Police authorised to trace journalists’ phone calls

first_img Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU News RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum to go further Follow the news on Germany RSF_en GermanyEurope – Central Asia March 13, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Police authorised to trace journalists’ phone calls GermanyEurope – Central Asia June 2, 2021 Find out more Newscenter_img Reporters Without Borders today voiced its concern at yesterday’s decision by Germany’s constitutional court authorising the police to trace journalists’ telephone calls in “serious” cases. The ruling poses a real danger for press freedom and is evidence of a worrying trend in the European Union.”The lack of a precise definition of what constitutes a ‘serious’ case leaves open the possibility of a dangerous interpretation of the law and a real threat to the profession of investigative journalist,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said in a letter to justice minister Brigitte Zypries.”Journalists are not judicial auxiliaries,” Ménard stressed. “If they can be put under surveillance at any moment and if their sources can be exposed and arrested, then journalists will no longer be able to report information that can only be obtained from sources in return for discretion – the kind of information that sometimes gives rise to judicial investigations.”Ménard warned that journalists could even suffer personally and their safety could be threatened as a result of this decision. “The least precaution would be to precisely define what cases can be considered ‘serious’ and to allow a real public and parliamentary debate on this issue”, the letter concluded.The constitutional court, which is Germany’s highest court, ruled that telecommunication surveillance does not violate articles 10 and 19 of the constitution – which guarantee confidentiality of information – when a journalist is suspected of using telecommunication equipment to get in contact with a criminal. It falls to the investigating judge to decide on a case by case basis whether the requirements of press freedom should be allowed prevail over the fight against crime.The ruling was issued as a result of appeals by German journalists who had filed complaints after being placed under surveillance by police. Two of the journalists were Udo Frank and Bate Thorn Bergmann of ZDF, German public television’s second channel. Frankfurt’s highest court ordered that a trace be put on their telephone calls in 1995 when they were investigating German real estate swindler Jürgen Schneider. This resulted in Schneider’s arrest. One of the journalists had nonetheless on his own initiative given the federal police a recording of a phone call with Schneider which was useful to investigators. The Frankfurt prosecutor’s office in 1997 ordered telephone surveillance of Edith Kohn, a journalist with the weekly Stern, in order to track down Hans-Joachim Klein, a former member of the terrorist Red Army Fraction, who was in France. Kohn had got in touch with Klein as part of her work. March 30, 2021 Find out more News Organisation Help by sharing this information May 31, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts German BND Act: A missed opportunity for press freedom Newslast_img read more

Armed separatists kidnap editors, threaten newspaper in Manipur

first_img Reporters Without Borders voiced outrage today at the behaviour of militant groups in the northeastern state of Manipur and said it backed the six regional dailies that did not publish on 19 April in protest against the action of the Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP) in abducting their editors and threatening the Imphal Free Press newspaper.“We appeal to the Manipur state government to do everything possible to protect journalists who are the targets of reprisals by militant groups,” the press freedom organisation said.Six newspaper editors were taken hostage on 15 April after being invited to a news conference by leaders of the KCP, a separatist group. They were freed on 17 April after their newspapers published a KCP statement commemorating the party’s creation in 1980. The newspapers had previously refused to publish the statement.The KCP also announced that it was banning publication of the Imphal Free Press, an English-language daily, for three months for supposedly misrepresenting the content of its statement. The newspaper has continued to publish in defiance of the ban.The newspapers all left their editorial columns blank in a show of protest on 18 April, while journalists staged demonstrations. The next day, none of them appeared. “If no newspapers have been published today, it is because we want to tell the world that press freedom cannot be restricted,” said Rajesh Hijam, the editor of the English-language Sanghai Express.In February, the KCP claimed responsibility for an attack in which Ratan Luwangcha of the daily Poknapham was badly injured. At least four journalists have been murdered in Manipur state since 2003. Indian journalist wrongly accused of “wantonly” inaccurate reporting News News IndiaAsia – Pacific RSF_en India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s media Organisation Follow the news on India to go further April 27, 2021 Find out morecenter_img Help by sharing this information News March 3, 2021 Find out more News RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19 Receive email alerts IndiaAsia – Pacific April 21, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Armed separatists kidnap editors, threaten newspaper in Manipur February 23, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Five things you need to know today, June 21

first_img Local News Five things you need to know today, June 21 Swimmers cool off in the pool Wednesday afternoon at Woodson Park Aquatic Center. Home Local News Five things you need to know today, June 21 Twitter OC employee of the year always learning WhatsApp Facebook By admin – June 21, 2018 Pinterest Pinterestcenter_img Twitter 2021 SCHOOL HONORS: Permian High School Facebook Take a look at the news in and around Odessa on Thursday, June 21. Find complete local news coverage in the Odessa American every day, online at oaoa.com and our daily E-Edition at myoaoa.com.1. Odessa Hispanic Chamber of Commerce officials are expected to request a renewal of their contract with the city next week after public payments to the organization ended in May.2. James Matthews is on bike ride across the United States with not much more than a tent and a CamelBak to help raise awareness for addiction and mental health. Matthews began his trip in West Palm Beach on May 27 and plans to arrive at Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles by July 9.3. A regular action item — annual officer appointments — turned into an item of contention recently as the Ector County Hospital District board of directors voted for a board president.4. Officers arrested a man Monday morning after he crashed into a parked vehicle and residence during a high-speed pursuit with police.5. IN SPORTS: A day after putting himself at the top of the leaderboard, Jesse Florkowski continued his hot play during the quarterfinals of match play at the North American One-Armed Golfer Association’s national championship Wednesday on the Links Course at the Odessa County Club. ECISD undergoing ‘equity audit’ Previous articleSULLUM: Trump should hurt Sessions by helping drug offendersNext articleDAILY OIL PRICE: June 21 admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Texas Fried ChickenSlap Your Mama It’s So Delicious Southern Squash CasseroleCreamy Fruit SaladPowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay last_img read more

Lucas: South Africa’s 2010 champion

first_img‘A dedicated South African’ Source: BuaNews Former Leeds United and Bafana Bafana captain Lucas Radebe has been named South African Tourism’s 2010 ambassador to the world. A more suitable candidate you would struggle to find. Radebe will work with South African Tourism to help grow interest in South Africa globally, not only as host of the Fifa spectacular, but also as an amazing holiday destination. In December 2000, Radebe received the Fifa Fair Play Award for his contribution in working with South African children, and in 2004 he was ranked 54th in the Top 100 Great South Africans list. 14 August 2009 “Now, more than ever, it is important to be an optimistic, dedicated South African with a ‘can do’ attitude, and few people embody this spirit better than Lucas,” Van Schalkwyk said. “Africa has waited a long, long time for the honour of hosting the world’s biggest sporting spectacular,” he said. “I am excited at the impending reality of welcoming the world’s greatest footballers to my homeland. Radebe said he was excited and honoured to be appointed to the position. The 40-year-old Soweto-born former Kaizer Chiefs and Leeds United captain is no stranger to the 2010 project – he has been a Fifa ambassador for SOS Children’s Villages, and has worked with one of the tournament’s sponsors, First National Bank. “He possesses all the qualities demanded of an ambassador. “He loves South Africa. He loves travelling in South Africa. He knows our destination well, and he is proud of being a South African. He is truly an inspiration.” Speaking at a function in Johannesburg this week, Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk said South African Tourism looked forward to working with Radebe as 2010 approached “to spread the message of the anticipation and optimism sweeping our country.” “We are delighted to welcome Lucas on board,” said SA Tourism acting CEO Didi Moyle, describing Radebe as a “champion of South Africa’s ability to successfully host the World Cup.”last_img read more

Occupant Behavior Makes a Difference

first_imgEnergy experts often repeat the cliché, “There’s no such thing as a zero-energy home — just zero-energy homeowners.” Energy monitoring data from two well-publicized Massachusetts homes — the so-called Montague Urban Homestead house in Turners Falls and the home of Matt and Laura Beaton in Shrewsbury — prove the cliché to be true.Energy-use data for the two homes were shared in a presentation by Mike Duclos and Paul Panish at the Better Buildings by Design conference in Burlington, Vermont, on February 8, 2012. Duclos and Panish are energy consultants at the DEAP Energy Group in Newton, Mass.The first of the two houses, the Montague house, is owned by Tina Clarke and Doug Stephens. It has won at least two awards: the $25,000 Massachusetts Zero Energy Challenge, and NESEA’s $10,000 Zero Energy prize. Energy-use data from the Montague house show that the homeowners used far less energy than predicted by energy models.The other house discussed by Duclos and Panish, Matt Beaton’s house in Shrewsbury, is the first certified Passivhaus in Massachusetts. Energy use data from the Beaton house show that the homeowners used far more energy than predicted.The key factor in both cases was occupant behavior.The Montague house was built by Bick Corsa with help from the homeowners. Construction was completed in 2009.Here’s a snapshot of the house:Energy modeling (using REMrate software) predicted that the homeowners would consume 5,479 kWh of electricity per year; in fact they used only 1,959 kWh — that is, only 36% of the projected usage. Average consumption was 163 kWh per month.The home’s PV array produced 4,892 kWh during the first year — two and a half times as much electricity as the owners consumed.Of course, there is no secret to low energy use. We all know how to do it: don’t use much hot water, only… Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.last_img read more

Aboard the Friendship bandwagon

first_img“When you’re alone you don’t do much laughing.” – PG Wodehouse“Did you know,” said my friend the other day, while stuffing her face with food, “that Winnie the Pooh is the world’s Ambassador of Friendship at the United Nations?” She then, proceeded to wash the burgers down with a Coke and started chomping on her fresh order of fries. I said I did not, and watched her suck the salt off a French fry with amusement as I reminisced happy memories from our past of similar nature.There is no telling what makes a person tick when it comes to choosing chums for life, I concluded, after having trifled away another invaluable hour of my life, watching my amiable friend gobble and guzzle. Awash in the friendship day fever, my peer rambled on about her forthcoming merry-making and I was forced to resign myself to a silent expression of disapproval not much unlike Aristotle and Cicero, who too, would have sunk into chairs, profoundly dejected by the redefined, abysmal notions of friendship espoused by the masses today.The emergence of social media, like a siren’s song, has lured multitudes into the sea of virtual reality where human contact has been replaced by electronic forms of interaction. The spirit of friendship, akin to a flower uncared for, is wilting away. Cyberspace, by a sustained blitzkrieg of discombobulation, has lulled masses into a false sense of security wherein they refuse to exercise judgment when it comes to revealing intimate details of their lives to complete strangers disguised as friends. So deeply enmeshed it has become with the lives of individuals that the mere thought of disengaging themselves from it, is distressing enough to make them clutch their brows and break into fits of hysteria. Face-to-face conversations have now become part of a dying institution. People today, have many acquaintances in the digital realm, but few friends outside of it. True friendships, are results of deliciously inexplicable happenings, built and nurtured on moments of shared excitement, passion, uncertainty and fierce camaraderie. The human ability to forge bonds of friendship is a characteristic trait, as is the innate desire for cooperation and companionship. To say, that one does not desire occasionally, to break free from the mundane task of being one’s self and pretend to be somebody else entirely, would be paltering with the truth. But on occasions, when a fellow needs a friend, I find the prospect of dropping down into a cozy sofa with a friend and watching her demolish several plates of food oddly comforting.last_img read more

Tensorflow 19 now officially supports Raspberry Pi bringing machine learning to DIY

first_imgThe Raspberry Pi board developers can now make use of the latest TensorFlow 1.9 features to build their board projects. Most developers use Raspberry Pi for shaping their innovative DIY projects. The Pi also acts as a pathway to introduce people to programming with an added benefit of coding in Python. The main objective of blending TensorFlow with the Raspberry Pi board is to let people explore the capabilities of machine learning on cost-effective and flexible devices. Eben Upton, the founder of the Raspberry Pi project, says, “It is vital that a modern computing education covers both fundamentals and forward-looking topics. With this in mind, we’re very excited to be working with Google to bring TensorFlow machine learning to the Raspberry Pi platform. We’re looking forward to seeing what fun applications kids (of all ages) create with it.” By being able to use TensorFlow features, existing users, as well as new users, can try their hand on live machine learning projects. Here are few real-life examples of Tensorflow on Raspberry Pi: DonkeyCar platform DonkeyCar, a platform to build DIY Robocars, uses TensorFlow and the Raspberry Pi to create self-driving toy cars. Object Recognition Robot The Tensorflow framework is useful for recognizing objects. This robot uses a library, a camera, and a Raspberry Pi, using which one can detect up to 20,000 different objects. Waste sorting robot This robot is capable of sorting every piece of garbage with the same precision as a human. This robot is able to recognize at least four types of waste. To identify the category to which it belongs, the system uses TensorFlow and OpenCV. One can easily install Tensorflow from the pre-built binaries using Python pip package system from the pre-built binaries. One can also install it by simply running these commands on the Raspbian 9 (stretch) terminal: sudo apt install libatlas-base-devpip3 install tensorflow Read more about this project on GitHub page Read Next 5 DIY IoT projects you can build under $50 Build your first Raspberry Pi project How to mine bitcoin with your Raspberry Pilast_img read more

Urban businesses push Ottawa to improve airports to attract tourists

first_img Posted by MONTREAL — A coalition of business leaders in Canada’s largest cities is putting pressure on Ottawa to reduce security screening times and cut travelling costs to bolster a prime engine of the country’s economy.In its first political foray, the Canadian Global Cities Council is pushing to make airports more internationally competitive in order to attract more tourists, enhance economic activity and improve the travelling experience.The group of Canada’s eight largest urban chambers of commerce will unveil a series of recommendations Thursday morning on security screening, border entry and visas, and transit connectivity.“We want to make sure that Canada can be a global transit hub,” said Adam Legge, council chairman and president of Calgary’s Chamber of Commerce.The coalition says Canada’s top seven airports collectively contribute $59 billion of economic activity and support 272,000 jobs.The group is calling for enhanced use of technology, the adoption of international security screening standards and targeted checks of travellers from high-risk countries to speed up how long it takes to pass through security.While London Heathrow and Hong Kong International airports require that 95 per cent of passengers be screened within five minutes, the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority expects that on average half of passengers wait longer than 15 minutes.More news: GLP Worldwide introduces first-ever Wellness programs“We can’t say that we’re open for business and then expect people to wait in a three-hour queue,” Legge added.The council is calling for increased funding for CATSA and the Canada Border Services Agency to meet growing demands.It also wants Canada to harmonize immigration and trusted traveller programs with other countries. That means only requiring visas for citizens of high-risk countries and increasing the use of automated border clearance systems.The traveller experience can also be improved and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by improving transit connections from airports to downtown cores and to communities and facilities surrounding airports, it adds. While just eight per cent of passengers at Toronto Pearson airport used transit, about 40 per cent do so in London, Paris and Amsterdam, said the report.Legge said the government needs to cut taxes, fees and rents that increase the price of air travel in Canada and has driven travellers to use U.S. airports.He said the changes could see one-way travel costs cut by about $25.“It’s a bold ask but I think we have to bring to government’s attention the uncompetitiveness of Canada’s current position that will continue to be eroded over time,” said Legge.More news: Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in JulyAir Canada says it supports initiatives that foster growth at Canadian airports and reduce high taxes and fees.Transport Minister Marc Garneau announced in November that the government will work to reduce waits at airport security to international standards and introduce an air passenger rights regime.The voice for Canada’s airports said it’s optimistic that years of talk will result in changes in the country’s airport policy.“To have the business communities in our largest cities on board with that just adds to the voices that have been calling for air policy reform for years,” said Daniel-Robert Gooch, president of the Canadian Airports Council.Montreal Board of Trade president Michel Leblanc said the coalition will push the government to adopt changes within a year.“The solutions that we are putting on the table exist elsewhere,” he said. “We’re not reinventing the wheel so that should require rather quick deadlines for implementation.”After addressing airports, the coalition plans to speak out on other subjects including infrastructure and the availability of skilled workers. Thursday, December 8, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group center_img Tags: Airports, Ottawa Urban businesses push Ottawa to improve airports to attract tourists Sharelast_img read more