Online freedoms threatened by another step towards treaty’s adoption

first_imgAs Europe grapples with a major crisis of identity and values, the European Parliament has an historic responsibility. By rejecting ACTA, EU elected representatives would help preserve the infrastructure that is needed for the future of our societies and our democracy. RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan News The last two points have the effect of banning censorship circumvention resources that are indispensible tools for ensuring the flow of news and information in countries such as Iran or China (see detailed article). June 8, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en In particular, Reporters Without Borders condemns:- The requirement that signatory countries establish private policies for copyright enforcement online through cooperation mechanisms- The right accorded to the relevant authorities to ask Internet Service Providers to transmit personnal data identifying their clients- The requirement to criminally prosecute suppression of metadata (data identifying a file’s content and origins) and circumvention of Digital Rights Management (DRM).- The possibility for governments to define legal exceptions to DRM circumvention. A free and open Internet is now essential for expression and communication, and for the sharing of knowledge and democratic participation. Help by sharing this information At a time when many governments and private-sector actors seek increased control over this global network, any legislation hampering the free flow of information and knowledge should be treated with the outmost caution. Forcing companies into private-sector censorship of the Internet with no judicial oversight in order to protect mostly outdated economic models would be a disproportionate violation of freedom of expression, information and communication. Going down such a path is against the very principles on which the European Union was founded. Signatories:Oslobodjenje (1993), Taslima Nasreen (1994), Wei Jingsheng (1996), Salima Ghezali (1997), Nurit Peled-Elhanan (2001), The Belarusian Association of Journalists (2004), Reporters sans frontières (2005), Damas de Blanco (2005), Hauwa Ibrahim (2005), Aliaksandr Milinkevich (2006), Salih Mahmoud Mohamed Osman (2007), Hu Jia (2008), Memorial (2009) Statement by the Sakharov LaureatesAppeal to Members of the European Parliament Reporters Without Borders (itself a winner of the Sakharov Prize in 2005) supports the Sakharov laureates’ statement. The organization, which defends freedom of information, repeatedly voiced its concerns about ACTA, calling on the negotiators “not to sacrifice online free speech and access to information for the sake of combating piracy and the counterfeiting of works protected by copyright”. The signatories, winners of the Sakharov Prize and members of the Sakharov Network, call on all MEPs to take a stand and to refuse to adopt ACTA when they are asked to vote on it in the coming days. December 15, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Online freedoms threatened by another step towards treaty’s adoption Organisation Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF sayscenter_img The content of this agreement is no less worrying. In the name of copyright enforcement, the European Union and other signatories would be bound to put pressure on Internet actors, compelling them to monitor and police the network. The pressure will be reinforced by the threat of criminal sanctions on the vague grounds of abetting and aiding infringement. “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says According to the advocacy group La Quadrature du Net, “by privatizing online censorship in the name of copyright, ACTA would have a dreadful impact on our freedoms online, but also on innovation and growth for Internet companies. The European Parliament is our last chance to reject ACTA.” Europe – Central Asia Thirteen members of the Sakharov Network of winners of the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought appeal today to MEPs to reject the agreement in order to protect freedom of expression and of information. Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia News The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) was negotiated in secrecy and is now being forced on elected representatives as a done deal to which they are asked to assent. This approach represents a dangerous bypassing of the democratic process. “In the name of copyright enforcement, the European Union and other signatories would be bound to put pressure on Internet actors, compelling them to monitor and police the network,” the Sakharov laureates warned. See the full text of their appeal below. News to go further The Council of the European Union is about to adopt the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). The agreement will be formally signed by EU governments during a World Trade Organization meeting that is due to take place in Geneva from 15 to 17 December. It will then be up to the European Parliament to adopt or reject it. June 7, 2021 Find out more Europe – Central Asia Receive email alerts EU Parliament must protect freedom of expression and of information by rejecting ACTA June 4, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Genius strikes deal for launch in US market

first_imgGluten-free bread brand Genius is to launch in the US after signing a deal with an American gluten-free bakery manufacturer and distributor.Glutino Food Group will manufacture Genius’ white and brown gluten-free bread under licence, with the frozen loaves distributed across the US and Canada to retailers including Safeway, Target, Save Mart, Tops, ShopRite, PriceRite, Wegmans and Ralphs.According to Mintel, the US market for gluten-free products is expected to reach $2.6bn by 2012, with 8% of the US population looking for gluten-free products when they shop.Gervase Cottam, chief executive of Genius, said: “We have created a winning recipe for the UK and we now have high hopes to replicate that success in the US, which is obviously a potentially huge market for us. In Glutino we have found a partner that shares our vision for the future.”Genius Foods, which was set up by chef Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne, is part of a joint venture with Finsbury Food Group in the UK, which manufactures products from its UCB bakery in Scotland. The brand, which launched in 2009, has listings at Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Waitrose and the Co-op.last_img read more

Costa Rica, U.S. Team Up to Implement SIMEP Security Program

first_img SAN JOSÉ — In 1994, when Mayor Rudolph Giuliani took office in New York, he promised to clean up the city’s streets. “It’s about time law enforcement got as organized as organized crime,” the politician famously said during his campaign. Giuliani’s resulting CompStat program led to a 66 percent reduction in murders and a 50 percent drop in major crimes by 2001, according to the FBI Uniform Crime Report’s 2001 Index of Crime. The program’s success led to its adoption by other cities throughout the country including Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Now, more than 12 years later, it’s spreading overseas — this time to Costa Rica. “This change is historic for our country,” said Deputy Security Minister Walter Navarro. “This program is going to completely change the structure and effectiveness of the nation’s police force.” Costa Rica’s new initiative has been dubbed the Integrated System for the Improvement of Police Strategy (SIMEP), and has been branded a complete new philosophy by the nation’s Ministry of Security. SIMEP is rooted in community development through the integration and cooperation of regular citizens into police work. This, combined with a U.S. investment of nearly $500,000 worth of mapping technology, will help police pinpoint where and when crime occurs. “This technology is absolutely the best tool our police force could have in fighting crime,” said Navarro. Costa Rica is not CompStat’s first appearance abroad. Panama has slowly been implementing the program over the past few years with U.S. assistance from the State Department. Panamanian officials have credited the program, at least in part, to a decrease in corruption within the police force in the capital city. SIMEP’s three pillars SIMEP, like CompStat, is based on three pillars: dividing community police into quadrants, the use of mapping technology and accountability. In the first phase, sectoring the city, personnel are permanently assigned to a quadrant. This is designed to help the community familiarize itself with law enforcement in the area. The program relies heavily on the participation of civilians in reporting crime. “This is designed to grow this relationship with the community,” said Navarro. “There are things citizens know that the police do not, and if they learn those things they will be able to fight crime much more effectively.” Information collected from civilians and patrols is then aggregated and statistics are inputted into the new mapping software. This software, called R2Police, takes data from incident reports and forms digital maps of where and when crimes take place. “With this new working philosophy we will have police that are closer to communities,” said Mario Zamora, Costa Rica’s minister of security. “We will have a new technological tool that will monitor crime incidents daily and enable us to prevent crime by taking preemptive, immediate action.” The third and, according to Navarro, “key component” to the new management system is a series of mechanisms designed to analyze its effectiveness. In order to do this, the Security Ministry will hold frequent meetings with both the community and officers in order to develop future action plans. This accountability is important not only for determining how well the program works but also for cutting down on corruption within the police force. During the four years following implementation of Panama’s version of CompStat, public approval of the police force grew nearly 10 percent, according to Panamanian government statistics. The process is cyclical, and after each set of evaluations the patrols change to respond to each quadrant’s needs, and the statistics are collected again. The goal is an immediate reaction to changes in crime patterns. Fighting international crime CompStat’s main goal is to help every city is to fight crime locally, the same as with Costa Rica’s SIMEP. Through community involvement, the program seeks, first and foremost, to battle local crime. “We are looking for the guy who always sells drugs on your street, the convenience store that consistently sells alcohol to underage children,” said Navarro. Several years ago, local petty crime would have been Costa Rica’s only concern, but recently it has seen dramatic growth in the entry of drugs, and with it, increased drug-related violence. In 2007, cocaine seizures were seven times as high as in 2005, according to the Costa Rican Institute of Drugs. The World Bank noted in a report last year that the number of crime victims in Costa Rica jumped 50 percent between 1997 and 2008, and that the country’s homicide rate is almost double what it was in 2004. These problems are more complicated than local crime. In its latest annual report, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime found that nearly half of all drug-related arrests in Costa Rica were foreigners. “We aren’t talking about crime that stops at the border,” said Zamora. “In order to operate through our country it is necessary that these organizations have some kind of local operation. This is what we hope this program can fight.” SIMEP’s execution After almost five years of technology development and training, SIMEP’s pilot program was launched in the small San José suburb of Tibás this past September. The little community received several cycles of the program and served as a training ground for newcomers to the technology. Creating the mapping software proved to be a challenge for programmers in a country without addresses or street names. While a final version of the software has been released, U.S. consultants will maintain a hands-on training role until the police force is comfortable with the new system. Based on the success of the past few months, Tibás officials have given the program a tentative stamp of approval. “We are not even scared to say good things about this program,” said Víctor Hugo Segura Carvajal, president of the San Rafael Security Committee in Tibás. “We can tell already, based on feedback, that this is working.” Feeding off the pilot’s success, the Security Ministry has begun expanding the program to other parts of the country. Some of the nation’s largest cities — among them San José, Alajuela, Cartago, Heredia and Limón — are the first on the list for the police force makeover. The ministry hopes to finish Phase III the project by the end of 2013, bringing the new program to both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts along with more rural regions of the country. This level of expansion is an unprecedented move for the program that has previously only been implemented at a city level. “Our hope is to bring the project to the entire country very soon,” said Zamora. “Our goal is that through this type of concrete cooperation, between the police force and ordinary citizens, we can bring better service to each community.” The strategy is fabulous and full of hope but none of this will be possible as long as there isn’t an equal distribution of the mobile, logistic and human resources among the different police units that are part of our Ministry of Public Security. By Dialogo December 26, 2012last_img read more

Sonic Drive-In breached, 5M cards possibly exposed

first_imgCredit unions should take note of a recently disclosed data breach at Sonic Drive-In, which may have led to some five million credit and debit cards being exposed. The fast-food chain has 3,600 locations across 45 states.KrebsOnSecurity reported the breach yesterday afternoon.“American consumers deserve better from the companies they’ve entrusted with their financial information,” said NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger. “Our country should already have a national data security standard in place for retailers and merchants, but we don’t and it’s extremely frustrating. How many more data breaches do consumers need to suffer before these companies are held accountable?”Brian Krebs, author of KrebsOnSecurity, said he was alerted to the breach by several financial institution representatives who began noticing a pattern of fraudulent transactions on cards that had all been used at the eatery. Sonic Drive-in confirmed that it was investigating a “potential incident.” 29SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

‘Better for Bettors’: Better Collective’s formalised approach to sustainable development

first_img Submit Kim Mouridsen: Combatting problem gambling with automated player profiling July 3, 2020 Related Articles Share StumbleUpon For this month’s Better Collective Spotlight, we spoke to Christina Thomsen (pictured above), Head of Investor Relations (IR) and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) at Better Collective.We asked her about the sustainability strategy at Better Collective, the parent company behind the likes of bettingexpert.com and hltv.org, and a new commitment to supporting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) set by the United Nations (UN).This was evidenced by Better Collective’s first stand alone Sustainability Report, published in March 2020 alongside its usual Annual Report for the previous year. SBC: Hi Christina, why now for your first stand alone sustainability report?CT:  While a responsible approach has been central to the business since our foundation, last year we formalised these efforts and added structure to our reporting.We decided to include the UN SDG framework as it is one of the most well-established and recognised frameworks for sustainability reporting. We recognise the importance of all 17 goals, however, we are also humbly aware of the fact that we cannot strategically work with all the SDGs. We therefore made a materiality assessment and defined the SDGs where we can make an impact – either through current activities or through new initiatives. With a total of nine goals in our scope, we are currently in the process of defining which two to three primary goals to focus on and what KPIs to implement.SBC: Why is it so important to formalise this commitment?CT: We strongly believe that companies hold a key role in society to solve issues the world is facing. Both from a social and environmental point of view.  At Better Collective, we have worked with responsibility and sustainability for many years – these represent core parts of our values we live by on a day-to-day basis. However, what the UN SDGs add is a strategic framework to both work with, report and communicate on our initiatives and progresses. When we report to a key stakeholder group such as investors, reporting within this established framework makes it easier for the audience to understand, compare and benchmark our operations against other companies. In addition, the framework provides an opportunity to showcase the value Better Collective brings to our stakeholders, be it our employees, users, partners or local communities in general. Awareness of sustainability issues in society is growing, especially among younger generations. We therefore regard our sustainability communication to be part of our employer branding, supporting our ability to attract and maintain talent. SBC: What would you say are the key components of the strategy?CT: Overall, our Sustainability strategy is rolled out through our sustainability programme ‘Better for Bettors’ and the sub-programme ‘Better Community’. ‘Better for Bettors’ focuses on our core business and is closely aligned with our business objectives. This programme supports our vision to empower iGamers. Activities in this programme includes the co-founding of the trade organisation Responsible Affiliates in Gambling (RAiG) and the investment in Mindway AI that specialises in using AI and neuroscience to detect problem gambling. Through our ‘Better Community’ programme, we recognise our responsibility to go beyond our core business and contribute to the local communities where we are active. We have initiated the sub-programme ‘Better Nis’ where we, as one of largest tech employers in the Serbian city, support building a better local community through various initiatives.   SBC: What have you had to change to meet this strategy?CT: As said, we have worked with corporate responsibility and sustainability for a long time. Therefore, the most tangible change we’ve made is to formalise our efforts and add structure to our reporting. Coupled with the ambition to do more and do better, the sustainability strategy and work is a central part of our overall strategy and will help us prioritise and focus our initiatives in a way that supports not only our business and people but also our users and communities.SBC: Do you expect more companies to follow suit with this strand of reporting?CT: A lot of companies are doing a great job on sustainability reporting. More and more companies begin to report on operations, Better Collective included, and we expect and hope more will join as this will continue to push the agenda for a more sustainable world in future – for communities and the environment alike.Sustainability reporting represents a great opportunity to present the challenges we are facing and the activities and operations we as a company within the iGaming industry have and are taking to support building a better society for the next generations. Share Better Collective Spotlight: How Betarades.gr is driving engagement through YouTube July 30, 2020 Better Collective cautious on quick recovery as COVID drags growth momentum August 25, 2020last_img read more

GOLFER MICHAEL (78) HITS FIRST EVER HOLE-IN-ONE!

first_imgPictured is Michael Dunne from Ballaghderg, Illistrin celebrating after getting a hole in one in Dunfanaghy Golf Club on Saturday.It was his first ever hole-in-one and at age 78 makes it even all the more sweeter…well done Michael!Michael is congratulated by his playing partners Don Sheridan and Pat Bonner after his stunning effort. Michael has just returned home from a week’s holiday in Portugal, and the warm weather training has undoubtedly improved his swing. GOLFER MICHAEL (78) HITS FIRST EVER HOLE-IN-ONE! was last modified: November 10th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DUNFANAGHY GOLF CLUBhole in oneIllistrinMichael Dunnelast_img read more

Tendinitis

first_imgDefinitionTendinitis is inflammation, irritation, and swelling of a tendon, which is the fibrous structure that joins muscle to bone. In many cases, tendinosis (tendon degeneration) is also present.Alternative NamesCalcific tendinitis; Bicipital tendinitisCauses, incidence, and risk factorsTendinitis can occur as a result of injury, overuse, or with aging as the tendon loses elasticity. It can also be seen in persons with body-wide (systemic) diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis or diabetes.Tendinitis can occur in any tendon, but some commonly affected sites include the:ElbowHeel (Achilles tendinitis)ShoulderWristSymptomsPain and tenderness along a tendon, usually near a jointPain at nightPain that is worse with movement or activitySigns and testsThe health care provider will perform a physical exam and look for signs of pain and tenderness when the muscle attached to the tendon is used against resistance. There are specific tests for specific tendons.The tendon can be inflamed, and the overlying skin may be warm and red.TreatmentThe goal of treatment is to relieve pain and reduce inflammation.Rest or immobilization of the affected tendons is helpful for recovery. This may be achieved using a splint or a removable brace. The application of heat or cold to the affected area can help.Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs), such as aspirin or ibuprofen, can also reduce both pain and inflammation. Steroid injections into the tendon sheath can also be very useful in controlling pain and allowing physical therapy to start.Physical therapy that stretches and strengthens the muscle and tendon is essential. This can restore the tendons ability to function properly, improve healing, and prevent future injury.advertisementRarely, surgery is needed to physically remove the inflammatory tissue from around the tendon.Expectations (prognosis)Symptoms improve with treatment and rest. If the injury is caused by overuse, a change in work habits may be indicated to prevent recurrence of the problem.ComplicationsLong-term inflammation raises the risk of further injury, such as ruptureTendinitis symptoms returnCalling your health care providerCall for an appointment with your health care provider if symptoms of tendinitis occur.PreventionAvoid repetitive motion and overuse of the arms and legs.Keep all your muscles strong and flexible.Warm up by exercising at a relaxed pace before engaging in vigorous activity.ReferencesChoi L. Overuse injuries. In: DeLee JC, Drez D Jr, Miller MD, eds. DeLee and Drez’s Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2009:chap 14.Drezner JA, Harmon KG, O’Kane JW. Sports medicine. In: Rakel RE, ed. Textbook of Family Medicine. 8th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 29.Review Date:8/14/2012Reviewed By:Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director and Director of Didactic Curriculum, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.last_img read more

Man faces charges after car slams into Quebec office helping flood victims

first_imgSTE-MARTHE-SUR-LE-LAC, Que. — Police say a man who allegedly drove his vehicle into an office that was helping flood victims will face charges of dangerous driving and assault with a weapon.No one was injured when the vehicle slammed into the office late Wednesday in Ste-Marthe-sur-le-Lac, northwest of Montreal.The 38-year-old driver was questioned by police today, and Quebec provincial police say he is expected to be arraigned later in the day at the courthouse in St-Jerome.The accused was taken to hospital as a preventive measure and to assess his mental health, but he has since been discharged.Sgt. Claude Denis says the weapon referred to in the charge is the vehicle.The accused is described as a victim of spring floods who had just been ejected from the office by police.Red Cross employees had called police because of the man’s alleged aggressive behaviour, Deux-Montagnes police spokesman Christopher Harding said Wednesday.There were staff inside the building as well as families who had come to seek aid, Public Security Minister Genevieve Guilbault said.She told reporters she understood the distress of those impacted by floods in Ste-Marthe-sur-le-Lac, where a dike breach forced thousands from their homes but added that such actions are unacceptable.The offices, shared by the Red Cross and Quebec public security officials, closed Thursday but were expected to reopen Friday.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Land Division announces appointment of new Director of Survey Mapping Department

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, June 7, 2017 – Providenciales –  The Attorney General’s Chambers would like to announce that with effect from Monday, June 5, 2017, Mr. Cyprian Smith, will assume the post of Director of the Survey & Mapping Department.   After a tireless search locally and in the Caribbean, Mr. Smith was chosen from among 5 candidates from across the Region.   Mr. Smith’s selection was unanimously endorsed by the interviewing panel, supported by the Public Service Commission and has been formally appointed by the Deputy Governor.Mr. Smith is a 2008 graduate from the University of Technology Jamaica, from which he obtained a Bachelor’s (BSC) degree in Surveying and Geographic Information Sciences.  He also holds a Master in Business Administration (MBA), with specialization in Project Management from the University of Wales, United Kingdom.Mr. Smith began his Land Surveying career two (2) years upon his enlistment to the Jamaica Defense Force (JDF) and  achieved the award for top performing student in the Land Surveying Technician’s course at the University of Technology, for both years of the course.He later pursued undergraduate studies in Surveying and Geographic Information. Upon completion of his Bachelor’s degree, Mr. Smith was appointed JDF’s Chief Land Surveyor, and he served in this capacity for approximately 7 years. During his tenure, he introduced new policies, procedures and operating systems and encouraged the implementation of new technology to improve the operational standards of the land surveying arm within the military. He also led the JDF’s introduction of GIS in mapping and analyzing crime data. His appointment also saw him administering crown lands occupied by the military and lecturing various courses at the diploma level at the JDF Technical Training Institute (TTI).Mr. Smith subsequently worked as a Project Manager for one of the leading land development companies in Jamaica, where he had overarching responsibility for the residential and commercial land development projects undertaken by the company.Mr. Smith has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field of surveying and land administration.  The task of Director, though challenging, is openly accepted by Mr. Smith. He is most grateful and excited to be afforded the opportunity to lead the Turks & Caicos Government’s Survey & Mapping Department.As Director, Mr. Smith has statutory responsibilities that include authentication of all legal plans, mainly comprised of Fixed Boundary surveys and General Boundary surveys and the maintenance of GPS coverage of the islands and the control network which is vital to the cadastre.   The coordination of the Departments survey services, including legal surveys, road surveys, control surveys, topographical surveys also fall under his remit.  He will have responsibility for the maintenance and up-date of all spatial data, including the National Cadastral Framework, in both digital and graphical format. He will oversee the Survey and Mapping units of the Department and will interact on a daily basis with the Land Registry and the Crown Land Unit. In addition, he will have contact with other government departments including Public Works and Estate Management Departments, the Department of Physical Planning, Agriculture and others.Commissioner of Lands, Mrs. Tatum Clerveaux, noted that; “Mr. Smith comes with outstanding credentials. He brings a reputation for effective management and team-building, and a first-class academic background, with complementary experience in the military and private sectors.  I am therefore confident that he will be a catalyst who, with the support of his team, will help steer the Survey & Mapping Department into a new phase of professional excellence.”Press Release: TCIG Related Items:last_img read more