Facebook, YouTube, TikTok, Others Fined Over $1 Million Each for Not Appointing a Turkey Representative

first_imgTurkey has ordered Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Periscope, YouTube and TikTok to pay TRY 10 million (roughly Rs. 9 crores) fines for failing to comply, Deputy Transport and Infrastructure Minister Omer Fatih Sayan tweeted.If the networks fail to open local offices by the start of December, they will be fined an additional 30 million lira.Failure to comply by early January would result in an advertising ban.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is one of the most popular leaders on social media with nearly 17 million followers and a very active presence.But under his government, Turks have faced increasing prosecution over their social media posts, especially those accused of insulting the president. Erdogan does not hide his disdain for social media, which he threatened to “wipe out” in 2014.The new law was adopted after Erdogan’s anger over online insults of Finance Minister Berat Albayrak and his wife Esra, the president’s daughter, following their fourth child’s birth in June.Turks are accustomed to limited access to websites and content, with Turkish courts submitting hundreds of content removal requests to Twitter over the past few years.Are iPhone 12 mini, HomePod mini the Perfect Apple Devices for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. Should the social media companies still ignore Turkish law three months after the advertising ban, they will see bandwidth reductions of 50 percent and then by as much as 90 percent in the fifth and final stage.Digital rights expert Yaman Akdeniz said any bandwidth reduction would start in April and reach 90 percent by May, making the platforms effectively inaccessible.Akdeniz tweeted on Tuesday that only the private Russian social media firm VK had appointed a Turkish representative to date.- Advertisement – Turkey on Wednesday fined Facebook, Twitter and three other social media companies for failing to appoint a country representative under a controversial law which came into force last month.The legislation, passed in July, requires platforms with more than one million users to appoint representatives in Turkey that could implement court orders to remove contentious content or face heavy fines.- Advertisement –last_img read more

PGGM, ATP join sovereign wealth funds in €3.7bn car-lease deal

first_imgThe €186bn Dutch asset manager PGGM and the €110bn Danish statutory pension fund ATP have bought minority stakes in Dutch car-lease company LeasePlan.They made the investment as part of an international group, which purchased full ownership from Global Mobility Holding – jointly owned by Volkswagen Group and Germany-based Fleet Investments – in a €3.7bn transaction.The consortium included the sovereign wealth funds of Abu Dhabi (ADIA) and Singapore (GIC), as well as institutional investment funds managed by TDR Capital and Goldman Sachs’s Merchant Banking Division.PGGM spokesman Maurice Wilbrink said: “We consider LeasePlan as a very promising company with a solid growth strategy for added value.” PGGM, asset manager for the €166bn healthcare scheme PFZW, cited its participation as “a long-term investment with an attractive risk/return ratio”.It said it would supply one of the consortium’s additional two members on the supervisory board of the car-lease firm, and that the group would share its expertise with the company’s management.Wilbrink declined to provide details about PGGM’s stake or about expected returns.The €19.7bn company, however, reported a net profit of 14% over 2014.On behalf of the consortium, Eric-Jan Vink, head of PGGM’s private equity team, said: “We are investing in the future of a company with an unmatched portfolio of market-leading assets, highly knowledgeable and dedicated staff and a sound strategy under a highly experienced management.”According to LeasePlan, the group intended to finance the acquisition through an equity investment of approximately 50% of the purchase price, a mandatory convertible note of €480m and a cash-pay debt facility of €1.55bn.Founded in 1963, the company has become a global market leader, with operations in 32 countries and total fleet management of 1.4m vehicles.It employs 6,800 staff in total.The deal should be concluded by the end of this year, pending regulatory approval.last_img read more

Georgia family demands arrests 2 months after son shot dead

first_imgThe parents of a 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery who was killed by two white men armed with guns called for immediate arrest after they faced the prospect of waiting a month or longer before a Georgia grand jury could consider bringing charges.The incident happened on February 23rd when Ahmaud Arbery was gunned down while he went out for a jog outside the port city of Brunswick. According to an incident report filed by Glynn County police, Arbery was shot after two men spotted him running in their neighborhood on a Sunday afternoon. Gregory McMichael told police that he and his adult son believed Arbery  had robbed houses in the neighborhood. They armed themselves with guns before getting in a truck to pursue him. The father said his son, Travis McMichael, got out of the truck holding a shotgun, and Arbery “began to violently attack.” He said Arbery was shot as the two men fought over the shotgun, according to the police report.After Arbery was shot, the police report says, Gregory McMichael turned him onto his back to see if he was armed. The report doesn’t say whether he had a weapon.Video caught on cellphone shows the killing. The video surfaced online Tuesday and has gone viral. Since the release of the video large numbers of crowds have gathered in the neighborhood Arbery was killed, and the state opened its own investigation.No arrests have been made or charges filed in coastal Glynn County more than two months after the killing. Jackie Johnson, the district attorney for Glynn County, recused herself from the case because Gregory McMichael worked as an investigator in her office. He retired a year ago.George Barnhill, the first outside prosecutor on the case, stepped aside in mid-April at the urging of Arbery’s family, and he has a son who works as an assistant prosecutor for Jackie Johnson.Now, an outside prosecutor placed in charge of the case said he wants a grand jury to decide whether criminal charges are warranted, and that won’t happen till June since courts remain closed due to the coronavirus.Attorney for Arbery’s family, Lee Merritt, said that the father and son should be arrested now before a grand jury decides to indict them. Merritt also says this should the U.S. Justice Department should also investigate the death as a hate crime. “These men were vigilantes, they were a posse and they performed a modern lynching in the middle of the day,” said Lee Merritt.The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is now investigating the shooting.Many state leaders have shown support to Arbery including Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr, and Former Vice President Joe Biden. My full statement on the investigation into the death of #AhmaudArbery. pic.twitter.com/UOaCsSkNPz— GA AG Chris Carr (@Georgia_AG) May 6, 2020 The video is clear: Ahmaud Arbery was killed in cold blood. My heart goes out to his family, who deserve justice and deserve it now. It is time for a swift, full, and transparent investigation into his murder. https://t.co/alvY5WjdHx— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) May 6, 2020last_img read more

John Erwin Remodeling Helps Seniors Stay in Their Home

first_imgFacebook19Tweet0Pin0 John Erwin puts his leg up on the desk. The doctor says he has to keep it elevated. His foot is wrapped and there’s a walking boot behind his chair. The forty something Erwin hurt himself playing basketball.  He’s also got a fractured hand which makes getting around on crutches difficult.The experience has taught Erwin a valuable lesson. “Make it easy to get around your house,” he says.  This is good advice considering Erwin is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS). He’s also the owner of a remodeling company which bears his name.A CAPS contractor helps older folks stay in their homes longer by making the home more accessible.  This usually consists of small changes like adding grab bars or lowering the curb on showers. Comfort height  toilets are a good idea for anyone with mobility problems. These toilets are taller and require less bending. Says Erwin, “if you have a bad knee, ankle, or hip the difference between a regular toilet and comfort toilet makes all the difference in the world.”Erwin tells me a story about trying to feed his dog while nursing an injured hand and foot. The dog food is in his garage at the bottom of some steps. Needless to say he’s thinking about moving everything into the laundry room. There are other easy fixes like putting a shelf next to the front door or switching from knob handles to lever handles. The goal is to improve safety without making your home feel like a hospital or nursing home.For more information about CAPS visit the John Erwin Remodeling website by clicking here or calling 360-705-2938.last_img read more