Federal court rules “national security letters” unconstitutional

first_img Reporters Without Borders hails a March 14 ruling by a federal district court judge in San Francisco that it is unconstitutional for the FBI to use national security grounds to request information about subscribers from phone companies and Internet Service Providers in a completely secret manner and without a court warrant.Sent in the form of so-called “national security letters” under the Patriot Act, these requests have prohibited the companies that receive them from revealing their existence without permission.This important ruling was issued in response to a case brought on behalf of an unnamed telecommunications company by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which defends online freedoms.Citing the importance of the constitutional and security issues at stake, Judge Susan Illston ruled that her decision would not take effect for 90 days in order to give the government the opportunity to appeal.Judge Illston ruled that use of the national security letters and their gag rule violated the First Amendment’s protection of freedom of expression. The fact that 97 per cent of the letters imposed non-disclosure requirements showed that they were being abused, she said.Other existing and proposed US laws also use national security grounds to threaten civil liberties and freedom of information. They include a new version of the proposed Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), which was unveiled in January and could come before Congress next month.The 2008 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Amendments Act (FISAA), which was extended last December until 2017, gives the US government extraordinary surveillance powers that include accessing the data of non-US citizens who use cloud computing services offered by US companies.The US authorities can, for example, use the law to obtain a secret warrant from a special court to force Google to provide access to all the data – emails, files, contacts and calendar – of any client who is not a US citizen.Deep concern about the extent of these new surveillance powers has been voiced in a report entitled Fighting Cyber Crime and Protecting Privacy in the Cloud that was produced for the European Parliament and released at the end of 2012.Reporters Without Borders hopes that last week’s court ruling will encourage more challenges to laws that restrict online freedom of information and expression on the spurious grounds of defending national security and combatting terrorism. March 20, 2013 – Updated on January 25, 2016 Federal court rules “national security letters” unconstitutional News Organisation center_img RSF_en Help by sharing this informationlast_img read more

OXIDE 2015 Focuses on Counter Piracy Efforts

first_img September 25, 2015 View post tag: OXIDE 2015 Interdepartmental and international Maritime Exercise OXIDE 2015 is currently underway in Richards Bay, South Africa, during the period from September 21 to October 2.The Exercise, held between the South Indian Ocean French Forces, stationed at La Reunion, and the South African National Defence Force every two years, is part of an effort of protecting trade routes in the Mozambican channel from piracy.Maritime and air capability demonstration will be conducted within the Port of Richards Bay, off Naval Island. The demonstration will be a simulation of how South African and French military forces will work together to counter piracy at sea.The demonstration will entail a mock pirate attack on a “passenger liner” followed by maritimeinterdiction operations Military assets will include the South African Naval Marines and divers, South African Special Forces, South African Air Force Oryx Helicopter and C47 Maritime Surveillance Air Craft, French CASA CN 235, Panther helicopter as well as a parachute group.The SA Navy Offshore Patrol Vessel, SAS ISAAC DYOBHA will simulate a passenger liner.Image: SA Navy Authorities View post tag: africa OXIDE 2015 Focuses on Counter Piracy Efforts Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today OXIDE 2015 Focuses on Counter Piracy Efforts View post tag: Counter-Piracylast_img read more

Datamann Founder receives Award

first_imgDatamann founder John Mann was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at Vermont / New Hampshire Direct Marketing Groups annual conference on May 3, 2007. In its near twenty year existence VT / NH Direct Marketing Group has presented this award only four previous times. Presenting the award, Bill LaPierre, Vice President – Catalog Brokerage for Millard Group, spoke of Manns personal and professional accomplishments. LaPierre stated that Datamann, under Johns direction has been one of the most dependable and innovative companies in this arena&[offering] products and services that enable all the companies that engage in these direct marketing activities, to do their jobs, and sell their products. LaPierre quoted additional words of praise from top executives at the Touch of Class catalog, the Wig Catalog, and Brookstone.The Lifetime Achievement Award is awarded to individuals that have made a lasting contribution to the direct marketing industry, made similar contributions to the VT/NH DMG, and have shared their time and talents with others. John Mann is a 12 year member of the Board of Directors for the Vermont / New Hampshire Direct Marketing Group and served as President of the Group in 1999.John Mann founded Datamann, Inc. in 1975. Located in Wilder, Vermont, they develop, sell, and support the catalog mail order software known as MOSP” (Mail Order Software Plus”). In addition Datamann offers a full selection of mailing services and list rental fulfillment. In 2006, Datamann acquired its Computer Connection Division, extending its product offerings to include point of sale software, business accounting software solutions, and network support.last_img read more

Maintaining water, power may be job one in pandemic

first_imgJan 30, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Keeping the taps flowing, the lights glowing, and food on the shelves may be a higher priority than caring for the ill during an influenza pandemic, the United Nations’ coordinator for avian and pandemic flu has said.”It may be more important to concentrate on the essentials of life for those who are living than it is to focus on the treatment of those who are sick,” said David Nabarro, as quoted in a Jan 28 Reuters report following a pandemic simulation exercise.The simulation focused on what might happen in one European country 40 days into a pandemic, according to Reuters and a Jan 29 story by TurkishPress.com. The exercise, run in connection with the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, revealed preparedness gaps.”It is only as governments have begun to do simulations that countries are realizing they are nowhere near prepared for the kind of damage this does,” TurkishPress.com quoted Nabarro as saying. “If we do not all work together effectively and get properly prepared, we will be badly hit by that pandemic.”Every government now has a preparedness plan, according to Nabarro’s remarks as quoted by the Turkish Web site. Other parts of society must be involved as well, however. Governmental groups, non-governmental organizations, businesses, and media have “real potential for synergies and coordination,” he added.The UN is examining fixed partnerships with key groups, including businesses, to respond to a pandemic, Nabarro said.”The focus on business is important,” Reuters quoted Nabarro as saying. “They have skills and can do things that governments cannot.”Communications will also be important, he added. One idea: The UN is contemplating using “flu-casters” operating in a World Health Organization bunker to broadcast flu updates much as television weather forecasters predict conditions.last_img read more

Jamaica’s Reggae Sumfest expands to 8 days this year

first_imgJamaica’s iconic music festival Reggae Sumfest has been expanded to eight days this year, according to Downsound Entertainment, festival owners since 2016. Thousands of reggae and dancehall fans from across the world will be descending on the island to attend the 26th staging of the “Greatest Reggae Show on Earth,” from July 15 – 22 in Montego Bay.Some of the biggest reggae actsThis year’s festival has attracted some of the genre’s biggest names, including Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley, Beres Hammond, Capleton, Bounty Killer, I-Octane, Spice and Raging Fyah. Patrons are in for an extra treat this year as for the first time, a Latin flavor has been added with Mexican reggae artist Jah Fabio set to perform on Friday night.“Jamaica is the birthplace of reggae music, and this world class festival, Reggae Sumfest, affords music lovers an opportunity to enjoy some of their favorite artists in a great setting,” said Donovan White, Jamaica’s Director of Tourism. “Summer is an exciting time to visit Jamaica and this event is one of the many activities visitors can enjoy as they immerse themselves in our culture, interact with our people and experience our scrumptious cuisine.” Reggae Sumfest Activities The week’s activities include:Sumfest Colorfest Beach Party on Sunday, July 15Sumfest Street Jam on Monday, July 16Sumfest All White Party on Tuesday, July 17Sumfest Blitz on Wednesday, July 18Sumfest Inspire Awards & Heavyweight Clash on Thursday, July 19Reggae Industry Symposium & Sumfest Dancehall Night on Friday, July 20Sumfest Reggae Night on Saturday, July 21Sumfest Morning Medz on Sunday, July 22Reggae Sumfest hotel packagesWith the festival dates fast approaching, hotels are filling up quickly with many already sold out. Hotel partner and Platinum Sponsor Iberostar Hotels & Resort, the all-inclusive luxury five-star property is offering the following Reggae Sumfest packages for July 20 – 22: Other partners offering special Reggae Sumfest packages include: Deja All-Inclusive Resort, Grand Palladium Jamaica & Lady Hamilton Resorts & Spa, Holiday Inn Resort, RIU Hotels & Resorts, Round Hill Hotel & Villas, Sandals Resorts, Sea Gardens Beach Resort and The Wexford Hotel. For more information about Jamaica or planning your trip to Reggae Sumfest, check out www.visitjamaica.com. HotelSingle (per person/per night)Double (per person/per night) Iberostar Suites              US$256               US$196center_img Iberostar Beach              US$210               US$170 Iberostar Grand              US$329               US$249last_img read more

Nottinghamshire couple win Midlands Golf Steward of the Year award

first_img Nottinghamshire’s Phill and Louise Maxwell have been recognised as the Fuller’s London Pride Steward of the Year for England Golf’s Midlands region. The Maxwells, from Radcliffe-on-Trent Golf Club, received their trophy at the annual presentation lunch at The Counting House in London, when the national and regional winners were celebrated. The competition to find and recognise England’s top golf club stewards was in its ninth year and attracted hundreds of votes for the nominated stewards. Phill commented: “We’ve got a great team of people behind us, our staff, the management committee and the club manager.” Louise added: “The club is very well supported by the members and they come up even when the course is closed.” The couple are very experienced stewards. Phill spent 25 years as the steward at Newark Golf Club before moving to Radcliffe-on-Trent two years ago, where they have the catering franchise, including a halfway house, and run the bar. They’ve introduced a 15% loyalty/discount card and started Sunday lunches, which have become hugely popular with members and local residents. They run weddings and birthday parties as well as a full range of social events such as wine tastings and summer barbecues – and their famous ‘Cow Pie’ is a great favourite. During the time they’ve been at the club they’ve increased the food turnover by 42% and the bar by 17%. The Maxwells and the other winners all received their trophies from England Golf Acting Chief Executive, Crag Wagstaff, and from Earl Baker, Fuller’s Sales Manager (Traditional Free Trade). The other winners were: national and South East winner, Steve Warren of Eaton Golf Club, Norfolk; South West winner, Fiona Snook of Wareham Golf Club, Dorset; and North winner, Kirsty Glaister of Stamford Golf Club, Cheshire. They were chosen after a rigorous judging process. The 2014 Stewards of the Year, Samantha Hudson, joined the judges to whittle down the entry to three finalists from each region. Each of these 12 were visited personally before the four regional winners were selected, having been judged on their commitment, innovation and standard of service and presentation, together with that extra special something which sets them apart. Caption: Phill and Louise Maxwell. 12 Feb 2016 Nottinghamshire couple win Midlands Golf Steward of the Year award last_img read more

WPIAL Track & Field championships

first_img DAVID HENDERSON of Central Catholic won the WPIAL AAA 400 dash championship. (Photos by William McBride) RECORD SETTER—Alyssa Wise of Washington won the Class AA 100 meter dash with a time of 11.95 seconds, breaking the record of WPIAL legend and Olympian, Rochester’s Lauryn Williams. MATTHEW BERNADOWSKI of Elizabeth Forward won the WPIAL AAA 110 meter hurdles and set a new meet record with a time of 14.0 seconds (Photos by William McBride)MATTHEW BERNADOWSKI of Elizabeth Forward won the WPIAL AAA 110 meter hurdles and set a new meet record with a time of 14.0 seconds KAYLA KEY of Vincentain Academy finished second in the WPIAL AA 400 meter dash. Kayla is a Hampton University recruit for track and cross country. DEILONA DEVAUGHN of West Mifflin smiles as she gets one of her two gold medals, Deilona also won the WPIAL AAA shot put and discus titles. Follow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourierLike us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlDownload our mobile app at http://www.appshopper.com/news/new-pittsburgh-couriercenter_img RONALD GEORGE of Central Catholic won the WPIAL Class AAA 200 meter dash. LIKE RUNNING THOUGH A CAR WASH—Central Catholic’s Jeff Van Kooten toughs it out as he runs through a downpour to win the WPIAL AAA 1600 meter run. LOUIS BERRY of Shady Side Academy won the WPIAL Class AA 100 meter dash with a time of 11.0 seconds TAYLOR MCCORKLE of Oakland Catholic won the WPIAL Class AAA 100 and 200 meter dash, Taylor, also a superb student will attend the University of Pennsylvanialast_img read more

Community Input Sought on Local Climate Action: Survey Extended Through September…

first_imgFacebook9Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston Regional Planning CouncilThurston County residents, workers, and visitors are invited to express their priorities for local action on climate change. A survey seeking community input on ways local communities should address climate change is now available through the end of September.The governments of Thurston County, Lacey, Olympia, and Tumwater have partnered with Thurston Regional Planning Council (TRPC) to develop a Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan to identify actions that reduce local contributions to climate change. The project was initiated by the four governments to address the urgent threat and opportunity climate change poses to the region’s economy, public health, public safety, and environment.In 2018, all four governments adopted shared targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (i.e., carbon pollution) 45 percent below 2015 levels by 2030 and 85 percent below 2015 levels by 2050. Input from the survey and other community outreach will be used to identify and prioritize specific actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and meet the adopted greenhouse gas reduction targets. The plan is scheduled to be finalized in 2020.The Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan builds on the work of the award-winning Thurston Climate Adaptation Plan adopted by TRPC in January 2018. The plan includes more than 90 climate “adaptation” actions to help Thurston County and the broader region prepare for and adjust to rising seas, stronger storms, deeper droughts, and other projected climate impacts.The survey is open through September 30, 2019 – a link to the survey, as well as other project information, can be found at www.trpc.org/climate.About the Thurston Climate Mitigation PlanClimate change is already affecting our communities. Impacts like hotter summers, wildfire smoke and flooding affect our homes, health, and local business. Thurston County and the cities of Lacey, Olympia, and Tumwater are working on a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from cars, buses, businesses, buildings, and other sources that contribute to climate change. They are also looking for ways that trees, plants, and soil can help reduce this pollution, while maintaining, and improving our quality of life. Learn more at www.trpc.org/climateAbout Thurston Regional Planning CouncilTRPC is a 22-member regional council of governments comprised of elected officials from the county, cities, tribes, Intercity Transit, school districts, colleges, and a variety of local government special districts. TRPC offers broad representation to decision making on regional priorities such as transportation, growth management, and environmental quality. Learn more at www.trpc.orgFeatured photo credit: Kim Merrimanlast_img read more

DDTV: COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – VIDEO OF THE DAY!

first_imgDDTV: Now we know Mayo are the opponents, excitement is building to the All-Ireland Final on September 23. Aidan McHugh and his friends took to the hills around Glengesh to make sure everyone on a trans-Atlantic flight over the next three weeks knows where Sam Maguire is coming later this month!Click the video to play DDTV: COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – VIDEO OF THE DAY! was last modified: September 3rd, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:DDTV: COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – VIDEO OF THE DAY!last_img read more

Giants’ biggest flaws exposed during season-high six-game losing streak

first_imgMIAMI — Regardless of how the Giants’ next two games unfold, they’ll leave Miami with the guarantee they won’t have the worst record in the National League.At this early juncture of the season, however, the Giants’ 21-32 record may not be the best indication of how poorly they’ve played of late.San Francisco opened a three-game series on Tuesday with a 3.5-game lead over the Marlins in the National League standings, but it didn’t take long for Miami to pass the Giants in another key …last_img read more