins (@itsmikebivins) July 1, 2018 Two white supremacist groups are planning a rally in Portland, Oregon this weekend. Many fear it could become this year’s Charlottesville. WATCH: Man gets cornered by Patriot Prayer and Proud Boys and is hit a few times before being led to police.— PDX Mike Bivins (@itsmikebivins) June 4, 2018Could it be like Charlottesville?The Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia last August was a virulently homophobic and hateful gathering. Numerous LGBTI groups condemned what happened, including the death of one young woman who was there protesting, Heather Heyer.Apple’s CEO Tim Cook donated $2 million to anti-hate groups after Charlottesville.Charlottesville activists addressed the fears about tomorrow’s rally in a statement.Powerful statement from Charlottesville activists addressing fears that violence will erupt at tomorrow’s Patriot Prayer / Proud Boys rally in #Portland People held vigils across the country after Charlottesville | Photo: Flickr/Fibonacci Blue eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- — Christopher Mathias (@letsgomathias) August 3, 2018‘This so-called “March for Freedom” is a large-tent conglomerate of disparate fascist, nationalist, racist, and white supremacist provacateurs openly planning street violence against rightfully concerned Portland community members,’ they wrote.They also mentioned that the Proud Boys were some of the people who ‘both organized and participated in the violence of last year’s deadly rally’.The statement continued: ‘Charlottesville understands all too well what it means to have fascist agitators bring choreographed terror into our community. … We send solidarity and love to Portland, particularly to communites most targeted by the Islamophobic, transphobic, anti-immigrant, genocidal agenda of Saturday’s fascist event.’Finally, they also mention another white supremacist rally being planned in Berkeley, California on 5 August.Despite some recent homophobic and transphobic incidents in Portland, protesters still plan on turning out.Effie Baum, an activist and spokesperson for Popular Mobilization, told HuffPost: ‘One of the things folks keep saying is ‘If you just ignored them, they’d probably go away. There are many examples across history that explicitly tell us this is not true. The community at large in Portland has tried ignoring them… Despite that, Joey Gibson and Patriot Prayer have not gone away.‘If nobody is there to oppose them, then there is nobody to prevent them from targeting the marginalized members of our community.’More from Gay Star NewsWhite supremacist attacks on US college campuses up by 250%WATCH: Donald Trump blames ‘alt-left’ after deadly Charlottesville white supremacist rallyScenes from the Charlottesville candlelight vigil will move you to tearsGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Columbus Solidarity March to take place in response to Charlottesville attackAdvocacy groups respond to the Charlottesville ‘alt-right’ rallyWhite supremacist attacks on US college campuses up by 250%Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more

Hotelscom integrates Uber to its mobile app

first_imgUber will now be integrated in the award-winning mobile app of by Button, the mobile economy’s leading app discovery platform, the integration will enable customers to book an Uber that will take them to their hotel directly. Users can book in 30 different languages and in all countries that Uber operates in.Customers staying at any of the hundreds of thousands of properties available through will see an Uber Button appear in their app on the day their hotel stay begins, both on the homepage and in the reservation section. When a user taps the ‘Ride there with Uber’ button, their current location and hotel address is automatically pre-populated within Uber’s application, making the entire experience seamless.“We are always looking for ways to improve the end-to-end travel experience and now with the integration of Uber and through Button, exploring the world is even easier than ever,” said Chris Saad, Head of Product for the Uber Developer Platform.“Button continually proves that the best way to build monetizable experiences is to think about the user first. By giving users access to the things they want when they need it most – in this case, a quick way to hail an Uber, and get to your hotel faster  – Button opens up a revenue channel that delivers value for all parties involved including, and above all, the user,” said Michael Jaconi, CEO and Co-Founder of Button.last_img read more

by The Associated Press Posted Jul 11 2018 5

first_img by The Associated Press Posted Jul 11, 2018 5:35 am PDT Last Updated Jul 11, 2018 at 4:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email This combination photo shows various outfits owned by the late actress Sharon Tate which will be auctioned November 17 in Los Angeles and online by Julien’s Auctions. (Julien’s Auctions via AP) Swinging ’60s styles up for auction from Sharon Tate estatecenter_img LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Mini-dresses and a wedding dress are among the items from estate of actress Sharon Tate are going up for auction.Tate starred in the 1967 film “Valley of the Dolls” and was the toast of the swinging ’60s social scene. She was murdered in Los Angeles by the notorious Charles Manson cult in 1969.Los Angeles-based Julien’s Auctions said Wednesday the sale is set to begin Nov. 17. The auction house would not reveal the name of the seller, and it’s not clear who now owns the items.A silk mini-wedding dress that Tate wore for her marriage to director Roman Polanski could draw up to $50,000, according to auction-house estimates. A two-toned mini-dress that Tate wore to the 1968 Cannes Film Festival is expected to fetch up to $7,000.The collection also includes “ST” monogrammed luggage.___Online: read more