Radical phone and Internet monitoring proposal to be put to parliament

first_imgNews April 2, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Radical phone and Internet monitoring proposal to be put to parliament RSF_en News RSF condemns BBC broadcast ban as example of Chinese government reprisal to go further March 23, 2021 Find out more News Organisation Solidarity with Swedish media outlet Realtid ahead of UK defamation case hearing February 11, 2021 Find out morecenter_img United KingdomEurope – Central Asia Receive email alerts United KingdomEurope – Central Asia News Follow the news on United Kingdom February 12, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders strongly condemns a bill allowing monitoring of all phone calls, text messages, emails and other electronic communications that the British government plans to submit to parliament in the coming weeks.“We are shocked to hear more and more supposedly democratic countries such as India, France, Australia and now the United Kingdom expressing a desire to adopt the kind of systematic monitoring of communications used by the planet’s most repressive regimes,” Reporters Without Borders said.“The British government’s proposed bill is disproportionate and dangerous, and its effectiveness is not guaranteed. By placing all of its citizens under surveillance, it would have the effect of encouraging its targets to use easily accessible anonymization methods. And its implementation without reference to the courts could open the way to all kinds of abuses.“The introduction of this system would turn Internet Service Providers and mobile phone operators into police auxiliaries. This is not just open to criticism in principle. It would encounter major legal, technical and financial obstacles in practice. Britain, the land of habeas corpus, must continue to set an example as regards the protection of individual rights and freedoms.”Reporters Without Borders added: “We urge the British government to abandon this bill and to consider other ways to fulfil its duty to combat terrorism, ways that respect individual freedoms and the right to privacy.”The Home Office (interior ministry) confirmed yesterday that it is preparing a bill that would give the British intelligence services access to all the telephone and electronic communication records of its citizens. A Home Office spokesman said the bill, which would enable the authorities to combat “serious crime and terrorism” more effectively, would come before parliament as soon as room was found in the legislative calendar.According to government and ruling coalition representatives, ISPs, phone operators and website hosting companies would have to install equipment that would allow Britain’s leading signals intelligence agency, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), real-time access to any person’s communication records and browsing history without referring to a court and regardless of the requirements of any ongoing investigation.As things stand, Britain’s law enforcement agencies can only access such information when the person is being investigated and after obtaining ministerial approval.Under the proposed bill, the authorities would have a free hand to compile lists of the phone calls, emails and SMS message exchanged between any individuals, with their frequency and length, as well as the websites visited by any person. Special authorization would however be necessary to access the content of the communications.Reporters Without Borders urges the British authorities to engage in fully transparent consultations with Internet companies before proceeding. Many questions need answering. Who will be responsible for managing and protecting the data gathering by this surveillance system? How long would data be kept?In a June 2011 report, United Nations special rapporteur for freedom of expression Frank La Rue voiced alarm at the tendency of some government to reinforce their ability to monitor the activities of Internet users without providing sufficient guarantees against abuses and without data protection laws that specify the purpose for which the data is used, how it is kept and for how long.La Rue’s report also stressed that the right to privacy should only be curtailed in “exceptional circumstances” and never systematically.A similar bill was considered by the previous Labour government but was abandoned because of an outcry from civil society. There was renewed concern about the current government’s requests for the cooperation of the BlackBerry smartphone’s manufacturer and the main British TV stations in identifying the participants in the London riots in the summer of 2011, and about its threat to restrict access to instant messaging, social networks and microblogs. Safety of journalists remains active concern in Northern Ireland as BBC Panorama team is threatened Help by sharing this information last_img read more

New Type of Logistic Support Ship to Join Russian Navy

first_img View post tag: Logistic View post tag: ship November 14, 2012 Back to overview,Home naval-today New Type of Logistic Support Ship to Join Russian Navy View post tag: Naval Share this article Having conducted an open online auction for three logistic support ships for Russian Navy in the summer of 2012, Russian defense…[mappress]Source: Russian Navy, November 14, 2012; Image: Navy View post tag: Type View post tag: Russiancenter_img View post tag: New View post tag: join View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy New Type of Logistic Support Ship to Join Russian Navy Industry news View post tag: Supportlast_img

A one year comparison of state and local unemployment numbers

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — A report from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development says October unemployment in the Hoosier state inched up one-tenth of a percent from September to 3.9 percent, still two-tenths of a percent lower than the national rate of 4.1 percent.In comparison to one year ago unemployment has dropped significantly. Ohio and Jennings Counties had the largest decreases from October of 2016. Each dropped six-tenths of a percent from 4.2 to 3.6 percent. Decatur County decreased four-tenths of a percent from 3.1 to 2.7 percent. Dearborn County dropped three-tenths of a percent to 3.8 percent over the period and both Franklin and Ripley Counties had slight decreases to 3.6 percent each. The Indiana unemployment rate dropped three-tenths of a percent from 4.2 to 3.9 percent.The Indiana labor force totals 3.33 million, the participation rate is 64.2 percent.last_img read more

Swansea sign Grimes

first_imgSwansea have completed the signing of Exeter midfielder Matt Grimes for an undisclosed fee, the Barclays Premier League club have announced. The 19-year-old made his Exeter debut in August 2013 and went on to make 62 appearances for the Grecians, scoring five goals. Grimes’ form at the League Two club saw him become the first Exeter player to be called up by England Under-20s earlier this season along with keeper Christy Pym. The teenager’s arrival marks Swansea’s second January signing after the arrival of Portugal striker Nelson Oliveira, who has joined on loan from Benfica until the end of the season. The England Under-20 international, who had been linked with a number of Premier League clubs, has agreed a four-and-a-half year deal at the Liberty Stadium. Grimes completed his medical on Friday but will not be eligible to feature for Swansea until the league visit of West Ham on January 10. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Fast growth LeoVegas AB appoints Caroline Palm as Group HR lead

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon Share Submit GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Caroline PalmStockholm-listed online gambling group LeoVegas AB has confirmed the appointment of Caroline Palm to the executive position of Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO).Appointed as LeoVegas’ first ever group HR lead, Palm joins the online gambling operator from Swedish health and environmental technology conglomerate Serendipity Group AB, where she served as Group Head of HR (2013-2017).Palm, who will begin her executive role this February, will be tasked as a key stakeholder as LeoVegas pursues its ongoing recruitment drive within its Malta, London and Stockholm offices.Confirming the appointment of Palm as CHRO, Gustaf Hagman, Group CEO of LeoVegas, details: “Caroline Palm fits perfectly into LeoVegas and this new role within the management team. The overall responsibility and strategic mind-set about staff, recruitment and HR is important now when we are close to 600 employees.”“It has also become even more fundamental when we have started to acquire companies and have offices in several countries and cities. Caroline’s experiences from fast-growing and entrepreneurial companies in the tech sector means that she has broad expertise and is a strong additional contribution to Team LeoVegas,” Hagman added.Ending 2017, LeoVegas completed its €60 million acquisition of UK-focused online casino brand RoyalPanda.com, which will be integrated to the group’s current online gambling portfolio.Furthermore, focusing on developing new technology capabilities, LeoVegas launched its innovation and investment arm ‘LeoVentures’, a strategic division which is led by LeoVegas Co-founder Robin Ramm-Ericson. Share LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020last_img read more

SA’s new Antarctic research ship

first_imgThe new vessel will replace the 31-year-old South African Agulhas, due for retirement in 2012.   (Image: South African Agency for Scienceand Technology Advancement)   MEDIA CONTACTS • Zolile Nqyai Department of Environmental Affairs +27 21 402 3702 [email protected] RELATED ARTICLES • Big break for biotech in SA • New biosphere reserve for SA • South Africa protects its oceans • SA medics in Antarctic rescueNosimilo NdlovuThe South African Department of Environmental Affairs and Finnish shipbuilder STX Finland Oy have signed R1.3-billion (US$171-million) agreement to build a new Antarctic supply and research ship for the country.The department signed and announced the deal on 17 November at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, in the Western Cape province.The currently unnamed vessel will replace the 31-year-old SA Agulhas, which will retire in 2012.According to the department, the new vessel will be “one of a kind” designed to carry cargo, passengers, helicopters and fuel; while serving as a research base for the three South African stations on Marion Island, Gough Island and Antarctica.The three stations fall under the South African National Antarctic Programme (Sanap) which government has set up to carry out research in the area. They are managed by the Department of Environmental Affairs’ Antarctic and Islands directorate.“The new vessel is vital for South Africa to maintain its strategic presence in the Southern Ocean and Antarctica,” the department’s research chief, Dr Johan Augustyn, said at the announcement.“We are looking at our future role in researching climate change in the Southern and Indian oceans. We wanted a ship with more laboratories that can accommodate other branches of science. We are hoping to do marine biology research with the new vessel,” he said.The new vessel will enable scientists to lower sophisticated probes into the depths of the ocean to measure water temperature, depth, oxygen, light and the presence of phytoplankton. The equipment stores data so that it can be compared over a number of years, giving insight into temperature changes driven by climate change.Scientists aboard the new vessel will also be able to assess changes in the distribution of certain ocean plants and animals that depend on a particular temperature range for survival. A proliferation of tropical species and a decline of cold water ones could be an indication of global warming.Satellites and ocean buoys can collect similar data, but the advantage of a research vessel is that it is very flexible – it can move scientists around with ease, enabling them to use a far wider range of sensors and techniques.Mega-icebreakerThe new, 134m-long vessel will be built at the Rauma shipyard in Finland. Rauma director Timo Suistio said the design and engineering will start immediately and construction will begin in September 2010. “The ship will be delivered to the South African Department of Environmental Affairs in spring 2012,” he said.Suistio said it was the company’s first ship-building project for a South African client and part of its long-term strategy to break into the African market. “Our aim is to make this vessel an example of our ability and use it as a reference for future jobs,” he said.Augustyn said the new vessel will be able to break through thicker ice at higher speeds than South Africa’s current research ship. “It will be a more effective tool and not cost much more to maintain than the SA Agulhas, as it has three times as much power and is more fuel-efficient,” he said.The icebreaker will have shelter and a landing area for two Puma class helicopters, a gym, a library and a small hospital. It will accommodate 45 crew members and 100 passengers or researchers.The SA Agulhas currently carries cargo and passengers to the island of Tristan da Cunha in the south Atlantic Ocean around September each year. The ship drops off the tourists and then moves on to Gough island to deliver cargo and exchange research staff, giving the public an opportunity stay on Tristan for up to three weeks. It is expected that the new ship will offer a similar service.Greater capacityEquipped with 800 square metres of research space, the vessel will act as a mobile laboratory for scientists and be able to collect weather data for meteorological institutions around the world.It is hoped that the top-class facilities will attract foreign experts and help South Africa rebuild its deep sea research capacity, which has dwindled over the years due to a lack of infrastructure and shortage of scientists. Many have left to work overseas or moved into the private sector.“The new ship, apart from its supply function, will be a catalyst to rebuild the deep-sea oceanography capacity in South Africa,” said Henry Valentine, Antarctica and Islands director for the department.“This will also attract participation of international scientists and researchers, thus significantly contributing to research projects addressing new challenges and changing interests [such as climate change],” he said.Allocating this level of funding for the new vessel, despite current pressures, reflects the South African government’s commitment to the Sanap, said Valentine.last_img read more

Chinese firms urged to invest in SA

first_img29 October 2013Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, in his opening address at the 5th South Africa-China Bi-National Commission in Beijing on Monday, called for greater participation by Chinese companies in renewable energy, mining, banking, manufacturing and rail infrastructure in South Africa.This, he said, would help to stimulate the South African economy through local procurement of inputs, technology transfers and skills development.Motlanthe, who is co-chairing the two-day meeting along with Chinese Vice-President Li Yuanchao, said the results of the strategic partnership between the two countries “speak for themselves, as China has become South Africa’s single largest trading partner in the world, and South Africa, China’s largest trading partner in Africa”.Motlanthe told the delegates that South Africa’s destiny was inextricably linked with that of the African continent.“As such, we look forward to more partnerships between South African and Chinese state-owned enterprises. Such partnership will contribute towards regional development and integration, as espoused by the African Union and its constituent regional economic communities.”During Monday’s meeting, the two countries signed agreements to cooperate in the areas of human resources development and tourism.Motlanthe’s delegation in Beijing includes Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk, Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu, Deputy International Relations Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim, Deputy Energy Minister Barbara Thomson, Deputy Trade and Industry Minister Thandi Tobias-Pokolo, and Deputy Public Enterprises Minister Bulelani Mangwanishe.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

An ESPN Analyst Accidentally Tweeted A PornHub Link Instead Of His Article

first_imgAn ESPN sign hanging that's very oldESPN national recruiting analyst Gerry Hamilton may be in a bit of hot water after making an incredibly embarrassing mistake Wednesday afternoon. Hamilton, attempting to tweet out a link with video highlights of four-star linebacker recruit Roquan Smith, instead included a link to a PornHub video. He quickly deleted the post and replaced it with the correct link, but the damage was already done – numerous users screenshotted the transgression and began circulating it.Hey @Kmarkobarstool That link is NOT Roquan Smiths highlight tape FYI pic.twitter.com/cyJBEDyxmB— ElOsoBlanco (@BSElOsoBlanco) January 21, 2015The only saving grace? The link didn’t include any kind of clue as to what the video actually contained. Still, Hamilton is bound to hear about this from those higher up.last_img read more

Pro and anti immigration protesters face off in duelling rallies

first_imgMONTREAL – Pro- and anti- immigration protesters faced off in duelling rallies Saturday.Members of the right-wing group Storm Alliance announced a series of rallies outside border crossing points and government buildings to protest what they call the destructive policies of Justin Trudeau’s government.In turn, many pro-refugee organizations have announced their own gatherings to counter Storm Alliance’s message, which they say is hostile to immigrants and refugees.In Quebec, about 200 members of Storm Alliance traded insults across a police line with a group of pro-refugee protesters outside the St-Bernard-de-Lacolle border station.Authorities announced the border crossing, which has been a processing point for thousands of refugee claimants who have walked across the Canada-U.S. border in recent months, was temporarily closed on Saturday.Other gatherings were planned in Ontario, Alberta, New Brunswick and British Columbia.In Ottawa there were some scuffles between protesters but no reports of arrests.last_img read more

Mirvish selling Toronto highrise condo development to Great Gulf

first_imgTORONTO – The Great Gulf real estate group is buying a high-profile, high-rise development in Toronto’s entertainment district from Ed Mirvish Enterprises.The Mirvish+Gehry project currently calls for two towers — one 82 storeys and the other 92 storeys — near the Princess of Wales theatre on King Street West.Terms of the transaction weren’t disclosed in Monday’s announcement.The initial proposal announced in 2012 called for the demolition of the theatre — one of several venues owned by the Mirvish family — to make room for a third tower.Mirvish has scaled back the scope of the development in response to local objection to the height and density of the development, which will include retail, office, institutional, hospitality and condominium suites in downtown Toronto.The area is home to some of Toronto’s major entertainment venues including the Bell Lightbox, which is home to the Toronto International Film Festival, Roy Thomson Hall and the Mirvish-owned Royal Alexandra theatre.last_img read more